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Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero Volume 4 Chapter 4

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  1. Completion Status (10/10) COMPLETED March 9th
  2.  
  3. Chapter 4 – Absolutely won’t Concede.
  4.  
  5. Part 1
  6.  
  7. As if there was a singing sound that was coming from the shaking of the atmosphere and the low deep sound from the shaking of the earth.
  8.  
  9. This sound was not formed by a natural phenomenon.
  10.  
  11. But was the sound issued from countless individuals concentrating at the same location.
  12.  
  13. Excited. The magician country Sherfield’s royal arena was enveloped by a midst of hot air. The hot air diffused and spread outwards, even the west side preparation room that was divided by thick stone walls could hear the noisiness. The audience stands should have been packed tightly from a long time ago. Hearing the distant noise, Ousawa Miu’ hands were clasped over her chest. She knew that this was a duel that was opened to public, but……
  14.  
  15. ……She did not think that it would actually attract so many people.
  16.  
  17. The day after the talks had ended, which is two days ago, the three country’s leader officially announced the news about the duel.
  18.  
  19. In addition to the home country crowd of Sherfield, there was an unusual amount of audience from Disdia and Aleclasta.
  20.  
  21. “There’s no problem right……”
  22.  
  23. Humans have always considered the powerful demon race as an object of fear, right now the arena had an influx of large amount of spectators, and it was obviously that they came due to the contestants. The hero who defeated the demon king Galious and his comrades, these people were all great heroes within their hearts. One of the reasons is obviously not because they defeated the demon king, but the fact that they had helped many individuals throughout their travels, and leaving many popular stories. As long as they met people being abused while on their travels, whether it was to cure people who was suffering from diseases and hungry, or even to help out people who lived in pain due to mountain thieves and pirates, they have always actively intervene, and helped solved the problems of the kind citizens, earning the crowds trust and respect. Although a small people were shocked by the phrase of a “Rogue Hero”, it did not shake the crowd’s believe in them. The heroic deeds of the four people were even heard by Miu, who was living in Galevain forest. Thus, the news that these four people would once again show up, immediately captured spectators throughout the world. Although Akatsuki joined the demon race’s formation, opinions put his method as “Creating peace, and eliminate all necessary evil”, the amount of supporters were not little. However, this was purely a stance that empathize Akatsuki, and it did not represent that they supported the demon race. To humans, the demon race is still a scary enemy.
  24.  
  25. ……But……
  26.  
  27. Ousawa Miu was determined, not to ever hesitate and also not to be confused.
  28.  
  29. This problem has already been resolved. The past Miu was troubled previously about her own position, she did not know how to live, but after under Akatsuki’s guidance, she finally found her answer. So now it is clear to Miu what she has to do, and how to do it.
  30.  
  31. That is to believe in Akatsuki. Even if the situation was disadvantageous, it cannot shake her own determination.
  32.  
  33. “——Hey, that “Nine” and “Eleven” over there, come over here a bit.”
  34.  
  35. Akatsuki’s voice came from within the preparation room, sitting not far away, Haruka and Miu both unanimously turned around.
  36.  
  37. Both of them hurriedly headed over to Akatsuki, who was sitting by the wall.
  38.  
  39. “We do not permit you to use this kind of method to call us, I have already mentioned it many times!”
  40.  
  41. “If you commit it again, don’t blame me if I cut off your tongue!”
  42.  
  43. The blushing “Nine” and “Eleven” fiercely stared at Akatsuki.
  44.  
  45. “This is wrong isn’t it? My mouth have saved you two, is this the attitude you treat to your savior?”
  46.  
  47. “Nnnnn……”
  48.  
  49. Seeing Akatsuki reveal a strange smile, Miu and Haruka could not help but reluctantly bite their lips.
  50.  
  51. ——That night, the two of them has mistakenly drank Melissa’s carefully created aphrodisiac.
  52. Akatsuki had no solution but to kiss Miu and Haruka’s body, in the end, both of them had an ending that was indescribable.
  53.  
  54. In order to ensure that he had no missed any locations, Akatsuki had kissed again and again on the two bodies. Until the dawn, Miu and Haruka, who was repeated devastated, almost treated Akatsuki as a supreme god.
  55.  
  56. ……That’s not true. Yes, it was only a momentary confusion……!
  57.  
  58. Miu desperated tried to defend herself. She did not want to imagine the scene or otherwise the feelings she experienced would emerge again, but why does Akatsuki constantly tease the two of them. Every time Akatsuki mention the events of that night, Miu and Haruka could not help but remember the sweet pleasure, their face flushed in red.
  59. However, the two of them obviously will not forget to scold Akatsuki and venting their depression of Akatsuki seeing their embarrassed appearance.
  60.  
  61. “There’s nothing to be shy about……Good work to you two.”
  62.  
  63. “Could your body endure it? If you can’t endure it, remember to tell me.”
  64.  
  65. After saying this —— If Akatsuki use such a gentle tone to talk about their efforts.
  66.  
  67. ……! I will be ashamed and extremely embarrassed……!”
  68.  
  69. Just thinking about is terrifying, the prideful Haruka could possibly would faint at the scene. In this regard, Akatsuki’s teasing was perhaps his way of being considerate.
  70.  
  71. At this moment, Akatsuki put away his taunting expression.
  72.  
  73. “The organizers have arranged for you two to watch the match at the special VIP box. Normal audience cannot see inside the box, the people who can enter the box is only the country’s representatives, but you two still have to be cautious, do not be careless.”
  74.  
  75. “What about you? Is there really no problem?
  76.  
  77. Miu asked.
  78.  
  79. “Your opponents are your past comrades, naturally they are very familiar with your tactics and moves. Although you are the one who defeated father, but it does not mean that their strength isn’t a concern……In fact, they are all excellent warriors right?”
  80.  
  81. “That’s correct, these fellows are really strong. However, I understand that better than anyone else, they are not opponents that should be underestimated, so I naturally will not take this lightly.”
  82.  
  83. The serious Akatsuki suddenly gave off a slight smile.
  84.  
  85. “They understand me, but I also understand them, at that time, there will naturally be a way.”
  86.  
  87. “……What types of fighting style do they belong to?”
  88.  
  89. Akatsuki thought for a while, then he answered Haruka’s question.
  90.  
  91. “Zechs is a swordman-type character, and like me cannot use magic. Loutier specializes in recovery and support type magic, but her magic gun can display amazing power in mid-range. Listy is a pure magician, her battle method consist of attacking magic.”
  92.  
  93. “……Yes, that should be it.”
  94.  
  95. Miu muttered. She had not personally witnessed the trio’s heroic bearing in the battlefield, but had heard of many related stories.
  96.  
  97. The Rogue Hero’s comrades is just as strong as the Rogue Hero.
  98.  
  99. “……Are you confident?”
  100.  
  101. Miu could not conceal her inner fears.
  102.  
  103. “Of course, but……”
  104.  
  105. Akatsuki smiled, and said.
  106.  
  107. “This duel must be won.”
  108.  
  109. “——What?”
  110.  
  111. Miu was frozen for a moment, a smiling Akatsuki stood up from his chair.
  112.  
  113. “——I’m going now. Just wait, I will make everyone at the scene accept our request for peace.”
  114.  
  115.  
  116. Part 2
  117.  
  118. A few minutes later, the fateful moment has finally come.
  119.  
  120. People from all over the world gave off a thunderous applause, congratulating themselves for becoming a witness to history.
  121.  
  122. Under the music and the cheers from the audience, the first one to enter was the trio who represented the Alliance.
  123.  
  124. That is also Sherfield world-renowned heroes ——Listy and the others.
  125.  
  126. The audience immediately responded with a warm applause and welcome the trio to the stage.
  127.  
  128. ——Next——
  129.  
  130. The demon race’s representative appeared from the other tunnel.
  131.  
  132. In order to prevent the war, a hero who returned once again to Alayzard.
  133.  
  134. At the same time, he abandoned humanity and was a traitor who joined the demon race’s formation.
  135.  
  136. Cheers and curses appeared in the air, the entire arena was in chaos. However,  after Akatsuki appeared, both side of the audience quiet down.
  137.  
  138. This was a duel between the Rogue Hero and Listy, Zechs and Loutier,  but the audience could not see the silhouette of the rogue hero.
  139.  
  140. His hair color, eyes were still the same dark black color, but the person in front of the audience was not the familiar Akatsuki they know.
  141.  
  142. Wearing a evil and dark battle dress, and was armed with a black demon sword.
  143.  
  144. Akatsuki, who had parted with them for a while, seemed to have returned as the second coming of the demon king.
  145.  
  146.  
  147. Part 3
  148.  
  149. The upcoming contestants stood on the stage and confronted each other.
  150.  
  151. Akatsuki’s appearance made Listy El Da Sherfield frown.
  152.  
  153. “Where did you obtain such a weird and enccentric costume and weapon?”
  154.  
  155. “You’re talking about this? The clothes was when I was shopping, and bought from an antique shop. The boss said that this was the battle outfit for the ancient demon king, but it is only a replica and not the real thing. Since I am representing the demon race to fight, I have to consider a bit about my outfit right. As for the weapon, it came from my world.”
  156.  
  157. Akatsuki looked at the black great sword in his hands, his face exposed a strange smile. This appearance made Listy sighed. Looks like Akatsuki had been determined that they will have to have a showdown.
  158.  
  159. “——In short, a real demon king.”
  160.  
  161. Suddenly someone interrupted from the sidelines, looking carefully, it was Alphonse. As the proposer of this duel, Alphonse naturally had to take up the role of the host. He grunted disapprovingly.
  162.  
  163. “If you were using the identity of the “Rogue Hero” to participate, perhaps you may have the support of the audience. Akaktsuki-dono, but this time you miscalculated. Dressing up as the demon race to participate will only arouse resentment of the people.”
  164.  
  165. “Whether if it is a miscalculation, you’ll know later.”
  166.  
  167. “I can’t wait to see……Queen Listy, can we begin?”
  168.  
  169. “……Yes, please.”
  170.  
  171. Facing Alphonse’s inquiry, Listy nodded. Looking at Alphonse who forced her to this position, Listy though: No matter who wins or loses in this duel, Disdia would obtain the largest benefits, Alphonse inner feelings naturally goes without saying.
  172.  
  173. ……If you think that the situation is completely under control, then you could be mistakenly be wrong.
  174.  
  175. Facing this duel, Listy and the others had never given up hope.
  176.  
  177. They had already devised a tactic, allowing the spectators to give an advantage to the disgraced.
  178.  
  179. Thus ——Alphonse, using a solemn tone, used the sound amplification magic to warn the arena.
  180.  
  181. “——Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby announce the duel between Queen Listy, General Zechs and Elite Executive Loutier and Akatsuki-dono is about to begin.”
  182.  
  183. A thunderous applause and cheers suddenly burst throughout the arena. After the cheers had subsided slightly, Alphonse began to explain the rules of the duel. No time limit, until one side lose their ability to fight or surrender, then the duel is considered to have ended. Meanwhile, the organizers placed a special barrier, making the battle space limited to the battle stage and the air surrounding it, no matter how intense their offense and defense is, it will not affect the audience viewing in the sidelines.
  184.  
  185. In addition ——
  186.  
  187. “The battle space will turn any physical harm and automatically turn it into mental damage. This is a measure to ensure the safety of the participants, at the same time, allowing the two sides to fight without care, utilizing their true strength.”
