Chapter 19.

The 1 million G battle

Several days after the ruckus, we are now at the Battle Arena in Suting.
It has a circular structure with no ceiling much like a typical stone Colosseum building.
This place seems able to accommodate some tens of thousands of people.
Our match will be held with a live audience.
Monster bouts between adventurers are one of the sources of entertainment in this town, all the logistics for our match were enthusiastically prepared by the Adventurers Guild.
The monsters that will be used for our matches are already tamed, so there’s no worries of any of us actually getting killed is what I’ve heard.
C rank monsters will be used for our matches after taking the rank difference between our party and Dhius’ party into consideration.

[So you came without running away.
Haha, you have my praise for that alone.]

[Oh, thanks then.]

The audience are already in their seats, the inside of the Arena was filled with noise.
There’s more people in the seats than I expected.
Aren’t the numbers in the 10,000s? That’s actually scary.
At our participant waiting room, which has a clear view of the middle clearing(of the arena), that pretty faced jerk was there.
And he spews sarcasm as soon as we meet.
Can’t you talk normally without sarcasm?

[Well, do try your best not to disgrace yourself.
Let me show you the overwhelming difference between B-rank and E-rank.]

[Sure, I’ll use it as reference for the future.]

He finished with a swerve, seeing his smug face doing all that trash talking was real annoying.
I wanna sink my fist into his face.
Behind him, there’s an armored fellow with a large shield, a bow wielding girl, and also a girl holding a staff that matches her outfit.
The person in armor has the physique of a man.

[Estel-chan too, if you feel like joining up with our party, do let us know.
The same goes for the knight over there too.]

He cordially speaks to the 2 of them with a smile.
As though Estel alone wasn’t enough, he extended his invitation to Noru too.

[Fufu, I’ll pass.]


[Hahaha, you girls sure are strong-willed as usual.
Well, let’s see if that attitude of yours persists after the match is over.]

He pulls back with a cringing smile on his face from the immediate rejections.
He laughs to cover up, and Dhius raised a hand as he left to return to his party.
Take that you annoying turd.

[Everyone, thank you for waiting! And now, the match between Adventurer Dhius and Adventurer Okura Heihachi is about to begin.
I am the Chairman’s Aide of the Adventurers’ Guild Suting main branch, Arute, your emcee for today!]

Right as our conversation with that jerk ended, the loud voice of a woman reverberated in the arena.
What’s this? That’s not a volume that can be produced from speaking normally.
Are they using some kind of magic or something else?

[Eh~, For today’s match we will be using Ogres which are subjugation rank-C.
We have requested the A-rank Adventurer, Lissa-san who is a monster tamer (EN: not a confirmed term), to bring them in and keep them in check.
So you, the audience, can rest assured.]

The audience clamoured when they heard the word Ogres.
A-rankers are certainly impressive, being able to handle Ogres.
I heard about the C-rank monsters, but an Ogre huh.
The Cyclops back then was also C-rank so this shouldn’t be too hard.

[Now I’ll be explaining the rules.
The time limit will be until these 5 candles over here burn out.
The battle will end the moment these 5 candles burn out.
When the Ogre is defeated, the ‘score’ will be judged from the number of remaining candles.]

I had a look at where she was pointing to at the commentator’s bracket, and there were some large-ish candles.
So they’ll be lighting those up and using them as the timer huh.

[Only recovery items will be allowed.
If the party is annihilated or declare their retreat, then that adventurer party will be declared the losers at that point.
And to the victors, the losers will have to pay 1 million G! That will be all the rules for this match.]

There are offensive and support items in this world, this time only recovery items are allowed.
So I can’t use stuff like the Smoke Ball and Magic Dynamite.

[And now to kick it off, it’s Adventurer Dhius’ party!]

When they announced the entrance of the pretty boy asshole, the audience roared out in unity.
That was a some amazing cheering, it was enough to make you think the ground was shaking from their voices.
Considering I could hear the shrill voices of girls among them, he seems to have a pretty big female fanbase.
Kuh, this is why I hate them pretty boys.

[That’s some popularity they have.]

[That much is true.
He does have popularity.]

[Well he has the face for it.
But man, that pressure is going to be bad for us.]

They must be quite the popular party in the Royal Capital.
The cheers alone tell just that.
People of all ages and genders were cheering for them enough for you to think that they were crazy.
What are we then when compared to them? We’re some unknown party that just arrived from Brunne.
Moreover our party consists of E and F-rankers.
It’s scary to even imagine what it would be like when we enter later, after they finish their battle.

[As expected, Dhius’ party is ever so popular.
A balanced party that has a Warrior, Tank, Archer and Healer.
If you add in a magician, the quality of the party will rise greatly.
This match seems to be related with a dispute over a magician.]

The eyes of every other person near us move onto us.
Wh-what is this pressure? This is the first time in my life that I’m getting so much attention.
I’m breaking out in cold sweat.
The faces of the 2 girls sitting next to me were cool and composed.
I can’t really tell for Noru because of her helm but I’m just going to assume that anyway.
The pressure is overwhelming, don’t they feel anything at all? My stomach is getting upset.

