「Hey White, are you ever going to do that Chapter 92 that Guro asked you to?」
「What do you mean? I’m doing it right now!」
「No you’re not, I am.「
「WHY IS IT THAT WHENEVER YOU CONFUSE ME YOU JUST SAY YES?」
「Because you’re never actually confused since i’m not?」
「Black, you know it’s too much for him if you play mind games.」
「But it’s fun to play with the Tsundere White…」
「What are you guys saying! It’s not like I liked you guys anyways… jeze… bakas….」
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VS. Holy Knights Part 3
Ranga was running through the battlefield, his body was light, as light as if it were a feather.
The sensation of being upon the Earth gradually began to fade, and before he knew it, his body was already running in the sky.
Naturally, the acquisition of the skill <Soaring Run>  was a skill that could only be acquired by one who belonged to some of the highest ranks of Magical Beast.
However, such things were no more than trifling matters to Ranga now. The wave of strength he now exuded gave him a certain feeling of delight.
His body was now overflowing with power, as if his very energy was pulsating.
His limbs, now covered with a jet-black fur, now had Golden Lightning pulsing through them. Demonic energy was seeping out like an electrical discharge.
A large Golden Horn now grew on his forehead, on the left and right was the unchanged jet-black horns from his earlier form.
The Golden Horn in the center was releasing rays of crystallized energy, pure energy it gave off continuously.
As he was, he gave off the dignity of a King. A majestic beast of noble presence that demanded the respect of his domain.
The jet-black fur, that covered his majestic body, was clad in lightning. The deep black color, akin to darkness itself, was clad in a near divine radiance that fluttered delicately in the wind.
However, in contrast to the gentle visage he possessed, the speed that he achieved while soaring in the sky had long since passed the speed of sound.
But, only within Ranga’s surroundings, the airspace retained its utter calmness as if nothing could disturb it.
A Space-based Barrier that he used consciously.
As Ranga vigorously soared through the sky, he caught sight of a group of Holy Knights positioned below him.
Using thought link, he had already confirmed that there was no one else currently headed to that direction.
Using thought link, he had already confirmed that there was no one else currently headed to that direction.
Making a sharp nose dive, all the while killing his great momentum, he made his rapid advance towards the Holy Knight’s group.
The Holy Knight Squad Commander Fritz steadily made progress on the necessary preparations. All according to Lady Hinata’s plan. So far, there was not a single error in her judgement.
There was nothing suspicious and, therefore, no problems whenever she took the lead.
This time was no different. Although, he was still taking precautions, since it was never a bad idea to be cautious.
It’s only a group of monsters, even though these same monsters had proclaimed themselves to be a country, there was no need to take this as a major event.
This was Fritz’s opinion on the matter, however, Hinata had no use for the opinion of someone only at his level.
It was only something natural to follow and make Lady Hinata’s opinion his own as she was someone that he adored.
It was for that reason that he made the various preparations, so that as soon as the signal from the other groups came through, his group would also be able to immediately begin. It was possible to invoke the barrier at any time…
Then, then disaster itself came crashing from the sky.
Fritz had never neglected his guard.
He felt that the need for such an excessive strategy was exaggerating the threat of the situation, but he was still faithful and trusted Lady Hinata’s orders.
For this reason alone, it can be safely said that he and his companions were brimming to the rim with self-confidence. Not a single one of his companions were neglectful or slacked in their duties.
Despite all of this, a single black lump came crashing from the sky to blow away one of his companions, a mighty Holy Knight.
Even with that, there was no reason to be careless. This instantaneous event that sent a Holy Knight flying was not cause for panic.
The proof for this reasoning was that the Holy Knight who had been blown away was still certainly alive.
Of course, it would be a whole other story if he weren’t, but since he was still alive, there was no need for excessive thoughts.
Fritz gave his first order like lightning and took actions to carry it out.
They had already erected the anti-magic barrier that covered not only every direction in the sky, but also underground, so they were sure their safety was certain.
It was a standard defensive plan in case of surprise attack, to sense and defend against magical attacks.
Furthermore, they also had set up the Spirit Barrier, a complex network of barriers that held multiple functions such as regulating temperatures or detoxifying airborne toxins.
Holding faithfully on the standard plan of actions taught by Lady Hinata herself, Fritz had the outermost barriers established to detect the enemy so they would be able to conduct counterattacks immediately in the chance of a surprise attack.
But, this was all in vain, for the enemy’s attack this time was simply too fast.
When the barrier perceived the attack and sent the warning about the encroaching monster, a Holy Knight had already been blown away.
The extend of the barrier was nearly two kilometers from their position, to think that something could reach them before they had enough time to react was unthinkable.
The purpose was to be able to detect the danger and react with long distance attacks to weaken the target, this was standard procedure.
