MTY: Chapter 143

Reluctantly following the summons of the King, I arrive at the specified time. As I walk through the door to the court that I met the King in last time, I am surprised to see some familiar faces.

“What in the world are you doing here?” I ask Juire, who is standing close to a quivering guard with a smug look

“Why else would I be here, but to accept the winnings of my little wager.” He says as he notices me enter and walks away from the guard

The look on the guard’s face is conflicted. He seems to be grateful for what I did, but he clearly doesn’t want to show it.

“I didn’t think he would schedule it for the same day. My understanding is that this ceremony is a public showing. I figured him giving you your prize would be a lot more under the table.” I explain as I scan the room

Several well-dressed people are sitting in various chairs lined up to view the center of the court. From the position we are standing in it is easy to feel as though their gazes are judging us, though I imagine that was the intent of the design. The illusion is somewhat broken however since half of the seats, dotted randomly amongst the crowd, remain empty. I guess calling the entire court during this situation isn’t all that easy.

“Oh, he lost his chance for that already. I waited patiently for quite a while already for him to hand me my bounty behind closed doors. Since he has waited this long he clearly must want to present us our rewards together, wouldn’t you agree?” Juire says with a wicked smile

“You weren’t invited were you?” I ask with a snicker

This really shouldn’t be cheering me up, but something about Juire’s attitude is a bit refreshing.

“What an accusation! Clearly, my invitation simply got lost in the post, after all when I arrived the guards were all too ready to make way for me to enter.” He responded with a chuckle of his own

“Um, Mano-san? Who is your friend here?” Anata says as she slowly approaches us

I’m somewhat surprised to see her here. Both she and the mage from the Yuusha’s party were requested, but she seems to dread interaction with her father even more than I do. With Juire here I can’t tell if that is going to make matters better or worse.

“I guess he’s my plus one? He and your father were betting on who would win the tournament. I don’t think I need to tell you who your father was voting on.” I say jokingly and with a bit of unease

Bringing up the Yuusha around Anata is always a mixed bag, but considering the circumstance, it’s probably unavoidable. Starting things off a bit more lighthearted might soften the blow when her dad inevitably approaches the subject with zero tact.

“So… does that mean your friend here bet on you?” She asks while giving him an odd look

“What can I say? I’ve always been a good gambler.” Juire says with obvious discomfort

Anata seems entirely unaffected by Juire. Even if she shares her father’s skills, she should still seem a bit nervous around him. Does she possess a unique skill?

“Clearly you have a good eye for people! Not only did you see the potential in Mano-san, but you also managed to beat my father in the process!” She says with sparkling eyes

Is it really that rare that someone manages to win over her father? He’s not exactly a genius. I guess he must use the throne as a means to keep people away. You can’t exactly lose a battle you never took part in.

“You, uh, certainly have some interesting friends don’t you?” Juire says as he backs away from her a bit

“Oh, you don’t know the half of it,” I say slightly exasperated as I look around the room

I’m almost glad my party wasn’t invited, even if it was just a petty show of favoritism. I think I have my hands full with just these few loons.

As I am thinking such fanfare begins to play. Does he seriously do that every time he enters the room? I’ve only been here twice and it’s already gotten old.

“Humble champion of the tour- You! What are you doing here?!” The king yells out as he walks into the room and stands in front of his throne

“I’m just here to accept my prize my liege,” Juire says with a smile from ear to ear as he gives a small bow

I wonder if he is going to be lonely once he leaves the capital. I’ve never seen him happier than when he torments the king.

The king seems even more on edge than usual, as this slight provocation already has him turning a deeper shade of red. He makes a visible effort to collect himself before continuing.

sigh “Fine, then we will handle the paperwork for your prize today as well. I suppose the more I can get off my plate the better.” He says as he lowers himself onto his throne

I would commend him on his patience, but the look on his face betrays him. Rather than calming down, he simply looks too tired to remain angry. This entire disaster must have really hit him hard.

