after I teleport myself back at the inn I went out for exploration and sightseeing.
The inner wall is mostly occupied by mansions of the nobles and the wealthy, while the shops are only located on the side of the main street leading to the castle.
When i arrived at the inner wall, i got off the carriage and started taking a stroll around the luxury shops.
"This is the shop who sells the high class armor for the knights. The shop doesn't only have metal armor. Sometimes they have magic armor available. You'd need dozens of gold coin for that~"
"This one here is the largest jewelry shop around. Especially their service for ruby and sapphire is the best in the kingdom. As for commoners, I recommend Liz jewelry across the street."
"If you want robes tailored, then this shop is good. Although it had been on the wane for a bit; last year, after the son who come back from the royal capital succeeded the shop, it became awfully popular. Since 1 article cost around 2-3 gold coin, commoners don't come here but it may be a good idea for merchants who just got a big job to order here to increase their prestige."
Although luxurious looking horse-carriages come and go from the castle to the plaza, the traffic is relatively sparse for our carriage to stop on the road.
"This is the most popular open terrace shop for sweets and tea among women in Seyrlyu city."
my throat has dried up, since im here already let's take a break there."
I was a bit prepared for it, but a set of tea and sweets are only 1 silver coin. Isn't that cheap? That was what I thought, but considering that amount will let you stay for 5 days in a high class inn, it's probably quite expensive for the general public.
Even though it's an open terrace cafe, they put stylish marble tables there. The teacup and the pot look expensive too.
The tea tastes like an Assam tea. It doesn't seem like they put sugar and milk though.
In exchange, they serve it along with sweet baked cookies. It seems that you eat it with cottage cheese or jam spread.
Is this that desirable? When I look at the girls in the surroundings, everyone is eating something that looks like hotcakes full of honey cream.
So I called the waiter and asked for two serving of the hotcakes. It's 3 silver coins.
It's certainly delicious... Particularly the charming happy expression from my face!
Such peaceful afternoon tea time did not last long...
Initially, a big shadow passes through the plaza.
Followed by deep bass screams.
Crossing the plaza, a gigantic fireball pierces into the castle.
One spire crumbles forward.
After the cloud of dust and the sound from the collapsed spire expire, the people who were frozen in the plaza restarted. Screams arise, soldiers urge them to take shelter in angry voice.
The four armed demon float in the plaza while spreading his black wings. he has a humanoid demon and has a scary face too.
"Is there a custom for a demon to come play in the afternoon in this town?"
"There is no such thing! Quickly, let's escape!" some of the people answered then run away.
>[Nonchalant Skill Acquired]
I said something foolish.
Though it's shameful, I look at the situation around me to incite me to act. Somehow I can't digest the acquired information very well. As if my body is moving separately from my head.
When the second fireball crosses through the rampart to the castle wall, a semi-transparent blue barrier stretched in the sky, and the fireball stopped.
Just before the barrier set, groups of knights and magicians come out of the castle wall.
Besiege him! Why don't you guys utilize the castle's defense?
For someone so pathetic he can't even get up off his chair, I cursed at the knights. Even though I got knowledge about battle only from manga and games..... but this is too early to happen.
The demon lands on a flower bed in the center of the plaza. He deliberately choose to fight on the ground instead of in the sky with its advantage.
The heavy infantries in the back let loose a rain of arrows. Sounding like violent rainfall, the plaza is pierced. Unfortunately every arrow that hit the black body of the demon is repelled.
5 cavalry knights holding lances on their left hand line up to assault the demon together. The demon exhales purple breath from his mouth towards the knights. Is that a poisonous breath? The face of the knights and the horse who got direct hits look pretty terrible. The knights who lose their vigor fell off their mounts and got kicked by the demon, flying to their companions.
From the opposite side of those knights, another 5 cavalry rush forward!
Although the first two knights got mowed down by the demon's tail, the other 3 who was late successfully impaled the demon's body with their lance.
The knights who got mowed down by the tail stand up, and strike the demon with their swords.
The demon parries the knights' attack with his claws and roars!
