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…
The yakuma that was slashed didn’t collapse and continued to attack.
[YUZUKI]: (Even though everyone’s attacks are hitting it’s unperturbed…)
[RANMARU]: “I’d like to… avoid wasting energy like this…”
Maybe he was close to the limits of his strength because, for an instant, Ranmaru-kun wavered.
[YUZUKI]: “Ranmaru-kun, are you okay!?”
[RANMARU]: “I’m fine… this isn’t anything…”
[YUZUKI]: “Please don’t push yourself! If you collapsed too then I’d…”
[RANMARU]: “I’m alright… I won’t collapse. Furthermore—“
[RANMARU]: “I promised to protect you. That I won’t let anyone lay a single finger on you…!”
[RANMARU]: “No matter what I have to do, I’ll… defeat these yakuma!”
The moment he said that Hanbee-san, who seemed to have heard our conversation, continued on as if in agreement to Ranmaru-kun.
[HANBEE]: “No matter what you have to do, huh. Mm, I agree.”
[HANBEE]: “Everyone, could I have your attention? I have a plan.”
Hanbee-san began to briskly give out orders without resting his attacks.
[RANMARU]: “—Understood. Everyone, let’s go!”
Under Hanbee-san’s orders Ranmaru-kun and Kamanosuke-san slashed the yakuma at the same time.
The yakuma, who caught the cooperative attacks, staggered for a moment and Ranmaru-kun raised his voice without a moment’s delay.
The yakuma suffered a severe wound and its stance crumbled before it crashed to the ground with a large sound.
[RANMARU]: “… Somehow, we managed to defeat it.”
[MASANOBU]: “… Still, for there to be such a strong yakuma…”
[KANETSUGU]: “It won’t receive a fatal wound unless several people cut it at the same time, huh.”
[HANBEE]: “Could it be that this yakuma—“
[MASANOBU]: “It might have been for eliminating those who approached this lithograph.”
Ranmaru-kun slowly went close to the stone slab and stared at the ground with a suspicious look.
[RANMARU]: “There’s a trace of vines being brushed away here… It looks like someone came here recently.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Coming here means… the Mouri army?”
[KOJUUROU]: “In any case, so that nothing further happens, we should take a look at that lithograph.”
[RANMARU]: “The characters are pretty old… Let’s see…”
[RANMARU]: “—‘If thou completes the sacred treasures and offers them to the capital, then the path towards unification shall open.'”
There was a stir as the stone slab’s contents were read out loud.
[YUZUKI]: (That the light of the sacred treasure pointed to this place means these contents might have some connection to Himemiko-sama, right?)
[YUZUKI]: (A way to get closer to unifying the country… a path to bring peace to Shinga…)
[YUZUKI]: “I wonder if Himemiko-sama’s wish… is this—“
[RANMARU]: “Himemiko’s wish…? You’ve met Himemiko?”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… that reminds me, I missed my chance to talk about meeting Himemiko-sama…)
Feeling a little guilty, I secretly showed my cell phone to Ranmaru-kun.
[RANMARU]: “This is…?”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s a tool of the world I was in. I spoke to Himemiko-sama before with this.”
[YUZUKI]: “Himemiko-sama said she wished for Shinga to be a peaceful place with no conflicts… Do you believe me?”
[RANMARU]: “I would never doubt your words. Once we return, you should tell Nobunaga-sama and the others too—!?”
[???]: “Oh my, it appears there were preceding visitors.”
Everyone here turned around at that unfamiliar voice. There two new shadows appeared—
T/N: It didn’t show his sprite but the voice is Motonari.