Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Wrath

War is hell. Often by accident. But not always…

The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Wrath

A battlefield where both the demons and humans have become all jumbled together. No battle formations at all, just a melee. Strategy is completely meaningless and both sides cannot do anything except to kill the enemies right in front of them.

I cannot do stuff like leading on the battlefield. After all, both in the previous world and this world, I’ve never experienced leading others in a war. Since I was entrusted with the 8th Army, I have gained a little bit of experience, but the staff officers etc have always been far more capable than me at giving out appropriate instructions.

To be blunt, I’m not suited for command. With my abilities it’s better to fight on the front line. However, considering the objective of the current war, I can’t exactly go on a rampage by myself. If I went on a rampage then the humans would certainly suffer significant losses, but conversely that means that the demons would suffer fewer losses. Since both the humans and the demons must suffer similar losses, that would be the wrong move. For that reason, I couldn’t just go and rampage on the front line.

However, while that may be true, I can’t then just give commands from the rear. I’m incapable for a start. If it becomes well known amongst the soldiers of the 8th Army that I’m incapable, then I’ll be treated with contempt. The personnel of the 8th Army are basically a mish-mash of various groups. The demon feudal lords who committed crimes had their private armies dismantled, then those were reorganised as the 8th Army. After all that happened, the morale of the soldiers in the 8th Army is low. Enough that there are even some who might rebel. To stop that, I can do nothing except to suppress them with sheer strength.

Because of that, if I’m treated with contempt even slightly then I’m finished. The moment that happens, there’ll likely be a flood of deserters. There might even be some among them who would take the opportunity to attack me. I would like to believe that such a thing won’t happen after I made a display of my strength, but should it actually happen, then I will likely be forced to turn my weapons on my own soldiers. If that’s the case then the losses to the demons would increase, but even I don’t want to do such a thing.

As a result, the actions I should take are clear and simple. If I can’t command, then I just don’t have to. I just need to turn it into such a quagmire of a melee battle that there’s no point in even giving commands. As a bonus extra, if I can make desertion impossible then it’s perfect.

I prepared booby traps behind the rear lines of the 8th Army, and then informed them. That there’s no path of retreat. That if they still try to flee, then I’ll personally kill them. They shuddered to such an extent that it was fascinating.

Then, with regards to myself, I destroyed the fort. Showing myself as little as possible, I hurled magic swords at it from a distance. That way, the humans would need to leave the fort in order to escape the destruction, having no other option but to advance. The strikes from my magic swords destroyed the protection of the fort with trivial ease. It was pointless to hole up in the fort. If they die there then it would just increase their losses. Then, to urge them forwards I continued to hurl magic swords.

The demon army that couldn’t retreat, and the human army that could only advance. They had no option but to clash with each other. If both sides are forced to crash into each other, then strategy becomes meaningless. Finally, once they’re stuck in a melee, giving commands is worthless.

During the melee, while I threw magic swords at the rear of the human army to drive them on, I slew the minimum number of the forces who came at me. Even while hurling the magic swords, I intentionally kept their losses as small as possible. If I reduced the human army by too much, then the losses to the demon army would become too small. A proper commander would minimise any losses to his allies, one way or another. What I’m doing is the exact opposite of that.

I’m a cruel commander. My subordinates have no luck. I seriously sympathise with them. However, that’s all I can do. I chose to do no more than that.

Thus, while I’m throwing magic swords around and defeating the humans who came at me, I heard a battlecry that somehow managed to be audible across the noisy battlefield.

「UWOOOOOOOO!!」

I’m impressed his breath lasted that long – that sort of inappropriate impression popped into my mind. A knight came towards me continuously shouting while he brandished his sword. From the little of him that I could see through the slit in his helmet, he was an old knight with considerable wrinkles etched into his face from age. Despite looking so old, there was nobody who rampaged across this battlefield more youthfully than him. I remember that figure, or rather, that sword technique. A long time ago, back when I was still an ogre, there was an old knight who had cornered me.

「MMM! Towering over the rest! I take it you are the one who leads this troop of demons! My name is Nyudoz! I request a formal duel!」

Ah, so stuffy…… The old knight Nyudoz who has gotten close to my position, has formally applied for a proper duel without concern for the situation around him. How should I put it – he can’t read the mood. This isn’t a situation in which to go all fair and square. Asking for a battle in the middle of a melee, are you an idiot? He must be an idiot.

