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Future Chapter is the 31st volume in the Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Light Novel series.

Synopsis

Strategic-class magicians draw near the strongest siblings! The story reaches its climax——!

Minami has been recovered, and Tatsuya and Miyuki have returning to their everyday lives. However, this moment was fleeting.

The USNA’s Edward Clark has become impatient. If this situation were to continue, his position within the USNA would be jeopardized, therefore in order to avoid this, Tatsuya must be eliminated.

And now the NSU’s Bezobrazov is also looking for an opportunity for revenge. Two attacks on Tatsuya ended in failure, his personal CAD used for strategic-class magic was destroyed, this left him burning with tenacity to vindicate his honour. Furthermore, another strategic-class magician has decided to aim at Tatsuya!

Every prediction has them intersecting at Miyakishima——

Chapter 1

Spoiler
July 22nd, 2097; evening local time.

Midway base (prison and supply base) fell.

The Pearl and Hermes base was completely defeated.

News of the two bases on the north western Hawaiian Islands being breached in rapid succession, shook the White House and Pentagon. The White House enacted strict information control of the news, thus concealing it from the general public.

The Pentagon was in trouble. As of July 23rd, they cannot prove who the assailant was, no photos, the only accounts are of a ‘UFO’. Due to the superior flight suit they believe it to be Shiba Tatsuya but cannot reveal that the Prison fell to a lone eighteen-year-old boy. All the Pentagon can do is say ‘the details are unknown’.

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Not everyone was willing to shelve the attack, Edward Clark chief among them who realised it was a warning, “I have the power to strike a blow at the USNA without using my Strategic-Class Magic.”

Clark fears for his position and Project Dione cannot be justified if Bezobrazov launches any more unlawful attacks at the Japanese mainland.

Even if Clark were to be against Bezobrazov’s surprise attack.

——There is only one way in order for him to survive.

——It’s to defeat Shiba Tatsuya, who is a clear threat to the States.

——To the degree of, kill or be killed.

By his own hands, this is how cornered Edward Clark had become.

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July 23rd, local time. Clark tries to contact William McCloud, his most trusted partner in the plot to eliminate Shiba Tatsuya so far, but McCloud won’t take his calls and Clark is powerless to do anything about it due to McCloud’s higher position.

Clark resolves to get the pentagon to act even if he has to reveal Hliðskjálf, the illegal hacking system backdoor into Echelon III, which could be tried for treason.

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July 24th, afternoon local time. Edward Clark visits the Secretary of Defence, Liam Spencer at the Pentagon. Getting straight to the point, Clark tells them it was Shiba Tatsuya who sacked the two bases. The Secretary of Defence recognises the name as the one responsible for Scorched Halloween and reveals he knows about Hliðskjálf, to Clarks surprise, but has been turning a blind eye as it isn’t against the USNA’s interests.

Spencer asks Clark for his plan, and Clark says that Tatsuya should be on the island where the Stellar Furnace is being built and should use that opportunity. Spencer isn’t convinced as large-scale attacks would be useless against Material Burst and even a formation of bombers no better off. Clark counters that if they attack from multiple directions at once he can be overwhelmed. Spencer remains unconvinced as the mechanics of Material Burst are unknown and makes it clear no more US servicemen are to be sacrificed. Clark understood the meaning, it’s ok to use people other than US citizens to do it.

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After his meeting with the Secretary of Defence, Clark flew straight to Brazil. He arrived in the morning on July 25th, local time.

After making some arrangements he arrives at the Headquarters of Brazilian Army’s Western Military Command at 4:00pm local time. There, the Chief of Staff of the Western Military Command, Major General Filho, and Major Miguel Diaz, the member of the Thirteen Apostles who uses ‘Synchronized-Linear Fusion’, were waiting for him.

Diaz is being blamed for the current trend of Tactical-Class Magic being used in large-scale conflicts after using his Strategic-Class Magic on the armed guerrilla base. Brazil was condemned internationally for massacring non-combatants in the strike. As a result, they blamed Diaz and he is currently on a two-week punishment. Though the punishment is more of a luxury holiday due to how much he is valued.

