Look for it .
Find it no matter what .
In this situation, with how we are now, there must be some way we can pull this off .
Of course he hadn’t dared to think it would all go well from the very start . It couldn’t be that simple .
Even so, to think that it would be this bad…
“—ku! Ranta…! Don’t back off…!”
Haruhiro was trying to get a grasp of the situation while parrying the attacks of goblin A with [SWAT] .
Goblin A was wearing a leather helmet and chainmail armor, and was armed with a short sword and a small shield, but it wasn’t like it had an orc’s big body, nor were its blows as heavy . Even fighting it one-on-one wasn’t that hard; the problem was Ranta .
“It’s not like I’m backing off…!”
Ranta yelled “[PROPEL LEAP]… . !” to retreat in a hurry . Goblin B was drawn in and gave chase .
Without a moment’s delay he attacked the approaching goblin with his long sword .
“Eat this! [JUKE STAB]…!”
However, thanks to its good physique, the heavily armed goblin managed to avoid Ranta’s sword by a hair’s breadth . Well, even if he’d landed the attack between the neck and shoulder of the armor, a blow of that caliber wouldn’t have dealt much damage . Goblin B didn’t falter and closed the distance between them . Ranta slashed his long sword at Goblin B’s blade,
And immediately knocked the goblin’s sword down . It was all going fine, but then—
“Kiran! Got you! [HATRED’S CU…]!”
Ranta stepped in aggressively and performed a full body slash, landing a perfect strike on top of Goblin B’s left shoulder . However,it wasn’t enough . It was the armor . The armor was so strong, Ranta’s long sword failed to penetrate, leaving only a dent .
“You’re being too aggressive…!” Haruhiro complained while still parrying Goblin A’s sword .
“Shut it!” Ranta yelled back . He then showered Goblin B with attacks .
“Orya orya orya orya orya… . ! Ura ura ura ura ura ura ura…!”
Though Goblin B was recoiling, Haruhiro could see it was somehow fending off the swings .
That’s why a brute force approach is impossible . Do you understand, Ranta?
Because you aren’t Mogzo .
Haruhiro almost said as much, but he swallowed his words . That was something he shouldn’t say . Because Ranta was doing his best in his own way . He had tried to take on the tank role of the party, and from the beginning of the battle, plunged himself right into the middle of the enemies .
But unlike Mogzo, Ranta was never the type to hold position and continually exchange blows with the opponent .
To begin with, the core of the Dread Knight’s fighting style was to make use of its mobility to lead opponents around by the nose, confusing them . Moving around was inevitable . If he didn’t do that, he wouldn’t be able to use his real strength . Ranta wasn’t like that . He wasn’t a tank . Haruhiro and the others would have to change the very basics of their strategy . But what would their new tactic be…?
Haruhiro tried to [SWAT] the Goblin’s sword, but his hand slipped . The goblin will break through . This is bad—
Mary . Mary rushed in aiming her short staff at Goblin A . The goblin was sent flying despite blocking with his shield .
“Are you preoccupied with something…!?”
While answering yes in his mind, Haruhiro attacked Goblin A . Pretended to attack, to be exact . As soon as Goblin A turned to counter attack, Haruhiro switched to [SWAT] . He somehow managed to connect [SWAT] with [ARREST] and tried to incapacitate Goblin A, but it didn’t look like it would work .
Goblins are a bit too small . I’ve never used [ARREST] against a goblin . What’s up with this? Damnit . I was able to kill an orc, and happily lose my virginity, but I can’t defeat a single goblin facing him fair and square? I’m too weak . But I know . I know well enough that I’m too weak .
“Oom rel eckt nem das… . !”
Shihoru used her magic, [SHADOW BIND]to shoot a shadow elemental at the ground . It attached itself near the right foot of Goblin C, which had locked blades with Yume .
Nice, Shihoru .
Goblin C panicked and planted its left foot, trying to pull its other foot away, but the shadow elemental clung tightly and didn’t let go .
Yume jumped at Goblin C, and showered it with a combo of [SWEEPING SLASH] and [CROSS CUT] . However, Goblin C was wearing chainmail in addition to its hatchet-like weapon, so it didn’t suffer a fatal wound . Even so, its shoulders, arms and torso were hit with the kukri’s full strength, so they should be in quite a lot of pain .
Goblin C began to randomly swing its hatchet . It must have been really desperate, but Yume pulled back .
If Yume took a hit from that with just her leather armor, it would be bad .
She briefly glanced in Haruhiro’s direction, and seemed to understand just from being called .
Yume is coming here .
Parrying Goblin A’s sword with [SWAT] once more, Haruhiro dashed away . Goblin A tried to keep up with him, but Yume took over and stopped it .
Goblin C’s right foot was still affected by [SWADOW BIND] . It noticed Haruhiro coming and tried turning around to face him, but was too slow . Or rather, because it couldn’t freely use its legs, it couldn’t move or turn around . Of course, taking someone like that from behind would be easy .
Haruhiro circled around to Goblin C’s rear and leapt in . He immediately pinned the goblin’s arms behind its back and slit its throat in one go with his dagger . After Haruhiro pulled away, Goblin C’s knees bent and audibly hit the ground . His right foot was still fixed to the ground, so it didn’t collapse completely .
“—Alright! Finally got one… . !”
Part 2 of 4 (translated by Lono)
Yume was fighting Goblin A, and Ranta Goblin B . Haruhiro could target either of the goblins’ backs . Should I go for A, or B?
Goblin B is protected by decent-looking armor, and dealing with that will probably be troublesome . Guess I’ll start by getting rid of Goblin A .
Haruhiro had barely started running when he felt a dull impact on his left flank . It felt like he’d been kicked .
Looking down, he found an arrow sticking out of his left side . What… is this?
