WM – Chapter 23: Takatsuki Makoto faces the giant

The shining giant warped its mouth as if happy and began talking.

“…People, huh.” 

Low.

It was as if he was speaking from a giant speaker in a low tone that reverberates right down to the pit of my stomach.

Fuji-yan is still holding his head muttering something.

Nina-san has taken a stance with Fuji-yan at her back.

Lucy has her mouth wide open with a pale face.

I pulled the hand of Lucy, got close to Fuji-yan and Nina-san to the point our shoulders are almost touching.

I am maintaining my calm with [Clear Mind].

Fuji-yan has a dungeon escape item.

Right now he is panicking, but using that to get everyone to a safe place is the best choice. It would be best to gather at one place as much as possible. 

But let’s watch the situation for a bit first.

The reaction of the Detection is weird.

This guy might not be a bad guy, that kind of positive thinking appeared in my mind.

“…Let me thank you. The seal has been undone thanks to you guys.” 

Did we do something?

My eyes naturally went to Lucy.

“?!”

Lucy shakes her head to the sides.

‘It is not me!’, is the face she is making, but didn’t you touch the magic crystal a few moments ago?

Was it Lucy?, is what I thought, but it wasn’t.

“It was me… Using [Appraisal] was a bad thing…” (Fujiwara)

Fuji-yan answers with a trembling voice.

“…I was defeated in the war and was casted a petrification seal… That seal may have weakened after a long passing of time, but it wasn’t something I could undo on my own. I needed someone to be aware of me.” 

“Huh…there’s things like that too, huh.” (Makoto)

But if that’s the case, then it is not as if Fuji-yan is at fault.

“Anyone would appraise that giant crystal. It can’t be helped.” (Makoto)

Fuji-yan may be depressed by it, but he didn’t mean harm.

“…Your average eye cannot break through my seal… Unless you have the God Eyes that can see through even the disguise of Gods.” 

“God Eyes…” (Makoto)

Did Fuji-yan have a skill like that? 

No, he said Appraisal, so maybe it means that his Appraisal skill is god-like?

“My Appraisal isn’t god level, you know…” (Fujiwara)

Fuji-yan denies my conjecture.

“…I don’t know… But the seal was undone… That’s what matters.” 

Meaning that we saved this giant, basically.

Words get through him and it doesn’t look like we will get attacked. 

That’s what I was thinking.

“…I am hungry.” 

Until he said that.

The giant was staring intently at us.

Oi oi, aren’t we your benefactors?

Don’t look at us with those eyes. 

A chill ran down my back.

“[R-Return]!” (Nina)

Nina-san takes the item from Fuji-yan and activates it.

What a relief! I didn’t know how to use it.

We four were covered in light and when the light went out, we were standing in front of the cave.

We are safe now.

No, not yet.

“Let’s move away from here.” (Makoto)

This place is dangerous.

“I-Is it okay to leave that?” (Lucy)

Lucy asks in a scared voice.

“Let’s go back and report it to the guild!” (Nina)

It is as Nina-san says.

“…”

Fuji-yan is still depressed.

“Let’s all return to the city. That guy from before might be chasing after us.” (Makoto)

Everyone nodded lightly and we were about to return to the city when…

*Crack!*

The ground in front of us swelled.

It was visibly changing to a humanoid shape.

And then, it began to shine dully.

“…Where are you going?” 

This is bad…

What’s with this guy?

We can’t run away from him.

“Goshujin-sama! Please run away!” (Nina)

Nina-san heads towards the giant.

“Y-You musn’t! Don’t fight him!” 

Fuji-yan shouts in panic, but it was too late.

Nina-san’s kick was about to hit the head of the giant.

*Bong!*

A dull sound like hitting a bell echoed.

The giant just waited to get kicked.

Could it be that it is slow?

“…Wait.” 

The giant’s right hand moved.

“Eh?” (Nina)

Nina-san intended to move away as soon as she finished the attack. She tried to do exactly that…but the giant’s movement was so fast that she couldn’t react. 

The giant looked like it moved slowly.

But by the time we noticed, the fingertip of the giant had slightly touched Nina-san.

Nina-san was sent flying.

“Gahagh!!” (Nina)

*Blam!*

She crashed onto a faraway tree and collapsed.

Seriously?! Nina-san is a Silver Rank, you know.

He defeated her in a single hit.

