Recuperating? – Q of Hearts (Part 4)
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Think of it as throwing money at the author and Alphapolis, and getting a book with squiggles and pretty pictures as a pleasant extra.
Getting out a chapter before I go to bed.
El〇〇ion got angry at me and started saying things about how he always knew that I was a retarded male hentai lolicon, ever since I copied Yorai-kun’s header.
I suppose that explains why he followed my blog, spoke to me amiably in the comments on his page, and up until this announcement, thought that I was being serious and on his side.
Complete silence reigned the inside of the extremist base.
On the way we met the girl with the gunpowder doll, but that was a coincidence, and didn’t mean that we had been discovered by the enemy.
One of our magicians took that girl away to somewhere safe.
I was flying inside the enemy hideout while carefully searching for any traps like the ones from the time in Count Tito’s mansion. Because it seems like I’m going to end up stepping on something again, I’m too afraid to walk…
“I wonder where the extremists are lurking.”
Inside the building that served as the extremist headquarters, we split into two groups. So that the enemies couldn’t escape, our two groups were simultaneously entering from the front and back of the building.
I was forced into Achille’s group. The only ones who can dispel forbidden magic are us two, so I actually think it would be better if we moved separately but… Achille wouldn’t let go of me.
Our group was entering from the front.
I had all the members of the back group get magic tattoos for repelling forbidden arts. I did them impromptu, so they can only nullify a forbidden spell once.
Right after we entered a small room close to the entrance, some men who appeared to be magicians came jumping out.
“Uwah-! They’re here!”
All of them had black bruises on their neck.
“It’s the same pattern as on the girl…”
Achille began freezing the magicians.
“If we undo the forbidden magic right now, the mana consumption will be no joke. I’ll freeze them for now.”
“Good idea. I’ll do that too.”
Our allied magicians all began freezing the magicians.
Anybody would hesitating about hurting people that might just be controlled by forbidden arts, huh.
The castle magicians are quite talented, so the cursed magicians ended up having their movements quickly sealed.
“I wonder if the one leading the enemies this time is the Heroine…”
“…We don’t know yet, but if it’s her, or someone who can use forbidden arts like her, things will get troublesome, huh?”
“We have to stop them… That’s why we were dispatched for this mission after all.”
In order to use magic to dispel forbidden arts, you need knowledge of forbidden arts. Dispelling them requires you to follow the steps of the forbidden spell in reverse and unravel it after all.
Even if we wanted to increase the number of personnel who can dispel forbidden arts, this part becomes a bottleneck, so at the moment it isn’t possible.
A risk comes along with carelessly increasing the number of people who can use forbidden arts after all.
That’s why Achille and I who can do so are accompanying the soldiers like this.
The ones casting the forbidden spells use up a large amount of magic power just like the ones doing the dispelling, so it isn’t something they can so easily cast on a lot of people/
The Heroine came to mind, and I ended up in this indescribable mood.
Just how much magic power does that girl have…? How many people can she cast a forbidden spell on at once…?
Unlike us, the Heroine has enough mana that you could call it a cheat.
“Camille, something is coming again…”
I stopped my quill at the sound of Achille’s voice.
“I, kind of have a bad feeling.”
I could hear the noisy footsteps of a number of people coming.
“Drop dead, you dogs of the nobles!”
A number of men running from further in the passageway all shot magic this way at once. More enemy magicians.
It seems that the enemies this time don’t have any forbidden spells cast on them. There’s no bruise on their neck.
Including these guys, do they add up to about ten-odd people…? That matches with the numbers of extremists hiding in this building.
“Shaddap, you scum! Quietly let us catch you!”
“Right! To do something like that to a child! We definitely won’t forgive you!”
Our allied magicians defended against the enemy magic while sending back retorts.
Because of the incident a little earlier, their anger towards the extremists seems to have shot up as well.
“So impudent, you damned pigs!”
“Shut it, garbage! Ah-, how about you and Achille head in first? We’ll do something about these guys. I think this is basically all of them, but there might still be some left inside.”
“Y-, Yeah… G-, Got it! Achille.”
“Hahh… It can’t be that you’re thinking that just the two of us should head in alone, right? Even though we have no idea what might be lurking in there.”
“Let’s go after we meet up with the magicians coming in from the back.”
“Achille, you’re too cautious, you know.”
“You’re just too carefree. There’s a possiblities that the enemies are waiting to drive us into a trap, you know.”
I got pulled from the side, and forcefully hugged by Achille. Hey-, the other magicians will see us you know!
“Of course I’ll be cautious… You’re here too, after all.”
While saying that, Achille skilfully fired off a communications spell.
Before long, some of the magicians who had gone around the back met up with us.
It seems that right now a number of soldiers are running up by the back entrance and gathering there. It seems that the reclaimation of the town is more or less done.
With this, we don’t have to worry about the enemies in here escaping either, do we?