110. Tournament – Part 5 (70%)

The seventh match… Hakurou vs Damrada

This one I’m interested in. As expected of Veldora’s tampering. I really can’t see the outcome for most of today’s matches. I predict that Hakurou will win, but will it really end up that way? And thus it began.

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Fumu. With a sigh, Damrada began a light warm up. It’s been a long time since he last had a fight in which he had to go all out. Advancing to the middle of the arena, he stood facing Hakurou. Without rushing, composed. A man who cared for naught but money–Damrada. So the association spoke of him. In reality, he thought that it was natural for others to think that he cared only for money. He was the kind of person who would not hesitate to make money. He was fine with fraud and betrayal as means. After all, the one who was deceived was at fault; only someone who’s suicidal would act without guarantee. For Damrada, those whom he would betray were mere disposable pawns–a lesser life form he cared little for. Beings who have are completely worthless are those who cannot even predict that they will be betrayed. So he never cared what kind of fate awaited those whom he had betrayed. Hence the reason people said that Damrada always brought back dead man’s loot. But there’s a reason that Damarada is fo fixated with money. Expanding an organization costs a lot of money–you have to root yourself in various places in various countries all of which costs money. Which is why Damrada used various means to earn money. All for their great master, the true lord of the Cerberus–Kagurazaka Yuuki! The world “above” would be dominated by the Freedom Association. The underground would be taken over by Damrada’s group–Cerberus. Thus establishing complete dominion. They are also successfully corrupting the Eastern Empire, with “Strength” and “Lady” Cerberus bosses deployed there. They have been supplying weapons and have thus earned their trust. And at an opportune time, Damrada would be switched with the “Lady.” Gaining dominance over humanity was but a matter of time and they had long worked to incite the Western Saint’s Church to eliminate the monsters. Only Holy Empire Ruberion, for some unbeknownst reason, forbid intervention. However, surely that was within their great master’s expectations; all Damrada had to do was to follow. This time, he had received strange orders. Though perhaps what is strange is this country before him. Damrada was ordered to obtain Demon Lord Rimuru’s trust and be recognized as a trading partner. He was told about this Demon Lord’s preference, and the plan was proceeding smoothly with Damrada successfully infiltrating. Of course, the necessary information to get to this point was all manipulated by Kagurazaka Yuuki. Even as he admired his master’s ability, he was also confident in appearing as a merchant. After all, this country stank of money from the moment he entered it. So it doesn’t matter what he would be trading in; there was money to be made here. For Damrada, this was job that was far more interesting than trading with the Eastern Empire, so he could not afford to fail. Therefore, (Maybe going all out would be fun). So, he took a natural stance. And thus the match began.

