TSKD 250

Anti-Ship Sword

Urushi was so fast that he managed to close the gap between us and the pirate ships in the blink of an eye.

We used our bird’s eye view to observe the pirates, only to find that they were staring up at Fran with dumbfounded looks on their faces. The daze lasted for a moment, as they immediately drew their bows, nocked their arrows, and attempted to shoot us down. It was a vicious attack, but not one that bothered Urushi even in the slightest. He dodged them all with ease.

『Alright, let’s do this.』

「Nn.」

『You know what? I’d say this is probably as good a chance as any to run a few experiments, just so we can be a bit informed going forward.』

「Explain?」

『I was thinking we could try and figure out the most efficient way for us to sink a ship. What do you think about hitting each of the five with a different kind of attack?』

We were still going to be at sea for quite some time. I highly doubted that we were only going to run into a single group of pirates. Figuring out the most efficient way of eliminating them would definitely function to our own benefit.

Fortunately, none of the pirates out on the deck seemed strong enough to catch my eye. They weren’t going to be capable of getting in the way of our experiments—unless we messed up really hard, that is.

『Let’s start by trying out Lightning Magic.』

Last time, we’d only managed to sink the pirate ships we encountered by hurling massive rocks at them. We’d grown a lot since then, we now had a much wider variety of options.

「Kanna Kamui?」

『That’s a bit too extreme for just pirates, don’t you think? Plus, we won’t be able to use it several times in rapid succession.』

I figured Kanna Kamui would allow us to obliterate all five ships off at the same time if they happened to be close enough, which, upon further inspection, they actually seemed to be. However, I decided to write it off for the time being, as it would defeat the purpose of the exercise I’d planned.

Kanna Kamui aside, I began to consider our options. Spells like Thunderbolt were rather decent, but they lacked the power to take out an entire ship in just one hit. What we needed was something in the middle.

『Oh, I know.』

I began to focus so I could cast a powerful spell. It wasn’t anything on Kanna Kamui’s tier, but it was still powerful nonetheless.

『Alright, let’s go!』

「Nn!」

『Ekato Keraunos!』[1]

Countless thunderbolts descended from the sky the moment I chanted the spell’s name. They shot towards one of the pirate ships and annihilated it in the most literal sense of the word. It had been completely and utterly erased, there wasn’t even the slightest trace that it’d been there in the first place.

Looking at the result made me feel as if I’d gone a bit overboard.

Ekato Keraunos was a spell that created exactly 100 bolts of lightning. It was up to its caster to determine exactly how those 100 bolts would act. It didn’t take much effort to concentrate them on a single target as I’d just done.

Though it only output 10% of Kanna Kamui’s power, it was still evidently way stronger than what was needed to take down a small ship. It looked like we wouldn’t need to use anything more than our regular AOE lightning spells to wipe them all out if we wanted.

The pirates stopped attacking. Seeing one of their allied ships flat out vanish seemed to have scared them shitless.

That said, they didn’t seem to think Fran had attacked them, but rather, that the ship had been hit by some sort of abnormal, weather-related phenomenon. To them, it must’ve looked like the lightning bolts had just randomly descended from the clear sky above.

「Next, my turn.」

『Sure.』

「Nn. Thor’s Hammer!」

Her follow up, however, clearly revealed that it’d all been her doing from the start.

A huge magic circle appeared right above one of the ships as Fran chanted the name of the spell that we’d gotten by leveling Lightning Magic up to level 8, the spell that’d failed to break Fermus’ defenses.

The thick, high powered lightning bolt that came with the spell descended from the magic circle. It tore the ship in half and left the pieces it touched charred black. Whoever named the spell had aptly described it; its aftermath made it look as if the god of lightning himself had descended, swung his mighty hammer, and smashed it right into the ship.

『That spell looked like a pretty good fit.』

「Nn.」

I couldn’t help but think back to our battle with Fermus. He’d managed to mount a perfect defense against an attack that could totally wreck a pirate ship in one hit, albeit a small one, with nothing more than just his threads. He really was one hell of a strong fighter.

『Let’s try a different approach now, namely one that doesn’t make use of brute force.』

「What do?」

『I mean, all we’re doing is sinking a ship here, so we should be able to finish it off by just blasting a hole through its hull or something.』

「Really?」

『I’m pretty sure, yeah. We’ll have to see how this goes.』

I used the level 4 flame spell, Exploding Flare, and shot it towards the sea.

It did exactly as it was supposed to, and launched a large fireball that ultimately ended up exploding with a loud boom.

『Welp. That failed.』

「But made hole?」

『Yeah, but I didn’t hit the right spot. I was supposed to make a hole in the underside of its hull, not in its flank. I mean, they’ve still got water flooding in, but not enough to sink them right away. Man, Flame Magic gets really hard to control when you’re at sea.』

「Then what?」

『We’ll have to change it up a bit is all.』

I recast the same spell, but this time, enveloped the resulting projectile in a wall of wind so I could stop it from touching the seawater.

This time, I managed to accomplish my original goal of blowing a hole in the ship’s underside, but I didn’t actually manage to sink the vessel right away. The seawater had weakened Flare Explosion drastically, so the hole had ended up being way too small.