  188.  
  189. Finally, he had to added one more sentence.
  190.  
  191. “——Also, this is a special reminder. Akatsuki-dono represents Galevain to negotiate with the Alliance, hoping that both sides will be able to reach a peace agreement, at the same time, iif the agreement was threaten, he will not hesitate and join the demon race’s formation. In order to prove that Akatsuki-dono has the strength to control the signing, we have specially sent out our strongest battle strength, which is Queen Listy, General Zecha and the Elite Executive Loutier, to have a showdown with Akatsuki-dono, this is the origin of the duel. I have specially explained the and hope that you have all listened."
  192.  
  193. After saying this, the crowd suddenly burst out relentless accusations and insults.
  194.  
  195. “This is just simply a show to pave way for a peace agreement!”
  196.  
  197. “I don’t believe that you will actually fight for real!”
  198.  
  199. Queen Listy bit her lower lips tightly.
  200.  
  201. Although it was within their expectation, what they hear was still pretty harsh.
  202.  
  203. The criticism from the audience is inevitable. For those conservatives who do not wish to sign an agreement with the demon race, this duel should have never been held. But on the other hand, there are still many voices who are against war.
  204.  
  205. Both sides immediately insulted each other, the arena suddenly plunged into chaos.
  206.  
  207. “——Quiet!”
  208.  
  209. Alphonse shouted through the sound amplification magic, the audience fell into silence.
  210.  
  211. “Queen Listy and the others are under a formal invitation by Disdia and Aleclasta to become the contestants of this duel. Any remarks that belittle the duel or Queen Listy and the others will be treated as a rebellion.”
  212.  
  213. Alphonse strictly looked at Queen Listy’s eyes, she could not help but snort in her mind.
  214.  
  215. ……He really knows how to talk.
  216.  
  217. On the surface, Alphonse is trying to defend Listy from injustice, but realistically it was a trap to legalize the duel and force Sherfield into a disadvantageous spot.
  218.  
  219. ……Fine. Even if you treat me heartlessly, don’t blame me if I treat you unfairly.
  220.  
  221. Listy had made up her mind and decided to go through with their established plan. Thus, Listy winked at Zechs and Loutier.
  222.  
  223. Just when both of them nodded, Alphonse finally revealed his hidden fangs.
  224.  
  225. “It is undeniable that this duel is a battle between past comrades, so it is no wonder that everyone believes that this is just a show to pave way from the peace agreement. In fact, under the barrier which turns physical damage to mental damage, both sides do not have to take it easy, and based on the nature of the duel itself, even if they do not have a final victor, Akatsuki-dono will also have proved his strength.”
  226.  
  227. The strategist, who was added to his strategy, laughed, and smiled happily.
  228.  
  229. “However, this way you will lose the people’s trust in this duel. Anyone doubts on the result of the competition is not what we as country leaders wish to see. Since the result of the duel is an important reference to determine whether we have peace or not, we naturally hope that the results of this battle and the decision for the future is not based on child’s play. Thus, in the name of Disdia empire’s fourth prince Alphonse Tese Rubura Disdia* I hereby announce ——“
  230.  
  231. After a short pause ——
  232.  
  233. “——This duel will not have the option for a tie. No matter how much time it takes, the results of the duel will decide the fate of humanity.”
  234.  
  235. “P…Prince Alphonse ——!”
  236.  
  237. Queen Listy was shocked, but her voice was overshadowed by the cheers of the audience. Yes. Alphonse’s announcement had won the applause of every audience.
  238.  
  239. “Queen Listy, is there something wrong……?”
  240.  
  241. Alphonse removed the sound amplication magic, his face was wearing a proud smle. Listy seeing this could not help but tightly bite her lower lips.
  242.  
  243. For Listy who was forced into a desperate situation, the only way out was a tie. On one hand, Akatsuki, who was seeking peace, would have shown his strength, Sherfield also will not have to end up taking responsibility for the results of either the war or peace. More importantly, Listy and the others did not lose, so they could still continue their relationship with the other two countries. Although a tie may be ridiculed as a show, but everyone in Alayzard knew the relationship between Akatsuki and them, as long as they began using their full powers and competed, even taking into account of their former friendship and battled, at least they will be understood from the audience. Even if it causes a strong rebound from the group who do not wish for peace, it was better than becoming an enemy against all of the citizens. Although Listy did not mention this plan to Akatsuki, but she believed that Akatsuki’s goal was the same.
  244.  
  245. ……To think that the situation evolved into this……!
  246.  
  247. The audience’s emotions have already been ignited, the plan of a tie game is naturally aborted. Since they do not want to have a duel with a tie ending, they should have mentioned it when developing the rules, but Alphonse picked the beginning  of the duel  to announce it with sensitive timing, it also revealed an unsual message. When the three country alliance decided that Listy and the others would face Akatsuki, they should have predicted that every country’s audience could possibly think that this was just a show, Alphonse’s act was difficult to understanding ——Why? After noticing Alphonse’s goal, Listy could not help but bit her lips tightly and clenched her fist.
  248.  
  249. ……It can’t be wrong.
  250.  
  251. Alphonse deliberately leave the path of a tie game; naturally, Listy would seize this only hope. After confirming that Listy fell for the bait, Alphonse took advantage of the duel that was about to begin and made a critical point about that there must be a conclusion, also finding a sound reason to block off their only path. All this action was to make Sherfield to be placed in a disadvantageous spot. In fact, this proves that Alphonse’s plan was quite successful, Listy did not have any time to prepare for another plan.
  252.  
  253. After Alphonse took the advantage, he did not forget to add a comment that caught them off guard.
  254.  
  255. “Queen Listy, for Sherfield’s reputation, please do your best.”
  256.  
  257. Why?
  258.  
  259. “In case of a defeat, it is unlikely to shut everybody’s mouth.”
  260.  
  261. “……!”
  262.  
  263. Listy could not help but shiver.
  264.  
  265. Alphonse’s meaning could not be any clearer. If Listy and the others lost, even if they lost after using all their power, they could not escape the suspicion of fraud.
  266.  
  267. Once similar rumors have sprouted, it is bound to discredit Sherfield’s reputation. At that time, not only will they be isolated from the international community, the domestic opposition will also take the opportunity to seize power, causing the country to fall apart.
  268.  
  269. Akatsuki, who was standing on the demon race’s side, had no other options besides from winning, after all, Akatsuki’s defeated meant the demise of the demon race. However, Listy was also the same. Whether they win or lose, they could not avoid the criticism of the world, if they lose they could still obtain  a reputation for trying to eliminate wars, but this option was blocked off by Alphonse. Strictly speaking, Listy and the others’s retreat have been completely sealed off.
  270.  
  271. ……Looks like there is no other choice.
  272.  
  273. Thus Listy tried to motivate herself within her heart.
  274.  
  275. Besides from winning, there is no other path to take.
  276.  
  277. *アルフォソス テセ ルブラ ディスディア (Alphonse’s full name)
  278.  
  279.  
  280. Part 4
  281.  
  282.  
  283. Staring at Listy who returned to her starting position, and preparing to fight, Ousawa Akatsuki suddenly called Alphonse who was about to return to the audience.
  284.  
  285. “——Hey, Prince Alphonse.”
  286.  
  287. “Akatsuki-dono, what do you want? It can’t be that you are somewhat dissatisfied with the new rule of no ties in this duel?”
  288.  
  289. Alphonese turned around with a triumphant expression on his face.
  290.  
  291. “Of course not, I do not have any comment on the new rules. Although picking this time to announce it is unkind, but this is the so-called “politics”, so there is nothing to make a fuss about.”
  292.  
  293. “Thank you for your understanding, I feel honored. Then……I do not know what Akatsuki-dono wants?”
  294.  
  295. “About this……”
  296.  
  297. Akatsuki lifted his head and looked at the special box. The glass has a mirror magic effect, and could not be seen from the outside, but Miu, Haruka, Volk and Miranda were all in the box to witness the duel. After Alphonse returns to the box, the duel will officially begin.
  298.  
  299. However, the box had clearly one less person, so ——
  300.  
  301. “——Where’s uncle Baram? I don’t think I’ve seen him today.”
  302.  
  303. After confirming that he could not feel Baram’s true ki in the arena, Akatsuki asked.
  304.  
  305. “How do you know……?”
  306.  
  307. Alphonse was taken aback.
  308.  
  309. “Last night, my father had suddenly fallen ill, so he had returned to our country this morning. This duel is very important to us, so my father really wanted to witness the duel, but due to his body not feeling well, he could only just return home first. Before departing, my father also expressed that the result of the duel was too clear, perhaps he believe that Queen Listy will get the final victory.
  310.  
  311. After hearing Alphonse’s explanation ——
  312.  
  313. “Oh, so that’s it……I hope that it is nothing serious.”
  314.  
  315. “Thank for your blessing, Akatsuki-dono. As for the duel, I will witness the final result instead of my father……Is there any other commands?”
  316.  
  317. “No ——Wait, allow me to ask on more question.”
  318.  
  319. Akatsuki added:
  320.  
  321. “The barrier that turns physical damage to mental damage……Whose idea is it?”
  322.  
  323. “Aleclasta’s High priest Miranda proposed it.”
  324.  
  325. Alphonse replied.
  326.  
  327. “Queen Listy is the Queen of Sherfield, we cannot have anything happening in this duel……Is there something wrong?”
  328.  
  329. “Nothing is wrong, I was just asking casually.”
  330.  
  331. Akatsuki slightly smiled,  and watched as Alphonse turned around and left. This was basically the barrier within Babel, looks like the two world’s approach is quite similar.
  332.  
  333. ……This also means that he must take out his true power.
  334.  
  335. Akatsuki took a deep breath and allowed his body’s true ki flow through his entire body.
  336.  
  337. After switching to the new AD, he only required one AD and he could summon the demon sword Laevateinn. However, the demon sword in Akatsuki’s hand was the most basic form. Perhaps the second form that showed up previously when he faced Zahhark was just an illusion.
  338.  
  339. ……That’s fine, this time the opponent is not the true enemy.
  340.  
  341. The AD could summon the most suitable weapon for their user’s abilities. Right now, his opponent is Listy, and since he was fighting in a duel,  the basic form of Laevateinn was more than enough. Lifting up his head to see, Listy and the others had already raised their weapons and prepared for the battle.
  342.  
  343. Zechs was holding a red long sword, Loutier was holding a silver gun and Listy’s weapon was a golden staff.
  344.  
  345. The trio who had no path to retreat had a sorrowful expression.
  346.  
  347. Akatsuki could not help but think, both sides could not afford to lose this duel.
  348.  
  349. Just when the tense atmosphere reached the very peak, the moment when the audience was completely breathless.
  350.  
  351. The arena gong sounded.
  352.  
  353. The duel that decides the fate of humans and the demon race has started.
  354.  
  355. Part 5
  356.  
  357. ——The symbolic duel began the moment the gong sounded
  358.  
  359. Akatsuki pushed off with both feet, and the very first step he advanced out was already increased to his maximum speed.
  360.  
  361. The side with more people absolutely had a big advantage in battle. However, where there is an excess amount, it will also become fatal.
  362.  
  363. The duel has just started, and the opponent had already taken the first action. The disconnected trio did not know what to do, this poor communication was undoubtedly the cause of communication. Seeing Akatsuki approaching at a lightning speed, but——
  364.  
  365. “——You hope for too much!”
