The Court Magician Who Had Her Achievements Dismissed and Was a Hobbyist Puppeteer Becomes Extremely Strong--Even if She's Told to Come Back Because Her Workplace Is Struggling, It's More Fun to Expand an Undeveloped Land With Her Childhood Friends… - 57
Aboard Guardian, Eris looked grim as she saw the new hits on the radar. “That’s a giant spike in magical power,” she said. “Is it something different from the crystal cannon’s fallout?”
She had a vague and unpleasant feeling in her stomach.
She can’t see what’s going on in the smoke.
However, it seems that her opponents weren’t killed with the first shot.
She immediately prepares to fire the magic crystal cannon again.
“Given the barrel’s heat tolerance, up to two shots can be fired in quick succession,” Eris muttered to herself as she turned Guardian around and aimed. “I still have my mana. No need to spare anything.
“3, 2, 1–”
Immediately before firing, she felt the ground shake.
Then, a giant shadow shows up beyond the smoke.
They leaped through the clouds and appeared, the shadow grew even larger.
They looked twice as large as Guardian.
They had crooked, oddly-shaped corners.
Their light brown body was electrically charged.
And the split-mouth was wide open enough to swallow Guardian, the sharp, pointy teeth lined up inside them were not only sharp but also crackling with sparks.
Their murderous intent was clearly shown.
Rheum probably believed she had the element of surprise.
However, after being victorious on so many battlefields, Eris is not upset.
Fortunately, the other party’s location was within her line of sight.
As long as both legs were off the ground as Rheum jumped, it was no longer possible for her to change her trajectory.
The transparent crystals rocket out both gun barrels at high speed.
Thereafter, everything happened in an instant.
The crystals go straight.
Rheum twists her body in the air and the projectiles just graze her.
Her sparking fangs snap onto Guardian in the blink of an eye, spraying saliva and chewing on her.
Eris immediately uses the mana in the charge stone on her right shoulder to develop a barrier.
She shields her puppet.
But, in front of a monster who declared herself a “General”, the barrier is like a thin plate of armor.
The barrier breaks instantly.
Then, Eris makes a second barrier with the charge stone on the left shoulder.
Rheum starts chewing on Guardian.
But, Eris still had her right hand.
She uses her left hand—if she put those barriers together, she can buy time, though it’s less than a second.
It was fatally slow in a battle of repeated, instantaneous exchanges.
Guardian retreated, Rheum’s jaws angrily snapped in the air.
However, Rheum immediately launches her next attack.
“High Voltage–!” she screamed.
From her perspective, it seemed Guardian still needed time to launch its next attack.
Hence, she pressed forward and attacked.
At first glance, it’s a crisis—but even under such a situation, Eris is calm inside the cockpit.
“Barrie Technique, Vlad Sanctuary,” she said.
Guardian’s right toe hits the ground with an explosion.
Then, the spell she drew on the ground ahead of time activated.
Appearing above the earth were several spiked barriers.
They pierce Rheum’s unprotected stomach.
“You’ve gotta be kidding me with these spellssss…!” Rheum screamed.
But, the points couldn’t break through her skin.
She shatters them mercilessly.
At the same time, Guardian put even more distance from Rheum.
“You’re thinking of firing that crystal cannon again,” Rheum said.
Hearing fluent human speech from such alien figures is still strange, no matter how many times Eris witnessed it.
Maybe because it was her first battle in a puppet, maybe because of the tension, Eris’s palms started getting sweaty.
“Before that, I’ll crush you!” Rheum yelled. “Burn to a crisp—High Voltage Novaaaaa…!”
Rheum’s body is covered in even more electricity than before.
(Oh no–) Eris thinks.
That crackling, sparking hide says Eris is going to be killed.
Eris kept as far away from Rheum as possible while putting up as many barriers between them as she could.
The charged electricity explodes.
“Teeeeeryaaaaaaahh…!” Rheum roars.
“Zuuuuhh…!” Eris groaned.
Guardian’s vision exploded in white, the only thing Eris could tell was that it had taken a massive hit from outside.
