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WEB 8 Part 38 Summary below. Fair warning to readers, expect a lot of suffering of characters in this part.
WEB 8 Part 38
Yanai asked if Higa’s alright, as if he was genuinely worried about his health. Higa shot back Yanai actually have the nerve to ask that, and Yanai explained he doesn’t want to get nightmares if Higa dies. Yanai had a home bought in California and everything, he doesn’t want anything to ruin his dream job when this is over.
The shot had hit slightly below Higa’s collarbone. He’s started to feel numb, having lost a lot of blood. Yanai then said he was planning on only messing with Ocean Turtle’s monitoring equipment and then escape from a prepared submarine, and this could have all ended without loss of life on Rath’s side. Higa said in outrage that even if it all went as Yanai planned Kirito’s Fluctlight would have been destroyed for good, killing him off, so the ‘no death’ thing is a load of rubbish. Then it was revealed Yanai had been brainwashed by Administrator when she was still alive, when she used the console to contact RW and Yanai was the person nearby when she did so. The reason why Alice was so suddenly taken by Administrator and turned into a Synthesis Knight was also because of Yanai sending her the info. Yanai was dumb enough to think UW was all going to be deleted anyway, so no matter how he messed with UW it won’t matter. He dived in using a STL to meet with Administrator, and got brainwashed. A switch had been hit in Yanai after he talked about Administrator’s death, and he wanted to kill Kirito (or anyone, really) because Kirito had stopped Sugou’s plans and killed Administrator.
Scene Change. Leafa can feel Asuna and Kirito are in trouble
(Flere821 note: as mentioned quite a while back, it seems almost every major character when dropped into UW can now ‘feel the force’ of people far away…)
. She went south to try and find Asuna but she ended up running into a different group of humans. Leafa decided to charge in alone to fight the US players as she won’t die no matter how badly she’s hurt (infinite healing), and she doesn’t want to risk any UW people dying. Rerupirin was told to just protect the dark knights. Leafa went in, and launched two sword skill attacks. However in the stiffened moments after using the sword skills, the US players took advantage of this and skewered Leafa with several weapons. She healed, got stabbed in the arm again, and continued to fight.
Scene change, back to Sinon. She and Gabriel fired at each other at about the same time. Both of them missed, and this ended up as a 360 degree gunfight in mid-air as Gabriel took flight. The one that stops moving first will be the one shot down. Eventually, Gabriel had predicted Sinon’s flight path and shot at her. Sinon barely twisted out of the way, and tried to shoot at Gabriel while he’s bracing to compensate for the recoil. However, a second shot had come right after the first shot. Belatedly, Sinon remembered the Barrett was a semi-automatic. Sinon was hit, and her left leg was blown off from the thigh down.
Scene change. Ultimately, the only one left standing on the battlefield was Asuna with a Super Account, Renri as a Synthesis Knight, his dragon, and Teiza who stuck close to him. Even this situation didn’t last; Renri’s flying blades while attacking others far away can’t defend the wielder, and the Korean + Chinese players took advantage of this fact. A rain of spears shot at Renri from the back, and the dragon risked its life to block it all with its body. The second volley came, and Renri shielded Teiza with his own body, and he was struck down (but still alive). The Japanese players still alive at this point have all been skewered by weapons and pinned to the ground, their high level gear all ripped away from them. Asuna herself lost the will to fight on, her rapier dropped down from her hand. She gave a cry of despair as the foreign players moved in to slaughter the UW people the Japanese players tried their best to protect, then PoH arrived. He shouted out for the Chinese and Koreans to stop, and they listened to him as they thought PoH was one of the original developers of this ‘grassroot VRMMO’. Asuna doesn’t speak Korean, so she doesn’t know what PoH was planning. The 200 Japanese players that are left were gathered in front of PoH, and Asuna can see it’s all the ones with high HP; the ALO Faction Leaders, the Sleeping Knights, and so on. All them were branded by the feeling of despair and defeat, and overwhelmed by the hatred that can be seen on the battlefield.