“In this time of crisis, we need now more than ever to retrieve the items from the previous Maou’s castle. I had hoped to save much of its spoils to help the Yuusha on his journey, but it seems he has… other priorities to attend to. As the winner of the tournament, you have proven yourself to be able to handle the perils of that dastardly place.” He continues

When I received this summons, I really thought that I would be the most miserable person here, but it seems I was wrong by a long shot.  If you weren’t looking closely you would think that he was being honorable, and living up to his promise. The dead look in his eyes, too tired to fight, but clearly dreading the words coming out of his mouth… I almost pity him.

Confused myself on how to feel about the sight in front of me, I look to Anata. She is frozen. Looking at her father with a look of pure surprise. I would think this would be the best-case scenario for her, but in her confusion I see no joy shining through.

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Neoread Chapter 143

Chapter 143 is now live on Neoread, and will be available May 9th for those that would like to read it on WordPress. For those that would like to read right away please head to:

The new series has hit a small delay since I decided to rewrite one of the earlier chapters in my buffer to accommodate a better idea I had for the series. (I actually wrote up a buffer before I announced it to help make sure I can keep up with the release schedule. It should be a consistent release after the first chapter launches for quite some time.)

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Along with all of that, I have an exciting new announcement to make! To celebrate my story launching on this new platform I decided to start releasing the fantasy sci-fi story that I have been working on for the past few months. It will be on a two-week schedule just like Maou the Yuusha, but the releases will alternate which week so you guys won’t have to wait as long between chapters. (yes I know I am bad at keeping schedules T.T)

The new series will be launching exclusively on Neoread, so please be on the lookout for “The Forgotten Journey” here soon. I will probably post the first chapter in a few days after I have gone over it once or twice more.



P.S: I’m still working on the new chapter. I’ve got it mostly done, but it will probably need to be a few days before that goes out as well. I will be doing nothing but working and sleeping for the next 3 days so I won’t have any time to work on it.

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MTY: Chapter 142

A few weeks have passed. The time since Anata found me has been… rough. After coming to his senses the Yuusha disappeared in the Chaos. Between the undead wave that devastated much of the city and the Yuusha’s disappearance, residence of the capital’s morale has been horrible. The previously lively streets and markets lay mostly empty, and those that can be seen wandering the streets look tired and afraid.

Even if the news of his disappearance might have been good news for me, I can understand why they would be so upset. If he doesn’t resurface before one year is up, then by everything they have been taught a horrible disaster will befall the world unabated.

“I’m back,” I say as I return to my room in my now near-permanent residence at the inn

“Welcome back! How did the relief efforts go?” Anata ask me as she finishes up brushing Mana’s hair

Anata has been staying with our party since the Yuusha’s disappearance. It seems to have hit her harder than anybody. She also wanted to take part in the disaster relief efforts that our party took up at the request of the guild.

“It went alright. I mostly helped with construction again today. For the most part, we’ve managed to clear up the rubble and tear down the buildings that need to be rebuilt entirely. I don’t know how much help I am going to be once they switch gears to repairs.” I say as I rub my head in frustration

These efforts have basically become a full-time job, and have left very little time for me to focus on growing stronger or to learn more about magic. Even with high stamina, the constant use of magic compounded on the seemingly endless amount of work has been mentally draining. Usually, I wouldn’t be making such a huge detour, but this city coming to ruin was my fault start to finish. I have to… make it right.

“I don’t think you will need to worry about that, while you were gone a royal summons got delivered. My dad has called for your entire party to attend a ceremony tomorrow at the castle.” Anata says with a faint smile

“…I guess it’s time then.” I say as I slump down on the bed

“We can only wait so long for Hark to come back. Even with things left unresolved, it was pretty clear to most people that you had the fight won. If dad doesn’t hand the prize over to you then it will drag the royal family’s name through the mud. If there is one thing he cares about, it’s appearance.” She continues, towards the end of her statement her brushing becomes a bit more aggressive

In spending more time with Anata I’ve learned a few things. The first is that she and her father are not on good terms. She largely joined the Yuusha’s party in the first place as an excuse to get away from him. The second is that she has nearly no claim to the throne. With 6 sisters that are older than her, she is almost inconsequential to the royal family. Talking about it seems to be a bit of a sore subject for her.