  366.  
  367. Zechs immediately stepped forward. The distance between the two of time quickly shortened, in the center of the stage, a melee combat broke out. Akatsuki and Zechs’s showdown was  the first time the two of them dueled each other.
  368.  
  369. “Haaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!”
  370.  
  371. “Oooooooooooooooooo!”
  372.  
  373. The moment when the screams from both of them surged through the air.
  374.  
  375. Clangggggggggg*
  376.  
  377. The black demon sword and the crimson long sword clashed against each other, producing a sharp high pitched metallic sound.
  378.  
  379. Akatsuki and Zechs was facing each other, their respective breathing sounds could be heard.
  380.  
  381. “Heh……Perverted swordman, after obtaining the title of a general, looks like you did not lost your skills.”
  382.  
  383. “You’re not bad too, perverted hero.”
  384.  
  385. Using a flowing movement, Zechs’s crimson long sword swept through, but it was barely dodged by Akatsuki pushing off  with both feet.
  386.  
  387. “Sorry, the opponent I’m looking for is not you.”
  388.  
  389. Seeing Akatsuki twist his body and dodged to this side, he suddenly threw Zechs to the back of his head. Akatsuki’s target was only one, that is Queen Listy. Although this duel was one against three, but as long as he defeated Listy, it was equal to deciding the outcome.
  390.  
  391. The Queen’s defeat symbolizes the defeat of the country. Listy has already entered the magic chant stage, and has unfolded multiple heavily constructed magic circles in front of her. However, Akatsuki speed was beyond that, as long as he continued to sprint forward, he could subdue Listy before the magic was activated.
  392.  
  393. “Akatsuki, I won’t let you go that easily.”
  394.  
  395. A beautiful elf stood in front of Akatsuki. This elf was none other than Loutier. Only to see her raise her long gun and aimed at Akatsuki, and pulled the trigger without hesitation. However, what came out from the muzzle was not bullets, but a blue and white light laser. Akatsuki immediately took a big step to the side, but Loutier had already anticipated Akatsuki’s action, another wave of laser was headed towards Akatsuki.
  396.  
  397. “Chitsu**——”
  398.  
  399. Facing a barrage of lasers, Akatsuki could only try and avoid or use the black demon sword to block the beam, and approach Loutier from another direction.
  400.  
  401. Only to see Akatsuki swing his sword continuous at the ground in front of Loutier.
  402.  
  403. “——Ah?”
  404.  
  405. The raising dust obscured their sight, Loutier was slightly surprised. At this moment, Akatsuki had already jumped into the air, passed through Loutier and even passed through Listy.
  406.  
  407. At the moment he landed, Akatsuki immediately took action.
  408.  
  409. Listy had her back to Akatsuki, Loutier was currently struggling with the dust. And to activate magic, Listy had to put her full attention onto the chant. Everything was within Akatsuki’s expectation, Akatsuki approached Listy from the back without hesitation.
  410.  
  411. “Since there is barrier, don’t blame me for being rude.”
  412.  
  413. After saying this, the black demon sword immediately  and mercilessly slashed towards Listy, the blade barely entered Listy’s shoulder blade. However, Listy did not fall to the ground.
  414.  
  415. The moment Akatsuki found his chance to slash, the black demon sword’s offensive was blocked off.
  416.  
  417. By another crimson long sword.
  418.  
  419. “……Don’t underestimate us.”
  420.  
  421. Using a speed beyond Akatsuki and following him from behind, Zechs coldly spoke.
  422.  
  423. “Do you think that this type of children’s play will be able to defeat us?”
  424.  
  425. At this moment Listy also slowly turned around.
  426.  
  427. A cold expression that did not have the slightest warmth.
  428.  
  429. “……”
  430.  
  431. Listy silently stretched out her hands towards Akatsuki.
  432.  
  433. A red light relentlessly headed towards Akatsuki, this was the directional explosive flame magic Listy specializes in.
  434.  
  435. “Guaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh——!”
  436.  
  437. After the explosive bang, Akatsuki was thrown into the air. After twisting his body while he was in danger, did he land safely.
  438.  
  439. However, Akatsuki’s body was filled with an unbearable burning sensation. For safety reasons, this duel uses a barrier that will turn all physical damage into mental damage,  and the mode of how the mental damage shows up was a sense of pain. The difference is that the sense of pain is not on the body, but on the mind. In short, the damage did not communicate with the body, but directly affected the brain.
  440.  
  441. Actually, before the attack, Akatsuki had already used the power of Renkan Keikikou and activated a defense aura against magic.
  442.  
  443. The past Akatsuki had also used a similar method, against Onizuka Kenya and Uesaki Ryouhei’s fire magic.
  444.  
  445. “Fuuuu……It really is as amazing as before.”
  446.  
  447. Ousawa Akatsuki sighed then looked at the three past companions who he fought together with.
  448.  
  449. “True peace, this kind of thing really isn’t obtained so easily.”
  450.  
  451.  
  452. The battle restarted. Before Akatsuki was able to launch his second offensive, Loutier took action first.
  453.  
  454. Seeing her activating several magic circles, it should be that she took advantage of the break  in order to chant.
  455.  
  456. At this moment, Listy, Zechs and Loutier’s body was enveloped in three colors of light.
  457.  
  458. ……So it’s that move.
  459.  
  460. Akatsuki knew what the three colors of light represent. This was the magic Loutier specializes in—— A priest’s supportive magic that increases the combat capabilities. The red light represents attack, the blue light represents defense  and the green light represents mobility. This supportive magic had the same effect of Akatsuki using Renkan Keikikou and activating his body’s true ki to improve his physical abilities.
  461.  
  462. “……”
  463.  
  464. “……”
  465.  
  466. Zechs and Loutier advanced towards Akatsuki without speaking.
  467.  
  468. Zechs was holding a long sword,  and Loutier had released a wind blade magic to turn her gun into a gunblade.
  469. The duel entered a melee combat phase, both side were shortening the distance between them. Seeing that they only require half a step and they would have entered Akatsuki’s attack range, Zechs and Loutier suddenly vanished.
  470. High speed movement. However, Akatsuki’s reaction was also very fast. Only to see his stature fell slightly and reversing the demon sword in order to protect hi back, a large metal clashing sound suddenly came from the scene. After neutralizing Zechs and Loutier’s behind attack, Akatsuki followed through and swung the sword, and successfully pushed both of them back.
  471.  
  472. “——Eat this!”
  473.  
  474. Only to see Akatsuki raised his sword and hacked at them twice, a shockwave was released towards the two of them. Zechs and Louter respectively used their weapons to negate the shockwave, but Akatsuki took advantage of this gap in order to rush forward.
  475.  
  476. His target was Zechs. The black demon sword that targeted the red hair swordman swept into a flurry. Akatsuki’s body movements was using a concept of a “circle”, plus each sword strike’s speed and strength did not follow any rules, making it difficult for others to perceive. When he was facing Phil Barnett, Akatsuki also used the same sword technique, making the other side suffered terribly.
  477.  
  478. Akatsuki wished for a quick battle and resolving Zechs as soon as possible. However, the sound of the demon sword infused with true ki sweeping through the air and a metallic sound produced after the weapons collided, was colliding against each other in midair at an alarming speed. That’s right, Zechs successfully blocked Akatsuki’s rain of sword strikes.
  479.  
  480. “The power was still as amazing as before. But……If this is your fastest speed, then it is more than enough to block your fierce strikes.”
  481.  
  482. Speaking at the same time, Zechs blocked Akatsuki slash once again.
  483.  
  484. “Continuous slashes that corners the opponent should be something like this!”
  485.  
  486. Zechs changed from defense to attack, and launched a series of counterattack.
  487.  
  488. Under Zechs’s suppression, Akatsuki was forced to become defensive.
  489.  
  490. “Oooo……Damn…….!”
  491.  
  492. Zechs’s attacks was extremely swift, Akatsuki’s naked eye could not follow it, he could only rely on his intuition.
  493.  
  494. Seeing Zechs’s attacked become more and more swit, the flurry of sword images gradually produced afterimages.
  495.  
  496. “That fellow……W…Wait a minute, Woooooooooh!”
  497.  
  498. In a critical occasion, Akatsuki hurriedly step backwards. Just at that moment, a laser light pierced the sky right in front of his eyes. Luckily Akatsuki’s reaction was quick, or else his brain would have burned two tiny holes. Looking carefully, it turned out that Loutier decided to join the fray.
  499.  
  500. “That was close……”
  501.  
  502. Akatsuki could not help but relieved.
  503.  
  504. “——Is this the time to rest?”
  505.  
  506. Zechs’s slash flowered through.
  507.  
  508. ……If I block this sword, it is equal to giving a chance for Lulu to aim at me……Damn!
  509.  
  510. After observing the entire arena’s situation, Akatsuki immediately made a decision. He activated Renkan Keikikou and jumped into the air in one breath.
  511.  
  512. This jump was no trivial matter, it was at least ten meters high. However, in midair, Akatsuki could see carefully, not so far away, Listy had already activated a magic circle. After confirming Listy had finished the chant, Akatsuki muttered to himself.
  513.  
  514. “This is bad……”
  515.  
  516. “——Come forth, Lightning of Punishment!”
  517.  
  518. In the air above the arena came a thunderous roar. Akatsuki did not even think and raised the demon sword and swung it towards the sky. A slash that infused all his strength suddenly split the fallen lightning into half, but things did not end here.
  519.  
  520. The split lightning was heading towards Zechs and Loutier on the ground.
  521.  
  522. “Ah ha, Take this!”
  523.  
  524. An offensive that gives them back a taste of their own medicine. However, Zechs and Loutier’s reaction was quite calm.
  525.  
  526. He saw Zechs catching the lightning with his sword, and allowing the sword blade to add the properties of lightning element.
  527.  
  528. Loutier raised her magic gun in her hand and absorbed the fallen lightning into the gun’s muzzle.
  529.  
  530. “Ahhhh……”
  531.  
  532. Seeing the two of them easily resolve the offensive of the falling lightning, Akatsuki, who was stranded in midair, scratched his cheeks. At this moment, Zechs and Loutier both pushed off, their body soared into the sky and reached the same height as Akatsuki in one breath, then they simultaneously attacked. Akatsuki used the demon sword and kicks to counter the two offensives, and displaying an impressive midair battle.
  533.  
  534. “——“
  535.  
  536. At this moment, Loutier used Akatsuki’s pressure from his kick and subtly opened up a distance.
  537.  
  538. At the same time, the magic gun’s muzzle was aimed at Akatsuki, and released the previously absorbed lightning.
  539.  
  540. ……I can’t avoid it!
  541.  
  542. Akatsuki could only release the demon sword in his hand, and using the demon sword as a lightning rod and escape from the immediate crisis.
  543.  
  544. However, Zechs’s crimson long sword also swept through the air at this instant.
  545.  
  546. “You actually threw away your weapon, what kind of idea are you thinking of!”
  547.  
  548. “That goes without saying right? This kind of idea!”
  549.  
  550. Just when he finished talking, Akatsuki slipped his balm together and abruptly clamped onto Zechs’s long sword.
  551.  
  552. “What——!”
  553.  
  554. Zechs was completely surprised. Without missing his chance, Akatsuki immediately raised his leg and kicked at the frozen Zechs, then he opened up his palm and aimed at the falling Zechs and Loutier who attempted to rescue him.
  555.  
