Metzel was exhausted .
The sword was never this heavy in his arms before and everything he slashed, it felt as though he was using up his remaining strength . He couldn’t differentiate companions from enemies anymore . He brandished his sword innately at the black figure before him and that was his only countermeasure for dealing with this situation . Metzel fended off the enemies with his holy flames while his companions were responsible for annihilating the creatures that had broken through the silver-whitish flame barrier . However, how long could they sustain by doing this? Metzel didn’t know and he couldn’t grasp the elapsing time . Had one second, one minute, or one hour passed? These questions became meaningless to Metzel . Initially, these mercenaries thought that this would be the only wave of undead creatures and they would be fine after dealing with them . However, the never-ending stream of attacks had debilitated them mentally and physically .
“Argh!” A scream sent chills down Metzel’s spine as he witnessed yet another companion of his dragged out of the flame barrier by a pitch-black charred arm . The companion struggled and stretched his hands to Metzel for help but, he disappeared to the other side of the flame barrier before Metzel could even react .
“Ahh!” The ear-piercing screams died under the howls of the devouring undead creatures .
“I can’t hold on any longer, Metzel . ” The gentle voice of the Battle Angel sounded .
The Battle Angel gripped his sword tightly with an ashen expression . A young lady dressed as an archer scuttled towards him hurriedly and chanted with her arms apart . A soothing beam of radiance shrouded the Battle Angel and comforted his stricken self . However, it was an utterly inadequate measure .
“Metzel, do you have any solutions? If this goes on, everyone will be dead! Apart from these undead creatures, there are still those horrifying metallic creatures!” One of the mercenaries screamed .
“I…” Metzel knitted his brows, but his head was a mess .
The flustered young swordsman didn’t know what to do to survive this life-threatening situation . Yet, as a leader of the group, he couldn’t give up . Metzel was clear that no matter what, he couldn’t give up his responsibilities as a leader . If not, death would find their way before they even knew it .
“What do we have left?” asked Metzel .
“Nothing left, Metzel,” the young lady replied anxiously . “We do have some weapons left . I’ve run out of flame arrows and explosive arrows . What else can we do?”
What to do? I’m more curious to know the answer than you! Metzel felt helpless but even so, he had no intention of giving up . No matter what, he had to hang on . “Hang on, guys! Shrink our defenses! Sir Delno, please move back a little and don’t minimize the size of your barrier!”
Live on . No matter what, we have to live on and every second counts . This isn’t about honor or pride, but our human instinct to survive . No matter how incomparably hopeless it seems, we must hang on to the final second . The person who gives up life first will only face death . But, if we hang on, perhaps there will be miracles .
Everyone retreated and shrunk their defense circle . This forced them to the corner and apart from the tall, thick city walls, there was nothing else to protect them . However, even the city walls had become their enemies . They had no chance of escaping and they could only rely upon their backs against their final defense and hope to continue fighting back .
“Heyah!” The young swordsman slashed his sword at the skull of a Skeleton Soldier that barged through the flame barrier . But, instead of slicing it into two, his sword got stuck in the chink deeply .
Feeling a powerful pulling force, Metzel let go of his hands and the Skeleton Soldier dragged Metzel’s sword out of the defense barrier instantly . If Metzel didn’t let go of his grip in time, perhaps he would have been devoured by the undead creatures .
However, this struggle had exhausted the young swordsman’s final bit of strength . He fell to the ground and couldn’t raise his arms anymore .
“Metzel!” The young lady on the other side screamed in panic as soon as she saw Metzel fall on the ground .
The exhausted Battle Angel was unable to hold on any longer . The flame barrier once again thinned and the mercenaries couldn’t contain their fears and desperation anymore . They worked so hard for this and in the end, they still weren’t able to escape the claws of death?
At this moment, a bright, glaring radiance flashed .
The fascinating magical radiance flashed through the ground and deep, loud bells rang .
Perhaps they knew that death was near, or they had already given up . At this moment, the group was no longer concerned about the creatures that were about to pounce on them . Instead, they turned their heads towards the bell tower, where the heavy, depressing bells sounded from . That bell tower is still working it seems…? This question popped up in their heads .
Then, they realized that something was off .
A magical radiance flashed by . The undead creatures stopped moving and turned around as though they detected danger . But they turned back around and gazed at their trapped prey almost immediately . Those vivid lives and the glaring fighting spirit of their souls were the presence that the undead creatures were longing to perish .
The Battle Angel finally ran out of strength as he collapsed to his knees . The silver-whitish flame barrier vanished entirely .
Is this the end?
Seeing their most reliable companion collapsing to his knees, everyone shut their eyes and awaited the death that was about to strike them .
But suddenly, someone chided them . “It’s too early to sleep, isn’t it?”
“Eh?” The mercenaries widened their eyes in shock and they looked up curiously to find Anne landing on the ground from above .
The young lady crushed the ground with her shield mercilessly and sent rapid shockwaves across the place . In a blink of an eye, the undead creatures were blasted away . Anne raised her shield and the green wind element emerged . She roared and pushed forward .
Boom! The whizzing whirlwind erupted from the shield and swept the undead creatures away . The densely gathered undead creatures were as though gusted away by a leaf blower and in a split second, the battleground was cleaned out entirely .
“Phew… Easy peasy . ” Anne observed the damage that she had done and said with a proud smile . She turned around and winked at the frightened, yet relieved mercenaries . “It seems that you guys had a hard time . But don’t worry . Leader said to rescue all of you, so you can be assured now . ”
“Leader?” The mercenaries lifted their heads and gazed towards the direction where Anne focused her attention on . A young man in a black attire walked towards them from the other side of the square .
“…” Even though that young man was alone, the undead creatures fixated their stares on him and roared aggressively while ignoring Anne and the other mercenaries .
“This brings back memories… Alright then, I shall see how different it is to clear this dungeon the traditional way,” Rhode said with a smirk .
Countless magical rays radiated from his arms and coalesced into a huge, gorgeous summoning ritual emerging beneath his feet . Numerous flashy cards appeared from thin air and formed a circle with Rhode in the center . Undead creatures darted forward as soon as they realized the incoming danger .
Rhode smacked his palms together .
Pow! The colorful cards circulating around Rhode shattered into bits . A harmony of crimson flames, mysterious mist, bolts of lightning, and flawless radiance shrouded Rhode entirely as they emerged one after another . But this wasn’t the end . As the cards shivered, a golden halo erupted from Rhode’s body and spread across the square in a blink of an eye .
Taboo Halo, activated .