LDM – Chapter 187

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Third Dungeon Battle: Battle 10


# Team Demon King’s Point of View #


Core 666 advanced through Team Sovereign’s dungeon.
Although it was unfortunate that she ended up having to use her trump card, [Crimson Road], she didn’t regret it. She would have been put in a pretty severe situation if she had to expose her body to the iron ball, after all.

[Aidi, they broke through the boss room.]  
“Alright. But it’s not like they’ll find the Dummy Core.”
[Yeah, they won’t find it.]  

Core 666’s master responded in confidence. His voice reflected how confident he was that they wouldn’t ever be able to find the Dummy Core.

“So, how’s our dungeon?”
[As planned, they are stumped. After all, the Dummy Core isn’t here.]  

It was in the Black Armor. That was the Dummy Core’s hiding spot.
The Dummy Core was basketball-sized, but it fit perfectly in the Living Armor’s abdomen.

The enemy’s dungeon should be attacked with the strongest war potential.
The Dummy Core, that which must be protected, should be protected with the strongest war potential.
So that she could follow both of these without contradicting either, Core 666 and her master thought of this plan.
They came up with the reckless strategy of [Place the Dummy Core inside of the strongest war potential].

This was also the strategy they’d planned to use since long before the Dungeon Battle.
That is why they had the rule be [Destroy the Dummy Core] rather than [Touch the Dummy Core]. That way, even if their enemy somehow managed to get inside of the armor, it wouldn’t be counted as a defeat. It was a good opportunity.

Their dungeon itself was made up of five floors that had cost them a fitting 50,000 DP. Most of their traps were prepared so that they would work by themselves even if the dungeon was suspended due to the core being outside of the dungeon. Their monsters were almost entirely gotten through [Summon Skeleton]. And finally, their final boss room was a facade.
They had to make a boss room midway and buy a bone fish so that they could dam up the water, but—well, it served its purpose of stalling for time.
The rest of their DP was used entirely for the sake of strengthening Core 666 herself.

“Fufufu, I don’t think Core 695 will figure out that the Dummy Core is right here.”
[It looks like they’re starting to look around outside the dungeon… Let’s just have them keep crawling around the dungeon until it’s all over.]  

Core 666 advanced further inside.
There was a room ahead of her.

“Master, open it.”

Her master opened the door with the Skeleton he was operating.
A wiggling sound came from inside the room followed by a translucent tentacle appearing, wrapping around the Skeleton and seizing it.

[Uwaah!? Kuh, this thing—!]  

Weaponless due to being summoned by [Summon Skeleton], it was equipped with what could at most be considered a bone club. It bashed the Tentacle Slimes tentacle with it—it didn’t deal any damage at all.

[Tch, I’ll switch to another Skeleton.]  
“Master. Even if I can summon however many Skeletons needed with [Summon Skeleton], even my magical power will run out since we’re outside of the dungeon alright? Please fight properly.”
[That just now was justified.]  

They knew that there was something waiting in ambush behind the door. That’s why she had a Skeleton open the door, so he wasn’t wrong in saying that the cost was justified.
However, that was that. Core 666 smiled.

“It’s added to your punishment. Please look forward to it.”
“Oh? Not answering?”
[Hah… understood.]  
“That’s a good master. You are, in the end, my puppet.”

Swinging the fire-clad magic sword, she burned the Tentacle Slime.
With a sound akin to evaporating water, the Tentacle Slime withdrew its tentacle… A slime’s weakness is fire and magic. This magic sword hit both of those perfectly.

“Even so, they have an unusual slime, don’t they? Is it a boss? What do you think, Jiji-sama?”
[The Tentacle Slime? Physical attacks don’t work against it, so it’s somewhat of a nuisance to deal with… but it’s not as though you could say they don’t have their weaknesses. It being a boss is possible. However, it would take a considerable amount of DP… did they bring it in themselves?]  
“Oh, they brought it in? Did 695 want to enjoy the Dungeon Battle with me that much?”

