V5 Chapter 23
Translator: Silver Editor: Namorax
「Tajiento’s Collapse」Part 2
If I had to describe it, I would say that the misshapen lump had a relatively scorpion-like form .
However, it was definitely not a scorpion .
Its pale body was ten meters long and composed of a flabby substance . Innumerable human faces covered the creature’s entire body and they wailed in agony despite the condition they were in .
Countless pale bodies supported the creature’s long form as well . The human feet grew out of the creature’s body, just like cilia, somehow allowing its ten-meter tall body to slither across the ground with strange and winding movements .
There was a frog-like head elevated above the others and that seemed to be where the creature’s voice had come from .
Behind the frog-like head were multiple, gigantic arms composed of numerous human arms that each held an iron ball and chain, large hatchets and other heavy weaponry .
This was the definition of a nightmare .
The next moment, countless arms with weapons in their hands were growing out of the creepy scorpion’s back, all rushing towards one of the giants .
The very same giants whose hard fur prevented normal weapons from easily damaging them .
However, when the countless weapons struck the giant, it was instantly reduced to a mound of flesh, despite its desperate attempts to defend itself .
When the creature approached the dead giants it opened its large amount, which was lined with countless teeth, and began to devour it .
The size of the giant wasn’t an issue as the creature’s mouth was like that of a crocodile’s, and it was long before I started hearing the gruesome chewing sounds .
For a moment I believed this creature had been summoned by a summoner like myself to protect the humans, but this world wasn’t that nice .
In a somewhat sluggish manner, the deformed creature dragged itself towards the frightened people and proceeded to devour them .
Instead of an angel, a true monstrosity which was literally capable of swallowing giants had appeared from the church . The irrationality of the situation finally set in after witnessing that .
It could be said that panic was the appropriate response to all of this .
As the humans began to scatter, the deformed monstrosity spoke in a leisurely voice .
『This body gets hungry quickly〜』
While spewing such easygoing words, the deformed monstrosity began dragging people into its mouth like a whale consumed krill .
It was an eat-what-you-caught situation .
Meanwhile, the remaining giants attacked the monstrosity one after another, but just like the humans that had escaped into the church, they ended up in its gut .
It seemed like the agonized faces on the monstrosity’s body had increased……
The pale lump of meat eerily squirmed along while eating the humans and giants, the frog-like head chuckling the entire time .
My mind finally rebooted when Ponta’s worried cry caused me to looked down at her .
“Sorry, Ponta . ”
A group of armored skeletons, which had chased after the fleeing people, appeared in the plaza only to be trampled immediately the deformed monstrosity .
For the time being, I’ve seen enough of this monstrosity .
Even the tiger tribesmen wouldn’t be able to oppose it .
I had to seize the opportunity before it became aware of me .
I raised the 『Holy Thunder Sword』 as pale lights began to gather around the blade and swung it down .
「【Sword of Judgement】!」
The monstrosity’s attention was focused elsewhere, so I thought I could kill it in one blow .
Even though I put enough power into the attack to penetrate the monstrosity’s body, the monstrosity managed to quickly scuttle away when the large magic formation appeared underneath it .
Without a target, the sword of light simply shot into the sky .
So that large body was capable of such movements .
It moved as if someone had put its body on an electric wheelchair and stuck a frog-like head on top of it .
……It moved like an out of control go-cart .
While cursing in my heart, I tried to launch my next attack, but the monstrosity detected me faster than expected .
The huge figure quickly turned around in place .
『Everyone interferes with my peace! Everyone! I’ll break everyone!!』
While the strange voice whined like an upset child, it’s innumerable feet moved in a wriggling wave as it ran towards me . I’ve been found out .
The numerous arms stretched out from the monstrosity’s back in an attempt to smash me .
“【Holy Shield of Light】!”
I held my shield up and activated a defensive skill .
The monstrosity’s weapons reached me at that exact moment .
While defending with my shield, I began cutting off arms with my sword .