However due to internal political strife, the relationship between Diaz and the Brazilian government is at an all-time low.

Clark decided to take advantage of this opportunity.

Labelling Tatsuya a terrorist, Clark says the one responsible for the attacks on the USNA bases is hiding in Japan and asks for assistance in dealing with him. The Brazilians are shocked to hear that the terrorist is Taurus Silver and the unregistered Strategic-Class Magician responsible for Scorched Halloween, an open secret among the Ten Master Clans and USNA upper echelons, but not public knowledge.

The Chief of Staff is unconvinced due to the lack of evidence, revealing her knew that was the goal of Project Dione, but Dias takes Clarks side and says the simple fact Tatsuya is a threat is enough to warrant action, plus if he can’t allowed use magic then he’s useless, and the stance of the government bending to public opinion is inciting the guerrillas as he’s no longer a deterrent.

It ends with Miguel stating if the USNA make an opportunity he’ll gladly use Synchronized-Linear Fusion. The Chief of Staff agrees to the plan as it’s in the military’s interest. Clark advises the plan will be carried out within the month.

The Chief of Staff gives Diaz a month’s holiday as a cover for the task.

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After repelling the Great Asian Union’s invasion, the New Soviet Union’s Strategic-Class Magician, Igor Andreevich Bezobrazov, has remained in Khabarovsk in search of an opportunity to kill Shiba Tatsuya as revenge for his humiliating defeats so far.

The main reason is it’s close, so any intelligence arrives there first.

Igor is also monitoring the USNA’s movements as he knows Clark won’t remain still. He is confused when he hears Clark has gone to see Diaz instead of Angie Sirius (the other two can’t easily be relocated).

Deciding the USNA is likely going to launch a surprise attack, Igor decides to hit them at the same time while Tatsuya is under attack and preoccupied, using Tuman Bomba to kill him and Clark.

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July 26th. In Japan, Major General Saeki is also plotting against Tatsuya.

It was nearly evening when Saeki visited the Chief of Staff. Saeki wants soldiers stationing on Miyaki Island but as it’s private property the Chief of Staff won’t allow it. Saeki brings up the recent attack as justification, but the Chief of Staff points out is was handled by private security. Even if he doesn’t like what’s going on, he isn’t prepared to risk souring the relationship between the military and the Yotsuba. When Saeki persists, he asks if she intends to disarm the Yotsuba. Saeki insists they protect democracy.

Chapter 2

Spoiler
Saturday, July 27th.

Tatsuya had left the hospital on Miyaki Island. Officially he’d been there since his ship was attacked a week earlier, though a body double was used to give him an alibi so he could slip away.

Miyuki is waiting at the entrance, delighted he’d been discharged despite knowing the truth. Lina was with her and participating in the act, though she’d been busy with her own plan in the meantime.

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Information that Tatsuya had been discharged from the hospital had crossed the ocean that day. Outsiders aren’t allowed in the hospital, but they are on the island to publicise the Stellar Furnace Plant. Tatsuya was impressed by how well the play to create an alibi had gone when a spy pretending to be a journalist reported the events to their supervisor.

—That same day, information of Shiba Tatsuya’s discharge from the hospital was received by Bezobrazov in Khabarovsk, and a day later, Clark received the same news in Hawaii.

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When Miyaki Island was a prison for magicians, there was a facility there for the staff and used even by the Yotsuba family. Shibata Katsushige, the new administrator of Miyaki Island, also lives on the first floor of the eight-story building with his fiancé, Tsutsumi Kotona. And finally, on the eighth floor, the top floor, there’s a special room for Maya’s exclusive use and also separate rooms prepared here for Tatsuya and Miyuki as their second residence.

Returning home, they are greeted by Minami, who had been returned by Tatsuya three days earlier and become Miyuki’s maid.

None of them had discussed what happened while Minami was away, and Miyuki has made it clear to Tatsuya and Lina the topic was off limits.

