93 Issenza Match Part 2
After parting away with Kasakari and walking down the aisle towards the participants’ seats, I came across a man and a woman talking about something.
Wondering why did they have to be flirting out at this place made me irritated, but as I approached them, I noticed the situation was a bit different.
“Come, let’s go already. There’s a special seat for you, Alpha.”
“Eh, no, I, Uhmm.”
“After all, we’ll be together the day after tomorrow. And nobody will complain to see the Promenade’s daughter in the Weissroy family’s seats.”
“No, Uhmm, I, would rather go watch it alone……”
“What a sad thing to say! It’s going to be a lot more fun with me. Come on, let’s go.”
“Ehh, no, wait……”
An awfully pretentious man with light blue hair and a beautiful face, who looked more like a band member approached defiantly at a woman with modest eyeglasses and olive-brown hair.
I see, he’s a playboy.
So, I decided to help the woman. The reason being, the bespectacled woman’s huge boobs are seriously shocking!
Well, even if I were joking, I’ll want to help her since she seems troubled.
“Hey, you’re a bother.”
First of all, I spoke in a light voice. The pair looked my way after hearing me.
“Ohh. Aren’t you Second Firstest? Don’t you have the last Issenza match next? “
“Shut up. You’re in the way.”
“……This might be a strange thing to say, but aren’t we at the edge of the aisle?”
“What I meant was you’re an eyesore. Or are you too ignorant to get that, rich boy?”
A vein could be seen popping up in the man’s forehead. Good, good, this method of picking a fight always gets full marks.
“Rich boy? I wonder if you don’t know? I am Nil Weissroy. A member of the Weissroy family, you know? “
“Oops, then I guess it should be pampered baby. Sorry, my bad. It makes sense then that you don’t understand my words.”
He thought I would be scared if he suddenly dropped the name of his family, but that was not the case. I continued my banter without a care in the world.
Immediately after that, he lashed out.
“You! A lowly human! You dare defy an elf! “
“Were you an elf? I would’ve never noticed. After all, you’re all scrawny. Does the Weissroy family have some eating problems? “
I’d like to tell him to learn from Yukari. She really is the embodiment of what an elf should look like. Just by standing there with her arms folded, you can tell she’s strong.
“What are you saying!? Are you insulting my family!? “
I wanted to tell ‘No, what I’m making fun of is you’ to this Nil Weissroy, an elf who seems to be lacking in nutrients, but since I was about to go to the stage, I stopped.
“Well, whatever, just leave the woman alone and get lost.”
“Who do you think you are!? Furthermore, she’s my fiancé! “
“Eh……Is that so? “
Are you serious? Hey, hey, hey, in that case, I’m just a fool who can’t read the mood, aren’t I? What a huge oversight.
“N-No, that’s. We’re still not engaged.”
“……Not yet engaged? “
“We will get engaged the day after tomorrow! “
“Is that so? “
“Well, yes, Uhmm……If I lose to him in the Eishou match.”
“Then you’re not engaged. I guess the elves these days like to lie. That Weissroy family sure is the worst.”
“You bastaaaaard! “
He went nuts.
“Alpha will without a doubt lose to me in the Eishou match the day after tomorrow! Then, she’ll be my fiancé! Can you at least understand that much, bastard!? “
Nil’s face turned red in anger, and he forcibly hugged the woman with glasses. Her huge breasts squished against him.
“My boobs!!! “
“Bastard, these are not yours! “
I can’t forgive this man……!
“……I see, I see, alright. If she loses to you in the Eishou match the day after tomorrow, you two will get engaged. However, she doesn’t want to get engaged with you. In other words, this is a political issue between two houses! “
“What are you spouting!? “
“I’m correct, right!? “
Ignoring Nil, I looked at the woman in glasses called Alpha and asked.
Alpha answered with a small nod.
“Take her home, Anko.”
“As you wish. My Lord.”
At that moment, I used 《Monster Summoning》. Almost at the same time as Anko answered, she touched Alpha and both were lost in the darkness, disappearing.
Nil was surprised. It happened in an instant――Alpha, who was in his arms, disappeared.
“Whoa!? Ba-Bastard, what did you do!? “
“Dunno. She probably had something to do, didn’t she? I’m sure she just went back.”
“Like hell that happened! Didn’t you see she suddenly disappeared!? What’s the meaning of this!? “
About sixty seconds after standing in front of Nil, who was screaming for some reason, I myself was also summoned by Anko’s 《Darkness Summon》.
――The place where we relocated was the living room of the mansion by the lakeside.
