Chapter 1 Part 4

Author’s Note:

This is something I didn’t plan. This chapter is meant to be longer but when I see the news of Full Matal Panic new anime confirmed and Gatoh confirmed that the later novels would be animated. My ideas just blew away and I would need time to rethink the story.

To the one who ask about the option menu. I plan to answer it here but I didn’t make it to that part yet. I will write in in the next update.

FMA new anime just made me cried manly tears and I need to recompose myself T_T

Laevatein was shown!

Please review…

EDIT:

Sorry, I decided to delete this chapter and just finished it before publishing.

Sorry too that it took some time. All my ideas just got blown away when I see Laevatein. I can’t stop being a fanboy with the idea of seeing Tessa, Chidori and Sousuke back!

Guy’s what do you think of the character kamijou touma?

My opinion of touma, as someone who had read the novel and manga, watched the anime is, he is an ideal hero.

He is not perfect but his the embodiment of an ideal hero.

He fails but he will still stand up again and he will win. In the end, he will save everyone. He has faults but it’s acceptable in his character. But even with those faults, it didn’t change the fact that his too much of an ideal character.

I prefer the present a Touma that is more humane in his feelings and decision.

If you guys think that he would be turn OOC then please let me know, so I will tone it down but I prefer a more humane character that fails and falls.

I prefer the character of Accelerator over Touma

I prefer Archer over Shirou

I hope people who read this will understand but oh well, I can’t please everyone and it shows my low count in follows and favorite but I hope the others enjoy.

This is the complete part 4

Part 40

Well, this is an interesting meeting. I don’t know what time it is but I’m sure it’s pretty late now. So seeing two young girls in the park without supervision is sure to make any sensible adult worry. I don’t know much about the normal world outside of my house (that is currently in need of repair) but Mr. Shibuya is pretty much strict in that regards for children safety and he said that it’s the norm. So I believe him. He is still an adult even if his intelligence is questionable when he keeps on meeting me and when he decidedly bring Rin to meet me, but he is still a genuine responsible adult (Unlike most of the people I meet)

“Miss, I’ll repeat my question. What are you two doing?” I ask again to clarify because it looks like I startled them when I just showed up from behind.

“Nothing. We were just checking on this shrine. What about you? What, are you doing here?” The twin tailed girl returns my question to her. She’s pretty smart for someone who is young.

From what little I had heard earlier, I can give a possible guess on who are these two girls are, but to made sure. I need to bait them on something. Now, a proper introduction is a good courtesy when meeting someone new. This is one of the things I didn’t bother to buy a book to learn with.

For someone like me, who only focus on math and science as my center of reasoning and understanding. Learning simple morals and courtesy was taught by my Grandfather. It’s also one of the useful things he taught me, aside from the basic history of the clan and different myths about Gods.

“I’m Kusanagi Godou, (Hmm… they react towards my family name. They knew something about it?) I’m here with my friend Rin (“huh?” they both react again, and this time on the name of my friend, but I ignore it and continue my introduction) and my relative… Mikan and Mittelt. We’re just relaxing here for a bit and we will return home and how about you two? Who are you and what are you doing here in front of the shrine?” I gave my name as a courtesy but also as bait for them to reveal themselves. If they didn’t reveal their names then that would be rude and improper. I don’t know about their type of family but they should at least know proper manners right?

I’m looking at the twin tail girl but she is clear hesitant and not looking directly at my eyes. The other girl beside her is clearly nervous or shy. She still kept clinging on the other girl and is using her as a shield from my view but I can see her taking a peak from her side.

“Nee-chan” The girl with shoulder length hair whispered to the twin tailed girl.

“I know” the twin tailed girl replied.

“ehem” She coughs using her right hand and then placed it on her chest while she straightens her posture. This girl knows her manner and tries to act in a proper way but her earlier show of nervousness ruins this image.

“I’m Tohsaka Rin (“Eh?” She is also Rin? No wonder they react to that name) and this is my little sister Tohsaka Sakura” She made a gesture by using her right hand to the person behind her to properly present herself.

“Anoo…. Hello” The named girl Sakura finally came out from Rin’s back and presents herself by bowing politely. They really aren’t ordinary kids. My friend Rin, knew her manners but she is not as well-mannered as these two. They were probably taught early to act prim and proper.

“As for why we are here, we’re just checking the shrine” Rin answered with a cute smile.

“The shrine?” I tilt my head acting all innocent even if I know what she where planning earlier.

“Yes, the shrine” She then gesture to the shrine behind them.

I look passed then and it looks like that this shrine is still functioning properly. It’s still absorbing the passive Mana in the air and it’s being stored or directed elsewhere and that is what scares me.

I don’t know where the massive amount of mana that it takes in the ley lines, where redirected or stored.

While changing the landscape of the city disturb the flow of ley lines. The key of delaying the war is still this shrines that were scattered all over Fuyuki.

It’s been more than a decade already before the designated “Fourth Holy Grail” war should happen but thanks to this system that where distributed around the city. It’s been delayed but it’s reaching its limit… that was supposed to happen but I still see no sign of the mechanism wearing out and should be impossible. Trying to store that massive amount of mana, shouldn’t be possible by normal means. It only meant that something is special about this shrine.

If I’m more knowledgeable on the ways of magic, I would probably be able to understand it but I don’t.

Even scanning the shrine, doesn’t yield to any information that would help me, though I liked the flavor text use to describe the history and the uses of the shrine.

Scanning the shrine also helps in identifying its use and to whom, it’s praying for protection. The 3 gods are unknown aside from their description. I would need more clues for the name to shows up.

This is probably a bit more realistic take in the Gamers ability. It won’t show me everything. It will give me insight of what I’m seeing but I need to find it out on me own.

“What’s the problem with the shrine?” I asked again after acting of looking and inspecting it but the truth is. I’m not stepping any closer to it or rather I can’t I don’t want to accidentally destroyed it.

“Hmmph. It’s nothing really. We’re just checking them up because we saw them all throughout the city. There was even one near our house” She first acted a bit flustered when I ask if they had problem with the shrine but she compose herself fast and give a good and believable reason, that is, if you didn’t hear what she is planning to do earlier.

But the second information that she give is interesting. So they even manage to build a shrine near a magus house? I really can’t believe how bold the clan was, in their movement.

“You don’t know what’s the use of these shrines is for?” I tried to act that I know what I’m talking about but I don’t. I have a clue but I don’t know the whole picture.

The twin tailed haired girl is hesitant to answer me and refuse to look at my eyes again while the shoulder haired girl just looks at me curiously. Curiously too, that she is not hiding anymore behind her sister, now that she knew my name.

“I… don’t know” Rin finally admits her lack of knowledge about the shrine. She is probably a prideful person and she doesn’t like to admit her own weakness.

“Hmmm” I humm and tried to look at them and see that they are waiting for the answer, and then I looked at the shrine, then back at them.

“I also don’t know” I smiled at them and I like the reaction of the twin tailed girl and the shoulder haired girl just smiles and laughs a bit.

I can understand a bit why Elder Priest likes to get a reaction out of me. The reaction of the twin tailed girl is cute when she clenches her fist and her eyebrow twitches. The twin tailed girl is surely irritated and is preparing to probably shout at me but I stop her.

“I don’t know the full meaning behind the shrine, but… from what I heard from the adults. They pray here for to ask for protection and safe travels. I also heard from a relative priest that the shrines here are meant to protect the city from harm” I revealed a bit of what I know and then I walk around them to get closer to them. The shoulder haired girl tries to back away and stand behind her sister again (she is not good with stranger isn’t she?) but the twin tailed haired girl just glared at me. She probably doesn’t like it when I interrupt her earlier.

I stopped when I’m beside them and near in the front of the shrine but still not inside of it or not close enough for me to destroy the mechanism that envelops it.

Right even this close where a mere step forward or if I stretch my right hand, I could end up destroying this magical contraption. I can feel the energy is being drawn to the center of the shrine but that is all. I can’t understand any of it. Magic is still felt alien to me even with the lecture of Elder Priest about bounded field.

“I don’t know about where your house is located Rin-san” I then stop and look at her, she is getting irritated more with my action. “I can call you Rin-san right? Because you are both Tohsaka and it would be confusing to address you both as Tohsaka-san and Tohsaka-san, though I’m sorry for being rude” I bowed to show my apology to them.

“It’s… fine. Hmmph” She hmmph again and crosses her arm and looks away while blushing a bit and her sister from behind is giggling a bit and I’m sure of it even if I can’t see it. I can hear her giggles. Hmmm this is bad. I don’t like ended up like Elder Priest who likes to anger other people.

“ehem” I cough before I continue my explanation “These types of shrines are called the roadside or wayside shrine. They are usually place to accident prone places or places where accidents occurred. Usually you will see them in intersections or in a road side beside a curve section of the road, which is also usually seen in a cliff. Those places are dangerous if one lose control while driving which will results in accidents. These types of shrines are usually place there for the victims’ friends, family or lovers, to offer prayer and flowers for the dead” I first offer the usual use for this type of shrine. I sighed and continue on my explanation, where I’m getting it? from reading the flavor text for the shrine.

“While they are usually seen to remember the dead, they can also be used for the living. Instead of offering prayer for the dead, they can be used to ask for God’s Protection. Instead of waiting for people to have accidents, the local government, placed them in possible places where the possibilities of accidents to happen” I stopped again to take a breath and observe the sisters.

Their emotions are in control or to be more specific. The younger one can still be seen a bit nervous but she is silent and listening, while the older one has her face set in permanent frown, I also heard the word “God” was whispered but I didn’t pay much attention to it. If they are born and raised to be a Magus, then the sense of praying for God’s protection would felt alien to them. To people who aims to reach the Root and be equivalent to something like a god. They wouldn’t be called normal or mortal anymore, if they manage to at least reach that realm. Plus to them, the age of God’s are over.

“The shrines are also placed here in parks where many people visit. That includes market district, commercial and the business district. Well, basically they are usually placed in places where many people used to visits or pass by. Wishing for protection instead of praying for the dead, that is one of its other uses” I finish my explanation with that.

True, it’s been placed in those type of establishments but it’s also true that the placement are aligned to formed a square formation that could be used to form barrier or protection walls, in case of emergency. But the square formation of the shrine placing and the design of the shrine is the one that worries me.

The design of the shrine is simple. The foot of the shrine is made of cement while the shrine is made of wood and it has roof for covering. The front of the shrine is where flowers can be placed for offering. You can also light a candle in it but for most occasions, one can see often see flowers on it. Like in this occasion where colorful flowers where placed. The proper altar is the thing that made me pause.

Three figures that I’m sure are Divine beings, where at the center of a square altar. The back of the shrine has also a square drawn. But the square is surrounded by other squares. The square formation is 3 squares up and 3 squares down. It’s a 3 on 3 formations with a total of 9 squares. It’s like a rubix box formation. The sign of Yin and Yang is there in the middle square and several ornaments were placed around the shrine. It’s colorful and beautiful on its own but there should be meaning to such arrangement.

“That is all of the information I have about them” I finish my explanation with that. I inspect Rin’s reaction but I only see a deep concentration while looking at the shrine.

“I see” She has her left hand acting as a support for her right hand where she placed it in front of her chin. I wonder why people used that pose when they are thinking of something.

“Well, thanks for the information. Let’s go Sakura. Were’ returning back home” Rin then turns her back at me and start walking while calling her little sister.

“Yes, Nee-chan” Before Sakura start walking with her sister, I called out to them once more.

“By the way, Rin-san, Sakura-san, sorry for intruding but where do you guys live? Is it still far? We can escort you two home before we go back to our home” I then look at the sky and confirm my suspicion. “It’s already late now and it’s better to have more people to be with than you two alone going home, it would be dangerous to let you two go alone and my neighbor often warns me that its dangerous at night for children’s to stay out” I ask them.

I have two reasons for asking, one is to truly escort them because I’m worried for them. Two little girls walking alone, during the night, is trouble. Remembering what that disgusting fallen had done to those children made my blood boil and these two girls aren’t normal. They are from a magus family and they could become target because of that. I’m really worried and I can’t actually oversee the whole city. I can only feel and observe my surrounding within 100 meter diameter. The other reason is only a secondary benefit but it’s still useful to find out where they live.

I can probably find it by asking the elder but this is faster and I can escort them and find where they live. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

“Its fine we can take care of ourselves, plus it’s not like our house is too far away from here” Rin is smart and doesn’t trust or probably like me to tell where they live.

“Okay” I can only conceded and bow to them. Rin starts walking again but Sakura bows to me before she follows her sister.

When they have left the park, I then turn my sight back to the shrine.

“Well that was interesting” So… the current head of Tohsaka is frustrated enough to take it onto his wife and daughter. Well, I can’t blame him on that one but I also can’t be felt sorry for him.

They are crazy to do this war here in a city full of people that can get hurt because of their stupid petty goal.

I glance one more time towards the shrine before I start walking back to see if Rin (my childhood friend or first friend) is finally wake up.

I just hope she’s fine and Pray didn’t cause mental trauma to her.

If she did… I might end up killing Pray… for real.

My mind is so busy worrying about my first friend that I didn’t even care or decide to ignore the crack appearing in one of the squares in th square formations, in the altar.

Due to my clouded mind, I also didn’t notice that the earth shift a bit around the park.

Part 41

I’ve return to the section of the park where seats where located. I saw Beldum and a sleeping Mittelt in her hands are fine. I also saw Rin awake and looking down at the grassy lands of the park. She is silent… which is something I’m not used too. She is usually energetic type that likes to smiles and drags me into her playtime. I hope there won’t be any problem.

I approached them silently to not startle them but Beldum notice me. She only smiles and nods at me and I return the gesture.

I silently walk and sit beside Rin but she isn’t showing sign that she is acknowledging my presence. I’m having a bad feeling about this.

“Rin” I start slowly and waited for her reply.

“Touma…” Rin’s voice right now… sounds so unlike her. She is silent and calm that I can’t connect her to her previews attitude… Pray….

“Are you alright Rin?” I asked gently

“I’m…. fine…” That’s a lie. I might not be proficient in reading the tune of the living yet, but I can tell that she is out of tune and is lying right now so I won’t worry about her.

“It’s alright to tell what you feel Rin, before I was insensitive to just tell you to forget what happen and not explain it clearly but…. my relative Pray. She is dangerous. You shouldn’t meet her and for that… I’m sorry” I tried to be as sincere as I can get.

To me who can’t feel strong and real emotions. I can only fake my smile. I have read lots of books and dictionary that I can tell where to fake my smile or try to be comforting but it all still feel fake.

I can’t sympathize and understand what kind of terror Rin is currently feeling.

True I felt the same despair and fear from Pray but that is probably just the tip of the iceberg. My gamers mind prevents it to further cloud my judgment but even with a slight touch of such feeling, still left me a messing wreck, when I felt it.

And Rin, a normal person, is probably feeling it fully.

This feeling (?) of hopelessness, to not be able to reach my friend and feel what she feel, this is probably a human and inhumane feeling. I’m normal in a way, I’m also abnormal.

“Rin, its fine… you can tell me what you’re feeling. I can’t promise everything would be fine or anything at all, until I know what to do. I’m feeling at lost here, but I’m really sorry for what happen” I’m really sorry Rin. That is my honest feeling and it’s not blocked by my ability.

“I’m…. scared Touma… that person…. It really scares me Touma…” Rin finally start speaking but she also starts trembling and shaking. Her eyes are unfocused and her teeth start shaking. This is bad.

Scan”

Fear (High) Mental Disorder (Low) Mental Disability (Low)”

That is what was shown in her status window. Three negative effects that I can’t cure because of the lack of items to recover such status effects. Or because my right hand can only negates supernatural effect.

This is mental trauma!

“Rin!” I didn’t think twice and hug her

“Rin its fine, everything would be alright Rin!” I continuously call her name but all I get are soft whispher of [I’m scared Touma, helped me]

“Rin. Come on, your strong and cheerful person. Come on Rin. Calm yourself Rin. Rin. Rin!” I called her name again and again, and I tried to shake her out of her fear but it’s not helping.

Having status effect that has indication of High is bad. Depending on the status effect, it could be life threatening and long lasting. It dangerous to have her continue like this, but what should I do?

I don’t know what to do. Bring her to the hospital? Then what would I say? My relative tried to kill her and if they start investigating. Lots of deaths would happen. I can’t let that happen.

Should I call for Elder with glasses to cast hypnosis on her? But would he help?

He is the same as the other member of the clan.

They are pretty apathetic to people outside of the clan or people that don’t have use to them.

In that matter, they aren’t that different from the supernatural beings that they are fighting. The only difference is that they aren’t looking down at the people around them. They just didn’t care enough to know them and I can’t say that I’m not the same for them. I also don’t care for other people but Rin is different. She is my friend!

“Do you want to save her” I heard an apathetic question. It’s not monotonous and emotionless but it shows an emotion that she didn’t care at all and I know to whom those voiced belong.

“PRAY!” I’m angry. I felt the beginning of the emotion called angry. I can feel the deep loathing I have for this person in front of me.

“I ask again, do you want to save her?” She asked again with the same apathetic voice of her. She is coming closer. I’ve become guarded for the safety of Rin. I also felt her shaking become stronger.

“PRAY DON’T COME ANY CLOSER! YOU’RE THE REASON WHY RIN IS ACTING LIKE THIS! STAY AWAY!” I can’t hide my emotions that keep on boiling inside of him. It’s like a fire is starting inside of me but it’s being washed away by cold water. It’s becoming confusing and annoying to have that kind of feeling. My judgment is being clouded again.

“Don’t be too emotional. I’m asking again, if you want to save her?” She still continues on her own pace of walking and disregards my warning.

“Beldum Steel wires. Kill her” I asked, no, ordered her to kill her, in cold voice.

“Yes” the gentle Beldum has also lost all her warmth in her voice.

Several iron wires start slithering around the park. They start levitating thanks to the ability to manipulate steel and they start to encircle around pray. They are so thin that you won’t notice them but I start heating them up with Pyrokinesis. They light up around the park and I don’t care if anyone notice what’s happening here but Pray must die.

They numbered in hundreds, to possible thousands of thin steeled wires that started to vibrate fast and become heated.

The temperature in the park become hot but I only shielded Rin and Beldum shielded Mittelt.

Even with all this intent to kill her, Pray doesn’t seem to care and just stop and stand in front of me.

“Do you want to save her” She asks again in her apathetic voice.

I then order to wires to constrict her fast and sliced her to pieces.

Thin steeled wires starts to close in her, and they each, one by one, move fast that they will sliced her without any problem, with how it fast it vibrate, and how hot the wires are, but even before thousand wires that threatens her. She isn’t faced at all and when it comes close to touching her pale white skin.

All the wires lost its strength and begun to fall to fall to the ground but before they touch the ground.

They turned into small particles of light that surrounds Pray and they gathered around the hexagonal transparent plate panels behind her. Then the lights are absorbed by the strange wing like formation in her back.

Energy doesn’t disappear. They just transformed

What? What just happen? I don’t understand!?

I was shocked for a second then my mind was forcibly calmed down again, for the infinite times this evening.

She breaks down the matter into the pure energy state and absorbs them!

That is impossible and utterly broken.

“I’ll ask again Touma, do you want to save her? I know of a possible way to save her” She asked now with a serious edge on her voice. She didn’t even care that I tried to kill her.

“Y-Yes! I want to save Rin” I stuttered at first because I still can’t comprehend what’s happening but I manage to control myself fast.

“Do you want a quick way or a normal way?” Pray just ask calmly while tilting her head and looking at me. I also notice that she is wearing a dark blue attired this time. She is hard to notice with that kind of attire.

“A quick way! I can’t afford a normal way where I send her to the hospital. Many people will die and I know you will be the one doing the killing” I narrowed my eyes while stating the facts that yes, if things get out of hand. Pray would be force to end their lives and she will do it without any set of remorse or second thinking. That’s so like her character.

“That is just the way the world works” Pray doesn’t care and just cross her arms and stand at one feet.

“No it isn’t! Even if I don’t know much about the world, I at least know that it’s not right to kill anyone just because they irritates you, I also know you’re not normal or any members of the elder council that supports me” Me included in it but the words wasn’t spoken and Pray just raised her left eyebrows at my admission. She’s not even bothered by it.

“So? It’s not really the main point right now right? The main point is do you desire to save her?” She asks in the last question in a sing song voice. She knows my answer and is baiting me to answer the answer that she knew already.

“YES” A simple one word and that is enough to convey my feelings.

“Then go deeper into the altered world” huh? What does she mean?… wait….. Does she mean what I thought she meant? Because the chances of finding those types of items aren’t high at all.

“You do know that the chances of finding it there, isn’t actually high. It might not even exist at all. I’ve ventured there for years and leveled myself up a lot and killed lots of unique monsters and boss class monsters, but not even one had drop those type of items”

“You’re still trying to run away Touma. For someone as young as you to run away from such simple trouble… what happened to you?” Right now, Pray had ignored everything and just looked at my eyes and her eyes don’t hold any malice or any kind of strong emotions, aside from simple curiosity.

“I’m not running away!” Why does she assume that I’m running away if I didn’t even venture once outside of the city? I don’t get it.

“Touma. Touma. Touma” She start shaking her head and look at me like a child, that doesn’t understand anything at all.

“Touma, anyone who had played games, at least once, know that you won’t find everything in starting city. It’s called starting city for a reason” She is admonishing me like I don’t know anything.

“I know that, but why does that connects with my current problem of curing Rin” I’m currently hugging and hiding her away from Pray. I let her head rest on my chest and I feel her body trembling from my touch. She is really scared and traumatized. With every word Pray is saying, I can feel her body responds.

“You’re dodging the question and topic Touma. You know that in every game, there is a way to cure a certain status effect. If you haven’t found it yet, then it only means that you’re not searching that far into the story yet” She answers confidently and I also can’t rebuke her on her claim but I also can’t understand on how she can be so sure on that one.

“How can you even be so sure that it would be there? How can you so sure on what the Gamers Ability can do? And also how can you be so sure about the rules in the games or can be so confident to say that it would be there” I don’t understand her. I thought I finally understand her a bit but I still don’t know who Kusanagi Pray is.

“You’re asking too many questions but to answer it. I played games and designed some of them before” huh? What?

“I’m also the one who suggest using the game characters as the base and core for Type 00, I maybe not there when it’s being developed, but I’m there when the plan is being planned out. I did invent the prototype engine for the Academy City. That City prided themselves of their cutting edge technology, and I’m one of its early developer” Academy City? Huh? What? More questions keep on popping my head.

“If we’re talking about that City, we can also send her there for treatment. I know of a certain frog face doctor that can cure any ailments as long as the patient is alive” She keep on spouting nonsense that I don’t know what’s happening and what she’s talking about but the last one is someone that can probably save Rin, I maybe can ask that person for help.

“That last thing that you mentioned! That Doctor, are you sure he can cure any kind of ailments!?”I was desperate that even someone I don’t know, I will plead; I will even go down on my knees or do whatever he wants. Money? Not a problem if he can cure Rin.

“Academy City is in Tokyo, and you know going to Tokyo at this time of the day would be impossible. It’s possible if you run there by foot but by using the train?” She shakes her head. I don’t know what time it is but isn’t there a train scheduled for Tokyo even this late at night?

“Even if you’re that desperate to walk there all night, or even run from here, to there, it would still be useless. It would still be useless because you’re not allowed to enter that City. You can’t also enter that city. That’s impossible. If by some chance or miracle, you manage to enter it. Then you’re just deluding yourself. You didn’t manage to sneak in but you’re been allowed to sneak in. There is nothing you can hide with the director ruling that city” Pray sighed in the end and look at me again and ask the same question.

“Touma, do you want to save her?” She asks the same question again. I already answer it so why insist on asking the same question again? I don’t understand it.

“Yes!” I’m being frustrated with the repeated answer and question.

“Do you want to become a hero?” She then furrowed her brows and asks me a question I didn’t expect.

“No! Why does it even matter? That is not the important right now, what’s important is curing Rin” I can’t understand her at all.

“It’s important Touma but if you don’t want to become Hero then why do you want to save her?” sigh…

“She’s a Friend Pray, maybe because you don’t have one but friend is important. The dictionary and every book I said in human communication said so” and… I feel too that she is important…

“I admit. I don’t have any friends at all” Pray isn’t even fazed when I tried to attack her verbally.

“But I have family… and I try to keep them alive at all cost” There was a certain intensity there. That declaration… no it’s not a declaration but a promise. She meant it.

“Would you risk your life to save a friend Touma?” She asks again…. This is getting me angry.

“Yes” I said.

“Why?” She asked

“She’s a friend” I said

“That’s all? You’re risking your life because she’s a friend?” She asked

“Yes” I said

She then looked straight at me. Look hard and intense.

“You don’t want to become a hero?” She asked

“NO! We’re just going in circle here!” I shout

“Then go to the altered world Touma and ventured forth, deeper into it” she said

“But that is just a huge gamble and I don’t gamble with someone else life. (left unsaid was I don’t care for my own) It’s much better if I go to Tokyo now and go meet that doctor” I said

“Going to Academy city isn’t also a guaranteed to succeed” she said

“But it has better chance than gambling the chance in altered world” is my answer…

“If you go to academy city, it would take too long and her family would know what happen. If you want to lower the casualty to zero then go forth to the altered world and find the cure” She insist… no she just said or stated it, like it’s a normal fact… she doesn’t even care. This woman!

Grrrrrr!

“YOU JUST WANT ME TO GET STRONGER FAST BY GOING TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND IT’S NOT ABOUT CURING RIN!” I stand up while shouting. Rin still clings to me and I still hug her but I’m very careful and gentle to her.

“That’s true” She readily admits.

“Why you!” I tried to attack her again and this time around. I didn’t care for any bystanders that might see what’s happening. But I just called forth Energy Partisan after Energy partisan and launched towards her but every attack was dispersed when it becomes too close to her.

I still didn’t care and even called forth Setsuna [Flare] to use Shun-en and burned her but it still didn’t affect her at all.

I tried every attack I can and even charge forth my strongest attack and I didn’t care for what kind of damage it might take.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, she just looks at me bored, 4, 3, she then looks at Rin but she just looks at her like she is a trash! GRRR 2, 1, 0.

I launched the strongest attack I can call upon but the huge ball of energy didn’t manage to touch her at all.

The huge ball of energy just dispersed into smaller particle and all was absorbed.

Almost all of my energy was spent and I’m left tired a bit but my Stamina is regenerating, and the same can be said for Energy but I still felt helpless…

“Are you finished?” She asked me bored…

“Gruaaaaaaa” I tried to launch at her but a hand stopped me.

I looked at the owner of the hand behind me and I saw Beldum, smiling sadly at me and shake her head. She then looks at the crouching Rin that is hiding beside the chair, where we were seating.

“Rin!” I forgot my anger and just rush to her side. I hugged her again and settled her on my chest. Massaging her back and tried to calm her with soft whispered words.

‘Don’t try to run away Touma. You should know already that, your only chance of curing her in time is by going to the altered world. You don’t have any other methods to do so than gamble on this small miracle to happen. Plus, in that world .The world doesn’t hate you. The world won’t actively antagonize you or even stop you from being stronger. It might even help you if you really start moving forward” She then looks up to the sky above where the moon is peaking behind the clouds.

“So don’t run away and take the step forward. This time around, take that step forward on your own” She then looks at me and after looking at my eyes, she then start walking away.

“I’ll wait for you back home. I already know your answer so I’ll prepare the necessary items you will need” That is what she last said before I lost her presence. You won’t even hear her footsteps in this silent night. Like an assassin, she is.

“Rin” I whispered towards the girl who is trembling badly… it’s my entire fault that she become like this. I shouldn’t have let her become close to me. I shouldn’t have stopped them, even if I had to use force. I can do it.

I’m strong!

I’m not weak!

I can live on my own!

I started trembling and I’m trying to deny again the cruel reality in front of me.

I can’t blame Pray, I know her character. I can blame her for all I care but I’m making an excuse.

The fault lies on my own failure.

I can probably guess why Rin was there. She is probably visiting me because I promised that I would still play with her after my morning training, but I didn’t go and meet her in the park, which is why she decided to go and check my home.

This is my fault

‘Touma…. I’m scared” Rin whispered while trembling badly, it’s even hard to understand what she said but I can tell, I can feel and I know what she meant.

Cause and Effect.

Everything happens for a reason. I let them got close to me, despite my bad luck and this happens.

I know and I’ll take responsibility for it.

Something inside me is starting to change again.

Quest Update

Find “Remedy” to cure Rin

Success:

Reward 2% EXP and curing Shimura Rin [Best Friend)

Failure:

Death

Duration:

Until 6:00 AM Tomorrow.

Yes / No

This Gamers ability…. So you’re saying that I can find it there?

Then who am I to reject such offer.

I pressed Yes mentally and standing up. Rin looks at me confused and with her eyes red from all the tears she shed.

‘I’m sorry Rin, but this might be the last time we will be meeting with each other”

I then put her into sleep by using Rui [Illusions] to lullaby her to sleep. I’m not good with illusions because it’s my polar opposite in nature, so I’m limited in using Rui, but I can still manage to put a child into sleep by her illusions.

“Let’s go Beldum. We’re going back home”

She only nods and I didn’t go for running or walking.

I have already regenerated enough energy to get me back home in the fastest method.

I jumped into the air and create Moon Steps. I stepped onto them and begun my dash but I cast Madoka [Barriers] in front of me, to protect Rin and Mittelt from wind resistance, but to ensure their safety, I levitated them in their own and cocoon them in barriers.

I return as fast as I can and I saw that the damage done to my home is still present which is natural but I felt that the area around my house is distorted.

Can Pray cast illusion too? It felt that there is a heavy mist in the air.

The mist parted ways when I made contact, and I go directly inside.

I saw Pray sitting in the dining table with a basket of food in the table.

“I prepare Rations for you to use while you journey further” She didn’t move from her sitting position and I didn’t acknowledge her words at all.

I look inside the basket and it’s full of bread and rice for Stamina and Health Points, and also lots of sweets for Energy recovery.

Sugar recovers Energy fast while Carbohydrates restores Health and Stamina.

I put the items into the Inventory but I left some outside of the basket for quick use.

I also change my equipment for more suited in survival mission than stealth mission.

For helmet I equipped.

Cracked Helm of Protection – A standard silver color, iron helm with cross shaped designed at the front of the helm, this a good helm but its durability is rather low. But since I can smith, I can just fix it while resting.

+ 5 Defense

+ 20% Health Regeneration

For eyewear:

Silver monocle – it’s a single mirror eyepiece equipment. This equipment might be flashy but I needed defense

+ 2 Defense

+ 2 Magic Defense

For Earrings”

Regenerative Earrings – A single piece earring with three hanging crystals as design.

+ 20% Regeneration

For Armor:

Lesser Elemental Protection Vest – An ordinary leather strapped armor that gave good elemental damage resistance.

+ 5 Defense

+ 20% Elemental Resistance

For Belt:

Snake Skin Leather Belt – has a medium size pouch for items to be put on.

+ 3 Physical Defense

+ 10% Poison Resistance

Boots of Speed – A brown colored leathered shoes.

+20% Movement Speed

+ 2 Defense

For accessory:

Power Bangle – a yellow colored bangle with black outlining and a single pearl as center piece

+ 10% Power

On my left fingers are

Ring of Regeneration x 2 – a white simple ring with a circle with a star design as center piece

+25% Health regeneration

+25% Stamina Regeneration

+15% Energy Regeneration

Ring of Clarity – a simple crimson ring without decoration

+ 20% Energy Regeneration

Ring of Perseverance – A golden ring with ruby as gem.

+ 20% Regeneration

For quick items that Pray prepares

Bread Roll x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Cheese Sandwich x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Melon Bread x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Rice Ball x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Chocolate Bar x 20 – Heals 30% Energy

Chocolate Candy x 20 – Heals 30% Energy

Fruit Candy x 20 – Heals 30% Energy

I also have stacked a bit of healing items in my inventory that I can use in case of emergency.

Now, preparations are complete time to make a move.

“Wait” Pray’s finally had spoken from her sitting position but she didn’t move. She only speaks.

I didn’t turn back but I wait for what she may say.

“Remember, Touma. Energy doesn’t disappear. They just transformed. I’m the reason on why you can manipulate the Energy and it’s also because of me, that you’re friend had been hurt” I can’t believe she’s saying this now. She’s admitting her fault but she won’t still acknowledge Rin, what a shrewd person Pray is.

“So, I would just let you know that, I’ll be waiting for your safety return. Come back no matter what. Even if you don’t find the cure” Pray…. She still cares for me but she only cares for me…

“I will, I will come back for Rin!, and I will find the cure!. For sure!” I made a declaration and I start the activation.

“Then remember what I said “Energy doesn’t disappear. They just transformed” and don’t be afraid to take that one final step forward” That is what I last heard from Pray.

World Reject! Dungeon Make Orc Field! Use 7000 Energy Compensation!


In between lines “Kusanagi Pray”

He is just like her that it hurts.

He has the same faults that would lead to his death someday but there is one difference.

He can still be saved.

He is afraid to take that one final step forward.

He said in his mind that he is fine to die for the others but I can tell, his heart says differently.

It’s like the soul and body doesn’t mix.

I don’t know what Aleister did but he said that he is needed to save the world.

We just believe him because he never fails us even once and we have the same goal but seeing him now?

I’m questioning his beliefs.

That boy is afraid to die.

Its human instinct to be afraid to die but there is something different from him.

Like a deep seeded experience that stops him from reaching his potential.

He is not afraid to get hurt for the others but when his life is in the line.

The body and mind becomes out of tune and he became easy to be read and easy to panic.

I know that his body adjustment isn’t finished because the researchers had gotten afraid that he might be stolen too, but it’s probably better if they send him to the Kihara’s first, to get his final adjustment.

His variety of abilities doesn’t reflect his overall ability.

If I would to guess he is probably only level 2 or 3.

His control over his ability is too weak.

He goes for raw power but the way he fights, isn’t reliant to it.

The show of power is just for show.

He is scared to get hurt which is why he attacks from the safe area, but when he knows that it’s useless, he forces his body to move, even if it doesn’t which made his mind and body clash with each other.

He seeks to overwhelm his opponent so he won’t need to kill it but it won’t be enough for enemies that are evil at its core or have different moral values.

He knows that thinking of sparing his enemy in the middle of the fight would just get him killed which is why he hesitates but he still follows.

He is human enough to know his life means more than the others, even if his doing it subconsciously.

Power won’t solve everything and he knows it, but he still seeks it so he won’t fail again but power isn’t absolute.

He also knows this why is why he seeks diversity over specialization in battle but when his life is in danger, his survival instincts kicks in which narrows his rational thinking in the battlefield and in result, he choose to destroy just to survive.

He is a walking contradiction.

Maybe because it’s his upbringing which meant our fault… no it’s most likely their fault. I’m not even there when he was born or was I around when they do their yearly meeting. It’s just too troublesome to travel.

Ow, who am I kidding? I’m also one of the one who condemns his fate.

He was clearly taught wrong which is why he is a walking mess.

He first learn to Survive to Live

He learns to deceive and hide something from the very person that takes care of him, because he can’t trust him.

He learns to stand on his own two feet before he even knows what it means to live.

After learning the value of Surviving, he then learns to kill, to live.

To kill something alien and to kill something like him.

He learns the needs to kill, to live, but he still can’t understand what it means to truly live.

After learning to kill someone, he first had an experience of Kindness.

This sign of kindness might be some form of punishment to him, it reminds him of his failure but this kindness had also finally shows him the value to live.

And for the first time he starts to question further his reason of living.

But he also finds out that he is not someone that was born out of love but out of desperation.

He finds out his twisted origin, but then he was forced to learn how to fight.

But he doesn’t know anything.

He learns kindness but it hurts him.

He has a family but it’s a lie.

He has relatives but it only views him as a means to reach the ends.

He doesn’t know what to do anymore which is why he is scared.

He is scared to die without finding any meaning about his life.

This meaning is something that wasn’t force onto him but something he wish on his own.

But right now, the one that shows him kindness is hurt, which is why he was forced to face down his own fears but his will to live, to find answers is still too strong that its unconsciously blocking his true potential.

The will to live was strongly engraved into him that it made Pray think that it’s maybe his upbringing but it’s she felt that there is more to it.

Something he yearns for but I can’t tell what it is.

I can’t tell because he himself doesn’t know what it is.

He is really is a walking contradiction.

He doesn’t want to become a hero but he is doing his best to save his friend.

Only a hero would do that…but then again.

People shouldn’t be grouped into hero and villain.

If the people in the world were grouped into two categories, the world would probably be filled with villain.

People can’t live without taking advantage of others hard work.

Pray can’t help but sigh and shakes her head. She also takes a look on the dolls that where left behind to protect that brat and that sin.

The dolls where guarding those two too seriously. I won’t kill those two.

He will hate me further and I don’t want that to happen.

Living with him had become a bit interesting.

I want to experience it more, so I would let those two live.

But I would probably would need to get a DNA or blood sample for that baby. That baby is too suspicious for me.

That sin isn’t normal. Now, that I’m having free time to observe the baby girl.

Something is special about her.

Half-breed?

There was a chance that she had received a gift but I wonder who her mother is.

The fallen won’t just breed with anybody.

They will pick the best to breed with.

Even if the fallen has the largest in terms of numbers for the biblical faction, they lack the power to back up their numbers.

They are more quantity over quality.

They tried to fix it in later generations, by going with potential mate that has potential and not just any beautiful bitch in heat, but old habits die hard. Sure, they take and kidnapped those who had potential, and had taken them as mates, but they still didn’t stop in their despicable ways.

While the fallen are free to do what they want, the demons stay the same.

Angels, Fallen and Demons. These three would forever kill each other but I wish that they won’t involve humans in their petty fight, though angels only involved if things are turning for the worse or when they are ordered to intervene. Their race is always the observers. They do the wait and see plan, and when things are turning for the worse, they will finally act.

Angels follows the rules and are just

Fallen are free to do what they do

Demons are beings of evil

The demons had kept their power for millennia.

The demons kept their blood pure and made their power more concentrated, especially in the royal family.

Last time I had to slay those black ball throwing freaks, I had a hard time. I actually got dirty because of their annoying attacks.

Hmm… the politics in the supernatural world sure becomes complicated when they start meddle more with the humans.

I actually preferred with dealing with local super natural than migrating super natural, just because the main lands are already occupied by different myths and sect, they decide to populate on new lands.

As much as I hate outsiders, I hate locals more.

They didn’t do anything when their influence was being challenge and just decided to leave them be.

I love mutilating them.

Darn, outsiders and their hypocrisy

They look down on humans but they learn from them. I want them dead.

Sigh… it’s getting boring while waiting here.

Looking at those dolls again, a mischievously smile appears in Pray’s angelic/demonic face.

“I’m bored” She whispered and two lights appear beneath the dining table.

They soon grow in size and materialize beside her.

One was standing in pure white armor. Its height is around 5’8 and has a slim feminine body. It has long white coat design armor. It has sharp claws for its hand and feet. In its back are the familiar hexagonal transparent panels that are arrange to form a wing like structure. In its right hand is a black rod with several buttons. When it presses one of the buttons, a hologram panel shows up and it started typing on it.

The other one standing is huge, it’s taller than the house ceiling which is why it become broken again. It stands in probably 3.5 to 4 meters tall. It’s colored blue and has slim body but has huge shoulders and hips. It shoulders had 4 thrusters on it and 2 on its back. The hips have 2 thrusters on each hip and surrounding the tall blue figure are 4 floating, large long barrel cannons.

This two standing beside pray shows an imposing figure that Pray can’t help but smirks when he saw the dolls trembling before her two daughters.

The steel type doll had immediately picked up the baby and the wind type had carried the girl. While the fire type stands at the front middle and the lightning in her right and earth on her left.

Even if they won’t win they still stand in front of her.

They are really his reflection.

“Don’t worry I won’t kill those two. I just want to test you dolls. For someone that reflects his inner world, you dolls are pretty weak and for someone that should act independently, you girls rely too much on him. I just want to test you lot” They become more tense after hearing what I plan, they also start looking around.

Are they afraid I would end up destroying the house?

“You girls really don’t know anything or maybe it’s his fault for not knowing how the world works”

Another light had emerged from below and it now materializes into something like a circular steel contraption.

It’s a hollowed circle that has various wires around it. A top of the circular contraption was a plate with an engraving of STARGATE and below it is Made in Kihara.

The contraption then starts spinning and various lights starts flashing and lightning current starts to fly in the air and it began a humming sound.

I notice the lightning type to gasp but I ignore the dolls and just concentrated on the contraption.

“The science had further advance than the world or super natural world knew. We’re fighting a war here, and we’re not planning on loosing”

Then the circular machine produces a distortion in the middle of the ring.

The distortion is starting to affect the area around it but it stopped when a hole appeared.

A hole in an open space.

“Come on, I already chosen a place where we can play around and won’t have problem in destroying some stuff. You can also bring those two with you and you don’t need to worry. The place I choose has oxygen in it.” Pray start walking towards the hole when she notices that the dolls aren’t following her.

“Relax, it’s just a transportation portal. Now, come one. If you people made me wait on the other side of the gate for half a minute, I will come back and kill you all” Pray made that threat to wake them up from shock state but they began to tremble and panic more.

Pray just sighed and walked into the hole.

I hope Touma comes back quick. I’m started to get bored more.

“I want some ice cream”


Part 42

Status”

Orc Slayer

“Kusanagi” Touma

Level – 52

HP – 5300

STA – 5250

EN – 7220

STR – 11

DEX – 13

VIT – 10

INT – 202

WIS – 52

LUCK – EX

STATUS POINTS – 15

Currently equipped Title: Orc Slayer

Increase damage to Orc Race by 100%

Increase Critical damage against Orc Race by 300%

Increase Critical change against Orc Race by 25%

Increase attack rate to Orc Race by 50%

Increase dodge rate to Orc Race by 50%

Increase insight to Orc Race by 50%

Increase defense against Orc Race by 50%

Increase movement speed when facing Orc Race by 25%

I don’t have time to play around here in Fuyuki.

I’ve been fighting in this city that I knew all of the roads and shortcuts around the city; I even have few ideas on some houses where I was usually thrown around or when I tried to hide.

I already realized with Pray pointing it out that I’m afraid to go further than the city border. I felt safe inside this city where I grew familiar and knew that I can survive. Outside there is a total alien world for me but I need to go.

I need to find cure for Rin or else…

Charging an AOE attack to clear my surrounding, I began my preparation by maxing the available Globe of Invulnerability. I also surround myself with [Barrier] mirrors of Madoka that was centered on a hexagonal form of energy partisan.

I remember what Pray said about energy and I would like to try and copy her move but I know that reality is farther from the truth. I don’t have any clue on what set of commands she inputted in those energy panels but I would like to try an experiment.

Recharging and buffing myself, I readied for the inevitable swarm of enemies.

I launched the charged attack after getting my Energy full again. It created a huge explosion that gave me the necessary time for me to exit but I didn’t take the roads and instead dash upwards.

Creating moon step on the way and I start climbing higher.

I entertained the idea of creating wings but it would just takes too much command for me to use it. Maneuvering in the sky would limit my variety in attacking and defense. I can only have 8 active skills at the same time. I already always active the barrier skill and Madoka’s mirror and those two alone cost me 2 active skills. I can only launch 6 attacks while being defensive. If I add the flight skill into it, it would probably cost me 2 skills, one for trust and other for movement. That would leave me with only 4 possible attacks and 1 of those attacks are already reserve for summoned beings. 3 possible attack patterns are too low for my liking.

So creating moon steps using Madoka’s mirror would be more ideal.

As I ascend higher, I notice that the flyer’s Batrider and Wyvernrider are starting to surround me.

I don’t have time with them so I evade them by increasing my dash speed but dashing skills had weakness.

It can only move at the straight path and they are currently blocking it.

The enemies are becoming smarter and more used against me, as times goes by. It becomes harder to kill them.

I tried moving my right hand forward to kill the, as I dash around, but they just evade it and the Wyvernrider position its spear to slice my head off.

Having my right hand limited in range is really hurting me in this battle. I want to save energy but it would probably be impossible.

I control the wind around me by inputting the necessary command to show the necessary results.

I blow the wind away and some of the flyers were also blown away and when they tried to get closer, another result as shown.

The results are all the flying type with 20 meter range, are start to lose their ability to fly. Well they fall 20 meters below me, the updraft of wind is present again and they manage to fly.

I managed to create a space where the wind doesn’t blow and the flyers can’t fly through it just by gliding in. I push away all the wind that would be used by the flyers and they would need to fly on their own. But their wing long can’t take the weight of the combine body of the beast and the rider, so they fall down.

This is only a temporary measure so I can have a better footing in the air.

After I had managed to set my footing in the sky, I prepare for my next plan.

I started then to control the lightning around me and set them for magnetism.

Something inside me is starting to change again

Setting my shield as negative charge and also creating negative charge energy partisan behind me, I created around 100 and compress them. Doubling the power inside of the energy partisan, after that I set to control the wind around me and made them form a tunnel like formation in front of me, I then compress them too and when all the preparations was done, I was set like a human cannon ball.

I launched the compress wind in front of me, forward; it blows away the monsters that are trying to gather in front of me. It also formed a wind tunnel that stretches further. I then release the energy on my back and the negative charge particles are starting to repel the negative charge particle barrier. As a result, I was launched like a railgun in the air.

Everything that collided with my heated barrier exploded in gore and sprayed blood everywhere. But the blood that got near the barrier evaporates due to the high temperature.

I move beyond my normal speed and crossed the prefecture in seconds.

Moving in around Mach 7, with lesser Energy used than direct conversion of energy to propulsion, I set my target in to the main lands.

I don’t have time to move from one town to another. If I’m aiming for the item type remedy, I should move more inland’s and if there is no change there, I would aim for the nearest country possible.

But I think that I’m in the right path, the flyers here are already higher in level than the ones in Fuyuki. They also had more abilities and more savage in attacking the barriers, I set up around me.

The batrider are also growing larger and the bouts of fire that they spew are becoming hotter and more concentrated.

The wyvernriders are forming formation and are lounging at high speed from above with their spears, pose to stab me but the moment they tried to intercept me, they just exploded in chunks, if their stand in the collision course but if they are only grazed, they just got throw on one of the houses below.

The speed is too fast for me to truly comprehend on what’s happening but I should probably set on where I would be fired, because I feel that I’m just continuously moving at the same horizontal lane. I don’t want to be thrown further and went outside of Japan, so after passing a rather big wyvernrider. I made drastic measures to stop my makeshift transportation.

I didn’t bother to inspect my surrounding, it’s not like I can, with how fast I’m moving. Everything is just a blur and I only need to stop. That’s what I thought at this moment and I probably should be wise enough to think some other method but by my speed. I expect to be nearing the border of Japan and I don’t want to end in the middle of the sea, where I don’t have any ability to control and manipulate water.

So I used the quickest way to deal with the current super speed transportation event. I mentally ordered the barriers that I used as transportation, to collapse but I made a miscalculation. The force is already applied and according to Isaac Newton’s first law. Unless another equal force had countered the force that pushed me, I would continue to move forward.

“Ugghh” Okay, that’s the other force that is countering my movement, friction against the air.

I shouldn’t have dispelled the barrier. That was a blunder and a mistake.

I expect to continue to move forward but without the strong shield that protects me from outside force, I would be left unprotected.

So when I rammed through an oversized wyvern.

The two colliding force exerts against each other. And even if the force behind my movement is probably stronger, the wyvern rider is just a bigger wall that can withstand the force. I manage to stop but I ended up falling and the wyvern rider that I rammed into was also thrown a few meters away.

But instead of falling from the sky, I didn’t expect to be attacked immediately by an unknown flyer ramming its tail on my mid-section.

“Guh!” I was thrown fast, my direction is towards one of the large 2 story house below but if I ended up falling, this high in the sky and with this speed. There is a high chance I might end up dead.

First is to slow my descent. Creating multiple Madoka [Barrier] on the path of my fall, I slow down my acceleration. The pain from hitting the barrier is there, but it only lasted for a second and with how fast I’m falling, I would need a lot of them. I can hear the multiple barriers that I set up, shatter liked broken mirrors.

But falling fast from high above isn’t my only problem. The sky is currently blacken by large flying creatures, thee current size of the Batrider and Wyvern riders are around 10 meters for batrider and more than 13 meters for the wyvernriders. Their levels are also something to not laugh about…

The current levels of the monsters that are roaming in the sky are around higher 80’s

They are 30 levels above me.

Scan”

Explosion Menace

Troll Bat Rider

LVL 87

HP 9270

The Bat Rider rides the sky and bring explosion and destruction in their wake”

Status:

Strength: 86

Endurance: 57

Agility: 66

Luck: 13

Trait:

Burning Blood: If the unit dies, it will cause burning explosion to its surrounding.

Ability:

Fire: The ability to manipulate fire

Less Resistance: receives less air resistance, which doubles their speed in the air

Rapid Fire: halves the time needed to reload another exploded solution.

Attack:

Exploding Concoction: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit hurls a bottle full of exploded fuel.

Fire Blast: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit breaths a flame to anyone who comes close.

Fireworks: Unique skill of this specific unit. Hurls multiple exploding concoction that cause massive explosion

Weakness:

Ice

Magma Blower

Wyvern Rider

LVL 89

HP 9470

The Wyvernrider throws their spear precise with accuracy.”

Status:

Strength: 95

Endurance: 57

Agility: 58

Luck: 11

Trait:

Concentrated Aim: Increase accuracy but slows the attacking speed.

High Concentration: Can’t easily be distracted or confused

Keen Sense: Can easily perceived an attack and allows the unit to dodge and counter

Ability:

Fire: The ability to manipulate fire

Extreme Speed: Triples the speed while in the moving through air

Attack:

Magma Spear: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit hurls a spear engulf by explodes in burning magma

Molten Blade: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit attacks anyone nearby by its burning weapon.

Flame Breath: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit breaths burning magma, onto its enemies.

Weakness:

Ice

Just looking at their new stats, I can tell that I’m screwed.

I feel my body trembling and my fight or flight instincts starts to kick in but I willed my body to fight.

I need to get that item for Rin.

But just looking at them and not the status, my stomach is churning and I feel my will slowly crumbling.

I’m not even 1 meter tall and I’m already up against more than ten times my size.

I know the risk of going outside of my safety zone but I didn’t expect for it to be this hard. I’m trembling and I’m scared. I can see the massive spear of the Wyven Rider, being pointed at me and its smoking tip where super-heated by molten magma. Getting hit once would be fatal. I would need to dodge, but where? They are everywhere and to make matters worse.

They can move faster than one and more freely in the air.

The Bat Riders are start tossing smoking concoction at me and I can only protect myself by setting a barrier, in front of me but when it made contact, the barrier just exploded and I was thrown further and my speed increases again.

I was to create a solid landing in the air by compressing it like how I them for moon step but I added further with multi-layered barriers, with small space in between.

I prioritize on stopping my descent than my HP. So, I made them more compact and more strongly but it works so it’s fine. I felt the aching back for a second but I didn’t have time to rest with the bat riders’ continuous assault of exploding bottles, the wyvern riders are also approaching from my side and above.

I used my left hand as spring and pushed upward to dodge an attacked from below.

Even with multiple barriers, the attacked went through and broke it all. It just shows how powerful the current enemies are. When I tried to maneuver myself on attacking using my right hand, it already retreated and out of my reach but the ones attacking on my side had managed to come close.

I twisted my body to avoid the flying beast but I didn’t manage to avoid the attack completely.

The superheated spear had grazed my armor and had pierced it easily. The armor didn’t even offer any resistance from the attack. The attacking power is just too high for the armor to work. I felt the skin in my stomach and my back, got grazed and burned by the spear. I also felt the heat invaded my body but the Gamers body prevented further feedback of the damage.

While the two attacks from my side are still happening, the attacks from above are already approaching, by the time the two wyvern rider had passed me by half a meter, the spear of the enemy from above had stab my foot and had dragged me with it.

I can feel the pain in my foot. It burns and aches that even with the gamers body stopping the response of the pain, it still completely manage to block all pain that I continuously feel while the spear is stabbed through my left leg.

The wyvern rider had raised his spear and together with it, I was dangled up in the air and brought my body towards its face. Its face is hidden by a rather thick helmet that I can only see its eyes. I also notice the clothing’s of the Crc had change. It wears now heavy armor with thick furs, layered around it. The armor around the mouth area of the orc had parted ways and I saw its big mouth roars.

“GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”

I feel the heat from its mouth and I see his saliva, drooling from his mouth. A bubbling manga is starting to come out of its throat and its preparing for a breath attack.

I can feel in my face from the breath but I didn’t stop from attacking, I used my right hand and punched his head. It exploded in particles and I was left falling down thanks to gravity but my left foot would be useless.

Disabled (Left Leg) under disabled negative status effects are Shattered Bones, Damaged Muscles and Severed Nerves and Blood vessels. It made my left leg completely useless but I’m thankful for the enemies superheated weapon. It burned the insides which prevent another negative status effect, Bleeding.

I used my telekinesis to move the disabled leg but it would just add up to my sustained active skills.

As I’m falling, the enemies surrounding me are already approaching fast; they are far too fast for me to fight them in their territory. I can try to catching them but I would burn my energy fast. I would need to retreat and fight on safer grounds.

I create a Barrier and used it as a stepping stone. I cling to it using my left hand and angled my jumped but an enemy had accelerated fast that it broke through the barrier. I lose my footing and a burning spear is approaching, I angled my body around it but the wyvern rider swiped his spear horizontally, I tried to duck below the strike but because I’m so busy with the opponent, in front of me, I’m late to counter attack against the enemy from below.

“Gah” I received an electric shock from below and I didn’t manage to fully react against the enemies swing and I got hit and thrown further down. But my location of drop is not the place I indented too. I’m falling into the mass of Giant Grunts.

They already stand around 2 meter tall when I first saw them but now, they are around 13 – 15 meters tall. The houses around the area are being ignored, when they bulldozed through it, to just reach me with their giant mace and Morningstar.

Barbaric Orc

Grunt

LVL 87

HP 11150

The grunts are the basic warrior soldiers of the Orc clan. They are used to pillage and capture human settlements”

Status:

Strength: 110

Endurance: 98

Agility: 16

Luck: 8

Trait:

Brute: Ignore damage receives and would continue attacking until the unit is dead.

Iron Skin: Halves Physical Damage Received

Savage: doubles attack speed in exchange for halving the accuracy.

Ability:

Berserker Strength: Doubles strength and Physical Defense.

Primal Roar: Increase strength and defense of friendly unit.

Attack:

Full Swing: This unit uses its weapon to attack the enemy with all its strength.

Resistance: Physical Attack

“ROAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!” The grunt where I was aimed to be thrown roars and every grunt in the area follows. A deafening blast echoes in the city and can probably be heard by nearby city.

The roar of the green monsters didn’t stop from the landing vicinity. It spreads all throughout the nearby streets and spreads forth through the whole city. Every humanoid monsters in the city answers to the call and they respond. This begins the hunt.

I need to run!

I stopped my motion by layering multi layered barrier in front of me, making each of them stronger and thicker and with little gap in between. I slammed into it and broke some of them but I was finally stopped when I broke nearly half of them.

I need to escape!

I can feel them approaching.

It’s a good thing that grunts are all about brutish strength. I would probably receive a fatal damage from of those swings. I better evade and plan my movement.

When I bent down onto the barrier, I felt an attack from above. I didn’t bother to know that the flyers are started throwing their concoction and spears at me. I can also see an upcoming huge spear aimed at me.

Even the headhunters had become bigger. They are around 8 – 10 meters with spears that is made of 7 meter thick steel body and a 3 meter long pointed blade. The spear looks scary, and its color is pure black up to the tip of the blade.

I didn’t bother to be cautious of my energy and just pump 400 Energy on each leg.

I manage to evade the attack from above and to my immediate surrounding but I’m still not safe, the grunt is faster than my normal speed but I’m still faster with a bit of air manipulation, where I reduced the wind resistance against me. They will surely surround me at this pace so I used dash away to further escape.

The area where I landed is alien to me. I’m sure I’m sure I’m around Hokkaido but I don’t know the exact location. I can see the sea when I’m falling so I’m probably either in Soya or Okhotsk area. The area I’m in is in residential area but the roads are wide and the houses aren’t that many. The terrain is plain and most of the lands are for agricultural use. I can’t hide here in an open area. It would be easy to dodge and move around in the open area but it’s not only advantageous to me but for my opponents too, though I notice now that the enemies aren’t as many when they are smaller. Their number is still large but it can’t be compared to when they are small. Their numbers right now is probably around 80 to 100 at most. It can’t be compared to ant like numbers, when they are as small as humans.

Still, even if their numbers isn’t that many, they are still far stronger and have more diversified skills.

I run around the open area and when a grunt stands in front of me, I evade to the side and punch the extending fist with my right hand.

They are far larger and faster but having a smaller body would still be advantageous in this battle, though I fear if those fist hits me. The grunts fist alone is bigger than me and when it hits the ground it creates crater and their weapons produce shockwaves that can throw me off the ground if I’m not careful.

After taking care of the one blocking me, I dodge to the side, and then a large beam of lightning went through a second after I move from it. The shaman’s control over lightning had become stronger.

I didn’t stop after dodging the attack and start dashing away again. A swarm of locust is coming. They are following me with precise control. I look around for the source and I saw the witch doctor can now even control insects to do its bidding. And the insects aren’t ordinary insects. Everything that the swarm touches was eaten away. Even the earth or tree was being eaten fast and only leaving gouges of earth on the ground and trunks in the tree.

Demon Enchanter

Witch Doctor

LVL 87

HP 9705

MP 8750/10170

The healer and demon worshiper of the clan. Its mere presence in the battle field boosts the morale of the clan and brought despairs on the enemy.”

Status:

Strength: 58

Endurance: 67

Agility: 41

Magi: 98

Luck: 8

Trait:

Healing Aura: Friendly unit that are near the unit will have faster regeneration.

Soul Gatherer: Whenever a unit dies, this unit can sacrifice their soul to the demons and restore its mana.

Ability:

Voodoo Doll: Amplify the damage received of the target

Healing Wave: Heals nearby unit with each wave of energy.

Agent of Beelzebub: Calls the deadly swarms that follows the king of fly and control them to attack, defend or support the clan.

Attack:

Poison Flask: Unique Skill of the unit. The unit throws a bottle full of poisonous substance.

This is bad but manageable… is what I want to think

They are faster which is why I need to be faster too but I’m consuming energy far too fast. I can’t even use it to fire counter attacks from afar.

It’s also didn’t help that they just ignore it.

I tried launching a Burning Twisted Partisan, Charged Drill Partisan and even the Compact Drill Partisan are being either deflected or outright ignored. This running juggernaut just ignored my attacks from afar.

I need to hide.

My breathing is becoming erratic and my skin is paling. I’m not getting enough oxygen.

I want to curse but I don’t have time. The oxygen in the area is being burned faster with the way the wyvern rider and bat rider keep making thinks burn and explode.

I would die here.

I need to escape.

Charging for another explosive dash but before I used it to dash away, I was forced to dodge massive spears, that were thrown by the headhunters. As I was dodging, I didn’t notice the upcoming burning mortars from above.

City Destroyer

Demolisher

LVL 83

HP 8600

It hurls molten rocks against its enemy.

Status:

Strength: D

Endurance: 30

Agility: 5

Luck: 15

Trait:

Peon: Has an aid that loads the demolisher with rocks

Wooden Construction: The body is sturdy but it’s made up of wood and steel.

Ability:

Burning Oil: The hurled rocks was burned until its melting and turned into magma.

Attack:

Burning Mortar: Unique skill for this unit. It hurls molten rocks towards its enemy.

Weakness:

Fire

I was being led! Is what Touma thought.

Charging for another explosive dodge to get out of the situation at hand, Touma didn’t expect for chains to start sprouting from underground and ended up tying him in place.

“What!?” Touma was shocked and confused, where did this come from?

Looking around for a split second, he spotted them. The ones who also manage to entangle him and drag him to the mini-boss, last time they dive into the altered world.

Swift Blade

Raider

LVL 89

HP 9600

The raiders are the saboteurs of the clan. They are experts in every terrain battle and can are good at capturing their pray.”

Status:

Strength: 76

Endurance: 35

Agility: 98

Luck: 14

Trait:

Veteran: Masters in the battlefield. They know how to maneuver the troops and their own to have advantage against their enemies.

Speed Demon: In flat terrain, their speed are tripled in an even terrain, their speed is double.

Ability:

Steel Chain: Can entangle enemies from afar, they can use it to drag their enemies from above to the ground or bind an enemy from afar, so they can’t escape. They can also use it to drag their opponents to their ranks.

Attack:

Exploding Slash: Unique skill of the unit. The units sword is unique that whenever it meets its enemy, the enemy will received additional damage, aside from slash damage, they will received exploding damage that were meant to bring structures down.

Resistance: Slash Type Attacks.

It stands around the same height of the grunt but its mounted on a massive black wolf, so the actual unit is probably smaller. The body is fully armored by black leather armor with a massive fur around its body. It has huge steel helmet that covers its whole head and one can only see a glimpse of its eyes from the slits on its helmet. It carries a massive silver blade on its right arm. The blade is even larger than the rider but he can wield it like it’s nothing and even the massive wolf, doesn’t feel the weight of the monster blade.

They are around 5 of them and they keep on pilling steel chains on me. Looking up above, I can see the mortars, burning spears, exploding concoction and massive spears approaching.

I tried dispelling the chains with my right hand but they just do it over.

I can only time my movement in one go.

Charging my legs for anther explosive dash, I brought my right hand above and swipe every chains from up to below and when everything was dispel, I dash to the side before another batch was latch unto me.

What I didn’t expect is when I was when I’m moving an electrical cage was surrounding me.

Lightning Caller

Shaman

LVL 88

HP 9595

MP 9400/10225

Calls forth the storm to destroy and traps the enemies and empowers the units from the Orc race”

Status:

Strength: 64

Endurance: 53

Agility: 59

Magi: 94

Luck: 8

Trait:

Storm Caller: Calls forth natural lightning to create defensive shield around the unit.

Ability:

Blood Lust: Awakens the inner animalistic of the Orc. It triples the attack speed but doubles the received damage.

Purge: Curse the target with lightning current. It electrifies the nervous system of the target and slows their movement down.

Lightning Cage: Traps an opponent within a electrified field.

Attack:

Lightning Bolt: Hurls lightning charge attacks.

Lightning Spear: Hurls a massive stream of lightning attack

Weakness:

Water

“Wa-graaaaaaaa!. KABOOM!” I was shocked, then electrocuted and then I was thrown back by the massive concentration of attacks. I feel my body aches and the massive grunts are approaching. But I was Paralyzed and can’t move. I can dispel this if it’s a curse or a magic attack but it’s not. It’s my nervous system shutting down because of the massive influx of electricity that hits my body. I can recover myself by using my own manipulation of electricity to counter it but I’m tired.

I’m tired.

I want to sleep.

I have done enough right?

What am I fighting for again?

Why do I feel that I’m forgetting something?

[Brat, is that all you can do? Did that little shock had given you amnesia or you’re just proving me that you’re really a defective product] I heard an annoying voice that I keep hearing for months now. I know who he is and I often plead for his help, but he still continues to refuse on helping me.

He keeps calling me “Defective Product”

[I’m tired now old man, if you’re not going to help then shut up.] Is what Touma said to the voice inside that whispers mocking words, every time it spokes

[What about your friend? have you forgotten her already just because of the overwhelming odds? Your disappointing and a defective product won’t be enough to label something like you. You’re just a trash] A heavy dose of venom can be felt leaking from the voice ask

[Friend?…!] What am I doing! How can I forget the reason I’m here just because of oversized monsters. They are still the same, they just become more annoying than ever.

[It looks like you still have some fight in you] the voice tone had change but it’s still full of mockery and disdain.

[Fine brat, I will help you from now on. With my help, the great old me, can recycle a garbage and turn it into a usable product] his voice is still mocking but there is a little warmth that can feel from it

[Call my name brat and we will destroy your enemy but just remember, even if I help you. It won’t change anything if you can’t take that one last step] still full of mockery and disdain, this old man had decided to help but he still doesn’t acknowledge me a bit as the current clan head. The same can be said for the previews leaders. They can’t believe that the clan would stand so low that they will entrust it into a human abomination.

[Shut up old man, if you’re going to help then shut up and help me!. Let’s turn this battlefield into wasteland!]

Using 1000 energy on the skill and with Koku’s form of power, the seventh form of power [Flash Cast], it ignores the preparation time, charging time or chanting needed for the skill to be used. One just needs to provide the necessary energy for the skill.

I can’t stand but I can feel the power. I compress the greater storm energy bomb and put all the energy needed to fire its maximum charge.

Above me is an ethereal form an eastern dragon. The dragon isn’t massive and it’s only around the size of an adult human with the length of around 5 meters. Its head had several horns and it has one massive eye and a big mouth full of sharp teeth and a slithered coiling tongue.

KOKU! [Flash Cast] Compress then Fire!”

The eye shines and power surge forth. Its massive mouth opens and inside of it is the Greater Storm Energy Bomb being compressed (which cost an additional 1000 energy usage) and was launch into the enemy in the form of massive laser beam.

In this world where only night can be experience and the only light that can be seen from above the sky and the horizon was from the enemies that continuously bombarding my frail and bloody body.

A massive beam of energy was fired north and was drag clockwise.

Then massive explosions were felt around me and the darkness of the night was blown away.

From the darkness there was light

Just wait for me Rin!


In between lines “Shibuya Rin”

“I’m scared, Touma where are you” Rin was scared… she is terribly scared and she’s heartbeat is fast and she is currently curled up and shaking beside Beldum who become stronger and is now Metang, in her human form.

They are currently in an unknown place where the floor is made of steel and above them is covered in glass. But the glass is not an ordinary glass, it can withstand the countless explosion that shakes the place and even the steel floor is remain unscathed even with the entire massive explosion occurring.

The place is unknown to the girls that continuously trying to hurt the demon but all their efforts so far are futile.

Metang who is beside Rin is also protecting her but Rin can’t find courage inside of her to care on what’s happening around her.

“Touma… where are you” She is currently unable to think clear and can only shakes and hide her face in her hips that she is currently hugging.

Metang who is beside her, is also carrying the crying Mittelt and she is trying to make her stop crying but with how loud the surrounding, her attempt is futile and she can only lament their current situation.

“Uwwaaa uwaaa” The crying Mittelt can be heard but it only intensifies Rin’s shaking.

The crying baby doesn’t help the situation. It only made Rin become more scared.

“hahahaha!” It also didn’t help that Rin can heard the laugh of that demon.

Rin can still remember the face of the demon that hunts her nightmare yesterday.

She didn’t manage to sleep and can only silently cry in her bed. She doesn’t want to worry her parents and she believes in Touma.

Touma would protect her but where is he now?

“Touma you liar…” Rin can only continue to sob and cry.

Rin can still remember the first time they met or rather, the first time she can think and remember of her own.

Touma had already met Rin when she was just a baby and can’t think for her own.

It’s been more than a year since they met, but Rin can only remember it as only a year.

[Flashback]

She was brought by her father to visit a friend.

A lonely but trusted friend that her father assured will be her first true friend.

Rin was scared at first when he first saw him.

His eyes are cold and her voice is emotionless.

Rin is really scared of him but her father assured him that it’s fine.

His father introduced her to him and he only nods and he continues to what he is doing.

Her father had gone to the kitchen and prepared to make a meal and he left her together with the cold boy.

He doesn’t look away from the book that he is looking at.

Since he is not going to say anything, Rin decides to ask him what he is doing.

He said he is Reading.

He is reading.

He should be the same age as her but he is already reading the book.

Rin doesn’t understand it back then that he is reading and she only thinks that he is looking at the picture book but when he saw that there is no picture at it. She was confused but since he is not talking, she lost interest at him.

Rin had decided to play on her own.

She had brought her favorite doll with her to play with and play she did.

She sat beside the wall and uses some of the books, laying around as a seat for her favorite doll.

She occasionally looks at the cold boy but he still continues to do his so called reading but it’s a boring book and there are no pictures in it.

Her father is still busy in the kitchen so she just continues on playing.

Rin is busy at playing that she doesn’t notice that the top shelf of the book shelf is shaking.

Her father also didn’t notice it but the cold boy notice.

“RIN!” the cold boy shouted.

Rin was startled and look at the cold boy but what surprise her was his eyes weren’t cold anymore.

There was emotion in his eyes.

A warm emotion that shows worry… his worried for her.

She didn’t understand what’s happening but the warm boy and her father knows.

The warm boy, Touma had stopped the books and shelf from falling over her by using his telekinesis.

His father was thankful and rushes to hug her and take her away from the falling books and shelf which Touma then put down slowly.

The cold boy that suddenly turn warm, looks at her and his eyes still reflect such warmth that made Rin feel warm inside, but it only lasted a few second and his eyes return to that cold lonely eyes.

From then on, Rin would try to make the cold boy feel warm again.

She would continuously ask for him to play with her.

She drags him to his garden and play tag.

He often frowns at first but then he complies and runs with her.

We played in the garden, the backyard and even the rice field.

We chase insects, I forced him to play house with me and I’m the mama and he is the papa but he just usually frowns but its fine because I know his not called.

When I accidentally trip, he will run fast and catch me.

When we’re playing under the tree and a branch broke, he will cover for me.

When we’re going to out and play and suddenly it rains, he will always have umbrella for us to use.

When we’re we bought ice cream together and the wind suddenly blows strong and I drop my ice cream, he will give me his ice cream.

When an animal suddenly attacks, he will shield me

When we’re playing in the park and the chair we’re sitting on suddenly broke, he will catch me.

And many more events that happen in this short year, he will be there always.

[Flashback End]

When we’re together I felt safe, he is my knight and shining armor and he will always protect me…

Always….. But he isn’t here….

He wasn’t able to protect me from the demon that is currently laughing up above…

“Touma… I’m scared” Rin continues to sob and tremble.

She feels lonely and scared without his trusted knight beside her.

Up above her, she can hear the laugh of the demon.

“hahaha, this is interesting. You dolls had become suddenly become strong and it’s only been 5 hours since he goes out to that place. Forcing him to move out of his safe haven, sure force to boy to become strong”

“Why you!” Charmander or in this case, she can probably be called, Charmeleon now. She is currently in human form but her change in strength is clear for the demon to see.

Charmeleon can control now larger and more intense flames. Flames dances around the steel structure and tried to capture the demon but the demon just disperse it. Even if the flame is huge and thick, it becomes useless when the heat energy was converted into pure energy and was absorbed by the demon.

The 5 to 10 meter thick flame pillar dances around the area but a blast of energy beam from one of the cannons that surround the blue demon, was enough for it the flames to be blast away.

“Take this” Larvitar that had also become stronger and can be called now Pupitar was also in human form. All of them are in human form. She converts the energy around into solid matter. Solid earth was formed around her and it launches to the white demon but the white demon just sliced it with its vibrating massive blade. The stone pillars had also become sturdier and more compact. Pupitar had sacrificed the size for more fire power. She compresses it into thin spikes that surround the white demon but a barrier was form that blocks everything.

The white demon suddenly speeds up and raised its blade but a huge tornado blows it away. Pidgey who is now Pidgeotto, creates several massive tornado and are blowing away the two demons.

Pidgeotto also learns a new move where he compress the gas and with the help of Mareep, now turn into Flaaffy. A huge discharge of electricity heated up the gas molecules and it became ionized plasma. Pidgetto with the help of Flaaffy fired a rain of Plasma onto the two demons that protect the demon mother but the blue demon counters it by firing its sets of huge beam attacks.

The battle had continued like this for hours and it cause massive explosion everywhere.

But nothing still touches the demon but the girls aren’t tiring but instead, they feel they are getting stronger.

They had connection with the main body but with the altered world, it’s hard to make a solid reading but they feel that Touma is getting stronger and more desperate.

It’s been 5 hours already and its only 3 more hours before the sun starts showing up itself in the horizon.

They made a call to Rin’s father before they leave, but it’s only delaying it.

Touma needs to find the cure.

“Hmm… I wonder if the boy had finally taken the last step to move forward. You girls clearly had become strong but it’s still useless. It still won’t be enough to scratch those who laugh down on the humans. He needs to go further in. Furthermore into the abyss and search for the answer in his question. His reason in living is right in front of him but he still questions it. That boy is dense and naïve” The demon can only shakes her head while laughing.

“Well, let’s enjoy our time more. There are still 3 more hours before his deadline” The demon then raised her broadsword up and it became segmented. She then uses it to slash against the summons of Touma but they just protect themselves by thick solid earth and Metang also helps here and there by creating a solid black reinforce steel as protection.

The attack creates shockwaves and further shakes more the structure.

It only made Rin more scared and she can’t help but shakily repeats calling out her knight that is currently missing.

“Touma… where are you…” Rin continuesly sobs and cries while silently calls for Touma.

If Rin would only look up and see pass the thick glass that is currently above her, she will only see darkness.

Darkness and void.

But in the far distant one can see small lights in the endless darkness and few colorful objects.

But if one carefully examines the darkness outside the glass protection, one can spot another object that is far closer than the distant small lights or colorful objects.

Just by looking at the side of the glass protection, one can spotted a huge object that is majorly color blue with some green and white.

But Rin is not looking up and she is too scared to even care, so she is not aware on where she is and the same can be said for the girls that are currently fighting desperately to hurt the demon that torments Rin.


Part 43

Currently Touma is now in the foreign lands of Russia.

If Touma is an ordinary child, then he would be probably be weeping and whining about his misfortune but he isn’t.

Touma can’t believe that his first time setting foot in foreign lands is in this dark and gloomy, altered world.

Touma is not sure on what’s the name of the land, but its north of Okhostk and if he knew the world map, he will knew that in reality, he is in the lands of Sakhalin.

The Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia, being 948 kilometer long and 25 to 170 kilometer wide. Its land area is 72, 492 km2.

He is in the southern part of the island. Its terrain is plain with some small hills around the area. It has few trees and the area where he was forced to land was atop a cliff.

He became desperate because its only 1 hour left and he still haven’t found the item that would cure Rin.

So he force his way through the traitorous sea that are full of monsters big monsters that controls water and shots huge harpoons at him.

He evaded a huge canon of water from a huge sea monster that resembles a kraken form the myth but his energy had run out, and he force to land in the foreign soil.

But he just enters the foreign land and the welcoming parties of huge monsters are already swarming around him.

With low in energy and rations, he can only run around them and rely on his trusted right hand to save the day.

The enemies are the same size as the one in Hokkaido but the levels are different. The armors are also different with the armors, they use now are colored red and yellow with the theme of more knightly, than the samurai armor that Touma notice in the mini boss and boss of Japan.

While, there size didn’t change, their level and strength are vastly different now.

Their levels are around level 100 and above.

He also can’t see the numbers now but letters.

Letters used to represent the estimated status.

Those are alien to him because he doesn’t understand its meaning.

He is constantly using Scan and it’s leveling up nicely which helps to give him an estimate of the meaning behind the letters but it only made him scared because the gap in strength is huge.

Status System

Ranks

E RankRanges from 100 – 250

D RankRanges from 250 – 500

C RankRanges from 500 to 750

B RankRanges from 750 to 1000

A RankRanges from 1000 to 1500

And EX for values that can’t be determined currently.

Additional rule is when the letter has the symbol of [ + ] beside it, signifies that the status can be increase in given situation

Having it in the status meant that it will be multiplied by how many [ + ] was displayed, and with every addition of in the status, it would become the signifier of how many times the base status can be multiplied.

And currently, he has been thrown by the shockwave produced by a Grunt with the title of Warrior Orc and has a strength of E+

He isn’t hit by the huge sword of the grunt but the impact of the attack cause a huge shockwave that hits him and he was thrown to the rocky area.

This is bad. This is what Touma is currently feeling.

There is no time to rest and his stamina and energy are in red zone while his HP is still in yellow zone.

There are three changes when the HP, STA and EN enter a certain percentage.

The label for the three would be green if it’s Full or above 50%

Yellow if its 50% below but above 20%

It would turn Red if it’s under 20%

Every time he returns back to the real world, he would only hide into a dark area and will return immediately.

He hasn’t actually returned home for more than a month now and his rations from Pray are already used up.

He manage to acquire new type of recovery items and equipment but the evasive Remedy or Elixir is still can’t be find.

But he had received the quest.

It meant that it’s possible to get Remedy.

He just needs to hunt down the enemy that would drop it.

“Pant…pant…inhale… exhale” Taking a huge amount of oxygen. Touma rolls away from an attack from above but he was still thrown away when it exploded. The normal burning spears of the Wyvern Riders had now further evolved and are now a jet stream of burning ray.

This altered world is insane.

Touma is just realizing it more when he had left Fuyuki and begun his hunt outside of his home town.

He also had find Gems and Jewels, aside from the normal reward.

The money had also change from Yen to Russian Ruble.

His money in the inventory didn’t change and are still Yen. He just received a new number below the Yen, indicating the number of Ruble, he received.

He also has a number indication for the amount of Copper, Silver, Gold, and Diamond, he currently owned and it’s found about the Yen indicator.

His ability is becoming weirder but he doesn’t have time to ponder about it.

“Guh” Standing up fast, he creates a single moon step and uses it as a jumping pad to reach the approaching Grunt, to evade the approaching blade, he creates additional step to step on.

He is not creating barriers around him now and just decides to conserve the energy to be used for additional exploding dash or to create a moon step.

He pass through the blade and reels his right fist the Grunt glares at him and roars but he ignores it and punches through the solid helmet of the grunt. It disperses and he begun to fall but instead of falling, he created another moon step and uses it as launch pad to go after the nearing grunts and raiders.

The raiders are moving far too fast now for him to perceive normally. It has E rank agility now and is moving far too fast but with an increase in Wisdom. His mind had become clearer and he can finally see the blur that he can’t perceive before.

Brain Charger

A highly charge brain that can react and issue commands fast in any given situation. It speeds up the processing power of the brain to easily react in any given time

Effect:

Current conversation is 1 second – 500 seconds

Increase Resistant to Supernatural Damage by 50%

Increase Elemental Damage of Special attack by 50%

Increase Regeneration of Energy by 150%

Note:

Brain Booster requires 150 WIS

When Touma returns to the real world, he was forced to use every little time to sleep and restore his damage body. Which cause him precious time of hunting the item but it would cause him more if he didn’t recover his severed and damage limbs.

When his enemy had become far too fast for him to see, he was forced to enhance his wisdom after increasing his intelligence. It also allows him to received new and upgraded skills for the wisdom line.

His energy regeneration had become faster but it’s still hard when he became too much reliant on it, to increase his speed.

Status”

Orc Destroyer

“Kusanagi” Touma

Level – 83

HP – 3840/8420

STA – 1670/8360

EN – 1890/11310

STR – 13

DEX – 15

VIT – 12

INT – 301

WIS – 101

LUCK – EX

STATUS POINTS – 31

Currently equipped Title: Orc Slayer

Increase damage to Orc Race by 150%

Increase Critical damage against Orc Race by 500%

Increase Critical change against Orc Race by 50%

Increase attack rate to Orc Race by 75%

Increase dodge rate to Orc Race by 75%

Increase insight to Orc Race by 75%

Increase defense against Orc Race by 75%

Increase movement speed when facing Orc Race by 50%

Touma’s speed of growth overwhelms him that he didn’t notice that he is receiving insane experience while spamming Koku around Hokkaido.

He wants to evolve his current skill list but the importance of Cripple and Amplify damage can’t be currently changed. If he evolved it, then it would surely become stronger but it would take some time and it’s not something to be used against superior enemies.

He didn’t mind evolving his summoned beings and concentration but not the Cripple and Amplify Damage.

Touma didn’t also notice when he had received the new upgraded title but it helps so he uses it. He became so used to attacking orcs, that the only way for them to kill him is their overwhelming number and difference in strength.

He also receives new ability after reaching 300 in intelligence.

He thought that after Deca Core, it would be Dodeca but it didn’t.

He received a totally new one.

A monster and game changer ability.

Super Computer [25 Parallel Processor]

The ability to process multiple calculations at the same time, it shows the benchmark of being stronger and mastering one’s ability as an Esper.

Effect:

The ability to use 25 offensive skills at the same time without time delay between each use

The ability to put 24 additional commands strings onto one another over an offensive skill to alter the nature of the skill

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Stop and Delay.

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Compress and Explode.

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Boost and Divide

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Absorb and Control

Energy consumption was reduced by 25% during skill invocation.

Grants increase of 500% regeneration of Energy

Grants increase of 250% damage deal of all Special Attack

Required:

Super Computer [50 Parallel Processor]requires 500 INT

Touma can’t imagine what the 500 INT would do and what changes wisdom would give if he upgrades it to 300 too but that is for some other time.

Right now his pressed for time limit and he doesn’t have time to play around.

Running in the wide plains of Sakhalin, his evading the bombardment of the enemy form above, he isn’t even looking at them anymore.

Even if the gap of strength and level is high, they aren’t a threat to him anymore.

He became so used to their attacking pattern that it only improve and become dangerous. Unless they do something unexpected and caught him off guard, he will survive this but the problem is not surviving but finding the item.

Running and dashing from one enemy to the other.

Killing and more killing, he had been so used in seeing them either disperses in light particles of become vaporize from Koku’s attack.

KOKU! [Flash Cast] Compress then Fire!”

That attack had cost me 2000 energy but its fine; I can get it fast now.

Attacking and destroying the headhunters and the supports are the priority.

Not allowing them to join the fray would make it easier for me to deal with the grunt and raiders.

The raiders might be fast, but I can follow them now.

I can see now the sprouting Chains which the raiders hide from below, I can also react now to evade or counter it. Those sneak attacks are useless now.

After avoiding the chains and when they notice that it’s useless. They will then charge in. Breaking the sound barrier and leaving behind craters and sonic boom, in the eyes of the normal. They just instantly appear in front of me but I know, I can see and follow them.

Dodging the attack by side stepping and dashing forward, I first punched the giant wolf and when it disperse, usually the rider atop would lose its mount and fall but the raiders aren’t that easy to be beaten by something like that.

When they lose their mount, they will jump high and raise their sword up and bring it down to me fast but its fine.

I won’t survive the attack if I block it but I just side step it and brought my arms up as a guard.

I was blasted away by the huge attack but I get what I needed.

I absorbed the kinetic energy from the impact.

I’m not as proficient as master.

She can absorb and convert matter in 100% ration but I can only do 10% to 20% at best.

But it’s enough, the attacking power from that attack is massive and if it hits me, I would receive at least around 3000 damage from the strength of the enemy, to the power of the swing, added up the force of gravity to the equation.

It would hurt but it can be endured. I manage to received and restore 300 energy points from that attack and the damage is further reduced by other damage reducer skills.

I also received new skills from Vitality line.

A damage reducer skill

Resistant Skin Level 27 EXP: 78% Passive

The skin had become resistant in receiving damage.

Effect:

Reduced damage received by 13.5%

Note:

Increased damage reduction by .5% for every level

And a useful passive regeneration skill

Healthy Heart Level 24 EXP: 54% Passive

Skill that increase passive regeneration of health and stamina

Effect:

Increase regeneration of HP and STA by 48%

Note:

Increased regeneration by 2% for every level

I have another damage reducer skill and with this skill, the 2700 damage is further reduced.

My natural defense isn’t actually helping in reducing the damage. The gap is just too big for it to make any difference so I rely more on the skill I received.

It’s still dangerous for me to tank any heavy damage but I know that I’m getting stronger.

The current level of gamer ability is now also Level 3 but currently, I don’t have time to experiment or find out the difference it made after leveling up.

I just know that I can manipulate and control my acquired skills more easily.

I also manage to get hydro kinesis while forcing my ways through the high seas.

It also saves me a lot of energy in not just dashing from Japan to this island.

The railgun makeshift transportation can’t be done because of the enemy is far stronger than the starting city so I was forced to brute force my way through the open seas but thanks to that, I acquired to ability to control water. While drowning and being dragged under the water.

And with the additional ability to control the elements, I have now a total of 6 summoned beings and one of them is now helping me in fighting against the horde of giant orcs.

“Seadra! Whirlpool!” My seadra that stands behind me had its eyes glow and the water by the sea starts to form a spiral formation and it was then stretch upwards. A cyclone was formed in the water and it then manipulated to hit the group of Demolishers by the hill top.

“Seadra, keep on firing water canon against the enemy and one had come too close use hydro canon. Don’t hold back and just continue in attacking!” I ordered her and she answers with a cry and the water from sea are being drag from it and start forming pillars of water that strikes the grunts that tries to attack me from behind.

The human form of Seadra has the same height of me and the other girls. She has blue shoulder length hair and sky blue eyes. She wears a one piece white and blue polka dots dress with knee length skirts. She also has a blue collar ribbon with a flower accessory. She also has blue ribbons tied in her hands and has flower hair clips as hair accessory.

I don’t know yet Seadra’s personality but from what I observe, she signifies my happiness?

Touma can’t figure it out that much but she is the jovial type of summon.

If Charmeleon is my desire to play games

Flaaffy is my competitiveness

Metang is my diligence in taking care of what are mine and the others

Pidgeotto is what left of my childhood innocence because no matter what, if I didn’t pick that book when I’m just 5 months old. I might have the chance of living a normal life for few years before I was trusted to this side of the world.

And Pupitar is my desire to read books.

I wonder what the personalities of others will be.

After killing a bunch of orcs and remaking the terrain of the island the first mini boss had shown up or rather, the first group of mini boss.

[This is new] is what Touma currently thought, they usually just appear one by one then it doubles and more comes after killing some more but now, there was already a bunch of holes in the sky that are gathering of what remains from the slaughtered orcs.

A group of 5 blade master is spawning at the same time.

The Noble Warrior

Blademaster

Level 114

HP 159000

MP 77000

The elite fighting force of the Orc race. It stands at the top of the melee fighting force. It leads the horde of Orcs to countless battles and stands at top of the corpses of the fallen allies and enemies.”

Status:

Strength: D

Endurance: E

Agility: D

Magic: E

Luck: E

Trait:

Tempered Steel: It’s a veteran warrior that knows the weakness of its opponent like the back of his palm. Each strike is aimed to kill and maim. It boosted the critical damage of the unit.

Tempered Skin: The skin had hardens through countless battle and the due to that, the damage received reduced.

Ability:

Shadow Clone: Can conjured solid bodied illusions with a maximum number of 1 per 10 levels. The only weakness of the clone is its life is only 1/10 of the original.

Extreme Speed: Triples the speed when fighting in plain terrain

Keen Edge: Increase reaction time from attacks and increase chance of counters.

Attack:

Bladestorm: A unique skill for the unit. The unit spins his giant blade around him and causes a massive tornado that sucks and cuts the nearby opponent.

Omnislash: A unique skill for the unit. Multiple slash attacks that can’t be blocked or evaded by the target.

Resistance: Slash and Blunt type Damage

“Well, this is interesting” I whisper while waiting for the inevitable death match.

My legs are trembling and my body is bruised and beaten. I at least haven’t gotten myself another severed or burned limbs but it’s probably just a matter of time.

