“Anne, stand back and block the exit with the King’s Protection shield . You will go and grab the core when I tell you to, understood?”
“Got it, Leader . ”
Anne stood before the entrance where they came from and crashed the shield into the ground . Shortly after, a translucent, glass-like barrier emerged over her and sealed the entrance completely .
At this moment, the dark Chaos liquid sensed the pure strength of Order from Anne’s shield and became restless . Shortly after, human-like creatures emerged from it one by one . They stood up slowly and in the position of their right palms were swords coalesced from the dark Chaos . Judging from their appearance, they appeared like Rhode’s shadow that was on the wall .
… It’s a pity that Chaos can only replicate appearances and not skills and attributes . How sad for them .
“Are those creatures the ones that you said will replicate you?”
As Rhode inwardly ridiculed the idiotic BOSS, Celestina asked out of a sudden . Rhode looked at her curiously and discovered the glint of excitement in her scarlet pupils as she stared at the Chaos Creatures . For some unknown reason, Rhode felt that her gaze was rather menacing .
“That’s right . But…”
“What are we waiting for? Attack!”
Celestina jumped into battle right away . She brandished the thorny whip in her hand as she darted forward . The thorny whip lashed across the air and brought a trail of afterimages . The black flames on it erupted, wreaking havoc on the battlefield . The Chaos Creatures instantly realized who their target was and quickly pounced on her .
Why do I feel like she’s much more eager than usual?
Rhode shrugged before shifting his gaze to Celestina who sighed in helplessness .
“Go on and coordinate with her attacks . Leave here to me and Snow . ”
“Yes, Master . ”
Celia bowed solemnly before raising her sword that was surging in silver-whitish flames . She expanded her wings and burst forward in a straight line of glaring white radiance .
At this moment, the other Chaos Creatures also launched their attacks . The core had summoned a total of 10 Chaos Creatures—six were occupied by Celestina and Celia while four darted toward Rhode . Even though they were in human form, their movements resembled wild animals that widened their mouths and growled .
“I’m not as easy as you think…”
Rhode gazed at the shadows and his eyes glinted in a cold radiance . He raised his sword, leaped forward, and arrived before one of them . The enemy was also quick in its reaction, where it swiftly brandished the sword as though it was well prepared for his attack . However, how would Rhode be that easily hit?
The instant the shadow brandished the sword, Rhode laid his sword before him and negated it .
Rhode followed through, stretching his right arm forward and the sword in his hand meandered like a viper . At the next moment, it extended and aimed for the heart .
The shadow swiftly swung its left hand where a sharp blade emerged from its wrist . It deflected Rhode’s attack trajectory, causing it to pierce into its shoulder instead .
Rhode felt as though his sword had struck a combination of strong adhesive and rubber as the massive suction gripped onto his blade . At this moment, the other three shadows darted toward him and brandished their swords from all directions .
Rhode revealed a sinister smile . Then, he loosened his grip on the sword and vanished in a flash .
“Snow . ”
The little girl inside the hovering water ball brandished her tiny arms and a whizzing blizzard shrouded the enemies . Shortly after, the entire ground was covered in frost that enveloped them entirely . After the blizzard stopped, Snow realized that they weren’t harmed at all . As Chaos Creatures, such a pure attack wouldn’t deal too much damage to them . But even so, this was enough .
The four Chaos Creatures turned around at the same time and a shadow flitted before them .
Rhode emerged behind one of them and vanished at the next second . When he reappeared, one of the Chaos Creatures suddenly cracked as though countless blades had struck it from every direction . In the blink of an eye, the pitiful Chaos Creature shattered into bits .
This ambush stunned the remaining three Chaos Creatures . Then, at this moment, Rhode and Snow struck together .
Snow pointed her finger at where 10 crystal birds flew out of the water ball and soared toward the enemies . Their razor-sharp crystal wings streaked across the air and spiraled in deadly trajectories . The Chaos Creatures scattered hurriedly, but as they were disrupted by the ice birds, Rhode emerged behind one of them again and a shimmering radiance flashed, splitting the enemy in half .
This can’t get any easier .
Rhode’s eyes glinted . Although the shadow possessed equal strength as him, it was also their biggest weakness . Perhaps the situation would be dire if the shadows replicated someone in another class . However, Spirit Swordsmen were advantageous in this situation because they didn’t possess powerful strength, couldn’t cast magic spells, and held lower-level sword skills compared to pure Swordsmen . The problem for the enemies was that the Spirit Swordsman’s biggest threat was their unique summoning cards . Due to the limitation of the core, it could only replicate the physical being, which meant that it had no access to the summoning cards at all .
Without the assistance of the summoning cards, the shadows were only second-rate swordsmen .
The Chaos Creatures raised their swords and disappeared in a flash .
At the same time, Rhode’s blade had already streaked across the air and his eyes glinted in disdain .
At this moment, there were none of the so-called beings in this white space . The three shadows had violated all common sense and if it weren’t for the clash of blades and eruptions of blade airs, perhaps no one would believe that a battle was going on .
Rhode yelled . The little mermaid extended her tiny hands and clapped .
An ice column burst out of the ground and struck like a white viper meandering forward . Then, the ice column exploded with countless razor-sharp ice edges bursting in all directions . At this moment, one of the shadows shrieked and emerged out of thin air to avoid the lethal attack . But, before it dodged successfully, a sharp blade had punctured its heart .