When she stepped into the room—there were enough forces gathered together that it could practically be called an army. There were Golems, Gargoyles, even the Sahagins that she’d seen over in her dungeon and the octopus from a bit ago, as well as a Flying Squid and some others she didn’t know. The Tentacle Slime was there as well, of course.

“… So many.”

Core 666 muttered.

“What a wonderful welcome. But who shall be my dance partner for this party?”
[The last one standing?]  
“Fufu, I’m getting fired up…”

Holding up her magic sword, Core 666 delved into the crowd of monsters.




# Kehma’s Point of View #


“The boss room’s door was a fake, huh?”

I just got Ichika’s report.

“Yeah. Even though I’d finally got it open after breakin’ it, there was just a dirt wall. It was just a normal door.”
“Huh. There wasn’t an [Under Construction] sticker too, was there?”
“[Under Construction] sticker? What’s that?”
“Ah, it’s nothing. It’s a long story… so, there isn’t a way forward then?”
“Un. I think we might’ve overlooked something’, so I’m going over everythin’ again.”
“No, it’s alright.”

I stopped Ichika. I had Meat check outside the dungeon’s entrance, but I was only really able to figure out the the dungeon was located somewhere in an area under the Demon King’s rule.
… I’d started wondering what the heck we were supposed to do next, but I came to a conclusion straight away.

“Well, it’s alright.”
“Alright…? What do we do? We can’t win if we can’t beat Core 666’s dungeon though.”
“What’re you saying, Rokuko?”

I clapped a hand onto Rokuko’s shoulder and spoke.

“Isn’t the enemy Dungeon Core in our dungeon already?”
“… Ah—”

Right, the Dummy Core could be anywhere. It could even be hidden and brought here.
If we defeat Core 666 who’s invaded us, that’ll be our win.

Either our enemy will lose all of their war potential and be unable to fight or we win because their core is destroyed. It’s our win either way.


Core 666 is either super confident in herself or she’s an idiot.
I’d be glad if it’s the latter.


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25 Responses to LDM – Chapter 187

  1. HapUgMata says:

    well unfortunately it’s the previous one…

    thanks for the chapter…

    • 4crosses says:

      over confidence is the same as stupidity 😉

      • hecate says:

        let’s say core 666 is a meathead :v she is not necessary stupid like the 3 in a row reptile core, but she is a bit of a brute

        • Dark says:

          Yeah I wouldn’t call 666 stupid, and brute force isn’t always a dumb solution. Her strategy may be risky but it’s not unreasonable. She’s a mobile fortress, and the summons let her reinforce without exhausting forces wading through a dungeon’s early floors. She’s been reasonably cautious in screening herself with skellies as well. It was more than enough to trample the snakes-on-a-dungeon dungeon.

          • RandomDude says:

            Trampling that dungeon doesn’t say much one way or another. Also, if it wasn’t a poisonous dragon of all dragons, they likely would have lost a black armor there.

          • Dark says:

            Yeah no, I agree with you. The three stooges weren’t a real hurdle. That said, I doubt ANY dragon would have been a good choice given the DP constraints. The base cost is already so high it’s like spending 49k to build a race car and having 1k left over for the engine.

          • Anonymous says:

            I still have many doubts on the idea of bringing you’re dungeon core to the oppositions dungeon. Even inside the armor, if it isn’t properly cushioned in then a hard enough shock wave from blunt trauma on the armor’s chest piece could shatter it.

            Although she had a general idea of the type of monsters Keima had going in thanks to the skeletons scouting ahead, if her opposition had a monster that could pass through solid objects while also having offensive capabilities (like a wraith that could use magic or something) then it could set of an attack inside the armor. Problem with that would be sneaking up on the armor, as she has map she will generally know where enemies are at all times.

            Also, a monster like the tentacle slime could seep a tentacle into the inside of the armor, problem is the sword.