Fighting 5 blademasters that has D rank in Agility would surely be tiring.

Sigh… I’m just trying to not think on how disadvantageous I’m right now.

Pray might be right, I’m just running away and right now, I’m running away from reality… beating five of those would be extremely hard and I still haven’t found the Remedy yet.

The blademasters are start appearing one after another, its height isn’t that impressive if I compare it to the Grunts. Its height is probably around the Raider’s height but tis blade is one and half its size.

There would be nothing of me if that hits.

I would like the run, and my instinct and my brain and body is telling me to run.

It’s unwinnable if its 5 vs 1, If its 1 vs 1 then there is a chance, a 2 vs 1 is still believable but not 5 vs 1.

Sigh…

“Rin is waiting” I only repeat what I already knew. I need to wait for my energy to restore so I can only go for preemptive strike.

“Seadra cover me with Bubble Beam” Seadra then starts shooting bubbles after bubbles and its starts to block my view but its fine. With my senses working 24/7, the blademasters are like beacon of light in the night sky, with how powerful they are. They can’t hide from me.

I’m the one who would do the hiding.

Hiding my intent and controlling my breathing, I blend with the bubbles.

Walking slowly without makings sounds and just gliding around the bubbles, I get closer to the closer blade master but when I’m within striking range of its blade. The blademaster reaction and just like I expected, with just the swing of the blade that I evade by dodging to its side. The attack of the blademaster had managed to slice the terrain in half and it continues to move forward, until it hits the sea and the power still soars forth.

The attack is fast and when I’m trying to just take a step forward by lifting my right foot and move my body forward, the second attack is already approaching from my left.

They are already familiar with my right hand so they tried to counter it.

The idea of this monsters communicating with each other by an unknown method is also one of the troublesome factors in the altered world.

Even if it’s my first time in Russia, the enemies are already use to me.

[I wonder if they work as single entity] Touma ponders on such possibility.

A horizontal attack from the left is incoming and I tried to duck but a diagonal slash from right below is coming next. Using telekinesis, I drag myself to lean to the left and avoid the godly speed of the attack. It only manages to scrap my right biceps and shoulder but it’s not fatal to prevent movement.

As long as it’s still moving, I can continue.

After I manage to evade the upward slash, the blademaster had continue its momentum from the missing attack and it started spinning but before it completes its revolution, I put an explosive dash and punch through the body, effectively killing one of the blademaster but the attack from the blademaster had alerted the other blademasters and they entered the fray.

Two blademaster had emerge from the bubbles and they are in opposite with each other. Their blades are poised to strike and swing they did and right now, I’m thankful that I’m small.

The gap between the blades is only less than 50 centimeters apart but I’m just a small kid. I twisted my body and jump in between the fast horizontal swings that would have cut me into piece if it hits but I’m not letting this chance go.

With shaking right hand I raised it to dispel the blade from above and spin my small body and drag the stretch right hand to meet the blade from below.

Two blades disappear but the blademasters aren’t discouraged one bit. They retreat for a bit and I was force to dodge an attack from above.

The headhunters and shamans had revived themselves.

“Seadra hydro cannon!” I called out to my trustee ally that I left behind near the sea area to ask for help and she heard my call. Two pillars of water shoot out from the sea and drown away the annoying long range enemies but I was distracted for a second and that is all the remaining blademasters needs for them to attack.

“Omnislash!” one of the blademaster initiates its attack and he just vanished from his place and he appears behind me with the blade raised horizontally and aimed to bisect me.

[That is not pure speed! That is teleportation! And I can’t dodge] Touma is in pinch, his body is facing the hordes of long range support and even if he twist his body, he is not fast enough to turn around and block using his right hand.

Using barriers are useless against enemies that could dish out 3000 to 5000 damage with each swings of the sword and normally this would be enough to game over the gamer Touma but he can’t help but smile fearlessly.

He is against overwhelming odds and his chance of winning is slim to none but he felt right and alive here in the battlefield.

He doesn’t know why but fighting monsters and evil beings seems right to him but why?

Is that the reason for his living?

He doesn’t want to become a hero that’s for sure.

Hero dies alone in the end and he doesn’t want to die or be alo…..

His thoughts were cut off when the blade starts cutting his body in half.

The blade runs clean through his body and he was bisected into two and he should be having a sad smile now because he failed Rin but his smile didn’t falter.

“So master, is this enough? I did finally take that one step forward right?” Touma emerges from within the striking zone of the blademaster and the body that was cut was dispersed and burned into particles of light that were absorbed by Touma.

Touma had used the sixth form of power Rui to cause an illusion. He can’t use it very well but he can project a shell of illusion that distorts the view of the enemy making them hit the body double and not the actual target.

In reality, what the blademaster hit was just an open space where Touma positioned the projected image. It’s like a body double where his main body was position a meter or two from the body double. The enemy would view the body double as the actual body because it has weight, cause sounds and in every bit of sense alive. But that is because what they see is actually him but his actual body is just off few meters from where they see him.

The blade master tried to react and move away from Touma’s striking zone but without any wasted movement, Touma punched through the blademaster and it dispersed into specks of light that were also absorbed by Touma.

The blademaster’s omnislash might be a move that can’t be blocked or evade and it made the blademaster move in space and time but it won’t matter because for the blademaster’s attack to hit him, it needs to materialize in the same plane of existence where Touma is and if it were to materialize in the same place as him for the enemies attack to hit then the vice versa should also apply to Touma. If the enemy can hit him, then Touma should also be able to hit him too.

Relaxing for a split second, Touma was forced to dodge another attack from the incoming blademasters but this one is the ones who lost its weapon.

The remaining one who still wields its weapon is starting to use its other skill Bladestorm. It’s also starting to suck him in but he held firm. His HP is in red zone but his EN is regenerating fast with the dead blademaster being absorbed.

Behind Touma was 8 piece of hexagonal transparent panels. The 8 where arrange into 2 pairs of 4 hexagonal transparent panels that were attach with each other in diamond formation. The 2 pairs where then attach to his shoulder blades and they are glowing dimly. In the middle of each panel was a swirl of energy. The swirls of energy are sucking away the space around the panel which cause the space a bit distorted and it’s sucking away the light around it which cause the space behind Touma to darken but it also cause a different view to anyone who see it from afar. To those who can see it from afar would probably link it to the Milky Way. The area around it is full of darkness but in middle of the darkness was a speck of lights that formed a spiral formation.

This is Touma’s version of Aurora System.

Aurora System [Level 1] (Active Mode)

This ability was created and modeled based from an alien technology. It’s a poor copy of the power of the legendary trees that the alien race raised and cultured to be their source of power.

Effect:

Energy Conversion

Converts Matter into pure energy and vice versa.

Energy to matter and matter to energy conversion

Conversion rate is only up to 20%

While Active, it will reduced Total HP to only 20% of the Total HP and the user won’t be able to use restorative items to restore HP, STA and EN but the passive regeneration would still work until it fully restore up to 20% only.

Required:

?

This is Touma’s version of Aurora system. It’s not as refined as he wants to be, it can’t be even be compared to Pray but it helps and if its combined with his absorb ability. He can easily regenerate his Energy fast.

While absorb is limited to a form of pure energy like heat, kinetic, electrical type of energy. The aurora system isn’t as limited. It can absorb the remaining magical power or life force of the fallen enemy and convert it into energy. And if the ability to absorb and aurora system was combined, it would be to for me to lose Energy. Especially in this place where the enemy is infinite and each enemy I kill will restore a small amount of my energy.

Though while it’s clear the aurora system is a useful ability, it still didn’t change the fact that it’s a very dangerous ability. It let him absorbed the energy in his surrounding and from the fallen enemies and convert it into energy that he can use but the downsized is, it will reduced his life into one-fifth of its maximum.

Since, his life is already in the red zone he didn’t mind using it but using aurora system while in full health or is still in yellow zone, would probably be like wasting the HP he had.

This is also dangerous because his HP was reduced into one-fifth of its original and against enemies that can deal 3000 to 5000 damage in just one clean hit, he would die immediately if he got hit but that is the risk that Touma is willing to take to find the Remedy.

Master said that I’m afraid to take the final step and she was right.

She was right that I’m afraid in going against stronger opponents.

Opponents that could kill me easily if I made one mistake and I’m afraid of making mistakes.

I had made a lot of mistakes in the past that I want to correct but I can’t. It’s already in the past and I must learn to move forward but it doesn’t mean that I would forget them.

I would probably be a fool if I go fought monsters that can kill me with only one hit and I would probably not be risking my life right now if not for Rin.

Master is right and wrong in her assumption.

She is right that I’m afraid to die and I’m happy to feel that feeling.

It just meant that I’m still alive and breathing.

If I’m not feeling afraid from the idea of dying then maybe I’m not alive at all.

Maybe I’m just a machine if that were true.

My emotions are already controlled by my ability and being unable to even feel pain for that long or have normal emotions, make me feels that I’m just a machine but I’m not.

I’m still afraid to die and that is normal.

It’s humane and I’m happy to feel it.

I’m afraid to die but I must continue forward because a friend is waiting.

I’m a fool right now and maybe I’m the biggest fool of all.

Going out here, in these dangerous lands where enemies are at large, and they could kill me if I made a single mistake, only a fool would do it and I’m a fool for doing it.

My legs are trembling and my body is shaking. I can only curse myself because my reaction speed is becoming slower due to the trembling of my body and the enemies are plenty fast enough to take advantage of any split second mistake. The only way for me to overcome this disadvantage is to be forceful and ignore my body’s plea to run away.

Mind over Matter.

Were espers master, so why not just forced the trembling and scared body of mine to move against its will.

Its fine and I can fight with only my mind.

Even if my body is resisting against the command and my instinct to flee is ringing in, but its fine.

Mind over Matter.

Its fine if I’m out of tune and I’m probably won’t be able to truly master Pray’s martial arts because of this defect.

I’m defective product, that’s what Koku said.

Koku revealed that my ability isn’t perfect.

If The Gamers Mind is really working, I’m shouldn’t be feeling any emotion at all and would be completely calm even against overwhelming odds. But in reality, my body is shaking bad and I need to use Telekinesis to make it move.

That itself shows how defective the ability of mine.

Then I remember what Elder Shou had said.

The clan and researchers had been scared when Type 01 and Type 02 were stolen and they hasten my deployment.

I was never a finish product.

But thanks to that event, I’m able to feel a speck of emotions that make me feel alive.

Before, he felt that being a fool is something that he hated and it would just get him killed, he even vowed to not become like those foolish heroes that brave into stupid trials for the sake of their own goal but right now, right in the darkness and twisted world of Altered World.

Touma can’t help but call himself foolish too. A fool he is. But it’s fine.

It’s fine if I’m a fool that can only move his scared body by forcing it with his mind.

A friend is waiting and I’m not afraid to take over the world for it.

I won’t fail like I how I failed a certain someone.

Touma was confused, where that emotion came from.


In between lines “Kusanagi Pray”

The sun can already be seen in the horizon.

The Japan is called the land of rising Sun for a reason and it’s not just because the operation “Rising Sun” during the war or that in ancient Japan, the people didn’t know any lands in their east side and only knew from their western area which is China and Korea or because the islands are located east, where the sun rises.

True, it might have started when an envoy from Japan had disliked the name Wonguo or Wa and change it to Nippon or Origin of the Sun, when he presents himself to offer congratulations for the conquest of Koguryo and the name just had stuck to the people of Japan and is still being used until present time but one can’t deny the beauty of the rising sun, when its viewed in the land of Japan.

True, the location of Fuyuki is in Kumamoto Prefecture and it’s located in south western part of Japan and it won’t be the first to see the rising sun in the horizon but the view is still breathtakingly beautiful.

One can paint a thousand masterpieces just by seeing it raise a top of the horizon.

And with the cool breeze from the sea, one can just sit and relax while viewing the illuminating sun slowly rising up from the mountainous area.

But the residing residence of the Kusanagi household can’t help but worry.

Even Pray, the ever cold Pray is worry for the certain lad that dives into the abyss to find the item that might not even exist.

Pray is nervous and can’t help but message her aching temples. She felt cold and lonely and can’t help but feel that what if she sends the boy to die helplessly in that alien world? Will his body be return if he died there? She can’t help but think like that.

True, she pushes the idea forth because she became irritated of his progress and because of the brat that he worries more than her.

She became jealous because someone of her own flesh and blood is not looking at her again.

Looking up at the ticking clock at top at the wall beside the entrance, she can’t help but sigh heavily.

The girl is still shaking terribly and she is being comforted by the dolls of the boy.

The dolls have proven themselves adequate in her eyes. They become strong, sure, during the fight and they become more independent and know how to combine attacks. They also learned to cover for each other without anyone commanding them.

That itself is good in her eyes because when she observe the boy fight, he might issue a command first before the dolls made their move. Sure they can attack on their own but they are lost in the middle of the battle and can’t act accordingly during the pressure and that would be bad thing to do. It would get you killed if you just stand in the middle of a warzone.

Looking at them, she can’t help but smile.

They are calm and they are smiling. Its good news and it meant that the boy is alive but where is he is he is alive? It’s only few minutes before 6.

Would he be the type of hero that runs late during the action which leads to more damage and trouble because of said late hero?

She can’t have that.

He must new punctuality is something that must be followed strictly.

Currently, Pray is just sitting in one of the chairs in the dining area. She is currently wearing a white set of dress and had her left hand to support her head.

She can’t help but frown while looking at the sleeping baby in the middle of the dolls.

Even during the battle that girl that protects the baby, didn’t let her guard down for a second and she didn’t manage to procure the necessary blood samples.

Well, there would be next time.

Sigh….. Pray can’t help but sigh again because of nervousness. That boy would get a beating from me when he comes back. He is not allowed to make me feel like this. She then just rests her head in the table and look at the sun which can be seen from the open doors of the living area.

She sighs again and closes her eyes but she heard a click and the opening of the doors.

The dolls also reacted and they stand and look at who is entering the house.

The door was opened and someone entered. No one stepped in but someone? Or thing floated inside.

The something that floated in somewhat resembles a human but it’s more like a corpse.

It’s burned as charcoal with a missing legs and left hand with a part of the head was eaten away.

It’s still breathing because the chest is rising but its slow, its utterly slow and the whole body is a mess with only the remaining flesh was burned beyond belief and it has few cuts here and there.

It’s a scary image but it’s much more scary when the head move and the remaining right eye opens and inside of it is a bloody red eye ball that moves around and locks in the clearly terrified girl.

“Ugh” the floating tried to talk but it looks like it’s incapable of doing so.

“Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” the terrified girl shouts and buried her face on the lightning element of the boy who is also clearly shaken of what they are seeing.

The dolls of the boy are clearly sad and the air element is crying heavily while the steel element had few tears running down her cute face, but she steeled herself and looks straight at the mangled corpse.

They are more sad than scared when they saw the floating thing and Pray can’t help but feel dread and understanding on whom that thing is.

The floating thing had his remaining bloody eyes glow and something appears from the empty space and it levitated towards the girls.

The fire element hurriedly retrieves it and the item looks like a modern injection. It’s a capsule injection where the needle is hidden and you just need to place it on where you needed to inject it, then you press the button and then it would inject the medicine into the body.

The fire element then hurriedly comes toward the terrified girl that keeps in crying and shouting while clutching into the lightning element’s dress. The lightning element just hugs her and tries to calm her down.

The floating thing is already closing its eyes and when it lost its levitating power, the earth element hurriedly catches it, before it falls down onto the ground.

The current scene that Pray saw will be forever be etched in her mind.


In between lines “Shibuya Rin”

I’m scared Touma where are you!

It’s been few hours already since they boy she trusted to protect her had gone missing.

They had return to his home an hour ago; hoping that he had come back but he is still isn’t here.

She can only cry and cling to the summoned girls of the boy who she hopes to be beside her but he is not.

His not here beside her and he is nowhere in sight.

He had abandoned her here together with that demon.

I’m scared

She can’t help but cry and shout to her mind to stop but it just keeps on showing her the same terrifying scene again and again.

She wants to forget it already and move on but it continues to hunt her and scared her.

She can only cry out for her protector that lied to her.

He said that he would be always be there for her but where is he now?

Missing? Gone? He is not here by her side and she is not FINE!

She is scared and terrified and just wants to end it all!

Touma is a liar.

Liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar!

He PROMISED!

But where is he?

Why is he gone and the demon is still here!

He keeps on saying that it will be fine but it’s not FINE at all!

I want him to return by my side already, to comfort me and make all the bad ones to go away.

But he isn’t…. he is not here?

The only ones here are his summon but they aren’t real.

They are just doll.

Like what that demon had called them. They are just dolls.

Where are you Touma?

A certain emotion that Rin can’t explain or understand is boiling inside of her.

Then she heard the door opening and tried to look from her fatal position by the floor on who is entering the house.

Is it Touma?

She tried to look up but what she saw is something that terrifies her the most.

It’s scarier than the demon that looks at her with cold and dangerous eyes.

Rin can only stay rigged and shout

“KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!’

She hurriedly clutch to the nearest doll and tried to bury the image of the monster into the deepest depths of her mind.

Forget it! Forget it! Forget it! Forget it! Forget it!

She keeps on repeating but the image of a floating thing, still lingers in the front of her mind.

It’s missing limbs, its burned and scarred boy. It’s missing parts of the head and the bloody red eyes that look at her with intensity.

It will eat me!

Where are you Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

She keeps on repeating the same mantra in her mind that is already in the verge of breaking down.

If someone in the room can see through her mental status, they can see that her negative statuses are all indicated as HIGH now.

Its severe and dangerous if it continues and she might have a mental break down that would leave her a living vegetable.

She is trembling badly and her tears that had died out are streaming again and she is biting into the bleeding lips of hers, she is clutching hard against the hem of the lightning elements clothes.

She is starting to hurt herself.

She is praying hard for this entire thing to just disappear and she just wish that this is just a nightmare and she would wish wake up now and sees that everything is fine.

With the demon gone and her hero back.

While trembling badly and having her eyes shut tight, Rin felt a sting around the back of her neck.

And her mind becomes clearer and everything is starting to disappear.

Ah… she felt that she is probably waking up.

The last thing Rin saw is a burned corpse and everything went black.


Part 44

“Ugh…” I’m starting to wake up but… I feel that my body is heavy and I’m too tired to move. I checked on my status but there is no negative status and all are fine. Full HP, STA, and EN points but what is happening? I don’t understand.

I tried to get up but I can’t, I feel something heavy is pressing on me. I tried to take a look on what it is and I see something unexpected … its Pray.

Where am I?

The last time I remember is firing my body from the main land Russia without any barriers to Japan.

I think it’s a stupid move but I lack the necessary Energy and time to cast protection on myself. The enemy in the main land Russia is far too strong with the average level around 120-130.

I’m already running in pure adrenalin and desperation when it reaches only 30 minutes left and there is still no Remedy in Sakhalin, I’ve gone more desperate and fired myself to the main land Russia. I don’t know where I land and didn’t care. I just kill and kill and kill and kill everything from the land and air, until I found the item that I need.

I manage to get the Remedy on the witch doctor and the moment I see it I set up for escaping.

After that, everything is a blur. With the giant flyers that stands over 20 meters loaming in the sky (the wyvern riders are more like dragon knights than the wyvern riders of orcs) I don’t have much time to set an elaborate firing sequence. I just dash away and gather the necessary magnetic force that would act as my propulsion to go back to Japan and when I manage to gather the necessary force while evading the giant monstrosities, I launched myself, without protection from attackers and against the friction cause by rapid movement in the air.

What happen to Rin? Is she alright? Is she fine? But if I’m alive, then she should be fine too but am I really alive or just dreaming or having delusion? But that is probably impossible with gamers mind preventing illusions.

“Ugh…” my head felt like its being split in half… but how can I feel something like that if I have gamers body. What is happening? I don’t understand. I just wish someone I can talk too and will give me an advice. Someone that knows what happening and aren’t insane researchers or family members.

I want to stay like this and take another rest.

I’m probably inside one of the bedrooms. My clothes are change and my body felt clean. Someone probably had given me a bath or at least wipe away the dirt from my body.

“Ugh… Pray, your heavy” Even if I want to stay laying in the bed for more, I don’t want her additional weight over my stomach. She’s bigger and heavier than me.

“hmmmm ughh…. What it is, don’t bother me or I’ll kill you” She is mumbling something dangerous.

“Pray… don’t use me as a pillow. Go get yourself a pillow if you want to sleep” I answered her in an emotionless voice. She’s heavy.

“huh?” Pray’s eyes open wide and she sit straight and look at me.

“You idiot! Stop making me worry!” She then proceeds to hug me.

“Ugh… how many minutes or is it hours, did I sleep Pray?” I asked her while trying to stop her from hugging me, I tried to push her but I just can’t gather the necessary strength to do so.

“Minutes? Hours? No! It’s been days since you’ve lost consciousness. To be exact, it’s the third day now” Well, that was shocking news. A totally unexpected one because I expect to fully recover in matters of few hours and not days.

“Well… that was unexpected” Is what all I can say, I tried to sit but my body still felt heavy. Odd, is what I currently thought….

Pray just eyed me with her eyes, she is analyzing my situation and then she speak after few seconds of observing me.

“You should probably just stay in bed for a while. You overworked your body in your last reckless stunt” She starts to sit properly. She sits seiza seating position and it her dress matched her mannerism. She is currently wearing a blue with sky blue petal design kimono. Strange. She usually just dresses in one piece dress and now she is using a kimono.

I stopped analyzing the dress she was using and just look at the wooden ceiling.

Strange… I’m also feeling something is wrong but I can’t pin point it. I let the silent lull for a minute but then I speak.

“How was Rin?” I asked. The one thing that is currently important is to know how she is feeling right now. I know she is cured but how about some other complication? I can’t foresee the result of it because I might have cured her mental instability but I can’t remove the experience that causes her the mental trauma… should I ask someone to erase it for me?

Pray just frown and looks at the only window of in this room.

“She is annoyingly fine” She answers and I look at Pray with a raised right eyebrow. I’m silently asking for more information than just confirming what I already know.

Pray just sighed and closed her eyes, she then opens it and look straight at my eye and she “if you’re worrying for her safety then don’t. She is fine. I’m also not going to kill her even if it’s tempting because she keeps on coming every few hours, just to check on you. She even stayed here yesterday” Pray just finished her explanation with a tired look and a melancholic face eyes she said the words I didn’t expect to hear from a proud Pray.

“I’m sorry”

After saying that, she closed her eyes and stands up. She didn’t look back at me and then starts walking to the door. She said something more without looking back “Go back to sleep, you will need it” She then exits the room after saying those words.

After seeing her left, I just close my eyes again and rest my tired body that I didn’t expect to feel from my machine like body.

Sigh… I’m sighing far too many this since I met Pray.

Opening my eyes and mentally commanding to open my status window. I saw that my Stamina is still full and with no negative status effect. I just tiredly close my eyes and sleep.

My last thoughts in the matter is that my ability isn’t absolute and it can make display wrong results because if I were to believe on what I’m seeing then that should mean that I’m fine, but I’m not… I know something is not right but my ability can’t tell me what it is.

Part 45

Knock knock

I groggily heard someone knocking in the door

“I’m coming in” I then heard a female voice but I can’t recognize it yet because my mind and body is still sleepy and I can’t understand what’s happening or what time it is. I the heard the door opening and someone stepping in, I tried to open my tired eyes but I got blinded by the light from the window which is why I closed it fast.

“Touma…” The soft voice of the female is familiar but I’m still too tired to response but I’m remembering her.

“Are you alright Touma?” She asked slowly and unsure and I slowly gained my control over my tired body and slowly open my eyes again to not get blinded by the bright light of the room. It’s probably afternoon already if the sun is high enough in the sky to blind me. I looked to my side where I felt the female or girl had sat.

“Rin” I tiredly call out to her but that is enough for the girl to cry and she lounge on me to hug me.

“Touma! Uwaaaaaaaaaaaa I’m sorry Touma… sob.. sob… it’s my fault that you’ve got hurt… sob… I heard it from Beldum … sob…that you’ve gone out to find a medicine for me… sob… sob and you’ve got hurt because of me… sob…I’m sorry…sob” she is crying heavily that she can’t control her own.

I can’t move freely now because my body still felt heavy and I can only say that…

“Are you alright Rin?” I ask to confirm. I already used Scan and there is no negative status effect but I still can’t trust my ability to tell everything. I understand it when I felt that there is something wrong in me but the ability can’t display or probably can’t understand it. The ability is made to make someone to resemble a machine and it can’t probably comprehend an emotional problem.

“I’m fine now Touma. I’m fine and it’s all thanks to you. The bad images are gone now and I can think clearly now so I’m fine but how about you?” she looks at me with bloody red eyes due to her crying. She felt weak and vulnerable but I can see that she is not scared anymore. She is fine now. I’m glad…

“I’m fine Rin…I’m fine…. And I should be the one saying sorry to you. I broke my promise” I look away from her and weakly said that “I’m sorry… I’m not been able to protect you…I’m sorry” I felt like crying but there are no tears that I can shed. I shouldn’t be able to shed tears due to Gamers Mind but I still shed tears before when I failed on saving the victims of the fallen and this time too… I failed at protecting Rin and she got hurt because of me….I’m truly a defective product… a failure…

“Nooooooooo! It’s not your fault. It’s my fault for not listening to you. I know that, that demon resides her but I didn’t listen” Demon? Does she mean Pray? Well… I can see that happening but at least Pray is a honest but ill-tempered person. She can’t be compared to the lying and deceiving true demons.

“I know I should have waiting for you to visit but… you’re late… and I…” she whispers something but I can’t understand it. I’m still too tired and I can’t completely control my abilities well yet to hear her whisper. I just hope the summoned beings are alive and well, they can regulate and prevent possible damage my bad luck would have caused to my property.

“I’m sorry Rin… I failed you and… if you don’t want to be my friend anymore. I understand. I think it’s even better if we stop being friends. It would be better and you will be safe. I’m fine that way” I closed my eyes and waited for her agreement to what I propose.

Cause and Effect.

I’m always the cause of my own and others misfortune.

My effect to the world, where I deny the supernatural blessing of the Gods will always cause trouble to me and to the others that are close to me.

It’s better if I’m alone.

Pray is strong so she won’t even care but Rin is a normal girl.

She really deserve better than me.

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” The outburst surprised me.

“I won’t agree! You’re my friend and you will stay with me from now on and forever!” She quickly denies it and hugs me tighter. She said something more but I can’t hear it from her current position. She is hugging me tightly and her face is buried on my chest. At that position, I can only hear her mumbling something and I can’t understand what she is saying.

“Fine Rin, I’m sorry and I’m…” thankful… those words that I can’t say. It’s stuck at my mouth and I can’t say that I’m saved because of her. I’m thankful that she will be continuing as my friend.

I’m thankful to you Rin for being my friend.

We stay together liked that until I had fallen asleep and I will just learn it later that she had also fallen asleep atop of me.


In between lines “To a certain black layout chat room with the room name Dollars”

Top Sword is online

Top Sword: The kid had survived and had come to grasp something that he is missing. He is interesting and I would like to see where he would end up with. I will stay for a bit and observe and… perverted old man, stay away from his friend or I will kill you.

Top Sword went offline

Researcher is online

Researcher: Well, that was interesting 😀

Researcher went offline

Commander is online

Commander: So the monster had decided to train the lab rat… hmm this would be interesting. Maybe it’s time for a test run.

Commander went offline


Part 46

It’s been a week since the incident and everything turned out fine and everyone had finally calmed down now.

There is still tension between Pray and Rin but Pray just ignored Rin and Rin still calls Pray demon but Pray just didn’t seem to care at all and didn’t even acknowledge that she is there though it still made me sweat cold when Rin stick her tongue out to Pray and act silly just to annoy her.

I just wish Rin would also ignore Pray and I was thankful to Pray for not hurting Rin.

Things had calmed down now but Pray had become bored fast. Why?

Because I started to laze around.

After experiencing again the effect of having a long sleep, I started sleeping now, though I still work at night but when the sun starts rising, I would mostly sleep and woke up afternoon with Rin barging into the house and waking me up.

I also started eating my meals with Metang started cooking the meals. Sometimes, we cook together but I just let her cook and I spend my time with Mittelt.

Mittelt is soooooooo cute! And she always acts cute! And made some cute sound!

My lonely soul was being healed when I carry her around.

Rin had also stopped being overly energetic but I become worried that there is something wrong here, but she said that she just decided to act more mature and I wanted to cry (if I can) when I heard her answer but I just smiled at her.

But I’m also sad, she is only few months younger than me but she is starting to act mature. I tried to dissuade her but she won’t listen. She still plays around but she started to get interested on reading, gardening and playing video games… I don’t know if that is being mature.

I’m all for gardening and reading but video games? I hope I didn’t become bad influence to her.

There are also some changes that happen here in the house.

It’s more of Pray being utterly bored and almost killed me because I choose to play with Charmeleon than train.

Pray then forced me to buy her a computer.

I was what? When I heard her request and I know what a computer is but why does she need one?

I haven’t tried to study much about computers but I’m knowledgeable enough about its basic, its parts and components but I’m not that knowledgeable of what it can do.

When I said that to Pray, she looks at me like I’m some kind of an idiot and I don’t like that. I’m not Pidgeotto who likes to play and run around in the backyard or in the garden.

When I asked her on what she wants to buy but she just asked me for the money, I asked her why don’t she use her money and her just reply that its tuition fee…

I relent to her request and just gave her a stack of money around 1 000 000 yen. That should be enough for her to buy whatever she wants but she just looks at me again, with wide eyes.

I don’t know what’s her problem and ask her if it’s not enough but she just ask me on how rich I am if I’m just carelessly giving away 1 000 000 yen.

I invited her to my party so I can show her my window, and I let her see my inventory and I then indicated her to the lower right portion on where is my money was shown, and her reaction had just shocked me to the core. This is my first time seeing Pray lost her consciousness.

I was worried at first on what happen but after that, when she woke up she just forced me into another training/torture and almost killed me again. I’ve become stronger but she can read me easily that it’s hard for me to land a blow to her.

After that event, she went on shopping spree. I asked her why she needs to bought that many if she can just give birth to it and she said it’s normal for a woman to have fun in shopping.

That was weird. I wonder how can that be true and then I just wonder if I should learn psychology to understand her reasoning.

But she doesn’t really go out of the house and just called someone from her tablet.

That tablet of hers is also something interesting. I had seen her using it but I don’t know what it is or what it can be used for.

The delivery of products didn’t take that long and two delivery trucks had arrived fast with the product that Pray had ordered. I was surprised when I saw it because I thought that computers aren’t that big but she only said that its academy city products and its only available to researchers.

The delivery personal had unloaded the product and it almost made my jaw drop. I didn’t know that personal computer is that big The CPU component that Pray ordered is as big as one of the bedrooms. She also had ordered for it to turn into air-conditioned room. She set up a huge monitor in her room with multiple mini monitors around it. I’m really surprised on what I’m seeing. That monitor is bigger than my TV!

When Charmeleon had seen that huge monitor, she proceeds to burn my current new TV.

I want to cry (if I can) on how they spent my hard earned money but they just ignore me.

After that event, multiple changes had happen. The first one is every bedroom now are turned air-conditioned (I love the invention called AC) I order my own PC but its size is not that big, I think its normal size. The CPU’s size is about the same size as my last 2 door refrigerator. I also ordered a 32 inch monitor. I set it up in the living area where many changes had happen.

The changes done in the living area are first; we ordered a soft mattress for the flooring. We aren’t sleeping in the floor now and there was also an AC that can be open if the temperature gets too hot. We also ordered a projector. The size of the available TV is not enough for Charmeleon so she just decided to order the projector (She learns it from Pray)

We also set up a mini satellite disk in the newly fixed roof. Pray asked to set it up and she asked for it to be uplinked in one of the satellite owned by the academy city.

We get to know the wonderful world of internet but I still prefer playing games but it looks like Pupitar likes the idea of having an internet.

Pray had really lots of connection, when Mr. Shibuya had visit and see the upgrades done into my living area. He was surprised and said that most of those items aren’t available in the market. He then proceeds to question me on where I get it. I just said that my relative is a past researcher in Academy city and she ordered it from there.

Mr. Shibuya had his jaw dropped and it left hanging. I was half-attempted to fix it by pushing it back up by Rin just told me to ignore him.

Apparently, the city is pretty strict when it comes to its technology. Its security is top-notch and it stands at the peak of the world. He also said that the technology there is worlds apart from the rest of the world.

I also ordered a new set of chairs and new dining table. I refurbished the kitchen with new kitchenware and a bigger refrigerator to store more freshly picked fruits and vegetables. I still see no reason to cook but it’s useful so I will learn it, though the real reason on why I buy a bigger one is because Pray likes her Ice cream. Or my maybe not likes but love? Or obsessed with it?

Right now, were are currently in the living room and are having a bonding moment.

We’re using the wall as a makeshift TV, and this is where we are currently playing the game Metal Slug. I’m playing with Charmeleon and Flaaffy is playing in her new Nintendo DS which shouldn’t be out in the market yet but Pray got it for her and since then, she is becoming addict in Mario bros’ game.

Sigh… “I died again” I whine while waiting for my character Marco to revive.

“You’re just noob, that’s why” Charmeleon mocks me but when I see her receiving another bullet and dying. I only smirk at her and said “I wonder who is the noob here, hehe”

I’m currently rolling within the soft mattress with my summons and Mittelt, we also turned the AC on, which made the room’s temperature cold. Charmeleon doesn’t like it first but she started to like it when she lies down in the mattress and feel the cold air around her.

As usual, Metang is in charge of Mittelt and it’s like she is become her permanent Nani and she is happy with her duty of taking care of the baby.

Pupitar is currently using the PC and browsing the net. She said that there are lots of free books in the net and she had learned to access it from Pray.

I don’t know where Pidgeotto is but she would be fine. She would probably be playing elsewhere.

Pray is in her room. She became shut in there and will only come outside if were eating or during training.

Seadra was also introduced to the fray and the others had welcomed her easily though Rin had become wary of her which also made me worry of her.

I’m also using Seadra now as my pillow. Using her lap as my pillow and she is playing with my hair. She is the playful and joyful type and is easy to be around.

The others are also happy of meeting her and having her become an addition to the party, but why do I feel that something is wrong here? I don’t know why but I can’t help feel that something is wrong and it made me worry but I ignore it.

It’s just probably because Rin had her attitude change since that event. Rin had become a bit more clingy but less childish. She also doesn’t like when I’m using Seadra as my pillow but her thighs are soft and I can’t help to like it.

I return from my mussing to the huge projected screen and can’t help but felt happy on how I’m having a higher score against Charmeleon.

“I’m winning this one” I taunted her but she only replied with “Bring it on”

The game continues for another hour until we heard the whistling that is coming from the kitchen.

“swoooooooooooooo” The whistle of the boiling pot was heard and we paused the game.

We looked at each other on who will stand to take care of it but no one was standing.

Metang had realized it and she volunteered “I’ll get it but who will take care of Mittelt?” she asked while playing catch my finger, with the playful baby.

“I’ll take care of her” Seadra volunteered. If I’m not using her lap as a pillow, she might be the one who volunteered to check the meal but since she can’t stand. She just volunteered to take care of the baby.

“Here, be careful” Metang said and Seadra just nods at her. I can see the baby giggling but there was a problem. She can’t carry her if I’m at using her thigh as a pillow… I would obstruct her from carrying it if I stay using her lap as a pillow so I was forced to roll out of her soft thighs and just used the mattress to lay around… soft pillow.

Metang had gone to the kitchen and I heard the whistling stopping, meaning that she had already put off the fire. “I’ll prepare the table” I heard her say from the kitchen.

I just continue to lie around and finish my match with Charmeleon but I wish that her tank would be blown away. That tank gives far too many points when you brought it until you clear the stage. I had higher prisoner count but if she manages to carry that tank until the stage clear, I would lose.

Lose that tank! Lose that tank! Lose that tank! Lose that tank! Lose that tank!

I began to chant it inside my brain but my luck still had shown that I’m a cursed guy and I shouldn’t count on chances.

“I WON!” Charmeleon cheers and turns to me with a smug face of hers. I can only turn my face to face the mattress instead of looking at her smug face. “hahahaha I won”

“Another round! One more time!” I said to her, so she would stop hovering above me about her winning the game.

“Guys, the table is ready. Everyone come here already. I would get Master Pray to inform her that the meal is ready” Metang informed from the kitchen.

“tsk, let’s continue this after eating” I said to Charmeleon but she just smiles at me. That infuriates me.

“I’ll set up the projector so we can watch something while eating” Pupitar volunteers. The technology is really moving fast in academy city, I don’t know if it’s the norm but you can just transfer data from the PC straight to the Projector by using a cable connector. Pupitar set it up and we use the projector as the monitor for the PC.

“What do you guys want to watch?” Pupitar ask us while she is browsing the local disk for her collection of anime.

Yes, anime. She started downloading it from the Net and since, we don’t have any TV antenna or cable for TV. She is getting her update in the net but she is usually just more focus on anime and manga. She said that shoujo manga’s are the best but I’m getting worried for her. She is me right? I wonder when her hobbies had change. She used to read literary novel works about romance but it turn into manga addiction when she got her hands on that PC.

We started sitting in the new upgraded kitchen and dining area. The chairs and table are new and it can hold up to 10 seating capacity. We pick where to seat and start sitting but we look at Pupitar when she asks her question.

“Divergence Eve for me” I said

“One Piece!” Charmeleon voted for.

“I would like to watch Gundam Seed please” is what Flaaffy said while not looking away from her DS.

“R.O.D please” Is what Seadra said while still playing with Mittelt.

“Okay, R.O.D it is” Is what Pupitar had decided to pick.

I want to retort but I just held back. R.O.D. is also a good anime so I’m fine with it.

“hmm. You guys are watching anime again. Owww R.O.D? Why not Ghost in the shell. It’s much better” ” Pray had arrived together with Metang. She had just comes out of her room and the first thing she said is whining on what to watch.

“I’m back! Woah R.O.D. That’s nice” Pidgeotto had arrived and she’s dirty.

“Pidgeotto get seated already” Metang chastised her while she sat side beside me. I’m currently seating in the head table and the summons seats on the side while Pray seats on the opposite side of me.

“Okay!” Pidgeotto cheerily replies but she is still dirty from playing outside. With just intent, my eyes started glowing a bit and the dirt around her was gathered by the wind and a splash of water from Seadra cleaned her while a warm heat from Charmeleon dried her.

Before she had reach her seat, she’d become cleaned and proper. She is now clean but she would still need to take a bath after eating. It just shows how good my control of my ability now, but I can’t helped feel that I’m wasting my ability by using it to give a fast bath to Pidgeotto.

“Hmm… looks delicious. Good going…brat” Pray is still hesitant to praise and acknowledge my summons but she must learn to live with it, if she plans to continue living here with us.

“Thanks ma’am” Metang answers her. Metang is the one that did the cooking and she prepares a typical Japanese food. We’re aren’t picky on what to eat so we’re currently having rice that we farmed from the rice field, salmon from our fishers, fruits salad and vegetable salad from our farm, and miso soup that Metang cooked last. The only one that we need to buy is the seasoning and meat.

Pray insist that I need meat to increase the volume of my body so we buy those but I start to wonder if I should start a poultry farm or a piggery, if we had that. We would be totally independent on our own. Well, aside from the seasonings.

Thanks for the meal [Itadakimasu]” As we all seated, we said itadakimasu together and start eating.

“Ugh… this is boring. Let’s something like detective conan or kindaichi than R.O.D” Pray whines while stuffing her mouth with rice and taking a sip from the soup.

“You’re just complaining for the sake of complaining. If you don’t like to watch it then just finish quickly your meal and go back to your room… Mom” I was hesitant on calling her that, but I was forced by Pray to call her that. She had finally acknowledged me as family and any family of hers, calls her that.

“Woooooooooo so cute! If you’re sitting beside me. I would pat your head” Pray swoon but I left unfazed.

“No thanks” I continue eating but I’m smiling.

We eat together and play together, then Rin will arrive later and she will either drag me to play with her in the park or she will stay here and play with us.

She also sometimes sleeps here and Mr. Shibuya allows her as long as she calls her home to let them know.

These become had become the norm since that incident.

We play and laze around during the day and I train or go and start building my lab at night.

Seadra and Metang will take care of the farm or Mittelt, while Charmeleon and Flaaffy are playing video games and Pupitar would be busy in front of the PC. Pidgeotto would be seen around the garden, taking care of the plants or running around the fruit and vegetable farm, to check if there are pest or if there something ready for picking. Even if Pidgeotto likes to play around, she can be relied on simple task.

Pray would stay inside her room all day and will only come out when we are eating.

I made her come out as one of the conditions when I start calling her Mom.

The rules are she won’t kill my friends but she is fine to murder my enemies.

She will come out and eat with us.

She won’t treat my summons as dolls.

Those are my rules for her to stay here and for me to call her Mom.

I’m not regretting anything yet and I’m having fun this days.

In the past, I can’t believe that I would feel something like this.

I’m only focus on getting stronger and trained all day or check and experiment on my crops. I leaving everything else to Metang, like taking care of the house and Mittelt. I would be only out to play if Rin forces me but my life had become pretty monotonous and dull. It’s colorless and boring.

Even if I’m having fun playing with Rin but that is only when she is around and she is not always around. After that small time of reprieve I would just return to the dark world and train senselessly. I’ve been training there for days, months and years but it become useless because I’m afraid to take a step outside of my home town.

But right now, even if I’m only training during the night. I’m surely getting stronger be leaps and bounds.

I’m also seeing new place and start to appreciate the wonders of what humans had built. Even if the places I’ve been through in the altered world are full of enemies and is dangerous to roam around.

Pray had come like a storm into my life and she had change my monotonous way.

I’m thankful for Rin for being my friend but I’m thankful to Pray for changing my dull life.

I learn the enjoyment of sleeping, I was forced to eat, train and become stronger than ever. I feel a lot of different an unknown emotions and I learned a lot and experience a lot in this short period of time that I met her.

I have only had met her last week but I can’t help feel that I have known her for years.

This is my current life and I choose this. I will fight to protect it.

Part 47

Its third week of March now, it’s been two weeks since that incident and things stay the same and I prefer if it stays that way. I prefer a quiet and normal one than an exciting lifestyle.

I’m currently walking through the stairs of temple. I’m here for a visit and for him to finally show me the grail. He did promise and my meeting with the daughters’ of the Tohsaka family had me worried.

The current head of the Tohsaka (I think he is the current head) is becoming frustrated on the current situation and I can’t help but be worried that he would do something drastic if things continued but everyone should know that the grail war will eventually happen. The current system is just there to delay it but impatient people could do something drastic and we can’t predict what he would do if it reach the point that he can’t wait anymore.

The grail war will happen but according to the elder, the earliest is next year and at most a year or two but that is the maximum. The system installed inside the city won’t be able to hold it back anymore but when I see the shrine that Tohsaka Rin was inspecting, I see no problem even if it’s been used for years already, but I can’t also say that I understand how it works, so I can’t make a clear assumption based on what I can only observe.

I had reached the top of the stairs and I saw the priest standing at top with a broom in his hands, his waiting for me. I didn’t call for prior notice but he probably noticed me already when I start climbing the stairs.

“Good morning Touma” The priest greets with a gentle but fake smile of his. I’m not good at telling if a person is lying or not but I’m choosing to not believe whatever praised or good words, the elder said to me.

“Good morning too Elder” I tried looking around but she is not here. Good. When I heard her intention last time, it really made me nervous on just thinking what kind of problem she might be pulled into.

“Looking for someone?” The priest had a knowing smile on his face.

“If you’re looking for her, she is not here. Since, you’ve visit her house and informed of them that you visit here sometimes to help, they stop sending Nina to help which is sad….sob… sob… and I liked seeing little Nina to help around… sob… sob…” This fake priest… he is surely faking his tears at the end of his sad (fake) story but that is good news. I don’t like to see Nina around here.

“Elder can you be serious for a moment; I didn’t come here to chat around. It’s been months and I would like to see the grail now, plus do you know anything about the Tohsaka’s?” I’m serious. I don’t like him so I see no reason for me to stay here and I would like to know if he knew the situation with the Tohsaka.

“Tohsaka?” he raised his right eyebrow, it’s a show of interest. “What do you want to know about them or rather why are you asking about them? Did you meet them?” His smile had vanished and it’s been placed by a serious expression. The one I’m currently facing isn’t the priest that would like to see my various reactions but a researcher that is searching for an answer.

“I had met them and it looks like they aren’t happy with the current arrangement” I didn’t mention that I met the children of the possible current head. I don’t know much about them but I don’t want to mention them, and I don’t want to give them too much information, especially to this fake priest.

“Well, he isn’t the only one, I heard the elder in Makiri is the same but since that old bug is used to waiting, he is just probably waiting for the right opportunity but he is becoming antsy that’s for sure” Makiri? It’s the other founding family that creates this bogus game. I have forgotten about them. I don’t have that much information about that family.

“I heard that his family had lost the ability to use magic. Well serves him right, that annoying crawling insect. He had been pestering around lately. I’m even tempted to squash some cockroach with his continues prodding around the temple” Well, this is new. I didn’t expect to see the elder become annoyed just by mentioning someone. Is the elder of the Makiri that bad? but why call him Makiri? They go by Matou now right?

The elder then look straight at my eyes and tried to find something in me but he just shakes his head after few seconds of looking.

“You shouldn’t worry much about the Tohsaka’s. They aren’t really the problem. The problems are either Makiri or Einsbern. The Einsbern had been doing this little game of theirs for more than 200 years already and not counting their search to achieve their lost magic. If you include that, they’ve been desperate for more than a thousand years already. Desperate people tend to do drastic measures to ensure their victory. For the Makiri…” The elder just frowns and mad a gagging motion and shakes his head. It’s like he had eaten something sour. “Don’t trust the Makiri. That old bug isn’t something that could be trusted” hmm does he have something against the elder of makiri?

Squash. Squelch. Splat

What’s that sound?

Those sounds had come from above, somewhere in the forest and down below the stairs… the road? They are outside of my sensory area but I clearly heard those sound. Whoever did it isn’t hiding his intention at all.

I tried to search it but I can’t find the source of the sound. I gave up in searching and focus again on the priest but his face had change again.

Usually, it’s the creepy priest that wears fake smile to accommodate me, then the sinister smiling priest that likes to see my various reactions and lastly the researcher priest. I rarely see it and it only appears when we’re discussing about the mechanics of the grail war or about the supernatural world.

Those types of faces are what this fake priest, researcher, usually wears.

This is a new one.

I haven’t seen him get angry.

His face is in clear annoying and set in frown. He is also looking at his left which is the foreign side of the Miyama town.

Someone is observing us?

Then those sounds are the so called familiar?

I heard from the priest that those are magical construct that the magus or magic users use, to scout for information.

Who are the one observing us?

Tohsaka, Makiri or a total unknown party?

“Come on, let’s go inside and we will continue our discussion there” The elder urge me to follow him and we hurriedly enter the temple building but when we entered inside the temple, the pace of the priests slow down. I asked then the question when I feel that the priest had calmed down a bit.

“Why is the Tohsaka family not a threat? Aren’t they the same? They are also members of the founding family that created the grail. They should be also desperate enough to do something drastic to win the war” I inquired because it’s confusing on why did the elder, not think of them as a threat.

“The current head of the Tohsaka is pretty much predictable person. He is the generic type of noble. He is the one that do his job right but he is still cunning enough to plan some underhanded tactics but it’s probably in a more acceptable manner or rather something a Magus would approve” His clear contempt on the way of the magus was clearly shown when he said the last words. I don’t understand why he hated their kind. Aren’t they the same researcher types of people? They would do everything they can to reach their goal… so what’s the different between him and the magus?

“Tokiomi is so predictable that he will probably procure an artifact that would summon the strongest servant for the current war” His face was set in a frown. We’re walking inside of the temple and he gestured me to stop for the time being. Our current position is the praying hall. Its current empty aside from the altar of Buddha in front of the praying hall, the Buddha isn’t really that special but it’s bigger than an adult. The priest had approach the Buddha while continuing his explanation.

“Summoning the strongest of the servant would be troublesome if one is not careful. Those beings are still legendary beings. They might be the copy of what was stored in the throne of Heroes but they are being that are far from normal. They had pride that matches their strength. If Tokiomi had gone his way in the most predictable way, then he would probably summon a hero with a blood of a god” God!? A demi-god, Nephilim?

“Those types sure are the strongest but they had an ego that matches it. It would be hard to control those types. Even more so if he decides to go for a king, some king of the past may be benevolent and but most are noted for being ruthless and dangerous. They are also the type that won’t bow down to people lower than them or to anyone at all. They had the pride of a king that rules over people. I’m pretty sure he would have a hard time controlling it” The priest is currently in the back of the Buddha and he is doing something, a hidden contraption or entrance?

Click

!

That sound!

“Come” He gestures for me to follow him again and he went then to the living quarters. The entrance is in there?

“Remember Touma, no matter what kind of legend a God has, be it benevolent, kind, caring or a just God. It’s still a God. It’s far above human level and let’s makes an easy example. If an ant orders an elephant, do you think an elephant would care?” He stops and looks at me when he asks the question but he didn’t wait for the answer and went straight to the kitchen. We already entered the living quarters.

Pride. Any being has it. Even the animals have it. Humans and supernatural has it. Heck, the whole problem starts with Pride. It’s the cause of conflict. Super natural had abused and used the humanity for centuries to millennia. The humans pride had been wounded and damage beyond repair but it’s still there. They will still retaliate if their love ones are in danger. No matter how dull their fangs had become, they would still bite the arms of their master if they hurt them or someone important to them” The Priest is crouch down below the kitchen sink and he is doing something there inside of the kitchen cabinet.

Click

That sound again, is it a multiple safety mechanism?

The priest had stand up after the sound was heard, he then start walking again and went straight further into the living quarters. It’s an area I haven’t entered before because it’s a private area and I’m not invited but right now, his expecting me to follow him.

He entered one of the rooms and this room is a bedroom but it’s probably unused one. There are signs that it’s not been touched for some time now. I wonder since when did this Priest takeover this temple. It has a sliding closet and a single window room. The priest then went to open the closet and he crouched down and went into the lower part of the cabinet. He didn’t bother to talk to me right now and he just continues on what he is doing, and another sound was heard.

Click

That’s the third one. Is there some more, I wonder.

“Come” He then went outside of the room, and then we went outside to the backdoor provided in the kitchen, and then we went to the backyard and pass it and walk further until we got close to the forest boundary of the temple, he stops then and look at me.

“The next one is somewhere you can’t follow and it not because it’s a secret but because it’s protected by a bounded field. I don’t want you to accidentally destroy it. Just wait for me here and try to not too wander too much” He then proceeds and went down to the forest area of the temple.

I wonder on how long it will take for him to come back.

I then decided to look around and observe my surrounding.

We are currently at the back of the temple now and there is a pond there. If I remember it right, that pond is directly above the cavern below, where the Greater Grail is hidden.

I then decided to check the pond or is it a lake? It’s too big for a man made pond.

I inspect the color of the pond and the water is crystal clear. Its look refreshing and would probably be healthy which wouldn’t be far from the truth.

This water isn’t ordinary.

It became far too saturated with mana that the grail is trying to gather and absorb that it become something that can’t be called normal, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it can be used for magical ritual. It’s not 100% water and it has mixed minerals in it but the minerals itself aren’t ordinary. True, it might start as normal dust but maybe because of its location, it also become saturated with mana and the stones and pebbles in the lake had change. Some of it had become fine gold dust and the stones transformed into something like a raw gem and it’s fully charged with mana. This lake could be mined on, but the Magus families probably wouldn’t allow anyone to desecrate this lake.

This place is above the Greater Grail and any disturbance to it might affect the grail below. So having many people working in this place would be a disturbance to them.

I can also understand the needs of building a temple a top of this place. The temple acts as the best camouflage for the place to remain silent and undisturbed. If people discovered this rich filled lake, many people would flock on it but by building a temple here, they are limiting the people who will live here and they can also set up a protection for the cavern below.

Though those plans were effectively foiled when the previews family, that runs this temple meets their end in an accident but I doubt that accident is a really an accident. It could probably be a planned assassination.

Click

The fourth one, I wonder if that is the last one.

I tried to wait for the elder but no one is still coming back from the place he entered.

Hmm… if he is still not returning yet, it means he has still some business in the forest.

I then get my canteen of bottle inside my inventory and I crouch down to scoop the water from the lake.

Mana Rich Water 1 Liter – Restore 90% HP, STA and Death Curses

I should probably acquire a much bigger Water storage. I have money that I can use so maybe I would get a 1 gallon next or a water tank?

Click

That’s the fifth one.

I then stand up when the land starts shaking. I also notice that the Priest had emerged from the forest but the place where he emerges is different from where he enters.

The shaking last for a few seconds then it stops.

I look at the Priest to ask what’s happening but he just nods at me and start walking back to the temple. I followed him but he stops talking to me and just continues on walking which is why I just followed him silently. If he is not in the mood for talking then I won’t also ask any questions.

We enter from the backdoor then went pass through the kitchen, the living area and pass through the living quarters and enter the praying hall but there is something different now.

In the middle of the praying hall, there was an opened hole or rather it’s a hidden stairway that leads down below the temple.

The Priest just look at me and nod, I nod back and I followed him as he enters the hidden stairway.

This stairway is different from above. It’s made of steel instead of cement or wood. It’s a clear sign of modern construction but it’s dark.

We both entered but we walked slowly. We cling to the wall and use it as a guide. It takes a couple of minutes, walking down this dark stairway when the Priest had stopped walking. I tried to look pass him on why he stops but it’s just too dark to see, I’m even tempted to light up the path but currently, I’m just letting the Priest to guide me.

##########” The voice of the priest reverberate in this dark stairway but I don’t understand what he says. What kind of language is that? Is it a secret password or an unknown language used as a password?

“Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm” Humming sound was heard. I heard the humming sound and it’s like the sound of an engine starting up.

“Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhs” Hissing sound was then heard and the next thing that happens was the steel plate or is it door? It blocks our path from returning.

I was shocked at first but when I noticed the Priest as calm as ever, I just stay silent.

Gamers Mind is surely helpful in this kind of situation. If I’m an ordinary person, I might start panicking like an idiot now.

Flash

I closed my eyes for the unexpected flash of light, if the eyes had gotten used to the darkness and was flashed by a bright light, it will cause temporary blindness and that’s what happens to me right now.

While my eyes are closed, I felt the surrounding area become bright. The lights are on now, I tried to slowly open my eyes and I heard another hissing sound.

“Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhs” And the metal plate (or door) in front of us had split open and slide to the wall.

“Come” The Priest or Elder, his demure had change. I’m not talking to the priest right now but the elder that orders me to eradicate the Demons and Fallen in the previews year.

We entered the steel opening and what I saw inside is something I didn’t expect.

There are two corridors from my left and right but they aren’t important right now. The one most important is what’s in front of me. This room is like a command center. There was a table in the middle with monitors installed in it and a chair.

At the front of the room are monitors lined up together, forming two layers of 8 monitors in each line. All are showing different view. The bottom layer is showing 8 different angles of the cavern below. I deduce that it’s the cavern because one of the monitor is showing the view of the entrance of the cavern and the other is the view from the entrance of the cavern. After that is the corridor of the cavern. It shows 2 different views, from 2 different places for the long corridor. And the last four cameras are showing a large opening. It’s probably the cavern below but there is nothing there at all. What does that mean?

The second layer is different. 6 of them are showing 3 different house and the 2 are showing different view of a forest?

The first two monitor are showing the same house with different view. The first view is taken from low angle and one can see the wall and gate of the large two story house and the second is from the top view which overlooks the road in front of the house. This house is from the foreign side of Miyama. Magus house? Who owns it? The Tohsaka or Makiri?

No before that, I think the most important is thing is how did they get these camera set up there?

I look at the Priest but he is busy observing the monitors found in the table.

I look back at the monitor and tried to think of where the camera had been hidden….

It can’t be!

One of them is in the shrine! I remember Tohsaka Rin saying that there is a Shrine near their house. They use the shrine as a camouflage for surveillance too.

The other is from the top view… it can be either the lamp post or the utility pole.

Sigh… the same can be said for the next two monitors. This one doesn’t have a fence but it’s also a two story house, though this one looks a bit old or ancient. The views taken are the same.

The last house can’t be called a house…. It’s a mansion or castle? These magus people sure are rich. It only shows the front side and the rear side of the house.

The last two monitors are showing the road beside a forest and a top view of the forest, taken from… I don’t know. It’s too high for a utility pole… unless it’s taken from a tower but is there a communication tower or high building in Fuyuki that is located beside a forest? The tall buildings should be all located in the commercial district of Shinto.

Fuyuki isn’t an advance or modern city for it to have communication tower in area around the mountain range.

Sigh… I can’t believe what I’m seeing.

“Isn’t this stalking?” I asked but I’m not serious at all. Considering who’s the opponent, I can understand this level of preparation but shouldn’t this be considered illegal?

“It’s not. It’s being prepared. These magus people had brought too much trouble for us. Enough trouble to threaten the world” He said it with cold tone. At first I was about to dismiss it as a joke because seriously threaten the world?

Fuyuki is only small part of the world, so how can it threaten the world? If it meant the destruction of the city then I can probably believe it. I’m already considering it when we’re talking about the destruction of the grail but destroying the world? Isn’t that too much fictional? But the seriousness on his face said otherwise.

I just can’t help sighed again and my stomach starts aching.

I notice it happen before but when I feel nervous, my stomach would either start rumbling or aching. It doesn’t really hurt but the feeling I got is that there is something that doesn’t feel right.

“How did it become a threat to the world and where is the grail?” I looked again at the monitor and continue what I’m saying.

“There isn’t anything there. Is there should be anything at all in there?” I meant is the monitors that show four side of an empty lot. The place might be elevated a bit and there is a small body of water beside it but there isn’t anything special about it.

That body of water is probably connected to the lake above, is what Touma observe while looking at a mini stream beside the elevated platform. There is also a stairs for the platform but its empty and that is the problem.

“The grail is there” He said while still looking at the graphs and readings that where shown in the monitor. I didn’t understand much what those graphs are meant for but what’s was shown in the monitors are more on thermograph, seismograph, pass video recording of the area, sound recording, and other parameters are being displayed.

“There?” I was confused… is it invisible?

“Follow me” After checking the results in the monitor, he made me follow him to the left corridor…

What does the right corridor leads too? The smell there seems familiar….

I followed him after looking at the closed door on the right and we enter a long corridor to the left.

There aren’t any other doors in this corridor. It’s just a long corridor without any windows at all. The only door that I see is at the end of the corridor.

When we got closer, the door open automatically and we enter the room.

There is nothing much in room. There are only a 3 rows of 3 seater seats in the right and a glass wall at the front. I can also spotted a camera at the top left and right corner of the room but other than that, there is nothing much.

The priest had stopped at the front of the glass wall and he gestured me to come closer.

I followed him and I finally understand what this room meant.

It’s a viewing room.

To be exact, it’s a viewing room, where we can see above the empty cavern but it’s not really empty…

“There is something there” I can’t help but have cold sweat running down on my back. What kind of pressure is this… there is something terribly wrong there.

“You can feel it?” He inquired but he is more interested on my trembling and sweating body than my statement. “You’re more sensitive to supernatural distortion than what we initially thought” He then set his eyes on the empty space that we’re currently observing.

“Yes, there is indeed something there. That is where the Grail would materialize when the ritual is complete. Currently the grail is just a concept or mechanism that the 3 founding family had made to summon the actual thing. We don’t have much information about the ritual; we only got second hand statement. The only one who has probably known the secrets are the founding family and they aren’t actually someone you can kidnapped and tortured for information” The elder sighed and continues.

“It doesn’t have a physical body but the greater grail is there. It’s the one that’s gathering the massive amount of mana in this land, and its lay lines” The elder sighs and massage his forehead and the one in between his eyes.

“Since the grail isn’t physically manifested in this world, we can’t get a solid reading. We only know that it’s there and the space is being distorted in where it’s been placed. It’s also where the massive amount of mana is being sucked into. It’s like there is a pocket dimension there where the greater grail is hidden. We’re trying to get a reading from it but we can’t actually get close to it. We will trigger the bounded field if we step inside the cavern, which is why we set up this observation deck. If only it has a physical form, we can properly study it and we will even force our way into the bounded field but well… we know it’s there but the actual body isn’t there. That is what’s stopping us from doing something reckless” He then looks at me and looks back at the seats and then the door.

“This place was built after we had taken over this temple. We take control over the temple and dig below it secretly. Since the Magus are closed minded fools, they won’t think of someone observing their little relic, outside of their priced bounded field. Bounded field works by applying their magic in a certain area and set rules for it. Be it defensive or offensive, you pick the rules but it has a one solid rule that any bounded field follows and it can only affect the area where it was set up. It won’t affect the outside area of where it was set. So we set up an observation deck outside of the area of effect. To be precise, we build it as close as we can and stop when we are only few centimeters off from triggering the bounded field” After explaining he seats in one of the chairs and he made a gesture for me to sit too.

“The ritual that they are trying to perform is the third true magic [The manipulation of Souls]. The goal of the magi that created this system was to access the Root of all knowledge [Akasha] but the method that they are using is the problem. The second, third and fourth true magic are the magic that were meant to reach it. Then the first and fifth are magic that creates a path and gained power upon arrival. It may sound the same but it’s different” He frowns and he settles his elbows on his knees as a support and his fingers intertwined and he set it to support his chin.

“For the first and fifth, a path was created. For the second, third and fourth, it only meant as to reach that place but how will they reach it if there is no set path for it?” He looks at me asks the question.

I can only look at him and raised my eyebrows; does he expect me to think on how those fools think? I only shrug away and let him continue his explanation.

“To make things simple, the Holy Grail war is a ritual where they make a hole, where they can use to access the root [Akasha], and that is where the problem rise. They are trying to make a hole into the space and time continuum to access an unknown place, a total alien place but before we even go to that problem. We go back to the problem of the hole into space and time continuum… which causes a distortion in space. You can even feel it and we can get data’s from it which is actually nice because we’re having a front row seat in the making of a freaking black hole, here in japan” His clenching his fist right now.

“They are doing something stupid. Experimenting in this backwater place without proper equipment and specialist that knows what they are doing. Experiments are been done when dealing with black hole. It’s nothing new in academy city but this! What they are doing is something totally reckless! They are damaging the current dimension here. What if it collapses and it expands? It will eat the Whole Mountain first, then the city, then the japan, heck, it’s a black hole! It will most likely eat every matter in near vicinity and that includes the planet itself. This isn’t fiction where a black hole would stops after sucking everything around it or if it gets hit by a puny light show and if it turn into genuine article which we most likely guaranteed, that light show would actually be useless because everything would be eaten inside the black hole, even light, it would just continue on sucking everything around it until it become bigger and bigger and until there are nothing more to suck in… Studying or creating the event horizon isn’t something they should play at” The elder is clearly frustrated and I can understand.

“I don’t know what they are planning to do nor do I know if they even know what they are doing but it’s clearly dangerous” The elder inhales and exhales deeply, his trying to calm himself and after getting his blood pressure in control, he continues his tale.

A rip in time and space…

“Won’t Fantasy killer be able to fix it?” I asked but I also didn’t think that it would be able to fix it.

“The damage is already done and it’s probably the after effect of boring through the space. If it’s the result of continues magic or supernatural phenomenon, Fantasy killer would work but for this type of damage? I don’t think so” The elder shakes his head while explaining what I already expected. Fantasy Killer [Imagine Breaker] won’t work on after damage or effect of magic. Fantasy Killer would be able to stop the fire produced by supernatural effect but Fantasy Killer won’t be able to fix a burned object and it’s probably the same for this case.

“Fantasy Killer would probably more useful in dealing with the grail itself once it materialize. Right now, it’s in alternate space, we can’t gamble on what would happen if we forced the use of Fantasy Killer on it. It might explode prematurely or an unexpected result might happen. It would be better to destroy it when it’s materialized and when the energy had been used. So the perfect time to destroy it is after the legends had been summoned and it finally materialized here” The elder used his thumb to his head and he used both his hands to massage his scalp, he then sighed and tried to relax in the chair.

“The reason why Japan lost the last war is because our clan had left the front lines. (Change in topic? I didn’t understand why would the Elder tell story from the time of war) Nuclear attacks aren’t something we should be afraid of because we can fend it off if we stayed in the front lines, with the new onmyodo system that the Tsuchimikado clan had developed. The enemies aren’t really much a threat if we take them seriously. The only troublesome part is when other supernatural beings or other countries had sent magic users to join the war. We can mostly likely… no we can win that war. But when we’re scouting in the near sea area, we detected an abnormality in the space” The elder sighs and he is clearly disturbed by this. I see… so during that time did the clan discover the problem with the grail… He is trying to tell the story about the time when they discover the grail and the problem it cause to the world.

“A distortion was being created and we decided to investigate it. Then and there, when we saw that thing that the magus had created, we decided to seclude ourselves and find a way to fix it. The current clan head at that time even become the sacrifice to make a satisfactory show for royal family and Japan, that we’re giving up on our long line of duty to protect Japan” He looks at me with a smile but that smile is a hollow fake smile. It’s the worst smile he ever tried. The clan head… I remembered that there had been no one elected as the next clan head after him, though I have the dragon orb and it should signifies me as the clan head. I wonder if it meant that they have acknowledge me as the clan head… though that is also probably impossible because they only gave it to me to awaken the forms of power. But it didn’t change the fact that the one who owned that orb is the one acknowledge by the clan as the clan head.

The dragon orb has more significance than just an ornamental orb or something that awakens the power within the blood. It signifies a pact between the clan head and the one who had bestowed the dragon orb to the first clan head [Nadare].

“When the clan had discovered it, the first thing that enters our smart and intelligent brains is to massacre those idiotic families (I can feel his heavy sarcasm while mentioning the smart and intelligent but when he mentioned the massacre of the magus family, I can feel his hatred) but then we realize that it’s useless. We think of other ways like just bombing it and destroying the whole mountain but the grail doesn’t exist in the actual plane of existence. It’s inside a pocket dimension or some kind of alternate dimension. We even encourage the idea of talking with the perpetrators of the crime to find what they are doing, then we remember we’re dealing with crazy magus…We’re really in our wits end back then and we can’t think clearly. We tried different things while staying away from the distorted place but it become futile. The grail is totally inaccessible while it’s in that altered dimension. We also discover that the grail is self-sufficient when we tried isolating it, it did something totally unexpected… which is why we think that maybe the grail is also sentient…” The Elder’s face had gone cold after mentioning it. The grail can think for itself? How? Isn’t it just a device to gather mana? What is happening here?

“We become impatient at some point and we tried to force away through which is why we know what would happen to anyone who steps into the bounded field and its nasty. It’s something that shouldn’t happen to any human. We tried human experimentation before but we haven’t done anything that would result in someone drying into an empty husk. We aren’t sure back then and even till now, if it’s the bounded field work or the grail but it dried the one who got closer to the grail. It dried all of that person’s life force until there is nothing left. Even its flesh was dried of nutrients and was converted into life force that the grail absorbs too. It’s really a pretty nasty sight and that is a high praise if it’s coming from me” He sounds smug for a being that deals human experimentation, even though it shouldn’t be a praiseworthy work.

“It cost some minor family feud when the magus family finds it out but we didn’t really care if they retaliate. We actually welcomed it back then and we’re itching for them to make the first move so we will have enough reason to kill them. We can’t actually outright kill them without any reason because of our pact with each other. If they are the one who breaks that agreement, then we won’t hesitate to end them” The Elder smiles at the idea of killing the families that started this bogus war. The elder then looks at me and contemplates on what to say next… it looks like his hesitating to inform me more… I wonder what it means.

“When… we cut the grail from its source… the ley lines and then when we isolate it from other sources of mana… it did something we didn’t expect which is why… we think it’s sentient… The unexpected thing that it did is it digs in deeper to the core of the planet… We have already isolated it but it finds another source of Mana. It just shows that it can possibly think for itself or that there is another mechanism installed for it to automatically search mana source, ether way, it means bad news for us” The elder is looking like he needed a drink.

“The grail had tap into the life force of the planet itself which we couldn’t allow. The life force of the planet is the one that helps giving nutrients to the soil and the living. We can’t have it being drawn away which is why we set foot to correcting it immediately. We started our investigation about its connection to the planet and then we try severing it or at least restore its source to its previews connection to the land. It’s a lot better than have it suck the planet dry…but when we’re investigating the connection… we had discovered something… something that causes massive headache when we find it…we also wish that we didn’t find it but that is just wishful thinking. We had discovered another whole set of problems that we wish we had noticed earlier. We’re drowning in pills back then, just to elevate the massive headaches….” Sigh…. Elder is really looking old right now.

“The planet is dying” He said but he doesn’t elaborate it more.

What?

What did he mean by that?

What is he talking about?

Huh….

Is he serious?

No way….

“What!” I was shocked that I didn’t manage to control my voiced and shouted it.

“That is not you’re current problem and don’t worry… we’re also trying to fix it” He sighs again but why can’t I worry for something as catastrophic as that.

“Just remember… you’re created to prevent it but currently, just focus on dealing with this stupid grail. You’ve decided to take part of it right? One problem at a time” He becomes irritated and I’m surprised with all this new emotions that I’m seeing with this usual carefree-lying priest.

“Plans are already in action afterwards but it takes half a century before it has been realized and during those times, we find out more problems and more headaches and more….” The elder just looks down at the floor and shakes his head.

“While we’re thinking of a way to fix these stupid problems (He changes the topic) the director had made suggestion on why not bring the fight to them. We’re always in the defensive and we’re only reacting when there was a huge problem in our doorstep. Shouldn’t be going into offensive now?” The Elder smiled at that but its part delirious and wrong.

“We’ve been fighting for long time, trying to survive in this unfair world but the world just won’t leave us be. It would be fine if we’re only dealing with supernatural beings. They are enemies of old. The clan started with banding together to protect themselves from the attack of the supernatural beings. We bend our knees to ask help from those who had power to protect us but when people who are stronger and talented showed up… we just got discarded like an old tool that lost its use…” The elder’s voice is monotonous now; it reminds me of the voice that I usually use. Since I can’t feel much, I don’t see any reason to put emotions on me voice just to communicate. Words should be enough, is what I thought. But hearing it from the elder, it gives a new perspective to those who can’t show their own emotions.

The elder had relaxed himself in the chair and he uses his right hand to support his head while he seated cross-legged. His eyes aren’t showing anything, just a blank look.

“You’ve heard this from Aizen already but to protect ourselves and regain power in the court, we created tools that could be used to match the might of God given gifts but even then, it’s not enough but its fine. We’re living and surviving. It’s fine as long as one is alive. One can just continue to struggle and move one” The elder closes his eyes and turn his head to look at me.

“We’ve survive and the clan had become complacent. In the years to come, the only thing we wish and think is to survive but even that is not enough for some who did their best. They did their best but it’s still not enough. Facing against beings that are naturally gifted and far superior to your own and ended up losing in the end, the only comforting words one can said are you’ve do your best and better luck next time” The Elder’s fist is clutching to tightly.

“Doing your best is not enough! And becoming comforted by weak words isn’t enough! You want to win, you want to be picked, you want to live and not just be shadow of someone that so happen is naturally gifted at what they do. Better luck next time isn’t enough… you’re not even lucky enough when you’ve born into this world. You’re just a mediocre being and it won’t change. You can do your best but you will eventually hit you’re limit and when that happens, you will notice that you’re far left behind by those who are naturally better than you” Elder…..

“The world is unfair… and maybe it’s because of that, that the idea of an omnipotent wish granting machine seems a dream come true for the people who participate in it but that is probably for the outsiders or those who don’t know what’s the Grail really is. For the founding members who only see the grail as a means to its end, we can actually understand that part, what we didn’t understand is its mechanism. Why summon 7 legendary beings and sacrifice them to the grail to open the hole, to access the root? If they only need massive amount of mana, shouldn’t they be already having it before the war even started? The interval of each grail war, according to the record is 60 years. That is the needed time for the grail to gather the massive amount of mana to call upon the legends but if they plan to sacrifice the legends, themselves to power up the grail then why even summon them? Why won’t they just use the mana that was gathered for 60 years to open up that darn hole! They are causing far more trouble with the casualties, cleaning and covering of their darn mess” The Elder just felt drain. He, together with the clan is probably feeling the same thing… I also can’t understand what they are doing

“The whole logic of gathering massive amount of mana to be used to summon the legends which are also a massive mana construct, and using said mana construct a sacrifice to the grail that needs massive amount of mana for the materialization of the grail… it just doesn’t make sense no matter how you look at it. Plus how are they even sure that the grail can grant any wish? From the documents gathered, no one had won the grail war yet. They are just using the massive amount of mana to do forcefully open the hole to the root or just by having that massive amount of mana, they can do whatever they want? Trying to understand how the magus mind works is annoying” The elder grunts and shake his head. After that he settled it into the palm of his hands.

“Our biggest problem for this grail war is actually, who is the third part… we suspect that the three founding families aren’t the only one involved in it and we think that someone is from the supernatural world. The one who provide the idea of summoning legendary beings and the one who also provided the real command spells would probably the unknown party. Because no matter how good of a magus that old bug is, I can’t see him making a spell that can bind divine beings or any legendary beings. The heroes of legend might follow the magus because they had a wish but the power behind the command spells is the real deal. It’s close to a working miracle and true magic. The old vampire that helped might be a sorcerer but his working is the second magic and not about binding legendary beings. He might have knowledge from different dimensions but that still didn’t change the fact that, that one being binded and ordered are beings from legends. They are far off from the mortal mind to understand” the elder had sighed again and it looks like he is having hard time to breath.

“Humans can’t command gods and beings of higher level and that is a fact that doesn’t change, even until now. So we suspect that someone is helping it and that someone is the one pulling the strings. They also probably know what will happen if the hole is open… though we don’t have a clue on who it is yet but whoever it is, he or she would probably some big guy in the supernatural world because only higher beings can gave order to the lower beings. Whoever that being is, is probably the source of the command spells and the idea of the whole grail war” Is the elder finished in his story?

“The goal of the clan for the Holy Grail War is not to win or even participate in this game of theirs, but to find out who is the pulling down the strings; this is one of our first counter offensive plans. We’ endured for long and it’s about time to strike back. We created weapon to defend ourselves, then it’s time to create a weapon meant to attack the enemies” The elder’s smile is becoming sinister again. He is losing his composure.

“The idea that the director had presented isn’t something we can ignore. Even the unflappable Kihara clan that is usually doesn’t care about other things than researching is reacting to it. So when the director had present that idea to the board of directors, we can’t help by imagining the likes of striking back to those idiotic magus or the arrogant magic side users that are gifted by natural talents which they usually use to mock us, and to those most hated beings that seats in their throne and looks down at us, humans, while continuously laughing and enjoying all the time, wasting their eternal time of living the life of hedonistic way, while we humans are the ones being trampled with. And when they become bored in their home or legend or whatever that different dimension they call, they will materialize into this world and cause havoc. They are pretty much the center of trouble here… they give knowledge but didn’t become responsible for it. They just do whatever they want and the humans imitated it” The elder’s head is held down now and his eyes can’t be seen from where I’m seating.

“Humans when they are born, they don’t know anything. They have instincts but the thing that sets them apart from animals is that they can think. Babies won’t learn what’s right or wrong without proper guidance. It’s just a curious creature that would try to copy what it sees and it just so happen that the thing they often see are beings of legends indulging on what they do best. They indulge in pleasure. There are legends or diving beings that protects mind kind and when people copied them, the heroes where born but if the good guys are really doing their job, then those evil beings shouldn’t even exist. The Gods should be able to guide humanity to what is right but well… They say that they promote freedom for humanity” The elder only just plops his body in the chair and looks at the ceiling.

“There are more problems that you will encounter Touma and you’re not allowed to lose. Many things are counting on you to survive and win…cough…cough” The elder starts coughing and he tried to get something from his pockets but he dropped it. His arms are trembling. I tried to help him but he only stopped me with his hands and he said “You know the way to the exit…cough… Just… go… cough…. But remember… cough …you’re not allowed to dieuntil… cough …2016” The first few words are loud and clear enough for me to hear but the last sentence is spoken in whisper and jumbled by heavy coughing but I understand. Using the wind manipulation and in this encloses space. I manage to understand and hear it… what will happen in year 2016?

…..

“Thanks for the information Elder” I don’t know what think about it…. my mind can’t continue to think clearly….

The information is just too much for me to process and even with my high intelligence and wisdom…. I can only slowly walk away and my mind is clouded by a fog that blocks my path. The Gamers mind is working on clearing it but I still can’t see my destination.

Part 48

…Ah… I can’t think…. The news is just so overwhelming that I felt that it’s a lie….. I also wish that… it’s a lie…..

This is what Touma currently thinking.

Touma is currently walking outside of the temple building but since he had heard of the news. His mind had totally shutdown. He can’t think clearly and it’s full of questions that he can’t answer. He is just currently walking automatically, like a well-oiled machine but because of his jumbled mind. He didn’t notice his surroundings.

He can’t feel the gaze from afar.

He can’t see the grounds cracking.

He can’t feel the sun hiding behind the clouds.

He also can’t feel the stones that which were being at thrown him by an angry spirits from the forest. The throne stones are causing damages and wounds but his mind is not clear enough to even notice them.

He is just walking through the pathway of the temple without care and without protection, he tripped a countless times and his knees and legs become bruised but he just stands up and continue his walk until he reached the first step down the long staircase but since his mind is not working properly, he didn’t notice that it’s starting to rain and it’s just keeps on getting stronger. He also didn’t notice that the stairs had become slippery or that he had lost his footing.

He slipped and falls down the long stairs but he didn’t notice anything that is happening to him it, at all.

Bump, bump, his head, his body and his legs are all become wounded and at one point, he falls stronger and bounced back stronger which throws him further away from the stairs.

All throughout this event, he is only thinking that this might be a bad dream and he wished that he woke up already.

Isn’t he meant to only fight the supernatural beings?

Then why dumped him the idea of the world ending?

Why him?

Why can’t it be someone else?

Why is it needed to be him that where born to be born to do this silly job that others can’t do?

Aren’t they practically stronger than him?

What made him special? Fantasy Killer? Couldn’t they take it away or something?

I just don’t get it.

He would prefer to just laze around in the house, playing games, learn to browse the net, read books, do some farming works or train a bit with Pray.

This last 2 weeks of just doing nothing but what he wants, are the happiest moments of his short life.

So why now?

Why inform him of the news?

If the elder is actually hesitant to tell then please don’t tell something as heavy as this.

He prefers to stay ignorant of the calamity that would befall onto the world.

He prefers to have a clearer mind when dealing with the problem.

He prefers if they just order him to kill and kill and save what he can save during his missions, but now they are saying him to save the world…hahahahaha what kind of twisted event is that!

He prefers if things are more simple.

He prefers if it’s not him that is currently suffering this stupid mission.

He prefers if his just an ordinary boy that has an ordinary family, than what he currently have….

He prefers if things are just a lot more simple, like killing the supernatural beings that abused the people and then save the people but why did he have to kill the same people that he meant to protect?

Why can’t the people stop playing with fire?

Or in this case a world ending, matter sucking, black hole?

Can’t they just enjoy their life?

Because my idea of saving isn’t about ending someone else life

Or am I being naive that the only enemies that I will face would be the natural enemies of mankind?

He spouts nonsense that he would save those who need his help but he can only say that to those he actually saw their suffering.

He can sympathize with them and he will try to save them from their suffering because he understands; he also suffered a lot and doesn’t want anyone to suffer like him.

But what about those people who aren’t suffering?

Does he even care?

He doesn’t know them and do they even understand his suffering?

Are they even important?

He can’t turn a blind eye to the suffering of someone that he personally witness but what about the suffering of the people who he hasn’t met yet?

Can he say it confidently that he will save everyone if he saves a few and condemns them all?

Can it be called saving at all?

I really don’t like the idea of being a hero.

Life shouldn’t be balance in a weighing scale.

I just wish if things are more simple

His mind is clouded with full of questions that he can’t focus on anything.

Questions and questions are kept on appearing.

He is starting to doubt himself if he can really do this job which were forced onto him by people he haven’t met or even know.

Why entrust everything into him?

There are more people in the world aren’t they?

He didn’t study the general statistics of the world but it should be billions of them!

Someone among those billions should be able to stop this world crisis.

Heck, there should be thousands of people who are more special and stronger than him but they forced it all into me.

Is it because of my right hand?

Is it because of fantasy killer [imagine breaker]?

Why create a weapon to save the world if it can only correct and kill the super natural beings?

I can’t even correct the already damaged space below this mountain.

I also failed to save Mittelt’s mother.

This right hand is useless.

Is killing and saving the same thing?

Can one save without killing someone?

Can one be saving with just words only?

Like saying to the robber please surrender and will the robber comply?

Touma currently wish that the world is much simpler and he would only clench his right hand and destroy the illusion of the person or being that threatens it but the culprit is currently unknown and the time is ticking but even after a decade of searching, they still don’t have a clue of who it is.

They know someone is behind it but they don’t know of who it is.

If a bunch of scientist and a clan of warriors that made him can’t find the culprit then why do they expect me to be able to stop the crisis?

Or do they have some magnificent plan already that will deal with the problem and I’m not in the know and I should just follow what I’ve been ordered too.

He just can’t seem to understand what is happening or what he is thinking.

His ideas are all jumbled up and he just can’t think clearly anymore.

Many problems had accumulated and he was left unaware. They kept it a secret to him but they let him be aware of the upcoming danger.

He just wish that they would just say it more clearly when he expect it and not when he is least expecting it.

He expects to get information about the grail but he gets the news about a freaking, developing black hole, below this mountain that threatens the world if it’s fully developed.

He can’t fail.

He can’t die.

The world would end if he fails.

He won’t allow for Mr. Shibuya and Mrs. Shibuya to die.

He won’t allow for Rin to be harmed.

Even if he doesn’t like Pray at first, he started to respect the mother that brings death to everyone and he will fight for her.

But what about others who he doesn’t even know?

Ah, Nina and her family are also nice even if they are Yakuza family.

His family too?

He doesn’t know but his mother is still his mother, right?

Even if not by blood at least by birth, right?

He still has siblings that he has met last New Year; they should be allowed to live.

Yes, he will also fight for them.

But what about the magus that brought this problem into reality?

Will he protect them too?

Rin and Sakura don’t seem to be bad children. Especially the shy Sakura but what about the prideful Rin? But they are still children. They deserve to live.

Heck, everyone deserves to live more…

Sigh….

Why must it be him?

Why can’t things be a lot simpler than what it really is?

Life is unfair and reality is crueler than fiction.

Why can’t I be just a normal ordinary child?

Too many questions are swarming his mind that his gamers mind can’t accommodate them all.

He just wishes to become ignorant again and just live a simple life but it looks like he wasn’t even allowed to think like that.

He would need to find a way to become stronger than ever.

The stakes are higher than what he expects.

He can’t laze around anymore… but he enjoyed just seating around and playing with his summons and Rin… but it looks like he wasn’t allowed of simple enjoyment.

The world won’t wait for him to become strong enough to save the world.

Too many questions are flooding in Touma’s mind that he didn’t even notice that his HP is entering in red zone.

He didn’t notice the massive amount of notifications about negative statuses.

He didn’t notice anything and even the cry of someone went pass his clouded head.

Thud

It’s the sound of his body stopping its fall into the solid cemented road.

“TOUMAAAAAAAAAAA!” A voice of a girl that felt familiar to his ear are heard but his mind is pretty occupied to even know who she is.

“Agito-nii hurry!” The girls voice.

“Fine, fine, fine, here I’m already… well you’re a mess kid” the voice of a calm and reluctant boy. He is reluctant to follow the girl who called out to him.

“Agito-nii hurry up we need to save him” The girl shouted and in panic towards the boy.

“Fine…” the boy reluctantly does what his ordered to do but he stopped in the middle of his action.

“I… think he would be fine… Let’s just bring him back home and bandage him there” The boy said, unsure.

“We’re not calling for ambulance?” the panicking girl is confused.

“… It looks like he won’t need it. Come, I will carry him in my back. The rain is getting stronger and it would probably enough to wash the blood away. We also didn’t bring an umbrella with us, so we need to hurry” The reluctant boy, reluctantly carry the wounded Touma.

“…okay” The girl is reluctant to follow the older boy at first but she eventually concedes.

I just wish for things to be normal and simple…. Am I not allowed to wish such thing?

These are the last thoughts of Touma before he lost consciousness.

Part 49

Ugh… my head hearts and I can’t think clearly… what’s happening here?

Slowly opening my eyes, I can’t see anything, am I blindfold or is this just a dark room?

My sense is in mess that I didn’t even notice if I’m blindfold or just inside a room with no lights. My body is too numb to feel… what’s happening?

I tried to remember what happened, but I can’t remember it clearly… something is wrong here. I can’t move my body at all.

“So you’re finally awake boy…” I heard a voiced but my mind isn’t clear enough to understand what’s happening.

Thump thump thump

I heard footsteps but since my mind isn’t currently clear to process what’s happening, I can’t tell who it is.

“What are you boy?…you healed far too fast to be called normal.. are you even human?” The voiced echoed into my brain and I feel that I can’t lie too it…ah… this is bad… from my past studies. I can tell that I’m…

Mentally calling [status] in my mind and looking at my status ailments and it reveals that I’m currently Drugged [High] they put me in truth serum, numb my senses and paralysis… who are these people.

“I…h..u…ma…n..” I’m left into drooling mess… I can’t control my tongue too. They made it sure that I can’t move any part of my body.

“Human? But not ordinary… right?” the voiced echoed.

I also hear footsteps echoing into my ears.

Where is the sound coming from?

What am I doing here?

Did I get captured by someone?

…sigh… it’s hard for me to regain my senses but it looks like gamers mind would also be effective against drug effects. It’s slowly clearing the effect of drug on my nervous system. But I don’t know if it will also remove the paralysis and numbing effect. But I’m fine ones my brain and senses are back.

“…Y…es” I still can’t control my body. My mind is becoming clearer as the time passes by but my body isn’t changing.

“I see… so…what’s your purpose here…hmm…doll…hmm…. That’s actually quite fitting for something like you…a human doll…” The… voice turns cold in the end. It still echoed a bit but I manage to get to general location of the source. Its source is north east of my head.

“Pur…po…s.e…..noothiiing….I… do…n.’t… ha…ve…. an… y…pur…pos…e…” Purpose…. I do have a purpose in my life but it’s not my own and his asking what’s my purpose and what’s given to me as my purpose.

I have tasks that were meant to do. I as was created to do so… I just learn it earlier and that is what made me lower my guard…. Ah… my …whole…reason…of ….living… is … to…..save…the…world…

It’s pretty…ironic thing … to be… they created a weapon to…kill… and… save…the …world.

“Nothing?” the voice seems uncertain and then he asks for a follow up question.

