There is the wreckage of buildings and houses everywhere, the sky is darkened by the smoke from multiple fires, the corpses of monsters scattered on the floor, anyone who saw this scene would say that this is the end of the world, however people in armor, swords, staffs and many other equipment you know… this scene is far from the end of the world.
For that day, there is a marked battle for humanity, thousands of warriors from Rank A to the legendary SSS Rank united against a single creature.
This demonic-looking creature, humanoid in shape, dark red skin, horns curved back and longer than a bus, a tail with a sharp tip, gigantic wings of pure flesh and bone extending from its back, a scornful smile planted in his face and a size of more than 60 meters.
The strongest of Solomon's 72 demons, the Legendary Demon King Baal.
This demonic creature with an overwhelming power is in the midst of these thousands of warriors, however, none of them shows a single sign of fear, as they have all participated in many battles and know that they will not be wavering that they will have a chance against him.
And in the midst of these many warriors was me.
Noah Ballard, Swordsman Rank A and one of the 9 children of the president of the second largest corporation in the world. But even though I was the president's son, I didn't have any extra security or support, which was normal for me because, when I was younger and even after becoming an adult I wasn't someone good and even though I was Rank A, my strength was a among the weakest of the many in that classification, there was even a time that I lost to a Rank B.
But I ignored the fact that I was among the weakest in Rank A and went into this battle with my team, which was not very remarkable either but we had a very strong confidence in each other.
And I, who was holding a sword, suddenly heard a sound coming from the people who were leading this team of thousands of warriors: ’’ Everyone present here, listen! This battle will be an important milestone in the history of mankind! That's why we can't lose this fight! So even if you lose your arm, your leg or even your sword! Keep fighting until the end! ’’
Everyone prepared their weapons
‘’ Until your strength runs out! ’’
Everyone came into position
“And until that damn demon is wiped out!’ ’
Right after that last cry everyone ran up to the demon and of course I was no exception.
Thousands of attacks, whether magical or physical, were all going straight to Baal.
And Baal in response simply shook his gigantic hand.
Hundreds of Rank A and Rank S warriors died with that simple move.
‘’ So strong !! ’’ I exclaimed in surprise.
To me who only hunted monsters of maximum S rank, Baal ended up looking like a God of Destruction crushing ants.
But I was lucky that one of my strengths and that also made me reach Rank A was the fact that I could attack from a distance by imbuing my Aura with the sword, which was a special feature that few had.
But those few who had it were in SS Rank or above, which didn't make me very proud of myself.
With this kind of thing I could easily attack from afar and without attracting Baal's attention because the damage I did to Baal was minimal.
Because of that, time passed and just as Baal killed many warriors, but even with his overwhelming power he was also very hurt and was unable to fight as before.
And it was no different for me that he got tired a lot because imbuing Aura with the sword and attacking from a distance needed a lot of energy.
About 4 hours after the battle started, Baal was about to take his last breath.
As soon as I realized that, I was filled with joy and shouted: ‘’ That's right! Finally we’re going to kill el- ’’
I suddenly felt something go through my chest. And when I looked down, my companion's sword was embedded in my heart.
Without understanding anything, I looked at him and stammered: ‘’ W-what !? ’’
In response to my question, my companion said: ‘‘ You don’t have to keep asking questions, just die quiet. ’’
I, even more confused, asked: ‘’ W-why did you do that? ’’
‘’ Well, I think that since you’re going to die you have the right to at least know why. Anyway, your brother didn’t want a Rank A that is among the weakest in his own rank that even you continued to dirty your family’s name and then he paid us to kill you. ’’.
I obviously already thought that someday my brothers would plan something against me if I fought for the right to inherit the corporation, however I always stayed out of these fights, but even so they still attacked me, it may be for another reason but they still did that, so I was extremely surprised.
And in a short period of time I was able to recover from the shock and realize what just happened and in a last bout of anger because of the betrayal I take my sword and shout: ‘‘ You traitors! I thought we were a team! ’’ Right after I scream my sword at him softly.
‘'Yeah, but we all have ways to go, don’t we? Shoot him. ’’
When my sword was almost meeting his neck, I heard a noise: ‘’ Fireball! ’’.
Then my vision darkened ...
... I heard an explosion noise and soon after that my vision went dark. I must have died before my sword reached him ...
... Did they really kill me just for the money? We were all Rank A, even if we weren't the best money it was no problem.
Did I do anything for them to do that?
Stopping to think is a plausible option, I was never a loving person.
Even before I woke up I did a lot of bad things for others and for my family too and after waking up it was even worse ... Damn it, I really am rubbish ...
... I think I deserved it ...
I wish I had a chance to redeem myself ...
After some time reflecting how bad I was, I realized that I had been in that dark place for a long time.
Is it some kind of purgatory here?
After saying that I tried to move but I couldn't feel any part of my body.
But I kept trying because there were no more options. And then a small light came on.
I tried to get closer, but the moment I tried to move again the light expanded around me and soon after that it started to go out until finally something was revealed.
A quarter the size of a basketball court has been revealed.
It was all messy and crowded with apparently expensive furniture and with two doors on the wall on the right, one open to the bathroom and the other to a corridor.
When I looked down, I saw that I was on a bed.
Right after seeing all of this I was confused wondering where I was, but some time later my memory finally cleared up!
Exactly 20 years after the Day of the Apocalypse, Noah Ballard is betrayed and killed in cold blood by his team during the battle against Baal. Filled with regrets and blood dripping from his chest, Noah finds himself in a strange situation, "Isn't that my old room !? '', Noah has returned 21 years to the past.
What will he decide to do with this second chance given by the heavens? Seeking revenge? Wealth? Power? No ... It will go far beyond those simple desires! However Noah realizes that during his old life there were many things that he did not know ...
(This is the English version of Chaos Returner, and since I am not very good at English, there will probably be a lot of spelling errors.)