Chapter 3: Fortune and Misfortune Come By Turns
Masakage lost a battle with Kikkawa Motoharu of the Mouri army. Somehow his life managed to hang on, but his wounds were quite deep and his health was a battle against time. In order to save Masakage, she gave him blood immediately, but…?
The yakuma made a dying scream at Masanobu-san’s swung blade and then collapsed.
[MASANOBU]: “… Finally, one. They’re tougher than I thought.”
[YUZUKI]: (Masanobu-san looks really tired…)
[YUZUKI]: “Are you OK?”
[MASANOBU]: “Mm, this degree is still alright—“
Masanobu-san looked in my direction while smiling, but then suddenly yanked my hand.
The moment I crashed into Masanobu-san’s chest from being pulled with a strong force I heard the sound of a yakuma roaring from behind me and the violent clash of a sword.
[YUZUKI]: (Yakuma!? When did it get behind me…)
[MASANOBU]: “There’s no time to drop our guards, huh. Don’t ever leave my side.”
Saying that, Masanobu-san slashed at the coming yakuma.
[YUZUKI]: (For Masanobu-san to struggle this much… No, it’s not just Masanobu-san.)
When I looked around the area, all the other commanders seemed to be pushed back by the yakuma.
[KANETSUGU]: “Kgh… this one isn’t flinching at all…”
[MASANOBU]: “Indeed… It’d be nice if it could just give up and die…”
Masanobu-san and the others continued to swing their swords while grumbling.
[YUZUKI]: (The yakuma are gradually decreasing… but everyone’s exhaustion is more intense.)
The instant I became anxious, wondering if things weren’t going to be dangerous like this—
[HANBEE]: “Everyone, could I have your attention? I have a great plan.”
Hanbee-san’s proposal was for everyone to cooperate and to try to eliminate the yakuma.
[YUZUKI]: (I was worried about whether it’d go well, since everyone were enemies until moments ago, but…)
[MASANOBU]: “… There’s only a few remaining yakuma left.”
[HANBEE]: “There happens to be trees here too, so if we use them then it looks like it can be cornered well.”
Masanobu-san and Hanbee-san, who became commanders, gave precise orders to each of their own allies.
The yakuma were steadily cornered by their coordination that couldn’t be imagined to be improvised.
[YUZUKI]: (It looks like the formation Masanobu-san suggested is working too…!)
The remaining yakuma was also cut down by Kanetsugu-san and Kojuurou-san’s attack.
[YUZUKI]: “Wow… they’re all gone…!”
[MASANOBU]: “Yes. I think we’re safe for now. Still…”
[MASANOBU]: “For there to be such strong yakuma.”
[KANETSUGU]: “I was surprised when they were cut down once, but still stood up to come at us.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… They’re different from normal yakuma.”
[HANBEE]: “The strength of those yakuma were abnormal. Could it be—“
[MASANOBU]: “They may have been for eliminating those who approached this lithograph.”
[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]: “It’s written with quite old characters. Let’s see…”
[RANMARU]: “—‘If thou completes the sacred treasures and offers them to the capital, then the path towards unification shall open.'”
Everyone stirred when the contents of the stone slab was read out loud.
[YUZUKI]: (Does it mean if the sacred treasures are gathered at the capital then one could unify the country…?)
[YUZUKI]: “I wonder if this is Himemiko-sama’s wish…”
[MASANOBU]: “Himemiko-sama’s wish?”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… that reminds me, I missed my chance to tell Masanobu-san and the others about meeting with Himemiko-sama…)
Feeling a little guilty, I spoke about being requested by Himemiko-sama to “give Shinga peace”.
[MASANOBU]: “I see. You actually met Himemiko-sama and so that’s why you thought to chase the light of the sacred treasure despite the dangers, huh.”
[MASANOBU]: “Still, to think Himemiko-sama wishes for peace—!?”
Masanobu-san abruptly whipped around.
Following him, I looked behind us and—
[???]: “Oh my, it appears there were preceding visitors.”
There stood two unfamiliar men.