TSKD 298

The Start of a Battle
Editors: Sebas Tian

We got ready to launch our pre-emptive strike as we watched the army of monsters beneath us.

“Alright, I’m ready. What about you, Fran?”
“Also ready.”
“Woof!”

There wasn’t much holding us back now that all three of us had gotten our preparations in order, so we had Fran give us the signal.

“Awakening!”

All three of us began raining spells down on the army the moment Fran awakened. The battle was sure to be a long one, so we didn’t go as far as activating Brilliant Lightning Rush. Its suicidal downsides made it difficult to use given the circumstances.

“Ekato Kernauros!”
“It’s showtime! Kanna Kamui!”
“Aroooo!”

Fran’s thunderbolts, which rained down over a wide area, caused rampant destruction. The monsters subjected to the attack howled in pain as their bodies were torn apart by the magical lighting. Likewise, my Kanna Kamui, which had landed right in the middle of the vanguard, swallowed well over a hundred monsters, ending them before they could even make a noise. Urushi, the only one of us not to cast lighting magic, had gone with a bit more indirect approach. He had unleashed a toxic mist into our surroundings, one that caused the monsters that inhaled it to convulse as they were subject to an intense pain.

“Gyaaaoooo!”

The monsters began to howl and squeal in confusion as they attempted to figure out where the sudden attack had come from. Confusion quickly spread through their ranks. Operation Pre-emptive Strike success.

“On with the plan!”
“Nn!”

Urushi began running in circles above the army as I pulled rocks and trees out from my inventory and dropped them on the monsters below. Likewise, Fran also followed up by firing magical, flaming arrows.

We used to have a whole swamp’s worth of toxins at our disposal, but we’d used most of it to create delicious food back when we were in Barbra. Even the last little bit that remained had already been converted to water with restorative properties.

Most of the giant rocks we gained when the floating islands fell apart were gone. I’d dumped all but five of them into the stomach of a midgard wyrm. They wouldn’t be able to cause too much widespread destruction because they were few in quantity, but that didn’t mean I was going to skimp out on dropping them. Sure, they won’t really kill too many, but I’m sure it’ll probably either confuse them or scare them shitless. I mean, just look at how big they are. Besides, our goal has always been just to stall them, and they’ll make for some pretty good obstacles.

The tactic ended up being quite effective. Some monsters ended up so confused that they panicked and started running around like headless chickens, screaming all the way.

“Next, we crush the vanguard!”
“Nn!”
“Ruff!”

We landed right at the front of the army and dialed our bloodlust up all the way to eleven.

“Gya, gyagya!?
“Gii!”

The immense pressure that Fran emitted caused unrest to spread through their ranks. The vanguard, the only part of the army that had eyes on her, took a step back in fear, only to be pushed back towards her by the poor, unknowing saps that stood at the rear.

Most of the monsters that populated the vanguard were weak. They roughly fit into four categories: evil beings, beasts, scalies, and undead. The evil beings, that is, the orcs and goblins, weren’t nearly as well equipped as the ones that had attacked Schwartzekatze just a few days prior. Their appearances were much more typical of their species’ norms. They were pretty much limited to just rags and wooden clubs. Wait, are all the weak monsters up front so they can act as meatshields or something? I really hope not. That would mean that the mastermind has got a good head on his shoulders, and I sure as hell don’t want to have to deal with any crazy tactics.

“Haaah!” Fran dived right into their ranks and began cutting down every goblin and wolf that she neared.

Her actions were precise and efficient. She instantly judged the strength of the foes around her before removing the weaker ones by going for their cores and smashing the stronger ones’ heads. Truth be told, we didn’t actually need to go after any monster cores whatsoever, but there wasn’t any need not to, and as Fran only went after them in the case that they wouldn’t dull her efficiency, I had no qualms with her methods. It’s not like any of these monsters are particularly rare or anything anyway. Yeah, this’ll work. If we stack enough corpses together, we might be able to create a pile large enough to slow down the rest of the army by making it take a detour or something.

“Take this! Blast Flame! Gale Hazard! Thunder Web! Blast Flame! Gale Hazard!”

With a strategy in mind, I focused my attention on creating as many corpses as possible. All the spells I launched were of the same type. They had large areas of effect, but they were weak. I bolstered their power a good bit by putting more mana into each cast, but there was nothing I could do about the spells’ natures. Each cast was about strong enough to kill a goblin, leave an orc half dead, and take off about a fifth of an ogre’s max health.

