The Duke’s Madness - Chapter 25
The Duke’s Madness chapter 25
The Titan Gang member blinked.
A gunshot rang out suddenly.
And Captain Boris with a hole in his forehead.
The accident stopped in an unrealistic situation that happened too quickly.
However, the moment Arthur, who killed Boris, moved, the situation became a reality.
They each drew their weapons and pointed them at Arthur.
“If you move, you die.”
Arthur takes something out of Boris’ ear instead of answering the sharp warning.
The eyes of the Titan gang members who were watching the scene go up.
In Arthur’s hand was a magical communication device.
It was also because it was an operating magic communication machine.
“If I had left it alone, I would have been targeted by this communicator and poured out magic. Then we would all be dead.”
“So I killed him first… hmm. Is there any problem?”
At the explanation, the Titan gang is silent.
If it’s true, Arthur is a hero for saving their lives, and if it’s false, he’s an asshole for killing their captain.
However, in the current situation, surprisingly, the former seemed more likely.
Why is Captain Boris wearing a mana communicator?
And the contents of the conversation flowing out of the magic communication device that was still on were from the Giant side, no matter who saw it.
Because of that, when a heavy silence is about to fall, a man steps forward.
“My name is La Borde. So now you mean our captain betrayed you?”
“Isn’t it just looking at the circumstances?”
“I was wearing a magic communicator, and the magic was flying in the middle of the night, and it was precisely targeted. What’s more, the conversation flowing from this magical communication device.”
Arthur waved the mana communicator proudly.
“If you look at this conversation… Aren’t you a traitor? In my opinion, yes.”
Having finished speaking, Arthur takes a step back.
At the same time, in the silence that has fallen, the Titan gang begins to notice each other.
When the atmosphere starts to flow in a strange direction, La Borde opens his mouth again.
“how is it? Will you believe this?”
“What if I don’t believe you?”
“You have to kill me right now. And you have to leave the scene.”
“There are giants ahead of you?”
“This is out of the picture. Money is no longer an issue. As long as the captain is dead, we have to step back.”
“Can I back off?”
“If it spreads and scatters, some people will die. Still, it’s better than annihilation, right?”
Arthur, who was quietly listening to the exchange of opinions, raised his hand.
“You don’t think you can run away?”
“We are surrounded. uh···. Looking at the number, it seems that there are twice as many people as I heard in the report.”
The expression of the Titan gang hardens at the explanation.
And I quickly looked around to see if Arthur was right.
I hate to admit it, but this time Arthur seemed right.
Except for the group approaching from the front, another group was attacking from the rear.
La Borde, tongue-tied, looks at Arthur.
“Do you have any alternatives?”
“We have heard the rumors about you. It’s the first mission, but the rookie who killed the wizard. If you’re that skilled, isn’t there an alternative?”
Arthur ponders and snaps his fingers.
“There is a very simple, but good solution.”
“You guys are wasting time.”
“In the meantime, I will kill the wizard over there and come back. If the bombardment mage disappears, the battle will not be won, but time will be wasted.”
La Borde burst out laughing.
“Look at us and become a cannon fodder? Are you taking advantage of that gap to escape?”
“hmm···. I don’t mean that, so what’s the solution?”
“… … .”
“Then I will follow your opinion. But please choose well. I don’t have much time. Once the wizard’s spell is complete again, we’ll start with half of our men dead.”
La Borde fell silent at the calm explanation.
After that, he scratched his head and apologized to Arthur.
“I’m sorry. Given the situation, the words came out harshly. What’s more, that… Although he is a traitor… He even killed our captain.”
Arthur raised his eyes in admiration.
‘oh···. It’s Mr. La Borde’s gang, and you’re apologizing?’
However, he did not show his feelings.
Boris, who didn’t look like a gang just a moment ago, betrayed him.
Even La Borde in front of him was able to betray him enough.
In the meantime, La Borde, who had asked other gang members for their opinions, said to Arthur.
“What do you do in this situation… Can you ask about faith and trust?”
“Faith and trust?”
“I’m not asking you to swear like a knight. At least···. The honor of the name Dunn. I am asking if you can keep your promise with that honor.”
At La Borde’s question, Arthur nodded without hesitation.
“I promise. I also want to solve this case, and there are things I haven’t gotten yet.”
After hearing the answer, La Borde took out something.
It was a very large gun that came out as a new model that I had seen at a gunsmith.
Aiming the gun into the air, La Borde pulled the trigger without hesitation.
The Giants gang, who were approaching a massive binge, stop in surprise.
In the midst of that, La Borde said to Arthur.
“I’ll take my time. Now our lives are in your hands.”
* * *
Thanks to La Borde and the Titan Gang, Arthur escaped from the siege and jumped between the abandoned buildings like a flying squirrel.
