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I will kill that devil. Having sworn to do so, I immediately moved into action.
I cast a [Leap] spell on my legs and approach the devil, hopping across the battlefield with the agility of a rabbit.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m so close, but Kerich can see me.
“… A clever insect.” (Kerich)
He says in a thick voice and shoots magic at me as if he were shooting a rabbit.
A huge energy bolt hits me, but I fend it off with a magical barrier.
“That’s pretty good. Are you a strategic class magician?” (Kerich)
A strategic class magician is an excellent military magician who can change the course of a battle by himself. It’s a rarity to find one or two mages at the division level.
“I don’t have a certificate for strategic class magicians. I do have a certificate for my librarian certification, though.”
“So you’re a small fry?” (Kerich)
“Maybe. Maybe. But you shouldn’t be so condescending.”
“What do you mean?” (Kerich)
“It means you’re going to be miserable when that small fry kills you.”
“F*cking sh*t!!” (Kerich)
The demon instantly disappears and appears in front of me.
It looks like it wants to kill me in close combat.
It’s a good decision.
This is because magicians are not good at close combat.
“…This is what I hate… as a magician.”
I muttered since I can’t switch from long-range battles to melee combat.
Because if I keep my distance, my allies will not be able to evacuate.
Now, with Victor taking command, he is making the Libra Division and the Earth Division retreat.
The army was not designed to fight such a monster.
As I was confirming this in my mind, the most endearing voice in the world entered my ears.
The beautiful Princess Sicily called from behind me.
She called out my name, breathlessly.
She was about to run to my side, but Chloe stopped her.
It was a good decision.
She nodded silently when I looked at her, the princess’ maid
I say out loud,
“Princess, you can watch me slay the demon from that special seat.”
“But the devil is mighty. Please let us help.” (Sicily)
“Would you please refrain from doing so?”
“No. Leon-sama will die.” (Sicily)
“What are you talking about? Am I the Sage of Balance? Am I the tactician who will bring harmony to this world? Will I lose to such a small fry here?”
As I was having this exchange, the crooked claws of the bloodshot-eyed Kerich grazed right next to me.
A single fine line of the skin on my cheek is cut.
The princess sees it and freezes up. Chloe urges her to stop.
“Princess! Don’t go any further. What a woman should do is to trust her man. What a woman should do is to believe in her man and give him a gentle hug when he comes back alive. Let’s trust Leon-sama here and watch over him from here.” (Chloe)
“… Chloe.” (Sicily)
Sicily struck by her maid Chloe’s words, closed her eyes and began to pray.
“… I will pray that Leon-sama will come back here safely.”
Chloe continues in her heart.
(… Leon-sama will overcome that demon and embrace Her Highness with his hands. This is fate.) (Chloe)
Chloe confidently says this in her mind, but her prediction never comes true…
Having a princess and her maid as my audience, I confront the devil while trying to feel motivated.
I fought well in the disadvantageous situation of close combat, and even then it was a fight with bullets.
I cast multiple instances of [Enhancement Magic] on myself. I put two or three layers of magic on myself.
(…The [Enhancement Magic] is easy to cast, but if I cast too much, the following morning will be hell.)
[Enhancement Magic] which sends magic power directly into the muscle fibers, is good when it is applied, but when the effect wears off, the pain of hell comes.
My bones creak and my muscles scream.
In addition, if you use multiple layers of powerful magic as I do, you may be unable to act for a while.
(Well, I’m not in a position to afford to take such a leisurely approach.)
The devil Kerich was finally doing the same thing with multiple layers of [Enhancement Magic].
If I didn’t give it my best shot here, I would inevitably lose.
I thought of that and concentrated all my magic power.
Not only did I strengthen my body, but I also wrapped my body in flames.
It is the spell of [Flame Body].
It is a spell where flames are wrapped around the body and used in both attack and defense.
Enemy attacks are blocked by flames, and my attacks are multiplied by flames.
Kerich’s skin is scorched every time he attacks me, and his face twists in pain every time my fist digs into his body, but he doesn’t hesitate to attack me.
When his right hand was covered with pale blue magic power, he attacked me differently than before.
His right hand was wrapped in ice.
The ice hand was sharp and pointed, perfect for stabbing people.
The ice hand grazed the side of my cheek. My cheek was ripped open and blood flowed from it.
The blood dripped into my mouth, and I licked it off and smiled wickedly.
“Great work, for a royal bonbon living in the court.”
“I don’t want to be told that by a pale court magician!” (Kerich)
“That’s true, but I do wish you’d be more precise about my titles.”
After a pause, I continued.
“My name is Leon. I’m Leon von Almarsh, Court Magician, Court Librarian, and Strategist of the Libra Division!”
When I shouted this, I concentrated the flames in my whole body on my right hand.
“Eat this one.”
When I say that, I’ll let him eat a fireball directly on his face.
Kerich burns and he roared, but when he finally extinguishes the fire, he smiled.
“The power of my sister’s treasured warrior is just like this?”
He was not a blood relative of Sicily’s or even a human being for that matter, but his abilities were beyond expectations.
Half an hour later…
The battlefield echoed with the sound of magical explosions and the sounds of physical combat.
We had been fighting ever since, but the situation was at a standstill.
I was constantly trying to keep my distance, but Kerich was always trying to get within reach.
Both of us were fighting for the advantage of distance.
The soldiers of the Libra Division, who could not see this, would occasionally intervene, but they would lose their lives to Kerich’s blows.
It was heartbreaking to see the soldiers with their heads twisted so cruelly. I cannot afford to lose any more of the Princess’s soldiers. I refuse their involvement with a loud shout.
“You guys! Stay away from this monster, I’ll take care of it!”
These words and Kerich’s monstrous intimidation made the soldiers stop moving, but Kerich didn’t seem to like it.
“How are you going to stop me alone? Did you go crazy?” (Kerich)
“Even if someone tells me that you can’t kill a single person in 30 minutes.”
“F*cking sh*t!” (Kerich)
“It’s a fact.”
“It’s true that you’re a human being, but you’re running out of magic and strength, aren’t you.” (Kerich)
“Your silence is confirmation enough.” (Kerich)
It wasn’t a maybe, it was a fact. I was already gasping for air with my entire body as if my entire body had become lungs.
It seems that the magical power accumulated in the depths of my body will be dispelled at any moment.
No, actually, I’m running out. I can’t do it because I know that if I stop strengthening my body, I will die immediately, but my magic power has been depleted to the point that I can only use elementary magic [Ignite].
(In other words, I have to fight this monster with a mere staff?)
It’s a suicide attack.
I looked around for a weapon, but the only thing I could find was a longsword that a soldier was carrying.
If I had picked it up, it would have been impossible for a magician like me to use it.
(… Is it this as far as I’ll go?)
Not surprisingly, a helper appeared at that moment.
Lieutenant Victor, who I entrusted the division with, and Chloe, the princess’ maid, participated in the war.
They attack Kerich at the same time.
They attacked Kerich at the same time.
Victor raised his greatsword and Chloe slashed with the chain of her pocket watch.
Kerich is unable to avoid the sudden attack and is hit by them.
Because this devil had a monster-like healing ability.
The devil’s right hand was cut off and he suffered a large wound on his torso, but it was not fatal.
His body recovers as well.
The devil stares at me with a grin.
I spat at him.
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