Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Cursed White Rose Chapter 15 - E Rank Exam Practical

Hello. Finished Chapter 15! Apologies for taking so long. Picked up another new Light Novel series, Stellar Transformations by I Eat Tomatoes. Currently up to Book 11 translation so I was reading at full speed Monday through Thursday. XD I finished the read through and got this chapter out. So enjoy!

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Chapter 15 - E Rank Exam Practical

They reach an entrance to the center stage. A man stands there recording participants in the test. Melody informs the man about Sara's participation.

Man: "Got it. Looks like you're the last one. Hurry up. The crowd is getting restless." Sara thanks the man and rushes through the entrance. The girls try to follow, but the man bars them entrance. "Sorry, only participants from here. We can't have unfair assistance."

The girls groan and back off reluctantly. Melody decides to lead them to a side room to watch. The man mutters “Don’t waste your time.” But the girls don’t pay attention to him anymore.

Sara rushes into the arena where the crowd begins to ‘boo’ and curse at her for making them wait. She ignores them and runs up to the male proctor. Sara glances to the side and notices the other side of the arena. A man in leather armor battles against a green Cyclops. The man dodges the Cyclops’ attacks as he cuts the legs gradually wearing down on the Cyclops’ strength.
 The proctor points Sara to a black slime waiting in the center of the arena.

Proctor: “Just hit it three times with magic and you’re done. Hurry up! The crowd can’t wait much more.”

Sara: “Okay! [Scan]”

Name
Kuro-chan
Race
Black Slime
Gender
None
Age
2 years old
Guild
None
Job
None
Familiar
None
Rank
B
Stats
Strength
D
Defense
A
Agility
B
Dexterity
B
Stamina
B
Magic Capacity
C
Magic Attack
F
Magic Resistance
A
Magic Control
B
Element
Dark
Notes
A black slime trained not to attack unless ordered to. Has developed a strong defense allowing it to take most attacks unfazed.


Sara rushes up to the black slime. She takes a deep breath as she focuses on the test and ignores the audience. Sara moves her mouth pretending to chant and aims her hand at the slime. Magic gathers on her hand as she says the spell name. “[Magic Shot]” A single orb of magic appears and launches at the slime. The orb distorts the shape of the slime dissipating quickly within the slime. It easily reforms itself and patiently waits to be attacked again. The slimes used for the test are well raised to not retaliate and serve as a testing dummy for the test takers. 

Sara pretends to chant again to avoid drawing attention to herself per Rose’s previous instructions. She fires the second shot against the black slime. As Sara pretends to chant for the final time, the ground rumbles shaking the entire arena. Sara waves her hand frantically trying to stabilize her balance. A loud roar resounds as Sara stabilizes her footing.

???: "GGRRAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!"

Sara glances to the side and sees the green cyclops change colors. The green skin darkens becoming pitch black. Its lone eye obtains a golden iris color. The muscles bulge and expand even further nearly bursting the loincloth wrapped around the otherwise naked cyclops. The wooden club it wields becomes distorted as it transforms into a black metallic mace.

Audience: "Is that a Black Armor Cyclops?"

The audience murmurs amongst themselves. Some cry out in surprise, while others cheer thinking it is part of the match. The name reaches Sara's ears, but she's left without time to ponder on the name. The fighter originally fighting the Cyclops blankly stares at the sudden transformation. The Cyclops roars as it swings its club and attacks the stunned fighter. The fighter reacts barely able to defend himself before slamming into the arena wall falling unconscious.

While everyone is focused on the Cyclops, a large magic circle appears on the ground beneath Sara and the Cyclops. The proctor for the exam escaped out of range of the magic circle as soon as it appeared. A translucent violet dome forms around the Cyclops and Sara. The proctor reacts quickly and fires a spell at the dome.

Proctor: “… [Blaze]!” A large ball of fire forms and attacks the dome. The spell strikes the dome, but the dome reflects the fireball back at the proctor forcing him to dodge his own spell. He contacts other groups to assist in breaking into the field that the dome encompasses to save Sara since she’s a test participant.

