ng it…

It was pretty impressive that she had discovered it.
And even in this event, she knew exactly what she needed to do, and was playing seriously.
While she seemed young, perhaps she was a pro gamer…

“Well, now that I told you, I’m going to go and hunt down what remains of Blue Deer!”

“You don’t want to fight me?”

“Regardless of the player’s strength, 1 kill is just 1 kill.
So there is no point in taking someone like you on! See ya!”

“Right, uh…see… Wait a second!”

Tsk…why was I even talking to her…!
The conversation had been about the game from the perspective of a user, and so I had started to listen out of an old habit.
I wasn’t even a developer here…!
It wasn’t as if her opinions were any use to me!


I aimed with my bow, but she had already vanished.
But I now understood why she had talked to me in the first place.
Turning invisible was a powerful skill, and so there would obviously be limitations.
She had been buying time so that she could use it again.

However, I doubted that what she said was a lie.

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She wouldn’t be fighting this dangerously unless she really did care about her personal ranking.
Yes, it was the truth.
And because of that…

“Black Smog! Black Smog! Black Smog!’

It spread out everywhere.
Being invisible didn’t mean you were invincible.
Your hitboxes were still affected.
Besides, there was also the smell.

“Aggheeeghhh!! It stinks! How did you know!?”

If she wanted to go up in the rankings, then taking over a fortress would be the fastest way to do that.
After all, this was a turf war.
And there was no way she would ignore a place that was so underprotected.
She just needed to kill me, and then it was hers.

“Bow Shower!”

I knew that she was inside of the smog, but I didn’t know her precise location.
And so this skill was very useful.
As she was likely putting most of her points into speed, I hoped that it would be a fatal blow…

“Well, I wonder what will happen…”

By the time the smog had cleared, she was nowhere in sight.
But there was no player memory on the ground…which meant that she had escaped.
Well, while I had made mistakes, like talking to her in the first place, I had wanted her to survive…I suppose.

After all, there was something important that I wanted her to do.

Which was to hunt down the rest of the Blue Deers.
She wasn’t the biggest threat when protecting this fortress.
It was the Blue Deer players who would call for help from the other fortresses.

When AI players died, they turned into memories once again.
And if that memory was collected by their team, the original player would regain control.
In other words, there was a big possibility that they would come in full force in order to retrieve Buckler.

However, this system wasn’t absolute.
It would be harsh to have players who were killed near the beginning wait three hours as they thought about returning.
And if the original player was absent, then they would become AI warriors.

However, Buckler was a famous player from a great guild.

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Waiting for three hours in order to raise your chances of winning was not a tall order.
And so they would likely come for him.
Especially since they would not know that the place was protected by just a few players.

That’s why I wanted her to kill all the survivors.
And even if some escaped, if they spread news about an invisible enemy, it might help keep others away.
After all, it was difficult to tell which team she was on.
People were likely to just assume that she was part of Red Boar.
Yes, I had high hopes for what she would accomplish.

“Change golem and cannon controls to AI.
And put golems in patrol mode…”

The surviving golem started to move in the area surrounding the fortress.
If the cat girl was still targeting me and showed herself, then they would react.
Furthermore, I used the points from the newly killed players to create a dome-shaped barrier around the fortress.
Now if someone tried to scale the walls and enter, the barrier would be in their way.
Apparently, the barrier would also make a loud noise when cracked, so I would know immediately that we were being attacked.

“Now…we won!”

The realization now washed over me.
As did the fatigue.
Hunting enemies for points, the invasion, fighting Buckler and then talking with the cat girl…
Yeah, it was no wonder I was mentally drained.
But there was something that I had to do before taking a break.

“Use the player memory and bring back the enemy players as AI warriors!”

And like that, the guy who was just fighting for his life earlier was now summoned with his armor and shield.
I had picked up other memories on the way as well.
And so I revived them too.
And then I had them patrol the area along with the golems.

Even though they were slower, they were reliable.
As Buckler’s defense stats were the same, he would have trouble defeating normal players, let alone someone like the cat girl.

I suppose I should use them and continue to protect this place.
The event had only just started.
If I had a moment to catch my breath, I should use it to make my next move.

Still, that cat girl… It was the best reaction I had gotten to Black Smog yet.
I doubted that I would forget the sounds of her retching for a long time.
Without Black Smog, I would not have been able to drive her away, so I was just glad that I had the gorilla fists with me.

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