  556. “——Eat this!”
  557.  
  558. Both his palm emerged ki bomb, and threw them at the two of them.
  559.  
  560. The air bomb successfully hit the targets, producing a large explosive sound and a dazzling flash. Amongst the smoke, Zechs and Loutier were both falling towards the ground, Akatsuki stretched out his right hand and firmly caught the falling demon sword.
  561.  
  562. “Renkan Keikikou isn’t only about manipulate the body’s true ki, you were too careless.”
  563.  
  564. Akatsuki looked at the falling Zechs and Loutier, his face revealed a proud smile.
  565.  
  566. At this moment, he noticed Listy had disappeared and subconsciously looked above.
  567.  
  568. Found her. Staying still in midair, Listy raised her magic staffand aimed at Akatsuki.
  569.  
  570. In front of the staff appeared several layers of magic circles.
  571.  
  572. “Did you think I can only use long-range attacks……?”
  573. After a short pause ——
  574.  
  575. “——Akatsuki, you were too careless.”
  576.  
  577. After saying this, an enormous compressed air bomb was shoot forth at an alarming speed.
  578.  
  579. “Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh——“
  580.  
  581. The compressed air bomb released by Listy had surpassed the speed of sound barrier and pressed onto Akatsuki all the way to the ground.
  582.  
  583. The arena suddenly was enveloped by an earth-shattering explosion.
  584.  
  585. *ガキィィィィィィィソ clashing sound.
  586. **ちつ Laser shooting sound
  587.  
  588. Part 6
  589.  
  590. “H…How is this possible?”
  591.  
  592. Miu, who was staying at the VIP special room and watching the duel, was completely surprised.
  593.  
  594. An incredible phenomenon appeared on the arena. Staring at the smoke rising slowly from the stage, Miu muttered to herself.
  595.  
  596. “Wind-base and Fire-based magic could actually combine with each other……”
  597.  
  598. “——Because Sherfield is a country that is comprised of an alliance of four spirit of fire, water, earth and water.”
  599.  
  600. Valkyria, who was responsible for receiving the VIP, answered Miu’s question.
  601.  
  602. “As the legitimate heir to the throne, Listy-sama could borrow various spirit’s power. Not only can she freely manipulate the conflicting elements of fire and water or earth and wind, she could also combine the two and creating a greater effect.”
  603.  
  604. “This is really incredible……”
  605.  
  606. Haruka could not conceal her inner surprise.
  607.  
  608. Only to see Miranda smile.
  609.  
  610. “I understand your surprise, but the facts speak for themselves, so you can only just believe it. It isn’t just for show that Sherfield is called as Alayzard’s magic country right?”
  611.  
  612. “And Queen Listy is also a magic genius within the history of the royal family. Just that her magic talent——“
  613.  
  614. Volk reminisce about the past.
  615.  
  616. “——only opened up after contracting with the spirits and after her father’s death.”
  617.  
  618. However……
  619.  
  620. “Looks like Akatsuki seemed to be in a struggle.”
  621.  
  622. Within the battle space, Listy was slowly falling to the ground.
  623.  
  624. Zechs and Loutier, who had temporarily retreated under Akatsuki’s ki bomb attack, also stood up from the ground.
  625.  
  626. Looks like Loutier’s combat supportive magic dramatically increased the defense of the trio.
  627.  
  628. “……Why does he not use hard ki?”
  629.  
  630. Haruka’s tone was slightly emotionally.
  631.  
  632. “Just by relying on his physical body and weapon against multiple enemies would make his fall into a passive situation, why not use hard ki to block off the opponent’s attack, then use the demon sword to unleash a counterattack.”
  633.  
  634. At this moment——
  635.  
  636. “——Sorry to disturb you, but that is impossible.”
  637.  
  638. Valkyria rejected Haruka’s idea.
  639.  
  640. “Akatsuki-sama’s hard ki is not almighty, it cannot block off all attacks. If he had used his body and forcibly received Zechs-sama’s sword, even under hard ki’s effect, it will probably still end up in a fate where he is decapitated……But under the special barrier, it should not cause any substantial harm.”
  641.  
  642. After Miu heard, this, she muttered.
  643.  
  644. “……Sherfield’s crimson sword king.”
  645.  
  646. “Yes. I believe you can also see it, Zechs-sama’s sword technique is slightly better.”
  647.  
  648. “……A magician without any system restriction, a swordsman with higher technique, plus apriest who have combat abilities casting combat supportive magic……This is simply an unwinnable battle!”
  649.  
  650. Haruka could not help but help Akatsuki say that it’s unfair.
  651.  
  652. “——About this fact, I believe that Akatsuki-dono already knew about it.”
  653.  
  654. Alphonse, who had remained silent, smiled while he spoke.
  655.  
  656. “I have already said this before, Sherfield’s top three are all battlefield heroes, each of their strength is not weaker than Akatsuki-dono. This point was long recognized by everybody, and it is also a premise for establishing this duel. In short, this is the inevitable result, there should be no surprise. However, you believe that this is an unfair battle, this indirectly means that you believe someone is cheating, this is a rather serious accusation and could not be ignored.”
  657.  
  658. “……”
  659.  
  660. Miu could not help but bite her lower lip.
  661.  
  662. “Myuu-dono what is your opinion?”
  663.  
  664. Alphonse looked at Miu, his face exposed a confident smile.
  665.  
  666. Thus, Ousawa Miu looked at Alphonse and responded loudly:
  667.  
  668. “No opinion, after all we agreed to the conditions of this duel.”
  669.  
  670. “But……”
  671.  
  672. Facing the worried Haruka, Miu shook her head.
  673.  
  674. “There won’t be any problems, Haruka.”
  675.  
  676. Then she also revealed a confident smile, showing Ousawa Miu’s determined faith.
  677.  
  678. This was trust.
  679.  
  680. “——The person we trusted will not be taken down so easily.”
  681.  
  682. After saying this, the raging fire was instantly extinguished in the stage.
  683.  
  684. “——!”
  685.  
  686. That happened so suddenly, causing a commotion within the audience.
  687.  
  688. Seeing a familiar figure appeared from the grey-black smoke, Ousawa Miu could not help but revealed a pleased smile.
  689.  
  690. On the other end of her gaze, was a youth standing in black clothing.
  691.  
  692. After using one leg to sweep away the remaining embers, Ousawa Akatsuki smiled and looked at Listy and the others.
  693.  
  694. “Why do you have a expression like you’ve seen a ghost? It can’t be that you think it will be that easy to defeat me right?”
  695.  
  696. “……Still refuse to surrender? I advise you not to be stubborn. Although your body did not have any physical damage, but an unbearable pain is inevitable, right now you probably have troubles to even walk.”
  697.  
  698. Listy paused for a moment.
  699.  
  700. “I beg you Akatsuki……Surrender.
  701.  
  702. It was almost a pleading tone.
  703.  
  704. “——Surrender?”
  705.  
  706. Akatsuki was surprised, Zechs also lifted his long sword onto his shoulder.
  707.  
  708. “You should have also played around enough now Akatsuki.”
  709.  
  710. A serious and strict tone.
  711.  
  712. “Your strength really should not be underestimated, but just by your power, it is impossible to defeat us.”
  713.  
  714. Loutier, who was looking dignified, also followed and spoke:
  715.  
  716. “Even after being attacked by Listy’s magic attack, you have not received any substantial damage. Just the offensive and defensive earlier, it also proved that after Zechs and I teamed up could barely match up against you. You have shown sufficient strength already.”
  717.  
  718. However……
  719.  
  720. “If you still are not willing to stop and continue to fight, the situation will only become more disadvantageous to you. The audience’s eyes are sharp, at that time, they will notice that the strength of Akatsuki is not sufficient to threaten us, the peace you are hoping for is bound to become an empty talk that will never be realized.”
  721.  
  722. “I beg you, Akatsuki……”
  723.  
  724. Facing Listy’s plead, Akatsuki helplessly sighed.
  725.  
  726. “You have already believed that you are the winner and now begin a psychological warefare? Can’t believe that they day I have been looked down upon has occurred.”
  727.  
  728. “Meaning that you still wish to continue to fight?”
  729.  
  730. Zechs frowned, but Akatsuki nodded nonchalantly.
  731.  
  732. “The earlier explosive flame magic was just right, it helped me warm up……So if you really want to force me to surrender——“
  733.  
  734. Akatsuki smiled.
  735.  
  736. “Just by using mouth is not enough, convince me using your strength.”
  737.  
  738. After Listy remained silent for a while.
  739.  
  740. “Fine……”
  741.  
  742. The trio’s expression suddenly changed, they pushed back their old friendship to the back of their head. Compared trio’s harsh expression, Akatsuki smile even appeared to be more brilliant.
  743.  
  744. Only to see him announce loudly to the audience.
  745.  
  746. “Come——Let’s begin the second round!”
  747.  
  748. Part 7
  749.  
  750. At the same time, Forestnium’s atmosphere was calm as usual.
  751.  
  752. The deep forest was filled with a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere, nobody noticed the change of a quiet attack.
  753.  
  754. ——Everyone except for Kaidou Motoharu.
  755.  
  756. “Looks like they really came……”
  757.  
  758. “Kaidou, what’s wrong?”
  759.  
  760. The demon race children that was playing with everyone looked suspiciously at Kaidou.
  761.  
  762. Only to see Kaidou gazed into the depth of the forest.
  763.  
  764. “We’re not playing hide and seek anymore, we’ll change it into a race.”
  765.  
  766. The sudden announcement immediately aroused the children’s protest.
  767.  
  768. “Why?”
  769.  
  770. “You don’t want to be it, so you don’t want to play? Why would there be such a thing……Kaidou?”
  771.  
  772. The demon race children immediately stopped protesting because they noticed that the cheerful smile that appeared on Kaidou’s face earlier had already disappeared.
  773.  
  774. “Behave now and listen. After I shout out, everyone is to immediately run back to their home, then listen to the adult’s instructions. If your parents are not at home, or you’ve accidentally got lost, then hide in a secretive place, a place that is not so easily found, okay? At that time, I’ll come for you guys.”
  775.  
  776. Kaidou slightly smiled.
  777.  
  778. “Okay……It’s time now, RUN!”
  779.  
  780. Under Kaidou’s order, all the children immediately rushed away with all their strength.
  781.  
  782. At this moment, Kuzuha and Chikage also came to Kaidou’s side.
  783.  
  784. “——What is it?”
  785.  
  786. “Nothing, it seems that there are uninvited guests.”
  787.  
  788. Facing Kuzuha’s question, Kaidou helplessly scratched the back of his head. After Chikage heard this, she could not help but narrow her eyes.
  789.  
  790. “It can’t be right? The enemy should not be able to break the concept magic barrier.”
  791.  
  792. “That’s true, but……”
  793.  
  794. Kaidou had not finished speaking and a youth from the village immediately rushed towards them.
  795.  
  796. “What happened? Why did you tell the children to go home?”
  797.  
  798. “You’ve appeared right on time. Help me tell uncle Urumu that the enemies have come.”
  799.  
  800. After saying this, the intruder suddenly appeared from within the forest.
  801.  
  802. Three knights wearing a blue armor, you can tell from a glance that they are not Galevain’s residents.
  803.  
  804. The helmet is a full-face helmet, it is impossible to recognize their appearance.
  805.  
  806. “Already pulled out your sword? I hate people who are impatient.”
  807.  
