Chapter 3: The Radiance Which Answers Your Wish
On the battlefield, where the turmoil was at its most extreme, the general of the Mouri army suddenly appeared— Mouri Motonari. Motonari swung his blade and Katsuie suffered a grave wound. In order to save Katsuie, she tried to give him blood but…
Pursuing the light of the sacred treasure, the place we arrived at was—
[YUZUKI]: “A large stone slab…?”
When I took a single step the light released by the sacred treasure suddenly disappeared.
[RANMARU]: “For the light of the sacred treasure to disappear here means that lithograph is what we’re searching for… right?”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s too much to think of it as a coincidence.”
[HANBEE]: “Hey, it looks like there’s some sort of letters carved there. Let’s go a little closer to examine it.”
The moment we tried to walk closer to the stone slab, encouraged by Hanbee-san’s words—
[RANMARU]: “Please wait… Just now, there’s footsteps.”
Ranmaru-kun stared at a certain point and hid me behind his back as if to protect me.
[RANMARU]: “… Someone is coming closer.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes… the numbers don’t seem to be many, but—“
Ranmaru-kun and the others placed their hands on their weapons and, as they waited with their guard up, three shadows appeared from between the trees.
[HANBEE]: “Huh? Just when I wondered who it’d be it was you guys.”
[???]: “Mori Ranmaru of the Oda army, Takenaka Hanbee of the Toyotomi army, and—“
[???]: “… Katakura Kojuurou of the Date army.”
The others, who spoke as if they knew Ranmaru-kun and the others, had their hands on their own weapons, cautious of us. I wondered if they could be the Mouri army, but—
[YUZUKI]: “Those ears… could it be…”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes. Naoe Kanetsugu of the Uesugi army, Kousaka Masanobu of the Takeda army, and Yuri Kamanosuke of the Sanada army… Every one of them are werewolves.”
[RANMARU]: “… Why are you all here?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Do you think we’d answer that honestly?”
In this explosive situation a familiar roar echoed.
[YUZUKI]: (This noise…!)
Several yakuma appeared, surrounding us, and they leapt at us all at once.
[RANMARU]: “Please don’t leave my side!”
Ranmaru-kun slashed at the leaping yakuma to protect me.
However, no matter how many times the yakuma was slashed, it didn’t collapse and instead continued to attack.
[RANMARU]: “Kgh!? Why won’t this yakuma—!”
Although he managed to catch the yakuma’s attack somehow Ranmaru-kun was flung away with great force.
The yakuma attacked Ranmaru-kun, who was on the ground, but Hanbee-san blocked the attack within a hairsbreadth.
[HANBEE]: “Ranmaru…! Are you OK?”
[RANMARU]: “… It isn’t anything serious. More importantly, we need to do something quickly about these yakuma…!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Che… this comes first then.”
Kamanosuke-san nodded shortly at Kanetsugu-san’s words and jumped at a yakuma, swinging his sickle down, but—
Receiving the attack the yakuma, far from collapsing, flung Kamanosuke-san”s body away violently.
[KOJUUROU]: “Watch out!”
Kojuurou-san narrowly managed to catch Kamanosuke-san. However, in that opening, the yakuma attacked the two of them.
[RANMARU]: “… Kojuurou!”
Ranmaru-kun had repelled the attack aimed at Kojuurou-san.
[RANMARU]: “If you get hurt saving the enemy, I won’t be helping you.”
[RANMARU]: “Is what I’d like to say, but this situation calls for it, huh…”
[HANBEE]: “If we fight each other then it’s likely we’ll repeat the same failure just now—“
[RANMARU]: “Yes. We can’t let ourselves be stopped here. —Let’s put on a united front here.”