After lunch, Lina said she was leaving tomorrow over tea. She would be boarding the nuclear-powered submersible aircraft carrier, Virginia’, in order to protect Canopus, as had been planned on the 28th. Tatsuya agrees to meet her at 4am in the underground harbour. Lina is shy about him escorting her halfway in his air-car. From the rendezvous point Lina will then jump into the water and go to the ‘Virginia’ using a replica USNA thrust suit. The reason for Tatsuya’s escort is to use the stealth functions of the air-car to hide the relationship between the two and avoid troubling Senator Curtis.

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July 27th, afternoon. During teatime Kuroba Mitsugu visits the Yotsuba Main House. He reports Army Second Lieutenant, Kurachi, a Kuroba operative working under the Chief of Staff, has informed them that Saeki is trying to deploy troops on Miyaki Island. They realise she intends to requisition the garrison and disarm them.

Maya’s response it to state even private citizens have the right to self-defence. She comments it’s unusual for Mitsugu to be proactive when it comes to Tatsuya. Mitsugu points out the Stellar Furnace project is the Yotsuba’s ant not just his, and as such must be protected.

Pleased there will be no internal discord, Maya asks if the evidence is ready and Mitsugu confirms it is. Maya decides it’s time to act and asks Hayama to arrange a meeting with General Soga, the Commander-in-Chief of the National Defence Army. Hayama left immediately through the back door.

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The morning of the 28th, 3:30 AM.


Lina is woken up by Minami because it is time for her to return to the USNA. [Illustration] Miyuki and Tatsuya see her off. Tatsuya then takes Lina to the USNA’s Virginia via air car.

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The Virginia notices the air car heading in their direction.

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Tatsuya and Miyuki talk about Minami’s condition. They discuss asking some experts from the Yotsuba Family on the subject.

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Lina meets up with Canopus on the Virginia. She asks about the state of STARS and who has become a parasite. Canopus asks Lina about Tatsuya. He asks if Tatsuya is a SCM and whether or not it was him who saved him from Midway. Lina answers yes to these questions.

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Tatsuya contacts Lina through the ID using his Elemental Sight. He checks on whether Lina is going back to the States or not. Lina tells him that she will head back due to her precarious position.

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After Tatsuya stops communicating with Lina. She wonders whether or not he has been peeping on her but lets it go since she considers him a sis-con. She then thinks about her future and what she must do to help Canopus clear his name.

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After talking with Lina, Tatsuya calls the main house of the Yotsuba. Maya picks up and asks Tatsuya if he got along with Canopus. She also asks if he requires another guardian for Miyuki but he declines.

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Edward hears the news that Tatsuya has recovered in the hospital but knows that it was fake. He is becoming impatient and meets with the captain of the USNA ship “Guam”. Edward tells them of the destination and the target, he also tells them that he is the SCM responsible for Scorched Halloween.

Chapter 3

Spoiler
Tatsuya is thinking about his current situation concerning the USNA and NSU. Miyuki interrupts and brings in Minami who is holding a mirror which is actually an AR display. Miyuki is wearing a white bikini so that it won’t distort the colors displayed. As she is trying out different virtual outfits, Tatsuya interrupts and asks Minami to switch the device to an offline mode, and to download the outfits. This way any third party software that can steal images or measurements can’t get a glimpse of Miyuki. Minami calls Tatsuya possessive. [Illustration]

Chapter 4

Spoiler
Edward and the Diaz twins start heading towards Japan. Along with a number of parasite soldiers. Japanese Military Intelligence Department knows about the departure but don’t consider it a threat.

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Igor knows about Edward’s movements and starts to make preparations to move towards Japan as well.

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Lina and Canopus return to the USNA. Lina and Curtis go to see Walker and discusses working for Balance. Curtis confronts Walker and he tries to deny working with the parasites. Lina mentions bringing in an internal investigator which causes Walker to shudder. Curtis then tells Walker to contact the Pentagon. They interrogate Walker and decide to relieve him of his post. They suggest making Lina the commander of the headquarters but she recommends Canopus instead. Canopus is made the temporary leader of the headquarters and right after that Lina tells him that she wants to retire from the military. [Illustration].

