Fate and Shirabe are on the altar:
“How is it?”
“Yes… we are in the last thirty minutes until the activation of the World Reconstruction Magic… Everything is going smoothly, Fate-sama.”
“Has there been any contact from below?”
“Is that so…”
There’s been no contact, meaning that they’re still in combat, or that they’ve won…
In that case, it wouldn’t be strange if they’ve already arrived at this altar.
Why are they not here? Why are they hesitating?
Don’t tell me… that he was deadlocked… by the likes of Dunamis…?
“It would be a little… boring, if it ended just like this.”
Shirabe’s sensors pick something up:
There’s some kind of enormous energy field converging!
The shield is being eroded! It’s… not, magic…? It’s in a high altitude above the mana concentration!
It’s coming from above!
Al-Iskandariyah fires a fairly narrow beam right into Fate, who holds it off with one hand.
Is this it…?
No, that can’t be. This is a diversion…
Ala Alba comes bursting out of their stealth – Kota heads straight for Fate and knocks him away just before he could raise his hand.
How is this possible? Where was he hiding?
Wait, it’s not only Inugami Kotarou.
The ninja woman and those mundane allies of his!
Not only have they gathered in force, but they’re this close – how?
That’s – !
That Artifact – !
It hasn’t appeared in this world for 280 years!
Shirabe summons Fidicula Lunatica but is hit by Yuuna before she could attack. Kaede jumps into the altar to secure Asuna while Makie takes the Key with her ribbon.
Of course, Fate is not even scratched:
by the likes of you people…!
Kota, in full beast form, tackles Fate away, but not before he launches a barrage of darts at the non-combatants. Yue and Beatrix manage to protect them from the brunt of the attack.
Ariadne No. 98, Instantaneous Absolute Anti-Material Squadron Bounded Field!!!
‘Flower Shield of the Valkyries’!!
Beatrix sees some darts coming in from a different direction and about to reach Yue, and takes the hit for her, turning completely to stone.
Yuuna, thanks to Ako’s doping, can see more petrification darts coming – Nodoka in particular has over ten aimed straight for her.
Is it gonna be me?
Course it is!
The mysterious adventures of Yuuna-chan’s summer vacation…
…will have its climax here!!
Yuuna shoots down most of the darts but runs dry with still a couple left. So instead, she blocks one heading for Makie with her hand. Sayo jumps in front of Nodoka to block another.
Kaede returns with Asuna.
We can take the three of them into my cloak.
Kotarou won’t hold for long.
Makie-dono, we have the staff, and we have Konoka-dono. The three of them will be all right.
Asuna-dono is fine as well.
Makie gets back up, and tosses the Key to Nodoka…
First chapter into the fight, and they’re down three members – and Kotarou won’t last long if he has to fight Fate directly. From this point on, all they really can do is delay him until Negi returns (though I wish that it’s possible for that to read “if Negi returns”) or something left-field occurs.
Catwing’s bombardment isn’t a magic attack, so I guess it really is a future orbital laser…?
Even though he was completely blindsided, Kotarou still only barely managed to knock Fate away (he almost managed to throw off Kota’s hand in the first attack.) So Kota’s ‘vision’ from a few chapters back really wasn’t too much of a stretch.
Pretty impressive how many combat spells Yue has learned during her fairly short stay… I wonder if the shield was inspired by Fate stay night?
And Nodoka gets the Key again. Time to misbehave. ^^;
Cube in the Comments brings up something interesting – the wording to Chachamaru’s cat cannon attack sounds similar to Magia Erebea’s invasion. It’s actually closer than the English implies:
浸食 shinshoku – erode (al-iskandariyah)
侵食 shinshoku – encroach (magia erebea)
The only difference is the first character – more specifically, the radical:
浸 implies something being ‘rotted away’, ‘corroded’, or ‘submerged’
侵 means ‘being invaded’, ‘intruded upon’