Certainly, it won't react if an ally were to pass through it or touch it. Only when a monster that wasn’t recognized by the barrier’s settings.
But it was certain that this monster had passed through these high-classed barriers, the evidence of such was due to the very moment it arrived. At that very moment of it’s arrival, that monster had carelessly crashed into the outermost barriers, and in that instant, all of those high-classed barriers were obliterated.
There were some that had hypothesized that if there was enough energy involved, there was nothing that could pass through or resist a barrier.
It was because these barriers were spread out at this very moment, that the Holy Knight that was attacked was spared near certain death.
This was what emphasised the point that barriers aren’t useless things.
However… … To be capable of breaking through several barriers, no, obliterating them instantly. Besides using a spirit armament, there was simply nothing that should be capable of doing such a thing.
The monster that had suddenly crash landed, using a Holy Knight as his landing pad, had begun walking calmly and advanced to the Holy Knight it had blown away.
Fritz’s eyes opened widely as his gaze locked onto the monster in his presence.
All he could do was to wait for an opening. His aim was to wait for the right opportunity to rescue his companions somehow.
However, this Large… Black Wolf emitted such a terrifying density of coercion. Fritz couldn’t find any opening at all.
This was the same monster that cleared two kilometers faster than a Holy Knight could react to. This same monster was now within mere meters of them.
Its limbs were clad with Golden Lightning and possessed a magnificent horn that none of them had ever seen before.
A Holy Knight who was equipped with Spirit Arms and was cloaked in their Spiritual Power from the beginning, and surrounded with various barriers, had been incapacitated from just one hit. Just the mentioning of this alone could be called a terrific, yet horrifying action.
Fritz wanted to reject it from his core, but he had to come to the conclusion that the monster in his presence was an obvious "Disaster Class" monster.
Now it is no longer a situation to be concerned about fallen companions.
A single mistake would surely end with the entire group’s complete annihilation.
「ALL HANDS, BATTLE FORMATION! ABANDON THE BARRIER. STRIKE IT WITH YOUR FULL POWER! 」
Like this, Fritz shouted out his battle order with frightening precision.
Lady Hinata’s prediction once again was proven to be completely accurate.
When he made this realization, even in a situation that could be called a crisis, he felt a certain joy.
(As expected from Lady Hinata-sama, she had predicted this situation from the beginning!)
On Fritz’s face sprouted a small smile, of course without neglecting his guard towards the might monster in his presence. Like this, he continued to instruct the battle formation using eye movements and minor gestures.
A skilled Holy Knight, without overlooking a single gesture, were capable of promptly assuming the battle formation to exterminate a demon.
The members of Fritz’s group immediately regained their composure with the help of one of the party’s magic, Thought Acceleration.
As they rapidly made out their battle preparations, the continued to observe the target before them.
But, then something unthinkable broke the tension of the battle.
「What are you doing? Quickly now, go and heal that injured person.」 (Ranga)
Using its forelimb, the Demon Wolf tossed the blown away Holy Knight over to their formation.
For a moment, Fritz’s composure was confused.
He had already made his resolve to abandon injured or slain companions, but this monster had just given the wounded Holy Knight right to them instead of finishing him off.
It was an action that Fritz couldn’t understand.
「Oi.. Quickly now, if you don’t do something pretty quick, he might die you know! 」(Ranga)
The Demon Wolf, clad in majestic Golden Lightning, seemed to have concern for his companion’s life for some reason and had uttered these words.
His deep, baritone voice was very frightening.
「Vice commander Rama requires treatment, everyone else, follow me! 」 (Fritz)
Fritz quickly returned to reality and let out his voice to give orders to the other group members. Kicking the ground in order to force his body, that was still confused, into action.
Even though he had no idea as to what the aim of this terrifying monster was, he could at least fight without worry.
Putting all of his strength into his Elemental Sword (Spirit Sword), he offered his prayer to the divine spirit.
The energy in the atmosphere began to wrap around the sword blade and the sword itself began to radiate with light.
Wrapped in the spirit’s ambiance, the whole sword began to emit a pale light.
「I don’t know what you’re trying to do, but don’t you dare underestimate us you monster! Eat this, Dispersal Sword !! 」 (Anon Holy Knight 1/Fritz)
「I offer you my prayer, please seize the enemy with your divine might! Earth Jail (Great Gravity Prison) !! 」 (Anon Holy Knight 2)
「Oh the Blazing Flame Prison, burn my enemy into nothingness! Hell Fire (Blazing Prison Sphere) !!」(Anon Holy Knight 3)
「Oh, chilling Ice and Snow, clad my enemy in your mighty snowstorm and freeze them! Icy Blizzard !! 」 (Anon Holy Knight 4)
「Oh blowing Wind that passes through all things, become my blade! Wind Blade (Wind Cutter) !!」(Anon Holy Knight 5)
The other Vice commander, Gerard, held his breath as he watched the simultaneous attacks of the other Holy Knights.
