TL Note: Here’s the Sunday chapter that should’ve been posted last week. Sorry for the delays, I ate something very bad that made me very very sick. I still don’t know what exactly it is that I ate that made me sick though. It’s a mystery.
Also, I forgot to include something in the last chapter. The numbers for the orcs that were given at the end of the previous chapter:
Orc Total Number: 85
Heavy Armored (Sword, Shield, Armor): 16
Long Spears: 19
Short Spear: 8
Goblin Name Cheat Sheet:
The [Goblin] is to make it easier to CTRL+F.
[Goblin] Gi Ga
The goblin in that estranged group that was with the protagonist when he defeated an orc. He is currently a noble class, the highest amongst the protagonist’s subordinates. He prefers to use the spear.
[Goblin] Gi Gu
The former leader of the village. He was pressured by the protagonist in his goblin noble form, and was added to his subordinates. He uses the long sword, and is relatively smart for a goblin rare. Became a goblin noble in chapter 39.
[Goblin] Gi Gi
Known as a beast warrior, a goblin with the ability to tame beasts.
He evolved while hunting spear deer with the protagonist.
He prefers to use the axe. His goblin class is rare.
[Goblin] Gi Go
A goblin with many wounds on his body. The food of his horde was stolen by the gray wolves, so he made a decision to follow the protagonist. He is the most experienced amongst the goblin rares. His weapon is a curved katana. He acts like a samurai.
[Goblin] Gi Za
The druid goblin rare that recently joined them.
[Goblin] Gi Ji
A goblin rare. He evolved in chapter 37 after hunting with Gi Ga.
Chapter 41: Clash III
[Class] Duke; Horde Chief
[Possessed Skills] <<Horde Commander>> <<Insurgent Will>> <<Overpowering Howl>> <<Swordsmanship B->> <<Insatiable Desire>> <<King’s Soul>> <<Ruler’s Wisdom I>> <<Eyes of the Blue Snake>> <<Dance at Death’s Border>> <<Red Snake’s Eye>> <<Magic Manipulation>> <<Soul of a Crazed Warrior>> <<Third Impact (The Third Chant)>>
[Divine Protection] Goddess of the Underworld (Altesia)
[Attributes] Darkness; Death
[Subordinate Beasts] High Kobold (Lv1) Gastra (Lv1) Cynthia (Lv1)
[Abnormal Status] <<Charm of the Saint>>
Gripping the Iron Second that was over my shoulder, I ran as I cut through the thickets, exposing myself to the enemy. Following from behind me was Gi Go with his curved sword, the stealthy Gi Ji, and the 5 groups of 15 normal goblins.
The orcs that had spread out before the village were already aware of us.
They faced our direction, and they arranged themselves into a wall. A literal wall of flesh.
If it was a while ago, we would’ve run upon being spotted, but… this time is different.
With a yell, the [Skill] <<Overpowering Howl>> bellowed, giving the signal to the noble class, Gi Gu, and the long armed, Gi Ga, on the other side.
I saw the orc before me swing his club the same time as I held my great sword in a side stance.
“My life is like a cloud of dust (Accel)!”
There was no hesitation.
A wall of air pushed me from behind with crushing pressure, propelling me toward the attacking orc as I thrusted out my sword.
In the blink of an eye, my body crashed into the orc as my blade pierced into its flesh.
In the same instant, the [Skill] <<Soul of a Crazed Warrior>> activated.
In exchange for the madness brought on by the crazed warrior’s soul, physical strength 30% UP, Agility 30% UP, Magic Power 30% UP.
The orc’s club hit me from the side, but thanks to the damage reduction of 20%, it wasn’t fatal. Then with my great sword still pierced into the orc’s body, I clad that same great sword in magic power, and then swung it up to cut through the orc’s head.
“Turn me into a blade (Enchant)!”
My blade moved through the orc’s body, cutting it as if it were a mere sheet of paper. And when the sword clad in black flames exited through the orc’s head, it descended once more onto a nearby orc.
