Chapter 3: Overturn Adversity, the Light’s Guidance—
Shigezane suffered Kobayakawa Takakage’s attack and collapsed. The received wound was so deep that it wouldn’t heal even when the power of her blood was used…
Masamune and the others were under pressure to make a painful decision.
Following the light of the sacred treasure, we continued on and arrived at a slightly open area.
[KOJUUROU]: “The light has disappeared.”
[RANMARU]: “For the light of the sacred treasure to disappear here means that lithograph is what we’re searching for… right?”
When we looked at where Ranmaru-san was pointing a large stone slab entered our eyes.
[YUZUKI]: (That’s the clue to save Shigezane-san…?)
[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.”
Prompted by Hanbee-san’s words, we approached the stone slab but heard the sounds of something stepping on branches and leaves.
[RANMARU]: “… Someone is coming closer.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes… the numbers don’t seem to be many, but—“
Kojuurou-san stepped in front of me as if to hide me while being cautious of the approaching enemies.
[KOJUUROU]: “… Please make sure not to come out from behind me.”
[YUZUKI]: “R-right… I understand.”
Eventually three figures came into sight.
[YUZUKI]: “… That’s… Sanada’s Yuri Kamanosuke-san and Uesugi’s Naoe Kanetsugu-san… right?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes, moreover Takeda’s Kousaka Masanobu is also there. It isn’t the Mouri army, but that does not change the fact that this is a bother.”
[HANBEE]: “Just when I wondered who it’d be it was you guys, huh.”
[MASANOBU]: “Mori Ranmaru of the Oda army, Takenaka Hanbee of the Toyotomi army, and—“
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Katakura Kojuurou of the Date army.”
[RANMARU]: “… Why are you all here?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Do you think we’d answer that honestly?”
The air became charged— but the very instant we heard a roar we were surrounded by a horde of yakuma that leapt at us all at once.
Kojuurou-san stopped the attack of the yakuma while protecting me and countered with his blade, but the yakuma did not collapse.
[KOJUUROU]: “This yakuma is strong…!”
In that moment, I saw Kamanosuke-san come flying over here after taking a yakuma’s attack.
Kojuurou-san skillfully caught Kamanosuke-san.
[KOJUUROU]: “—Are you alright!?”
[KOJUUROU]: “… It’s not the time to fight with each other in front of yakuma, right? Besides…”
[MASANOBU]: “Kgh…! It appears that they’re different from normal yakuma.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah, seems so…”
[HANBEE]: “Like this, we’re going to end up repeating the same thing.”
Looking around, everyone naturally cooperated together.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Why… Everyone was trying to kill each other just earlier ago…”
[RANMARU]: “Kuh… Kojuurou, please return to the battle quickly!”
Kamanosuke-san watched Ranmaru-san defend Kojuurou-san and the others from yakuma attacks; he seemed to be thinking of something.
[KOJUUROU]: “You may take this as a selfish request, but I would like us to forget about our positions for now.”
[KOJUUROU]: “… We’re here in order to save people precious to us.”
[KOJUUROU]: “In order to do that, we need to defeat the yakuma here.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… You guys too?”
[YUZUKI]: (He said you guys too… that means Kamanosuke-san and the other two are the same?)
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes, so—“
[KOJUUROU]: “Let’s have a temporary truce here and prioritize defeating the yakuma.”