On the bright side, I did manage to move the fireball to the exact place I wanted it before it detonated, the pirate ship’s propulsion system was no more. The ship as a whole wouldn’t be sinking right away, but it’d eventually go down, especially seeing as how it could no longer move. Of course, that wasn’t to say I’d succeeded. The method I’d just devised would allow the pirates on board more than enough time to escape.

『I guess that means we should fire a few more at it.』

「Got it.」

We fired off another five projectiles and totally wrecked the bottom side of ship’s hull. It was no longer able to keep the water out, and so, it began sinking in earnest.

Our third approach did work, but it took far too much time, and required us to get too close to the ship. Honestly speaking, it wasn’t very practical.

『Next, I guess.』

「Next method?」

『It’s been a long time since I’ve used a full powered Telekinetic Catapult, so I was thinking of maybe giving it a go.』

「Got it.」

I was really curious as to the total amount of damage I’d be able to output, so we put every last bit of effort into powering up my attack. We used my telekinesis, alongside elemental blade and Fran’s wind magic. We poured in every last bit of mana we could and purposefully avoided considering the effect the attack would have on my durability.

「Ready?」

『Ready.』

「Nn!」

Fran borrowed the help of a wind spell to boost me up to a high speed. I telekinetically accelerated myself even further the moment I left her hands.

『Leggoooooooo bitchessssss!』

It felt really nice to finally let loose and just bash myself into something as hard as I could.

I destroyed both the ship’s masts. I hit the first head on and totally wrecked it before striking the second around where it was rooted into the ship. Despite that, I didn’t show even the slightest sign of stopping.

My blade smashed through the pirate ship’s hull; it penetrated every last wall and pillar before opening a massive hole in the seacraft’s hull.

I knew that was what’d happened, but it’d all gone by so quick that I hadn’t been able to process it. For me, it’d been more of a three step process. I left Fran’s hands, hit the mast dead on, and then suddenly found myself underwater.

Only after returning to Fran did I realize that I’d punched a huge hole in the ship. My telekinetic catapult had done quite a bit more damage than I’d been expecting it to do.

That said, overboosting elemental blade had totally killed my durability. It was kinda wasteful, and probably not worth using on a mere pirate ship.

「One ship left. Last method?」

『It’s kinda already started running away, so we should probably find ourselves a method that’ll allow us to sink it real quick.』

I began thinking about what we’d done so far in order to figure out what might work. It looked like using wind magic might be a good idea for the time being, as I’d be able to stall them with a cross wind.

「Can I choose?」

『Sure, what do you have in mind?』

「Need to ask Master to do something.」

Fran explained her concept to me. I was honestly quite surprised to hear it, as it involved pushing my ability to transform to the limit. Long story short, she told me to make myself huge.

Shape shifting itself wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary. I’d already tried becoming threads, as well as a shield on occasion. But this was going to be my first time literally just supersizing myself and nothing else.

She still wanted to be able to swing me, so I kept my handle the same size, but boosted the hell out of both my blade and guard with everything I had.

I ended up being way bigger than I expected. I’d long surpassed the horse slayer in terms of size; my blade had grown to be almost a whole 10 meters long. I’d more or less transformed into one of the anti-ship swords that a certain mech would always swing around. [2] [3]

『This work for you?』

「Nn. Perfect. Going now.」

『Please do. I won’t be able to keep this up for too long, so I’m going to have to ask you to be as quick as you can.』

「No problem!」

Fran more or less did the same thing she did to Rynford to the pirate ship. She jumped off Urushi, boosted my weight, cast elemental blade, and drew me from a sheath made out of air as she approached the ship.

「Haaaaaahhh!」

Naturally, the attack divided the pirate ship in two. The sheer amount of blunt force the strike carried caused the wood that made up the ship’s hull to fly all over the place as Elemental Blade set the whole goddamned thing on fire. The ship had no hope of surviving the attack. Neither its front nor back half could do anything but sink into the ocean’s depths.

In the end, we figured that Thor’s Hammer and my Anti-Ship Sword mode were probably our two best options, with the former being better against a smaller number of foes, and the latter a larger group.

「Done.」

『Pretty much, yeah.』

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[1] I may be wrong, and please correct me if I am, but I believe this means Hundred Thunderbolts in Greek.

[2] A horse slayer, or zanbatou, is often described as a sword big enough to split both a man and his horse in half in one slash in the world of fiction. It’s a pretty common mention in Japanese culture. Its origin is Chinese though.

[3] I’m thinking this is referring to Schwert Gewehr, a 15.78m Anti-ship Sword from Gundam Seed. Though, in the raw, he says it comes from a game specifically, so I miiiight be wrong. The game is probably Super Robot Wars, but I’m not actually 100% what the unit+sword he’s referring to is. Although SG-wielding gundams are in SRW, they’re pulled in from the animu world, so… yeah.

EDIT: [3] is Sanger Zonvolt. Missing that makes me feel quite embarrassed since I played SRW OG… Thanks for pointing it out, comment section peeps.

