WM – Chapter 145: The decisive battle in the Demonic Forest (6)

“Bye bye, human!” (Setekh)

The one who suddenly appeared was the Demon Lord confidant, Setekh.

His whole body having small cracks on his whole body is the same as before, but what’s different are those bright red eyes that are shining fierily in the place that were hollow in the past. 

So those are the legendary Petrification Eyes! 

“…”

“…”

And then, we looked at each other for a while. 

Setekh was looking at me with a puzzled expression.

(Eh? What’s with this silence?) (Makoto)

“…”

“…”

Setekh-san was tilting his head and didn’t do anything.

Should I try attacking?

Water Spirit Clad: [Water Blade].” (Makoto)

I used Spirit Magic and tried shooting sword magic.

A giant blade of magic attacks Setekh.

“Uoooh!” (Setekh)

Setekh makes a bridge, overreacting to the water blade as he avoids it.

Matrix?

Or more like, that looked really easy for him.

Even though it was kind of a surprise attack.

“T-This is strange… Why are you not petrifying…? Then, directly!” (Setekh)

Fast! 

Speed on the level of Sa-san or Geralt, or even faster than that! 

The gigantified pitch black claw of Setekh rushes my way aiming to reap off my life.

E-[Evade]!

Damn it, I won’t be able to avoid it! 

*Shuan!*

A dull sound was made as the claw of Setekh was repelled.

““Eh?””

Setekh and I let out voices of surprise at the same time.

“O-One more time!” (Setekh)

The giant claw was repelled once again.

*Shuaaan*

A few centimeters before the claw could hit me, it gets stopped by some sort of invisible cushion.

This is Noah-sama’s God Armor, huh.

As expected of a spell that I had to give lifespan for, it has astounding effectiveness. 

The sound effect is pretty pathetic though.

(By the way, if you have God Armor on, you can stay unscathed even when charging into the stratosphere.) (Noah)

I can imagine Noah-sama pushing her chest out proudly at that.

Seriously?

“I-Impossible… The Petrification Eyes don’t work, and my attacks are not even reaching…” (Setekh)

Setekh-san falls with both hands on the ground.

Yeah, I am also surprised.

(What should I do… Setekh is also an important enemy, but…) (Makoto)

I glance at the petrified Wind Tree Hero.

Maximilian-san…

I will have Furiae-san undo the petrification curse! 

Please wait a bit there.

And so, I glared at the Immortal King Bifrons’s reincarnating body that’s pushing out an overwhelming presence even now at my back.

This guy is my highest priority.

I approach this monster that’s like a giant building with my dagger in hand.

“W-Wait, please! Could you possibly be the Apostle of the Evil God, Noah-sama?! Why are you opposing us?! Didn’t you fight together with us 1,000 years ago against the Heroes of the Holy Gods?!” (Setekh)

Setekh calls me.

Geh, he noticed, huh.

Setekh didn’t have eyes before, so this should be his first time seeing me though.

“I am sorry, but I can’t be the ally of the Great Demon Lord this time around.” (Makoto)

It is not like I am the ally of the Holy Gods either though.

There’s no assurance that I will be taking over the objective of my predecessor.

I am the ally of Noah-sama, and the enemy of the world.

“No way! Why?!” (Setekh)

Why?

Uhm, if I remember correctly, Noah-sama said it a long time ago…

“1,000 years ago, I heard that your God betrayed Noah-sama.” (Makoto)

Right, Noah-sama? 

(Yeah! I was deceived by Typhon! I won’t believe him anymore!) (Noah)

Right right, Noah-sama was lied to 1,000 years ago.

Noah-sama seems easy to deceive after all.

(Eh?!) (Noah)

(Pfft, Noah, Mako-kun is telling you off~.) (Eir)

(Shut up, Eir. Take this!) (Noah)

(Haha! You’re too slow!) (Eir)

My head is noisy.

There’s no tension at all.

“…Is that so. Our God scrapped their promise towards the Evil God…” (Setekh)

Setekh droops his shoulders in sadness.

“I wanted to fight side by side with the Apostle-dono of Noah-sama again.” (Setekh)

There was grief in the voice of Setekh.

Making that face makes me feel a bit bad for him.

But I won’t be going to their side.