“I don’t personally think it matters whether he gives it to us now or later. Either way, we won’t be able to check it out until things have stabilized here.” I say as I try to think ahead to the future

I’m still not safe, not by a long shot, but with the Yuusha out of the picture I might be able to take advantage and gain a head start. Along with the relics and gear we will find at the previous Maou’s castle, there is also the support of the kingdom. If I can get them to think of me as the Yuusha’s stand-in, I might be able to learn more about their hunt for the Maou, and leverage that support to defeat the Yuusha.

“That’s not the case at all!” Anata says as she stops brushing Mana’s hair and turns to look at me

“With the relics inside the Maou’s castle, we should be able to speed up the relief effort by months! I’m sure the royal family would pay you a fortune for them right now!” She nearly pleads while looking at me

She makes a good point, but we have some conflicting interests. Magic items are by no small means a huge tactical advantage in times of conflict from what I’ve learned. Once compounded on the stats of those that fight for a living, even the smallest bonus to strength can raise someone from a danger into a catastrophe. On the other hand, simple items like those used for storage or generation of cheap resources like water can be used to streamline supply lines. Knowingly giving those kinds of things to an enemy I’m almost sure to face would be a huge mistake on my part.

On the other hand, if it would speed up the recovery effort than my obligation to stay here instead of growing stronger would disappear. It would also be unfair of me to make the people currently suffering continue to do so for much longer.

I continue to rub my head in frustration.

“Fine! I’ll go, I’ll go! Not like it was my choice anyway!” I say, finally giving up

There is something that doesn’t sit well in my stomach knowing that I am doing what the king wants. Even outside of being the Maou that just reeks of trouble.

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Small Hiatus

Let me start off by apologizing, I genuinely wanted to join the creators around the world that I am so proud of at the moment that is making an effort to put out extra content as of late for those stuck in their homes bored. Unfortunately, I will have to go in the opposite direction. As of about a week ago my wisdom tooth made contact with the nearest tooth it could find, and since has been slowly pushing into and cracking said tooth. Due to dentist offices only taking emergency patients at the moment I have been stuck with a rather unbearable pain. I simply cannot focus for long enough to write anything decent at the moment. I hope you all understand. April 1st is when my tooth is set to be removed and is when I will continue my writing.


P.S: All of you please stay safe out there, do everything you can not to touch your face, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and practice social distancing.

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MTY: Chapter 141

For the first time I can remember, I fight to wake up. For what feels like hours I drift between sleep and the cusp of consciousness. Each time I draw close to waking I can hear voices around me, an air of concern and occasional urgency. My curiosity burns, but my body refuses my attempts to return to the land of the living.

Although still groggy, eventually I manage to pry my eyes open to a dark room. As I look around the room, I begin to put the pieces together. All around me are people covered in dirt, dust, and blood. There are more than a dozen people packed into this small room, most of which are sleeping on pelts and blankets, with only a few people lucky enough to be on beds.

These must be the people affected by the undead horde. People who lost their homes were injured or had to avoid their homes due to the disaster. As someone collapsed on the street I must have been mistaken for one of them and carried here. However, that only begins to answer the questions swirling in my mind right now. What time is it? Why didn’t my normal sleep habits kick in this time? Where are my friends in all of this? These are the questions I need to answer urgently. The rest can wait.

In an effort not to disturb the other people sleeping, I slowly raise from the bed and begin to lightly step between sleeping bodies. My poor balance as I try to tiptoe between them reminds me that there hasn’t been a large need for stealth since my arrival in this world. I should probably make an effort to remedy my poor stealth skills in the future. Who knows when avoiding a fight could save my life?

“Pssst~ Over here~” I hear a soft voice call out

I look around the room for the source and notice a hand beckoning me from the doorway.

Unsure if the call was truly for me or not, I rush through the room attempting to not raise anybody. As I make it through the doorway and look around to see the source of the call I am met with a surprise.

