I was about to leave the room…
But the two demons put on serious expressions, and used their clubs to point into the distance.
I still had【Magnetic Compass】active.
Where were they pointing?
They were pointing northeast.
I had a feeling they were pointing at the last gem.
As I feared…
The Hyakki Yagyo.
Would I have to fight it?
Suruga said he ran into it before, when he formed a Union with Nonomura.
But it was still a very difficult fight for him.
It definitely sounded like a troublesome monster.
But even encountering it would be troublesome.
Around 1:30 AM, in the north-eastern part of the cave?
It was a time in which I would usually be logged out.
What to do…?
I made up my mind.
I would stay late into the night.
I killed some time by touring all the coloured demon spawn points.
At some point, the date changed in the game.
I started preparing my team for the fight.
Obsidian as my scout.
Jericho and Senki to fight in the front.
Mumyo and Ninetails in the back.
I spent the final hours hunting some more.
The time was 1 AM.
What were my surroundings like?
Wait, no, there were strangely no other players.
Well, there weren’t that many other players to begin with.
Obsidian didn’t sense anything strange.
It was the same for Ninetails.
I still had some time left.
It was 1:30 AM.
Ninetails started darting to and fro in a panic.
Something was happening.
Obsidian also stood alert.
I was in a wide hall in the northeast, which also served as a spawn point for the coloured demons.
Obsidian and Ninetails were both looking in a certain direction.
There was nothing but a wall there.
But they were looking towards the northeast.
I did hear it would appear at the Demon Gate…
I got ready for a fight.
I recalled Obsidian.
I summoned Nias.
I started distributing strengthening spells.
There was no hesitation.
The time was 1:45 am.
It was a few minutes after I was finished using all my strengthening spells.
Here it comes…
Here it comes!
A few demons started slipping through the cracks in the walls.
Miasma Demons… Devils…
At the very centre was a white demon.
In mere moments, the scene in front of me was bathed in red markers.
And there were even more coming.
More and more…
I chose and started casting a spell.
I already knew what my first spell had to be.
Would it be the key in the fight?
I had two support Summon Monsters.
Ninetails and Nias.
I would have to focus on working together with my team.
Nias’s voice resounded around the cave.
But there was no time to admire that voice.
I watched my enemy.
That was very important.
Jericho and Senki were on guard at the front.
Mumyo fought closely behind them with his Khakkara and with his Special Skills.
Parts of the room were bathed in fire.
The storms of fire were shot out by Mumyo.
The Miasma Demons were easily slaughtered.
But their numbers wouldn’t decrease.
I followed up with my own spells.
I shot out an attack spell.
Both the Miasma Demons and the Devils were taken out one by one.
What was left?
There were also five coloured demons…
No, six of them including the white one.
More demons were still coming out.
Ninetails shot out balls of light at the flood of monsters.
The balls of light exploded within the waves.
Half of the Miasma Demons were taken out by just Ninetails alone.
But it looked like I had to fight in the front too.
The stronger demons were closing in.
It would be difficult for Senki and Jericho to take them on their own.
I kept up the front line.
But there were a few annoying monsters.
The black demon, for one.
Jericho could take on the white demon on his own somehow…
While Senki had to deal with both a green and blue demon at the same time.
I used an attack spell to take out a red demon…
And looked around to see Mumyo holding down the yellow demon.
Where was the black demon?
I finally got some light into the hall.
But it was still difficult to see the shadows amidst all the chaos.
This is bad…
Mumyo shot out another storm of fire.
More demons were still slipping through the walls.
But their numbers were starting to decrease.
Ninetails kept up the light attacks too.
At some point, they had managed to take out all the Miasma Demons and Devils.
But it was still difficult to see the shadows.
Where was it?
Where was the black demon?
I sensed Nias’s spear coming my way.
No, at something that was behind me.
At the same time, Ninetails started shooting the balls of light at me instead.
The black demon?