Since the monstrosity’s body was composed of pale lumps of flesh, it lacked the resistance of the giants’ hides, so regular attacks worked just fine .
“Impertinence! Impertinence!! Impertinennnnece!!”
As the monstrosity continued to shout in that strange tone, its irritation growing, it began closing in on me as if it wanted to crush me .
The monstrosity lost sight of me when I used my transfer magic to dodge him, and its body shook while it looked for me .
…… His sight seemed to be fixed and it couldn’t look around unless it turned its body .
Realizing that I could slip into the gaps in its vision and attack it from behind, I launched another attack at the monstrosity’s back .
I raised my sword again and invoked another skill…… a fast and short-ranged technique .
“【Holy Light Slash】!”
Raising my light-clad sword over my head, I slashed downwards and a beam of light flew in a straight line at the monstrosity, blowing off some of the feet that were supporting the monstrosity’s body . A pained wail echoed through the area followed .
Unfortunately, it recovered immediately and turned around to face me .
…… Its movements were unpleasant every time I saw it .
The monstrosity cursed repeatedly as it readied its numerous arms, apparently not wanting to give me a chance to act .
『Bad! Bad!! So annoying!!! Who are you!!?』
While the frog-like head ranted and raved, it shoot its numerous arms towards me .
I dodged the assault and fired the 【Destructive Holy Sword】 again but only managed to destroy a few of its feet as the monstrosity dodged the attack .
Worst of all, the damaged flesh started to bubble up and before long new feet grow in place of the lost ones .
While it’s regeneration wasn’t fast, it wasn’t that slow either .
In the game, enemies that had abilities like this monster usually required a party to deal with: some members would stop it from regenerating while others continue to attack and daze the enemy, but I was by myself .
It was like challenging an end game dungeon boss on your own .
There was a simple solution though, I just needed to constantly attack this guy and overwhelm its regeneration with pure damage……
I avoided the monstrosity’s arms while I pondered just how i could accomplish that .
I’d cut off several arms already, but their numbers didn’t seem to decrease at all .
…… This wasn’t going well, maybe I should retreat and prepare another strategy?
I looked around the area as I desperately tried to think of something .
Darkness had already covered the area as dusk gave way to night, limiting the effectiveness of transfer magic .
There was no helping it, though I didn’t want to do this often, I had to use an overwhelming assult……
I used transfer magic to put enough distance between us .
“Ponta! Sorry, but you’re gonna have to fly away for a while!”
Ponta was momentarily confused by my command, but she still unwrapped herself from around my neck and flew into the air with her wind magic . This was for the best .
After looking up at her, I turned towards the monstrosity .
Having prepared myself, I used a certain summon for the first time after arriving in this world .
“Come forth, keeper of eternity! 【Aion】!!”
A huge magic formation made from turning, mechanical clockwork began to shine in front of my feet .
A giant snake with the head of a lion began to emerge from the magic formation .
The lion-headed snake slowly coiled itself around my legs and started to crawl up my body .
When the lion head reached my shoulder it opened its mouth to reveal a sharp set of fangs and proceeded to bite into my neck .
At the same time, the serpentine body turned into a strange pattern that fused into my armor, wrapping my body in a cascade of different colored lights .
【Aion】 was one of the highest tier summons a summoner could acquire .
Its rather unique and special ability allowed it to freeze a player’s current state for three minutes the moment it was summoned .
The three-minute-state-freeze was difficult to explain… simply put, my current condition would remain unchanged no matter what happened to me in the next three minutes .
In other words, my health wouldn’t decrease no matter how many attacks hit me and my mana wouldn’t drop not matter how many spells I used, making me effectively invincible .
However, this didn’t mean it was actually as useful as it sounded .
First, a summoner had to reach a considerably high level before they could even acquire the summon . Even after going through all kinds of hardship to acquire it, it was difficult for the summoner to actually make use of this summon .
The main problem was that a summoner could only have one active summoned beast at any time .
