SNB Mouri ~ Chapter 4.5 ~

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Chapter 4: A Turbulent Heartbeat

Seeking the stone slab serving as a clue to Himemiko and the sacred treasures, the Mouri party departed.

Yakuma increased in strength with every step. As everyone was forced into a close fight, Takamoto suffered a severe wound…

Chapter 4.5

When we went down the path Terumoto-kun found, we were able to find what we were aiming for.

[MOTOHARU]: “So this is the stone slab.”

[TERUMOTO]: “It’s biiiiig~.”

[TAKAKAGE]: “It’s been abandoned for quite some time, huh. The ivy wrapped around it is in the way though.”

[MOTOHARU]: “Looks like we can only make it readable.”

Saying that, Motoharu-san and Takakage-san removed the vines wrapped around the stone slab and there the engraved letters were revealed.

[IMARI]: “The same as that old document, these letters are also written in an ancient style.”

[YUZUKI]: “Mm, you’re right. I wonder what’s written?”

Imari-kun, who was quiet up to this point, peered at the stone with me.

[TAKAMOTO]: “… A serious matter is written here.”

[MOTONARI]: “Takamoto, could you read it out?”

[TAKAMOTO]: “Yes… umm…”

“If thou completes the sacred treasures and offers them to the capital, then the path towards unification shall open.”

That content was what was written on the stone slab.

[YUZUKI]: “Offer the sacred treasures to the capital…?”

[IMARI]: “It’s not something that points to Himemiko-sama’s location… But this is serious information!”

[MOTOHARU]: “Exactly. Although the warlords of Shinga are collecting the sacred treasures, nothing will happen if they just hold onto them.”

[TAKAKAGE]: “If this information was to become known, battles to steal the sacred treasures and for the capital will start, huh.”

[MOTONARI]: “This information must be protected to death.”

[MOTONARI]: “To that end, it is necessary to consolidate Mouri’s protections once more.”

[TAKAMOTO]: “That’s right. That a spy got in before shows that the defenses of the entire Mouri territory may be breaking…”

[MOTOHARU]: “We don’t have time to dawdle here then. Let’s return to the castle immediately!”

[TAKAKAGE]: “But we can’t possibly leave the slab like this, right?”

[TAKAKAGE]: “Why don’t we destroy it? Then the information won’t leak.”

[TAKAMOTO]: “T-that’s a little…! It’s existence itself hasn’t been known until now, so I don’t think we need to go that far.”

[TAKAMOTO]: “Moreover, this stone slab might still have some meaning…!”

[TAKAKAGE]: “It was a joke. We can’t say we’ve learned all about the slab yet, so I wouldn’t take such a risk.”

[MOTONARI]: “That’s right, we’ll leave it like this. Furthermore—“

[MOTOHARU]: “… The yakuma, huh.”

[TAKAKAGE]: “True, I thought they were weird too.”

[YUZUKI]: “Um… what do you mean?”

In the middle of everyone understanding Motonari-san’s meaning, I couldn’t follow along with the conversation and was confused.

[TERUMOTO]: “Meaning, the yakuma we fought back there might have some connection to this stone!”

Unexpectedly, the one who answered my question was Terumoto-kun.

[TERUMOTO]: “I’m not good at fighting, but Motoharu-sama and Takakage-sama shouldn’t have a hard time with yakuma.”

[TERUMOTO]: “But that battle was different… I’ve never seen such strong yakuma. So, I think it might have something to do with the stone.”

[MOTONARI]: “Mm. We have no conclusive evidence though. It may be the case that they were prepared so as not to let anyone approach the stone slab easily.”

[YUZUKI]: “The yakuma were prepared…!?”

While my mind couldn’t keep up with the new information that was coming out one after another, Motonari-san continued speaking to summarize everything here.

[MOTONARI]: “It won’t be odd for something to occur hereafter. However, it is important to maintain your presence of mind at that time.”

[MOTONARI]: “Now is the time when the unity of Mouri is tested. Therefore… Takamoto.”

[TAKAMOTO]: “Yes, what is it?”

[MOTONARI]: “If the land of Mouri is caught in the whirlpool of war for the unification of the country, then our opponents will not just be one or two armies.”

[MOTONARI]: “I would like you to bear the role of Mouri’s commander together with me. As the next general.”

[MOTOHARU]: “……”

[TAKAKAGE]: “……”

[TERUMOTO]: “……!”

Although everyone held their breath, watching to see what Takamoto-san’s answer to Motonari-san’s words were—

Takamoto-san did not reply with anything and only showed a sorrowful expression.

6 thoughts on “SNB Mouri ~ Chapter 4.5 ~

    Cey said:
    January 17, 2019 at 11:34

    “Takamoto-san did not reply with anything and only showed a sorrowful expression.”
    Arrrgggg!!! Tell me why!!!

      Ilinox responded:
      January 18, 2019 at 13:47

      Find out next time on SNB!! |D;;

    Reggie said:
    January 17, 2019 at 03:54

    Don’t tell me Takamoto, you have same problem as Kagekatsu….. 😕

    Actually I have same idea too as Takakage about breaking the slab but when Takamoto explains it I was like ” Oh, not a good idea after all, umm….. Leave it to the experts. “

      Ilinox responded:
      January 18, 2019 at 13:46

      Takamoto… :’)))))

      LOL. I was thinking something like “We can try and carry it home? If we can’t carry it, break it into pieces and carry it home? Or copy all the writing onto paper and THEN smash it into rubble?”. But, like Takamoto said, what if the stone itself has some special properties LOL oopsies.

    waterinegirl said:
    January 17, 2019 at 00:55

    i dont mind having takamoto as next general. i cant blame them if they were surprised to what motanari say.

    i also feel bad for mouri because the other armies make alliances. it wouldnt be a problem if it’s a one on one battle.

    sanada-usuegi-takeda (coordination wont be a problem)
    oda-toyotomi-date (looks dangerous but prone to backstabbing/betrayal)

      Ilinox responded:
      January 18, 2019 at 13:44

      I think it’s an interesting choice Motonari made and certainly shows what his true philosophies are. In a sense, you can see the three oldest bros as representing three paths: Motoharu (chivalry), Takakage (ruthlessness), and Takamoto (kindness). Although, I might argue that Motoharu is better at being a soldier and listening to orders than leading…

      Haha, don’t worry, because Mouri has the strongest army with their oni blood after all! I’m sure it can just be one oni per army– jkjk.

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