“Then, what’s your orders doll” My mind has finally clear and I have my senses back online, with my ability to think clearly, my Esper abilities was activated but I didn’t want to alert my captors, so I didn’t do a thing. Now, what should I tell this man… no this… person. I know him and I thought that his nice person but a Yakuza is still a Yakuza. I should have expected this to the leader of the Yakuza group in this area, Mr. Raiga Fujimura.

“Ob..seerrrve….. ma…..guss….” I lied and I planted a doubt. I can use this… probably. Since they are the one who did this to me, I wouldn’t mind a little revenge. I’m still human. I can have the feeling called hate, even if it’s not that strong of an emotion but I can still feel it. And I hate my current situation. I also blame myself for being far too shaken by some world level news.

“Magus? The magus family in the area? Aren’t you’re family allied with them?” the voice is clear now and it’s not echoing, I also manage to pinpoint his exact location and not just estimated location. His within my arms reach. I didn’t expect him to be this close to their captive, maybe it’s because they trust their drugs.

“maa….guus….plaa….niiinngg…. ….baaad…..grraaiiillllll….waarr… ” I direct their attention to the magus and the grail war that will come within the year or two.

“The grail war… hmm… that war games of theirs has been delayed by your clan for more than a decade already. We still don’t know what’s your family’s goal on the delaying the inevitable war but what’s so dangerous about the grail war?” The Yakuza leader asks.

“tthee….ggoaalll…..off….grrrraaiilll…waaar….isss..ffaaakkeee…theeyyy….. …ttoo…..creeeaattee…..aa….hoolle….onn…sppaaceee…..whiiichh….resuuuulllttss….innttoo….ppoossiiiblllleee….bllllaaaccckkkkk….hoolleee…” I didn’t reveal much but I reveal what I think would be necessary and they would be either furious enough to cause problem or wary enough to stay away from the magus but we’re talking about black hole here, there is no place in the planet or moon that we can hide in when that blows up in this planet.

“ba-baba-blaaack hole!” Well, he lost his composure.

“Boss, this is something big!” The tall one had talk and he is also nervous. I also notice that we’re not alone. I can feel three others beside him. One is tall and the other is short, while the last one is familiar to me… Agito is his name if I remember it right.

“I know, those darn magus! I know they are doing something this dangerous but I didn’t think they will create a black hole. You! If you don’t have any purpose then what was given purpose to you” The people around me are all nervous now. They really didn’t expect the news. I also feel that the short one is trembling really badly and would want to be anywhere but here in this city.

“deessstttrrooyy…graaaiiiillll….prreevvennttt….aannyyy…ccaassuuaallttiiieess…aannd…prrrootteecctt….tthhee…cciciciittyyy” That is what I want to do without even the need to know but the stakes are even higher and I’m losing my confidence that I can do this alone. I need some help, even if they are the ones who put me into this situation.

“Can you do that” There was a change of pitch in his voice. His hoping for a salvation but I’m sorry. I’m not the one who will be doing the saving…

“Nooo” I answered

“gasp” “what!?” this can’t happening!” “What should we do!” I can feel that they are starting to panic but I’m not yet finish.

“Creeaattteedd… ttoo… kiiilll… sssuuppeerr…nnaaatttuurraalll beiiinnggss….iii….caaan….deesssttrrrooyyyy….ttthhheee…..grrraaiiiill…..buuttt…iiitss….haarrdd…too…pprrevveenntttt…ccaasssuuaalllttiiieeess” I can easily destroy the grail but we don’t know what will happen which is why we’re being careful in taking it down. The elders had planned the best time to take it down but we’re still not sure on what will happen. We can’t protect everyone with only our strength. I can’t protect more than what I can grasp within my hand.

I’m not a super hero.

I’m not that strong enough to stand against the enemy and feel nothing.

I’m not confident to win and I feel that I would lose.

But I would still try and if I can’t do it alone, then I would ask for help. Even if they are unwilling party.

The sounds within the room become quiet after my revelation.

“I…see….” That is what Raiga Fujimura had said and the silence was stretch for a minute or two. No sound was made aside from the beating hearts and breathing of the people that occupies this space.

“Kazu and Agito, you deal with him. Make it sure that he doesn’t remember anything. We can’t kill him because he still has uses and his from the Kusanagi Clan. We can’t pick a fight with those monsters” That is what he said and he started walking away.

I heard footsteps echoing and a doorknob unlocking but there is no door opening.

“You…doll… what you think of Nina” He asks without turning his back to face me and without letting the doorknob go.

“Niiinnaaa?” I tried to play along; he needs to be more specific if he wants answers from someone that is drugged.

“Fujimura Nina” He said.

“Aaa….pprrreecciioouusss….fffrrrriiieeeeennddd” Is what I said.

“…I see…” Then the door was opened and was shut back and locked by the small guy.

“Now what to do” I heard Agito’s voice but he is too eager to do this.

“Agito, you shouldn’t do something against Boss orders. Plus you know that Oujo-sama would be angry if there is something that happens to him” The tall guy answers.

“That’s right and besides. This happens because of your suggestion. We didn’t even inform oujo-sama that we took his guest here to interrogate. If she finds out, I would point it to you” The small one answers with a sneer. He probably doesn’t like Agito that much.

“Its fine, its fine and it’s thanks Agito-san that we found out what those idiotic magus are doing. Plus, this guy is really something else. His bones are sticking out in odd angles and even his body bleeding heavily but within only few minutes his fully heal. Sigh. I can’t distinguish on who is more of a monster. The magus families who is creating a black hole or the Kusanagi’s for creating such an abomination” Abomination…. Ah… that’s probably fine…. Because his partially right. I’m not exactly normal and…

“Well let’s just do our work. Onigiri, get me those syringes, we will apply the medication” The tall guy orders. And so his Kazu and the small one is Onigiri.

“Okay” The small one had walked towards to the wall on my south side and he opens something and had brought a box? It sounds like it contains a lot of bottles with liquid inside. He then gave it to Kazu and Kazu opens the box and brought the bottles out. He is setting the drugs that would be applied to me.

I will just observe the surrounding area while they do their work.

I don’t know how long I was out but thanks to their chatting, I know Nina and probably the children aren’t involved which is obvious.

Raiga is just probably being cautious when he was informed of my condition. He did what he thinks is right and if I’m not from the Kusanagi clan, they might had use the old tested method of torture.

I can feel the sharp contraptions everywhere. I also smell the strong clean stench of blood in this room. They can try to clean it but they won’t be able to fully remove it.

I can understand the use of pain. Many times in the past that I wanted to give up because of it. I can only feel it for a second but after being beaten, eaten, sliced, and pummeled and many more experiences that I felt in the altered world. I know the meaning of pain.

Pain can make someone give up answers that they don’t want too. It’s just survival instincts kicking in and I won’t fault anyone who gave up information because they don’t want to die or got hurt.

Ah… I don’t know but I’m currently happy that Nina is unaware of what’s happening to me.

I can spare Nina, Raku and Taiga. But I wonder if Nina’s mother knew.

Oh. I can just track Raiga’s whereabouts… and he is currently talking with his wife… he is also telling what he finds out.

So his wife knew.

Okay, I will spare the children but I will sacrifice the others.

I’m still a human and I can still feel hate even if it’s not that strong and I’m not a hero that would forgive and forget what happens.

I won’t also spout nonsense like justice will prevail, because I’m a human and it’s natural to feel such animosity after what they have done.

They should be happy that they will die know that the children would be fine and they would die in honorary way.

I would direct them towards the enemy that they can see.

The magus family

And sorry Rin and Sakura, I still didn’t know them… so even if they are still children.

I won’t be able to spare them.

Part 50

Ugh… my head is spinning again. I wonder how many shots they applied. I fall asleep on the third shot but my mind is now fully clouded. The Gamers mind would eventually clear it but I’m still not comfortable.

“Ah, you’re awake” the voice of a bubbly girl echoed to my clouded mind.

“huh?” I still can’t think straight and I don’t know where I am currently but I felt comfortably soft. It will take some time before my mind is fully operational. That Agito guy… what’s his problem with me. He probably overdosed me, knowing I’m not normal.

“Touma are you alright? You’ve fallen from the stairs in front of the temple” The voiced said, and then I felt something touched my hands. Touched? Huh…

“Stairs? What…happen…ugh… water” My throat is dry and it’s hard to talk. How long was I out?

“Oh, here’s some water” The voice said but it’s from a different person. It’s from someone more mature than the earlier one. Who are the people around me? Ugh… Gamers mind. Hurry.

“Here, let him drink this” The mature voice said…. Ugh… my mind is starting to get clearer but it’s still affected by the drug.

“Okay” A different voice had said. It’s also a voice of a girl but a bit more mature than the early bubbly voice.

“Will he be okay?” the voice of a child, a boy had spoken.

“Of course he will be. His already fine just but just tired and dehydrated” The most mature voiced had said.

My mind is becoming clearer. I only need few more seconds.

“Here” My head was lifted by a gentle and soft hands, this is the lady that was older than the bubbly voice but not as mature as the other one.

“Gulp… gulp… cough… cough…pant… pant…” Ah, that cleared my mind and brings life to my dried throat.

“Ah, sorry for that, haha” That was Taiga-neesan, my mind is clearer now which is why I know who are inside the room and above the ceiling and outside of the door. They are observing me, especially the wife of the Yakuza boss.

“Its fine Taiga-nessan, I’m fine now but my head is still hurting and I still can’t remember what happen. Last time I remember I was running back home because the rain just suddenly starts pouring” I lied but because of that, the unseen tension by the children and the intense gaze of the lady of the house has lessen.

“Eehh, you didn’t remember” That’s Nina,

“You fall down from the stairs and you’re all bloody! I was even scared but Papa said that you will be fine and we just let you rest but it’s really scary when I see all that blood” Ah… I’m sorry Nina. For you to see such a scene, it’s probably far more graphic than what she is saying.

“I’m sorry” Is what I can only say… truly I’m sorry. I let my guard down.

“Don’t make me worried, Idiot” I can see that she is starting to tear up.

“I’m sorry” I closed my eyes and let things fall but it didn’t.

CLAP

A lout clap was heard.

“Okay, okay. He said that his sorry now Nina, be nice and forgive him already” Taiga-nee… I’m sorry and thankful.

“But Nee-san… he is” Nina was hesitant but

“It’s fine now Nina, his alright now right? So don’t worry anymore” Taiga just smiled and patted Nina’s head. I can also see their mother smiling and Raku too.

“Okay….” She lowers her head and then she looks fierce on me.

“But next time, you should be more careful” She points her right index finger at me while smiling but there is still swelling in her eyes. I’m sorry Nina.

“I’m sorry, I’ll be careful next time. It’s just that, I didn’t expect to be facing a heavy rain fall, when I’m returning home. I didn’t bring an umbrella because of the unexpected rain” I tried to reason and I know I should bring an umbrella. Unexpected raining is a norm when I’m going out but since I get better control, I just protect myself from few centimeters off by setting a slim barrier that protects me from the rain. It will prevent me from getting wet and I don’t have much acquaintance for others to know me and I really didn’t care much for others that I didn’t personally know. So when they see me, thought it hasn’t happen yet, I will just ignore them or escape the questioning. I’m careful enough to not let an ordinary person to not come within my notice, if they come within 100 meters range of my senses.

Nina just rubs her swelling eyes and smile.

Another set of clap and our attention was set onto the mother of the house.

“Okay children, he would still need some rest, so let’s leave him for the time being. It’s also still raining heavily and he won’t be able to return home. Let’s just leave him to rest here and you can return home Tomorrow Kusanagi- san” At first, she was addressing everyone but at the later part of his speech, she turns her attention to me.

“Its okay ma’am, but I would like to let my relative know. I have a relative that lives with me now” When I say that, her demure had change a bit.

“I – I see… well you can use our phone in the living area but can you stand up on your own? Shouldn’t you rest for a bit? If you want, we can contact your relative and let him know what happen” She delaying something. She also doesn’t want to me to let my relatives know. Maybe, I’m still under supervision. They are making sure that I don’t remember anything. Wise move. I applaud.

“It’s fine ma’am but Kaa-san is a bit hot tempered and I would like to inform her on my own” I tried to act innocent but it’s hard if you don’t have much emotion to show. Faking is also something I don’t want to do, while in this situation. If it’s only pure enemy, I would act drama queen to let they believe but I’m with people, I consider a friend. I won’t lie to them.

“Kaa-san? Isn’t your mother living in Tokyo right now?” She was confused and well informed. Something isn’t right? How did they know who’s my mother? I know that I didn’t tell it. Did they investigate me?

“The one who is like with me is like my Kaa-san but she is also not my real Kaa-san but more of a guardian. She is Kusanagi Pray-san” I finished my sentence and her expression isn’t something I expect.

“Pr-pra-praaay!” She seems panic and she’s not alone. Barred the children, I can feel people stiffening when I mentioned her name. Is Pray that famous?

“Yes, ma’am. Are you familiar with Kaa-san?” I asked, to get further information and

“AaAhH.. . I-I haven’t met her personally, but I have heard her name” The lady is good. She only stutters at the beginning but she regains her control fast and the children only look at her in odd way but they didn’t inquire further.

“I see” while she lost her composure a bit, I’m still like a still water and didn’t show any change.

“I would like to inform her on my where about personally, she has bad temper and she would probably react badly to an outsider” Which is true but Pray doesn’t really required me to call her. She isn’t the type to worry about me, if she knew where I am.

“O-okay, then Taiga. Can you assist Kusanagi-san in getting to the living room” She asks her eldest but.

“I’m fine now madam, I can manage on my own” Which is true, I sit up slowly and position myself on the side of the bed (I wonder who’s bed this is or who’s the room owner) but it’s just a show. My body is fully functioning now.

I tried standing up but Taiga-nee stops me, and I only look at her and she only smiles at me and helped me get up.

The observers around the room are vanishing one be one but there are still some of them.

The children had followed and assist me while the mother had vanished or rather; she had met with her husband. They are talking right now while I’m dialing the phone number for my home.

[Ah hello, who’s this] the voice who’d answers from the other side is Metang.

“It’s me; I’m currently staying at my friend’s house for the evening because of the heavy rain and I’ve got hurt while walking back home. I’m calling just to let you know and not be worried, I’ll return tomorrow” The one I’m talking about is Rin and not Pray. Rin had practically come every day since that incident.

[I see, I understand] Metang knew what I mean. We might not be in range of telepathy but we didn’t actually need it to know what’s happening. She’s me and I’m them. They are the materialization of my personal reality, the avatar of my power. They knew me better than anyone.

“Then, goodbye and take care” I made it brief and precise without mentioning who I’m talking with. I mentioned Pray earlier but I didn’t mention about the girls. It would be good if they think she is the only one I live with but that is possibly not happening if they are investigating me. They will know about the girls but I will know how much they investigate if they mention about them.

I bring down the receiver and face the others.

“Thank you for that” I bow at them but they just smiles and shrug at me.

They invited me to dinner and we had a simple dinner for them but not for me. It’s really hard for me when there are too many people around. Eating and partying. What a wild bunch.

After the dinner, I had visited Nina’s room which is a first.

I haven’t been into a girl’s room before.

“Hello, Touma come in, come in” She is in pink sleepwear now. Raku and Taiga are here too and both are already in sleepwear. Taiga has a bright yellow while Raku owns a blue one. I was also wearing a black one which where lent to me by Raku.

“What are we going to do?” I’m confused on why they ask me to come.

“Tell story of course or play some cards. Have you played cards before?” Taiga-nee asks but I only shake my head. I haven’t played cards with Rin before.

“Eh, you haven’t?” Raku asks but I only nod at him.

“Then this would be your first time, I’ll explain the news and let’s play while telling stories” Taiga said while I only nods at her.

“The rule is simple, the cards would be divided to each of us and we will start drawing cards from the others in set order. I will draw from Raku and then Raku would draw card to you and you will draw card to Nina. If you have a pair of the same card, then you will set it down. The game will finish when all cards as set down. But there is one card that doesn’t have a pair and that is the joker. The looser would be the one who has the joker, when all the cards are already paired” Taiga-nee explains.

She then divides all the cards between us four.

At first I only observe them and tried to learn more.

When I see them putting down paired cards. I copy them and put down all my paired cards.

The game started when all the current paired cards are put down.

“Okay I’ll start” Taiga-nee started with drawing card form Raku. She then set a set of pair of cards down after.

“By the way Touma, what do you usually do” Taiga-nee asks

“I usually read books, play video game or train martial arts” Raku drawn a card from me but he hasn’t put down any cards. He didn’t have a pair down.

“Eeeeh! Reading books are boring” Nina said while making a sour face.

“Video games? What kind?” Raku asks and his interested in it. So he plays video games too.

“You practice martial arts? What kind? Do you practice Kendo?” Taiga-nee asks and it looks like she is also interested.

“I liked RPG’s and the one with good story, I also liked playing visual novels, as for practicing kendo, I didn’t practice kendo but I learn how to use a sword or rather, the martial art that I learned from Kaa-san is a free form marital art that can fight unarmed or armed. It’s also not restricted to what type of weapon but it prefer the use of blades” Taiga-nee’s eyes shine after hearing my answer. I then start picking a card from Nina but when I’m starting in picking one of the cards, her face set into a frown when I’m picking the right most card…

I start to experiment and see that the one in the middle and most easy card to pick made her smile…

This girl… She has the joker.

Even if I don’t have much experience and I’m not good at reading lies but I’m still smart enough to see the cues.

Sorry Nina, I don’t play to lose. I said to her mentally.

I then pick the left most and she just frowns. I find a pair and set it down.

“Ooh. You can use sword then? Then let’s spar sometimes” Taiga-nee invited me to a spar and that made me pause and look at her. Is she for real?

“Taiga-nee how old are you?” I asked

“I’m 11 why?” She was confused.

“I’m only 4 and you’re asking me to spar with you? While I don’t mind it’s just that-” But I was cut off before finishing my sentence.

“Eh, you’re the same age as me?” Raku said.

“You’re a year younger than me? But I thought you’re already older or at least going to school. Your far too smart Touma, It’s unfair” Nina whines.

“Raku you’re also 4? I thought you’re a year younger than me” I asked Raku while Nina was picking the cards on Taiga but she didn’t get a pair.

“Eeehhh, No I’m not, I thought you’re older than me” He then set his cards to be picked by Taiga and she picked another pair.

“You’re just too short Raku” Nina teases her little brother.

“Neechan” Raku whines back

So this is what it means to have siblings… I can’t help but smile and Taiga-nee notice it, and she just smiles at me.

“Touma, do you have siblings too? Where is your family?” She asks while I Raku takes a card for me and sets a pair down. I lost my smile when she ask that and it looks like the others notice it too.

“Yes, I also have two siblings and I’m the oldest. My younger brother is name Godou and after him is Shizuka. I also heard that my real mother is pregnant again but they are living in Tokyo with my real mother and grandfather.” I asked with the same tone that I used but they were unsettled with it.

“Eeehhh, real mother? then who is the one you’re calling Kaa-san and why are you living here in Fuyuki?” Nina asks while hiding between her unsettled smiles. I picked another card and it’s not the Joker. I set another pair down.

“That is my guardian and master in martial art. I’m living here in Fuyuki for personal and family reasons but I’m fine with it. I understand plus I liked farming so I’m happy to cultivate the lands here” I decide to dodge and decide to change the subject by saying about my other hobby. Taiga-nee understands and didn’t ask further but it looks like Raku and Nina didn’t.

“Personal and family reasons? What does that mean?” Raku asks even though I want to leave the subject alone.

“You could say that it’s the decision of the clan. My family is an old family and it’s been ruled by clan rules. It’s not that strict but I’m isolated for my own development. Even if I’m this young, I can already pass the college level exams or professional level examination. I’m a genius and fast learner which is why they decide to isolate me and focus on my studies” I lied; I’m far from being genius. I’m actually a slow learner. I’m only able to understand fast because of Psychometry and if I didn’t have that ability, I would probably an idiot and I know their reasons and I understand which is why I didn’t protest my exiled here in Fuyuki.

I also understand that if I let my guard down. This house would break down. Even now, the land is subsiding and I need to control it so it won’t sink. I’m also controlling the area so nothing would fall down unexpectedly.

“Wow, so you’re a genius” Nina was impressed at me and she isn’t the only one.

“Yes, which is why I don’t need to go to school” I answered while I take another card from Nina and I won this round. Weird, I got lucky and win this round, though it’s only because Nina can’t hide her expression which is why I manage to dodge her Joker.

“Eh, and I’m hoping we will go to school together” Nina said, Raku is also sad a bit.

“School? You’re going to school already? What’s the name of the school?” I asked but they look weird at me.

“Touma, there isn’t any other school here in Fuyuki, aside from Homurahara Academy” Taiga answers.

“I see” I nod but they are clearly asking why I don’t know it.

“I don’t actually go outside of house that often. I only go to the temple to see my relative Priest and then I often stay at home. To study, learn or train, though my childhood friend Rin always tried to drag me around to play” I said the last part in whisper but it looks like Nina heard it.

“Rin? Tohsaka Rin?” She asks. She knows Tohsaka Rin? The game is nearing its end. Taiga-nee is already finish and it’s only between Raku and Nina now.

“No, not her, Shibuya Rin, she’s my neighbor” Raku draws the card and it looks like his not looking at Nina’s face but the card only. Ow, he picked the Joker. Raku wants to cry why Nina was happy.

“By the way Nina, how do you know Tohsaka Rin? I met her in this early March together with her little sister Sakura. I saw them by the park” I ask Nina who is happy that she lost the joker but it looks like her luck is at worst, because she got it back in the next turn and Raku is now the one rejoicing.

“Hmm? I don’t know her personally. I just see her often with her father. Her father often meets with father, which is why I know her” Nina said while putting the joker card up and it was then picked by Raku… this would take some time if the Joker card is only going back and forth.

“I see” I just stay silent and observe the two while maintaining my control on the surrounding and observing the heavy rain.

So the magus family is possibly made dealings with the Yakuza family.

“Touma” Taiga-nee asks and I look at her. She is just smiling at me. Taiga-nee is surely beautiful. I like her ponytail styled hair.

“Want to spar with me?” She asks while smiling.

Badump

Huh?

That was weird. My heartbeat beats fast for a second there.

“Huh?” I forgot what she asks and she just giggles and asks again if I wanted to spar but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to spar against humans…

“I don’t know…” I was hesitant to answer because the martial art that I’m trying to learn isn’t exactly meant to be used against humans or normal people.

Pray’s Style is an Anti-Massacre Martial Art Style. It’s meant to bring down enemies that brought massacre to the people. It’s meant to be used against super natural beings that are far tougher and stronger. Too use those kinds of brutal moves on humans is a bit…

“It’s fine; it’s just a friendly sparring. I won’t beat you up that much” She smiles again and my heartbeats faster again.

Badump

What? What’s that?

I tried to check my status by calling out the status window mentally but I’m fine. I don’t have any negative status effect.

“Well?” She draws closer but I draw myself back.

“Aaah! Your blushing, hahaha” She laughs while pats my head and I tried to swat her hand away but she laughs louder and my heart beats faster.

What’s happening?

“WAAA I LOST!” I heard Nina’s wail of despair and it brought my attention back to the two.

“I won!” Raku was jumping up and down and it’s clear to see who wins or lost.

“One more round! One more round!” Nina asks and Taiga looks at the wall clock, it’s still only around 8, it’s still too early to sleep.

“Okay, one more round” Taiga-nee agrees and we start playing again.

My heartbeat is back to normal again and we continued to play until 9:00 PM.

After that we start going back to our room but Taiga-nee called out to me before I leave.

“Touma think about the sparring” She calls out to me and my heartbeat beats fast again. She then smiles and waves goodbye, she then resumes her walk back to her room.

What’s happening?

Sigh…. This is surely an eventful night.

We all went back to our room and I went to mine.

The room I’m currently using is the one where I woke up with. It’s the guest room that were located in the guest wing of the house and currently, I can feel the hidden gaze of the yakuza members that where assigned in monitoring me.

They become more wary after the revelation of Pray’s name but they don’t need to worry. I won’t do anything, outside of observing the bounded filed inside this mansion and their secret stash of weapons.

My nose isn’t that sharp but by manipulating the wind, I can tell. They have a storage room full of gun powder here.

I also already located 8 hidden bounded rooms, but this house is huge and I can only scout around 50 – 60% of the house. The place where I was taken this afternoon was also still hidden from me.

Walking back to the room, I silently listen to the heavy drops of rain.

The rain is pouring hard and I can only see the darkness outside of the house.

This darkness is welcomed and my time spent here is also welcomed.

I need that to avoid the whole topic that sent my brain into spiral of chaos.

The world is dying….

I must survive until 2016 and my task was not said but I can only think of something disastrous.

I mustn’t die but I can’t let other people die too.

I must do something to prevent casualty in the upcoming war…

War… the elder had called it a game instead of a war.

Maybe his right, because it’s only a battle between 7 magi but this would still results of death of either the magus or the people that got involve in their petty war.

This might not be in the scale of wars that they participate but this is still a war and not a game.

People will die if I didn’t do anything.

I might be a hypocrite for trying to save people that I don’t care with and people I don’t know but if I can prevent further deaths, then I would do so.

As for the Yakuza group that drugged me to get the information they needed…

The people here who I eat with and drink with happily… they are also alive.

I know they had done something bad and I still don’t trust or like them but I understand them and anyone who had seen my abnormal regeneration would probably do the same…

But… they still did something bad. I know they are Yakuza people and I should have expected it from them, but to drugged me to get the necessary information out of me while I’m a guest of Nina and wounded?… Well, I understand the opportunity that was presented but it still didn’t change the fact that…

I still… hate them.

I hate them and I plan on using them but when I see them laugh and smile during dinner.

I remember that they are also people that are living…

I’m still confused on what to do. Is it right to bring them into this mess?

Did I do the right thing of giving them the information?

But I also can’t helped it, I’m effectively a captive during that situation, and anyone who is in my situation would be giving out their secrets, whether they like it or not and I’m not loyal enough to the clan to die while keeping the secrets.

Plus I’m not allowed to die.

I’m really confused on what to do.

While I’m maybe appalled on what I’m about to do but they are needed. They aren’t afraid to do something bad for their own and their love ones and they will be able to move freely, unlike me, who is heavily restricted and observe all the time by the clan.

I don’t need to instruct them, I only need to show them the enemy and they will do what they needed to do…

I just hope that there won’t be anything bad that happens…

If they’ve got hurt because of me… I don’t know on how I will look at the siblings without feeling guilty over it.
I hate them but they are family of my friends.

Nina, Raku and Taiga would surely be angry at me if they found out… and somehow I don’t want to see Taiga-nee become angry at me… weird.

I will still protect them…. Somehow… so just to not make the siblings sad.

I will also find a way to participate in this petty war between insane magi.

Even if I don’t have any magic at all

Part 51

The morning came and I tried going back home but I was stopped by Nina again, she still wants me to stay but I can’t I have things that I need to do but she won’t listen and still plead for me to stay until breakfast and after that she wants me to go with her to the see the sea again.

She wants to stay and play with me while she is still having her vacation.

Nina is a year older than me but she is already attending pre-school and currently, she’s in vacation and the classes will resume by the start of April, so she wants for me to stay with her and play as much as she can.

But I still can’t play with her all the time. Rin also visits during after lunch but when I mentioned Rin, she starts wanting to meet my friend. It became more complicated after but I promised her I will introduce Rin to her… eventually.

I relented and stay with her and we had breakfast, after that we head to out to see the sea.

We’re currently in her favorite place beside the tree and we’re relaxing.

“This place is sure nice, I feel like sleeping while seating here” I said while lying in the grassland.

“Feeling the cool breeze of the sea is nice” I’m feeling sleepy because of this.

“Moh, don’t sleep, we’re here to enjoy the view! I know it felt relaxing but please stay awake. We should also try to go closer to the sea. The sea water is nice and cold, we should try it and take a swim” Nina said while smiling and seating beside me. Her legs where kicking up and down.

“Take a swim? I don’t know” Truth to be told. I haven’t gotten close to the sea to actually feel it. It might be interesting but I don’t know. Looking at the sky, it’s still early but I don’t know… but it looks like my decision wasn’t taken into consideration when Nina stands and starts dragging me.

“Come on, let’s take a swim. I haven’t been in the sea lately” She said happily while dragging my right arm with her.

The sea isn’t that far from where we’re currently seating so it didn’t take that long before we arrive.

Nina had let go of my arm and run to the sea. She run until the sea water reaches up to her knee and she start waving at me.

“Come on, hurry up” She called, she waves and then she crouched down and scoop the water with both her hands and splash it at me. I instinctively evade it by dodging to my right but she just frowns at me.

“I don’t want to get wet” is what I answer with half-open eyes and her frowns deepens but when she understands what I said. Her eyes widen and she comes back to the shore while laughing a bit.

“hehehe, I also don’t want my dress to get wet. Mom would get angry at me” She scratch the back of her head while smiling and laughing. She then starts to undress by taking her top first then her shorts. She just throws it away and I need to catch it and fold it properly.

After undressing, she runs to the sea again and starts splashing around.

“Come on, hurry Touma” She waves at me while kicking the water towards me.

I evade again and start to undress…. This girl…. She’s too energetic.

After undressing, I then fold my shirt and short and placed it together with her dress and place it atop a big rock beside the shore. If it’s here, it won’t get wet.

The area around the beach is full of small cluttered rocks with the sands near the water.

The waves form the water reaches pass the sands and onto the rocky area and if I didn’t place the clothes in higher ground, it will get wet. So I picked the larger rock to place the clothes on.

I then followed her to the sea and when I step at the water. I felt it and observe it.

It’s cold… I smiled at this new experience and followed the energetic Nina.

“sigh… yey…” I answered monotonously and I also kicked the water back at her but it’s a bit stronger which cause a huge splash and got her wash away. Oops… my mistake.

“Kyaaaaa!” She got wash by the huge splash but she got up fast and she is furious.

“You! take this” She then starts bombarding me with water.

“I’m sorry! I’m sorry” I’m saying sorry while ducking and dodging to the side. It just becomes instinctive to my body muscle to evade incoming projectile.

“Don’t dodge!” She just got angry more.

“I’m sorry!” I raise my hand as a sign of surrender but I still won’t let her hit me. It’s a matter of pride. I evade the projectile of those massive war machines and this puny water won’t hit me.

Unnoticed by my own, I’m currently smiling while dodging.

“Take this and this and this!” She crouches down and scoop water to splash at me, continuously but I still manage to dodge it. She then combined it with her legs but it still useless.

“Hahaha” Laughing monotonously while dodging left and right and then duck and jump, nothing hits me.

“Why you” She becomes more angry and frustrated that her face become cute. I just laugh more.

“I’m a pro, you won’t hit me” I answer to her useless splashing.

“But were taking a swim here! How will you swim in the water if you’re not getting wet!?” She yelled and then I stopped….

“Ah” I got hit.

“Yes!” She jumps high with her fist raise and why she is happy. I kicked the water again and it’s a bit stronger but this time, I control it, which means it’s intentional.

“Kyaaaaa” She got swept again and she return fire with vigor while I just dodge.

I hate to admit it but I’m enjoying this simple waste of time.

It’s a waste of time… but I can’t help but smile.

The world is dying and I’m just playing around.

I’m not ignorant of what’s too happen but I can’t help but enjoy this simple game.

We splash water at each other but I got too much into the game that I kicked the water too much.

“Take this” I said while kicking the sea water and it produced a wave.

“Kyaaaaa” Nina was swept away again and I laugh.

“hahaha, take that” I just stand there and waiting for her return fire but… there is no reply.

I still wait for a bit but then I noticed bubbles are appearing in the far sea… it can’t be!

“Nina!” I called but no answer.

What should I do! I don’t know how to swim!

When I crossed the sea back then to find the Remedy, I crossed it upward running and not swimming. I even got drowned when one of the tentacles of that kraken drags me down to the sea.

I began to panic but the gamers mind immediately shuts it down.

I don’t know how to swim but I can control the water!

With a wave of my left arm, the sea was split in half and I see Nina not moving in the middle of it.

“Nina!” I ran fast and check at her. She is not breathing!

I take carried her up in my arms and run to the shore. I let the water down and begun inspecting her. I know basic procedure on what to do so I didn’t hesitate to do CPR.

I pump her chest and breathe air to her mouth. I repeat the procedure for a couple of times and when there is still no change, I begun to start panicking which was shut down again by Gamers Mind, I also feel my stomach churning and unnoticed to me, my eyes are start swelling up but after a couple more repetition, she starts coughing up the water that block her lungs.

“Nina!” I then proceed to hug her. I’m really glad that she’s fine. I don’t know what I would do if I accidentally killed her.

“Ugh.. What happen” She is still coughing and can’t think straight yet.

“I’m sorry it’s because I kicked the water far too much and you’ve been washed away. But why didn’t you just swim back?” I was confused but still relieved that my friend is fine.

“Ah… I can’t swim” She averts her eyes at me, when she admits her inability to swim.

“huh? Then why did you invite me to swim in the sea if you can’t swim? That’s dangerous and you could have drowned!… wait, you’ve already drowned if I didn’t save you!” I shouted a bit the last part. That was truly dangerous and I was worried. Is she doing this regularly? I need to inform Taiga-nee if she is doing this activity without guardian to look after her.

“Because Touma… you look sad” She said while still averting her eyes.

“Huh?” What is she talking about?

“When we’re talking yesterday night, I notice that you’re only doing the same thing over and over again, and you’re not even going out and play” She said and then she looks at me eyes and said earnestly.

“You should enjoy your life more Touma! Living is having fun! and not locking yourself with work and study” She said it passionately and sincerely that it made me stop breathing for a moment.

This girl…

I can’t help but smile sadly…

“Well isn’t that romantic” An unexpected voiced was heard from behind.

“Huh?” Nina tried to look behind me but she is still hugged by me, which is why she to squirmed out of my grasp but I’m stiff locked with this unexpected visitor.

“Touma?” She was confused on why I’m not moving or anything.

But I didn’t manage to hear her completely. I’m much busier in trying to understand what that being behind me is.

“Oh, did I scare you boy” The voice is not loud and barely a whisper but it can be heard clearly. It’s melodious and beautifully captivating but that is not what surprises me.

She sneaks out on me while I’m on guard. While I admit that I’m enjoying our little play and just maybe, I did lowered my guard a bit but she still manages to sneak behind me without making noise or alerting me.

This place isn’t actually a fine sand beach. It’s beside the sea but it’s full of rocks. If you walk around it, it would cause some noise and she walks through it without making any noise or alerting me…

I also can’t sense her even if she’s supposedly behind me.

What is she?

“Ara, don’t be scared. I’m just observing you two love birds” She teases with her angelic voice.

“Lololooovers! We’re not lovers! We’re friends!” Nina finally had broken free from my hug and stands tall and pointed her right hand at the stranger, while her face won’t lose to the color of my Tomatoes that I planted in my farm.

“fufufu well aren’t you cute” The unknown woman said.

I also start to stand up slowly and then slowly turn towards the unknown woman.

Scan” I used scan mentally on her and the result almost me want to run away.

A new notification was revealed.

Scan Level up by 1

What? My scan leveled up just by trying to scan her? And I’m fighting enemies 40 levels higher than me and it didn’t give any experience, until I used it around hundred times.

What kind of monster is the one in front of me?

Mentally scanning again and the result is still the same.

Scan Level up by 1

“Now, now boy, don’t be alarmed. I’m just passing by when I noticed you two. You two look quite a pair” The being in front of me smiles, though it’s hard to tell if it’s the truth or not. Her smiles radiate with such passion that I can’t help believed it but she is a totally unknown being to me. Plus, her beauty is too much otherworldly.

“Wow, nee-chan your beautiful” Nina was awed and me too but I’m more sacred than awed by her beauty.

“Well, thank you little one. Your also cute” The being in front of me has long shinny blond hair and it’s so long that it trails and spreads past behind her. It’s also too beautiful to be dirtied by the dirty rocks is what I honestly felt while observing her. She has crystal clear captivating blue eyes and heart shaped face. Her blond hair parted ways and cupped her beautiful face. Her body is lithe and she is even smaller than Pray, She only has one white piece dress that trails pass her knees. She is also not wearing any footwear. She is barefoot in this rocky area but it likes she didn’t mind at all.

Mentally scanning again and I received the same results.

Scan Level up by 1

“Who are you nee-chan” I asked, while mentally scanning again and another Scan Level up by 1.

“Well, aren’t you a curious young one. Well, that would be a secret” She winks, and smiles, and she raised her right arm in front of her right eye and then her fingers are formed in a peace sign. The gesture is just too much that it almost made my heart stopped! What kind of power is this!

Mentally scanning again, Scan Level up by 1

“Well, I got to go now. It looks like I’m spotted by someone” She looks to her right side and then she looks at us again and smiles and it’s just too much! My heart can’t take that kind of attack. What is happening!?

“Wait Nee-chan. What is your name!?” I asked desperately while mentally scanning again, Scan Level up by 1 and using another command on her. Invite friend?

“That is also a secret young one. If you’ve become stronger I would tell you! Byebye” She smiles and waves and formed a peace sign using her right hand while waving goodbye but before she leaves I mentally scanning again Scan Level up by 1

The unknown beauty starts walking away but a strong gust blows and I was forced to cover my eyes or else the sands around the sea would enter it.

It only lasted a second or two but after everything calms down, I look at where the unknown beauty is and she is not there anymore.

I also can’t use my senses on her because I just can’t feel her at all.

She is just too beautiful to be normal, is she a god?

I look back at where the otherworldly beauty glances at and I saw Pray standing there with crossed arm and a serious look at her face. She is outside of my sensing range or even outside of normal eyesight range. I just know that it’s her when I saw her blond hair billowing and her famous Masterpiece V, stabs at the rock that she’s standing on.

Who is that mysterious beauty?

Thanks to her I leveled my Scan to the maximum.

I can finally evolve it.

“Touma, you’re staring far too much on the beautiful nee-san!” Nina shouts at me while she’s only standing beside me.

“Huh?” I asked her but her just pouts at me and starts to run towards the rock where I placed our dress on a start dressing, after finishing her dress. She looks back at me with a scowl at her face.

“I hate you!” She said and she starts running away.

“Huh? What just happen?” I asked but no one answers.

I look back at where I saw Pray but she is not there anymore.

I tried to catch up to Nina to ask what she meant but before that I evolved my scan into a new one.

[Rank 3] Reveal (Level 2: Psychometry) Level 1 Exp 00.00% Active Cost 100 Energy

The skill that lets you read and understands the general information about your targets in the general area.

Effect:

It shows basic information of the enemy

Maximum range of target the target is 50 meters and needs within visual contact.

Maximum area of effect is 10 meter diameter.

Maximum difference of levels to make any information available is 75 level differences.

Current reveal information

-Title

-Name

-Hit points and Magical or Energy points

-Status

-Basic description of the target

-Traits

-Ability

-Attack

-Weakness

Note:

The higher the level of the skill, the more information would be revealed.

The amount of information revealed is based on the difference of level. The higher the difference in level, the lesser the information being revealed

Higher level target that is beyond ones skill won’t reveal any information.

Every 5 level will increase the maximum range by 10 meters

Every 10 level will increase the maximum area of effect by 5 meters

The skill won’t receive any experience if the target’s level is only about 25 levels above the target.

Well, that was useful.

It’s an area of effect scan, though the restriction is too high and the energy cost is too big but its use is useful.

With the Super Computer ability, I can gather and understand information, almost instantaneously so scanning multiple enemes won’t slow me down.

But I’m still bothered by that otherworldly beauty.

My level isn’t to laugh about but she is clearly out of my league.

Status”

Spirit Slayer

“Kusanagi” Touma

Level – 91

HP – 9220

STA – 9160

EN – 12110

STR – 13

DEX – 15

VIT – 12

INT – 301

WIS – 151

LUCK – EX

STATUS POINTS – 21

I haven’t upgraded my skills for wisdom yet because they haven’t reached the maximum level yet but still the new ability is helpful.

Brain Booster

A highly charge brain that can react and issue commands fast in any given situation. It speeds up the processing power of the brain to easily react in any given time

Effect:

Current conversation is 1 second – 750 seconds

Increase Resistant to Supernatural Damage by 75%

Increase Elemental Damage of Special attack by 75%

Increase Regeneration of Energy by 200%

Allows one combine two elements to form new elements of the second tier.

Note:

Brain Generator requires 200 WIS

This ability helps me easily in creating plasma and magma element.

While I’m sure I’m getting stronger, I still wonder if that otherworldly beauty is an enemy or an ally?

She said she’s just passing by but would I believe her? What if she’s lying? I don’t think I have any chance of winning against her.

Better to make sure of it that she won’t sneak pass me again.

Option”

Gamer’s Ability Online

I clicked my friend list and she is not online.

She is not even within my vicinity, is what I currently thought.

Gamer’s Ability is divided by level and with each new level; a new option would be open for me to use.

Level 1

Allows the user to use Status, Ability and Skills

The Status is shown as on status screen. Status is important because it shows the strength of the user. It also made possible for the body’s strength to be quantified or measured by numbers. It’s also allows one to increase the strength of the user by increasing the numbers.

The Ability window is where all the abilities that were discovered and achieved will be displayed. The abilities can be learned by being exposed to certain stimuli repeatedly or just by receiving a strong enough stimuli that it could affect the personal reality of the user or the user just have a change of ones world’s view. Since the ability reflects the personal reality of the user, any changes on one’s world view would also affect it.

The Skills window is where all the skills learn would be shown. The skills can be attained by either repeated action or by performing a certain action that would affect the user’s world view. Skills are more often easily obtained by increasing ones status. Each status has their sets of strengths and weaknesses.

Strength build would focus more on physical aspect and increasing damage deal in short range to mid-range battle but its weak in long range battle.

Dexterity build would be focus on evasion, fast movement and quick to multiple strikes. It’s specialized in mid-range to long range battle and is weak when it becomes close range battle.

Vitality build would increase the natural defense and regenerative prows of the user. Its weakness is while the user can tank damage, it can’t deal huge damage against the enemies.

Intelligence build would focus more on damaging the enemy or group of enemies, from a safe distance and it becomes its major disadvantage if the enemy is moving fast enough to dodge the attack or if the enemy closes in.

Wisdom build would focus more on calling forth aid by summoning ones avatar, supporting your avatar by empowering them or weakening the enemy. This build is the most balance of them all with no shown weakness but it also has no strong points.

Level 2

Allows the user to use Inventory and Party

The Inventory option is where the user gain access into a dimension pocket’s where the user can store all his belongings. While the dimension pocket is infinite, the weight of the items being stored would still affect the user. If the weigh exceeds the maximum weight, the user can safely carry. It would start to affect the user. The inventory also has options where one can set the equipment. One can set equipment through inventory which would be instantly or one can wear it manually. The dimension pocket of the inventory option works in different laws, which is why anything that was stored inside would be effectively put into stasis, preventing any damage and degradation of the items stored inside.

The Party option allows one to invite another being to form a party but the targeted person needs to agree to form the party. Being in a party has lots of benefits. If the level gap between each members is between 20 levels only. Every experience gained would be distributed evenly but if it exceeds 20 levels, a bonus would also be granted if the level gap isn’t that big. A bonus of increase monetary reward and drop rate would be given if the level gap is between 10 levels only. If the gap of levels exceeds 20 levels but not over 50 levels, then the one with the higher level would only receive 20% of the experience while the lower one would receive the remaining 80%. If the level gap exceeds 50 levels, then the experience won’t be distributed at all and the rule of who kills the target, would receive the experience reward would be applied.

Party can be formed in 6 as maximum per one party but this is normal party formation. The user can grant other party member the ability to create his own party while he is within the party. One can only grant a maximum of 4 other members the ability to form a party. After that member had created a party, that party would last for 1 hour and would need to repeat the action for another party to be created.

Level 3

Allows the user to use Map and Friend List

The Map commands allows one to summon a bird’s eye view of the area where you’ve been through. Mental map is different from physical map. While one can update the mental map by acquiring the physical map, the mental map is restricted to only where the user had been through. The mental map won’t reveal area where one haven’t entered or been through.

The Friend List command allows one to track friends. If a friend is within 10 kilometer radius, then the friend list option would show the friend as online. If the friend is out of 10 kilometer radius, it would show offline. An online friend would also be displayed in the mental map. To invite someone as a friend, one only needs to send the invite to a person and even without that person agreeing, that person would be added as a friend. It only needs visual confirmation to add someone to friend list but a forcibly added friend won’t have its name displayed in the friend list but the other function would still be functional.

Level 4

Allows the user to use Hint and Display Label

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Required:

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The beautiful nee-san is surely dangerous. Within that second that I shut my eye due to that very convenient wind, she had already gone that far. One second movement away from ten kilometers isn’t an easy feat.

She is also clearly dangerous because thanks to her, I leveled my scan up and to get that high level of experience would only mean she is dangerous high level.

I also didn’t get any information on her.

The results that was displayed while using scan was

?

?

Only a bunch of unknowns.

I better catch up to Nina and get an explanation on why she hates me because I surely didn’t do anything that would result to such animosity.

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Chapter 1 Part 4

Volume 1 part 4 part 1 incomplete

Part 40

Well, this is an interesting meeting. I don’t know what time it is but I’m sure it’s pretty late now. So seeing two young girls in the park without supervision is sure to make any sensible adult worry. I don’t know much about the normal world outside of my house (that is currently in need of repair) but Mr. Shibuya is pretty much strict in that regards for children safety and he said that it’s the norm. So I believe him. He is still an adult even if his intelligence is questionable when he keeps on meeting me and when he decidedly bring Rin to meet me, but he is still a genuine responsible adult (Unlike most of the people I meet)

“Miss, I’ll repeat my question. What are you two doing?” I ask again to clarify because it looks like I startled them when I just showed up from behind.

“Nothing. We were just checking on this shrine. What about you? What, are you doing here?” The twin tailed girl returns my question to her. She’s pretty smart for someone who is young.

From what little I had heard earlier, I can give a possible guess on who are these two girls are, but to made sure. I need to bait them on something. Now, a proper introduction is a good courtesy when meeting someone new. This is one of the things I didn’t bother to buy a book to learn with.

For someone like me, who only focus on math and science as my center of reasoning and understanding. Learning simple morals and courtesy was taught by my Grandfather. It’s also one of the useful things he taught me, aside from the basic history of the clan and different myths about Gods.

“I’m Kusanagi Godou, (Hmm… they react towards my family name. They knew something about it?) I’m here with my friend Rin (“huh?” they both react again, and this time on the name of my friend, but I ignore it and continue my introduction) and my relative… Mikan and Mittelt. We’re just relaxing here for a bit and we will return home and how about you two? Who are you and what are you doing here in front of the shrine?” I gave my name as a courtesy but also as bait for them to reveal themselves. If they didn’t reveal their names then that would be rude and improper. I don’t know about their type of family but they should at least know proper manners right?

I’m looking at the twin tail girl but she is clear hesitant and not looking directly at my eyes. The other girl beside her is clearly nervous or shy. She still kept clinging on the other girl and is using her as a shield from my view but I can see her taking a peak from her side.

“Nee-chan” The girl with shoulder length hair whispered to the twin tailed girl.

“I know” the twin tailed girl replied.

“ehem” She coughs using her right hand and then placed it on her chest while she straightens her posture. This girl knows her manner and tries to act in a proper way but her earlier show of nervousness ruins this image.

“I’m Tohsaka Rin (“Eh?” She is also Rin? No wonder they react to that name) and this is my little sister Tohsaka Sakura” She made a gesture by using her right hand to the person behind her to properly present herself.

“Anoo…. Hello” The named girl Sakura finally came out from Rin’s back and presents herself by bowing politely. They really aren’t ordinary kids. My friend Rin, knew her manners but she is not as well-mannered as these two. They were probably taught early to act prim and proper.

“As for why we are here, we’re just checking the shrine” Rin answered with a cute smile.

“The shrine?” I tilt my head acting all innocent even if I know what she where planning earlier.

“Yes, the shrine” She then gesture to the shrine behind them.

I look passed then and it looks like that this shrine is still functioning properly. It’s still absorbing the passive Mana in the air and it’s being stored or directed elsewhere and that is what scares me.

I don’t know where the massive amount of mana that it takes in the ley lines, where redirected or stored.

While changing the landscape of the city disturb the flow of ley lines. The key of delaying the war is still this shrines that were scattered all over Fuyuki.

It’s been more than a decade already before the designated “Fourth Holy Grail” war should happen but thanks to this system that where distributed around the city. It’s been delayed but it’s reaching its limit… that was supposed to happen but I still see no sign of the mechanism wearing out and should be impossible. Trying to store that massive amount of mana, shouldn’t be possible by normal means. It only meant that something is special about this shrine.

If I’m more knowledgeable on the ways of magic, I would probably be able to understand it but I don’t.

Even scanning the shrine, doesn’t yield to any information that would help me, though I liked the flavor text use to describe the history and the uses of the shrine.

Scanning the shrine also helps in identifying its use and to whom, it’s praying for protection. The 3 gods are unknown aside from their description. I would need more clues for the name to shows up.

This is probably a bit more realistic take in the Gamers ability. It won’t show me everything. It will give me insight of what I’m seeing but I need to find it out on me own.

“What’s the problem with the shrine?” I asked again after acting of looking and inspecting it but the truth is. I’m not stepping any closer to it or rather I can’t I don’t want to accidentally destroyed it.

“Hmmph. It’s nothing really. We’re just checking them up because we saw them all throughout the city. There was even one near our house” She first acted a bit flustered when I ask if they had problem with the shrine but she compose herself fast and give a good and believable reason, that is, if you didn’t hear what she is planning to do earlier.

But the second information that she give is interesting. So they even manage to build a shrine near a magus house? I really can’t believe how bold the clan was, in their movement.

“You don’t know what’s the use of these shrines is for?” I tried to act that I know what I’m talking about but I don’t. I have a clue but I don’t know the whole picture.

The twin tailed haired girl is hesitant to answer me and refuse to look at my eyes again while the shoulder haired girl just looks at me curiously. Curiously too, that she is not hiding anymore behind her sister, now that she knew my name.

“I… don’t know” Rin finally admits her lack of knowledge about the shrine. She is probably a prideful person and she doesn’t like to admit her own weakness.

“Hmmm” I humm and tried to look at them and see that they are waiting for the answer, and then I looked at the shrine, then back at them.

“I also don’t know” I smiled at them and I like the reaction of the twin tailed girl and the shoulder haired girl just smiles and laughs a bit.

I can understand a bit why Elder Priest likes to get a reaction out of me. The reaction of the twin tailed girl is cute when she clenches her fist and her eyebrow twitches. The twin tailed girl is surely irradiated and is preparing to probably shout at me but I stop her.

“I don’t know the full meaning behind the shrine, but… from what I heard from the adults. They pray here for to ask for protection and safe travels. I also heard from a relative priest that the shrines here are meant to protect the city from harm” I revealed a bit of what I know and then I walk around them to get closer to them. The shoulder haired girl tries to back away and stand behind her sister again (she is not good with stranger isn’t she?) but the twin tailed haired girl just glared at me. She probably doesn’t like it when I interrupt her earlier.

I stopped when I’m beside them and near in the front of the shrine but still not inside of it or not close enough for me to destroy the mechanism that envelops it.

Right even this close where a mere step forward or if I stretch my right hand, I could end up destroying this magical contraption. I can feel the energy is being drawn to the center of the shrine but that is all. I can’t understand any of it. Magic is still felt alien to me even with the lecture of Elder Priest about bounded field.

“I don’t know about where your house is located Rin-san” I then stop and look at her, she is getting irritated more with my action. “I can call you Rin-san right? Because you are both Tohsaka and it would be confusing to address you both as Tohsaka-san and Tohsaka-san, though I’m sorry for being rude” I bowed to show my apology to them.

“It’s… fine. Hmmph” She hmmph again and crosses her arm and looks away while blushing a bit and her sister from behind is giggling a bit and I’m sure of it even if I can’t see it. I can hear her giggles. Hmmm this is bad. I don’t like ended up like Elder Priest who likes to angers other people.

“ehem” I cough before I continue my explanation “These types of shrines are called the roadside or wayside shrine. They are usually place to accident prone places or places where accidents occurred. Usually you will see them in intersections or in a road side beside a curve section of the road, which is also usually seen in a cliff. Those places are dangerous if one lose control while driving which will results in accidents. These types of shrines are usually place there for the victims’ friends, family or lovers, to offer prayer and flowers for the dead” I first offer the usual use for this type of shrine. I sighed and continue on my explanation, where I’m getting it? from reading the flavor text for the shrine.

“While they are usually seen to remember the dead, they can also be used for the living. Instead of offering prayer for the dead, they can be used to ask for God’s Protection. Instead of waiting for people to have accidents, the local government, placed them in possible places where the possibilities of accidents to happen” I stopped again to take a breath and observe the sisters.

Their emotions are in control or to be more specific. The younger one can still be seen a bit nervous but she is silent and listening, while the older one has her face set in permanent frown, I also heard the word “God” was whispered but I didn’t pay much attention to it. If they are born and raised to be a Magus, then the sense of praying for God’s protection would felt alien to them. To people who aims to reach the Root and be equivalent to something like a god. They wouldn’t be called normal or mortal anymore, if they manage to at least reach that realm. Plus to them, the age of God’s are over.

“The shrines are also placed here in parks where many people visit. That includes market district, commercial and the business district. Well, basically they are usually placed in places where many people used to visits or pass by. Wishing for protection instead of praying for the dead, that is one of its other uses” I finish my explanation with that.

True, it’s been placed in those type of establishments but it’s also true that the placement are aligned to formed a square formation that could be used to form barrier or protection walls, in case of emergency. But the square formation of the shrine placing and the design of the shrine is the one that worries me.

The design of the shrine is simple. The foot of the shrine is made of cement while the shrine is made of wood and it has roof for covering. The front of the shrine is where flowers can be placed for offering. You can also light a candle in it but for most occasions, one can see often see flowers on it. Like in this occasion where colorful flowers where placed. The proper altar is the thing that made me pause.

Three figures that I’m sure are Divine beings, where at the center of a square altar. The back of the shrine has also a square drawn. But the square is surrounded by other squares. The square formation is 3 squares up and 3 squares down. It’s a 3 on 3 formations with a total of 9 squares. It’s like a rubix box formation. The sign of Yin and Yang is there in the middle square and several ornaments were placed around the shrine. It’s colorful and beautiful on its own but there should be meaning to such arrangement.

“That is all of the information I have about them” I finish my explanation with that. I inspect Rin’s reaction but I only see a deep concentration while looking at the shrine.

“I see” She has her left hand acting as a support for her right hand where she placed it in front of her chin. I wonder why people used that pose when they are thinking of something.

“Well, thanks for the information. Let’s go Sakura. Were’ returning back home” Rin then turns her back at me and start walking while calling her little sister.

“Yes, Nee-chan” Before Sakura start walking with her sister, I called out to them once more.

“By the way, Rin-san, Sakura-san, sorry for intruding but where do you guys live? Is it still far? We can escort you two home before we go back to our home” I then look at the sky and confirm my suspicion. “It’s already late now and it’s better to have more people to be with than you two alone going home, I heard from my neighbor that it’s dangerous at night here in Miyama town” I ask them.

I have two reasons for asking, one is to truly escort them because I’m worried for them. Two little girls walking alone, during the night, is trouble. Remembering what that disgusting fallen had done to those children made my blood boil and these two girls aren’t normal. They are from a magus family and they could become target because of that. I’m really worried and I can’t actually oversee the whole city. I can only feel and observe my surrounding within 100 meter diameter. The other reason is only a secondary benefit but it’s still useful to find out where they live.

I can probably find it by asking the elder but this is faster and I can escort them and find where they live. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

“Its fine we can take care of ourselves, plus it’s not like our house is too far away from here” Rin is smart and doesn’t trust or probably like me to tell where they live.

“Okay” I can only conceded and bow to them. Rin starts walking again but Sakura bows to me before she follows her sister.

When they have left the park, I then turn my sight back to the shrine.

“Well that was interesting” So… the current head of Tohsaka is frustrated enough to take it onto his wife and daughter. Well, I can’t blame him on that one but I also can’t be felt sorry for him.

They are crazy to do this war here in a city full of people that can get hurt because of their stupid petty goal.

I glance one more time towards the shrine before I start walking back to see if Rin (my childhood friend or first friend) is finally wake up.

I just hope she’s fine and Pray didn’t cause mental trauma to her.

If she did… I might end up killing Pray… for real.

My mind is so busy worrying about my first friend that I didn’t even care or decide to ignore the crack appearing in one of the squares in th square formations, in the altar.

Due to my clouded mind, I also didn’t notice that the earth shift a bit around the park.

Part 41

I’ve return to the section of the park where seats where located. I saw Beldum and a sleeping Mittelt in her hands are fine. I also saw Rin awake and looking down at the grassy lands of the park. She is silent… which is something I’m not used too. She is usually energetic type that likes to smiles and drags me into her playtime. I hope there won’t be any problem.

I approached them silently to not startle them but Beldum notice me. She only smiles and nods at me and I return the gesture.

I silently walk and sit beside Rin but she isn’t showing sign that she is acknowledging my presence. I’m having a bad feeling about this.

“Rin” I start slowly and waited for her reply.

“Touma…” Rin’s voice right now… sounds so unlike her. She is silent and calm that I can’t connect her to her previews attitude… Pray….

“Are you alright Rin?” I asked gently

“I’m…. fine…” That’s a lie. I might not be proficient in reading the tune of the living yet, but I can tell that she is out of tune and is lying right now so I won’t worry about her.

“It’s alright to tell what you feel Rin, before I was insensitive to just tell you to forget what happen and not explain it clearly but…. my relative Pray. She is dangerous. You shouldn’t meet her and for that… I’m sorry” I tried to be as sincere as I can get.

To me who can’t feel strong and real emotions. I can only fake my smile. I have read lots of books and dictionary that I can tell where to fake my smile or try to be comforting but it all still feel fake.

I can’t sympathize and understand what kind of terror Rin is currently feeling.

True I felt the same despair and fear from Pray but that is probably just the tip of the iceberg. My gamers mind prevents it to further cloud my judgment but even with a slight touch of such feeling, still left me a messing wreck, when I felt it.

And Rin, a normal person, is probably feeling it fully.

This feeling (?) of hopelessness, to not be able to reach my friend and feel what she feel, this is probably a human and inhumane feeling. I’m normal in a way, I’m also abnormal.

“Rin, its fine… you can tell me what you’re feeling. I can’t promise everything would be fine or anything at all, until I know what to do. I’m feeling at lost here, but I’m really sorry for what happen” I’m really sorry Rin. That is my honest feeling and it’s not blocked by my ability.

“I’m…. scared Touma… that person…. It really scares me Touma…” Rin finally start speaking but she also starts trembling and shaking. Her eyes are unfocused and her teeth start shaking. This is bad.

Scan”

Fear (High) Mental Disorder (Low) Mental Disability (Low)”

That is what was shown in her status window. Three negative effects that I can’t cure because of the lack of items to recover such status effects. Or because my right hand can only negates supernatural effect.

This is mental trauma!

“Rin!” I didn’t think twice and hug her

“Rin its fine, everything would be alright Rin!” I continuously call her name but all I get are soft whispher of [I’m scared Touma, helped me]

“Rin. Come on, your strong and cheerful person. Come on Rin. Calm yourself Rin. Rin. Rin!” I called her name again and again, and I tried to shake her out of her fear but it’s not helping.

Having status effect that has indication of High is bad. Depending on the status effect, it could be life threatening and long lasting. It dangerous to have her continue like this, but what should I do?

I don’t know what to do. Bring her to the hospital? Then what would I say? My relative tried to kill her and if they start investigating. Lots of deaths would happen. I can’t let that happen.

Should I call for Elder with glasses to cast hypnosis on her? But would he help?

He is the same as the other member of the clan.

They are pretty apathetic to people outside of the clan or people that don’t have use to them.

In that matter, they aren’t that different from the supernatural beings that they are fighting. The only difference is that they aren’t looking down at the people around them. They just didn’t care enough to know them and I can’t say that I’m not the same for them. I also don’t care for other people but Rin is different. She is my friend!

“Do you want to save her” I heard an apathetic question. It’s not monotonous and emotionless but it shows an emotion that she didn’t care at all and I know to whom those voiced belong.

“PRAY!” I’m angry. I felt the beginning of the emotion called angry. I can feel the deep loathing I have for this person in front of me.

“I ask again, do you want to save her?” She asked again with the same apathetic voice of her. She is coming closer. I’ve become guarded for the safety of Rin. I also felt her shaking become stronger.

“PRAY DON’T COME ANY CLOSER! YOU’RE THE REASON WHY RIN IS ACTIGN LIKE THIS! STAY AWAY!” I can’t hide my emotions that keep on boiling inside of him. It’s like a fire is starting inside of me but it’s being washed away by cold water. It’s becoming confusing and annoying to have that kind of feeling. My judgment is being clouded again.

“Don’t be too emotional. I’m asking again, if you want to save her?” She still continues on her own pace of walking and disregards my warning.

“Beldum Steel wires. Kill her” I asked, no, ordered her to kill her, in cold voice.

“Yes” the gentle Beldum has also lost all her warmth in her voice.

Several iron wires start slithering around the park. They start levitating thanks to the ability to manipulate steel and they start to encircle around pray. They are so thin that you won’t notice them but I start heating them up with Pyrokinesis. They light up around the park and I don’t care if anyone notice what’s happening here but Pray must die.

They numbered in hundreds, to possible thousands of thin steeled wires that started to vibrate fast and become heated.

The temperature in the park become hot but I only shielded Rin and Beldum shielded Mittelt.

Even with all this intent to kill her, Pray doesn’t seem to care and just stop and stand in front of me.

“Do you want to save her” She asks again in her apathetic voice.

I then order to wires to constrict her fast and sliced her to pieces.

Thin steeled wires starts to close in her, and they each, one by one, move fast that they will sliced her without any problem, with how it fast it vibrate, and how hot the wires are, but even before thousand wires that threatens her. She isn’t faced at all and when it comes close to touching her pale white skin.

All the wires lost its strength and begun to fall to fall to the ground but before they touch the ground.

They turned into small particles of light that surrounds Pray and they gathered around the hexagonal transparent plate panels behind her. Then the lights are absorbed by the strange wing like formation in her back.

Energy doesn’t disappear. They just transformed

What? What just happen? I don’t understand!?

I was shocked for a second then my mind was forcibly calmed down again, for the infinite times this evening.

She breaks down the matter into the pure energy state and absorbs them!

That is impossible and utterly broken.

“I’ll ask again Touma, do you want to save her? I know of a possible way to save her” She asked now with a serious edge on her voice. She didn’t even care that I tried to kill her.

“Y-Yes! I want to save Rin” I stuttered at first because I still can’t comprehend what’s happening but I manage to control myself fast.

“Do you want a quick way or a normal way?” Pray just ask calmly while tilting her head and looking at me. I also notice that she is wearing a dark blue attired this time. She is hard to notice with that kind of attire.

“A quick way! I can’t afford a normal way where I send her to the hospital. Many people will die and I know you will be the one doing the killing” I narrowed my eyes while stating the facts that yes, if things get out of hand. Pray would be force to end their lives and she will do it without any set of remorse or second thinking. That’s so like her character.

“That is just the way the world works” Pray doesn’t care and just cross her arms and stand at one feet.

“No it isn’t! Even if I don’t know much about the world, I at least know that it’s not right to kill anyone just because they irritates you, I also know you’re not normal or any members of the elder council that supports me” Me included in it but the words wasn’t spoken and Pray just raised her left eyebrows at my admission. She’s not even bothered by it.

“So? It’s not really the main point right now right? The main point is do you desire to save her?” She asks in the last question in a sing song voice. She knows my answer and is baiting me to answer the answer that she knew already.

“YES” A simple one word and that is enough to convey my feelings.

“Then go deeper into the altered world” huh? What does she mean?… wait….. Does she mean what I thought she meant? Because the chances of finding those types of items aren’t high at all.

“You do know that the chances of finding it there, isn’t actually high. It might not even exist at all. I’ve ventured there for years and leveled myself up a lot and killed lots of unique monsters and boss class monsters, but not even one had drop those type of items”

“You’re still trying to run away Touma. For someone as young as you to run away from such simple trouble… what happened to you?” Right now, Pray had ignored everything and just looked at my eyes and her eyes don’t hold any malice or any kind of strong emotions, aside from simple curiosity.

“I’m not running away!” Why does she assume that I’m running away if I didn’t even venture once outside of the city? I don’t get it.

“Touma. Touma. Touma” She start shaking her head and look at me like a child, that doesn’t understand anything at all.

“Touma, anyone who had played games, at least once, know that you won’t find everything in starting city. It’s called starting city for a reason” She is admonishing me like I don’t know anything.

“I know that, but why does that connects with my current problem of curing Rin” I’m currently hugging and hiding her away from Pray. I let her head rest on my chest and I feel her body trembling from my touch. She is really scared and traumatized. With every word Pray is saying, I can feel her body responds.

“You’re dodging the question and topic Touma. You know that in every game, there is a way to cure a certain status effect. If you haven’t found it yet, then it only means that you’re not searching that far into the story yet” She answers confidently and I also can’t rebuke her on her claim but I also can’t understand on how she can be so sure on that one.

“How can you even be so sure that it would be there? How can you so sure on what the Gamers Ability can do? And also how can you be so sure about the rules in the games or can be so confident to say that it would be there” I don’t understand her. I thought I finally understand her a bit but I still don’t know who Kusanagi Pray is.

“You’re asking too many questions but to answer it. I played games and designed some of them before” huh? What?

“I’m also the one who suggest using the game characters as the base and core for Type 00, I maybe not there when it’s being developed, but I’m there when the plan is being planned out. I did invent the prototype engine for the Academy City. That City prided themselves of their cutting edge technology, and I’m one of its early developer” Academy City? Huh? What? More questions keep on popping my head.

“If we’re talking about that City, we can also send her there for treatment. I know of a certain frog face doctor that can cure any ailments as long as the patient is alive” She keep on spouting nonsense that I don’t know what’s happening and what she’s talking about but the last one is someone that can probably save Rin, I maybe can ask that person for help.

“That last thing that you mentioned! That Doctor, are you sure he can cure any kind of ailments!?”I was desperate that even someone I don’t know, I will plead; I will even go down on my knees or do whatever he wants. Money? Not a problem if he can cure Rin.

“Academy City is in Tokyo, and you know going to Tokyo at this time of the day would be impossible. It’s possible if you run there by foot but by using the train?” She shakes her head. I don’t know what time it is but isn’t there a train scheduled for Tokyo even this late at night?

“Even if you’re that desperate to walk there all night, or even run from here, to there, it would still be useless. It would still be useless because you’re not allowed to enter that City. You can’t also enter that city. That’s impossible. If by some chance or miracle, you manage to enter it. Then you’re just deluding yourself. You didn’t manage to sneak in but you’re been allowed to sneak in. There is nothing you can hide with the director ruling that city” Pray sighed in the end and look at me again and ask the same question.

“Touma, do you want to save her?” She asks the same question again. I already answer it so why insist on asking the same question again? I don’t understand it.

“Yes!” I’m being frustrated with the repeated answer and question.

“Do you want to become a hero?” She then furrowed her brows and asks me a question I didn’t expect.

“No! Why does it even matter? That is not the important right now, what’s important is curing Rin” I can’t understand her at all.

“It’s important Touma but if you don’t want to become Hero then why do you want to save her?” sigh…

“She’s a Friend Pray, maybe because you don’t have one but friend is important. The dictionary and every book I said in human communication said so” and… I feel too that she is important…

“I admit. I don’t have any friends at all” Pray isn’t even fazed when I tried to attack her verbally.

“But I have family… and I try to keep them alive at all cost” There was a certain intensity there. That declaration… no it’s not a declaration but a promise. She meant it.

“Would you risk your life to save a friend Touma?” She asks again…. This is getting me angry.

“Yes” I said.

“Why?” She asked

“She’s a friend” I said

“That’s all? You’re risking your life because she’s a friend?” She asked

“Yes” I said

She then looked straight at me. Look hard and intense.

“You don’t want to become a hero?” She asked

“NO! We’re just going in circle here!” I shout

“Then go to the altered world Touma and ventured forth, deeper into it” she said

“But that is just a huge gamble and I don’t gamble with someone else life. (left unsaid was I don’t care for my own) It’s much better if I go to Tokyo now and go meet that doctor” I said

“Going to Academy city isn’t also a guaranteed to succeed” she said

“But it has better chance than gambling the chance in altered world” is my answer…

“If you go to academy city, it would take too long and her family would know what happen. If you want to lower the casualty to zero then go forth to the altered world and find the cure” She insist… no she just said or stated it, like it’s a normal fact… she doesn’t even care. This woman!

Grrrrrr!

“YOU JUST WANT ME TO GET STRONGER FAST BY GOING TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND IT’S NOT ABOUT CURING RIN!” I stand up while shouting. Rin still clings to me and I still hug her but I’m very careful and gentle to her.

“That’s true” She readily admits.

“Why you!” I tried to attack her again and this time around. I didn’t care for any bystanders that might see what’s happening. But I just called forth Energy Partisan after Energy partisan and launched towards her but every attack was dispersed when it becomes too close to her.

I still didn’t care and even called forth Setsuna [Flare] to use Shun-en and burned her but it still didn’t affect her at all.

I tried every attack I can and even charge forth my strongest attack and I didn’t care for what kind of damage it might take.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, she just looks at me bored, 4, 3, she then looks at Rin but she just looks at her like she is a trash! GRRR 2, 1, 0.

I launched the strongest attack I can call upon but the huge ball of energy didn’t manage to touch her at all.

The huge ball of energy just dispersed into smaller particle and all was absorbed.

Almost all of my energy was spent and I’m left tired a bit but my Stamina is regenerating, and the same can be said for Energy but I still felt helpless…

“Are you finished?” She asked me bored…

“Gruaaaaaaa” I tried to launch at her but a hand stopped me.

I looked at the owner of the hand behind me and I saw Beldum, smiling sadly at me and shake her head. She then looks at the crouching Rin that is hiding beside the chair, where we were seating.

“Rin!” I forgot my anger and just rush to her side. I hugged her again and settled her on my chest. Massaging her back and tried to calm her with soft whispered words.

‘Don’t try to run away Touma. You should know already that, your only chance of curing her in time is by going to the altered world. You don’t have any other methods to do so than gamble on this small miracle to happen. Plus, in that world .The world doesn’t hate you. The world won’t actively antagonize you or even stop you from being stronger. It might even help you if you really start moving forward” She then looks up to the sky above where the moon is peaking behind the clouds.

“So don’t run away and take the step forward. This time around, take that step forward on your own” She then looks at me and after looking at my eyes, she then start walking away.

“I’ll wait for you back home. I already know your answer so I’ll prepare the necessary items you will need” That is what she last said before I lost her presence. You won’t even hear her footsteps in this silent night. Like an assassin, she is.

“Rin” I whispered towards the girl who is trembling badly… it’s my entire fault that she become like this. I shouldn’t have let her become close to me. I shouldn’t have stopped them, even if I had to use force. I can do it.

I’m strong!

I’m not weak!

I can live on my own!

I started trembling and I’m trying to deny again the cruel reality in front of me.

I can’t blame Pray, I know her character. I can blame her for all I care but I’m making an excuse.

The fault lies on my own failure.

I can probably guess why Rin was there. She is probably visiting me because I promised that I would still play with her after my morning training, but I didn’t go and meet her in the park, which is why she decided to go and check my home.

This is my fault

‘Touma…. I’m scared” Rin whispered while trembling badly, it’s even hard to understand what she said but I can tell, I can feel and I know what she meant.

Cause and Effect.

Everything happens for a reason. I let them got close to me, despite my bad luck and this happens.

I know and I’ll take responsibility for it.

Something inside me is starting to change again.

Quest Update

Find “Remedy” to cure Rin

Success:

Reward 2% EXP and curing Shimura Rin [Best Friend)

Failure:

Death

Duration:

Until 6:00 AM Tomorrow.

Yes / No

This Gamers ability…. So you’re saying that I can find it there?

Then who am I to reject such offer.

I pressed Yes mentally and standing up. Rin looks at me confused and with her eyes red from all the tears she shed.

‘I’m sorry Rin, but this might be the last time we will be meeting with each other”

I then put her into sleep by using Rui [Illusions] to lullaby her to sleep. I’m not good with illusions because it’s my polar opposite in nature, so I’m limited in using Rui, but I can still manage to put a child into sleep by her illusions.

“Let’s go Beldum. We’re going back home”

She only nods and I didn’t go for running or walking.

I have already regenerated enough energy to get me back home in the fastest method.

I jumped into the air and create Moon Steps. I stepped onto them and begun my dash but I cast Madoka [Barriers] in front of me, to protect Rin and Mittelt from wind resistance, but to ensure their safety, I levitated them in their own and cocoon them in barriers.

I return as fast as I can and I saw that the damage done to my home is still present which is natural but I felt that the area around my house is distorted.

Can Pray cast illusion too? It felt that there is a heavy mist in the air.

The mist parted ways when I made contact, and I go directly inside.

I saw Pray sitting in the dining table with a basket of food in the table.

“I prepare Rations for you to use while you journey further” She didn’t move from her sitting position and I didn’t acknowledge her words at all.

I look inside the basket and it’s full of bread and rice for Stamina and Health Points, and also lots of sweets for Energy recovery.

Sugar recovers Energy fast while Carbohydrates restores Health and Stamina.

I put the items into the Inventory but I left some outside of the basket for quick use.

I also change my equipment for more suited in survival mission than stealth mission.

For helmet I equipped.

Cracked Helm of Protection – A standard silver color, iron helm with cross shaped designed at the front of the helm, this a good helm but its durability is rather low. But since I can smith, I can just fix it while resting.

+ 5 Defense

+ 20% Health Regeneration

For eyewear:

Silver monocle – it’s a single mirror eyepiece equipment. This equipment might be flashy but I needed defense

+ 2 Defense

+ 2 Magic Defense

For Earrings”

Regenerative Earrings – A single piece earring with three hanging crystals as design.

+ 20% Regeneration

For Armor:

Lesser Elemental Protection Vest – An ordinary leather strapped armor that gave good elemental damage resistance.

+ 5 Defense

+ 20% Elemental Resistance

For Belt:

Snake Skin Leather Belt – has a medium size pouch for items to be put on.

+ 3 Physical Defense

+ 10% Poison Resistance

Boots of Speed – A brown colored leathered shoes.

+20% Movement Speed

+ 2 Defense

For accessory:

Power Bangle – a yellow colored bangle with black outlining and a single pearl as center piece

+ 10% Power

On my left fingers are

Ring of Regeneration x 2 – a white simple ring with a circle with a star design as center piece

+25% Health regeneration

+25% Stamina Regeneration

+15% Energy Regeneration

Ring of Clarity – a simple crimson ring without decoration

+ 20% Energy Regeneration

Ring of Perseverance – A golden ring with ruby as gem.

+ 20% Regeneration

For quick items that Pray prepares

Bread Roll x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Cheese Sandwich x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Melon Bread x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Rice Ball x 20 – Heals 30% HP and STA

Chocolate Bar x 20 – Heals 30% Energy

Chocolate Candy x 20 – Heals 30% Energy

Fruit Candy x 20 – Heals 30% Energy

I also have stacked a bit of healing items in my inventory that I can use in case of emergency.

Now, preparations are complete time to make a move.

“Wait” Pray’s finally had spoken from her sitting position but she didn’t move. She only speaks.

I didn’t turn back but I wait for what she may say.

“Remember, Touma. [Energy doesn’t disappear. They just transformed] I’m the reason on why you can manipulate the Energy and it’s also because of me, that you’re friend had been hurt” I can’t believe she’s saying this now. She’s admitting her fault but she won’t still acknowledge Rin, what a shrewd person Pray is.

“So, I would just let you know that, I’ll be waiting for your safety return. Come back no matter what. Even if you don’t find the cure” Pray…. She still cares for me but she only cares for me…

“I will, I will come back for Rin!, and I will find the cure!. For sure!” I made a declaration and I start the activation.

“Then remember what I said “Energy doesn’t disappear. They just transformed” and don’t be afraid to take that one final step forward” That is what I last heard from Pray.

World Reject! Dungeon Make Orc Field! Use 7000 Energy Compensation!


In between lines “Kusanagi Pray”

He is just like her that it hurts.

He has the same faults that would lead to his death someday but there is one difference.

He can still be saved.

He is afraid to take that one final step forward.

He said in his mind that he is fine to die for the others but I can tell, his heart says differently.

It’s like the soul and body doesn’t mix.

I don’t know what Aleister did but he said that he is needed to save the world.

We just believe him because he never fails us even once and we have the same goal but seeing him now?

I’m questioning his beliefs.

That boy is afraid to die.

Its human instinct to be afraid to die but there is something different from him.

Like a deep seeded experience that stops him from reaching his potential.

He is not afraid to get hurt for the others but when his life is in the line.

The body and mind becomes out of tune and he became easy to be read and easy to panic.

I know that his body adjustment isn’t finished because the researchers had gotten afraid that he might be stolen too, but it’s probably better if they send him to the Kihara’s first, to get his final adjustment.

His variety of abilities doesn’t reflect his overall ability.

If I would to guess he is probably only level 2 or 3.

His control over his ability is too weak.

He goes for raw power but the way he fights, isn’t reliant to it.

The show of power is just for show.

He is scared to get hurt which is why he attacks from the safe area, but when he knows that it’s useless, he forces his body to move, even if it doesn’t which made his mind and body clash with each other.

He seeks to overwhelm his opponent so he won’t need to kill it but it won’t be enough for enemies that are evil at its core or have different moral values.

He knows that thinking of sparing his enemy in the middle of the fight would just get him killed which is why he hesitates but he still follows.

He is human enough to know his life means more than the others, even if his doing it subconsciously.

Power won’t solve everything and he knows it, but he still seeks it so he won’t fail again but power isn’t absolute.

He also knows this why is why he seeks diversity over specialization in battle but when his life is in danger, his survival instincts kicks in which narrows his rational thinking in the battlefield and in result, he choose to destroy just to survive.

He is a walking contradiction.

Maybe because it’s his upbringing which meant our fault… no it’s most likely their fault. I’m not even there when he was born or was I around when they do their yearly meeting. It’s just too troublesome to travel.

Ow, who am I kidding? I’m also one of the one who condemns his fate.

He was clearly taught wrong which is why he is a walking mess.

He first learn to Survive to Live

He learns to deceive and hide something from the very person that takes care of him, because he can’t trust him.

He learns to stand on his own two feet before he even knows what it means to live.

After learning the value of Surviving, he then learns to kill, to live.

To kill something alien and to kill something like him.

He learns the needs to kill, to live, but he still can’t understand what it means to truly live.

After learning to kill someone, he first had an experience of Kindness.

This sign of kindness might be some form of punishment to him, it reminds him of his failure but this kindness had also finally shows him the value to live.

And for the first time he starts to question further his reason of living.

But he also finds out that he is not someone that was born out of love but out of desperation.

He finds out his twisted origin, but then he was forced to learn how to fight.

But he doesn’t know anything.

He learns kindness but it hurts him.

He has a family but it’s a lie.

He has relatives but it only views him as a means to reach the ends.

He doesn’t know what to do anymore which is why he is scared.

He is scared to die without finding any meaning about his life.

This meaning is something that wasn’t force onto him but something he wish on his own.

But right now, the one that shows him kindness is hurt, which is why he was forced to face down his own fears but his will to live, to find answers is still too strong that its unconsciously blocking his true potential.

The will to live was strongly engraved into him that it made Pray think that it’s maybe his upbringing but it’s she felt that there is more to it.

Something he yearns for but I can’t tell what it is.

I can’t tell because he himself doesn’t know what it is.

He is really is a walking contradiction.

He doesn’t want to become a hero but he is doing his best to save his friend.

Only a hero would do that…but then again.

People shouldn’t be grouped into hero and villain.

If the people in the world were grouped into two categories, the world would probably be filled with villain.

People can’t live without taking advantage of others hard work.

Pray can’t help but sigh and shakes her head. She also takes a look on the dolls that where left behind to protect that brat and that sin.

The dolls where guarding those two too seriously. I won’t kill those two.

He will hate me further and I don’t want that to happen.

Living with him had become a bit interesting.

I want to experience it more, so I would let those two live.

But I would probably would need to get a DNA or blood sample for that baby. That baby is too suspicious for me.

That sin isn’t normal. Now, that I’m having free time to observe the baby girl.

Something is special about her.

Half-breed?

There was a chance that she had received a gift but I wonder who her mother is.

The fallen won’t just breed with anybody.

They will pick the best to breed with.

Even if the fallen has the largest in terms of numbers for the biblical faction, they lack the power to back up their numbers.

They are more quantity over quality.

They tried to fix it in later generations, by going with potential mate that has potential and not just any beautiful bitch in heat, but old habits die hard. Sure, they take and kidnapped those who had potential, and had taken them as mates, but they still didn’t stop in their despicable ways.

While the fallen are free to do what they want, the demons stay the same.

Angels, Fallen and Demons. These three would forever kill each other but I wish that they won’t involve humans in their petty fight, though angels only involved if things are turning for the worse or when they are ordered to intervene. Their race is always the observers. They do the wait and see plan, and when things are turning for the worse, they will finally act.

Angels follows the rules and are just

Fallen are free to do what they do

Demons are beings of evil

The demons had kept their power for millennia.

The demons kept their blood pure and made their power more concentrated, especially in the royal family.

Last time I had to slay those black ball throwing freaks, I had a hard time. I actually got dirty because of their annoying attacks.

Hmm… the politics in the supernatural world sure becomes complicated when they start meddle more with the humans.

I actually preferred with dealing with local super natural than migrating super natural, just because the main lands are already occupied by different myths and sect, they decide to populate on new lands.

As much as I hate outsiders, I hate locals more.

They didn’t do anything when their influence was being challenge and just decided to leave them be.

I love mutilating them.

Darn, outsiders and their hypocrisy

They look down on humans but they learn from them. I want them dead.

Sigh… it’s getting boring while waiting here.

Looking at those dolls again, a mischievously smile appears in Pray’s angelic/demonic face.

“I’m bored” She whispered and two lights appear beneath the dining table.

They soon grow in size and materialize beside her.

One was standing in pure white armor. Its height is around 5’8 and has a slim feminine body. It has long white coat design armor. It has sharp claws for its hand and feet. In its back are the familiar hexagonal transparent panels that are arrange to form a wing like structure. In its right hand is a black rod with several buttons. When it presses one of the buttons, a hologram panel shows up and it started typing on it.

The other one standing is huge, it’s taller than the house ceiling which is why it become broken again. It stands in probably 3.5 to 4 meters tall. It’s colored blue and has slim body but has huge shoulders and hips. It shoulders had 4 thrusters on it and 2 on its back. The hips have 2 thrusters on each hip and surrounding the tall blue figure are 4 floating, large long barrel cannons.

This two standing beside pray shows an imposing figure that Pray can’t help but smirks when he saw the dolls trembling before her two daughters.

The steel type doll had immediately picked up the baby and the wind type had carried the girl. While the fire type stands at the front middle and the lightning in her right and earth on her left.

Even if they won’t win they still stand in front of her.

They are really his reflection.

“Don’t worry I won’t kill those two. I just want to test you dolls. For someone that reflects his inner world, you dolls are pretty weak and for someone that should act independently, you girls rely too much on him. I just want to test you lot” They become more tense after hearing what I plan, they also start looking around.

Are they afraid I would end up destroying the house?

“You girls really don’t know anything or maybe it’s his fault for not knowing how the world works”

Another light had emerged from below and it now materializes into something like a circular steel contraption.

It’s a hollowed circle that has various wires around it. A top of the circular contraption was a plate with an engraving of STARGATE and below it is Made in Kihara.

The contraption then starts spinning and various lights starts flashing and lightning current starts to fly in the air and it began a humming sound.

I notice the lightning type to gasp but I ignore the dolls and just concentrated on the contraption.

“The science had further advance than the world or super natural world knew. We’re fighting a war here, and we’re not planning on loosing”

Then the circular machine produces a distortion in the middle of the ring.

The distortion is starting to affect the area around it but it stopped when a hole appeared.

A hole in an open space.

“Come on, I already chosen a place where we can play around and won’t have problem in destroying some stuff. You can also bring those two with you and you don’t need to worry. The place I choose has oxygen in it.” Pray start walking towards the hole when she notices that the dolls aren’t following her.

“Relax, it’s just a transportation portal. Now, come one. If you people made me wait on the other side of the gate for half a minute, I will come back and kill you all” Pray made that threat to wake them up from shock state but they began to tremble and panic more.

Pray just sighed and walked into the hole.

I hope Touma comes back quick. I’m started to get bored more.

“I want some ice cream”


Part 42

Status”

Orc Slayer

“Kusanagi” Touma

Level – 52

HP – 5300

STA – 5250

EN – 7220

STR – 11

DEX – 13

VIT – 10

INT – 202

WIS – 52

LUCK – EX

STATUS POINTS – 15

Currently equipped Title: Orc Slayer

Increase damage to Orc Race by 100%

Increase Critical damage against Orc Race by 300%

Increase Critical change against Orc Race by 25%

Increase attack rate to Orc Race by 50%

Increase dodge rate to Orc Race by 50%

Increase insight to Orc Race by 50%

Increase defense against Orc Race by 50%

Increase movement speed when facing Orc Race by 25%

I don’t have time to play around here in Fuyuki.

I’ve been fighting in this city that I knew all of the roads and shortcuts around the city; I even have few ideas on some houses where I was usually thrown around or when I tried to hide.

I already realized with Pray pointing it out that I’m afraid to go further than the city border. I felt safe inside this city where I grew familiar and knew that I can survive. Outside there is a total alien world for me but I need to go.

I need to find cure for Rin or else…

Charging an AOE attack to clear my surrounding, I began my preparation by maxing the available Globe of Invulnerability. I also surround myself with [Barrier] mirrors of Madoka that was centered on a hexagonal form of energy partisan.

I remember what Pray said about energy and I would like to try and copy her move but I know that reality is farther from the truth. I don’t have any clue on what set of commands she inputted in those energy panels but I would like to try an experiment.

Recharging and buffing myself, I readied for the inevitable swarm of enemies.

I launched the charged attack after getting my Energy full again. It created a huge explosion that gave me the necessary time for me to exit but I didn’t take the roads and instead dash upwards.

Creating moon step on the way and I start climbing higher.

I entertained the idea of creating wings but it would just takes too much command for me to use it. Maneuvering in the sky would limit my variety in attacking and defense. I can only have 8 active skills at the same time. I already always active the barrier skill and Madoka’s mirror and those two alone cost me 2 active skills. I can only launch 6 attacks while being defensive. If I add the flight skill into it, it would probably cost me 2 skills, one for trust and other for movement. That would leave me with only 4 possible attacks and 1 of those attacks are already reserve for summoned beings. 3 possible attack patterns are too low for my liking.

So creating moon steps using Madoka’s mirror would be more ideal.

As I ascend higher, I notice that the flyer’s Batrider and Wyvernrider are starting to surround me.

I don’t have time with them so I evade them by increasing my dash speed but dashing skills had weakness.

