34 – Experimental Militarized Monster Avatars

“Deputy Director!”

Audrey opened the door of the room formerly used for monitoring the 100 secret alpha testers. Inside, the Deputy Director of the 7th research center, Brian, and several staff members were watching a screen.

“Heeey, Audrey. A bit late, aren’t you?” He cheerfully greeted.

 

It had been a week since the beginning of the activation test of the militarized monster avatar mass-production models. Fifty physically and mentally resilient soldiers of the Army were chosen to be the ‘secret beta testers’.

The new experimental models had been fine-tuned based on the valuable data gained from the secret alpha testers. Extraneous functions, including evolution, were removed. The precious mana gathered by beta testers had given them a head start in power.

 

“Looks like it’s gonna be tough for the testers to get acclimatized with the avatars if we infuse any more mana. I suppose in the end, nothing beats gathering mana yourself to increase your power. But then again, what if we need to use those things here…”

“Deputy Director Brian, why are you mobilizing the experimental models?”

“Oh, this? Well, seeing your fixation with the so-called ‘bunny girl’ made me curious too. Man, I knew you were hired for a reason! Just as you expected, the bunny was after the magic stone. The player event managed to lured her out.”

 

The secretary woman’s face turned a tad pale.

A rabbit beastman girl with an uncanny similarity to No. 13. Audrey had looked into the heist of No. 17’s magic stone, and had came to the same conclusion as the players. So she connected her mobile device to one of the monitoring screens and sent a watcher drone to observe the players who planned the event.

And just as she thought, the rabbit beastman girl took the bait, and a fight had broken out. Yet suddenly, the experimental models showed up and started attacking everyone there, when they were supposed to be still in the middle of a test run far away from any human civilization.

 

“Man, gotta say, that world really is wide. I never expected there could be a single lone beastman who could fight at that level. Identifications returned some weird numbers, but if she could fight like that, don’t you think she’d make for a great performance test for the militarized monster avatars? They were made to kill people, after all.”

“But shouldn’t we be keeping them out of the players’ eyes…?”

“Oh, it’s not any different from the previous ‘berserker’ event. Besides, that bunny stole the magic stone from No. 17, and now she’s trying to get No. 08’s. Two out of our original three testers had dropped magic stones, so why didn’t No. 01…? No. 13 was next to him that time, right? If, just as you said, that bunny truly had a connection to No. 13, wouldn’t that be so interesting?”

 

Since when did he know Audrey was looking into the rabbit? She thought she saw something twisted in Brian’s cheerful smile. She said nothing, her own expression stiff.

 

“Well then. Let’s see how much of a fight the bunny and the players can give against real soldiers in experimental models.”

 

***

 

“What the hell are those monsters?!”

“Are they event monsters too?!”

“Everyone, calm down!”

“Total combat power is 1000?! And ten of them?!”

“Archers, keep them in check…”

“Damn it, there are way too many of them!”

A carapace-spider dipped low, then sent its entire body weight into an upward smash.

“Whoaa!?”

It was more than the greatshield-holder could take. He went flying, despite his combat power nearing 800. I didn’t think that bit of difference in combat power could blow him off so easily, so it must be the mass difference. And the spiders knew it too; the way they fought was centered around leveraging their weight.

 

[Shadow Bind]!”

[Ice Lance]!”

An archer pinned down a spider, and a magician froze one of its legs. But immediately, the other carapace-spiders moved forward to cover for it. Their claws pierced an approaching warrior.

The restrained spider opened up its crab-claws. From within, rock bullets shot out, aiming at the magicians staying farther away.

“Aaaaaagh!”

“You’ve gotta be kidding me… monsters are using [Stone Bullet]?!”

 

The mobility and agility of a wolf. The toughness of a tank. Possessing both close-range attacks and magical capabilities.

Despite personal combat power not all that much higher, they were still massacring the players one after another, without getting so much as a scratch.

I wasn’t just watching from the side. I was already busy with five of the spiders.

 

“Oof!”

I jumped back to dodge a downward claw, but another spider was already going around to my position. It swung its leg. I ducked, expelling mist as a smokescreen and jumped out of the encirclement.

The very moment I landed, a rock burst apart at my feet. As I struggled to reclaim my balance, a spider charged in.

