SSS-Class Suicide Hunter - Chapter 243 - Era of Heroes(1)
(TL: For the title, would you prefer ‘Era of Heroes’ or ‘Heroic Era’)
The battlefield was a tangled mess of soldiers.
Whether they were the 7 Heroes or the 7 Venomous Snakes, after the Venomous Snake’s reinforcements were included, the oni race quickly began to overwhelm the goblin race’s army.
If left as is, the goblin race would be annihilated. Apart from being ridiculous, the Venomous Snake was strong! And there were 7 such Venomous Snakes leading the army.
Using ‘void steps’ I quickly crossed the battlefield. I could hear Uburka and Estelle calling for me from behind.
“Family Head Daddy!”
“You guys wait here first. No, Warrior Commander Uburka! Warrior Commander, head to that mountain peak over there while maintaining voice transmissions with me!”
The distance between me and the battlefield narrowed in an instant. Uburka imbued aura into his voice and shot it accurately and exquisitely so that it would only be heard by me.
『The mountain peak? Why a mountain peak all of a sudden?』
『There’s something I want you to do. I’ll tell you what to do and when to do it separately, so just go to the mountain peak and wait!』
『Ugor. Daddy, no, Family Head seems to be having strange thoughts again…!』
Stepping on the air using void steps, I rushed to the middle of the battlefield.
If others could see me, there would have probably been cries of astonishment and admiration coming from every direction. However, I was like a ghost now. Only a [player] would be able to see me.
And on this battlefield, except for my family members, the only player was the Venomous Snake.
On the frontline. A warrior cackled as they swung their twin swords.
“I heard that the goblin race is the strongest race in the world, but that must have all been nonsense! Not a single being in this so-called strongest race can catch me! Come on! I am Sword Princess, one of the oni race’s 7 Heroes! Come and die more!”
With fluttering red hair, the warrior crossed her twin swords. The crossed blades easily blew the head off of a goblin warrior. A life belonging to beings that I raised, cared for, and called my children, had been lost.
Feeling my heart would explode from anger, I immediately stood in the way of the red haired warrior.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing!?”
The warrior, who had been walking around the battlefield until then, smirked and raised her eyes.
“Oh. What’s this? Is it you, Death King? You’re finally here?”
The Venomous Snake recognised me immediately.
He didn’t seem very happy. Well, for me, it had been a while since we’d last met, but for the Venomous Snake, it had only been a few days.
“Finally here… is this really the time for such carefree greetings? Why are you personally in the middle of the battlefield cutting!?”
“Hey. Hey. Relax, man. There is a war among the races. Since I’m the god of the oni race, I can stand on their side and fight. Why are you making such a big deal about it?”
I was about to explode with anger. But war was war, and even though we were talking, the battle didn’t stop.
Perhaps they saw this as an opportunity. As the Sword Princess talked to me, one of the goblin warriors roared and stabbed forward with their spear.
Of course, a martial artist like the Venomous Snake would not fall for such tricks. Lifting one of the twin swords, he threw it at the incoming goblin warrior with a whoosh. Puk! The blade accurately stuck into the forehead of the goblin. The goblin then collapsed to the ground, bleeding.
“Chun Mu-mun Master!!”
“Ah, seriously. So annoying. Hey! Should I not fight this war because you want it?! If you come late, you should suffer like a latecomer!”
“Shut up and turn your troops around!”
“Why should I?! This is a war that was bound to happen! If one side wins overwhelmingly then the damage will be reduced! And, dude, regardless of if it’s the oni race or the goblin race, how can they just retreat?! They would suffer more casualties while retreating, dumbass!”
The Sword Princess spat before stepping forward. Then, after pulling her blade from the corpse’s head, the Sword Princess once more took a stance with her twin swords.
“I’ll see you after this is over!”
The Venomous Snake had a point. Now that the two armies were intertwined, in order to make them retreat, they would have to be separated first.
So, I decided to do just that .
Turning around, I sent out a voice transmission.
Far away from the battlefield. There was a mountain range that hung over the plain, and on the highest peak, Uburka caught my entire voice transmission.
『Can you hear me?!』
『Ugo. I will always hear the Family Head’s words clearly, even if I were to fall into the depths of hell.』
『Warrior Commander, you’re the only one among us who has a [body]!』
Uburka, who was originally from this world, let out a laugh.
『That’s right, Ugor.』
『This battle needs to stop. I would like you to play that role.』
『Both starting a war and preventing it are my specialties. However, how should I do it?』
『Pick up the mountain peak!』
There was silence for a moment.
When I looked up and strengthened my vision with aura, I could see the puzzled expression of Uburka, who was on the distant mountain peak.
