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WEB 8 Part 29 (second half) summary below. We've now caught up to my summary of WEB 8 Part 30 (1st half) a while back.
WEB 8 Part 29 (second half)
Alice has a bit of existential crisis right now, gathering all the life force and mana from the battle for her attack. She found out there’s no real difference between the Fluctlights on both sides – why then does the two side need to fight at all? In the end, Alice decided the only reason for her to fight in this was to keep Kirito, who likely would know the answer to that question, safe.
Dark Territory forces at the back prepared their barrage. Alice finally unleashed her spell she’s been gathering energy for, basically a much more powerful version of Fanatio’s Release Recollection. The enemy forces couldn’t get enough energy to do anything in response, with it all gathered up by Alice earlier. A laser beam 10m wide scythed through Dark Territory forces at the back, killing 90% of non-human forces, 70% of Cannibal archers, and 30% of mages.
Alice fell off of her dragon, partially due to recoil from her attack and partially from the shock of being responsible for ending that many lives herself. Fanatio caught her and congratulated her on a job well done. To prevent the dark mages from using the now available mana the human kingdom sent healers into the area to help their own and deny the energy to their opponents.
Synthesis Twenty-six met up with Alice, loathing himself that he had let goblin forces through. To add insult the one that had fixed his mistake was the so-called ‘failure Knight’ Synthesis Forty-nine. And after seeing Alice’s spell he once again felt keenly he’s not worthy of following Alice.
Alice tried to console him, but was interrupted by the Cannibal’s leader. His entire left side was burned off, yet he struggled to human-held side. He thought Alice was the ‘Priestess of Light’ Vector was talking about and was after, because of her laser attack just then, and he wants to capture her for the sake of his people. Synthesis Twenty-six was going to kill the cannibal leader but Alice stopped him, and kept talking with the cannibal leader to fish for info. She has no idea what this ‘Priestess of Light’ business was about. The cannibal leader revealed Vector wants the Priestess captured, and will grant any wish of the one that did so; all the cannibal leader wants is for his people to return to the grass plains and their nomadic lifestyle, living peacefully. Alice was shocked that the dark god Vector has descended onto their world. She asked if the cannibal leader hated her for killing his people, and he replied no, the strong ones have their own duties and he does not begrudge her for doing her’s; likewise, he has his duty to his own people and he will now capture her for the sake of them. He charged, and Alice killed him with her superior skill. As he died though Alice gathered up his soul, and used a gust of wind to send him back to the plains he called home, so he won’t be used up in the coming battle.
D reported back to Vector about the army’s failures, overwhelmed with fear and sure that unspeakable punishments awaited her for her incompetence. Vector didn’t care about her failures, and merely asked how could they remedy the situation of not enough energy. D replied it’s a battlefield, the blood and lives lost would be able to fuel their spells if they could gather them. Vector pondered her words, particularly the bit about blood and lives.
After Alice’s attack, the battle had a lull for now. Soldiers on the human side took this opportunity to heal and eat. In this time Alice reported back to Berculi about what the Cannibal leader told her. Berculi confirmed Alice’s thoughts that the term ‘Priestess of Light’ was not mentioned anywhere within Church lore. Fanatio commented it’s unbelievable that the god has returned, while Berculi told her it wasn’t that unbelievable; there’s a oppressive feel over the enemy side, a powerful Incarnation aura. Besides, now that the Eastern Gate has fallen anything could happen. Berculi asked assuming Alice was indeed the ‘Priestess of Light’, what does it mean for the current situation. Alice considered the conversation Kirito had with the Outer Gods, about the ‘World’s End Altar’. If she could get there she might be able to ask the Gods for aid. Alice said she’ll declare herself to the enemy, and draw them away. As they chase after her the others can outflank the enemy and destroy them.
Scene cuts back to D and Vector, with the god asking D if 3,000 was enough. D couldn’t understand what he meant, so he asked again if 3,000 sacrifices from the demi-human reserves would be able to provide enough energy. D’s fear turned into intoxicating joy and dependence towards Vector for being able to think this cruelly and efficiently, and promised yes it’s enough, and she’ll have her forces to bring forth the most hell-like deaths onto their foes.
The beastmen leader was the only demi-human leader left, and he protested at how his people will be used for sacrifices. They wouldn’t even get a chance to prove their worth on the battlefield, and now would be slaughtered like livestock. To prevent D taking advantage of Vector’s orders the beastmen leader’s lover offered herself and her own 3,000 troops as sacrifices, preventing the beastmen leader somehow ending up among the sacrifices. She told him they will meet again in heaven after their deaths. The 3,000 sacrifices left the army ranks, proud that they will be used to deal a serious blow against the enemy, while the other 7,000 wept at their departure. At 100m away from the human camp the 3,000 beastmen are sacrificed, their bodies bursting from the inside out, shining brightly with their lifeforce, before being blackened and writhed like many long insects. Among the dying shrieks were the 3,000’s proud chants that they fight for the glory of the beastmen. The beastmen leader collapsed, smashed his fist onto the ground and wept, that the humans have again and again grinded the demi-humans down for their own ends. His right eyes throbbed painfully with every one of his internal shrieks of anger and hatred.
Turning time back around 30 minutes, Berculi amended Alice’s plan of using herself as bait by sending half the army with her. Bersuli reasoned just by herself won’t be convincing enough for the Dark Territory army to go after her, and Alice didn’t have the proof to suggest otherwise. Berculi said he’ll be going with her as part of the bait (as a aside, Fanatio and Berculi bickered a bit like a old couple as for why she thought it was a bad idea for Berculi to head off away from her). Of the bait group, there’s 5 high level Synthesis Knights, their dragons, 1,200 guards, and 50 people in charge of supplies. 10 wagons are with this group, one of them houses Kirito, Teiza and Ronie.
The bait group started to leave, sure they won’t be hit by long range attacks any more, but then the dark mages’ curse spell attacked.
WEB 8 Pt 30 (a bit before my last summary on this part)
(this next part will be briefly covered, more sub-par plot despite reasonably good fight scene)
The curse spell attacked, and neither Berculi or Alice had enough power left in their swords to counter. Synthesis Twenty-six charged ahead to draw the curse to himself, boosted by Eugeo’s Blue Rose sword (yet another dues ex machina). His Release Recollection got boosted, attacked some of the bugs, resulting in the curse treating him as the priority one target. Synthesis Twenty-six’s HP was 5,600 at maximum, but getting hit by the spell reduced him to -500,000 instantly (Flere821 & Chinese TL note: yeah, first time I’ve heard HP can go into negatives in UW >.>). Synthesis Twenty-six, what’s left of him after that attack anyway, died in the arms of Alice, satisfied he has done some good for her.
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