Sara trembles in fear looking at the black Cyclops meeting her eyes. It stands tall at ten meters and stares down at Sara. Her mind goes blank from fear and stands there shivering like a newborn deer. The Cyclops walks up to Sara, the ground rumbles with each step it takes. It raises up its metal club high into the air poised to attack. Sara stands there frozen blankly staring at the Cyclops. The Cyclops swings his club at full force slamming it into the ground.

***

In the main office overlooking the arena field, panic ensued among everyone in the room. Guards are running about trying to control the situation.

Guard Captain: “The field is still up!! Why hasn’t the field been broken?!”

Guard: “We’re trying! It’s an S rank [Duel Magic Field]. The caster is still unknown. All magic spells from the outside are deflected. Only S ranked individuals have been able to break into the field. But inside the field, outsiders experience an increased gravity field of 20 times and their magic consumption is increased by 100 times. They’re unable to battle against the A ranked Black Armor Cyclops with the handicapped conditions.”

Guard Captain: “Damn it! Then find someone capable of beating that thing with those conditions!!”

Guard: “That’s difficult sir! In those conditions, the only people that can stand against it would be a SS ranked person or else…”

The guards in the room stop and stare at the two standing by the window. Mary stands by the window with Rose. Mary stares at the field concerned about Sara’s safety. However, her position prevents her from moving freely to go out to help Sara. Mary glares anxiously at the bound Rose who stands motionlessly next to her. Rose blankly faces the window with her eyes and body still bound and blindfolded. Mary’s impatience reaches her limit.

Mary: “Rose! Aren’t you going to do something?! You’re precious master is in danger!!” Rose doesn’t respond to Mary, merely moving her gag slightly. In a fit of anger, Mary removes the gag from Rose. “Say something!”

Rose: “What do you expect me to do?”

Mary: “You need to do something! Your master is in danger!!”

Rose: “I’m bound here. What do you expect me to do?”

Mary: “B-but… this was just a formality.”

Rose: “I’m not like I used to be. I’m much weaker and currently suffering greatly from these seals as it is.”

Mary: “But…” Mary looks at the field again to see the Cyclops attacking Sara.

BOOOMMM!!!!

The ground crumbles under the force of the attack. Sara and the Cyclops become clouded from view as dust flies into the air.

Mary pales looking at the force of the attack. Sara wouldn’t be able to endure such an attack at her level. Mary looks nervously at Rose who stands there motionlessly. Her patience snaps as she yells at Rose.

Mary: “I can’t take it anymore!! Just go save her!!! I won’t stop you!!”

Rose: “You make it sound so easy. But I wouldn’t be able to break the barrier in time even if you let me out.”

Mary: “B-but…you…and…her…”

Rose: “Unless the conditions changes, I can’t do a thing.”

Mary: “A-are you abandoning her? She’s going to die at this rate! Knowing you, you wouldn’t stand and let her die that easily would you?!”

Rose smiles. “Of course not. Why else would I insist on being here?”

Mary: “R-right. Hah.” She finally breathes a sigh of relief hearing Rose’s words. “You’re really cruel testing them like this.”

Rose: “It’s not intentional, but I’ll deal with it properly.”

Mary: “Knowing you. That’s an understatement.”

***

As the black club is swung, Sara continues to stand there shivering unable to run. She feels a tug on her body. Rose’s book pulls Sara to the right forcing her frozen body to tumble to the side. Sara rolls to the side as the club swings downward crashing into the ground. The cracks spread through the ground with the club as its epicenter. The guards gulp dryly as they look at the damage.

Contrary to expectation, Sara emerges from the dust with only a light scrape on her hand when she fell over. She blankly looks at the heavy damages from the club. Rose’s book continues to tug at her back directing her towards the exit. Sara snaps out of her stupor and looks at the book hanging on her belt. Her gaze happens to move upward and she sees Mary and Rose still bound up.

Sara’s mind calms as she remembers Rose’s advice before the test.