Chapter 5

Spoiler
July 30th. Japan still doesn’t realize what the USNA ship “Guam”’s purpose is. Saeki does realize what is going on and is trying to use this excuse to place a garrison on Miyaki Island. The Yotsuba are aware of this and have made all their preparations. Maya meets Soga, a general of the Defense Forces. Maya tells him about the GAU forces that were allowed to infiltrate Japan and that this information comes from Fujibayashi and hands him the evidence. Soga is grateful to Maya for bringing this to him secretly instead of taking this public. She has him promise that Saeki won’t interfere with them, that the 101 becomes a “true” independent battalion, and asks for Fujibayashi to not be blamed for this.

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The movements of Saeki and her troops have been cancelled. She was forced to go to Hokkaido under the guise of setting up against an invasion from the NSU. The IMEB will continue to develop new advances in magic technology and tactics.

Chapter 6

Spoiler
August 1st. There are talks regarding holding a voluntary 9SC challenge with only a few events, Honoka is telling Miyuki about this and calls over Tatsuya. However, exams are coming up soon and the invasion of the NSU has made things pretty hectic. Honoka is struggling with the video phone when Tatsuya enters the room. Tatsuya tells them that he can ask FLT to support this in prompt to 9SC. He also asks her if she and the rest of the friends will come to Miyaki Island for the time being.

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August 3rd. A plane arrives at Miyaki island with six people. Honoka, Erika, Leo, Shizuku, Mikihiko and Mizuki.

Chapter 7

Spoiler
The Defense Forces are in an uproar right now. The “Guam” states that it is on a covert operation and won’t specify what it is. Japan knows the destination of the ship though. This is in line with the same invasion plan by the NSU. The stance of Japan is that they should not be antagonistic towards the USNA regardless of what they might be trying. Also since Miyaki Island belongs to a private sector that turned down their help, they will stay out of this and won’t inform them either.

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Tatsuya is informed that he has received a call from Masaki.

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Masaki informs Tatsuya that the “Guam” is heading for Miyaki Island along with two destroyers. Masaki is surprised that the military isn’t moving in this case and Tatsuya says that the Yotsuba are having some troubles with the Defense Forces right now. Masaki then asks if Tatsuya needs some help, but he declines, and adds that they should be keeping an eye on the NSU. Tatsuya then teases Masaki about Miyuki and he hangs up. [Illustration]

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Minami is asked by Tatsuya’s group of friends if she is doing alright, and she informs them that she can no longer use magic.

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Tatsuya informs his friends that the USNA’s “Guam” is heading towards Miyaki Island. He suggests that they leave, but they insist on staying so Tatsuya arranges rooms for them all.

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Tatsuya and Hayama have a conversation about the USNA troops headed towards Miyaki Island. Hayama is surprised that he hasn’t learned about this sooner and suggests that they may need to establish a better spy network in the Defense Forces. Hayama asks if Tatsuya will use Material Burst but Tatsuya says he wants to make a statement that he doesn’t need Material Burst in order to be a deterrent.

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Tatsuya and Miyuki meet up and discuss the upcoming confrontation. Tatsuya says that he has no intention to push Miyuki onto a battlefield, but he wants her help in this fight. He states that Igor will most likely take advantage of the fight with the USNA in order to attack them. Tatsuya says he doesn’t want them to push him into a corner where he needs to use Material Burst. Tatsuya then gives Miyuki a new specialized CAD that uses the new magic called “Glacial Age”. He wants her to stop some of the enemy vessels from reaching the island.

Chapter 8

Spoiler
August 4th.

Narrative - about how the world will be reminded that one magician can overpower countries.

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The “Guam” is getting closer to Miyaki Island. The Defense Forces are still surprised by the move.

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Katsushige along with Kotana and Katana are entrusted with the defense by the order of Maya. He asks for Tatsuya to come see him at the command room.

