Chapter 105.2 : Den of Arachne
The attack that combined the spider’s yellow liquid and its thick thread hit a thick branch instead of me, and sliced through it as if it were tofu, accompanied by sizzling sounds. The yellow liquid was a powerful acid, it seemed. I would be reduced to bone if I got hit by that, no, I might actually be able to survive thanks to my『Vessel of Poison』. But, like hell I’m gonna test that kind of suicidal idea in the middle of combat.
There’s no way I could run without that guy shooting its acid treated thread from behind. I had to defeat this guy right there.
「TAKE THIS! 」
Unsheating the Red Knive, I activated Black Hair Bind to tie the spider and jumped on its back. It was its first debut in a long while ever since my battle against Higuchi.
I plunged the red hot knive blade into the face of Ashidaka[Spider]. It was a perfectly timed attack as I was using my tentacles to better control the knife. I noticed that the battle went somewhat smoothly for once. And, bam, I landed a critical hit!
「SHAAAA! KISHAAAAAAAAA! 」
The flame inside the Red Knive burned the Ashidaka from the inside. The flame seemed to have burned its brain as it started to convulse and then toppled with its long and thin legs still twitching for a while before it completely stopped moving.
「T-Thank god…. It ended in just one attack….」
Thank god I rushed to attack the Ashidaka instead of running away. For some reason, it felt like my combat ability soared a little bit.
Nonono, this isn’t the time to feel happy about it.
I’d be checkmated if there were two of these Ashidaka instead of one. Looking around I noticed – from large rocks to the roots of giant trees, this area seems to have a lot of undulation, which meant that the spiders could run faster than me. Or better said, they’d be faster than me even on level ground, on this kind of unleveled ground I had no chance.
Maybe I could improvise some kind of traps, but I don’t think hastily made traps could hinder those spiders.
「Nonono, there’s gotta be a better way….. Yes this guy, let’s try it on this one.」
I suppress the impulse to leave this place as soon as possible and went toward the corpse of the Ashidaka I just killed a while ago.
「Yeah, it’s already dead.」
It’s body was charred from head to toe, it’s corpse already completely stiff with its long legs rounded up.
Yes, if the corpse is that of an enemy, then I should be able to use it.
「I celebrate your death with a curse upon your shell. In Black Blood. Meat of mud. Head only empty . That shell contains a soul no more, but a false heart of dregs impure. Crawl, come out, resurrect――『Corpse Doll Of Resentment』.」
『Corpse Doll of Resentment』：Closing the crevice of regret, moving only its body, a human form of love and hate.
Yes, this is the new type of curse that was created after I used Rem to possess Masaru’s corpse. In a literal sense, it was the curse that manipulated corpses.
Rather, it was already beyond the realm of curse. This was basic Necromancy.
「… Yup, I win this bet.」
Similar to when I created the claydoll, the blackish shadow of chaos appeared. But, instead of sinking the corpse under the mud of chaos, the black mud enveloped the corpse as if slowly encroaching on it until it completely covered the whole body.
A while after the black mud enveloped the corpse, it started to fall as if washed by water and— The corpse started to move again.
The mutated Ashidaka’s body color changed from forest camouflage to dark city camouflage and quickly turned its body right side up, raising a cry towards me. I knew the meaning of that cry. It wasn’t a threat but a pledge of allegiance.
「Just in case, your inside is Rem, right? 」
Its body shook up and down as if it said yes.
I see now, it was just like with Claydoll MK.2, the one in control was Rem.
「So Rem, is your body still on the move? 」
「Rem, Do you know my whereabouts? 」
「You’re heading in my direction? 」
「I see then, could it be that…. Randou-san and the others are coming with you? 」
She replied with a sad voice. No, well, I understood their reason but, she told me that the others weren’t coming with her.
「I understand, well I guess the first thing to do is to meet with your real avatar. Where should I go? 」
Ahidaka Rem turned around as if to say “Leave it to me”. Could it be that you want me to get on your back?
Well, your back might be wide enough for someone as small as me. Since she was such a big spider monster, threading the path with around 45 kilogram of weight on her back shouldn’t be a problem.
「Alright then, Let’s―― GWUOAAAA! ? 」
As soon as I got on the back of Ashidaka Rem, she departed vigorously. Her eight thin and long legs were moving as they made rustling sounds, passing by the undulations in the forest at unbelievable speeds.
「UWAAA, THIS IS A LITTL―― WUOOAAAAAAAA! 」
I had no choice but to cling on to Ashidaka Rem’s back as if my life depended on it.
Rem, can you stop for a minute?
I felt… Sick.