He was more surprised than in pain . At the moment anyway .
Haruhiro looked around . Judging from its trajectory—There . To the left, a little bit behind . It looks like a mostly crumbled wall . It’s a little too small to hide a person’s body, but for a goblin…
“They have reinforcements…!”
“Haru, healing!” Mary tried to run towards Haruhiro .
Haruhiro shook his head and ran towards the wall . “Mary, Shihoru…!”
There was a chance the enemy could target Shihoru while Mary was healing Haruhiro . There was also the possibility of Mary being shot by an arrow . That would be catastrophic .
Of course, running makes my side hurt a lot . But not so much that I can’t move . It’s still tolerable .
To begin with, could Haruhiro even do anything, going there alone? Hard to say . However, he felt that being treated by Mary right now wasn’t a good idea . If he were in their place, he would definitely make use of that opening . Goblins were smaller than humans, but they were by no means stupid .
Haruhiro came to a stop on the other side of the wall .
“—It’s not here…!?” Haruhiro yelled, astonished . Suddenly an arrow came flying from his right . He managed to duck at the last second, dodging it by a hair’s breadth .
About seven or eight meters from where he was, Haruhiro could see Goblin D holding a short bow, half hidden behind a pile of rubble . Goblin D had probably anticipated that Haruhiro would rush to find it and moved there from its previous location . Really… they aren’t stupid at all .
“But I won’t let you run away anymore…!”
Goblin D tried to nock another arrow, but from that distance, Haruhiro could not only know the timing of the shot, but could also grasp where it would be aimed . Even if the goblin did release the arrow, he would be able to dodge it . Or at least he should have been able to .
He felt dizzy .
His heartbeat was weird . It sounded like violent stomping . It was pounding like crazy .
Goblin D shot its arrow . Needless to say, Haruhiro tried to dodge . However, his movements were a little— just a little—different from what he expected .
The arrow pierced his chest, near his left shoulder, and Haruhiro fell backwards . Uwa . I ended up taking a second one .
“It’s a poisonous arrow…!” yelled Haruhiro, mustering up all the voice he could .
Goblin D threw its bow aside, pulled out a small sword, and went flying at Haruhiro .
What should I do? [SWAT] it? Is that possible? Definitely not .
Goblin D pushed Haruhiro down and straddled him . It then tried to stab his face with its small sword . He didn’t know if he’d dropped his dagger or something, but it seemed he was no longer holding it . He could only try to protect his face using his arms . His arms and his hands; Goblin D’s small sword vigorously pierced them again and again . Haruhiro was desperate . He wasn’t supposed to have time to think about unnecessary stuff, and yet, the words ‘I screwed up’ still crossed his mind .
Maybe he shouldn’t have gone there himself . Maybe he should have left it to Yume . But his mind hadn’t thought that far . Though that might just be hindsight . The outcome . This is the outcome huh? So disappointing . Guess this is what happens when you make a mistake . But to get killed by a goblin… No, no, no, no . It’s not like that has already been decided . Not at all . Yeah, that’s right . Goblin D kept swinging his small sword down . The bone in Haruhiro’s right arm was able to brush the blade aside . Rather than letting his flesh be cut to sever the opponent’s bone, he left his flesh be cut to block with his bone . 
“Oom rel eckt vel dash…!”
Huh? Magic? Is it Shihoru? Yes, it is . Shihoru performed a thrusting movement with her staff in Goblin D’s direction and shot a [SHADOW ECHO] at point-blank range . It flew through the air with its characteristic voash! sound and Goblin D’s head snapped back as it began convulsing . The black seaweed-like shadow elemental hit Goblin D right in the side of the face .
Shihoru wasn’t that only one who came to help Haruhiro .
Mary hit Goblin D with her short staff .
Goblin D was blown off its feet, but quickly got up again . It ran . It retrieved its bow and tried to run away . Shihoru pointed her staff at its back .
“Oom rel eckt vel dash…!”
Another [SHADOW ECHO] . However, Goblin D quickly leapt for cover and managed to avoid the shadow elemental .
Though it depended on the area, Damroww’s Old Town had a quite a lot of debris from ruined walls and buildings scattered around . This area was especially bad . Why did we choose this place for hunting? Maybe that was our first mistake .
“Fu… hah… fu… fu…”
Such ragged breathing . Who is that? Me, huh . It was Haruhiro himself . Haruhiro was lying flat on his back .
I can see the sky . Mary’s face too . The arrow was pulled out . —Aaaaaah… it hurts .
“I will start by detoxifying…!”
Haruhiro nodded . I wonder if she’ll manage . It would be nice if I didn’t die . Haruhiro thought, as though it was someone else’s problem .
“O light, under the divine grace of Lord Luminous… [PURIFY]!”
Detoxification . Guess it’s poison cleanser . I wonder if the poison was removed with that . I’m not so sure . Yume, Ranta… would they be alright? The Goblin who escaped was .
“Haru! Pull yourself together! O light, under the divine grace of Lord Luminous… [CURE]…!”
Pull… Pull myself… Together . Umm . I got it . I got it, Mary . That’s right . As unsightly as this is . It’s completely lame . But there’s no way I can let myself die . I won’t die . If you die, that’s it . And not only me . My friends too . Everyone .
It’s starting to feel better .
Magic sure is amazing .
“How is it going there…!?” Ranta yelled from somewhere .
“Oook!” replied Yume from some distance .
Those two… What are they doing?
Shihoru stood by Mary’s side while she treated Haruhiro . His eyes met Shihoru’s .
“…Shihoru, what about the enemy?”
“Only one was able to run, we still…”
“I see . ”
So they were able to deal with them afterwards . Ranta, Yume and Shihoru sure did their best .
Haruhiro closed his eyes and laughed .
“… Just what the hell am I doing?”