“Fuji-yan, what is that?!” (Makoto)

“It said that it is an Evil Giant God that incurred the rage of the Holy Gods… According to my Appraisal, the seal had been undone… That’s all I could tell.” (Fujiwara)

Evil Giant God…

It certainly is a dangerous sounding title.

“Fuji-yan, please heal Nina-san with a healing item. I will buy time with Lucy.” (Makoto)

“Understood! Please don’t push yourself.” (Fujiwara)

Fuji-yan runs towards Nina-san.

Lucy is chanting at my side.

Normally, she wouldn’t make it in time, but the giant is taking its time when moving. But I don’t know if he will be making that mysterious move that he did when attacking Nina-san.

“[F-Firestorm]!” (Lucy)

This time she made it in time.

A fire storm even bigger than the time with the Griffon was swirling with the giant at the center of it.

“Incredible, Lucy! That’s High Grade Magic.” (Makoto)

“I can succeed 1 out of 10 times!” (Lucy)

So you pulled a 10% chance.

I thought ‘don’t go crossing a dangerous bridge like that’, but I don’t think a normal spell will be working against the giant.

The firestorm was burning continuously as if it were trying to burn the sky.

“Alright, it should have damaged it somewhat. Let’s run together with Nina-san and Fuji-yan.” (Makoto)

“W-Wait, I am not used to High Grade Magic, so I might have gotten a bit Mana Dizzy.” (Lucy)

It is something that a low mana person like me can’t relate to, but people with high mana like Lucy seem to get dizzy as if they were drunk from alcohol after using a strong spell and activating the mana from their whole body.

Fuji-yan is using the healing item on Nina-san.

Good, with this…

The ground trembled.

The birds in the forest all flew away at the same time. 

I could hear the scared cries of animals from far away. It might be the cries of monsters.

When I hesitantly turned back, I could see the giant slowly coming out from the firestorm.

“…Unscathed?” (Lucy)

The voice of Lucy is trembling.

If I didn’t have Clear Mind, my heart might have broken too. 

An enemy that the High Grade Magic of Lucy isn’t effective against.

An enemy we cannot deal with.

I want to run away, but the enemy is using a strange movement method.

“Lucy, run away with Fuji-yan and Nina-san.” (Makoto)

I tell her in a low voice.

“A-And you, M-Makoto?” (Lucy)

“I will buy time.” (Makoto)

“[XXXXXXXXXXX (Water Overflow)], [Water Magic: Mist].” (Makoto)

I change the generated water from Spirit Magic into mist.

The surroundings get covered in mist in an instant. 

“…Spirit Magic, huh.” 

I hear the low tone of the giant.

“Lucy, go.” (Makoto)

“B-But!” (Lucy)

“Fuji-yan is an important friend of mine. I am counting on you.” (Makoto)

“…I won’t forgive you if you die.” (Lucy)

“Alright.” (Makoto)

She is saying the same thing as the Goddess.

But it is rare that the Goddess isn’t saying anything herself.

Give me some advice here…

*Thum!*

The mist is dyeing my vision completely white, but the giant seems to be heading our way.

Lucy ran to where Fuji-yan is.

The vision is zero, but Lucy’s ears are good.

She should be able to regroup with him.

Okay, let’s do this.

[Stealth].

I activate my skill.

The plan is simple.

I take away the vision of the enemy with the mist and cut him with the Goddess’s dagger, and then once again hide with Stealth.

It is a haphazard plan that relies on the enemy stopping its feet not knowing where I am.

A giant that Nina-san’s kicks and Lucy’s magic doesn’t work on.

It is like confirming that my magic won’t work, but if it is the dagger of the Goddess…

*Thum! Thum!*

The footsteps were getting closer.

I hold my breath and wait for the giant to pass.

I was planning on getting it from the back, and if possible the ankle.

If I do that, I should be able to stop his movements.

“…What are you doing?” 

“?!” 

The giant’s hand was stretching to where I am.

Why?! 

Stealth isn’t working?

This is bad! I am gonna get caught!

If that happens, I won’t be able to escape.

No, I would get eaten.

[Evade].

The giant’s hand got despairingly close, but I swung my dagger like crazy while I activated my skill.

I felt no hit.

I luckily managed to escape from the hand of the giant.

I am saved.

“What did you do?!” 

The giant’s voice suddenly sounded furious.

“You…” 

The voice that sounded gentle until now had anger mixed to it.