The orc tried to use its club as a shield, but to its dismay, both the club and its chest were cut through by the great sword. And as the sword moved back the course it had gone, it cut through the orc that was just right behind that orc.
–––Move! We have to go even deeper!
That was the only thought in my mind as I continued on my way.
–––Everything that stands before me is an enemy! Move!
–––Cut Cut Cut Cut Kill Cut Kill Cut CCCCCCCut.
Two orcs stood in my way as they swung down their long spears.
As their spears descended, I struck with my sword, sending their spears flying away.
The moment the orcs lost their weapons, they brought their fists up, and they rushed toward me. Meeting them, I rushed toward them as well, and I swung my great sword up from below. The tip of my sword met with the nape of one of the orcs’ neck, cutting it and decapitating it.
The [Skill] <<Swordsmanship B->> had fully demonstrated its abilities, bringing forth a sword that knew no hesitation even in the fury of one’s emotions.
I forcefully swung down the sword that had been raised up high, drawing a line like a meteor toward the other oncoming orc. My blade met with the orc’s thighs, piercing all the way to the core of the orc.
As I removed the great sword from the orc, I fixed my posture. Then with a flash of my blade, I decapitated the orc that had lost its balance and was falling down with its back turned toward me.
––––There are enemies! Enemies! Enemies! Enemies!
I swung my sword at the behest of the maddened <<Crazed Warrior’s Soul>>.
Everything around me is an enemy. Concern is needless. So bring forth your power, bring forth your magic, bring it all out and cut them all down!
Magic power once again gathered behind me.
“My life is like a cloud of dust (Accel)!”
I opened a path by crashing my body into the orcs that tried to block my way.
Then as I finished off an orc that toppled over, I swung my blade toward two other orcs that were approaching me from both of my flanks.
I managed to cut off one of the orcs’ arms, but he didn’t stop, only continuing to charge toward me even more. So in response, I grabbed his head, and using all of my body’s strength, I flung the orc away.
Then suddenly, I saw it from a distance. A body that was considerably big even amongst the huge-builds of the orcs. It was the Orc King.
Using only the surrounding orcs’ presence, I grasped their positions, and swung my sword according to instinct.
Left, right, in front, back…? Back…?
When I turned around, what entered my eyes were the goblins desperately defending against the orcs, surrounded.
I had gone out too deep, and the goblins couldn’t follow.
The moment I thought that, a club came sweeping at me from in front, sending me flying away.
<<Soul of a Crazed Warrior>> was released, and the power that had brimmed in me withered.
I fixed my grip on my great sword with my right hand. Then with the other hand, I grabbed a short sword that had been prepared beforehand from my armor, and I threw it toward the orcs that were surrounding the goblins to contain the situation.
“Follow ––The king!”
At Gi Go’s command, the goblins began to pursue my back even at the cost of sacrifices.
The moment we stop, we die.
We cannot stop until we reach the Orc King.
If you want to live, then run like you want to die.
“Move!! Turn me into a blade (Enchant)!!”
I clad my blade in magic power, and I swung it against the orc standing in my way.
The blade cut through the orc’s large body, causing blood to spurt out.
The rain of blood fell on my, dying my body in its hue. I continued on my way.
10 more steps until the Orc King–––
Three orcs wielding a shield and sword appeared before me.
“Leave this to us!”
But then a voice came from behind me, and Gi Go and Gi Ji faced the three orcs.
With only ten of them now, it was questionable whether they’d be able to even handle three orcs, but even then… I left the orcs to them.
Because of the [Skill] <<Soul of a Crazed Warrior>> and the consecutive uses of <<Magic Manipulation, my concentration has been waning. It feels like I could lose focus at any moment even now.
Gi Go rushed toward one of the sword and shield-wielding orcs.