“Anata?! What are you doing here?” I have to stop myself from yelling

“I heard a rumor that a girl by your description was found collapsed in the danger zone right after the attack suddenly stopped. When I arrived I saw you funnily walking through that room so I thought I would call out to you.” She says with a small giggle and a smile

“It’s the middle of the night?! Why would you be checking on a rumor like that so late?!” I ask in a loud whisper

“Well, I just kept checking on rumors like that and it was this late before I knew it. I’m glad I finally found you.” She answers with a sad smile

As I see the look on her face I remember the last time we spoke. When I had my blade to the Yuusha’s throat, holding a clear intention to use it, and she cried out desperately from the stands for me not to.

As the memory rushes back to me, I must show it on my face, because her expression darkens as well. She struggles to look me in the eyes as I try to find the words to apologize, eventually turning her gaze to the paved road at our feet.

“Anata… I-”

“I’m sorry!” Anata interrupts in a startlingly loud voice

“Ah-!” She says as she covers her mouth and looks through the door at the room of sleeping people

With a small sigh of relief, I can tell that she didn’t disturb anyone.

“I don’t understand, what are you apologizing for?” I ask

It’s not like I feel guilty for trying to kill the Yuusha, it’s simply a matter of survival, but I can’t help but feel guilty after what I did to Anata. I was ready to make her witness his death by my hands. I in no small terms betrayed her. What could she possibly have to feel sorry about?

“What Hark did that day… I can understand why you were angry. He didn’t just take the fight too far, but he… he… he did something unforgivable. I didn’t want to see him die… but it was wrong of me to try to stop you. I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy to decide to kill a friend like that, but if he continued his berserk state he could have… killed so many more people. I made you out to be the bad guy. I let my feelings for Hark get in the way of my judgment. It was wrong of me both as a princess and as your friend.” She says with tears welling up in her eyes

“Please… forgive me.” She says as she breaks out into full-on crying

I grab her shoulder to console her, but she rushes forward into my chest and begins crying on my shoulder. Not sure how to proceed in the conversation, I let her cry for a few minutes until she seemed to start calming down. As she does I look around and it begins to hit me. Days have passed again. Repairs have already begun for some of the damaged structures in the area, and tons of bricks and lumber have been dragged in front of dozens of buildings.

“What… What happened after that? How long have I been asleep?” I ask

sniff “The kingdom did everything it could to support those that were displaced or injured. My father has been swept up in trying to soothe the rising tensions with the nobles that were attending the tournament. Rumors have spread that the Tsilge kingdom orchestrated this attack on the arena intentionally as an assassination attempt.” She begins to rattle off events, clearly trying to think of what is most important to get out first

“What happened to my friends?” I ask with a resolute tone

“They have been searching for you as well. After the first few days passed we started taking turns checking out rumors looking for you. I was so worried that something had happened to you at first, but your monsters stayed diligently looking for you. Since your contract with them was clearly still functioning I knew you had to be alright. Everybody else should be sleeping right now… except the imps. Nobody has been able to make them stop searching.” She explained

That sounds like them. I’m glad everybody else is resting at least. I hate that I’ve made everybody worry again, especially so soon after promising them I would be more careful.

“and… what happened to the Yuusha?” I ask in a worried tone

Her look, which had begun to brighten again, sank immediately. Her eyes dart as she tried to figure out how to form the words, and she clearly struggles to keep her composure.

“He’s gone.”

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Neither I nor the series is dead, I just didn’t have any time to write since the last chapter. Hiring on a new editor soon, so hopefully things will start going a bit smoother after that, but for now please be patient as chapters will resume shortly.

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MTY: Chapter 140

As my creation fades from my arms, my legs give out beneath me and I fall to my knees.

My mind grows dull. I know that there is danger all around me and that I need to be doing something about the greater threat now that the whisp is taken care of, but my body simply won’t listen and remains in this defenseless position.

Ah, so this is why the Yuusha sat there as I tried to end his life.

I’ve broken one of the only principles that I had. I want to believe that I did it because she was in pain, or to accept her sins as my own, but I know that isn’t true.