“Sorry to keep you waiting. I only have lemon; I hope you don’t mind.”
“Eh!? N-Not at all. Ehhh……? “
Alpha was confused.
While I brewed tea in the kitchen, I unsummoned Anko, and then spoke to Alpha as I was cutting a lemon.
“How about sugar? “
“Ah, Uhmm, without ……”
Apparently, she has calmed down a bit.
I sat down on the sofa of the living room in front of her, ending up face to face.
As I took a sip of my cup, I noticed my black tea wasn’t as delicious as the one brewed by Yukari.
“I’m sorry if it’s terrible. There are always others to brew it for me.”
“Not at all, Uhmm……it is delicious, you know? “
Alpha drank a bit of her tea while cooling it off, causing it to cloud her glasses.
Then, for a while. There was a pleasant silence.
“……Uhmm. Don’t you have to go to the Issenza match? “
……………………Shit, I forgot. At what time was it starting?
N-No, however, since I’ve come to this point, I can’t help but want to do something about this matter. I have to appear dignified.
“Don’t worry. Leaving that aside, you don’t want to get engaged to that elf, right? Why don’t you take a piece of advice from me? “
“That is, well, yeah, if I could help it……However, Uhmm, a piece of advice? “
“Yeah. It’s not advice about how to win, but more one about how not to lose.”
“How not to lose……? “
From my two fights so far for the Issenza Title, it appears the Title fighters in this world tend to not know the basics.
She’s probably the same. In that case, I expect this to be something well worth teaching.
“I’ll explain it briefly. Never try to use something flashy. Keep a distance from your opponent and attack using the First Form, keep the Third Form as the ace up your sleeve and use it only as a distraction. About your opponent’s magic, just do everything in your power to avoid it. Make sure to be thorough.”
“Use the First Form to attack and the Third Form as a distraction.……Isn’t it the other way around……? “
I was wondering what she was going to say, but since she already knows this, it looks like she’ll be okay.
“Take your time to wear down your opponent. Fight patiently. Don’t rely on the deciding factor. Avoid, avoid, and keep avoiding, take any chance, and also keep attacking. The other party is sure to become impatient. They will try to end it. Don’t think that’s a chance. Always, just keep using the First Form.”
“Like that……Can I win?”
“Skeptical, aren’t we? In the end, you will. The player who does more damage when the time runs out wins. Anyway, just move thinking about not losing. Believe in the First Form. The Eishou battle is won by the person who controls the First Form.”
“……Let me ask you one thing. Can I? “
“What is it? “
“Why are you helping me this much when we’ve just met for the first time? You have the Issenza match soon……and yet you’re trying to help me win my Eishou match……”
She asked me a question that’s a bit difficult to answer.
Why, I wonder? A whim? Because I was frustrated about Kasakari? Even I am not quite sure.
……I guess so. However, there’s one thing I can say for sure――
“I was captured by those wonderful boobs of yours, and it just happened.”
Something like this.
Alpha grinned and giggled at my way too honest sexually harassing answer.
“I think, I will believe in you.”
After that, using 《Darkness Transfer》 and 《Darkness Summon》, Anko sent me back to the arena, and I made it in time before the start of the final battle.
The final opponent of the Issenza matches was a man called Rothman.
He was the middle-aged man with his hair to the back that spoke to me after the fight with Kasakari.
“Were you the Issenza? Sorry to have ignored you back then.”
“Don’t worry. Thanks to that, I learned that there are some people who don’t know me.”
Hee, what a humble person.
“Your sword skill, I’ve only seen it twice. And both times it was extremely sharp. I might not be a match against you.”
Rothman calmly spoke.
And from those words, you wouldn’t believe he overflows with self-confidence.
“You’re strong, aren’t you?”
“Well, that I wonder. I haven’t cut enough people here.”
“It makes me have expectations.”
“Same here, I’d like to enjoy this.”
I’m slowly getting pumped up.
That’s right, this is the feeling. This is how a Title Match should be.
“Participants, get ready.”
I took some distance from Rothman at the referee’s call. Rothman’s weapon was an ordinary long sword.
But no matter who the other person is, what I do doesn’t change.
I’ll use the world’s number one fixed attacks――The Seven System.
We bowed to each other.
At the same time, we both closed our distance.
First, a combined attack of 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 and 《Knight Swordsmanship》aimed to pierce the front of Rothman’s right foot. Let me see how you receive it.
“No matter how many times I see it, it’s wonderful.”
Rothman muttered, retreating with light steps; in addition to the first attack, he was able to deal with the following 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 attack. That’s the best response.
