46. Plunder Conditions
No way…? She should have been right next to me… the place where Meguru-san just was has few traces asserting her existence. Reduced to little more than charred remains… her hands cruelly tumble across the ground in front of me.
Yukinari: “AAAAAAAAAAAA… AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!?”
UWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…AAAAAAAAA… n-no way… something like this… Hearing my cries, Shigenobu and Minori-san are at a loss for words.
Hagisawa: “Ku… Hanebashi!”
Even with Hagisawa calling me, I can’t get rid of the image out of my head. It’s been seared into my mind.
Ono: “So, shall we get back to it? At any rate, I was going to kill all the guys, starting with you, Hanebashi. The way you look at me from far off as if you see through everything is creepy as hell!”
Ono’s voice… causes a magma-like eruption of emotion within me.
Ono: “Fortunately, as soon as I saw that Meguru was going to be killed, I stole her ability, so it’s all good.”
Ono smirks. Though I’m trembling all over, I force myself to rise up. At that instant, way too late… with my ability that’s far inferior to that of Meguru-san’s, the metal turtle sword transfers into my hands.
Ono: “Oh? So transfers can do something like that? What are you going to do with that sword? Well, transferring is a trash ability, and yours is garbage even compared to Meguru’s ability. Ain’t that the best you can do?”
Slow, too slow. Me, my ability, everything… I can’t stop feeling nauseous about it all.
Yukinari: “That power belongs to Meguru-san… return it right now…”
I declare, squeezing out the words from my shaking body.
Ono: “Return it? How would I even do that? That girl’s no longer in this world. Are you stupid? This is the end! Your life is as worthless as your trash ability!”
Ono launches the combined flame and wind abilities from before at me. I… designated a certain item to transfer… raise my head with a furious expression, and swing the metal turtle sword.
Supon, I cut through Ono’s barrier.
I continue up by cutting down Ono’s hellfire and rush towards him.
Ono: “Bullshit! A Lv 1 from the base group breaking through my ability!?”
As I approach Ono, he uses the abilities stolen from Taniizumi and the others to create an attack interweaving fire and wind, but I cut through everything without slowing down. Then, once I’m in front of Ono, I take a massive swing with the metal turtle sword.
Ono: “Ku… I’ll show you my swordsmanship ability.”
Ono crosses his swords together in order to catch my attack… Supon, I cut through both his swords.
Yukinari: “With this, your swordsmanship is useless. If your sword’s broken, then your swordsmanship isn’t worth shit.”
If your sword breaks, you can’t display your swordsmanship. My skill might be inferior, but my weapon’s better.
Ono: “Hmph! Even if I don’t have my swords, I still have martial arts.”
Ono clenches his fist and thrusts out a punch, trying to grab my chest in a judo-like style. Except this is probably the first time Ono has used martial arts, or maybe the second or third. His movements might be good, but they aren’t sharp.
I… remember. The experience of boxing against mamono using the gloves… my body remembers the sensation of the boxing ability. Even if the style is unfamiliar, seeing through martial arts of Ono’s level is… doable! I avoid Ono’s hand just by turning my body, slash his arm’s tendon and pierce his shoulder, before pulling back the metal turtle sword.
Ono: “AGYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!? IT HURTSSSSSS! WHAT DID YOU DO!?”
Otsuka: “Keisuke-sama! How dare you do something like this to Keisuke-sama you backwards compatible!”
As if to protect Ono, Otsuka along with the rest of his entourage rush over and try to knock me away.
Otsuka: “This isn’t anything worth Keisuke-sama’s time!”
Yukinari: “Can all you guys do is just repeat and repeat the same thing over and over!?”
I see through Otsuka’s strike and avoid it, before grabbing her hair and throwing her to the left.
Otsuka: “Kyaaaaaaaa! What are you doing grabbing a woman’s hair? Didn’t your parents teach you anything!?”
Yukinari: “Shut up! Do you think that a guy who resorts to violence when things don’t go his way will properly take care of women?”
With the same vigor, I kick Otsuka in the stomach and send her flying. Right now, I don’t care about gender!