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Tatsuya’s friends are moved to a shelter underground that has large displays that show the entire island. Minami is in front of a console managing the information system. The friends understand from Minami's information that the USNA plans to land on the island. Tatsuya arrives and tells Miyuki to come with him. He also instructs his friends to stay here with Minami and to guard this area without going out to engage the enemy. Tatsuya tells Mikihiko to watch out for Erika and Leo so that they don’t come out to join the battle.

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Tatsuya enters the command room wearing a new combat suit. This new combat suit is specifically made for military operations and is considered the “soldier” version. The Freed suit that he wore previously is something he can wear with his everyday clothes and is more of a “citizen” version. Katsushige is changing his summer jacket into his armor jacket. It's a very similar outfit to what he wears everyday but has much better defense capabilities. Tatsuya tells him about the positions of the enemy ships, and tells him that Miyuki will be stopping the movements of some of the ships. Katsushige urges Miyuki to sit in the commander's seat since it has the functions to launch her new magic, Miyuki is also the highest in command among the Yotsuba that are here. Katsushige then leaves and is going to be in command of a mobile unit in order to deal with those that land on the island. Tatsuya shows Miyuki how to operate the specialized CAD that works in tandem with the command seat, it works very similar to Igor’s “throne”.

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The launching ships from the “Guam” start their operation. Small high-speed boats come out one after another and head toward the island. Katsushige orders for them not to attack yet, he is letting the boats get closer. The landing forces use grenade launchers to clear the obstacles placed on the beach, this also damaged some of the warehouses. He then orders the counterattack. Now he has every right to fight back due to destruction of private property.

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Parasites aren’t the only forces headed towards the island. He promised not to use too many USNA personnel for this assault, and picked up around 200 troops from foreign nations who want to be naturalized to the USNA. Around 90 Stardust members that became parasites are here as well. As the teams begin to land, numerous arrows begin to descend on the landing teams. This is meant to slow down their movements. Nobody is fatally injured, but ten percent of the troops were crippled due to the attack and needed to be sent back. They then send in unmanned drones to ambush from the sky but they are shot down with Phonon Maser. The landing team is amazed, they didn’t think the Yotsuba were this capable and feel they are very dangerous.

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Kotona and Katana are using guerrilla tactics to slow down the parasite soldiers. They are testing the physical endurance of the parasite soldiers, they feel that if you kill them one at a time it would only enrage them and speed up their assault.

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The parasites come up with their own plan for assault and decide to help push their fastest attacker up towards the Yotsuba magicians.

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The parasite soldier closes the gap and gets close to Katana. He uses Phonon Maser to try and kill the parasite but it uses its arm as a shield. Katana is surprised by this since he was aiming for its heart. The parasite closes the distance and uses a fire attack ability that destroys Katana’s arm. However he was able to fire off one more Phonon Maser that destroys the head of the parasite. Tatsuya arrives and uses Astral Dispersion to finish off the parasite. He then uses Regrowth on Katana’s missing arm. Tatsuya then reports to Katsushige that Katana will need someone to come pick him up. Katsushige thanks Tatsuya for helping him.

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Several parasites rush the magicians from the Yotsuba Family. Erika and Leo are getting restless and they ask Minami to open up the doors. Minami refuses and tells her to keep watching the screen. Tatsuya then arrives and swings his hand to destroy half of these parasites. Tatsuya’s suit has a built in thought controlled CAD. Tatsuya’s friends are stunned by this scene, this is the first time they have seen him use Decomposition against people. Tatsuya waves his arms again and destroys the rest of the parasites. Erika is stunned by this magic.

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Tatsuya casts Astral Dispersion on all the fleeing parasites after destroying their bodies. Minami specifically switched the camera angle in order to not let Tatsuya’s friends see the magic Astral Dispersion. They feel that this magic could be analyzed by Ancient Magicians such as Mikihiko’s family, and they don’t want this kind of attack to come back to threaten the Yotsuba Family.

