If I were to put this strong sensation I’m feeling right now into words, I’d say it feels like I’m getting swallowed up by the sun.
I screamed, screamed, and screamed.
Hot, hot, hot, it’s so hot…!
My entire body felt like it was on fire.
It was as if there was burning hot oil inside of my body.
My bones feel like they are burning, and my flesh feels like it’s being cooked.
It felt as if my blood was replaced by boiling water as it ran through every nook and cranny of my body at a high speed.
I’ll explode at this rate, just like a water balloon after getting poked by a needle.
The heat that was surging inside my body
The power that was rampaging inside my body
If I don’t release it soon, my body will break into pieces!
I yelled, and yelled, and yelled.
I knew. I knew what to do. I don’t know why but I somehow knew.
The way to release this power. How to give form to that power.
This phantasmic power that harbored my body, I definitely know it.
「――We art one and the same」
I directed this raging chaotic power into order.
With the hand that I extended out, the raging power started to focus as it bundled into a shining black glow.
It was thin, and long.
Sharp, and strong.
「――Come, my soul equipment」
A black and fierce-looking sword – a manifestation of an eclipsing sun.
The strongest and the most ancient legendary class weapon that slaughtered the seventeen gods of war during the mythical era.
Its name was–
「Devour to your heart’s content…Soul Eater!!」
At that moment, a black light that was dark enough to drown out the light of a star swallowed the entire cave.
I wonder how much time has passed as the moon was shining on me again from above.
After the black light dispersed, I found myself breathing heavily as I stood alone inside the cave.
Yeah, I was standing.
Both my legs that were eaten by the maggots have completely grown back all the way up to my toenails.
It was the same for my arms as well; even my right arm that was torn off before it got eaten has been restored.
It felt kind of weird to see my arm that I had once lost move according to my will again.
And lastly, I was holding onto a sword tightly in my hand.
It looked as if the sword was forged with the darkness of the night itself, but I felt strangely familiar with this sword that was completely black starting from the handle.
The entire blade’s body was in the same black color as well, but only the edge of the blade was glowing in the color of blood.
I stared at that part of the sword.
My skin was crawling from this overpowering emotion.
My spine was tingling from this feeling of elevation.
My memory… was still intact. That’s why, I knew what this sword is.
No, even if I had lost my memory, I would still be able to tell from my instincts.
This sword is my soul equipment.
「…Soul Eater, a soul eating dragon…」
The voice that replied to me before was no longer there. However, the black blade glittered under the moonlight as if it was congratulating me on successfully bringing out my soul equipment.
And that glittering together with the glow of the flashy color of fresh blood was something that looked very charming.
Suddenly, something moved in my sight.
When I looked, I saw a maggot about the size of a child’s head desperately trying to get away from me.
Upon a closer look, there were other maggots trying to run away from here the same way.
The group of maggots that was on me seemed to have disappeared from the flash of black light, but there were still many other larvae living in this cave.
It would be dangerous if they all attacked me at once, but they didn’t seem to have that intention.
Maybe their instincts told them that they were no match for me. Or, maybe it was something much simpler, like they did not possess enough offensive power against non-paralyzed enemies in the first place.
「The larvae of a monster that can lay so many eggs were only easy prey, huh?」
I suddenly remembered a special characteristic of these monsters that I’ve heard from Lunamaria once upon a time.
Fly Lords have high reproductive capabilities because of the low survival rate of its larvae. They usually don’t make it to the adult stage or something like that.
Thinking of it like that, maybe even a Fly Lord who can lay thousands of eggs has a tough time surviving in nature.
「Maybe that Fly Lord will grieve in sorrow when it finds out that the children that it went through all that hard work to raise were all eradicated when she comes home!」
I chuckled a few times.
If I wasn’t caught by that Fly Lord, I would have never managed to reach soul equipping. So isn’t it my benefactor in a sense? No, my beninsector maybe?