All the monsters that we used the spells on were weak, but they had to be eradicated nonetheless. They were sure to attack any evacuating villagers they happened to come across if we let them advance or scatter. Dismantling the swarm as a whole was much more important than eliminating its strongest members.

Of course, not all monsters were susceptible to magical damage. But those that resisted my attacks were torn to pieces the moment they approached either Fran or Urushi.

Urushi’s primary role was to function like something along the lines of a shortstop. He covered Fran’s blind spots and attacked everything that went after her with his venomous fog. I couldn’t help but be impressed by the sheer toxicity of the spell. Its poison was potent enough to permanently cripple a goblin, if not outright kill it upon exposure. The only problem is that it’s a bit too strong. We can’t use it near allies or if we’re in town.

It was so potent, in fact, that it was even capable of damaging Fran should she inhale it. Fortunately, the wolf was prudent enough not to fire it off in her direction, and I covered for him by using magic to send anything that did drift over away. Of course, it was still a bit risky nonetheless, but we didn’t have the liberty to really care. We had to exterminate as many monsters as we could as fast as possible.

“Haaaaah!”
“Thunder Web!”
“Woooof!”

And so, the battle continued. We were surrounded on all sides, but we kept slaying our enemies nonetheless. Our methods were effective. The army had halted. It stopped advancing in order to focus on moving us out of its way. They only ever moved past us in order to better surround us. Thank god.

The only problem was that casting spells nonstop had taken quite a toll on my mana. We would soon have to shift into a different style of battle.

Of course, I had been making liberal use of Magic Absorption. I wrenched everything I could from our enemies each time my blade struck them. But it still wasn’t enough. My consumption far outweighed my intake.

“I’m going to stop casting for a bit and focus on support instead.”
“Nn.”

I continued to drain everything she slashed of its magic each time she swung me. It would take a good bit for me to recover all my mana given the weak nature of the monsters we were currently locked in combat with, but it would eventually recover. And that was what mattered. Losing time was something that just couldn’t be helped.

We had to be at our best if we wanted to be able to take down the army’s more powerful members.

The monsters began to approach with more vigour when they realized that they were no longer going to be pelted with spells on their way in. But even so, Fran remained unharmed. The weaklings before her were simply unable to cause her any damage.

“You holding up okay?” Still, I was concerned. The catkin was unharmed, and I had been restoring her stamina with my magic throughout the battle, so I knew that she felt no real physical load. But the same couldn’t be said for her mind. She was sure to grow tired eventually, and there was really nothing I could do about any sort of mental fatigue.

“Nn. Fine.”

Her reply, however, indicated that my worries were needless. I could tell that she wasn’t just putting up a front, that she was actually perfectly okay. As far as she was concerned, taking down the enemies that had appeared before her was as easy as a walk in the park. Wow. She really has grown. This kinda thing used to exhaust the hell out of her back when we were helping Jean raid that one dungeon.

Of course, a walk in the park was still a type of exercise, and Fran had indeed accrued a slight bit of exhaustion. Her breath had started to get ragged, but that was basically it.

“We’ve still got a ton of battles lined up for us, so don’t push yourself too hard just yet.”
“Nn!”

***

Editor’s note: Hey everyone, usually Joker’s the one doing these but I wanted to say a few things. I hope everyone enjoyed the chapter and that the series treats us all well going into the future. Looks like Fran’s in one of those classic, here to chew bubblegum and kick ass situations, but she’s all out of curry. Hope everyone has a wonderful winter and happy holidays. This has been your ever faithful butler wishing you all well and good luck in all you do.

Joker’s note: Hey, guys! Joker here. Yeah, like Sebas said above, he wanted to be the editor for this chapter, so I graciously let him do it. I wasn’t late coming home from work or anything and disappointed the boss when he saw that I was offline for more time than usual. That’s not the case at all. *nervous laugh* And of course, Fran is an adorable badass this chapter. Wiping out legions of weaklings and she’s just a tad out of breath. But that’s only the weaklings. You need to save some gas in the tank for the big’uns. ‘Course, if she needs a boost, Sword-dad can just say that the monsters said curry is the worst food ever. That’ll get her riled up enough, I bet. All right, rambling time over. You guys know how to end it, so let’s hear it! *cups my hand to my ear and listens* No, no. Louder…. Ugh, fine. I’ll do it. See y’all in the next chapter!

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40 thoughts on “TSKD 298

    1. Yea, it’s a matter about the materials. Earth needs to be dug out, then moved in position, while monsters just come along, even climb the meat wall, to become a corpse in the perfect position. Quite nice of them.