Sara: “Calm, calm. I have to be calm and careful.” She takes a deep breath and stands up looking at the Cyclops.

The Cyclops roars in annoyance at missing its prey. It swings its club at Sara again. Sara looks at the Cyclops attack again. Her legs tremble slightly, but she forces herself to jump to the side barely dodging the attack. Her body flies even farther than she can jump from the impact of the Cyclop’s missed attack. Sara breathes heavily as she looks at the damage from the attack.

Sara: "That was close! Hah. Hah." She shakes her head trying to clear her fears. "I can do this. I can do this. [Scan]"

Name
Black Armor Cyclops
Race
Black Armor Cyclops
Gender
Male
Age
43 years old
Guild
None
Job
Berserker
Familiar
None
Rank
A
Stats
Strength
B (A)
Defense
C (A)
Agility
B (A)
Dexterity
C (B)
Stamina
B (A)
Magic Capacity
C (B)
Magic Attack
F (C)
Magic Resistance
D (C)
Magic Control
C (B)
Element
Dark
Notes
Black Armor Cyclops obtained their name from their inherent magic ability to generate a suit of armor over their bodies. Their black skin is incredibly durable in protecting itself from enemies. However, when their life is threatened they generate their armor healing their bodies in the process.

Sara: "It can transform? And it fully heals after the transformation? Just great!! I should call..." Sara glances at the bound Rose again. "No! I can do this! [Wind Blast]!!"

She quickly collects her magic and fires it at the Cyclops right shoulder. The Cyclops turns towards Sara as it raises its club again. The movement throws off her intended target, but she is too focused on her spell to make a complicated adjustment. Sara's [Wind Blast] reaches the Cyclops and directly strikes the center of its chest.

Sara: "Please let this work."

Her spell strikes the Cyclops releasing a flurry of wind. A small explosion follows increasing the strength of the flurry cutting into the Cyclops' skin. It staggers from the increased strength of the wind.

Sara: "Great! [Light Shot]!!" Two orbs of light form above Sara and reshape into sharp needles. "Sharpen and spin!! Fire!!" The needles rotate quickly as Sara gives the command. They shoot towards the Cyclops quickly increasing in speed.

Rose’s book pulls Sara to the left making her tumble to the side. A spell appears and crashes into the ground at Sara's former position blasting the ground to rubble. A nearby guard clicks his tongue as the attack went off course and almost hit Sara instead. Another guard curses and strikes the first guard with the back of his sword for the reckless attack rendering him unconscious.

Sara breathes a sigh of relief at the unexpected assistance from Rose. She focused on the spell so much that she hadn't noticed her surroundings. Thankfully, her [Light Shot] spell continues to fly at the Cyclops despite her disrupted concentration.

One of the needles flies towards the center of the Cyclops' chest. It cuts into the flesh, but quickly loses power from the Cyclops muscular flesh. The shot dissipates into the air barely damaging the Cyclops' chest. The other shot flies towards the Cyclops' eye. It strikes directly into the Cyclops' pupil before it's able to regain its balance from Sara's [Wind Blast]. The needle digs deeply into the eye tunneling through to the other side. The Cyclops falls to the ground holding its eye as it howls in pain.

Cyclops: "GGRRAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!"

The audience begins to clamor at Sara's successful attack. An E rank individual is able to successfully fight an A rank magical beast, such an event is unheard of. Normally, a newbie would be crushed in the first few seconds by such a strong magical beast.

Sara: "Great. I did it, but… now what?" Sara is happy about the successful attack, but has no idea how to continue fighting against such a dangerous monster. "I guess I have to focus on my spells on the eye."

Sara gathers magic for another spell when she sees the Cyclops raising its arm to attack even though it is still sitting on the ground.

Sara: "This... might be bad." Sara runs to the left towards the arena wall. The Cyclops swings its club directly into the ground creating a large crevice splitting the ground. The crevice grows in size extending out from the club towards Sara's former position. The Cyclops repeats the motion cracking the ground even further following the sound of Sara's running.

Sara: "This is really bad! I haven't how to use magic when I'm moving!"