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The strongest members of the landing team would be the STARS members; Orlando Rigel, Ian Bellatrix, and Samuel Alnilam. They are first class STARS and are part of the Sixth unit “Orion Team”. Katsushige is standing in front of this unit.

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Mikihiko is stunned seeing Katsushige and can tell that he is a very strong magician. They ask Minami who he is and she says he is one of the top ten magicians of the Yotsuba Family.

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The Orion Team are parasites, and couldn’t help but feel impatient with this strong magician standing in their way. A grenade is launched at the team and at the soldiers behind them. Half of this landing force lost their fighting power after this attack. The Orion Team engages Katsushige, he uses his Density Manipulation to apply heavy atmospheric pressure and high temperatures in order to stop the Orion Team. This team protects themselves with shields. The temperature then changes again to extreme cold, the team is frozen in ice. Rigel and Bellatrix free themselves from the ice, but Alnilam had his head crushed from a stone bullet. They are enraged and charge towards Katsushige but are stopped completely this time by his Density Manipulation.

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Leo who is watching can’t help but pity these parasites, Mikihiko and Erika lost all color on their face. Mikihiko recovers and asks how the escaped parasites are being dealt with. Minami only says that Tatsuya is dealing with them, and he then brings up Seal Ball and thinks Tatsuya is using this method. Minami didn’t try to correct him.

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Tough battles are being fought all over the island. At this time high density hydrogen plasma begins to accumulate over the island. Tatsuya analyzes this attack and concludes that it is SLF, and immediately nullifies the attack with Gram Dispersion. The Diaz twins are on separate destroyers and are both shocked that their magic was disabled. They decide to try again to figure out what technique is being used to nullify their magic. However, before they could try to figure it out Miguel loses contact with Antonio. The personnel on Antonio’s destroyer tell Miguel that he vanished and there was only a small flame that appeared where he was standing. Miguel couldn’t tell what was going on. Tatsuya used Silver Horn in order to use triple decomposition to kill Antonio. Tatsuya couldn’t help but think about the process of SLF at this moment. He understands that twins are the key point of this magic, so he got rid of the unclassified SCM of Brazil. He also believes that Izumi and Kasumi would be able to use this magic. Miyuki contacts Tatsuya after sensing this power magic, but Tatsuya tells her that he has already dealt with it. Miyuki then tells Tatsuya that she will immobilize the two destroyers now.

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Miyuki prepares her attack on the destroyers. When Tatsuya agreed with Miyuki’s decision and asked her to help, she couldn’t be more happy. The machine takes care of most of the coordination and processing allowing Miyuki to concentrate on the magic itself. She decides to use eighty percent of her power on this attack. Ice fields begin to fill up the screens showing the two destroyers, this is “Glacial Age”. The ice field quickly expanded to a radius of ten kilometers. This magic paralyzed the fleet in one blow. Although there is no destruction or death with this attack, it can’t help but be called strategic. Miyuki asks for both destroyers to be put on screen and confirms they are encased in ice. The USNA forces were completely silenced in less than a minute.

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Tatsuya was deeply moved by this scene caused by Miyuki, it exceeded his expectations. In comparison to Tuman Bomba, Miyuki’s magic exceeds it and can be further developed in the future. Tatsuya believes that Igor will probably be irritated with this magic and will intervene in the fight soon.

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Igor was indeed angry with this development. He was yelling in his mind that Tatsuya stole his magic again. In his mind Chain Cast wasn’t an independent magic but part of his Tuman Bomba. There are no intellectual property rights or patents on magic, but it didn’t stop Igor from becoming emotional. Igor is cautious of Tatsuya’s abilities to nullify magic, so he decides to send ultrasonic missiles from one of the NSU’s nearby military bases, in order to distract Tatsuya so that he can invoke Tuman Bomba. Six missiles were fired and would reach the island in under two minutes.

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Tatsuya has always allocated half of his Elemental Sight in order to monitor possible threats approaching Miyuki. He was aware of the missiles heading his way and also knew about the submarine that was launching missiles as well. He allows the missiles to get close to him and uses the thought controlled CAD in his suit to disintegrate the missiles.

