Data.32 – Old Bowman, Fated Reunion

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“I can see…that you’re wondering why I’m here!”

Hatake looked at me with an expression that said, ‘I’m right, aren’t I?’
I wasn’t sure if I was annoyed by it or not.

“I want to ask you the same question, but I’ll answer you first! I’ve been planning to take down the main base with just a small elite group! Of course, we ended up just assaulting them from the front, and were nearly destroyed!”

There were several players behind Hatake.
They were likely from his guild.
But I could tell from their equipment that they were quite skilled.
If they had been attacking the main base from a different direction, it would explain why the defense had been weak from the direction I was moving in.

“I’m not much different.
I attacked this place in order to decrease the fighting force that Blue Deer could send to the central battlefront.
Of course, I hadn’t thought that I’d be able to take it down…”

“Really? But didn’t you stop Buckler’s advance?”

“Yes, I guess.
But it was only because some of my comrades returned, and also all of the points we gathered.”

“Then this result is the most natural thing.
After all, I, Hatake, helped you do it!”

It seemed more like a coincidence… But I suppose he wasn’t entirely wrong.

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Indeed, they had distracted the majority of the enemy’s fighting force, allowing me to achieve victory.
So I was grateful.

“Now, that’s quite enough celebrating.
Our victory isn’t set in stone yet.
We should return to the frontline.”

“Yes, I suppose we should.”

“However, we only have one Mach Horse left.
But we will give it to you, old man.
Take it!”

“Huh? Well, I appreciate the offer, but I feel like I’ve done enough for now.
I’m not exactly motivated to rush to the battlefield and…”

“No, I want you to return.
It’s my personal request.”

“I see… And why is that?”

“I think…that Green Butterfly have started a final and desperate march towards our base.
While they’ve been attacking us and Blue Deer, there was this sense that they were saving their fighting force the whole time.”

“And you think they are using that now to attack our main base?”

“Yes, I do.
Green Butterfly can’t win by slowly fighting through the last remaining days.
And so they would have to take a chance like this.
All or nothing.
No, perhaps this was always their plan…”

As long as you took down the main base, it didn’t matter how many fortresses the enemy had left.
Now that Red Boar had taken all of Blue Deer’s fortress, the only way that Green Butterfly could win was if they took Green Butterfly’s main base…

“So this might be the last and biggest battle.
That’s not something for a coward like me.
But a dandy old player like you…! So please, will you take the Mach Horse and dash off towards the battlefield?”

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I wouldn’t be a man if I refused him after hearing all of that…
And if what he was saying was true, then that meant we could still lose the final battle, after everything I had been through.
I didn’t want that to happen.
And so I got on top of the Mach Horse and looked up my next destination.

“Old man! And take my strongest buff as well! Full Enhance!”

A yellow…no, a dark orange aura enveloped my body.
My hair seemed to prickle up, and I felt that I had become stronger.

“This buff is so powerful that I can only use it once a day! It greatly increases all of your stats!”

He had said that his team was nearly wiped out, and yet he had been saving this… But I didn’t point it out.
Considering what I knew about him, he had probably been too indecisive and then missed his chance.
However, as it seemed quite effective, I would thank him.

“Thank you.
Since I’m being given the opportunity, I will do my best during the final battle.”

Then I put the horse into a dash and headed towards the next battlefield.
The last battle in this turf war.

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“Hey, Hatake.”


One of the guild members called to him.

“What you said earlier.
Do you really mean it?”

If that old guy was able to defeat Buckler alone, that means it would have been a walk in the park if I was there.
So in a way, I was being cowardly.
But on the other hand, it was because I led our fighting force to the fortress near the center that we were able to push upwards at the frontlines.
And this ambush succeeded as well.
So even though I was cowardly, the results show that I wasn’t wrong.”

“Hatake… I’m surprised at how thoughtful you can be…”

“Why? In any case, it’s true that he would be of more use in the battle.
His combat abilities are simply superior, and we already know he can achieve a high kill count.”

“But…can I say one thing?”


“You Full Enhance thing… Just like that giant hero of light, it only works for three minutes, right? It’s sure to be gone by the time he reaches the battlefield.
And yet you did it anyway?”

“…You now, if even just his legs become faster, it will save time, right?”

“But the buff only works on one person.
So the horse’s speed won’t change unless you enhance it as well…”

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“…Really? Are you saying that I’m in fact, a thoughtless, useless player!?”

“Well…I might add that you’re also quite lucky…but yes.”

“Bu-but, I did mean to try and help him! You believe that I wasn’t messing with him!?”

“Don’t ask me that…”

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“Huh? The aura is gone…”

And I had been enjoying dashing through the field while sparkling… How embarrassing.
Well, if it was something he could only use once a day, and greatly boosted all of your stats, then it was not likely to last for very long.
However, he was probably being sincere, so I would accept it.

Still, I had not expected to meet Hatake again during this event.
He always launched me into these crucial situations.
I doubted he was a bad person.
And while I didn’t want to be friends with him, he was amusing for brief interactions.

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