Small Village Tridente – Chapter 016
Footsteps of Death
「Why are you helping? You who were so opposed to my account break.」
So Nekama-san was opposed to account break. Then… why did they revive Tsurugi-san?
While still incapacitated, I attentively listened to the two.
「Even now, I don’t know if what you’re doing is right. And I tried to stop you many times. It’s become a rumour on SNS and the boards; it keeps getting bigger and bigger. If you tamper with other player’s characters, in the worst case, you’ll get arrested. However… I also don’t know if what the NW Company did was right. They say that it’s fine if only those who believe it trust in them, but they’re also a group of madmen that tampered with memories.」
「So, even though you don’t know who’s right, what’s the reason you’re helping me?」
Nekama-san who wore a serious face until then, suddenly grinned and threw words towards Tsurugi-san who had a broken expression.
「I don’t know what’s right, but there’s one thing I’m sure of. I’m your best friend, that’s all. Until the end, I’ll go along with your stupidity.」
「…Right, there aren’t any other best friends who’re as stupid as you.」
Tsurugi-san also let out a grin, and the two joined their fists for a fist bump. And then, once again returned their gaze towards me.
「It’s my victory, Mari-jouchan. It’s your loss. The difference in the strength of our bonds… if I said it like that, it’d be too cheesy, huh.」
I stay silent, it’s not over yet.
I’m not dead yet. I’m not broken yet.
Because, even I have comrades that I can rely on!
「【Mist】 of illusion!!!」
Together with those words, the surroundings were wrapped up in a deep fog, stealing away our vision.
Tsurugi-san and Nekama-san were taken by surprise and, not knowing where the player who cast the mist magic might appear, took distance. But that was convenient for us.
「Rise from the underworld 【Resurrection】!」
That light wrapped around me tenderly, and my character that was full of wounds was revived from the depths of death.
「It seems I made it in time. I’m glad that you’re safe.」
「I believed you would come. President.」
I equipped the party ring and formed a party with the president. And while they had lost sight of us due to the mist’s effect, the president used skills to buff our status
Raises the target’s defensive power.
Raises the target’s attack speed.
Since your HP is 25% when you’re revived, I recovered my lost HP.
This is amazing… just by having a support, the battle changes greatly. However, it’s the same for the enemy… Nekama-san, I’m sure that they’re the type that specializes in healing. When dealing with a group, it’s an ironclad rule to aim for the healer, but……
The mist’s effect disappeared, and as the fog cleared up, I could see Tsurugi-san’s and Nekama-san’s figures. They confirmed our location and prepared their weapons.
Nekama-san’s weapon is a staff that increases magical power, and Tsurugi-san who had been using a spear until now, equipped a sword and shield.
That’s right, the fighting style that Tsurugi-san’s the best at isn’t attacking, but the same as Saya’s, a shield type.
I wanted to defeat Nekama-san who’s a healer first, but Tsurugi-san probably wouldn’t allow it and would stand in our way.
「When Mari-jouchan’s reinforcement came, I thought for sure that it would be that woman Saya, but… …it’s a new face, eh?」
Tsurugi-san, meeting the president for the first time, asked 「Who?」 as bewilderment showed on his face.
「So you are the rumoured enforcer. Your evil deed of breaking this wonderful world… The “Other World’s Heaven-Sent Child” Rin will not let this pass!」
President, you, just when did you come up with that weird nickname… while amazed, I also readied my weapon.
I, making use of the bow’s special characteristic advantage to attack from long range, took the initiative to attack first. First is to see how normal attacks work on them… the target is Nekama-san.
And so, the normal attacks that were completely evaded earlier, with the effect from the president’s attack speed increase magic 【Snow Engine】, were fired towards my opponents with incredible speed.
MARI ATTACKED → KARMA RECEIVED 56 DAMAGE
I was surprised by the great speed, but Tsurugi-san moved into position to protect Nekama-san.
Without minding it, I continued to barrage them with normal attacks, but Tsurugi-san, equipped with a shield on top of being buffed with protect skin, had increased his defensive power by leaps so not much damage was getting through.
MARI ATTACKED → TSURUGI RECEIVED 4 DAMAGE
MARI ATTACKED → TSURUGI RECEIVED 2 DAMAGE
So tough! Like I thought, we need to do something about Nekama-san… If I use scatter shot and rain down arrows from the skies, then Karma-san should also take damage!
MARI USED 【Scatter Shot】
TSURUGI RECEIVED 3 TOTAL DAMAGE
KARMA RECEIVED 127 TOTAL DAMAGE
With aerial arrow, I soared and shot the target from above.
MARI USED 【Aerial Arrow】
TSURUGI USED 【Mirage Shield】 → MARI RECEIVED 381 REFLECTED DAMAGE
Kuh……The aerial arrow that had taken him by surprise earlier was simply deflected… and then, snow-like flower petals danced around Tsurugi-san and minced him.