Debris and little rocks rise and swirl around the center of the demon's jet black body, the swirling speed gradually increase...
A chilling premonition crawls up my spine!
I lift my body off the chair. I thought of escaping.
There is no time. Escape is impossible.
I pulled down myself from the chair, and direct the thick marble desk toward the demon as a shield.
I couldn't see it from my position, but at this time, the demon unleash shockwaves of vacuum blades in all directions.
It was close but I managed to hold behind the marble desk.
Heavy impact shock the desk. Part of the marble was blown off from the vacuum blade. The view from the open terrace becomes tragic.
The shops surrounding the plaza are either partially or completely destroyed. One is even struck with a small carriage terribly.
I took a sidelong glance at the demon who began to walk toward the soldiers who were struck with the shockwave, and leave the plaza.
I run like the wind toward the main street.
The people who are evacuating are hustling to the inner wall, it's a dangerous situation.
I turn down a side street before arriving at a packed crowd. Since both my hands are occupied, I operated the menu with thought and raise the [3D Maneuver] and [Jump] skill to level 10.
Approaching the inner wall, I found a big building. Jumping while alternating between the inner wall and the building's wall like a ninja in manga, I cross over the inner wall.
>[Retreat Skill Acquired]
When I check the map, it seems that here is the verge of the east town.
I rely on the memory from yesterday, and take out a certain item from the storage while running.
this demon was different but meh. I'll just have to wait for satou? or I will subdue that demon myself.
after some time of thinking this over and over I finally decided to just kill this demon because this demon was not on the Anime or Manga at all. this will definitely ruined the Plot. amd I don't want that to happen. if this continues the one eyed demon might join the fun.
I came to the rooftop of a building where the plaza can be seen.
From there I could see the demon and dozens of soldiers encircling it. Furthermore, the soldiers from the gate are protecting magicians behind them.
Maybe the knights are seeing a chance for assault, the cavalries joined into formation with the soldiers in the back.
The demon became the victim of the spear thrusts and arrows by the soldiers from the back.
Apparently the demon is playing around.
The assaults didn't do anything, he catches the soldiers who attack him and seems to enjoy breaking their bones.
If the demon is the same existence as the ancient one, the soldiers probably taste terrifying fear and anger from seeing their friends killed.
"Now then, it's good that I'm back, but there is no room to intervene in close combat."
My appearance differs from what I wore earlier, now donning a worn-out cloak with a hood. Since I know that it'll get dirty anyway, I don't wear the expensive one.
I take out the magic gun from my storage. It's not the handgun type, but the one that resemble rifle with big scope.
The demon moves around 300 meter away, so it's hard to take aim.
Right at the time when the soldiers pull away, the magicians cast magic that buries the lower half of the demon's body in the ground.
I pull the trigger on this good opportunity while the demon is unable to move.
Apparently I was too tense when I pulled the trigger the line of fire came down a bit.
Fortunately I did not accidentally shoot the soldier.
The demon continuously got hit by fire and lightning magic, but encircled by a barrier, he doesn't seem to take any damage.
The moment the demon stopped moving I rapidly fire the magic gun, set at the lowest setting.
The third shot finally hit! Beside the demon a gauge appeared and decreased by a little bit.
>[Shooting Skill Acquired]
>[Aiming Skill Acquired]
>[Sniping Skill Acquired]
In the corner of my view, the small log window displays messages for acquiring skill. well i already have those thought...
Looking away was a bad move. Without any time to avoid, a lightning bolt sent by the demon hit me. After hitting me hard the lightning struck the foothold I'm on. The roof of the building got destroyed.
>[Lightning Magic: Demon Skill Acquired]
>[Lightning Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Paralyze Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Pain Tolerance Skill Acquired]
"Ouch ouch, my hands and feet are tingling."
If I had to say, it feels like the numbness you got after doing seiza. When I look at my own HP gauge, I've received 1 point of damage.
Come to think of it, I haven't checked the level of the demon...
I lament for a moment.
"How temperamental is that thing?"
For the time being, let's quickly look at the important things. Demon tribe, level 67, [Lightning Magic: Demon], [Wind Magic: Demon], [Darkness Magic: Demon], [Fighting], [Flight] skills.
