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A burning demon.
The [Fireball] spell of that I released burns vigorously and burned the Ogre to ashes.
I’m proud of my magic power that can bury an ogre with a single blow, but I’m not conceited. I know that no matter how powerful the firepower is, there is a limit to the magic power and physical strength.
I remember the words I told the princess the other day.
“Princess, please be a general among generals.”
There is no falsehood in those words.
Furthermore, I myself do not intend to become a soldier among soldiers or a magician among magicians.
I will use my magical power and knowledge wisely. I will defeat the enemy efficiently.
So, I fought while saving my magic power, but I soon realized that it was not enough.
Just as I was on the verge of defeating the 20 ogres, another 20 appeared from behind me. I can also see the shadows of the ogres from the front.
“…Damn …How regrettable.”
I couldn’t help but feel bad.
I thought I had stopped them in their tracks smartly, but it seems I’m in the heart of the ogre’s lair. Ogres are appearing from every corner.
At this rate, we will be surrounded on all sides.
If that happens, no wise man can survive. It’s a good thing that I’m a poor librarian because I would have been torn to pieces.
For a moment, I move my gaze to the back, as if to move backward, but then I quickly move my head to the side.
(…If I pull from here now, the Doll warriors who are moving ahead will definitely be trapped.)
Then they will be the ones who will be overrun.
They believed in me and came this far. They trusted me to come this far, and they’ve agreed to do the heavy lifting of carrying the trees.
I can’t betray their trust.
I can easily imagine what would happen if I were to abandon them here, acting like a coward. It’s really easy to imagine.
I have not come to sacrifice them to the Ogres, but to bring victory.
I came to gain their trust.
—For that reason, it is unavoidable but to sacrifice my own life.
I knew I had no choice but to die here.
So I put as much magic power as I could into my body.
In the worst case, I would explode the magic power and send the ogre to hell, but my resolve was not tested.
As soon as the black shadow appears, it rides on both shoulders of the High Ogre.
The black shadow stabbed the Ogre in the head with the sword in his right arm.
The High Ogre was killed with a single blow. It was a brilliant move, but the black shadow’s attack did not end there.
After killing one high ogre, he moved on to the next one.
With a movement as if I could see an afterimage, he sliced the throat of another ogre, leaving only a cloud of dust, and then stabbed another ogre in the stomach.
It was an eight-direction, six-armed activity. However, I didn’t just sit back and watch him do it.
I gave my staff the [Slash] attribute and lined up beside him to slash through an ogre.
Ignoring Ogre’s voice, I greeted the man in black.
“Thank you for your assistance, warrior in black.”
“…I am not assisting you. I just happened to pass by, then I just saw a prey that could test the sharpness of my sword.” (Swordsman in Black)
“I see, are you a tsundere?”
“…I don’t understand the meaning of that word.” (Swordsman in Black)
“It means you’re twisted.”
“I know exactly what you mean. You’re right. That’s what people have been saying about me since I was little.” (Swordsman in Black)
“So you are aware? That’s a good thing.”
Speaking of which, a wave of magical power hits an Ogre.
“I thought you were a warrior, but you also have a talent as a magician.” (Swordsman in Black)
“I’m just a bookworm by nature, but now I’m forced to be a soldier and a magician. When the war is over, I want to concentrate on being a librarian.”
“It’s a good dream, at least better than wanting to be a bloody ruler.” (Swordsman in Black)
“I’m flattered by the compliment.”
“I’d be happy to help you in return.” (Swordsman in Black)
“I appreciate that, but I would like to know your name. It’s hard to call you Swordsman in Black.”
“Then, with Kokui.” (Swordsman in Black) [T/N: Kokui “コクイ” means black cloth. He said it in katakana like it’s some foreign name.]
I sigh at the obvious alias, but he chuckles at me meaningfully.
“Not really. It has its own meaning.” (Kokui)
“Well, well, let’s hear what it means and what’s underneath the mask.”
“But only after we get rid of the ogres, or rather, the Titan army.” (Kokui)
The reason for the silence was that I knew that this man, Kokui, was aware of our situation in many ways.
For a moment, I was on guard, but I quickly let it go.
I could see no malice in his eyes. On the contrary, his eyes are straightforward and full of righteousness.
(… I can trust this guy)
I don’t know his purpose or identity, but I do know one thing. I don’t know what he wants or who he is, but I do know one thing: he’s very good at what he does.
As if to interrupt the conversation between me and Kokui, an ogre raises its club.
Kokui slices through it silently.
I guess that’s what it means to slice with both swords. He was certainly a first-class warrior who could do this with a single sword.
I sliced through the ogre in the same way to get a glimpse of him.
The ogre was slashed from thigh to head in a single stroke.
When the two ogres fell at the same time, they were indeed upset.
Some of the ogres begin to retreat. In fact, some of them even abandon their weapons in panic.
“—We won, right?” (Kokui)
This was Kokui’s comment, but it was not true.
One of them grabbed the Ogre by the neck as it began to flee and threw it.
The ogre’s body was nearly two meters tall. It was not unusual for someone to lift it up with one hand.
It was a truly monstrous ability, but I knew immediately that “it” was an unusual creature.
There was a fierce, powerful creature, a size larger than the High Ogre.
It was breathing heavily, and its eyes were bloodshot.
Its muscles were bulging like a bull’s, and its veins were standing out.
It had three horns on its head.
Perhaps to cheer himself up, he pulled out the head of the ogre beside him and moistened his mouth with the blood flowing from the body.
The creature seemed to embody the brutality of the ogre, but then I heard a voice from behind me.
The magician-like man in black clothing says.
“Evil Ogres, the most brutal of the Ancient Ogres. They eat all the useless ogres! Drag out the guts of those who are against their Demise Cult.” (Kokui)
――I see, it seems that the Demise Cult is slithering behind these ogres.
I’m not proud of my powers of observation, though they are exactly as I imagined them to be.
For now, all I can do is think about getting rid of “this monster”.
It was not a military idea, but rather an instinct as a “living creature”.
In order to confront this monster, I had to bet my whole body and soul on it. That was what my instincts as a living creature told me.
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