『Pick up the mountain peak? Are you insane?』
『Why. After all, it’s possible if it’s you!』
『Well, it’s possible if I overdo it a bit…』
『Pick up the mountain peak and slam it down right in the middle of the battlefield! Pick a place that doesn’t have any soldiers! If such a ridiculous scene takes place, the soldiers would be so shocked that they would have no choice but to stop!』
『Is this the first order that Daddy, who became the Family Head, is giving to his son, who became the Warrior Commander?』
Uburka stood up.
『I was worried that things would become boring after Daddy became the Family Head, but I was worrying for nothing. Daddy has always been a psycho, and regardless of if your title becomes family head or god, a psycho will always be a psycho』
A sound similar to thunder came from the distance. Uburka’s body grew larger and larger as his aura was compressed and amplified, which released a fierce sound. However, the ordinary soldiers couldn’t tell the identity of those sounds.
“Ugo, I guess it’s going to rain on this ‘shibal*’ing day!”(*: Could be ‘fucking’ day, but shibal is a cheer for them so I’m really not sure which it could be)
“Stop that crazy Sword Princess or whatever! Ugo! If we don’t stop her, we’ll lose!”
The goblins shouted rallying cries as they reorganized their ranks.
Despite the fact that the 7 Venomous Snakes were destroying the frontlines, the goblin race didn’t back down so easily. They were warriors after all. And it was none other than me, Kim Gong-ja, that had raised them with my sweat and tears.
I looked back to the mountain peak.
『Ugor. I’m ready to go, Family Head.』
『Pull it off!』
At that moment, an incomparable roar violently shook the entire world.
The battlefield shook slightly. When the ground shook, the tall oni and the large goblins were caught off guard and lost their balances.
“A-, an earthquake!?”
The oni commander, who seemed to have a fairly high ranking, shouted.
“Reform the ranks with your comrades! Don’t run away! It’s just a small earthquake—.”
Sorry, but it wasn’t an earthquake.
This wasn’t a natural disaster, it was a man-made disaster.
There was the sound of something breaking. Only then did some of the sharper soldiers turn their heads away from the battlefield for a moment to look up at the mountain range that bordered the plain.
Standing there was a giant of legend.
Here and there, soldiers could be seen with hanging jaws as they pointed towards the top of a mountain. What’s going on? What happened? Questions like this spread among the soldiers and more people began to turn in the direction they were pointing.
『It’s been a long time since I used my aura like this.』
A technique in which the user creates the form of a giant with their aura and controls it. Until he met me and received my teaching, it was what Uburka had used to maintain his supremacy over the goblin race.
Now, the scene of old, which had been passed down as nothing more than a legend, had appeared in the middle of the battlefield.
“Wh-, what is that? What, is, that!?”
“E-, elf race magic? The elf race sent reinforcements for the goblin race…”
“Crazy. Hey, are we going insane? Huh?”
Unable to accept reality, the soldiers trembled. Until just a moment ago, they were proud warriors fighting against the enemy.
However, after encountering a scene that seemed to surpass their common sense, they instantly forgot their responsibilities. They stepped back unlike soldiers, and trembled unlike warriors.
Because in front of a myth, every human is mortal.(TL: But they’re not human…)
Probably believing that there was no need to send any more voice transmissions, Uburka opened his mouth wide and shouted.
“Look closely, my Family Head.”
The giant of myth, Uburka, was grinning.
“I am your Warrior Commander! The sharpest of all your swords and the greatest beneath your banner! My name is Uburka! The Warrior Commander of the Death King Family! And the first to execute an order of the Family Head!”
Uburka then [picked up] the mountain peak and carried it on his back.
[The Constellation ‘The Musclehead Who Dreams of Sinning Against Heaven’ laments!]
Then, he jumped from the top of the mountain and stuck the peak upside down into the battlefield.
A huge explosion rang out. No, it wasn’t enough to say it rang out. The entire world reverberated.
Carrying the mountain peak on his shoulder as if it was pinned down, Uburka jumped to an unbelievable height, crossed an unbelievable distance, and stuck an unbelievable thing into the ground. Uburka was an unbelievable warrior.
Boom! Rumble… rumble! Kaboom!
The mountain peak, which had originally been born to tear the sky had, inexplicably, torn the ground instead. A roar sounded on the battlefield once again as it was torn, cracked and split.
Dust and dirt were swept across the battlefield. Screams rang out in every direction. Regardless of whether they were from the oni race or the goblin race, the soldiers, who were shocked by what was unfolding in front of them, collapsed to the ground. They let go of their shields and fumbled their spears, so they just stuck to the ground and wriggled like caterpillars.
A thick cloud of dust covered everything.
On top of the mountain peak that had been stuck upside down, sat a giggling Uburka.
Compared to before, the size of his giantization had reduced. But at a time when everyone else was submerged in a cloud of dust and dirt, Uburka was the only one who rose above the dust sea, which answered the obvious question of [who is the craziest bastard in the area].