It can only move at the straight path and they are currently blocking it.

The enemies are becoming smarter and more used against me, as times goes by. It becomes harder to kill them.

I tried moving my right hand forward to kill the, as I dash around, but they just evade it and the Wyvernrider position its spear to slice my head off.

Having my right hand limited in range is really hurting me in this battle. I want to save energy but it would probably be impossible.

I control the wind around me by inputting the necessary command to show the necessary results.

I blow the wind away and some of the flyers were also blown away and when they tried to get closer, another result as shown.

The results are all the flying type with 20 meter range, are start to lose their ability to fly. Well they fall 20 meters below me, the updraft of wind is present again and they manage to fly.

I managed to create a space where the wind doesn’t blow and the flyers can’t fly through it just by gliding in. I push away all the wind that would be used by the flyers and they would need to fly on their own. But their wing long can’t take the weight of the combine body of the beast and the rider, so they fall down.

This is only a temporary measure so I can have a better footing in the air.

After I had managed to set my footing in the sky, I prepare for my next plan.

I started then to control the lightning around me and set them for magnetism.

Something inside me is starting to change again

Setting my shield as negative charge and also creating negative charge energy partisan behind me, I created around 100 and compress them. Doubling the power inside of the energy partisan, after that I set to control the wind around me and made them form a tunnel like formation in front of me, I then compress them too and when all the preparations was done, I was set like a human cannon ball.

I launched the compress wind in front of me, forward; it blows away the monsters that are trying to gather in front of me. It also formed a wind tunnel that stretches further. I then release the energy on my back and the negative charge particles are starting to repel the negative charge particle barrier. As a result, I was launched like a railgun in the air.

Everything that collided with my heated barrier exploded in gore and sprayed blood everywhere. But the blood that got near the barrier evaporates due to the high temperature.

I move beyond my normal speed and crossed the prefecture in seconds.

Moving in around Mach 7, with lesser Energy used than direct conversion of energy to propulsion, I set my target in to the main lands.

I don’t have time to move from one town to another. If I’m aiming for the item type remedy, I should move more inlands and if there is no change there, I would aim for the nearest country possible.

But I think that I’m in the right path, the flyers here are already higher in level than the ones in Fuyuki. They also had more abilities and more savage in attacking the barriers, I set up around me.

The batrider are also growing larger and the bouts of fire that they spew are becoming hotter and more concentrated.

The wyvernriders are forming formation and are lounging at high speed from above with their spears, pose to stab me but the moment they tried to intercept me, they just exploded in chunks, if their stand in the collision course but if they are only grazed, they just got throw on one of the houses below.

The speed is too fast for me to truly comprehend on what’s happening but I should probably set on where I would be fired, because I feel that I’m just continuously moving at the same horizontal lane. I don’t want to be thrown further and went outside of Japan, so after passing a rather big wyvernrider. I made drastic measures to stop my makeshift transportation.

I didn’t bother to inspect my surrounding, it’s not like I can, with how fast I’m moving. Everything is just a blur and I only need to stop. That’s what I thought at this moment and I probably should be wise enough to think some other method but by my speed. I expect to be nearing the border of Japan and I don’t want to end in the middle of the sea, where I don’t have any ability to control and manipulate water.

So I used the quickest way to deal with supernatural event. I mentally ordered the barriers to collapse but I made a miscalculation. The force is already applied and according to Isaac Newton’s first law. Unless another equal force had countered the force that pushed me, I would continue to move forward.

“Ugghh” Okay, that’s the other force that is countering my movement, friction against the air.

I shouldn’t have dispelled the barrier. That was a blunder and a mistake.

I expect to continue to move forward but without the strong shield that protects me from outside force, I would be left unprotected.

So when I rammed through an oversized wyvern.

The two colliding force exerts against each other. And even if the force behind my movement is probably stronger, the wyvern rider is just a bigger wall that can withstand the force. I manage to stop but I ended up falling and the wyvern rider that I rammed into was also thrown a few meters away.

But instead of falling from the sky, I didn’t expect to be attacked immediately by an unknown flyer ramming its tail on my mid-section.

“Guh!” I was thrown fast, my direction is towards one of the large 2 story house below but if I ended up falling, this high in the sky and with this speed. There is a high chance I might end up dead.

First is to slow my descent. Creating multiple Madoka [Barrier] on the path of my fall, I slow down my acceleration. The pain from hitting the barrier is there, but it only lasted for a second and with how fast I’m falling, I would need a lot of them. I can hear the multiple barriers that I set up, shatter liked broken mirrors.

But falling fast from high above isn’t my only problem. The sky is currently blacken by large flying creatures, thee current size of the Batrider and Wyvern riders are around 10 meters for batrider and more than 13 meters for the wyvernriders. Their levels are also something to not laugh about…

The current levels of the monsters that are roaming in the sky are around higher 80’s

They are 30 levels above me.

Scan”

Explosion Menace

Troll Bat Rider

LVL 87

HP 9270

The Bat Rider rides the sky and bring explosion and destruction in their wake”

Status:

Strength: 86

Endurance: 57

Agility: 66

Luck: 13

Trait:

Burning Blood: If the unit dies, it will cause burning explosion to its surrounding.

Ability:

Fire: The ability to manipulate fire

Less Resistance: receives less air resistance, which doubles their speed in the air

Rapid Fire: halves the time needed to reload another exploded solution.

Attack:

Exploding Concoction: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit hurls a bottle full of exploded fuel.

Fire Blast: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit breaths a flame to anyone who comes close.

Fireworks: Unique skill of this specific unit. Hurls multiple exploding concoction that cause massive explosion

Weakness:

Ice

Magma Blower

Wyvern Rider

LVL 89

HP 9470

The Wyvernrider throws their spear precise with accuracy.”

Status:

Strength: 95

Endurance: 57

Agility: 58

Luck: 11

Trait:

Concentrated Aim: Increase accuracy but slows the attacking speed.

High Concentration: Can’t easily be distracted or confused

Keen Sense: Can easily perceived an attack and allows the unit to dodge and counter

Ability:

Fire: The ability to manipulate fire

Extreme Speed: Triples the speed while in the moving through air

Attack:

Magma Spear: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit hurls a spear engulf by explodes in burning magma

Molten Blade: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit attacks anyone nearby by its burning weapon.

Flame Breath: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit breaths burning magma, onto its enemies.

Weakness:

Ice

Just looking at their new stats, I can tell that I’m screwed.

I feel my body trembling and my fight or flight instincts starts to kick in but I willed my body to fight.

I need to get that item for Rin.

But just looking at them and not the status, my stomach is churning and I feel my will slowly crumbling.

I’m not even 1 meter tall and I’m already up against more than ten times my size.

I know the risk of going outside of my safety zone but I didn’t expect for it to be this hard. I’m trembling and I’m scared. I can see the massive spear of the Wyven Rider, being pointed at me and its smoking tip where super-heated by molten magma. Getting hit once would be fatal. I would need to dodge, but where? They are everywhere and to make matters worse.

They can move faster than one and more freely in the air.

The Bat Riders are start tossing smoking concoction at me and I can only protect myself by setting a barrier, in front of me but when it made contact, the barrier just exploded and I was thrown further and my speed increases again.

I was to create a solid landing in the air by compressing it like how I them for moon step but I added further with multi-layered barriers, with small space in between.

I prioritize on stopping my descent than my HP. So, I made them more compact and more strongly but it works so it’s fine. I felt the aching back for a second but I didn’t have time to rest with the bat riders’ continuous assault of exploding bottles, the wyvern riders are also approaching from my side and above.

I used my left hand as spring and pushed upward to dodge an attacked from below.

Even with multiple barriers, the attacked went through and broke it all. It just shows how powerful the current enemies are. When I tried to maneuver myself on attacking using my right hand, it already retreated and out of my reach but the ones attacking on my side had managed to come close.

I twisted my body to avoid the flying beast but I didn’t manage to avoid the attack completely.

The superheated spear had grazed my armor and had pierced it easily. The armor didn’t even offer any resistance from the attack. The attacking power is just too high for the armor to work. I felt the skin in my stomach and my back, got grazed and burned by the spear. I also felt the heat invaded my body but the Gamers body prevented further feedback of the damage.

While the two attacks from my side are still happening, the attacks from above are already approaching, by the time the two wyvern rider had passed me by half a meter, the spear of the enemy from above had stab my foot and had dragged me with it.

I can feel the pain in my foot. It burns and aches that even with the gamers body stopping the response of the pain, it still completely manage to block all pain that I continuously feel while the spear is stabbed through my left leg.

The wyvern rider had raised his spear and together with it, I was dangled up in the air and brought my body towards its face. Its face is hidden by a rather thick helmet that I can only see its eyes. I also notice the clothing’s of the Crc had change. It wears now heavy armor with thick furs, layered around it. The armor around the mouth area of the orc had parted ways and I saw its big mouth roars.

“GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”

I feel the heat from its mouth and I see his saliva, drooling from his mouth. A bubbling manga is starting to come out of its throat and its preparing for a breath attack.

I can feel in my face from the breath but I didn’t stop from attacking, I used my right hand and punched his head. It exploded in particles and I was left falling down thanks to gravity but my left foot would be useless.

Disabled (Left Leg) under disabled negative status effects are Shattered Bones, Damaged Muscles and Severed Nerves and Blood vessels. It made my left leg completely useless but I’m thankful for the enemies superheated weapon. It burned the insides which prevent another negative status effect, Bleeding.

I used my telekinesis to move the disabled leg but it would just add up to my sustained active skills.

As I’m falling, the enemies surrounding me are already approaching fast; they are far too fast for me to fight them in their territory. I can try to catching them but I would burn my energy fast. I would need to retreat and fight on safer grounds.

I create a Barrier and used it as a stepping stone. I cling to it using my left hand and angled my jumped but an enemy had accelerated fast that it broke through the barrier. I lose my footing and a burning spear is approaching, I angled my body around it but the wyvern rider swiped his spear horizontally, I tried to duck below the strike but because I’m so busy with the opponent, in front of me, I’m late to counter attack against the enemy from below.

“Gah” I received an electric shock from below and I didn’t manage to fully react against the enemies swing and I got hit and thrown further down. But my location of drop is not the place I indented too. I’m falling into the mass of Giant Grunts.

They already stand around 2 meter tall when I first saw them but now, they are around 13 – 15 meters tall. The houses around the area are being ignored, when they bulldozed through it, to just reach me with their giant mace and Morningstar.

Barbaric Orc

Grunt

LVL 87

HP 11150

The grunts are the basic warrior soldiers of the Orc clan. They are used to pillage and capture human settlements”

Status:

Strength: 110

Endurance: 98

Agility: 16

Luck: 8

Trait:

Brute: Ignore damage receives and would continue attacking until the unit is dead.

Iron Skin: Halves Physical Damage Received

Savage: doubles attack speed in exchange for halving the accuracy.

Ability:

Berserker Strength: Doubles strength and Physical Defense.

Primal Roar: Increase strength and defense of friendly unit.

Attack:

Full Swing: This unit uses its weapon to attack the enemy with all its strength.

Resistance: Physical Attack

“ROAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!” The grunt where I was aimed to be thrown roars and every grunt in the area follows. A deafening blast echoes in the city and can probably be heard by nearby city.

The roar of the green monsters didn’t stop from the landing vicinity. It spreads all throughout the nearby streets and spreads forth through the whole city. Every humanoid monsters in the city answers to the call and they respond. This begins the hunt.

I need to run!

I stopped my motion by layering multi layered barrier in front of me, making each of them stronger and thicker and with little gap in between. I slammed into it and broke some of them but I was finally stopped when I broke nearly half of them.

I need to escape!

I can feel them approaching.

It’s a good thing that grunts are all about brutish strength. I would probably receive a fatal damage from of those swings. I better evade and plan my movement.

When I bent down onto the barrier, I felt an attack from above. I didn’t bother to know that the flyers are started throwing their concoction and spears at me. I can also see an upcoming huge spear aimed at me.

Even the headhunters had become bigger. They are around 8 – 10 meters with spears that is made of 7 meter thick steel body and a 3 meter long pointed blade. The spear looks scary, and its color is pure black up to the tip of the blade.

I didn’t bother to be cautious of my energy and just pump 400 Energy on each leg.

I manage to evade the attack from above and to my immediate surrounding but I’m still not safe, the grunt is faster than my normal speed but I’m still faster with a bit of air manipulation, where I reduced the wind resistance against me. They will surely surround me at this pace so I used dash away to further escape.

The area where I landed is alien to me. I’m sure I’m sure I’m around Hokkaido but I don’t know the exact location. I can see the sea when I’m falling so I’m probably either in Soya or Okhotsk area. The area I’m in is in residential area but the roads are wide and the houses aren’t that many. The terrain is plain and most of the lands are for agricultural use. I can’t hide here in an open area. It would be easy to dodge and move around in the open area but it’s not only advantageous to me but for my opponents too, though I notice now that the enemies aren’t as many when they are smaller. Their number is still large but it can’t be compared to when they are small. Their numbers right now is probably around 80 to 100 at most. It can’t be compared to ant like numbers, when they are as small as humans.

Still, even if their numbers isn’t that many, they are still far stronger and have more diversified skills.

I run around the open area and when a grunt stands in front of me, I evade to the side and punch the extending fist with my right hand.

They are far larger and faster but having a smaller body would still be advantageous in this battle, though I fear if those fist hits me. The grunts fist alone is bigger than me and when it hits the ground it creates crater and their weapons produce shockwaves that can throw me off the ground if I’m not careful.

After taking care of the one blocking me, I dodge to the side, and then a large beam of lightning went through a second after I move from it. The shaman’s control over lightning had become stronger.

I didn’t stop after dodging the attack and start dashing away again. A swarm of locust is coming. They are following me with precise control. I look around for the source and I saw the witch doctor can now even control insects to do its bidding. And the insects aren’t ordinary insects. Everything that the swarm touches was eaten away. Even the earth or tree was being eaten fast and only leaving gouges of earth on the ground and trunks in the tree.

Demon Enchanter

Witch Doctor

LVL 87

HP 9705

MP 8750/10170

The healer and demon worshiper of the clan. Its mere presence in the battle field boosts the morale of the clan and brought despairs on the enemy.”

Status:

Strength: 58

Endurance: 67

Agility: 41

Magi: 98

Luck: 8

Trait:

Healing Aura: Friendly unit that are near the unit will have faster regeneration.

Soul Gatherer: Whenever a unit dies, this unit can sacrifice their soul to the demons and restore its mana.

Ability:

Voodoo Doll: Amplify the damage received of the target

Healing Wave: Heals nearby unit with each wave of energy.

Agent of Beelzebub: Calls the deadly swarms that follows the king of fly and control them to attack, defend or support the clan.

Attack:

Poison Flask: Unique Skill of the unit. The unit throws a bottle full of poisonous substance.

This is bad but manageable… is what I want to think

They are faster which is why I need to be faster too but I’m consuming energy far too fast. I can’t even use it to fire counter attacks from afar.

It’s also didn’t help that they just ignore it.

I tried launching a Burning Twisted Partisan, Charged Drill Partisan and even the Compact Drill Partisan are being either deflected or outright ignored. This running juggernaut just ignored my attacks from afar.

I need to hide.

My breathing is becoming erratic and my skin is paling. I’m not getting enough oxygen.

I want to curse but I don’t have time. The oxygen in the area is being burned faster with the way the wyvern rider and bat rider keep making thinks burn and explode.

I would die here.

I need to escape.

Charging for another explosive dash but before I used it to dash away, I was forced to dodge massive spears, that were thrown by the headhunters. As I was dodging, I didn’t notice the upcoming burning mortars from above.

City Destroyer

Demolisher

LVL 83

HP 8600

It hurls molten rocks against its enemy.

Status:

Strength: D

Endurance: 30

Agility: 5

Luck: 15

Trait:

Peon: Has an aid that loads the demolisher with rocks

Wooden Construction: The body is sturdy but it’s made up of wood and steel.

Ability:

Burning Oil: The hurled rocks was burned until its melting and turned into magma.

Attack:

Burning Mortar: Unique skill for this unit. It hurls molten rocks towards its enemy.

Weakness:

Fire

I was being led! Is what Touma thought.

Charging for another explosive dodge to get out of the situation at hand, Touma didn’t expect for chains to start sprouting from underground and ended up tying him in place.

“What!?” Touma was shocked and confused, where did this come from?

Looking around for a split second, he spotted them. The ones who also manage to entangle him and drag him to the mini-boss, last time they dive into the altered world.

Swift Blade

Raider

LVL 89

HP 9600

The raiders are the saboteurs of the clan. They are experts in every terrain battle and can are good at capturing their pray.”

Status:

Strength: 76

Endurance: 35

Agility: 98

Luck: 14

Trait:

Veteran: Masters in the battlefield. They know how to maneuver the troops and their own to have advantage against their enemies.

Speed Demon: In flat terrain, their speed are tripled in an even terrain, their speed is double.

Ability:

Steel Chain: Can entangle enemies from afar, they can use it to drag their enemies from above to the ground or bind an enemy from afar, so they can’t escape. They can also use it to drag their opponents to their ranks.

Attack:

Exploding Slash: Unique skill of the unit. The units sword is unique that whenever it meets its enemy, the enemy will received additional damage, aside from slash damage, they will received exploding damage that were meant to bring structures down.

Resistance: Slash Type Attacks.

It stands around the same height of the grunt but its mounted on a massive black wolf, so the actual unit is probably smaller. The body is fully armored by black leather armor with a massive fur around its body. It has huge steel helmet that covers its whole head and one can only see a glimpse of its eyes from the slits on its helmet. It carries a massive silver blade on its right arm. The blade is even larger than the rider but he can wield it like it’s nothing and even the massive wolf, doesn’t feel the weight of the monster blade.

They are around 5 of them and they keep on pilling steel chains on me. Looking up above, I can see the mortars, burning spears, exploding concoction and massive spears approaching.

I tried dispelling the chains with my right hand but they just do it over.

I can only time my movement in one go.

Charging my legs for anther explosive dash, I brought my right hand above and swipe every chains from up to below and when everything was dispel, I dash to the side before another batch was latch unto me.

What I didn’t expect is when I was when I’m moving an electrical cage was surrounding me.

Lightning Caller

Shaman

LVL 88

HP 9595

MP 9400/10225

Calls forth the storm to destroy and traps the enemies and empowers the units from the Orc race”

Status:

Strength: 64

Endurance: 53

Agility: 59

Magi: 94

Luck: 8

Trait:

Storm Caller: Calls forth natural lightning to create defensive shield around the unit.

Ability:

Blood Lust: Awakens the inner animalistic of the Orc. It triples the attack speed but doubles the received damage.

Purge: Curse the target with lightning current. It electrifies the nervous system of the target and slows their movement down.

Lightning Cage: Traps an opponent within a electrified field.

Attack:

Lightning Bolt: Hurls lightning charge attacks.

Lightning Spear: Hurls a massive stream of lightning attack

Weakness:

Water

“Wa-graaaaaaaa!. KABOOM!” I was shocked, then electrocuted and then I was thrown back by the massive concentration of attacks. I feel my body aches and the massive grunts are approaching. But I was Paralyzed and can’t move. I can dispel this if it’s a curse or a magic attack but it’s not. It’s my nervous system shutting down because of the massive influx of electricity that hits my body. I can recover myself by using my own manipulation of electricity to counter it but I’m tired.

I’m tired.

I want to sleep.

I have done enough right?

What am I fighting for again?

Why do I feel that I’m forgetting something?

[Brat, is that all you can do? Did that little shock had given you amnesia or you’re just proving me that you’re really a defective product] I heard an annoying voice that I keep hearing for months now. I know who he is and I often plead for his help, but he still continues to refuse on helping me.

He keeps calling me “Defective Product”

[I’m tired now old man, if you’re not going to help then shut up.] Is what Touma said to the voice inside that whispers mocking words, every time it spokes

[What about your friend? have you forgotten her already just because of the overwhelming odds? Your disappointing and a defective product won’t be enough to label something like you. You’re just a trash] A heavy dose of venom can be felt leaking from the voice ask

[Friend?…!] What am I doing! How can I forget the reason I’m here just because of oversized monsters. They are still the same, they just become more annoying than ever.

[It looks like you still have some fight in you] the voice tone had change but it’s still full of mockery and disdain.

[Fine brat, I will help you from now on. With my help, the great old me, can recycle a garbage and turn it into a usable product] his voice is still mocking but there is a little warmth that can feel from it

[Call my name brat and we will destroy your enemy but just remember, even if I help you. It won’t change anything if you can’t take that one last step] still full of mockery and disdain, this old man had decided to help but he still doesn’t acknowledge me a bit as the current clan head. The same can be said for the previews leaders. They can’t believe that the clan would stand so low that they will entrust it into a human abomination.

[Shut up old man, if you’re going to help then shut up and help me!. Let’s turn this battlefield into wasteland!]

Using 1000 energy on the skill and with Koku’s form of power, the seventh form of power [Flash Cast], it ignores the preparation time, charging time or chanting needed for the skill to be used. One just needs to provide the necessary energy for the skill.

I can’t stand but I can feel the power. I compress the greater storm energy bomb and put all the energy needed to fire its maximum charge.

Above me is an ethereal form an eastern dragon. The dragon isn’t massive and it’s only around the size of an adult human with the length of around 5 meters. Its head had several horns and it has one massive eye and a big mouth full of sharp teeth and a slithered coiling tongue.

KOKU! [Flash Cast] Compress then Fire!”

The eye shines and power surge forth. Its massive mouth opens and inside of it is the Greater Storm Energy Bomb being compressed (which cost an additional 1000 energy usage) and was launch into the enemy in the form of massive laser beam.

In this world where only night can be experience and the only light that can be seen from above the sky and the horizon was from the enemies that continuously bombarding my frail and bloody body.

A massive beam of energy was fired north and was drag clockwise.

Then massive explosions were felt around me and the darkness of the night was blown away.

From the darkness there was light

Just wait for me Rin!


In between lines “Shibuya Rin”

“I’m scared, Touma where are you” Rin was scared… she is terribly scared and she’s heartbeat is fast and she is currently curled up and shaking beside Beldum who become stronger and is now Metang, in her human form.

They are currently in an unknown place where the floor is made of steel and above them is covered in glass. But the glass is not an ordinary glass, it can withstand the countless explosion that shakes the place and even the steel floor is remain unscathed even with the entire massive explosion occurring.

The place is unknown to the girls that continuously trying to hurt the demon but all their efforts so far are futile.

Metang who is beside Rin is also protecting her but Rin can’t find courage inside of her to care on what’s happening around her.

“Touma… where are you” She is currently unable to think clear and can only shakes and hide her face in her hips that she is currently hugging.

Metang who is beside her, is also carrying the crying Mittelt and she is trying to make her stop crying but with how loud the surrounding, her attempt is futile and she can only lament their current situation.

“Uwwaaa uwaaa” The crying Mittelt can be heard but it only intensifies Rin’s shaking.

The crying baby doesn’t help the situation. It only made Rin become more scared.

“hahahaha!” It also didn’t help that Rin can heard the laugh of that demon.

Rin can still remember the face of the demon that hunts her nightmare yesterday.

She didn’t manage to sleep and can only silently cry in her bed. She doesn’t want to worry her parents and she believes in Touma.

Touma would protect her but where is he now?

“Touma you liar…” Rin can only continue to sob and cry.

Rin can still remember the first time they met or rather, the first time she can think and remember of her own.

Touma had already met Rin when she was just a baby and can’t think for her own.

It’s been more than a year since they met, but Rin can only remember it as only a year.

[Flashback]

She was brought by her father to visit a friend.

A lonely but trusted friend that her father assured will be her first true friend.

Rin was scared at first when he first saw him.

His eyes are cold and her voice is emotionless.

Rin is really scared of him but her father assured him that it’s fine.

His father introduced her to him and he only nods and he continues to what he is doing.

Her father had gone to the kitchen and prepared to make a meal and he left her together with the cold boy.

He doesn’t look away from the book that he is looking at.

Since he is not going to say anything, Rin decides to ask him what he is doing.

He said he is Reading.

He is reading.

He should be the same age as her but he is already reading the book.

Rin doesn’t understand it back then that he is reading and she only thinks that he is looking at the picture book but when he saw that there is no picture at it. She was confused but since he is not talking, she lost interest at him.

Rin had decided to play on her own.

She had brought her favorite doll with her to play with and play she did.

She sat beside the wall and uses some of the books, laying around as a seat for her favorite doll.

She occasionally looks at the cold boy but he still continues to do his so called reading but it’s a boring book and there are no pictures in it.

Her father is still busy in the kitchen so she just continues on playing.

Rin is busy at playing that she doesn’t notice that the top shelf of the book shelf is shaking.

Her father also didn’t notice it but the cold boy notice.

“RIN!” the cold boy shouted.

Rin was startled and look at the cold boy but what surprise her was his eyes weren’t cold anymore.

There was emotion in his eyes.

A warm emotion that shows worry… his worried for her.

She didn’t understand what’s happening but the warm boy and her father knows.

The warm boy, Touma had stopped the books and shelf from falling over her by using his telekinesis.

His father was thankful and rushes to hug her and take her away from the falling books and shelf which Touma then put down slowly.

The cold boy that suddenly turn warm, looks at her and his eyes still reflect such warmth that made Rin feel warm inside, but it only lasted a few second and his eyes return to that cold lonely eyes.

From then on, Rin would try to make the cold boy feel warm again.

She would continuously ask for him to play with her.

She drags him to his garden and play tag.

He often frowns at first but then he complies and runs with her.

We played in the garden, the backyard and even the rice field.

We chase insects, I forced him to play house with me and I’m the mama and he is the papa but he just usually frowns but its fine because I know his not called.

When I accidentally trip, he will run fast and catch me.

When we’re playing under the tree and a branch broke, he will cover for me.

When we’re going to out and play and suddenly it rains, he will always have umbrella for us to use.

When we’re we bought ice cream together and the wind suddenly blows strong and I drop my ice cream, he will give me his ice cream.

When an animal suddenly attacks, he will shield me

When we’re playing in the park and the chair we’re sitting on suddenly broke, he will catch me.

And many more events that happen in this short year, he will be there always.

[Flashback End]

When we’re together I felt safe, he is my knight and shining armor and he will always protect me…

Always….. But he isn’t here….

He wasn’t able to protect me from the demon that is currently laughing up above…

“Touma… I’m scared” Rin continues to sob and tremble.

She feels lonely and scared without his trusted knight beside her.

Up above her, she can hear the laugh of the demon.

“hahaha, this is interesting. You dolls had become suddenly become strong and it’s only been 5 hours since he goes out to that place. Forcing him to move out of his safe haven, sure force to boy to become strong”

“Why you!” Charmander or in this case, she can probably be called, Charmeleon now. She is currently in human form but her change in strength is clear for the demon to see.

Charmeleon can control now larger and more intense flames. Flames dances around the steel structure and tried to capture the demon but the demon just disperse it. Even if the flame is huge and thick, it becomes useless when the heat energy was converted into pure energy and was absorbed by the demon.

The 5 to 10 meter thick flame pillar dances around the area but a blast of energy beam from one of the cannons that surround the blue demon, was enough for it the flames to be blast away.

“Take this” Larvitar that had also become stronger and can be called now Pupitar was also in human form. All of them are in human form. She converts the energy around into solid matter. Solid earth was formed around her and it launches to the white demon but the white demon just sliced it with its vibrating massive blade. The stone pillars had also become sturdier and more compact. Pupitar had sacrificed the size for more fire power. She compresses it into thin spikes that surround the white demon but a barrier was form that blocks everything.

The white demon suddenly speeds up and raised its blade but a huge tornado blows it away. Pidgey who is now Pidgeotto, creates several massive tornado and are blowing away the two demons.

Pidgeotto also learns a new move where he compress the gas and with the help of Mareep, now turn into Flaaffy. A huge discharge of electricity heated up the gas molecules and it became ionized plasma. Pidgetto with the help of Flaaffy fired a rain of Plasma onto the two demons that protect the demon mother but the blue demon counters it by firing its sets of huge beam attacks.

The battle had continued like this for hours and it cause massive explosion everywhere.

But nothing still touches the demon but the girls aren’t tiring but instead, they feel they are getting stronger.

They had connection with the main body but with the altered world, it’s hard to make a solid reading but they feel that Touma is getting stronger and more desperate.

It’s been 5 hours already and its only 3 more hours before the sun starts showing up itself in the horizon.

They made a call to Rin’s father before they leave, but it’s only delaying it.

Touma needs to find the cure.

“Hmm… I wonder if the boy had finally taken the last step to move forward. You girls clearly had become strong but it’s still useless. It still won’t be enough to scratch those who laugh down on the humans. He needs to go further in. Furthermore into the abyss and search for the answer in his question. His reason in living is right in front of him but he still questions it. That boy is dense and naïve” The demon can only shakes her head while laughing.

“Well, let’s enjoy our time more. There are still 3 more hours before his deadline” The demon then raised her broadsword up and it became segmented. She then uses it to slash against the summons of Touma but they just protect themselves by thick solid earth and Metang also helps here and there by creating a solid black reinforce steel as protection.

The attack creates shockwaves and further shakes more the structure.

It only made Rin more scared and she can’t help but shakily repeats calling out her knight that is currently missing.

“Touma… where are you…” Rin continuesly sobs and cries while silently calls for Touma.

If Rin would only look up and see pass the thick glass that is currently above her, she will only see darkness.

Darkness and void.

But in the far distant one can see small lights in the endless darkness and few colorful objects.

But if one carefully examines the darkness outside the glass protection, one can spot another object that is far closer than the distant small lights or colorful objects.

Just by looking at the side of the glass protection, one can spotted a huge object that is majorly color blue with some green and white.

But Rin is not looking up and she is too scared to even care, so she is not aware on where she is and the same can be said for the girls that are currently fighting desperately to hurt the demon that torments Rin.


Part 43

Currently Touma is now in the foreign lands of Russia.

If Touma is an ordinary child, then he would be probably be weeping and whining about his misfortune but he isn’t.

Touma can’t believe that his first time setting foot in foreign lands is in this dark and gloomy, altered world.

Touma is not sure on what’s the name of the land, but its north of Okhostk and if he knew the world map, he will knew that in reality, he is in the lands of Sakhalin.

The Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia, being 948 kilometer long and 25 to 170 kilometer wide. Its land area is 72, 492 km2.

He is in the southern part of the island. Its terrain is plain with some small hills around the area. It has few trees and the area where he was forced to land was atop a cliff.

He became desperate because its only 1 hour left and he still haven’t found the item that would cure Rin.

So he force his way through the traitorous sea that are full of monsters big monsters that controls water and shots huge harpoons at him.

He evaded a huge canon of water from a huge sea monster that resembles a kraken form the myth but his energy had run out, and he force to land in the foreign soil.

But he just enters the foreign land and the welcoming parties of huge monsters are already swarming around him.

With low in energy and rations, he can only run around them and rely on his trusted right hand to save the day.

The enemies are the same size as the one in Hokkaido but the levels are different. The armors are also different with the armors, they use now are colored red and yellow with the theme of more knightly, than the samurai armor that Touma notice in the mini boss and boss of Japan.

While, there size didn’t change, their level and strength are vastly different now.

Their levels are around level 100 and above.

He also can’t see the numbers now but letters.

Letters used to represent the estimated status.

Those are alien to him because he doesn’t understand its meaning.

He is constantly using Scan and it’s leveling up nicely which helps to give him an estimate of the meaning behind the letters but it only made him scared because the gap in strength is huge.

Status System

Ranks

E RankRanges from 100 – 250

D RankRanges from 250 – 500

C RankRanges from 500 to 750

B RankRanges from 750 to 1000

A RankRanges from 1000 to 1500

And EX for values that can’t be determined currently.

Additional rule is when the letter has the symbol of [ + ] beside it.

signifies that the status can be doubled in given situation BUT having in the status meant that it will be raised into the power of 4.

With every addition of in the status, it would become the signifier of how many times the base status can be raised.

And currently, he has been thrown by the shockwave produced by a Grunt with the title of Warrior Orc and has a strength of E+

He isn’t hit by the huge sword of the grunt but the impact of the attack cause a huge shockwave that hits him and he was thrown to the rocky area.

This is bad. This is what Touma is currently feeling.

There is no time to rest and his stamina and energy are in red zone while his HP is still in yellow zone.

There are three changes when the HP, STA and EN enter a certain percentage.

The label for the three would be green if it’s Full or above 50%

Yellow if its 50% below but above 20%

It would turn Red if it’s under 20%

Every time he returns back to the real world, he would only hide into a dark area and will return immediately.

He hasn’t actually returned home for more than a month now and his rations from Pray are already used up.

He manage to acquire new type of recovery items and equipment but the evasive Remedy or Elixir is still can’t be find.

But he had received the quest.

It meant that it’s possible to get Remedy.

He just needs to hunt down the enemy that would drop it.

“Pant…pant…inhale… exhale” Taking a huge amount of oxygen. Touma rolls away from an attack from above but he was still thrown away when it exploded. The normal burning spears of the Wyvern Riders had now further evolved and are now a jet stream of burning ray.

This altered world is insane.

Touma is just realizing it more when he had left Fuyuki and begun his hunt outside of his home town.

He also had find Gems and Jewels, aside from the normal reward.

The money had also change from Yen to Russian Ruble.

His money in the inventory didn’t change and are still Yen. He just received a new number below the Yen, indicating the number of Ruble, he received.

He also has a number indication for the amount of Copper, Silver, Gold, and Diamond, he currently owned and it’s found about the Yen indicator.

His ability is becoming weirder but he doesn’t have time to ponder about it.

“Guh” Standing up fast, he creates a single moon step and uses it as a jumping pad to reach the approaching Grunt, to evade the approaching blade, he creates additional step to step on.

He is not creating barriers around him now and just decides to conserve the energy to be used for additional exploding dash or to create a moon step.

He pass through the blade and reels his right fist the Grunt glares at him and roars but he ignores it and punches through the solid helmet of the grunt. It disperses and he begun to fall but instead of falling, he created another moon step and uses it as launch pad to go after the nearing grunts and raiders.

The raiders are moving far too fast now for him to perceive normally. It has E rank agility now and is moving far too fast but with an increase in Wisdom. His mind had become clearer and he can finally see the blur that he can’t perceive before.

Brain Charger

A highly charge brain that can react and issue commands fast in any given situation. It speeds up the processing power of the brain to easily react in any given time

Effect:

Current conversation is 1 second – 500 seconds

Increase Resistant to Supernatural Damage by 50%

Increase Elemental Damage of Special attack by 50%

Increase Regeneration of Energy by 150%

Note:

Brain Booster requires 150 WIS

When Touma returns to the real world, he was forced to use every little time to sleep and restore his damage body. Which cause him precious time of hunting the item but it would cause him more if he didn’t recover his severed and damage limbs.

When his enemy had become far too fast for him to see, he was forced to enhance his wisdom after increasing his intelligence. It also allows him to received new and upgraded skills for the wisdom line.

His energy regeneration had become faster but it’s still hard when he became too much reliant on it, to increase his speed.

Status”

Orc Destroyer

“Kusanagi” Touma

Level – 83

HP – 3840/8420

STA – 1670/8360

EN – 1890/11310

STR – 13

DEX – 15

VIT – 12

INT – 301

WIS – 101

LUCK – EX

STATUS POINTS – 31

Currently equipped Title: Orc Slayer

Increase damage to Orc Race by 150%

Increase Critical damage against Orc Race by 500%

Increase Critical change against Orc Race by 50%

Increase attack rate to Orc Race by 75%

Increase dodge rate to Orc Race by 75%

Increase insight to Orc Race by 75%

Increase defense against Orc Race by 75%

Increase movement speed when facing Orc Race by 50%

Touma’s speed of growth overwhelms him that he didn’t notice that he is receiving insane experience while spamming Koku around Hokkaido.

He wants to evolve his current skill list but the importance of Cripple and Amplify damage can’t be currently changed. If he evolved it, then it would surely become stronger but it would take some time and it’s not something to be used against superior enemies.

He didn’t mind evolving his summoned beings and concentration but not the Cripple and Amplify Damage.

Touma didn’t also notice when he had received the new upgraded title but it helps so he uses it. He became so used to attacking orcs, that the only way for them to kill him is their overwhelming number and difference in strength.

He also receives new ability after reaching 300 in intelligence.

He thought that after Deca Core, it would be Dodeca but it didn’t.

He received a totally new one.

A monster and game changer ability.

Super Computer [25 Parallel Processor]

The ability to process multiple calculations at the same time, it shows the benchmark of being stronger and mastering one’s ability as an Esper.

Effect:

The ability to use 25 offensive skills at the same time without time delay between each use

The ability to put 24 additional commands strings onto one another over an offensive skill to alter the nature of the skill

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Stop and Delay.

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Compress and Explode.

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Boost and Divide

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Absorb and Control

Energy consumption was reduced by 25% during skill invocation.

Grants increase of 500% regeneration of Energy

Grants increase of 250% damage deal of all Special Attack

Required:

Super Computer [50 Parallel Processor]requires 500 INT

Touma can’t imagine what the 500 INT would do and what changes wisdom would give if he upgrades it to 300 too but that is for some other time.

Right now his pressed for time limit and he doesn’t have time to play around.

Running in the wide plains of Sakhalin, his evading the bombardment of the enemy form above, he isn’t even looking at them anymore.

Even if the gap of strength and level is high, they aren’t a threat to him anymore.

He became so used to their attacking pattern that it only improve and become dangerous. Unless they do something unexpected and caught him off guard, he will survive this but the problem is not surviving but finding the item.

Running and dashing from one enemy to the other.

Killing and more killing, he had been so used in seeing them either disperses in light particles of become vaporize from Koku’s attack.

KOKU! [Flash Cast] Compress then Fire!”

That attack had cost me 2000 energy but its fine; I can get it fast now.

Attacking and destroying the headhunters and the supports are the priority.

Not allowing them to join the fray would make it easier for me to deal with the grunt and raiders.

The raiders might be fast, but I can follow them now.

I can see now the sprouting Chains which the raiders hide from below, I can also react now to evade or counter it. Those sneak attacks are useless now.

After avoiding the chains and when they notice that it’s useless. They will then charge in. Breaking the sound barrier and leaving behind craters and sonic boom, in the eyes of the normal. They just instantly appear in front of me but I know, I can see and follow them.

Dodging the attack by side stepping and dashing forward, I first punched the giant wolf and when it disperse, usually the rider atop would lose its mount and fall but the raiders aren’t that easy to be beaten by something like that.

When they lose their mount, they will jump high and raise their sword up and bring it down to me fast but its fine.

I won’t survive the attack if I block it but I just side step it and brought my arms up as a guard.

I was blasted away by the huge attack but I get what I needed.

I absorbed the kinetic energy from the impact.

I’m not as proficient as master.

She can absorb and convert matter in 100% ration but I can only do 10% to 20% at best.

But it’s enough, the attacking power from that attack is massive and if it hits me, I would receive at least around 3000 damage from the strength of the enemy, to the power of the swing, added up the force of gravity to the equation.

It would hurt but it can be endured. I manage to received and restore 300 energy points from that attack and the damage is further reduced by other damage reducer skills.

I also received new skills from Vitality line.

A damage reducer skill

Resistant Skin Level 27 EXP: 78% Passive

The skin had become resistant in receiving damage.

Effect:

Reduced damage received by 13.5%

Note:

Increased damage reduction by .5% for every level

And a useful passive regeneration skill

Healthy Heart Level 24 EXP: 54% Passive

Skill that increase passive regeneration of health and stamina

Effect:

Increase regeneration of HP and STA by 48%

Note:

Increased regeneration by 2% for every level

I have another damage reducer skill and with this skill, the 2700 damage is further reduced.

My natural defense isn’t actually helping in reducing the damage. The gap is just too big for it to make any difference so I rely more on the skill I received.

It’s still dangerous for me to tank any heavy damage but I know that I’m getting stronger.

The current level of gamer ability is now also Level 3 but currently, I don’t have time to experiment or find out the difference it made after leveling up.

I just know that I can manipulate and control my acquired skills more easily.

I also manage to get hydro kinesis while forcing my ways through the high seas.

It also saves me a lot of energy in not just dashing from Japan to this island.

The railgun makeshift transportation can’t be done because of the enemy is far stronger than the starting city so I was forced to brute force my way through the open seas but thanks to that, I acquired to ability to control water. While drowning and being dragged under the water.

And with the additional ability to control the elements, I have now a total of 6 summoned beings and one of them is now helping me in fighting against the horde of giant orcs.

“Seadra! Whirlpool!” My seadra that stands behind me had its eyes glow and the water by the sea starts to form a spiral formation and it was then stretch upwards. A cyclone was formed in the water and it then manipulated to hit the group of Demolishers by the hill top.

“Seadra, keep on firing water canon against the enemy and one had come too close use hydro canon. Don’t hold back and just continue in attacking!” I ordered her and she answers with a cry and the water from sea are being drag from it and start forming pillars of water that strikes the grunts that tries to attack me from behind.

The human form of Seadra has the same height of me and the other girls. She has blue shoulder length hair and sky blue eyes. She wears a one piece white and blue polka dots dress with knee length skirts. She also has a blue collar ribbon with a flower accessory. She also has blue ribbons tied in her hands and has flower hair clips as hair accessory.

I don’t know yet Seadra’s personality but from what I observe, she signifies my happiness?

Touma can’t figure it out that much but she is the jovial type of summon.

If Charmeleon is my desire to play games

Flaaffy is my competitiveness

Metang is my diligence in taking care of what are mine and the others

Pidgeotto is what left of my childhood innocence because no matter what, if I didn’t pick that book when I’m just 5 months old. I might have the chance of living a normal life for few years before I was trusted to this side of the world.

And Pupitar is my desire to read books.

I wonder what the personalities of others will be.

After killing a bunch of orcs and remaking the terrain of the island the first mini boss had shown up or rather, the first group of mini boss.

[This is new] is what Touma currently thought, they usually just appear one by one then it doubles and more comes after killing some more but now, there was already a bunch of holes in the sky that are gathering of what remains from the slaughtered orcs.

A group of 5 blade master is spawning at the same time.

The Noble Warrior

Blademaster

Level 114

HP 159000

MP 77000

The elite fighting force of the Orc race. It stands at the top of the melee fighting force. It leads the horde of Orcs to countless battles and stands at top of the corpses of the fallen allies and enemies.”

Status:

Strength: D

Endurance: E

Agility: D

Magic: E

Luck: E

Trait:

Tempered Steel: It’s a veteran warrior that knows the weakness of its opponent like the back of his palm. Each strike is aimed to kill and maim. It boosted the critical damage of the unit.

Tempered Skin: The skin had hardens through countless battle and the due to that, the damage received reduced.

Ability:

Shadow Clone: Can conjured solid bodied illusions with a maximum number of 1 per 10 levels. The only weakness of the clone is its life is only 1/10 of the original.

Extreme Speed: Triples the speed when fighting in plain terrain

Keen Edge: Increase reaction time from attacks and increase chance of counters.

Attack:

Bladestorm: A unique skill for the unit. The unit spins his giant blade around him and causes a massive tornado that sucks and cuts the nearby opponent.

Omnislash: A unique skill for the unit. Multiple slash attacks that can’t be blocked or evaded by the target.

Resistance: Slash and Blunt type Damage

“Well, this is interesting” I whisper while waiting for the inevitable death match.

My legs are trembling and my body is bruised and beaten. I at least haven’t gotten myself another severed or burned limbs but it’s probably just a matter of time.

Fighting 5 blademasters that has D rank in Agility would surely be tiring.

Sigh… I’m just trying to not think on how disadvantageous I’m right now.

Pray might be right, I’m just running away and right now, I’m running away from reality… beating five of those would be extremely hard and I still haven’t found the Remedy yet.

The blademasters are start appearing one after another, its height isn’t that impressive if I compare it to the Grunts. Its height is probably around the Raider’s height but tis blade is one and half its size.

There would be nothing of me if that hits.

I would like the run, and my instinct and my brain and body is telling me to run.

It’s unwinnable if its 5 vs 1, If its 1 vs 1 then there is a chance, a 2 vs 1 is still believable but not 5 vs 1.

Sigh…

“Rin is waiting” I only repeat what I already knew. I need to wait for my energy to restore so I can only go for preemptive strike.

“Seadra cover me with Bubble Beam” Seadra then starts shooting bubbles after bubbles and its starts to block my view but its fine. With my senses working 24/7, the blademasters are like beacon of light in the night sky, with how powerful they are. They can’t hide from me.

I’m the one who would do the hiding.

Hiding my intent and controlling my breathing, I blend with the bubbles.

Walking slowly without makings sounds and just gliding around the bubbles, I get closer to the closer blade master but when I’m within striking range of its blade. The blademaster reaction and just like I expected, with just the swing of the blade that I evade by dodging to its side. The attack of the blademaster had managed to slice the terrain in half and it continues to move forward, until it hits the sea and the power still soars forth.

The attack is fast and when I’m trying to just take a step forward by lifting my right foot and move my body forward, the second attack is already approaching from my left.

They are already familiar with my right hand so they tried to counter it.

The idea of this monsters communicating with each other by an unknown method is also one of the troublesome factors in the altered world.

Even if it’s my first time in Russia, the enemies are already use to me.

[I wonder if they work as single entity] Touma ponders on such possibility.

A horizontal attack from the left is incoming and I tried to duck but a diagonal slash from right below is coming next. Using telekinesis, I drag myself to lean to the left and avoid the godly speed of the attack. It only manages to scrap my right biceps and shoulder but it’s not fatal to prevent movement.

As long as it’s still moving, I can continue.

After I manage to evade the upward slash, the blademaster had continue its momentum from the missing attack and it started spinning but before it completes its revolution, I put an explosive dash and punch through the body, effectively killing one of the blademaster but the attack from the blademaster had alerted the other blademasters and they entered the fray.

Two blademaster had emerge from the bubbles and they are in opposite with each other. Their blades are poised to strike and swing they did and right now, I’m thankful that I’m small.

The gap between the blades is only less than 50 centimeters apart but I’m just a small kid. I twisted my body and jump in between the fast horizontal swings that would have cut me into piece if it hits but I’m not letting this chance go.

With shaking right hand I raised it to dispel the blade from above and spin my small body and drag the stretch right hand to meet the blade from below.

Two blades disappear but the blademasters aren’t discouraged one bit. They retreat for a bit and I was force to dodge an attack from above.

The headhunters and shamans had revived themselves.

“Seadra hydro cannon!” I called out to my trustee ally that I left behind near the sea area to ask for help and she heard my call. Two pillars of water shoot out from the sea and drown away the annoying long range enemies but I was distracted for a second and that is all the remaining blademasters needs for them to attack.

“Omnislash!” one of the blademaster initiates its attack and he just vanished from his place and he appears behind me with the blade raised horizontally and aimed to bisect me.

[That is not pure speed! That is teleportation! And I can’t dodge] Touma is in pinch, his body is facing the hordes of long range support and even if he twist his body, he is not fast enough to turn around and block using his right hand.

Using barriers are useless against enemies that could dish out 3000 to 5000 damage with each swings of the sword and normally this would be enough to game over the gamer Touma but he can’t help but smile fearlessly.

He is against overwhelming odds and his chance of winning is slim to none but he felt right and alive here in the battlefield.

He doesn’t know why but fighting monsters and evil beings seems right to him but why?

Is that the reason for his living?

He doesn’t want to become a hero that’s for sure.

Hero dies alone in the end and he doesn’t want to die or be alo…..

His thoughts were cut off when the blade starts cutting his body in half.

The blade runs clean through his body and he was bisected into two and he should be having a sad smile now because he failed Rin but his smile didn’t falter.

“So master, is this enough? I did finally take that one step forward right?” Touma emerges from within the striking zone of the blademaster and the body that was cut was dispersed and burned into particles of light that were absorbed by Touma.

Touma had used the sixth form of power Rui to cause an illusion. He can’t use it very well but he can project a shell of illusion that distorts the view of the enemy making them hit the body double and not the actual target.

In reality, what the blademaster hit was just an open space where Touma positioned the projected image. It’s like a body double where his main body was position a meter or two from the body double. The enemy would view the body double as the actual body because it has weight, cause sounds and in every bit of sense alive. But that is because what they see is actually him but his actual body is just off few meters from where they see him.

The blade master tried to react and move away from Touma’s striking zone but without any wasted movement, Touma punched through the blademaster and it dispersed into specks of light that were also absorbed by Touma.

The blademaster’s omnislash might be a move that can’t be blocked or evade and it made the blademaster move in space and time but it won’t matter because for the blademaster’s attack to hit him, it needs to materialize in the same plane of existence where Touma is and if it were to materialize in the same place as him for the enemies attack to hit then the vice versa should also apply to Touma. If the enemy can hit him, then Touma should also be able to hit him too.

Relaxing for a split second, Touma was forced to dodge another attack from the incoming blademasters but this one is the ones who lost its weapon.

The remaining one who still wields its weapon is starting to use its other skill Bladestorm. It’s also starting to suck him in but he held firm. His HP is in red zone but his EN is regenerating fast with the dead blademaster being absorbed.

Behind Touma was 8 piece of hexagonal transparent panels. The 8 where arrange into 2 pairs of 4 hexagonal transparent panels that were attach with each other in diamond formation. The 2 pairs where then attach to his shoulder blades and they are glowing dimly. In the middle of each panel was a swirl of energy. The swirls of energy are sucking away the space around the panel which cause the space a bit distorted and it’s sucking away the light around it which cause the space behind Touma to darken but it also cause a different view to anyone who see it from afar. To those who can see it from afar would probably link it to the Milky Way. The area around it is full of darkness but in middle of the darkness was a speck of lights that formed a spiral formation.

This is Touma’s version of Aurora System.

Aurora System [Level 1]

This ability was created and modeled based from an alien technology. It’s a poor copy of the power of the legendary trees that the alien race raised and cultured to be their source of power.

Effect:

Energy Conversion

Converts Matter into pure energy and vice versa.

Energy to matter and matter to energy conversion

Conversion rate is only up to 20%

Reduced Total HP to only 25% of the Total Hp.

Required:

?

The aurora system is a dangerous ability. It let him absorbed the energy in his surrounding and convert it to an energy that he can use but the downsized is, it will reduced his life into one-fourth of its maximum.

Since, his life is already in the red zone he didn’t mind using it but using aurora system while in full health or is still in yellow zone, would probably be like wasting the HP he had.

This is also dangerous because his HP was reduced into one-fourth of its original and against enemies that can deal 3000 to 5000 damage in just one clean hit, he would die immediately if he got hit but that is the risk that Touma is willing to take to find the Remedy.

Master said that I’m afraid to take the final step and she was right.

She was right that I’m afraid in going against stronger opponents.

Opponents that could kill me easily if I made one mistake and I’m afraid of making mistakes.

I had made a lot of mistakes in the past that I want to correct but I can’t. It’s already in the past and I must learn to move forward but it doesn’t mean that I would forget them.

I would probably be a fool if I go fought monsters that can kill me with only one hit and I would probably not be risking my life right now if not for Rin.

Master is right and wrong in her assumption.

She is right that I’m afraid to die and I’m happy to feel that feeling.

It just meant that I’m still alive and breathing.

If I’m not feeling afraid from the idea of dying then maybe I’m not alive at all.

Maybe I’m just a machine if that were true.

My emotions are already controlled by my ability and being unable to even feel pain for that long or have normal emotions, make me feels that I’m just a machine but I’m not.

I’m still afraid to die and that is normal.

It’s humane and I’m happy to feel it.

I’m afraid to die but I must continue forward because a friend is waiting.

I’m a fool right now and maybe I’m the biggest fool of all.

Going out here, in these dangerous lands where enemies are at large, and they could kill me if I made a single mistake, only a fool would do it and I’m a fool for doing it.

My legs are trembling and my body is shaking. I can only curse myself because my reaction speed is becoming slower due to the trembling of my body and the enemies are plenty fast enough to take advantage of any split second mistake. The only way for me to overcome this disadvantage is to be forceful and ignore my body’s plea to run away.

Mind over Matter.

Were espers master, so why not just forced the trembling and scared body of mine to move against its will.

Its fine and I can fight with only my mind.

Even if my body is resisting against the command and my instinct to flee is ringing in, but its fine.

Mind over Matter.

Its fine if I’m out of tune and I’m probably won’t be able to truly master Pray’s martial arts because of this defect.

I’m defective product, that’s what Koku said.

Koku revealed that my ability isn’t perfect.

If The Gamers Mind is really working, I’m shouldn’t be feeling any emotion at all and would be completely calm even against overwhelming odds. But in reality, my body is shaking bad and I need to use Telekinesis to make it move.

That itself shows how defective the ability of mine.

Then I remember what Elder Shou had said.

The clan and researchers had been scared when Type 01 and Type 02 were stolen and they hasten my deployment.

I was never a finish product.

But thanks to that event, I’m able to feel a speck of emotions that make me feel alive.

Before, he felt that being a fool is something that he hated and it would just get him killed, he even vowed to not become like those foolish heroes that brave into stupid trials for the sake of their own goal but right now, right in the darkness and twisted world of Altered World.

Touma can’t help but call himself foolish too. A fool he is. But it’s fine.

It’s fine if I’m a fool that can only move his scared body by forcing it with his mind.

A friend is waiting and I’m not afraid to take over the world for it.

I won’t fail like I how I failed a certain someone.

Touma was confused, where that emotion came from.


In between lines “Kusanagi Pray”

The sun can already be seen in the horizon.

The Japan is called the land of rising Sun for a reason and it’s not just because the operation “Rising Sun” during the war or that in ancient Japan, the people didn’t know any lands in their east side and only knew from their western area which is China and Korea or because the islands are located east, where the sun rises.

True, it might have started when an envoy from Japan had disliked the name Wonguo or Wa and change it to Nippon or Origin of the Sun, when he presents himself to offer congratulations for the conquest of Koguryo and the name just had stuck to the people of Japan and is still being used until present time but one can’t deny the beauty of the rising sun, when its viewed in the land of Japan.

True, the location of Fuyuki is in Kumamoto Prefecture and it’s located in south western part of Japan and it won’t be the first to see the rising sun in the horizon but the view is still breathtakingly beautiful.

One can paint a thousand masterpieces just by seeing it raise a top of the horizon.

And with the cool breeze from the sea, one can just sit and relax while viewing the illuminating sun slowly rising up from the mountainous area.

But the residing residence of the Kusanagi household can’t help but worry.

Even Pray, the ever cold Pray is worry for the certain lad that dives into the abyss to find the item that might not even exist.

Pray is nervous and can’t help but message her aching temples. She felt cold and lonely and can’t help but feel that what if she sends the boy to die helplessly in that alien world? Will his body be return if he died there? She can’t help but think like that.

True, she pushes the idea forth because she became irritated of his progress and because of the brat that he worries more than her.

She became jealous because someone of her own flesh and blood is not looking at her again.

Looking up at the ticking clock at top at the wall beside the entrance, she can’t help but sigh heavily.

The girl is still shaking terribly and she is being comforted by the dolls of the boy.

The dolls have proven themselves adequate in her eyes. They become strong, sure, during the fight and they become more independent and know how to combine attacks. They also learned to cover for each other without anyone commanding them.

That itself is good in her eyes because when she observe the boy fight, he might issue a command first before the dolls made their move. Sure they can attack on their own but they are lost in the middle of the battle and can’t act accordingly during the pressure and that would be bad thing to do. It would get you killed if you just stand in the middle of a warzone.

Looking at them, she can’t help but smile.

They are calm and they are smiling. Its good news and it meant that the boy is alive but where is he is he is alive? It’s only few minutes before 6.

Would he be the type of hero that runs late during the action which leads to more damage and trouble because of said late hero?

She can’t have that.

He must new punctuality is something that must be followed strictly.

Currently, Pray is just sitting in one of the chairs in the dining area. She is currently wearing a white set of dress and had her left hand to support her head.

She can’t help but frown while looking at the sleeping baby in the middle of the dolls.

Even during the battle that girl that protects the baby, didn’t let her guard down for a second and she didn’t manage to procure the necessary blood samples.

Well, there would be next time.

Sigh….. Pray can’t help but sigh again because of nervousness. That boy would get a beating from me when he comes back. He is not allowed to make me feel like this. She then just rests her head in the table and look at the sun which can be seen from the open doors of the living area.

She sighs again and closes her eyes but she heard a click and the opening of the doors.

The dolls also reacted and they stand and look at who is entering the house.

The door was opened and someone entered. No one stepped in but someone? Or thing floated inside.

The something that floated in somewhat resembles a human but it’s more like a corpse.

It’s burned as charcoal with a missing legs and left hand with a part of the head was eaten away.

It’s still breathing because the chest is rising but its slow, its utterly slow and the whole body is a mess with only the remaining flesh was burned beyond belief and it has few cuts here and there.

It’s a scary image but it’s much more scary when the head move and the remaining right eye opens and inside of it is a bloody red eye ball that moves around and locks in the clearly terrified girl.

“Ugh” the floating tried to talk but it looks like it’s incapable of doing so.

“Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” the terrified girl shouts and buried her face on the lightning element of the boy who is also clearly shaken of what they are seeing.

The dolls of the boy are clearly sad and the air element is crying heavily while the steel element had few tears running down her cute face, but she steeled herself and looks straight at the mangled corpse.

They are more sad than scared when they saw the floating thing and Pray can’t help but feel dread and understanding on whom that thing is.

The floating thing had his remaining bloody eyes glow and something appears from the empty space and it levitated towards the girls.

The fire element hurriedly retrieves it and the item looks like a modern injection. It’s a capsule injection where the needle is hidden and you just need to place it on where you needed to inject it, then you press the button and then it would inject the medicine into the body.

The fire element then hurriedly comes toward the terrified girl that keeps in crying and shouting while clutching into the lightning element’s dress. The lightning element just hugs her and tries to calm her down.

The floating thing is already closing its eyes and when it lost its levitating power, the earth element hurriedly catches it, before it falls down onto the ground.

The current scene that Pray saw will be forever be etched in her mind.


In between lines “Shibuya Rin”

I’m scared Touma where are you!

It’s been few hours already since they boy she trusted to protect her had gone missing.

They had return to his home an hour ago; hoping that he had come back but he is still isn’t here.

She can only cry and cling to the summoned girls of the boy who she hopes to be beside her but he is not.

His not here beside her and he is nowhere in sight.

He had abandoned her here together with that demon.

I’m scared

She can’t help but cry and shout to her mind to stop but it just keeps on showing her the same terrifying scene again and again.

She wants to forget it already and move on but it continues to hunt her and scared her.

She can only cry out for her protector that lied to her.

He said that he would be always be there for her but where is he now?

Missing? Gone? He is not here by her side and she is not FINE!

She is scared and terrified and just wants to end it all!

Touma is a liar.

Liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar!

He PROMISED!

But where is he?

Why is he gone and the demon is still here!

He keeps on saying that it will be fine but it’s not FINE at all!

I want him to return by my side already, to comfort me and make all the bad ones to go away.

But he isn’t…. he is not here?

The only ones here are his summon but they aren’t real.

They are just doll.

Like what that demon had called them. They are just dolls.

Where are you Touma?

A certain emotion that Rin can’t explain or understand is boiling inside of her.

Then she heard the door opening and tried to look from her fatal position by the floor on who is entering the house.

Is it Touma?

She tried to look up but what she saw is something that terrifies her the most.

It’s scarier than the demon that looks at her with cold and dangerous eyes.

Rin can only stay rigged and shout

“KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!’

She hurriedly clutch to the nearest doll and tried to bury the image of the monster into the deepest depths of her mind.

Forget it! Forget it! Forget it! Forget it! Forget it!

She keeps on repeating but the image of a floating thing, still lingers in the front of her mind.

It’s missing limbs, its burned and scarred boy. It’s missing parts of the head and the bloody red eyes that look at her with intensity.

It will eat me!

Where are you Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

Please protect me! Touma!

She keeps on repeating the same mantra in her mind that is already in the verge of breaking down.

If someone in the room can see through her mental status, they can see that her negative statuses are all indicated as HIGH now.

Its severe and dangerous if it continues and she might have a mental break down that would leave her a living vegetable.

She is trembling badly and her tears that had died out are streaming again and she is biting into the bleeding lips of hers, she is clutching hard against the hem of the lightning elements clothes.

She is starting to hurt herself.

She is praying hard for this entire thing to just disappear and she just wish that this is just a nightmare and she would wish wake up now and sees that everything is fine.

With the demon gone and her hero back.

While trembling badly and having her eyes shut tight, Rin felt a sting around the back of her neck.

And her mind becomes clearer and everything is starting to disappear.

Ah… she felt that she is probably waking up.

The last thing Rin saw is a burned corpse and everything went black.


Part 44

“Ugh…” I’m starting to wake up but… I feel that my body is heavy and I’m too tired to move. I checked on my status but there is no negative status and all are fine. Full HP, STA, and EN points but what is happening? I don’t understand.

I tried to get up but I can’t, I feel something heavy is pressing on me. I tried to take a look on what it is and I see something unexpected … its Pray.

Where am I?

The last time I remember is firing my body from the main land Russia without any barriers to Japan.

I think it’s a stupid move but I lack the necessary Energy and time to cast protection on myself. The enemy in the main land Russia is far too strong with the average level around 120-130.

I’m already running in pure adrenalin and desperation when it reaches only 30 minutes left and there is still no Remedy in Sakhalin, I’ve gone more desperate and fired myself to the main land Russia. I don’t know where I land and didn’t care. I just kill and kill and kill and kill everything from the land and air, until I found the item that I need.

I manage to get the Remedy on the witch doctor and the moment I see it I set up for escaping.

After that, everything is a blur. With the giant flyers that stands over 20 meters loaming in the sky (the wyvern riders are more like dragon knights than the wyvern riders of orcs) I don’t have much time to set an elaborate firing sequence. I just dash away and gather the necessary magnetic force that would act as my propulsion to go back to Japan and when I manage to gather the necessary force while evading the giant monstrosities, I launched myself, without protection from attackers and against the friction cause by rapid movement in the air.

What happen to Rin? Is she alright? Is she fine? But if I’m alive, then she should be fine too but am I really alive or just dreaming or having delusion? But that is probably impossible with gamers mind preventing illusions.

“Ugh…” my head felt like its being split in half… but how can I feel something like that if I have gamers body. What is happening? I don’t understand. I just wish someone I can talk too and will give me an advice. Someone that knows what happening and aren’t insane researchers or family members.

I want to stay like this and take another rest.

I’m probably inside one of the bedrooms. My clothes are change and my body felt clean. Someone probably had given me a bath or at least wipe away the dirt from my body.

“Ugh… Pray, your heavy” Even if I want to stay laying in the bed for more, I don’t want her additional weight over my stomach. She’s bigger and heavier than me.

“hmmmm ughh…. What it is, don’t bother me or I’ll kill you” She is mumbling something dangerous.

“Pray… don’t use me as a pillow. Go get yourself a pillow if you want to sleep” I answered her in an emotionless voice. She’s heavy.

“huh?” Pray’s eyes open wide and she sit straight and look at me.

“You idiot! Stop making me worry!” She then proceeds to hug me.

“Ugh… how many minutes or is it hours, did I sleep Pray?” I asked her while trying to stop her from hugging me, I tried to push her but I just can’t gather the necessary strength to do so.

“Minutes? Hours? No! It’s been days since you’ve lost consciousness. To be exact, it’s the third day now” Well, that was shocking news. A totally unexpected one because I expect to fully recover in matters of few hours and not days.

“Well… that was unexpected” Is what all I can say, I tried to sit but my body still felt heavy. Odd, is what I currently thought….

Pray just eyed me with her eyes, she is analyzing my situation and then she speak after few seconds of observing me.

“You should probably just stay in bed for a while. You overworked your body in your last reckless stunt” She starts to sit properly. She sits seiza seating position and it her dress matched her mannerism. She is currently wearing a blue with sky blue petal design kimono. Strange. She usually just dresses in one piece dress and now she is using a kimono.

I stopped analyzing the dress she was using and just look at the wooden ceiling.

Strange… I’m also feeling something is wrong but I can’t pin point it. I let the silent lull for a minute but then I speak.

“How was Rin?” I asked. The one thing that is currently important is to know how she is feeling right now. I know she is cured but how about some other complication? I can’t foresee the result of it because I might have cured her mental instability but I can’t remove the experience that causes her the mental trauma… should I ask someone to erase it for me?

Pray just frown and looks at the only window of in this room.

“She is annoyingly fine” She answers and I look at Pray with a raised right eyebrow. I’m silently asking for more information than just confirming what I already know.

Pray just sighed and closed her eyes, she then opens it and look straight at my eye and she “if you’re worrying for her safety then don’t. She is fine. I’m also not going to kill her even if it’s tempting because she keeps on coming every few hours, just to check on you. She even stayed here yesterday” Pray just finished her explanation with a tired look and a melancholic face eyes she said the words I didn’t expect to hear from a proud Pray.

“I’m sorry”

After saying that, she closed her eyes and stands up. She didn’t look back at me and then starts walking to the door. She said something more without looking back “Go back to sleep, you will need it” She then exits the room after saying those words.

After seeing her left, I just close my eyes again and rest my tired body that I didn’t expect to feel from my machine like body.

Sigh… I’m sighing far too many this since I met Pray.

Opening my eyes and mentally commanding to open my status window. I saw that my Stamina is still full and with no negative status effect. I just tiredly close my eyes and sleep.

My last thoughts in the matter is that my ability isn’t absolute and it can make display wrong results because if I were to believe on what I’m seeing then that should mean that I’m fine, but I’m not… I know something is not right but my ability can’t tell me what it is.

Part 45

Knock knock

I groggily heard someone knocking in the door

“I’m coming in” I then heard a female voice but I can’t recognize it yet because my mind and body is still sleepy and I can’t understand what’s happening or what time it is. I the heard the door opening and someone stepping in, I tried to open my tired eyes but I got blinded by the light from the window which is why I closed it fast.

“Touma…” The soft voice of the female is familiar but I’m still too tired to response but I’m remembering her.

“Are you alright Touma?” She asked slowly and unsure and I slowly gained my control over my tired body and slowly open my eyes again to not get blinded by the bright light of the room. It’s probably afternoon already if the sun is high enough in the sky to blind me. I looked to my side where I felt the female or girl had sat.

“Rin” I tiredly call out to her but that is enough for the girl to cry and she lounge on me to hug me.

“Touma! Uwaaaaaaaaaaaa I’m sorry Touma… sob.. sob… it’s my fault that you’ve got hurt… sob… I heard it from Beldum … sob…that you’ve gone out to find a medicine for me… sob… sob and you’ve got hurt because of me… sob…I’m sorry…sob” she is crying heavily that she can’t control her own.

I can’t move freely now because my body still felt heavy and I can only say that…

“Are you alright Rin?” I ask to confirm. I already used Scan and there is no negative status effect but I still can’t trust my ability to tell everything. I understand it when I felt that there is something wrong in me but the ability can’t display or probably can’t understand it. The ability is made to make someone to resemble a machine and it can’t probably comprehend an emotional problem.

“I’m fine now Touma. I’m fine and it’s all thanks to you. The bad images are gone now and I can think clearly now so I’m fine but how about you?” she looks at me with bloody red eyes due to her crying. She felt weak and vulnerable but I can see that she is not scared anymore. She is fine now. I’m glad…

“I’m fine Rin…I’m fine…. And I should be the one saying sorry to you. I broke my promise” I look away from her and weakly said that “I’m sorry… I’m not been able to protect you…I’m sorry” I felt like crying but there are no tears that I can shed. I shouldn’t be able to shed tears due to Gamers Mind but I still shed tears before when I failed on saving the victims of the fallen and this time too… I failed at protecting Rin and she got hurt because of me….I’m truly a defective product… a failure…

“Nooooooooo! It’s not your fault. It’s my fault for not listening to you. I know that, that demon resides her but I didn’t listen” Demon? Does she mean Pray? Well… I can see that happening but at least Pray is a honest but ill-tempered person. She can’t be compared to the lying and deceiving true demons.

“I know I should have waiting for you to visit but… you’re late… and I…” she whispers something but I can’t understand it. I’m still too tired and I can’t completely control my abilities well yet to hear her whisper. I just hope the summoned beings are alive and well, they can regulate and prevent possible damage my bad luck would have caused to my property.

“I’m sorry Rin… I failed you and… if you don’t want to be my friend anymore. I understand. I think it’s even better if we stop being friends. It would be better and you will be safe. I’m fine that way” I closed my eyes and waited for her agreement to what I propose.

Cause and Effect.

I’m always the cause of my own and others misfortune.

My effect to the world, where I deny the supernatural blessing of the Gods will always cause trouble to me and to the others that are close to me.

It’s better if I’m alone.

Pray is strong so she won’t even care but Rin is a normal girl.

She really deserve better than me.

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” The outburst surprised me.

“I won’t agree! You’re my friend and you will stay with me from now on and forever!” She quickly denies it and hugs me tighter. She said something more but I can’t hear it from her current position. She is hugging me tightly and her face is buried on my chest. At that position, I can only hear her mumbling something and I can’t understand what she is saying.

“Fine Rin, I’m sorry and I’m…” thankful… those words that I can’t say. It’s stuck at my mouth and I can’t say that I’m saved because of her. I’m thankful that she will be continuing as my friend.

I’m thankful to you Rin for being my friend.

We stay together liked that until I had fallen asleep and I will just learn it later that she had also fallen asleep atop of me.


In between lines “To a certain black layout chat room with the room name Dollars”

Top Sword is online

Top Sword: The kid had survived and had come to grasp something that he is missing. He is interesting and I would like to see where he would end up with. I will stay for a bit and observe and… perverted old man, stay away from his friend or I will kill you.

Top Sword went offline

Researcher is online

Researcher: Well, that was interesting 😀

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Commander is online

Commander: So the monster had decided to train the lab rat… hmm this would be interesting. Maybe it’s time for a test run.

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Part 46

It’s been a week since the incident and everything turned out fine and everyone had finally calmed down now.

There is still tension between Pray and Rin but Pray just ignored Rin and Rin still calls Pray demon but Pray just didn’t seem to care at all and didn’t even acknowledge that she is there though it still made me sweat cold when Rin stick her tongue out to Pray and act silly just to annoy her.

I just wish Rin would also ignore Pray and I was thankful to Pray for not hurting Rin.

Things had calmed down now but Pray had become bored fast. Why?

Because I started to laze around.

After experiencing again the effect of having a long sleep, I started sleeping now, though I still work at night but when the sun starts rising, I would mostly sleep and woke up afternoon with Rin barging into the house and waking me up.

I also started eating my meals with Metang started cooking the meals. Sometimes, we cook together but I just let her cook and I spend my time with Mittelt.

Mittelt is soooooooo cute! And she always acts cute! And made some cute sound!

My lonely soul was being healed when I carry her around.

Rin had also stopped being overly energetic but I become worried that there is something wrong here, but she said that she just decided to act more mature and I wanted to cry (if I can) when I heard her answer but I just smiled at her.

But I’m also sad, she is only few months younger than me but she is starting to act mature. I tried to dissuade her but she won’t listen. She still plays around but she started to get interested on reading, gardening and playing video games… I don’t know if that is being mature.

I’m all for gardening and reading but video games? I hope I didn’t become bad influence to her.

There are also some changes that happen here in the house.

It’s more of Pray being utterly bored and almost killed me because I choose to play with Charmeleon than train.

Pray then forced me to buy her a computer.

I was what? When I heard her request and I know what a computer is but why does she need one?

I haven’t tried to study much about computers but I’m knowledgeable enough about its basic, its parts and components but I’m not that knowledgeable of what it can do.

When I said that to Pray, she looks at me like I’m some kind of an idiot and I don’t like that. I’m not Pidgeotto who likes to play and run around in the backyard or in the garden.

When I asked her on what she wants to buy but she just asked me for the money, I asked her why don’t she use her money and her just reply that its tuition fee…

I relent to her request and just gave her a stack of money around 1 000 000 yen. That should be enough for her to buy whatever she wants but she just looks at me again, with wide eyes.

I don’t know what’s her problem and ask her if it’s not enough but she just ask me on how rich I am if I’m just carelessly giving away 1 000 000 yen.

I invited her to my party so I can show her my window, and I let her see my inventory and I then indicated her to the lower right portion on where is my money was shown, and her reaction had just shocked me to the core. This is my first time seeing Pray lost her consciousness.

I was worried at first on what happen but after that, when she woke up she just forced me into another training/torture and almost killed me again. I’ve become stronger but she can read me easily that it’s hard for me to land a blow to her.

After that event, she went on shopping spree. I asked her why she needs to bought that many if she can just give birth to it and she said it’s normal for a woman to have fun in shopping.

That was weird. I wonder how can that be true and then I just wonder if I should learn psychology to understand her reasoning.

But she doesn’t really go out of the house and just called someone from her tablet.

That tablet of hers is also something interesting. I had seen her using it but I don’t know what it is or what it can be used for.

The delivery of products didn’t take that long and two delivery trucks had arrived fast with the product that Pray had ordered. I was surprised when I saw it because I thought that computers aren’t that big but she only said that its academy city products and its only available to researchers.

The delivery personal had unloaded the product and it almost made my jaw drop. I didn’t know that personal computer is that big The CPU component that Pray ordered is as big as one of the bedrooms. She also had ordered for it to turn into air-conditioned room. She set up a huge monitor in her room with multiple mini monitors around it. I’m really surprised on what I’m seeing. That monitor is bigger than my TV!

When Charmeleon had seen that huge monitor, she proceeds to burn my current new TV.

I want to cry (if I can) on how they spent my hard earned money but they just ignore me.

After that event, multiple changes had happen. The first one is every bedroom now are turned air-conditioned (I love the invention called AC) I order my own PC but its size is not that big, I think its normal size. The CPU’s size is about the same size as my last 2 door refrigerator. I also ordered a 32 inch monitor. I set it up in the living area where many changes had happen.

The changes done in the living area are first; we ordered a soft mattress for the flooring. We aren’t sleeping in the floor now and there was also an AC that can be open if the temperature gets too hot. We also ordered a projector. The size of the available TV is not enough for Charmeleon so she just decided to order the projector (She learns it from Pray)

We also set up a mini satellite disk in the newly fixed roof. Pray asked to set it up and she asked for it to be uplinked in one of the satellite owned by the academy city.

We get to know the wonderful world of internet but I still prefer playing games but it looks like Pupitar likes the idea of having an internet.

Pray had really lots of connection, when Mr. Shibuya had visit and see the upgrades done into my living area. He was surprised and said that most of those items aren’t available in the market. He then proceeds to question me on where I get it. I just said that my relative is a past researcher in Academy city and she ordered it from there.

Mr. Shibuya had his jaw dropped and it left hanging. I was half-attempted to fix it by pushing it back up by Rin just told me to ignore him.

Apparently, the city is pretty strict when it comes to its technology. Its security is top-notch and it stands at the peak of the world. He also said that the technology there is worlds apart from the rest of the world.

I also ordered a new set of chairs and new dining table. I refurbished the kitchen with new kitchenware and a bigger refrigerator to store more freshly picked fruits and vegetables. I still see no reason to cook but it’s useful so I will learn it, though the real reason on why I buy a bigger one is because Pray likes her Ice cream. Or my maybe not likes but love? Or obsessed with it?

Right now, were are currently in the living room and are having a bonding moment.

We’re using the wall as a makeshift TV, and this is where we are currently playing the game Metal Slug. I’m playing with Charmeleon and Flaaffy is playing in her new Nintendo DS which shouldn’t be out in the market yet but Pray got it for her and since then, she is becoming addict in Mario bros’ game.

Sigh… “I died again” I whine while waiting for my character Marco to revive.

“You’re just noob, that’s why” Charmeleon mocks me but when I see her receiving another bullet and dying. I only smirk at her and said “I wonder who is the noob here, hehe”

I’m currently rolling within the soft mattress with my summons and Mittelt, we also turned the AC on, which made the room’s temperature cold. Charmeleon doesn’t like it first but she started to like it when she lies down in the mattress and feel the cold air around her.

As usual, Metang is in charge of Mittelt and it’s like she is become her permanent Nani and she is happy with her duty of taking care of the baby.

Pupitar is currently using the PC and browsing the net. She said that there are lots of free books in the net and she had learned to access it from Pray.

I don’t know where Pidgeotto is but she would be fine. She would probably be playing elsewhere.

Pray is in her room. She became shut in there and will only come outside if were eating or during training.

Seadra was also introduced to the fray and the others had welcomed her easily though Rin had become wary of her which also made me worry of her.

I’m also using Seadra now as my pillow. Using her lap as my pillow and she is playing with my hair. She is the playful and joyful type and is easy to be around.

The others are also happy of meeting her and having her become an addition to the party, but why do I feel that something is wrong here? I don’t know why but I can’t help feel that something is wrong and it made me worry but I ignore it.

It’s just probably because Rin had her attitude change since that event. Rin had become a bit more clingy but less childish. She also doesn’t like when I’m using Seadra as my pillow but her thighs are soft and I can’t help to like it.

I return from my mussing to the huge projected screen and can’t help but felt happy on how I’m having a higher score against Charmeleon.

“I’m winning this one” I taunted her but she only replied with “Bring it on”

The game continues for another hour until we heard the whistling that is coming from the kitchen.

“swoooooooooooooo” The whistle of the boiling pot was heard and we paused the game.

We looked at each other on who will stand to take care of it but no one was standing.

Metang had realized it and she volunteered “I’ll get it but who will take care of Mittelnt?” she asked while playing catch my finger, with the playful baby.

“I’ll take care of her” Seadra volunteered. If I’m not using her lap as a pillow, she might be the one who volunteered to check the meal but since she can’t stand. She just volunteered to take care of the baby.

“Here, be careful” Metang said and Seadra just nods at her. I can see the baby giggling but there was a problem. She can’t carry her if I’m at her pillow… I would obstruct her from carrying it if I stay using her lap as a pillow so I was forced to roll out of her soft thighs and just used the mattress to lay around… soft pillow.

Metang had gone to the kitchen and I heard the whistling stopping, meaning that she had already put off the fire. “I’ll prepare the table” I heard her say from the kitchen.

I just continue to lie around and finish my match with Charmeleon but I wish that her tank would be blown away. That tank gives far too many points when you brought it until you clear the stage. I had higher prisoner count but if she manages to carry that tank until the stage clear, I would lose.

Lose that tank! Lose that tank! Lose that tank! Lose that tank! Lose that tank!

I began to chant it inside my brain but my luck still had shown that I’m a cursed guy and I shouldn’t count on chances.

“I WON!” Charmeleon cheers and turns to me with a smug face of hers. I can only turn my face to face the mattress instead of looking at her smug face. “hahahaha I won”

“Another round! One more time!” I said to her, so she would stop hovering above me about her winning the game.

“Guys, the table is ready. Everyone come here already. I would get Master Pray to inform her that the meal is ready” Metang informed from the kitchen.

“tsk, let’s continue this after eating” I said to Charmeleon but she just smiles at me. That infuriates me.

“I’ll set up the projector so we can watch something while eating” Pupitar volunteers. The technology is really moving fast in academy city, I don’t know if it’s the norm but you can just transfer data from the PC straight to the Projector by using a cable connector. Pupitar set it up and we use the projector as the monitor for the PC.

“What do you guys want to watch?” Pupitar ask us while she is browsing the local disk for her collection of anime.

Yes, anime. She started downloading it from the Net and since, we don’t have any TV antenna or cable for TV. She is getting her update in the net but she is usually just more focus on anime and manga. She said that shoujo manga’s are the best but I’m getting worried for her. She is me right? I wonder when her hobbies had change. She used to read literary novel works about romance but it turn into manga addiction when she got her hands on that PC.

We started sitting in the new upgraded kitchen and dining area. The chairs and table are new and it can hold up to 10 seating capacity. We pick where to seat and start sitting but we look at Pupitar when she asks her question.

“Divergence Eve for me” I said

“One Piece!” Charmeleon voted for.

“I would like to watch Gundam Seed please” is what Flaaffy said while not looking away from her DS.

“R.O.D please” Is what Seadra said while still playing with Mittelt.

“Okay, R.O.D it is” Is what Pupitar had decided to pick.

I want to retort but I just held back. R.O.D. is also a good anime so I’m fine with it.

“hmm. You guys are watching anime again. Owww R.O.D? Why not Ghost in the shell. It’s much better” ” Pray had arrived together with Metang. She had just comes out of her room and the first thing she said is whining on what to watch.

“I’m back! Woah R.O.D. That’s nice” Pidgeotto had arrived and she’s dirty.

“Pidgeotto get seated already” Metang chastised her while she sat side beside me. I’m currently seating in the head table and the summons seats on the side while Pray seats on the opposite side of me.

“Okay!” Pidgeotto cheerily replies but she is still dirty from playing outside. With just intent, my eyes started glowing a bit and the dirt around her was gathered by the wind and a splash of water from Seadra cleaned her while a warm heat from Charmeleon dried her.

Before she had reach her seat, she’d become cleaned and proper. She is now clean but she would still need to take a bath after eating. It just shows how good my control of my ability now, but I can’t helped feel that I’m wasting my ability by using it to give a fast bath to Pidgeotto.

“Hmm… looks delicious. Good going…brat” Pray is still hesitant to praise and acknowledge my summons but she must learn to live with it, if she plans to continue living here with us.

“Thanks ma’am” Metang answers her. Metang is the one that did the cooking and she prepares a typical Japanese food. We’re aren’t picky on what to eat so we’re currently having rice that we farmed from the rice field, salmon from our fishers, fruits salad and vegetable salad from our farm, and miso soup that Metang cooked last. The only one that we need to buy is the seasoning and meat.

Pray insist that I need meat to increase the volume of my body so we buy those but I start to wonder if I should start a poultry farm or a piggery, if we had that. We would be totally independent on our own. Well, aside from the seasonings.

Thanks for the meal [Itadakimasu]” As we all seated, we said itadakimasu together and start eating.

“Ugh… this is boring. Let’s something like detective conan or kindaichi than R.O.D” Pray whines while stuffing her mouth with rice and taking a sip from the soup.

“You’re just complaining for the sake of complaining. If you don’t like to watch it then just finish quickly your meal and go back to your room… Mom” I was hesitant on calling her that, but I was forced by Pray to call her that. She had finally acknowledged me as family and any family of hers, calls her that.

“Woooooooooo so cute! If you’re sitting beside me. I would pat your head” Pray swoon but I left unfazed.

“No thanks” I continue eating but I’m smiling.

We eat together and play together, then Rin will arrive later and she will either drag me to play with her in the park or she will stay here and play with us.

She also sometimes sleeps here and Mr. Shibuya allows her as long as she calls her home to let them know.

These become had become the norm since that incident.

We play and laze around during the day and I train or go and start building my lab at night.

Seadra and Metang will take care of the farm or Mittelt, while Charmeleon and Flaaffy are playing video games and Pupitar would be busy in front of the PC. Pidgeotto would be seen around the garden, taking care of the plants or running around the fruit and vegetable farm, to check if there are pest or if there something ready for picking. Even if Pidgeotto likes to play around, she can be relied on simple task.

Pray would stay inside her room all day and will only come out when we are eating.

I made her come out as one of the conditions when I start calling her Mom.

The rules are she won’t kill my friends but she is fine to murder my enemies.

She will come out and eat with us.

She won’t treat my summons as dolls.

Those are my rules for her to stay here and for me to call her Mom.

I’m not regretting anything yet and I’m having fun this days.

In the past, I can’t believe that I would feel something like this.

I’m only focus on getting stronger and trained all day or check and experiment on my crops. I leaving everything else to Metang, like taking care of the house and Mittelt. I would be only out to play if Rin forces me but my life had become pretty monotonous and dull. It’s colorless and boring.

Even if I’m having fun playing with Rin but that is only when she is around and she is not always around. After that small time of reprieve I would just return to the dark world and train senselessly. I’ve been training there for days, months and years but it become useless because I’m afraid to take a step outside of my home town.

But right now, even if I’m only training during the night. I’m surely getting stronger be leaps and bounds.

I’m also seeing new place and start to appreciate the wonders of what humans had built. Even if the places I’ve been through in the altered world are full of enemies and is dangerous to roam around.

Pray had come like a storm into my life and she had change my monotonous way.

I’m thankful for Rin for being my friend but I’m thankful to Pray for changing my dull life.

I learn the enjoyment of sleeping, I was forced to eat, train and become stronger than ever. I feel a lot of different an unknown emotions and I learned a lot and experience a lot in this short period of time that I met her.

I have only had met her last week but I can’t help feel that I have known her for years.

This is my current life and I choose this. I will fight to protect it.

Part 47

Its third week of March now, it’s been two weeks since that incident and things stay the same and I prefer if it stays that way. I prefer a quiet and normal one than an exciting lifestyle.

I’m currently walking through the stairs of temple. I’m here for a visit and for him to finally show me the grail. He did promise and my meeting with the daughters’ of the Tohsaka family had me worried.

The current head of the Tohsaka (I think he is the current head) is becoming frustrated on the current situation and I can’t help but be worried that he would do something drastic if things continued but everyone should know that the grail war will eventually happen. The current system is just there to delay it but impatient people could do something drastic and we can’t predict what he would do if it reach the point that he can’t wait anymore.

The grail war will happen but according to the elder, the earliest is next year and at most a year or two but that is the maximum. The system installed inside the city won’t be able to hold it back anymore but when I see the shrine that Tohsaka Rin was inspecting, I see no problem even if it’s been used for years already, but I can’t also say that I understand how it works, so I can’t make a clear assumption based on what I can only observe.

I had reached the top of the stairs and I saw the priest standing at top with a broom in his hands, his waiting for me. I didn’t call for prior notice but he probably noticed me already when I start climbing the stairs.

“Good morning Touma” The priest greets with a gentle but fake smile of his. I’m not good at telling if a person is lying or not but I’m choosing to not believe whatever praised or good words, the elder said to me.

“Good morning too Elder” I tried looking around but she is not here. Good. When I heard her intention last time, it really made me nervous on just thinking what kind of problem she might be pulled into.

“Looking for someone?” The priest had a knowing smile on his face.

“If you’re looking for her, she is not here. Since, you’ve visit her house and informed of them that you visit here sometimes to help, they stop sending Nina to help which is sad….sob… sob… and I liked seeing little Nina to help around… sob… sob…” This fake priest… he is surely faking his tears at the end of his sad (fake) story but that is good news. I don’t like to see Nina around here.

“Elder can you be serious for a moment; I didn’t come here to chat around. It’s been months and I would like to see the grail now, plus do you know anything about the Tohsaka’s?” I’m serious. I don’t like him so I see no reason for me to stay here and I would like to know if he knew the situation with the Tohsaka.

“Tohsaka?” he raised his right eyebrow, it’s a show of interest. “What do you want to know about them or rather why are you asking about them? Did you meet them?” His smile had vanished and it’s been placed by a serious expression. The one I’m currently facing isn’t the priest that would like to see my various reactions but a researcher that is searching for an answer.

“I had met them and it looks like they aren’t happy with the current arrangement” I didn’t mention that I met the children of the possible current head. I don’t know much about them but I don’t want to mention them, and I don’t want to give them too much information, especially to this fake priest.

