Edited Version of this chapter: http://www.sousetsuka.com/2015/04/death-march-kara-hajimaru-isekai_98.html
5-9. Shadow and the Magician
Satou’s here. The one who’s weak to horror movies, Satou.
I’m fine with ghosts or apparitions, but I’m scared of the faces of characters who are in spasms of terror.
The enemy who suddenly sprung up came from the direction of the owl.
Unable to see its face because of the hood it wore, a figure of a person wearing a black robe had started to appear from the stretched shadow behind the owl.
“I’ve come to take you back, Mia.”
Mia who is beside me is trembling.
This hunched over man is without a doubt, the magician. The owl from earlier is nesting on the man’s shoulder. Is it a pet or a familiar?
I put myself in front of Mia so she would be safe behind me. I then checked his status. His name is Zen, his level is 41 which is quite high and his Skills are— [Unknown].
I am getting an unpleasant feeling, is he the same kind as Arisa and the heroes?
While agitated I continue to read his status— What is this?! Skill [Unknown] also appears there.
Mia is trembling behind me.
I can roughly understand the details. This guy is too dangerous for anyone but me. Let’s deal with him carefully. It doesn’t seem possible, but if I can, I’d like to settle this with a discussion.
“Nice to meet you, magician-dono. I’m Satou, a merchant.”
“I don’t have business with someone like a merchant.”
The magician doesn’t seem like he’d even bother to introduce himself.
I wonder if it’s because he looks down on merchants or he just has a low communication skill.
“Even if you don’t, I have a duty to protect this girl. I won’t pass her to a suspicious man.”
“Fumu, you seem to be protected by generous and skillful mercenaries, but if they stand before me it will become a bloodbath, do you understand?”
The magician points his cane here while keeping his back bent.
“It’s no good! Master, this guy is too strong.”
Arisa warned me from behind.
“I am the great King of Night. It’s good that you know your place, but trash don’t have any reason to call me ‘this guy’.”
This is bad, the magician’s attention is directed toward Arisa.
The magician begins to chant magic toward Arisa.
I don’t want to leave Mia, but I can’t afford not to now. I rush toward the magician, and strike his stomach with my fist.
But the strike is unable to stop the magician’s chant. My fist has penetrated the magician’s robe, but there is no response at all. Is it this guy’s unique skill?
When the magician finishes his chant, a shadow stretches from his foot to form something that look like a spear that plunges toward Arisa. Is that the shadow whip?
I’m back stepping away from the magician, and I position myself between the shadow whip and Arisa.
I block the shadow whip with my whole body. The shadow whip coils around my body, at that time I feel some small pricks.
> [Shadow Magic Skill Acquired]
> [Shadow Resistance Skill Acquired]
What do you mean with shadow resistance?
Ah, it’s been a while since my scientific blood denies the fantasy.
But I’m profiting from this trouble.
I feel like the resistance skill will be of small importance in this situation, but it might increase my chances to protect Mia, even if it is only a little.
I allocate points to shadow resistance and activate it.
“Fumu, that’s an unbelievable body. Are you really a merchant?”
“A friend of mine calls me a nimble merchant.”
From behind our conversation, I can hear Arisa’s whimpers.
“It’s useless, it really didn’t work.”
Did Arisa counterattack when the magician started to chant? Her magic power decreased for a bit. There is absolutely no change to the magician, he probably has resistance.
“To put yourself in front of a woman to protect them from my attack, you have my praise.”
“If you admire me then won’t you back down?”
“That’s a different story. Mia is needed to achieve my goal.”
I’m finally able to free myself from the shadow whip. This shadow whip only gives me insignificant prickly damage but it had no substance and did not react to my touch so I couldn’t tear it off. Yet it could be used to restrain things, It is some kind of fantasy substance.
“What is your goal?”
“There is no meaning to tell you that. If you want to save Mia, then bring a hero along.”
“Do you have some grudge against heroes?”
The magician doesn’t answer and laughs loudly while looking up at the sky.
Accompanying his laughter, countless shadow whips appear from his feet. Did the spell earlier retain its effect?
It’s going to abduct Mia who stands listlessly. If physical attacks don’t work then how about a magical attack.
I take out magic guns from the pocket, equip them to both hands, and set the power scale to MAX.
For someone of this guy’s level, this much probably won’t kill him.
“There is a limit even for facades.”
Following the magician’s word, the magic whips expand toward me and Mia.
I intercept the shadow whips with the magic guns. Dual wielding guns feels like a chuunibyou from somewhere, I don’t like it.
I succeeded in destroying every magic whip that had went toward Mia, while I allowed the one that came toward me to coil itself around me. As expected, I wasn’t able to destroy them all.
“Those weapons are quite good.”
“Is that so? If you leave Mia alone then I will give you one, how about it?”
While offering the trade to the magician, I smash the shadow whip coiling around my body with the magic gun.
I hear Mia’s short scream from behind.
I turn just my head, Mia is being restricted by shadows appearing from below her feet.
More shadow whips appear from the magician and restrict me.
The magician begins to chant a new magic.