Even if you became invincible and could use other magic, a summoner couldn’t bring out a combat-orientated summon . Furthermore, the mana costs to summon 【Aion】was incredibly high . Even if one had an intermediate magic-using class as their secondary class, their mana would be depleted once the three minutes passed .
For those reasons, the only way to use 【Aion】 effectively was to use it in combination with a class that had powerful skills…… In other words, you had no choice but to have a class of the highest tier in tandem with the summoner class .
Unfortunately, the game didn’t allow you to use the skill of all the classes that a player had obtained at once . With the summoner class required as the main or secondary class, one need to have an offensive character build to utilize these particular summon to its fullest .
You could call it the summon of abolishment .
“I’ll finish you off quickly!! There won’t a speck of dust left behind!!”
I raised my sword and shield as the monstrosity’s numerous feet dragged itself towards me .
Even though 【Aion】was supposed to prevent me taking damage, I didn’t know how that’d work in reality .
While being overconfident was prohibited, ignoring some lesser attacks was a sound strategy .
So I let some of the monstrosity’s arms pass through my defenses .
I only felt the small shock of the weapons the arms held hitting me as the blow connected…… so the summon was working without a problem .
However, I didn’t know how exactly much time had passed since I summoned it, so I didn’t have the entire three minutes to use .
It would be bad if I was still weathering the brunt of the enemy’s onslaught when the effect ran out .
“【Evil Sealing Holy Sword】!!”。
Even so, I could chip away as much of my enemy’s health as possible until then .
With that in mind, I activated one of the Holy Knight skills which caused my sword to glow .
I swung my sword while still weathering the monstrosity’s onslaught .
A streak of light trailed behind the sword’s blade as it evaporated a section of the monstrosity’s body .
While the skill I used had the greatest effect on undead, it seems to be effective on the monstrosity as well .
Since this was multiple times more effective than normal attacks, repeatedly using magic attacks was the best strategy .
Essentially, that was the strategy a player would use while having 【Aion】 summoned, but I had something a bit different in mind .
The monstrosity stepped backed in an attempt to protect itself, but I launched my next attack without giving it that chance .
“Face your destruction! 【Smite the Wicked】!!”
When I invoked one of the Pope class’s areas of effect skills, a large shining magic formation appeared in the sky above the monstrosity, like Jacob’s ladder, before a cross-shaped beam of light fell upon it .
The monstrosity began to scream as its entire body started to evaporate .
Unable to withstand the pain, the monstrosity fell on his back like a brick, killing several giants that had approach the area from that direction .
One of the church’s wall collapsed when the monstrosity’s body collided with it .
However, I didn’t let up my assault there .
I hammed the monstrosity’s body with 【Evil Sealing Holy Sword】until 【Smite the Wicked】 cool down passed and I could cast it again .
By the time the lion-headed snake pattern disappeared from my armor, the monstrosity had been reduced to a lump of melted flesh .
With the majority of its body deteriorated, what remained was a cluster of countless corpses fused together .
“Hah, that was tiring . ”
Ponta landed on my head just as I averted my gaze from the monstrosity’s remains and surveyed the area .
The church had been heavily damaged by the battle .
But the monstrosity was mostly to blame for that, seeing as it recklessly moved about . It was unavoidable .
While making excuses for myself, I looked back at the monstrosity’s corpse .
Although I’d defeated it, just what in the world was that thing?
In any case, finding Ariane and Chiome was more important than any of my unanswered questions right now .
As I left the premises, I felt the eyes of the citizens staring at me from the shadows .
Now that the immediate threat has been taken care of, I should join back up with my companions .
After looking up at the night sky, I put my sword over my shoulder and continued to walk .
Aion: a Hellenistic deity of eternity, specifically unbound time, which is removed from the regular flow of time . He’s associated with a single serpent warping around a staff or the ouroboros .
Causality: The natural or worldly agency or efficacy that connects one process with another process or state, where the first is partly responsible for the second . Basically, since the dawn of time causality has been the basis for all understandings of how the world works .
Arc’s summon basically bitch slaps causality and makes him onto a god . For three minutes his everything proof, even to his own actions .