I don’t say anything and face Bifrons. 

“…The current Apostle-dono of Noah-sama, did you know this? 1,000 years ago, the Immortal King Bifrons was called the most beautiful noble within all the demons.” (Setekh)

“…Is that so.” (Makoto)

I didn’t know that. 

Right now he is a tentacle monster though.

It currently ain’t beautiful.

Anyways, how should I defeat a monster this big?

“But it has now turned into this pitiful figure. I was told I reincarnated in the same appearance as I was before, but…Archbishop Isaac-dono, this is way different from what you told me…” (Setekh)

I see. So the figure of this Demon Lord was unexpected for Setekh too. 

He thought he would be able to meet his superior again, but he has now become a weird monster. It must have been shocking. 

Even so, we are currently enemies of opposite ends, so I don’t know if we should be having this leisure talk.

“Aren’t you going to stop me from defeating the Demon Lord?” (Makoto)

I ended up asking, feeling strange at the fact that Setekh has lost his hostility. 

“The one here isn’t the Bifrons-sama I know… Also, I can’t even touch you. I have never felt as powerless as today. In that case, it is my duty to watch until the very end.” (Setekh)

“…How admirable.” (Makoto)

Oh well, it would trouble me if he were persistently getting in the way.

If he says he is going to silently watch, I am not gonna complain.

But I can’t think of a way to defeat him.

(Makoto, at the very center of the giant monster, there’s the Reincarnation Spell’s core of Bifrons. Eir will lend you her power with the dagger, so rush in and defeat the body of Bifrons.) (Noah)

Eeh, are you serious, Noah-sama?

Against that giant monster that has a whole lot of wiggly tentacles?

Even if I were to cut that giant body with this dagger, I don’t think it will be able to reach. 

If I want to deal damage to it, it would have to be from the inside.

(There’s no other options, and no time…) (Makoto)

I sigh and move forward.

Several hundreds of tentacles wrap around my body trying to capture me, and those tentacles get repelled by the God Armor of Noah-sama, so they couldn’t reach my body.

But the tentacles try to wrap around the God Armor. 

Is this really going to be okay…?

“A-Are you going to plunge in just like that?! I think even I would die if I were to be captured by the current Bifrons-sama though… So this is the Divine Protection of an Evil God-sama… Haha, no wonder I couldn’t match you.” (Setekh)

Setekh raised his voice in shock, and let out a dry laugh.

Noah-sama, you are being praised.

(Fufu, go ahead and praise me more—wait, there’s no time for that! Hurry, Makoto!) (Noah)

Oh, right. 

The time limit is closing in.

But you yourself were also playing.

“Alright, let’s go.” (Makoto)

Onwards to defeat the Demon Lord! 

I face the Demon Lord and held  my dagger.

“Apostle-dono of Noah-sama, Bifrons-sama probably doesn’t have any of his will left, but…please give him my regards.” (Setekh)

I lightly nod at the voice of Setekh, and proceed in the direction where several hundreds of tentacles are trying to pull me over.

The giant monster opens its big mouth. 

The inside of the mouth was dark and had a creepy color, it was like the entrance to hell. 

Woah, scary! 

Clear Mind: 99%! 

(Don’t hesitate. Charge onward!) (Makoto)

I hopped right into the mouth of the monster.

And then, I was swallowed by the darkness just like that.

(I can’t see anything.) (Makoto)

So this is the insides of a monster, huh…

This is obvious, but this is my first time being eaten by a monster.

I thought it would be more suffocating, but -I don’t know if it is because of the God Armor- I don’t really feel anything weird.

The footing is soft and flabby, making it hard to walk. 

And there’s something gooey coiling around my body. 

Noah-sama’s God Armor is repelling that.

(I should try it out.) (Makoto)

[Sacrificial Technique: Offering].

I ask of Eir-sama and try to cut the surroundings with my dagger.

There’s no response.

Hm?

(Mako-kun~, search for the body of Bifrons. You have to stab that.) (Eir)

It is so dark I can’t see at all though.

(It is okay~, you just have to walk straight forward.) (Eir)

I can’t even get a grasp of the direction here.

(You will be pulled into it on your own, so it is okay.) (Noah)

Is that how it works?

Let’s believe in Noah-sama.