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In the center, glaring at each other stood Hakuro and Damrada. Both exhibited auras of masters, but Hakuro was is a Sword Saint. I think that, being unarmed, Damrada would be at a disadvantage, but I guess we’ll see. The moment the match began Damrada instantly closed distance. He started not a single moment too soon, but was moving at a speed that even a seasoned veteran would have hard time dodging. Only because my thoughts are accelerated could I see it. Hakurou, however, casually stepped back and swung down his sword… when did he draw it? For a second there, I though that his sword had cut off Damrada’s legs, but… Kiin! A high pitched sound rang out, and Damrada’s feet had repelled Hakuro’s blade. Though I thought Damrada merely preferred baggy clothing, it seems he is wearing armor underneath. So he isn’t a fool who’d fight him barehanded. Well, yeah, I get it. Each of Damrada’s kicks generate a vacuum blade aiming at Hakuro, who, of course, intercepts it calmly. Returning his sword to the sheathe, he began a series of special attacks using blink-step. Using <Blink Step> Hakuro can move 5 meters in any direction in an instant and quickly dispose of his enemy. Truly a divine skill–Mist blade (Kasumi-kiri). However, although he shouldn’t be able to see it, Damrada has been receiving Hakuro’s blade without fail. Although every strike should have easily been able to cut off his arm, Damrada remains without wound. He probably has armored his hands as well. But to be able to block Hakuro’s blade, truly wonderful gear he has. Surely it is at least on par with the Templar’s spirit armor. Currently, we are introducing the spirit armor to our market. It seems to be a relic of an ancient civilization that takes a lot of magic energy to make, but tends to surpass the performance of modern pieces. If you threw all of them in classes, you’d have: God Class, Legend, Unique, Rare, Special, and Normal. Spirit armor, even that sold in the common marketplace, would be of at least unique quality. Hinata’s spirit armor is of legendary class. But if hers was legendary, would a god class truly exist? Apparently, Veldora had seen it before. For example, the hero who sealed Veldora was deigned in one. “Seriously?!” I thought, but considering that Veldora said so, I have no reason to doubt him. According to him, when a considerable amount of energy accumulates in an armor, it can evolve. Now that I think about it, wasn’t Karion’s equipment also legendary class? Kurobee seemed very interested in it. At the moment, Kurobee can mostly make unique equipment. But if we use the best material, I guess we really could reach Legendary class. When this event is over, I’ll have him finally finish my blade (katana). I mean, the demon steel has probably been soaking up my energy for a long enough time. But that aside, Hakuro’s Blade is one of Kurobee’s earlier works and is of rare quality. But, in the hands of a sword saint, equipment rank doesn’t matter all that much. Though had it been unique, it probably would cut through the armor. So to repel all of those hits, Damrada’s “touki” must either invalidate physical attacks or he has darn good equipment. Or both. Well, I guess I should just appraise it to find out. Result: I could only discern that the black clothing he is wearing is unique class. To interfere with appraisal skill… his equipment is truly great. But, what a shame! I have a reliable buddy name Raphael.

《Solution. Individual: Damrada has an unnaturally high “touki.” Additionally, I have identified at least 17 pieces of equipment. Each of Unique Class.》

Is what he said. What a rich guy this Damrada is! To have enough money to purchase better equipment than the Templars. What a terrifying guy. The thing about spirit armor, is that lives as a single piece. It disperses and repairs using one’s magical energy. So it’s possible to instantly change the equipment used. Amazing right… the power of money. This got me thinking, and when I look at Kurobee, he looks like he has something to say. We nod at each other. We have our next goal in mind. Lots of armor and weapon plans to draw. And even if we fail, we still go the dungeon money-making machine. Oh, this has gotten fun!

Well, I have gone on a tangent. Doesn’t matter (it does for me!)… I guess it’s rude to Hakurou and Kurobee. Quality of equipment aside, the fact that Hakurou has been pressed this far just proves how much of a master Damrada is. Perhaps a set of invisible nail-blades adorned Damrada’s hands or something, because a set of vacuum blades suddenly assaulted Hakuro. And it’s certainly difficult to dodge what you can’t see. But, Hakurou lightly side-stepped what would have been a fatal wound. As expected. Hakuro’s sent a Dimensional Decapitation attack at Damrada, who blocked it by distorting space. Here, the climax of the battle. If Hakuro is a sword saint, then Damrada is a fist saint. Frankly, both are way stronger than the Templars. Even compared with Arnaud – sorry Arnaud – Damrada is stronger. And that has nothing to do with equipment; their skill is in a different dimension. There’s no point to use equipment you can’t fully utilize; Damrada fully utilizes his. That means that Damrada is not just some upstart loan shark. Speaking of that, I can’t believe a human could fight this well. And they have already exceeded the allotted 30 minutes. Frankly, none of us had fought Hakuro for 30 minutes in an all out battle. Considering that Hakuro has the unique skill『Martial Artist』, Damrada must also possess some kind of unique skill. But since he doesn’t show it, I can’t analyze it. Could it be an internal skill? It would be strange for him to have been fighting on pure skill alone. Or could it be an effect of his unique equipment? It’s a shame I’m not fighting him; can’t gather as much information this way. But, even if Damrada is a true master, humanity has its limit. Even if he had been supported with some item, this long of a battle surely has taken its toll. It’s amazing he could hold his own against Hakuro for 30 minutes straight. In the end, Damrada let his guard down for a moment, and Hakuro had already pressed his sword against his neck. Truly a wonderful battle. Veldora was so impressed he stood nodding. Seems like he has gotten interested in humanity’s martial arts. He would pester me about it later, but that’s a story for another day.