“Well, he isn’t the only one, I heard the elder in Makiri is the same but since that old bug is used to waiting, he is just probably waiting for the right opportunity but he is becoming antsy that’s for sure” Makiri? It’s the other founding family that creates this bogus game. I have forgotten about them. I don’t have that much information about that family.

“I heard that his family had lost the ability to use magic. Well serves him right, that annoying crawling insect. He had been pestering around lately. I’m even tempted to squash some cockroach with his continues prodding around the temple” Well, this is new. I didn’t expect to see the elder become annoyed just by mentioning someone. Is the elder of the Makiri that bad? but why call him Makiri? They go by Matou now right?

The elder then look straight at my eyes and tried to find something in me but he just shakes his head after few seconds of looking.

“You shouldn’t worry much about the Tohsaka’s. They aren’t really the problem. The problems are either Makiri or Einsbern. The Einsbern had been doing this little game of theirs for more than 200 years already and not counting their search to achieve their lost magic. If you include that, they’ve been desperate for more than a thousand years already. Desperate people tend to do drastic measures to ensure their victory. For the Makiri…” The elder just frowns and mad a gagging motion and shakes his head. It’s like he had eaten something sour. “Don’t trust the Makiri. That old bug isn’t something that could be trusted” hmm does he have something against the elder of makiri?

Squash. Squelch. Splat

What’s that sound?

Those sounds had come from above, somewhere in the forest and down below the stairs… the road? They are outside of my sensory area but I clearly heard those sound. Whoever did it isn’t hiding his intention at all.

I tried to search it but I can’t find the source of the sound. I gave up in searching and focus again on the priest but his face had change again.

Usually, it’s the creepy priest that wears fake smile to accommodate me, then the sinister smiling priest that likes to see my various reactions and lastly the researcher priest. I rarely see it and it only appears when we’re discussing about the mechanics of the grail war or about the supernatural world.

Those types of faces are what this fake priest, researcher, usually wears.

This is a new one.

I haven’t seen him get angry.

His face is in clear annoying and set in frown. He is also looking at his left which is the foreign side of the Miyama town.

Someone is observing us?

Then those sounds are the so called familiar?

I heard from the priest that those are magical construct that the magus or magic users use, to scout for information.

Who are the one observing us?

Tohsaka, Makiri or a total unknown party?

“Come on, let’s go inside and we will continue our discussion there” The elder urge me to follow him and we hurriedly enter the temple building but when we entered inside the temple, the pace of the priests slow down. I asked then the question when I feel that the priest had calmed down a bit.

“Why is the Tohsaka family not a threat? Aren’t they the same? They are also members of the founding family that created the grail. They should be also desperate enough to do something drastic to win the war” I inquired because it’s confusing on why did the elder, not think of them as a threat.

“The current head of the Tohsaka is pretty much predictable person. He is the generic type of noble. He is the one that do his job right but he is still cunning enough to plan some underhanded tactics but it’s probably in a more acceptable manner or rather something a Magus would approve” His clear contempt on the way of the magus was clearly shown when he said the last words. I don’t understand why he hated their kind. Aren’t they the same researcher types of people? They would do everything they can to reach their goal… so what’s the different between him and the magus?

“Tokiomi is so predictable that he will probably procure an artifact that would summon the strongest servant for the current war” His face was set in a frown. We’re walking inside of the temple and he gestured me to stop for the time being. Our current position is the praying hall. Its current empty aside from the altar of Buddha in front of the praying hall, the Buddha isn’t really that special but it’s bigger than an adult. The priest had approach the Buddha while continuing his explanation.

“Summoning the strongest of the servant would be troublesome if one is not careful. Those beings are still legendary beings. They might be the copy of what was stored in the throne of Heroes but they are being that are far from normal. They had pride that matches their strength. If Tokiomi had gone his way in the most predictable way, then he would probably summon a hero with a blood of a god” God!? A demi-god or nephilim?

“Those types sure are the strongest but they had an ego that matches it. It would be hard to control those types. Even more so if he decides to go for a king, some king of the past may be benevolent and but most are noted for being ruthless and dangerous. They are also the type that won’t bow down to people lower than them or to anyone at all. They had the pride of a king that rules over people. I’m pretty sure he would have a hard time controlling it” The priest is currently in the back of the Buddha and he is doing something, a hidden contraption or entrance?

Click

!

That sound!

“Come” He gestures for me to follow him again and he went then to the living quarters. The entrance is in there?

“Remember Touma, no matter what kind of legend a God has, be it benevolent, kind, caring or a just God. It’s still a God. It’s far above human level and let’s makes an easy example. If an ant orders an elephant, do you think an elephant would care?” He stops and looks at me when he asks the question but he didn’t wait for the answer and went straight to the kitchen. We already entered the living quarters.

Pride. Any being has it. Even the animals have it. Humans and supernatural has it. Heck, the whole problem starts with Pride. It’s the cause of conflict. Super natural had abused and used the humanity for centuries to millennia. The humans pride had been wounded and damage beyond repair but it’s still there. They will still retaliate if their love ones are in danger. No matter how dull their fangs had become, they would still bite the arms of their master if they hurt them or someone important to them” The Priest is crouch down below the kitchen sink and he is doing something there inside of the kitchen cabinet.

Click

That sound again, is it a multiple safety mechanism?

The priest had stand up after the sound was heard, he then start walking again and went straight further into the living quarters. It’s an area I haven’t entered before because it’s a private area and I’m not invited but right now, his expecting me to follow him.

He entered one of the rooms and this room is a bedroom but it’s probably unused one. There are signs that it’s not been touched for some time now. I wonder since when did this Priest takeover this temple. It has a sliding closet and a single window room. The priest then went to open the closet and he crouched down and went into the lower part of the cabinet. He didn’t bother to talk to me right now and he just continues on what he is doing, and another sound was heard.

Click

That’s the third one. Is there some more, I wonder.

“Come” He then went outside of the room, and then we went outside to the backdoor provided in the kitchen, and then we went to the backyard and pass it and walk further until we got close to the forest boundary of the temple, he stops then and look at me.

“The next one is somewhere you can’t follow and it not because it’s a secret but because it’s protected by a bounded field. I don’t want you to accidentally destroy it. Just wait for me here and try to not too wander too much” He then proceeds and went down to the forest area of the temple.

I wonder on how long it will take for him to come back.

I then decided to look around and observe my surrounding.

We are currently at the back of the temple now and there is a pond there. If I remember it right, that pond is directly above the cavern below, where the Greater Grail is hidden.

I then decided to check the pond or is it a lake? It’s too big for a man made pond.

I inspect the color of the pond and the water is crystal clear. Its look refreshing and would probably be healthy which wouldn’t be far from the truth.

This water isn’t ordinary.

It became far too saturated with mana that the grail is trying to gather and absorb that it become something that can’t be called normal, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it can be used for magical ritual. It’s not 100% water and it has mixed minerals in it but the minerals itself aren’t ordinary. True, it might start as normal dust but maybe because of its location, it also become saturated with mana and the stones and pebbles in the lake had change. Some of it had become fine gold dust and the stones transformed into something like a raw gem and it’s fully charged with mana. This lake could be mined on, but the Magus families probably wouldn’t allow anyone to desecrate this lake.

This place is above the Greater Grail and any disturbance to it might affect the grail below. So having many people working in this place would be a disturbance to them.

I can also understand the needs of building a temple a top of this place. The temple acts as the best camouflage for the place to remain silent and undisturbed. If people discovered this rich filled lake, many people would flock on it but by building a temple here, they are limiting the people who will live here and they can also set up a protection for the cavern below.

Though those plans were effectively foiled when the previews family, that runs this temple meets their end in an accident but I doubt that accident is a really an accident. It could probably be a planned assassination.

Click

The fourth one, I wonder if that is the last one.

I tried to wait for the elder but no one is still coming back from the place he entered.

Hmm… if he is still not returning yet, it means he has still some business in the forest.

I then get my canteen of bottle inside my inventory and I crouch down to scoop the water from the lake.

Mana Rich Water 1 Liter – Restore 90% HP, STA and MP.Cures Death Curses

I should probably acquire a much bigger Water storage. I have money that I can use so maybe I would get a 1 gallon next or a water tank?

Click

That’s the fifth one.

I then stand up when the land starts shaking. I also notice that the Priest had emerged from the forest but the place where he emerges is different from where he enters.

The shaking last for a few seconds then it stops.

I look at the Priest to ask what’s happening but he just nods at me and start walking back to the temple. I followed him but he stops talking to me and just continues on walking which is why I just followed him silently. If he is not in the mood for talking then I won’t also ask any questions.

We enter from the backdoor then went pass through the kitchen, the living area and pass through the living quarters and enter the praying hall but there is something different now.

In the middle of the praying hall, there was an opened hole or rather it’s a hidden stairway that leads down below the temple.

The Priest just look at me and nod, I nod back and I followed him as he enters the hidden stairway.

This stairway is different from above. It’s made of steel instead of cement or wood. It’s a clear sign of modern construction but it’s dark.

We both entered but we walked slowly. We cling to the wall and use it as a guide. It takes a couple of minutes, walking down this dark stairway when the Priest had stopped walking. I tried to look pass him on why he stops but it’s just too dark to see, I’m even tempted to light up the path but currently, I’m just letting the Priest to guide me.

##########” The voice of the priest reverberate in this dark stairway but I don’t understand what he says. What kind of language is that? Is it a secret password or an unknown language used as a password?

“Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm” Humming sound was heard. I heard the humming sound and it’s like the sound of an engine starting up.

“Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhs” Hissing sound was then heard and the next thing that happens was the steel plate or is it door? It blocks our path from returning.

I was shocked at first but when I noticed the Priest as calm as ever, I just stay silent.

Gamers Mind is surely helpful in this kind of situation. If I’m an ordinary person, I might start panicking like an idiot now.

Flash

I closed my eyes for the unexpected flash of light, if the eyes had gotten used to the darkness and was flashed by a bright light, it will cause temporary blindness and that’s what happens to me right now.

While my eyes are closed, I felt the surrounding area become bright. The lights are on now, I tried to slowly open my eyes and I heard another hissing sound.

“Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhs” And the metal plate (or door) in front of us had split open and slide to the wall.

“Come” The Priest or Elder, his demure had change. I’m not talking to the priest right now but the elder that orders me to eradicate the Demons and Fallen in the previews year.

We entered the steel opening and what I saw inside is something I didn’t expect.

There are two corridors from my left and right but they aren’t important right now. The one most important is what’s in front of me. This room is like a command center. There was a table in the middle with monitors installed in it and a chair.

At the front of the room are monitors lined up together, forming two layers of 8 monitors in each line. All are showing different view. The bottom layer is showing 8 different angles of the cavern below. I deduce that it’s the cavern because one of the monitor is showing the view of the entrance of the cavern and the other is the view from the entrance of the cavern. After that is the corridor of the cavern. It shows 2 different views, from 2 different places for the long corridor. And the last four cameras are showing a large opening. It’s probably the cavern below but there is nothing there at all. What does that mean?

The second layer is different. 6 of them are showing 3 different house and the 2 are showing different view of a forest?

The first two monitor are showing the same house with different view. The first view is taken from low angle and one can see the wall and gate of the large two story house and the second is from the top view which overlooks the road in front of the house. This house is from the foreign side of Miyama. Magus house? Who owns it? The Tohsaka or Makiri?

No before that, I think the most important is thing is how did they get these camera set up there?

I look at the Priest but he is busy observing the monitors found in the table.

I look back at the monitor and tried to think of where the camera had been hidden….

It can’t be!

One of them is in the shrine! I remember Tohsaka Rin saying that there is a Shrine near their house. They use the shrine as a camouflage for surveillance too.

The other is from the top view… it can be either the lamp post or the utility pole.

Sigh… the same can be said for the next two monitors. This one doesn’t have a fence but it’s also a two story house, though this one looks a bit old or ancient. The views taken are the same.

The last house can’t be called a house…. It’s a mansion or castle? These magus people sure are rich. It only shows the front side and the rear side of the house.

The last two monitors are showing the road beside a forest and a top view of the forest, taken from… I don’t know. It’s too high for a utility pole… unless it’s taken from a tower but is there a communication tower or high building in Fuyuki that is located beside a forest? The tall buildings should be all located in the commercial district of Shinto.

Fuyuki isn’t an advance or modern city for it to have communication tower in area around the mountain range.

Sigh… I can’t believe what I’m seeing.

“Isn’t this stalking?” I asked but I’m not serious at all. Considering who’s the opponent, I can understand this level of preparation but shouldn’t this be considered illegal?

“It’s not. It’s being prepared. These magus people had brought too much trouble for us. Enough trouble to threaten the world” He said it with cold tone. At first I was about to dismiss it as a joke because seriously threaten the world?

Fuyuki is only small part of the world, so how can it threaten the world? If it meant the destruction of the city then I can probably believe it. I’m already considering it when we’re talking about the destruction of the grail but destroying the world? Isn’t that too much fictional? But the seriousness on his face said otherwise.

I just can’t help sighed again and my stomach starts aching.

I notice it happen before but when I feel nervous, my stomach would either start rumbling or aching. It doesn’t really hurt but the feeling I got is that there is something that doesn’t feel right.

“How did it become a threat to the world and where is the grail?” I looked again at the monitor and continue what I’m saying.

“There isn’t anything there. Is there should be anything at all in there?” I meant is the monitors that show four side of an empty lot. The place might be elevated a bit and there is a small body of water beside it but there isn’t anything special about it.

That body of water is probably connected to the lake above, is what Touma observe while looking at a mini stream beside the elevated platform. There is also a stairs for the platform but its empty and that is the problem.

“The grail is there” He said while still looking at the graphs and readings that where shown in the monitor. I didn’t understand much what those graphs are meant for but what’s was shown in the monitors are more on thermograph, seismograph, pass video recording of the area, sound recording, and other parameters are being displayed.

“There?” I was confused… is it invisible?

“Follow me” After checking the results in the monitor, he made me follow him to the left corridor…

What does the right corridor leads too? The smell there seems familiar….

I followed him after looking at the closed door on the right and we enter a long corridor to the left.

There aren’t any other doors in this corridor. It’s just a long corridor without any windows at all. The only door that I see is at the end of the corridor.

When we got closer, the door open automatically and we enter the room.

There is nothing much in room. There are only a 3 rows of 3 seater seats in the right and a glass wall at the front. I can also spotted a camera at the top left and right corner of the room but other than that, there is nothing much.

The priest had stopped at the front of the glass wall and he gestured me to come closer.

I followed him and I finally understand what this room meant.

It’s a viewing room.

To be exact, it’s a viewing room, where we can see above the empty cavern but it’s not really empty…

“There is something there” I can’t help but have cold sweat running down on my back. What kind of pressure is this… there is something terribly wrong there.

“You can feel it?” He inquired but he is more interested on my trembling and sweating body than my statement. “You’re more sensitive to supernatural distortion than what we initially thought” He then set his eyes on the empty space that we’re currently observing.

“Yes, there is indeed something there. That is where the Grail would materialize when the ritual is complete. Currently the grail is just a concept or mechanism that the 3 founding family had made to summon the actual thing. We don’t have much information about the ritual, we only got second hand statement. The only one who has probably known the secrets are the founding family and they aren’t actually someone you can kidnapped and tortured for information” The elder sighed and continues.

“It doesn’t have a physical body but the greater grail is there. It’s the one that’s gathering the massive amount of mana in this land, and its lay lines” The elder sighs and massage his forehead and the one in between his eyes.

“Since the grail isn’t physically manifested in this world, we can’t get a solid reading. We only know that it’s there and the space is being distorted in where it’s been placed. It’s also where the massive amount of mana is being sucked into. It’s like there is a pocket dimension there where the greater grail is hidden. We’re trying to get a reading from it but we can’t actually get close to it. We will trigger the bounded field if we step inside the cavern, which is why we set up this observation deck. If only it has a physical form, we can properly study it and we will even force our way into the bounded field but well… we know it’s there but the actual body isn’t there. That is what’s stopping us from doing something reckless” He then looks at me and looks back at the seats and then the door.

“This place was built after we had taken over this temple. We take control over the temple and dig below it secretly. Since the Magus are closed minded fools, they won’t think of someone observing their little relic, outside of their priced bounded field. Bounded field works by applying their magic in a certain area and set rules for it. Be it defensive or offensive, you pick the rules but it has a one solid rule that any bounded field follows and it can only affect the area where it was set up. It won’t affect the outside area of where it was set. So we set up an observation deck outside of the area of effect. To be precise, we build it as close as we can and stop when we are only few centimeters off from triggering the bounded field” After explaining he seats in one of the chairs and he made a gesture for me to sit too.

“The ritual that they are trying to perform is the third true magic [The manipulation of Souls]. The goal of the magi that created this system was to access the Root of all knowledge [Akasha] but the method that they are using is the problem. The second, third and fourth true magic are the magic that were meant to reach it. Then the first and fifth are magic that creates a path and gained power upon arrival. It may sound the same but it’s different” He frowns and he settles his elbows on his knees as a support and his fingers intertwined and he set it to support his chin.

“For the first and fifth, a path was created. For the second, third and fourth, it only meant as to reach that place but how will they reach it if there is no set path for it?” He looks at me asks the question.

I can only look at him and raised my eyebrows; does he expect me to think on how those fools think? I only shrug away and let him continue his explanation.

“To make things simple, the Holy Grail war is a ritual where they make a hole, where they can use to access the Akasha, and that is where the problem rise. They are trying to make a hole into the space and time continuum to access an unknown place, a total alien place but before we even go to that problem. We go back to the problem of the hole into space and time continuum… which causes a distortion in space. You can even feel it and we can get data’s from it which is nice, we’re having a front row seat in the making of a freaking black hole, here in japan” His clenching his fist right now.

“They are doing something stupid. Experimenting in this backwater place without proper equipment and specialist that knows what they are doing. Experiments are been done when dealing with black hole or infinite gravitational field that would stretch you into something like a spaghetti. It’s nothing new in academy city but this! What they are doing is something totally reckless! They are damaging the current dimension here. What if it collapses and it expands? It will eat the Whole Mountain first, then the city, then the japan, heck, it’s a black hole! It will most likely eat every matter in near vicinity and that includes the planet itself. This isn’t fiction where a black hole would stops after sucking everything around it or if it gets hit by a puny light show, it would just continue on sucking everything around it until it become bigger and bigger and until there are nothing more to suck in… Studying or creating the event horizon isn’t something they should play at” The elder is clearly frustrated and I can understand.

“I don’t know what they are planning to do nor do they even know what they are doing but it’s clearly dangerous. The reason why Japan lost the last war is because our clan had left the front lines. Nuclear attacks aren’t something we should be afraid of because we can fend it off if we stayed in the front lines, with the new onmyodo system that the Tsuchimikado clan had develop. The enemies aren’t really a threat if we take them seriously. The only troublesome part is if other supernatural beings or other countries had send magic users to joined the war. We can mostly likely… no we can win that war. But when we’re scouting in the near sea area, we detected an abnormality in the space” The elder sighs and he is clearly disturbed by this.

“A distortion was being created and we decided to investigate it. Then and there, when we saw that thing that the magus had created, we decided to seclude ourselves and find a way to fix it. The current clan head at that time even become the sacrifice to make a satisfactory show for royal family and Japan, that we’re giving up on our long line of duty to protect Japan” He looks at me with a smile but that smile is a hollow fake smile. It’s the worst smile he ever tried.

“When discovered it the first thing that enters our smart and intelligent brains are to massacre those idiotic families but then we realize that it’s useless. We think of other ways like just bombing it and destroying the whole mountain but the grail doesn’t exist in the actual plane of existence. It’s inside a pocket dimension or different dimension. We even encourage the idea of talking with the perpetrators of the crime then we remember we’re dealing with crazy magus…We’re really in our wits end back then and we can’t think clearly. The grail is self-sufficient and maybe sentient… and when we tried to isolate it from the lay lines. It just digs in deeper which shows us another whole set of problems that we wish we noticed earlier. It just adds up more headaches….” Sigh…. Elder is really looking old right now.

“The planet is dying” He said but he doesn’t elaborate it more.

What?

What did he mean by that?

What is he talking about?

Huh….

Is he serious?

No way….

“What!” I was shocked that I didn’t manage to control my voiced and shouted it.

“That is not you’re current problem and don’t worry… we’re also trying to fix it” He sighs again but why can’t I worry for something as catastrophic as that.

“Just remember… you’re created to prevent it but currently, just focus on dealing with this stupid grail. One problem at a time” He becomes irritated and I’m surprised with all this new emotions that I’m seeing with this usual carefree-lying priest.

“Plans are already in action afterwards but It takes half a century before it has been realized and during those times, we find out more problems and more headaches and more….” The elder just looks down at the floor and shakes his head.

“While we’re thinking of a way to fix these stupid problems (He changes the topic) the director had made suggestion on why not bring the fight to them. We’re always in the defensive and we’re only reacting when there was a huge problem in our doorstep. Shouldn’t be going into offensive now? Like striking those idiotic magus or the arrogant magic side users, and those who seats in their throne and looks down at us, humans, while continuously laughing and enjoying all the time, wasting their eternal time of living the life of hedonistic way, while we humans are the ones being trampled with. And when they become bored in their home or legend or whatever that different dimension they call, they will materialize into this world and cause havoc. They are pretty much the center of trouble here… they give knowledge but didn’t become responsible for it. They tried to do what they like and the humans imitated it. This whole grail thing is also probably made possible thanks to them. I mean, it’s a freaking game that calls upon the legends to be sacrificed to a cup from another legend that will bore through space and time to connect to that damn root. It’s practically shouts that it’s not the work of mortals and a supernatural is surely connected to it” The elder’s eyes are closed and he is using his palm now to massage or rather pushing hard his forehead.

“Humans when they are born, they don’t know anything. They have instincts but the thing that sets them apart from animals is that they can think. Babies won’t learn what’s right or wrong without proper guidance. It’s just a curious creature that would try to copy what it sees and it just so happen that the thing they often see are beings of legends indulging on what they do best. They indulge in pleasure. There are legends or diving beings that protects mind kind and when people copied them, the heroes where born but if the good guys are really doing their job, then those evil beings shouldn’t even exist. The Gods should be able to guide humanity to what is right but well… They say that they promote freedom for humanity” The elder only just plops his body in the chair and looks at the ceiling.

“There are more problems that you will encounter Touma and you’re not allowed to lose. Many things are counting on you to survive and win… You know the way to the exit… Just… go…. But remember….you’re not allowed to die until 2016 had passed…” The elder just stop speaking and shooed me away.

….

“Thanks for the information Elder” I don’t know what think.

The information is just too much for me to process and even with my high intelligence and wisdom…. I can only slowly walk away and my mind is clouded by a fog that blocks my path. The Gamers mind is working on clearing it but I still can’t see my destination.

Volume 1 part 4 part 1 incomplete

Vol 1 Chapter 3

Part 25

It’s the second week of January 2004, I just arrived earlier and I haven’t even rested yet but rest isn’t needed for something like me. As long as I have stamina to use, I can function.

I’ve already delayed my training for a couple of weeks already so I need to return to it but a couple of problem arises that I first need to settled with.

First and the one that has highest priority in the list would be the need to bury the person that I failed to save.

While during the train, I think a lot and I can’t seem to think of any other place to bury her than the Flower Garden of Grandma.

That place is already a reminder of my accursed fate, so another reminder of my failure won’t really change my view of it. Plus, that place is a beautiful and I can’t think of a better resting place than there. Plus it’s secretive with no one will disturb her resting place and I swear that I’m not thinking of using the corpse as fertilizer for the place.

I plan to find her family but currently, I don’t have a clue and time.

I’ve been thinking a lot during my travel that had been delayed again due technical problem of the Trains but thanks to the delay, I managed to sort out my emotions and feelings on the matter.

I can’t feel emotions; or rather I’m not allowed to feel strong emotions.

Gamers mind prevents it because it would cloud my mind and would affect my judgment.

Gamers mind completely nullifies any influence against my mind but it doesn’t completely shut off my feelings. It just forces me to calm down when I’m having a strong emotion and as a side effect, I would ended up forgetting the emotion or the reason for having such emotion but it’s not guaranteed to success.

If the reason of my emotion is still present, then the emotion would just rise again. Plus, it can become a weakness because if the gamers mind is continuously forcing my mind to calm down, instead of making my mind clear, it become more jumbled and is causing a minor headache.

The headache can be ignored but the jumbled emotions can’t and remembering my previews encounter with the fallen, I’ve been too angered that I suddenly attacked the being several times stronger than me and if I didn’t have the Wood Talisman that prevents an instant death then I would be dead back then.

I would really need to control myself from now on. I’m relying too much on Gamers Mind to make myself calm but I need to control my emotion so I won’t have problem in dealing with unexpected situation that might make me emotional.

Wood Talisman isn’t the answer in critical situation. It’s much better to just avoid getting into critical situations and to do so, I need to learn control.

Plus getting Wood Talisman is also hard acquired. It’s a super rare drop that I only manage to get two of those after killing millions in the altered world.

The altered world has a time difference depending on how many energy I used to compensate for creating it, though I’m not confident if I did indeed create it. The idea of different dimension or in this case, an altered one, just seems so alien to me. I’ll probably try to research it, if I find the time and resources of studies pertaining to parallel or different dimension.

I did exploit this ability to train endlessly for hours, days to months and probably years.

It started with two days per hour but now I can do it until five days an hour and I’m continuously doing it. But lately I’ve been spending time in the real world because Mr. Shibuya is becoming more worried when he visited and I’m not around.

He knew that I don’t like going outside because my luck probably ended up causing trouble and someone might have hurt again, so to stop him from worrying to death, I ended up having spending more time in the real world in the near ending of the year, last year but it’s also because of that, that I manage to get the crafting ability.

In the altered world, only the initial room or building that I reside when I invoked the ability would be the only safe place. If I went outside, it would be full of monsters that won’t tire out and infinitely spawn and while this place is an ideal training ground and place to get rich. It’s not an ideal place to learn something else. Even the plain field gave off the feeling of death and would not be the ideal place to stay. I would prefer to go to undead field and stay at the safe house, if I need extended time.

Well, at that time, I only think of the altered world as a training field and a place to hunt items like in dungeon games but after receiving the crafting ability. I found another thing to exploit in the altered world. I can farm the place for materials.

I haven’t explored the place yet and how bit it encompassed because I didn’t have time to explore with the endless horde of monsters attacking me, but it’s a complete copy of this world with only slight difference. Being the nature of water there is all made up of blood, the green moon and the never-ending night. Some of the minor difference that can be easily found in a horror story but that doesn’t matter. What matter is that it’s almost a complete mirror of the real world.

From there, I got the idea of taking other things aside from the item drops. I start from collecting the carcass of the goblins that I’ve slain and brought them to the real world. I failed at that experiment because the corpses disappear but I tried something else. Like simple things. For one of my earlier experiment, I tried to just bring back a spoon in my kitchen and I still failed.

Even normal items are still not being able to be carried through the real world.

I first tried using items inside the safe house but I failed most of my early trials but I’m fine. That’s why I’m experimenting to see if there is a possibility here that can be used.

The simple items from spoon, book, I even tried my games and the dinner table but it all failed.

When I used most of the nonorganic items in the house, I go for the organic one.

I didn’t go for this one because the corpse vanished when I first tried it so I thought that it would be the same for organic goods. But when I tried bring a simple Tomato that I stored in the kitchen through the real world by putting it inside the inventory. I can’t believe that it didn’t disappear.

I remember laughing like a madman because of that.

I tried various experiments and I found lots of limitations but it can be easily exploited.

The altered world mirrors the real world.

Anything in the real world will exist in the altered world.

It’s a complete copy with minor difference but it’s still a copy and the things found there is as real as the items in the real world. I test it because my void didn’t dispel it.

My void can forcefully destroy the altered world but it affect differently from usual. I didn’t understand much the mechanics because I thought that it would negate the alien world but it didn’t. I still didn’t understand it fully and because of that, I’m continuing on researching for the answers but more importantly.

If it’s considered real by my void then it’s also real in the real world but what limits me from bringing it through the real world is different. Before when I’m researching on what to bring back to the real world, I didn’t understand it much but after the first ability had been revealed, I finally understand.

What I can bring to the real world are items considered as raw material.

Items are categorized into different types.

The categories are equipment, consumable and raw materials.

The consumables are items that if used, it will either disappear or it has limited time of use but in the end, it will disappear after use.

The raw materials will also be used after use but its items that can be used for crafting different items.

The equipment are items that the player or user can equip into their own.

For now, that is what I have as a category in items but in games, there are key and important items that move the plot of the story. I haven’t seen one yet and hope to not see it.

Aside from the categories of items, the items are further divided more by rankings.

The first are the normal ones. I can touch it with my void and the color of its label is gray.

The second are magical ones. This I can’t touch with my right hand. It has magical properties or enhancements that are usually useful to me, if I can equip it. And it means any items that aren’t placed on my right hand.

The magical items are also labeled as blue.

But there are also rules pertaining here.

Some items won’t work for me. Those items tend to have an effect that would affect me as a whole. Like an aura or magical enhancement or boost. That won’t work because my right hand would negate it.

The last rank that I currently know or have is the unique ones.

The unique are colored yellow and I didn’t see much difference of this and magical items but unique usually have a special property on it. Some of the magical items had special property too so I really didn’t understand much but it’s probably because the special property in unique items are unique only to that type of item.

Furthermore each item has their own individual level or rather any object has their designated level on it. It can be found together with the name and the levels vary from the rarity of the item.

Even the walls in the house have its level and status.

With Scan skill, I can see and understand it.

The items itself has also another parameter that indicates the level of the item but I don’t understand it much, aside from the fact that all the items that I had scan so far, only shown a level of 1 only.

The items have also rarity indications which accompanied by grade and finally POP. I’m totally clueless on this because most of the items had 0/0 on them. The magical ones had 0/1 and the unique had 1/1.

When I click POP, it only shows population but of what? I just wish that sometimes, the gamers’ ability had manual on them and doesn’t just give brief explanation on them.

Usually items are shown as:

Level 3 Kitchen Knife [Brand Shun]

Item Level: 1

Rarity: 255

Grade: Common

POP: 0/0

Durability: 35/35

Attack: 20

Effects: 20% Bleeding (Minor)

Then finally the description of the item, the description varies from individual items but common items have a basic history of when and where the item was made and who made them. The magical ones had also basic description but I don’t know who made the flavor text for the magical items.

This item is normal which is why the name and level is colored gray.

Going back to what I can bring back to the real world.

The ones that can be brought back to the real worlds are the ones labeled as raw materials.

It’s usually my crops or flowers in the garden that I tried to experiment at first. Then I go for the trees at the garden.

I didn’t get to experiment much because it’s hard to farm raw materials if there are endless monsters around and even with my summoned being. It’s still hard to do so.

I can only find time to farm is after launching an AOE [Area of Attack] that will wipe out the normal spawns but that is only a few second breaks for me.

I can’t bring back spoon or chair into the real world because it’s already processed but if I break the table and turn it into scrapped wood. Then I can bring it back to the real world.

But for a made material to be considered as raw material, it would be to completely destroy its current form and return it into its most basic form.

Usually, smashing the table isn’t enough. I need to shave away the design and actually turn it into wood pieces, for it to be considered a raw material.

Too much time consuming work that I can only do inside the safe house, the outside is just hording too many monsters to have time to scrap some materials that could be turn into raw materials.

The only reason I manage to get the logs is by exploiting the safe house.

If I’m inside the safe house, the enemies won’t attack me, so I charge at the door and cast an AOE in the surrounding then send Pidgey to cut the trees and I use telekinesis to drag it towards me.

I have few seconds to do this before the monsters start swarming again and the destroyed surrounding won’t restore itself unlike the killed monsters that can just respawn.

The damage done in the altered world won’t affect the real world so its fine and the place will be restored, the next time I entered the altered world again but I’m not forcing my way out of the altered world, so I can just enter it again to farm the new logs. It’s too much time consuming for me that I prefer to just kill monsters than farm materials.

I only gather raw materials before I go farming monsters. It’s like an initial ritual, where I start scrapping anything I can find in the safe house then I go for the raw materials in the backyard, garden and the rice fields.

It’s near the house so I can exploit the safe house to stop the monster from swarming me.

After getting all the possible raw materials around the house, I will now go hunt for monsters in the city proper. Open fields is much harder to fight in if the enemy is everywhere.

Fights in open field is disadvantageous if the enemy is smart enough to attack at the same time and I can’t defend in every direction so I lure the monsters to the city where I can limit the attacks in the alleyway, the roads or sometimes, inside someone’s house.

Going back to what I’m currently doing.

After bringing out the corpse from my inventory, I properly take care of the corpse and begin cremating it.

I don’t have any of her pass belongings because she was bare when I found her being abused by the fallen so I don’t anything that can be used to remember her.

I can only immortalize her last moments in my brain that won’t allow this scene to be forgotten.

After cremation, I set her ashes and remains into an urn and placed her in a make shift monument that I placed in the center of the garden.

The monument is surrounded by beautiful flowers that I hope she will see.

It’s a good resting place to have.

Together with me is her daughter, we’re both currently present for this ceremony.

Her daughter, Mittelt, I took her with me. The elders are against it at first and their mind didn’t change even with my reasons that I present to them and claimed that she’s my responsibility. Even the elder with Glasses is against it and just show clear evidence of disappointment but I won’t leave her to the care of the clan.

Aside from my personal excuse that she’s my responsibility. I don’t trust anyone in the main core of the clan. There is no reason to trust the elders.

We’re just using each other to further our own set of goals.

Elder Johan or Elder Blond is doing it because of a promise and revenge. He is also most likely just want to mess with those supernatural that think highly of their own.

Elder Aizen or Elder with Glasses wants to get rid of the supernatural beings that he sees as dirt to the clean world. I said that this in this way because it will probably he will probably be selective in his targets and not just general supernatural beings. I doubt that the clan won’t ally to one or two supernatural races, but I also can’t tell if the “traitor” won’t backstab them too.

My goal for now is to get rid of the abusing supernatural beings and too made sure that the humans aren’t been used by beings several times stronger than them.

I don’t know if this would be my long term goal or dream because I still can’t seem to understand myself. My constant dreams at night don’t help either.

It’s about a boy that saves other people and in the end he failed to save his most precious person and died together with her. It becoming a recurring thing that I wonder, that maybe because of that dream, which is why I wanted to save others.

I really shouldn’t care for the others because I can’t even communicate with them but there is that desire to help them.

I don’t understand which is why I’m still searching for my true self.

Taking care of Mittelt is one of those urge that I can’t explain.

You don’t need a reason to save someone but you’ll need an excuse to not help.

That is what the elder said and I partly believe it.

Its right thing to help others and the only reason others aren’t reaching out for others is because they had their own excuses.

It’s an excuse and not a reason because you’re prioritizing yourself over the others. It’s a selfish and humane thing to do.

But it’s not right to abandon others just so you can save yourself.

There is that hidden drive inside me that makes me think of that.

Mittelt becomes an orphan is because of my failure.

I don’t know how long the woman is in labor or if the fallen didn’t notice it or just didn’t care but it’s true that one way or another; it’s because of me that she’s probably dead.

I know it’s not right to blame myself of her death but it’s not the first time that someone has hurt because of me.

Just being around me is bad for people who generally lack protection.

I negate the luck or blessings around me that any sort of defense is useless.

But having a defense is better than none.

If someone who isn’t protected at all was effected by me. Then that person would just suffer.

Like how Mr. Shibuya had his accident. I tried to save him but in the end, he got hurt.

Mittelt is my responsibility. I’m even the one who helped give birth to her but in the process, ended up killing her mother and probably father.

I don’t know how the fallen works but they are evil.

They might treat their allies well but the others are nothing.

They even treat humans as breeding stock.

I will take care of Mittelt.

At least her, I will try to save.

I haven’t even heard on what happen to the other girls that was taken for custody.

Their mentality is broken and they needed treatment but if even a doctor of the clan, diagnose of them as hopeless. I wonder what will happen to them.

I was busy in the later days that I forgotten about them but I remember them when I’m riding back home.

I didn’t know where they were taken or what happen later on but I hope they are fine.

At least Mittelt, I will take care of.

She is my second problem that will lead to my third problem.

Taking care of her would make me unable to train too long or at all.

My time would be restricted to her and I would need to be present to look after her.

During my ride home, I even question if my decision is right but I immediately squashed such notion.

But I’m in currently in dilemma, I need someone who can watch out for her but that is impossible and I don’t trust others that much, to not poke into such things that are meant to be kept a secret.

My third problem is on whom to take care of her.

The first problem is easily solved but the second and third is hard and is in long term problem.

Taking care of her while doing some training and researching would be hard.

Which made me think that I really did a reckless decision back then of taking care of her. But then again, I can’t leave her behind on that household. I don’t know what they will do to her or if they will even take care of her.

She is not their problem and the people I only knew in the clan are the ones who won’t care for others that won’t be of use to them.

And a baby is useless to anyone; it’s more of a burden and responsibility. If there is potential to be of some use, it will take time for it to bear fruits.

I also had my fourth problem but it’s more of a clustered of problems.

Before parting with the elders, I was given a secured document.

It’s a magically secured with the ropes binding the document together is filled with unnaturalness that I feel in magically affected objects.

The document won’t be open by normal people and even by me because I don’t know how to unbind magical tomes. But with my right hand, the binding is useless.

The document itself isn’t something special but just a folded piece of paper. The only special is the bindings around it.

But even without using my right hand to undo the bindings and read it, I already found out what’s inside thanks to my Devour skill which is part of my rank 3 Psychometry skills after Analyze.

[Rank 3] Devour (Level 2: Psychometry) level 1 Exp: 00% Active: Cost 100 Energy

The skill that allows one analyzes information and knowledge from different books and items. It only needs physical contact and the information will flow into you.

It also has another function that one allows to absorb the knowledge of the books or items. The absorb knowledge has a chance of giving the user a new unique skill or ability.

Effect:

Takes 1 minute to fully analyze and digest the information stored inside the item.

INT helps to shorten the time need to understand the item.

Current numbers of items that can be analyze or devoured at the same time is 1

The chance to acquired new skill from devouring an item is currently 1%

Note:

The repeated devouring of the same item will increase the chance of getting a skill from it.

Every level will increase the chance of getting a skill from an item by 1%

Every 5 level, the number of items that can be analyzed at the same time will increase by 1.

This is a level based skill. The only way to get experience is to devour an item that has higher or the same level as the user. Devouring lower level items won’t lead to getting any experience.

Consuming the document would be useless because it’s only a level 1 parchment and it doesn’t really instructor teach anything, so I just analyze it and I already found out what I need to know for an extended future project of the clan, though it’s not really a future one but an ongoing project.

But the content is about a future event that will surely happen. The clan is delaying the inevitable but it will still happen.

I didn’t know much yet aside from what the document provide and I’ll probably going blind here.

The clan has been tampering with the lay lines that provide Mana for the ritual, to delay it and they are delaying it for more than a decade already, though it become delayed a lot further with me being here. But the Clan had managed to tamper the device that gathers Mana without the families that involve in creating it, knowing a thing.

It’s really something to praise with, especially if the place had magic protection on it like the temple that I previously tried to enter.

It also probably helps that their kind are arrogant enough to think that no one will play with their toys.

I don’t know what the Clan did to delay it and I’ll probably know after investigating it.

Looking at the night sky, I can probably go there now. It’s the perfect time to visit it with the chances of being spotted is next to none but I probably shouldn’t tempt fate.

Normally a travel between Nara to Kumamoto should take around 5 hours with Train as main transportation but having around a dozen of technical problems during the travel just made it worst.

I left the ancestral home with the sun barely peeking through the sky but I arrived with the sun already hiding behind the mountains.

Looking back at the girls that are seating around the living area and observing and guarding the sleeping Mittelt, I can’t help but feel satisfied.

I ended up losing Mittelt’s mother but I manage to save her and the other girls. At least I didn’t lose them all.

I also got rewarded handsomely with the gift I received.

Last year I got rewarded by receiving the Dragon Orb and the sword form techniques. I did read it but I haven’t tried learning it yet because of few reasons.

One I don’t have a sword and even find a sword drop in the altered world, and using a sword just doesn’t feel right.

I prefer a free forming style that can adapt against any foes. I’m fine with learning different type of weapons to increase variety and to further confuse my enemies but I lack the knowledge to do so.

I have an ability to easily identify a Japanese made weapons but I don’t have the skills to use it.

I can master a sword by swinging it a million times but it will still be not enough if I don’t have the skills to back it up. I would need to learn and create from scratch if I would want to use a weapon in battle.

I would probably be happy to learn using weapons but I just don’t have the means to master it without proper guidance or instructions.

And this year they have given me a gift that I’m terribly lacking and could really help in my future battles.

A weapon used by my ancestors to fight against fellow humans.

Supernatural aren’t the only enemies in the world. Greedy humans are everywhere too but they are the result of the supernatural beings mingling and corrupting the people.

The weapon itself is interesting.

The design is unique.

The weapon is a pair of black daggers.

Level 10 Combat Knife [Acura Blade]

Item Level: 1

Rarity: 50

Grade: Rare

POP: 0/2

Durability: 30/30

Attack: 50

Effects: 20% Bleeding (Minor)

The color of the blade is black with a one foot length and near the guard is a protruding blade that can be used to lock the opponent’s weapon. The design resembles a Jitte but it has additional feature of top serrations that isn’t meant to cut but to grind, just above the guard.

The guard is a simple black protruding metal guard with a forefinger grove and a button.

The handle is colored black with a circular hollow ring object at the pommel.

The circular object is the end of the wire and the rest is stored at the inside of the handle where a mechanism is also installed in to reel the wire and to shoot the blade out. The blade is also connected to the wire and can be reel in. the trigger to reel in is the button that can be found in the metal guard of the dagger.

The wire has a maximum length of 10 meters and it’s extremely thin but it is strong enough to carry around two to three adults.

These wires could be an extreme help because it can be used to reel myself too and it will cost me only a bit of Stamina than the use of Energy. And against strong enemy that would made me force to rely on long range attacks to counter, Energy would be extremely necessary and every bit of points would help a lot.

This weapon isn’t really extremely powerful but it’s been through a lot and probably had killed hundreds to thousands of humans and supernatural beings. This weapon can be called an antique weapon and pretty outdated in the current time where guns are prominent.

But it will still be useful to the one who can master it. It presents lots of useful tricks and the user won’t be bog down to simple slash and stab techniques.

It’s interesting to see what I can do in the future with these weapons.

While these weapons don’t have any magical properties which made them more valuable because I can use them with my right hand, the main reason on why this weapon is considered a treasure of the clan is because it brings out the latent talent in the clan’s blood.

The clan has lots of secrets.

Since they aren’t gifted with strong powers and are just normal human beings that tried to fight against beings that have natural gifts and super natural beings that can toy with humanity. They need to gamble. They experiment and used their own clan members and blood relative to further their research.

It’s an inhuman method that probably killed a lot. Since they are making their own stronger, they refrain from taking outsiders as experimental material. They probably still experiment on outsiders but they mostly used the main family members as the base of the experiment.

They altered the body using different poison and chemicals.

They used different method and they succeed in exchange for the deaths of their own blood related family members and they are the clan that promotes the protection of the clan over outsiders.

It’s an ironic idea that they are doing all of this to protect the clan but to me, they are just don’t want to die. They do everything to protect themselves and their own, even if they sacrifice their own people.

One of the results in their experiment is the one that can be unlocked by using the very weapon who my ancestors used.

“Being one with the weapon and turning oneself into the weapon itself”

The essence of Iron Blood Transformation

It’s one of the results of the experiment. It’s the control of blood flow and its density. It’s a deadly technique that has put massive toll on the body and has high lethality. It’s a very dangerous technique that doubles ones strength in exchange of possible death.

Iron Blood Transformation

A valued secret technique of the clan that envies the gifted. It’s the result of clan’s research and experiment that results in countless deaths. It’s a move for the desperate and weak. This move was copied from the gifted ones but this pales in comparison to the original.

Effect:

Temporarily doubles the status of the user.

Stop the natural regeneration and instead cause damage of 5% of total HP and STA per second.

Increase chances of receiving poison status and increase the lethality of the poison and other diseases.

Note:

This ability is double edge. In exchange for power, the blood is controlled to move faster and denser which increase the flow of nutrients in the body and strengthened the veins but this damage the internal organs and can cause for the body to explode from the inside. And because of the increase if blood flow, if the user had been poisoned or had a disease status effect, its effect will amplify and the body will be a lot more susceptible to such negative status effect.

The effect would fade once the user loses consciousness.

This ability doesn’t have requirements for improvement which means this is the max level.

The ability is really useful but the side effect is surely made it difficult to be used.

This is not supernatural power up which is why I can use it even with my right hand that negates supernatural power.

This is something that I can use but it’s extremely difficult and I would be gambling my life here but the result would be worth it.

In a fight against someone stronger, I would be gambling my life already, so a little more risky move that might save my life with a huge disadvantage would still be a life saver in such situation.

I just need to time its use.

I had a maximum limit of 20 seconds before I die but this is not counting the stamina that I would use while moving around or the risk of letting the HP enter the red zone. Entering the red zone of HP isn’t really something recommended. Plus 20 seconds is already too long in a crucial fight.

In my last fight with the fallen, the actual fight didn’t even last a minute. It last only a couple of seconds and the thing that made it longer is when I stalled time by talking with the fallen.

If it’s a continues fight, 20 seconds is more than enough if the people that are fighting are fast enough to cross the distance of 20 meters within a second.

I little gambit isn’t something new. It’s to win against superior enemy. Any means is justified.

Thanks to this ability, I also manage to awaken two more elements. It’s the key needed to further push myself to acquire the ability to manipulate the electricity and metal, which is why I had two more new summoned beings and they are all gathered around Mittelt right now.

The new ones are Mareep and Beldum.

Mareep is the lightning summoned being. When fighting she is a lightning sheep but here in the house, she is in her human form. A small child with the same age as me (the summoned beings probably reflect my own. They are part of me to begin with) with black hair in pigtails that are tied by a yellow band and was left swinging in her front. She has electrified blue eyes and yellow sleeveless shirt and yellow with blue strip skirt.

She is the silent type that likes to listen to the music of the game that the others are playing.

Beldum is the metal summoned being. In her fighting form, she is like a mini robot arm with floating camera as her head and eye but in her human form. She has light brown hair with small pigtails tide by a white ribbon and the rest are allowed to flow on her back that reaches till her waist. She wears a simple blue sundress and among the others, she is the simplest one. She is also the kind and always smiles type.

Each of the summoned beings had their own unique characteristics which is surprising if you consider them as part of me because I don’t have much character.

They are currently surrounding Mittelt’s make shift bed. Beldum and Pidgey are looking out for her while the others are either playing games like Charmander and Larvitar or just like Mareep who is just watching the others play.

I can probably leave them to Mittelt as her temporary caretaker but it won’t be permanent. I need someone that can really take care of her. I would need my summoned ones in fighting or training so they won’t be around to take care of her all the time. But just for reconnaissance, I can probably leave her to them.

Looking up at the beautiful night sky, I’m awed with its beauty. I can’t help but smile and be thankful that I’m a bit far away from city proper so the lights from the city towers and residential area won’t be blocking the night sky.

Here in the agricultural area. I can admire the silence and beauty of the night time.

But I don’t have much time to lazy around.

I will strike and investigate the place where the Greater Grail had been kept after this midnight.

I still had three to four hours that I can expand to at least 15 to 20 days of training.

I would need to hunt Wood Talisman again and Recovery Items. I used all of them in the last fight. For me to survive and to help Mittelt’s mother to survive but in the end, it’s not enough.

I would also probably increase my training and would expand my training area to outside of the city. I would like to see the world in the altered world.

I would also hunt the Remedy or item that would grant Recovery of All Status Ailments or something like Elixir that grants Complete Recovery.

Before, I only look out for magical equipment and I didn’t bother to loot everything.

Each monster had drops. If one will scavenge through their corpse, one can find money in their belongings or possible equipment but to do so, one need to a lot time in searching the thousand to million corpses that was left behind.

I only looted around when I use AOE attacks that leave everything in their wake as ashes and the items that were left behind are indestructible. I didn’t understand the mechanics behind it but the corpse could be destroyed but items can’t. But if I take them then they become vulnerable and real world logic will affect them.

But even if I only looted those types and sometimes when I’m not deeply swarmed by enemies, it stills enough to make me insanely rich.

Normal monster has drops of 100 to 400 yen. When I started with zombies, the drops of normal spawn are 100 yen each but each time I move on to the next level of battle field, it increase.

Normal monsters – 100 to 400 YEN

Unique monsters – 1,000 to 4,000YEN

Mini Boss monsters – 10,000 to 40,000 YEN

Boss monsters – 100, 000 to 400, 000 YEN.

The unique monsters are the name ones that spawn together with the normal spawns.

The mini boss monsters usually appear after an hour or two. It collects all the massive amount of souls around and turns into a big abomination. When I tried to estimate, it probably collects thousands of souls to form the body of the mini boss.

The boss is different. There is something much worse than Legion Zombie.

It will appear after I killed a hundred of that Mini Bosses. It then gathers the souls of the mini-bosses and forms another monstrosity.

One can just imagine the amount of money I earned in that altered place.

I can kill thousands of the enemy normal spawn in matter of seconds. Charging AOE attack and delay it, then lure the enemy to the city normal and launch the attack in the concentrated number of enemies.

In my early days, it takes an hour for mini boss to appear but when I master the luring and kiting of mini bosses. I can make a boss monster that usually appears only ones or twice a day, into a matter of 3 hours.

I’m insanely rich and if I looted everything. I can’t imagine how many digits my current money is.

I also wonder if the currency will change if I tried a different country to farm in.

Status”

Goblin Slayer

“Kusanagi” Touma

Level – 43

HP – 5100

STA – 4340

EN – 5810

STR – 11

DEX – 11

VIT – 8

INT – 152

WIS – 52

LUCK – EX

STATUS POINTS – 20

The Goblin Slayer is my title. I had couples of title already that I received in the past. They are the Youkai, Undead, Skeleton and Ghost Slayers and my original unknown title at first, The Fantasy Killer.

Goblin Slayer

Increase damage to Goblin Race by 100%

Increase Critical damage against Goblin Race by 300%

Increase Critical change against Goblin Race by 25%

Increase attack rate to Goblin Race by 50%

Increase dodge rate to Goblin Race by 50%

Increase insight to Goblin Race by 50%

Increase defense against Goblin Race by 50%

Increase movement speed when facing Goblin Race by 25%

All slayer types’ title gave that kind of boost and titles gave boost to the soul so it isn’t negated by my right hand.

It is the result of killing a thousand of those specific races. It means that since you’ve killed a lot of them already, one can grew accustomed to killing them and it became easier to find their weakness and fight against with.

It’s the result of being experienced in dealing with them.

Though I realize something that some ghost falls under Youkai category and the skeletons can be considered undead too but my ability produced this title from my experience in dealing with their category. It’s confusing if I go into specifics. Even with my level of intelligence, I see no reason to have an undead slayer and skeleton race slayer different.

What’s the different of those two to begin with?

Looking at my past training and battles. I also notice something pertaining to me levels and experience points.

During my early training, it only takes few hours to reach the middle point of each 10 levels. But when I reach the level 30 and above, it becomes extremely hard to level up.

Right now, I need at least a week worth of continues battle to level up and the later part where the level difference become lower. I ended up a month to reach 37 and months to reach 38. I probably or most likely trained for more than a year, to level up to 40.

I’m thankful for the altered world but it really takes a lot of time to become stronger.

One cannot become stronger with only a few days or hours of training.

That is only for the gifted ones.

I’m not one of those and even my status as a Gemstone is not a natural one.

Ability”

Gemstone (Artificial) Rank 00

An ability user that has their ability since their birth. The ability comes naturally to them and they tend to learn faster and their ability is hard to categorize than the artificially made ones.

Effect:

The Gamer (Level 2)

This is the name of the ability and it’s the result of how the user views the reality. Like inside the game where there would be a plot story, villains, heroes, items, and levels. It’s like living the life of a game character.

Current abilities acquired:

Psychometry

Telekinesis

Energy Manipulation

Fire Manipulation

Wind Manipulation

Lightning Manipulation

Metal Manipulation

Note:

To upgrade, one must reach a point of enlightenment.

The power and level of an esper reflects one mental capacity and strength.

A change of views in the reality will affect the “Personal Reality” of the esper and will cause change to the nature of power.

One can grow strong or weaker, depending in the mental stimuli that the user receives.

It said that I was an artificial Gemstone. I can think of possibilities on how it happen, like manipulation and altering of Embryo but that would only confuse me and would further question my own identity and existence.

I would also start question if I’m the real son of my parents.

I don’t want to currently think such things.

I need to focus on my current goal than to question my origins.

Equipment”

Looking at my right hand where the special void resides.

Level 0 Fantasy Killer [Imagine Breaker Sealed State]

Item Level: 0

Rarity: 1

Grade: Legendary

POP: 0/0

Durability: 00/00

Attack: 0

Effects: Resets any change done to the natural world into the original state.

The void reflects the heart and soul of the user.

Am I a person that hates change or just generally doesn’t like the super natural beings? I don’t understand but the ability of my right hand generally negates and revert a super natural changes into its original form.

If this ability works against the supernatural beings themselves, then they are also unnatural to the world. Their very being is alien to the world and needs to be removed but my esper ability is also something that is not normal.

My right hand can negate them and it’s a good thing that the barrier skills formed outside my right hands reach, if not then it would be a useless skill.

I wonder if it’s intentional to make the skill usable.

Sigh…

I stand up from my favorite place in the living area’s porch begun stretching. I’ve wasted a lot of time already.

“Girls, look out for Mittelt, I’ll be training for a bit”

[Okay] is a collective respond of the summoned beings using the telepathic link that we have.

They don’t need to speak through their mouths to talk to me. They can speak normally but it’s a waste of effort. We are all connected and we are originally one. They will know where I’m and my current situation without being physically there. The same can be said for me. I can see and feel through them.

In the remaining time, I hope it would be enough to level up.

World Reject! Dungeon Make Goblin Field! Use 5000 Energy Compensation!

While the world is changing, I feel that I’m forgetting something important but I can’t seem to remember even with my high Intelligence. It shouldn’t be possible but I can’t seem to recall something. Another problem that I should tackle but maybe it’s not that important. I will remember it if It’s really important.

Part 26

I didn’t manage to level up in the span of 4 hours. I ended up forcing to go for 7 hours in the real world to at least level up 1 more but because of that, I ended up pretty late and way past midnight.

I originally planned to go around past 12 but now it’s early 4 already.

It won’t be suspicious to see a man walking around this time around but not a 4 year old child.

Still, I change my equipment and start walking to my destination.

Changing my equipment to stealth specialty and readying to equip the lonely hero mask if needed but currently, I just let it rest at the side of my head. I will just put it on properly if the needed arises.

I started my lonely walk through the silent road.

Going through the commercial district and observing my surrounding. Preventing the possible problems to arise with me around, I walk silently but vigilantly.

I can use the abilities without the summoned beings around but it’s more limited in range and would lack control. But it would probably be enough if it’s just checking the place.

After a couple of minutes walking, I finally reached the park.

I turn right and my destination is to the other side of the river.

To be honest, I haven’t stepped on that place of Fuyuki at all.

Since I don’t have business there, I don’t see any reason to go.

I only knew Mr. Shibuya’s house, the park, the hospital where he was taken too and the station that I yearly visit.

I didn’t go around that much after the whole mini-earthquake problem that hit the park, the city hall and library.

I began my walk through the commercial district but I noticed that the main road isn’t straight anymore.

Usually, the main road is the center of the city and it went straight and not turns to the side and went straight again.

It’s weird now that I’m walking through it. I saw the map but I didn’t see notice this problem.

I manage to get to the bridge but I ended up taking a lot of turns.

The straight path to the park was broken with constructions of buildings and currently built towers.

The bridge is only straight line and I won’t need to do countless turns to just reach the other side and I’m thankful for it though I found it weird to see a bunch of mini- shrine around the commercial district.

The same can be said for the entrance of the bridge. On each side a mini shrine was built in it.

To the eyes of others, it would be normal but for me, it’s gathering lots of mana around it.

A shrine for people’s protection and safety driving?

It can be found beside the roads; though they are numerous and can be found mostly in each turns of the main road.

Walking through the bridge, gave me a calm feeling through it. The wind sweeps through my body and I feel relax.

I only wore a dark blue jacket and pants that has stealth properties and protection from cold.

It’s still January and currently winter season.

I can see lights from the harbor and the mini park beside the river.

It’s beautiful and peaceful and I hope to preserve it more but it will probably change in the future.

This place would be a battle ground for annoying magic researchers that wish to acquire the grail that grants any wish.

It sounded nice but the methodology sounds dumb to me.

It started with the Einsbern but since they can’t do it alone for more than 500 years of constant failure. They decided to seek help from other Magus family.

The Einsbern prepares the cup and the other family shares his land and the other the contract.

The methodology fails when 7 participants with different wishes participate because you can only have 1 wish. It would be solve easily if they still had one unified wish but as the time goes by, they drifted apart.

Thus the ritual which is called the Holy Grail War starts.

It’s a battle between 7 Magus and 7 Legendary Heroes.

The Magus or Magi are the magic users that have magical circuits and they liked to do research to reach Akasha [Akashic Records or the Swirl of the Root] the ultimate goal of a Magus.

The clan doesn’t have high opinion on them. The clan elders call them arrogant fools.

They view themselves higher than normal people because they can do magic and they view their view of magic is different from the others.

Generally each magic community has different views from each other and prefers to not interact with each other.

The Magi are magic researchers and they had their own terms use to classify their magic. They also have magic circuits which they use to empower their mystery. They are more centered in London or Europe [The Magical Continent]

The other one is the Mages, Wizard or Magicians. There are different types of for these magic casters but generally they are the ones gifted with magical core. The magical core is the more frequent one to have for their kind, though magic core are independent to each person and the quantity of magic that one can harness is heavily dependent on the size of one’s magical core and it’s hard to increase ones capacity, especially if it’s an adult.

The magical core matures as the person matures.

It will grow together with the user and it will slow down in growing after the user had passed the age of puberty or reach adulthood.

This is different from Magical Circuit that has its number set since birth. One can only train to limits the needed prana to activate their mystery.

Prana is the term the magus use for their magic. The magic is a term rarely used by the magus too. They used the term Magecraft to define their mysteries and used the word Magic for a rare mystery that can’t be replicate by modern science.

So for Magus, Magecraft and Magic are different.

The magic energy that they to fuel their mystery is either Od or Mana.

Od is personal energy that found within all living organisms. As long as one had life in them, they have Od. It can also be called the lesser source because its limited but it can be restored if one takes a rest. This energy can also be called life force of a living being.

While Mana is the abundant energy around the world or in their case, the energy of the planet itself and it exist everywhere. It’s also called the greater source.

It also produced by spirits of plants and animals but it can only be done by the old ones. When a tree had grown too old and mature, a spirit will start to dwell in it. Shinto magic can be used to call upon their help for their spells.

But the problem with Mana is they deplete and it takes longer time for them to restore than Od.

In case of Shinto magic that uses earth spirits, the Priestess or Miko usually let the plants energy restore before using them again. An interval of months was the usual time for the natural energy to gather again. It maybe abundances but it’s not infinite.

The number of magic circuit is important for Magus because it’s where the raw energy of the Od or Mana would be refine to be turned into Prana.

The higher the number of magic circuits, the more magical energy or prana could be produced though according to Elder with Glasses, certain techniques can be used to lessen the energy usage and I tend to agree because the higher the level of my skills, the lesser energy is needed for it to be performed. It also shows my mastery of the skill

For magic circuits that are set since the day a magus was born, the only way to increase magic circuits is to have it transferred to another individual but having a magic circuit removed would probably kill or made the person invalid. The magic circuit acts the same as a person’s nervous system, if its removed then one can die and be invalid which is why only the dying or the dead have their magic circuits strip off them.

The old clans used this method to pass their magic to the next generation which is called the magic crest.

The magic crest is the most important treasure of a magus family. It’s a series of magic circuits that the family accumulates through each generation of the family.

The magic crest system that the magus family used is as simple as this. The current family head will do his research and studies all his life which is what magus do from what the elder said. And when they are dying or they finally wish to pass on their knowledge. They will install all their accumulated knowledge into their magic circuit and removed it and pass it onto his successor which will do the same and in each generation. The magic crest would grow stronger with each new circuit added to it. It also made actualizing their mystery faster and easier with the spell already installed into the circuit. They will just need to feed the necessary energy for the mystery to actualize.

This is also the reason why there was a fight for who will inherit the magic crest because only one person can inherit it and that person would be the head of the family.

Disputes happen when there are two heirs which often results with one of them being disown by the family and there where cases where the magus family let their children be adopted by other magus family that needs an heir.

This was a concept that is alien to the clan that thinks family first which is why is probably another reason why the elders hate them.

The magical core is different. It’s the more usual ones but this one follow a different law.

The magical core is more like a magical tank where Mana is stored inside of it.

The mages draw mana into the surrounding and the larger the core, the more mana they can gather.

Though this one is less refined than having a magic circuit where one can refine the energy into finer form of energy.

This is more of a brute and direct way but there are others who further refine their magical powers to make it stronger but general rules for those who have magical core are the larger the core. The more power one can have.

These are the usual form of gifts that the human received from the gods or ancient old beings.

Though there is a third category.

The ones who haven’t received any gifts at all from the gods.

They received no blessing so they do their best to compete with the ones who have natural talent.

These groups of people are usually called the Martial Artist.

They tempered their bodies to utmost limit and manage to tap into Ki or Chi. It’s the life force of every human being.

Every living being has Ki but not everyone can use it. The magus uses them too but their life force is smaller than the martial artist because they don’t train to use it.

Ki is divided into positive and negative forms and the one can tap it can use it to empower themselves.

But to tap it, one need to train and it takes talent to even manage to use it.

The world was divided again with those who have talent and those who don’t have one.

But other than Ki users, there is other who had it worse.

Since they can’t use anything at all but they want to survive. They gamble on the only thing they have.

Their own life.

They forcefully refine their own life force and turn it into energy that fuels their mystery.

Out of all those who practice their magic or craft, they are the most desperate and aren’t usually called mages or magus. They are mostly referred asMagicians but they are different from those who had magic cores. They themselves prefer to be just called Magic users.

They often called themselves as magic users because they only use magic as a means to reach their goals. These types of people usually don’t have much pride in their craft but they have pride in their goals and they risk their life for it.

Out of all the magic users that the elders met, they are the ones they tolerate.

The elder with glasses said that the magus has the saying that being a magus is walking the path of death but the elder can’t agree with them because any form of magic are dangerous.

Magic is defying the natures of the world and takes control of it.

They defy Gaia or the World itself and change the rules. They bend the natural world into their own wishes and just by defying the world, one is risking their life.

True, that if one made a mistake with their mystery, the result might cause them their death but that is not as extreme as using one’s life force to fuel their magic.

Imagine someone who tries to touch fire.

Fire is dangerous and can harm anyone but to those who had magic circuit, it’s like wearing a glove to protect their hands, while touching it. The magus has their own magic circuits where they refine the energy they needed to actualize the mystery.

They had the means to actually touch it.

But for magic users that doesn’t have any way to touch the energy.

They touch it with bare hands.

The magic circuits are there to refine the energies and turn them into magical energies and the mages or wizards had their magic core where they stored the mana and used it the less refine and raw form of mana to power their magic but for the magicians or magic users, they don’t have that kind of luxury.

For Mages that rely on their magical core. They have it easy and the result of deaths in their practitioner is lower than magic users and magus. The worst case when one overcharges their core is that they will most likely get hurt.

Mages aren’t usually suicidal enough to challenge impossible odds, they are usually referred as magic users that tried to be helpful to normal people but they are also the greatest hypocrites from what the elder with glasses said.

They helped the world secretly using magic but when the normal finds that they can use magic, they erase their memories and in worse case scenario, they just kill them. They are bunch that openly uses magic to help but they won’t let anyone know them that they use magic. They just contradict themselves.

It’s easier to deal with magus who hides their knowledge from others than the ones who uses it but won’t share it.

The world is innately unfair.

The moment anyone was born, the moment their possible future was settled.

I continued my walk while thinking of the information that I gathered.

After passing the bridge, I noticed something again.

“A miniature shrine again” They are really everywhere.

I walked through the main street and not even going that far, I was forced to pick a road to pick again.

“Another twin section” This is getting annoying. The main road shouldn’t break down to smaller roads. It would made travel harder.

While the road isn’t really small but one would need to turn instead of just going straight.

While I can see the strategy the municipality used for this. I don’t recommend it.

The roads broke down to place a commercial building or street in between.

Just like now where a bunch of stores was place in front of me and I would need to pick of right or left road to continue my walk.

I also noticed another shrine in the middle of the stores.

What a weird design.

I take the right side and resume my walk.

Going back to how dumb the Magus for developing this battle royal.

They need 7 legendary beings worth of magical energies to made the Holy Grail manifest.

It started with Einzbern family that wants to attain their lost magic.

The lost magic that the Einzbern lost is the one the Magus called the “Third Magic”

Mage Craft in the eyes of the magus are something that shouldn’t be shared. The more people who use it, the more the power would be divided to each individual user.

The Magic is the epitome of mage craft. It’s referred as True Magic or Sorcery.

It surpasses any form of known Mortal Magic and it can’t be copied or duplicated by the current science.

There had been lots of Magic before but as the science side develop and more technology was presented. The mysteries of old are continued to be duplicated by mundane ways and had lost its mystery.

Magic can easily be defined as something impossible or miraculous phenomenon.

It defies the laws of the world and it can’t be re-created by any mortal means.

The current known and acknowledge Magic are:

-Time Manipulation

-Teleportation

-Spatial Warping

-Resurrection of the Dead

The magic was named as:

The first magic which is the Denial of Nothingness which is basically a magic that create something from nothing. It defies the laws of the universe because something can’t exist without compensation. Even matter only change in its property and form and to do something, requires Energy and energy just transform into something to produce something. But this magic denies it all and just do the miracle.

The second magic is the Kaleidoscope or the Operation of Parallel Worlds. It’s basically allow the user to access the parallel worlds that exist together with the current world and there is an infinite worlds out there that signifies the infinite possibilities and future but each one was affected by the very present that one live. Any choices made would move affect you in the world line.

It’s possible for one world where I’m just an ordinary misfortunate boy but in this current world, I’m a misfortunate boy that learns fast and has a way to deal with the super natural beings of the world.

The third magic is the one Einzbern wants to attain. It’s called the Heaven’s Feel or Cup of Heaven. It’s the magic of the materialization of the soul. It’s not a complete resurrection but just managing to call upon and bring the soul back to the living. Complete resurrection was still not being done by any Mortal Beings since the Gods stop interacting with the people.

Gods can grant and made miracle happen but they stop interfering when the world starts moving on its own. The people stop believing in them and start standing in their own legs.

Different Religion and sects was established to made connection with the Gods but it’s still not enough to call them again into the mortal realm.

They didn’t completely cut ties with the mortals but they don’t walk openly like before and if they start walking around and do whatever they want. It would cause untold disaster and calamity. They are also branded as Heretic Gods. Gods that defy their legends and cause problem to the mortal realm are called heretic gods, though I wonder if Evil Gods would be still considered Heretic Gods if their very nature is to cause trouble and they are just following their legends.

While walking through the commercial area of Miyama, I’ve come across another junction.

It’s really becoming hard to walk around here; it takes time to just go to the other side of the city.

Right now, I’m in the market district of the city and the people are start walking to set up their stores.

Some old people greeted me when I’m walking by and I also greeted them.

Though now that more people are walking around, more small accidents keep appearing and I’m working more.

Small misfortune like getting birds poop at top your head or losing one’s balance, I can deal with this two with simple wind manipulation though some of the adults left bewildered when a strong wind blows around them to correct their stance.

While I can help people to not get hurt when I’m not around, I can’t help them when it started raining.

It’s a good thing I’m ready and had an umbrella but for people who walk early to set up their shops and buy early rations of food. The rain is unexpected.

Sorry, I can’t control the weather, is what I tell to them in my head, I can’t say it verbally because I would look stupid.

I also control the ground where I walk to not cause a miniature fracture.

There had been few evens where the ground below shakes a bit. I was forced to stop it, so it won’t cause future trouble.

Walking through the busy street with people running around to avoid the rain, I passed again another miniature shrine.

“Another one” I’m beginning to be suspicious with all this set up.

An unnatural main road that splits and turns into a mini maze that made one to turn around unnecessarily to just go to the temple on the other side of the city, and unnecessary large amount of miniature shrine that gathers power around it.

Continuing on what I’m currently thinking.

The fourth magic is currently unknown but the elder said that there was documents that said it exist. It’s the same for the first magic where there are no current users alive and the documents that describe the magic were lost in time.

The fifth Magic is called Magic Blue and the exact main domain is unknown but it’s connected to Time manipulation.

All five magic are sure miraculous and can’t be copied by normal means or by using science but it’s not something surprising for supernatural beings or those who can’t be called normal mortals.

The oldest campione can revived and manipulate the dead and it’s under the territory of the third magic.

The Magician or Sorcerer is considered the epitome of magic users. Their magic is different from mortal magic and they had reached the ultimate goal of any magus, it’s to reach Akasha.

They use magic far removed from mortals that can only be done by supernatural beings which is why they are considered monsters.

The elder agreed that they are monster and the current known magic user is over 500 year’s old vampire.

The master of second magic starts as human but got turned into a dead apostle when he battles against the Type Moon.

For mortals to reach God level magic is unheard off, those who tried are risking their lives by getting terminated by the world.

A mortal reaching godhood is the greatest crime against life and world.

A mortal being a god?

Preposterous and insane.

Which is why those who entered the realm are deemed to be terminated by any means and usually the humanity’s will send their own forces to kill the one who achieve it.

But for Campione who basically go beyond it and kill the gods itself and steal their power.

No matter what the World thinks of such crime, the will of the humanity acknowledge them because they did the impossible. They’ve become removed from the normal category and were left to roam free as long as they are not a threat to the world.

They’ve become an instrument of the humanity and the world, as a being that slays the Heretic Gods and the Heretic Gods are a much more threat to the world and the livings than the campione, which is why they are left to live.

They counter balance the ones who is much a bigger threat.

But there are records in the pass that shows that the world won’t stay quite if their numbers become too many.

The document isn’t clear and the history of the clan might be old but not that old. They might have access to old documents but it’s mostly the hidden history of the country of Japan and there hasn’t been any recorded Campione in Japan. There might be some secrets that aren’t recorded because they believe that there are blank records in history and one of them is the time when the campione just disappear in the face of the planet.

A theory was born because of this, the theory is when the campiones reach a certain number, the counter force would deem them too dangerous and someone will be sent to kill them.

Plus the Campione work in different system than the mortals who tried to reach godhood.

While thinking I already had passed the market district and enter the residential district of Miyama.

I frown when I see the road becoming more split apart.

I’m start suspecting on what’s happening here.

I still continue my walk and I just tried to view this as an exercise than a chore.

The Campione system was brought up by a True Goddess Pandora [The mother of all Campione]

It’s a system that the Goddess brought to the world by cursing the Gods.

My Teacher is the one who had taught me about the Campione’s and not the clan elders.

Campione are basically different from the other beings because fore and foremost they aren’t really people who received any gifts from the gods themselves.

They are unique individuals that defied the natural order of the world through their own way.

They might be awesome individual if not for they are usually blessed by the Fate to have great Luck.

They are gifted with insane level of luck that they normally succeed in what they choose to do.

Though in case of the oldest Campione, he was an orphan who live through the streets but by sheer luck he still manage to slay his first God. It became a popular documentary where the story of the oldest campione was published. It tells how he struggles in the streets and scavenges food through the leftovers of the people of Hungary (The home town of the oldest Campione) a story about a normal man who live through the hard times and still manage to become a campione, though when it was published to the magical community, the publisher had met the wrath of the Campione and was erased from the face of the planet, and every known documents are destroyed but destroying everything is impossible if it already spread outside of the country. It would be hard to track everything.

Even if they are at first look normal people who had hardships in their life, they are still blessed by insane luck that by sheer will of their own. They change their own Fate.

It sound insane but they are what they are.

People who are gifted by gods aren’t qualified to become a Campione.

Mother Pandora doesn’t acknowledge them as her son.

Its fine if the person knows magic or possesses a God artifact but it needs to be something he gets on his own and not something that was gifted to him or owned since birth.

True, magic is a gift from the super naturals and it’s probably the result of breeding with them but magic circuits and magic core had become integrated to the very human genetic makeup that it becomes natural part of them.

You can say that these additional organs are the result of Human evolution.

Human evolution that results from continues struggle to survive and mate with the supernatural beings.

So having magic isn’t really a problem for the Mother of All Campione.

The Mother of Campione doesn’t acknowledge people that cheat their way through so she won’t give her blessing to someone that kill someone’s prey, though she will acknowledge if someone used trickery and cunningness that can be considered cheating as long as the person did it on his own and not by the help of others.

She won’t acknowledge those who takes the prize of others hard work.

She is a fair Goddess in her own. Even though to make the Curse happen, she and her husband Epimetheus did something unforgivable.

The elder doesn’t know the exact mechanics but the legend of Pandora shows that to attain hope, she ended up unleashing the all evils of the world.

She is also considered the Greatest Criminal in the Supernatural world and she hides herself away from the world to protect her own and to perform the ritual in the safe place away from the Gods.

The Campione are worth to be praise because even by sheer luck, they still did the impossible and killed a God and killing a God can’t be done by Luck alone. It needs skill to back it up.

But still, there are occasions that normal people become Campione because they are lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time with the right tool.

They are really lucky people that don’t need help from Gods.

Plus, Campione are ultimately a heretic being that plunders the authority of the God that they slay.

They don’t need blessing from a god because they will force through sheer force of will and luck.

They are being who are totally insane and illogical.

This system is separate from the system that governs the world by Alaya [Living Beings Collective Unconsciousness] and Gaia [The World’sConsciousness].

The mortals who tried to become god would need to tear away the veil between the mortal plane and the supernatural plane.

This is something that can’t be allowed of forgiven because there is a chance that the both world will collapse which is why it’s forbidden for Mortals to learn and reach Godhood.

But the concept of becoming a Campione is different.

It didn’t tear away the difference between the Mortal and the Gods but it’s the Mortals usurping the power of the Gods.

They are mortals that are becoming part God.

They take away the small part of the God that they slay and they themselves had become different.

They are still classified as Mortals because the supernatural beings deemed them as Heretic Mortals.

If the humanity sees the Gods that wreak havoc in mortal plane and cause untold disaster as Heretic Gods, then for humans who had killed and usurp the God’s power, the gods treat and views them as Heretic Mortals.

Since to the eyes of the supernatural beings, the mortals are below them and shouldn’t be something that pose them threat and shouldn’t be standing on their levels but to the Campione who defies logic and manage to kill their kin and usurp their powers, they become the greatest sin against super natural beings.

They are the most wanted beings in the supernatural world and they are usually been attacked in the past but lately, when the Gods and Humans had become more distant from each other.

The Gods just stops caring at all and stop attacking the Campione.

A sighting of heretic god can be counted by one hand a year and sometimes, they don’t even show up all throughout the year. The only recent events that shows a multiple Heretic God descending is when the oldest campione hunt them and possibly force them to show up.

The ones who only cares or deemed to attack the Campione are lower beings that follow the gods and they aren’t much a threat to the more experience ones but they still pose a threat to new born ones who haven’t mastered their Authorities and Powers.

The Powers that a person ascends into campione is an insane boost in their magical powers, being able to speak and understand any language, strengthened body and insane instinct.

The magical powers they received from ascending made the mortal magic completely useless against them. The increase in magical capacity is noted to be boosted in insane level that they can cast mortal magic all day and they won’t be tired. This also made them incompatible with mortal magic that needed only small amount of magical energy. They had lots of magical energy which made them overpower simple spells.

The ability to speak and understand any language become useful to them when they are dealing within foreign lands but it’s basically useless in battle but it can help them identify the gods by learning the local knowledge and history of where the god first ascended. Usually, the first place they showed up is somehow connected to their legend.

The strengthened body is noted that they become superhuman in strength. It’s above natural human level but not entirely monstrous and their body becomes more durable and their bones had been reinforced to be as strong as steel and their skin become resistant to damage but it’s not impossible to damage them. They just become resistant to damage but they can still be killed by mortal ways.

Getting their brains splattered would kill them but getting them killed would be hard because of their natural instinct. It was gained after ascending and through natural instinct alone, even a total newly born Campione can win against a master martial artist, if they underestimate the enemies’ strength. Through the instinct alone, they can manage to understand and know the key to winning.

It’s like their initial drive to win was boosted and turn into such instinct that they instinctively know how to beat their enemies.

It’s an illogical thing that lets their feelings and instinct to instruct them on what the enemies’ weakness are and what is must be done to defeat them.

The last power of the Campione is what made them totally different.

The previews power made the campione powerful but not unbeatable and the next power made them impossible to be beat by normal means and let them manage to slay the gods.

The authority is different in a way that it’s not normal and can’t be attend through normal means.

It’s the very thing that made being a campione desirable but a foolish notion to follow because it’s suicidal.

Authorities are power that the Campione usurp from the Gods and what made the Campione powerful.

It’s a part of their being and power. It’s a part of their legend and something that defines them which is why they are treated as the greatest criminal.

They take away a part of their being.

Anyone can feel insulted and disgusted if a part of them was taken away from them and was consumed by someone.

It’s the same for the Gods on how they viewed the Campione.

A campione can only get one Authority from a God. That is the rule meaning that one can only get a small amount of the essence left behind by the god.

The Mother Pandora takes what’s left behind and imparted into her child.

These Authorities are totally random and can’t be picked. It also made the difference between life and death when fighting Gods.

The Campione are indeed strong but they aren’t immortals like the gods and can be killed by mortal means.

Being a campione just made them hard to be killed with their instinct that lets them know if they are in danger. If one is planning to kill a campione, one would need to risk his life.

But that is only if the campione isn’t using the authority that they usurp from the gods.

The authority is totally random and one can get a totally useless authority for battle and one can possibly get something that can totally dominated the battle.

The mother goddess is the one to decide but with the Authority, it’s possible for campione to fight the Gods.

Using the power that they stole from the gods to kill other gods.

So knowing the authority of the campione is one of the key on knowing how the beat them or knowing who they slay before.

An organization in Europe takes compilation of known authorities of the current living campione but it’s not all of them.

The campiones had probably more of unknown authority that they usurped from killing a totally unknown god.

The only known are the ones being used most of the time.

I’m now currently walking through the stairs of Ryuudou Temple and while walking, I decided to exercise and stretch my head and shoulders while climbing it.

I didn’t think that I would take that long just to reach this spot.

Its early morning already and is already near 8 in the morning.

My morning walk takes a lot of time that I forgone the idea of going through the caverns. It’s already morning and the cavern entrance is covered by magical barrier and it’s not just the entrance but the whole mountain.

Mount Enzou is protected by an unknown barrier that the only open area is the stairs.

I don’t know who set this magic barrier but I don’t want to test it, just to see the Greater Grail.

Right now, I’m fine with what I found out and am just trying to confirm something and what greater place to do so than reaching the heights of the temple.

It’s high enough for one to oversee the whole Miyama Town.

If the temple proper is protected by magical means then I will stop and will just observe from outside the magical barrier.

But I just want to confirm something.

The altered roads and the many shrines scattered in the city.

I want to view it in higher ground.

Climbing through this stairs is also such a chore because it’s long.

It will normally take half an hour before one reaches the top but that is only if one is climbing slowly but it still shows how high this place is.

After reaching the last flight of stairs, I was greeted by a Torii, a traditional Japanese Gates that is commonly seen in Shinto shrine’s entrance. I also notice someone sweeping the flight of stairs.

“Good morning sir” I greeted the person. He is a middle age man with light brown hair and stands an average Japanese height with circled framed glasses. He wears traditional clothes for shrine priest and looks like a kind person though he has a trace of magic in him.

I also can’t enter the temple proper because there is a protection inside the temple grounds.

“Ah, Good morning” The middle age man smiles and greeted me, He stops his work and looking curiously on me and his eyes widens a bit.

“Ah, you must be Touma, I heard a lot of you and even expected a visit this coming days but not this early” I was surprised the man knew me, who is this guy. I can’t let my guard down if he knows me.

There shouldn’t be that many who knows my name and even knows me.

I let dealing with the crops and the fish through third party that Grandfather arrange for me so I didn’t meet the buyers and fishermen directly. I can count on my fingers the number of people who knew me directly and I surely don’t know this person.

Scan” I mentally initiated the command. I was careless to come near him just because he is not giving a strong feeling. It’s the same with the Elder with glasses. I let my guard down because I know I’m strong. This is a bad habit that needs to be corrected.

The “Alchemist”

Elder Shou “Kusanagi”

Level 6

HP 630

MP 440

Strength: 4

Endurance: 3

Dexterity: 4

Agility: 5

Intelligence: 14

Wisdom: 6

Magic: 20

Luck: 3

He is a researcher that clings to the mortal plane and refuses to pass on. He used any materials from supernatural beings to normal humans to create the ultimate elixir of life and he succeeds. he lives for far too long and being cynical of the living. He befriends a friendly demon that shares his same taste on learning. A silly question with a silly answer but it brought forth an unimaginable reality. The demon used his silly answer to power up the new system that brings forth glory to the demonic race”

Trait:

Ancient: His appearance doesn’t reflect his age.

Cannibal: He lives through eating the flesh of others.

Genius: Had discovered and created new forms of magic and rituals that manipulates the bodies of living organisms.

Scholar: Had great amount of knowledge that one had gathered through ages of learning.

Researcher: One who was not contended on his current knowledge and seeks better heights.

Dualism: A very kind person with a cruel personality.

Amoral: His morality had been left behind in his studies to attain greater heights.

Ability:

Alchemist: Can manipulate the living bodies around him and combine them into something new.

Weapon: [?] Attack power 10 – It can cast stitched different life forms to form a new one.

I have met someone that is totally unexpected to see here, a top of this sacred mountain that housed an important artifact.

Him being here, where the greater grail is located is something I didn’t expect, though it should be expected that they have someone who can maintain contact and inspect the grail that is hidden below this temple and hidden behind the eyes of the Magus that reside in this city.

I greeted back and said “Elder Shou, I… expect to meet you here”

The person or elder was shocked that his eyes widen and his mouth hang open a bit but he started laughing after he get control of himself.

“Truly, you’re one magnificent specimen “Kusanagi” Touma, truly remarkable. I know for a fact that I didn’t reveal myself to you when we met before but it looks like your ability to see us through is really something amazing” He gazed me with awed sparkling eyes but I don’t like his description of me being a “specimen”

Truly, the clan is rotten to the core.

“Come, let’s talk inside, I will brew some tea for you” He takes the broom and start walking towards the Torri gate but I stop and called him.

“But what about the… “I looked towards the temple and it looks like he understands which is why with a flick of a finger, the temple’s defense was down.

“Are you allowed to do that?” I was surprised yet again; it means that he is high among the people who live here that has access to the temple security system… but yet again. I shouldn’t be surprised.

“hahaha, its fine, its fine. I’m the temple chief here. I actually live here. The previews residents sadly had taken an untimely demise” He smiles and laughs while describing the possible assassination of the previews owner of the temple.

Really, each and every one of the elders is undeniably monsters.

I tried to follow him in the hollow temple that doesn’t have any feel in the Mana in it which is weird itself.

A temple that doesn’t receive divine blessings, there is no God here that resides and blesses this temple. A hollow Temple it is.

But before entering the Torii Gate, I turn around and look at the Miyama City.

I also confirmed something while looking it from atop the mountain steps.

There is no direct line here connecting the Park and Mountain.

As a matter of fact, the central structure of the Fuyuki City was rebuilt into something akin like a maze where in between was remolded and turn into a commercial establishment or a park.

That is something that will block the flow of Energy in the lands.

I bet that the city redevelopment happens within 60 years.

60 years is the interval of each Grail war and during that 60 year interval this was been done.

Really…. Did the Kusanagi Clan change the cities layout just to delay the war?

The clan probably proposed and produced a budget for a city wide development which made the city structure more modern but not the more popular one because there are no central roads that connects each city sides.

A typical city has straight roads for easy access and not small and turning roads.

It’s hard for a vehicular transportation to increase in speed while moving in this type of roads.

While this method is good because the people won’t need to go that far to reach a close commercial establishment or visit a park and playgrounds, it would be pain for those who have motor transportations because it would probably be better to take a bike than a car with this maze like roads.

They can’t increase the speed and they will continuously making turns.

Even in residential area, it’s not recommended to have such roads.

While the roads in between the streets aren’t really short and is quite long but that is for horizontal roads.

There is no direct vertical road from this side of the city to the other side of the city.

You will be taking turns to reach the other side and you will end up seeing lots of miniature shrines while traveling.

This whole city development plan is done to stop the flow of energy in the city.

It didn’t actually worked but it only slows the flow of energy.

The ley lines are found underground the land but the energy still flows in the ground.

Someone who is good in Feng Shui can tell that the orientation of the flow of energy was forcefully altered and is not flowing easily.

Instead of straight steady flow, it’s becoming scattered or gathered into the miniature shrine that are spread out in the city.

This is probably one of the ways the clan did to delay the war.

I can’t help but shake my head from such absurd movement just to delay something inevitable.

Even if the flow of Mana in the land is altered, it still didn’t change the fact that the energy would still flow. It would only made the gathering of Energy a lot slower but it won’t totally cut off the energy that flows underground. It will still gather to the Greater Grail which is probably the reason why the Magus that lives here in this city didn’t interfere plus this is city wide scale development. It would be hard to alter each memory of the key people. It would probably a lot easier if they destroy the city but that would cause more problem than fixing it.

So they can only watch, observed and prepare for the next grail war.

But I can’t see the benefits of doing such thing unless it’s all been planned out.

Such grandeur plan would be meaningless without a proper way to deal with the Greater Grail and it’s like a nuclear power plant that has massive energy stored inside of it and its energy just continuously growing. It’s slowed but it’s not stopped.

Unless they have me, they won’t be able to permanently destroy the Grail.

Plus, are they even planning in destroying it?

It looks like the energy is being diverted somewhere but I don’t have enough knowledge to know.

If I’m not conceived naturally, then they will know when I will be born and this whole plan would have reasons… but just thinking of the possibilities that I’m born out of peoples desires to combat the inevitable and not out of love…is sad…

Even if I don’t understand the emotion called sadness.

Part 27

Its early morning when I first stepped inside the Temple grounds and at the moment I stepped inside, I can feel the accumulated energy that was saturated in this place and its overflowing with power and anyone who is sensitive to the flow of Mana can probably feel it and be overwhelmed if they aren’t used to such huge amount in the air.

Touma isn’t also used to such obvious display of power. The fallen can’t be even compared to this and he wondered if the flow of energy is already enormous here, above the caverns, then what would it feel to be near the holy grounds where the Cup will descend.