And just like the waves in the ocean that come forth after receding, Rothman switched to the offensive. At that moment, I prepared 《Rook Swordsmanship》and made a rush without care. Come one, show me how you deal with this.
“I see, I see.”
A single phrase. Rothman began to prepare a 《Gold Swordsmanship》 attack.
Hey, hey, you’re going to end up like Kasakari. Are you asking for it? Or do you have anything prepared to counter it? If that’s the case, I’ll play along.
I immediately canceled my skill and after preparing a 《Bishop Swordsmanship》 attack, I threw my mithril sword.
“That way of thinking is also interesting.”
Seeing me throw my sword at him, Rothman canceled his 《Gold Swordsmanship》attack, and then, using 《Lance Swordsmanship》 he repelled the mithril sword. Piercing attacks can be fended off by other piercing attacks. It’s a defense using their own traits. Seems like he’s been studying hard.
Well then. There’s no way this can end with him just repelling it.
While Rothman tried to fend off the mithril sword, I took another mithril sword from my inventory and prepared a 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 skill. When I did this with Kasakari, it had ended before I got to activate it, but this time I got to properly use it.
“That’s quite shrewd.”
At that moment, almost at the same time as my 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 skill activated, Rothman activated a 《Gold Swordsmanship》 skill.
Ohh, really? The fact that he activated 《Gold Swordsmanship》 with this timing means that he was already preparing it right after he used the 《Lance Swordsmanship》 skill. In other words, he read me using 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 and prepared a skill to receive it.
《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 is a powerful ranged attack in all directions. 《Gold Swordsmanship》 is a ranged attack on all directions. Both of them are “responding” skills, but the former has a wider range and higher power. However, if we only look at the point of defending against an opponent’s attack, both the former and latter and more than enough. In other words――
“Is that everything? Well then, let me start over again.”
Rothman was unharmed.
And this time, it seems he wants to go into the offensive. Well, there’s that too. Can’t be helped, I’ll receive it.
While I breathed through my mouth, a 《Silver Swordsmanship》 attack came thrusting, aimed at my throat.
A very lenient attack. I fended it off using 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 and waited for the following attack.
A 《Silver Swordsmanship》 attack from the top. I repelled it. Next, a 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 attack sweeping sideways. I repelled it. And at the end, a combined attack of 《Knight Swordsmanship》 and 《Lance Swordsmanship》 as a decisive attack. I avoided it. It sure makes one yawn……
“If it’s defending, anyone can do it.”
Rothman blurted out after taking some distance.
A provocation. Almost as if saying “show me a back and forth fight“.
……Why? Why would he say such a thing?
Can it be that he thought that he broke through my moves?
Dodge the first attack, make a feint, repel the throw, fend off using Gold, and my attacks are over……He really thinks so?
“Say, don’t you realize you were forced to defend like that? “
“Forced? What are you saying? “
That’s the Seven System.
That’s what the Seven System is.
That’s the world’s number one fixed method. It seems like he won’t understand what this means even if he spends his whole life, going like this.
“It’s fine if you don’t know.”
……All the guys around me had all their skills at Grade 9. Not just 【Swordsmanship】. They had also 【Magic】 and 【Archery】, everything at Grade 9.
That was only obvious.
A Title Match was a clash between the top players. A fight of a lifetime.
It was a game of transcendental technique, in which one poured a dreadful amount of time, betting everything into a single moment.
So, obviously, I was ‘researched’. Investigated exhaustively by hundreds of ranked players. They watched all my battle footage over and over again, studying all my actions, all my movements, from the placement of my feet, to the movement of my fingertips. I even heard some of them say some creepy things like “He has this habit in the 21st move”. However, being the number one in the world carried such a burden.
Against Seven, these are the best moves. If they thought they could win, they were welcomed to try. This strategy should be hard for Seven to deal with.
Countless measures were taken by countless only game junkies.
……But even then.
Even so, I continued to be number one in the world.
The Seven System was such a method.
It was a scheme that accumulated tremendous evolution in order to fend off, absorb and counter all the countermeasures created by hundreds and thousands of addicted players against Seven.
…………But you, do you really think this is something so easy to be beaten by how you are right now?
“I shouldn’t have let you attack.”
I spilled out some words of regret.
I was stupid to expect something.
It’s not his fault. It’s mine because I tried to have a little fun.
“Ohh. Again, with that?”
Rothman muttered, looking at my first attack, a combination of 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 and 《Knight Swordsmanship》.
Then, with a deliberate smile, he stepped back just as before and dodged.
“Will Rook be next then? “
That’s exactly right.
“Then, Bishop and throw.”