He stood back to protect and aid his recovering companion. While filled with the resolve to not become a hindrance, he continued to observe the Demon Wolf situation.
It was then, that he was astonished beyond his capability for reason.
The Demon Wolf, before his own two eyes, had received all of the attacks. All the while wagging its tail happily.
Fritz’s Dispersal Sword can cut through anything and everything.
From the tip of the sword, the divine protection of four attribute spirits was blended with an intense fighting spirit. The edge releasing the full accumulated power of each.
It was a special sword technique designed for a long ranged attack.
Though it couldn’t be compared with Arnaud’s, Fritz could certainly use the skill because he was loved by the spirits.
Since the structure was fairly simple, it was difficult to predict the energy released from the attack just by observing the technique’s execution.
It was an attack that simply wouldn’t give any chance for evasion, and could cut through any cornered enemy.
The Demon Wolf, however, didn’t attempt to do anything and just received the attacks, then extinguished them all with a flick of its jet-black fur. Something beyond what any of them could imagine occurring before now.
Fritz’s special attack had also been supported with the Earth Attribute’s <Elemental Magic> which increased the gravitational force in the targeted place.
The purpose of such magic was to prevent the monster from moving, though, since the monster had no intention of moving in the first place, such efforts were meaningless.
To completely burn the cut body, and to prevent the enemy from regenerating, Hell Fire magic was used. But there wasn’t a chance that such flames could burn this monster’s fur.
The Blizzard was to prevent the enemy from escaping, and the Wind Blade was prepared to attack if an attempt to escape was made. Every move was completely ineffective from even damaging a single follicle of its fur.
There were no words to describe this spectacle other than one. Nightmare.
Even if this monster stood as an elite A or A+ ranked monster, to come out unscathed by such a string of coordinated attacks could only be said to be something close to impossible.
「You… Damned Monster...」
The other Holy Knights could only exclaim their utter disbelief.
Even their Vice Commander Gerard held the same opinion.
The Demon wolf continued to stand where it had been, calmly just as if it had not received an attack at all.
「Y… you… What the hell are you!? Even for the Elite demons of the Fang Wolf Race, such a Unique monster.. No beast such as you shouldn’t ever exist!! 」(Fritz, AKA Anon Holy Knight 1)
Fritz could no longer endure and had begun shouting.
As one of the commanders of the Holy Knight squadron, Fritz has extensive battle experience against various groups of monsters.
In his youth, he had fought against many Elites from the Fang Wolf race.
However, this Demon Wolf before his very eyes was outlandish no matter how you could describe it. Clearly, it had enough power to make it akin to a Demon Lord!
Such a creature, was it originally a Guardian Deity that was enshrined in this area? Or perhaps, was it an unrecognized Demon Beast King who spread calamity in its wake?
Nevertheless, neither he, nor any of the other Holy Knights knew the answer either. The group who put the protection of the entire world on their shoulders were dumbfounded.
「Fumu, little humans, my name, is Ranga.
This noble and mighty name was granted upon me by the Great and Wise Rimuru-sama.
For the likes of you, I will permit the uttering of this name as a true blessing, be thankful.
I am a member of the Star Wolf race. I, however, am Unique.
I AM RANGA, THE FENRIR (STAR NOVA DEMON WOLF KING ) RANGA!
I am the one who shall crush, and annihilate all of Rimuru-sama’s enemies! 」
The monster declared it while facing Fritz and his compatriots, all in its deep baritone voice.
What it had just said, was clearly a threat.
A being that gave death to anyone who would oppose it.
Without even being able to wipe away his now gushing sweat, Fritz was frozen where he stood.
Thinking about his current condition as calmly as he was capable, to defeat this monster, there was no other option than to weaken it with the sealing power of the Holy Field
However, to even enclose this monster, who boasts such an overwhelming speed, it was not going to be a simple matter.
After all, if everyone were to set out alone to accomplish such a thing, this beast Ranga would simply wipe them out one by one.
Since the very beginning of this engagement, they had already been in checkmate.
Desperately, Fritz churned his mind, trying to find some way to turn the tables on this overwhelming being.
Even with the supporting magic of thought acceleration, to find such a method as to allow them to defeat such a foe could not be found. No matter how long one were to look for it. Certainly not in such a dire situation as this one.
His eyes were dazzled by a blinding flash followed immediately by a thunderous roar that sounded from behind his position.
The Vice Commander, Gerard, had attempted to make a slight movement.
This, however, was instantly responded to with a blast of Plasma.
It was accurately aimed at the ground near Gerard’s feet, causing him to instantly stop moving.