I saw another shadow behind me.
Like I would just let you go now!
I pulled out my Tokkosho and stabbed the air behind me.
I could tell the magma blade hit something.
I felt some resistance in my hands.
I swept the blade sideways to cut the demon.
I followed up with a spell.
The black ogre showed itself.
Time to meet your maker!
I took down the black demon.
How was everyone else doing?
Somehow, the fight was still going on.
Jericho and Senki were not looking so good.
Ninetails switched from attack to mostly support.
He took turns healing Jericho and Senki.
But the battle was slowly turning in our favour.
Well then, one last push.
I moved to the front.
The last demon was the white demon.
But it soon met its demise.
Surrounded by all my Summon Monsters except Ninetails.
No matter how big it was, it had no chance of escape.
There was nothing it could do.
《【Water Magic】Level Up!》
Even after fighting all those monsters, I only got one level-up.
But oh well.
More than that, the amount of MP the fight took was amazing!
Mumyo, Ninetails, and Nias were on the verge of complete exhaustion.
It was a fierce battle.
My MP bar was also not looking so good.
But I could still do some more exploration and fighting.
As long as I didn’t have to fight the Hyakki Yagyo again.
What did it leave behind?
Just one thing.
It read “Faith”.
I now had all the eight gems.
The time was past 2 AM.
I could set up an【Instant Portal】and log out…
But I was intrigued.
I was definitely curious.
What was the point of all this?
I wanted to at least go back to the room with Acala, the Wisdom King.
I changed up my Summon Monster team.
I switched out my whole team.
Volff and Jean as scouts.
Creep and Loewe in the front.
Zuiun as a support.
I started heading back.
Even though I had just defeated the Hyakki Yagyo, there were still coloured demons at the spawn points.
Get out of the way.
I had to go have a look at Acala!
Let me go!
But they wouldn’t let me go so easily.
I reached the flooded part of the cave at shortly after 3 AM.
It wasn’t just me staying up late anymore.
But I was already so close.
I just had to know.
I changed up my Summon Monster team.
I recalled everyone except Nias.
With Nias to drag me along the underwater tunnel, I easily made it to the other side.
I was very grateful I summoned Nias!
I reached Acala, the Wisdom King.
But nothing happened.
Nias’s MP bar was already at just about zero, so I recalled her.
I summoned Volff, Jericho, Senki, Goki, and Heather.
I didn’t want to believe it…
But I used strengthening spells on everyone.
I approached the statue of Acala.
Nothing happened when I touched the statue either.
In my left hand were all the gems.
But nothing happened to them either.
Maybe I had to do something to the other statues?
I approached one of the other statues, and noticed that its right eye seemed to be glowing.
One of the gems in my hand started glowing too.
The gem in the statue’s right eye read “Steal”.
The gem in my hand that started glowing read “Wisdom”.
I grabbed just that one gem and approached the statue.
The light became stronger.
Suddenly, the gem in my hand shattered.
I looked again at the statue’s right eye.
It no longer read “Steal”.
It now read “Wisdom”.
I tried the same for another statue.
The pattern repeated for all the other statues
It looked like it was finally over.
《There are no spirits here…》
Don’t suddenly come up from behind me, King Qin Guang!
《But your prayers have been heard. You have regained the power of faith! 》
King Qin Guang lightly pat me on my shoulder.
But I still received a shock.
His hand felt very heavy.
《This place shall never be released by those who desire to do right! 》
Leaving those words, King Qin Guang disappeared.
Was that the event?
《Event『Restoration of the Eight Princes』cleared!》
《You have gained 5 Bonus Points. You currently have a total of 16 Bonus Points.》
I felt a huge wave of relief.
I didn’t want to go through another fight.
But there were no updates to my titles.
I looked at the statues again.
I touched the statue on the left of the Acala statue.
《Will you challenge Konngara?》
I can challenge it?
I really wanted to leave that for another time.
