“The sisters are trapped in the Giant Beast Forest?…”
Mikoto backpedaled in horror. She looked at Shokuhou Misaki and her clone, their silence is the only answer she needed. She charged towards the door.
“Wait, where are you going?!”
Shokuhou Misaki, Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, Takitsubou Rikou, and Astrea stopped Mikoto before she reached the door. They held Mikoto back with all their might.
“Let go of me!”
Mikoto yelled as she struggled.
“The sisters are in danger, I have to save them!”
“You need to calm down this instant, Mikoto.”
Hinagiku grabbed Mikoto’s hand.
“You need to snap out of it, Misaki already said they are not in any immediate danger.”
Mikoto is fuming right now.
They are cornered by an army of demonic beasts. If that’s not danger I don’t know what is. You’re going to tell me those savage beasts will go easy on them or something?”
“Misaka-san, if you don’t want to hear it from me, you can hear it from the clone herself…”
Shokuhou Misaki bitterly laughed.
“Onee-sama, be at ease, the others are not in danger…”
The clone said before continuing.
“At the moment, it would seem precarious for the others but defending a base with our combined power is a walk in the park, says Misaka trying to assure Onee-sama confidently.”
“With almost 20,000 sisters, excluding the emergence of a tier 9 monster, it would be very hard for the monster to breach the base’s defense.”
Shokuhou Misaki reminded Mikoto.
“The sisters are also growing along with us when they grinded for EXP.”
They turned on the System’s analytics and they analyzed the clone who is with them.
Misaka clone 10032: Level 53
“LV 52? Tier 6?”
Mikoto jumped in shock. She’s too stunned by the growth of the sisters.
“You’re telling me that they are all tier 6 in power?”
“It’s super not surprising to me.”
Kinuhata Saiai said nonchalantly.
“Frenda, Takitsubou Rikou, and I already reached tier 7, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the sisters attained tier 6 power.”
Hinagiku is also similarly surprised.
“You three reached tier 7?”
Kinuhata Saiai puffed out her chest with a smug grin. Frenda also acted smug.
“In the end, thanks to the sisters’ persistent grinding, we managed to become tier 7 individuals…”
Hinagiku is confused.
“You girls got tier 7, how come I only increased by a few levels?”
Takitsubou Rikou replied.
“That’s normal, the experience requirement got wider when you hit tier 7. The same amount of EXP you earned managed to increase our levels to tier 7, up from tier 6 which had lower EXP requirements.”
The girls acknowledged that she had a valid point. Wu Yan also complained about the serious amount of EXP required to level up.
Mikoto mumbled in a worried tone.
“The sisters are just tier 6, I think they would have a hard time dealing with tier 8 monsters.”
Shokuhou Misaki shook her head with a smile.
“That’s assuming that they can’t communicate in real-time, strategize, and move as one coherent unit. You haven’t seen them in action, the Misaka Network shared between them allows them to achieve a superhuman level of cooperation, ridiculous efficiency, and efficacy during combat. Based on the numbers I gathered, they can probably handle up to 10 tier 8 monsters.”
Mikoto snapped at her.
“What happens if a tier 9 monster appears?”
“Do you think tier 9 monsters grow like weed on the side of a road?”
Shokuhou Misaki rolled her eyes at her.
“Tier 9 monsters dwell in the deepest regions of the forest. These monsters have not appeared at the fringes of the giant beast forest since the start of this disturbance, and it would seem to stay that way for the foreseeable future.”
“No buts, you’re just being absurdly paranoid right now.”
Shokuhou Misaki bitterly laughed.
“If you can accept that the sisters are not in danger at the moment then we can move on to the real topic of how to break them out of the encirclement, sounds good to you?”
Shokuhou Misaki finally managed to calm Mikoto down albeit only slightly. They all nodded and they started thinking hard.
Hinagiku looked at Shokuhou Misaki.
“Shokuhou, what’s your thought on the matter?”
They all gathered their attention on Shokuhou Misaki. Mikoto also had to admit that Shokuhou Misaki is better at coming up with plans than her, it wouldn’t hurt to hear her out.
Shokuhou Misaki straightened her back before she started voicing her idea.
“The plan is simple, problem-solving through superior firepower.”
“Isn’t that just fighting fire with a bigger fire?”
Shokuhou Misaki played with her blonde hair, she smiled at them.
“Based on the information gathered, the leader of the monster army appears to be a tier 8 monster. We have 3 tier 8 on our side: Ikaros, Astrea, and you, Mikoto. We get to the sisters, and we break the encirclement with overwhelming power.”
The others are stunned by the simplicity of this plan.
Kinuhata Saiai jumped up while pumping herself up.
“Yes, I like this plan!”
Mikoto and Astrea grinned. They also liked the idea very much.
“If that’s the case, what are we waiting for? Let’s go right now!”
Mikoto is the first one to reach for the door handle.
The other girls also nodded. They know that if Wu Yan don’t kick the bucket and die, they can all be revived even if they meet an untimely end.
They could let the sisters die and wait for Wu Yan to revive them. This would save them the most trouble but that’s not how the girls roll. They don’t watch comrades die without doing anything about it.
Even Shokuhou Misaki is earnestly wishing to save the sisters herself.
She looked around and she addressed Hinagiku.
“Hinagiku, I think you should stay here, wait for Wu Yan to come back. I don’t want to imagine the hell he is going to raise when he comes back and can’t find us. Stay here with Flandre-chan and wait for him…”
Hinagiku said in a frustrated manner. She wanted to help too but this is also a less flashy way so she accepted anyway.
Hinagiku and Flandre-chan sent Mikoto, Shokuhou Misaki, Ikaros, Astrea, Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, Takitsubou Rikou, and the clone Misaka on their way.
Flan bit on her nails, she mumbled.
“Flan also wanted to save the sisters…”
Hinagiku shook her head while giggling from Flan’s energy. She looked at the girls’ receding backs and she mumbled.
“Yan, come home soon…”