Chapter 5 – Onslaught
“Whew, that was a close one, but …… with this, she’s my puppet now.”
Behind Claudia, Jarvice stood up.
The limbs that had been cut off earlier were already regenerating at super-speed.
“Now then, my new Claudia. Let’s kill them all. Oh, and leave the elf boy alive, of course.”
The old woman winked at me with a snap.
“You really have the best luck with women, Master Lian.”
“……this is luck to you?”
As Milfa’s tone this time is not a joke but a serious one, I couldn’t help but mutter back.
“You got to be kidding me! I want Claudia back!”
“Hmmm, let’s see what we got this time. A body this young but with so much fighting power, she’ll be very good as a valuable pawn. In addition, she’s beautiful, and her breasts are……well, not really sufficient, but still modest enough. Kukuku.”
Claudia made a gesture of lifting her own chest with her hands and laughed – in the voice of the old demoness.
“So, how will it be, beautiful boy and his companions? Why don’t you try and break my control with force? Seeing that’s all you can do.”
“You don’t need to tell us that!”
Shouting, Mary kicked the ground first.
Her body got enveloped in a pale red and blue light, then she accelerated at a speed that is already enough to leave afterimages behind.
It might even be as fast as me with my physically reinforced body.
“It’s our Support Magic. Our mana has yet to recover completely, but if it’s this much…”
“We made use of our remaining mana to increase Rosemary’s muscular strength, endurance, dynamic vision, and reflexes……to the limit she could bear.”
In a posture with their right hand outstretched, Mina and Ingrid each announced.
In the palm of their outstretched hands, there is a faint glow of magic power coming out.
I see, the combination of the three of them created an effect that is already equivalent to my Physical Reinforcement.
Meanwhile, Mary, who rushed forward with the force of an arrow, has already closed in on Claudia.
“If we only suppress her combat abilities──”
She laid down her sword blade and unleashed a strike from above, only for a metallic sound to resonate in the pit of our stomachs. This chapter translation is made possible by stabbing with a syringe translations. check up-to-date translations only at this site.
The large sword that Mary swung down was easily caught by Claudia’s twin swords.
“It’s true that your speed and strength are beyond human limits. But you’re not the only one who’s pushing the limits here.”
As soon as she said it, Claudia swung her twin swords carelessly.
Despite that, the speed of the slash was double of Mary’s just now.
Mary hurriedly leaped back to avoid the incoming sword, preventing it from touching her body only by a hair’s breadth.
But that instance was enough to reverse the offense and defense of the two.
Mary did her best to catch and surpass her opponent’s slashes, but despite the one being controlled, it was Claudia who had a relaxed expression on her face.
Moreover, the speed of her slashes increased with each strike, as if she was testing to see how far Mary could take it.
It’s as if she was torturing her……
“Is this the difference between her and me? My sword is larger, but her slashes are faster and way heavier…”
Mary’s face twisted in despair as she was slowly pushed back into the cave.
“This is the end of the line for you!”
With a sneer, Claudia’s twin swords were swung down in an X-shape.
A sound of creaking metal rang out, and Mary’s greatsword was severed from its base, and the blade flew through the air.
With the momentum of the slash being too great for her, Mary was blown away right in front of me.
“A-are you okay, Mary!?”
“Cough, cough……if I hadn’t caught that last hit with my sword to the last minute, I would have been cleaved into two right now.”
Apparently, she had only received some external bruises from being knocked down, much to my relief.
However, the exchange of words just now had drained most of her strength, and she had also lost her weapon.
Mary can’t fight anymore.
I’m sure that Mina and Ingrid had also lost a lot of their magic power in that exchange.
“Did I miss the kill? It’s a shame, because it’s my pleasure to slice through a young, beautiful maiden like you.”
Claudia gave a brutal smile.
No, it was not the same Claudia that I knew, who enjoyed battles with great relish.
It’s just an evil demon that enjoys killing his prey.
