Jujutsushi Wa Yuusha Narenai - Chapter 124.2
Chapter 124.2 : Goma’s Fortress-Capture Battle 2
It was a huge Goma standing tall in the opened tower gate. That guy was even more muscular and taller than Govu, the elite of Gomas. Its height was around three metres. And yet, it had a muscular, yokozuna-like* body. [*TL: Greatest sumo wrestler of the era.]
It had a twisted horn growing from its forehead and a rugged, carnivore-like rather than fish-like face that had become the unique characteristic of Goma, but it was as if they came from different mold instead of being from the same race. However, it was all clear from its cockroach-like skin color and his cocky attitude that the fact that it led the Govus it was the general.
This guy wouldn’t be such pain in the a*s, if it was muscle brain type like that monkey king but… I had this feeling that despite its muscular appearance, this dude might be able to use magic.
Its right hand was gripping a super, ultra-huge cutlass-like curved sword, its left hand was holding a cane with a red ball attached at its tip.
The cane became so thin and small when that huge Gogma gripped on it, the ruby-like orb that was a perfect fit in the eagle talons-like ornament at the tip of the cane might be the demon core that we’re looking for. I knew that cane was a real deal since I saw a real wind magic’s cane before. Or should I say that the wind magic’s core that I extracted from Nishiyama-san’s cane had already become one of the treasures in my pouch?
Well, even if I never saw a magic cane before, it was easy to guess its effect just by looking at the flickerings red demon core and the fire sparks that sometimes fell on the ground. The defeaning explosion that blasted away the covering effect of 『Aqua Mist』 was obviously that guy’s flame magic.
Well, it’s okay, this way, we didn’t need to look for the core.
「THAT BIG ONE IS THE BOSS! DEFEAT IT AT ALL COST AND TAKE ITS CORE!」
「DAVA, GOVU, DAHHA, ZUUDUBARUBAAAAAAAAAAAA!」
The big guy’s defeaning scream came at the same time as my scream. Thus, both sides started moving at the same time.
The one who led the charge from our side was, of course, the 『Heavy Warrior』, Yamada. He was our safest bet due to his impregnable iron wall defense. Although the others had the abilities, they couldn’t move when push comes to shove.
「KICK THAT BOSS GUY’S A*SS!」
In contrast to Yamada who was rushing straight toward the Gogma, its subordinate, the Govus who tried to stop him were obstructed by Nakai and Ueda. Nice combination you got there, guys. Though their cooperation was imperfect, since they were only fighting together until they arrived in the jungle tower, it wasn’t that bad.
「Let’s go, Rem――『Blackhair Bind』」
We, the rear guard, were also starting to move, covering for Yamada. This was the first time I saw Yamajun’s offensive magic. It seemed he had learned the same 『Lux Sagitta』 as her, but seeing the volume of Yamajun’s light arrows, his seemed to be an inferior version of that woman’s.
As I expected, the 『Saint』 vocation might have given her an upper hand in terms of magical power, or it was a simply hidden status that enhanced her light element’s power. Or else, it was simply the difference of their weapon’s performance. Sakura’s bow was an exclusive weapon called 『Saint’s Harmonic Bow』 whose power was enhanced by Kotori.
Even if his healing power was less than Sakura, having a healer in the battle did make the difference. I mean, the uninjured side held the advantage in the battle, right?
Anyhow, Yamajun’s 『Lux Sagitta』 managed to hold back Govu’s movement, and even though Shimokawa’s 『Aqua Blast』 was less powerful, it was plenty enough to stop the Govus on their track.
『Aqua Blast』 was similar to the water that flowing from a hose, it was a magic that fired water-jet. Even those macho Govus couldn’t help being pushed to the side by the powerful water blast.
The Govus couldn’t stop Yamada from approaching the boss thanks to the covering fire from us, the rear guard. Everyone went all out from the very beginning. Land the first blow with martial arts to their boss!
Yamada did a batter-like full-swing to unleash 『Smash』 which collided with the weapon in Gogma’s right hand.
Since Govu could use 『Slash』 martial arts with their weapon. Their boss, Gogma should be able to use martial arts too.
In their clash, the Gogma turned out to be a bit more powerful than Yamada.
Yamada’s body, which was considered as the top-class amongst the top-class, was pushed back. But, it was still within the margin of my calculation.
Despite his top-class defensive power, Yamada’s offensive power was that of the average warrior. In short, both Ueda and Nakai could join the fight against Gogma.
Though Gogma power was so overwhelming that we need the three of them… the difference between our powers was within the safety margin.
「UGO, NGO, BUNGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!」
And then, Gogma’s magic exploded.
The Gogma didn’t waste any time to push its free left hand towards Yamada who was pushed back by Gogma’s martial art, or rather, I should’ve prepared for this since that cane was nothing but an ornamental club.