“Damn it!”

I froze and shattered the grass under me. The cloud of plant fragments obscured its sight for a moment, and I took the chance to stab my dagger into its head.

“…tsk.”

The dagger tip chipped off. Seemed like I dealt some damage with that, at least, but not enough to slow it down any.

I put some distance between us. The spiders didn’t continue their assault. They simply moved to surround me, weaving their net.

 

I had around double their combat power, so I was still managing to deal with their coordinated attacks… no. That wasn’t right. They were playing with me.

Like a pack of wolves hunting a moose. Once their prey weakened, the alpha wolf would turn the hunt into a lesson for the other wolves. And this fight was no different. The spiders were just tormenting me.

[Shedy] [Race: Mistral Neige] [Greater Demon (Low-Rank)]
・The demon of tempestuous mist that ravages the northern seas. A canny spiritual lifeform.

[Magic Points: 1870/2060] 
[Total Combat Power: 2076/2266] 
[Unique Skill: <Reroll> <Cyber-Manipulation> <Absorption>] 
[Racial Skill: Fear]
[Simple Identification] [Humanoid Form (National Treasure)] [Specialist Packer]

I was being ground down. At least their own magic were going down, too, due to their attacks. Still, if Isaac’s group went down, the spiders over there would come and gang up on me.

I apologized to Isaac in my thoughts. I didn’t have the leeway to come help them, but I still needed them to survive until I’ve killed at least a few spiders.

I supposed this wasn’t the time to be holding back, then.

 

The spiders were still slowly circling me, tightening their net. I threw the two daggers in my hands upward. Their movements hitched by a fraction.

Immediately, I shot toward the target I had in mind. It stalled for a instant, then moved backwards and started shooting rocks.

Just as I thought. Their connections to their avatars were weaker than us secret alpha testers. And my target had been favoring ranged magical attacks over close-quarters combat since the beginning.

I dodged the rocks I already knew were coming. Before the other spiders arrived, I dispersed both my arms and clung to its top.

One of its leg gouged out my stomach. I paid it no mind. As I began to freeze and absorb its life force, the neighboring spider approached and swung its giant claws.

 

[Reroll] [Reroll]

 

The claws whiffed past my face, then proceeded to pierced through the carapace of the half-frozen spider. I jabbed my own claws into the hole in the shell and absorb the rest of its magic and lifeforce.

Kkrrrr…

It was the first time a spider so much as said anything, and it was also its last. As my target disappeared in motes of light, I jumped to the neighboring spider. The accidental friendly-fire had immobilized it for a few short moments. I immediately began absorption.

It returned to its senses and started rampaging. Quite violently too, since I hadn’t frozen this one. On the other hand, the other spiders weren’t coming any closer.

 

[Reroll] [Reroll] [Reroll] [Reroll] [Reroll]

 

Every time I felt like I was about to fall, I [Reroll]ed to keep myself on it. I sucked it dry in one go.

 

Another spider began shooting magic at me.

 

[Cyber-Manipulation] [Reroll]

 

I forced a success of [Cyber-Manipulation] with [Reroll]. [Fear] suddenly descended on the shooting spider, and its aim turned indiscriminate.

The remaining two spiders were calmly dealing with the situation. They restrained the terrified spider from both sides. As they did, the bound spider started to fade away. A forced logout? Immediately, I shot my dispersed arms to one of the two restraining spiders, the one on the right. I stabbed my claws inside a gap on its shell and began absorbing its magic.

The left spider smashed its claws into me, flinging me off.

“Ooof!”

At least I managed to drain dry my target. Still, that was too much damage.

[Shedy] [Race: Mistral Neige] [Greater Demon (Low-Rank)]
[Magic Points: 1475/2240] 180↑
[Total Combat Power: 1699/2464] 198↑

I lost a bunch of magic. I could still fight, just not as recklessly. Otherwise this would turn into a losing battle in a blink of an eye.

I and the remaining spider entered a staring contest for a few seconds. Then it left, joining its comrades in fighting Isaac’s clan.

I really wanted to retreat here, but I couldn’t afford to let the magic stone fall into the hands of the corporation.