However, this extreme foolishness is somehow refreshing. He might be an idiot, but he is a consistently single-minded person I bet. Living his life while staying true to his beliefs, honest to a fault. I’m a bit, no, quite jealous. He’s completely different to me who is constantly wavering and hesitating.

「I accept!」

I deliberately responded to him, because I felt that I wanted to. I wanted to try having a fair and square match with this person.

Nyudoz-san doesn’t seem to have realised that I am someone he fought with in the past. I was an ogre then anyway, so I look different now. Well, I have no intention of telling him that. Whatever happened in the past, I’m sure this person wouldn’t care about it.

I guess this is a revenge match for me. Thinking of it like that is a strange feeling, but what I have to do doesn’t change.

「Here I come!」

Nyudoz-san nimbly approaches me. He comes at a speed unthinkable for an old man, or rather, for someone wearing such heavy armour. Humans might have status values inferior to demons, but the speed of that approach is far faster any untrained demon could manage. I wonder just how many there are within the 8th Army who could make such an approach.

「!?」

Even so, that doesn’t reach me. Compared to when I was an ogre, I have become far stronger. My magic sword cuts through Nyudoz-san’s sword. I’m sure he has quite a famous sword, but with a single stroke using my status and magic sword to bulldoze through, that sword is cut in half.

Next, Nyudoz-san’s head is cleaved off. Without even being able to offer any resistance, Nyudoz-san’s head falls.

The least I could do was to grant him a peaceful and painless death. Though it might be presumptuous for me to think such a thing. That was the least I could do though.

It seems that for the human army, Nyudoz-san was an important figure, as the soldiers who saw his death were shaken, and then collapsed. As soon as one section fell, the rest of the human army fell like dominos. Thus, our 8th Army became victorious.


 

Translation notes:

Nyudoz first shows up in “Empire knights vs Ogre”. He speaks like a very old fashioned knight.

“Towering over the rest” – this is a liberal translation. Nyudoz is actually commenting on Wrath’s “haki” (same kanji as the term in One Piece) but it’s not being used as a reference to One Piece – it was a pre-existing word with a proper meaning, though hard to translate.

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Randomguy
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“Boob traps.” Haha, I’m such a child.

Bryan Tran
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Wrath, he believes he is doing the right thing since in theory being dead before Shiro’s plan succeeds is better. That way your soul will have less chance of degrading. But to have to let your own troops die like that is not easy to ask of a normal person.

Metazoxan
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At this point anyone capable of being a soldier will likely cease to exist when Shiro’s plan is complete. So making all of the soldiers die is ideal.

Granitefish
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I think he stopped being a normal person when he succumbed to the Wrath Skill. he might have been brought out of it but it changed him irrevocably.

chaoton
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When a person acquired “merciless” skill they can no longer think and act like normal human anymore. Look how Kumo-chan love to mass murder those monsters in Elro Great Labyrinth. Now Wrath-kun is the same. Lack of some common sense.

triopsate
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Well you have to put yourself into his shoes first… Do you want your soldiers to live, get stronger and then have their soul ripped into pieces in a few years or do you want to send them to their early death and save them from having their soul ripped into pieces. Remember, the plan has to go into effect soon since their world isn’t going to last too long so even if you spare your soldiers, all you’re doing is delaying their inevitable death by a few years. The cost of that extra few years is going to be… Read more »
IcyClaw
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nai wa~

not sure if i should pity the 8th army or not. they sound more like a bandit army than a real army.

poor Wrath who can’t get a real sparring partner anymore. probably not a person alive who can clash swords with a sword king.

ModoTheGreat
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D > Kuro >= Shiro > Ariel > Sophia >= Wrath > Myth Class Monsters >> everything else

There’s still a few left.

IcyClaw
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none of them actually uses swords though. D can ko everyone with a thought. Kuro….i have no idea. Shiro has never used weapons besides what she was born with. Sophia specializes in magic and didn’t even try to have a melee match with Wrath because she knows she would lose.

Vindi89
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“I prepared boob traps behind the rear lines of the 8th Army, and then informed them.”

I’ll take some boob traps please Wrath. Best commander ever.

Ebrie
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Thanks for the chapter! Wrath really seems somber in the chapter. It must kill him to accept this world’s sense of justice.

Anonymous
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“boob traps” or booby traps?

