TN: This chapter has more footnotes than normal. Please be sure to take a look at them! In some cases it’s because I wasn’t quite sure of how to express it in English. If you can think of better alternatives to my translation, please suggest it in the comments.
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With the goal of heading for the 『Fairy Garden』, we left Morika, made camp in the grasslands outside, and turned in early for the night in preparation for tomorrow’s outing. While everyone else was asleep, I stepped a little distance away to do some experimenting, so that I’d be prepared for any possible eventuality. I was looking to master my power – [The Creator]. To start off with, I tried using the skills I’d acquired thus far.
First, [Wind Domination]. As I focused my mind, winds gathered around me, and a strong gusts began to blow. I imagined a vortex in my mind, and the next moment, a tornado appeared before my eyes.
<<The following skills were acquired by utilising [Wind Domination]>>
Applied Skill : [Tornado Blade]
Power: Small – Large
Effect: Generates a tornado that cuts through the target using wind pressure.
I realised something. Skills like [Wind Domination] are used to create to other skills based on its abilities. In other words it’s the foundation skillset used to create ‘Basic Skills’. Skills that are derived from ‘basic skills’, such as [Raging Winds] are called ‘Superior Skills’. Basic skills are extremely difficult to learn, so much that you can pretty much only have them via Special Specs. ‘Applied Skills’ are acquired by applying the abilities Basic Skills. In other words applied skills are a technique of sorts. Thus if you have basic skills, you can create all kinds of techniques based on your own ideas and your ability to apply the basic skill.
With just a little training, I’d made this discovery. So it would seem a chuunibyou way of thinking, born from reading too much manga and light novels, is extremely useful in this world. It’d be easy to acquire knowledge thinking this way. Well that’s fine and all, but the problem is my power. I’ve no idea how to use this power of mine called [Ability Create]. I tried many times to activate it, but The System would throw up an error every time, and thus far I just haven’t been able to get it to activate. However it has activated once or twice, so I know that I’m able to use it. There must be some activation conditions that I’m not aware of. I just need to figure out what it is.
I tried many things. Shouting out loud, begging The System while doing a dogeza, rolling around on the grass like I’m throwing a tantrum… and each time The System threw up an error.
Let’s just shelve this for the time being.
The sky is starting to get bright. Let’s head back before the guys wake up. And just when I was about to leave this place, I spotted 4 or 5 people running towards me from across the grasslands. Something came flying at my from their direction, which I narrowly dodged.
Checking the object that was hurled at me, it was indeed a small knife for throwing. It seems it’d been thrown from that distance. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by five men.
Each of them had a weapon in their hand. As for their equipment… With a quick glance I spotted just some cheap short swords, and they were just wearing some light clothes that given their mobility, didn’t have any defensive capability. Not something that could be called armour. Still, to be able to accurately throw a knife from that distance meant they were quite skilled. I took out my kodachi that was by my waist and took a sword stance.
One of the men face off with me. Though he’s using a short sword, my weapon is a kodachi, meaning he has the advantage of reach. All I could do was dodge his strikes. It might be a good idea to use my powers here, but if I failed to take em’ all out at one go, I’ll just end up informing them of my abilities. Plus, these guys are human. I’d have to kill humans. Can I do that?
As I was thinking about that, three other guys jumped into the fray. With the increased number of opponents attacks to fend off, I’m quickly getting exhausted. This is no time to be thinking about killing or not. Either I kill them or they’ll kill me.
One of the men’s short sword appeared right above me. I blocked it with my kodachi, but was blown away by the force and knocked off balance. This is bad. I’d only practiced using my skills, neglecting to train with the sword. The result was clearly showing here. I should’ve practiced at least a little.
Damn it. Trying to act all tough, not using my skills n all, only to be taken by surprise. I’m in trouble. Though I might beat them with my skill does this mean that their far superior as far as martial technique goes? Perhaps if I were as proficient as them I could have won.
It happened right at the moment the man was about to slash my neck. Perhaps it was because I wished from the bottom of my heart that I had more skill with my weapon. At that moment, The System responded.
<<Your fervent wish has been confirmed.>>
And in that instant, I parried the man’s sword and smoothly sliced his neck in one swift motion. Blood spurted from his neck onto my silver hair, dying it red. The other men were shaken, and in their momentary lapse, I instantly slashed the necks of all the other men, like a swift gale. The sheer speed at which I annihilated all of them totally surprised me. Truly like a flash of lightning.
The ground where I was training, just a short while ago, was now dyed with the blood of the men I just killed. This was my first time killing people, yet I felt no guilt. Catching my breath, I was gazing at the dead, when The System alerted me.
<<The following skills have been acquired by way of [Ability Create] >>
Everyday Skill : [Swordsmanship : Pinnacle].
Effect: Excellence in proficiency when handling any kind of sword-type weapon. The ‘Pinnacle’ version of this skill reflects the ability of those who have rigorously pursued the path of the sword until they have attained the ultimate apex of swordsmanship.
I had no idea when this skill activated. But, at that moment when I was about to be killed, I felt something burst forth from within me. Surely that was the moment….. Aah, I don’t know. Anyway, I decided to head back to where the others were.
When I returned to camp, sure enough, everyone had woken up.
As I got close, I got the sense that events were going to be stacking up.
Behind Dan were some men wearing the same kind of outfit as the hitmen I’d fought.
They were attacked too? And it seems they used their powers to fight off the attackers. The corpses had smoke and a burnt smell coming off them.
I couldn’t tell them that it was because we had ultimate god-tier powers, so I called attention to the fact that we had to be weary of Zeni and his people.
Well Ama’s not wrong, but these aren’t normal skills, so I’d really prefer if you tried to hide it more….
Somehow the immediate threat was gone, but anything could happen, at any time. I’ll have to do more research on my skills from time to time. And I need to figure out how to make use of my power as quickly as possible.
I wiped off the blood from my hair and clothes with a piece of cloth, and under the sunshine, we set off towards our destination.
TN: Another short chapter. Personally I think Kelt should have felt something after killing people. Even the guys seemed kinda blase about the whole affair. Also I would’ve thought Kelt would at least want to have a wash. Merely wiping off the blood is still going to make you feel icky after awhile.
 風刃竜巻 – lit “Wind blade tornado”, but given the description of the skill, I felt “tornado blade” was more apt.
 A colloquial Japanese term, often (stupidly/wrongly) translated as “eighth grade syndrome” is used to describe people with delusions of grandeur like having special powers and imagining they are some fantasy character you’d read in Manga.
 Dogeza is a Japanese cultural thing where one prostrates on the floor with the head touching the ground. It is seen as the ultimate act in lowering oneself, such as begging or apologizing. Dogeza is usually something quite humiliating to do in modern times, unless in very specific situations that actually call for it.
 Previously I referred to Kelt’s weapon as a dagger, but here the kanji clearly states it’s a kodachi not merely a small blade as implied previously. A kodachi is an older form of Japanese short sword, from a time before the katana (standard ‘samurai sword’). See here for more info.
 The term used is kibo (希望) which means wish/aspiration or hope. It has a stronger meaning than the English word, in the sense that it indicates a very deep desire, a strong deep wish for something.
 The expression is shiden issen (紫電一閃) which means a flash of the sword, as fast as lightning.
 Previously when referring to Yuhsiris’ martial arts I described it as ‘ultimate’, but perhaps the term ‘pinnacle’ is more appropriate, as it reflects the very summit of skill you can achieve.