I used【Instant Portal】, and got ready to log out.
The time was 3:30 AM.
It wasn’t an all-nighter for me.
But it still felt like one anyway.
Oops, my thoughts were starting to go places again.
I decided to just log out.
Race Human Male Racial Lv20
Job Grand Summoner Lv5
Bonus Points Remaining: 16
Sword Lv6 Two-handed Spear Lv4 Rope Artes Lv5 Staff Lv15 Punch Lv13
Kick Lv13 Joint Lock Lv13 Throw Lv13
Evade Lv13 Block Lv13
Summon Magic Lv20 Spacetime Magic Lv11
Light Magic Lv12 (↑1) Wind Magic Lv12 Earth Magic Lv12 (↑1) Water Magic Lv12 (↑1)
Fire Magic Lv12 (↑1) Dark Magic Lv12 (↑1) Ice Magic Lv9 Lightning Magic Lv9
Tree Magic Lv9 Dust Magic Lv9 Lava Magic Lv9 Steam Magic Lv9
Alchemy Lv9 Pharmacy Lv7 Glassmaking Lv6 Woodworking Lv8
Synergy Lv14 Appraisal Lv14 Identify Lv14 Discern Lv4 Cold Resistance Lv7
Grab Lv11 Horsemanship Lv10 Precise Manipulation Lv13 Ropework Lv6
Jump Lv7 Acrobatics Lv6 Heat Resistance Lv8 Climb Lv7 Balance Lv5
Dual Wield Lv12 Disassembly Lv10（↑1） Swim Lv4 Dive Lv4
Physical Reinforcement Lv10 Mental Reinforcement Lv11 Speedcasting Lv13 (↑1)
Magic Effect Amplification Lv10 Magic Range Expansion Lv10
Tokkosho ×2 Staff of Torture ×2 Tonfas of Torture ×2
Capture Rod of Torture ×1 Needlefish Spear ×1
Enraged Pickaxe+ ×2 Silver Necklace+ ×1
Snow Leopard Push Dagger ×1 Gale Tiger Push Dagger ×1 Snow Leopard Bagh Nakh ×1
Plains Lion Bagh Nakh ×1 Fighting Bull Leather Armour+ Set
Bracelet of Torture ×2 Anklet of Torture+ ×2 Prison Guard’s Black Rope ×1
Rampage Horse Belt+ Rucksack Item Box ×2
Survival Knife Woodworking Set
Old Summoner’s Younger Brother Guardian of the Forest Knower of the Middle Path
Sea Monster Vanquisher Guardian of Lapis Lazuli Light Spell Glossary Martial Arts Fighter
Volff Grey Wolf Lv5→Lv6 (↑1)
AGI 31 (↑1)
STR 17 (↑1)
Bite Dash Threaten Divine Hearing Sense Danger Pursue
Night Vision Conceal
Obsidian Mystic Eye Lv4→Lv5 (↑1)
DEX 14 (↑1)
AGI 22 (↑1)
INT 22 (↑1)
Peck Silent Flight Far Sight Night Vision Ambush Sense Danger Divine Hearing
Senki Lesser Ogre Lv3→Lv4 (↑1)
DEX 12 (↑1)
AGI 21 (↑1)
Punch Kick Throw Object Block Evade Climb Throw
Self Regeneration [Slight]
Tigris Tiger Lv8→Sturmtiger Lv1 (New!)
AGI 21 (↑3)
Bite Threaten Sense Danger Night Vision Conceal Wind Attribute (New!)
Nias Mermaid Lv4→Lv5 (↑1)
VIT 7 (↑1)
SPI 17 (↑1)
Two-handed Spear Aquatic Shapeshift Night Vision Cursed Song Water Attribute
Taylor Big Crab Lv2→Lv3 (↑1)
AGI 7 (↑1)
STR 26 (↑1)
Pincer Strike Aquatic Earth Resistance Water Resistance