I push aside the building's wreckage. It doesn't seem like I'm being pursued.
>[Self-Healing Skill Acquired]
When I see my HP bar, before I noticed, it has been recovered. Natural healing huh?
I move toward other building from the back alley.
I assigned skill point for [Pain Tolerance], [Lightning Resistance], [Paralyze Resistance], [Shooting] and [Self-Healing] while moving.
I found a 3 story building 100 meters away from the earlier one. I jump over the wall and onto the roof.
Since the soldiers surrounding the demon has decreased to less than half, the methods to attack the demon increased for me.
I take out bow & arrow from the storage and aim at the demon. I have never used a bow until now, but thanks to the sniping and shooting skills earlier, I somehow understand the aim.
"Aim and shoot!"
I take a good aim, the moment when the demon stopped... shoot.
The hand which pulled the bowstring hurt.
After that, no matter how many I shoot, none hit. Even though I understand how to shoot the bow, there is no result.
The enclosing soldiers have become considerably sparse.
I discovered a route where I could get close to the demon discreetly, after marking the map I drop down from the roof.
I equipped the scale tribe's spear.
If I knew this would happen I'd have gotten leather armor tailored.
Holding the spear with both hands, I hide in the shadows.
>[Spy Skill Acquired]
Since I got a skill that looks useful, I immediately allocate skill points to it.
There are several overturned big carriages on the way to the demon. I head there.
When I invoke the spy skill, my footsteps disappear. Maybe it's just my imagination.
The demon's roar can be heard and the knights got hit by lightning.
That roar seems to be a spellcasting procedure. similar to incantations.
When the demon's attention wanders off, I shorten the distance and thrust the spear from behind!
With that kind of unpleasant sound, the sensation of tearing real flesh is transferred to my hand.
Me being a chicken, unintentionally separate my hand from the spear. even thou when I have the Unimaginable System and it's Status. I didn't feel shit, but now that those things were sealed I kinda feel uneasy.
My hands and legs are trembling.
The demon's tail strikes the unmoving me from a blind spot, sending me flying 3 meters away. I stopped at the carriage wreckages after rolling on the ground.
>[Surprise Attack Skill Acquired]
>[Spear Skill Acquired]
>[Shock Resistance Skill Acquired]
My HP is only reduced by 1 point. However, I don't know whether this is because of excitement or fear from my first close quarter combat, my trembling limbs don't stop.
Fortunately the demon turned his attention to the knights who restarted their assault, I take a deep breath many times.
The trembling subside for a little.
>[Fear Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Reckless Courage Skill Acquired]
I equip a small sword and shield made from bronze in the shadow of the wreckages. I left the sword in the scabbard and put it on my waist belt. Usually one would use metal fixture or special belt to hold it but it can't be helped since I don't have it. Let's buy it later.
I also prepare a small bow with an arrow. It's an arrow with a bone arrowhead. The demon is only a little over 10 meters away but I still don't think I'd hit.
The demon lifted an attacking soldier and threw him at the knights.
I match the timing to his throwing and dash closer. Shooting the arrow at zero distance unnoticed.
>[Bow Skill Acquired]
I discard the bow immediately, and slash the demon the moment I unsheathed the sword.
The small sword broke. To break bronze in one hit...
>[Iai Skill Acquired]
>[One-Handed Sword Skill Acquired]
While cursing with incomprehensible words the demon attacked with poisonous claws.
I promptly decide to receive the attack with the shield but it's also coming from the other side, the judgment come in the spur of the moment, using the broken sword to guard.
Of course, such thing can't defend the attack and breaks in a single blow from the poisonous claw.
>[Demon Language Skill Acquired]
>[Poison Resistance Skill Acquired]
I wanted to immediately enable the poison resistance skill, but there is no leeway to operate the menu in battlefield.
I prevent the poisonous claw coming from the opposite side with the shield, and throw the grip I have in my hand to the demon.
>[Shield Skill Acquired]
>[Throwing Skill Acquired]
While trying to take out a weapon from the shadow of my mantle, I neglected my guard, tumbled by the demon's tail I rolled over.