  808. Kaidou turned around and faced the knights, the youth behind him could not conceal his inner surprise.
  809.  
  810. “How is this possible? The concept magic barrier has not disappeared yet!”
  811.  
  812. “They probably drill a few holes in it. What are you waiting for? Quickly go and notify the elder.”
  813.  
  814. At the same time, Kaidou also made some orders.
  815.  
  816. “Immediately evacuate all people without fighting abilities, we will stay here and delay them.”
  817.  
  818. “O…Okay!”
  819.  
  820. The youth nodded and bolted towards the sacred tree.
  821.  
  822. “There are only three opponents, it shouldn’t be too hard for us.”
  823.  
  824. Using AD and summoning a long bow, Chikage spoke nonchalantly.
  825.  
  826. Kuzuha also summoned a large hammer, but she was not as optimistic.
  827.  
  828. “Did you forget? The peace agreement was our goal, and the opponent had sacrificed their own surveillance troops and is also a strategist that created an excuse to attack the demon race. If we killed these three men, won’t we let these people have more of a reason to attack the demon race?”
  829.  
  830. “That’s correct, this is a little bit of trouble.”
  831.  
  832. Kaidou also placed his focus onto his AD.
  833.  
  834. The materialized weapon was an iron knuckle. Kaidou smashed his fists together, the knucles suddenly issued a crisp metallic collision sound.
  835.  
  836. “Looks like we can only teach them a lesson, then force them to retreat.”
  837.  
  838. Thus, Kaidou rushed towards the enemy. After locking onto the middle knight, Kaidou increased his speed. A few arrows passed through Kaidou’s side, aiming for the enemies in front, this was of course, a cover attack from Chikage.
  839.  
  840. The three knights either used the long sword to swipe off the arrows, or used a shield to protect themselves, these actions can be said to show all their flaws.
  841.  
  842. Following this, Kaidou immediately thrust his right fist towards the knight in the center.
  843.  
  844. “——“
  845.  
  846. After a muffled bang, the knight in the center had collapsed.
  847.  
  848. The knight on the right prepared to attack Kaidou, but after a large sound, he fell onto the ground.
  849.  
  850. Turns out that he had received an attack on the head by Kuzuha’s large hammer.
  851.  
  852. “Hey Hey Hey, relax a bit, you’ll kill someone.”
  853.  
  854. “Don’t worry, I know what is appropriate.”
  855.  
  856. “Really?”
  857.  
  858. Kaidou seemed to be skeptical of Kuzuha, so while he kicked out towards the third enemy, he did not forget to ask Kuzuha. This kick hit the side of the head of the knight, and he lost consciousness on the spot. He saw the knight fall onto ground kneeling, and was powerlessly lying on the ground.
  859.  
  860. “That’s strange, all of them were instantly defeated.”
  861.  
  862. Chikage put down her bow. Kaidou looked at the knights who have fallen onto the ground, he could not help but feel a bit puzzled.
  863.  
  864. ……Strange, it shouldn’t be that simple.
  865.  
  866. Forestnium’s barrier that was formed through concept magic should be impenetrable,  it was almost regarded as an art in terms of barrier. These knights had the ability to pass through the barrier and appear in the forest, logically, their strength should be quite powerful.
  867.  
  868. However, Kaidou’s suspicion was quickly answered, the fallen knights all stood up.
  869.  
  870. “It can’t be right, these three are tough individuals that can’t be knocked down? Give me a break.”
  871.  
  872. This really can be nerve-racking. If we continue to fight, we cannot guarantee that we will not harm their lives.”
  873.  
  874. Kuzuha gave off a wry smile, but Kaidou only helpless sighed.
  875.  
  876. “Looks like we can only strip them of their mobility……Althought, the method for doing so is a bit cruel.”
  877.  
  878. Kaidou sweep down a knight that was about to stand up, then he thrust his hand onto the right leg of the knight.
  879.  
  880. With a “pa-cha” sound, the knight’s right leg’s joints was snapped by Kaidou. Without hesitation and swiftly.
  881.  
  882. The knight was wearing a thick and heavy armor,  this way he definitely could not stand up.
  883. Then the unthinkable happened. After his right leg joints were snapped, the knight did not even utter a single sound.
  884.  
  885. Even with a broken leg, he still stood up from the ground.
  886.  
  887. “A…Are there problems in their head……?”
  888.  
  889. Chikage’s tone seemed like she had seen a ghost, Kaidou suddenly understood.
  890.  
  891. ……So that’s what happened.
  892.  
  893. They probably used drugs or magic to eliminate their sense of pain. And the knight had never spoke, probably their personalities have been wiped, turning into a weapon whose purpose is to kill. Kaidou understood clearly that there was only one method to prevent these zombie killing machines.
  894.  
  895. “——I’ll stay here and buy them, you two should go back and help the villagers to evacuate.”
  896.  
  897. “Wait a minute, are you ging to deal with these three knights alone?”
  898.  
  899. Kuzuha could not help but raised her voice.
  900.  
  901. “Don’t argue with me. Listen carefully, normal weapons are ineffective against them, can you two use magic?”
  902.  
  903. “No.”
  904.  
  905. “Same here……But.”
  906.  
  907. Kuzuha asked Kaidou back.
  908.  
  909. “You should be the same too right?”
  910.  
  911. “Yes, so I can only think of a way to stall for time. Those children should not have ran very far, you should hurry up and catch up to them. And, the enemy may not only be these three fellows here.”
  912.  
  913. After Kuzuha and Chikage heard this, they realized the severity of the situation.
  914.  
  915. Kaidou did not forget to remind them again.
  916.  
  917. “Bring the children and head to a safe location and take refuge. After I finish with this, I will also immediately head over.”
  918.  
  919. Kuzuha and Chikage nodded.
  920.  
  921. “Okay, we’ll leave this up to you.”
  922.  
  923. “After the evacuation is complete, we will immediately come back to support you.”
  924.  
  925. Both of them turned around and swiftly left the scene. Until Kuzuha and Chikage’s figure disappeared into the forest, Kaidou turned around to face the knights in front.
  926.  
  927. “Okay now, all of you come out.”
  928.  
  929. Kaidou, staring at the depths of the forest, laughed.
  930.  
  931. Knights that were wearing army was coming out of the forest one after another, the total amount numbers over twenty.
  932.  
  933. Kaidou smiled slightly, there was not the slightest fear in his face.
  934.  
  935. “……Do you know why I sent them away?”
  936.  
  937. Kaidou removed the materialization of his weapon, and even placed the AD on the ground. At this moment, his wrist suddenly glowed, and a tiny magic circle appeared at the same time, countless light particles appeared around his body as if the removing the AD has lifted his restriction. Kaidou’s clothes immediately changed, he did not need the assistance from AD and could summon out his battle gear from his consciousness. Then Kaidou activated multiple magic circles, and launched countless magic attacks. Facing these undying enemies, Kaidou Motoharu released his true power.
  938.  
  939. Which is also the true power of the strongest terrorist organization——“Scarlet Dusk”
  940.  
  941. “Of course killing you might be a bit troublesome……”
  942.  
  943. Kaidou smiled.
  944.  
  945. “But what if I blow you apart to the extent scraps are not even left——Then I just need to find a random excuse to pass right?”
  946.  
  947.  
  948. After leaving the enemies to Kaidou, Doumoto Kuzuha and Chikage arrived at the residential areas of the sacred tree together.
  949.  
  950. The information about the enemy’s attack has spread through the village, urgent cries and screams from the local residents were heard everywhere.
  951.  
  952. “Those who can fight, take up your weapons, the others are to immediately evacuate to a safe refuge”
  953.  
  954. “The men who do not have a weapon should help the elders and the children to evacuate! You actions have to be faster!”
  955.  
  956. A single young male from the demon race raised up his weapon and was about to rush forward——
  957.  
  958. “——Wait, you can’t participate in the battle!”
  959.  
  960. Kuzuha hurriedly blocked them, Chikage also followed from the side.
  961.  
  962. “Right now Miu……No, Myuu is involved with talks between the humans, if you are to participate in the battle, it will only waste all their efforts.”
  963.  
  964. “But……”
  965.  
  966. “Take your weapons and protect the people without any combat abilities. If the enemy really comes——“
  967.  
  968. Kuzuha said.
  969.  
  970. “We will take care of them. Izumi and I are not people from Galevain, so even if they seek responsibility, it will not be blamed onto the demon race.”
  971.  
  972. “That’s right.”
  973.  
  974. Chikage smiled. The young male, who was holding the weapon, pondered for a while, then he nodded.
  975.  
  976. “We will head up to the front and help, we must complete the preparations for evacuation as soon as possible.”
  977.  
  978. “Wait, go pick up the orphans first!”
  979.  
  980. “? What do you mean?”
  981.  
  982. Another youth’s statement caught the attention of Kuzuha. The person was out of breath and it was evident he was anxious.
  983.  
  984. “It is the children who lost their parents in the war. They live at the bottom floor’s orphanage, normally the villagers will take turns to take care of them. However, the situation is too chaotic right now, everyone is trying to escape with lives, there is no time to take into account the orphans.”
  985.  
  986. “Okay, I’ll go to bring the orphans. Izumi, I’ll leave this to you.”
  987.  
  988. “No problem. Class rep, be careful.”
  989.  
  990. “Yes, you too.”
  991.  
  992. Kuzuha nodded towards Chikage, after asking the exact location of the orphanage, she immediately rushed down to the lower floor of the sacred tree. Avoid dodging the crowd of people who are trying to evacuate, she reached the lower floor of the sacred tree in a few minutes. Kuzuha looked around and found that the lower floor was completely quiet, it seems like there are no residents that haven’t left.
  993.  
  994. However, Doumoto Kuzuha did not slow down her pace.
  995.  
  996. “——“
  997.  
  998. A sound came from the direction of the orphanage.
  999.  
  1000. Screams. Kuzuha pushed forward and increased her speed, suddenly she saw that a female beastman holding many children was preparing to flee the scene and ——a knight standing in front of them.
  1001.  
  1002. ……Sure enough, they infiltrated from somewhere else.
  1003.  
  1004. The knight raised his sword high up in the air, and was prepared to harm the defenseless women and hildren.
  1005.  
  1006. Seeing that it was an emergency, Kuzuha immediately placed her focus onto her AD,  summoned a large hammer and smashed it towards the ground. The powerful impact surged through the earth and created multiple rocks headed towards the knight.
  1007.  
  1008. But——
  1009.  
  1010. “——“
  1011.  
  1012. The knight gently raised the long sword in his hand and easily resolved Kuzuha’s attacks.
  1013.  
  1014. This was enough. Kuzuha deliberately raised up dust, stood in middle between the knight and the children and motioned for the female beastman to leave quickly.
  1015.  
  1016. “Leave this to me, hurry and take the children away!”
  1017.  
  1018. “Ah…Yes……!”
  1019.  
  1020. The female beastman woke up and nodded, she hurriedly took the children and fled the scene. However, there was a child that remained on the spot and refused to leave, that was the dark elf girl Riruru.
  1021.  
  1022. “Kuzuha……”
  1023.  
  1024. Riruru revealed a worried expression, but Kuzuha smiled slightly.
  1025.  
  1026. “I’m fine……Quickly go away!”
  1027.  
  1028. It was the first time Kuzuha used this commanding tone to talk with Riruru. Riruru, who was surprised, lifted her body and hurriedly chased after the orphans who left earlier.