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Igor sensed Tatsuya using magic and decided it is time to use Tuman Bomba.

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At this time Tatsuya pulls out Silver Horn since he senses the magic of Tuman Bomba. He pulls the trigger and stops Tuman Bomba before it’s process could be completed.

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Igor is surprised that his magic was nullified before it’s completed.

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Tatsuya directs his mind to Igor’s location and analyzes the defense of the building along with Igor’s personal information. His Decomposition destroys the defenses of the building as well as Igor’s own personal protection. Igor turns into dust with a small flame appearing afterwards.

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Igor sensed that something was wrong and forcibly took himself out of his CAD which had a strong impact on his mind causing him to lose consciousness. It was perhaps fortunate for him because he didn’t feel any pain or despair as his body disappeared from the world.

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Although Igor was eliminated, the fighting wasn’t over yet. The parasite landings had almost been cleared up, but Tatsuya’s main targets are the NSU military base as well as the submarine. He takes out his Silver Horn again and locks onto the submarine. He destroys the replaceable parts of the submarine that can’t be fixed while underwater, so that it will be forced to come to the surface. Tatsuya then locks on the missile silos at the NSU military base. Tatsuya uses Mist Dispersion to destroy all the silos along with the missiles.

Chapter 9

Spoiler
Morning of August 4th.

Just over half an hour after the battle started, the USNA forces were completely destroyed. There were some survivors but only human ones. The parasites were completely wiped out. This attack was completely suppressed by the Yotsuba Family, this would increase the infamous reputation of the Yotsuba Family.

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Miyuki congratulates Tatsuya on the victory, and asks what she should do about the two destroyers. Tatsuya says to wait until Katsushige has finished negotiating the surrender and disarmament. Katsushige says that the two destroyers have surrendered, so Miyuki removed the ice fields.

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The captain of the “Guam” lost all fighting spirit and wonders what Edward will do at this point. They have witnessed his power today and he didn’t even use Material Burst. Edward feels that he must flee, because he will likely be the fall guy for the USNA since the operation failed. He orders the captain to fire a missile on the island so that they can distract them and flee. Suddenly the ship begins to fall apart and starts to sink. Edward didn’t get to experience the feeling of drowning, his body disappeared from the world in a small flame.

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Tatsuya put his Silver Horn away. Miyuki thanks Tatsuya for his work again. Tatsuya tells Miyuki to declare victory to all the members on the island.

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Miyuki announces the victory to everyone on the island.

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Tatsuya asks the staff members in the command room to prepare a public broadcast.

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Tatsuya's statement:

«I am a magician from Japan, Shiba Tatsuya»

The message started in an ordinary way.

«Today, the date of August 4, 9:11 AM, I destroyed with magic a missile attack from Birobidzhan, New Soviet Union. This occurs when I was staying on the Japanese base - Miyakijima, an hypersonic missile was incoming and acted in self-protection.»

But the content of the words was far from "ordinary".

«The first missile was destroyed, but the concern of a second, and third launch could not be ignored.» «The concern wasn't unfounded. The next move was another missile.» «With that reason, I carried out the destruction of the incoming missile launch location.» «At the same time of the next missile attack, Strategic-Class Magic Tuman Bomba was activated. In order for me to stop the activation of this magic, I realized a magic attack against the New Soviet Union Strategic-Class Magician Igor Bezobrazov.» «The possible result is Igor Bezobrazov's death, I can't deny it.» «As explained, this was done in self-protection. This is not a proclamation of another nation's terrorist action. In perfect legal action, the result of denying illegals actions, the responsibility must be carried by the New Soviet Union and Igor Bezobrazov.» «I, with strength that I have, don't have a reason to use terrorist acts to disrupt the legal order. "At present or in the near future", I pledge to not stain my hands by doing terrorist actions. But, if receiving an attack, exposed to an imminent threat, without hesitation will certainly retaliate for self-protection.» «For my self-protection I won't hold back on retaliation in case it happens, I hope this is understood. Large-scale explosion, indiscriminate massacre, without attacking against those with remarkable lives, I can deal with those who approach with unreasonable attacks to Myself and my close ones.» «Must be added, that it can be reached any part of the world.»