Sara keeps moving and glances at the Cyclops again. A black mass moving on its back catches her eye. She runs around the Cyclops trying to catch a glimpse of the mass.

Sara: "Is that...?"

The mass moves onto the Cyclops' shoulder making it easily visible.

Sara: "It is!! That Black Slime, Kuro-chan! But why is it?"

Kuro’s movements draw the attention of the Cyclops, but its blinded vision makes it unable to see the slime. The Cyclops tries to grab it based on the weight felt on the shoulders. Kuro launches itself onto the Cyclops' face clinging to the eye. The Cyclops flails trying to grab and throw off the slime, but Kuro strong clings to its face. Kuro hardens its entire body forming various needles as it stabs the Cyclops' eye multiple times.

Cyclops: "GGRRAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!"

It cries out at pain swinging its body all over trying to swing the slime off its body. Kuro continues to cling to its face stabbing the eye repeatedly drilling deeper each time. The Cyclops roars in pain even more strongly to the point that black mist begins to waft outwards from its skin.

Sara: "Is that it?"

Sara watches cautiously as the black mist coats the skin of the Cyclops. The entire body is enveloped in the black mist and disperses revealing a black suit of armor. The Cyclops opens its helmet and rips off the slime on its face throwing it at full force against the arena wall.

Sara: "It is...It really transformed and even fully healed. No choice, but to try it. [Light Shot]!!"

Sara casts her spell again forming five needles of light. She quickly shoots them at the Cyclops making them spin at full force.

The Cyclops sees Sara's attack and closes its helmet with a quick clang. The needles fly at the Cyclops and crash into the helmet breaking and dispersing back into light without damging the helmet at all.

Sara: "Uuu... Not even a scratch? That's really bad."

The Cyclops roars as it locks onto Sara. It slams the club down into the ground creating a large crater encompassing the entire magic field. Sara falls as the ground suddenly drops beneath her landing on her butt. The Cyclops charges at full speed towards Sara. It raises its club mid-charge poised to attack her.

Sara watches in fear as the Cyclops charges at her. The Cyclops' movements are much faster than before it transformed filling her with dread. Images of her body being crushed appear in her mind. She instinctively knows that dodging at this point is impossible as the threat of death looms over her. Her fear surpasses her stubbornness as she screams at the top of her lungs.

Sara: "ROSEEEEEE!!!! HELLLPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!"

As the club starts to swing down at Sara, Rose appears in the air directly over the Cyclops' hand. Her body is quickly affected by the intrusion into the field as the increased gravity and magic usage affects her. Her body falls straight down due to the gravity as well as the large weight of her dress. Her blindfold flies off as she crashes straight into the Cyclops' hand shattering not only the black armor and hand, but also the handle of the club. Her body plunges straight through the forearm destroying the armor and turning the flesh into mush.

As she shatters the elbow, Rose swings her bound arms throwing a metal ball into the flesh of the Cyclops' arm remnant. She plunges straight towards the ground, quickly rolling to disperse her momentum. Rose ends her roll next to Sara standing up with a smile.

Rose: "It's about time Master. I can't believe you took on that thing by yourself."

Sara: "Sorry. Wah!! Behind you!!"

The Cyclops roars as it tries to grab Rose with its remaining left arm. Rose smiles calmly as she gives a command without even turning around.

Rose: "Bomb."

A short beep is heard as a large explosion emanates from the Cyclops' right arm. The remaining portions of the arm burst outwards from the explosion. A second explosion follows with a much more directed blast as the Cyclops is knocked off its feet.

Rose: "Okay. Hurry and take off these seals. That won't be enough to kill it."

Sara: "O-okay!"

Rose: "Paper seals and the necklace. Don't worry about the handcuffs."

Sara nods as she rips the necklace away from Rose. She moves quickly pulling all the paper magic seals off Rose's arms and legs. Rose smiles once Sara finishes swinging a leg upwards shattering the handcuffs.