I advanced in the darkness for a while.

I could hear some sort of groans like those of malice in my ear. 

Is this the otherworld?

I haven’t fallen into hell, I hope?

I want to return quickly.

Something suddenly appeared in front of me.

(…What’s this?) (Makoto)

Projections were appearing and disappearing around me.

Those projections showed videos of war. 

Persecution of devilkins. 

Small children being sold as slaves.

And…there’s a massive amount of corpses lying around.

It wasn’t stuff that’s pleasant to watch.

(Is this a mental attack from the Demon Lord…?) (Makoto)

I try not to look too much at it and continue walking.

Suddenly, the heap of corpses disappear.

The scene changed.

There was a small boy in the projection.

He was isolated in his class.

The boy was gaming the whole time.

The boy had no friends.

The boy is…

(This is…me?) (Makoto)

What was showing there was me in my childhood. 

W-What’s this?

Is it replaying my past memories?

I was playing video games the whole time in my childhood.

It isn’t fun to watch.

But is there some sort of meaning to it?

(Hey, Noah, is this some sort of spell that makes the target have a mental breakdown from looking at it?) (Makoto)

(Yeah, but it is pointless on you, Makoto.) (Noah)

(Uwaah, mind attacks really don’t work on you at all.) (Eir)

I hear a conversation I couldn’t just ignore.

Eh? This is that dangerous of a spell?

(You don’t need to mind it, Makoto.) (Noah)

(Of course I will mind it!) (Makoto)

Eventually the videos of my past disappear.

It once again goes back to complete darkness.

This is tiring.

Also, the inside of this monster is way too vast.

I am sure that the space here is warped.

After a little while more passes…

A white something appears in the darkness.

A humanoid shaped something.

I hurriedly approach it. 

Pure white skin, pure white hair. 

With eyes closed, it looked like it was sleeping.

Or maybe dead.

He had the beauty of a woman, but seeing his naked body, I can tell it is a man. 

That pretty man was held by many black hands and is hanging in midair. 

(That’s the Demon Lord, Bifrons.) (Noah)

(Get him real good☆.) (Eir)

They say it so nonchalantly. 

It is as if I am attacking him in his sleep and it just doesn’t feel right. 

(If he revives, the Wood Country falls, and it will bring unprecedented damage to the Water Country…) (Makoto)

As a Hero, it is an enemy I have to defeat no matter what.

I am sorry, Setekh.

[Sacrificial Technique: Offering].

I pray to Eir-sama and prepare my dagger.

I was about to stab it into the chest of the man when…

“?!” 

Those bright red eyes open.

He grabbed the hand that I was holding the dagger of Noah-sama with.

Crap, he was conscious?

I got close too carelessly?

I pull the dagger back hurriedly and take distance.

But the open eyes of the Demon Lord were blank.

I don’t know what he is looking at, but his eyes were unfocused.

Setekh said that he has lost his sense of self.

At first, he would look around restlessly. 

The Demon Lord Bifrons speaks.

“I…how much time has passed…since I was defeated by the aggravating Hero Abel…? …What’s…with this body…?” 

He was articulating his words as if his mind just wasn’t in the right place.

It seems his consciousness isn’t remaining properly. 

Now then, what to do…

But Bifrons met eyes with me, and his expression changed drastically.

“Why are YOU here?!” (Bifrons)

…Eh?

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87 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 145: The decisive battle in the Demonic Forest (6)

      1. Well some of us(me) thinks hes a trap but if he isn’t there is precedence in Leo….. so not impossible for men to join his harem especially ute/beautiful ones……

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  2. Oh my god ! Bifrons recognizes Makoto !!? Does that mean Makoto met Bifrons 1000 years ago? Time travel? If it is the case, it would explain the relationship between Makoto and the Great Sage. She said that Abel saved her, but if it was actually Makoto who saved her instead, it would explain why they seem so close to the eyes of others.

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  3. I don’t think makoto is abel, for starters makoto can’t use light magic (which is abel’s main characteristic) and both the great sage and sertekh have met abel personally and both don’t think makoto looks like him, I think either biffrons is having delusions or he recognised noah’s blessing and think makoto is the apostle hero killer from the past

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    1. This comment made me wonder whether Makoto is a body double of some long-forgotten background character from 1000 years ago. Sure someone like Sakurai is a hero, but when you consider who’s been pulling off the major feats, it’s Makoto, not the hero of Light.