Touma also wonder how much of this Mana is used to summon the Heroic Spirits.

The one’s being summoned isn’t exactly the legend reborn but copies of the Legend given form, taken from the Throne of Heroes where legend’s data lies.

For the description given by the Magus for the Throne of Heroes, it acts more of a database for people who had done the deed that makes them worthy of their legend.

They say that one’s a person died and had entered the realm of the legends. His soul was removed from the time continuum and been placed in the Throne.

Some legends that aren’t even mortals are still alive but a copy of them was placed in the throne, the copy is the presentation of the legend that the humanity believe in.

The copy might not reflect the actual person because the person might be actually different from how the people see him. And the Throne only kept copies of the legend and it was formed on how the people view the legend.

The difference might lie in the person itself and how the people view the person.

The power of the legend was also dependent on how strong and famous the person is.

Its empowered by the dreams and hopes of the people, the dream of being a hero and being saved by a hero. Because the people that reside in the throne are considered heroes in the eyes of humanity.

The same can be said for Gods; the stronger the faith of the people on them, the stronger they can be but the initial or base strength of the god isn’t included on it.

The gods are alive you know and not just a manifestation of the peoples hopes and dreams.

So they can act, learn, train, or become stronger on their own.

But that is limited because they are still dependent on the people who believe in them.

It’s like the humanity is the one that sustain the power of the gods that entered the realm of the legend.

The God’s might have their ego and pride of their own, the pride that they are higher form of beings and the ruler of the world but in the end, if no one believes in them, then they are just powerful individual.

It’s the problem of the God’s who had become worshiped and known.

They become stronger than normal supernatural if they had been empowered by the humanity’s hopes and dreams but it become something that they can’t live without with.

That is why, religion was spread worldwide and each had their own gods that they worship and follow.

The God’s are the one who spread it to further strengthen the powers they received from their people and in exchange the God’s help the humanity.

That is how the gods and people interact in the past but as the people become more independent and stop relying on the Gods, the gods also stop interacting with the humanity.

It became the end of Age of Gods.

While, I was thinking and observing the temple, the priest is also observing me.

I can feel his gaze and he is delighted.

He is really a typical researcher; he is like me when I’m studying a new hybrid of plants that I made, though instead of plants he is studying me.

“Elder Shou, what can you tell me about the current state of the Grail? Shouldn’t it be activated in the around year early 1990’s? Even with the plan of scattering the flow of energy and absorbing some of it, I don’t think that it would be enough. Plus it’s over a decade already… am I allowed to participate in it?” that is what is bugging me. Honestly speaking. The message left behind by the elder Aizen written at the end of the document is rather vague and short with only two short phrases.

Don’t Interfere

A God will descend in the end

If I’m not to participate then what must I do? Wait for the god to descend? The note said to not interfere but isn’t the war causing massive damage every time it happens? There would be casualties and if I participate, I can help prevent it.

But then again, am I qualified to even participate?

“Hmm… you… want join the war?” The elder start stroking his chin that has few stabs of hair with his right hand and start thinking, while walking and opening the shoji door with his left hand, he ushered me to follow him into the inner temple.

He passed the praying hall and into the living area and went to the dining table.

He pointed to the chair and I nod and sit at one of the chairs and start waiting for his response.

The elder went to the kitchen and start preparing for a tea.

“To be honest, we didn’t think you would or should participate in it. We just want you present at the end where the Heretic God will surely descent”

“How did you know that a god will show up?” I was confused on how they got such information, another spirit vision or some type of divination?

“Hmm. How we know isn’t really important but it’s an accurate one that is for sure. But this is different from the magic side’s way of predicting the future. That is what I can and allowed to tell” After preparing the tea, the elder had brought a cup and a teapot where the tea was kept hot. He brings it to the table and offers a cup for me.

I take the cup and smell the aroma and take a small sip from the cup.

“It’s smells nice and a bit hot but the taste is good” I replied the facts that I gathered after trying the tea.

“Hmm, well I take pride on the tea leaves that I grew in the back, there isn’t much to do here aside from where are temple received few visitors and it’s only busy during festival and that didn’t happen all throughout the year. This assignment is boring for me, I’ve been living here for years but there hasn’t much development. I’m even regretting that I take this role. There hasn’t much material to use on my research. The only good thing that I do to elevate my boredom is to plant those plants. At least I can take pride in its taste” He smiled kindly at me while praising the result of his hard work.

He also took a cup and start drinking his tea.

“huwaaaa… this taste is really relaxing. I can’t stop drinking this tea” He smiles genially and his shoulders and his body is relaxed in the chair his sitting currently, opposite to mine.

“Now, onto the business about the participating, you know that you can’t participate so why think of participating?” The elder puts his cup back on the table and look straight at me.

His not the genial old man but a researcher now, his eyes is dissecting my intent.

I can’t lie to him. He will probably see through it. I’m experience in hiding my intent but not in the art of lying. It’s something that I can’t fix because I don’t have much people to converse with.

“The war has high chance of causing causalities to the people who are living in this city. I want to prevent it from happening. I know Esper and Magic doesn’t Mix well but I want to be of help. The two energies will class with each other so I’m sure that it would probably kill an ordinary person but you elders knew my body is unique right? You people made me that way” I’m trying to bait the elder for information that I needed right now. I’m not searching for confirmation but I just want at least a closure to my dilemma of my origin.

“Hmm…You know that you can help without being a participant right? Do you have a wish?” The elder is humming and looking straight at my eyes.

He is delaying the answer is what I thought.

My eyes are normal color black for the Asians with a short black hair. My body isn’t also something that can’ be called healthy because I don’t eat. I don’t need to eat to live. Which is why my body is slim and almost malnourished but I’m not. By body doesn’t function normally, so I don’t need daily nutrition to live.

Just like game characters that can walk or stay awake for days, I can also do so as long as I have stamina.

Food for me, are items that can be used to give me temporary boost and nothing more.

I’m also probably below average height of four years old Japanese because I don’t received the right amount of nutrition but it’s not really that important right now. My height is my current advantage and disadvantage. I can move swiftly and I’m short enough for the enemy to have trouble hitting me but I’m also having problem in reaching them.

Maybe I really should need to eat to increase the volume of my body but it becomes a chore to cook for myself. I can just train or research on the plants that I grow than waste time in cooking and eating.

I also see no reason to order food. It’s just a waste of expenses and even if I’m rich. I’m not someone that will waste what I earn by myself.

When the elder notice that I’m not answering him with his question he decided to change his sitting posture in a straighter position but he still holds his cup of tea in his hands.

“True, it was design that way” The elder started with admitting that I’m not normal and is probably made to be like this.

“The idea of a hybrid of science and magic is something that we researchers are still theorizing but we still fail in the end. Both energies just clash with each other and the laws pertaining each other’s ability are against with each other. Your body might be more durable than a normal body but it still follow the same rules so there is a chance of rejection. But with your body that is allowed fast regeneration there is a chance that you can use both energy but chances are… you will still suffer from the feedback of each energy” The elder then relax his body again and slouch a bit but he is still looking straight at my eyes. Searching and observing for reactions that he surely wants to observe.

“Though if you already know this then… you probably already know that you’re not really the son of your parents” My only reaction to it is a slight twitch on my eyebrows.

“Your mother is just the one who carried you through all the remaining months of pregnancy” I don’t know what emotion to feel for such revelation.

My face is set in stone and I can finally understand on what they mean as container when I first meet the elders that support me live and put me on such cruel test to strengthen myself.

The one who they prepared to carry their hopes and dream.

An artificial life.

“Actually, you’re not the only one but you’re the only one left behind in the series. We prepared three main samples that will be the core of the “Kamijou Project” but 01 and 02 was stolen” His face become angry at the end of the sentence.

“Stolen?” I was confused, I can’t think clearly right now even with the gamers mind. With all the revelation that I’m receiving I can’t help but think of the information and it made my mind clouded with the confirmation of my origin. I can’t help but think that my life is just a huge lie but I’m also thankful that the elder didn’t try to lie on me. Though I can’t blame him because lying won’t solve the problem entirely and the elders knew that I don’t trust them a bit.

A simple answer to my origin can plant a small trust in between our relationship. Even if in the end it didn’t change my view of them at all.

“Yes, stolen. Stolen by people who also participate in the plan, one of them is someone who isn’t connected to any world powers because when we searched through any background files and family connection or relatives, we haven’t find any possible outsider but the other one is probably contracted by a member of the world powers. He is surely had someone’s backing because when he was caught, he got helped from a PMC [Private Military Company]. We disposed of the PMC and tried to track on who hired them but the footsteps are carefully buried and we lost track of 01” The elder start sipping the cup of tea again.

“It become a full blown shoot out at the bay of Tokyo and it became hard to cover it but we manage to control the media but it cost a lot of money to do so” Tokyo? Is the lab centered in Tokyo?

I don’t have any means of accessing news in the outside world or I found necessary to do so.

The TV at home doesn’t have antenna and it’s only used is to play video games.

My cellphone is a basic phone for calling and messaging.

The phone at home isn’t much of a use and we also don’t own a radio.

Now that I think about it. The house is unusual bare, even if only old people live in it.

“As for who took 02, we do have a clue on who took it but all of the possible suspects are already caught and not one of them is the one who took 02. The case with 02 is a bit special because the samples we gathered are from super natural beings and we tried to combine it into something that can turn into anything but it back fires on us, when one of the female researchers start missing one after another with excuses that they can’t stomach the experiments – they shouldn’t have joined then if they become scared from few corpses here and there – and then we just notice later on that the embryo that we have is a fake one. We manage to capture each and every one that is alive but some of them met an untimely death before we even find them. It’s like that 02 just disappear without a trace. Whoever did it is good at their job, they even evade the security and didn’t even trigger a bit, we had suspects on the nature of who took it but we lack evidence and trace on whom to follow” He starts massaging his temples while in the middle of trying to tell the story.

“It turns into an uproar when the engineered embryos’ was stolen. Everyone was blaming the others and it almost turn into a bloodbath but it didn’t turn into an all out war between factions involved but the protection for 00 was intensified that we didn’t have choice than to release it earlier than we plan. The clan already planned and readied the container but we didn’t expect the Spirit Vision. That almost threw a wrench on our plan that was been planned since thelast war” He sips the tea and closed his eyes.

So… this whole thing was planned since the last war… I wonder what war.

“is.. is my parents part of the plan too?” Maybe not my father but…” Does my mother know?”

“Hmm? Asuka? I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, I think the clan just picked her as a container because of her boyfriend. The influence of the Ikari’s is huge and can be useful. Especially they are specialized in Robots, even if their current projects are all robot aid. It still has potential which is why they used her” The elder said it to me while smiling thinking that there is nothing wrong with it.

“Then… who is my real parents?” I asked silently hiding the inner turmoil that is boiling inside of me.

“That… I don’t know. I’m not the one in charge of your developments. Heck, the one who knew better are the Kihara’s but for the most important Type 00. The Director is the one who knows best on what genes and DNA’s were used. We did used different combination of DNA to engineer a new special gene for 02 and enhancement and modifications for 01″ That is what the elder answered and he starts scratching his chin and looked at me intently, waiting patiently for my reaction. Like a real researcher that is waiting for the results when an unknown variable was applied to a test subject.

“Is my life a lie then?” I asked silently hiding the inner turmoil that is boiling inside of me.

I can’t think clearly right now.

I’m just looking at the cup of tea that I stop drinking and placed atop the table.

I know and suspected that it might be the cased when I see the Gemstone (Artificial) but being confirmed by someone who plotted it all is just…

I can’t say and understand what I’m feeling.

The right to have strong emotions is already stripped away from me.

It’s probably done since the fertilization of the Embryo.

Being emotional in such a situation would only lead to defeat.

I need to control myself but its solely slipping away…

It’s becoming harder and harder to think.

“hmm? Your life is a lie? You’re not the only one who thinks that his entire life is a lie you know. Being alive is a lie. Don’t be too much emotional and be attached to what is your life supposed to be. The religion preach that humans have the concept of Freedom but how can one have Freedom if you’re not allowed entirely to do whatever you like? The concept of freedom is also a lie because the world has its standard which is called common sense. It becomes the standard and anyone who doesn’t follow it will become an outsider or alien to the normal society. The society also sets laws that need to follow and one who breaks it will be punished, then if you’re being punished by doing what you like then where is freedom? Then if you survive and escape the trial of the living, the world of the dead is the one who will sentence you as what you have done during your life” The elder stops and start sipping the tea but when he notice that his cup is already empty.

He takes the pot and starts pouring another one, he offers me to refill my cup but I’m not responding to him and just silently observe the table.

He ignores me and refills my cup then set it down in the table and starts continuing his story.

“Just by living, you’re not surviving on your own but by the effort of others. It’s like this, the house is the result of the people who built it and the materials used were the result of the one who creates and made it. But the one who built the house and made the materials won’t survive alone without the one who made and cultivate the foods that they eat. The one plants and cultivate crops won’t be able to safely farm without their own houses. Everyone depends on the others to live and the others depend on you to do your job for them to live. This is the structure of society that was built by humanity. It further develops then from the time Humans learn how to use fire. Now, humans can go to space and some plans are even involving terra forming another planet. It’s something that the humans achieve after letting go of their faith and over reliance on the Gods that doesn’t care on what happens to the humans that were attacked and used by other super natural beings, and start standing on their own two feet.” The elder stops sipping the tea and stands up. He starts walking around the table and placed a hand on my shoulder.

“You said your life was a lie? That was a lie. Your origin might be questionable but your purpose of being born isn’t. The idea to strike down who looks down on us humans and tried to control our lives isn’t a lie. It can be made real and we planned to make it possible and we will use any method to do so, even if we toy with countless lives to produce the results needed. You’re the result of millions of sacrifice. The crystallization of hopes and dreams made possible. So we can end the supernatural beings permanently and not just someone that will try to comeback after 300 to 400 years” He lets go of my shoulder and start walking to the sofa that was placed beside the window in the living area.

“We won’t justify what we have done and what we will do in the future. We had planned this for too long already and we sacrifice too many to stop at this point. We will see it to its end” He stopped for a second and look at the ceiling of the house.

“The dream that started for hundreds of years already is still the same and it didn’t change till now, a total separation of the human world to the supernatural worlds” He looks straight at me after saying it.

“That is the dream that plagues that clan since the moment the ancestors sees how strong the super naturals are and how weak the humans were. True, the clan’s ancestors are all cowards that can only think of a way to survive and will do everything they can to survive. Even if they use the same people that they meant to protect, though I can agree at them. I don’t want to die. Though that is what the Kusanagi clan’s main dream, we can’t say for the Directorand the Kihara clan. The Kihara clan probably doesn’t care on what we plan, they only want to learn something new but the director had probably different plan. It’s probably still effect the supernatural but Aizen suspect that the Director wants to eradicate them instead of separating them from us” He didn’t said out loud what the director wants or who he is but I still manage to heard it a bit.

“You probably should take a rest a bit. Here, take a sit. I’m confident on the softness of my sofa” the Elder smiled at me while tapping the seat next to him but I’m still not moving.

Even with all my intelligence, I still can’t think clearly.

I should be smart enough to understand what the elder meant and what the plan is about but I still can’t understand it fully.

What I know is my parents aren’t part of it… but can they still be called my parents?

I don’t know about father because he is someone I haven’t interacted that much but my mother is still the one who carried me through all those months and the one who lifted me up on her arms and sing a song to help me sleep and take care of me for the first five months of my life.

I don’t know how to face such revelation….

I don’t have much interaction to others to know what they will feel.

I also haven’t studied any books pertaining human emotions.

I will probably search for human psychology after this.

I stay quite there and let the time pass.

I didn’t even notice that the sun is already down.

I wasted a day where I can study and train.

This is such a huge failure on my part.

Part 28

A week had pass since my talk with the Elder and there hasn’t much that happen aside from in the past 7 days. I only focus on training and starts forgetting other important issues and I start neglecting on taking care of the Baby.

I’m a failure as a person.

I’m already neglecting my responsibilities and letting the summoned beings to take care of her.

In the past 7 days, I used the 24 hours each to its maximum. Each jumped to the altered world was expanded to 5 days and I used all the 7 days to a total of 840 days to grind my levels.

I tried to forget the revelation but it stays at the back of my mind and won’t leave even with Gamers mind clearing my thoughts every second and because of that, my mind now liked being washed ashore back and forth by the wave. It’s hard to think clearly.

My current problem is also not helping.

“Let me repeat the question… the stock for diapers and food supplies are already depleted?” I’m currently sitting in the head table of the 6 seater dining table, facing my summoned beings and the current crying baby in Beldum’s arms. She’s trying to stop the crying but it’s no use. The baby is hungry.

I’m currently having my face on my palm and having my hands slowly stretching my face downward.

[Yes. All the stock are already been used] is what Mareep reported through our mental link while also playing a Pokemon Ruby in my Gameboy advance.

“How can that happen? I have restocked before going back home. I should have enough supply to last a month and not a week” how did this happen… I let go of palming my face with my hand and go straight to facing my face on the dining table.

[hehehe. The milk taste good and … when we’re checking it if it’s too hot… though we kinda ended up drinking it too, hehe] is what Pidgey reported while scratching her cheeks and act cute.

Too bad, that won’t help her case.

“Are you bunch of babies!?” I stand up and brought my right arm in front of me with my fingers straight up and slapped her lightly on her shoulders.

“Ow” It’s not that strong! Then she pop in a burst of wind, I then re-summoned her and direct her to sit in the chair.

“What about the supply of food, what happen to it? Last time I remember, I had a good harvest and I wouldn’t have hard time with all the fruits and vegetables I store behind” I decided to just ask around even though I partially know the answer. I gave them a half opened glare to each one of them, asking them to confess already their sins.

“ah..haha.. We also kinda ended up eating it” this girl… I flicked her forehead with my right hand and she disappears and I re-summoned her again.

“hehehe” she is scratching the back of her head and didn’t seem apologetic at all.

I can’t believe that this girl is part of me.

I looked at them again and not one of them is looking directly at me.

Mareep choose to play the Gameboy

Charmander choose to look at the TV where she pause the game, it looks like she prefers to continue the game she’s playing than to listen on my lecture

Pidgey is still laughing a bit, with a forced smile and scratching her checks with her head tilt to the side a bit and her blond hair was flowing freely on her back.

Larvitar decided to be silent and just poke the crying baby in Beldum’s arm.

Even Beldum, who I expect to behave well, is also guilty with her face facing the baby instead of me.

This girls are part of me right?

Why do they act too independently…?

I placed my head again on the palm of my hands that is now placed atop of the table.

Money isn’t the problem but I would need to get out and to buy it. It would take my time that is much more important, time that I can used to train instead of being used to buy powdered milk for the baby.

Still not lifting my head I asked but it become muffled but since we share a telepathic link. They should know already what I ask.

“Just to be sure, no one of you can produce milk right?” I half ask and half plead because I don’t want to leave the house… even though I know it’s useless to even ask.

[NO!]

[You pervert!] Yells by Mareep with her faced deeply red

[Of course I can’t!] Charmander is also blushing but she is mostly angry than embarrassed.

[Stupid! Stupid! Stuuuuuupid!] Pidgey is idiot and I don’t want to be called stupid by an idiot.

[I’ll kill you] Larviter quietly whispers with red face that was hidden now by her hands.

[…eh, eeh, eeeh!…sorry…I…can’t] Beldum at first was silent and only when she finally understands the question she shouts a bit and squeaks, then she shyly answers with her face as red as tomato while still trying to make the baby sleeps or make her stop crying.

…. These beings are all part of me right?

How can they have varied reaction?

Are they really part of me?

I start to question the validity of the claim but I don’t have time for it.

“Fine, I’ll go out for a bit” I stand up and start walking to the entrance. I stop by the porch and switch my footwear for outdoor purposes.

When I open the door, the one who greeted me is another headache in the making.

It’s Mr. Shibuya smiling at me with his current 3 year old daughter Rin with him.

….I want to say such misfortune because it totally fits my current situation but something inside me said that I’m just making excuses and it won’t change the reality that I’m currently in.

But even if there is something inside me that is stopping me, it still didn’t change the fact that I want to say it.

I just hope it didn’t become a habit.

“Such misfortune” I said in monotone while looking at the smiling Mr. Shibuya and a confused Rin.

Part 29

“Here” Beldum said while offering a tea for Mr. Shibuya.

“Ah, thanks” He thanks Beldum and then turn his face towards me

“You’ve got a new one?” He ask me and I just nod at him while in my left arm is a sleeping Mittelt with a feeding bottled filled with milk which I held by my right hand that is currently wearing a white gloves to not accidentally kill her.

“I’ve got Beldum the metal element and Mareep the lightning element after my last assignment” I explained briefly.

Mr. Shibuya had known them for some time when he visited my home during one of my training and I left Charmander around to just play around in the living area.

I was forced to return form the altered world to explain the situation before it turned something awkward.

Since then, I just let Pidgey go with him in her human form than being a bird. Though I immediately found out that she is mostly useless in human form so asked her to return to her bird form when following Mr. Shibuya. I don’t want to pay unnecessary property damage that I didn’t cause personally, even if Pidgey is a part of me.

While Mr. Shibuya is in the know of some my secrets, I didn’t want to go into details for my assignments from the clan elders, so he mostly knew I go and attend the clan reunion. And during my birthday, I received test to show that I can be live on my own.

“You know, you shouldn’t use pokemon names to name your summoned girls, it doesn’t fit their cuteness” Mr. Shibuya says genially at me.

We’re currently seating at the porch outside of the living area and are currently facing the garden where Rin and Pidgey are playing tag.

Charmander is currently playing a game. Again. And now she is playing with Mareep in the living area.

While Beldum is currently at the kitchen sorting out the can of milk and feeding bottles that Mr. Shibuya had given us.

While Larvitar is currently seating at the garden set, reading a book while under a parasol. She prefers classic books and mythological stories about princess and prince than the heavily informative Atlas or Almanac.

…. No matter how you look at them, they feel totally different from me.

“I can name them whatever I want Shibuya-san. Plus they agree and didn’t protest when I named them” I answered Mr. Sbibuya about my naming sense.

“But it just didn’t fit them at all” The old man whines.

“Whining doesn’t suit you old man” I answer emotionlessly but he knows I’m blunt and honest person.

“I’m not old!” he answers indignantly

Really this old meddling fool…

“Shibuya-san… are you sure of giving them away?” I asked slowly. I can probably guess why with my intelligence but I don’t want to pry more for answers.

“… yes… we won’t need it anymore….” He answers slowly and the tone is melancholic.

Mrs. Shibuya is still a young and beautiful wife.

I don’t know who has problem in these two lovely husband and wife but something must have happen.

I don’t think there would be third party involved because I know they honestly love each other.

Even though the concept of Love felt alien to me, I know that they care for each other.

“Plus Rin is already too old for using drinking bottles. Right Rin!” he yells at the end to let Rin hear him.

“Yes, Papa!” Rin nods and answers to Mr. Shibuya’s call. She also start running towards us but she ended up making a sudden turn that she twisted her legs and almost fall if not for me stopping her fall with Telekinesis.

“Thanks, Touma!” She yells again, even though we’re only few meters apart. I can hear her clearly.

I just smiled at answers “You should be careful Rin. You might got hurt if you start running to fast” I’m still busy with Mittelt but even with what I’m doing, I’m not letting Mr. Shibuya and Rin got harmed thanks to my bad luck.

“I’m fine, I’m sure Touma will protect me! He is my knight and shining armor that will always protect me, the Princess!” She happily replies and starts pointing at herself proudly.

This kid… I gave her a smile and half-open eyes as a response to such declaration.

I can’t understand the fixation of children towards such fairy tale story.

“hahaha, you two should just get married when you grew older, I’m already giving my blessing!” He laughs out loud and starts tapping my back, though to normal people it will probably hurt but I’m a lot stronger than Mr. Shibuya so, to me it’s just a friendly tap.

“Please don’t joke around Shibuya-san” I jokingly answered him with my forced smiled on my face.

I don’t want such future for Rin.

“Umu! I will be Touma’s bride!” Rin happily declares while sitting beside me in the porch.

Mr. Shibuya just starts laughing louder and starts bashing my back, I don’t know if his angry or happy now.

But while they are happy (though questionably for Mr. Shibuya) I can’t help but feel the dread creeping inside of me. My stomach is twisting and turning again and I’m sweating hard. I feel cold and I can only forcefully smile to Rin.

“Thanks Rin” I answered her but it’s a lie. I’m not happy for such a declaration.

Rin doesn’t deserve me.

“Umu” She happily nodded again and starts swaying left and right. Pidgey seats beside her and they started singing, I hope they won’t wake Mittelt with their noise is what I half-heartedly feel but I just can’t calm myself.

Even with Gamers mind, it’s not enough again. I let my fake smile disappear and had been placed by a pained expression.

Mr. Shibuya probably noticed my expression and stops laughing starts focusing on me.

“Though… you deserve better than someone like me…” I silently whisper and silently plead that such future won’t happen.

I received a stronger tap which can be now called a bash from my back and I turn and looked at Mr. Shibuya.

“No, you’re kind and honest child Touma and you deserve the best. And my daughter is the best! Hahaha” He answers me seriously at first then become jovially happy at the end. He starts tapping my back again and starts laughing again.

I can only smile halfheartedly towards this fool that won’t leave me behind even with all the trouble that I brought on him.

I can still clearly see visible scars on his hands that I didn’t manage to prevent.

I didn’t have that much control at the beginning which is why I didn’t manage to protect him and his wife completely in the early days that they continue to pester me around.

It’s also thanks to his constant visit that I was forced to have better control of my power.

Even though the scar that he received in our first meeting won’t disappear and it’s easily seen in the back of his head, he still didn’t blame me and continue to smile like a fool he is.

He is clearly a fool but a kind fool. Someone I respect and wish to protect.

But you are wrong Mr. Shibuya.

I didn’t deserve Rin at all.

She didn’t deserve an artificial human being that has been brought up into this world for the sole purpose of dealing with the super natural beings.

While I’m happy for their kindness to me but in reality, their kindness hurts the worse than the wounds I received in my training.

Kindness that I know that are real but I didn’t deserve is something that will forever hurts the worse.

I only smiled at him and then return my attention to Mittelt.

This baby is the constant reminder of my failure and my current (fake) goal of dealing with the supernatural beings that used the humans for their own selfish whims.

Part 30

Its early March now, entering the first quarter of the year. These pass months wasn’t wasted and I manage to do a lot of things and despite the constant visitation of Mr. Shibuya and Rin, I still turned these pass months into something productive.

I manage to finally finish my Green House.

With metal manipulation, it becomes easy to create metal framework for the green house and I ask Mr. Shibuya for contacts on Mirror makers. I ordered a bunch of it and I installed and cut it myself.

First I plan on using the logs that I farmed in the altered world but with steels that I can easily create and mold. I trashed the idea of wooden structure but instead I used the woods to form another shed to store my farming tools.

I also set up a fence around the area and installed a sprinkler system for the crops.

The farm is becoming more modern and independent that I only need to check on it once a week to see if there are pest that past my security.

In the morning when I have visitors, I focus on crafting and my farming.

At night I do a tirelessly grinding of battles.

Fighting Orcs are hard. They are sturdier and have higher HP than the Goblins which made killing them harder and longer.

I also made good use of the daggers that I received but it still not enough.

I just wish for the master that the elder with glasses said would just arrive already.

I also didn’t waste my time just idly tinkering with some machines or plan some possible plant cross breeding.

Playing Harvest Moon had become boring for me.

If I can just go outside and do actual farming, then playing the game becomes a bore, though I missed chatting with the friendly NPC’s but with Rin’s constantly bugging me, it felt the same.

Plus Mareep is constantly playing the Gameboy now. She even asks Mr. Shibuya for another game cartridge and she took the money from my inventory without me noticing.

While Mareep ordered a new game, Charmander ordered the new Playstation. Playstation 2 and she also ordered a bunch of games together with it.

I want to play Final Fantasy 10 but Rin won’t just leave me be and drag me to play with her and I can only play during the day.

Larvitar ask for more books and Pidgey is content with just playing with Rin, and Beldum was left to take care of the baby. She is good at taking care of the house too and sometimes she goes and visits the farm to check the crops for problem.

…These girls… they are acting way to independent for something that is a manifestation of my personal reality.

I also step outside, sometimes… when Rin drags me around to play.

But because of that, I also find out the mechanics for the miniature shrine.

Before I didn’t get to look at it clearly but the shrine isn’t just a simple shrine.

I didn’t understand much the mechanics behind magic but the symbols used aren’t Japanese but Chinese. Plus, the shrine has a different presence in it. It’s not normal one, like the one in several houses in Miyama Town.

If I were to classify it, it felt the same as the main prayer hall in Todaiji Temple for the Buddha Vairocana.

Did the clan plan to use the power of the gods for something?

Is this shrine connected to the god that will appear at the end of the grail war?

I didn’t understand its purpose but the design for the shrine had shown three imperial figures.

One in the side was shown to have been an elderly man with white beard, with colorful dress. He carries a wooden staff in his right hand and a golden ingot on his left.

The one in the middle was also in colorful dress with ceremonial beads around his neck and a weird headdress. It looks like a miniature temple was placed as crown, on top of his head.

The one in the other side is a mostly the same with colorful dress and in his hands which is joined to each other, like a prayer and in between his hands is like a talisman that has carvings of five symbols.

I don’t have much clue on who they are but the one in the middle is familiar.

I can probably search for the other two while studying the one in the middle.

It’s a god assigned for City Protection.

If the clan planned this for something, then its uses is most likely for boundary or barrier set up.

It’s arranged around the city in such a manner that one can connect a dot with each shrine and it will result in squares inside a square.

It’s a square formation that shrinks as one get closer to the center and the center is the bridge that connects both Miyama and Shinto section of Fuyuki.

An ingenious barrier arrangement if it’s really meant to be used for protection.

But right now, I can’t bet on them to be used at all, it’s more likely a backup plan if things turn bad, though the idea of using gods as a backup plan by the clan is a bit ironic because the elders that I know, won’t pray to God for their protection.

I don’t know who plan this but this is most certainly not their usual modus operandi.

Unless this whole set up was bait and they are planning to summon the God, using the gathered Mana as sacrifice…

That is a possibility I can’t rule out from them.

Though while everything seems fine, I received news I didn’t expect at all from Elder Shou.

“What?” I was currently visiting him and trying to learn the rules and mechanics of the Grail War and the barrier which I found out called Bounded Field [Kekkai] it’s written as Kekkai but read as bounded field.

Another type of Magecraft and it’s a land or area based magecraft that covers a certain area and the caster can put rules inside the bounded field. The added rules to the bounded field determines if it’s a defensive one or an offensive type but the general rule or use for bounded field is to protect the caster from outside forces.

The effectiveness of a bounded field is determined if the enemy will be able to detect it or not.

It will activate the moment one invades the territory and a good bounded field won’t alert the intruder that he is already been found out.

While I came here for additional information on how to invade the bounded field that protect the caverns, the news that I received that the elder casually injects while he is lecturing me about the delicate mechanics of the bounded field, left me hanging on the chair. I also almost drop my tea thanks to the abrupt change of topic.

“Come again? Please repeat the last one please?’ I was shock for a second but at least my gamers mind had already manage to made me calm and let me ask again in a calm manner, though it’s not entirely complete because I’m extremely confuse right now. Because I’m pretty sure that she is currently living in Tokyo and the last time I heard any news from him, is he haven’t made contact with her yet so how did this happen?

“Ah, the bounded field in the entrance of the cavern? Well, it’s really a delicate one that even I won’t even attempt to try to unravel. Bounded field isn’t my expertise to begin with, so I just circumnavigate on the matter to see the Grail because you see, the Magus are pretty close minded people and is only thinking in a pretty predictable manner. They usually only put the bounded field in the necessary place and its only keyed for living intruders and not the non-living or non-magical ones, so I just” But I stop his lecture because that is not what I meant and he knew that.

He is doing this in purpose. He likes to see different reaction from me who was supposedly stripped of emotions. But it’s not. While I’m completely out of having a strong emotions because the gamers mind will forcefully shut down the emotion and feeling when it reach a certain limit. I still can feel it at the point before the gamers mind shuts it down. It means I can feel something but not that strong. It just becomes uncomfortable when the actions were repeating because the stimuli that acts as a catalyst for the emotion is still present.

And even if the gamers mind force me to calm and forget the emotion, It didn’t force me to forget the information that I receive.

And this information that I received totally rattled my already confused state of mind.

“Ah? Are you talking about the news about your mother? Hmm… hmm…” He starts scratching his chin again and start delaying the news more.

He then smiles and start spouting nonsense that is off topic to the things were talking about.

“Weeeeeeeeeeeell it’s a natural thing. I mean she’s married and she is still quite young. So such result isn’t really unexpected and come on, she’s the daughter of that Ichirou and if you’re asking about the process on how it happen then it started when a woman and a man had sex and the sperm enters the vagina and the woman release ovaries into her womb for fertilization and if the sperm was manage to find an embryo and enters it, then it will be fert” but before he continue his nonsense. I stop him by banging the table and it ended up being destroyed.

“That is not what I mean and you know it. I only want a straight answer so please answer” I whispered with a cold and emotionless tone.

I only whispered but I knew that he heard me, he has strong hearing with all the mutation that he did to his body. The Alchemist just smiled at me and said “Yes, your mother is pregnant” he is clearly satisfied with my reaction which is why he gave the right answer that I wanted to hear again.

“And you know. You will pay for the table right? You destroyed it, so you need to fix it and the temple is not receiving enough donations for me to buy a new one” I ignore him and I just stand up and start walking towards the door of the living quarters and then start walking towards the exit of the temple.

I heard the elder start calling for me but I ignore him. My mind is completely busy trying to find an answer to what’s happening.

I’m already outside of the building and start walking towards the stairs when the elder had stopped me and said that “Your master in martial arts is already here in the city. You will know when you met her but be careful around her” He then let go of me and I start descending in the flight of stairs.

What did he said?

Sorry I didn’t quite get it.

I’m already confused with the news I received the early January and I’m just trying to forget it with my constant training and playing with the whims of Rin but now I received another shocking news, it’s really hard to think straight now with all the shocking news and truth are continued to be bombard on me without any resolution in the previews one.

I’m pretty sure that the last time I heard that father, hasn’t met with mother again. I even lost contact with father. I don’t know other possible contact number that I can use to contact him or my relatives on his side but he completely disappear in my life and I supposed in my mother’s life too but are they started meeting again? I’m completely oblivious to what is their current situation so I don’t know what is happening. Should I contact Grandfather then?

Will he even gave the truth to me?

The elders are pretty secretive with information that doesn’t affect me in a good way and only Elder Shou is the only one who is testing the waters with my patience and reactions. But even the elder won’t give information that the clan deemed bad for me to know.

Is knowing that my mother is possibly cheating bad for me?

Do I even care?

Probably…. Yes?

Because no matter what Elder Shou said, she is still the one who carried me for months and gave birth to me. Even if biologically I’m an abomination, a combination of different DNA and engineered Genes that would produce the perfect weapon against super natural.

The elder called me as Type 00 with the designation “The anti-supernatural” and given codename “Kamijou

The one who purifies the gods and exorcise the devil” or “The one higher than the god

Those were the epithet given to Type 00.

Each Type had different goal in mind.

The plan for Type 00 is someone that negates all supernatural changes. Its core is Reset

Type 01 is someone that brings infinite destruction. Its core is Destruction.

Type 02 is someone that brings infinite creation. Its core is Creation.

Hmm… should I try and go to Tokyo and see my Mother? Though I don’t know her house in Tokyo… grandfather would grant a simple address right? Though they also monitor my meeting with them which is why they called it a bonus reward when they allowed me to meet them…

What do I do?

While I was walking downs the stairs, my mind is confused and jumbled enough that I didn’t notice someone was approaching until it’s too late.

“Eiiyaaa” The shout of the girl had brought me out of my musing and I become alert on my surrounding.

I bump into a girl and she lost balanced and is currently falling down. I heard a bark of a dog but I ignored it and tried to catch her. I stretch my right hand and caught her arms. I tried to reel her into me but the steps I’m currently stepping on crack and I ended up slipping down together with her.

I don’t know her so I can’t use my ability to control our fall but I can at least protect her by embracing her and twisting my body so my back will be the one to take the fall and I’m confident enough to survive a fall from this height. It’s only a few steps down the ground.

“Ugh” That hurt a bit

“kyaa” and she continued screaming. It’s loud enough that it hurts a bit in the ears. The dog barking out loud is also not helping.

Thud thud thud thud thud thud

After a flight of 20 steps and around 600 HP damage, we survive the fall and I’m mostly bruised while the little girl in my arms is fine.

“huff huff huff” after getting some airs into my lungs, I let her go and let her lay on my chest and my arms are sprawled in the ground.

I need a bath is what I’m currently thinking while looking at my HP and is waiting for the girl to come to her senses.

I also notice a big white dog besides her barking.

What breed is this dog? I didn’t study anime species so I’m not familiar with them but it doesn’t look like it’s a normal dog with tis size and well-kept mane. She probably takes cares of her dog.

“Ugh…. Miss… could you please stand up. Your heavy” I’m being honest here. Humans aren’t light beings you know. No matter what gender.

“kyaaa!” She screams again and starts standing up.

“I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry” Now she continues to bow and apologized.

“I should be the one apologizing miss, I’m the one who isn’t looking at where I’m going” I tried to stand up but I notice a set of few negative status effectsBroken and Fractured are prominent in my back.

It will cause paint and damage with every moment. It also slows my movement speed and overall body movement.

It will heal after resting. I will probably need one to clear up my mind.

I then stand up and check on my clothes. Some parts have tears on them but it’s mostly dirt. I can practice my tailoring ability with this. Tailoring is one of the skills under Crafting ability.

Crafting (Apprentice Level)

The ability to create something new from raw materials, to repair, modifies and enhances what already exist. To combine different existing results to create something more powerful or upgrade what is currently held.

Effect:

An occupation that needs brute strength, delicate touch, strong body, intellectual wise mind to create something new.

All statuses are important to the effect of what’s being created.

Higher proficiency level will increase the level of what item’s being created and the speed of processing the plans and creating the item.

Note:

Current known skills under crafting:

Carpentry

Masonry

Metallurgy

Tailoring

Engineering

Cooking

Baking

Blacksmithing

Required:

To reach new level and acquired new skill, one need to practice the craft and only through repeated action will new height of mastery would be achieve.

The tailoring skill lets me repair my clothes or any leather and cotton made items. It also lets me experiment on them. To modify, altered or upgrade. It was possible for the crafting skills but unlike in games where you only need to click it the menu to produce the items. I would need to do it manually.

I look at the girl that continuously apologizing and I tried to placate her by raising both my hands in calming manner.

“I’m fine and I’m really sorry for bumping into you. It’s my fault that we fall down” I then bow to her but I felt something wrong from the trees and sense a stone coming directly at her.

Since she is facing my way, I didn’t bother moving and just change the direction of the stone.

“woof woof” I heard the dog barking beside her. She probably didn’t notice but the dog notice what I did. Animals had sharp senses and will probably felt a minute wrong in their surroundings.

“I’m really sorry; I was in a hurry which is why I’m running. I’m already late in my duty to clean the temple. The priest didn’t mind but my parents are scolding me for being late at helping in the temple” She still bows one last time and stand up straight.

She is few centimeters taller than me and she is probably older too.

I can’t estimate ones length and height but I study the general height for people in a certain age bracket. And usually, girls are taller than boys when they are young. It will reverse when puberty hits.

“You’re helping in the temple?” I asked my right eyebrow in a questioning manner.

I sometimes visit the temple in the morning to have a chat with the Elder but this is the first time I saw this girl.

The girl had brown hair with her hair tied into two braids and her bangs framing her face and her eyes are also bright honest brown eyes. She also wears a blue jumper suit with a white shirt and a pair of red shoes.

“woof woof” The dog beside her is even taller than her, it’s a big fluffy white dog.

“Yes, I’m helping in cleaning the temple. The priest in the temple had helped my family in the past and my parents are indebted to him so my parents sometimes send me to help the priest. The priest is also kind. He always gave me sweets but it’s hard to wake up in the early which is why I’m always late and when I arrived, the priest is already finish cleaning the temple. My mama always scolds me because of that” She is jovial at first but she starts pouting at the end.

…kids and their emotions… it’s hard for me to follow them.

“Ah, I’m Nina. My mama will scold me again for not remembering my manners” She smiles and stretches her right’s hand in a welcoming manner.

“I’m… Touma” I’m hesitant at first on introducing myself but that would be rude, so I also welcome the handshake and introduce myself.

“Hello Touma, I’m sorry again for bumping you” She then bows again and ask a question “Did you come from the temple? Is the priest already finished with the cleaning of the temple? Uuuguhh… I’m late again and mama will scold me again. Uguhh” She becomes bipolar again, at first she was happy then she starts tearing up with the prospect of not being able to fulfill her role and which will result on being scolding again by her mother.

It’s nice to have a mother that care enough to correct your mistake.

“Ah.. The priest is already finished with cleaning around the temple. I helped him when I visit earlier. I’m a relative of the priest that lives here which is why, sometimes, I come along to help” I explain the current situation but she just started crying.

“uuuu uwaaaaaaaaaaa! uwaaaaaaaaa! Mama will get angry again uwaaaaaaa!” ah…..

“Woof woof woof” The dog that is running around her is not helping the manner.

[It would be fine; we can just go back to the temple and explain the situation to the priest. I’m sure that he will understand and will help in talking with your mother] is what I wanted to say but I can’t

What is a little girl like her doing here?

I can’t allow her to be close to that priest.

I don’t know what kind of plot that monster is plotting but I won’t allow it.

“It’s fine. I would come with you and explain it to your mother so you should stop crying, here, take my handkerchief. It’s still clean” This is what I said and I offer her my handkerchief that was kept in my pocket.

She takes the handkerchief and use it to clean her face… she also blows her nose in it… I would need to wash it later.

“uguu… uguu… you will come with me? Uguu…” there is still trace of tears on her face but she is calming down now.

“woof woof” the dog is also happy that her master had stop crying is now jumping around her.

“Yes, we can go together and explain what happen” I smile at her and she smiles back.

“Okay! Then follow me, my house is a bit away and it’s located near the sea. The sea looks nice and I love playing beside the sea” She starts walking ahead of me while describing the location of her house and her love of the sea.

I silently follow her while I feel that I’m forgetting something.

Twang

I intercepted another stone that was thrown on my and Nina’s way.

Before I didn’t understand what’s happening with unexpected events like when I’m still a year old and books start falling on top of me without any force being applied to it.

According to Newton’s laws of motion, an object at rest will stay at rest until an external force was applied onto it.

And falling books without anyone pushing it should apply to this law.

But thanks to Elder Shou’s lecture of super natural phenomena.

Even if I can’t feel it, it doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

It just means that you can’t feel them but they do exist.

I have high sensitivity to supernatural changes but I can’t feel spirits of the dead or minor spirits that live with the living.

According to the Elder, just by existing, I’m already correcting the error on my surrounding and to supernatural beings. It threatens them. It induced the fear of death to those who knew and can understand the nature of your right hand.

So they act violently and because they are just minor spirits and lost souls. I can’t feel them because they are too weak and don’t have much presence.

Unless I fine tune my senses to even feel the minor beings around me, I won’t sense them but I can sense when they will start acting violent.

And this forest around the temple is full of them.

They feel feint but since this forest if full of them, I can feel their presence.

It will be hard and will need further training and I need to further evolve my sensing skills to feel them but I need master level to further evolve them. I need further guidance to know what to do to evolve them into new level.

Right now, the one that is continuously trying to attack us are minor earth bound spirits. They live in the forest and because of them being closely bound to each other I can feel them.

It’s like a bounded field was erected around the forest and its feeding on the Grail beneath it, to power it up. The bounded field saps away the power of any spirit types that enters the bounded field but since minor spirits are just clump of mana that form a bit of minor consciousness thanks to the fear induced by Imagine Breaker, it doesn’t recognize it. But if it continues to grow, the bounded field will probably purge it.

I’m just ignoring it for most time and I’m just countering the attack but right now, they are being bold and even cause a minor problem in the stairs that cost us to fall down and now they are blatantly throwing stones.

Nina might not notice them but the big dog can. He is continuously barking at the forest while following his master.

I don’t have choice but to purge them.

Homura the third form of power “String” was silently being casted inside the forest.

Flaming strings that is too thin for naked eye to see but when a butterfly flew through it, it’s first was sliced in half and burn into ashes.

It littered the surrounded forest and is burning all the minor spirit that gained partial sentience. Eliminating them before they manage to grow or be eliminated by the forest itself.

Hmm… I hope nothing bad will happen.

Part 31

Well… something bad did happen. I didn’t expect to someday enter a Yakuza house. Not this early in my life.

I knew the term Yakuza from a dictionary and had heard it in a passing but I thought that the people who gossips about them are just being stereotype for those types of people.

But seeing them line up in front of me.

“Welcome back Oujo-sama” Tall and crazy looking guys with scar and tattoos all over their body, they are also wearing Kimono in improper way, where they left the other half hang and let their bare chest open. Some of them also wears shades and had Katana on their waist or a dagger on their chest. They are all lined up standing side by side, and making a way for Nina.

Who is Nina?

She just introduced herself and not her family name.

I’m observing the Yakuza people but their strength isn’t that amazing. They are just average with lots of pointy equipment on them but aren’t carrying a katana around forbidden?

I don’t know all the laws in Japan because I didn’t tried to study Political Science but carrying weapons around aren’t allowed right?

“Welcome back Oujo-sama” A tall blue haired samurai greeted Nina, he is tall and he wears his green kimono properly. He also has a black eye patch on his right and has yellow colored slit eyes. He also has two katana on seated on each side of his waist belt, he has sharp fang which is weird. Did he go to a dentist to sharpen it?

“I’m back Agito-nii!” Nina waves and dash to the arms of the tall samurai where he catches the small girl in open arms, the tall samurai then starts laughing while hugging the girl in his arms and started spinning her around.

While that is happening, I’m observing my surrounding.

This house is located in the traditionalist area of Miyama Town.

Miyama town is divided into two sides. The traditionalist area is where the old clans and native Japanese live. The houses in this area are old and Japanese style while the other side is the foreign side where the foreigners live and their housing style is modern European.

The house of Nina is big.

I already notice from the outside because when we’re walking, the wall is extremely long before we even reach the Gate which is usually found in the center of the old Japanese style houses.

And if one side of the wall is already long and it’s only half of the area. I can just imagine how big this house area is which made Nina’s claim, which her house is near the sea possible despite it being built in the residential area. The lot area that it takes is probably just that big.

It being a Yakuza house made it more possible and believable.

“And who are you brat!?” Yakuza 1 with black shaggy hair had asked me with his face coming close to me. Bad Breath.

“Who are you squirt” Yakuza 2 with black and long straight hair asked me while flipping his air in the air. An idiot.

“What are you doing here? Huh!? Huh!? Huh!?” Yakuza 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and so on had crowded around me and start asking the same thing. They kept towering around and tried to scare me but I didn’t even notice or looked at them.

All throughout this event, my only intention is spread out in the house.

This house isn’t normal.

Yes, Yakuza aren’t supposed to be normal but that isn’t what I meant.

This house has magic in it.

There is are several hollow places inside the house, probably bounded fields and some of the weapon that people wield here felt magical.

Looking around me a bit and then setting my eyes on the katana that the blue haired eye patched wielding samurai has on his waist. They are not normal. They are surely magical weapon but what kind of Yakuza is this?

Is this the magus family that I heard about?

I can’t remember it clearly because I’m probably not paying attention to it when the Grandfather is talking about them but I don’t remember them being Yakuza.

Plus shouldn’t they be in the foreign side of the city?

Aren’t they foreign family and not local here in Japan?

Hmm… while I’m trying to recall what I know about the local magus in the city, I notice few people are coming from inside the house.

There are two of them. A man and a woman and the woman are clearly displeased when she saw Nina. It’s her mother perhaps?

The woman is in average height for Japanese and she has long black hair. All her hair are well combed up and being held by a hair ornament with only few are sticking out in front. She has red flowered patterned Kimono with yellow sash. Her face is beautiful with a typical black colored eyes and she is wearing glasses. The frown on her face is clear for all to see which made the Yazuka extras around me to freeze and all stand up straight.

The man beside her is tall and had a large build. He has light brown hair with few strips of white and his choice of clothing is rather odd. A dark green Kimono pair and a yellow colored Haori with tiger stripes design. His face is set in a smirk and it looks like he is the type to enjoy a good show.

“Nina” Her mother called her with stern voice, it made Nina stand up straight too and Agito beside him is also standing straight though he is not looking directly at Nina’s mother.

“Isn’t it too early for you to come home? It’s not even noon yet, where you usually finished the cleaning in the temple… don’t tell me that you’re late again and the priest is already finished at cleaning the temple” If it’s possible to for one to become scarier by mere presence alone, then she is showing it right now.

This woman is also not ordinary.

“Bu-bu-buuuut- Mama. When I get there, Touma said that he already helped the priest to clean the temple and it’s not my fault that it’s hard to get up early. Eeeeak” She stutters at first from the stern gaze then told her reasons and finally grumbles at the end but when the face of her mother become angrier. She squeaked and decides to hide the now trembling Agito that is currently doing his best to be not noticed.

“Touma?” Her left eyebrow rise and looked questioning at her daughter.

“That would be ma’am” it’s time for my introduction. I step up and raise my hand to get her attention and attention I get. All eyes are set on me and her stern gaze was directed at me.

“I’m Kusanagi Touma” I bowed for introduction then proceed to tell what happen.

“I’m relative to the Priest that lives in the temple. I sometimes visits there to talk with him and sometimes helps clean the temple” No one interrupts my short explanation but afterwards, and then woman is trying to say something but he was cut off by her husband?

“Kusanagi? Are you the brat of Ichirou, the one who is living alone in his old house and the one doing the farming in his land?” The man asked me with a smirk on his face.

Does he know my grandfather?

Farming the land?

Could he be one of the third party contacts of grandfather that he set up to distribute the crops to different buyers? I know some of the crops are being bought by the local market but since I take care most of the agricultural production since I expand the land and bought the remaining rice field further north. Making me the sole owner of the agricultural land in Shinto city, I become the sole distributer of the land. I ended up expanding the business with expanded land to cultivate. I just ask for Grandfather to call for possible buyers and leave it to the elder to contact the local merchants for possible transactions. I didn’t know the exact face of the buyers because I’m not the direct person that they contact. I just received phone calls for confirmation on when will a delivery truck can come by to take the products.

It would be hard for me to be involved with the others the way my luck keep being such a problem so I set up a second party which is my relatives and they set up a third party that bought my products and further distribute them. I know no one of the third party. Just few phone numbers and voice that I heard from the phone.

I’m familiar more with the delivery trucks driver and workers.

“Yes, that would be me sir. Are you perhaps the one who buy and sell some of the crops that I grew?” I asked the question and waited for his answer but I didn’t expect him to laugh.

“hahaha, your telling me brat that you’re the one who grew that all alone? I know Ichirou boast his genius grandson but you expect me to believe that? hahaha” I didn’t change my emotionless faced and I didn’t also felt bothered by his mild insult of my capability.

“Yes. I do it alone. I’m the only one living in that house right now” Is my answer with a monotone sound on it. He still laughs at first but when I didn’t give any indication that I’m lying or planning to change what I said, he then stops and look at me clearly.

“You’re serious” Every adult around are clearly looking at me with suspicions and is trying to detect a lie but there is nothing to lie about.

“It’s bad to tell a lie sir, so I didn’t lie. It’s the truth and you can even visited my house to see or ask my Grandfather for confirmation” I just look at him directly and I can’t tell what he is thinking or if he is even believing me because if I’m in his place, I won’t believe too on what I’m currently hearing.

“I might be just a child and a mere 4 years old but I’m not actually normal…. Like you people” The adults tense and the eyes of the couple become sharp but they didn’t do anything. Nina is looking around confuse and it was shown when she has her finger pointed on her cheek and her head is tilt sideways.

The atmosphere become tense and I can feel that the people around me had become wary of me.

“Dad, what’s happening?” A child around my age had shown up from the front door. He was also accompanied by a girl that is around 10 and above. Her body is already showing signs of entering puberty.

The boy around my age has black hair and dark blue eyes. He is wearing a simple shirt and shorts. He is holding hands with the older female.

The girl had light brown hair with few bangs framing her face and the rest was tied in ponytail. She has also light brown hair and has a smile on her face. She has a towel around her shoulder and she is clearly had a workout with how drench her dress is. She is wearing a kendo practitioner uniform and a shinai was strapped at her waist.

With the arrival of two new people, the tense atmosphere disappeared and the others start relaxing but are still in guard.

“Ah, it’s nothing my son, it’s just an unexpected visitor” the father tried to dissipate the odd atmosphere and suspicions of his son and daughter who is giving him an odd look.

“I’m not some bad person sir; I just follow your daughter to reason out with her mother so she won’t scold her (“Hey!” I heard a cry but I ignore it) I didn’t even know her family was a Yakuza. That came out as a surprised and the family itself but I mean no harm, if you want for confirmation, then you can just contact my family. You know them right? Plus there is nothing to be suspicious about; I’m just an ordinary 4 year old boy” I said it all in monotone and my facial expression didn’t change but I’m serious when I said that I don’t want any conflict on them.

The old man and his wife are still suspicious of me but I can’t understand them. They should already know about me from my grandfather but they didn’t believe him?

Isn’t it much harder to believe his actual age than a 4 year old staying alone and doing farming works?

“Are you angry at me for not saying who my family is?” Nina had come nearer to me and there was a pout on her face.

“No, I’m not angry or anything. Having a Yakuza family isn’t really a problem for me” My family is crazier and much scarier than the Yakuza here.

She smiles when I said that I’m not angry but I’m not finished yet.

“I’m not angry but can anyone please tell me there names? Even you Nina didn’t introduce her family name. I don’t know anyone here” I then say what I feel. I’m totally lost here. People are suspicious of me but I don’t even know them.

“Eeh, I didn’t tell it?” She is clearly shocked by my admittance

“You just introduced as Nina, Nina. Without family name” I just reasoned out with her.

“Nina… you didn’t even properly introduce yourself? Didn’t I teach you about manners already? You’re already attending school and you still haven’t polished your manners yet. You should properly introduce yourself to the person your conversing with” I would like to retort that they are the same. I introduce myself properly but I still don’t know them. I only look at them and tilt my head to the side, waiting for if they will also introduce themselves.

It looks like the lady notice my gaze and she cough and blush a bit but she hide it with the hem of her kimono.

“Hahaha, that’s right. That’s right. Where are our manners to our guest? I’m Fujimura Raiga the head of this house and group and this is my beautiful wife (it made his wife blush more) Fujimura Kumiko and this is the house of the Fujimura group. I’m sorry for our manners and response to your declaration. It’s just caught us by surprise and we reacted in a manner that we are used too. I’m sorry for that” The head bows and together with him, his subordinates followed.

“We’re Sorry” The collective speech of the Yakzua grunts.

The blue haired eye patched samurai just eyed me and the wife of Raiga just nods at me. She is still blushing from the embarrassment she received.

“Now, as per your question earlier if we’re the one who are buying your crops, then yes we are but we aren’t selling it” eh? What? Is my reaction to his answer which leaves me shocked a bit.

“We aren’t selling it because we’re the one consuming it. As a matter of fact, it’s not even enough to feed all the heads living inside the compound. Hahaha” he started laughing again but that is not my concern. It’s not enough? I don’t know how many was distributed here but I know that I can feed the majority of Shinto with the number of crops I grew and sold. How many are living here since the delivery trucks are usually loading enough bags to feed hundreds of people.

Why is this guy continuously laughing? What’s so funny to laugh every now and then?

Cough “Well, how about a tea and snacks as a thanks for escorting my daughter back home” Mrs. Kumiko starts with a cough to get my attention and offers me a treat but I don’t need it. I’m also wary to stay in a place with lots of people around. I’m already working overtime for things to not turn bad and overstaying my welcome would be bad.

“I hate to impose ma’am but I need to return home but I’m thankful for the offer” I bowed again and I tried to turn around to go back home but a hand stopped me by clinging to my shirt.

“Ah, what a well-mannered child. Your’ well thought. But I insist and it looks like my daughter wants for you to stay too and as a gentleman you can’t tell no to a lady”

“I’m well learned” and I wanted to say yes, I can ignore a lady if they continue to bug me, like how I ignored the summoned beings that play around the house or Rin constant dragging me around to play. But before that I’m more interested on what Nina wants.

“You said that you’re not angry with me not telling I’m from a yakuza family right? And your also not bothered with it, right?” her head is tilt to the side with a weak smile she look at me and almost pleadingly asking for an answer. So I turn around and properly face her and gave her an answer. She also lets go of me when I stop facing the entrance door.

“Yes, I’m not bothered by it and I didn’t care if you’re from a Yakuza family. You’re you and your family won’t matter on what you truly are” I answered half-heartedly and honestly. I just want this to finish already.

“Okay! From now on you’re my friend!” She then smiles after hearing my answer and she grab my hand and drags me to the interior of the house.

“Huh?” Is my only response and I let her drag me inside, is she another Rin? Another problematic girl that likes to drag me around, I saw her mother and father laughing while his little brother confuse and her big sister smiling. The other adults are also smiling except for eye-patched guy but I didn’t bother.

I’m being dragged again and now inside a building with lots of people inside.

I’m already working on the foundation of the building for it to not collapse by applying reinforce steel inside the wooden column but my continuously stay will just endanger it more.

I’m also already sending counter shocks to nullify the trembling of earth templates underground to stop a possible earthquake but this is getting to much problematic.

I also notice that the sky started darkening and it looks like it would start raining bad.

If I stay here, I would be stuck for hours while waiting for the rain to stop but I can’t also just go away now with Nina dragging me towards the inside of her house, that would be just rude and I have manners to follow.

What a problematic situation.

I can only say such catchphrase that I seriously don’t want to have

“Such misfortune”

Part 32

I’m currently walking back home. The walk from Nina’s house to my house would take an hour and a half, if I’m hurried but I’m not so I’m just taking my leisure time trying to enjoy the view around the setting sun.

I left home early to have a chat with the Elder and I ended up coming home late.

I just hope Rin didn’t come to visit again but then again, the girls are there.

She became a constant in my life now, something that I’m used to being around and I can’t help but feel something about it.

Even with my meager feelings that I was allowed to feel, I can tell that I’m happy to be around with her and her foolish father.

A Friend

I thought the concept would be forever alien to me but I’m confident to say now that I think of her as a Friend.

And it looks like I made another one.

Nina.

She is the kind and lively type.

Her older sister Taiga is also another lively and kind type. They are really sisters when they play along with each other. They also had the same hobby of teasing the youngest.

The youngest is Raku, he is the shy type but kind though maybe his just shy to strangers or maybe it’s because he has those two as sisters.

Kumiko and Raiga are also fine adults though I can’t say for Agito because he is constantly glaring at me or maybe that is normal for that guy. But when I saw him hugging Nina, he was smiling. Is he angry at me or something?

The other Yakuza that where under Mr. Raiga are also fine and funny guys ones you knew them though their appearance seems scary for ordinary people.

Though I can’t help but feel a bit off with their partying atmosphere during the lunch time.

They had a huge hall that was used for ceremony but for now it’s mostly used for having a dining together.

The head family is eating at the center front and a column of dining table was lined up and the hundreds of Yakuza grunts all eat together.

It became a tradition to them to eat together and have a bonding time.

They are really weird and I didn’t expect such attitude to a Yakuza group but it seems that reality is stranger than fiction.

I was invited to eat together with the head table but I decline and I was drag again by Nina.

Girls love to drag other people do they?

It’s a fun lunch and I listen to their parting spirits and let them all have fun. I just watch and observe.

After the lunch, I was drag again by Nina to play with her. It takes a few hours until I hear the sound of something hitting each other. I tried to ask what that is to Nina and she just said that it’s her big sister practicing with the other members.

We went to observe the practicing and there, I saw a girl barely pass the age of 10? I can’t tell her age by appearance alone and I’m not good at estimating because the people I often met gave wrong impression on the looks of an old person.

Beating an old guy down twice her age and a lot taller and muscular than her.

It’s really grand and simple. Taiga’s movement is swift and fast that one after another challenger was thrown down on the wooden floor. I almost pity the guys being thrown around but only almost.

This place training hall is the most dangerous of collapsing so I didn’t have much care much about the fallen guys but I focus more on the creaking floors. I don’t want them collapsing during the fall. It will just injure the guy more if it collapses on him.

We watched Nina’s sister beat down people twice her age and after Nina got bored, she drag me around again.

I then meet her younger brother Raku.

Raku is nice and kind kid or maybe it’s me being bias that he isn’t dragging me around the compound, though I sympathized with him when he was also dragged with me. I don’t want to imagine his life with Nina and Taiga as his sister. He probably won’t have a quiet day.

Raku is a bit special because I felt that he has something inside of him and this is the first time I felt of it. Maybe I met something like him before but I’m not in a situation where I can calmly feel them and not be in danger of being killed, even if the place is the house of a Yakuza group. It’s not really a bad place.

Nina drags me and her brother around all through afternoon and after. She also shows me the backyard of the compound though I don’t think its right to called it a backyard. It’s just too big and then she showed me her favorite place. It’s an old ancient tree found in top of a small cliff. This tree is old and I feel that it’s aged and has history in it but I’m not a miko to understand more so I didn’t bother to investigate it. Plus, it’s not what Nina wanted me to see but the view under the tree.

The view is beautiful. You can see the sea a top this small hill. The green grass under it is also comfortable. With fresh wind breeze coming from the sea, it’s a relaxing place. I can’t help but sit under the tree together with the siblings. We stayed there for quite some time until its getting dark and I need to return home.

Now, this place would be the perfect place to relax if not for the tree gaining consciousness while we were sitting under it.

I was forced to repel the attack with Madoka from the vines and branch swings without making Nina and Raku notice anything. I don’t want to kill the tree so I only go for defensive skills.

I think that the adults are still refraining from letting the children to know about the magic side of the world. They did stop from making a move on me when Raku and Taiga showed up and I see no reason for letting Nina know I’m not an ordinary boy.

I’m fine with Rin and her father but I knew them for some time now, I just met Nina and her family today.

Maybe later on, I will let her know but not for now.

The walk back home isn’t also that special but it allowed me to relax and enjoy the view around me.

I also start to observe the people that I see walking around the streets.

Its past 5 pm now so I only see few kids in the streets but I notice them when they are playing in one of the playgrounds provided by the city.

There had been lots of mini parks and playground around at the center of Miyama Town.

It was built as center attraction of the town. It was probably plan as a start for redevelopment of the town but that is only a front.

It was a plan to disrupt the flow of energy in the ley lines and its working splendidly.

The citizens are happy enjoying what the local government provided for them and the clan is happy for delaying the war, though I can’t say for the magus family.

I find their names when I had a talked with Raiga.

He introduced their group as a normal Yakuza but they are just a branch of a much bigger Yakuza family. Their branch is only centered here in Fuyuki and he is the head.

The Yakuza family had various connections and branch in Japan and his branch is specialize in dealing with the Magus, since this city has them.

He made transaction when Magus or magician families are needed of such ingredients or materials.

They are being paid for gathering and escorting such items.

They aren’t really a magical family but they just happen to have connections with them and they also acquired various magical items while dealing with various customers and merchants.

That explains why some of them are equip with magical weapons.

And since they are a Yakuza family, they aren’t really clean in dealing with some stuff, so they are actually the perfect person for magus to magicians to ask with. They won’t let others know of their transaction and they can get their necessary materials, even if it’s not by legal means, which is what happen most of the time.

Going back to the magus family, the two prominent magus family that are living in this area are the Tohsaka and Makiri, though Makiri had change their names now and are currently known as Matou.

I wonder how they are dealing with the delayed war. The elder said that the grail is near ready for the ritual to call heroic spirits but the necessary energy isn’t met up yet. I don’t know what the current situation of the grail because I haven’t visited it yet but the Elder promise that he will take me there someday to observe the greater grail. I wish to observe the grail to know how large the stored Mana it has. It takes 60 years to just charge one for the war and since the clan had been diverting the flow of energy in the city. It’s not receiving the necessary Mana to start the war.

The elder said that we can’t go visit the cavern where the grail is but there is a way to counter the bounded field. The bounded field is keyed to alert the family that involves in the war, if someone has entered or had tampered the grail but it’s more set for detecting the living things and dealing with them.

The elder hinted that it would be the clue and it’s up to me to find a way to counter it or just wait for him to show him the way.

Honestly speaking, I’m not interested or even in a hurry to see the Greater Grail.

I just want to confirm on how dangerous it is.

If the stored energy is large enough that it can threaten the city, then I won’t destroy it in the usual way.

The plan that the Elder said to me is just to wait for the Grail to be empty and when it’s finally empty of energy. We go and destroy it.

It’s the most logical way to do because there is a chance that there would be a discharge of energy and I’m already used to seeing how destructive it could get when the accumulated energy is big.

When I’m fighting boss and mini-boss battles in the altered world, there is usual explosive release of energy, after I used Fantasy Killer on them.

It would be easy if the energy would be negated immediately but Fantasy Killer doesn’t instantly negate everything. It has its limits and if the energy to be negated had surpassed the limits, it would take time before its negated.

Just by touching a part of the supernatural being is enough to completely negate the being but it would start first from the place it was touched and it would spread throughout the body of the being.

The effect might look instantly but it isn’t, there is a microsecond difference in in-between negation.

That microsecond time difference is where the possible discharge would happen.

It would look like a water balloon popped by a needle. The water inside would burst outside.

So my goal first is to check the grail and see what the possible outcome is.

I would be wary for the other magus family but they aren’t my target.

Currently walking alone in the road directly towards the home, I noticed that some of the area around the fruit tree plantation is in need of weeding. It’s currently March and the spring is coming. I don’t want wild grass growing in my field.

I also observe the fruit trees that I planted. This area is the apple trees area. I plan on using them for making wine and fruit juice and Rin likes fruit juice but it looks like that it would still take time. The trees here aren’t normal trees. They are bonsai trees and genetically hybrid ones. They are design for fast growth and more fruit bearing with low interval of each. Usually it would take years for trees to grow and I don’t have that much time to let it grow normally, so I genetically engineered them, though the process would be a lot easier if I had a real lab and not just using my powers to micromanage. It helps me train in controlling in finer detail but it still took time and it’s hard.

Plus these trees are more of an experiment of what I can do with my Scientist ability.

I also took machine engineering specialization which is why I’m thinking of building a workshop centralized for machinery. My father’s company is specialized in robotics. I can learn something from them. That is, if I can find a way to contact any of them.

I can’t continue to use the small storage room provided in the house, it would be better to build another room where I can create a furnace and get myself a welding machine and other tools necessary for my craft. Getting metal is easy but having necessary tools for cutting; melding and welding would be useful.

Walking in the pathway towards the entrance door of the house, I notice that the house is silent.

There usually sound of TV being heard from the entrance of the house. What’s happening?

I open the door slowly and silently tried to take a look of the inside of the house.

There was a porch before the living area but it’s not really that big which is why I can see the others seating around in the living area and they are far too quiet.

That sets alarming bells on me. What’s happening?

I take a peek at the dining area and I see someone seating in one of the chairs and she is having her right elbow on the table and is supporting her face while her left hand was in the table with fingers tapping it.

Her appearance isn’t that old and she is even shorter than Taiga which is around 5 feet already.

She has long blond hair that is currently touching the ground. I can’t see her face because she is facing towards the kitchen but I can tell that she is board.

She is just wearing a simple black blouse and had black fingerless gloves with black slippers. Her skin is white but that is not important.

The important thing is who is she?

The girls let her in but they are clearly scared or nervous. They aren’t making any noise and why they didn’t alert me of this.

“You’re late” I heard the voice of a clear stern young female voice.

The girl or woman then turns her face towards me and a frown marrying her beautiful face. Her hair was set loose but its comb well showing her wide forehead and baby face. She is also had crimson colored eyes.

Not human?

“Didn’t that idiot told you that I’m coming in town? So why do I need to wait for an ungrateful kid that doesn’t even know how to welcome their soon to be master… well that is if you’re even qualified to learn from me” The girls eyes is lazily looking at me and she just exchange the position of her left hand and right hand, Now she’s using her left hand to support her face and use her right hand now to tap the table.

Master?

“Scan” I mentally command to at least have a clue on who she is.

The “Strongest”

Elder Pray “Kusanagi”

Level 13

HP 1390

EN 790

Strength: 9

Endurance: 9

Dexterity: 18

Intelligence: 14

Wisdom: 16

Luck: 2

She hates the weak but she hates most the one who thinks they are strong. She likes to trample and crush their pride and takes pleasure on killing them. She is merciless and doesn’t care for anyone that isn’t family. She hates everyone aside from family but she hated the most the ?”

Trait:

Honest: She is blunt to a fault. She will honestly say what she feels. If she says that she will kill, she will if you force her

Impatient: She likes things done fast and is very hot headed when things doesn’t go his way.

Ancient: Her appearance doesn’t reflect her age. She is one of the being that live through the change of time.

Insightful: Can easily discern the character of the other people

Veteran: Her experience that she gathered throughout her life made her who she is today

Martial Arts Master: Had perfected and mastered her art that was dubbed as the strongest.

Weapon Master: had mastered the use of any form of weapon to use in different combat.

Ruthless: She takes pride in destroying others pride.

Selfish: Everyone who isn’t family can die and she won’t care.

Mother: A loving mother to her family

Wiseman: Wise in tactics and strategy. She can see through any style used by the enemy by just discerning their body movements, muscle weight and formation, weapon used and finally their personality and attitude.

Strongest: Haven’t tasted defeat yet but she is wise enough to not challenge impossible odds. Experience teaches that winning isn’t everything.

Ability:

Birth: The ability to give birth to new life form.

Weapon:[?]Attack power 00 –?

“Master, I’m sorry” I bowed immediately after seeing the information.

“Umu, that is fine because I don’t care. I still didn’t acknowledge you as my apprentice so I don’t care what you do” She stands up and finally looks at me straight. She’s beautiful but she is not here to teach me then what does she wants?

“I still can’t see what’s so special on you. I haven’t met you before because I didn’t even bother wasting my time on meeting strangers but that four eyes insist that you need a master. He also said that a part of your DNA makeup, had come from me. And I want to see what had become of that experiment but you’re not anything what I expect. The only thing that resembles you and me is the ability to manipulate energy. But your weak… it’s not even funny how weak you are. Do you even train or do you only waste your time playing around?” She keeps on insulting me but I didn’t show any reaction. I’m much busier in knowing why the girls didn’t report her.

[Why didn’t anyone of you alert me of this?] I asked mentally towards each of the girls.

[She’s scary! Scaaaaaary!] Pidgey keep saying scary in the mental link but in the reality. She is frozen seating facing the broken TV….. I need to buy a new one.

[She destroyed my TV when no one answers the door! My TV sob… sob.. she also slice the PS 2] Charmander look sleepy in the outside but I can hear her tears in the mental link. I can see the TV is indeed broken and the ps2 and game boy… oh boy. They will waste my money on that again.

I observed the blade that was stuck in the TV. The sword had thick blade with yellow guard that doesn’t actually function as a guard but just decoration with an insignia of circle and V inside of it. The handle is also silver colored like the blade.

It looks sturdy. Did she bring it with her? I also can’t understand her void. Ability to give birth? That is weird and totally unique.

I can hear the silent sobbing of Mareep in the link while in reality her eyes are set on the broken Gameboy and game cartridge.

Larvitar is trembling while seating in seiza. I can’t hear her thoughts in the mental link.

As for Beldium. [She is scary, she almost killed Mittelt when she saw her but when we explained that you took her in. She just let it go but she her eyes are cold…] she is really the only one I can count on. She is also holding Mittelt in her arms and is trying to hide her from Master.

“Are you listening brat? Are you finished in having mental conversation with your dolls?” My master(?) is lazily walking towards me while saying something unexpected. She notices our mental links?

“I can notice that you’re not listening and your attention is not focus on me and if it’s not me, then it should be the dolls you’re living with. But I can’t read your mind so I don’t know what you people are talking about but I can guess. Even with that emotionless façade, your very easy to read” She then past me by and I notice that she is really short but if her trait is true then she is far older than she looks.

“Come, I need to see how sturdy your body is. I remember hearing from Aleister that he uses a special base for the embryo, I want to see it in action” Aleister who?

I followed her onto the open backyard of the house where I used to train my acrobatics.

She stands at the middle and is not making any stance but just standing there.

“Come, don’t hold back because you will die” She simply said but she is not even preparing anything and just lazily looking at me. She is probably thinking this as a chore. Well if his giving me free sign to attack then who is me to let it pass but seeing her trait, I shouldn’t underestimate her. Plus her ability is a totally unknown too me.

Quest Update

The task is to not die during your test to become an apprentice.

Success:

Reward 2% EXP and the “chance” to become an apprentice

Failure:

Death

Duration:

10 seconds

Yes / No

Well, this is weird. I haven’t been receiving quest lately but is this event such crucial that it become a quest?

Plus the duration is too short.

I mentally press yes and prepare for the fight.

The place were currently isn’t that wide. It’s just an open area that I left behind and didn’t convert into planting area because I’ve been using this as a training ground when I try to practice movementskills, like acrobatic and dodging.

We are currently 10 meters apart. The distance isn’t that big and with her Dexterity, she can easily dash and reached me within a second. I also noticed that her status is the same as me and she is also probably an esper and if I we’re to believe what she had said. She is one of my mothers. I’m based from her and my ability to manipulate energy is probably from her.

First I cast “Cripple” then Amplify Damage to slow her down.

I don’t know if she notice it but she doesn’t even move but just continue to look at me.

I then cast a Twisted Energy Partisan at her to test how she will react. 1 second.

[Rank 4] Energy Partisan Level 15 EXP 63.05 Active: Cost 10 Energy

Energy accumulates and formed into a straight simple spear that pierce its enemy.

Effect:

Damage 155% of the Special Attack Damage

Deals additional 5% slashing damage

Adds 3% chance Penetrating Power

Maximum casting range is 60 meters

Maximum number of spears is 15.

Note:

If the attacks penetrated then the defense of the enemy could be ignored.

Adds additional 5% damage for every 10 levels

Adds additional 5% slashing damage for every 20 levels

Adds 1% chance of penetrating power for every 5 levels

Adds 1 additional spear per level

Increase maximum range by 10 per every 10 levels

She didn’t move and the attack just bends away from her which shouldn’t be surprising if she can manipulate energy. I just didn’t expect for her to manipulate what was mine.

I was surprised but I didn’t stop. I cast another Amplify Damage and casted another Energy Partisan but my target now is the ground below her.

An explosion occurs and she was covered by the explosion and smoke but I sense that she is unharmed and she is not moving at all. 2 seconds.

And since she is not moving, I activate the iron blood transformation to double my status.

“I’m am steel” I mentally command and the effect happens almost instantaneously. 3 seconds.

My skin color becomes darker and marking start appearing on my body. It’s not really anything magical. It’s just my blood vessels thickening and I feel lighter but also more vulnerable.

I charge my legs with 300 energy each and I blasted off towards her, causing a sonic boom and cracks from where I came from.

When I’m nearing her personal space, I felt the chill and sense that her eyes are set clearly on me. I’ve become scare a bit and made another dash with 350 energy each to the right to confuse her and escape her line of sight but I still feel the she is looking at me. 4 seconds.

The cripple effect would disappear but I can’t shake her away from me. I casted another Amplify Damage and tried to dash again towards her with 250 energy but my target is just her side. I want so see her reaction and confuse her further with the change of speed.

When I’m nearing her personal space again, I notice that she is not moving and when I’m within striking distance. I back away.

I’ve become a coward and just pass through her.

She has her attention in total lock with me. 5 seconds and cripple’s effect fade away.

What kind of monster is this?

She is not even releasing her void and she shouldn’t be able to see me but I’m feeling that I’m a prey being stared down by the predator.

The cripple effects fade but I cast another Amplify Damage and that is four times.

The cripple might fade but she should be slow, I can’t run away forever and my energy is depleting fast. I need to charge in and hope not to die.

I made a turn when I’m 3 meters behind her and dash directly at her with the speed of 900 energy each.

Making my current speed 3 times the speed of sound. It causes a another sonic boom and the earth crumbles underneath which cause it to break apart and debris start flying and smoke dust starts appearing that will hopefully cover me but the effect won’t be felt because I’m currently faster than it. 6 seconds.

Casting another Amplify Damage and surrounding myself with Madoka’s Barrier and Minor Globe of Invulnerability.

[Rank 4] Minor Globe of Invulnerability Level 6 EXP 0.03 Active: Cost 100 Energy Cooldown 30 Seconds.

Form a circular protective shield around the user. The energy field would protect the user from any damage until it’s destroyed.

Effect:

Create a circular force field around the caster that intercept and receives damage instead of the user.

Its effective range is 10 centimeters outside the range of the caster’s arm.

Force Field HP: 750

The globe ignores 10% of the total damage.

Maximum Present Barrier at the same time is 30

Note:

The Barrier won’t disappear until it’s destroyed or willed to be destroyed by the user.

The Force Field’s HP will increase by 750 for every 10 levels.

I’m silently cursing now on why I evolve my barrier skills up but unexpected situations happen and I need every protection I can get.

I set up 4 energy partisan as points of power for Madoka to connect the barrier and then I layered them trice in front of me. They will take the bulk of whatever damage the elder can dish out.

And my last line of defense is the Minor Globe of Invulnerability.

With all these walls in front of me, I still felt vulnerable but I can’t back away now.

I reared my right fist and readying my attack. When I get closer to her I notice something surprising.

The surprising part is not due to the fact that she is not reacting or moving at all to counter my attack but it’s about the layered barriers that I set up are starting to split in half and bits by bits, its dispersing apart. Then minor globe of invulnerability that acts as my last defensive skill had a small hole appearing at the center and it starts to widen in front of me.

Everything that happens is too much for me to comprehend.

I can process at the speed of 1 is to 250 seconds but my current movement is moving 3 times the speed of sound. It’s too fast for my movement and what’s happening in front of me for me to comprehend everything.

It felt like a blur but I still continue my attack. I put all my strength on my clench right fist and launch it.

I didn’t aim too high like her head because there is a chance she will evade. So I only aimed at the center of her back where, her spinal cord is located.

The body of a person is wide and is a much better target with lesser chance of missing than targeting the head.

If she is indeed the strongest, then she will probably survive a punch that is moving 3 times the speed of sound towards her spine.

When my fist is only few centimeters apart from her back, I felt something hard had hit my chin from below and I just lose consciousness at that moment. Afterwards, I didn’t even felt the next attack that comes from the left and hit my temple which crushes my skull.

If I’m an ordinary person with an ordinary body then I’ll probably die but I’m not.

I just received a hefty amount of damage and ended up in red zone, but I survive. I only found this out when I wake up.

Part 33

Sleeping felt alien to me because when I have acquired the skill that allows me to regenerate my HP, EN, STA in couple of seconds, sleeping lost its use. I only sleep when I’m training in altered world to recover negative status ailments that won’t disappear in due time.

Negative status effects like Fractured (Bones), Disease (Type of Disease), Severed (Body parts), Ruptured (Organs) or Viral Infected, are the usual types that can’t be cured just by being ignored. Even Poison or Paralyze will sometimes disappear in time so I just ignored them.

So for me, the experience of waking up in the early morning felt alien… yet satisfying.

Since my last mission for the clan, I felt that my head is full of fog. I can’t seem to think clearly even though I have Gamers mind ability. It just doesn’t feel right. It’s like I keep forgetting such simple things since that event.

The succeeding event doesn’t even help it.

It just made my mind foggier and the recent revelation that my Mother is pregnant again, even though the last time I heard, Father hasn’t met with Motherfor years.

Waking up in one of the unused bedroom felt alien to me too.

I haven’t used this room even once though Beldum kept it clean but my surrounding felt alien to me.

Currently, I’m feeling such an unexpected experience. Something I didn’t expect. Something that I haven’t felt for a while and something I welcome.

I felt relax.

Even when I’m playing with Nina and Rin or just going outside of this house, I was never relaxed. I’m in constant alert for something and I’m mostly constant in use of my power. But here, right now. I’m not doing anything but just lying here in the wooden floor with a futon (Mattress) as my makeshift bed.

This is bad.

I need to move and start doing something but I felt lazy to do anything.

I just want to lay here in bed all day and not move.

But it looks like that wish is impossible.

I’m already feeling my master(?)’s presence. He is approaching this room.

I need to stand up and greet her. I don’t want to get hurt so early in the morning.

I start getting up when the sliding door was forcefully open.

Bang.

The sound of the door hitting the wooden stopper was heard.

“Master” I forgone of standing up and just go for seiza and bowed deeply in front of her

“Lazy brat, we don’t have all day to waste. Get up and follow me. The training is starting” She didn’t even let me say anything before she depart.

My current clothes were replaced by a clean one but it’s not suited for training but I also can’t let master wait for me. So I just gave up on changing clothes for training and just follow her.

While walking in the open hallway, I saw the others are relaxing in the garden. As usual Charmander and Mareep are in front of the new 32 inch TV and with a new PS 2. I don’t know how they manage to get that because I’m sure that yesterday. The TV is not that big and its destroyed, and The PS2 is sliced into pieces.

Pidgey is just seating in the garden set humming and Larvitar is beside the book shelves in the living area, reading books.

Beldum is nowhere in sight but by sensing her. She is in the kitchen area together with Mittelt.

Making sure that they are fine, I follow where I felt Master stops.

The place where we will be doing our training is still the same place where I was beaten.

When I arrived, master is already there with her arms crossed and is tapping the ground.

She is currently wearing now a one piece white dress (unfit for training exercise) and her long hair was tied in a bun but it’s too long so some of it was left as a ponytail. She also wears a white gloves and white high heels shoes which is another unfitting equipment to use for training. What does master thinks of training?

“You’re slow” Her eyebrows are already crossing with each other and are a clear sign that she is becoming angry.

“I’m sorry” I bow deeply again

“Its fine, we’re starting already” She uncrossed her arms and set her legs apart and starts to form a basic martial arts form.

“Master does this mean I pass the test?” I ask but I already knew the answer, I only ask for confirmation.

“Yes, so let’s start but before that let me ask you a question” She undid her stance and just stand straight.

I also stand straight and in attention to her words

“Is your mind clear now?” She only asks a simple question but I already knew what it mean.

“Yes, I thank you for that” even if getting hit by the heel of her foot isn’t exactly a pleasant feeling but at least it rattled my brains and knocked me in one hit.

Her follow up attack of a back left elbow hit to my temple is something I understood after reviewing the fight.

I made lots of mistake in that fight.

I only go for speed and didn’t even use my other skills. I tried for diversion but I should just manipulate the surrounding to force her to move. I’m too wary and scared of her that I didn’t fight well and beating her was never the test.

The quest is “to not dieit’s not about beating her. It’s about surviving her attack and I did survive, even if my skull is crushed and I probably received brain damage thanks to that attack but I still survive.

The Gamer’s Body changes the basic makeup of my body and turning it into something like a game character. And a game character doesn’t die as long as it has remaining HP.

That shows the durability of this body. It can take any kinds of punishment as long as there is remaining HP and it can regenerate with the help of skills, items or resting.

“Now that your mind is clear, let’s start this training” master resumes her stance but this time around, her body is facing sideways instead of facing her opponent. Her legs are still apart but her arms are place differently. Her right hand is place forward with the fist clench and her left fist is placed by her waist and it’s reared back and is ready to be used.

I tried to copy her stance. It’s a basic Chinese martial arts stance but does master know such martial arts?

“No, I don’t know any other martial arts aside from the one I developed” she answers but I’m sure that I didn’t ask or show any indication in my face that I’m asking.

“It’s in your tune” Tune?

“I’m not a mind reader so speak if you have question!” She starts shouting even though she probably understands what I meant.

“What do you mean tune master?” I ask.

“Every living being has a certain tune in them. My martial art starts and ends with it. The Pray Style I develop isn’t something I practice and develop through countless training. It started with endless training but it’s perfected through combat. Throwing a punch is easy but hitting a moving opponent is hard. Not unless you knew the tune of your opponent. If you knew and understand the tune of the living being, everything will start making sense. I won’t explain any further. Let’s start the training and find your own answer. Like how I found mine in the battlefield” She resumes her stance but this time around her right hand isn’t clench in fist but is open palm and facing my direction. The same for her right fist that is now open. So her stance isn’t fixing and her style isn’t totally dependent on it but the more on the “tune”

I do the same stance but with clench fist.

This time around, I didn’t charge any energy but just tried to charge in.

I tried to not run in straight line but in zigzagging way as I approach and I also cause the, the dust to spread in the area.

The area had been covered in dust but my master’s stance didn’t change. She’s calm and collected. It’s like she already knew what will happen. Is this the state of the masters?

The level beyond normal means and the ones who sacrifice their time to perfect their art.

With the dusk cloud around her, I tried attacking again from the blind spot but I was countered again by an open palm strike to the head using her right hand. She also twists her upper body and reared her left hand for a strike.

I evade the palm strike by moving my head to the right and I go for the counter with my left but I didn’t expect for master to pull grabbed my ear out when she reared her right hand back. She then tears my ears away and I lose balance from the sudden brutal attack and then she grabs my head with her left hand that I thought she would use to strike me but instead, she use it to grab my head and she trust my head to the ground. Blood sputters around and I feel the front of my skull cracked again with the bones of my nose shattered and some of my teeth broken.

But my master isn’t finished with the attack.

She raised her right foot vertically and slams it towards the back of my head.

I can feel the heel of her shoes digging through my head and shattering my occipital bone which is the back of my skull. I finally understand why she wears heels.

The second time around and my first actual training with master, I was left unconscious again.

But this time around I didn’t sleep throughout the morning. I only sleep until I recover the bad status and regenerate my ear, broken skull and damage brains.

I also received a reward for having my skulls destroyed twice within 24 hours.

Through receiving bone shattering damage and still surviving + 1 to VIT was rewarded.

I feel that I will surely grow stronger under master’s care, though that is if I survive her training.

Part 34

The morning training continues like this.

I attack and Master would counter.

It’s a simple training if not for how brutal Master could be.

She is not holding back and always attacking to kill.

She will aim for my eyes and crush my eyeballs (I think I ended up regenerating it for above a dozen times already this morning)

She aims for my ears. If I let her grab it, she will tear it off.

She will aim for my joints and crush them. Not dislocate but crush them.

She also likes to shatter my bones.

She lectured that the bones are sturdiest part of human body but even if it’s hard, it has a breaking point. You just need to learn it. While I like the lecture and lesson, I don’t want to be the one who receive it, to learn it.

She aim to crush man’s balls and she won’t hesitate to crush my skull again.

She aims for my internal organs and made them explode with palm strikes that are design to cause massive internal damage.

She doesn’t hold back. She only aims to kill and crush her opponent.

She stands atop with the title of the strongest with no one challenging her for the title because all of her previews enemies are crushed with outmost brutality that only the bravest would challenge her.