So I instantly gave chase. Looked like Isaac’s clan managed to down one of the spiders, too, but they paid for it with half their members. They had over twenty people at the beginning of the battle, and now their numbers didn’t even reach ten.

The spider from my side regrouped with the other four, repairing their formation.

“Sherry!”

As I arrived, Isaac’s group turned to face me. And so did the carapace-spiders.

I would really like to complain about the fact that both sides were more wary of me, here.

Isaac, battered and bruised but with weapon still firmly held, asked.

“Sherry… these crab-spiders aren’t your friends, right?”

“…no.”

“I see… then, do you want to join up until they’re dead, first?”

“Isaa-mmmfph!” Sandrea cut in, but didn’t get to say anything before pink-head muffled her.

“…even when you look so worn-out?”

“Heh, aren’t you about the same, Sherry?”

The players were avatars, so they were still standing on their own legs, but their wounds hadn’t completely healed. Looked like they ran out of potions. Their armor and weapons were all torn and cracked, too.

My glance swept through all of them. I quietly put out my hand.

“Give me the red magic stone. Then I’ll kill them for you.”

“…magic stone?”

Isaac looked dubiously at me. Even if I could only recover my magic, it should still be enough.

“Wha-mmmfgrh!”

Again, Sandrea was about to shout out something when pink-head held her down. Pinkie reprimanded her in a lecturing tone.

“Sally, be quiet. This is most likely a required condition,” she turned to Isaac, “I think it’s fine, but what do you think, leader?”

Isaac hesitated for a few moments. He looked at me one more time, then nodded to pink-head.

“Here.”

Pink-head threw the red magic stone to me.

No doubt about it. This was No. 08’s magic stone.

Apparently pink-head thought this was a necessary ‘condition’ to trigger the next step of their quest. But that wasn’t quite right.

This was a ‘condition’ necessary for my way of life.

I popped the stone into my mouth without hesitation. As it dissolved inside me, my magic began to rapidly stir, perhaps because all three magic stones were now together.

Hot… like I was burning up. I felt as if my body was heavier, yet at the same time lighter from the overflowing power coursing through me.

I…

[Shedy] [Race: Mistral Neige] [Greater Demon (High-Rank)]
・The demon of tempestuous mist that ravages the northern seas. A canny spiritual lifeform.

[Magic Points: 4000/4000] 1760↑
[Total Combat Power: 4400/4400] 1936↑
[Unique Skill: <Reroll> <Cyber-Manipulation> <Absorption> <Materialization>] 
[Racial Skill: Fear]
[Simple Identification] [Human Form (Wonderful)] [Specialist Packer]

I was Ranking-up…?


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45 thoughts on “34 – Experimental Militarized Monster Avatars”

  1. Thanks for the chappy~.

    So, her rank’s increased and her human form is ‘Wonderful’ now… this is gonna be good.

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    1. Rather it sounds like a downgrade. National Treasure or Wonderful, I can only imagine in the raw it does come across as an improvement but when translated to English ends up seeming lack luster.

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        1. Even so since she’s starting to get to high level demon status I was hoping it would be like (seductress) or something.

          Well when she reaches demon god status I hope it reads (divine) kinda overly obvious but at the same time I’ll be sad if she never gets that description and when better to have a divine form than when reaching god status.

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        2. Personally, I think even in the JP raw it was already like that. 素敵 sounds more like a sarcastic opinion than an actual assessment to me.

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  2. Instant rank up and…wonderful? That sound like a downgrade? Maybe her mist solified now and she became a full pseudo-beastkin now.

    Thank’s for the chappy!

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    1. I’m afraid that’s unlikely. Given how she grows as she levels up it seems the author is taking Shedy down the Raphtalia route. It seems to be a steady progression rather than a sudden transformation like with Raphtalia but it definitely seems like we’re going to have a fully grown bunny girl at some point in the future.

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      1. Raphtalia had progression though… MC just didn’t pay any attention. He was too focused on revenge and just had it set in his mind that “Raphtalia looks like this.”.

        Also almost no 10/11 year old looks as focused and resolved as Raphtalia… even here Shedy looks quite strong, but not totally focused on one ideal.

        Also, that giant bloody monologue in like chapter 16/18. That was the worst.

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    1. obviously. She was able to fight 5 on 1 when her combat power was only a bit over 2000. Now she’s 4000 and fully healed.