「Dance, oh blizzard 【Snow Drop】!」
RIN USED 【SNOW DROP】 → TSURUGI RECEIVED 300 DAMAGE
The president’s attack magic hit and damage tore through the bulky armor that couldn’t be pierced by physical attacks. Tsurugi-san’s physical defense is high, but it seems his magical resistance is low. Then… rather than me being the source of damage, would it be better for the president, who mainly fights with magic, to switch to attacking?
「Tsk, you sure brought along an annoying newcomer. Karma, heal me.」
KARMA USED 【HEAL】 → TSURUGI RECOVERED 309 HP
With Karma-san’s healing magic, Tsurugi-san’s HP was back to 100%.
I also received the President’s healing and maintained my HP at 100%.
Even if we shaved off his HP, it’d be healed right away… We might have to make Nekama-san keep using healing magic until their MP is depleted.
「President, please switch to attacking!」
The president prefers to use ice magic.
When an ice-type magic attack hits, there’s a chance that it will inflict the abnormal status effect 【Slow】.
Slow reduces the target’s attack speed and casting speed, so it will slow down our opponent’s actions. In conclusion, our number of actions will increase compared to theirs.
「Pierce, 【Ice Needle】!」
RIN USED 【Ice Needle】 → TSURUGI RECEIVED 200 DAMAGE
ADDITIONAL EFFECT → TSURUGI RECEIVED SLOW STATUS
Without any delay, Karma-san started casting healing magic, and the president started casting her next attack magic as well.
In my mind, I thought a little about whether to attack from long range with the bow or whether to attack from close range with the scythe. Tsurugi-san specializes in defense, and Nekama-san specializes in healing. They should be at a disadvantage when attacking, so there’s no need to fight from a distance!
「I’m going forward!」
I transformed my weapon into a scythe, used 【Instant Movement】, and rushed towards Tsurugi-san as I used a skill.
MARI USED 【Air Slash】 → TSURUGI RECEIVED 80 DAMAGE
KARMA USED 【Healing】 → TSURUGI RECOVERED 280 HP
RIN USED 【Snow Drop】 → TSURUGI RECEIVED 300 DAMAGE
With the actions of three people, the battle log moved hectically. Tsurugi-san was single-mindedly enduring the attacks with his shield, but he would sometimes use mirage shield to reflect damage.
「If this goes on, it’ll just get worse. Karma, I’ll be attacking in a bit.」
As he said that, Tsurugi-san readied his sword.
「President, please use a magic that will raise wind resistance.」
「Understood. 【Wind Formation】」
From what I’ve seen of my bow and scythe and Seira-san’s spear, weapons made from the Death Scythe Mantis’ material will always have a wind-type skill.
That’s why Tsurugi-san’s weapon also――
「Get cut up! 【Air Blade】!」
Swinging the sword in a cross, as I expected, a wind-type attack was fired.
TSURUGI USED 【AIR BLADE】 → MARI RECEIVED 50 DAMAGE
Okay, just as planned! The exclusive skill’s damage that should have strong power was skillfully decreased.
However, I probably got careless at that point. Using that opening, he once again drew out a skill.
The target was the President.
I jumped in front of the president right away and took the attack.
TSURUGI USED 【Knights of Heart】 → MARI RECEIVED 1492 DAMAGE
What the, how…!?
Receiving a ridiculously high amount of damage in an instant, I fell, and not understanding what had happened, started to panic.
「So that did it. A rare shield skill that I stole from someone I PKd, 【Knights of Heart】. It’s a powerful technique that increases its power in proportion to the damage it accumulates. I didn’t have the leisure to use account break but, oh well, once I’ve destroyed the other one, I’ll do it without rushing.」
He got me…
The sword was a decoy, and the main was the skill from the shield… I thought only the sword had an exclusive skill, I played the fool and wasn’t able to see through the shield’s skill…
It’s my loss.
The president tried to quickly use revival magic on me, who’d become incapacitated.
「Rise from the underworld 【Resurrectio-」
「As if I’ll let you!」
Due to Tsurugi-san’s attack, the president’s casting was interrupted.
TSURUGI ATTACKED → RIN RECEIVED 86 DAMAGE
RIN CAST 【Snow Drop】
TSURUGI ATTACKED → RIN RECEIVED 82 DAMAGE
RIN CASTING WAS INTERRUPTED
The president was attacked while casting her magic and wasn’t able to act properly.
I shouldn’t have fallen. I needed to stay standing to protect the president.
「That’s all? Mari-jouchan, I’ll break you later. Before that, I’m gonna end this annoying newcomer.」
Tsurugi-san crossed his arms and entered the motion for account break.
No… this is bad.
If this goes on, the president’s going to be defeated!
Any more than this… please don’t steal any more important things from me…
Chapter 16 END
9: My hate towards KUZUrugi keeps rising.
9: The next chapter will be about Rin or the President.