The heavy rain from yesterday continued, so we spent the day inside the cave.
The day went as usual. After the morning practice was over, I equipped the Black Wolf Armor that I made yesterday and the halberd, which I still haven’t tried using in a real battle, before facing a fully equipped Gobukichi-kun in a somewhat serious practice battle.
My new armor consisted of flexible black leather pants and a long black leather coat. On my left hand I was equipped with a solid wrought-iron gauntlet, on my right hand I used the carapace-reinforced round shield. I didn’t have anything covering my head, but my feet had a pair of sturdy looking boots that the older Goblins brought looted from the adventurers.
Since my skin was also black, this equipment made it easier for me to conduct covert manoeuvring at night.
Gobukichi-kun's equipment was replaced with various items we got during the Orc raid.
His main weapon was a [Crescent Axe] that burned from having a [Flaming Blade], it was made by embedding a [ Fire spirit stone ] into his battle-axe. His carapace-reinforced buckler was replaced by a black iron tower shield, although it was quite heavy, it had high defensive strength, in addition, it seems like it had been strengthened using magic.
His armor was based on what the Orc leader was using. Using my thread to bind it together, it was now reinforced by pieces of carapace and black wolf leather, which raised the defensive power and mobility.
He looked almost like a moving fortress, in the first place Gobukichi-kun's body build is specialized in vanguard, and after improving his equipment this much his combat ability became something not to joke about.
Truly, Gobukichi-kun had become strong.
I can sense it during his normal training as well, but facing him fully armed truly makes me understand just how much he has improved.
Basically, I, who had strengthened myself by having a variety of abilities, confusing my opponents through the use of various techniques, and winning using methods like striking my opponents from behind, was bad in a situation like this where I had to fight head-to-head without any abilities against a genuinely strong opponent like Gobukichi-kun.
He’s still an opponent I can win against with my abilities, but having my halberd, with the full force of my whole body behind it, being almost perfectly blocked by his tower shield is, as expected, still kind of shocking. Each and every one of his blows is also extremely heavy, but above all his dexterous handling of his axe is worthy of admiration.
It seems like he learned from experience how to swing an axe sharper, faster, and heavier.
Well, the weapons he has used from our very first hunt till now have always been similar, from cudgel → axe → axe which was probably the reason.
Also, his burning [Crescent Axe] was more trouble than I thought it would be. I’ve got the ability [Fire Resistance], so I didn’t get injured by his [Crescent Axe]’s [Flaming Blade]. However, resistance is only resistance and the fire from the axe was a little hotter than what my body negates, however, it only felt a little hot and I didn't get any burns. Also because of the blazing flames my vision was impaired, and it was troublesome when the handle of my halberd got searingly hot from the long exposure to the flames.
Continuing like this, we spent quite some time fighting.
Then I spent some time sewing clothes, picked up the mined [ Spirit Stones ], ate the food the Sisters prepared, then went to sleep.
And then when everyone had gone to sleep, it happened.
Eight bodies were moving towards the place where the five human women were sleeping, and my [Sense Presence] ability caught those movements.
When I looked at what woke me up, I saw the backs of the goblins who were exchanging words in whispers between one another while heading to the girls bedroom, speaking enthusiastically about them.
The moment I saw that, I gripped the halberd that I kept near my bedside in one-hand and chased after them. I made sure to do this stealthily in order to get firm proof that they intended to assault the women's sleeping place. Conclusive proof that they couldn’t refute was extremely important.
It'll be annoying if they said something like "you misunderstood" later.
Once I made sure, I swung my halberd at the closest Goblin, beheading him.
His head flew, then attracted by gravity it fell down to the ground and rolled near my foot, which I then trampled over and crushed flat in one breath. After squashing the head, my boots became soiled, but at that moment, I didn’t care.
I made sure to cauterize the Goblin’s severed throat as I decapitated him; otherwise, cleaning it up afterwards will be annoying.
The smell of burnt flesh sparked my combat instincts.