He jumped at the middle one from the three, and he struck out his sword twice, aiming for the orc’s knees. He focused only on attacking the middle orc while his goblin subordinates followed right after him.
The orc fell down to its knees, leaving the shield it wielded easy to deflect. With an attack, the orc’s sight was shut down, and the last goblin finished off the orc with an attack to its face.
The following counterattack from the remaining two orcs were then stopped by Gi Ji and a nameless goblin. Although they were blown off, their efforts were not wasted. For right after, other goblins came in to attack the two orcs’ legs, stopping the two orcs’ pursuit.
As I yelled that out loud, I stepped on the orc’s head, using it as a stepping stone to jump ahead as I kicked myself off it.
I looked down on the ground in mid-air. As I descended, I struck my flame-clad sword out, cutting an orc from its shoulder to its chest. The force of my fall was all completely transmitted into that blow.
As we rolled on the ground, I took my sword out of its body. When I looked up, I saw the Orc King’s giant body before me.
A gray-skinned giant was looking down on me. The pressure it gave off was completely different from when I saw it from afar. Moreover, its body was so big that the great sword it wielded looked like a long sword.
Inside the Orc King’s eyes shone a light different from the normal orcs’ desire muddied eyes. The Orc King’s eyes gleamed wisdom.
Moreover, those two eyes of it carried with them scorn!
––––I’m gonna fucking kill you!
“Name yourself, little one.”
The Orc King easily carried his sword above his head. His size was truly eye-popping.
“If you want me to tell you my name, then you should name yourself first!”
Aiming for the Orc King’s feet, I bent over my body, and then I rocketed off.
“My name is–––“
––––Idiot, you’re going to die while naming yourself.
A chill suddenly attacked me as I ran for his feet. Immediately, I jumped to the side. My feet scraped against the ground as I broke my momentum. Then suddenly, a booming explosion resounded. When I took a look at where I had jumped from, I saw that there was a hole in the ground. The orc named Gol Gol… he is literally strong enough to destroy the ground!
“Ho? So you dodged it…”
He looked at me.
Wanting to split his skull apart, I tried to move my legs, but then I suddenly realized that I couldn’t move my body. It was as if I was underwater.
“Can you move, little one?”
The Orc King smiled as he inhaled. Not good, when I thought that, I too, breathed in.
I covered the Orc King’s howl with my own.
I can only thank my stars that the effect could be cancelled off.
“Ho? So you can also use it.”
A needless comment. He already knew either way. In any case, it seems he can also use skills properly.
From the looks of things, it would appear that one can gain skills after becoming king. Moreover–––
“Name yourself, little one.”
If I carelessly name myself, he might just fulfill the conditions for a skill similar to my <<Ruler’s Wisdom I>>, widening this already desperate gap even wider!
“I have no name!”
But with this my own <<Ruler’s Wisdom I>>> will also be sealed.
As I tried to near the Orc King with my great sword over my shoulder, the foe before me lifted the great sword that he had used to destroy the ground. The resulting force of the wind as he lifted his sword stopped my charge.
If I receive a hit from him, I will surely die.
I probably won’t also be able to use <<Dance at Death’s Border>>.
The same goes for <<Eyes of the Blue Snake>> since we are currently being surrounded by the orcs. I need to have the advantage in number to use that skill, so it’s impossible. I don’t have a way of identifying my opponent’s weakness.
With so many of my options blocked, the only ones left are <<Soul of a Crazed Warrior>>, <<Magic Manipulation>>, <<The Third Chant>>.
My <<Overpowering Howl>> cancelled out with his as well. This isn’t looking good.
What should I do!?
“In that case…”
A heavy voice echoed out from Gol Gol’s mouth, I thought he would take a step forward, but then his giant figure suddenly approached me at a frightening speed.
–––I don’t have time to think!
Twisting my body, I forced myself off the Orc King’s trajectory. The sound of an explosion literally blew up from beside me.
