343 – Melee


Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone

“This is Krishna, a ship affiliated with the Mercenary Guild. We’ll be assisting you from here on out. Do your best to hold out.”

『Appreciate it! Damn! These guys sure are persistent!』

I changed the ship’s heading as soon as we ejected out of the hangar and immediately headed to the area where the battle was taking place. From what I can see for now, the ones getting attacked were two medium-class ships and… uh, three or four small-class ones. I wasn’t exactly sure because it’s already turned into a chaotic melee.

“Hiro-sama, I’ve picked up the IFF signals. I’ll display them on screen.”

“Roger that.”

Of the ships shown on the main screen, the friendlies were indicated in green. The enemies were highlighted in red.

“Let’s reduce the enemy numbers first and attract their attention. You handle support, Elma. I’ll leave the timing of firing off the gravity jammers to you…… Oh, but if you think you can bring them down, go right ahead. We’d get more profit that way. And there’s no need to worry about resupplying, so just go nuts.”

『Aye, aye, sir. It’s been quite a while, so I’ll rampage to my heart’s content.』

After replying, Elma’s Antlion broke off from Krishna. I was heading straight for the combat zone, but it looks like Elma was circling around it. She was probably planning on bringing down the ships that would decide to take some distance after Krishna begins attacking. In other words, she was gonna hunt those pirates who’d retreat to a supposed safe zone after suffering an intense attack.

“There sure are a lot of scrubs. Please participate in the attack as well, Lotus. Make sure to keep an eye on those carrying torpedoes.”

『Yes, Master.』

The overall firepower of Black Lotus was much higher than Krishna’s. Of course, it would still be in a disadvantage if it takes on a proper combat ship of a similar class, but it’s able to overwhelmingly suppress small-class ships. In this sort of situation, it was better to have the Lotus participate actively in order to annihilate the enemies faster.

“My Lord, we’ll be engaging the enemies soon.”

Even so, it will still take a bit of time for the Antlion and Black Lotus to participate in the battle. That’s why it’s our and Krishna’s turn first.

“Yosh, we’re heading in!”

I rushed straight into the middle of the chaotic melee between the explorer fleet and the pirates. Whoops, one small-class explorer ship was in trouble. The explorer ship was getting ganged up by three pirate ships and looked like it was about to get shot down, so I decided to help it first.






I rammed one of the three small-class pirate ships pelting the explorer ship’s rear end with laser fire at full speed and immediately hit another one with the heavy-caliber laser cannons and shot-cannons. However, the ones who screamed in surprise and fear after experiencing strong shockwaves as a result of the collision weren’t the pirates alone. Mimi and Kugi also let out terrified shrieks. Oh, come to think of it, this was the first time I performed such a rough maneuver huh?

“Kugi, activate a shield cell. Focus, Mimi.”



The two started performing as instructed even though they were still slightly shaken. It seems like the ship that ate Krishna’s ramming attack got its energy shield completely saturated and ended up half-destroyed and incapacitated. The one that ate shots from close range got brought down instantly. The remaining ship attempted to escape, so I chased after its behind and hit it with two laser cannon shots in a row.

Krishna’s shield, which also ended up getting considerably attenuated by the collision, began to rapidly recover. The targeted explorer ship also seems to have managed to escape the crisis and reinitialized its shield. I was about to finish off the remaining pirate ship when something flew at it from the side and scored a direct hit, bringing it down.

『Sorry. I thought it was about to escape.』

“It’s fine. You’re doing great.”

Apparently, Elma’s Antlion brought it down with a seeker missile first. I suppose even a veteran like Elma didn’t expect me to bring down a ship by ramming it. Mimi never experienced it, so it’s only natural that Elma hasn’t experienced it as well. I guess that’s how it is.

“It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet. I’m gonna eat my fill.”

The pirate ships that were previously absorbed in attacking the explorer fleet were thrown into confusion. Even though the quality of the Edge World’s space pirates was generally a bit better than your average ones, most of them were still using patchwork ships that have been forcefully cobbled together using the wrecks of their victims. Once their energy shields get brought down, their hulls were easy pickings.

『Dammit! Are the other guys not here yet!?』

“It looks like we can wipe you guys out before your reinforcements arrive huh.”

『Don’t act all cocky, bastard!』

The pirates began focusing their attacks on Krishna. Oh, that’s no good, customers. Oh, dear, dear, dear. That’s really no good you know?