“It is I.”
Uburka opened his mouth. The dust covered mountain peak also resembled a ruined temple pillar. And while sitting on that temple pillar, Uburka looked down at the soldiers on the ground who were shivering in fear.
“The 212th Chairman of the Fire River Council.”
Gasps of astonishment could be heard here and there. Their astonishment smelled like a sweet scent. Uburka took a few deep breaths before finally letting out a laugh, baring his fangs.
“And the Warrior Commander of the Death King Family. Uburka.”
No one asked what that meant.
Questions were a privilege that was only afforded to the strong, and there was no strong person there daring enough to ask Uburka a question.
“My Family Head wants this fighting to stop, and has ordered me to stop it.”
Uburka glanced over the battlefield.
“If any of you have any objections to that, step forward. I’ll deal with you.”
And silence fell upon the battlefield.
Sometimes the sounds of cracks spreading could be heard, or the sounds of clumps of rock falling from the mountain peak.
But none of the living beings there made a sound.
The Venomous Snake holding twin swords beside me was the only one who made a sound. The Venomous Snake, who had the face of the Sword Princess seemed stunned, with a wide open mouth.
However, they had that expression not towards Uburka, but towards me.
“Death King, you… what the hell kind of crazy bastard did you gain…?”
A great warrior only mentioned in legends. A mythical hero who was portrayed in countless fire plays and was popular with everyone regardless of gender or age.
The young members of the goblin race looked up to him and screamed.
“I-, it’s Uburka!”
“Uburka! The greatest nutjob among our ancestors has appeared!”
Uburka snorted. It seemed that seeing his distant descendants react in such a way put him in a bad mood.
Uburka opened his mouth wide, inhaled deeply, then exhaled all of the air at once.
A lion’s roar.
At the base of the torn mountain peak, Uburka spread his chest and literally bellowed a sound. The sound of his roar cut across the mountainside, split the sky, and swept the battlefield.
“Hik, what is this…!”
“M-, my ears…”
The lion’s roar, which had been amplified with aura, did not lose momentum even after sweeping the battlefield and the entire plain. The deer, who had been crouching in the bushes to avoid the battle, rushed to escape. And the birds sleeping in the forest flapped their wings before flying far, far into the sky.
In the end, the entirety of the vast plain became silent.
There was no sound of grasshoppers, or birds, or even the footsteps of wild animals. Everything that could escape had already run far away.
Only the soldiers, who had missed the chance to escape, remained, trembling.
“Hah… it can’t be helped. I guess I’ll step in.”
A slender oni boy(Venomous Snake) adjusted his gloves as he stepped forward.
“Uohh!! It’s a member of the 7 Heroes, Sir [Silent Swordsman]!”
“We’re counting on you, dammit…!”
The oni cheered.
As if it was absurd, Uburka sent me a voice transmission.
『Daddy. A nutjob is coming over to me.』
『Send him back. Don’t kill him.』
『Ugor. Even if Daddy didn’t say it, I would feel uncomfortable if I got caught up in a fight with children.』
The Silent Swordsman(Venomous Snake) was nimble and quick. However, unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to charge at Uburka.
The Silent Swordsman(Venomous Snake) was at the bottom of the mountain peak while Uburka was at the top. The distance was a problem. But the Silent Swordsman shouted “Oyoy, wait for me!” and began to climb.
The problem was the moment he set foot on the mountain path, Uburka picked up a piece of gravel, Tuk, flicked it, and broke his leg with the piece when it hit him.
The Silent Swordsman(Venomous Snake) fainted and fell back down.
“Si-, Sir Silent Swordsman…”
“That’s not possible…! One of the Undefeated 7 Heroes…!”
That… basically served as a brief life lesson.
Firstly, regardless of whether or not he actually was the real Uburka from history, he was ridiculously strong.
Secondly, it would be difficult to treat waging a war against a guy like that as a good idea unless you were crazy.
It seemed that the rest of the 7 heroes, the other Venomous Snakes, accepted that lesson.
The Sword Princess(Venomous Snake) furrowed her eyebrows.
“Pull back! Pull back! Retreat at once! We will retreat, set up camp, and figure out a way to break through this. That is the will of the 7 Oni Heroes.”
The morale of the oni soldiers was depleted. They bowed their heads as the Sword Princess(Venomous Snake) gave them orders.
After the other members of the 7 Heroes(Venomous Snakes) retreated while carrying the body of the Silent Swordsman(Venomous Snake), the oni race’s army left the plain neatly.
“Your son stopped a war with one stone.”
Sylvia said this in a voice that was difficult to discern if it was exhaustion or sarcasm.
Before I could react, Kim Yul corrected Golden Silk’s words.
“The stone was thrown by our family’s Warrior Commander.”
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