I tried to increase the distance between me and Gol Gol, but he rushed toward me again. He headed toward me with his sword pierced into the ground. In response, I desperately fought his sword with my own, but meeting his blade was the most that I could do.
Like that I was blown off into a large tree.
I didn’t even have time to use a falling technique to soften the blow, so my body received the brunt of the force as my back firmly planted itself onto the tree. With me gasping for breath, and my body unmoving, it was clear that death was just around the corner.
Despite that I calmly glared at Gol Gol’s giant body.
“Ho, you can still fight?”
That voice no longer contained the scorn it had contained at the start. All it had now was admiration.
Well it’s all or nothing, should I try it out? Exchanging blows with him with <<The Soul of a Crazed Warrior>>?
No, that sort of power isn’t <<Soul of a Crazed Warrior>> can do something about.
That power is like an ice crusher, destroying anything that gets into its range.
––––A one-hit instant killing attack, in other words. Seriously, it’s so strong, I’m feeling envious.
Again, Gol Gol brandished his sword as he rushed toward me.
“Turn me into a blade (Enchant)!”
I still haven’t run out of cards!
I followed the course of his great sword with my eyes. And as it descended, I met his blade with my own blade that was clad in flames.
My aim was his weapon’s destruction.
My arms creaked as I received the pressure of his great sword.
I can’t stand that grin of his.
I managed to succeed to some extent, but unfortunately I couldn’t break his sword all the way. It must be his skill that he managed to force this kind of result.
Still… I at least managed to crack his sword.
I thought that to myself as I gleefully stared at the crack on his great sword.
Suddenly, I saw red ether seep out of the orc’s body.
“I am strong; I am peerless (Bless).”
Just like mine, he clad his blade in magic power. His sword flickered within the burning flames of red ether.
“With this, it won’t break.”
Gol Gol smiled as he glared at me.
He grasped his great sword in his two hands as he faced me.
Calm down, the situation won’t change. I’ll still die in one hit if I get hit by that sword.
That’s all. That’s all!
Defeat is unacceptable.
Such a thing is an insult to those who have died for me! Moreover, to those who are still desperately fighting now!
I will win!
“A pleasant pressure.”
The one who will come out the victor is me. I’ll kill this bastard while he’s still taking me lightly!
Go and die along with that hubris of yours!
I moved at my fastest.
I slashed with my brandished sword, but Gol Gol easily stopped it. I wanted to click my tongue, but bearing it, I attacked again.
Sparks erupted between the black and red flames. Shockwaves visible even to the onlookers exploded. But despite the fearsomeness of that scene, I willingly thrust my body into it.
As I stepped in, I struck my sword up against the Orc King. But I knew… that he could also stop this.
That giant body of the Orc King’s remained unmoving. It didn’t move even the slightest bit.
The Orc King only leisurely responded to my attacks.
And each time I desperately met his blade with mine, my feet would dig into the ground.
We exchanged blows within a space of three-meters square.
The battle hasn’t ended yet, but I’m gradually being pushed back. That’s a given. My attack is a far cry from my opponent’s strength. Gol Gol’s attack is so strong it can even paralyze my hands with every hit.
My body had already been blown away ten times in this fight so far.
Then Gol Gol’s blade swung again.
That was my limit.
His blade descended from above, carrying gravity with it… I dodged.
“You backed off!”
Exclaimed Gol Gol happily.
In a twinkle, Gol Gol’s giant body suddenly appeared before me. I didn’t even have time to dodge as I received the brunt of his blow.
I was sent flying to my back like I was just hit by a truck. I was probably sent flying 5 meters away as I mowed through every thin tree in my path.
Finally, I stopped when my back hit against a strong tree.
Somehow though, I hadn’t let go of my sword once despite that. It was strange even to me.
I spit out red blood and I coughed.
“You did well. Little king with no name… Ho, you can still stand up?”
Using my great sword as a cane, I stood up. And the black flames flickered.
––– Of course.
I poured power into my shaking arms.