      Provided that he wasn’t sleeping during that time, Bifrons had many years to reflect, and he probably made the realization that it wasn’t the hero he was supposed to be wary of?

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    2. You just lightly assume that Abel reincarnate will have light magic. We don’t even know whether his “light magic” skill is just a propaganda or not. Plus the fact that The Great Sage feels comfort around Makoto is also another indication that he might be Abel, regardless maybe because he is virgin or not (but why him? it could be another virgin if that’s the only reason) and a strong indication that she wants to keep Makoto away from the light kingdom. Plus Sertekh sees him as a Noah’s apostate because he is using god killer short sword.

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      1. I am leaning more towards time travel shenanigans by the looks of it, Makoto with his current skills and abilities isn’t cut out to be a reincarnation of Abel unlike Sakurai who fits Abels mold to the T

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  4. Thanks for the chapter!!!
    Does Bifron’s recognize Makoto as Noah’s apostle and thought of him as Cain?
    Or is this some sort of time travel thing because they can go to Earth right?
    Well there is no mana on Earth anyways.
    But seriously I have so many questions

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    1. Maybe but i don’t think so. If his hands didn’t touch the floor i would agree. The complete bridge evsion is Japanese anime property imo.

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  5. Thanks for the chapter and thanks for posting this still even while stressed~ also starting to wonder if seketh will become an ally to Makoto in rlthe final battle? Seems like it, also wonder what Bifrons meant at the end there, does Makoto by any chance resemble the Savior Abel? Maybe Makoto was Abela true incarnate? Who knows but that one line sure leaves alot to the imagination~ can’t wait for what’s next~

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  6. Cheers for the chapter, and all your hard work!

    Actually kind of found this chapter annoying. His friends are fighting for their lives and he is having a heart to heart with the evil chap that just tried to kill him… even with his predisposition twords playing the anti-hero in games means shit if the people you care about will be killed. Same with this latest fumble with not bei g able to complete his attack. The god armor works on the outer shell and the flunky outside, but somehow manages to be blocked by the bloke in a trance? Just feels frustratingly forced…

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  7. Thank you kami-sama.

    I have two guesses for that cliff.

    1: That wasnt a mental attack. Its was Bifron’s memories. He/she was watching(stalking) Makoto through some connection. Most likely magic or magic item.

    2: Bifrons is one of missing classmates who revived in the past instead of the current time.

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  8. > Chapters and chapters and chapters, as this progresses, Noah is becoming likeable like Lucy, Sofia and Sa-san.
    Little by little, i had this urge to adore her and pat her head.
    My first interest on Noah were her prided chest pose when she is proud of something

    > That Demon Lord, in my Head, im seeing Sephiroth….. Im shuddering right now…

    > If Makoto has no option to end the demon Lord, maybe he will try to sync with him to withhold him a little and transfer magic to him, and then, that demon lord will be converted to trap (i hope this wouldn’t turn out true, and its all in my head, pleasssseeee…)

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  9. Poor guy, this Setekh seems pretty decent actually. Also, yeah Noah’s armor is super conspicuous in its effect.

    Also, from the past chapter, seems like Makoto really helped that Lightning Hero out of his funk. All considered, one can say that Makoto is probably the most charismatic of the heroes huh. Even without leaving himself as a political tool, he can still help people change for the better. And it includes people who normally have nobody to look up to.

    Also, who does Makoto look like? You’d think the goddesses would know if he looks like anyone important from 1000 years ago.

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  10. Thanks for the chapter.
    Setekh hoped met again his boss and his best bro, but the first became a monster while the other is now his enemy.
    It is really a shitty day for him…

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  11. Don’t tell me he’s one of the missing classmates? We have a precedence in Aya so it is not that far off right? Something like:

    Reincarnated as a Demon Lord! I reincarnated but my Life is already about to end?!!?!

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  12. Poor Setekh. Nothing went right for him. He can’t defeat the enemy, his enemy is the successor to a dear old friend, and even the superior he adored is gone.