“You need to rest. I’ll take care of the rest.”
I said, and I walked towards “Claudia.”
“…… By the way, Milfa. You’re sure Claudia isn’t using some kind of body enhancement technique?”
Let’s check her out before we fight.
“I’m not detecting any magical activation. It’s just her natural athletic ability.”
“Isn’t that almost inhuman, that power and speed?”
I made a retort, but inside, I was a little surprised at myself for being able to talk so lightly even before a life-threatening battle.
I wonder if I’ve gotten a little used to it, or it’s just my skill and constitution as a native in this world?
“Oh, so you’re next? Don’t worry, boy. I’m going to leave your beautiful face unharmed and keep it with me all the time. As for the rest of your body……kukuku.”
Claudia faced me and lightly licked her lips with her peach-colored tongue.
The atmosphere she’s giving was so lustrous that it made my back tingle, even in this situation.
“Though this is not the way we have agreed on, but I’ll be your opponent this time, Claudia.”
I looked straight at her.
“Wait for me. For help is coming to you now.”
And thus, the battle between Claudia and me began.
Two swords, three swords, four swords, five swords… Claudia dexterously manipulated multiple swords and rained down slashes at my own.
And unlike last time, Claudia attacked with blades covered in fire, lightning, and whirlwind.
If I remember, she said that she took it easy on me the last time.
In that case, then this is the real deal – the authentic Claudia’s sword that aims only to defeat the opponent in front of her.
Using my enhanced muscle strength to wield my short sword, I blew away the flames, wind, and thunder of my opponent’s sword with my magic sword skills. With this, I was able to manage fending off the worst parts.
Perhaps it was because I had become accustomed to the strengthening of my dynamic eyesight, or maybe it was because I had memorized the strategy of her sword skills from the previous battle, but somehow I was able to see through my opponent’s attacks much easier than we first fought.
However, there was still a massive gap between her and me in terms of sword skills.
I don’t think any half-baked magic sword techniques would work here.
On the other hand, if I go all out, I might end up killing her, or worse, this place will collapse, and we’ll all be buried alive.
What should I do…
Suddenly, Claudia’s tone changed.
It’s not the old woman’s voice but her own.
“I’ve ── always wanted to have a match like this.”
Could it be that she’s regained consciousness?
… No, it’s different.
From time to time, Claudia raises her eyebrows to show her anguish.
Maybe her strong will is rebounding from the demon’s control just at this moment.
And – perhaps – it will not last long. If you are reading this message, you are reading from an unauthorized aggregate site. Read at my WordPress to support me and my translations.
“From a young age, I was hailed as a genius with the sword. But it became boring soon enough. I became too strong. There was no one around me who I could really wield a sword against my own.”
“Was it because I was too complacent that I was caught off guard? I don’t know, but still, what I had hoped for a long time has now been fulfilled. With this, I have no regrets.”
“Now, come at me, and don’t hold back ──guh, uuuuuuugh.”
As she was about to say this, Claudia scratched her chest over her armor.
“Phew……to think there existed humans who could repel my controller. Really, some existences are so outrageous. Kukuku.”
The old woman’s tone of voice returned, and ‘Claudia’ laughed.
“Time to end this showdown, boy~.”
“Don’t worry, Claudia. I’m gonna win, and I’m gonna get you back on track.”
I still called out to her, despite the fact that she was probably already unconscious.
“Unfortunately, that’s impossible for you now. I won’t go easy on you this time.”
The old woman’s voice had a hint of anger in it, probably from the humiliation of having her dominion broken by a human, even if only for a moment.
She looked at me with eyes full of murderous intent.
Based on her speech, what she is about to unleash would be her all-out attack.
This will probably be the greatest skill of Claudia, who was renowned as the S Class 3rd ranked” Seven Sword . “
“Edge Five – Abyss.”
At that moment.
A dazzling flash of light filled my vision.