Asuna crawled to where Lizbeth is, and hugged her. Lizbeth blamed herself for dragging everyone into this, while Asuna said she was the one to blame – Asuna should not have called for help. Agil was left unmoving on the ground, pierced by more than ten spears/halberds to protect Silica; all his limbs were broken as well. Klein himself lost his left arm beneath his shoulder. PoH gave a wide smile at this outcome, and Asuna thought his next words would be the command to slaughter the rest of the UW people. To her surprise, PoH called for the UW people to drop their weapons and surrender, and he would spare all UW people that had fought today. Asuna begged the UW people to accept these terms, as she doesn’t want them to die. The UW people did so with gritted teeth, and the assembled Korean and Chinese players began their own victory chants. A group of PoH’s players went into the UW side on his orders looking for something. PoH then went to have a chat with Asuna, with him calling her ‘the Flash’. Asuna now knew for sure Vassago was PoH from SAO. PoH said that was a nostalgic name, and asked if they knew PoH stood for ‘Prince of Hell’
(Flere821 note: Which if anyone had wiki’d the name Vassago they’d know ‘Vassago’ was also a name for a Prince of Hell)
. Klein swore at PoH and tried to get back up to grab PoH, but was kicked down by his captors. Several more spears and swords came to restrict his movement. Asuna asked if this was revenge for the Crusade against Laughing Coffin back in SAO. PoH was speechless for a few moments trying to hold back his laughter, before finally burst out cackling madly. He congratulated Asuna for having an active imagination, then revealed the truth behind the Crusade:
PoH was the one that leaked the location of where the headquarters of Laughing Coffin was to the Frontliners. The SAO Frontliners present all widened their eyes in shock. PoH said he got tired of leading a Red Guild, and while watching Japanese people kill each other was fun his ultimate goal was to force the Frontliners to also become PKers. For the great heroes that fought for SAO players’ freedom to be reduced to murderers. PoH only told the LC members of the incoming attack moments before it hit, giving LC enough time to prepare to fight back but not enough to escape. Asuna then realized PoH’s true goal – to make Kirito into a PKer. PoH confirmed Asuna’s suspicion, and said he laughed so hard when he saw Kirito killed two of LC members like a man possessed he almost broke his stealth. PoH had planned to kidnap Kirito and Asuna post Floor 90, neutralize them both, and break Kirito’s mind by confronting him with how he had killed the LC members (Flere821 note: which had a high chance of succeeding, considering how Kirito was conflicted on this back in GGO arc). However PoH didn’t count on the game being cleared at Floor 75.
Asuna was so enraged at PoH’s plans she forgot her own wounds, asking if PoH knew how conflicted Kirito was because of his actions. PoH shrugged and said that’s good and all if Kirito was troubled, but he doubted Kirito was truly affected; why would Kirito come back into a VR game if he regretted killing others? It’d be more respectful to the dead if he never played VRMMOs again. PoH says he’ll just ask Kirito himself, after PoH logged in he could feel Kirito’s presence anyway. PoH gave his signature shout of “It’s Showtime!”, and then the group of players he sent into the group of UW people came back with Kirito in his wheelchair, with Ronie restrained and dragged along as well. Asuna thought out for PoH to stop, while Klein was pushed back down again when he tried to get up. PoH was surprised at Kirito’s current state, asking the Black Swordsman and Dual-Wielder to wake up. Ronie cried from where she’s held up, telling Asuna that Kirito tried to get up many, many times when the fighting today had started, but in the end was only able to shed tears as his body was too exhausted to even attempt standing. Asuna shouted at PoH to leave Kirito alone, he had fought so hard and was reduced to this level from his wounds. PoH didn’t hear Asuna, still in disbelief Kirito could be reduced to this level already. He kicked Kirito off of his wheelchair, saying it’s not fun if Kirito had given up already. Asuna and Klein tried to attack PoH but was pushed down, Agil aren’t in a state to get up despite roaring and trying to do so, and Lizbeth, Silica, and Ronie all gave a small cry at Kirito’s treatment.
PoH ignored the players behind him, and kicked Kirito again to make him facing up. PoH asked him if Kirito had really been broken, the hero now reduced to a puppet. PoH unsheathed the Blue Rose Sword to try and attack Kirito with it, but then scowled when he found it was a broken blade. Kirito tried to reach for the white sword, which PoH noticed and then threw it away after sheathing it. He taunted Kirito, but then seeing it still didn’t get Kirito to respond to him he grabbed Kirito and slapped Kirito’s face several times. Even before Asuna was driven berserk in anger Klein roared out and tried to get back up again. This time the weapons did more than just threaten him, stabbing into Klein to pin him into the ground. Klein ignored the wounds and tore himself open on the blades trying to reach PoH, saying he can’t forgive PoH. Asuna’s tears just kept flowing at Kirito’s treatment.
Scene change, back to Sinon. Compared to pain from having her left leg blown off, she was more frightened by what this meant for her fighting ability. She had braced against the recoil and flew by imagining her legs are what propelled her, and with her left leg gone she spiralled out of control. Sinon now can only fly backwards and keep shooting at Gabriel, and he chased after her. Third, fourth, fifth, sixth, the shots all collided into each other and ricocheted away from its intended targets; Gabriel was doing this deliberately. These collisions aren’t possible in RW, but in UW with the power of imagination if both sides believed this was possible then it can happen. Seventh shot, missed, and Sinon tried to attack again. She then realized she ran out of bullets, the Hecate II only have 7 shots. On the other hand, Gabriel’s Barrett has 10 shots, and he had 2 shots left. Gabriel smirked, and then fired once more. Sinon’s right leg was blown off, now she can’t even fly and began to drop out of the sky. Sinon apologized to Yui and Asuna in her mind for being unable to win. Gabriel fired his last bullet, and it reached Sinon’s chest; it blown off her blue armour, evaporated her shirt, and threatened to pierce right through her. The electrode memento once again came into play, its Incarnation preventing the bullet from killing Sinon.