Rhode emerged before it and nailed it to the ground entirely . Then, he extended his left hand and a card appeared and vanished in the next second .
Rhode withdrew the sword and dodged another enemy’s ambush swiftly . At this moment, the Chaos Creature that was nailed to the ground suddenly let out a blood-curdling screech, extending its arm to grab the ambusher . Then, the black grease-like substance on its body fell off and revealed a Skeleton Soldier who slowly stood up on its feet . Its empty eye sockets emanated a creepy radiance from its spiritual flames .
“That’s the way!”
The Chaos Creatures were baffled by the Skeleton Soldier’s emergence and it was this delay of a split second that cost their chances of winning . In the blink of an eye, the Skeleton Soldier brandished its weapon and decapitated the Chaos Creatures instantly . Their bodies melted to the ground lifelessly like candlesticks .
Rhode let out a sigh of relief . Although the Chaos Creatures possessed the same strength and sword skills as him, the situation was very much different in battle . After all, Rhode couldn’t bend his waist for 90 degrees to avoid an attack . Judging from this, these creatures couldn’t exactly be considered his replicas .
I wonder how the situation is over at Celestina’s side…
Rhode shifted his gaze to the two sisters wrangling with the Chaos Creatures . As usual, Celia fought with her stable attack style . Currently, they were almost at the same level as Rhode . But as a pure ‘swordsman’, the level of Celia’s sword skills was higher than his, which was why these enemies failed to threaten her . After all, in terms of sword skill levels, Rhode couldn’t possibly beat Celia . Celia could even see through Rhode’s shadow clones and identify the true presence . Even though the Chaos Creatures were seemingly hard to deal with, they eventually couldn’t withstand the sacred flames .
On the other hand…
Celestina lashed the thorny whip on the Chaos Creatures and the dark flames on the whip devoured them entirely . The piercing pain from the negative dark flames was unbearable even for the Chaos Creatures . They screamed while rolling on the ground and begging for mercy, but Celestina didn’t give a damn . She glared at her prey and continued to lash the thorny whip mercilessly .
“Who told you to treat me this rudely! Now you know how powerful I am! Hmph! You asked for it! Bast*rd!”
Celestina smashed the brain of one of the Chaos Creatures into bits with the thorny whip . But, this wasn’t all . Her eyes glinted in a scarlet radiance and she brandished the whip again . The unfortunate Chaos Creature crumbled to the ground and she stomped her foot on it, where a scarlet magical ritual emerged under it and it shrieked pitifully .
“Ah… How wonderful . I’m finally feeling much better! You bast*rd . Do you think that I will obey you like a slave if you treat me this way?! Now, you should know how powerful I am! Bast*rd!”
Rhode turned around as though he didn’t witness anything . Yes… At least he finally understood why Celestina was so passionate about this battle now . As for everything that happened… He didn’t hear or see anything .
The scorching silver-whitish flames announced the disappearance of the last Chaos Creature . However, this wasn’t the end because as the last Chaos Creature was ‘cremated’ by Celia, the dark sphere floating in midair transformed into a shape stacked by multiple squares . Then, as it changed its form, the scattered shadows on the ground became thicker and denser .
In an instant, a dark brilliance enveloped the entire space . Apart from Anne who was protected by the Order shield, everything was devoured by complete darkness . The ground shook and one by one, the Chaos Creatures emerged in Rhode’s shadow appearance once again . But it wasn’t as simple this time as hundreds of Chaos Creatures surrounded his group .
As expected . This is their second form, eh? The BOSS is finally transforming it seems .
Rhode wasn’t worried at all . Instead, his eyes glinted in ridicule .
Alright then . I shall show you the skills of a Spirit Swordsman .
Rhode raised his right hand and snapped his fingers .
Taboo Halo activated .
The dim yellow halo emerged under his feet and spread across the entire battlefield . Celestina’s dark dress instantly became much more luxurious while Celia’s silver armor emanated a dazzling radiance . On the other hand, Snow grew up immediately . Rhode threw a scarlet card forward, and the Hell Hound burst out from the smoke and snarled .
Celestina and Celia were familiar with Rhode’s Taboo Halo and they gathered their strength to launch their attacks . But at this moment, something strange happened .
The Chaos Creatures that surrounded them suddenly twisted and turned like living clay . Not only that, but the Taboo Halo also vanished!
Master canceled the Taboo Halo?!
“What are you doing, Master?”
Celestina stared at him furiously while Celia stared blankly . However, Rhode didn’t respond . He ordered the Hell Hound to charge forward and quickly commanded the sisters .
“Use your flames to burn down everything in here!”
Rhode tossed the blade into the Hell Hound like a javelin—after a series of excited and joyous howls, the Hell Hound exploded!
Rolling red flames burst out and devoured the Chaos Creatures . Although the sisters didn’t know why Rhode activated the Taboo Halo only for a few seconds, they knew that this wasn’t the time for questions and hurriedly displayed their strength . Shortly after, the dark negative flames, silver-whitish sacred flames, and scarlet flames blazed . The panicky Chaos Creatures hurriedly gathered to avoid the menacing flames . But it was all too late because the tri-colored flames had engulfed the place completely . There was nothing else apart from the blaze of red, white, and black and the twisted Chaos had ways of escape .
Finally, the tri-colored flames merged at a single point as though being absorbed .
They were being absorbed to the place where the dark sphere was!
There was an indescribable sound . Then, the dark sphere shed its outer layer and revealed its core .
It was a prismatic white crystal!
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