Furthermore his foot tramples in pursuit.
Fumu! Fumu! Fumu! Fumu! 4 waves of stomping consecutively come, my body finally breaks away from the loop on the 4th attack.
>[Evasion Skill Acquired]
Kicking the ground with strange posture I take a distance from the demon.
Finally gaining time, I allocated skill points to [Evasion], [Shield], [Poison Resistance], [Shock Resistance] one by one.
Covered by the mantle, I retrieve a dagger and a firewood club from the storage. I slip the dagger on my belt, and hold the club.
Somehow I got the feeling that a look of ridicule is floated on the face of the demon.
I wonder if demon has self-healing ability, his HP is recovering. There is no such skill in his skill column, is it a specific race characteristic?
From the corner of my view I saw the knights readying for the next assault.
I carefully measure the distance while preparing the club.
Ignoring the knights assault, the demon keep his attention here.
I leap and strike the club at the demon's bust. It break when it contact the black body of the demon.
I defend from the demon's poisonous claws with the shield, avoid the tail sweep with minimum movement and jump.
I slash with the dagger. The demon couldn't avoid it but is somehow able to parry with his claws.
>[One-Handed Staff Skill Acquired]
>[Dagger Skill Acquired]
>[Parry Skill Acquired]
The knights begin to run towards us, when they reach the middle of the plaza, I stagger the demon by ramming my shield into it.
>[Shield Bash Skill Acquired]
The knights attack once then withdraw, then another one does the same, thrusting his lance and withdrawing.
>[Cooperation Skill Acquired]
From the 4 man formation, the last one fails to withdraw due to the demon's tail attack. Both the horse and the man topple over.
I kicked at the demon who tried to finish the knight from the flank!
>[Kicking Skill Acquired]
I picked up a spear with broken tip near my foot fallen from the soldier and put back the dagger in the scabbard. As expected, a dagger's reach is too short so it's easy to parry, it's troublesome.
I elude the demon by using the spear with a broken tip to gain time so that the knights and soldiers who have fallen from their horses can withdraw.
While parrying I also strike some part of the demon's feet, sometime hitting the arms carefully as not to make this into unilateral defensive battle.
>[Two-Handed Staff Skill Acquired]
The spear finally broke after becoming a prey of the poisonous claws.
The demon's eyes are shining!
Because I have a bad feeling about that I raised the shield and put my whole body in the shadow of my mantle. It's probably some kind of evil gaze attack. Is it charm, paralyze or petrification?
The mantle and the shields turned into stone!
...I endured it somehow, only the mantle and shield got sacrificed.
It might have been dangerous if I moved a bit later.
>[Petrification Resistance Skill Acquired]
Since nearing the demon might mean getting petrified, before he comes I allocate skill points to [Parry], [Petrification Resistance].
Petrification attacks might not be exclusive to demons alone...
and I'm having fun doing this long fight , back at the days I always killed all my enemies instantly. so I decided to go easy on this one I have tons of magic spells and weapons but let's make this fight a little more fun. (even though many people died and got hurt around the plaza.)
the mantle, I activate many skills but...
I didn't expect for it to cause a situation like that!
I take out a two-handed sword from the shadow of my mantle.
At the same time, the magicians begin their counterattack, after waiting behind their formation.
Fireball, Firestorm, Wind Blade, Lightning. 3 systematic magics assault the demon one after another, and it also lands on me who is seemingly petrified near the demon.
Furthermore, more attacks come after a bit. Stone Bullet, Sandstorm, Water Ball, Snowstorm.
The last one to arrive is simply a pillar of light piercing through heaven.
>[Fire Magic Skill Acquired]
>[Wind Magic Skill Acquired]
>[Lightning Magic Skill Acquired]
>[Fire Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Wind Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Earth Magic Skill Acquired]
>[Water Magic Skill Acquired]
>[Ice Magic Skill Acquired]
>[Earth Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Water Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Ice Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Light Magic Skill Acquired]
>[Light Resistance Skill Acquired]
The log flowed at a great speed.