Her style is also something that can’t be measured by STRENGTH status only.

Her strength isn’t above the human physical limits but she still can crush and kill with her bare hands. Her strength all lies with her knowledge on how to utilize it to it outmost limit. Knowledge she gains through combat.

I still can’t see and understand what tune is but every movement of master is precise and not wasted. It’s like she already knew what will happen. Does she have precognition ability too? Or maybe she has a more advance one than mine. It felt that her every movement is predestined and she is only moving to reach that end.

Right now it’s already afternoon and just finishing washing the dishes.

Doing something like this is also something I haven’t experience for some time now.

I don’t have a need to eat and my summoned beings don’t need it too. The only one who in need of regular sustainment in this home is Mittelt, and Beldum usually the one who take care of her or rather, she is the only one I trusted. Pidgey is a kind girl that would volunteer to help but she’s idiot. I won’t trust the baby into her care and the others would either like to play or read than doing housework or taking care of the baby.

Now that my mind is a bit clearer, I can actually see how these summoned beings reflect my character though I can’t see Pidgey being a part of me.

Beldum is my part that takes care of the house and likes to do chores.

Larvitar is my bookworm character and Charmander is my gaming addict personality.

Mareep is my part that likes to overcome any challenge and it just so happen that she likes to compete with Charmander and Charmander likes to play game which is where they usually compete.

Right now, master is just silently sitting in the dining table and is playing with a bread knife. She is balancing the knife in the tip of her index finger. She is making it sway sideways but she then is correcting its balance.

She’s been doing this after the meal and it’s clear to me that she is bored but what will I do? I don’t know what her hobbies are or what she likes to do and she is hot headed that I don’t want to make her angry again. I also don’t want to regenerate another broken or shattered body parts.

Since yesterday, I’m observing and trying to remember what I know about master. Her trait is simple to understand but I noticed that since yesterday, she has shown a smile at all but just neutral or a semi-permanent frown.

I can’t tell her to smile if I, myself, am not the smiling type but I think smiling would suit master better.

She is already beautiful with around 140 cm’s in height. She is mostly like cute than sexy that fit the adult but her face was shown in continues irritation or boredom.

I wonder what she really wants.

While I’m concentrating in observing my master and washing the dishes, I notice someone running in the road outside of the house. That someone is surely someone I know and she is currently running towards the entrance of the house and is starting to open it.

I can’t help but smile for her frequent visits and I stop washing the dish for the moment to greet her.

“Tou-“Her greeting was cutoff with a flying knife directed at her.

“Rin!” I was shocked with attack but I react fast and stop the bread knife from hitting her eyes.

“ieeeeeeeeeeeeee” Rin stumbled back and was clearly shocked. She is breathing fast and when she saw the knife falls in front of her she started crying.

“uuuugguggggg uwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” She ended up crying and wetting herself.

“Rin!” I stopped what I’m doing and run to get her and when I come near her, I knelt in front of her and grab her shoulder and shake her a bit.

“Rin are you alright? Its fine now Rin, its fine now…. It’s fine now I’m her beside you, so stop crying now” I hug her and start massaging her back; I didn’t even care if I get dirty and wet.

After trying to calm the trembling Rin in my arms, I turn my sight to master. I tried to glare at her but I stopped midways. I can’t move I also can’t help but tremble. This should be impossible. The feeling of fear is a negative mind effects that I should be immune too but right now. I’m clearly trembling and feeling this alien feeling.

First the first time I felt Fear.

It’s a whole new experience that I felt just because I met Master.

The eyes of master are cold. She’s not glaring or doing anything but she is just looking at me… no at Rin.

I have face the fallen and demons but even in their eyes at least they show recognition that I’m alive. Maybe it’s because I’m special or a possible ally or client but at least they show that they recognize that I’m alive. Be it as a pet or a slave or anything but it’s clear that I’m being treated as a living being.

But master is different.

She is not looking at Rin like she is a person and it’s scary.

She’s looking at Rin like she’s not the worth of her time? Like a pebble or a trash is the road side. She is not recognizing Rin as a person, as a human being and someone that is alive and can think and can act.

She is treating Rin like someone who she can just kill and destroy without any thought. It’s like she is not even worth her thought or time.

It’s just how humans trample in the ants while walking in the roadside. We humans are the superior predator in the natural world that we didn’t even care if we ended up killing the small insects that we just consider as annoyance or something that wasn’t worth our time. We walk our path without even considering what we ended up hurting as long as it doesn’t affect us or as long as they aren’t humans or someone who we consider as someone who is alive.

That kind gaze is what I’m feeling right now and it’s not even directed at me but I’m trembling. Rin is currently had her face buried in my chest and I don’t want her to see this. That would be traumatic for an energetic little girl.

Sure, I get annoyed by her constant dragging me around to play but I don’t want any harm to happen to her.

This experience is something I can’t explain and something I don’t want to feel.

“Hmm…. Trash…. Who are you?” The question is directed to Rin but she is not even considering her a person. The word trash is clearly something that is not meant for insult but something to describe on how master view Rin.

Master is clearly dangerous. I just finally understand it now. So this is what Beldum meant when she described that her eyes are cold.

Master, she’s a friend so please… don’t….” the word didn’t leave my mouth but for someone like master who can almost read someone’s mind without the ability to mind read. She knew what I mean.

She turn then her gaze too me and I was frozen for a second but her cold eyes start to differ a bit.

It’s still cold and it’s like a superior predator eyeing her pray but at least… she recognize me as someone who I alive.

She looks at me for a few second and she then broke eye contact and stand up.

“I’ll be taking a nap, after I woke up. We will continue the training” She then starts walking without waiting for my reply. She went to the northern part of the house where the bedrooms are located. She probably had already claimed one of the empty rooms as her own.

Well, if she will take a nap then I only had few minutes to an hour.

“Rin… its fine now, so please calm down” I return my focus on Rin who is still crying.

This will take some time… she also need to take a bath and change of clothes. She can use mine and I would need to escort her back home and explain to her and her family that they aren’t allowed now to visit without informing me. It would be dangerous and they would be surely killed by master if I’m not around.

Master is surely dangerous and I just finally remember how dangerous the clan is.

The elders are surely full of monsters.

Monsters that are probably scarier than the super naturals that I faced.

I wonder who’s much more dangerous.

The elders or the supernatural beings.

Part 35

I escorted Rin back to her home and she finally calm down but she is still not back to her usual cheerful self. I tried to cheer her but its’ not working but at least I manage to convince her to not tell her parents about her meeting with my relative.

I manage to wave a tail to tell her parents and I bribed her with her sweets to have her agree. I also need to learn new recipe for her sweet tooth.

She is still clearly shaken but at least she is not trembling anymore but it took more time than I want.

I escorted her back home and explain to her parents that she had a little accident and I’m sorry that I didn’t manage to prevent the most of it. When I mention accident, Mr. and Mrs. Shibuya already knew that it’s about my godly level of unluckiness. They probably assume that my misfortunate existence had affected her and she had a bit of accident.

I let them fill in the blanks. I don’t want to lie but I don’t want to tell the whole truth.

I also said that I had a relative staying and she’s not the social type person and doesn’t want outsiders so if they are visiting. Be sure to call my home to inform me and I’m thankful that they agree because I surely don’t want them to meet master.

They might get killed if I’m not careful.

After everything was settled, I hurriedly return home and checked if master is still sleeping but when I saw Larvitar in the bookshelves area. She just pointed outside. It means master is already awake and I’m most likely in trouble.

I went to the backyard and I saw master standing in the same spot where she stands before and with a different dress now.

She is currently wearing a sky blue thin camisole with a dark blue short skirt and wearing a blue high heels shoes but she’s not wearing a glove now. From all her previews dress, this is the most mature looking because her camisole is too thin that it inappropriate to wear outside of the private quarters but it’s clear that she doesn’t care if anyone sees her. She is also not wearing a glove now but she is still in high heels. I’m wary of her heels because she usually used it to put holes in my body. Those shoes aren’t normal. It’s probably made of steel and heavy but she is waving and kicking without a care of its weight.

She is also taping those heels now and her arms are crossed. I’m screwed and probably would be literally. She’s bored and angry again.

“You’re late” is her opening greeting to me.

“I’m sorry master; I need to escort Rin back home” I bowed for an apology and I hope she would at least not crushed every bones in my body.

“Is she important to you?” I was taken aback by her question that my eyes widen a bit. I didn’t expect that.

“Yes, she’s a friend” I answer honestly while standings straighter.

We’re back in our position when we had that test yesterday. 10 meters apart but those 10 meters is so wide for me to overcome.

“Hmm….” Master was silent for a bit and she closed her eyes. It takes a half a minute before she opens it and looks at me.

“You’re out of tune again. Is it because of her? She is then a hindrance. Discard her. She would only get you killed” Master coldly replied while looking straight to my eyes. It’s the same eyes as before.

The eyes of a supreme predator.

I wonder how many prey did those eyes looked at and how many was manage to survive… probably none.

Her blunt speech and her clear view of Rin as nothing more than object is easy to see and understand but even if she is supposedly my master. I can’t approve of such thing.

“I can’t master. I’m sorry” She just narrowed her eyes at me and I’m starting to feel nervous and tremble a bit. Maybe I overstep my bounds.

But if she continues to treat Rin as nothing more than a piece of trash, then I will continue to treat her as nothing more than an instructor. She doesn’t deserve my respect or acknowledgement.

“You’re angry at me and your clearly don’t like me but I don’t care. I’m only here to teach you how to fight and that is what I would do” My master starts stretching then she took another simple open martial arts stance. Her legs are aligned but wide apart, she is also crouched down a bit but her center of balance is stable. Her body is straight and both of her fists are reared back beside her waist.

This stance is starting stance for practicing punching.

“Pray style isn’t really proper martial arts. It’s a combination of different martial arts that I fought and destroyed in the past. I just incorporated them into my fighting style that I created, I only started with only a basic way of fighting and that is how to punch my enemy” She then threw straight punch. There is nothing dramatic to it and I see nothing special. It’s just a fast and straight punch. It probably packed a powerful strength behind it but the thing that I only noticed is the attack is fast. I can’t see any difference between my punch and hers.

She then looks at me but she just narrows her eyes when she looks at my eyes.

“You don’t understand didn’t you?” She sighs and stands up. She started then walking away.

“Do a million repetition of it. I want to see results tomorrow morning. I’m not wasting time on someone who isn’t attuned on his training.” A million? Isn’t that too high? Plus she didn’t explain the secret or anything about the punch. Did she expect me to learn everything on my own?

I’m totally confused here and I tilt my head to the side. She is not teaching me properly and is leaving me behind to learn on my own. Is this the proper way to learn? I haven’t had a teacher before so I don’t know what’s proper but I at least she explains it like the one in the books. This is actually worse than reading a scroll about it.

I just shake my head and prepare the stance… a million. I look at the sky and it’s nearing evening already. I wonder if I can make it in time.

I heard master walking away but I didn’t bother and start practicing my punches. Doing a million punch is possible but I don’t think if I have enough time so I better start early but I still don’t know if I’m doing it right.

While I was starting my repetitive punches of left and right, I notice that master is still around.

I stop my punches and look at her.

Master?” I asked her, I thought that she will leave me be but she is clearly observing me under the shade of mango tree. She is currently leaning in one foot and cross arm with a frown on her face.

You don’t understand anything” is what master said.

“My martial arts isn’t something used to fight. It’s used to completely overwhelm the opponent. It’s a martial arts meant to destroy your opponent. Your weak punches won’t even hurt your enemies” she the stand straighter and assumed a lecturing pose with her left hand supporting her right hand. I stopped trying to comment about her personality or I refuse to think of anything. I tried to clear my mind because master has partial mind reading ability. I don’t want to get hurt.

“Listen, you’re out of tune. Separate your mind and body. Keep your body warm and ready but your mind cold and calculating. Try to imagine only one thing. The destruction of your enemy” She then stands beside the tree and her left fist lash out towards the mango tree.

And like earlier, I saw nothing special about her punch. It’s just fast but the effect on the tree is simple.

Her punch didn’t destroy the tree but bore through it. It didn’t do any damage aside from the perfect hole where her left hand punched through.

My only reaction is widening of my eyes a bit, then I calmed again.

“Keep your tune steady and focus on that single image. Continue the action until you can see yourself being able to copy the image you conjured in your head. When the body manages to finally catch up with the mind, the image will become reality” She then starts to move and I saw her going to one of the bedrooms, she is not the social type and will just probably sleep?

Now that I think about it, I don’t know anything about master.

I straighten my stance and forgone the punching stance, I looked at the damage that Master did to the tree and was still surprised at the damage she did.

“Poor tree” I pity the mango tree that was probably planted by Grandfather, this area near the house isn’t trees and plants that I planted. It’s all grandfathers’ work.

I only planted the one further away from the house and the rice fields in the north. I will fix you later tree. I will found a way to restore you.

But still, the thing that surprised me is not that master can punched through the tree but the controlled damage that she did. There is no sign of cracks around the hold and there is no further damage that the tree received aside from the hole. It didn’t even shake when it received the attack.

I just thought that it’s just a fast punch but it’s much more.

So this is the image that master conjured in her mind and her body follow through.

I need to make a result similar to that tomorrow? Wouldn’t that be asking too much?

I’m not a genius or a fast learner. I can’t even understand much of what she is saying.

Even with my 201 intelligence and 51 wisdom. It didn’t automatically make me an answering machine.

There are questions that elude me and mysteries that I can’t understand.

Learning something like this is one of them.

Quest Update

The task is to succeed in learning the basic principles in Pray Style.

Success:

Reward 2% EXP and the chance to learn Pray Style Martial Arts

Failure:

Death

Duration:

1 day real world

Yes / No

Another quest already? That’s fast.

This is unexpected. I know I did a bunch of chore quest during my time with Grandfather but I haven’t been receiving any that I thought there won’t be anyone this soon.

Well she did say make a million repetition. Maybe during it the training, I can find the answer but the time isn’t enough. Well, it can’t be helped. Even if I’m wary of going to that place, I can’t help it. I just don’t have enough time. I only have barely more than 12 hours to practice.

World Reject! Dungeon Make Open Field! Use 7000 Energy Compensation!


In between lines “To a certain black layout chat room with the room name Dollars”

Top Sword is online

Captain is online

Researcher is online

Top Sword: Four eyes if I saw you again I’ll kill you, I’LL SERIOUSLY KILL YOU! This brat is a waste of my time.

Captain: Hmm… I didn’t get that feeling when I’m with him. Give him some time and please don’t end up killing some random passersby. It’s becoming a chore to do the cleanup.

Researcher: hahaha you’ve only meet the kid yesterday and you want to kill him already. You’re crazy.

Top Sword: I don’t want to hear it from you! You trash! dirt! crap! Just die already! if you want to, I would kill you in the most painful way.

Captain: You’re vocabulary is still as colorful as ever. Can we go on with the topic and the report?

Top Sword: this is a waste of time. The brat is useless. He won’t even listen to me to get rid of his dolls. He even lets them roam around the house. This is annoying. He even had time to waste with some other brat than just learn how to kill and destroy. That brat is totally incompatible with me.

Researcher: he has a friend? Interesting… I would like to meet this friend of his. I would try to ask him to let me meet his friend though I doubt he would agree.

Captain: So he had made connections hmm…. This would be bad if his distracted on his goal.

Top Sword: His already out of whack and his tune are all over the place. He is totally useless to us. We just better scrap him over and transfer it to a next container.

Captain: Now, now, let’s be patient and see. We can’t actually just trash the project that takes half a century in preparation.

Researcher: … I will investigate it.

Top Sword: Then do so. I don’t have time for trash.

Top Sword went offline

Captain: …

Researcher: …

Captain: this is bad.

Alchemist: True…

Anna is online

Anna: I haven’t found the target yet.

Caption: Well this is a surprise. I expected that you already find it.

Anna: The Himejima clan is pretty secretive. It’s hard to find the target.

Researcher: is this about the information that the kid stumbled upon his last mission?

Captain: Yes, the monk had been captured and the information that was passed onto the fallen was a name of a possible holder of a powerful gift.We can’t let the fallen to have another one toy for them to use. It’s meant for the humans to be of use not those stains in this world.

Researcher: Easy there. Well I’m pretty sure he would find it. Right?

Anna: I’m searching for it. But it’s getting hard if few people starts missing. The clan would be in alert.

Captain: Well, as long as it didn’t fall into the hands of the Fallen. The fate of the boy isn’t important.

Researcher: True

Anna: I would see to it. If his useless. I would dispose of him.

Anna went offline

Researcher: bye bye bye

Captain went offline

Researcher: Now… let’s take a look at that friend of yours.

Researcher went offline


Part 36

Ughh… I can’t believe that I would end up sleeping here in the backyard.

I tried standing up from my position but I noticed that my shirt is full of tears and scratches. My short is also in ruins. When I tried to sit up, I saw Master in her usual standing position with an annoyed face.

“So you’re finally awake. You sure take your time in waking up” She’s clearly angry at something.

I then finally noticed my position. I’m not in the same position where I remember I slept, I also notice a freshly made trench in front of me and it’s traced from the position where I remember I slept and to my current position.

I was kicked hard.

It ended up leaving a trail and few broken trees in between.

She is probably annoyed because I didn’t wake up and just continued sleeping. Well that is normal, the damage that she had done had probably crushed my ribs and I need to regenerate so instead of awaking. I ended up still sleeping.

How much merciless could she be. Can she, you know. Wake me up in the normal way. But then again, that is probably impossible for her.

I stand up and bowed at her “I apologize for my mistake” I then stand up straight and look at her.

“You know, you don’t need to be polite at me. It won’t change my view of you and it won’t change anything. You can just be yourself and I’ll just be myself” She then made a come here gesture and I come closer to her.

So I can just be myself when I’m around her.

“Show me what you have learned” She then made a gesture to one of the trees around.

Does she want me to destroy another tree? Those trees bear fruits you know. I can turn them to either products or I can stock them for personal use.

Her eyebrow twitched and her frown deepens.

“Just do it or I’ll kill you” Her eyes become cold but I didn’t care anymore. She said that I should just be myself and I mostly don’t care for others if they bother me or needed my help. I felt her eyebrow twitching again and she starts clenching her fist.

I’ll probably be really killed here.

I stand in front of the tree and didn’t made any proper stance like when I started.

I only conjured the image in my mind and let my body follow.

I saw the result and I only need to punch to actualize the result.

And I punched with all my might.

I punched my right hand and it bore through the solid trunk of the tree.

Poor tree.

My punch isn’t perfect yet because there are still cracks here and there but at least I manage to make my ideal image into a reality, even if it’s not yet perfect.

I stand aside and let my master evaluate my results.

“You… you do know that the test I gave to you is something you’re not meant to pass right?” She state but not ask. She knew already the answer which is why she is not even bothering to look at me while inspecting the hole.

I understand. The test isn’t something that can be done overnight.

Unless you’re some genius or a certain miracle worker or the world is your ally. It’s impossible to do the feat with only 1 night of training.

Learning to punch is easy.

Learning how to punch properly is easy

But realizing the result you imagine isn’t easy.

It’s something that one needs to train continuously until it becomes second nature.

Punching repetition that starts with hundreds, then it became thousands, then It became millions and the number will increase as one continues the process of perfecting the punch that actualize your ideal result.

If someone said that if you can’t beat your opponent, then try imagining a weapon that can beat your opponent.

In reality that is impossible.

Just imagining the result won’t make the result happen.

One needs effort and that is why master ask me to perform the punch a million times.

And even if one repeats the punched a million times, it doesn’t mean that it’s perfect already. It’s just the beginning.

Punching is easy but hitting the enemy is hard.

“You, do you have an ability that let manipulate the time?” My master asks me after inspecting the hole that I made.

“I don’t but… I have an ability… where I can access an alternate world… where time works differently than this world” I tried to explain as little as I can but with my master’s mastery, she surely notice that I’m leaving some info behind.

Her reaction is just her eyes narrowing at me and starts looking at me and not just looking at me.

Before she just dismiss me as someone that she needs to associate with, it’s like an obligation or duty. Or to be more precise, it’s like when a cashier or waitress is associating with a customer. They smile but it’s their duty to smile to the customer, even if they irritate them. They will still do it.

Now, she’s not just trying to tolerate and associate with me but actually trying to see me. She is not dismissing me and it’s more like she’s trying to inspect or understand me.

This is unexpected.

“Show me” She demanded with her body standing straight, her legs are parted a bit with her hands on her waist and her face is in clearly showing that she is ordering me around. She won’t take no for an answer.

I was reluctant a bit but I feel that I will die if I didn’t follow.

Sigh…”fine, master” I know she’s dangerous but I just didn’t care anymore. She will probably hurt me but won’t outright kill me.

World Reject! Dungeon Make Open Field! Use 1000 Energy Compensation for Opening the gate and additional 1000 Energy for another passenger!

World Reject (Incomplete Fragment)

The ability born from the deepest desire of the heart to reject the reality, a sign that you’ve given up on the real world and want to come to the ideal world.

Effect:

Create an alternate reality that overlaps with the current reality. The altered reality will never interact with the current one and won’t ever merge with reality. The ideal reality will reflect on one’s desire.

Level based ability

The current form of the ideal world is Dungeon to strengthen one heart.

The created Dungeon has an altered rule with different mechanics.

Where LUCK won’t interfere or FATE won’t meddle

Level 51 – 60 = Orc field with hordes of hungry Orcs that will eat the summoner

Level 61 – 70 = Lizard field with hordes of swarming lizards that will swallow the summoner

Level 71 – 80 = Beast field with hordes of bestial monsters that tore the summoner

Level 81 – 90 = Machine fields with hordes of maverick machines that will shot down the summoner

Level 91 – 100 = Spirit field with hordes of elemental spirit monsters will swarm the summoner

Level 101 and above is currently LOCKED

Note:

To summon the alter reality one needs Energy to compensate.

Regular summon has 100 Energy as sacrifice with the ideal world running at the same time as the real world

To have someone accompanied you to the ideal world. You will need to pay the same compensation of energy to bring that someone with you.

To alter the time within the ideal world, additional compensation is needed.

For 1 hour in the real world to turn 1 day in the ideal world, a compensation of 1000 energy is needed.

For stretching it further an additional cost is needed:

1 hour in real world turn into 6 days in ideal world = 6000 energy

1 hour in real world turn into 7 days in ideal world = 7000 energy

1 hour in real world turn into 8 days in ideal world = 8000 energy

Required:

?

Our surrounding had become distorted and the day becomes night.

The sky darkens with the eerie green glow and the moon peaking in the sky gave an ominous feel to it.

The land become silent and every living being in this altered world are only me and master.

If there is water in our immediate surroundings, then one will notice that the water had become blood.

This place isn’t really an ideal place to train because the uncomfortable feeling that the surrounding had given.

I don’t know if the monster field is the same but I didn’t get the same feel that I feel here but then again, maybe because I’m busy surviving than feeling my surrounding.

“Hmm… this is interesting. This is not simple ability of creation it’s more of your accessing what was already created. You’re making a connection from the current phase to this waste land” My master is muttering and stops caring about me. She is inspecting her surrounding and I tried to understand some words she is muttering like the words phase, unknown origin, no shadows and familiar phase but with minor difference.

I also start looking at my surrounding. I didn’t get to inspect it earlier because I’m using it to train but now that I tried to investigate it more. It’s just makes this place more scary than ever.

The darkness here doesn’t feel normal darkness. It felt that the light of the moon was being swallowed by the dark sky. The illuminated green light that shines around me gives an unnerving feeling instead of hope that there is light in this dark place. There is also no noise around here. I can only hear master’s footsteps and my own breathing.

This is my ideal world?

This ability was brought upon when I want to be left alone but I just can’t help but feel that there is something wrong here.

This feeling is totally uncomfortable.

“Hey, what’s the name of this ability of yours” I looked back at my master and saw her crouching down and inspecting the dry soil around us. Her face is set in stone and I can’t tell what her emotions are. Her eyes are also dead of any feeling to it.

She has a different dress again. She has now light yellow one piece dress with her hair tied into ponytail by a yellow scrunchie and she has now yellow high heels. (She likes matching colored dress? Where did she even get those clothes? I asked Beldum but she said when she arrives, she doesn’t have any luggage and I haven’t checked her room yet so I don’t know if her stuff was there already but how did it get there?)

That is another difference. Sure, I can farm raw materials in this world but this place is dead.

I can get raw materials but I can’t grow it here. The plants may look alive but they aren’t. They are like inanimate object or like the ones in the game world, where there are tons of trees used for decorations.

They are just decorations only. They aren’t alive.

“The name of the ability is World Reject” I state but I didn’t expect her reaction.

“What!?” She stands up and looks at me with wide eyes.

This was first.

“Ah.. yes?” I’m not sure what set her emotions high.

“That shouldn’t be possible. World Reject isn’t compatible with Imagine Breaker, its opposite with each other. You shouldn’t have any function that is akin to it” Her face was showing a clear sign of worry.

This is another first and new but then again, I only knew her since yesterday.

“I don’t know what Aleister plans but you shouldn’t have that ability at all” She then sighs and do a breathing exercise to relax and when she finally controlled her emotion. She faces me again.

“So is it because of this that you manage to at least progress within a night of training” She is asking me now and not just confirming what she knew. This is also something new. She usually already knows what I’m thinking without even saying something. She is out of tune if she can’t read what I’m thinking.

I’m finally able to understand the Tune a bit.

The tune is state of one’s person. If one is in harmony of both mind and heart. One can easily focus on everything he has on a single task. The task is the picture that was conjured in your mind that which the body is trying to perform.

If one is out of tune, that person would easily be distracted and won’t be able to perform at his best.

Having perfect tune is good because it allows one to perform at their best but it has a weakness.

A much more experienced person could easily read you.

Your movements would become predictable and for someone like master who can read the tune easily. All my movements are like lines that she only needs to intercept and she will win.

The image in her mind is probably set in stone and it’s probably the image of her perfect victory.

But having an image and actually actualizing it is not easy.

I understand that by practicing for 14 hours in real world and 98 days in altered world. Just making my punch fit the image takes that long of a practice and it’s still not perfect because there is still cracked all over the place.

It just shows how long master perfected her art.

“Yes, I trained in this place. 1 hour in the real world is 1 day in this ideal world but I can further increase it if I increase the energy usage” I answered his query but I didn’t expect another expression from her. Master laughs.

“hehe Ideal…huh… hehe” She looks at the dry land around her and I can’t help but understand what she meant.

This is my ideal world.

A desolated land where it’s the exact copy of the real world but there nothing here aside from me, a completely desolated land but I felt that something that is missing. An important piece that I can’t remember… though the dream that I’m having since the first time I can think comes to my mind.

The image of a certain witch that I can’t seem to see clearly or remember but I feel that it’s important and shouldn’t be forgotten.

“Is there any other living being here aside from us?” She then looks at the ominous moon above the dark sky.

“…. No master… it’s just us. But there is another form for this though that is where I usually train. It’s full of monsters that I can kill to get experience points to level up” I revealed a bit of my ability for her to understand it but I didn’t expect another expression from her.

She is frowning but not her usual annoyed frown but a melancholic, honest, sad, frown. She also looks at me directly and her eyes…. She is showing pity at me.

I don’t need your pity master. You’re a monster too you know.

“An isolated place and a place full of monsters” She smirks and laughs a bit. It likes she remembers something then she shakes her head.

“You’re just like her” She then honestly smiles at me. This day is just full of surprise. I wonder when my bad luck will strike me.

One can’t have a hero without a villain” She said then she made a stance.

“We will be using this ability of yours to the fullest. For how long you can expand the time conversion?” I also mirrored her and formed a basic martial arts stance with legs apart but my left hand is the one forward and my right fist is reared back beside my waist. It mirrored her but in opposite stance for hands.

“If I’m alone, I can expand it to a maximum of 7 days here, 1 hour in the real world but if I’m taking someone with me. 3 days maximum” I then charge at her with only my own strength. We don’t need to use additional forces to be used in our initial training.

“Good, we will be using it to its maximum” She smiles and she deflect my attempt to punch her face by raising her left hand and pushed my left hand up that I used to punch her.

She then tried to punch me with her right but I intercept that path of attack by using my right hand to punch her incoming fist.

I can vaguely finely see the tune but I can’t counter her power behind it.

The two fists met but my fist crumbles against her powerful force.

I felt the bone in my fingers shattered due to her punch.

Having a strong body is also necessary to actualize the image.

Her left hand then coils around my raised left hand and tried to reel my head in with an incoming left knee to the face.

I countered it by my left knee but it still didn’t change the fact that master is stronger than me, even if my status is higher. Her precise attacks are much sharper than my slopping kicks and punch.

She then reeled his right fist for a punch but I instead lashed out with my right foot. I tried to kick her body to increase our distance but master had brought down her right elbow down to my knees and shattered it.

With both my knees shattered, I can stand properly and I ended up losing my balance but master won’t leave me hanging that long.

She did a 180 spin kick and aim for my jaws, shattering it completely and when I’m falling down the ground. Master helped me by having an axe kick again from above. She also loves using her heels as a point and weapon.

Sigh…. Is my only reaction before I totally succumb to gentle embrace of darkness.

The upcoming days to come (or maybe hours?) would surely be harsh.

Part 37

This routine had become a repetition for the entire morning but Master’s body isn’t something like mine. She needs to rest so when she takes her nap, I was ordered to continue my training.

I honestly prefer if master stays sleeping is what I currently thought while running away from a tall green monstrosity.

Master mellows down after our first training in the altered world. I don’t hate her anymore but I still can’t forgive her treatment to Rin.

Master is also nice when I get to know her but I seriously prefer if she takes a nap than torturing me during our time in the altered world.

Master is cute when she is sleeping. She feels totally harmless.

It’s totally different from what I’m currently seeing.

“Horaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa you trash DIE!” Master is swinging a sword that she pulls out under her skirt.

At first I didn’t understand it and thought that it’s finally her void making appearance but when I scanned her weapon. It’s not void but another new weapon all together.

Level 50 Bastard Blade [Masterpiece V]

Item Level: 1

Rarity: 1

Grade:Legendary

POP: 2/2

Durability: 25/25

Attack: 500

Effects: Raptured 25%

POP:

First slot – Type 0: White Aurora Core: Speed Booster

Second Slot – Type 0: Blue Beetle Core: Power Booster

That weapon is the same as what master used to destroy my TV.

I was confused when I saw pulled it out and it took be few seconds to understand what is happening.

Her void is BIRTH.

She probably literally gave birth to it, the moment she pulled it out under her skirt (Probably from her womb?)

Her trait as the Mother shines when she is smiles happily swinging her son? around, though I pity the city because it’s being cut in half.

I can’t pity the green monsters around because their green bloods are splashing everywhere and I’m getting dirty.

It also looks like master has lots of issues and would like to vent everything in the orcs around which reminds me the first thing that happen when we set foot, together in the altered world of Orc Field.

This afternoon, after having lunch she suddenly ask me to me to bring to the altered world where it’s full of monsters, she first sound bored and she probably just want to check it.

When I said that it’s full of monster hordes and it won’t end her only reaction is her right eyebrows raising and looking at me skeptically.

When I brought her here and she went outside and see the brutish 2 meter tall orcs. Her own only reaction to them is her usual frown. She doesn’t even consider them a threat at all.

The orcs yell and start running towards her.

Scan”

Brutish Orc

Grunt

LVL 55

HP 7175

The grunts are the basic warrior soldiers of the Orc clan. They are used to pillage and capture human settlements”

Status:

Strength: 65

Endurance: 67

Agility: 12

Luck: 5

Trait:

Brute: Ignore damage receives and would continue attacking until the unit is dead.

Ability:

Berserker Strength: Doubles strength and Physical Defense.

Attack:

Battle Axe: Using its axe as a weapon. It bashes through the enemies.

Weakness:

Fire

Its stand almost two meters tall monstrosity with large fangs, green skin, and its body is muscular with full scars all through it. Its equipment is steel headgear with horns; light steel plating armor that is tied by chains around its body and its legs is also cover by steel boots. In its arms are two large steel axed that it’s used to crush its targets.

When the first orc was within hitting range my master starts her attack.

The orc raise its axe and attempts to hits master but it didn’t manage to continue it because its body is already bisected in half.

This is when she pulled out her broad sword under her red blouse. She is wearing now a full set of red clothes with her hair being kept by a red headband.

Maybe she thought that the enemies’ blood would be red and she is expecting to see red blood everywhere when she asks me to bring her here but it didn’t happen.

The bisected orc had its blood splashes everywhere and it also falls onto master but her expected red blood didn’t come.

The Orcs blood color is also green like their skin.

Master’s eyebrow twitches

Another orc attempts to attack with its axe but master attempts it by striking the axe and destroying it together with the orc’s body.

That’s what happens when a weapon had a raptured effect. It has chance to destroy the body of the enemy.

The expected rain of red blood didn’t happen and instead its green.

Master’s dress becomes dirtied by green blood.

When I saw her eyebrow is continue to twitch and her body is trembling.

I started backing away and run back to the safe house.

No matter what happens. The safe house is safe house.

The surrounding orcs didn’t know what hits them when master shouted. Their bodies just exploded.

Everywhere explosions was heard and when I the explosions are becoming father. That is the time I came out and start charging an AOE attack for the respawning orcs.

That’s what happens during the early few hours and since then I stay away as far as possible from master because even if I’m at the Miyama side of Fuyuki. I can see and feel the shockwaves that master produced after swinging her sword.

“Pidgey Cyclone and Mareep charge the cyclone with Lightning” Pidgey in her bird form flaps her wings and fly up high then creates a cyclone of wind and was launch to the orcs in front of us.

The orcs was caught by the wind and then Mareep in her sheep form, strikes with it with several lightning bolt attacks that lights the night sky.

“Larvitar earthquake and then earth Spike” Larvitar jumps up and crashes down to the earth, causing a mini earthquake to her surroundings and the causes fissure where few orcs falls down and the other loses their balance and falls into the ground.

Those who lose their balance are then strike by protruding earth spikes that bores through their bodies.

“Charmander toast them” Charmander’s command is simple. Burn everything that comes close.

I left Beldum to care for Mittelt which is why she is not around. I would like to bring her along but I need someone to take care of the baby. Mittelt would really need a permanent caretaker but with master around. I don’t want to clean any leftover mess of the caretaker’s remains.

With my summoned being beside me, I’m not exhausted or getting hard time in battling hordes of enemies.

I can have breathing ground and just issues command and launch my own attack.

I’m like a slowly moving battery. I launch long range attacks after long range attacks and let my summons support and protect me to regenerate my energy and after regenerating it, I just continued moving on and it became rinse and repeat action where I attack, then regenerate then attack again.

Charged Drilled Partisan x 15 then Nadare x 2 and then x 2″ I launch an attack towards the long distance orcs that keep throwing their spears.

It first started only 15 charged partisans but it multiplied by 2 and turn into 30 then its further multiplied by 2 and turn into 60 charged partisans.

I let it rain and didn’t aim for accurate attacks. It’s hard to get an accurate attack for this type of enemies. They are pesky that I even need to cast Madoka around me to protect myself and have Minor Globe of Invulnerability active whenever I can cast it. This skill also needs experience to level up.

Head Hunter

Troll Berserker

LVL 57

HP 6720

The headhunter attacks from afar and likes to hide in the dark and attacks when there is a chance”

Status:

Strength: 58

Endurance: 51

Agility: 22

Luck: 13

Trait:

Blood Frenzy: His attack speed and accuracy increases as the unit decreases its HP.

Ability:

Head Shooter: The spear thrown will always be aimed at the head.

Attack:

Steel Spear: Using its throwing spears as a weapon. It pierces the target.

Weakness:

Fire

Those head hunters are annoying because they are hiding behind the houses after they throw a spear. The spear is also magical. It changes its direction towards my head every single time.

After killing the head hunters from afar, I then formed a concentrated Burned partisan around me.

Burned Twisted Partisan x 15 then x 2 then x 2 then x 2 and set after first target is destroyed: Explode

The command this time is having a burned twisted partisan circled around me and it duplicates with a second layer above the first and another layer above it and finally one more layer. It’s a total of 120 Burned Twisted Partisan.

I then launched the partisan around me and effectively hitting the Grunts.

The grunts have high HP and hitting one or two of Burned Twisted partisan won’t be enough to kill them. I need to at least hit them a couple of times.

My current Special Attack Damage is 404.

A normal Energy Partisan causes a 155% Special Attack Damage and if it’s modified with Pyrokinesis and adding penetrating power thanks to telekinesis. It becomes 230% with 50% Pyrokinesis and 25% Telekinesis damage addition.

The damage becomes 929 but it will be further boosted by my other boosting abilities like the new

Octa Core

The ability to process two tasks at the same time, it shows the benchmark of being stronger and mastering one’s ability.

Effect:

The ability to use seven offensive skills at the same time without time delay between each use

The ability to put seven additional commands onto one another over an offensive skill to alter the nature of the skill

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Stop and Delay.

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Compress and Explode.

Grants increase of 250% regeneration of Energy

Grants increase of 100% damage deal of all Special Attack

Required:

Deca Core requires 250 INT

Add the additional 25% from Brain Capacitor ability.

It’s another 125% boost to the base 929 damage which equals to 1161damage but the grunts HP is 7175 which is why it needs at least 6 Partisans to kill one Grunt.

After killing the grunt the additional command of explode takes place.

The explode command takes a huge amount of EN but it’s worth it.

The corpse would explode in a radius of 3 meters and deal 100% total HP damage of the dead unit.

It’s a useful crowd control move but it has friendly fire which made it a useless move if I have a tank as an ally. But since I’m only moving alone and my summoned beings are surrounding me. I don’t have problem on dishing out huge amount of damage in my surroundings. Even if it cause most of the houses destroyed.

After clearing the surrounding I ask Pidgey to horde the loots and I start to concentrate to regenerate my EN.

I also look around my surrounding on where I’m currently where. I knew I’m in Miyama but I didn’t know the exact position.

I’m currently around the traditionalist area where the houses are all Traditional Japanese house.

I might be closing in on Nina’s house right now.

I haven’t used the altered world as a means of transportation. It’s a possibility but I don’t want to gamble it.

I might try it later on but the problem with using this method of transportation is, I can’t see the other side.

What if I ended up showing in a room or place where there is someone around?

I can’t actually explain how I get there and I don’t have any mind erasing or manipulating abilities. I also don’t like to mess with others memories.

Memories are the treasure of each individual. Be it bad or good memories. It showed your past experience and how you survived and how you lived.

It needs to be taken care of and treasured.

No one has the right to just erase it.

This is the reason why I don’t like Elder with glasses.

Regenerating EN will only takes a few second but I’m completely defenseless during this type.

My only supports are my summoned beings but they are strong and experience enough to deal with anything that the orcs throw at me.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm BOOM!

I was shocked by the explosion on one of my Barriers that I set up around me and look above on what’s happing.

A barrage of long range flaming mortars from the north direction and a group of burning flyers are lightening up the dark sky. I can’t see yet the origins of where the mortar comes from but I can deal with those flyers just fine.

“Pidgey intercept them with Gust and Mareep another set of lightning bolts please”

Flame Hurler

Troll Batrider

LVL 54

HP 5730

The batrider rides the sky and bring explosion and destruction in their wake”

Status:

Strength: 42

Endurance: 22

Agility: 38

Luck: 8

Trait:

Burning Blood: If the unit dies, it will cause burning explosion to its surrounding.

Ability:

Fire: The ability to manipulate fire

Attack:

Burning Liquor: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit hurls a bottle full of exploded fuel.

Flame Breath: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit breaths a flame to anyone who comes close.

Weakness:

Ice

The Batriders tried to evade the incoming gust of wind by flying to the side but some of them had been hit by lightning bolts that effectively paralyze them.

The survivors then start hurling burning liquor towards me but I set up a layered Madoka to intercept it.

It exploded around the barrier that causes flame to explode around the barrier and start burning the place around me.

“Larvitar use earth wall against the coming Grunts” I ordered Larvitar to summon a 5 meter wall of earth and separate us from the coming Grunts that just respwaned.

“Larvitar throw boulders on the other side while Charmander burn the rocks that Larvitar throw” I set up a combination of burning rocks towards the Grunts on the other side of the wall. That will keep them busy.

I then turn my attention back to the flying Batriders that keeps on hurling burning liquor on me.

Some of them aren’t even aiming at me but just my effective area.

“Pidgey blow the fire away and Mareep shockwave” Pidgey send a gust of wind to the spreading fire around me and blows them away while Mareep sent a blast of electric shock towards the flyers above me. The one who got hit are paralyzed and starts falling to the ground while those who evade, choose to fly higher.

“Larvitar Earth spikes on those who are paralyze” Larvitar then summon pillars upon the falling Batriders and effectively impaling them.

For those who are good at dodging my sets of attack.

Web

[Rank 4] Web Level 4 EXP 3.05% Active: Cost 50 Energy Cooldown 20 Seconds

Energy are gathered and formed into a formation that resembles a Spiders Web where anyone who caught within it is effectively done for.

Effect:

Binds the enemies from moving away from the place where the web was casted.

Restrict the movement of the enemy that manage to resist the binding

The binding last from 1 – 5 second where the duration of the skill depends on the strength of the target

For those who manage to resist the binding effect, slows the movement of the enemy by 40% for 1- 5 seconds.

Maximum range is 10 meters

Area effect of 10 meters wide

Note:

Maximum range increase by 10 meters for every 10 levels

The area of effect increases by 2 for every 5 levels.

I know, I plan to get a single target binding skill that can’t be dodge but the uses of area of effect binding is just too good to let pass.

Plus I really need an area effect binding for enemies that roams in the sky.

I series of blue light shines in the sky and it starts to connect with each other and everything that was caught by the light was effectively binded by the skill but for those that manage to resist. They become slower.

The majority of flyers above me were caught by the web and I ended them by a series of Burning Twisted Partisan.

This is turning into an annoyance. They continue to evade.

This is not hard because grinding levels in the altered world is something I’ve been doing for years; I’ve become used to this situation.

I didn’t become frustrated or become angry. Those emotions are blocked by gamers mind but those flyers are starting to annoy me.

Aside from the batriders, another set of flyers are start appearing in the sky and they start hurling spears at me.

Burning liquid, spears and the burning mortars are everywhere in the sky.

“Gruaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa” The Grunts on the other side of the wall are also start to break the wall.

“Larvitar and Charmander go deal with them. Use combination attacks and don’t hold back” Those two then start attacking the hordes of orcs.

They used a combination of earth spike and flame thrower.

Larvitar first send a bunch of earth spikes that impaled the attacking orcs, then the spike that impales the orc starts spouting additional sets of spikes that impales the nearby orcs. The impaled orcs that can’t move freely are then burned to death by Charmander.

I then set my focus on the additional flyers that are now throwing burning spears at me. First burning liquor and now burning spears. These orcs sure liked fire.

Flame Thrower

Burning Wyvernrider

LVL 55

HP 5860

The Wyvernrider throws their spear precise with accuracy.”

Status:

Strength: 57

Endurance: 24

Agility: 28

Luck: 5

Trait:

Concentrated Aim: Increase accuracy but slows the attacking speed.

Ability:

Fire: The ability to manipulate fire

Attack:

Burning Spear: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit hurls a spear engulf by flame.

Flame Slash: Unique skill of this specific unit. The unit attacks anyone nearby by its burning weapon.

Weakness:

Ice

“Time to take care of them, Mareep keep sending shockwave. Pidgey cast multiple gusts in our surrounding area and tried to force the fliers to that point. I will end this”

Mareep keep sending spread attack of lightning to paralyze the flyers but some of them are manage to evade it but they can’t fly freely now.

Pidgey cast a 6 Gust in a circular formation around us which effectively protects us from another set of waves of Orcs and imprison the current flyers and orcs in the area. She then slowly pulls the Gust towards the area that I indicated.

It forces the orcs trapped inside the Gusts formation to back off but they become cluttered inside the space.

I then start charging for Greater Storm Energy Bomb

[Rank 4] Greater Storm Energy Bomb Level 2 EXP: 0.08% Active: Cost 100 Energy per second Cooldown 30 seconds

Gather large amount of energy and compressing it further to make it stronger and more destructive, and then unleash the compact energy into large explosion.

Effect:

Deals a 560% special attack damage per second charge with a minimum of 4 second charge before one can use the skill.

The skill can be charge further more to a maximum charging time of 10 second

Range of effect is a minimum of 20 meter radius and further charging will increase the range by 1 meter per second.

Note:

For every level, the damage done will increase by 60% per second charge

The area of effect will increase by 2 meter per 5 levels

The additional charging will further increase the area of effect. The increase in area effect would be 50 centimeters for every 10 levels.

Be cautious of friendly fire

I didn’t even need to alter this attack to kill the gathered orcs but I add an additional command after the 10 second charge was done.

Greater Storm Energy Bomb Compress for 2 seconds”

I compress the huge ball of energy until it’s the size of a ping pong ball that it can be cupped by my hands.

I then set its destination and released the compressed attack. It traveled for 1 second until it reaches its destination.

The path of the attack destroys Orc it passes through which cause some of the Orcs become wary and start evading the small ball of light. When it reaches the destination it takes 1 second but after another 1 second the energy that was suppressed was unleashed and it result in a huge explosion.

While Explode cause the corpse affected by the ability to explode and cause damage to its surrounding area.

Compress is different, it compresses the attack into a small form and you set a timer and the stored energy would be unleashed after the timer is over.

The damage it does is doubled the original damage. Meaning it adds an additional 100% damage boost but it causes me to consume the same amount of Energy as the casted skill.

In this situation where I casted the Greater Storm Energy Bomb in 10 second charging time. It cost 1000 energy. To compress it I then needed another 1000 energy which means that I used 2000 energy in that attack but the damaged is doubled so it’s fine.

The explosion causes huge damage another crater in the road size with few demolished houses but I’m finally free to take a breather from continues attacks of the orcs.

I started concentrating again to increase my regeneration of Energy when the ground starts to rumble.

“The mini-boss is coming”

From my current position, there are no corpse to be used to produce the mini-boss but from where I came from. I took a step back and look at where I came from and I can see it. The sky is being distorted in certain place in the town. I can’t see the center but I bet that there is a hole there that is sucking all the corpses around it.

The place where the center of the whirl is probably located is by the bridge and at the center of the market district of Miyama town.

Two mini-bosses are showing up at the same time.

“Let’s go” I start crouching down and charging my legs with Energy to produce an explosive dash but I feel something is approaching very fast. It’s coming from the north side. I tried to look at what’s approaching but I didn’t get to see it because it just pass through me but something entangled around the globe of invulnerability and it tried to crushed the orb but it withstand the force but it didn’t manage to survive when multiple iron net was thrown at me.

I order the others to deflect anything that was thrown at me I also tried to evade whatever was being thrown but something wrapped around my legs.

When I look down I saw a rope tightens around my left leg.

“A trap” I tried to cut it but before I can move, I was dragged by the enemies that kept on passing us.

The speed is faster than my base speed which is why my summoned are being left behind. They were surprised and tried to follow but they are too slow to react and follow, especially without me around to order and direct their movements.

The speeds of my summoned beings are the same as my own. If my Dex is 11 and I can dash to a speed of 11 meters per second, then the same can be said for the summoned being but I’m being dragged faster than that so it become too fast for them to catch up. I just command them mentally to dispel and I will call them up again after I got my bearing.

I tried to burn everything around me when there are more steel wires being used to bind me but the wires aren’t melting.

I tried to deflect some of the net with telekinesis but they are too many.

I was dragged through some of the houses and bump into the desk, wall, furniture and some of the broken wood and steel even struck my body but I continue to struggle.

This steel net wouldn’t be a problem to me if I can move my right arm but my arm is currently tightly wrapped together with my body. If my fingers can reach the wire, I can dispel it but I can’t reach it.

This one of the weakness in my unreleased state where the Fantasy Killer only stayed in my right hand, where it can only interacted to what my right hand can touch and reach, making it extremely limited but still powerful anti-supernatural weapon.

I was dragged for a couple of seconds and was rammed through several blocks of houses.

The one dragging me are just running up in the roof but I’m left to be dragged in the ground.

After a couple of seconds I feel that I was being lifted a bit and I finally realize that the one dragging me is attempting to throw me but I didn’t let it happen.

Now that I had my bearings back and I casted Madoka around me by surrounding me with Energy Partisan to protect myself and be ready on where I was being thrown. It’s actually hard to retaliate if I can’t move freely. I can think clearly but it’s hard to make a counter if I was being slammed into something solid.

I feel the reeling becoming faster and my speed increase and I was then thrown away. I keep my sense on my surrounding and I feel that I’m surrounded.

I can also see where I was being thrown at.

I was being thrown towards the Mini-boss and its readying its giant blade to slash me.

Scan”

The Mighty Warrior

Blademaster

Level 60

HP 73500

MP 39700

The elite fighting force of the Orc race. It stands at the top of the melee fighting force. It leads the horde of orcs to countless battles and stands at top of the corpses of the fallen allies and enemies.”

Status:

Strength: 189

Endurance: 135

Agility: 240

Magic: 97

Luck: 47

Trait:

Tempered Steel: It’s a veteran warrior that knows the weakness of its opponent like the back of his palm. Each strike is aimed to kill and maim. It boosted the critical damage of the unit.

Ability:

Shadow Clone: Each successful strike can cause a mirror image to be conjured.

Attack:

Bladestorm: A unique skill for the unit. The unit spins his giant blade around him and causes a massive tornado that sucks and cuts the nearby opponent.

Ghost: A unique skill for the unit. Causes the blade master to move around the battlefield like a ghost and slash through each adversary multiple times within the span of a flash.

The height of the blademaster isn’t impressive. The grunt is taller than this one. It only stands around 150 centimeters with bare chest and red pants with steel belt and steel boots. It lacks the defensive armors that the grunts had but it probably doesn’t need to defend with that kind of speed. The intimidating part for the blade master is his 2 and half meter long huge sword. It’s a katana but it’s more of a zanbato. It’s a huge black sword that is coated with red liquid (probably blood) and he is currently readying to swing towards me.

A troublesome opponent has arrived. It’s a speed based melee type opponent.

Melee battle is where Fantasy Killer shines but it’s also the most disadvantageous.

If the opponent is several times faster than me then I would surely die.

The speed of the throw isn’t that fast. It’s fast by normal standard but I can perceive my surrounding so I can counter attack now. There is also nothing that blocks my path towards to the mini boss.

I had my barriers but I doubt its durability against someone that has superior strength.

I first cast an energy partisan and levitated it. I tried to use it to cut but it’s not enough to cut the steel wires. I then upgraded it to Saiha and it manages to cut it apart.

The form of Saiha is the essence of the blade and it’s meant to cut and with the upgraded power, the partisan manages to cut through the steel wires but I’m still in flight towards the blade of the enemy.

When I manage to free myself, I’m only few meters away. I then cast a solid Madoka in front of me and use it as a wall and stepping stone to dash out of the range of the blademaster but the mini-boss is faster than me and manage to catch up to me within the blink of the eye.

I tried casting Cripple on the enemy to slow it down but it still doesn’t affect much because the gap between our base speeds is just too large.

When sparring with my master. The speed between us isn’t much different so I can still counter-attack but this guy can cut me over a hundred times before I can land 1 punch against him.

My perception is still faster than his swing but my body can’t follow up with it.

This is one of the problems with beings that moves too fast or had fast reaction time.

They can either move too fast that they suffer tunnel vision because their mind can’t follow through their speed or they can follow and see through the superior speed but their innate speed is a lot slower to make any difference.

The decent of the blade is faster than ever. I tried using telekinesis to slow it down or change its direction but it’s too powerful that I only manage to alter its direction a bit. I only manage to survive when I grab my body using telekinesis, and drag it to evade the sword strike but it’s only by hairs breath. It’s still too fast and if I use explosive movement here, I would be swarmed by nearby Orcs if I emptied my Energy here.

Distance won’t solve anything. I need to charge in and finish this.

When we’re within striking distance, I feel that I saw multiple blades come into existence, surrounding the blade master. His sword stance is coming from above but 8 other blades around him are also closing in.

Those blades aren’t real. There is no mass within those blades. As someone who uses Rui, the sixth form of power that mostly focus on illusions. I can tell that those aren’t real but they feel the same.

I tried to ignore the illusionary blade and only focus on evading the slash from above.

Using my control of telekinesis, I drag myself away from the descending blade but I minimize my movement. I only move a few centimeters away from the blade and takes a step further to reach him with my right fist.

But something unexpected happen when the illusionary blade on my right side gained weight, it’s not an illusion anymore but real but that itself is impossible because the downward strike is still descending fast and its only passing through my shoulder height…. The blade is vanishing.

I focus on my enemy and I saw an illusionary image that overlaps with my enemy. Its position is the position needed to slash a horizontal slash and this illusionary image is slowing becoming solid.

This kind of attack is impossible in normal sense. It would be an unavoidable attack if this is the true nature of the attack. It can’t be block or evade because if one evade the attack, the other illusionary blade would become real and kill you.

Is this what it means for the Ghost attack?

I can’t evade this. The blade is already cutting through my left shoulders and if it continues, I would surely be cut in half.

Stopping my movement I decide to survive than gamble on who will be killed first.

I stomp on the ground and the earth beneath the blademaster surge up.

I continue to will the earth to carry him upwards but I already received a Bleeding (Moderate) Status effect.

Fighting him within his range would be bad.

I called forth my summoned beings around me and order them to support me.

The globe of invulnerability is still cooldown but the Madoka barriers don’t have any cooldown so I can use it repeatedly but its strength is totally dependent on the Energy I use to create it.

I spread Energy Partisan around me and surround myself with barriers. I need to thin out the headhunters that continue to attack me.

I also saw the one who are hurling mortars towards me. They are also currently loading them with new payload.

Siege Weapon

Demolisher

LVL 52

HP 5575

It hurls molten rocks against its enemy.

Status:

Strength: 175

Endurance: 25

Agility: 2

Luck: 11

Trait:

Peon: Has an aid that loads the demolisher with rocks

Wooden Construction: The body is sturdy but it’s made up of wood and steel.

Ability:

Burning Oil: The hurled rocks was burned until its melting and turned into magma.

Attack:

Burning Mortar: Unique skill for this unit. It hurls molten rocks towards its enemy.

Weakness:

Fire

Its appearance is like a moveable catapult with wheels and its body is made up of wood but it’s reinforced by steel plating and the launching pad is located at the center of the moving catapult. The peons are pulls back the launching pad and they armed it with rocks or boulders that they mined from their surroundings.

“I won’t let them” While the blade master is still soaring high, I need to finish the orcs around me.

I sent a barrage of Burning Twisted Partisan and Charged Drilled Partisan to clear the headhunters and ask Larvitar to set up earth wall again.

Lartivar keeps on sending earth spike on the incoming Grunt and Charmander burned them.

Pidgey cast gust to blow away some of the batrider and wyvernrider but they are too still to agile to be caught.

Lightning was raining in my surrounding thanks to Mareep but my problem is the new units that are making the grunt and headhunter faster.

Enchanter

Shaman

LVL 57

HP 6180

MP 3740

Calls forth the storm and inner animalistic of the Orc race”

Status:

Strength: 55

Endurance: 48

Agility: 48

Magi: 89

Luck: 6

Trait:

Storm Caller: Calls forth natural lightning to create defensive shield around the unit.

Ability:

Blood Lust: Awakens the inner animalistic of the Orc. It triples the attack speed but doubles the received damage.

Purge: Curse the target with lightning current. It electrifies the nervous system of the target and slows their movement down.

Attack:

Lightning Bolt: Hurls lightning charge attacks.

Weakness:

Water

This unit of orc is small with only 150 centimeter tall. Its face is covered by the face of a wolf pelt and its entire body is covered by the wolf pelt. It has leather boots and in its hands are rotating balls of lightning. Its entire body is charge with lightning current that acts as shield for the attackers.

If this unit isn’t annoying me enough with its constant Purge that won’t work with me because of Fantasy killer, and it using bloodlust to strengthen its allied units, making the annoying head hunter and flyers to attack rapidly.

This unit is already annoying but it works with another unit that further strengthens the other Orcs.

Spell Caster

Witch Doctor

LVL 56

HP 6150

MP 3500

The healer of the clan. Its mere presence in the battle field boosts the morale of the clan.”

Status:

Strength: 48

Endurance: 55

Agility: 34

Magi: 76

Luck: 8

Trait:

Healing Aura: Friendly unit that are near the unit will have faster regeneration.

Ability:

Voodoo Doll: Amplify the damage received of the target

Healing Wave: Heals nearby unit with each wave of energy.

Attack:

Poison Flask: Unique Skill of the unit. The unit throws a bottle full of poisonous substance.

Its appearance is like an old orc that can’t stand straight with blue skin. It holds a wooden staff as weapon and its equipment is only a red piece of cloth to cover itself with lots of human skulls as its accessory.

This unit is annoying with its healing wave and healing aura. The healing won’t help them if they are dead but it still makes them harder to kill because of this unit. Its poisonous attack is also not helping. I just ignore the voodoo doll ability. It won’t affect me.

These units together with the shamans are lined up further in the roof where the head hunters are located.

They buff the other units and heal the wounded units.

I’m already being swarmed 360 of enemies that attack everywhere, from ground to the sky above. And these additional enemies just make things more difficult to counter with their abilities.

I cast Madoka around me but every barrier was being bombarded by multiple attacks from the range enemies.

The melee enemies are being blocked by the earth wall that they can’t destroy but it’s only a matter of time before they break it, though even if they break it. I will just create a new one.

My only problem is really the range ones.

Should I move the battlefield elsewhere?

But the mini-boss that I toss above would still follow me and it would make fighting harder if I’m bogged down by multiple attacks and the mini-boss combine.

I need to counter attack.

“Larvitar Dig. Made a hollow underground below and notify me if it’s ready. We will bury them” I ordered Larvitar to make a hollow below to bury the current enemies but I would still need to stall time.

Using Setsuna would burn most of them but I would lose my energy that I would surely need for the mini boss so that move is not an option.

This would be a battle of attrition.

I launch my counter attack with another set of Burning Twisted Partisan and Charged Drilled Partisan. Pidgey called forth cyclones and hurls them upwards where Mareep electrocute them.

Larvitar is still digging so it leaves only to Charmander to deal with the Grunts. He kept burning them with flamethrower but they are just too many.

I kill one then ten, then hundred, then thousands but I feel they just keep on coming. As expected of the altered world where there would be infinite enemies.

I felt a rush of wind from above and I looked up.

The cloud in the sky was being blown away by a mini-boss that starts to spin faster and faster. It’s his bladestorm attack.

The cyclone is starting to connect to the ground and I feel the wind moving faster. Pidgey is struggling to fly but the other orcs aren’t lucky enough.

They got sucked by their own leader’s attack.

Blood rains from above when the cyclone’s neutral color of gray turned bloody red.

“This would be bad to let it live” I would just run away if I ended up my energy drain but I can’t let it live. It would probably start to suck me up if it continues to get stronger.

Since the attack is wind based. Light weight attacked would just be swept away.

Lightning based attacks causes paralysis and fire based causes burn.

But the Earth based is special because it didn’t have any side effect but just stronger power and more penetration.

Compact Drill Partisan x 15 then x 2 then x 2″

I altered the already 2 meter long partisan and added the earth based element. Its ethereal form become solid and it became shorter. It became 1 meter long shaft with 50 centimeter long drill with 2 mini drills by its side. It started spinning and it adds 50% penetration and 75% more damage.

I didn’t use this combination because it’s weak. It didn’t use it much because it’s slow.

The other variation moves faster than the speed of sound but this one barely reaches Mach 1 speed.

Plus this move causes more Energy than the others because the energy is effectively transform into something solid. It didn’t just increase in heat or become electrically charged but it become solid.

It’s energy to solid matter conversion. It cost more energy than I would like to often use.

This attack might be slow but with a stationary target. This would be perfect.

I layered them one layer above the other.

I sent the first wave then the second then the third.

The first wave was blown away by the cyclone but it manage to create a gap before it’s been swept by the wind. That gap causes the second wave and third wave to connect and pierces through the target.

The tornado stops and I finally get to see the blade master.

Its body is full of holes and blood everywhere but it’s still breathing. Its HP is in red zone but it didn’t gave up and decided to use the earth tower where I used to throw him up as a spring board and he dashes down.

The tower crumpled before the forces of his legs and his speeding fast but his dying. He would be killed by my next move.

Setsuna Shun- en [Flare]”

The shun-en or flare is the fourth form of power and it burns everything that I locked in with my sight and the approaching blade master is my focus.

His holed riddled body starts to distort and in the center of his body a burst of flame that engulfs his whole body.

Flare is an extremely dangerous move that has high casualty rate because it can cause friendly fire. I might have set my target on a single target but the flame is extremely hot that it would melt steel easily. So being near a target where I used Shun-en, would surely result on getting yourself melted.

The burning body of the blademaster was consumed by the flames and turned into ashes but even the ashes were being burned by the flare. Nothing remains of that mini-boss aside from 2 shinny objects falling.

It’s probably item drop. I ask Pidgey to collect it and I set my attention back to the orcs around me.

I still can’t see the one, that drags me here, but they would surely appear any moment now. I can still feel the fast movements in the roofs around me and the head hunter, shaman and witch doctors aren’t fast enough to jump from one roof to another without any delay.

[It’s ready] I hear the cue from Larvitar that she had finished in her preparation.

Its time

“Larvitar do it” When I gave the command, Larvitar had loosen the support on the earth where the houses was built, the roads where placed and ultimately, where my enemies are. The land trembles and everything caves in.

Everything within the 30 meter radius falls down below to a 20 meter deep trench that I asked Larvitar to dig in.

The only place that didn’t cave in is where I’m currently standing.

Now that they are below, it become easy picking with another Greater Storm Energy Bomb.

I didn’t compress it this time because I’m already lacking in Energy. I just let it loose but it still not enough to clear every Orcs.

I just let my summoned ones to deal with them and I myself, start to concentrate to regenerate my HP and EN. I take a beating from the blademaster.

But I didn’t even get to sit when another mini-boss shows up.

This is the other one that shows together with the earlier one.

It jumps from the other side of the hole and poises its blade above and is aiming for me.

“tsk, I don’t even have time to Regenerate” I stand up instead of regenerating. I need to run away.

It’s would be stupid to face him right now where my EN is in red zone and my HP is halfway through from being chop away.

The summoned beings are currently trying to attack and slow down the incoming blade but it didn’t deter the blademaster at all.

It’s ignoring the lightning bolt, earth spikes and flame thrower, thrown at him.

I can only end it here but I would need to gamble my life again.

In games, when a player is grinding for level, they usually grind on safe place. Place where the enemy is not strong enough to cause trouble but will give decent about of EXP.

But in my case, I always ended up in the worst case scenario when the Mini-boss and Boss show up, though this might be my luck kicking in because it’s my advantage this time around blademaster.

This time around the summoned beings continuously tried to slow the opponent but it’s not working. But it’s fine; it’s not really my battle plan to rely on them. My main weapon would still be and always be fantasy killer or imagine breaker.

The blademaster is coming closer and I cast a Cripple on him to slow him down plus Web in the area where I stand.

I’m not affected by web but it would affect the blademaster. It didn’t manage to bind him but it slowed him down with strings of energy that are tying up around his body and preventing it from moving.

Add up cripple then he became extremely slow but still a lot faster than me.

But it’s fine because it’s all according to plan.

The 3 of the summoned beings are continuing their attacks but Pidgey is in standby, behind me. I need her for later.

“I’am Steel” I activated the iron blood transformation to boosted my meager speed and strength but it cost my already depleting HP to decrease faster.

I then position myself from the same as I practiced earlier.

Legs apart, and my left hand forward, fingers stretched but solidly formed and ready for defending and my right hand back, fingers clenched and ready for striking my enemy.

I’m waiting for the blademaster to come.

The image is conjured within my mind and my mind become clear and everything become slow. My body gathers its energy and is ready to spring the attack. I can feel my blood boiling as the blade approaches.

The blade is few centimeter from my face when I sprang into action.

Right fist trusted forward, towards the approaching blade that would surely cut it if the blade is a normal blade.

But it’s not.

Every living monster here is unnatural, and falls under supernatural category.

They would be destroyed by my right hand.

The blade shatters but the blademaster isn’t surprised or his attacks didn’t stop.

Instead of blade, he comes forward with his insane speed and his fist connects with my left hand.

My right hand is still left outstretched by my previews attack and won’t make it.

I tried to block with my left hand but my left hand didn’t even slow the attack and it reaches crushes to my face.

The bones inside my left hand shatter together with the front of my skull. I feel the pain that last for a second but its fine. I would survive. My HP just enters the red zone but the attack that connects to my face left the blademaster open for a counter attack.

His outstretch right hand that connects to my face and my outstretched right hand that I can use now.

I touched his outstretched hand with my outstretched right hand.

And the blademaster starts to disperse.

I was then thrown by the powerful attacked of the blade master and would ended up falling into the trench if not for Pidgey catching me before falling.

The battle might be anti-climactic but in the end.

The winner dictates the history.

The reason why I didn’t counter the blade of the blademaster earlier because I prefer to finish the fight fast, so I aimed for the body of the enemy instead of his weapon, but I ended up getting my left shoulder almost chopped off.

Plus the earlier battle isn’t convenient for me with all the Orcs around bombarding me with their attacks. I also don’t have my summoned beings out when the earlier blademaster shows up.

But right now, we’re in the middle of open area where the only monster around are in the sky and I can block them with Madoka. The ground Orcs are all dead and are respawning down in the trench.

I’m losing consciousness because of the brain damage but my summoned beings are around to protect me while I rest a bit.

They would surely fly me back to the safe house and let me rest there for few minutes until I regenerate.

My last thought on the matter is [I really need to learn how release the fantasy killer]


In between lines “Kusanagi Pray”

“This is boring” Pray petulantly whines while swinging her right hand that holds the masterpiece V.

Currently we can find Pray not in Fuyuki City or even in Japan for that matter.

She is currently in China.

She became bored on destroying the small hordes of Orcs in the city that she goes out into the open area of the sea but it also become boring work to continuously slay the emerging giant tentacles that he cuts into pieces.

So she goes back to the land but Japan is too small for her so she goes to China.

The land mass in China is perfect for her to let loose.

She is currently floating above the once Great Wall of China with hordes of giant beings throwing massive tower size weapons against her.

Altered World

Kusanagi Touma hasn’t tried venturing outside of Fuyuki when he enters this place. He only stays inside the small town of Fuyuki but outside of the city is where the real threat lies.

The monsters strength will grow exponentially as one venture forth further like in any RPG games.

The starting city is always where the weakest live.

She goes to Kyoto, she encounter massive orcs with clubs the size of Tokyo tower.

She goes to the sea, she encounter massive orcs riding a top massive sharks with massive sharp deadly teeth that tried to crash her protection. They also start throwing massive amount of water at the form of massive spears towards her.

She is now in China and the orcs that are attacking her stand around 50 – 75 meters in height with each one of them are heavily armed with bows and swords.

Like an old Samurai get up the Orcs are fully armed and loaded with weapons to kill.

The massive orcs that tries to get close to her are armed with spears the size of sky scrapper.

They throw the spear at her and it generates shockwaves that rumbles the lands.

The orcs around the mountain range had massive crossbows and they launch bolts that are burning brightly in the dark sky, its size is around 20 – 30 meters in length and it soars in the sky leaving a trail of bright light in its wake.

The spell casters of the orcs call upon lightning storm that rains upon her and launch massive wave of lightning bolts that devastate the lands when it strikes.

The siege weapons are also as big as a castle and the mortars that it launches are around 30 – 40 meters in diameter. It looks like it’s raining of meteorite in the sky with the numbers being thrown at her.

And the mini-boss and boss of the area are numbered in double digits.

The mini-bosses jumps around the battle field and it cause the land to tremble and cause destruction in its wake. Each swing of the massive 100 meter long massive blade causes the nearby trees to be blown away and if it hits the ground. It causes the earth to split apart.

The boss class monsters stands atop in the mountain range channeling their divine power and are causing the very earth to rumble before their might and for the sky to cry out and shot massive lightning bolts that would destroy the land and melted the mountains. The Boss class monsters also called forth hordes of massive wolves the size of 50 meter tall and 100 meter long, to obey their bidding.

The Grand Elder

Farseer

Level 156

HP 406000

MP 706000

The one that stands at the pinnacle of shamanic power. The Leader and the Voice of the clan. The one that stands atop of the Orc Clan”

Status:

Strength: C

Endurance: D

Agility: C

Magic: A+

Luck: D

Trait:

Strategic Mind: It’s a veteran leader that knows how to command his people.

Ability:

Storm Caller: Conjured a divine storm that would devastate the land

Earthshaker: Shake the very planet to the very core, causing massive earthquake and fissure to devastate the land.

Attack:

Lightning Blast: A unique skill for this unit. Hurl a massive amount of Lightning

Phantom Wolves: Summon a pack of deadly wolves that tears and eats it’s pray. Each corpse eaten will restore the HP of the summon wolf.

The boss appearance is like a prophet. Wearing a white and red theme robe and wielding a massive steeled staff with shining gem as its core. It’s currently shining with untold power, signifying that the boss is channeling its power.

The boss is currently riding atop a massive white wolf with armor of silver steel that protects its body and legs. It wore a helmet with a horn. The horn is sparkling with electricity that the wolf uses to strike the enemy.

The boss is ripping the land of China apart with its divine strength. The Great Wall of China that divides China and Mongolia is in ruins. The earth is shaking and massive earth pillars are jutting around the area, trying to strike the enemy that is currently not moving from her position.

The massive feral wolves are fighting opponents that dance around the battlefield. Killing and blowing up the massive orcs that it passes through.

The wolves might be big but it’s also fast. It’s traveling beyond the speed of sound and is entering the speed of the gods but it still didn’t manage to catch the small light that pierces and destroys every enemy in its path.

The boss class monsters tried to hurl massive amount of power towards the unmoving opponent but it just splits apart and the massive discharge, causes massive destruction in the land of China.

The sky was raining heavily and lightning keeps on striking the same opponent but it’s not retaliating at all.

Every massive orc around the unmoving opponent are doing their best to kill the small insect that tried to invade their lands but to that small insect.

They are the insect.

Even with everything that was being thrown to Pray, she is still bored.

She is currently hovering at top the ruined lands and where the ones Great Wall of China stands but now it’s only in ruins.

Her dress had change again and now she is wearing a simple white gown with long white tail that split in half on her back and has an opening in its front for her chest area and legs. The opening in her chest area might invite some onlookers but they will probably be more focus on the shining crest in the middle of her pale colored skinned. The design of the crest is simple circle that parted ways in between the top where a single line was drawn.

Currently, the crest is shining brightly.

The bored Pray is just looking at the enemy in front of her like they aren’t worth her time.

She is bored she is extremely bored.

Right now, she is partied with the brat that she was tasked to take care of and she can see that he is having difficulty against enemies that she considered not worth her time.

The party system is used in games for two individual to help each other in doing quest, hunt items, and level up together.

Usually, high level character party with lower level character to level them up faster but in her case, she doesn’t need any help to murder this trash.

She is having mix feeling for this task.

Four eyes ask her to teach the brat because he is their only remaining weapon to counter the inevitable destruction.

They don’t want to die.

That is the past goal of the early Kusanagi Clan members that started the project but for members that attain a level where they can never die naturally.

The idea of not dying becomes a cursed instead.

They don’t want to be killed but they don’t want to die.

A paradox was born and they are left living in this accursed world.

They research a way to extend their life but now that they achieve it.

Then what?

It became empty.

They dreamed of someone to end it but they don’t want to be killed.

Dying and being killed are two different things and anyone who are living doesn’t want to get killed. That’s a natural thing to feel.

I don’t want to die

That what Pray wants

I don’t want to be killed either

That what Pray wants

What I want is to have a family

But I already had one…once

She is already gone and in her place

He was brought up

An amalgamation of different genes that where combined and secrets that are forbidden where used for him to be brought upon this world.

He is a taboo that’s for sure.

His life is a sin that’s for sure.

And it’s not his fault.

We are the one who curse him to become like that

For our own selfish wishes to come true, he was sacrificed.

He is like her too much that it hurts

He will surely die too.

He is weak that he can’t even throw a good punch to destroy his enemies mercilessly.

Who is an idiot that cares if his enemies lives or dies?

He learns slowly that he even needs this cursed world to become stronger

He is hopeless to a fault

Just like her…. She can’t leave him be.

But just by being with him, he reminds her of her.

She is gone but he is here.

He will need guidance if he will face the trials to come.

But he is annoyingly weak and boring.

There is something wrong with him.

Innately wrong.

He thinks his mind and body are in one but there is something important that is missing.

She wonders if Aleister knows.

She knew Phases existed but she is not one of those who can travel through it.

She is strong but she is not the strongest.

Sigh… the brat will probably be the death of her. His HP enters in the red zone a lot of times already which made her heartbeat faster.

Will she care again? She wonders.

The great mother that give birth to the end of the world”

That is her second release state.

Right now in her back are hexagonal transparent plates that are lined up and formed like a wing like formation. It’s called the Aurora System and it forms a barrier that blocks everything that has energy in it and absorbs the energy and converts it into her own.

Around her are 6 long cannon barrels that are continuously raining down plasma charge beam towards the insects in front of her. It causes massive explosion that causes mushroom to appear here and there. Every hit can turn a city into wasteland.

Her children are right now killing the insects below.

One of them was white and the other was blue.

They are the core of Masterpiece given form.

They flew through the battlefield in the speed of light and everything they pass through is killed. It either melted or blows apart.

It’s boring even when she is in China maybe she will try Middle East next.


Part 38

It’s late afternoon and the sun is already setting down in the horizon. I and Master are just returning from the altered world after days of training.

Master really runs wild in that place. It’s like there is nothing constraining her so she let loose and destroy everything. She also urges me to go outside the city to become stronger faster.

She proves my theory that the outside of the City is dangerous but just surviving in the city is already hard for me. It would be a lot harder if I try to venture outside but going outside is the only way for me to go stronger. Fighting inside the city is ineffective with how little the experience the monster gives. It takes too longer for me to level up and continues killing of the monster had become boring.

The only one that is a threat to me is the boss and the mini-boss. They are the only ones that gave significant boost in EXP. And the higher the threat level, the higher the EXP that it gave.

But it’s still hard to survive if I get swarmed by hordes of monster.

I’m not like master that with each swing, the whole street is being destroyed.

But she just rebukes me that my cowardice in venturing against dangerous area is one of the things that are stopping me for getting stronger.

I can’t rebuke her claim but I’m also trying to survive.

I also don’t want to die

And aimlessly going to dangerous position just to become stronger seems pointless to me because the chance of dying is high but the Gamers Ability is proving me wrong.

To get stronger is to challenge ones limit and overcomes it.

Right now we’re in the courtyard and we’re walking back to the house.

“Touma I want some deserts. I want something sweet. I want some ice cream! I also want some to try some fruit shake” Master is happily listing food that she wants to try out before continuing our training.

Before each jump to the altered world, master will demand some payment and it’s usually sweets and what’s with girls and sweets. It would cause you cavity.

“Yes, yes, Pray. I would get it for you” That is also one of the thing that change in our relationship.

In the real world, a day might have not passed yet but in the altered world. It’s been days since we know each other. And master asked me to call her Pray now instead of master though she still demands to be called master when she is beating me to the ground.

Living together, alone in that altered world, change my view a bit of Pray. I’m still worried and wary of her destructive tendencies but I’m used to it by now.

“What flavor do you want? Manga, Strawberry or do you like Chocolate?” I asked her.

“Hmmm…. Strawberry!” Pray happily replies. She acts like a child now when we are not fighting but even if she acts like a child. She still continues to pat my head while we’re continue to walk back home.

“hehehe” Pray also likes to pats my head when she can and I also likes her patting.

It felt nice for someone other than my summoned beings and Rin (and even if I reluctantly admit… her father, though I won’t say if his around no matter what) to be nice to me.

Her gentle nature is refreshing. Her gentle touch is welcoming.

I like it the best when she praised me but that is only 1 in a thousand because she usually insults my poor development.

She is really like a kind and nice mother.

She is a genuine mother. Pray did mention that she once had a child but she lost her now. Probably. She doesn’t want to talk about it.

She is caring and loving, that is what I get from seeing her gentle smile when she tries to remember her child.

Currently, Pray is around 140 centimes and I’m barely around 90 centimeters. She can easily pat me with our height difference.

An average height of 4 years old Asian should be around 100 centimeters but like I said before, I don’t need to eat so my body is a bit on the malnourished side but my body is solid and don’t have any fat… though it also looks like there are no muscles but only bones.

My summoned beings already pointed it out but I still just eat sometimes but it looks like Pray won’t allow it.

She is giving lots of rules for me to follow. She said its normal thing and I’m the abnormal for not doing it, though I thought that she is the abnormal one and I didn’t hide that thought too because I verbally said it to her and she bash my body with her sword.

I become open to Pray and she becomes open a bit to me. She is nice and kind if one gets to know her but it takes days to get her to mellow down a bit.

She scolds me if I do something bad and she praises me if I do something good.

I felt bad if I disappointed her and I felt great when she is smiling.

I wonder if this is what it means to have a mother.

I have a mother but she is the only one who carries me through the whole remaining months of pregnancy and gave birth to me but she is not here by my side. She is far away and is possibly with another man that is not her husband… but that is only a possibility. I still can’t believe such a thing… even though it becomes a norm for our clan.

I can only vaguely remember her warm touch but I can’t remember her praising me or being with me. She had let go of me the first chance she was given a choice.

Now I only remember her warm smile and those green eyes that somehow felt nostalgic.

We are now currently entering the living area when I just notice something or someone, that shouldn’t be there.

“Hey Touma, why did you stop?” Pray ask me when I stop in front of her; she then tries to look over me.

“its nothi-“I tried to hide her by blocking her eyesight but she is taller than me and even with the change of elevation from the ground of the garden and the ground floor of the living area. It’s not enough.

She is still taller than me. She also hears the voice calling from inside the living area.

“Touma where were you?” Rin ask from her sitting position in the living area together with the baby Mittelt.

Where is BELDUM!

The temperature in my surrounding drops and it’s just a figure of speech just like how I feel that death is just standing beside me. All but a figure of speech but I felt that it’s the current reality.

YouMaster said one word.

And something big was brought down from above.

“Master! STOP!” I tried to block the huge object that slice the house apart and is aiming towards Rin.

“Eiyaaaaaaaaaaaaa” Rin shouts and cries while ducking to cover the baby with her body.

I stand in front of her and block the massive object that destroys the roof of the houses and is now bearing down on me.

It’s a massive sword.

It’s a massive transparent sword that with the length of about 100 meters and 20 meters wide.

It doesn’t have any handle or guard but just a huge hovering blade.

I tried to block it but the weight of the sword was brought upon me.

This is something new. I haven’t felt any weight before when I tried to block a supernatural attack but this attack has a clear force or weight behind it.

This is something new experience for me again.

I have felt a lot of new experience since I met master Pray but this is the most dangerous one.

I will die [The fear of death]

I felt the bones in my fingers and hand are shattering bits by bits and the bones in my hand and shoulder are breaking apart but I stand up against the powerful attack.

I felt onto my knees but I didn’t give up. I support my right hand with my left but I still feel the entire weight of this thing is trying to crush my body apart but I can’t give up.

Rin is behind me.

I notice that my HP isn’t really decreasing fast but I’m receiving a tons of Bad Statuses and it’s all about my body is falling apart.

It would be fine. My HP is still not in danger zone. I will survive. I tried to repeat it in my head as a mantra. It’s an illusionary feeling that I would survive such massive attack.

It takes only a second or 1.5 second in reality before the massive transparent sword disappears but I felt it’s an eternity.

My processing power stretches a second into 250 second maximum and when I’m looking at the massive blade that is slowly pushing me down, I can’t help but feel something new again.

I feel Despair.

Not for my life but for Rin and Mittelt.

I can’t help but curse inside that extended time frame. I just wish for it to stop! It’s something I earnestly wish inside my heart and it stopped, but I felt that I’m drained of all strength.

My Living area is in ruins together with the roof.

I look at master but I saw a new expression on her. Something I didn’t expect.

She is in pain.

Pray that stands atop of everything and something that teach me all new experience and one of them is the impossible Fear and Despair, is now clearly in clear pain but I didn’t care.

She tried to KILL RIN!

I’m angry but I didn’t bother to retaliate.

I scooped Rin who lost consciousness, within my arms and take Mittelt too by levitating her above Rin and placed her over her small stomach.

I dash out of the house as fast as I can and left master Pray who is still in clear pain.

And my feelings towards her hurt expression are still the same.

I DON’T CARE.

Part 39

I met Beldum on the way and she went to the grocery store to buy Baby products. It looks like we are in need of restocking and since I didn’t check on our supplies. I didn’t have any clue that we’re running out of stocks.

She is debating on either waiting for us to return or go outside and take the baby with her to the groceries when Rin comes to visit.

At first she was reluctant to let her stay but with the lack of stock and we’re still not around.

She picks on buying the groceries now. She just reason out that we might still take some time and she will run fast but she didn’t take into account that there might be lots of people buying inside the grocery story.

She is clearly in a hurry when I met her but I didn’t get angry at her but give Mittelt to her and ask her to follow me.

I’m leaving Master Pray behind for the time being.

I also need to cool down.

I’m angry. It’s an impossible feeling again that is bubbling inside my head.

Gamers Mind is trying to calm me down but it still isn’t succeeding.

The image of the falling massive sword and the clear attempt to kill Rin is still clear inside my mind.

I need to cool down for a bit.

But where would I stay?

I can’t bring Rin back to her house before asking her what she is thinking.

I’m clear that she wasn’t allowed to go to my house without my permission or without me being there.

Going there alone with me around or with my knowledge is clearly dangerous.

I want to ask her about and to make it clear that she isn’t allowed to tell her parents.

I know her life was in danger but if she tells it to her parents and her parents tried to meet Pray…

Mr. Shibuya might get angry and get himself killed if he tries to confront Pray.

I can’t allow that to happen which is why I need Rin to promise me to not tell anybody.

I also need somewhere where I can lay her down because carrying her on my back is becoming troublesome with passers by looking at us suspiciously.

Its dark now and children around our age shouldn’t be outside without adults escorting us.

We also had a baby with us which makes our little party more suspicious.

I don’t want to be questioned.

We need to stay in one of the parks around the city and wait for her to wake up but we can’t pick the park in front of Rin’s house. That would be risky. There is a chance Mr. Shibuya would spot us.

We need to go to Miyama.

I call out to Pidgey and ordered her to stay in birds form and find a place for us to stay.

This is becoming troublesome with the people start looking at us worriedly.

I hate Pray right now but I also know her character.

I knew she doesn’t like outsiders and I also knew the danger she brought.

I understand her a bit but it’s still not enough for me to forgive her attempt to kill Rin.

I aimlessly walk and pass the bridge with Rin in my back while trying to understand and reason out with my feelings towards my dangerous master that I start to think as a possible mother.

I walk and walk and saw passers by looking at us but I ignore them.

My mind is in turmoil again and my body is in pain.

I’m out of tune that I didn’t know where I’m walking.

I’m just aimlessly walking in Miyama town and searching for a Park.

I heard Pidgey called me but I ignored her and continue to walk.

Walk and walk and walk.

The sky is dark now and Mr. Shibuya is probably worried. I should have called but something like that happen, can’t be helped with.

Sigh….

I finally found an open park with a row of seats in the middle. It also has roof for covering that we can use.

I hurriedly run to it and quietly and slowly I lay down Rin and Beldum follows behind us.

She sits in one of the chairs besides us. She is still carrying the sleeping Mittelt and the bags of groceries in her hands.

Pidgey is flying up above the night sky.

The real world is really different.

The night sky doesn’t give a green glow but the moon still gives an eerie feeling.

Since as far I can remember, I haven’t had a time to just sit around and gaze at the night sky.

It’s beautiful.

That’s what I feel.

In my clouded mind the stars and moon up above seems so peaceful.

“I want to go there” I silently whisper.

I’m just sitting here, wasting my time but I’m relaxing. It’s a rare experience for me to relax these days.

It felt odd but heartwarming.

Relaxing right here, under the night sky and watching the moon and stars above gave a relaxing feeling.

The feeling of anger towards my master is disappearing slowly but it won’t probably disappear completely but I don’t know.

I can’t tell the future unlike those who has gifts that can tell so.

Sigh… this is nice.

An open park and nice cold breeze in the night.

This might become a new hobby for me if I didn’t feel that I’m wasting my time here.

There are lots of things to do and prepare, and just sitting back and relax, seems such a waste of time.

I’m still weak and I admit that.

I still won’t be able to win against those monsters in the supernatural world but I’m learning and trying.

I just hope I won’t fail again but that is probably impossible.

Failure is a part of growing.

I just wish there won’t be more deaths in the future.

“Nee-chan you shouldn’t do that” I hear whispers from a far.

“But this is the reason why Father is so frustrated lately!” Two girls?

“But you shouldn’t destroy that” I decided to check the source of the voices.

“It would be fine, there are no people around to see and there are lots of these things around the city. One or two broken won’t matter and they would just fix it, but it would still help if these things around anymore. Father is always frustrated and is easy to get angry because of these things. She even sometimes shouted at me or at Mother and that didn’t happen before. It’s clearly that it’s all these things fault. I saw father glaring at it when we we’re passing by” I locate the source of the voice. It’s around the shrine area.

“What are you doing?” I asked in my same monotone way.

“Huaah” The twin tailed girl was surprised and turn around fast.

“Eeeeeei” The other girl has a shoulder length hair and she is clearly panicking, she then hides behind the twin tail girl.

Are they sisters? Is what I thought.

“What are you doing here?” Is the twin tailed girl asking question while her right index finger is pointing at me and her left hand in her waist. She acts in demanding tone but it’s clear to me that she is nervous of something.

“I hear voices which is why I tried to check it out. Then I saw you two here in front of the shrine. I will ask my question again” I look straight at their eyes that are clearly nervous from my emotionless stare.

“What are you two doing?” I tilt my head while asking.

The two girls didn’t answer. The twin tail haired girl glares at me while the other girl trembles behind the twin tailed girl.

This would be troublesome. I just knew it.

Vol 1 Chapter 3

To a certain lonely hero vol 1 part 2

Part 13

I finished my studies and readied myself for the possible threat.

Remembering my recent discovery about the clan history reminds me of the magical weapon of the elder in glasses that was stored the same way as my INVENTORY. The sword has magical properties that I didn’t bother scanning because my mind is pretty occupied back then but it probably has more secret to it and I will try to find out in the future. It’s also probably one of the clan’s creations.

It just made me more inclined to turn into engineering specialization but for now, it’s time to test my new ability that I acquired by wanting to be left alone.

World Reject (Incomplete)

The ability born from the deepest desire of the heart to reject the reality, a sign that you’ve given up on the real world and want to come to the ideal world.

Effect:

Create an alternate reality that overlaps with the current reality. The altered reality will never interact with the current one and won’t ever merge with reality. The ideal reality will reflect on one’s desire.