The ground shook and a gust of wind removed the mist.

“Eh?” (Makoto)

1 finger of the giant…is missing?

I cut it off?

I didn’t feel like it hit at all though.

“…Where did you get…that dagger?” 

Would it be better to be honest and say that I got from the Goddess?

“That’s something that’s beyond the hand of mortals…” 

“Eh?” (Makoto)

By the time I noticed, the giant was in front of me.

I didn’t even have the time to avoid it, my body was grabbed.

I can’t run away.

With both hands of the giant restraining my body, the giant brought me close to his face.

He looked at me with a gigantic eye that was about the same size as my head.

I-I am gonna be eaten!

Aah, my adventure has ended here…

“Wait!” 

What resonated was the voice of the Goddess from the heavens.

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38 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 23: Takatsuki Makoto faces the giant

  1. Thanks for the chapter~! And ha, I was right! There was no way something sealed for a thousand year would be something mid-boss level! It’d definitely be a forced boss event where the party can’t do anything~ now can’t wait to see whether our dear goddess can convince the stone one to leave our boy alone

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  2. Mmm… Well now we have an estimation on how strong Gods are. Lucy, at her current full power, can’t do anything to a God. Plus, considering that Lucy is essentially the pinnacle of Magical power, that definitely something that no mortal can defeat.

    Thereby, we can conclude that Noal is a destructive power holder that can destroy everything! (Not really, but I command you to agree with me for the joke.)

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  3. Oya oya. Didn’t communication break down a little too quickly? Granted, he really made it seem like he was gonna eat them, but they probably could’ve proceeded with the conversation a little more before attacking and/or running away.

    Is it actually an old god? Or at least some form of ancient being a tier below that? Noah seems to know him and vice versa, at least.

    …Oooh. Considering it was Fujiwara’s awareness of him that finally undid the seal, then maybe he is an old god who was jump-started with a semblance of faith.
    …is Fuji-yan gonna get a patron deity of his own? That would be dope. This guy gives me strong dwarf/giant/blacksmith vibes.

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    1. Since Fujiwara’s Appraisal was “god-level”, I assume it wouldn’t label the giant as an Evil Giant God unless it was one of the previous Gods (Evil Gods). Since Noah herself was imprisoned inside the lowest level of a dangerous dungeon, it wouldn’t be a stretch for the other Evil Gods to be imprisoned and sealed in various other methods as well.

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      1. I think it’s just weird that an old god would have a physical form-especially so easily and after being sealed for a thousand years.

        ………….
        …Wait. If this is an old god, then what was an ancient monster doing protecting his prison? Are the new gods responsible for monsters? Can they control monsters?

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      2. @Psychronia For Noah to be locked inside a dungeon would mean that she has a physical form too. She can do all her God mumbo-jumbo so it doesn’t seem that way, but she’s not sealed in any kind of divine realm so her seal has to be partly physical if not wholly physical. This Evil Giant God can prolly do the same things as Noah too — it’s just too early so we don’t know yet. Besides, the Evil Giant God is hungry and we’re pretty sure it has no believers at the moment. I assume that they don’t wither and dissipate like wisps if they have no divine power, but simply fall into a physical state.

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  4. Sorry Lucy for our lack of faith in you ! It was Fuji-yan all this time ! XD
    And for one second I thought that Lucy was going to pull us a Megumin instead of an Aqua ! x)

    Thanks for the EXPLOSION !!!! ^^

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  5. Thanks for the chapter! I agree with others that the talks broke down a bit quickly there lol. The giant wasn’t being overly threatening and for all we know he eats mana or something and was looking at Lucy’s mana pool. That daggers interesting. If it’s beyond mortals I wonder if Noah gave him her personal weapon or something?

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  6. Gonna be fun watching how the giant interacts with Noa-sama.
    Also since the divine dagger cut the giant, Noa is probably more powerful than the giant.
    Makes sense, since the giant wasn’t really sealed that well (at least compared to Noa).
    Also guessing that the divine sight thing was Noa peeking xd

    Anyway, thanks for the chapter!

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  7. If im not wrong Noah is trapped in one of the most dangerouse dungeons right? And this giant god trapped in a lowlevel one right? Hmmn I guess we could that say noah is the superior. Just curios though since a gods has physical form like the gaint then what about the supposedly holy gods? Since Im assuming the evil gods are the only ones that sealed.

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