In any case, Fritz wasn’t sure of just how high the temperature of such an attack was, but the ground near Gerard’s feet was melted and turned to glass.
The heated air created a pulse of boiling hot air, as well as causing serious mental strain. As such, Gerard stopped moving foolishly.
Even if they were the mighty Holy Knights, up until now they had never encountered such a powerful monster such as this one. Their once overflowing confidence had now been shattered.
Despair wrecked havoc on the minds of Fritz’s group.
Even if they had their mighty Spirit Equipment as protection, there was no way to resist an attack akin to that bolt of Plasma which was capable of turning the ground into glass.
Moreover, to even evade an attack which was akin to lightning, even an expert Holy Knight would not be capable of such things.
The defensive barrier and Spirit Equipment was the subject of their unwavering trust, they were certain there were no foes within the Monster City capable of resisting such mighty existences.
Even if they had to meet their deaths here, they could not afford to surrender to this monster…
「Sorry, you guys weren’t lucky. It seems we ended up getting the most troublesome fellow here…」(Fritz)
Fritz’s words were mixed with resignation.
「Commander, I suppose we’ll just have to hope next time we’ll be luckier! 」(Anon Holy Knight 2)
「That’s Right! Besides, we always end up receiving the short straws.. 」(Anon Holy Knight 3)
「So what does it matter, we’ll just manage this one and return back just as always. 」(Anon Holy Knight 4)
Each of the Holy Knights began cracking jokes.
To each of them, they already understood a clear fact. Not one of them were getting out of this alive.
Even so, for the sake of their honor, their pride as a Holy Knight, they would certainly slay it!
「Alright you cocky fellows! If we make it out of this, I’m treating you guys to drinks for a whole month!
IT’S AN ORDER, EVERYONE, LET’S MAKE IT OUT OF HERE ALIVE! LET’S GO! 」(Fritz)
Fritz shouted out, and began to run with the full resolution to throw his life away.
Those who had been taken out early on had finally been rejuvenated.
Along with Fritz, the other seven Holy Knights began to advance simultaneously.
Just like in training, no, even more than that. Their movements far exceeded their norm, born out of the desperation to not fall short for the sake of their comrades, they brought forth the strength they had never had before.
In perfect clarity of mind and spirit, they performed a complex maneuver with ease.
With this, The Holy Knights executed their desperate assault on Ranga at once.
Then, darkness came.
Feeling his consciousness faintly return, a sense of pain began to shoot through his entire body. A Groan was let out and Fritz woke up.
To even think of fainting with the sheer level of pain he was experiencing was difficult.
(Wait a minute?! I’m conscious? So… I’m still alive? But… if I’m here, wasn’t I defeated..?)
Immediately after collecting his senses, Fritz began to take in his surroundings.
Thereupon noticing a windstorm whirling with such strength to be akin to a tornado that was carving the earth with its might.
… He was certainly glad to be alive. Just as he thought this, he thought of his companions.
While uttering a silent prayer that they was still alive, he began to search for any signs of them.
In his vision, he came across his defeated companions.
They were all scattered around as if they had been struck by the winds.
Fritz made an effort to get up, but there was no strength within his body. So, he somehow used all the energy he had to crawl and close the distance between the nearest person.
That person was Vice Commander Lama who was fortunately also still alive.
Filled with a bottomless joy, Fritz had already forgotten about the intense pain he was experiencing.
Like that, just as Fritz had confirmed the survival of each of his compatriots, a certain voice announced the ushering of true despair.
「Humans, we shall continue our match after you have made your recovery.
I am yet satisfied with our fight after my great rebirth.
Look upon me here, I have brought Full Potion (Complete Recovery Medicine).
I do believe these will be more than enough.
Now then, hurry and recover, shall we enjoy this more?」
It said with such a cheerful tone as its tail wagged back and forth happily.
Like a demon, no, this Demon Wolf spoke words just as if he were a Demon himself.
Hearing those words, Fritz’s consciousness was devoured by a great and unending despair.
(Aaaah… … … It may have been more fortunate if I had just fainted earlier… …)
Fritz’s mind became more and more despondent as he thought on his situation.
Of course, such a happy ending to his story would not happen now…
1. 飛翔走 = Hishousou
2. 飛斬剣 = Hizanken
3. 大重力獄 (アースジェイル) = Daijuuryokugoku (Āsu Jeiru)
4. 獄炎球 (ヘルファイア) = Gokuendama (Herufaia)
5. 氷吹雪 (ブリザード) = Koorifubuki (Burizado)
6. 風切斬 (ウインドブレード) = Kazesetsuki (Uindobureido)
7. 星崩魔狼王 (フェンリル) = Hoshihoumaookamiou (Fenrir). Hou (崩) actually mean destroy/collapse/crumble but because a star destroying process is Nova, I use Nova.