As MAI had somehow expected, Zhāng
had indeed rocketed forward to help Leo in his fight against the crow monster. However, once again, according to MAI’s observations, Leo had indeed been more than powerful enough to deal with the crow monster single handedly, though the distraction Zhāng
had provided by unexpectedly leaping over the Leo’s protective wall proved to be somewhat helpful in helping him deal with the undead beast.
“Oh my…Sir Leo’s power level seems to be well over 9000…impressive indeed…
He muttered while watching Leo finish off the crow monster in a rather flashy way, what with the teleportation spell he had used and the way in which he swung those enormously heavy looking weapons around so effortlessly. Then, following Leo’s lead, both of them headed back to MAI’s location, expecting to be able to help her, but once again Zhāng
was pleasantly surprised and maybe even a bit awestruck by the coldly efficient way in which MAI had made short work of her own opponent. Her opponent seemed to be some sort of scarecrow which had been animated by the same dark energy that had a hold of the crows from before and which had also given rise to that undead crow monster from earlier.
“How intriguing…perhaps this dark energy should be my next topic of research…could make my academic sojourns into the realms of necromancy and resurrection somewhat easier…
While such thoughts whirled around in his head, he looked about to survey the group’s handiwork. Most of the enemies seemed to have been dealt with by this point. He nodded back to Leo, accepting his thanks for his help, though again, it seemed that it was not really very necessary after all. Then, he went back to surveying the pumpkin patch to see if there were any other hidden enemies when, as if on cue, Leo had spoken out to warn the group about the appearance of what now looked like the true evil mastermind behind the recent troubles of the pumpkin farmers.
“So…those legends I had always heard during my childhood are true after all…a Pumpkin King, eh? Too bad it’s head is our prize and we have to donate it to the festivities ahead…I would have loved to make it my guinea pig in some future research…oh well, can’t always be a winner, I suppose…
sighed as he murmured thus, more to himself than to anyone else nearby and proceeded to watch Leo’s fight with the Pumpkin King as best he could, but the ever burgeoning eerie fog didn’t make things any easier. Still, thanks to his keener than average senses, he still managed to make his observations somehow. Leo seemed to be putting most if not all his best skills on display at present with the waves of dark and light energy he was hurling at the King, followed up by the giant beam of light from the sky that seemed to penetrate the creature and pin it to the ground, effectively leaving it at the group’s mercy. As if that wasn’t enough, he was now stabbing the King with some sort of spear made of lightning. Zhāng
breathed deeply and focused while cancelling his earlier spells and formulating some plans to deal with their last enemy. The problem was how to preserve the pumpkin while also taking out the spirit that had seemingly possessed it. He closed his eyes and put his fingertips together to form a rough circle with his hand, allowing him to go into his battle meditation. After a few minutes, he opened his eyes again since he had come up with a handful of plans and picked the easiest one of them to execute here. Without further ado, he manifested his dragon claws from earlier with a simple murmur to activate the spell
“Claw & Talon Close Combat
After that, he proceeded to aim at the King with the intention of taking out those poison nail bearing hands, but no sooner than he had struck the beast’s hands, they dissipated into dark energy, leading him to think he was successful. Sadly, he was mistaken for they had reformed a few seconds after dissipation. The beast was now trying to slash at him with those same nails and managed to make a small nick on his skin, causing the area around it to turn a toxic green color as wisps of dark energy spewed forth from it in addition to the thin stream of blood that was flowing from the wound. With a slight twitch of his legs, he jumped back to put some distance between him and the beast. However, this only prompted it to spew bursts of dark energy from its still intact mouth at him. Since he was caught by surprise due to his assumption that it wouldn’t have done that because of the beam of light that had it impaled to the ground, the bursts of dark energy managed to hit him successfully, causing some moderate damage to him. This left him with several flesh deep wounds all over his body, but at least he was still mostly functional despite all the trauma.
“Curses…I shouldn’t have let my guard down like that…okay, focus now…
He said to himself as he took note of the Pumpkin King once more to see if he could spot more weaknesses. He noted the strange lantern in its hand and how it seemed to be flickering more and more due to Leo’s continued assaults. With that fact in mind, he rushed in close again, this time avoiding the King’s poison nails and dark mist with ease since he knew what to expect from it. Once in range, he began his assault, first targeting the lantern with a series of spear hand strikes with his dragon claw enhanced hands and this time, he managed to destroy it, causing what seemed to be a fair bit of damage to the Pumpkin King, judging from its anguished screams.
“Okay. Now for the next phase…Head of Ankhseram
He murmured once more to activate his next spell, and this one was a bit more flashy than his dragon claw spell since over the next few seconds, his head seemed to mutate, with his skin bubbling and his facial structure visibly morphing into something else entirely. The end result was still humanoid looking, but now unlike the rest of his sallow skinned lanky form, the skin covering his head took on a much darker hue, this one being a dark brown one. His facial structure looked much older as well, like that of a man in his middle age years. Lastly, his hair grew out till it reached his lower back and was now black as the darkest of nights. When he spoke, his voice was much gruffer and guttural than his usually baritone but mellifluous one.
“Please step back, my friends. I don’t want you to get caught in the aftermath of my spell
Trusting that they would heed his alarm and step back, he proceed to focus his attention back on the Pumpkin King with his next few words.
“Prepare to meet your maker, you pathetic insect!!
With those few unexpected words addressed to the Pumpkin King, he went ahead and activated his final spell for the day by uttering its name
After that, he inhaled deeply while molding his mana to give it a hell fire element. Then, he inhaled deeply, causing his chest and abdomen to inflate visibly after which he exhaled just as forcefully as he had breathed in just a split second earlier. The result was a focused conical stream of hell fire which hurtled toward the Pumpkin King and enveloped it in a confined but still massive conflagration which led to a violent ground rocking explosion within the limited area of effect he had restricted the spell to beforehand. A few seconds passed and after that the smoke from his spell dissipated to nothing. The Pumpkin King’s body was entirely burned away, leaving its head intact and clean despite the flashy nature of his spell. The head was no longer possessed and now looked just like a regular carved pumpkin one would find at any All Hallow’s Eve festival grounds.
With his job officially done and with no other enemies to contend with, Zhāng
powered down and cancelled his Partial Take Over spell, returning his head back to the way it usually looked without any magic augmentation. His face was once again sallow looking and his hair was once again neck length and a light blonde color, thus signifying his return to normalcy.
As he looked over the results of his spell, he lit a cigarette and breathed in the calming vapors from it briefly before exhaling softly and remarking idly
"My my...what filthy fireworks...I should try to be more clinical about my method next time...
Sighing once more, but with a noticeably dramatic swish of his long white doctor's white coat and a brisk turn on his heel, he moved to face his companions, Leo and MAI to address them
“Well, the day has been won, my friends. Please accept my humble thanks for lending me your considerable strength and skill in the completion of this task. I am in your debt and will try to repay the favor someday. Shall we collect our prize and head back to town now?
To emphasize his gratitude, he positioned his right hand above his heart and bowed his toward MAI and Leo in turn and looked at them both in turn, silently wondering what their reactions would be to what they had just witnessed from him while waiting for their replies and reactions if there were to be any.
- Claw & Talon Close Combat (C rank, Lost: 34 MP)
- Partial Take Over: Head of Ankhseram (C rank, Partial Take Over: 30 MP) Post Count:
- Claw & Talon Close Combat: 1/7
- Head of Ankhseram: 1/5MP Remaining:
1623Personal Total WC: