SBK 072 – ‘Often those that Criticize Others Reveal what he himself lacks’, Is such a fitting Quote – Part 1


Numerous flying monsters that came from the dungeon swarm up in the air.

Sybilla and Emmy are having a hard time confronting them but I think they found a moment to talk with each other.

I wasn’t able to hear the details quite clearly due to the chaotic situation though. But something big must have been decided between their short exchange.

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Because when I look at Emmy… the aura around her seems to have changed.
However, what took me off guard the most, are the words Emmy said next.

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[I think it’s going to be hard but… Russell, I’ll leave the Demon King to you.]

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Emmy became a Holy Knight due to her desire to wholeheartedly protect me but those words feel like a sign of her giving up that mindset.

Also… those are words that I won’t be hearing unless she already started believing in me.

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Emmy… I see.

You’ve finally moved forward.

You’ve finally shaken off the desire that’s so strong it manifested to your very own power for my sake. You’ve changed, all for me.

Seriously, what more can I say about how great of a person you are.

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[That’s one.]

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Eh? That was Emmy, and she’s already started to slaughter one of the floor bosses. 

Seriously, everyone around me is really reliable and skillful.

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Yare yare… I guess I need to show off too I guess. Even if it’s just in name, I am still the leader of this party you know. It’ll be too embarrassing if I’d be the weakest then!

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[…You’ve finally done it… You’d even lay your filthy hands to the Holy Knight’s novelty…!]

[Oh, shut up. You won’t understand anyway~ Emy will give up any kind of pride, honor, and titles all for Russell even if she has to surrender everything to the mud… It’s her strength despite lacking everything else that makes her more brilliant.]

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I can now understand what had happened hearing Sybilla.

No mistake about it. Emmy’s already converted.

That is for my sake too, huh.

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Realizing these facts put warmth to my chests.

These feelings – its warmth is different from affection or kindness.

This is… the warmth of finding someone who I can really be with as comrades.

I am not really sure if this is the best for Emmy herself but… At least for me, now that we’re sharing a class under the same Goddess, it makes me feel closer to her than before.

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Still, this demon king is really irritating.

It only cares about the pedigree of a class and the luxury of the swords and equipment that comes with it. The only thing it cares about is appearances.

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[…..]

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Then, the demon king, who was just glaring daggers at us moments ago, now looks at us with an expressionless face.

However, the coldness that comes from it is far more frightful than the fierceness of anger it has earlier.

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[…Now in my eyes, not even one of you is worth killing anymore. But still, as the first people who were able to push me this far, I shall reciprocate with everything I have.]

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The Demon King, after saying those words, starts to launch an offensive barrage.

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Now then, it’s time for my own battle.

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I had Emmy to fend off the attacks of the demon king earlier, but…

Now that I am facing these magics head on, it’s power really exceeds common sense even for Sybilla.

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One of it’s heads is able to manipulate the mana for thrice it’s worth while the others handle other tasks. Rather than troublesome, it’s just too unfair. Even if we have three different people react to the things it does, we will never win as the demon king are worth three people operating as one…

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It has three heads after all, so it probably has three brains to process it’s thoughts, right?
I mean, you can’t blame me for thinking of that.

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[Russell, it’ll probably focus on using magic.]

[Well it’ll be a showdown, huh? Haa… Got it.]

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I face the demon king with Sybilla’s warning in my mind.

The demon king then lifted it’s three arms towards my direction and looked at me with an intuitive gaze.

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[A <Dark Magi> is a class where a large amount of mana is being consumed just to cast a single spell. How long can you last then? Just how do you think you’re much better compared to the <Holy Knight> fighting against me. Just a filthy <Dark Magi>. <<<Ice Javelin>>>.]

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The three heads muttered the same spell and three ice spears appeared in front of the demon king.

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[<Dark Sphere>]

(….<Dark Sphere>)

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I wait for a little lag before casting the second sphere to go against the demon king’s two spears. 

The third one…

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[<Fire Javelin>!]

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Is for my partner to take care of.

She’s always got my back without waiting for me to ask.

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[So you intend to compete by offsetting two of my spells using your dark magic… How foolish. <Ice Javelin>… How long will you  last, I wonder?]

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As the demon king casts his spells, I retaliate using the dark magic at the same time and rate.

Sybilla on the other hand silently casts her fire javelin with her sword buried in the sand as her mouth and other hand is occupied by keeping track of her mana potions inside her waist’s pouch.

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Well, it’s a magic showdown… Let’s see whose side will be the last to stand.

I, who was blessed by Sybilla to be the <Dark Magi>, can’t imagine myself losing even against a demon king if we’re just talking about magic.

It’s plain to see that the demon king is waiting for me to exhaust my mana but well, just try and be my guest.

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…After some time that even I wasn’t able to keep track…

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[<Ice Javelin>]

[<Dark Sphere>]

[<Fire Javelin>! Ugh… *Gulps* *Drinks*]

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The magic showdown between me and Sybilla against the demon king is still happening.

Sybilla didn’t even drop her right hand as her other hand grabs and drinks the mana potion from her pouch like it’s just water from a can. It’s the fifth bottle.

The mana from that bottle allows her to cast several fire javelins and seeing how five bottles are now just lying empty on the sand, I guess we can use that as to how long this showdown has gone past.

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We canceled each other’s spells so many times I already lost count.

Still, it bugs me but are those ice spears starting to get thinner and thinner? Seems like I’m not wrong.

It’s bright as day how the demon king is slowly losing out in this magic competition.

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[Sorry for leaving you the hardest part!]

[<Dark Sphere>. Well, you’ve finished faster but I’ll be fine.]

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Looks like Emmy already defeated the other floor bosses as she moved in front of me so suddenly to deflect the incoming ice spear.

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It was then that the continuous attack of the demon king stopped.

The indifference in his faces earlier is long gone, replaced by utter disbelief and shock.

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[…Impossible… Why… Who the hell are you…]

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The demon king then points one of his six hands towards Sybilla’s feet. 

Emmy looks confused with the demon king’s action as she looks at the empty bottles lying on the beach and the worn out Sybilla standing beside it. 

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[It seems you don’t understand, little girl… That man’s dark sphere consumes mana several times of fire javelin. He had been using his dark sphere all along, twice at almost the same time to offset two of my ice javelin. I’ve been waiting for his mana to get depleted… But on the contrary, it was the mage who’s just been using fire magic all along that replenished her mana. For five times already.]

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Emmy hearing the demon king’s response then looks at me from her back.

Ofcourse, as I don’t really feel anything special after all that, I casually assures Emmy by saying ‘No problems here.’

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[…Just why… How can you still be standing! That’s impossible! Even if I had underestimated the amount of your mana, it still doesn’t explain how it could be possible for you to hold at least the same amount for a dozen people! You should have already been lying down exhausted! JUST WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU…!]

[ah, well, yeah.]

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I turn towards Sybilla after giving a halfhearted response to the demon king and use a different magic.

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[<Extra Heal Link>, <Cure Link>. Seems I forgot to use recovery magic and really have to see you sweating before figuring it out. My bad.]

[…Let me ask just in case, but you have your own set of mana potions, right?]

[I’d really just choose juice or water instead as I can only be thirsty at best.]

[Hahaha… That’s so much like you.]

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Hearing our playful exchange, the demon king, for the first time, takes a step back.

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[W-w-what’s going on here… T-t-that was the Saint’s magic… right? You can use dark magic to your heart’s content as well as cast all the saint’s recovery magic…? How can such a creature exist… J-j-just… what are you…]

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Seeing how he took a step back, I chose to step forward right in between Emmy who’s in front, and Sybilla, in my back.

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[What am I, huh.]

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Just what does the demon king see me as, I wonder?

Well, no choice but to tell him about me myself.

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[–Well, I am the Saint of Black Kite. A Saint who’s capable of using dark magic. Just saying, but even I haven’t seen my own supply of mana ending.]

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And finally, it seems like the demon king already lost all of his leeway in this battle. He closes his eyes and when it opens, six pairs of eyes glare at me as if they’ve just met their one and only nemesis.

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Six pairs of eye brows are curled up in frustration as it stares daggers in my direction until… a magic circle appears on top of the sandy beach and luxurious swords arise from the demon king’s feet. 

Unlike the weapon of the demon king from Adoria’s dungeon, these weapons seem overly decorated to the point of being strange.

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It grabs two swords on it’s right and another one on its left.

The rest of his hands then are preparing magic.

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[I’ve wasted too much mana. But I won’t say that I was just careless. Even if I have accounted for all possibilities, it will never occur to me that I am against an unexplainable existence who goes far beyond this world’s common sense.]

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The demon king, who took a step back earlier, then moves forward with a frightening bearing.

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[You will not defeat me as long as I have this power. I’ll have each one of us erase each one of you.]

[Sounds good.]

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And so I, Emmy, and Sybilla, brace ourselves and prepare our own swords and stance.

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But then, Sybilla moves closer to Emmy and whispers something to her ear… what, why?

But thereafter, Sybilla comes at me and gives me a rather strange instruction.

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[Russell, you attack him from the left. Make sure to never position yourself on his back.]

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It would be easier to deal with him on his back, which is his blindside though…

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[We’ll definitely get our chance. However, I won’t be able to grasp it, and not Emmy-chan either… That’s why we can only leave it to you, Russell.]

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I miss when I was able to receive clear instructions from her, sigh.

I’m not really clear about what she intends to do but I’m sure she has a plan.

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Besides, since Sybilla said that only I can fulfill that part, then there’s no helping it but to live up to that.


Translator’s Note:

  1. Expectations can make or break people though. To all people who were able to live up to expectations, we’re proud of you! For those who were not able to make it, don’t be sad, we we’re expected because we hold the potential. Just hold on to that and don’t give up!

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