    …Well, maybe. Bifrons seems pretty himself to me, just buried in the core. And for some reason…he recognizes Takki? How did that happen? Is it his predecessor’s aura again? Or does he actually resemble Abel? Hmm..

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  13. Thanks for the chapter! ^^
    So the author played the “I can’t reach you” and “This isn’t my Demon Lord” cards to turn Setekh fanboy neutral.
    And holy mother of cliffs! XD
    This Demon Lord sure know how to make greater cliffs than his subordinate! x)
    Now it’s time for the waiting game while theorising about the true meaning of his last words in this chapter. 🙂
    Similarities, time travel, former classmate, misunderstanding… which one in the comments is your favorite?
    Mine is the time traveling Makoto. (remind me of the manhwa Id in wich the MC at one point is known by some antagonists because of a time travel yet to come, and those why he is clueless at the moment how they know him and deem him able of doing something he is unable to do at the “present”) x)

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  14. i cant wait….. i read on this site, and cant waiting anymore, then i read on syosetu….. but, i m still want more…. because i read until latest chapter…… . ugh, this is bad. in meantime, i still read this site version. 🙂

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  15. I think that This Demon lord recognized makoto thanks to aura of his shield cause its aura of goddess noah which was on their side 1000 years ago

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  16. Heh looks like we got a repeat of what happened with Furi where she tried to Charm Makoto and nothing happened so they both went, “Eh?” Same thing happened here with Setekh trying to petrify Makoto and nothing happening so both also go, “Eh?”

    I’m starting to think Setekh and maybe Bifrons if he gets saved will end up allying with Makoto. Setekh idolized Cain and thought well of Noah and now he learned that his god Typhon lied to Noah and tricked her and now Setekh sees that Isaac who is also a follower of Typhon tricked him by resurrecting his lord Bifrons as some hideous monstrosity that supposedly has lost his sense of self which is very clearly not what Setekh had been told would happen.

    Now those other things Makoto saw when he got eaten by Bifrons about devilkin children being persecuted and sold as slaves and then a mountain of corpses are probably Bifrons’ own memories. He is an undead so these are probably his memories of from before he turned into an undead and demon lord.

    So there’s three possible reasons I can think of for why Bifrons apparently recognizes Makoto:
    1. He’s either the Hero Abel that traveled through time or his reincarnation.
    2. He’s the reincarnation of the Hero Killer Cain or Bifrons is mistaking him for Cain because of his dagger and Noah’s aura that’s presumably coming from the god barrier.
    3. He’s actually one of Makoto’s classmates who got reincarnated into the past as the devilkin child that eventually became Bifrons.

    Personally I think the third reason is the most likely. Setekh should have been familiar enough with both Cain and Abel for him to recognize them on sight or at least tell that Makoto is their reincarnation but Setekh never says anything about Makoto being either Cain or Abel. We also know that not all of Makoto’s classmates were accounted for to have come to this world at the water church and Sa-san was instead of being transported, she was reincarnated as something other than a human in a location far from the other classmates and she was also reincarnated at a different time from the others. I can’t remember if they said she was reincarnated before or after the rest of the classmates got transported to this world but I know that it wasn’t at the same time as them. So with that precedent I think it’s possible that one of the other missing classmates ended up reincarnating into the distant past and if the images Makoto saw really are Bifrons’ then the classmate reincarnated as a devilkin who got persecuted and probably sold into slavery before he eventually became an undead and a demon lord.

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    1. I would be down for at least Setekh becoming a friend or ally. He seems nice.

      I think there are some students that weren’t accounted for aside from Sa-san, but I don’t know if time slipping has been a thing. I’m most on board with the recognizing Cain in Takki theory.

      Oh yeah, and we can’t forget a missing teacher.

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  17. Thank you once again for the great work Reigokai!

    I am somewhat hoping Setekh allies with Takki-dono, yet another miscreant added to the merry band of heretics.

    Out of interest, the whole mental attack that is meant to cripple someone wound up showing Takki-dono a scene of him being isolated and alone in class whilst playing his games… Isn’t he supposed to love games? Why would being shown something he ostensibly loves meant to break his spirit? I didn’t think he cared too much about his classamtes or whatever and played games because he derived more enjoyment from doing so. Is there more to his love/fascination of games than meets the eye?

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