”Yes. ” Eve nodded her head as she looked back at the situation.

The battle was getting more violent, Yōkai were dying, the streets were painted with blood…

At least to one side.

When a Yōkai on Haruna ’s side had their necks cut or their limbs severed, they quickly recovered.

”… ” Victor looked at Haruna, who was covered in blood all over, several wounds spread across her body, and a few seconds later, her entire body was healed by a dark power.

This scene was repeated over and over again.

”I can not understand. ” Victor heard Jeanne ’s voice.

”What is the strategy of this battle? Why did she back off? Why did the leaders stop fighting each other? This is all a mess, this can ’t be called a battle anymore. ”

”… that ’s where the problem lies, my dear, Jeanne. ”

’Dear? ’ Jeanne raised her eyebrow slightly when she heard what Victor said.

”This battle has no strategy. This is just a messy field for a show of force. ” Victor spoke as his eyes glowed violet. He was quite annoyed with this situation.

He just didn ’t interfere again because of that woman up there in heaven, that was the only reason.

’Boring. Your subordinates are strong, but they are disorganized. They have no discipline! It ’s like a bunch of delinquents got together in a group and decided to make war. ’

’… Very different from the other side, where they were disciplined but lacked flexibility. They are really the opposite of each other. ’

Victor had his own standards, and just like Scathach, his standards were very high. Take his Maids for example.

If the beings didn ’t have the same standard as his Maids, he would be disappointed.

But he knew that not all beings were the same as his Maids. After all, they carry his blood in their bodies.

As relatives of a Progenitor, they are different from the start.

Kaguya, even though she didn ’t have his blood running through her veins, she drank his blood whenever she had the opportunity, and because of that, she became quite strong compared to before.

And Victor knew all this… He knew that his Maids were abnormal and that they shouldn ’t be treated as ’standards ’.

But even knowing that, he would like all of his future subordinates to have a decent foundation of strength, discipline, and flexibility.

Balance was the key.

’Tsk. ’ Victor clicked his tongue as he gripped the ice throne ’s arm.

Crack, Crack.

The ice throne ’s armrest broke under his grip, and that ’s when he heard Ophis ’s voice:

”Father… ” She took his hand.

”…? ” Victor looked at Ophis.

”Mother is getting hurt… ”

”…. ” Victor looked at Ophis, confused.

”…But she isn ’t your mother. ”

Ophis looked at Haruna, ”I know… But… She is my Mother. ”

”… ” Victor understood what Ophis meant.

It ’s the same thing that happened when he first met the little girl.

Because of her ’feeling ’, she called him Father.

It was only in the future that he came to find out that this feeling was because they had the same kind of blood running through their veins.

And the little girl understood that he was her father.

The same thing was happening now. When Ophis looked at Haruna, she felt a sense of familiarity.

She knew that Haruna was not her mother, but… She felt that she was like her mother.

Even though she was a mature girl for her age and didn ’t care what was going on in the streets, she was still only 5 years old.

She would still miss her father and her mother.

And it was those feelings that made her call Victor her father for the first time.

She ’s just a normal 5 year old girl and abnormal at the same time.

”…Ophis… ” Nero wanted to say a few words to Ophis, but she was silent since she felt it was not the right time.

”… What do you want to do? ” Victor asked as he stroked her head.

”Help, Mom. ” Her response was instantaneous.

”… ” Victor displayed a gentle little smile when he heard what Ophis said. He really couldn ’t help the woman directly, it would go against her pride, and Victor knew they were very alike in that aspect.

He would hate like hell if some outsider interfered in the fight he ’d planned for so long.

”In a fight like this, what defines victory is not the leader ’s defeat. ”

”… ” Everyone looked at Shuten.

”It ’s strength, and it demonstrates that you can be a great leader. ”

”The Hyakki Yagyō fight is like a bloody recruitment ceremony. Haruna must prove that she is worthy of being a capable leader, and her subordinates must secure her ’victory ’. ”

”She must show she has what it takes to be a ’commander. ”

”After she defeats the man ’s subordinates with her own subordinates, she must directly fight the leader of the other Hyakki Yagyō and defeat him in battle. ”

”By doing so, she will prove two things. ”

”Who is capable of being a commander for the adversary, and who is strong. ” Victor continued for Shuten.

”Correct. ”

”That way, there will be no objections when she becomes the new commander, and the likelihood of someone betraying her in the future will go down to practically zero. ”

”Only when these conditions are met will the victor ’absorb ’ the enemy ’s Hyakki Yagyō into its forces. ”

”…And I must say she ’s doing a great job… That woman is a monster. ”

”Hahahaha, I wanted to fight her. ”

”Ibaraki… ”

”I know. ” Ibaraki spoke.

”… ” Victor was silent when he heard what the two men said. He looked at Genji and saw that the leader of the other group was just giving orders around along with his son. He was controlling his army as his arms and hands.

And that ’s when he realized that these conditions applied even to the opponent, even the initial fight itself may have been a demonstration of Haruna and Genji themselves…

’She is fighting to recruit her enemy into her ranks. This is a ’cultural ’ fight, this is a recruitment fight, not a fight to completely annihilate her enemy… ’

For the first time in his life, Victor felt lost, as if he were a child who had lost his mother.

He didn ’t see any way to help Haruna, considering that the very act of helping would be something she would hate.

While Victor was thinking, he suddenly heard Haruna ’s voice:

”This is enough. ” The moment she said that her eyes went back to their usual black.

And as if it was anticipated by everyone.

All of Haruna ’s subordinates retreated close to the portal.

”Retreat-nya! ”

”OHHH! ” They quickly listened to Kuroka ’s order.

The woman appeared in the midst of her enemies.

She assumed an Iai-Jutsu pose, her Yōuki exploded like a fire rising to the heavens, she gripped the handle of her Katana tightly, and her power just went up and up.

”Ugh… Just how much Yōuki does she have!? ” Shuten, even from afar, could feel the sensation of his skin being pierced by thousands of tiny thorns, imagining how it must feel for anyone who was close to her.

Looking at this position of Haruna, Genji had flashbacks of a man with long black hair and who had nine tails decimating a mountain with a sword technique.

The memory of his old friend.

’Don ’t tell me… She ’s even mastered this technique!? ’ His face darkened, and he ordered.

”Retreat now! ” He tried to warn his subordinates, but it was too late.

”Mugetsu. ”

Mugetsu: Spoken poetically, it ’s something like a moonless sky.

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