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60 thoughts on “TSKD 250

  1. Well ain’t I the first one. Good chapter. Ship slayer sword. Master is getting more OP and Fran is getting more ideas. She is growing.

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  2. “I wrote decided to write it off for the time being”, you put a wrote in here that didn’t belong
    “Neither its its front nor back half could do anything but sink into the ocean’s depths.” and you left an extra its here

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  3. The phrase “knocked their arrows” should actually be “nocked their arrows”, as it refers to the process of fitting the notch in the back of the arrow (the nock) to the bowstring before drawing it back.

    Thanks for the translation!

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  4. I believe that the anti ship sword is referred to Zankantou from Super robot sars original series. The sword can shape-shift from normal katana to colossal blade form.
    I think it is quite popular in in robot anime trope overthere.

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  5. so every idea sword-sensei had was inefficient but all fran’s ideas worked well? I’ve felt like this the whole novel but Fran really is way better at fighting than sword-sensei is

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    1. Well, he is a stranger to the world.
      So it is expected that any intelligent being would out smart him.
      Fran just happens to be the Best Loli there is.
      She is so smart, that she took over the role of main character.

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  6. Hmmm I thought in the last chapter it was suggsted as a possibility to look for any loot or magic devices? Those ships got obliterated.

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    1. from last chapter they already talk about pirate usually not bring any loot so they have room for steal from merchant ship, and few chapter before there is explanation about in sea, what escort team got is belong to client so its not problem if pirate maybe have loot or not

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      1. Even if pirates are successful at stealing from merchants, and attack a second group right afterwards, they are still willing to throw the less valuable stuff overboard right away if they don’t have enough space.

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  7. … when Fran using [Thor’s Hammer] in my mind imagined it become like Enel’s “El Thor”… and from description how “Thick and High Powered Lightning”… it seems not wrong…

    lol

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  8. wow he really upload chapter at 16, good job now we can treat what he upload at 15 is bonus that descend from the sky

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  9. Thanks for the chapter~~

    Get some easy peasy enemies training Fran, when you get to the beast kingdom you will need to obliterate a huge amount of fools

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  10. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    *after using 2 thunder magic*
    『Let’s try a different approach now, namely one that doesn’t make use of brute force.』
    *after using explosion magics few times*
    『It’s been a long time since I’ve used a full powered Telekinetic Catapult, 』
    *followed by a super sized chop*

    ….what happened to NOT using brute force?!

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    1. He means, try to not excessively overkill.
      Try to exact kill is the best method, but requires lots of experimentation.

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      1. After using a 9+ level thunder spell, Fran uses a level 8 thunder spell.
        ShiShō does love the overkill.

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    1. it most likely based on time you spend together, disciple mostly always together (this word now rare used in real life) , apprentice less time than disciple, life not very far from each other, and still on study (if graduate or something like that usually somehow they not claim her self as apprentice), for teacher student well it just like how our opinion in modern definition.

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  11. The System of Sects:
    Master and Disciple relationship is considered to be similar to Parent and Child. This relationship usually exist in Sects since they need to have an order of succession. An heir must be named among[st] the Disciples to become the new Grand-master of the Sect. Members of the same generation call each other Sect Brother (or Cousin depending on the relationship).
    There are cultural rules that forbid marriage across generations. Marriage must be within the same generation.

    The System of Guilds:
    Master and Apprentice relationship last until the Apprentice “graduates”. This relationship is close, but yet far. An Apprentice that graduates becomes a “Bachelor”, and must teach an Apprentice until that Apprentice graduates to become a Master. The Master Apprentice system requires a Guild to supervise these “Bachelors” to ensure that they qualify to become Masters.

    The System of Schools:
    Teacher and Student relationship is the farthest apart. The relationship does not last long. It could be as short as a single class, or a single lesson.
    Since this is more modern, there are less cultural ban on marriage between former Student and Teacher.

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  12. The mech and sword the author is referring to is very likely of Super Robot Wars origin. Specifically the character Sanger Zonvolt who, as described, commonly pilots mecha wielding what he refers to as a Zankantou(ship slaying sword). Mechs he’s piloted include the Grungust Type-0, Grungutst Type-3, Dygenguar, and Thrudgelmir. Hope this clears things up 🙂 I’m very happy that this got a nod to because Sanger Zonvolt and the SRW series are a huge favourite of mine!

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  13. Go and read some Dragons Magazine.

    Gary Gygax really liked Si-Fi (he did not use the modern Sci-Fi notation). Yep, most of the magazine is about Gygax’s obsession with Si-Fi. Only few of them actually deal with magic / fantasy.

    Vancian Magic System is a Science Fantasy (before the term Science Fiction was born). Yep, Vancian Magic System of D&D is totally Science Fiction. Too much Science Fiction that most of the players hated Psionic (another Science Fiction System (game mechanics) ).

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  14. “We poured in every last bit of mana we could and purposefully avoided considering the effect the attack would have on my durability.”

    Purposefully avoided what? It just kinda cuts off there.

    Also, how’re they staying airborne when she throws him for telekinetic catapult?

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