Sinon decided to not give up after seeing this, and decided to place faith in herself, Hecate II, and the boy that the electrode connected her to. The electrode vaporised along with the bullet. Sinon brought her rifle up and aimed it at Gabriel, and channelled her nuking ability through her gun and shot it at Gabriel. Gabriel tried to dodge like how he did against Berculi’s attack, and the laser beam Sinon hit his Barrett rifle instead. The gun blew up in an explosion, and after the smoke cleared Gabriel had his right side charred and ruined by the attack, with his right arm gone as well. Gabriel’s face now finally showed killing intent, and Sinon planned on fighting to the bitter end even as weakened as she is now. Gabriel however turned and flew off, chasing after Alice instead. After Gabriel left, Sinon finally dropped her rifle, and it turned back into the bow when it hit the ground. Sinon began to tear up after feeling her memento was gone, and only the chain that held it close to her was left.
Scene change to Leafa. She was fighting so fiercely she didn’t have time to pull out the weapons impaled into her. Her body was feeling pain all over, like someone had stabbed at her raw nerves with needles. She has many normally fatal wounds on her right now, two swords impaled into her stomachs that’s ripping her internal organs apart, and a sword from behind had pierced right through her heart. Nevertheless Leafa continued to fight, launching another sword skill that might have been her 50th or the 500th attack. As the body is stiffened after a powerful move, as many players as just been removed by Leafa’s attack came in to attack her in this gap. Leafa tried to dodge, but a halberd took off her left hand in the process. Leafa slew another 3 players, and then activated her healing ability. Her HP was at maximum again though her wounds didn’t heal, but her hand was reattached.
By this point her GM ability isn’t a ‘Deity’s Blessing’, but more like a curse. No matter how wounded you become, no matter how badly you’re hurt, you are not allowed to stop fighting. This was a torture built upon the condition that you’re immortal but not invulnerable. Throughout all this the only thing keeping Leafa sane and going was the firm belief Kirito would be able to continuing to fight even with these wounds, and 3,000 soldiers won't be a problem for him – and as his sister she can't let him down. With a shout, Leafa launched a Incarnation attack that stretched over 100m long, retiring many players from the battlefield. She breathed heavily, and then puked up blood from the effort of doing her last attack. Leafa wiped her mouth and shakily tried to get back up, then a thrown spear flew from behind, piercing through her brain and ruined her left eye. Leafa stumbled, but did not fall from that attack; she pulled the spear out with one of her hands and she healed immediately.
There were less than 300 players facing her now. Leafa raised a hand palm up, and made a taunting gesture with her hand. The 300 then gave up on winning, and charged in to try and do as much damage as possible to Leafa. Three minutes later, the players are all gone and Leafa had more than ten weapons impaled into her. Her limbs lost strength, and she fell backwards. She couldn’t even fall to the ground with how many weapons stuck into her, being propped up by them. Leafa closed her eyes as she heard the Orc leader frantically called out her name and ran towards her to see if she’s still alive, and she asked herself:
“I… tried my best, right… Onii-chan…”
Scene change to Higa. Yanai was about to kill him. Rinko called out for him to dodge using his earpiece, and for a second he thought she was telling him to dodge the bullet. Then he heard a swishing sound, and a large wrench came flying down from above. Yanai was hit on the head, and fell down the service ducts. Judging from the sounds when Yanai landed 50m below, he wasn’t dead (at this point) but has broken several bones. Rinko asked if Higa was alright, and he lied that he was fine. He stuck to that lie even as Rinko said she’ll never forgive him if he lied about his condition. Higa had wanted to confess to Rinko that back in their student days he had fallen in love with her too, but then realized that’s pretty much a death flag and shut up. Instead he asked her if they can have a meal together after this mess is all over, and Rinko agreed, saying she’ll treat him. Higa then linked the girls’ STLs to Kirito’s, and even as his sight began to blur, and Higa thought to himself Kirito can finally wake up now.
Summary update schedule
From next part on, it's pretty much the Finale of WEB 8, and of the climax of the entire Alicization arc. Do the readers here want to read it with the current schedule like I have now, a small bit at a time, or do you want it all at once? The options are:
'Movie edition' Finale
: Wait until I've finished it all and read it all at once. Pros: No cliffhangers. Cons: Wait for a week for the rest of this arc.
: Like what I've done thus far, a bit every day. Pros: No waiting. Cons: You're guaranteed a cliffhanger almost every day.
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