            The way I think it’s going to end however is with the cartoon octopus squirming its way into the armor and breaking the core with it’s beak. She’ll stay vigilant of the slime but I reckon she wont see the octopus as that much of a threat and will not pay attention to it.

          • Barnaby says:

            I still think that taking you’re core into the enemies dungeon is still too reckless. while she does have a general idea of the monsters and traps ahead thanks to her using the skeletons as scouts, if something blunt were to hit the chest piece of the armor hard enough then the core would shatter from the shock wave (unless it was fitted with cushions but it didn’t mention anything like that)

            And then there’s the possibility of Keima having a monster that was incorporeal that could let off an attack inside the armor (for example a wraith using magic) this on it’s own would be difficult however as she would have map and wouldn’t be able to sneak up on her unless Keima overloads her map with enemy forces.

            Lastly if something could fit through the seems of the armor and can attack the core then it wouldn’t be that hard. Although she dismissed this possibility it could potentially happen with the slime tentacle. Though if it was, 666 will be vigilant of that.

            The way that I see this ending would be the octopus will be able to fit through the seems of the armor and break the dungeon core with it’s beak. Both 6 and 666 have no knowledge of octopus so I think she will underestimate it’s ability to slip through.

          • Barnaby says:

            Aaah, sorry bout this, the anonymous post here was me, when I forgot to put my name in and posted it, it just disappeared and when I checked later to see if it was there it wasn’t so I re qrote my post and put my name on it. I’m Sorry (TT_TT)

  2. Shovel says:

    “Core 666 is either super confident in herself or she’s an idiot.”
    I think its both…

  3. KuRuuRuu says:

    Whoaa whoever said the dummy core is inside that armor is correct!
    And it again turns into a defensive battle, which I believe, is Kehma’s specialty~
    Thank you for the chapter!!!

  4. Random Internet User (tm) says:

    Thanks kindly for all the hard work!

  5. A random passerby says:

    i said this before but core 666 has shown us again and again that she is a musclehead xp

  6. Yomi El says:

    Thanks for the Chapters.

    Kehma’s cunning and mastery of trolling is deadly, especially when combined with Rokuko’s Insane LUCK, it makes that Dungeon Terrifying.

  7. Tinchen says:

    ty for the chap

  8. Dark says:

    Oh, and just as a tentative guess – Kehma wouldn’t have thrown the tentacle slime out against the living armor without giving it some ability to cope with the fire sword. I’m thinking it’s either got orichalcum garrote wires laced through it’s body, or it’s just going to slither down the living armor’s throat.

    • Barnaby says:

      Nah, thanks to the indestructible burning sword I think she’d be able to hold the slime at bay. The true hero in this dungeon battle will be the octopus. 666’s thought process was “even if their enemy somehow managed to get inside of the armor, it wouldn’t be counted as a defeat.” However, an octopus, being able to slip through spaces the size of its beak would both be able to get inside the armor and break the core with it’s beak.

      • Dark says:

        Well it ~would~ be pretty funny if both the living armors were taken out by the same cartoon joke mob.

        Per your comment above – There wasn’t much risk of an enemy entering the suit to look for the core before now. Yeah it’s a gamble, but if they’d had their core behind that boss door the fight would have ended already. Of course better strategies existed, but 666’s put up a better showing than Haku sofar. She’s not dumb, but I feel sorry for her ‘master’.

        Wraiths. . . I’d love to see what they can do. Like, in general. They probably can’t pass through walls in an enemy dungeon, but they’d be awesome for defensive harassment. Dragging people into environmental hazards, combo plays with giant spiders or slimes. Lots of possibilities.

  9. Sumguy says:

    >read spoiler

  10. sodemas says:

    Thx for the chapter o/
    so we are gonna have a fight between armor and Tentacle-sama?~~

  11. Oak says:

    Thanks for the chapter

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