(So here- 恩人(on-jin) = benefactor. He made pun replacing 人, which = human, with 虫, which mean= insect, into 恩虫. Not gonna stress 2 hard to make that pun less lame~)
Well, whichever doesn’t matter.
With all of my gratitude and anger that sprung from the bottom of my heart, I will cut its children down leaving none remaining.
I should really be looking for a way out instead, but I’ll think about that later.
The despair that I’ve felt until a while ago has not yet faded. I can still remember the fear of having my entire body eaten while I was still alive.
Just that thought alone will make revenge feel exceptionally good. It’s a shame that I won’t be able understand any of the sounds that the maggots will make as they try to escape. Let’s first start with this one that’s close to me!
「Ohhh — *Híííííí!*」(squeal)
The moment I cut that big worm down, a bizarre voice came out from my mouth.
If there were other people in here, they would have laughed at me while they held their bellies. I’ve made such a stupid sound.
What- what is going on right now?! The moment I cut into that maggot, a crazy feeling ran through my entire body. If I had to put it into words, hmm…it’s like the sensation you feel after you rubbed one out…
「…Wha-what the hell was that about?」
I was surprised, but that does not change what I was going to do. I aimed at the next maggot and swung the black sword down at it.
Having expected that feeling for the second time, I managed to control the weird sound coming out of my mouth a lot better.
Is this coming from something that the worms were doing when they are at the point of death? But even if that was the case, it doesn’t seem to be anything harmful to me.
Stab some more.
「More or less…」
Slash some more.
「I’ve started to used to it now」
I started to get used to this pleasure after repeating it several times.
Then, I suddenly stepped on a small one— As I thought, it was hard to kill them by just stepping on them like that.
And I was sayin’ that I was going to kill them with all I’ve got just now.
「Alright, then how about this」
I grabbed a rock from nearby and crushed the maggot with it.
However, I did not experience that feeling of pleasure from it. Just to make sure, I crushed another four or five worms of different size, but the result was the same.
Next, I killed some with the black sword, and the pleasure came back.
「So the worms aren’t doing anything when they die. It’s caused by my soul equipment, huh?」
If that’s the case, then it shouldn’t be anything bad.
Unfortunately, there are no guides with instructions on how to use this thing, so I would just have to find out as I go.
For the time being, I will have my retribution with the maggots that have been eating the people ahead.
I hummed a tune as I cut down the worms that I noticed before my eyes one after another.
Thirty minutes, one hour, one and a half hours, two hours later
No matter how long I’ve been cutting them down for, I did not get tired.
I’ve probably killed around 300 of them now.
Then, my body was hit with another strong feeling. It was different than the feeling that I’ve been getting hit by.
It was as if my body was being washed from the insides. It felt like my body was being restructured from scratch; it was a very strange feeling.
It was a feeling that I had never experienced before in my life.
Going on a hunch, I opened my mouth,
I checked my level with a trembling voice.
Then, what I saw there was a number that I had never seen before.
It definitely said 2. The level that has never ever gone up has definitely gone up!
I instinctively cheered out loud.
Then I was sure of it. My soul equipment increased the acquisition rate of experience points– Wait, no, that alone wouldn’t level me.
My soul equipment must been getting me “something” that wasn’t just experience. It was most likely robbing my opponents of their root of life that is referred to as the soul; hence why it was called a soul eating dragon.
That would explain why I managed to move my level which has never gone up before. One soul reaped by my soul equipment probably provides me with experience comparable to hundreds of experience points.
No, maybe not hundreds, but even thousands. Regardless, there’s definitely no mistake that I can get much more experience of high purity from this method.
That pleasure that I’ve been feeling before leveling up was probably a mental and physical overreaction to the amount of experience I was gaining. My body was surprised from the sudden intake of such high purity experience.
「If that’s how it works…!」
My eyes glowed as I looked at my surroundings. There were still lots of maggots squirming around.
I didn’t need to go look for things to cut.
Now then, let the experiencing earning begin!