If you only focus on me, something bad will happen.

『Alert!? Uwaaaaah!?』

『Geh!? Somethin’ enormous just popped out!?』

『Uwah! Time out! Noooo!?』

A large amount of seeker missiles and laser fire came from behind Krishna and blew the pirate ships to smithereens.

『Suppression complete.』

While I was rampaging and attracting the pirate’s attention, the Lotus fired a barrage and destroyed them all at once. Mm, a barrage from a larger ship really is brutal.

“Hiro-sama, unidentified ships incoming. They will be warping out soon.”

“Got it. There’s a high chance these are enemy reinforcements, so stay alert.”

“Yes, My Lord.”


『Aye, aye, sir.』

Boom! Many ships warped out following a loud boom. None of them sported the same look, and many of them had plenty of gaudy decorations that may or may not serve important purposes. They also sported sloppily painted skull and crossbones symbols on their hulls…… No matter how you slice it, the ships that warped out were all pirate ships.

There were only five of them.

“Don’t let them get away, Elma.”

『Of course. Gravity jammer, activate.』

A deep bass echo rang out. Nothing actually seems to have changed on the surface, but the jammer did successfully manage to prevent both us and the pirate ships from activating our FTL drives. The activation switch of the FTL drive dimmed in an instant and became unusable. The safety lock seems to have applied.

『W-What the heck!? We can’t use the FTL drive!?』

『I can’t release the safety lock! Stop! Don’t come over!』

“Hahaha, just where were you guys planning on going?”

I chased after the pirate ships that scattered like baby spiders in an attempt to get away and brought them down one by one. We shot down four of them, and the last one was finished off by an explorer ship.

『Hahaah! I got em! You damn bastards!』

『W-We survived…… I thought we weren’t gonna make it this time around.』

The explorers seemed to be very excited and relieved. But for us, this was just the start of our work.

“Okay. Black Lotus, commence recovery work. Krishna and Antlion will stay on watch.”


『Aye, aye, sir.』

We have to perform our work quickly. It would be lucky if another round of reinforcements came while we were recovering the wrecks. Oops. I almost forgot about that explorer fleet.

“Let me introduce myself again. I’m Captain Hiro. I’m a mercenary affiliated with the Mercenary Guild. You guys are…… uh, was it the Screech Owls?”

『Yeah, that’s right. Thanks for your help. I’m the main representative of these guys, Captain Souls. As for your reward for the rescue, is it fine if we discuss it after returning to the Dauntless?』

One of the medium-class explorer ships responded. It was a man’s voice. He sounded middle-aged.

“I don’t mind. These guys have a bounty anyway, and we were hired by the military to take care of pirates like them in the first place. So, you got our services for cheap. Ain’t that lucky?”

『Can you call getting attacked by these bastards lucky? Well, I suppose we should at least be thankful for small mercies.』

Captain Souls replied and let out a sigh. Well, the small-class explorer ship that suffered concentrated fire from the pirates earlier did look like it was about to fall apart, so I suppose its repair costs would cause them some headaches. I wasn’t personally affected, so I could only feel that it was a pity.

“Okay then. You should take some more spoils to cover your losses. You have custody over the ship you shot down anyway. I’ll throw in the ones that will appear from here on out as extras.”

『I’m so happy I could cry. Alright, let’s do that. Oi, send out recovery drones. Get Hector’s ship back here before any accidents happen.』

It looks like they were gonna switch to post-combat work as well. We should start working too. I and Elma only needed to keep watch and look out for possible enemies though.



  1. Khang Nguyen Duong Bao

    holy molly, our dear Hiro goes ramming speed right off the bat
    thanks for the chaps as always!

  2. I guess ramming it is a rare tactic in space.
    Thanks for the treat.

  3. Lulz, going for a ram in space combat, nice one. Thinking about it, Krishna is a tough little ship with excellent shield power, so it’s a viable tactic (if the shield isn’t lost due to the impact, there’s a huge difference between a shielded ship and a “naked” one).
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! May God bless you!

  4. Grazzi għall-isforz kollu tiegħek mal-kontenut. Żomm ix-xogħol it-tajjeb.

  5. Thanks for the chapters!

  6. Foe realizing they are outgunned and can’t escape… It’s such a satisfactory scene lol

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