  1029.  
  1030. Kuzuha once again faced the knight.
  1031.  
  1032. After confirming that Riruru’s footstep sounds are become further away——
  1033.  
  1034. “……You will not let go of even those small children?”
  1035.  
  1036. “……”
  1037.  
  1038. The knight wearing the armor did not respond, but silently raised his sword. Kuzuha seeing this also gripped tightly onto the hammer’s wooden handle and charged forward towards the knight. When the distance between the knights were only a few steps away, she jumped and used all her power to swing the hammer down, but it was easily blocked off by the knight.
  1039.  
  1040. “——!”
  1041.  
  1042. Kuzuha, who was surprised, hurriedly flipped around and took her distance.
  1043.  
  1044. ……This person is strong……!
  1045.  
  1046. Kuzuha could not help but swallow. The enemy did not only block off Kuzuha’s attack, but he did not even put Kuzuha’s attack within his mind, this strength was incomparable to the other knights. And the armor was also different from the other knights, not only was there an elegant gold color on the side, it also looked exceptionally heavy.
  1047.  
  1048. ……Phil Barnett……No, it should be the same level as Ousawa-kun.
  1049.  
  1050. Kuzuha understood that she could not win against this knight, but her strong sense of responsibility forced her to remain here.
  1051.  
  1052. ……At least I need to buy a bit of time.
  1053.  
  1054. After making up her mind, Kuzuha bit her lips. AT this moment, the knight swung his long sword towards the ground, creating an explosive sound and impact.
  1055.  
  1056. A power that surpassed Kuzuha surged through the ground and directly headed to Kuzuha.
  1057.  
  1058. “Kuuu……”
  1059.  
  1060. Right now she still cannot use magic. At this crisis, Kuzuha also lifted the hammer  and smashed it towards the ground, attempting to cancel off the impact of her opponent. The two power rushed forward and met in the middle.
  1061.  
  1062. However, the two surge of power did not get cancelled, there was not even a chance to compete against each other.
  1063.  
  1064. The impact created by the knight easily swallowed up the impact produced from Kuzuha’s hammer.
  1065.  
  1066. “Ah——Ahhhhhhhhhhh!”
  1067.  
  1068. Once Kuzuha understood that she was in a bad situation, it was already too late. The strong impact instantly swallowed Kuzuha’s petite body and continued to explode outwards. The impact even threw Kuzuha back dozens of meters.
  1069.  
  1070. “……Kuuuu, Ah……Nnnn……”
  1071.  
  1072. Lying on the ground, Kuzuha tried to maintain her consciousness.
  1073.  
  1074. An unbearable pain came from her entire body, Kuzuha could not help but issue out painful moans, but she still tried to muster her remaining strength and attempted to climb back up from the ground.
  1075.  
  1076. “Huh——?”
  1077.  
  1078. Doumoto Kuzuha widened her eyes. A dark elf girl was currently lying down beside her.
  1079.  
  1080. “Ri……Ruru……?”
  1081.  
  1082. Her fuzzy sight gazed upon the motionless girl.
  1083.  
  1084. ……W…Why……
  1085.  
  1086. Why is Riruru still here? Shouldn’t she have caught up to the other children and escaped far away? However, the truth was at hand, it did not allow Kuzuha to doubt at all.
  1087.  
  1088. The possibility was only one, that is Riruru did not escape. She originally planned on follow the others to leave this place, but she stopped on the way. Why? Kuzuha could not help but think.
  1089.  
  1090. ……Could it be……She was worried about me……?
  1091.  
  1092. Kuzuha unconsciousnessly moved her body and lifted up Riruru’s tiny body.
  1093.  
  1094. “Riruru, Get a hold of yourself! Riruru—— Please speak!”
  1095.  
  1096. But Riruru did not respond. No matter how Kuzuha called Riruru’s name, the girl in front of her eyes continued to close her eyes, even painful groans could not be heard.
  1097.  
  1098. At this moment, a dark shadow appeared in front of Kuzuha. Lifting up her head, the enemy was right in front of her.
  1099. The knight ignored the badly bruised Kuzuha as well as the motionless Riruru.
  1100.  
  1101. “……Where is the elder?”
  1102.  
  1103. A flat and cold tone.
  1104.  
  1105. ……The enemy’s target is uncle Urumu……?
  1106.  
  1107. After knowing the enemy’s target, Doumoto Kuzuha bow her head to think, measuring her own physical condition and the gap in strength between the two of them in her heart. After a thorough consideration, the conclusion she drew up was that she could not fight again. Thus, Kuzuha decided to respond to the opponent’s question——With hostile eyes.
  1108.  
  1109. “I don’t know. But even if I know, I will not tell you……!”
  1110.  
  1111. Doumoto Kuzuha expressed that she was not going to yield. The reaction of the knight was very simple, she saw him lift up his sword.
  1112.  
  1113. “——It’s about time to stop, young man.”
  1114.  
  1115. A hoarse voice prevented the knight’s action. Kuzuha subconsciously looked at the direction of the voice.
  1116.  
  1117. Urumu was standing in front of her eyes.
  1118.  
  1119. “Run away, uncle Urumu……The enemy is after you!”
  1120.  
  1121. Kuzuha screamed loudly, but Urumu only smiled.
  1122.  
  1123. “Ohhho……Then isn’t it just right?”
  1124.  
  1125. Then he slowly walked towards the knight.
  1126.  
  1127. “Why……?”
  1128.  
  1129. Kuzuha muttered, unable to understand the intentions of Urumu.
  1130.  
  1131. Only to see Urumu wrinkled face revealed a hint of a smile.
  1132.  
  1133. “Because you are all princess’s friends, I cannot allow you to be involved in the dispute among humans and the demon race……Isn’t it right, Disdia’s knight?”
  1134.  
  1135. Urumu has long seen pass the identity of the knight.
  1136.  
  1137. “Since your target is me, please go ahead. But for the sake of my own life, could you please let her go? She is only a guest that accidently came here, and is not a resident of Galevain.”
  1138.  
  1139. “……”
  1140.  
  1141. The knight did not answer, but silently walked towards Urumu.
  1142.  
  1143. “S…Stop……”
  1144.  
  1145. Carrying Riruru, Kuzuha’s voice was very weak.
  1146.  
  1147. She could not stop anything. She could not stop time, stop the knight, and stop the tragedy.
  1148.  
  1149. The knight slowly raised his sword, but Urumu was perfectly calm.
  1150.  
  1151. A hearty laugh would come once in a while from his mouth.
  1152.  
  1153. Until the very last moment, he finally stared at Kuzuha.
  1154.  
  1155. “——Please take care of the princess, Kuzuha-dono.”
  1156.  
  1157. After saying this, the knight’s long sword suddenly used an earth-shattering posture and directly slashed downwards towards Urumu’s body.
  1158.  
  1159.  
  1160. Part 8
  1161.  
  1162. In Sherfield’s arena, the battle was still ongoing.
  1163.  
  1164. Although the trio had the advantage, but Zechs Doltrake was suspicious.
  1165.  
  1166. ……That’s strange……
  1167.  
  1168. The duel has already reached this stage, the trio had already grasp the initiative. Through Listy and Loutier’s cooperation, and respectively launched offensive from close, medium and large range, it had almost forced Akatsuki into a severe situation multiple times. Unfortunately, everything failed at the end, and allowing Akatsuki to break through the pinch. This has happened throughout the hour, the battle was suddenly still at a stalemate.
  1169.  
  1170. ……After noticing that there was no winning in a frontal attack, he decided to implement a defensive strategy and continued to avoid the situation?
  1171.  
  1172. “Be a bit more serious, you coward!”
  1173.  
  1174. A merciless shout. In fact, since the duel has entered the so-called second round, Akatsuki had kept on taking a passive defensive tactics, and the sounds of boos from the audience have never been broken. However, Akatsuki did not mind, and calmly avoided the opponent’s attack.
  1175.  
  1176. “Three against one and still cannot win, you guys are too weak!”
  1177.  
  1178. As a result, the trio from Sherfield could not avoid the insults from the audience as well, Zechs could not help but thought within his heart.
  1179.  
  1180. ……The situation is turning bad.
  1181.  
  1182. If they continue to let Akatsuki to delay the duel, the audience will think that the two groups are secretly going easy. If there is a suspicion that the duel was faked, it represents that the trio from Sherfield, who faced Akatsuki, would be loathed upon by everyone. Zechs could not help but glanced towards Listy, only to see Listy nod. Seems like they have made up their mind. Loutier seeing this also responded with understanding eyes.
  1183.  
  1184. Only to see Akatsuki, who was fighting the trio, smile.
  1185.  
  1186. “Hey, don’t just use your eyes to talk, let me participate as well.”
  1187.  
  1188. “Okay, let me tell you then.”
  1189.  
  1190. Zechs coldly answered.
  1191.  
  1192. “——The next strike will finish the duel.”
  1193.  
  1194. After saying this, the surrounding space around Zechs and Akatsuki suddenly turned dark.
  1195.  
  1196. “What……?”
  1197.  
  1198. Akatsuki unconsciously lifted his head and looked at the sky, Zechs jumped back a certain distance then lifted his head and looked at the object that Akatsuki was staring at. The object that appeared above the stage seemed like a burning rocky mountain, it is also one of Listy’s so-called combination magic that uses a combination of fire and earth elements, and one of the most powerful type as well.
  1199.  
  1200. “When have you guy s start preparing for this type of insane magic……?”
  1201.  
  1202. “——For some time already.”
  1203.  
  1204. Facing Akatsuki’s question, Listy’s tone was very calm.
  1205.  
  1206. “Before when I was activating magic, I have been secretly cancelling the magic circle and chant……How is this, did you completely not notice it?”
  1207.  
  1208. Next she will just have to aim at Akatsuki and let the rocky mountain fall down. The destructive power is undisputable, but Akatsuki could also avoid it, thus Zechs specially called Loutier.
  1209.  
  1210. “——Lulu, are you ready?”
  1211.  
  1212. “Whenever you’re ready.”
  1213.  
  1214. After receiving Loutier’s response, Zechs pushed off to the sky. Only to see Loutier raise her magic gun and aim at Zechs and pulled the trigger. Loutier’s intention was not to attack Zechs, but to add an supportive wind magic and allow Zechs to achieve a greater flying ability. After obtaining the help of the wind magic, Zechs reached directly above the huge rocky mountain. Then he raised up his crimson sword and stared at Akatsuki on the ground.
  1215.  
  1216. “——Let’s see where you can run!”
  1217.  
  1218. After saying this, Zechs swung his crimson sword, aiming at the rocky mountain and furiously hacked it.
  1219.  
  1220. The huge burning rocky mountain was hacked into multiple pieces.
  1221.  
  1222. “It’s finished now, Akatsuki ——“
  1223.  
  1224. The crimson sword  was raised up high in the air and swung down at a amazing speed.
  1225.  
  1226. The multiple burning rock pieces fell towards the ground at the same time, as if it was a powerful meteor shower.
  1227.  
  1228. The intense impact and high temperate flames mercilessly devoured Akatsuki.
  1229.  
  1230.  
  1231.  
  1232. ——It was too tragic.
  1233.  
  1234. The audience all had this idea emerged at the same time, everyone believed that outcome of the duel has be concluded.
  1235.  