Maybe because of my level the damage isn't much, but unpleasant things are unpleasant.
The demon seems to think the same, and returned lightning magic to the magicians lot.
Probably predicting it, the magicians defended with a barrier before the lightning hit.
Already breaking apart from the magic earlier, I shatter the petrified mantle and shield.
Being a bit away from the demon, I stand up and immediately jump to close the distance. Aiming at the demon's head I swing the two-handed sword.
Since the demon tilted his head, the full attack did not connect, but I succeeded in cutting one of his horn.
>[Two-Handed Sword Skill Acquired]
>[Helm Splitter Skill Acquired]
>[Air Battle Skill Acquired]
>[Weapon Destruction Skill Acquired]
The soldiers are looking over here while saying something.
They're probably surprised that someone who just got shot by barrages of magic could calmly fight.
With my disheveled long Red hair swaying on the back and the Dark mask reflecting the sunlight, I face the demon.
I thought that a hooded mantle would suffice, but it was a good decision to prepare additional disguises as an insurance. I cannot simply allow my true identity known by any anyone.
After receiving that much concentrated fire the demon finally suffered about 20% damage.
I bear the two-handed sword to on my shoulder. I have no problem wielding it, but it's hard to balance my body due to the weight. It's good that I become this and all, but since my body also became lighter it might be a minus in a battle.
For now, the demon is too close to the magicians' base. If I don't somehow lead it away from the plaza…
I don't want you to misunderstand me, this is not because some sort of heroism of not wanting any victims. The reason is quite selfish; they do damage the demon, however small it is, so it's troubling if they're all annihilated.
The demon attacks during the gap where my thoughts derailed. Dashing on the ground, the poisonous claws rushed towards me!
Even if tried to shake the demon off with the two-handed sword, it boldly closed the distance not letting me get away.
I throw the two-handed sword at the demon to elude the poisonous claws, taking out a hatchet from the mantle and use it to cut the demon.
Because the hatchet stuck deeper than I thought, I left it there and avoided the demon's counter.
>[One-Handed Axe Skill Acquired]
While empty-handed, I'm exchanging blow with the demon while retreating.
Sometimes, I pick up weapons dropped by the soldiers on the ground to add onto the attack. Since I haven't activate physical attack related skills, the damage I'm doing is small.
Should I break the deadlock soon?
Most knights have wounds all over the body, only a few of them are unhurt. There aren't any useless shots from the magicians either, seems that they ran out of magic power.
Seemingly, it's not only me who thinks so, from the castle gate several horses come out pulling a cannon.
I position myself to divert the demon's attention from the gate until the cannon finished setting up.
When I get near the wreckages I draw the demon's attention, behind the wreckages, I switch my weapon. I put a blacksmith's hammer onto my waist, and wield a two-handed axe and a sledgehammer in each hand.
It's not really practical but thanks to my maxed STR, I can wield it just fine. Maybe because I look ferocious, the demon's expression become unpleasant.
I jump from behind the carriage. First let's strike with the sledgehammer!
The demon guarded to the right with both hands but without minding it I slashed from the opposite side with the two-handed axe.
The axe cut through, and the arm fell!
...I remember, from some manga, about an episode of an arm that had been separated from the body attacking independently. Let's pay attention to that arm...
>[Two-Handed Axe Skill Acquired]
>[Two-Handed Hammer Skill Acquired]
>[Dual Wielding Skill Acquired]
>[Herculean Strength Skill Acquired]
Though it's a different story with a surprise attack, after all fighting using a sledgehammer with one hand is difficult, I fight single mindedly with the two-handed axe.
The cannon still isn't prepared yet.
The demon inhale greatly.
I close the distance. But, that was a bad move.
The demon let out an acid breath!
Even though I've seen it once! I completely forgot that it has this kind of attack!
I guarded with the axe which immediately broke, the wig and the robe got terribly burnt.
"Ouch, ouch, ouch!"
I go to the nearest cover, throw off the robe behind the bronze statue, and wear a new mantle. I wore commoner clothes underneath the robe yet there's also a large hole in it too.
