'You've got to be kidding. ......'
ãRinne's muttered words were drowned out by the roar of the crowd.
ãSukuna didn't even have the time to agree with Rinne's words, and was struggling to control her mind that was about to explode.
ãShe clenched her teeth as hard as she could and held on to her hands, as if she were about to bleed in reality.
ãThe unimaginable pain pierced Sukuna's chest. Even so, it was too late. The distance is too far to go for help.
ãAnd Rury was helplessly returned to the polygon fragment by the giant dragon's blow.
ãDevastated. The raid party had been dealt a fatal blow.
ãThe wave that the giant dragon had unleashed with no motion was somewhat less powerful than the one it had unleashed the first time.
ãIt was probably simply due to the short time it took to build up.
ãAt any rate, it was weaker than the first wave that had been released after a charge of more than ten seconds, and at least Erumi who had been directly hit at close range had died instantly, so it was certain that the power of the wave was immense even if it was weakened.
ãEven so, Erumi was the only player who was killed by the wave itself. Compared to the four players who had been wiped out earlier, the damage was small.
ãIn the first place, that wave has a large distance decay. If you're at the edge of the field, you can survive it even if you don't have any defensive spells, and if you cast defensive spells, you won't take any more damage.
ãOn the other hand, if you are at close range, it is powerful enough to kill you after crushing some guards and barriers. It was an easy attack to understand.
ãThe only reason Rinne survived unscathed was because he had put up a barrier early for Sukuna, who was retreating.
ãSukuna, too, was able to slip inside the barrier just in time, and suffered no particular damage.
ãAnd ironically, thanks to the recovery spell cast by Lully, Sukuna's HP had recovered to full.
ãAside from Rinne and Sukuna, only Shuya was able to break through the wave unharmed. He had survived the surge by using his "One-Handed Shield" skill to guard against the surge.
ãTetsuya had activated his guard arts, but he was too close to the wave and was broken through head-on.
ãHowever, although he took some damage, he was able to keep his body intact thanks to his guard.
ãAs a result of protecting a stray wizard player, Soramaru was unable to evacuate in time, and although he did not die, he was buried in the rubble with one of his legs taken off.
ãThe wizard player was blown up as well, but thanks to Soramaru's devotion, his damage was minimal.
ãThe duo of Ryuuri the Livestock and Necro the Dragon's Fang took some damage, but thanks to their position at the edge of the field, they were not fatally wounded.
ãThe healer of the Dragon Fang, a man in black whose name was unknown to ...... Sukuna, seemed to be the same as the two.
ãAfter all, right after the wave of destruction was released, he was still in a position to recover.
ãThe problem was that the giant dragon had started to move right after the wave.
ãIt hadn't moved for nearly a minute earlier, but this time it only had a few seconds to spare.
ãFirst of all, Drago, who was upset by Erumi's death, was killed. The fact that the giant dragon had stopped moving after the wave motion earlier may have caused him to relax a little, but even so, it was an untimely end.
ãIn fact, Drago had been killed. This caused further unrest in the entire raid party.
ãThe next target was Soramaru.
ãAt this point, Rinne realized that the giant dragon's behavioral pattern had completely changed.
ãThe reason why Drago was targeted first could be explained by saying that he had earned a huge amount of hate with his last big move.
ãHowever, the next target should have been Sukuna.
ãBecause right before Drago's blow, it was Sukuna who was targeted by the giant dragon.
ãIt went straight for Soramaru, who was missing a leg.
ãHe stared at it with a dumbfounded expression, then bowed his head as if to apologize to everyone and was run over.
ãA stray wizard was crushed to death. A necro died protecting a black-robed healer. He, too, was easily killed.
ãAnd now, Liuli has been killed.
ãErumi, Drago, Soramaru, the Wizard, Necro, the Healer in Black, and Ryuuri.
ãIt took less than thirty seconds for all seven players to be killed.
