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Chapter 116 = Five-Headed Hydra (2)
Brendel raised Halran Gaia with both hands and tried to cleave the Hydra’s leg, which was more like a rock pillar. Surprisingly, the monster’s dexterity was astonishingly fast despite its huge body. It drew in its foot so quickly that Brendel could only cut through the air.
However, the powerful strike destroyed the ground beneath the Hydra and caused fissures to spring up everywhere. The sword’s contact to the ground also caused a shockwave to spread out in a cone and the Hydra became unbalanced; its body slanted towards the side.
But Brendel could not find an opportunity to continue to attack because the five heads of the Hydra danced around the air like whips, trying to bite the youth, which forced him to retreat repeatedly, and he ended a distance that was ten meters away.
His allies approached the Hydra’s back to find a chance to attack it, but Brendel immediately roared when he realized there was a ripple of energy emanating from the Hydra: “Be careful of its Venom Shield!”
The three was momentarily stunned as they found a wall of green liquid appearing out of thin air before them. Kodan and Scarlett had enough experience to stop themselves from advancing, but Kodan went one step further and hurled his dagger into the wall to strike the Hydra’s body.
A soft hissing sound could be heard before the dagger even went through the liquid. It was quickly turned into white smoke.
“Marsha above!” Kodan felt relieved in his heart that the warning came in time, but he started to wonder how they could handle this damned creature.
However, Ropar did not seem to hear Brendel’s words and rushed straight into the wall of venomous liquid, but it was not affected at all, though the dirt on its scales was burned away.
[Immunity to poison!]
Brendel’s eyes widened in surprise.
[W-well, a four-legged Hydra is considered somewhat to be like a lizard. Ropar and Hydra can kind of be considered as the same type. It can be considered reasonable for some kind of suppression amongst the same type.]
Ropar had broken into the Hydra’s defenses, surprising everyone. The huge monster was unable to turn its heads around in time and Ropar swung its greatsword on the Hydra’s rear right leg. Flames wrapped around the greatsword as it severed the Hydra’s scales and sinew. Before the blood could spew out, the heat turned it into gas and was spurted out in a red mist.
The Hydra raised all its heads and screamed at the same time. The deafening blast transmitted for miles, frightening the nearby birds into taking flight.
The wall of venom rippled a few times and disappeared at the same time the Hydra got injured.
Kodan and Scarlett thought at the same time. They charged in together, but after taking a few steps they felt a sinking feeling beneath their feet and the ground collapsed.
“What are these?” Scarlett felt her heart skip a beat. She saw countless green thorny vines breaking through the ground as though they were alive, and they were darting towards her legs.
It was not just her. Kodan also faced the same situation.
Brendel’s reaction was to plant his sword into the ground to gain balance from the unsteady ground, while he raised the other hand towards the sky—
The youths who were watching from saw a small Magic Formation appearing above Brendel. A card was thrown into the air, causing tiny grains of green light to appear from the earth and rising up to rush into the Magic Formation.
Over a hundred golden Holy Swords poured out from thin air and surrounded the Hydra with the blades pointing at it.
The youths completely froze when they saw the scene. They had imagined the most beautiful swordsmanship and terrifying magic from the singing bards and legendary tales, but they did not expect to see such a sight coming from the young noble.
Carglise’s eyes appeared glazed as he stared dumbfoundedly at the majestic moment: “Merial, I feel like I’m an idiot.”
Merial lowered ahead and replied softly with a red face: “Yes, you always have been one.”
The Hydra also felt the threatening swords. The fifteen pairs of eyes across its five heads stared at the formation of swords. The vines swiftly changed directions and formed into a dense towering shield that was ten meters long.
“Advance!” Brendel yelled at Kodan as he activated the card.
The golden swords of light fell like a meteor shower, drilling through the shield of vines and turning the outer layer into ashes. Very quickly, the shield was filled with holes as the swords rained into the shield. Light poured out from the shield in all directions, and the green poisonous vines gradually turned into a bubbling red liquid.
The Hydra’s poisoned vines created by its Element Power was pierced through by the swords, and the pillars of light came into contact with the Hydra’s chest. The leather protected by the crystal-like scales temporarily refracted the light, before it also turned red and the scales shattered into fragments. The blood beneath its hide was expelled in a red mist. and the immense pain caused the Hydra to writhe on the ground.
Kodan and the other two fighters did not stop to watch the scene. They avoided the hydra’s tail that was thrashing around like a whip and tried their best to wound the monster.
The Hydra was certainly not as agile and quick as a Wind Wyvern, but its defenses were far superior to the latter.
Scarlett used her full strength to create an Arc Lightning from her Element power, which traveled several tens of meters across the monster’s scales, but most of the energy did not go through its hide and only caused a small burn mark.
Kodan also tried using a shockwave to damage it, but the results were similar.
Ropar was unable to do a ranged attack and merely rushed in with its greatsword, but it became clear that each blow damaged the Hydra. Kodan and Scarlett promptly discovered this fact and started copy the Lizardman’s actions, stabbing and cutting the monster, instead of using their Element Powers or techniques.
Even though the Hydra had astonishing regenerative abilities, it did not mean its blood could be recovered as quickly. It started to become clumsy and the attacks from the five heads became slower after the increasing loss of blood.
Brendel, who was still attracting the bulk of the monster’s attention, found it easier and easier to avoid the attacks. Soon enough, he found an opportunity to get closer to the monster’s right chest.
A deep breath was taken in before the Halran Gaia was swung.
A combination of Power Break and White Rave Sword Arte.
Muscles worked under the direction of his level 16 Aouine’s Military Swordsmanship, and a white maelstrom was formed from the shockwave—
One of the youths thought a huge dragon had smashed into the Hydra.
A vertical hurricane tore into the Hydra’s already injured chest, dragging away flesh and blood into the air. It did not end there as Halran Gaia added on to the technique, turning the ground into mud that reached ten meters deep. The Hydra desperately tried to claw its way up, but it was dragged down by gravity.
When the technique was over, the landscape had changed entirely. The single slash made by Brendel caused layers of earth to shift as though there was a huge landslide. The dying Hydra was half buried under the soil as blood continued to spill from its wounds.
Brendel took a few more glances before he sheathed his sword.
The forest was silent.
Brendel went over to Dia and Felaern, instructing them to clear the poisonous air with wind magic as he imbibed an antidote potion. After it was done, he told the youths to investigate the surroundings for treasure.
They were quite reluctant to go near the Hydra. The monster’s strength had surpassed their understanding, and they could not believe how big it was when they approached it. It was difficult to understand how a person could defeat this creature.
They debated amongst themselves fiercely, and there were those brave enough to poke the crystal-like scales. Everything was unfamiliar to them.
Kodan was eventually sent along with them to find the Hydra’s nest. Monsters did not drop any equipment, but perhaps there were things that could be used in its nest.
The next thing that Brendel did was to get Felaern to pry the scales down from its chest. The rule of having a lucky babe looting something must never be changed, despite the lack of equipment drops.
The scales of a Hydra’s front chest were called Hydra’s Blessing. They were green in color, unlike its back where the scales were as black as ink. Brendel knew that these unique scales could be used in many places, and they were important Alchemy materials.
[A shame that I have to use my full strength to damage the Hydra. Only thirty scales are pulled out. At most it’s enough to make a magic armor.]
He made plans for the materials gained.