Level based ability

The current form of the ideal world is Dungeon to strengthen one heart.

The created Dungeon has an altered rule with different mechanics.

Where LUCK won’t interfere or FATE won’t meddle

Level 1 – 10 = Open Field with no Monster spawn

Level 11 – 20 = Zombie field with hordes of infinite zombie will attacked the summoner

Level 20 – 21 = Skeleton field with hordes of infinite skeletal monsters will attacked the summoner

Level 31 – 30 = Ghost field with hordes of infinite spectral monsters will swarm the summoner

Level 31 – 40 = Goblin fields with hordes of infinite goblin menace will overwhelm the summoner

Level 41 – 50 = Orc field with the hordes of infinite orc monstrosity will hunt the summoner

Level 51 and above is currently LOCKED

Note:

To summon the alter reality one needs Energy to compensate.

Regular summon has 100 Energy as sacrifice with the ideal world running at the same time as the real world

To alter the time within the ideal world, additional compensation is needed.

For 1 hour in the real world to turn 1 day in the ideal world, a compensation of 1000 energy is needed.

For stretching it further an additional cost is needed:

1 hour in real world turn into 2 days in ideal world = 2000 energy

1 hour in real world turn into 3 days in ideal world = 3000 energy

1 hour in real world turn into 4 days in ideal world = 4000 energy

1 hour in real world turn into 5 days in ideal world = 5000 energy

Required:

???

This ability is a boon but at the same time dangerous. I don’t know what will happen to ideal world so it’s like going into an unchartered territory but at the same time, it would be the ideal training field. I would also be left alone in there, fighting unending hordes of enemies. Though what would I found there and the note about LUCK and FATE not interfering in the altered world seems too specific for me. But maybe it’s because this ability is born from my ideals and in my subconscious state, I’m blaming my luck and the fate that was bestowed upon me which cost unwanted harm to others.

I’m fine and sturdy but the others aren’t. They are unrelated to my luck but they got affected by it, just because I’m nearby.

I murmur status and checked my current stats before venturing into unknown territories. I also upgraded the skills that I can upgrade.

[Status]

Youkai Slayer

“Kusanagi” Touma

Level 19

HP – 1960

STA – 1930

EN – 2910

STR – 8

DEX – 10

VIT – 6

INT – 101

WIS – 14

LUCK – EX

STATUS POINTS – 7

“90 Energy short of stretching an hour for three days” Touma frowns while looking at his status.

I notice it before by my energy doesn’t matched with the calculation and rules provided by the Energy. Something else is making my Energy grow the same as my Hit Points and it’s probably connected to my unknown ability but even so… I’m still pretty weak.

Even with almost a whole of year training in the mountain, this is only my current strength. I still can’t compare to teacher who’s level I can’t see or the demons that I slain by surprising them.

Even with the harsh training in the mountain, the status won’t just increase easily.

Carrying huge boulders of rocks, three times my weight isn’t enough to increase strength.

Carrying the huge rocks while running fast and evading swinging logs isn’t enough to increase dexterity.

Getting hit by huge boulders of rocks tied up by the branches of the trees and acting like a pendulum that increases further the force that will hit me is still not enough to increase vitality.

I did inhumane training regimen that would kill a normal person but it still isn’t enough.

Thinking of the insane training methods and following through it did increase my wisdom but my main physical status just won’t increase easily.

The movement skills are already max for adult level and would require a master or a scroll to teach me master level movements.

I maybe need a proper master to further develop my physical status but getting someone to teach me would require someone near me and that would be bad, it would be bad if something happens to the teacher just because he/she is teaching me.

Though I could think of other methods of teaching me while being from afar, like using a phone or communicator to instruct me on what to do, but it would still be won’t enough, probably.

Well, for now I would still try to train alone and if that is really not enough. I would just ask the elder for help.

It’s time

World Reject! Dungeon Make Zombie Field! Use 2000 Energy Compensation!

From my feet, a circular formation was made and it starts to spreads outward until it passes through the walls of the room and went outside further.

The feeling of surrounding’s sudden change can be felt easily. It’s unnerving that I can’t see any difference from my surrounding but when I activated my senses. I feel it.

With my senses activated, I can feel that there are things that start moving outside the walls of the house.

It started with hands sprouting from the ground and it start clawing the earth until it manage to dig itself out and slowly it start standing unsteadily.

Foul smell of rotten corpse starts spreading and polluting the air.

There is nothing foul inside the house but from the outside of the front door to the backyard and spreading further to the plantation. It’s becoming infested by undead creatures.

This is not the reality, I can tell. I don’t know how I can tell but I can tell.

It doesn’t show any difference from the reality but this is not the reality.

In this ideal world or altered reality, I’m alone against whatever monstrosity the ideal world would throw at me.

And I’m just smiling at the thought of being alone without worrying if someone will get hurt because of me.

I’m free here to do what I need.

I went to the front door and hold the handle and slide the door open.

A dozen of rotten corpse greets my view and not one of the zombies even notices me. It looks like that inside the house is the safe place where the enemies won’t attack.

I readied myself first before venturing outside. My energy is regenerating but I would wait until its full.

I first start with casting Barrier on myself. The evolve form of Lesser Barrier.

[Rank 2] Barrier Level 1 0.01% Active: Cost 100 Energy Cooldown 60 Seconds.

Form a circular protective shield around the user. The energy field would protect the user from any damage until it’s destroyed.

Effect:

Create a circular force field around the caster that intercept and receives damage instead of the user.

Its effective range is 10 centimeters outside the range of the caster’s arm.

Force Field HP: 250

Maximum Present Barrier at the same time is 2

Note:

Every 5 levels will increase the HP of the created force field by 250

The Barrier won’t disappear until it’s destroyed or willed to be destroyed by the user.

Maximum number of present barrier will increase by 2 for every 10 levels

Barrier skill has a long cooldown time and high cost per cast but I have time to spare plus it’s not a sustained skill that need continues feed of energy but a one cast skill that actives until I dispel it or been destroyed.

Plus I still need to recover my energy before venturing out. I have time to spare. Two days to be exact if what the description is right and after it, maybe the altered world will collapse and I will return to real world but for now, I can only wait and observed this false world.

I then use meditate to increase the regeneration of Energy, with the skill’s max level, it wouldn’t take too long to completely restore the energy until it’s full.

After a few minutes with the energy completely full. I start charging for greater energy bomb.

[Rank 2] Greater Energy Bomb Level 1 Exp 0.01% Active: Cost 100 Energy per second

Gather large amount of energy and compressing it further to make it stronger and more destructive, and then unleash the compact energy into large explosion.

Effect:

Deals a 200% special attack damage per second charge with a minimum of 4 second charge before one can use the skill.

The skill can be charge further more to a maximum charging time of 10 second

Range of effect is a minimum of 10 meter radius and further charging will increase the range by 2 meters per second.

Note:

For every level, the damage done will increase by 20% per second charge

The area of effect will increase by 1 meter per 10 levels
This is the base of the skill but it can be further altered and strengthen through the use of other skills and abilities. The ability that made it possible to alter an existing skill is Quad Core.

Quad Core

The ability to process two tasks at the same time, it shows the benchmark of being stronger and mastering one’s ability.

Effect:

The ability to use four offensive skills at the same time without time delay between each use

The ability to put three additional commands onto another offensive skill to alter the nature of the skill

Grants increase of 150% regeneration of Energy

Grants increase of 50% damage deal of all Special Attack

Required:

Hexa Core requires 150 INT

This ability lets me modify the skill into something else. When I had dual core, I manage to modify the energy arrows into twisted energy arrows that gives additional 25% damage and 30% more penetrating power and the normal energy bomb into spiral energy bomb that increase further the damage by 50% more.

Now to further modify the skill, it takes concentration and more energy but it would be worth the effort.

First input the first command of making the energy ball spin faster. The ability to make it move is telekinesis but the problem with telekinesis. I don’t when I get that ability. I just manage to twist the energy arrows when I imagined it to have more piercing power. Plus the problem with telekinesis is, the ability doesn’t show in my ability window. I don’t when where it was put. I tried different commands but it’s a totally unknown to me.

I can only suspect the first unknown ability but currently, I don’t know.

After twisting the energy bomb and turning it into spiral energy bomb. The damage increase by 50% per second and the area effect increase by 2 meters with an additional 25 energy per second charge.

This is my limit for dual core but I have quad core now. I can add two more commands.

The next command is to add fire property to the greater spiral energy bomb.

The pyrokinesis ability was acquired when I use the dragon orb family heirloom. It actives the hidden power within the blood. The family’s hidden ability is to control purifying flames that has two properties of being fire and holy element. The property is more of 75% flame and 25% holy element.

The dragon orb also unlocks the ability of Eight Forms of the Dragon and just like telekinesis, I can’t see where the pyrokinesis went; I just know I had it.

Eight Forms of the Dragon (Rank 1)

The hidden secret of the clan where the previews Clan Head doesn’t move on into the cycle of souls but decided to stays in the mortal realm as the clan guardian. The clan guardian was then passing on to the next clan head as a right of succession until it become a tradition to the family. Some of the clan head decide to move onto the cycle of souls but the ones who stays are become the most notable clan heads. The most notable one had taken the form of dragon that guides and teach the future clan head their power and secrets.

Effect:

First Form: Nadare

Multiply

This form allows one to create copy of the skill. The energy cost would be the same as the based skill that is meant to multiply.

Current Maximum: 20

Second Form: Sa… =???

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Required:

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The normal greater spiral bomb at maximum charge cost 1000 energy. Modifying it with adding the spiral motion makes it a total of 1250 energy that has a damage output of 2500% damage, adding the pyrokinesis property of purifying flames of the clan, further increase the damage of per charge with 40% fire damage and 10% holy damage and additional 20 energy cost per second charge making it into 1450 energy cost and 3000% damage with a 40 meters radius area of effect.

This is one huge bomb but I’m not yet finished.

I have 2910 energy at full tank.

With Nadare’s first form, I create a complete copy of the skill without further charging.

It cost me a 2900 energy in total.

Touma smiled sinisterly while looking at the crazy zombie outside of this house.

Just the front of his house is already full of zombies crawling everywhere. The roads area also full of them and the backyard too. This is like a crazy post apocalypse game where the world is infested with zombies.

But I wonder who would be scary.

The hundreds to thousands to infinite zombies that roam around Touma’s House or the house owner that has two mini suns levitating above him.

Touma took a first step outside of the door and the zombie start noticing him. They start moving towards him and the ones from the backyard and the road are also coming.

They zombies are slow.

I use Scan on them to see their stats.

While the image of the creature is blurry, the information still pops up from the skill I used.

Flesh Eating Corpse

Lesser Zombie

LVL 17

HP 170

MP 8

The soul had become corrupted by the malicious feeling of the living and turned into a living abomination

Status:

Strength: 34

Endurance: 17

Agility: 2

Magic: 1

Luck: 2

Trait:

Overlimit: The strength is doubled

Ability:

Undead: The corpse doesn’t know the feeling of pain which made it a lot stronger than the living and can keep on attacking even if the body is damage.

Attack:

Tackle: A normal attack where the attacker charges through the target.

Bite: A normal attack where the attacker tears off the flesh of the target.

Weakness:

Fire and Holy Attributes

 

“It’s agility is pretty low but its strength is pretty high” Touma thinks while looking at the status.

“A typical generic zombie” I dismiss the status window and gaze as the enemy in front of me.

After using scan on one of them, I can see the name, level and title on the other zombies too.

[Rank 2] Scan (Level 1: Psychometry) Level 7 Exp 21.01% Active Cost 10 Energy

The skill that lets you read and understands the basic information about your target.

Effect:

It shows basic information of the enemy

Maximum range of target the target is 50 meters and needs within visual contact.

Maximum difference of levels to make any information available is 50 level differences.

Current reveal information

-Title

-Name

-Hit points and Magical or Energy points

-Status

-Basic description of the target

-Traits

-Ability

-Attack

-Weakness

Note:

The higher the level of the skill, the more information would be revealed.

The amount of information revealed is based on the difference of level. The higher the difference in level, the lesser the information being revealed

Higher level target that is beyond ones skill won’t reveal any information.

Every 5 level will increase the maximum range by 5 meters

The skill won’t receive any experience if the target’s level is the same as the user’s level.

Scan is the evolve form of observation. I manage to evolve observation thanks to teacher but I didn’t manage to gain more experience thanks to my short time when meeting teacher. He usually just visits me and tells story about his annoying relatives that usually cost trouble for him. He usually complains about the human and generally, about the current state of the world.

I didn’t understand much his blabbering about the current generation because my attention is more with my training, plus he always reeks of sake when he starts talking. I don’t like the smell of it.

He complains lots of things but at least he come to complain to me. My family doesn’t even care but I also didn’t care much because at least they are helping me to become stronger.

My teacher complains a lot of things but he also teaches a lot of things. Generally, the rules of the supernatural realm and what are heretic gods, true gods and the campione or god slayers.

Teacher is the only one who answers me directly when I ask question, even though he usually goes on tangent and starts complaining again.

Looking at the zombies that are swarming in front of me, I made an experiment and step back inside the house to make sure I understand the rules of this world.

And the zombies stop moving.

They start making a growling sound and start scratching and looking around, like a lost child this undead monsters are.

“So inside the house is indeed safe house” Touma murmurs and step outside again.

With him stepping outside the swarms start moving again.

When the enemies are only an arm’s reach away from him he sends the first Burning Spiral Bomb towards the swarming zombie.

The zombies didn’t even shown any resistance towards the attack and been incinerated.

Killing all within its path until it detonated on the roadside and destroying everything near it.

The trees are burned, the roads ruptured, the earth rumbles and the zombies turned into ashes.

Every zombie in front of him is dead and a crater of 80 meters wide with 5 meters deep was all that is left.

“There isn’t even .01% experience from all that zombies?” Touma looks at his status after the kill.

The zombies that I kill ranges from level 14 – 18 and is probably around a hundred at least but still no experience?

This leveling system is insane.

The reason why I’m only level 19 even after a year of constant training is because of this stupid leveling system.

I won’t receive even a .01% experience after killing a thousand youkai if their level is 2 levels below me.

Right now I’m level 19 and I can only receive experience from enemies that are level 17 and above.

Even then, I will need to kill lots of them to even get experience.

Higher level enemies give good experience but the experience points takes a nose dive when the enemy’s level is closer to you. It became so low when it’s the same level and become almost none-existent when its one level below.

I only know that I can still level if the enemy is two levels below because of constant battles that last for weeks. I got a .01% after killing around 5000.

I stop leveling at level 12 during my training and leveled up again when I killed the demons. They are high level demons, specially the leader that gave me 2 level ups.

Quests are also not helping much, especially when I’m in the mountain. I haven’t received quest during my stay there.

The only good thing that happens to me is that I perfect my movement skills and I become adapted to fighting.

I stand at the side of the crater and I can already see hands sprouting from the ground.
“The spawning rate here is high. Within the mountains, Youkai’s won’t always come when I’m hunting for them” Touma looks around where everywhere, zombies are start appearing again.

“Now I understand why it says infinite horde of zombies, there is probably no end in the spawning rate of monsters here. It’s a good training area if not for level restrictions”

Touma also notice that there are bloodied coins everywhere.

Is that a 100 yen coin? Touma thinks while raising his right eyebrow

Seriously? Monster drops?

Well this is a first and I can also finally understand why it said that Luck and Fate doesn’t make a factor inside this altered realm.

My luck won’t actively bring harm to me here and there would actually be possible item drops.

“But… I sure hope there would be an auto loot option” There are lots of Japanese coins lying around where the zombies are killed and they are too many to loot each. It would take a lot of time to gather it.

Touma also notice that some of the zombies are standing up again and the others are start growling and walking to him.

When the zombies around him are full again, Touma cracks his neck and look at above him

“This is surely an altered world, there is no way that the moon is green” The moon above Touma gave an eerie feeling.

During inside the safe house, one cannot notice the difference but now that I’m outside?

I can see that it’s a total different world. The surrounding is dark and the feeling around me is different.

The surrounding energy felt alien and at the same time familiar. It felt the same as the energy that I’m used to manipulating and shaping. It felt the same as me but at the same time alien to the real world’s energy.

It’s different from Mana [The energy of Life]

There are no stars that I can see, with all the clouds covering the sky and only parting where the green moon is glowing ominously above.

When the zombies starts gathering and walking towards him. He brings down the second sun above him.

Part 14

Pant pant pant…

“GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!” craaaaaaaash

In the middle of night, the sound of several growling monsters can be heard and trembling ground can be feel.

I “Kusanagi” Touma is currently running away from them.

Craaaaaash

One of the enemies that is currently chasing me is the tank

Combine Meat Tank

The Tank

LVL 19

HP 2500/5700

MP 8

The result of zombie eating other zombies due to the lack of humans to eat

Status:

Strength: 48

Endurance: 50

Agility: 5

Magic: 1

Luck: 2

Trait:

Flesh Meat: The defense is doubled and blunt physical attacks are rendered useless.

Ability:

Undead: The corpse doesn’t know the feeling of pain which made it a lot stronger than the living and can keep on attacking even if the body is damage.

Empowered:  The damage of physical attacked are doubled.

Attack:

Charge: A normal attack where the attacker charges through the target.

Throw: A normal attack where the attacked tries throw objects around him to the target

Weakness:

Fire and Holy Attributes

It stands over two meters tall with an abnormal amount of muscle on the upper body, it has huge muscled arms that can throw cars, can tear concrete walls and throw at you. The size of the head and the lower body and fit for his size but the upper body is abnormally big for him. It also doesn’t have human skin but pure rotting muscles that are as hard as stones that its pulverizing as it moves around.

And it’s not alone.

I’m currently running in one of the alleyways to limit the number of zombies that can swarm me but the tank just didn’t follow the usual role in dungeon battles where the wall is invulnerable objects.

They bulldoze through the houses and used the anything to throw against me.

From the cars park in the street, to the road blocks and road signs or they would take a part of the road itself and throw at me.

And yes, they are they. There are numerous of them now.

It started with one then when I’m nearly killing it. Another one spawns behind me and throws a house wall against me.

I started running when they become too many for me to kill efficiently.

The zombies are also swarming against me that I can’t let my guard down.

One bit from them would lead to “Zombie” status effect.

The zombie status effect doesn’t have any damage but it rots the body part where the zombie bites and it would spread even further.

This is my first time feeling a severed hand.

I was punching a zombie away when another one pounces against me and bites my left hand.

I have no choice but to severe it or else, I would be turn into zombie. I just hope it would restore after resting because it’s been treated currently as a status effect “Severed (Left Hand)”

If not then I would forever be crippled but the idea of mechanical hand sounds good and if it really didn’t restore, then I would start planning an artificial hand.

I duck from another zombie that pounced from the wall.

Rouge Zombie

Hunter

LVL 18

HP 180

MP 4

The soul becomes consumed by hatred and start become animalistic. It preys on the living and won’t let go until it devoured the flesh of its targets

Status:

Strength: 39

Endurance: 15

Agility: 25

Magic: 1

Luck: 6

Trait:

Grapple: Once it manages to grab its target. It won’t let go unless it’s been killed or the limbs had been severed.

Ability:

Stealth: Its make the user less noticeable.

Attack:

Pounce: A normal attack where the attacker jumps onto the target.

Bite: A normal attack where the attacker tears off the flesh of the target.

Weakness:

Fire and Holy Attributes

 

Its size is fairly small if it’s compared to the tank but its size is the same as a normal adult. It walked hunched back and it will eve crawl around the walls to evade detection. It’s clothed in dark blue coat that hides its features but it has muscled hips for powerful jumps and strong grips that will never let go the moment you’ve been grabbed. It also has nasty face with large sharp teeth that can bit through concrete slabs.

Graaaaaaaa” Another hunter comes back to pounced onto me. These hunters are annoying, they are hard to notice because of their ability and their color easily blends with the dark surrounding. It also didn’t help that they likes to crawl in the walls and jumps from one wall to another.

Twisted Energy Spear x 3” I launched the attack against the three jumping hunters in the second floor of the houses I’m passing by. It hit pierce directly onto them and coming onto their backs. The corpse flew a bit and falls down onto the floor dead.

The corpse of the enemy killed are left behind and can be scavenge later on for items or left behind parts. The only reason that my first attack only left a bunch of 100 yen behind is because the corpse is burned and incinerated into ashes thanks to burning spiral energy bomb.

[Rank 2] Energy Spear Level 6 Exp 27% Active: Cost 10 Energy

Energy accumulates and formed into a straight simple spear that pierce its enemy.

Effect:

Damage 150% of the Special Attack Damage

Maximum casting range is 50 meters

Maximum number of spears is 6.

Note:

Every level will increase the number of spears by 1

Will increase range by 10 meters per 10 levels

The barrier skill is still currently in cooldown and it won’t really help against the Tank but at least it would fend off these annoying hunters.

Graaaaaaaaaaaaaaa” Anther Tank bulldozes onto my front and blocks my path but I didn’t stop and just ready my right hand and stretched my right hand to form like a blade and plunged directly onto it.

It dissolves instead of turning into a corpse when I’m using this ability of my right hand but I didn’t notice the two hunters in its back ready to attack.

It pounced onto me and I swatted the right one with my right hand and the one attacking from left had gotten within my inner space but I used a hook against its face by my right hand. It dissolved and all through the attack, I didn’t stop from running.

I ducked after the attack to evade the thrown wall by the tank in my back.

“Graaaaaaaaaaaaa”

I can take it on using my right hand but I would leave my behind open for counter attack which is why I’m only focusing in one side and just evading the other.

The streets are swarmed by zombie and the alley that I ran into to make the battle easier is nearing its end. I can see the end of the alley and the wide streets that are swarmed by zombies entering the alley.

“Twisted Energy Spear x 6 Multiply x 2 Nadare!” I launch a barrage against the zombies at front to open a path that I can walk into but before I emerge an attacked from above the house at front was launched and making the road poisonous to walked into.

“Burned Energy Spear x 2!” I launched an attacked against the two Spitters on top of the house.

Using Telekinesis cost lesser Energy than Pyrokinesis but I need more fire power against this type of zombies.

Poison Zombie

Spitter

LVL 16

HP 320

MP 4

The soul becomes consumed by hatred and start become animalistic. It preys on the living and won’t let go until it devoured the flesh of its targets

Status:

Strength: 5

Endurance: 9

Agility: 3

Magic: 10

Luck: 8

Trait:

Poison Body: Its body is made up of toxins that its spits and claws can cause poison status effect.

Ability:

Toxin Cloud: When it’s nearing its death or upon its death. A could of poisonous toxin will spread around the area of death.

Attack:

Poison Spit: A poison attack where the attacker spits a volume of poisonous material that cause the area where it lands be poisonous.

Poison Claw: A poison attack where the attacker’s claw is enveloped by poison.

Weakness:

Fire and Holy Attributes

This one is an ugly zombie; its face is deformed with lots of bulging green veins popping every now and then and with it, it release toxic gases in the air. It has long neck and huge mouth where the toxin is accumulated before being spitted out. Its stomach is bulging like a pregnant woman but its colored green, signifying it as the main source of the tic. It has thin limbs that moves slowly and can easily be killed if not for its inherited resistant skin that can’t easily be damage.

After killing the Spitter a fog of green cloud emerges and spreads around the roof top.

The poisoned floor where its spit hits can’t be walked on but since I’m in the alley, I decided to increase my speed and jumped onto the wall and start running on it. The momentum that I build wouldn’t be enough and I’m slipping but I jumped before I fall onto the poisoned floor.

I landed outside of the alleys and the zombies around start growling and charging onto me with its unholy frenzy.

There are hunters on top of the walls and the zombie swarmed the roads. I can see Spitters on the top of the house and the tank is on my back carrying another part of the wall that it probably taken from a house.

What an incredible environment.

I right onto my side and start spamming twisted energy arrows on the zombies; I punched the hunters that pounced onto me while I evade the spit of the Spitter.

“Graaaaaaaaaaa” Another tank appears from above.

It jumped from the other side of the street and raised its heavy bulky right arm and drops it fast onto me.

I took a step back to evade the attack but it hits the floor and the road caves in.

The shockwave is nothing but the pieces of the road cement hits me and did 10 to 20 damage each hit.

The road around the tank is uneven so it’s hard for me to balance but I settled by crouching on a road block that sticks out thanks to the attack.

I jumped myself from my crouching position and pounced onto the Tank with my right hand reared back and formed into a fist.

When I’m closing in, I launched my attacked but a Spitter attacked from above and launched a spit aimed at me, the attacked hit my right elbow.

“Guh” It hurts. For a second I feel that my right elbow is burning but I didn’t stop.

The attack hit the tank and it vanished but I got “Poisoned (Moderate)” thanks to the attack of the Spitter.

It will cause a 20 HP per second damage.

I checked the wound I had taken from the Spitter’s attack and the flesh on my elbow felt like its melting.

“I can see the bone sticking out there” I grimace at the sight that I saw.

I crouch from the attack of the hunter from my right side and fired a twisted energy spear against it.

I start swinging my right hand to check if it’s working and it looks like its fine even with a melted joint.

My body is really abnormal and even with a severed left hand and a melted right elbow.

I’m still running and attacking simultaneously from the zombies around me.

Thanks to my gamer’s mind, I’m calmed even through all the scary stuff around me. I’m also not surprised easily and I can calmly think to analyze and counter attack my enemy.

Thanks to my gamer’s body, I can’t feel the pain done to my body and can pushed it beyond normal standards. Even in damage body, I can still move and continue.

Truly abnormal and I won’t even be surprised if I can be considered the same as my enemy.

But according to my [Profile] I’m still human as my race and that can be considered a blessing to me that doesn’t have a clear idea of what a “family” or “home” is.

I continue my run while spamming twisted energy spear and analyzing my position.

I’m in the residential area of Shinto area.

Per street is a 200 meter walk and in the middle of the street, there is an alley way which is 2 meters wide and 30 meters long, it’s for bikes and humans to pass through.

The road is 5 meters wide. It’s enough for two cars to pass side by side and it’s also wide enough for a bunch of zombies to swarm against me.

This altered world is really amazing. I don’t know how big this place is but I’m continuously running for more than an hour already and I still can’t see the ending of it.

Is the altered world the same size as the world itself?

Or the whole place only affect Shinto city? The whole Fuyuki city is affected? I wonder…

Normally a 100 meter straight road can be crossed by me for just a few seconds but if it’s swarmed by zombies. It sure takes time.

I fired another twisted energy spear against a leaping hunter and punched a zombie charging at my front.

I ducked from the throw of the tank on top of the roof.

“It can stand onto of the roof without the roof falling in?” I was shocked for a sec at the spectacle that I saw but I didn’t stop.

The alleyway is only 10 meter and a few zombies are in my way.

A spread twisted energy spear sweeps the entire zombies in my way and I made a dash onto the alleyway.

I thought I would be finally having a breathing ground with only my front and back as my problem but I didn’t noticed a Boomer in my way and I bumped into it and it exploded a gray fog of toxin that is full of disease carrying germs.

Poison Zombie

Boomer

LVL 18

HP 180

MP 1

It’s the souls of the dead that suffered and died because of a plague. The disease was carried on by the soul and when it’s been corrupted by the world’s malice. A manifestation of disease carrying monster was born

Status:

Strength: 21

Endurance: 1

Agility: 1

Magic: 5

Luck: 9

Trait:

Disease Carrier: Its body is made up of harmful bacteria that cause disease to its attacker.

Ability:

Plague Cloud: When an enemy is near, it would suicide and a gray cloud would spread, carrying disease with it and causing temporary blindness.

Attack:

Infested Breath: A poison attacked that blinds and cost disease to the target.

Weakness:

Fire and Holy Attributes

This one is like a huge balloon zombie. Its appearance is like normal person aside for the huge stomach and few spores where black and gray smoke appears.

“cough, cough, ugh… my eyes hurt…. Guh!” I’ coughing badly and my eyes are hurting. This is bad, I can’t see clearly because of the status effect “Disease (Blinding Sickness)”

It causes damage over time with a 10 HP per second and Blindness 40%

I’m also hit by a Tank that causes 96 HP damage and was thrown onto the house on my right side. I also take damage from the hit on the floor and the furniture that I crushed into.

“Ugh… I’m really in a bad state now” I tried to stand up fast because the Tank is charging in. Crashing onto the fences and running straight onto me.

“It’s a good thing that it’s slow” I manage to crawl up by clinging onto the table and tried to sense my surrounding.

“It’s full of zombies on my surrounding grounds but the second floor is free. Maybe it’s time to take this battle up. I also need an ally. It’s really hard to fend off the endless amount of enemy alone. And they are all low level that I can only get small amount of EXP” I grumble and look at my current exp. Only 1% increase, since I start training inside this altered world.

I already killed a lot and it still not enough. I also didn’t have time to take the loots because the enemies keep on attacking without taking a break.

“I’m might start increasing the WIS to get an allied summon”

By admitting the limit of your strength on your own and the need to seek an ally + 1 to WIS

I gave a half eyed look at the notice. I can’t see clearly thanks to the disease but I’m sure the world is mocking me again.

I climbed at the stairs to the second floor and enter one of the rooms to access a door or window to go outside.

“GRUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!” The Tank from below roars and I hear a heavy furniture being lifted.

“Oh no…” I jumped onto the side of the girly room that I enter and the floor burst with a sofa flying from below and crushing through the ceiling, creating a hole from the second floor and the roof.

“I just hope this is an altered world and not the real world because this is sure causing a lot of damage” I look below and saw the Tank carrying the Dining table now and readying it to throw.

“On no you don’t” I quickly acted and cast an offensive skill to bind the Tank and not create further holes on the floor.

Thorn Bind Hostage! Then Burning Twisted Energy Spear x 5! Die you monster”

The next direct binding skill, it cast 5 energy made appendages that has thorns and wraps around the tank. I launch the spears and struck the tank squarely on its chest. Since it’s huge with over 2 meters tall and has wide upper body. It’s easy to hit it.

 

[Rank 2] Thorn Bind Hostage Level 5 Exp. 26% Active: Cost 50 Energy Cooldown 5 Seconds

Energy gathered and formed a binding stems around the enemy. Constricting them and stopping their movements.

Effect:

Binds the enemy from moving away from the place where the thorns has been casted.

Restrict the movement of the enemy

Amplify the damage received of the enemy by 25%

The target takes 100% Special Attack Damage per second

The binding last from 1 – 5 second where the duration of the skill depends on the strength of the target.

Maximum range is 50 meters

Note:

Every 10 levels will increase the damage by 25% for the damage over time

It’s a very effective skill but has a 5 seconds cooldown. If there is no cooldown for binding skill, it would be easy to exploit it.

Offensive skills have 1 second cooldown, barrier has 60 second cooldown and binding skill has 5 second cooldown.

These are my current repertoire of skills.

I stopped the tanked in its place and killed it.

I jumped over the hole in the floor and enter another bedroom beside the current room that I entered. (The girly room only has small window and even if I’m small, I prefer a balcony for easy access)

I entered a much larger room and I see a glass made sliding door, I run into it and open. It’s a balcony that I can use to go to the roof.

I viewed my surrounding and I can already see the Spitters across the street aiming at me but before they launched their attacked I already jumped and reach onto the roof.

I used my only arm and pushed myself up. Since I’m only 3 years old, I’m not that heavy and I can carry myself using only one arm. With my current strength, doing push-ups is easy and won’t even increase my overall strength.

When I got into the roof, I start charging Greater Energy Ball. I won’t be able to move but after launching it, I can have a breathing ground around me. It has a weakness that I can’t move on the spot but I can use other skill while charging.

Using energy twisted spears and killing the Spitters around gave me few second breathing grounds and that is enough for me to charge the skill and altered it.

The Tank are still running and getting closed to me as I charged but it would still take a few second to get close and grab something to hit me.

Those few seconds are enough to further charge the Burning Spiral Energy Bomb to at least 7 seconds or hopefully for more.

When it’s passing 5 seconds and the enemy is would still take few seconds to attacked, I relaxed my guard a bit and didn’t noticed an attacked from behind.

I slimy appendage wrapped around my left feet and drag me onto the next house across the street on my back and because of that, I dropped the charge skill onto the house and destroyed the house where I was standing earlier.

It exploded and takes the entire enemies around the house and together with the houses around the center of explosion.

The appendage that grabs me also got burned from the explosion and thank goodness that I can’t hurt by my own skill because if not then I’m dead.

I tried it before but energy that I emitted and created can’t harm me but I’m sure there would be friendly fire if I had an ally in the field but having an ally also has its demerits because my Veteran ability would be deactivated and it really helped me in leveling my skills. It also probably helped in getting experience for my level but I didn’t notice it much because of the restrictions.

Because of the explosion I was thrown again into another house and ended up in a kitchen and thank goodness that I didn’t go through another wall but a sliding glass door because that would cause another series damage. I almost got hit by falling knifes from the hanging cabinets but I manage to evade it.

I still got grazed by it that cause another 10 HP damage and another status effect “Bleeding (Minor)” It cause a damage of 5 HP per second and would only last a few second. It’s not debilitating compare to Poison and Disease status effect but still a problem.

I look at the green slimy thing sticking on my left feet and it looks like it’s from a hunter. I’m inside the house and the zombies are start spawning again. I hurriedly run outside and fired a twisted energy spear when I spotted the Hunter. It’s one of the most annoying zombies here because it attacks from my blind spot and from afar.

Trapper Zombie

Smoker

LVL 17

HP 170

MP 1

The souls that gathered to form these abomination has been tortured and the body appendages had been stretched over it limits until it snaps and kills the person.

Status:

Strength: 14

Endurance: 5

Agility: 4

Magic: 5

Luck: 9

Trait:

Flexible: Having flexible body made it easy to evade long range attacks.

Ability:

Sticky Body Liquid: Saliva, perspiration and any liquid substance release has a sticky feature.

Attack:

Stretched arm: A unique attacked for hunter. It stretched their arm that has been covered by its slimy perspiration and wrap around the enemy and drags the target towards him. Since the hunter’s body has been stretched beyond its limit, its body is the same as rubber and the bones become nothing but fractured pieces.

Sticky Saliva: A unique attacked for hunter. It’s spits against its enemy and causes the enemy to slow down. Causes – 10 % on movement speed and agility.

Weakness:

Fire and Holy Attributes

This zombie is tall and has big head and thin, flexible limbs. It looks like that it doesn’t even have any bones with the way the hands are swinging. The hand just didn’t bend that way. It’s also has a mucus like thin membrane that covered its hands. Its face is full of sticking mucus and has huge open mouth where the tongue is left hanging and can be used to drag the target with it.

Since I’m back on the ground and the enemies around me are stared spawning again. I took this chance to hide in one of the house second floor.

The enemies know where I am but it mostly follows the noise I made. Since they are still spawning it would take a few seconds for them to swarm the streets. I can use that to meditate.

I run back into the house where I was blown into and go upstairs. I didn’t bother going inside a room and just seat on the floor.

It only took over 33 seconds for a max level meditate to get a full HP, STA, and EN but it would be hard to get that 33 seconds here in this place but any second counts.

Part 15 

I’ve been continuously doing the same thing of killing zombies endlessly and trying to loot items that I see shining in the floor.

It’s been a tiring repetition. I can restore my stamina but I feel that my mental strength is being drained instead. I don’t have a meter for it but I’m sure getting sluggish as the battle continues. Maybe it’s one of the status effects that I acquire as I ventured here in this zombie infested field but I’m start to feel sleepy.

I don’t know how long I’ve been killing zombies but having the feeling to need to sleep sure is a nostalgic feeling. I haven’t felt this for more than a year already.

I’ve acquired a lot of status effect already that I’m just ignoring for the time being because I can’t cure it and it’s not hampering my fighting abilities but now, it’s becoming a problem.

It looks like it’s time to head back to safe house and tries to take a rest for a bit. I’ve already leveled my spear a bit and it’s a good catch for a first try.

I’ve acquire two useful items on my hunt and both are already equipped.

The first is a head gear called the “Lonely Hero” I’ve got the item from a swarm of Tank.

Lonely Hero

Unique Item

The item has a special property that would let the user’s identity be obscured and can’t be identified as long as the item is equipped.

+20% Stealth

Its appearance is like a simple white mask with 2 small slit like holes for the eyes and a smooth surface with no other holes for mouth and nose. The only design on the mask is a red tear mark below the eye holes.

The other is an accessory called the “Bracelet of Knowledge”

Bracelet of Knowledge

A common item that increase the intelligence and wisdom of the user

+ 2 Intelligence

+ 2 Wisdom

+25% Energy regeneration.

I wear this bracelet on my currently remaining arm though instead on the wrist, I put it in my biceps. I don’t want it near my right hand where it could be destroyed. I already destroyed a ring of regeneration, when I tried to pick it up. I won’t repeat the same mistake.

The ability of my right arm that negates supernatural is also one of the reasons why I’m not that happy in picking items. If it’s magical, which is most likely, it would probably be destroyed.

It’s fine if it’s YEN but items that have properties would be destroyed.

I just wished that these items won’t disappear.

The corpses sure aren’t disappearing and they are becoming a hindrance now to move around.

Since I’ve becoming sluggish and sleepy, I decide to take my turn back home and I’ve been nearing the central park where it’s just one straight road to home but when I got near the park.

The ground start rumbling and the corpses that I left behind are being drag into the center of the park and ultimately sucked into the hole together with the trees and debris around it.

The space in the center of the park is becoming distorted and everything that is being sucked inside disappears into the void.

“It’s like a black hole…. Mini boss?” It’s true that I’ve been killing lots of zombies here and in some RPG games where you’ve killed lots of normal enemies, a mini boss will spawn but isn’t the tank considered mini-boss? I tilt my head sideways while thinking about it and looking at the spectacle that is happening.

I also didn’t stop on firing twisted energy spear on any zombie that I come across while running; any chance of having an extra experience isn’t something I can just let pass, though the additional dead zombies just also got sucked into the hole.

“Guuuuuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

Horrifying sounds can be heard from the hole that appeared. It’s like thousands of voices are screaming for help and since I can’t see clearly right now thanks to status effect that I receive earlier on, I can’t clearly see the horrifying scene that is manifesting but I can only just try to imagine from the outline that comes out of the hole.

It’s a huge black arm, the size of a huge container truck with tendrils everywhere in the hands. I can’t see it clearly but it’s moving and wriggling… No, they aren’t tendrils but heads… heads and different body parts like, arms, feet and even the torso are connected grotesquely on the huge hand.

It’s an accumulation of zombies.

It’s an accumulation of thousands of dead zombies.

It’s an accumulation of thousands of dead zombies that housed corrupted souls that I just slew.

Souls

Which are now currently being combined and transformed into something akin to an abomination.

I don’t know if I should be lucky that I can’t see it clearly but imagining it gave a nauseating feeling.

The hand had come out and it clawed onto the land, dragging its body outside of the hole and because of it, the one pristine park had been destroyed. Everything is uprooted and been dragged by the hands that are clawed into the concrete pavement of the park.

After the hands a head was next. The head is pure black mass without eyes and a small hole for a mouth but the mouth itself can’t be called a mouth but more of a black outline with a small indent inside. It’s doesn’t look like a mouth at all.

Another hand was shown and both hands start grabbing anything that it can used to push itself out of the hole.

The right hand grabs the city hall and the left hand grabs the stage which is located on the bottom of the park and currently to the left of the huge zombie. It uses both structure to pull itself further out of the hole and as more of the body was dragged. More screaming voice can be heard.

Wiggling in its body are heads without eyes but mouth only can be seen.

It’s wailing endlessly like its being tortured for eternity.

After the body, the legs are left to be dragged outside of the hole and after dragging itself outside. The hole just starts closing in and turns into nothingness.

At first the huge zombie isn’t doing anything but it starts standing up with its two legs and it shout or wails?

“Ugyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

A terrifying sound was heard and echoed in the entire area. It can also probably be heard by the whole city if it happened in the real world.

After wailing the zombie head reared its head and face me.

“So the mouth isn’t just a black outline after all” Inside the black indent are small mouths had started appearing.

At first its smiling then it all started laughing.

“ha ha ha ha ha” an insane laugh

And every head that doesn’t have eyes start having a single eye in the middle of its head.

The same can be said for the arms, feet and torso. Eyes keep appearing in different parts of the grotesquely combined bodies.

“It’s like something that came out of a horror story” Is what I honestly felt while seeing this terrifying sight.

The Eyes and mouth are both bleeding of black substance and I can’t help but feel that I fail these poor souls.

Scan

The Abomination

Legion Zombie

Level 20

HP 40000

MP 10

The accumulation of all the damned souls that had been sentenced to hell and are tortured for eternity

Status:

Strength: 75

Endurance: 90

Agility: 10

Magic: 1

Luck: 2

Trait:

Tortured Soul: The wails of the damned will cause fear and confusion on anyone that hears it

Ability:

Life Drain: It sucks the life of everything around it to restore its HP.

Attack:

Throw: A normal attack the grabs and throws anything it can get

Smash: A normal attack where you smashed your enemy.

Weakness:

Fire and Holy Attributes

 

After standing completely, its height is probably at least 100 meters tall. It’s just too huge that I can’t see clearly its head.

It tops any opponent that I see and it has the scary factor in it. It’s really a terrifying enemy and this terrifying enemy had decided to burry its hands in the ground of the park.

Then the ground start shaking and grumbling, cracks start appearing around the park and as the huge zombie tried to pick the entire park up.

“Hmmm…. This is clearly an overkill move. You’re deciding the throw the whole park at me? Wouldn’t that be enough to demolish a small city?” Is what my current thought of the situation.

Remembering how big the park is it has around 200 meters long and around 150 meters width in size and this huge zombie is trying to pick it up. I raised my right eyebrow at the stunt that this huge zombie is doing.

Everywhere around me is shaking and like an earthquake is happening with the other house crumbling due the intense shaking. Pipes are being dragged as the huge zombie is trying to pull the park where a mini fountain is in the middle. Power lines are forcibly been cut off and start swaying in the street light. Street Lights are being broken and some are start falling because the ground it’s been built crumbled beneath it.

After a long terrifying wait where the zombie finally uprooted the whole park from the ground and is further lifted it up in the air. It howls one last time

“Uraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

Thousand voices can be heard mixed inside that howl that can be heard through the whole city.

Lifting the whole park by its two hands high up it then focus its countless eyes from the head, arms, its body and its legs, focus all onto me.

While the huge zombie is doing all its theatrics I’m continues raining twisted energy spear on the surrounding zombies that amount to nothing to me. You won’t know if a rare drop suddenly decided to show up.

While also doing the spamming, I’m focusing my energy on my feet.

I find out this trick earlier that I don’t need DEX anymore if I want to move faster.

I only need more INT.

I focus my telekinesis on my feet and accumulate the energy and preparing for an explosive dash.

This trick of using energy manipulation and telekinesis is a costly move because to reach a 100 meter per second dash, I would need 100 energy as compensation. And this would only last for 1 second or one step only.

It’s a high cost movement but it’s just the beginning and can be further trained later on, like all my other skills.

This skill also has a down side that it deals damage to me and cause status effect like broken bones or disjointed joints.

It’s the same for my pyrokinesis. I learned more as I continuously use it to burn the zombies.

I even discovered the second form. It’s SAIHA the blade form of power.

The huge zombie reared its hand and is preparing to throw it up but I already spent 500 energy on my right foot and 500 energy on my left foot for an explosive 500 meters per second dash.

The ground below me crumbles from the force generated and I blasted off, faster than the speed of sound against the zombie with my right hand in front of me, like flying superman, I’ve become a missile and pierce through the abomination.

It generated a sonic boom from my starting point and I zoomed and pierce through the giant zombie.

The battle didn’t last a second and it disperses with countless souls exploded.

Crying and flying everywhere like a ghost. The souls disperse and disappear into different parts of the city.

I was thrown back by the energy released when I defeated the huge zombie. I also received additional damage when I was thrown around and bounced in the concrete pavement and burst into the houses and ended up into the other part of the city.

“So huge and powerful enemies that have huge stored energy inside them explodes when I used my right hand against them, it’s good that I find it now rather than later and be unprepared for it.” I was laying on the ground and it becoming hard for me to move.

During the move, I receive an equal to the total energy that I spent. Meaning that I also received 1000 HP damage from it and I also received other damage from the explosion and when I got thrown around.

Currently, I’m in the red zone of my HP and it’s a good thing that I don’t have any more damage over time (DoT) bad status but it’s still dangerous.

But I have “Fractured Bones” (Legs) status effect now. It hinders movement and slows movement speed by 40%

I look at the green moon in the sky and can’t help but feel that it’s really hard to fight this endless horde of zombies.

“Woah, I got 2% against that huge zombie” I was amazed and felt contentment because that huge zombie is a lot easier to kill than a bunch of hunters.

I was a bit disappointed that the mini boss is easy to kill but having a huge target is easier for me to not miss.

“Being big isn’t always an advantage” Is what I honestly feel about the huge zombie. Sure it’s strong and had huge HP but against my right hand. It’s meaningless.

I finally decided to stand up even though it would be hard to balance or walk right now but when I hear many zombies are getting far too closer. I can’t really just wait here and let the damage regenerate. Plus it’s a bad status effect and I don’t know when I will recover from it.

I looked at where the abomination was killed and a ring and stack of YEN was left.

I grab the yen and throw it at my inventory and now for the ring….

I can’t pick it easily.

Last time I used my telekinesis but I’m not used on using it yet. It’s not easy to move everything without practice and its energy consuming while moving an object.

While it’s hard to pick, I can’t actually leave an interesting item behind.

I really wish I had my left hand now.

“Swooooooooooooooooooooooooosh” The air starts picking up again and it’s being sucked in another direction.

I looked at the residential area where I roamed the last few hours and saw four huge holes in the sky that is start consuming the houses and zombies around.

“Swoooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh” Another air current can be felt and now the location of another hole is in the commercial district.

In one of the highest tower in Shinto City, a hole starts appearing on one of the higher floors and it started consuming the tower itself and the towers around it is being dragged into the mini black hole.

Countless wails and howls can be heard in the dark night.

“Sigh…. This would be a long two day trip” Touma sighs and prepares his hard walk back to the safe house.

It would be suicide to take on those huge zombies while being sluggish and sleepy.

“I need to remove my bad status first”

Two days of endless zombie killing is my first experience in the altered world.

I got huge amount of money and good equipment but I’m still nowhere near level up but I have time now.

I can just continuously do this until I level up.

It might be a bit boring but grinding is a part of the game and grinding is just a repeated action that will eventually lead to a rewarding reward.

I wonder on what will the max level will be?

Will I be strong enough to deal of what to come?

How many years do I still have before the crisis starts happening?

How long will my dull life continue?

Will I find reason on why am I even born?

So many questions and I hope I will find the answers to it as I continue to struggle to live.

Part 16

It’s been few of days already since the day I start training in the altered world with altered Time.

I used most of my time going and exploring the altered world. Fighting endlessly the army of skeletal monsters gave me new perspective on how to use my powers and unlock more forms from the family lineage.

The other time that I’m not fighting is used for learning how to cook more useful items that I can use on my grinding for level.

I also busied myself of cleaning the house and maintaining the garden.

It became a part of my hobby to continue the legacy of Grandma. I care for the flowers and make sure that they aren’t any pest nearby. I even ordered pesticides and fertilizers for them.

Since I’ve used Telekinesis to items around in the altered world, I unlocked a new potential inside of me.

Its Aerokinesis or control over wind.

Telekinesis is moving of an object using the mind and pyrokinesis is manipulation of fire.

I wonder where the manipulation and creation of energy had come from.

Using aerokinesis cost less energy when hording items than telekinesis. It also allows me a different ways to fight to the enemies. Since unlike pyrokinesis which is pretty destructive. Aerokinesis tend to have more control in it. It allows me to suck in or blow away the enemy. Having the enemy within my arms reach would allow me to use my right hand but it’s a not cost effective method since it would cost me more energy to blow or suck my enemy, than using telekinesis to increase my movement.

It’s just that using telekinesis to increase my movement has still a drawback of damaging my body. The energy cost was lessen a bit but the damage receive still made the move not an effective way against a battle of attrition where every points of HP and EN counts.

Currently I’m tending the vegetables in the backyard, checking if there are any pests in the plants, if the leaves are healthy and if it’s receiving enough water and sunlight.

I tried planting different vegetables and fruits around so I can have another source of income and possible items to be cook or used it. The fruits and vegetables don’t cure much HP aside from 10 points but it’s been described as item material for crafting. That itself gave me reason to grow them, there is a potential there and I won’t waste it.

“Diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiingggggggg———–dong” Some actually used the doorbell? No the proper question someone is actually visiting here? Who is it? I’m not expecting anyone, friend of the family or relative visiting?

“Ding-dong, Ding ding ding ding —–dong”

“I’m coming!” I shouted to make the person stop playing with the doorbell. It’s becoming apparent that the person is enjoying in pushing the button. I just hope it’s a classic Ding Dong Dash.

I walked back to the entrance of the house to see who it is and I met someone that is totally unexpected.

“Shibuya-san, I didn’t expect you for you to come. Do you need something sir?” I tried to be polite as much as I can; I can still remember the accident that I cause because of my own recklessness. Now, I won’t let my guard down and expand my senses to know if something bad will happen.

“Nah, I just pass by. I’m on my way to the harbor when I remember that your house is around here” That’s a lie. True that this road can lead you to the harbor but it’s not the most used one because it would make you go through the agricultural sector of the city. The most used one is through the commercial district or the one near the Mion River. The sight there is good if one is just going around for sightseeing.

“Hmm… okay, but do you need something? Do you want some Tomato sir? I have freshly picked batch of Tomatoes” I just let the lie goes by. I can already picture why he is visiting. His smiling face is easy to read that he is just checking on me.

“Ah, it’s okay. I’m just really passing by. I’m going to the harbor to buy some fresh fish plus it cost lower there” He smiles while shrugging.

“Okay, I will get a basket for the tomatoes” I ignore him and proceed to enter the house and go directly to the kitchen where the basket of Tomatoes was kept.

“No, it’s really alright….ah… you’re not listening” Mr Shibuya is giving me a deadpan gaze and just tried to enter the house. What he didn’t notice is when after he entered the wooden floors, he almost step on a protruding piece of wood. It’s small and hard to notice but its sharp and in an unprotected foot. It would be fatal if he steps on it.

Without even looking, I waved my left hand and pushed the wooden piece away so he won’t accidentally step on it, despite it being not there this morning, I also didn’t notice it when I enter. It just happens when he enters the door and a part of the wooden floor cracked and a part of it just happen to be pointing upward that could prove to be fatal to anyone who step on it, barefooted.

Mr. Shibuya didn’t even blink an eye when he saw me manipulate openly the flooring. He didn’t even seem to care, I don’t know if he notice it or not but he just let it go.

“You’re really a busybody person. You’re still a kid and should really act like one. I still can’t believe that they are letting you live here alone” He just gave up on me letting him go without the basket of Tomatoes. He just decided to follow through and enter too the dining area and tried to sit into one of the dining chairs. But when he sits in the chair, the chair gave in and the legs buckled up. He almost falls because of it but I stop his fall by using telekinesis. I also controlled the pieces of the chair so it won’t end up hurting him.

Mr. Shibuya was startled at first but he becomes calm when he starts to understand what happen.

“You really have a convenient ability” He just smiled wryly and ignored the recent accident that might happen to him.

“It’s really indeed useful. It made living alone easier” There was a silent conversation happening between us. We’re just skirting away the main topic that we want to talk about.

Me: I want him to leave me alone

Him: Want to help me around.

I don’t need helped is my always answer for him and I’m fine alone but his really a stubborn old man that wouldn’t leave me alone.

I can live alone and I’m fine alone. I even shown it to him and to his wife with their daughter when they visit, though at that day, I was extremely careful around with the whole family visiting around, I even go to extreme measure to made sure they are safe by sending one of my allied summoned to monitor them for few days.

“Here it is Shibuya-san. They are freshly picked ones. I guarantee their quality” I fake a smiled to reassure him that I’m fine but it looks like his not buying it.

“Touma, are you sure your fine? You know if you want you can liv” He decided to ask me again the question that he always ask when he visits and I will always answer him the same way that I answered before.

“I’m fine Shibuya-san. I’m really fine. It would actually help if you stop showing up around. It would save me the bill of the furniture repair” I tried to joke at the end but it’s also a pointed accusation at him with a little reminder that it’s not safe around me.

I really didn’t ask for payment when he always ended up having an accident in furniture, I also reject his offer of helping in fixing it. At first he won’t budge on it but when I show him that I can actually fix broken chairs or the dining table legs. He just shut up and frowns at me.

I’m too independent he said. But I see no problem with that.

He said I was too young to be left alone. I see no problem in that because it would keep them safe if they are away from me.

He said that a kid should play around and left the problems to the adults. But isn’t that just being bias? What’s the problem if a kid of the age of three can do a lot of adult works? I asked him before but he just didn’t answer and frowns at me.

The frown that he always shown isn’t a face of displeasure to my actions but of pity for me.

I don’t need pity

Is what I want to say but I clamped my limps when I saw him show that frown. He is just being annoyingly busy body again. I just ignore him.

“You should really start walking now or you would be late for the early batch of fresh fish” Since its already becoming late. The sun is already high in the sky and the fresher the fish, the better.

“I understand” He just smiles at me but it doesn’t show any happiness at all but acceptance and after the momentary lapse of sadness, his face become fierce and his resolved had returned.

“It’s alright. I know someone in the fishing port that can save me of his fresh catch. Want me to introduce him to you Touma? You can get a good price of fish from him” He returns to being boisterous and happy-go-lucky old-man with a smug face and thumbs up.

“It’s fine. For now I would focus on the plantation and if found extra time in the future then I would try to look at fisheries” Having near the large body of water could also prove be useful to awaken the ability to manipulate water. Hydrokinesis. But Mr. Shibuya doesn’t need to know that. We walked side by side and leave through the entrance door and begun walking for the road.

“Sigh… your already thinking about profit while I’m just offering fresh fish. You’re really something Touma” We stop by the road side and he looks at me and smiled again. But now it’s a real smile and not a melancholic smile that he kept showing inside the house.

“I’ll try to pass by next time when I had time” He smiles and starts heading for the harbor.

“You’re really carefree. You should focus more on your own business Shibuya-san. You have a family that you need to support. You don’t have much free time to pass by here” I try to said to him again that I don’t need him to keep on checking me but he only answer with.

“humph. I don’t have MUCH free time but it didn’t mean that I don’t have free time” He smiles and waves at me while he walks away.

“I’ll be back again”

I wave at him and start walking back to the backyard to check my crops.

“What a annoying old man” I said it monotonously but I didn’t hide the small smirk I have for the stubborn fool that keep on visiting me.

“Pidgey. Observe the fool and make you’re his fine” I called forth one of my summoned beings and it answered from above the sky.

“Pidgey!” A cry was heard from above and a flap of wings can be heard moving away.

Part 17

It’s been months since the start of my intense training on the altered world and its nearing the New Year again.

I was summoned again by the elder for the yearly reunion but I doubt that I would be there to attend the reunion.

I wonder if it’s another test perhaps.

This time around, I’m taking train to Nara prefecture capital. Nara.

We had an ancestral headquarters there near the remained Heijo Palace.

The destination alone clued me that I’m again going to different destination for the New Year reunion but I don’t know what they want this time around.

Didn’t I pass the test already? Will this be a yearly event for me? I wonder.

For me this is a waste of time. I should be training or tending for my crops but instead I’m here going to listen to all their crap again.

I just wish they would get it over with and send me directly to the mission.

Time is a valuable thing you know. You won’t be able to take it back after it has passed and my valuable time that can be used to grind more levels; skill and get new items are being used because of some silly test.

I just wish the test would be worth it.

High level opponents?

More experience?

Will I get a reward for it?

Because expecting drops in real world is impossible thing.

Hmm? The train is slowing down. It jerked and totally stopped. What happen? Emergency problem again? I shake my head while remembering on how many times the train that I rode had stopped. How many times does this make.

“To our valued customers, we’re sorry for your inconvenience but we’re having a technical problem. Its already being fixed so we ask for your patience and we’re sorry for the trouble”

Another announcement… I have heard that one for a few times already during my travel today.

How many times did the train I’m currently riding on, just so happen have a technical problem.

Even though the trains should be checked before they are ready to travel.

Maybe I should just travel in foot next time but that would take too long. I can’t run in the roads because it would cause a scene. While I didn’t care much about the opinion of others about my ability, I still tried to make it a secret as much as possible and show it to people that won’t babble about it.

“Maybe I should really start practicing Moon Step” I looked at the blue sky above and wonder what it feels to touch the clouds.

I envy the birds that can fly around without a care.

Flight is impossible for me, even levitation with the use telekinesis or aerokinesis won’t be able to make me fly.

It is being dispelled by my right hand when I’m trying to make my body float. I tried to limit it in my lower body but it became unbalanced and I ended up rotating like an unbalanced kite.

So my answer to it is to make a solid foothold with compress air molecules that would be hard enough for me to at least to step on it but this method is not perfect and wouldn’t be enough for me to keep afloat.

It’s just taking too much command for me to make use of it and it made me unable to attack while jumping around the sky.

After a few minutes of waiting in the cabin, I start hearing the engine of the train starting and the train start moving again.

 

Part 18

I’m currently underground in the former imperial palace.

The location indicated by the letter is near Heijo Palace but I didn’t expect that I would just stumbled into a ruined shacked that was used as a cover for an underground tunnel that lead directly under the former Imperial Palace.

At first I was reluctant to enter because I might end up destroying the palace. I was more worried of the result of the cave-in than my own safety. I’m strong now to survive such thing so I’m not worried for it. I just don’t want to be accounted for the destruction of a national landmark.

But by using the ability that I gained from continuously taking care of my crops, I made sure to avoid cave-in.

The ability that I gained for daily taking care of the land around my crops and garden, I gained to ability to control earth.

Geokinesis

It takes months to gain this but I’m happy to achieve it.

It takes time to get it but ones I get the ability, it’s just a matter of continues training to master it.

I still haven’t yet gained the ability to manipulate other elements aside from earth, fire and wind but I’m trying with water and electricity.

But among all, the electricity is probably the most dangerous because I’m taking damage and getting shocked by trying to touch it. Maybe I would just try to get another hobby that would make me close to electricity than actually trying to control it through livewire. I think that is a much safer choice but I liked the idea of controlling electricity. I really shouldn’t make haste in my training. Slowly but surely I’m getting stronger.

This test might also help me compare my strength to the other supernatural beings.

One year ago, I’m not confident on beating the demons that tricks the people in contracting them but now?

I’m sure I can win even if their average statuses are higher than mine.

I’m not alone now.

Continuing my walk in the dark underground hallway with the only light is the small ball of light floating around me, I ventured on until I entered a small room with a closed door.

The room is bare aside from the small table at the center of the room.

“An altar?” I come close and inspect the small altar but it has only murals about a deer?….. It’s a mural that shows a figure of a deer together with a man.

To be specific it’s a white deer and a man standing beside the deer with a depiction of storms clouds above and lightning around him.

“A god?” I don’t know the history about this place so I’m not so sure about it but there are several lightning deities in Shinto Mythologies. It would be hard to pinpoint which god it would be with only this clues.

“It looks like I would need a mythology book about Nara in the future”

I tried to look around the room but there isn’t anything here aside from an obvious enveloped which is left behind in the table…

“They aren’t really serious of sending a message using a letter right? Especially ordering me to go here just to fetch it…. why not just text me?” I don’t understand the way the elder thinks. This is not normal if you ask me. If they are trying to be secretive then I don’t think they would need to go such lengths to make it secretive, as a matter of fact. It’s more dramatic and would cause suspicion if someone is wondering in the former imperial palace. But then again, I’m just a child but it’s still not enough reason to go to such lengths.

If I’m being led here then there is a reason for me to be here.

I don’t have high impression of the elders but at least the elder with glasses shows that he is all but business, even his fake business smile said so. Manipulative person or individual tends to not make idle talk with their supposedly pawn. I learned that from different idiotic hero that had been tricked by the gods of old.

I took the letter and just as expected. It’s a mission on which I would need to go a certain place and deal with the supernatural being in the area.

It didn’t give a clue or reason on why I’m here.

After reading the letter, I placed it inside my inventory. It’s the safest place to be that I know. No one can steal there and no one will know about it.

After storing it, I began exploring the room more.

The room is bare and aside from the altar, there is nothing notable here.

The door is old and closed. I tried to open it but it looks like that its closed from the other side or by some other matter.

It’s probably not that because the letter is here and I’m supposed to stay here.

I observed more the murals in the wall.

From the altar where the deer and the man of lightning are depicted, there are small murals that are decorated in the walls. Small pictures about an imperial castle and the army of japan, together with their emperor are praying in the night sky. It also depicted that a God answered and raining lightning towards their enemies.

The thunderstorm destroyed the buildings of the enemies based and the army march to fight the army of the enemy. The emperor won thanks to the gift of the god that answered his prayer. It sends a divine sword that cuts down everything that blocks its path.

“It’s probably a legendary sword but it’s not enough. Lots of legends said the same thing”

I observed more as the emperor pacifies the neighboring lands with the sword of legends and in the end; the sword was worshiped and stored inside a shrine.

“It’s still useless because most of the legendary weapons and artifacts are being worshipped here in Japan”

I tried looking at the other side of the walls and it shown a different story.

It showed about two gods that goes and fought other gods.

It depicted that the higher gods from the heaven had ordered the two warrior gods to conquer the land.

Both are armed with legendary swords and both are powerful on their own.

The first god is connected to lightning and sea. It commands a giant catfish where it rides and cause earthquakes. It also wields a beautiful sword that is like the other sword that was given to the emperor on the other set of murals.

The second god is a sword god. It’s a warrior god that wields countless swords and even its body is made up of swords.

Together the two gods conquer the lands against other gods and eventually they even made a chief god retires his place to them.

“Hmm… this reminds me of teacher and his story about his past”

I think I got the idea of who those two gods are and why I’m send here.

The knowledge about their legends would be surely helpful in the future.

But for now, I have another mission to complete.

Part 19

“It’s cold” It’s third week of December when I’m out and investigating the area around Todaiji Temple.

The letter only has few words written in it is one week and Todaiji Temple.

It’s the same as last year but last year I’m together with the Elder. The elder didn’t do anything but at least he pointed me out on what to look for but now?

There isn’t any clue aside from the Temple itself.

I need to learn and investigate it the matter on my own.

To make it worst is that I can’t use my senses to sense the supernatural beings.

This place is saturated by supernatural powers and everywhere I go, I can feel a signal of magic being used, from the simple guard statues in the entrance to the room where the monk prays.

I didn’t even bother to enter the temple because I can feel a barrier surrounding it. I don’t know how magic works but if it didn’t prevent the visitors of the temple from entering then it doesn’t work the same as my barrier skills. It’s different and has probably different use. I really just wish that the clan will also provide materials that will let me know and understand how “magic” works.

I’m pretty much sure that I’m being used to deal with the supernatural beings and I know they don’t like me but a little help could make things a lot more easier for me to deal with the problems but no, they don’t even provide a more detailed description for the mission. This just totally made it hard for me to solve on my own.

I’m currently wearing a double layer of clothes to prevent myself to get sick because being sick in a middle of a mission would made it a lot more harder to accomplish.

The average temperature here in Nara according to the several papers that I tried to gather for this mission is around 11 – 20 degrees Celsius.

Since my body isn’t really normal but like a body in a game, I won’t necessary feel cold but by off chance that I caught an abnormal status effect while ignoring the possibilities of it, I would just ended up blaming someone or something because of my own fault.

I don’t need an irrational mind that would make me do something stupid. I was actually happy to be bless with gamer’s mind that would always force my mind to remain calm. If I’m not calm right now, I might have done something stupid that would alert my opponents.

This place is indeed a territory of a total unknown entity and a possible threat but because I can think calm, I’m not careless and reckless enough to just barge in. It saves me from triggering whatever mechanism they had imparted for the barrier.

Currently, with the current time of the year, the visitors aren’t that many but it would probably flood during New Year but then again, I can’t say for sure because I haven’t visited a temple during the event. But from what I heard, people visited the temple during such time of the year.

I’m just patrolling around and acting like a tourist visiting the lands.

Sampling some of their delicacies while asking question here and there if there is something new that just happen recently and so far, I’m not having any luck but it’s not like I’m expecting for me to be lucky because I know how bad my luck it. It’s so bad that I’m constantly in alert and using my Telekinesis everywhere to prevent anyone who might get hurt.

I’m being subtle in using telekinesis or aerokinesis to make the people around me to not suspect me but I can’t tell for the monks that work under the temple.

I noticed that some people are eyeing me since the point I step in the area.

They aren’t doing anything aside from just looking at me and being totally confused on what they are seeing.

It’s written all over their face when they saw me walking around. It’s either surprised then confusion and shock.

“I wonder what they are talking about” I mildly wonder and try to think if they will take the bait when I say it low but I made it sure that they can see me saying something. They either heard me or be an alert that I at least knew that they are talking about it.

“I wonder if they will made a move” when I say that, the monk observing me become stilled for few second and they start moving away from me.

I’ll probably need a disguise though maybe not, my age and looks aren’t really something to alert with but appearance can be deceiving. I tried to observe some more and even use scan skill every now and then but I only get hints that the monks here are connected to supernatural.

Hmm…. Thinking about Grandfather’s collection of myth works. Todaiji Temple houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha Vairocana. Is a god connected to this mission?

I know I grew stronger from my training but I don’t think it would be enough to deal with the level of god.

This is still my first day of observation. I would probably just go find myself an INN and continue my investigation tomorrow.

I’m not in a hurry and I don’t want it to become a repeat of my past mission.

I don’t want to kill someone from the same race as much as possible.

It would just turn me more of a monster than I already am.

Part 20

Day 2 of investigation.

I investigated the monks that live inside the temple.

The monks the live here belong to Kegon school of Buddhism. As a matter of fact, this temple is considered the headquarters of the school. Kegon was a Japanese side of the Huayan School of Chinese Buddhism. It was started by Roben, a scholar priest which was invited to teach the Avatamsaka Sutra at Kinshosen Temple the origin of Todai-ji temple.

Kegon started in 736 when Roben entered the temple to formally initiate the Kegon as a field of study of Buddhism in Japan. It was expanded by Roben’s disciple Jitchu but it only become popular by Myoe who combines Vajrayana and Gyonen into the teachings. As time passes by, Kegon incorporates other teachings of Buddhism like Shigon Buddhism and further developed and survive till this day and age. It even has temples overseas from what I find out.

But what do the Elders want me to do in such a place.

Talk with the monks?

Is my help even needed here?

I’m totally clueless and I’m even tempted to just enter the temple and ignore the warning bells that the barrier represents.

So far, I’m only seeing humans and I can’t actually differentiate Humans to Supernatural beings.

I can scan and look at the title or the status but the race isn’t mentioned there.

I also don’t have a convenient skill that would allow me to navigate my goal.

Even if my body and mind is like a game character, my reality isn’t like in games.

There is no map and there is no marker that would indicate my goal or a possible clue for my quest.

I also didn’t receive a quest for this mission.

If I at least received a quest then I would find out my objective but I didn’t.

I can only investigate and be prepared.

I’m also being impatient because I’m like a sore thumb here, a young kid walking around the road, alone without a guardian. Sooner or later, someone will come near me and ask questions that I can’t answer.

It would be fine if it’s only a day but if I continue to do this for a week, someone will surely notice. Especially the monks who are I’m observing the most. Some of them even notice me already and are already aware of me observing them, though they will just smile and bow at me when they saw me looking at them. They are polite bunch of people.

I just hope that I didn’t need to be in constant alert and be in constant look out for trouble. Accidents happen around me in minute’s interval. It’s even growing lesser by the minute. Telekinesis and Aerokinesis has its limit of being hidden and unnoticed by people around.

This is one of the reasons why I’m losing my calm a bit because of the trouble I’m causing.

Like cracked arcs that I force the wood to cling to each other for the time being, but it will eventually fall.

I also need stick together a broken tail of a guardian dog statue in one of the entrance.

I need to keep others from tripping themselves because of surprise! Surprise! Sudden appearance of either stone or banana peels, even though no one is eating it.

The constant rainfall is also irritating me. When I came out of cover, it will rain but if I’m trying to wait for it to stop. Then it will stop but will start raining again when I start walking around. It causes problems to the people around for the weather being unfriendly.

The falling rocks or ground trembling isn’t also helping.

My sense can only expand for one hundred meter max, so I can’t see, hear, or feel anything beyond that.

To counter such problem, I used my air and earth allied summoned beings to act as my senses.

I also set traps at various places that I can trigger for later use.

I don’t want to be caught unprepared for the unexpected that will surely to happen. If not, then I’m not seeing the reason for me to be here.

I just wish I bring my game with me…. This is boring.

“I want to play some harvest moon” I frown and retreat back to the inn.

If there is nothing to see during the day then let’s try at night.

So I returned to the inn and decided to rest the rest of the afternoon and wake up to prepare for my night adventure.

I already change my equipment for stealth mission and am readying my items for quick use of recovery.

I equipped the Lonely Hero to increase stealth and hide my identity from the world.

I also change my other equipment to boost my stealth.

For torso I equipped.

Midnight Vest – a dark blue vest with a bit loose fit so it will hide my body figure though that really didn’t help much if you’re just a kid.

+ 20% Stealth

+ 20 Transparency

+ 10 Magic Defense

+ 2 Physical Defense.

For pants

Ninja Pants – A dark blue pants where the end is tucked in by white socks.

+ 10% Stealth

+ 8 Magic Defense

+2 Physical Defense

For footwear

Boots of Silence – A dark brown leader tight fit shoes.

Unique Item

This item has special properties to silence all the noise made while walking

– 20% movement speed

+ 2 Defense

For arms

Steel Plate Gloves – it’s an ordinary item that has steel plate behind the fingerless gloves that can be used for defense.

+ 3 Defense

On my left arm I already equipped the Bracelet of Knowledge and another bangle accessory

Power Bangle – a yellow colored bangle with black outlining and a single pearl as center piece

+ 10% Power

On my left fingers are

Ring of Regeneration – a white simple ring with a circle with a star design as center piece

+25% Health regeneration

+25% Stamina Regeneration

+15% Energy Regeneration

Ring of Protection – a simple silver ring without decoration

+ 5 Defense

On my left arm a tight pouch is wrap for quick draw of recovery items. The items are instant effect type.

Red Apple Jelly x 10 – Heals 30% HP

Orange Apple Jelly x 5 – Recovers 30% EN

Blue Apple Jelly x 5 – recovers 30% STA

It’s a small jelly candy that I can eat fast and have an instant effect.

Smoke Pellets x 3 – Cost a dark gray smoke for escaping

Thin Iron Wire (20 meters)

Antidote x 2

Eye Drops x 2

Wood Talisman x 2 – Prevents instant Death

This item is my lifeline. It will save me from instant reaching of zero HP. The item will break instead of me dying if I received a death attack or a critical attack that is enough to kill me though my HP will become 1 but it’s better than dying.

I don’t have plot armor ability that will leave me alive even if my HP is already zero just so I can attack the boss enemy that is imprisoning the players. That just happens in bad fiction. In reality or in any game, this item is a real lifeline that will prevent instant game over. It’s a real life saver.

Also my clothes are all colored dark blue or dark color. It’s better color for stealth than black. The others might have a misconception that black is good for stealth. It’s not. You can easily be spotted by wearing black. Heck, you will be easily recognized if you wear a sore thumb color in the middle of a temple. I’m not some loner swordsman wannabe hero. I’m also not an idiotic ninja that will wear a kill me orange clothes. Really, I don’t understand the fuss with such characters.

With my preparation made. I start trekking my way to the temple though I didn’t even manage to get that far from the INN that I’m temporarily staying in to notice something wrong in my surrounding.

I feel supernatural beings flying in the sky.

I look up at the sky and saw crows….. Well big crows that has body of humans.

“Tengu?” is my initial assumption because they are the ones popular here in Japan that has black wings but last time I remember, Tengu’s has either mask with long nose or Bird face and not human face.

Something is amiss again and it’s probably my job to find it out.

It’s flying up fast in the sky that it’s hard for me to tail it without me being noticed.

I send out Pidgey to scout my surrounding and act as my eyes in the sky.

Pidgey is my lesser summoned ally: element air.

Lesser Summoned Being Level MAX Active: Cost 50 Energy

Bring forth beings from your personal reality and turn them into reality by sustaining their continued existence.

Effect:

Summoned Beings that reflects the user’s Ability to manipulate reality

Note:

Maximum number of summon beings active at the same time: 10.

Available:

Fire Element

Air Element

Earth Element

Cost 50 Energy per Minute to sustain the summoned being.

This skill together with Concentration, Amplify Damage and Cripple are my skills for Wisdom that reaches 50.

Wisdom tree is more on debuffs, regeneration, summons and buffs.

It’s really a game changer skill that is different from the direct offensive of Intelligence. Wisdom is more for supporting role.

While I was busy running in the alleyways and away from the open area where I can easily be spotted, I let Pidgey trail the birdman.

Pidgey is just a small size white bird with the size of 10 centimeter with around 20 centimeter wing span.

At first the Air element shows up as a form of a female girl around my age. She has a blue short hair with cute face and one piece blue with simple design dress that grows pass her knees and has a pair of fairy wings on her back.

She is cute if you define it by the dictionary meaning but I’m not sure because I don’t know the common standard but my problem is her form is too eye catching.

I immediately made a conversation with the element if she can take a different form.

At first she is hesitant but when I pointed out that she can easily be spotted if she flies by like that she denies that she can’t be seen by others. Only by the one who calls them can they be seen but I counter that I would be the one who would be disturbed by her cute form. She reddens when I pat her head even though we’re at the same height, and she silently follows my instruction of changing into pidgey.

I caught a pidgey back then when I’m playing pokemon gold when I first achieved my air element so I decided with her form as pidgey.

She relents but in the end I win the debate.

I won’t send a too eye catching being into the field. It would probably distract me because she looks far too human for me to act rationale.

It’s better for her to look like that if there is a chance that there would be a fight and if there isn’t then they can just revert back to their original. They usually stay in their human form when they stay at the house and they even play video games with me. It’s a good thing they aren’t affected by my bad luck so I don’t find them troubling to be around.

I continue my slow walk around while trying to avoid the open areas that would make me easy to be noticed and when I saw the bird like being flying and going pass the main temple and into its background. I stopped.

I don’t know what to do now. The temple is protected by magic that probably alerts the people inside of intruders. I’m not sure if the right conclusion but it’s the only one I can come up with because its not a barrier that prevents people from entering. So I can only think of a barrier that made the people know who enters the premises.

I still tried to get close as I can without being noticed or entering the barrier and when I’m just outside of the perimeter. I stopped by and hide on one of the trees’ shadow.

I let pidgey to roam and circle the sky outside of the barrier while I plan on what to do.

Pidgey will alert me if there would be another supernatural being around but I can’t actually just let her roam there. It would be suspicious to see a bird just flying around the same place again and again.

I didn’t know where the bird man landed but I remember his reading so if I can get close, I will know where he is but the problem is getting close.

“Will the barrier extend to the underground too?” That is what I’m wondering now, Usually a barrier is only place above ground and one can circumnavigate it to go underground but there are rare cases where barrier are place even underground.

“We’ll all I can do is check it to check it if it goes to underground too”

Entering the grounds near the Daibutsu-den or Great Buddha hall is impossible but some parts of the temple aren’t protected. The only protected by barrier is the important buildings. I can slip in between if I stay within the shadows of the trees that are around the area but I can’t get close to office temples or east part where a bunch of shrines are located.

I’m currently around the west area where the residential area is located though it’s a few kilometers from the residential area to the temple grounds and it isn’t really a recommended road because its deep forest but it’s a good cover for me.

The birdman had passed the bell tower where it’s still covered by the barrier and go straight near the office temple and kagami-ike pond.

The pond won’t be problem because it doesn’t have a barrier covering it but the temple office is where the monks and people usually gathers because its open for public but it’s under barrier protection with even supernatural statues around. I can’t get too close to it to risk me being caught.

I’m still wondering what’s the goal of my mission and what do I need to do but for now, I will trail the bird man.

Calling forth Nidoran, my earth element ally, she digs into the earth for us to pass through.

Nidoran was originally a human girl around my age too with a yellow one piece dress and yellow hat. She has brown braided hair and has green eyes with leaf style shoes. Unlike Pidgey who flies around. Nidoran actually walks even in human form. She glides in the earth unlike Pidgey who just fly around the house.

When we got below ten meters from the ground line, I tried to sense the magic and it’s absent around the earthen soil.

I tried to use Pidgey to guide us telepathically the area where the birdman was last spotted and we go to that direction slowly while feeling our surrounding.

Ten meters isn’t that deep but leaving a tunnel behind would be a problem. We will cover it later on after finding the intention of birdman.

It takes a while before I find the target and when we’re getting close. We stopped 90 meters away from target.

I can feel the target within 100 meters but I don’t know for the super natural being.

I can’t use scan if I’m not within range but my current scan can go up to 95 meters maximum range of scan so I’m barely within range.

When I came out of the tunnel, I choose the area below a tree so the shadow of the tree will cover me and Nidoran but I’m too far to hear what the priest and birdman is talking about.

I don’t have skills that would allow me to lip read or hear or see from this afar. I would need a teacher or a book that will describe master level skill for me to humanely possible to do this.

I can cheat my way and use supernatural ability but I also don’t have a skill for such thing. Even using Pidgey has its limit because the area is protected by a barrier. I can’t risk Pidgey of being detected.

So my only way to find a clue on what’s happening is to use it

“Scan”

 

The Fallen Angel’s Messenger

Rimuel

Level 24

HP 7800

MP 5090

A once messenger of God but was tempted by the angel of Lust to rebel against God and resulting with the God banishing their race as fallen race of angels

Status:

Strength: 23

Endurance: 18

Dexterity: 21

Agility: 24

Intelligence: 6

Wisdom: 4

Magic: 29

Luck: 4

Trait:

Fallen: Fallen has weakness against Holy based attacks

2 Winged Fallen: The number of wings signifies the strength of the angels.

Angel: Angel has resistant against Holy based Attacks

Charisma: Blessed by otherworldly beauty. They can easily temp or pursued lower rank race or beings with low mental will

Ability:

Holy: The ability to use holy element and form them based on the users will

Attack:

Holy Spear: A spear formed holy based attacked. It’s highly effect against evil race.

Quick Attack: A unique attack for messenger of god. The user doubles its speed when attacking.

Weakness:

Darkness

 

A fallen angel… the priest is just an ordinary human with a title of greedy priest. Typical human that easily tempted by material treasure of the world, though I notice that he has a status effect of “Tainted (Low)”

Does that mean that making dealings with the fallen angels is the same as demons? Though what are the differences between the two? Aren’t demons fallen angels too? What is happening?

If this is science, I can probably argue that it’s the change in evolution because a fallen angel still has the appearance and beauty of an angel but a demon had change its appearance that reflect its evil heart.

Are the fallen angels in league with the demons?

Too many questions and tailing this fallen would probably gave me the answer.

I just wish that I have a skill too that would let me hear what they are talking about.

I think of an idea but it’s a dangerous one. It has the risk of being found out but it’s better than nothing.

I ordered Pidgey to come closer bit by bit and use her ability to control wind to relay the wind vibration they are producing to talk with each other.

She comes closer within sight of the fallen and the priest but it looks like its still safe but it looks like that they aren’t talking with each other. They are not speaking but how can they talk?

To Pidgey she can’t find any noise or sound that indicates that they are communicating through it. I even use my Binoculars that I found in the mansion last year but I can’t get a clear view because they are facing the other way from where I was hiding.

This is bad… how will I found what they are talking about… is it possible through magic? It’s possible but I don’t know the full scope of magic so I can’t say. I can’t also tell if they are using magic because the fallen is saturated by magic while the area has the feel of supernatural. My senses are dulled if everywhere has the feel of magic in it.

I can’t do anything right now but wait…

Guh… swoooooooooooooon…

I started to get angry but the gamers mind already calmed my mind after the second I feel the anger. The side effect of force calming also made me forget a bit about why I’m angry or what I’m feeling and why.

So now that I’m calm enough. I can only monitor and remember the face of the fallen and the greedy priest.

The fallen has beautiful face with long black hair. He has a long black coat that stands in the night with his dark garments. He is easily spotted when he side with the greedy bald priest wearing a typical white shirt and white pants, though the priest age is probably around 20-30’s of age.

I can’t guess correctly the age of the fallen but he looks in late teens but if he is a fallen angel then he should be in hundreds to thousands of years.

I stayed there and waited for the fallen or the priest to make a move but they just stand there and afterwards, the priest gave a small piece of paper to the fallen.

That’s probably an important item and the goal of the fallen.

After receiving the paper, the fallen had given the priest a piece of paper too.

They both look at it and are probably trying to memorize on what was written in it and afterwards they burned it by using magic.

The priest had left and the fallen is the only one remaining.

The fallen is just left standing and I was nervous for a second that he might found me out but he didn’t. He just look around and a pure black wings that are invisible before had appeared on his back and he begun flapping his wings and flew in the night sky.

I ordered Pidgey to tail him again and me and Nidoran had gone back into the tunnel to go outside of the temple.

We had gone through the tunnel and I ordered Nidoran to cover the hole and I called Pidgey for direction.

Using telepathy, Pidgey replied that it had already passed the Nara park and is nearing the National Museum but its speed isn’t decreasing.

It’s going to pass the places where people would naturally pass by and would enter the wood lands.

It would be easy to track and hide there but if I got find out, I will be forced to fight my way through because it’s a place where people aren’t usually found.

After for a few minutes of flight, Pidgey notified me that the fallen had land on a hidden house in the middle of the forest near the Kasuga Taisha area. It’s still far from the roads and is in deep within the wooden forest.

The hidden house according to Pidgey isn’t big and it’s more like a small cabin where people stop by.

I tried to be silent and fast as I can to reach the designated area but it still took me sometime.

Pidgey already reported that she noticed that the fallen isn’t alone there. It has comrades. The situation is becoming bad and I don’t know how will I deal with this problem?

When I’m getting closer, I stopped from 500 meters away. I don’t want to be noticed so from here on out. I walk from tree to tree until I enter 300 meters.

From here, usually I won’t feel anything because its outside of the range of my senses but I can feel something extremely strong from where I was heading.

This is indeed becoming too difficult for me to continue. If I go too close and got caught, I don’t know if I’m strong enough to win. I have a bad feeling about this (even though it only last a second)

After getting 300 meters away, I stop walking and start crawling. I even removed my white mask and just decided to cover my face for now. I really need to repaint this mask. Even if it can hide my identity, the color of white isn’t just appealing in stealth mission.

When I reached 200 meters… I noticed that it would be the closest I can get safely.

The cabin’s area is still surrounded by trees with no clear walking path for humans to take but the place is now reeking with concentrated mana.

If I go even a meter closer, I would surely be detected.

What to do, what to do…. I don’t have any clue on what to do.

I will probably die if I estimate the battle strength of the beings there.

It’s not the same level as teacher when he is just lazing around and drinking sake while complaining about his works, but it still strong.

The concentrated mana centered inside the cabin is just too strong for me.

I have currently 151 Intelligence and 51 wisdom so I’m smart and wise enough that it’s stupid to move on. I will die. That’s for sure if I just barge in.

But there is a chance for escape.

I only planted traps in the temple. I didn’t think that the battle will occur away from the area so I’m not prepared.

I can only prepare a fast one and a sure way to escape.

I ordered Nidoran to make an emergency escape tunnel underground and set Pidgey to place the mines that I can activate remotely or if the enemy enter the area of the mine.

With concentration around, I will only need 25 seconds to fill my tank. I will turn this battlefield into my advantage.

[Rank 2] Concentration Level Max Active Cost: 50 Energy Cooldown 20 seconds

Concentrate and feel your connection to your inner world. It will easily energize the user and will leave their mind stronger after concentrating.

Effect:

Boost natural regeneration by 800%

After effects will give a temporary 25% boost on overall damage for all skill based damage for 100 seconds

Note:

One will need to enter a zen state to connect to your inner world and because of that, the user can’t move while concentrating.

This skill together with my ability from 150 Intelligence can easily make this field into death trap but I can’t let my guard down because 25 seconds is still too long and for being that can kill in matters of seconds. I’m still not sure on how long I can stay still but I will do what I can.

I won’t let them escape and I will get the answers that I need.

Hexa Core

The ability to process two tasks at the same time, it shows the benchmark of being stronger and mastering one’s ability.

Effect:

The ability to use six offensive skills at the same time without time delay between each use

The ability to put five additional commands onto another offensive skill to alter the nature of the skill

A unique command can be inputted into equation: Stop and Delay.

Grants increase of 200% regeneration of Energy

Grants increase of 75% damage deal of all Special Attack

Required:

Octa Core requires 200 INT

With the command of stop and delay, I can set a command where the effect of the command will be delay until I activated it or I set another command where if someone enters the area of effect, it will activate on itself.

It’s pretty useful addition that opens a new array of strategy for me to use.

I also called Charmander out to set mines in the ground around the cabin. I don’t know if the Fallen will fight in the ground or fly away but I won’t take chances here.

Charmander is my last of the summoned allied beings and like the others. She is also originally a little girl with crimson colored hair like mother and amber colored eyes. Her age is the same as mine and has a red colored with flame theme designed one piece dress. She is barefooted and having her walking around is bad because, she burns the wooden tiles but in Charmander form, she won’t burn the house but her tail would be easily notice by the enemies. I asked her to stop the fire on her tail for the time being and she reluctantly complied and set off to starting spreading fire trap everywhere.

I will cover my bases and won’t play fare.

I’m already grinding like crazy before but I just realize that it still not enough. I need to train for more.

I also need to find ways to cover my weakness. Being over reliant on my abilities is bad because I’m not flexible enough to deal with magical barriers. If I can use remote controlled cameras or recorders, I might found a way to gather information without actually getting near the area.

While concentrating to recover EN and set commands for my summons. I tried to feel the enemies but I’m far away to feel them.

Since 200 meters is too close for comfort. I back away to 300 meters and start trapping from 300 meters away from the cabin.

I don’t know if I’m noticed yet but I’m hoping I’m not yet detected.

My speed in regeneration while concentrating usually takes 25 seconds but I also have other boost in regeneration so it only took around 12 seconds to completely recover but it still too long for real battle and when danger is around. It’s stupid to stay a sit around.

Brain Capacitor

A highly charge brain that can react and issue commands fast in any given situation. It speeds up the processing power of the brain to easily react in any given time

Effect:

Current conversation is 1 second – 250 seconds

Increase Resistant to Supernatural Damage by 25%

Increase Elemental Damage of Special attack by 25%

Increase Regeneration of Energy by 100%

Note:

Brain Charger requires 100 WIS

It took ten minutes before someone came out of the cabin and the first one that came out is the messenger fallen that I tailed behind. I ordered Nidoran and Pidgey to intercept the fallen and capture it. Nidoran with the control of earth would be ideal for subjugation and Pidgey can bring the bird down.

I only need Charmander by my side to burn everything around.

It took a