ãSukuna sniffed, biting her lip and trying desperately to suppress her emotions.
ãWhile holding her hand gently, Rinne apologized to Sukuna inwardly.
(I'm sorry, Nana. I know it's hard. I know it's painful.
ãI'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you'll do fine.
ãThe situation is too confusing. If we were to lose Sukuna in this situation, our chance of winning would be completely gone.
ãWe have to avoid that.
ãIt was a situation we absolutely had to avoid.
ãThe giant dragon still had more than 2.5 gauges of HP left. Even if Rinne had cut off the rearguard, and even if Shuya had a rearguard, Sukuna's presence would be essential to finish the fight.
ãThe next target of the giant dragon, who had killed almost all of the rearguard, was Tetsuya, who was recovering from a potion.
ãSeeing this, Rinne somehow understood why the giant dragon had left Sukuna, who was supposed to be taking care of the hate, to go and kill the other players.
ãIt wasn't strange that the giant dragon's behavioral pattern changed as its HP entered the third gauge.
ãAt first, I thought it was the hate resetting, but no.
ãThat no-motion wave itself served as a kind of marking.
ãIt's probably an algorithm that prioritizes killing players who are damaged by that attack.
ãThat's why the hate is going to Tetsuya, leaving out Sukuna, who probably still has a lot of hate.
ãHowever, even Rinne can't read the order in which they kill each other. As for Drago, even though he was in an easy position to kill, he didn't have a low HP, and from there he concentrated on the rearguard, who was easier to kill.
ãIn any case, his behavior pattern is too unclear.
ãHowever, it's not a good idea to have Tetsuya killed here. There were only four of them left in the raid.
ãThe invisible breath that Sukuna had struggled with earlier attacked Tetsuya.
ãIt's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're going to be doing.
ãIt's a good thing that you're not the only one who has a problem with this.
ãThe moment Tetsuya thought that, he was going to be wounded. Just as Tetsuya was thinking this, one of the players cut off his breath.
'Are you okay?
'I'm sorry, Shuya. Thanks for saving my life.
'It's okay. We're helping each other.
ãShuya slashes away at a series of breaths fired by the giant dragon with both of her large, thinly glowing swords.
ãMaster rank skill "Twin Daggers". This skill, which can only be obtained by raising the proficiency of the [Large Sword] skill and the [Double Sword] skill to 500 each, was a skill that none other than Shuya had any use for at the moment.
'I didn't want to use it too much, though.
ãShuya sighs, but keeps a relaxed expression on his face.
ãIt had been nearly a month and a half in real time since he had started playing this game, and he had spent more than a month of that time in this world.
ãYes, he has been in this world longer than any other player, and his level is the highest in the raid party, 94.
ãThe man with the highest level among the current players is Shuya, the third ranked member of the Clan "Knights of the Round Table".
ãEven so, Shuya does not have the immense firepower of Skuna or Drago, nor does he have the trump card of armor.
ãHe doesn't have the enthusiasm of a professional gamer like Drago or Rinne, nor does he have the unique talents of Sukuna.
ãHe just leveled, completed quests, and enjoyed walking around the city. ...... That's how Shuya has been enjoying WLO as a normal game.
ãHowever, I like to feel the passion of players like them.
ãIt's because I lack passion that I'm able to feel the glare of their passion.
ãI want to support them and help them in any way I can.
ãI can say that Shuya's showing the Twin Swords here and now is a manifestation of that kind of intention.
(Even so, this is an impossible game, isn't it?)
ãAs I said earlier, Shuya doesn't have any trump cards.
ãAs I mentioned earlier, Shuya doesn't have any trump cards that can be used as trump cards. He has only recently acquired these two large swords, and he is not very skilled with them. In other words, there are simply no powerful arts.
ãEven so, there is one reason to use the "Double Dagger".
ãIt is because of its extremely high firepower.