The simple fact of the matter is that absorbing her was simply easier for me than killing her. Her existence had become inconvenient for me, so I ended it. Add to that the power boost I was sure to get from her and it’s hard to argue my selfish intentions.

So here we are, I created a monster that killed every creature in its wake and then absorbed it to get more powerful. I am exactly the disastrous creature that everybody is so scared of. I no longer have any excuses for when they try to end me. Fate has found its way despite my greatest efforts, and now all that’s left is the finale to the story. The part where the righteous hero defeats the dastardly villain.

You have gained power through the experience of others
Skill gained: Command undead
Skill gained: Life drain
Skill gained: Telepathy
Skill gained: Give life


As this message appears before me my attention is drawn back to the undead on all sides. They are now standing motionless as they watch me.

“Crumble,” I mutter with resolution and anger at their unwanted stares

As if marionettes with cut strings, the undead around me fall to the ground instantly at my command. Their flesh and bone seem to dry as they lay there, and before long I am surrounded by little more than rancid smelling dust.

As the scene settles around me, the moans and screams that had become a constant in the background begin to subtly fade into nothing. I am left in quiet to my thoughts.

Perhaps none of this truly hit me so hard as one simple realization. A feeling I had grown so used to as to forget it was even there, one that had been maddening me for so long, and yet faded slightly moments ago. Hunger. My body craved the power it had once lost.

I could feel it as she became a part of me again, the power inside me has been growing and swirling in a chaotic unreasonable fashion… but the power from her was matured, refined. Up until now, it was as if I was sipping from a vessel of boiling water, unable to take almost anything in before drawing back… but the power from the whisp was like a chunk of ice. Not only did it serve to fill the vessel further, but it calmed what threatened to boil over. I can easily draw more from it now.

My power feels as though it has multiplied several times over.

I should feel happy about that, shouldn’t I? With this, I might actually be able to stand up against the Yuusha right? Wrong on every account. I can feel the hunger now. The short relief has only made me aware of the pain that is sure to continue to grow, and the only way to make it fade further is to continue to commit the mistake I just made. To consume every creature after it has had a chance to live and grow… to become its own entity. A part of me knows that the strength the Yuusha showed back there… I still wouldn’t be able to handle him. The only way would be to take back every ounce of power I had used to date.

Perhaps if that’s the case then death would be a mercy?

“A-Are you alright?” I hear in a young boys voice behind me

Curious as I am to the origin, my body refuses my command. Even looking his way is out of my control.

“Hello?… H-Hey I think she might be injured!” The boy calls out

I hear voices and footsteps growing closer soon after, but my consciousness begins to fade.

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MTY: Chapter 139

I run full force towards the horde, dreading every second about what I am about to do. Just as the horde feels as though it can reach out and grab me I leap into the air, as high as I can.

Most of the horde is still constrained to the hole made in the stadium wall thanks to my efforts in culling those that entered, so to properly get into the thick of things I have to go even higher than the stadium walls with my jump.

The world seems to contort and my stomach twists into a solid knot as I watch the world get further and further away from me. I desperately will myself to calm down so I can assess the situation from the sky.

It’s far worse than I had previously imagined. Undead are absolutely everywhere. Not only filling out the streets from the breach in the outer wall to here but in all of the surrounding areas around the arena. No wonder that massive subjugation party fell, these numbers far exceed anything that was predicted.

I desperately look into those nearest the stadium in search of the pink glow that I had caught a glimpse of before. Thankfully it was not difficult to pick out of the crowd. The only gap in the shambling hordes formation was a strange circle they seemed to form around something decently large that gave off a bright pink glow.

The whisp I created was quite small, wasn’t it? Could this actually be something unrelated to me?

With this faint hope behind me, I begin falling to the earth once again. The closer the ground gets, the more my body tenses up. Before reaching the ground I all but lose my calm and cast a barrier around myself in panic.

I don’t know what was worse. The sound of bones and meat crushing under the weight of my fall, or the fact that casting the barrier caused me to bounce. After bouncing I once again landed on more of the undead, but not with enough force to do any damage. Instead, my barrier is rolled around on top of them as they attempt to claw at me within it.