I dare say I was smiling while doing this.
The sudden cold-blooded murder instantly caused the atmosphere to freeze.
Everyone’s gaze that was locked on me had a dumbfounded and confused expression, ignoring their situation, I began to apprehend the rest of the Goblins using my thread. Looking at the captured goblins, they were the former Hobgoblin Leader and his close aides.
I thought about hearing his story before killing him, he said that he couldn't suppress his sexual desires. When I asked him why didn’t he just let it out on a female of his own kind, he responded that after having known a human woman’s body, a female goblin’s body couldn't satisfy him any longer, the pleasure he felt was in a different league of it's own. However, from my point of view, I don't care about that.
I hit him on the cheek then ignored him, because the girls who were assaulted had some parts of their clothes torn. I heard what I wanted to hear.
I handed over some fine cardigans crafted from the threads I made yesterday to the shivering girls who were hugging their bodies, because leaving them with torn clothes could make them a temptation for the other goblins.
As I finished handing out the clothes, Redhead hugged me while crying, I rubbing her back and called out to her in an attempt to calm her down. However, she started crying even harder, so I continued to patiently calling out to her. Then Gobukichi-kun, Gobumi-chan and Gobue-chan came over, so I gave them instructions to put the goblins I bound with my threads in the practice hall near the entrance and to wake up everyone still sleeping.
In addition, I instructed them to leave the corpse I beheaded alone.
After I gave them out their instructions, Redhead calmed down after some time; although, she still wouldn’t let go of my clothes. For some reason, she would not open her hands regardless of my intention. She was still faintly trembling, so it was unreasonable to forcibly brush her hands away. Though, I think that it would better for her mental health if she don't see what I'll be doing now; but this can’t be helped so I took her with me. The other four girls, although trembling, either because they hated to be separated from me who rescued them as promised, or because they thought they wanted to see what I'll do to the goblins with their own eyes, or possibly for some other reason, followed us.
Having made sure no one was asleep and that they had gathered in the hall next to the entrance, I pointed at the arrested goblins with the tip of my halberd, and explained what these guys did and that I'll be punishing them now, to make them understand, then I began the torture.
For starters, I cut off a bit of the tips of their fingers with a Bowie knife. Cauterizing the wound with a flame so they didn’t bleed to death and using a healing spell to recover both their vitality and stamina, I did this to prevent them from dying easily.
Their screams were noisy so I stuffed a gag of thread in their mouths. That was also to prevent them from biting their tongues. Well, they wouldn’t die quickly even if they bit their tongues to begin with.
Yep, I was putting everyone off.
Physically and mentally, they were drawing away.
Nevertheless, doing this to prove to the girls that the promise I made was not empty should be easily understandable and give a warning to the goblins of what will happen if they opposed me in the future. In the first place, I don't who's following the orders of the previous leader instead of me. Leaving behind things like this would certainly cause problems later on, so for the sake of the future I did this to nip potential troubles in the bud. If, in the end, I got stabbed in the back and died, because I did not do this, it would be ridiculous.
The 6 Goblins were dealt with using various unique, colorful methods, and in the end, only one was left.
The last Goblin — the former Hobgoblin Leader begged for his life with his eyes, but even though I was so lovingly turning him into a sandbag, this fool could not understand a thing, I could not see any value in his existence.
Within the group he held a position that was commensurate with his strength, but as I thought, it can’t be helped that fools will always be fools.
I don’t get those guys that could not even abide by the bare minimum number of rules that I established, so simple that even idiots could understand.
The fact that things ended up this way was because of this guy’s intentions, you reap what you sow.
Still, even I wouldn’t kill them just because I didn’t like them, that's unless I had a good reason for killing them, like this guy and the other six goblins. From the start, cases where it is fine if there were two powers within an organization are exceedingly rare.
Because of that, without hesitation, again and again I burned his arm, tormented him with water, trapped him under a heavy stone while whipping him, keeping him barely alive as I continuously tortured him.