Chapter 1 – Fierce Battle of Souls
In a different space, I was facing the other me, my alter ego.
“I’ll bring it out in the fight. The power that’s dormant in you. Now, come.”
The alter ego with silver hair and dark skin, looking like a dark elf, smiled as he spoke.
I felt as if I was facing Redone instead of myself.
I regained my grip on my Milfa and looked at my alter ego.
How strong is this thing?
If it’s my alter ego, does it have the same abilities as me?
“I’ll tell you what, I’m going to kill you for real. If you’re not careful.”
The alter ego kicks the ground and closes the gap.
“Dodge this or die.”
Then, the short black sword that he raised emitted a flash of light.
“Limit Break──Brash Blade!”
“This is ……he has the same magic sword technique as me, huh.”
“Physical Reinforcement II”
I strengthened my physical abilities and immediately took a backstep, dodging the blow my alter ego unleashed with a paper-thin gap.
The magic sword technique exploded in the spot where I have just been.
It seems to be as powerful as my magic sword technique, judging from the shockwaves blasting through the air.
(So his specs are at least on the same level as mine.)
“What’s wrong? You have the same power as this, you know?”
My alter ego grinned.
“Now then, show me what you’ve got……Physical Reinforcement II”
The alter ego also activated the same level of body enhancement.
Then, he closes the distance with super speed and slashes at me with his black sword.
I managed to survive the blow, but it was so heavy that I was pushed back.
Numbness lingered in both my arms that held the sword.
This guy is serious, just like he said.
He’s really trying to fight me and kill me.
I can feel his killing intent that seems to warp the atmosphere.
“In that case, I’ll…”
We moved at the same time.
We ran and jumped with maneuvers that exceeded the speed of sound, looking for an opening.
We continued to fight like this for ten, twenty, thirty……it was an almost endless sword exchange.
“Wow, you can activate it for a very long time. That stage of physical enhancement.”
My alter ego nodded in admiration.
Now that he mentioned it, I just realized. If yo u ar e a ble to rea d thi s m ess age, y ou ar e rea di ng fro m an una ut hor ized agg re gate si te. Re ad at my Wo rdP ress to sup por t me and my tra ns lat ions.
“I’m……less tired than usual?”
“Magic is based on the power of the heart. Therefore, your heart must have developed and became more powerful than before.”
“Power of the heart…….”
While I was mumbling, I made a cleave with my sword.
My alter ego receives it with no problem.
Remembering the Crimson Emperor Beheading Moves that Mary had taught me, I continued to unleash my strikes.
And my alter ego blocked every one of them with the same techniques.
It’s all the same.
Whether it’s power, skill, magic, swordplay, maybe even the combat experience accumulated.
“Yeah, we’re the same thing. All the same specs.”
My alter ego replies to my mumbling.
“Except… there is one crucial difference.”
──A roar came.
Suddenly, a black flame-like substance burst from the alter ego’s entire body.
It was only pressure from a shockwave, but it already made me retreat.
“I have a power that you don’t have── or, more accurately, the power you’ve cast aside and forgotten.”
Forgotten? What do you mean──
“It’s time for the final phase.”
After that, my alter ego raised his black sword above him and shouted.
“Physical Reinforcement III!”
But after showing an incredible power, the alter ego……stopped, as if it was waiting for me to do the same.
“Milfa, I need it.”
I called out to my partner, the little sword.
He said, “You have a power that I don’t have.”
But this third release is a power that I have learned already.
In that case, then he must have an even more profound method of doing it.
But if I don’t counter the third release of my alter ego first, I won’t be able to fend off his further techniques. Th is ch ap ter t rans lat ion is ma de poss ib le by st ab bing wit h a sy rin ge tr ansla tio ns. chec k u p-t o-da te tran slati ons on my Word pre ss si te.
“If we hesitate here, we’ll lose.”
Milfa’s worries are not misplaced.
After all, using this skill takes a massive toll on my body.
In other words, the third release is not a technique that I have fully mastered yet.
“……I understand. I’ll follow your wishes.”
Milfa announced softly, and the blade of her sword glowed brightly.
“Physical Reinforcement III──Over Drive!”
A lightning-like spark burst from my entire body, and the aura covering me from my earlier Physical Reinforcement started to flicker like flames.
Such power that erupted from the depths of my body was beyond anything I had ever felt before.
I felt a dull ache run through my body.
But it wasn’t as intense as when I did it the first time.
Still, the fact that I can only use this for a certain amount of time is unchanged.
I kicked the ground and rushed forward, and the sound of the air creaking could be heard from behind.
The alter ego lunged at supersonic speed as well.
The alter ego unleashed a slash of godly speed that looked like a black line of light, but I repelled it with the same slash.
Then, I counterattacked with another slash.
But he flips his black sword and repels it as well.
“Good. The rate of manifestation of your strongest power is increasing. Try a stronger, heavier, and sharper blow next!”
I pushed myself further against the beckoning alter ego.
Countless golden and jet-black slashes clashed against each other, filling the silent space with high-pitched metallic sounds.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of such sword fights had taken place in a single spot.
Then, we fell back as if we both have been hit.
The distance between us was about ten meters, a distance that the current me could cover in a single breath.
And I’m sure it’s the same for my alter ego as well.
We stared at each other in silence for a while.
The air became tense.
I could feel my concentration rising.
Then, the time for making the decision – arrived.