113-Battle of the Apostles: Early on

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 The feeling of catching it was like catching a dump truck.
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'Hmph. It's quite powerful, isn't it?

 She swung her stiff arm again. But this time, instead of catching it, she catches it with her true core and repels it.
 Arts 《knockback》. This is the basic art of the shield, which reflects part of the impact of an enemy's physical attack when it is caught by the shield's core.
 In extreme cases, a good tank player can suppress all physical attacks by mastering only this knockback and parry.
 It was the most basic, yet most important move.

(Yes, it still works.)

 At this point in time, he could take it all by himself. That was the decision Noel had made.
 There were three members in the tank this time, Noel, Tetsuya, and the Dragon Fang, and Noel was undoubtedly the hardest player of them all.
 Therefore, an attack that she can't take on by herself is an attack that all the players in the room can't take on.

 I used the term "at the moment" because the monster in front of me is a raid monster.
 The giant dragon in front of me has five HP gauges. This means that it has at least four actions that can be switched at least four times.
 One that raises your status, one that launches a huge attack, and one that changes form.
 It's currently unknown which action the giant dragon will take when it switches gauges, but that's only if it can deal damage until it does.

 In the first place, we've only figured out about 10% of the attack patterns.
 I want to make it last at least until the third gauge.
 That was Noel's inner thoughts.


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 The attackers must have arrived while Noel was buying the giant dragon's hate.
 The attackers must have arrived while Noel was buying the dragon's hate.
 As soon as the number of sword fights exceeded ten, the giant dragon's HP finally began to decrease.

'Okay, it's working, it's working!

 One of the only three stray players was blatantly happy as he continued his attack.
 He was a young boy wrapped in all black gear, wearing a long black coat and holding a sword with an impressive jet-black blade.
 When Noel sees him, he suddenly sees his avatar name.
 《Lucifer the Fallen Angel》. The moment Noel saw that name, he silently looked away from him.
 He decided to think of him as a smiling boy with a disease that affected everyone in the eighth grade.

 Aside from the half-joking exchange, the attackers seemed to have taken their positions while Noel was under attack.
 Tetsuya had caught up with them early on and was concentrating on gaining hate so that he could switch hate at any time, but the others must have come after deciding on their positions.
 Looking at Linnea's face, which looked a little unhappy from a distance, it seemed that Lucifer had probably gotten a little ahead of himself.

 However, the amount of damage was small, so the attacker should not be able to regain his hate for a while.
 Noel unleashed his provocation skill, "Taunt," at the giant dragon, and sent an 'OK' hand signal to Tetsuya and Rinne.

 The two nodded and gave the order to attack the attackers under their command, who seemed to be in charge of their own.


 Each player's attack made the giant dragon cower in disgust.
 The nine attackers ......, or more precisely, the eight attackers' total attack visibly reduced the giant dragon's HP, although Sukuna didn't participate in the attack completely and Rinne suppressed the power.
 Even so, the giant dragon's HP had yet to be reduced by even ten percent. The attackers were still attacking, and although their HP was slowly decreasing, they were not using powerful arts, so their HP loss was relatively slow.

 The hate was still focused on Noel.
 However, it seemed that Noel was accumulating hate on the attacker faster than he thought.

 Tanks have a skill to distinguish the hate of monsters by color.
 The more proficient you are, the more accurate you can see the amount of hate, but Noel's reaction to attacks seemed to be stronger than his reaction to provocations.

 While Noel is a hard and stable tank, she only has provocation skills to gather hate.
 In short, she doesn't have the 'offensive tools' that Tetsuya has.
 If it's true that the provocation skill is not enough to accumulate hate against the giant dragon in front of you, Noel thinks it's very troublesome.
 This is because the arts of provocation skill will not only gather hate, but also induce the opponent's anger state, which has the disadvantage of increasing the enemy's attack power, even if only slightly.

'Noel, what's wrong!

'If I continue to gather hate, it might be bad!

'The reason!

'This guy's provocation is ineffective!

'Yes, sir! Stick around for a bit, I'll try to take away its hate!

 Tetsuya, who, like Noel, has the skill to check hate, notices that she's acting strangely and takes cover.
 Tetsuya is also aware of Noel's weakness as a tank.
 Of course, he also knows the secondary effect of the provocation skill.