I can’t let him cast more magic than this, I fire the magic guns at the magician. His health decreases but immediately recovers before the next shot. Is this guy’s unique skill invincibility?
I change my aim to the cane, and fire another magic bullet.
“Help me nodesu!” “Help~?”
Pochi and Tama seemed to try to do something to the shadow whips but they slipped through it. Even just slipping through the shadow whip seems to give them damage, the two jump back while screaming.
Liza and Arisa are looking over here from some cover while eluding the magic whips and waiting for a chance.
All the magic bullets that I fire are blocked by the shadow whips that appear from the magician’s feet.
Then, finally the magician’s magic, [Shadow Portal], is activated.
Mia’s body is sinking into the shadow.
I give up on shooting the magician, and with brute force, hold Mia’s upper body to stop her from sinking.
“I’ll have you return this girl. Since it’d be troublesome for me if you’re careless, I’ll say this, if you try to forcibly pull her out, Mia’s life will be no more.”
The magician is sinking into a shadow too. I still can’t see his face.
“You are no match for a transcendent being like me, resign from your unreasonable struggle. If you wish for death then you’re free to visit my maze, I expect a show of courage and wisdom to break through it.”
The magician disappears into the shadow while laughing loudly. He didn’t see through to Mia’s sinking until the end, is it because he has allowance to or because of carelessness.
My body is almost dragged into the shadow too, but maybe because of my resistance, it stops at 1 cm deep.
The pulling power of the shadow on Mia is strong. My pulling power is even stronger, but Mia’s health gradually decreases. If I apply more power than this, Mia’s body will break.
I have decided.
“Arisa! When the morning comes, go ask for assistance from the worker’s guild manager.”
After telling her that, I let myself sink into the shadow with Mia.
Arisa and the girls should be able to deal with the shadow stalkers somehow. Hopefully, without injury.
That manager is unreliable but this time it’s a crisis having to do with a person from his tribe, Nadi-san should be able to arrange for it.
After I have fully sunk into the shadow, there is only jet black space around.
There is no sound or light, it truly feels like inside a shadow. Of course there is also no air.
It is indeed a bit painful as my health decreases faster than from the coiling shadow whip. It seems that I am unable to die by suffocation since my health is rising back up at fixed intervals thanks to my self-healing.
Even with air, a person would go mad if they spend too long in this place.
And because of the lack of oxygen, I can’t concentrate well.
What about Mia?
Since I can’t even look at my own body, it goes without saying that I can’t see her either.
I take out Light Drop from Storage and pour some magic power into it.
I thought with this I could see my body, but it didn’t work. Furthermore the radar is only showing me.
I use [All Map Exploration] after a long time of not using it. But unfortunately, the radar display remains as is. I might really be the only one here.
I open the map and look at it.
There! something is written– [It’s an area with no map].
“What is this! a game?”
And then, as if the voice is echoing back to back, the shadow space with no sound is breaking, like a glass, vanishing into fragments.
<TLN: We Majin Buu now lol>
I’m in a place like the ones nobles use to have audiences with people. It’s a vertical room, like a school gymnasium cut in half. The floors are made of stones, with fat circular stone pillars lined up along the wall and candlesticks attached to the walls are emitting LED-like magical lights. There is a throne in the furthermost of the interior, and in that interior a sphere 2 meter big in diameter is blinking rainbow lights while floating at knee-high height.
Mia has been made to sleep, sitting on the throne. Beside her, an unknown beautiful blond woman is nursing her. Her face looks exactly like Mia, but her breasts are outrageously big! No, such a thing doesn’t matter right now.
The magician is running his fingers through something that looks like a piano beside the throne, but before I could rush him he notices me.
Even while surprised, the guy is not loosening his fingers from playing the piano.
“Yes, absurd! How did you escape from my prison of shadow!? It’s something that can’t be broken by a group of low level people like you bastards.”
Are you surprised, boasting or looking down, be clear about it.
My feet are a bit unstable, I wonder if it’s the effect from the shadow space earlier.
“I have a light amulet with me. Shadow magic isn’t going to work.”
Oops, I wasn’t going to tell him the true reason, but even for a deception, telling him that detail was too appropriate. Is it thanks to the deception skill?
“I see, I cannot permit unfairness. This room only allows people who have captured the maze, only those who have earned that right may enter here, that is the rule.”
The magician stops there, and nods at his own words.
“And only then, the hero who is able to get here, is the one who is qualified to annihilate me, The Immortal King!”
What is this guy saying?
Capture the maze, does he want to kill himself?
Furthermore, didn’t he say that he was the King of Night initially? Can he not decide on his name for himself?
But, rather than that, I feel slightly mad at this guy’s excuse. He got my girls and Mia in trouble for such a reason?
“If you want to die then go do it yourself. Don’t involve other people.”
“Fuhahaha, I have received this blessing from god, I am immortal.”
It’s unpleasant, but if I continue this stupid talk, my feet will recover soon.
But, the other guy doesn’t seem like he intends to continue.
“Well then, I will have you leave the master room.”
The door located beside the throne opens and then–