ut a kilometer from here, there are about fifty players, I don’t know if they were all players or not, but at least I’m sure that they are all human.

Earlier I couldn’t tell the exact number of people or where they were because of the distance, but now I could tell pretty clearly.

And they were disappearing at a very fast pace.
The Signs disappear at the rate of one every few seconds.

My ears also caught a scream, though it was faint.

Could it be that the World Crushing event of the Moon Wolf’s advent that Hisui had mentioned earlier had occurred?

“Does Nocturne appear at this moment?”

“No, at this time of the year, it should have already been an hour or so since its descent.”

“Hmm, I wonder what it is then….
about 20 people already disappeared.”

Does it mean there are some entities that could easily slay players who managed to survive the Lost Forest?

I thought about the possibility of them returning to the city with items, but since I heard their scream, that possibility doesn’t seem very likely either.

Then I wondered if it was some monster that only comes out at night.
But there’s no sound of monster rampaging.

Instead, what I hear is the sound of metal clashing.
So, is it possible that different groups of people are killing each other?

It’s hard to tell from the sounds and signs.

I wanted to get a little closer, but considering that Hisui was here, I was afraid to jump into unknown danger.

Perhaps sensing my thoughts, I saw Hisui’s strong eyes glare at me.

“Let’s go, Sukuna.
It’s no use to prolong our stay here.”

“Are you sure?”

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“I am also an Oni warrior, and despite what Hakuyo-sama said, I am always ready.”

Hearing those words, I glanced at A-chan.

When I saw that A-chan nodded, I made up my mind.

“Okay, then let’s go find out what’s going on.
It may turn into a battle, so be careful.”

I told the three of them and raised the sensitivity of my senses a little.

I picked up the sound more clearly.
I wondered what was going on and followed the movements of one shadow, which had already dwindled the number of presences to less than half.

As the number of people decreased, the pace of disappearance also increased.

And the closer we are, the clearer the screams are.

It was obvious that they were being attacked by something.
That much is clear.

“Are there any vicious monsters that only appear in the forest at night?”

“There is one kind of monster called the [Forest Reaper]… and if it appears, it will let out a loud roar that can be heard in every corner of the forest.
But it won’t appear at the night when Moon Wolf descends, so I don’t think it’s the culprit.”

“It’s a mystery.
As Sukuna said, it’s too quiet for a battle between a group of players, where something close to the massacre is going on….”

And it continues, one by one, people die as we get closer.

The most inexplicable thing is that no one is trying to escape.

I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t care enough to take the Death Penalty, but if that is the case, their reaction is too slow for it to be a fight.

“3…2…1…they all gone.”

“All gone? What about the culprit?”

“My senses are not picking up on the culprit.
I’m pretty sure it’s in range of my detection, but for some reason, I cannot.”

“A being with the strength to slaughter 50 people, high levels of concealment enough to mask their sounds and signs?”

A-chan looked truly displeased as she said that.

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I guess she had some idea about it.
A-chan exhaled and put her hand on her sword’s hilt.

“Be wary, Sukuna.
If my guess is right, we’re in for some serious trouble here.”

I’m already here after all.”

“What the ……?”

I never see it coming.

Not a sound, not a sign.

And even you can move without sound.
It shouldn’t be enough to get past my detection range just like that.

A-chan already gets into her fighting stance while I calmly greet her.

“It’s been a while, right?”

“….fufu, I got caught.”

I’m not sure if it’s her skill or equipment.

But the moment her shimmering images melted away, a girl was standing there.
While being illuminated by the lantern held by Hisui, her figure became clearer.

A gothic lolita dress was even more dazzling and elegant than it had been, with a Named Rapier in her hand.

The one who appeared with a snicker from inside the darkness of the night, while clad in a red polygon that looked like blood mist, was the one I had fought in the past, the [Murder Princess].

“It’s been a while, Sukuna.
I’m so happy to see you.”

Rou said with a big smile on her face.
She’s a bloodthirsty player who once tried to kill me and then struggled together.


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Tl note:

No tl note, I want to insert the kitty picture (condition update) they are too cute, but I leave that shit for twitter.

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