'Let's go!

 He chose to activate a powerful art in addition to the "Howl" art for provocation.
 The sword accelerates with a red flame.
 Ten high-speed blows sliced through the face of the giant dragon.
 In the space of a single breath, it was "Brave Slasher," a higher-level art of the "One-Handed Sword" skill, that sliced through the giant dragon.

 The giant dragon screamed and retreated as the powerful fire-attribute art was thrust into its face with all its might.
 Of course, this alone would not be enough. In order to gain more hate, Tetsuya tries to launch more arts.
 Deep Force, a four-strike, one-handed sword skill.
 This one is a heavy slash with a water attribute.

'Eat me!

 Lightning strikes Tetsuya's one-handed sword as he barks wildly.
 Cross Spark. This is the first time that a single attack has cut down the HP of a giant dragon in a straightforward manner.

'Lightning is its weakness?

'Looks like it!

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 With the exception of Lucifer, the other players do not attack recklessly until the tank has gained enough hate.
 That being the case, the one to watch out for is Rinne. She is a wizard who specializes in the lightning attribute, which makes her the best firepower against giant dragons, but also makes her more prone to gaining hate than anyone else.
 Of course, we can't say that the lightning attribute is the weakness of the giant dragons, but it's highly possible that it is, at least as long as she can gain more hate than the other attributes.


'I know!

 I don't have enough time to give detailed instructions in the middle of a battle.
 Nevertheless, from Rinne's position, he must have been able to see Tetsuya's actions.
 Relieved by her immediate response, Tetsuya activated his provocation skill to gain more hate.
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'It's the same as usual after all!

'That's how it's going to be!

 The two tanks, supporting each other as they crossed, smiled unchanged.


'Well, Emi. What about us?

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'You can do whatever you like with Leo~'

 In contrast to her relaxed manner of speaking, Erumi never stops her fierce barrage of attacks.
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'Hmm, nothing but attributes are going to go through surprisingly.

'Looking at Tetsuya's movements, it seems that his weakness is lightning. That's an attribute that doesn't exist in the 《Nifty Sword Style》 skill.''

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'That's part of it, but you seem to be moving very slowly. I don't think he's very agile with his size, but judging from the leap he made at the beginning, I'd say he's not too agile either. The fact that it doesn't even look at me shows that it's been cut a lot of slack.

'Well, actually, I'm just playing with the tank right now. I'll have to try and cut down one gauge.

 Both Leo and Erumi don't like the fact that they're being played by the enemy.
 Hate management by the tank was certainly important, but at that pace, Leo knew it would be difficult to defeat the enemy within two hours.
 Erumi also didn't like the idea of carrying on with attacks that weren't particularly effective.
 Aside from Leo, Erumi is a swordsman who specializes in firepower. Her real strength lies in her ability to hit with high-powered arts.
 It's not so much frustration, but Erumi thought it would be more efficient to hit the tank with firepower rather than having the tank manage the hate.

'Well, what are you going to do about Shuya? I thought I'd be able to see you seriously screwing, but you're disappointing me~'

 It's not hard to imagine that the reason why Shuya, who's always been a daylight sleeper and never gets serious, is motivated is because of Arthur.
 Regardless of how Shuya feels about Arthur, at the very least he has never turned down a request and has taken the initiative to gather information.
 It's obvious that Arthur is the reason for this event, but there are too many things about Shuya that even the same clan members don't know.

 The only thing he could say for sure was that Shuya's fighting style was not that of a one-handed swordsman with a shield.

'He probably has his own ideas. That's just like Sukuna-chan not taking part in any attacks.

 Leo showed a certain understanding of Shuya's reluctance to talk, but Erumi frowned blatantly when she heard his comment.
 When Leo saw Erumi's disgusted expression, he turned pale.

'What is it Erumi, if you have something to say, say it.

'Why don't you stop using 'chan' for girls you've never met before? It's too harsh, to be honest.

'I'll knock you down!

'I'm scared...'

'You're a barfly!

 Leo's angry voice drew the stares of some of the players who were in charge of other areas.
 Erumi distanced herself from Leo, who had placed his hands on the hilts of his two-handed swords, while continuing to attack to the point of not gaining too much hate.