Magi Craft Meister - Volume 9 - Chapter 43
09-43 Reiko Participates in War
Confronting the Unifiers’ hot flying balls, Jin ordered,
“Make a small hole in the balloons using the lasers.”
Following his orders the Control Core managing the guns shot thin laser beams. Without erring in their aim, they hit the Unifiers’ balloons.
The Unifiers on board panicked. That was normal, as if the balloons broke they would crash.
But the thin beams didn’t cut open the balloons, they stopped at only opening small holes. However those holes were enough to make the balloons’ altitude drop.
“It’s no use, the only way is down!”
The ten hot flying balls kept coming down quite slowly, being unable to maintain their altitude due to the holes in the balloons.
Seeing that Jin said,
“Alright, that’s enough. Now it’s time for this.”
Then the Paralyzers were pointed at the crews of the hot flying balls and fired.
The crew members let out short groans and fainted.
Even after the crews fainted, the hot flying balls kept slowly falling all the same. Because they wouldn’t be crash landing there probably wouldn’t be any deaths.
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“How can this…”
Seeing the scene on a Magic Screen, Elena was dumfounded.
“Outside of magic, there are forces in this world that should be understood and used.”
Suddenly she remembered the words Reinhardt had said.
“Forces other than magic… Is this what he meant by that?”
While glaring at the flying silver-colored and shining object Pegasus-1 Elena muttered bitterly.
“Okay, in that case… All-purpose golems, march out!”
The autonomy of the all-purpose golems was high, and using Elradrite they could augment both their strength and magic.
200 of them were unleashed on the battlefield.
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“Ah, new golems came out again. Those are… I remember them.”
They were the same type of golems that the one which knocked the careless Jin off his feet back when he was saving Reinhardt and Stearina.
“They’ve got a reasonable performance. …Land corps, be cautious! New enemies have appeared. They appear to be able to use both physical strength and magic.”
Jin communicated his instructions to all the golems through Laojin.
There were about 100 new type combat golems left and 200 of the all-purpose golems.
The all-purpose golems, perhaps based on how the battle went so far, spread out when they headed to the battlefield. Because of the speed of their movements there were many who escaped the burst-fired lasers from the Raptors.
“Hmm, they’ve learned a little, huh. What should we do?”
At that moment, there was a transmission from Reiko.
“Father, please give me your permission for direct intervention.”
Jin thought about it for a bit and then gave his approval.
“Alright, that’s fine. But absolutely don’t force yourself. Limit your output to a maximum of 50 percent at your own discretion, alright?”
Reiko replied and kicked the ground. First she’d start at ten percent output.
With the Adamantite katana Peach Blossom unsheathed, even while burdened by the Magi Cannon, Reiko cut into the enemy golems faster than wind.
The exterior of the all-purpose golems was made of steel. Their skeletons were also steel. Although Adamantite was many times stronger than steel cutting to steel still needed a considerable amount of power, but it was an easy feat with Reiko’s strength.
With the first strike she cut off an arm, with the second strike she cut off the head, and with the third strike she severed the torso.
And after defeating five golems like that, Reiko talked to herself,
“Cutting them down with three slashes each is inefficient, isn’t it.”
She then increased her power output to 30 percent.
After increasing her speed even more, this time Reiko went on to cut the golems vertically in two with one swing. She was like a black whirlwind.
Where Reiko ran through only the wreckage of the enemy golems was left behind.
Then after cutting down 30 golems like that, Reiko felt that the Peach Blossom in her hand was under too much strain.
“It’s not good to accidentally break the katana Father gave me.”
She murmured and sheathed Peach Blossom.
She held the Magi Cannon she had been carrying in its place.
It was made out of Magi Adamantite and was one and a half meters long. A brutal weapon that doubled as a blunt instrument.
Reiko swung it around.
The enemy golems it hit flipped in the air and were blown away. The shock from the impact made their limbs partly come off.
“This is as good as I thought!”
Among the enemy all-purpose golems there were ones who caught the swinging Magi Cannon with their hands but it didn’t change the result.
No matter how much you applied [Hardening] to it, steel didn’t have the strength to stop the mass of Magi Adamantite swung at an extremely high speed.
Even their strength raised by Elradrite was utterly meaningless.
While swinging the Magi Cannon around with both her hands, Reiko ran through the battlefield as easily as if she was in an empty field.
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“W-w– what in the world is sheeeeeee!”
Elena was already nearly shrieking.
By intensely staring at the Magic Screen she could just barely see Reiko’s image running around in the crowded battlefield.
A black dress and a white apron. Spreading destruction while her black hair fluttered, her shape was exactly that of a ‘Black Princess of Destruction’.
The Black Princess of Destruction by herself had defeated half of the all-purpose golems.
“Did Adrianna make an Automata like that? I cannot believe it! That’s not an Automata! Monster, it must be a monster!”
The new top seat of the Unifiers Donald then said to Elena,
“Elena, please calm down. Even though they’re the old type, we’ve still got 200 combat golems left. Let’s send them out.”
He then continued,
“If those guys are amplifying their strength using Elradrite, they’ll surely soon run out of Magic Energy.”
“That must be the case, alright. Send them out!”
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“Oh, the same golems they brought out at first appeared. They must be running out of soldiers by now?”
Jin’s guess was right on the mark.
“Alright, Land corps, go to mainly strike the golems that appeared just now. Don’t let them get in Reiko’s way.”
And then he thought over it some more.
“Hmm, the Magical Muscles used in the Land golems were made with a Ground Spider’s silk as the base, weren’t they?”
He then arrived at a conclusion.
“Alright, Raptor team, Falcon team, listen up. Point the Induction Radiators at the battlefield and activate them. Make sure not to point them at Reiko’s direction.”
And to the ground troops he said,
“Land corps, attention. Induction Radiators’ beams are coming. If your bodies seem to be overheating then withdraw. The safe zone is where Reiko is.”
As Jin ordered the Induction Radiators were activated.
They were devices that used lightning-type magic to induce current in all metals, and the current would then heat up and melt the metal. As you’d expect, it was impossible to just point it at the enemy and them up. The Land corps would also accidentally be similarly affected.
That’s the reason why Jin gave the warning.
Incidentally, the electromagnetic waves have no effect on humans like what’s currently talked about a lot in the world. The reason is that it’s lightning magic instead of electromagnetic waves.
Having received Jin’s warning, the Land corps immediately withdrew from the battlefield when they sensed their bodies starting to get tinged with heat. Because of this there were no injuries.
However, the Unifiers’ old type combat golems had a low autonomy. You could say that they couldn’t decide things for themselves.
That’s why they stayed on the battlefield despite their bodies becoming red hot.
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“The golems are beginning to heat up!? Why? But whyyyyy!”
This phenomenon had already been seen on the battlefield between Frantz and Cline Kingdom, but Joule who could’ve told her of that was no longer in a condition to speak.
The Ground Spider’s silk used in the muscles of the Land units and Reiko’s clothes could withstand a heat of 1000 degrees Celsius. However, the Unifiers’ old type combat golems couldn’t bear with a heat of more than 300 degrees Celsius.
The temperature at which steel radiated bright red light was around 700 degrees Celsius. The old type combat golems who had become like that had burned their muscles and were already incapable of moving.
They collapsed on the spot, heated up more, then became nothing more than lumps of metal.
The Magi Crystals used in the Control Cores had a high melting point so they were left unmolten, but with the body molten it didn’t help.
The golems that were already destroyed followed the same fate. The battlefield ended up with scattered blocks of metal everywhere.