ãTo put it bluntly, it was the biggest miscalculation of the raid party that Drago died without participating in most of the attacks.
ãHer "Starlight Slasher" was indeed a powerful art, and she had actually taken out a tenth of the giant dragon's total HP by herself.
ãHowever, if Drago had lived to continue the fight, he would have been able to shave off that much additional HP as simple firepower.
ãFor Shuya and Rinne, who had expected Drago to be a player who could cut down more than one gauge on his own, the loss of that firepower hurt them deeply.
ãThanks to Sukuna's ability to cut down more than we expected, we were barely able to make a profit, but Drago's early retirement was still painful.
ãIf Rinne plays his trump card, we can probably get another gauge. If Sukuna, Shuya, and Tetsuya fought as hard as they could, there was a chance that they would be able to cut down to the final gauge.
ãBut in between, there are two gauge shifting actions that have killed a total of 11 players.
ãWill you be able to get through those actions, which twice took advantage of players' weaknesses, unscathed?
ãAnd if you do, will you be able to defeat the maximally strengthened giant dragon that has reached the final gauge?
ãIt's impossible no matter how hard you try. That was the reason why Shuya judged this battle to be an impossible game.
ãHowever, there is one element that may lead to a breakthrough.
ãIt was the presence of Sukuna, who was now being held back by Rinne.
ãShe's different from her usual mild-mannered and vague demeanor, as if she's about to lash out.
ãAnger. Or disappointed. I had seen her from a distance earlier, but she seemed to be eager to go and help her allies.
ãBut at that point, Rinne was right to stop it.
ãThe giant dragon at that time was more agile and cunning than the one Shuya was facing now, and probably had more power in its attacks.
ãIt doesn't matter whether Shuya, Tetsuya, or Sukuna goes.
ãAfter all, Sukuna was a full attacker. He's not like Tank, who protects his friends. That's why he would have died sooner or later, unable to protect them.
ãIf he wasn't a tank of Noel's caliber, the right thing to do would have been to not let him go.
ãBut maybe the current Sukuna would have been able to handle it.
ãThat's how horrifyingly terrifying the atmosphere of the Sukuna was.
'Oops, Twin Strike!
ãNot a clawed slash, but a crushing press attack.
ãShuya hit it back head-on.
'Gosh, ...... is a fat dragon...'
ãIt's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your time with your family.
I'm not sure what to do.
ãIt's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your time with your family.
ãYou'll be able to see that the dragon is still weak against the lightning attribute, and the dragon is visibly frightened.
ãWhen Shuya saw this, he decided it was now or never and sent a signal to Rinne.
'Can you do it!
'I'll manage!ãThe next gauge won't give us a chance anyway, and more importantly, it's going to be tough without Sukuna!
ãThat's the last thing he really said.
ãWe have to trust them. In them and in Sukuna.
Got it!ãNana, are you okay?
'...... I'm fine!
'Go ahead and put your mind to it!
ãAfter seeing Sukuna off, Rinne finally decided to use the trump card he had.
'What I seek is the truth of piling up. I wish for ten successive stars.
ãSukuna entered the fray and began chanting as she watched the three players clash head-on with the giant dragon.
ãRare skill ãRenshoujutsuã. This is a rare skill that Rinne once acquired when she defeated a certain monster, and it is her greatest trump card.
ãThe skill's effect is very complicated, but simply put, it allows the user to cast the same spell in multiples of up to ten.
ãHow is this different from casting the same spell over and over again?
ãThe difference is that the power of each spell increases with the number of spells stacked on top of each other, a kind of "tenfold cherry blossom" effect.
ãFor example, if the number of spells stacked is two, the power multiplier is 1.5. It is like multiplying 1+1 by 1.5. With the same amount of MP, you can cast a spell with three times the power that you would normally cast with two.