  1236. However the audience did not know that, the ultimate technique which the trio has shown off was originally planned to defeat the demon king Galious. But what was unexpected was that Galious was singly defeated by Akatsuki, so the destructive ultimate technique has been sealed since then. The trio did not think that the first victim of this ultimate technique would actually be Akatsuki, the pain and struggle could naturally be imagined.
  1237.  
  1238. After a period of time, the flames on the stage disappeared. The flames created by the explosion depleted the oxygen around Akatsuki. Although the black smoke temporarily obscured the sight of the audience, after a while it has slowly begun to dissipate.
  1239.  
  1240. The audience at the scene witnessed the results of the trio’s amazing magic attack.
  1241.  
  1242. Countless rocks fell from the sky, the stage was filled with large and small craters.
  1243.  
  1244. The raging fire even burnt the ground on the stage to black.
  1245.  
  1246. Even suffering a powerful attack that could almost destroy the heavens and the earth, a youth was still standing in front of the audience. At this moment, the audience could not help but respond with warm applauses and cheers.
  1247.  
  1248. The target of these applause and cheers was of course, Akatsuki with a confident smile.
  1249.  
  1250.  
  1251. The merciless boos instantly changed into passionate cheers. After obtaining the support of the audience, Akatsuki could not help but think that:
  1252.  
  1253. Everything is finally in place for this duel.
  1254.  
  1255. Thus he faced Listy and the others that were standing nearby.
  1256.  
  1257. “Your final trump card was defeated by me, it’s about time to end this right?”
  1258.  
  1259. Only to see Listy staring blankly at Akatsuki.
  1260.  
  1261. “What did you just do……Akatsuki?”
  1262.  
  1263. Staring at Akatsuki, her tone was filled with surprise.
  1264.  
  1265. “Even after such a serious attack, how could you be possibly unharmed……?”
  1266.  
  1267. “You guys have an trump card, but I too also have a secret weapon.”
  1268.  
  1269. After a short pause.
  1270.  
  1271. “And just now it was only the defensive secret weapon…… Understood?”
  1272.  
  1273. Saying this at the same time, Akatsuki used the secret weapon he had hidden for a long time. Strictly speaking, it is the offensive secret weapon.
  1274.  
  1275. ……I really did not want to do this.
  1276.  
  1277. However in order to win, Akatsuki did not have another choice, he could only just use one of the ultimate techniques in Renkan Keikikou.
  1278.  
  1279. Akatsuki first stopped the materialization of the black demon sword, then he let the true ki within his body flow at a high speed and compressing it.
  1280.  
  1281. After repeating the same action over and over again, Akatsuki’s body will gradually emit a bluish-white light.
  1282.  
  1283. Normally Akatsuki will only use the flow of the true ki and increase his body’s physical abilities.
  1284.  
  1285. However, this would only stimulate the potential within his body. In short, the maximum limit his body can carry would determine the improvement of his body from the true ki. However, if he keeps compressing and cycling the true ki, he could increase the amount of true ki indefinitely.
  1286.  
  1287. Allowing the user to obtain a power surpassing the limits of his body. Of course, doing so is not without a cost, the user’s body will have to bear a burden and pressure to surpass his limits.
  1288.  
  1289. “Woooooooooooooooooooo!”
  1290.  
  1291. A power pressure swept through his entire body, Akatsuki could not help but issue a painful roar. Even so, he did not plan to give up.
  1292.  
  1293. “Tchh ——Don’t think it’ll go so easily!”
  1294.  
  1295. Zechs understood the situation was bad and immediately rushed forward. Only to see him instantly reduce the distance and swing his crimson sword to attack Akatsuki. However, Akatsuki, who continued to accumulate the true ki, did not have any signs of evading.
  1296.  
  1297. “Ah ——!”
  1298.  
  1299. Zechs was completely surprised. Akatsuki blocked off the sword’s attack and was doing it unarmed.
  1300.  
  1301. “……You’ve waited for too long.”
  1302.  
  1303. Using his left thumb and index finger to grip onto the crimson sword blade, Akatsuki slowly spoke.
  1304.  
  1305. The true ki was rapidly flowing throughout his body and issued out a stunning sound.
  1306.  
  1307. “It’s over, Zechs.”
  1308.  
  1309. “……!”
  1310.  
  1311. Seeing that the signs were wrong, Zechs hurriedly backed off, but he could not escape the pursuit of Akatsuki.
  1312.  
  1313. Akatsuki right hand touched Zechs forehead and the fist continued forward.
  1314.  
  1315. “Kuuuuu……!”
  1316.  
  1317. Zechs brain was affected by a violent shaking, although he was still conscious, but he ould not stand up from the ground.
  1318.  
  1319. “I did not use my full strength, so your consciousness should still be clear.”
  1320.  
  1321. Akatsuki slowly spoke.
  1322.  
  1323. “However, your true ki within your body has been disrupted, you will not be able to move within a short time.”
  1324.  
  1325. “How is this possible……”
  1326.  
  1327. Zechs was completely shocked. He knew that at the moment Akatsuki disrupted his true ki, his body must be in a completely stationary state in order to meet the other’s breathing and the speed of the flow of the true ki, and at an excelling timing and location inject a powerful true ki.
  1328.  
  1329. “The me right now has long surpassed the limits you know……Didn’t I say it already? This is my secret weapon.”
  1330.  
  1331. After saying this, Zechs walked towards Listy and Loutier.
  1332.  
  1333. Listy immediately activate magic circles around her.
  1334.  
  1335. In order to buy them for Listy to activate a powerful magic, Loutier stood in front of Akatsuki.
  1336.  
  1337. “The outcome hasn’t been decided……”
  1338.  
  1339. A white light concentrated in front of the magic gun, accumulating the power of a laser. After compressing it, a searing light was shot forward from the muzzle, the pwer and speed was several times higher and was completely indefensible. However, Akatsuki did not dodge or dash off, the powerful laser hit the target and caused a loud bang.
  1340.  
  1341. But……
  1342.  
  1343. “How could it be……”
  1344.  
  1345. Loutier could not help but widened her eyes, completely surprised.
  1346.  
  1347. The laser did not hit Akatsuki. No, strictly speaking, before it hit Akatsuki, it was bounced off by the true ki surrounding Akatsuki’s entire body.
  1348.  
  1349. The laser which deviated from its target could only destroy the walls of the stage.
  1350.  
  1351. At this moment, Akatsuki’s body flashed and at a lightning speed, he reached Loutier.
  1352.  
  1353. “Lulu……Let me listen to your cute voice.”
  1354.  
  1355. Thus Akatsuki gently bit the sharp ears Loutier had, as an elf.
  1356.  
  1357. Ears are the most sensitive location to an elf. Akatsuki’s true ki passed through the ears and endless entered Loutier’s body.
  1358.  
  1359. “Ahhhh…Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”
  1360.  
  1361. Loutier’s entire body trembled, let out a seductive voice and powerlessly fell onto the ground.
  1362.  
  1363. After contently looking at Loutier who was trembling on the ground ——
  1364.  
  1365. “——Now it’s only you left.”
  1366.  
  1367. Akatsuki took a step forward and slowly walked towards Listy.
  1368.  
  1369. “Nnnnn……”
  1370.  
  1371. Listy could not conceal her inner anxiety. She had not finished her magic chant, and it requires some time before it can activate. Akatsuki is not an ordinary enemy, normal magic could not defeat him, and the magic power is proportional to the time it takes to prepare, the stronger the magic, the more time it will take to be prepared. From Listy’s strength, she could definitely and forcibly activate the magic before the chant was over, however, the power will naturally be reduced, it may not be enough to defeat Akatsuki. However, if she continues to chant the magic, there is no doubt that Akatsuki could do whatever he wants. Whether she should continue to chant the magic knowing that it may be too late, or to take the risk and reduce the power to forcibly activate the magic? Listy now faced a dilemma.
  1372.  
  1373. “Oh, you decided to continue to chant?”
  1374.  
  1375. Akatsuki narrowed his eyes.
  1376.  
  1377. Listy slowly spoke:
  1378.  
  1379. “I think you should also understand, while chanting magic, the magic circles also have the effect of a protective barrier. And the effect is proportional to the power of the magic, providing the caster a powerful defense.”
  1380.  
  1381. Listy who was surrounded by magic circles in a ball-shaped shaped did not forget to add one more thing.
  1382.  
  1383. “And the defense of the protective barrier is different than the attack magic, during the chant, it has the strongest ——“
  1384.  
  1385. After saying half of her words, Listy could not continue to go on.
  1386.  
  1387. The reason is because of Akatsuki. Only to see him raise his two hands and entered into Listy’s protective barrier.
  1388.  
  1389. “——Heeh!”
  1390.  
  1391. The two hands pulled back powerfully, the magic suddenly vanished in a flash.
  1392.  
  1393. “Ah ——“
  1394.  
  1395. Listy was shocked, but immediately regained her calm and continued to chant. Looking at Listy who closed her eyes and concentrate of the spell words,  Akatsuki’s expression was very calm.
  1396.  
  1397. “I understand that you wish to protect Sherfield, but you have done more than enough.”
  1398.  
  1399. Ousawa Akatsuki suddenly took Listy in his arms and forcibly took her lips.
  1400.  
  1401. “——!”
  1402.  
  1403. Listy was surprised and unconsciously opened her eyes, this time it was Akatsuki’s turn to close his eyes.
  1404.  
  1405. He greedily sucked on Listy soft and bouncy lips.
  1406.  
  1407. “Mmmmmm, Ha……Y…Youuuu……Mmmmmm~~! ? “
  1408.  
  1409. Listy attempted to escape, but whatever she tried to do, she could not escape from the grasp of Akatsuki.
  1410.  
  1411. Akatsuki two hand was wrapped around Listy’s back and the back of her head, and was saying that he was unwilling to let her go.
  1412.  
  1413. “Mmmmmmm….Ahhhhh…….Wooooo……!”
  1414.  
  1415. Listy pounded on Akatsuki chest, her body desperately struggling. However, Akatsuki did not budge and instead tightened his arms around Listy’s body. As if to prove through action that his strength completely surpassed Listy,  and telling her to give up on the unnecessary struggle. Finally, Akatsuki gently pulled Listy from the waist towards him.
  1416.  
  1417. “Fuuuuuu…ah ah ahh……”
  1418.  
  1419. Listy upper body was slightly tilted back, her mouth even issued seductive moans. Akatsuki’s tongue immediately entered Listy’s mouth, and sent his true ki within Listy’s body.
  1420.  
  1421. “Mmmmmm~~~?”
  1422.  
  1423. After she gasped, Listy trembled slightly. Until her tight body has slowly become powerless, Ousawa Akatsuki finally left Listy’s lips.
  1424.  
  1425. The violent sucking and the intense kiss stripped away Listy’s actions and her ability to think.
  1426.  
  1427. Only to see Listy’s body tremble slightly, he tight muscles slowly calmed down.
  1428.  
  1429. “Ah……Fuuuu….Ahhh……”
  1430.  
  1431. Listy gradually lost the ability to resist. The arm that was caught by Akatsuki was slowly lowered, the other arm that was pummeling Akatsuki also powerlessly rested on Akatsuki’s chest.
  1432.  
  1433. After a period of time, Listy’s body became abnormally gentle.
  1434.  
  1435. This was the appearance when the female had given up resistance and surrendered to the male.
  1436.  
  1437. The hand that Akatsuki used to lift Listy from the back gradually moved downwards.
  1438.  