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  1. Tbh I feel like the story has dragged on too much recently. It’s somewhat a pain to keep on reading now.

    Which games are you gonna play in Extra Life ? I don’t know how but I have an assumption that you’re from Western Canada. Are you at UBC Okanagan ?

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    1. Hold up, we already know the guild is having shit problems, even with this battle, you first need to take out the trash from the inside first. At least the guild centers in the beast country will be on her side. Next is to kill some corrupted idiots, and some horny bitches(remember the dumb A or B rank adventurer who had a skill to woo ladies? and got promoted despite being weak? then was the proof of how the ownership of sword-shishio is set by the goddes of chaos? also a test bed for fire and poison skills).

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  2. I like the slow pace/slice of life aspect of this series. It’s very enjoyable to read. Thank you for your hard work on translating these chapters for us English-only-speaking folk 😀

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    1. Ok, here it is:
      – final part of 202 she used the awakening skill for the first time;
      – 204 the flashback starts;
      – 205 is a clear explanation of how the awakening process of all beastkin works, except the black catkin;
      – 206 is about the curse.
      Short version, grave sin in the past got a curse on the black catkin, they need to kill 1000 evil beings, or one rank A evil being to remove it(personally, and without help, however items don’t count). Also if the entire black catkin groups up and kills an S rank evil being they are all free. Of course they also need lvl 45 to get the awakening skill, and use it first to become evolved.

      Depending on their statuses, and species, they might get a high ranking evolution(not all species have this option). Generally this special high rank evolution gets them strong skills, who probably have something like a divine power, thus they can’t be stopped by resistances(Fran’s black lighting can hurt a lighting invulnerable target).

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  3. I know that Fran already has the Match for a thousand title when she slaughtered all the goblins in the dungeon, but I wonder if there is an even better title awaiting her after this.

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  4. Thanks for the chapter, tentacle-san
    I’m kinda excited reading this arc cause of one moment…

    SPOILER:

    “LATENT POTENTIAL RELEAAAAAAAASE!!!”

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  5. Too tired digging? Now worries, switch to monster corpses to make walls. Just use a bait, and wait for them.
    No more energy or ammo to hurt them? No problem, throw them trees or rocks. Bitches loves rocks.

    Depending on the girl, you need to change your destinations. For most girls a good restaurant works, but for Fran you need a sizable horde of monsters. Just bring a large batch of consumables(traps, potions, poisons, some flammable and/or explosive items, maybe even flash-bangs) and enjoy. Bring a safe house loaded with curry for extra points.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. They are becoming a goblin slayer except their menu is greatly expanded.
      Planning on top of top plans, 100 ways to kill any monsters and some tailored to each monster, if they fail, more plans on the fly, even of they are coughing out blood, they will stand and kill all the monsters

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      1. They very much aren’t. (disclaimer: I dropped Goblin Slayer after 2 episodes)
        First, their fighting style actually uses attacks appropriate to the situation, instead of varying their attacks for the sake of varying them.
        Second, their fighting style is based upon being strong. There is no trick – just immense strength attained by fighting a lot in a world where that makes a man into a demigod.
        But most importantly, they’re living people, capable of enjoying their lives, not revenants fixated on killing monsters.

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      2. Well, I was just drawing a silly comparison. Either way, brute force is not gonna work as well this time.

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      3. When it comes to tricks and plans, I think of Adlet, the self-proclaimed strongest man in the world from Rokka no Yuusha.

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  6. If the “rocks” are really that big, he could’ve thrown them down from higher up in the sky, a large enough rock + the power of gravity could essentially be more powerful than a nuke, hence annihilating the army.
    For example, if the rock is made of dense material, is 500m in diameter, and falls at a “reasonable” speed of 1km/s at a trajectory of 75˚, the diameter of the crater on impact would be nearly 2km wide and nearly 400m deep.
    So if they were somehow capable of shooting the rocks like a railgun through their lightning magic, it’d be even more powerful.

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      1. If I made the calculations right and without counting air friction and the weakening of gravity force (that shouldn’t vary too much) you need about 51 km (about 32 miles) to reach that speed.
        I don’t know the mana consumption rate for floating haha, but remembering shishio had problems reaching the floating island before I would say that he can’t reach such a height even trying alone, or maybe he would be barely capable but would deplete most of his mana.

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  7. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    Strategizing enemy flag used, in the next few chapters a few war tactics will be used by the monster army.
    Good job sword dad!
    Even with all of that, Fran has the main character power, winning is in her veins.

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