Thus, the 7th match ended in Hakurou’s victory. But, I was able to see Damrada go all out. I guess I will recognize him as a trading partner. Well, I am not the kind of fool who would trust someone from the underworld, but I will use him. He has fought well, and I did not limit the offer to only if he had won. But, trading? What should I have him do, what can I trade with him? I’ll have to think about that. While I was thinking this, the next match was about to start.

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The 8th Match, Shion vs. Gerudo

Now then, the last match of the day. Shion and Gerudo…

(To be finished!!! Tomorrow! Promise😀 )

さて、本日最終戦。
シオンとゲルド。
ゲルド、地味に徹していて、土木建設部門専門となっているけど、戦闘では守りの要なんだよな。
まあ、魔物の国テンペストでのきっちりした役職を決めていないから、出来る者に仕事が集中する訳だけど。
それもこの大会の結果を見て、判断しようと思っていた。
で、実際の所、シオンとゲルドはどちらが強いのだろうか?
ゲルドは安定した守りの能力。対して、シオンは不安定な心に左右される能力。
少し前まではそういう印象だった。
感情に任せて暴れるシオン。しかし、現在いまは……

「始め!」

ソーカの合図に、シオンはゆっくりと大太刀を抜き、正眼に構えた。
その姿は落ち着いて感情の乱れは見られない。寧ろ、ハクロウを思わせるような風格さえ漂わせた堂々たる姿勢である。
美しく、一本の芯が真っ直ぐに通ったような、見事な構え。
その姿を目にし、ゲルドも攻城破槌クラッシュハンマーと言う城の大門すら破壊出来そうなハンマーを片手に構え、左手には城壁大盾キャッスルシールドという馬鹿でかい盾を構える。
守りの要に相応しく、全身を重装甲鎧ヘビィアーマーで覆っており、ユニークスキル『守護者』を駆使するとダメージを与える事も困難になりそうだ。
シオンは静に剣を上段に持ち上げて、鬼神もかくやという速度で振り下ろした。
まるで、シオンにハクロウが乗り移ったかの如く、無駄の無い流麗な動きである。
え、マジで!? と、俺は驚きシオンを凝視した。
俺だけではなく、ベニマルにソウエイも、皆真面目な表情になり、シオンを見詰めている。
シオンのヤツ、言動は不真面目な事が多く、相変わらず過激な発言をする事もあるのだが、行動は意外にも常識的になっている。そう、あの聖騎士達との和解の日から。
何かシオンの中での蟠りが吹っ切れたように感じたけれど、事実、シオンは何かを乗り越えたのだろう。
人を見下す事も無くなり、傲慢さも見られなくなった。
いや、たまに馬鹿な発言をするのだが、本心からと言うよりは、ふざけて言っているだけになったのだ。
ベニマルが暴走する事が無くなり、自然な落ち着きを身に付けたように。
シオンもまた、成長し、心に余裕を持てたのかも知れない。
そして、その余裕が加速度的にシオンの眠っていた才能を開花させたのだろうか?
今のシオンは、少し前の力任せな闘い方ではなく、ハクロウの教えに忠実な正統派の剣士の如き美しさであった。
つまりは、出鱈目な理不尽さに、技術が加わったと言う事。
その結果……
振り下ろしたシオンの大太刀の切っ先から衝撃波が生じ、ゲルドを襲う。
無論、それは目眩ましの効果しか与えられない。だが、その一瞬の目眩ましの隙をつき、シオンが間合いを詰める。
流れる動作で次撃を叩き付けるシオン。
ゲルドが盾にてその斬撃を受け止めるが、大太刀の異常な攻撃力にて城壁大盾キャッスルシールドが砕けた。
嘘だろ! という呟きが、ベニマルの口から漏れ出る。
いや、気持ちは判る。ソウエイでさえ、驚きの表情を浮かべているのだ。
只事ではなく、シオンの技量レベルが上がっているのだろう。
今の一撃は、剣に『料理人』の効果を乗せていた。
『盾により、剣撃を受け止める』という結果を、『受け止める事が出来ずに切り裂かれる』と改変しようとしたのだ。
だが、そこはゲルドの『守護者』の効果により、結果の改竄を邪魔された。
しかし、ゲルドの『守護者』で邪魔して尚、盾は砕けたのである。
つまり、シオンの意思が、ゲルドの意思を上回ったと言う事。
これで勝負は見えた。
結局、俺の予想通り、30分の激闘を制したのはシオンだった。
ゲルドも意地を見せて、必死の食下がりを行ったのだが、シオンへ一撃を入れる事も出来なかったのである。
徐々に装備を破壊され、結局ゲルドが敗北を宣言し、勝負は決したのだ。
シオンの成長に驚くばかりであった。