In this part, Tatsuya intentionally changes his tone.

«Once again, this is a declaration. I desire a peaceful relationship with those ones that are magicians and those who aren't. But with the objective of self-protection in times of necessity against violent actions, I will not hesitate.»

This speech message was, certainly for those on Japan territory, USNA, New Soviet Union, Great Asian Union, South-East Asian League, Australia, Government Public Relations Office and Private news sites a direct notification. This message was broadcasted at 10 AM on Japan Time. For USNA it was at night 9 PM, Eastern Coast Time, but at that time in America territory, on internet news sites and TV networks, was already on Top News. An hour later the New Soviet Union stated that the message contents were groundless and uncertain. Since the fact of the missile launch can't be confirmed, the fact of the destruction of the base also can't be confirmed. But as if waiting for that, the USNA Pentagon released a Satellite Photography of the destroyed Birobidzhan Missile Base. This, together with Tatsuya's message, to the world was granted without a doubt a fact of authenticity. Taking advantage of this, the Pentagon proclaimed that the attack against Miyakijima was done by "New Soviet Union Agent" Edward Clark, who forged a fake command, it also claimed that the soldiers who were fooled by Clark to realize the attack are victims. "Pretty much" offering an apology to the Japan Government and to cooperate, for the situation to not escalate further requesting for a "calm" response.

The USNA government claims Tatsuya was not addressed.

To the world, Tatsuya as an individual was to the USNA, New Soviet Union, Great Asian Union, Indo-Persian Federation, so to speak 4 great nations strategic army, an equivalent match, even surpassing the recognition of deterrence strength.

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After the declaration of victory, the NSU submarine surfaced an hour later. After evacuating the submarine, Tatsuya destroyed the sub.

Chapter 10

Spoiler
The mass media flocked to Miyaki Island in order to interview Tatsuya. Tatsuya didn’t refuse the interview but he wouldn’t respond to all their questions. Some reporters were provocative, but the government quickly affirmed Tatsuya’s actions to be justified. This quick response was also aimed at dispelling the criticism of the Japanese military. They denied being able to track the missiles and claimed they commissioned Tatsuya to intercept them. The NSU still deny the death of Igor and place fault on Japan saying they never attacked the island. This incident would later be called “The Miyaki Island Incident”. The USNA Defense Secretary Spencer visited Japan without warning, people awaited the press release after the meeting.

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On that same day a secret envoy from the USNA arrived at the island. Lina announced that “she is home”, Miyuki and Tatsuya came out to greet her in a nonchalant manner. Lina is surprised that they didn’t have any reactions, but they say that she was the one who said “she was home”. Lina was embarrassed but recovered and gave Tatsuya a letter from the President of the USNA. Tatsuya was surprised that it was addressed to him. The letter states that the USNA wants to reconcile and wants to establish close relations to maintain peace in the Pacific Region. This implied that they don’t want him to interfere in the Atlantic Region, which Tatsuya understood. Tatsuya then smiles while looking at Lina, it causes her to feel an ominous premonition because in the letter it states that Lieutenant Colonel Angelina Shields will be lent to Tatsuya indefinitely. Lina screams that this is fraudulent, because she thought she retired. The letter also states that they want to sponsor Tatsuya’s Stellar Furnace Project. Tatsuya didn’t mind this because he wants to spread his creation everywhere to help magicians become more than just weapons. Tatsuya asks if Lina was trying to quit the military and Lina says that after hearing from both Tatsuya and Miyuki that she felt it was the right move and thanked them. Lina then comments on how Tatsuya will become a famous figure that draws all kinds of attention but he is doing this for Miyuki’s sake. “Glacial Age” could become a SCM but Tatsuya has no intention of letting that happen, so he will keep all the attention on himself. However, he doesn’t expect the future to require him to play the role of a weapon.

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