The Duke’s Madness - Chapter 121
The Duke’s Madness chapter 121
‘Yenika P… Was it delicious?’
Arthur moistened his dry lips with his tongue and distanced himself from the monster.
Then, I shouted at the Undine and the gnomes who were watching.
“Stop it for a moment, Undine gnome!”
Undine and the gnomes, who had been holding their breath at that cry, blocked the monster’s path as if they had been waiting for it.
[Kik, Kikkikkuk, Kkiek!]
The monster screamed and rushed at the Undines and Gnomes.
Arthur took advantage of the gap and moved toward Yenika.
However, on the way, I tripped and fell because of the dizziness I felt.
Thanks to this, Arthur almost rolled over and arrived in front of her, unable to stand up and slumped on the floor.
Yenica, who was in a state of fascination, was belatedly surprised to find such an Arthur.
Arthur asked with a smile.
“Excuse me, could you please lift me up? No strength at all.”
“… … .”
At Arthur’s words, Yenika hesitated for a moment before reaching out her hand.
Arthur grumbled, holding his hand and barely getting up from his seat.
“You didn’t even take midterm exams, what the hell were you doing here?”
The corners of Jenika’s eyes trembled.
“Is that important in the current situation?”
“Well, it doesn’t really matter. I also asked out of politeness.”
“… … .”
Jenika clicked her tongue.
‘It’s really the same. this person is.’
Even seeing such an existence, let alone being afraid, there is nothing different from usual.
Then the monster screamed at the gnomes and undines.
[Chuck, squeak, squeak!]
Surprised, Jenika turned her head.
The monster was spurting blood against gnomes and undines.
The blood battered the gnomes and the undines.
Yenika, who was watching the scene, murmured.
‘That’s… I’m not the king of vampires.’
It absorbed the power of the Holy Grail, but it seemed that side effects occurred because it was absorbed by someone who was not a suitable successor.
‘Become a king, but a monster… It’s just a monster.’
The terrible words of a fool who coveted the Holy Grail’s power.
At that time, Arthur tilted his head and said.
“What the hell is that? In the blink of an eye, Ian turned into a monster.”
In response to Arthur’s question, Yenika explained with unfocused eyes.
“It is the strength of the clan.”
“Dwellers of the moon, races of the night. The power of being called the king of them all.”
“I don’t understand a thing, Yenika.”
“… … .”
“Tell me a little bit. What do you mean?”
“… To put it simply, Ian stole the power hidden in the Holy Grail. However, he couldn’t fully accept that power and became a monster.”
Arthur’s eyes widened.
‘The power hidden in the Holy Grail? Ahh… That’s what Leon was talking about.’
When a suitable vampire holds the Holy Grail, something new is born.
Arthur remembered Leon’s words and raised the corner of his mouth.
‘The problem is, how did Ian, who is not even a vampire, get that power… .’
Arthur pondered and shrugged.
“Funny, this… Holding Ian, I have more questions to ask.”
From the secrets of Bavaria to the secrets of the Holy Grail.
Arthur nodded and spoke to Yenika.
“Can you give me some blood?”
Jenika’s eyes widened.
“blood… yo. this?”
Arthur, who watched the reaction, smiled brightly.
“The blood you promised back then. I want to take it now, can you give it to me?”
* * *
Yenika’s expression twisted.
“What are you doing now… .”
Then her body shook violently.
Arthur’s eyes widened as he watched.
Jenika couldn’t answer.
Instead, something came out of her mouth.
It was her spirit and soul called Yenika Hazel.
However, Arthur, who did not know the identity, muttered in surprise.
“oh my god… what’s this? Why is smoke coming out of Yenika’s mouth?”
At that time, the spirit and soul that came out of her mouth went somewhere.
Arthur turned his head and raised his eyes.
The monster was breathing in white smoke from Yenika’s mouth.
As Arthur watched the scene, he felt chills run down his spine.
‘Dangerous, is that?’
Sharp instinct warned.
Smoke-breathing monsters are really dangerous.
That’s why they should be killed before they turn into something more dangerous.
Because of that, it was when Arthur hurriedly turned his head to get Jenika’s blood.
Blood was gushing out of her fainting mouth.
Arthur burst into exclamation and put his hands together.
“I’ll eat well, Yenika.”
With these words, Arthur took a handful of her blood and raised his eyes.
“… huh? Why is it so tasteless?”
For some reason, the taste of Jenika’s blood was different.