Did the barriers stop it?
She isn’t even sure if the hull is intact.
After a few seconds, the white clears up.
Rheum stands a little further away.
She glows from the gigantic amount of electrical discharge or from the flash of lightning bursting from and crackling around her body.
Eris, on the other hand, moves her arm to check Guardian’s condition. “It’s a little scorched, but no issues moving,” she said. “It seems the barriers stopped it.”
At the same time, Rheum is frustrated.
“I’m really thankful we’ve taken preventative measures,” Eris said. “Now, it’s not just the barriers you have to wreck, but the anti-magic coating, too.”
Advances in Peria and co’s technology have made it possible to crush the mirror stones to dust.
By mixing the powder with the paint, the puppet’s armor began to reflect some magic.
Mirror stones were mass-produced in Rheum and the other General’s time and were standard equipment on the mobile armored soldiers, but that’s a story for another 100 years into the future.
The Haymen Empire couldn’t sneer at the fact that the puppets had gained a function this far in the past.
Eris dares to activate the speakers for Rheum. “You brought about your ends when you brought cores to this world,” she said. “Well, Peria who have invented them regardless. In the end, the Haymen Empire is destined to lose.”
Without a doubt, it’s a taunt.
Rheum understood that but that doesn’t mean she can hold back her emotions. “Ha… hahaa…” she cackled, “I’m going to fry the Kingdom’s Army and everything else you have. I’ll burn you so badly you won’t even be able to speak when you cross over to the other side!”
Again, the quadruped monster covered herself in electricity and launched herself at Guardian.
“Just a little more until the cooling is complete,” Eris said, her expression unchanged, just staring at her attacker with cold eye—
“I’m truly disappointed,” Latyna said to Lanslow as he crawled on the ground. “They told you they were going to revive your dead wife and children? Why would you believe that despite how suspicious they are?”
“I didn’t believe it,” Lanslow said, speaking flatly. “The old woman, Suliva, told me they have the technology to go back in time and use it to meet my wife and children again.”
“… That’s,” Perles gasps.
It’s definitely a technology that exists in the Haymen Empire.
“I doubted them. But, at the same time, I thought this was an opportunity,” Lanslow said. “I took the invitation to escape with my men. I’m certain Suliva considered my reneging on our agreement but she let me off easily.”
“Th-That’s… were they confident, you would betray them, Lanslow?” Les asked.
“I don’t know,” Lanslow said. “The old woman may not even care, I thought. She wouldn’t bother for one or two insignificant humans.”
“But you betrayed us,” Latyna said.
“I couldn’t help it,” Lanslow said.
“What do you mean?!” Latyna screamed.
“Because living evidence appeared before me,” Lanslow said, looking up and staring at Perles.
Perhaps she realized it was her, her eyes opened wide as her right hand balled into a fist and shook.
“It was the worst timing,” Lanslow hissed. “If you didn’t give me hope… no, it would be a matter of time till I came to this village. Regardless, I was destined to betray you all.”
“What if… I didn’t say who I was…?” Perles asked.
“It’s not your fault, Perles…!” Latyna cried. “No matter your struggles, there’s no good reason for betrayal.”
“Lanslow, y-you intended to murder Peria. Th-Then you went through with it.” Les said. “A-At this point…”
“You can never forgive me, yes?” Lanslow said, smiling confidently.
From that expression, if viewed from a different angle, it seemed that it was self-deprecating.
“What’s so funny?” Latyna asked.
“I may have expected to you be ruthless,” Lanslow said.
“I don’t understand what you mean…” Latyna asked.
“If there someone can murder so easily, they can make a plan no matter what cruelty is required, because they can carry it out regardless,” Lanslow said.
“So what are you going on about?” Latyna asked. “What are you going to do with your body?”
“Oh, I’m getting there,” Lanslow said as his back suddenly swelled.
“Lanslow…?!” Perles cries, surprised.
Les turned pale as she saw her detection magic go off. “Inside his body, there was suddenly, a small core reaction…”
“I thought you would use some strange magical trick, but did you make the core appear directly inside your body?!” Latyna screamed.