He’s totally right.
“It won’t work. Now, Dragon Horse? “
“Well then, with this it’s over――!? “
It’s not over yet.
Since 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 has a wider range than 《Gold Swordsmanship》, if you attack from outside the range of Gold, the opponent has to wait for the Dragon Horse attack to reach a certain range before unleashing Gold. It only takes 0.1 seconds…… but that’s a deadly gap.
“Sorry, I went easy on you before.”
While apologizing, I made a thrust using 《Bishop Swordsmanship》. A quick and powerful piercing attack. Since it has a piercing effect, you can’t fend it off using Soldier Swordsmanship.
Rothman spotted my 《Bishop Swordsmanship》 attack, and after finishing his 《Gold Swordsmanship》, he desperately prepared a 《Lance Swordsmanship》 attack――but still, he was short by 0.1 seconds.
The Seven System is ruthlessly accurate. At this distance, with this timing, when using 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》if the opponent counters it using 《Gold Swordsmanship》, and you attack with 《Bishop Swordsmanship》, there will always be a delay of 0.1 seconds afterward, and it will hit. Therefore, using 《Gold Swordsmanship》 to fend it off is a bad choice. This is something engraved in the method. And so, it turned out like this. This is a holy law that cannot be overturned. An unchanging fact that has been known for many years.
That’s why it became part of the method. That’s why it’s necessary to react to it. That’s why you are forced to act. And, a bad move is never forgiven.
“You’re strong. For an amateur, that is.”
My 《Bishop Swordsmanship》 attack approached as if been sucked into his heart.
Too late. The difference of 0.1 seconds, like this, feels like an eternity……
“――Winner, Second Firstest! “
Thank you for reading.
- HP Hit Points
- MP Magic Points
- SP Stamina Points
- STR Short range attack skill power, strength, physical power.
- DEX Long range attack skill power, dexterity, hit rate.
- AGI Quickness, avoidance rate.
- INT Attack Magic skill power.
- LUK Good luck, critical rate.
- VIT Simple defense.
- MGR Magic defense.
Types of combat skills
Named after shogi pieces (The word in bold is the one being used in this translation). From easier to acquire to harder.
- Pawn/Soldier (Fuhyou)
- Knight (Keima)
- Silver General (Ginshou)
- Gold General (Kinshou)
- Bishop (Kakugyou)
- Rook (Hisha)
- Promoted Bishop/Dragon Horse(Ryuuma)
- Promoted Rook/Dragon King (Ryuuou).
List of Swordsmanship skills
- 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 Normal attack.
- 《Lance Swordsmanship》 Piercing attack.
- 《Knight Swordsmanship》 Precision attack.
- 《Silver Swordsmanship》 Strong single-target attack.
- 《Gold Swordsmanship》 Small-range attack to all directions.
- 《Bishop Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Rook Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon King Swordsmanship》 ???
List of Shieldmanship skills
- 《Soldier Shieldmanship》 Normal defense.
- 《Lance Shieldmanship》 Piercing deflection.
- 《Knight Shieldmanship》 Defense + knockback.
- 《Silver Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Gold Shieldmanship》 Ranged guided defense + knockback.
- 《Bishop Shieldmanship》 Reinforced defense (Temporarily boosts VIT and MGR)
- 《Rook Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon Horse Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon King Shieldmanship》 ???
List of Archery skills
- 《Soldier Archery》 Normal range attack.
- 《Lance Archery》 Piercing range attack.
- 《Knight Archery》 Precise sniping range attack.
- 《Silver Archery》 Strong single-target range attack.
- 《Gold Archery》 Weaker range attack with added knockback.
- 《Bishop Archery》 Strong piercing range attack.
- 《Rook Archery》 Very strong single-target range attack with scaling % damage.
- 《Dragon Horse Archery》 Powerful piercing range attack.
- 《Dragon King Archery》 Powerful on-impact range attack.
Types of Magic skills
They use the “Form” or “step” system of martial arts. From lower to higher.
- First Form Regular attack
- Second Form Extended range attack
- Third Form Strong single target attack
- Fourth Form Strong extended range attack
- Fifth Form Extremely powerful extended range attack
- Their cast time becomes longer in this order First→Third→Second→Fourth→Fifth.
Ranking of the skills
From lower to higher, then it changes to the “Dan” system of martial arts, which means Grade.
- 16th class
- 15th class
- 14th class
- 13th class
- 12h class
- 11th class
- 10th class
- 9th class
- 8th class
- 7th class
- 6th class
- 5th class
- 4th class
- 3rd class
- 2nd class
- 1st class
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9