Rose breathes a sigh of relief as all the seals are finally removed. She strips off her heavy dress making it disappear into her dimensional space exchanging it for black skin tight clothing making her resemble a ninja minus her long sleet white hair. Rose tosses another tool at the Cyclops. It explodes in midair forming ten thick tendrils of metal wrapping around the Cyclops binding all its limbs. Rose pulls out a black orb activating it.

Rose: "[Magic Eater]"

A vacuum forms with the orb as the core sucking in all the magic in the area. The field starts to break down as the magic drains into the orb. The Cyclops' armor also breaks down from the loss of magic reverting the Cyclop back to its previous form. The wounds from Sara and Kuro-chan also return causing extreme pain. As the vacuum reaches full force, Rose jumps straight up pulling out a katana from her dimensional space.

Rose reaches the ceiling of the [Duel Magic Field] and slashes with her katana creating a large gash in the field. She immediately follows with a stab shattering the field. Instead of falling, Rose performs a mid-air jump flying out of the boundaries of the broken field. She throws ten metal orbs into the air.

Rose: "[Warp]"

The ten metal orbs disappear from sight. Several cries through the audience and arena field resound as the metal orb appears in front of them. They shoot out tendrils of metal binding each target. The victims try to use magic to break from their bindings, only to find their metal bindings containing a total magic sealing effect. Even the most physically powerful of the victims find themselves unable to break free of the metal.

Rose: "Time for a punishment! Hup!!"

Rose grabs the air above her making the ten victims shoot upwards into the air. They arc in the air flying helplessly towards Rose. A shine glistens in between the space of Rose and the victims revealing wires connecting them. She rounds up the ten victims throwing them at the bound Cyclops. The victims plunge through the air forced to follow Rose's direction and crash into the Cyclops at top speed.

Rose: "Stay there and suffer for the trouble you've caused." Rose falls back to the ground and approaches Sara. "Master, are you okay?"

Sara: "Eh? A-ahhh...I'm fine. Thank you." Sara vaguely mumbles her response still in shock watching Rose clear up the situation so quickly.

Rose: "Good." She gives Sara a strong flick to the forehead. "Idiot. You were too reckless. You should have called me earlier.” Sara holds her forehead from the sudden attack when Rose strongly hugs her.

Sara: “I’m sorry.” Sara returns the hug burying her face in Rose’s chest.

Rose: “Don’t relax too much. We’re still being watched.” As Sara starts to relax, Rose whispers this warning to her. Sara nods remembering the audience. The two of them walk quickly back to the others. The others hug Sara while crying.

Tsubaki: “I can’t believe you did that!!”

Yuki: “I was so worried!!”

Eru: “Sara onee-chan is really lucky that Rose onee-chan saved her.”

Slyph: “It’s amazing you came out mostly unhurt.”

Rose stands to the side letting them express their concerns. Unbeknownst to the girls, a drop of sweat drips down Rose’s cheek as a pained look flashes across her face. Melody standing to the side catches every bit of Rose’s reaction.

Sara: “It’s thanks to Rose. I don’t know what’s going to happen to the test though since it became such a mess.”

Rose: “We can find that out when we talk with Mary. They are probably waiting for us. So we can discuss the situation there.”

Girls: “Okay.”

Melody: “Understood. Follow me.”

Melody leads the way escorting them to the main office. Their arrival naturally draws everyone’s attention. As they enter the room, Melody quickly shuts the door and signals Mary with her eyes. Mary nods waving her hand and moving the curtains over the windows to block the view to the arena. The girls look around in confusion at the sudden action. Melody walks up to Sara quickly glancing at Rose as she passes.

Melody: “Sara-san, call Rose off now.”

Sara: “Eh? What are you talking about…?”

THUD!

The girls look at the source of the noise and see Rose collapsed on the ground. Her face is even paler than normal as her skin glistens from the sweat. Sara and the others panic when they see Rose on the ground. They all try to go to Rose, but Melody grips Sara's arm preventing her from moving. Sara pales looking at Melody’s stern face. Her mind freezes as the thought runs through her mind, “I screwed up.”

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