もっと接戦になると思っていたのだが、蓋を開けてみれば第8試合はシオンの圧勝だった。
この短期間で、驚くほど成長したシオンを、ここは素直に褒めようと思う。
こうして本戦二日目は終了し、8名の者が残ったのである。

三日目の予定は、

第9試合…… ベニマル vs ソウエイ
第10試合…… ゴブタ  vs ランガ
第11試合…… ベレッタ vs ディアブロ
第12試合…… ハクロウ vs シオン

となっている。
ここまで来ると、予想が難しい。
皆、実力伯仲であり、見所がありそうだ。
さてさて、どうなる事やら。
番狂わせが起きて、ゴブタが優勝したりして……
そんな事を考えつつ、試合を楽しみに待つのであった。

22 thoughts on “110. Tournament – Part 5 (70%)

    1. If you want spoiler: At the end of the chapter (the not yet translated part) lists the next 4 matches.Including Hakurou vs Shion :v so yes Shion won.
      (the other 3 are Benimaru vs Souei, Gobuta vs Ranga and Beretta vs Diablo)

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  1. Wow!! Benimaru vs Soei…. I wonder who is going to win….and the fight of Beretta vs Diablo seems interesting!!
    Thanks for the chapter😀

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  2. Why can’t Rimuru just go classic Demon Lord and take what he wants to take? Kill/Exorcise Yuuki, then dish up the proofs later? With Raphael’s backup I doubt it would be hard.

    Also letting those children’s stay close too Yuuki is pretty bad you know~~

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    1. Because Yuuki is master f information bender if Rimuru act poorly his reputation will straight down the earth core.
      Tempest will no longer be able to trade with human country .
      Only trouble after trouble await him.

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      1. If his rep goes down…
        Rimuru: You guys want to trade with me? Or I could make a giant magnifying glass over your capital and roast your citizens like ants.

        There’s really nothing the humans can do against Rimuru… but Yuuki is suspected to be combining with a powerful demon, so he may actually prove to be very capable in combat.

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      2. But he is a demon lord… Also I doubt Yuuki is better schemer than Raphael! Beat the crap out of Yuuki, fork up some “evidence”\evidence and enjoy the praise from the naive population!

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      3. I think Rimuru is worried about the demon that is controlling/ working with Yuuki.
        Currently, Yuuki is the only link to that demon that they know of.
        And I’m sure that Rimuru is also worried for the kids.

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      1. Ah wait! Damrada’s organization is run by Yuuki… Bummer… Change of plans, Rimururururu goes badass and destroys the entire Cerberus operation!

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  3. Thanks again for.the translation. Btw seriously hope rimuru finds outabout cerberus boss being yuuki and if he should be trading with them cus I personally believe shouldnt he investigate thier organization a bit more?.

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