ãThree multiplied by two. The power multiplier is added in 0.5 increments like that, and if you stack 10, the power multiplier is 5.5. Since the original spell itself has 10 pieces, it becomes 55 times more powerful than a single shot of that spell by itself.
ãIt's similar to the Tenfold Cherry Blossom in that the final result is 55 times more powerful, but that spell had the problem of recoil damage.
ãNaturally, this one has its own troublesome disadvantages.
ãThe first is the MP problem. Because binary star magic releases spells 'at once', it consumes MP for the number of times you stack them.
ãTherefore, you can only use it with spells that can be cast at the same time for the number of times you want to stack them. If you want to stack 10 times, you need to use a spell that can be used more than 10 times.
ãSecondly. It takes an inordinate amount of time to activate.
ãIn exchange for the recoil damage, ãJyujyuzakuraã has the greatest advantage of being able to be terminated in just a few seconds.
ãIn contrast, "Renshoujutsu" sacrifices all of its speed.
ãIn other words, the number of spells stackedâ the power multiplierâ 5 seconds.
ãSo if you stack 2 spells, you get 2â 1.5â 5 seconds, or 15 seconds.
ãIf there are 10 spells, then 10â 5.5â 5 seconds equals 275 seconds, or a little over 4.5 minutes.
ãAnd the third one. While this skill is active, Rinne cannot move at all. In other words, she has to become a completely fixed tower.
ãFour and a half minutes without being able to move at all in the face of a giant dragon with all-round attacks and breaths.
ãIf Rinne were to take a direct hit from the giant dragon's attack, he would probably only be able to withstand one blow. Or she might die in one hit.
'I'm counting on you, all three of you.
ãAfter muttering as if in prayer, Rinne begins to prepare to lay down magic.
'The staff that summons the flame that splits the sky, let it be a guide on the ground.
ãShe thrusts the ãBlue Jade Staffã into the ground and begins to chant.
ãThe magic that Rinne will use this time is the Lightning Ballista. It's the only spell that can reliably fire ten shots and is advanced.
'The lightning strike that resides in my arm, now release it here as a crossbow.
ãThis is the "Lightning Ballista" with full chanting. In WLO, full chanting with words is one of the ways to increase the power of magic.
ãNormally, you would release it with no chanting, but now you have plenty of time anyway.
ãIf that's the case, the power of the spell should be increased as much as possible.
ãThat's the only job Linnea can do.
ãA light appears behind Rinne.
ãThat's one. Rinne continues chanting again.
'The staff that summoned the flame that split the heavens, let it be a guide on earth. The thunderbolt that resides in my arm, let it be released here and now as a crossbow.
ãOne by one. Be careful what you chant. If you make a mistake, it could go off.
ãA second light came on, following the first.
'240 seconds to go'.
ãThere was still a long way to go.
ãWhile praying for the three people who were in the vanguard to do well, Rinne carefully piled up the spells.
I'm not sure what to do.
ãThis is the first time I've been able to do this.
ãI'm not sure how many times I'll get hit by it, but the moment I flicked it with my claws, Sukuna dove into the giant dragon's bosom.
ãZun!ãI'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.
ãIt was just a simple punch that could be called a "super slam," but the blow caused the giant dragon's body to lift off the ground for a moment.
ãEven his two allies could not hide their astonishment at the terrifying power of the blow, but the secret behind its power was the gravity attribute, an attribute of the Night Darkness.
ãWhen attached to a weapon, the gravity attribute has two simple effects.
ãThe first is to make the weight of the weapon heavier, and the second is to make the weight of the weapon lighter.
ãIf that is all, you may not feel the significance. However, both of these effects are prefixed with "when attacked".
ãIn other words, this is an effect that is triggered when you hit someone. The wielder can wield the weapon as usual, but when the attacker is hit by the weapon, the attacker will be hit by an incomprehensibly heavy attack or a feather-light attack.