“A byproduct of my research,” Lanslow said as the severed stumps of his arms bubble and foam, new one grow to replace them.
However, it was not the color of flesh, but purple, almost black.
“Geh, gaah…” Lanslow groaned. “The theory of turning back time… kukih, goes hand in hand with Wind magic, which allows for accelerating, aaaAAAaahh…! I-It’s good. Yes, the magic of manipulating space-time… its byproduct is—”
Latyna, Perles, and Les step back.
If their opponent transforms into a monster, there was no chance of winning fighting on foot.
“I came here to prevent this from happening…” Perles muttered.
“N-Now that it’s going, we can’t do anything anymore,” Les said.
“We’ll leave it to Peria…” Latyna said. “I’ll have to apologize later…”
As Lanslow’s body begins to grow and stretch out, his face finally changes from human to reptile.
Sharp nails grow from his limbs, his skin is replaced with rough scales.
The area around the base of his neck bulges and swells.
Immediately after, when they thought there was a huge amount of black blood spewing from them, new heads grew.
It was an alien figure that was a fusion between humans and reptiles.
The right neck still looks like a young child.
And the left neck is a long-haired woman—the two newly-grown heads lovingly say to Lanslow in the middle:
It was the wife and beloved child he had been desiring so much.
However—it’s just a perverted, poor imitation created by Lanslow’s too-strong desire.
“Hah, haha, I believe, for this… gyuGAAaaaAAAH…! For this, I will fight to the EEEEENNDDDDD…!”
Lanslow cries tears like blood and spews a similar liquid from his mouth, completing his transformation.
His size was about 40 meters.
However, he was a monster born by special means, it’s not a simple matter of size and strength.
Also, compared to the ugly form he had in the middle of his transformation, the completed Lanslow looked somewhat neater.
Since he walked on two legs and his faces looked half-human, he looked like a “fusion of humans and monsters” from an outsider’s perspective.
Sharp horns sprout from his forehead.
His eyes are black, his irises shine like gold.
His mouths were lined with sharp teeth, his tongue was split in two and stretched out from inside his throat.
A long tail grows from his buttocks.
The tail shook side-to-side as he walked, and even if it hit a sturdy rock, it easily shattered it to dust.
“Fuuo-oOOooohhh…” Lanslow howled.
It sounded human-like, although it was loud as a monster’s voice.
Rather than being powerful and intimidating, it seemed more unnerving and alien.
The villages’ residents were frightened when they saw the two unidentified objects suddenly appearing in the settlement.
However, because they were informed ahead of time about the prospect of battle, they’d already started evacuating to the highway connecting them to their neighbors.
If Lanslow had transformed into a monster in the middle of a crowded, inhabited village, he would have started eating them thanks to his instincts.
However, it was not humans who would confront him.
It would be a dull-colored giant.
“That figure…” Peria said as she observed and analyzed Lanslow from hundreds of meters away, “the three-necked dragon, Azi Dahaka.”
“Gooohh… leeeemmmm…” he moaned from the bottom of his stomach, calling out the name of his enemy.
He started walking towards it, shaking the ground.
“Lord Lanslow, I respected you as a sorcerer,” Peria said. “Without you, the Institute wouldn’t have been able to function as a unified organization. That’s how great of a person you were. But now that you’ve become a monster–”
Peria declares war with the external speakers:
“I’m not going to hesitate to kill you.”
There was no heat to Peria’s voice.
There was nothing but murderous intent in her eyes.
“Limiters released,” Peria asked. “Puppeteer Martial Arts, Golem…”
Golem activates the spells on its legs.
It was the high-speed movement spell given by Lanslow.
The winds explode.
The puppet accelerates.
From 1 second—it takes 0.01 seconds to contact.
In the blink of an eye, Peria and Lanslow closed the distance.
Golem’s fist smashed into Lanslow’s face and caved in his nose as it twisted its wrist.
T/N: I’m not going to translate the new stat sheets.
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