Arthur tilted his head because of that, but he didn’t worry deeply.
It is a luxury to indulge in thoughts over such a monster.
After dusting off his butt, Arthur stood up.
[Watch out Arthur… .]
In the meantime, Undine and Gnome, who were dealing with the monster, couldn’t stand it and were summoned back to the spirit realm.
The monster, freed, was now watching this way.
Arthur, who met that gaze, muttered.
“hmm… You can’t use space jump because you erased Mr. Furis’ lineage just because you got Jenika lineage.”
It was quite disappointing because it was a skill that I had used quite well so far.
However, Arthur soon brushed off his thoughts and aimed Beast at the monster.
The monster’s shoulder was pierced with a roar of gunfire.
However, the blood that poured out quickly filled the wound.
Arthur, unfazed, jumped at the monster.
The monster’s arms collided violently with the demon’s sword.
In that state, Arthur raised Taken’s lineage and pushed him roughly.
When the monster could not overcome Arthur’s power and was pushed back, Arthur’s body suddenly floated in the air.
Arthur narrowed his eyes, and the monster laughed.
With that laugh, Arthur’s limbs were bound.
Arthur let out a moan involuntarily at the pain that seemed like his arm would be pulled off.
Meanwhile, something grew out of the monster’s hand.
It was a huge red nail.
Arthur, who was watching, clicked his tongue.
“Uh… You look sick.”
The prediction was correct.
The monster’s claws pierced Arthur’s abdomen.
Arthur twisted his body as he coughed up blood.
Then, with the nail pierced, he slashed the demonic sword into the monster’s head.
[Kik, kikkik, kkikkeek!]
This time the monster screamed.
The monster and Arthur, who had given each other a shot, faced each other again.
Fingernails and swordsmanship were exchanged in a dizzying manner.
Arthur’s eyes widened while he was fighting for a long time.
When I came back, I noticed that the monster’s fingernails were covered with grayish black paint.
‘This is why it didn’t cut.’
Although he became a monster, his true nature was Ian.
His swordsmanship was protecting the monster’s claws.
Arthur unknowingly burst into laughter.
‘It’s really tricky. I use swordsmanship, I use magic… What is all this nonsense?’
At that moment, blood gushed out of the monster’s body.
Surprised, Arthur turned and ran away.
However, the blood that spilled out turned and aimed at Arthur.
After that, it gradually hardened into a solid, and in that state it ovulated Arthur’s body from all sides.
Arthur’s body shook greatly.
A large amount of blood escaped from the wound, and a wild dizziness hit his head.
Arthur, who had managed to catch on to his senses, loaded the black bullet into the beast.
And shot at the monster.
The monster’s upper body was blown away with a loud explosion.
Arthur, who was watching the scene, murmured.
“It hurt… huh?”
With Arthur’s exclamation, something rose from the monster’s lower body.
It was the upper half of a new monster.
Arthur muttered in bewilderment.
“… It’s worse than Mr. Taken, but what about that?”
With these words, Arthur’s body was violently pushed back.
Arthur, who flew to the altar in that state, lost the beast and the magic sword that he was holding.
To be precise, the wrist holding the beast and the magic sword had been cut off by the monster’s blood.
Arthur, who lost both hands, had his limbs bound on the altar.
In the meantime, the monster approached, dripping blood.
The monster burst into a grotesque laugh and rode on top of Arthur’s upper body.
[Kick, skewer, skewer-!]
At that moment, the blocked ceiling was pierced and a bright full moon was visible.
While Arthur involuntarily exclaimed at the sight so beautiful, the monster’s claw stabbed Arthur’s chest.
Arthur, speechless, opened and closed his eyes.
‘I’m out of focus. Mr. Taken’s lineage ability… It’s not working properly.’
Then I saw something beyond my field of vision.
That which I had already experienced once was beckoning.
‘Eh? You’re going to die like this again?’
Arthur shook his head.
‘no… can never die I have to live no matter what.’
There are so many things I haven’t done yet.
The things that failed in the previous life could not fail in this life.
So Arthur pushed death away.
‘I can’t die yet. I’ll be back in a little bit, Mr. Death.’
With these words, Arthur forced his focus and looked at the giggling monster’s arm.
As if Beast’s injuries had not fully healed yet, he was bleeding profusely.
After thinking for a moment, Arthur bit off the monster’s arm.
As expected, his blood and flesh were easily ripped out, as if he hadn’t regenerated yet.
[Kick, skewer, skewer!? Messy!?]