ãBasically, the only effect that is useful when attacking is the "make heavier" effect, but in WLO, where physical calculations based on the weight of the weapon are incorporated into the damage calculation, making the weapon "heavier" will increase its power, and making it "lighter" will reduce its power.
ãIn other words, you can use the "lighten" effect when you want to take it easy for capturing, so it is not useless.
ãIncidentally, in the case of "Night Darkness", the multiplier of the heavier effect is up to 3 times.
ãThere is a limit of 0.01 for the lightening effect.
ãWhat Sukuna just used to unleash the Arts is, of course, with the weight tripled.
ãThis means that a weapon with a required strength value of 885 is equal to ....... Although it cannot be calculated simply, it is at least a blow with a weight that exceeds one ton in feeling.
ãIn addition to the multipliers of the arts, combined with the high strength of the original muscles, it was powerful enough to lift the body of the giant dragon, even if only for a moment.
ãHowever, in order to activate this "gravity attribute", the wearer's own MP would be required.
ãWhy did Sukuna save this incredibly powerful weapon? It was because the weapon's gravity attribute could only be activated a few times by Sukuna, whose MP was too low for the demon race.
ãThe three of them continued to gather the hate of the giant dragon for Rinne for several minutes.
ãThe battle had been going fairly well, but the time had finally come.
ãThe giant dragon had noticed Rinne's presence.
'That's not good.
ãRenshoujutsu, while in effect, continues to slowly gain hate. That's because it's the same as activating the magic all the time.
ãIn the event that you've got a lot of time, you might want to take a look at a few of these.
ãI'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it's a good idea.
ãThis is the first time I've seen him do this. You can find a lot of people who are looking for the best way to get the most out of their life.
ãThere were only about ten seconds left. In the event you're not sure what you're looking for, there are a number of things you can do.
''Just shut up and watch!
'I'll make sure I can prevent it.
ãIt's a double shield, with Tetsuya as the reliable tank and Shuya as the top level player.
ãBut when Sukuna saw the amount of energy the giant dragon was recharging, he still didn't think he could prevent it.
ãIn the first place. What if I don't take on the role of protecting Rinne?
ãWhat Sukuna was born with was the power to protect Rinne.
ãI couldn't protect the other players. That unspoken passion still smoldered within Sukuna.
ãSukuna stood further behind Tetsuya and Shuya, and instantly changed his equipment to Kagewumi.
ãHe then claps his hands in a dance.
ãThe rare skill "Oni no Mai".
ãHe activates the "Three Style Water Mirror Dance".
ãIn addition, he also activated the "Set of Rapture Dance" and the "Set of Two Multi-Bladed Dance.
ãThe giant dragon unleashed a massive breath at the three players standing in the way to protect Rinne.
ãTetsuya was the first to be reached by the extreme light.
ãHe put away his weapon, took out a new shield, and held it in both hands, activating the most powerful defensive arts.
ãThe "Two-Handed Great Shield" skill, the defensive art "Exlayer Phalanx".
ãIt was the most powerful defensive art for piercing attacks, deploying 10 defensive wards in front of it.
ãAt the moment of the collision, three of them were instantly destroyed by fire.
ãIn one breath, two more. In the next breath, one more.
ãIn just a few seconds, six cards were cut off, and Tetsuya was still able to endure with the remaining four.
'Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
ãHe knows it's just his spirit.
ãShouting won't change the durability of the Arts.
ãBut Tetsuya still shouted.
ãTo inspire himself. To inspire his friends.
ãThe battle lasted less than ten seconds.
ãBut the power of the breath was steadily reduced, and Tetsuya was blown away by it.
ãShuya then thrust his twin daggers into the ground so that they were crossed, and grasped the two hilts to activate his arts.
ãThe "Great Sword" skill, the "Blaze Shield" art for guarding.
ãThis is no less than the defensive art of the Great Shield, and it was activated by both of the two swords that were thrust into the ground.
ãEach one is a weak defensive art, not even comparable to Tetsuya's "Exlayer Phalanx".