As my barrier sinks into the river of undead, and the rolling finally stops, I lay there for a moment. There are a few things I could imagine would be worse than losing my lunch right now, so I collect myself before standing again.

I take a deep breath and prepare a spell before dispelling the barrier around me. As I do dozens of undead pour in from the sides, desperate to assault the puzzling prey before them. To their surprise, however, I disappear. By activating clear I can pass through the horde with little resistance, though they still react when touched. I quickly make progress towards the glow by jumping atop the heads of the undead.

At last, I arrive at the clearing around the pink glow, and my worst fears are realized as I get a good look at the creature in front of me. It appears to be a ghostly figure of a girl, not fully realized, made up of a pink whispy substance. She looks sad and lost as her eyes search the area around her.

Momma? Are you there? I can feel you.

She speaks into my mind as she reaches out her hand toward me.

This is, without doubt, the whisp that I created in that forest, but something seems to have changed about it. Did it rank up?

Clear deactivates around me, I no longer wish to remain hidden. I begin walking towards the phantom.

Momma! It’s you! I’ve been looking for so long!

As I reach her, my words catch in my throat. I know what I must do, but it hurts me so much even to consider it.

Momma, aren’t you happy to see me! Aren’t you proud of me?

The vestige of a girl asks, but the sadness doesn’t leave her eyes. It feels as though she knows the answer.

“Why… Why didn’t you return to me when I called for you?” I ask

The girl looks like she is in pain, but remains silent.

“Why did you raise these undead?” I ask sternly

She begins to cry but remains silent.

“Why did you hurt all of these people?!” I demand

“Be-Because y-you m-m-made me like this.” The girls voice trembles as she attempts to speak aloud

“I created you with the abilities to draw the mana from nature around you and heal injuries. Not create undead and attack settlements.” I argue, raising my voice

I feel as though I am scolding a child, which weighs heavily on my heart.

“E-ever Every day, I-i grew stronger. I took m-more from the c-creatures around me. I d-didn’t k-know better. By the t-time, I realized what I-i was doing. E-e-everything around me was… dead.” She says with incorporeal tears running down her face

With every word she stutters or trips on, her form seems to jerk in a disconcerting fashion.


The sound of a child whaling is broadcasted into my mind, as she continues to struggle with words in front of me.

“I-i tried to fix them… I tr-tried so hard-d! A-and I did! I brought one back!” The girl desperately argues as she begins to look around her

I understand immediately what she meant. One of the creatures that died to her over-active mana drain must have been the first of this undead horde.

She smiles as she looks at them as if they were special to her.

“Y-you called for me… but I w-was s-s-scared. I took so m-much, that I hurt things. I w-wanted to fix things first. I w-went around fixing p-people, and they b-became my friends! I fixed everybody that got hurt a-around me! S-since I fixed more than I broke, I thought you would be proud of me!” As she reaches the end of her sentence, her false smile breaks

She looks at me with a look of defeat, as if she already knows that the words she is saying are false hope. She wanted it so bad, that she said them anyway, even if it was only going to make things hurt more.

I resolve myself to do what must be done.

I walk briskly towards the girl.

She braces and closes her eyes as if she expects me to strike her.

As I reach her I throw my arms around her, even surprising myself that I could touch her in this form. As I embrace her I pull her close to me and say as earnestly as I can.

“I am so proud of you. I am so sorry that I made you go through that. None of this is your fault, it’s mine.”

My own words sting me. If I had properly studied how my powers work I could have avoided this entire tragedy. I not only cause all of those people to suffer, but I carelessly brought life into this world and left it to struggle all on its own. Every bit of this is my fault.

“R-Really? Momma?” The girl asks as she squeezes into me

“Really.” I say as she fades away in my arms

Monster Absorbed
Integrating stats and abilities
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MTY: Chapter 138

“What an incredible counter-attack by the Yuusha! This match has life in it yet!” The announcer excitedly comments as the undead flood into the arena

Even if the audience is fooled into thinking this is an attack by the Yuusha, there is no doubt in my mind that the light in the distance is the Wisp I made before. The damnable thing is openly broadcasting that it’s looking for the one that birthed it as well! The Yuusha is at my mercy, but if I don’t stop that thing soon then I will be outed for sure!