ICZephyr
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I heard I battlecry -> I heard a battlecry

ICZephyr
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Though I prefer boob traps over booby traps anytime..lol

Kisato
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Isn’t haki like aura, ki, or spiritual energy of some kind?

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter

AnimeLover
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Kinda sad he did not know who Wrath truly was. He’s Yuugo father right?

Lettuce
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No… He’s another old man from the Oni chapter. An annoying one.

jeg
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Nope. It was said that The current sword emperor is not combat oriented.

Amuris
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Yeah, the current emperor, in name only(Wrath has the skill and title from after he fought Yuugo’s grandfather and learned his techniques), is pretty inept at fighting. This was the jolly swordsman who fought Wrath alongside Ronant back when Ronant blew Wrath’s head off. It was that fight where he tried out that weird sword bazooka and decided to learn space magic.

LoliStalker
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Wrath and Shiro’s army luck is questionable LOL,one is like disposable tool while the other have to suffer through hell like training
well at least they are not 1st army who would get wrekt by the queen LOL

Anonymous
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This is rather late, but can explain how merazofis got patience? I thought Shiro locked all the ruler skills she got, except the one Oka got which was too late.

Granitefish
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I think it’s likely he got it while they were traveling. He had to have had a lot of patience to put up with Ariel and Shiro. I’d need to reread but I believe she didn’t think to lock them until either partway through their travel or until they reached the Demon lands.

Dutchwonder
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Patience in this sense is less willing to wait as so much willing to bear with any amount of suffering both physical and mental.

Which, I say this guy has been through quite a bit. Watching the one he loved be married to someone else and bearing through it without becoming angry at it.

heroeric
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I was under the impression that she didn’t lock the skill but just stole the authority they should get as rulers.

heroeric
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I was under the impression that she didn’t lock the skill but just stole the authority they should get as rulers.

Anonymous
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….So was killing him a mistake i wonder…..
seeing as killing him rapidly shifted the battle rather than both sides wearing themselves out

K
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Thanks for the update

jeg
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“The demon army that couldn’t retreat, and the human army that could only advance.”
What a bad ass mother f****r. XD
Well, he did him a favor of painless death. And his soul won’t be rip a part.

SpiralBaka
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thank you.

libraryrocker
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I’m somehow sad. But there’s also a kind of warm feeling?

Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

ModoTheGreat
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That warm feeling is fresh blood. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the battlefield, but wipe it off.

Rakkis157
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“Since both the humans and the demons must suffer similar losses, that would be the wrong move.”

If all the demons had that order, does that not mean that the succubus (?) army commander ignored this order by using monkeys to take down a fort?

ModoTheGreat
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She achieved the quota of lost lives so she technically fulfilled her orders. In the SS “Human-Demon Great War 1” she herself states as much, while also pointing out it’s her form of rebellion because she can’t outright oppose out beloved demon queen.

Anonymous
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Thank you for the chapter~

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

People keep talking about boob traps. Wished I came earlier so I could see it. LOL

haazhell
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thanks

ollein
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I reread some chapter and thinking, when one of kumo/shiro-chan pararel wills devour queen terratect soul, their ability got merged to became unbeliveable right… on chapter 166 actually, so, I’m thinking why dont devour the middle layer swimmer, I mean like even sea(magma) horses have heat nullity… even better if fire dragon got consumed kumoko/shiro-chan will be unbeatable even if she dont became an administrator she can beat ariel with fire magic or something

JooJASL
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What Shiro’s Parallel Will did was to reverse the effects of “Kin domination” using the LINK made by the skill to attack the Queen Soul. Maybe she can use it on other monsters, but she would need a different approach

GonZ555
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Meatbun delivery~
Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

*watch Nyudos Vs Wrath wrestling match*
Revenge match start!
Nyudos tries to tackle Wrath!
Wrath counter attacked and used an upper cut! OHKO!

Sodemas
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thx for the chapter o/
and also for the LN treats~
now i hope that the manga get’s to that part

deadtoxic
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*sneaks in*
Thanks for the Chapter 🙂
*sneaks out*
~NINJA~
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SubZole
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Nin-nin!

Northz
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I was like expecting some boring and pointless duel but then he goes and ends it in one move rofl.

Anonymous
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Thanks for the chapter!

Zypex117
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Man, this is kinda depressing and sad.

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