ãHowever, Shuya's Twin Daggers skill has a passive effect that allows her to activate individual arts with both of the two daggers in her hand.
ãTwo overlapping defensive arts. And thanks to Tetsuya's desperate efforts to block it, the breath was weakened.
I'll get through this. Sukuna doesn't have any defensive arts. If I don't prevent it here, I'm finished.
ãThe giant dragon's breath bursts into the Blaze Shield that Shuya has activated.
ãEven though Tetsuya was able to offset some of the damage, he still found himself being pushed with tremendous power.
ãAfter a few seconds of struggle, an unpleasant sound like metal cracking echoed through the air.
ãWhen Shuya turned his gaze, he saw a crack in the greatsword.
It's not good. It's not good. I can't take it. ......)
ãAt least change the direction of the breath. .......
ãThe moment Shuya thought that much, the defense of the twin daggers collapsed.
ãI'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.
(Both of them risked their lives to protect Rinne. This is not a futile resistance. I'll definitely stop it.
'Starve, Fang of the Wolf King'.
ãSukuna activated all of her attack buffs and faced the oncoming breath of light head-on.
ãI'm not sure what to do. Breath and magic attacks cannot be drowned out by ordinary attacks.
ãHowever, there are several ways to make this possible.
ãOne is to use a weapon that can guard against them.
ãAlternatively, you can use defensive arts and skills with weapons that do not.
ãAnother is to use arts with the same attribute to counteract the attack.
ãFor example, Shuya just cut off a giant dragon's breath with a wind-powered sword.
ãA non-attribute release attack can be countered by any attribute attack.
ãOr perhaps the giant dragon's breath was wind-based, which would allow him to get rid of it with no problem.
ãShuya must have made such a decision and responded to the breath with a wind attribute attack.
ãHowever, all of Sukuna's weapon skills are incapable of learning arts with attributes.
ãAnd even if she could, she would not be able to determine the attribute of the breath in front of her at a glance.
ãThat's why both Tetsuya and Shuya tried to defend against the breaths by using defense instead of attack.
ãBut Sukuna is standing here now.
ãThat's because she has a means to cancel out the Breath.
ãThat was the ãThree Styles of Water Mirror Danceã.
ãIts effect is that, for 30 seconds after activation, it cancels out any physical or magical attack equivalent to the user's attack power.
ãIn the past, when she fought Amber in Trillia, she told Sukuna that 'Type Three is a countermeasure to magic'.
ãThis is precisely what she meant when she said that it could grant a state that could cancel out magic.
(Sorry. And thank you.
ãHe inwardly thanked Kagehito for holding it in his hand.
ãIt's been the best weapon that's supported Sukuna for the last ten days.
ãThat's why the time for the end is here and now.
ãIn exchange for a star strike that will destroy everything.
ãskill, strongest art.
ãI'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.
(Thank you, everyone.)
ãTetsuya and Shuya scattered their lives.
ãSukuna threw down her weapon and unleashed the Meteor Impact, prepared to be completely immobilized herself.
ãIn gratitude for all of this, Rinne completes the art of binary star formation.
'The glow of the ten stars in a row, here and now, be the blow of salvation!
ãWith a creaking ...... sound, Rinne's right arm is held up to the giant dragon.
ãI'm not sure what to make of it.
ãAll the magic has already been loaded.
ãHer hand was pointed straight at the behemoth. And the behemoth can't even move to see it.
ãI unleashed such a powerful breath. It was inevitable that the giant dragon would recoil and be unable to move.
'Come on, let's go!
ãNo need to hesitate.
ãHe squeezed his right arm and thrust out.
ãWith a motion that resembled a fist bump, the light of doom was released without a sound.
ãIt was a ten-star blow, one that Rinne had never delivered before.
ãIt was just like a meteor.
ãIt became a ray of light and pierced the giant dragon's body.