[On the other hand Ookura Heihachi-san’s party consists of 2 warriors and a magician.
It’s a party composition that gives a slightly biased impression.
Is this the typical offense over defense thing? They are still E-rank beginners who have just come from Brunne, but just how capable are they? There is much to look forward to.]

Like she said, our party balance isn’t ideal.
Fact is, we *are* dependant on pushing with our firepower.
But really, what’s up with the sudden silence when it was announced that we have just came from Brunne.
Some people even started laughing.
They probably think we are fools, E-rankers challenging B-rankers the moment they arrive in the Royal Capital..

As the venue settles down, it is now shook by the sudden large ‘dosun dosun’ sounds of something walking.
With a large club in its hand, there are chains on all 4 of its limbs and its neck.
Though it looks 1 ‘size’ smaller than the Cyclops, it still stands at an imposing 3m tall.
Is that the Lissa person who’s pulling it along? The person is wearing a hood covering the face, but looks to be female from her physique.
Her attire is a hooded shawl with short pants.
She certainly looks the part of a monster tamer.
I thought of having a look at her status, but she was too far away and didn’t register on the camera.

[Looks like the preparations are complete, let’s get this show on the road.
Dhius-san, is your party ready? Now then, let the match begin!]

When the person who brought in the Ogre left the battle area, the bell signaling the start of the match rang out.

The Ogre began running towards Dhius’ party.
The armored man proceeds to intercept with his shield.
The club that was raised up, was swung down with good momentum and it makes contact with the shield.
But he wasn’t knocked away by the attack, he took the attack from the club without flinching whatsoever.
Dhius jumps out from behind him, and slashes at the Ogre which has now stopped moving after just finishing an attack.
The bow wielding girl then follows up with some arrows from the rear line.
As that was happening, the body of the tank person who took the attack gets wrapped in light, and his body absorbs the light.
Looks like the priest casted recovery magic on him.

[Receive with the shield, heal with the priest, and attacking with the archer and warrior.
An ever reliable strategy for party battles.]

Cheers roar out again after the initial exchange.
So that’s what battling in a party looks like.
The movement of the party is really smooth, they are B rank after all.
They are leagues apart when compared to the carriage guards.
Noru does good work as a tank too, but I still want a proper tank or priest for the party though.
It really isn’t ideal for Estel to get flanked if me and Noru aren’t around to be the vanguard for her.

[Wooahh! There it is! It’s the shock wave from Dhius’ killer Sonic Blade!]

The Ogre looks to be retreating from the damage, noticing that Dhius swings his sword at the Ogre.
Here I was thinking ‘The heck is he doing swinging his sword from a spot that won’t reach the ogre’, no sooner after he did that blood spurt forth from the Ogre’s leg.
He simply used a ranged attack skill.

After that, the exchanges continued.

[Mmー, they sure are taking awhile.]

[I’m getting tired of watching them go at it.]

[Their movement is good, but they are lacking the decisive firepower.
Fufufu, high firepower is justice as expected!]

Estel is leaning against me and looking sleepy, Noru is excitedly watching the battle while she shakes her hands up and down.
When I compare their overall firepower with Noru’s, I can’t help myself from feeling slightly sorry for them.

Another five minutes or so have passed, and the Ogre is still alive.
Their orthodox party attacks have been steadily chipping away at the Ogre’s HP.

Dhius does have the Warrior’s Pride skill, but he isn’t purposely taking damage to activate the skill so he can shorten the time his party is taking.
Does he not know he has the skill? But he *is* using his Sonic Blade, so there may be some way that lets them know of such details in their status.

[Dhius’ party have finished the subjugation! 2 and a half candles remain! Such speed, you can say this much was to be expected of B-rankers!]

The Ogre falls to the ground with a great thud.
After which the body shines and turns into drop items.
Seeing that, the excited audience roared out once again.
The emcee was speaking kinda fast, she must be excited too.
It seems 1 candle burns out in about 10 minutes, that means Dhius’ party defeated the Ogre in roughly 25 minutes.
That’s actually considered fast.

[They’re finally done.]

[Fuwa~ so they’re done.]

[At last our turn has come.
My Knight’s Blood is getting riled up!]

[You better not overdo it.
And don’t even think about using your skill.]

Estel raised her arms and stretched.
After which she covers her mouth with one of her hands and yawned.
Did she really sleep through all that?
Noru was doing Noru things, and she shakes her hands more intensely, excitedly saying ‘They’re (ED note: my hands) gonna come off!’.
This girl, she needs to calm down.

After considering Dhius’ status, the Ogre’s status isn’t exactly very high(in comparison).
It doesn’t look like there’ll be a need for her to use her skill.
It’s not like she wants to go through that muscle ache hell again.

[Haha, how’s that? This is the ability of us B-rankers.
Can you lot do it as fast as we did? It’s doubtful whether you lot can defeat it or not in the first place, but that’s just needless worrying from me as you lot are stronger than us aren’t you.
Well, do try your best, hahahaha.]

Dhius’ party returned to the waiting area after finishing the subjugation.
There was nothing but satisfaction on the his face.
He even threw in some sarcasm as a bonus.
Alright then, time to kick you and your annoying face into the pit of despair.

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