As I stand there looking between the two, my heart rate begins to skyrocket. I understand fully that I now have to choose between an inevitable death, and giving up the chance at having a life.

Either the wisp makes me into the enemy of all of humanity or I let the man that will one day kill me go, only to grow even stronger than he already is.

If I were to take care of the wisp here, my chances would be higher than 0%. I would at least have a time before I was outed to try and find a solution. Logically it is the better choice, but having only just witnessed the fearsomeness of this creature that lies helpless before me, it is hard to make the logical choice.

Would I really be able to live like that? Knowing that this nightmare was ever-looming, ever-growing closer? I don’t even know if I will live a year at this rate, the risk of being exposed seems to grow greater by the day.

…One attack, it would take only a moment.

As I look at the Yuusha I can only feel a combination of hatred and fear, something about even this weak appearance makes my very core shake. This feeling of vile disgust feels ready to overwhelm me. I draw back my weapon with resolution.

I will slit his throat with one slice, then rush to handle the wisp! That is the only way!

I grasp my sword hard enough I fear that either the handle or my hand itself might shatter under the pressure, and I swing the blade down with all my might.

BZZzt! “PRINCESS?! Where are you?! We need backup out here!”

As that familiar voice played over the com-stone in my inventory, it felt as though the fog cleared from my head. The sounds that I didn’t even notice going dull around me I could suddenly hear.

The cries of fear ringing out all around me.

“Everyone evacuate! This is not part of the fight, a high-level subjugation target has entered the city! I repeat-” The announcer was desperately trying to empty the arena

The people around me had long noticed that this wasn’t an attack by the Yuusha if I had followed through it would have been simple murder. My opportunity was already gone, the fight was over, and I hadn’t even noticed.

What was that? Was I really so scared of him that I could ignore all of this around me? It simply doesn’t feel…right.


Without another moment of hesitation, I dashed towards the horde at full speed. Why had I wasted so much time thinking about this? Screw being ousted, the others are on the other side of this fighting for their lives! This is my mess to clean up.

“W-what is this?! Contestant Mano is dashing straight into the heart of the storm! Perhaps she can hold them off!” The announcer joyously called out

“What are you cheering her on for you fool! The match is over! Focus on evacuating the citizens!” The king jeered in response

“S-sorry sire, just a habit.” The announcer said back in a small voice

Black lightening” I said calmly as I pointed my sword at the horde

The dark current shot from my sword into the undead, burning the closest ones to a crisp. At first, it seems to affect the entire lot, but as the first few rows fall to the ground in a cindered mass those behind them continue their march. Shambling slowly over the remains of those in front of them.

“W-wow, she really managed to take out quite a few of them there. Maybe she has a chance at winning?” The announcer says in a surprised tone

“So she is useful for something other than threatening to murder humanities only hope, fantastic. She should keep that up until we are all gone.” The king responds

This isn’t going to work, I don’t know how many there are, but my mana won’t last forever and I’ve only just finished fighting the Yuusha. Between restoring my wounds and my feeble attempts at damaging him I haven’t exactly got a full tank to burn.

“Kera, I need a report, how many of them are there? What exactly are we dealing with here?” I say over the comstone

“Oh, now you respond! I’ve been trying to get in touch with you since they broke through the outer wall! They have been pouring in non-stop ever since! Most of us are by the wall trying to slow them down, but the imps are headed your way!” Kera yelled through what sounded like combat

“How is the horde even here? I thought they were a few days out and wasn’t a subjugation squad meant to be handling them?” I ask

“No clue how or why they sped up, but the subjugation squad… well let’s just say there were some familiar faces when the first wave came smashing into the city.” Kera answers with a pained tone

So, I guess there is little chance of backup. Worse, my party seems to already be chipping away at them and yet we might as well be facing different hordes all together with how many there are.

I only have one idea… and I desperately don’t like it.


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