  1439. Listy’s enchanting and slim waist twisted gently, as if she quite enjoyed the joy brought through Akatsuki’s caress.
  1440.  
  1441. Their passionate kiss was not over. After the oxygen was depleted in her lungs, Listy’s hazy expression brought forth a hot look. This was undoubtedly the world’s most beautiful hypoxia. Listy tightly closed eyes opened, her silky eyes was extremely hot and sexy, as if she was completely conquered. Only when Akatsuki saw this, did he leave Listy’s lips.
  1442.  
  1443. “……Ah……”
  1444.  
  1445. Listy gently called out, with a little regret and dismay in her tone.
  1446.  
  1447. Akatsuki again tenderly kissed Listy’s lips, only then did it relaxed her body.
  1448.  
  1449. “Ahhhh……”
  1450.  
  1451. Her soft and weak body staggered and was about to fall down. Before Listy fell to the ground, Akatsuki immediately stretched out his arm and held onto Listy’s soft waist.
  1452.  
  1453. The two of them were naturally was standing side by side.
  1454.  
  1455. Ousawa Akatsuki looked around the surrounding. The entire arena was completely silence, the audience’s gaze was concentrated onto the two of them. Thus in front of all the audience, Akatsuki made a gesture.
  1456.  
  1457. His left hand was wrapped around Listy’s waist, his right hand was raised up high.
  1458.  
  1459. His face revealed a hint of smile.
  1460.  
  1461. “I surrender……I cannot fight with this person anymore.”
  1462.  
  1463. Ousawa Akatsuki declared his defeat. An outcome that was completely unexpected.
  1464.  
  1465. Yet no one protest, and no one shouted.
  1466.  
  1467. After a brief silence, the arena was enveloped by resounding cheers and applause.
  1468.  
  1469.  
  1470. Part 9
  1471.  
  1472. “I can’t believe it……”
  1473.  
  1474. Akatsuki’s action made Alphonse, who watched the duel in the special box, completely shocked.
  1475.  
  1476. It may seem like a simple kiss, but it implies a far greater meaning.
  1477.  
  1478. One side was the youth who bore the responsibility of the previous hero’s death, climbed all the way from the depths of despair and become the Rogue Hero everyone knew about, and finally defeated the demon king and becoming a hero that saved the world. On the other side it was a Queen that had experienced the blow of that country being destroyed and with the hero, obtaining back their homeland  and aimed to defeat the demon king. These heroes in everyone eyes were almost like a prince and a princess from a fairy tale, that won the world’s admiration and love. Alayzard’s residents has wished from the bottom of their hearts that they will become married, after all their happiness symbolizes the end of the war and the coming of the peace, it was undoubtedly everyone’s wish in the future. Although the happy ending that everyone had hoped for was destroyed when Akatsuki returned to his own world, but Akatsuki had now once again came back to Alayzard and stood in front of everyone.
  1479.  
  1480. ——And in this case, Akatsuki wearing the demon king outfit was playing a very crucial role.
  1481.  
  1482. The scene of Akatsuki, who was wearing the demon king outfit, and Listy standing next to each other seemed to symbolize the peace between the humans and the demon race.
  1483.  
  1484. Every audience at the scene are witnesses to history.
  1485.  
  1486. ……At this rate, nothing can be done.
  1487.  
  1488. Alphonse had arranged many individuals to specially discredit the duel and framing Sherfield’s trio of faking the duel, and thus provoking the audience’s emotions. However, in the face of the thunderous cheers from the audience, those individuals seemed to be extraordinarily small. Although Akatsuki declared his own defeat, but there was ample evidence that his strength was above the trio from Sherfield. Under the catalyst of this happy ending, the signing of the peace treaty would not be blamed upon Listy and Sherfield from everyone. Even if everyone wanted to say something, they could only just send their heartfelt blessings. In short, Akatsuki achieved the final victory, but Listy and the trio was not defeated.
  1489.  
  1490. ……Impressive, he actually had the ability to perfectly convey and perform a draw that was excluded from the rules.
  1491.  
  1492. Alphonse Tese Rubura Disdia was completely defeated.
  1493.  
  1494. His strategy could be said to have been completely neutralized.
  1495.  
  1496. “So this is the strength of the Rogue Hero?......What a disorderly fellow.”
  1497.  
  1498. Alphonse with a wry smile, could only accept his defeat.
  1499.  
  1500.  
  1501. Also in the special box seats, Ousawa Miu looked intently at the arena stage.
  1502.  
  1503. “……”
  1504.  
  1505. Staring at Akatsuki, who was waving to the audience, and Listy, who was being held on at the waist, Miu did not notice that her own face emerged a hint of loneliness.
  1506.  
  1507. Akatsuki and Listy was standing in front of Miu’s eyes, and accepting the world’s blessings.
  1508.  
  1509. At this moment, Miu suddenly noticed, Akatsuki and Listy’s gaze did not fall at the same place. Akatsuki was busily addressing the audience, but Listy, who was beside him, had been staring at Akatsuki’s face.
  1510.  
  1511. Tears emerged from her eyes.
  1512.  
  1513. Ousawa Miu thought, Akatsuki will immediately wipe off Listy’s tears.
  1514.  
  1515. ……That was correct.
  1516.  
  1517. This was a matter of fact, Miu, herself, also understood this. Only Listy was worthy of Akatsuki. The other half of a hero should not be the daughter of a demon king.
  1518.  
  1519. But a princess who defeated the demon king alongside with the hero.
  1520.  
  1521.  
  1522. Part 10
  1523.  
  1524. A dark passage.
  1525.  
  1526. The candlelight from both sides could barely illuminate the two sides, this was the underground passage of the arena.
  1527.  
  1528. The passage that connected the battle stage to the preparation, could also access the special box.
  1529.  
  1530. There was no other shortcut to head to the special box, everyone must pass through this passage.
  1531.  
  1532. An encounter will naturally occur.
  1533.  
  1534. Aleclasta’s country’s Pope Volk Rem Aleclasta IV had a happy smile on his face.
  1535.  
  1536. The location was the end of the stairs, Miranda followed at the side.
  1537.  
  1538. “Congratulations, Akatsuki. Your performance this time was really remarkable.”
  1539.  
  1540. Volk greatly praised Akatsuki who was coming from the other end of the passage.
  1541.  
  1542. Only to see Akatsuki stop.
  1543.  
  1544. “You flatter me, you even specially came to congratulate my victory.”
  1545.  
  1546. Akatsuki smiled.
  1547.  
  1548. “Unfortunately the thing went contrary to what you expected, letting you down.”
  1549.  
  1550. “Oh ho, I don’t understand what you mean.”
  1551.  
  1552. Volk revealed a intriguing smile.
  1553.  
  1554. ——No matter who won the victory of this duel, it would be difficult for Sherfield to escape the blame from the rest of the world.
  1555.  
  1556. After Akatsuki had defeated Galious, Sherfield had sudden become a country that saved the world, achieving a position on the same standing as the powerful Aleclasta and Disdia. It was just a matter of time until the international politics would be dominated by the flourishing Sherfield.
  1557.  
  1558. However, Aleclasta and Disdia was not absent during the war against the demon king, Sherfield’s influence growing in the international community was naturally a sight that the two countries did not want to see. In fact, today’s duel was a plan from Aleclasta and Disdia to pull down Sherfield by using the name of the demon race.
  1559.  
  1560. Right now the two countries’ plan was crushed by Akatsuki, Akatsuki and Listy has also received blessings from the rest of the world, securing a position of Sherfield bringing Alayzard to peace.
  1561.  
  1562. However, Volk did not care. There is plenty of time, what they have later on was time.
  1563.  
  1564. In fact what they were concerned about was another matter.
  1565.  
  1566. “——Renkan Keikikou is really terrifying, even the renowned strongest fighter of the human side, Queen Listy, was not a match for it.”
  1567.  
  1568. “Indeed, it looks like the legend seems to be true.”
  1569.  
  1570. Miranda interjected.
  1571.  
  1572. “The legend about it absorbing the opponent’s true ki, and turning the opponent’s strength into your own power……”
  1573.  
  1574. “——“
  1575.  
  1576. Miranda’s statement made Akatsuki narrowed his eyes.
  1577.  
  1578. Only to see Volk laughed a few times.
  1579.  
  1580. “Probably not many people had noticed it, but I saw it very clearly. After Queen Listy’s final attack touched your body, it immediately disappeared without a trace.”
  1581.  
  1582. Just like the magical barrier the superior dimensional being Zahhark had——Miranda laughed.
  1583.  
  1584. “The more enemies you kill, the stronger your strength becomes……It really is a devil qigong”.
  1585.  
  1586. “Ah ha, I don’t understand what you two are talking about.”
  1587.  
  1588. Akatsuki smiled slightly, and brushed past Volk and Miranda, and prepared to go upstairs.
  1589.  
  1590. “I know what your aesthetic is, but keeping too many secrets will hurt the females.”
  1591.  
  1592. Staring at the back of Akatsuki, Miranda muttered.
  1593.  
  1594. “——If Listy knew how he died……”
  1595.  
  1596. Akatsuki suddenly stopped.
  1597.  
  1598. “……What do you want to say?”
  1599.  
  1600. A deep and low tone, with a faint hint of murderous intent. Miranda seeing this immediately evaded the subject.
  1601.  
  1602. “Oh, I’m sorry. Since you know nothing, then pretend I did not speak. But then again, if you have learnt Renkan Keikikou earlier——“
  1603.  
  1604.  
  1605.  
  1606. Miranda paused for a moment.
  1607.  
  1608.  
  1609.  
  1610. “At that time perhaps you could have used Leon’s power.”
  1611.  
  1612.  
  1613.  
  1614. Akatsuki silently headed towards Miranda.
  1615.  
  1616. The two of them started a close confrontation, the other’s breathing could be clearly heard.
  1617.  
  1618. “I will not allow you to speak nonsense in front of that person. Even if you are a woman, I will not show mercy.”
  1619.  
  1620. “You’re really scary……But you don’t have to force yourself.”
  1621.  
  1622. Miranda had a cold smile emerged from her face.
  1623.  
  1624. “You did not hesitate and used Renkan Keikikou to surpass your limits and obtained the victory, it should be difficult for the you right now to stand or talk.
  1625.  
  1626. Both sides entered a silence. After a few seconds, Akatsuki slowly turned around and walked up the stairs.
  1627.  
  1628. At this moment……
  1629.  
  1630. “……Miranda, this is your mistake……”
  1631.  
  1632. Although he said this, Volk’s tone did not have any means to blame her.”
  1633.  
  1634. “That’s true, maybe it is time for the entire world to know the truth.”
  1635.  
  1636. The truth is always cruel.
  1637.  
  1638. “However, Akatsuki was quite capable.”
  1639.  
  1640. The hero Leon protected Akatsuki and died at the hands of the demon king Galious while the demon race attacked Erdia——This was the world’s understanding of the tragedy.
  1641.  
  1642. This was the explanation that Akatsuki, who watched Leon fall into a pool of blood, told Listy and the other rescuers. At that time Galious was not present, and there were no other survivors at the scene, Akatsuki became the only witness who witnessed the death of Leon.
  1643.  
  1644. Thus, what Akatsuki said, became Alayzard’s history. The hero Leon died at the hands of the demon king to protect Akatsuki.
  1645.  
  1646.  
  1647. This was the understanding of the world, and also the statement that was heard publicly.
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