Ono: “Ow… Owww…. what are you doing!? To the great me, something like this is unforgivable! Absolutely unforgivable! I’ll kill you!”
Yukinari: “Unforgivable? You… what are you saying? What Meguru-san lectured you about, did you even understand what she meant!?”
War is said to be won by those who do detestable things, but this isn’t a battlefield, let alone a war. This is a place where everyone is desperately trying to survive.
Ono! This isn’t a place for you to play at being the boss monkey of monkey mountain! Ono’s trying to corner me again with his abilities… I cut through fire, water, wind, and earth.
Multiple transparent barriers appear in front of me.
Yukinari: “Barriers again? Do you think something like that will work?!”
I thrust with all my strength using the metal turtle sword and break through the barrier.
Ono: “Not yet, not yet! Will you be able to stand after taking this!?”
A black lump comes out of Ono’s hand. I remember there being a sorcery ability like that. I saw those of the battle group gathered practicing in the village from a distance.
I cut it down with my sword, but it passes through and hits me. At that moment, I feel a severe pain in the tendon of my arm, and like Ono, I can no longer put any force behind that arm.
Ono: “Hahahaha! How’s that! Sharing pain through magic! With this you won’t be able to seriously attack me!”
Yukinari: “You sure?!”
I wield my sword and cut off Ono’s ear. At the moment, a sharp pain runs through my ear. It’s a pain that that’d normally leave me writhing in agony, but I refuse to acknowledge it!
Ono: “AGYAAAAAAAAAAAAA!? My ear, my ear-! It hurts! It hurts…!”
I approach Ono who’s currently rolling on the ground in pain and stomp down on his legs with my heel. A good boki, rings out.
Intense pain runs through my legs as well, but it soon subsides. It seems that the magic that Ono stole and used on me was cut off because he lost consciousness1.
While Ono was writhing in pain, he heals both his legs using a stolen ability. By the way, Ono didn’t steal my ability. Maybe he wasn’t interested because it’s backwards compatible?
Ono: “It seems that you transferred my attack power… ku, I didn’t realize that there was such an ability hidden within transferring. I can’t copy it!”
Ono glares at me while moaning in pain. Maybe he can’t steal it immediately? No, Ono has been stealing abilities after confirming them. Despite that, he can’t steal mine. Right now I remember that time Ono was getting friendly with the guy with the barrier ability.
I remember everyone who had their abilities stolen. Most of the battle group, part of the base group… he still hasn’t taken my ability. The base group… he chose to hang around with them despite not getting along with anyone at all. Then Meguru-san’s ability was stolen.
In the first place, Ono’s copied abilities are deteriorated ones. That’s why he’s stealing the original abilities themselves. There are several conclusions that can be drawn from this.
Yukinari: “The condition for activating your plunder expansion ability is that you must remain in contact with the targeted person for a certain period of time. That’s why, having barely spent any time with me, you can’t steal my ability!”
Having pointed out the truth, Ono clicks his tongue and glares at me with a glint in his eyes.
Battle group(?): “I see! Then everyone of the battle group who wasn’t that close to Ono attack together once the barriers are broken! Anyone who can fight with their expansion abilities, be prepared!”
Ono: “Chi! You’re making a huge mistake if you think I can be beaten by something like that.”
…A huge mistake? With a large number of people?
Wrong, I’m who’ll defeat Ono!
1) Teleport objects /Self to Earth
2) Point/yen conversion. (Tells others it’s a shopping catalogue)
3) Remote viewing
4) Bestowal transfer
boxing gloves, strawberry wallaby medal, kangaroo knight medal, kitchen knife
Kangaroo Punching Glove +10 | Effect : Dynamic Vision Up | Wind Punch | Wild Sense
Instant Expansion Ability : Kangaroo Step | Boxer
Meguru Hiyama:Metal turtle sword
3) Material transfer (uses pillars of light)
4) Transfer to the other world
1) Black Smith
2) Mining Correction
3) Equipment Strengthening
4) Grant Effects
Minori Himeno: Has a polite/formal way of speaking
1) Healing/recover mana
2) Charge with mana
3) Repair (doesn’t fix missing pieces/chips)
4) Item box
1) Craft things
4) Collection Improvement