If the surface area of the axe wasn't big, my face would have burned...
>[Decay Resistance Skill Acquired]
>[Quick Dressing Skill Acquired]
I allocate [Decay Resistance] and [Quick Dressing] with skill points.
I wonder what the variety for skills are, I want a wiki.
Since the axe is no longer usable as a weapon, I throw it away; I try to strike once with the blacksmith hammer from my waist. Since it didn't seem very effective, I put it back when I got the skill.
>[One-Handed Hammer Skill Acquired]
>[Blacksmith Skill Acquired]
I think blacksmithing is quite different to this...
Meanwhile, the cannon installation is complete, but it seems that it will require some time before it could fire.
I pick up the sledgehammer which I discarded earlier.
Of course the demon doesn't let up his attacks, but whether it's because of the avoid skill, or because I'm getting used to fighting, I've reached the point where I have some margins in this fight.
I should end this soon...
I allocate skill points to [One-Handed Sword].
The cannon seems to be ready to fire. Magicians on both side of the cannon begin to to cast spells.
The demon seems to be really worried about the cannon. Its putting up an air.
The demon charges toward the cannon during the gap when I avoided its tail attack!
I discard the heavy sledgehammer, and pick up a sword lying on the way while chasing the demon.
The demon, with agility belying that huge body, jumps over multiple soldiers who block the way.
The light soldier with spears immediately cover but they become prey to the poisonous claw.
But the demon stopped.
Just like the demon, I jump over the soldiers and cut one wing off the demon, then I pierce the sword to its leg and stitch it to the ground. After getting the sword skill, I could understand the principle of swordsmanship. The demon only has 30% remaining on its HP gauge.
Furthermore, I pull the only remaining arm of the demon to the ground.
I intersect the demon's arm to its leg, and with my free hand pick a spear left by the killed soldiers earlier to use it to crucify the demon on the ground.
>[Fighting Skill Acquired]
>[Capture Skill Acquired]
I look at the a person who looks like a commander besides the cannon who's measuring the timing to shoot the cannon.
I fix the demon with another spear, and nodded there.
The commander swing down his arm, at the same time, I jump off from the line of fire.
The cannon shoots out a buckshot and innumerable wound appear on the demon's. Moreover, as a final blow, a magic combo like earlier struck.
I wonder if the cannon can't shoot multiple rounds, it didn't finish the dying demon. The magicians probably don't have enough magic power either, only three people cast spells.
I could end it if I run there with the sword but let's give the honor of ending the demon's life to those guys. Like I said earlier, this is not out of goodwill; even if the opponent is a demon, I don't like killing with my own hand. It's really stupid, but I'm from society unrelated to violence since a long time ago... Even though I eat meat and fish, I shirk on killing.
Putting that aside...
The demon used the tattered hand freed from the stitch to lift up its body from the ground, raised a roar and destroyed the cannon with lightning magic. Is there no one who could use a barrier anymore?!
Then the slightly late magicians use magic to shave the little of the demon's strength (HP).
Furthermore, the knights get off their horses and sidle up to the demon with their long swords ready.
...It'll end after the encircling completely, huh. Amen~
The end can already be seen, but the demon hasn't given up yet.
The hand which has been restrained by the knights is thrust into its own chest, pulling out a dark red heart. The pulled heart is fast begin to pulse harder. Matching the violent movement, light overflow.
The knights hurriedly try to destroy the heart, but they don't make it in time.
With loud bursting sound, the heart breaks apart!
When the light subsided, several magicians who set up barriers have become corpses in a heap. Only the lower half remaining of the demon's dead body. The ground is gouged in a fan shaped form following the demon's direction toward the castle gate, the gate itself has been partially destroyed.
The demon's corpse falls apart and becomes black dust.
I slip into the alley during the clamor and hide myself.
>Title [Combat-Ready] Acquired
>Title [Skilled Warrior] Acquired
>Title [One Who Dances With Demons] Acquired
>Title [Hero] Acquired
...I wonder if the last one is sarcasm.
Even though I already have those titles and skills. My memo is doing ok so maybe they merge or something?
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