The second strike that didn’t allow dodging or defending struck Yamada.
The bright red exploding flame along with deafening explosion had sent Yamada’s body flying to the side.
It was something like explosion magic that activated along with impact. Wasn’t the caster wounded by the blast? Did the Gogma remain calm because of its solid and muscular body, or because the explosion didn’t affect the caster. Anyhow, it looked like it didn’t have any problem in using it normally.
The reason why I could give a calm analysis about our enemy’s magic was, the one who got hit was Yamada. It was unrelated to whether I like or hate Yamada, it was simply from the fact that such a small explosion was nothing for 『Heavy Warrior』’s defense.
Only Yamajun called out to Yamada with a worried look on his face. It’s okay, Yamajun, it is still too early for your healing magic.
「Da*mmit, that guy is… strong.」
Yamada rolled on the ground, then rose as he said those words. Look, he was as healthy as ever right.
「Oi, what shall we do now, that guy’s strength is no joke you know.」
「We’re basically screwed if we receive one of his attacks.」
Before the Gogma’s giant frame and its impactful explosion magic strike, two of our vanguard swordsman, Ueda and warrior Nakai, had cold feet. Anyone would get cold feet if they knew that they’d to fight this kind of monster.
But, the curtain of boss battle had been lifted. This wasn’t the time to get cold feet.
「Yamada-kun, Ueda-kun, I’ll leave the boss to you two! Leave the Govus to the rest of us!」
「UBRAAA, BUDAAAAAA, GOWAAAAAAAA!」
I played the safe card for the time being. Fortunately, everyone had already understood their own role by heart and moved immediately.
We couldn’t afford to let our guard down even if it’s just one second. Gogma ordered the Govus one beat later after me.
It seemed like the scene where the Gogma was blown away and the enemy warrior charged in the frontmost, otherwise known as Yamada, had raised the morale of Goma’s side. Even the Govus were coming to us after their boss said something along 『They’re weak!』.
「――Spread, 『Rotten Bog』」
I had to somehow restrained those lively Govus before they overwhelmed us. Yup, 『Rotten Bog』 which could spread far and wide was really useful for this kind of situation.
I scattered my blood to the side after drawing a curse mark on my hand and then spread my arms to the side. Poisonous bog that spread on the ground was far too dangerous for the Govus who couldn’t take a flight with wings like Knight Mantis unless they’re prepared for some degree of wound that would impede their overall combat strength.
「NOW, CRUSH EM!」
Arrows of water and light were raining down on the Govus who had stumbled in front of corrosive water.
Some normal arrow with iron arrowhead was also mixed in between the magic arrow. This was Rem’s backup.
I gave another order for Rem, different from the order to Yamada and Co. My aim was the closest watchtower from our position.
I expected that some Govus were still in there, ready to snipe us from above the watchtower once the battle began. That’s why since it was too dangerous to leave them to their own devices, I installed a rope ladder made with black hair bind, ordered Rem to sneak into the tower and secretly take it over.
That’s why even though there were arrows being fired from the watchtower, its target was the Govus instead of us. It seemed Rem had obtained total control over the watchtower. Moreover, I might be the only one who understood the vital role of the watchtower in the middle of this commotion. Those idiotic Govus along with Yamada and Co., didn’t seem to realize this fact, neglecting the watchtower as a result.
Now, I could finally feel relieved knowing that I had Rem to watch my back in the watchtower.
Nevertheless, since I lacked long-range attack, all I could do was harass those Govus from outside of their attack range with corrosive 『Redhair Twine』.
Those muscular and lively Govus wouldn’t go down that easily with mere『Redhair Twine』. But, inflicting a wound on them was enough for this kind of situation.
Because our vanguard would be the one to deliver the impended Govus and finish them off.
「HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, 『RAGE[Random Barrage』!」
Warrior Nakai had a role to stop the Govus from destroying our formation. He had to do anything to stop those Govus.
Nakai’s greatest martial art, 『Rage』 was consecutive as its name implied. It was a martial art that was designed to inflict fatal wound towards monster with high defense by hitting the vital spot with a consecutive attack, but one hit was enough to finish off a Govu who had already suffered a variety og wounds from either my acid bog, magic barrages, or Rem’s arrows.
The Govus who forced their ways toward us, ignoring our magic barrages and acid bog, died by Nakai’s 『Rage』. Nakai chopped those brave (but injured Govus) like Chinese cabbage with Yoshizaki’s axe.
And then, Yamada-Ueda combi made the full use of gap that was opened to run towards the boss, but――
「UGO, BRUA, DAVAA!」
For some reason, it was as if the Gogma didn’t pay attention to our two vanguards who were coming to reap its life. Its bloodshot eyes were looking―― at me.
My survival instinct told me that guy was aiming for my life.