With this chapter we start Arc 5.5, which consists of 7 Parts and tells the story of how Sain survived. With chapter 183 we will start Arc 6 (and possibly the last one, the story is coming to an end)
“Hiii! Ugh…! Haa… haa…”
I can feel fear and pain in all of this darkness. I can still feel the sensation of having my head cut off.
But my head hasn’t fallen off.
Am I alive?
Where am I?
The darkness permeates the room and I can’t say where I am. Crawling on all fours, I fearfully felt around.
This is hard. What is this?
I moved my hand upward.
The armor collapsed as I leaned on it.
My whole body went rigid with tension.
No one is coming… there’s no one nearby?
I’m not sure what to do.
The swords are lined up. There’s also a shield, and a spear.
I wonder if this is a kind of armory.
I reached the edge of the wall and looked for a door.
There it was. This is a door, probably.
It seemed to be unlocked, as it opened easily
I saw a dimly lit passage lined with bonfires. I held my breath and strained my eyes.
It seems that no one is there.
I broke part of the door, fashioned a wooden stick just the right size to hold, then I grasped it to transfer the fire from the bonfire to the stick.
I returned to the room, closed the door and checked again to see what was there.
“It looks like an armory after all, but why is it here…?”
I put my hand on my neck to make sure it was connected.
Indeed, I had been decapitated on the execution table. I can still remember that terrifying moment.
Was it just a coincidence that I survived, and I wasn’t dead?
No, I’m dead.
It’s strange to say, but I feel like I’m dead.
Now that I look closely, I’m naked.
Not even any underwear. I’m sure I was wearing some dirty clothes right before I died.
And there are no shackles.
Well, that doesn’t really matter now. Anyway, I’ll search for something to wear. These should do.
I found some soldier’s clothing on the shelf and I quickly put them on.
“Now that I’m sure to be out of here, it’s not wise to wander around without protection. I need to get some weapons and armor too― oh?”
The light illuminated a magic sword and an armor.
These were being stored here, huh. I can’t believe I found these things in the same place I woke up.
I’ll put on the black armor first.
“It's the same armor… right?”
I clenched my right hand.
It’s strange. I used to feel so uncomfortable with it, but now I don’t feel that way anymore. On the contrary, it looks like an old partner.
I girded the magic sword around my waist.
《Notice: the synchronization between the black armor and the magic sword has been completed. 》
《Notice: restrictions have been removed. The Black Armor has evolved to the Usurper's Armor. 》
《Notice: Six Petals of Resurrection has been activated. Five petals remaining. 》
The words were displayed in front of me. It’s enough to make me understand everything.
It wasn’t a coincidence that I woke up here.
“Oh! Is that so?”
This armor and the magic sword were originally meant to be used together. Then, they will release their hidden abilities.
And Six Petals of Resurrection is the power of revival, huh.
You didn’t know about this, right Lisa? Otherwise, you wouldn't have given me such a wonderful thing.
A loud noise of stomach echoed in the room.
“I’m hungry… I need some water too. It’s been a while since I’ve had anything decent to eat.”
A strong feeling of hunger washed over me.
The food served in the jail was horrible. Hard, small, dry bread, rotten meat, muddy water…
It was the worst meal I ever had.
I left the room and walked down the corridor, trying not to make a sound.
There was a delicious smell in the air. My feet unconsciously turned in that direction, and I opened the door to this room, which looked like a kitchen.
There was no one in the kitchen, but I saw a pot with steam rising and I ran over to it.
The pot was full of soup, there were several pieces of bread on the table, eggs and the meat and fruits that had been used for cooking were left lying around.
I grabbed some and shoved it in my mouth.
“Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm…”
I took a bite of the bread, poured in the soup, and I dug it into the chunks of meat.
I’ve never had a meal that tasted so good. The food fills my stomach and makes the hunger disappear.
I should have enjoyed the meal more.
From now on, I should pay more attention to food. You can’t eat when you’re dead after all.
I stopped moving for a moment.
I heard voices talking from outside.
The voices pass by a few moments later. With the load of bread in my mouth, I grab a suitable backpack and throw in all the food I could find.
I opened the door slowly, making sure no one was there.
Then I ran down the passage to the outside.
I walk out of the capital and I look up as I bite into my bread.
It was a full moon tonight. There were several clouds hiding the moon.
Now I have to think about what to do.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to get revenge on all the people who made me what I am. But for now, I need to get stronger.
The current me is no match for Toru.
Thanks to the loss of the great support of the demon’s tribe, it is impossible for me to fight against any country.
“Haha… so I really lost everything, huh?”
All I have is my sword, my armor and this body.
I admit it, Toru. I underestimated you, and you caught me off guard.
I was a fool.
“I’ll have do it better next time, just give me time”
The moon cast a small shadow. It was getting bigger and bigger.
Is that… Birdswell?
A black wyvern landed in front of me with a gust of wind.
“You were waiting for me?”
He rubs his face against me, as if spoiling me.
Although it is a wyvern that had been acquired from Lisa, I was familiar with it because of its compatibility. I liked him so much that I used to feed him myself.
Riding on his back, Birdswell spreads his large wings.
“I want to go somewhere far away, not here. let’s head that way.”
The black wyvern flies away.
I wonder if it understands what I’m saying. Well, it seems that it is going in a different direction from the dark region, so maybe I can leave it to him.
I was awakened by the sound of wind whistling past my ears.
I smelled a fishy odor that I was not used to, but it took me a little while to understand what it meant, partly because I was so tired.
The morning sun peeked out from the distance.
But it wasn’t coming from the land's horizon, but from the water's.
What, what does that mean!?
We’re on the ocean!!
In front of us, to the left, right, and behind us, there was a horizon line that looked like it was drawn with a ruler.
“Why are we flying over the ocean!? Get back now, quick!”
He doesn’t listen to me at all. In fact, it sounds as if it wants to say, ‘I did what you said’.
Is it stupid to go out to the ocean?
Yes! It’s a suicide! Even if you’re flying through the air, the monsters below you won’t miss you at all if they attack.
“Damn, just when I thought I was saved, this happens. Birdswell, at least fly with a little more altitude.”
I looked into the backpack I had brought with me. I've only got two days worth of food and water.
I need to reach land before I starve to death.