Kyran was surprised by the depth of Aven's defensive magic. In most cases, defenses could be overwhelmed by rapid attacks. While some of Aven's shields were destroyed, it took too long to accomplish. This was pushed home by Aven's words. The redhead didn't stop his assault but he couldn't help thinking there was a better way. Not with his magics. They'd had too wide a focus. Kyran had wanted to cover all his bases and had ended up covering none at all. His lack of mana was disturbing as well. A frown tugged at his lips. Kyran!
Eae shouted suddenly. His back prickled at the same moment. The blood mage merely reacted. A Morph appeared behind him, immediately spreading itself into a shield configuration. He also kicked off Aven. Distance seemed prudent at that moment. He landed several meters away. A glance made Kyran's blood run cold. A shining greatsword was stuck in the Morph. The configuration of the spell must have stopped it dead. Otherwise, Morph or no Morph, the spell would have nailed him in the back. The redhead shivered, though he didn't know if it was from excitement or disappointment. Not once had he made Aven sweat in this fight. There was a chasm between them.
Kyran laughed, favoring Aven with a bow. "You have an impeccable defense, Mr. Alveron. It's no wonder why my sister speaks so highly of you."
Blood swirled in the air around the redhead. He looked at his hand. The knuckles were torn to hell. Bone peeked through the skin in a couple of places. Aven had somehow managed to cancel the Morph. So a single spell approach was in essence useless. The blood rose from his ruined hand, swirling into a large ball. It floated behind him, alighting upon the ground. Kyran lowered his hand. "I'll come at you with everything I've got now. Or at least, everything I have left."
Another blood ball rose to alight upon the ground behind Kyran. Both were the size of people and that was what they revealed as they opened. On the left was a radiant woman, clothed in robes of white. The color made it appear as if she was clothed in the soft light from the sun. Red markings on the robe stood in stark contrast. Long black hair was piled on top of her head in an elaborate hairdo. To her back was strapped a katana. A wakizashi nestled at her hip. This was drawn, appearing to be made of sunlight, and raised above her head. Light bathed Kyran and a few of his wounds closed.
On the right was a pale man. Large blue robes, too large for his body, clothed him. Silver trimming marked the sleeves and swam along the seams. His long black hair was drawn up into a ponytail. Swords rested at his right hip. The man's eyes were pale, almost blind, with large purple bags beneath them. A single tear slid down his cheek. Kyran was bathed in light once more, though this time it appeared to be moonlight. More of Kyran's wounds closed. Additionally, A pale nimbus of blue light sprang up around the redhead. It moved as he did, outlining his body. Their tasks complete for the time being, the summons moved back and ran in opposite directions. They never stopped moving for a moment.
Kyran sprang back into motion. This time he didn't run at Aven but around him, at a distance. The circle grew ever wider as the blood mage prepared. A deep breath replenished a tiny portion of his mana. The lack of a large mana pool weighed heavily. It limited his options to a fraction of what might be needed to take Aven on. So be it. "Fire, that burns all hearts. Vengeance, that grips the pure. Shadows, that darken the day. Pain, that bane of life. Death, that final countenance. Howl, Dark Wolf of Violence! Ahriman!"
Another ball of blood formed. However, this one was surrounded by black chains. These shattered as the ball opened. A massive black wolf with gleaming red eyes stood there. Smoke rose from his mouth with every breath. "Howl, my demonic wolf! Then grace us with the largest pack you can muster!"
The wolf threw back his head. A low reverberating sound graced the battlefield. Kyran and his summons became faster. Seconds later, clones of the wolf poured forth. Satisfied, Kyran summoned a dagger to his free hand. Whispering to the knife, Kyran darted toward Aven. His feet left the ground. From the sky, and the ground. "Attack!"
The woman raised her katana, causing a great flash of light. She vanished. Ahriman roared, his pack surging forward. For a moment, Kyran's fleeting form was enveloped by shadows. The shadows broke into a multitude of tendrils trailing behind the redhead. Wind whipped through the arena. It formed into dozens of green chains in the sky. Kyran swung his dagger, the blade splitting into multiple copies of itself. Everything, all at once, an attempt to overwhelm Aven in 'one strike'. Only Tsukuyomi, the pale man, stayed out of the fight. A deep red mist spread from under Kyran's coat, descending upon the fight as a wave.
Five dozen wind chains, ten blades, twenty-one wolves, one sunlight lady with multiple attacks, twenty-five tendrils of darkness, several glowing tendrils that burst from Kyran's cloak, one roaring fireball from his sword, and Kyran's lightning-fast sword/dagger strikes struck Aven's shields nearly simultaneously. The redhead focused on a single goal. Breaking Aven's defensive stance. If he could manage that, it would be a victory in his book.
Initial attack: 43,432.65 HP
14,642.4 HP every second after
- Spell Stuff:
SPD: 349 mps (+598%)
STR: 171 HP per sword hit, 90 hp per physical body hit (+80%)
SPL DMG: +290%
Sword: 2,983.95 HP per second
Dagger: 6,388.2 HP per second, after magic attack
Healthy: +30% HP
Bloody Magic: +% to SPL DMG of % of HP lost (Lost 75% HP, +75% SPL DMG)
Angelic Blessing: +40% speed & +10% strength
Blessing of the Wind: +55% spell damage
Violence: +20% strength
Challenge: +20% speed
Mischief: +40% speed
Slayer: +25% Strength, Speed, HP
Fuga Sanguis: +29% HP, +16% speed
- Mystic Blood Beasts:
Black Spirit (signature): +40% speed +25% strength 3/7
Tsukuyomi of Sorrow: 1/6, Healed for spell damage, +60% SPL DMG, 50% DMG transfer
Amaterasu of Joy: 1/7, Healed for spell damage, +32% SPD, +32% SPL DMG, 16.5 strikes per second, 4,430.25 HP per second
Ahriman: 1/9 100% speed buff, 9,254.7 HP DMG, 840 per second every second after attack
- Salvator Alitis:
Ring of Zadkiel (signature): - 2/2 +65% speed
Holy Dragon Sword: - 2/9 +20% SPL DMG, +80% speed, Fireball: 585 HP DMG
Cloak of Raziel: - 2/7 +55% speed, Tendrils: 195 HP DMG
Dagger of Azreal (signature): 1/7, 2,925 HP DMG
- Sky Demon Slayer:
Velocity (signature): +65% speed 3/7
Brilliant Winds (signature): +65% spell damage 3/7
Chains of Hell: 1/7, 17,550 HP DMG
Enveloping Shadows: Tainted Wind: 1/9, 5,508.75 HP DMG