      So this will be completely one sided.

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    1. Doesn’t matter as much now that she’s free of her earth body, they lost that leverage over her. Which means they have to confront her in that world to challenge her.

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    2. But sounds like it is too late.
      At least in theory she can now disconnect from her body and the best the corporation can field are the beta testers both regular and secret. And now her combat power doubled.

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      1. Technically speaking she’s still vulnerable.

        I’m pretty sure the Wolf’s notes said that after getting the three powers she needed to drain the power of a world tree sapling to get enough energy to tear through dimensions on her own and truly sever the connection. Because I’m guessing she has to drag her soul that’s still in her human body into this world.

        Although whether the author remembers that requirement or whether the author decides to say “Because she’s a demon and has such high magic she can pull it off without the tree”

        But at the very least we can’t say for sure that she’s in the clear yet and this might become a race against time to break free of the system before the corporation kills her original body.

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          1. well I”m sure the main tree would work great as well. but a sapling might also be enough assuming she can reach one.

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        1. WARNING: THIS COMMEMT MIGHT SPOIL BITS OF THE AUTHOR’S OTHER SERIES, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN VOLITION!!!

          She doesn’t have high magic power, she’s just a weakling, even your everyday run-of-the-mill high ranking demons have aroud 3~5,000 magic power on average (not to mention archdemons 60~80,000 and devils, maous and demon beasts’ 150~500,000). And since the author already said this series uses the same stats sistem as his other one, and even Yurushia, who has ~200,000(?) (I haven’t read in a while so it’s kinda hard to remember) magic power decided to take advantage of a country’s summoning magic to cross the boundary between worlds because it would be to tiring and time consuming to do it herself (altough I kinda suspect she’s being lazy). I’d be really upset if the author says she can pull it off. I mean what’s even the point in saying that both series share the same universe and stenght sistem if you’re going to make the carachters do something way beyond their league?

          By the way, since this series is in the same universe as that one then the setting is that both earth and all other worlds are in the same dimension, just very far away. The other dimensions are just 2: the spirits’ world and the demons’ world.

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          1. Good to know. That makes it even more likely she’ll need to rely on a world tree sapling to make up the difference.

            Although it’s also possible since she’s technically already connected to the other dimension via the system she won’t need to use as much power as Yurushia would have. In fact since the system is specifically exploiting a rift that’s simply too small to pass anything physical.

            All she really needs is enough power to wrench open that rift bigger than follow the system connection back to her world.

            Another possibility is rather than going there she’ll just rip her soul out of her body remotely and pull it back in like a fishing line. Meaning she’d only have to spend enough power to transport a soul through an already existing rift.

            She might still need to rely on a sapling even for that. But the point is the author does have possible shortcuts that would let Shedy break free of the system without needing the power to jump worlds by herself.

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  3. If i remember correctly, now she only needs to go to the world tree (the main one, not one of the 99 saplings) and adsorb all of the mana from it to complete the transmigration of her soul or am i wrong?

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  4. BTW am I the only one who wishes her simple identification skill would level up already?

    She’s used it enough for it to power up. It doesn’t specifically need to show new info if the author can’t think of anything they want to add but she could maybe just become able to identify stronger targets or from farther away.

    also hoping [reroll] evolves to have a more precise control over fate. Author could either call it [fate manipulation] to be direct or stick with the dice theme and maybe call the skill [demon roll] or [demon dice].

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    1. I think it’s more that she’s only looking into the things she wants to see.

      Could also be that she only relies on it for the most basic part of the information, so it isn’t going to go from “Simple” to “Basic” or “Normal”.

      It could even be that “Simple Identification” is the end of the skill tree for itself, or that Identification, Appraisal and Analysis are all totally different skills that deal with different things; eg Identification deals with only understanding what type of thing the object is and its registration in the W system; Appraisal deals with specialist knowledge (so eg “Identify 1,000 of the same type of being” -> “{being} appraisal”) and Analysis is a long threaded analysis of the thing, exceeding what’s registered in the W system.

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  5. The stats at the end of the chapter gave me an adrenaline rush. GO SHEDDY!
    Moar PLS mr. translator. I’m so excited I’m shaking.
    And thx for chap.

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