The startled monster hit Arthur on the head.
Arthur’s head, which fell helplessly, hit the altar.
[Chuck, squeak, squeak!]
The monster snorted and raised its claws.
And the moment he tried to stab his nails into Arthur’s drooping chest once more.
“ah… This blood is delicious.”
“I see. All of Yenika’s delicious blood was transferred here.”
With these words, Arthur turned his head and smiled.
“Would you like some more blood, Ian?”
“… … .”
“hmm… No, he’s a monster now. Mr. Monster? I’ll take some more blood.”
Arthur got up from his seat and tore off the monster’s arm.
The startled monster backed away.
In the meantime, Arthur, who grabbed the torn off monster’s arm and drank the flowing blood, raised his eyes.
Something blurry appeared in my mind.
‘Yenika in childhood?’
she is being abused
She meets Taken and Carpe, who look young.
And he saw her looking at him.
‘oh… What is this? I’ve never been like this when absorbing bloodline?’
Then the afterimage stopped, and a bright light burst from Arthur’s body.
To be precise, it was the moonlight above the hole in the ceiling.
The monster was startled, and Arthur was also startled.
In the meantime, the moonlight that was beating down became stronger and covered Arthur who stood on the altar.
The monster, who was watching the scene, screamed in bewilderment.
[Chuck, squeak, squeak!?]
But Arthur, engulfed in light, did not respond.
After thinking for a while, the monster rushed towards Arthur, who was surrounded by light.
At that moment, the falling moonlight became a protective barrier and repelled the monster.
Shocked, the monster backed away.
In the meantime, the moonlight that had been pouring down was sucked into the place where Arthur had been standing a little while ago.
But what was surprising was that not only the moonlight but all the light in the plaza was sucked in.
There were no exceptions to the torches that lit up the square and the flashing lights of the demonic swords.
The moment all the light was sucked in, pitch-black darkness covered the square.
[…] … .]
The monster swallowed dry saliva.
At that moment, something came out of the pitch-black darkness.
It was very bright red lips.
* * *
The monster’s body trembled.
Obviously, the darkness is her stage, but she felt an unknown fear.
I was out of breath and my shoulders trembled.
The shadow shook as the monster unknowingly howled at that strange phenomenon.
The monster that vomited out a scream took a step back.
The bright red lips floating in the darkness were shining grotesquely.
Looking at those lips, the monster felt primal fear, fear.
But the monster couldn’t accept that feeling.
I’m the king of the night
Why should I be scared?
The monster gritted its teeth and shouted harshly.
Wings sprouted from the monster’s back.
Ten new sharp claws were also born.
The prepared monster jumped towards the bright red lips.
At that moment, a pale-looking hand broke through the darkness and grabbed the monster’s neck.
The startled monster struggled.
However, for some reason, my body, which was held by the neck, did not move.
The frightened monster trembled like a dog with its tail hanging down.
In the meantime, the owner of the hand holding my neck walked out of the darkness.
He was a human with pure white skin, contrary to darkness.
The monster murmured involuntarily.
[snake… green onion… this… uh… Lord?]
Arthur’s mouth drew an arc at the monster’s murmur.
“aha. The name of this bloodline ability is Vampire Lord?”
[…] … .]
“hmm… But Rodani. It’s grandiose without knowing something but what… .”
Arthur, speechless, plunged his hand into the monster’s chest.
“Not bad. It’s overflowing with power.”
At that moment, smoke rose from the monster’s body.
The burning smoke entered Arthur’s body.
Inside, the monster’s thick fur disappeared, revealing its pale skin.
The long nails turned into smoke and were sucked into Arthur, and the wings that sprouted from his back were also sucked into Arthur’s body.
The naked monster soon became Ian.
“… … .”
Unlike when he was in this plaza, he was very old.
Her hair was covered in pure white gray hair, and her sharp jawline was wrinkled.
Arthur, who watched this, removed his hand from Ian’s chest.
Ian fell helplessly to the floor.
The sound of light breathing tickled Arthur’s ears.
‘He’s dying, that Ian.’
The enemy he pursued all his life.
One of the targets of revenge for taking everything.
He was finally facing death.
Arthur, who was looking at him like that, muttered with his chin resting.
“Ian. How are you feeling now?”
Ian turned his gaze to Arthur’s question.
“… … .”
Arthur, expressionless, saw Bayern.
Looking at him like that, Ian replied.
“It looks like X.”
“That is the best answer. I wanted that.”