There was no need to worry about getting lost.
Because the gnomes and undines showed the way in front of them.
[It’s over there!]
Looking at it, Arthur thought.
‘I feel it every time, but Undine and Mr. Gnome are very useful.’
It was thanks to the gnomes and Undines who had sent out reconnaissance in advance that Boris was able to detect that he was a traitor and that magic was being bombarded in advance.
If the gnomes and undines who had found the location of the mage hadn’t informed them of Boris’s voice flowing through the magic communicator, this side would have suffered.
‘It’s good to be prepared for emergencies. In the process, I was also lucky.’
This pistol defeated the wizard’s magic with a single shot.
Even if it was a coincidence, that alone proves the great value of this pistol.
Because of that, I had no choice but to raise my eyebrows.
‘I think it’s because the power is increased thanks to various auxiliary magics… It’s definitely worth the money spent.’
Finishing his thoughts like that, Arthur narrowed his sights.
The field of view was abnormally widened thanks to the physical strengthening.
At the end of that line of sight, a group of gangs were hiding on the roof of an abandoned building.
The number is 9 people.
A man who radiates magical power.
And 8 escorts to protect the man.
After confirming that it was the target, Arthur immediately took out a pistol and raised it.
Then, without hesitation, he pulled the trigger.
The heads of the escorts guarding the wizard exploded one after another with wild gunfire.
“It’s a surprise-! Raise your weapon!”
With a shout, the surviving escorts raise their weapons.
But before they could even swing the weapon, something slicing through the darkness took their throats.
With a strange wind noise, the heads of the surviving escorts fell in quick succession again.
The wizard who was casting the spell was shocked at the horror that happened in an instant.
And Arthur did not miss that gap.
A blood-soaked blade rushes into the wizard’s neck.
Arthur withdrew from his seat with a heavy drink and looked at his numb hands.
‘A talented person. Above Jane Dormund.’
According to reports, there was only one person with such skill in the Giant Gang.
‘Purris, the leader of a gang of giants with space-jumping bloodlines. Is it him?’
With his thoughts, Arthur grabbed his sword again.
In the meantime, a man presumed to be Furis slung a huge ax over his shoulder and murmured.
“I came here just in case, and that’s it. To break through that siege… Even if they are rookies, Mr. Willett’s mercenaries are all monsters like this?”
Furis sighed and asked a question.
“I’m asking just in case, are you willing to negotiate?”
“okay. If you kindly step out of here, I’ll give you half of our pay. 50 gold. It’s not a small amount, but how about it?”
Arthur narrowed his eyes.
‘The negotiating gang… This person is also quite different.’
Unfortunately, however, there was no room for negotiation.
Because the purpose of accepting this request was not money.
Instead of answering, Furis laughed bitterly at the gun pointed at him.
“It’s damn good that there’s no room for negotiation. This is why I didn’t want to get involved with Mr. Willett’s mercenaries.”
Silence falls with these words.
The wizard swallows dry saliva at the appearance of Arthur and Furis who do not let out a single sound.
The two men, who had only measured the distance in the silence, jumped out of their seats as if they had made a promise.
Strange noises and crossing swords and axes.
In that struggle, Arthur and Furis were able to understand.
Tonight’s battle will be won by the one who survives here.
* * *
Arthur jumps up.
With Frakil’s lineage ability and elasticity using the body reinforced with the 1st circle ring, he approached Furis in an instant.
But the ax-wielding gang leader wouldn’t allow that distance.
With the light, Furis’ body disappears.
Arthur was able to understand the appearance that disappeared without leaving even a trace.
‘Is this the space jump?’
It’s a better ability than I expected.
To put it a little exaggeratedly, it showed the same ability as a short-range teleport.
Along with my thoughts, Arthur swings his sword behind me.
The two exchanged moves with the sound of grinding metal and started a rough battle.
Embers bursting from axes and blades split the darkness.
In it, Arthur changed his fighting method.
Arthur’s blade bent with the sound of cutting the wind.
It’s not an illusion that it’s bent, it’s actually bent.
The body joints were bent abnormally, creating an impossible path for the sword.
Furis, who clicked his tongue, blocked the blow with speed using power.
Arthur is crushed by Furis’s ax with a loud explosion.
If things go on like this, it wouldn’t be strange if my body was cut in two.
So Arthur once again bent the joints of his body abnormally.
After that, jump up and aim for Furis’ neck.
“Such a f*cking foot.”
With a curse, Furis swings the ax again.
However, after measuring the distance like a ghost, Arthur hops away again.
Furis grits his teeth at that somewhat nasty gesture.
Looking at it calmly, the ghost-like sensation was evident, but instead of admiration, irritation arose.
Puris, who was wondering what the reason was, was able to quickly find the answer.
‘This guy is not fighting me. I’m hunting.’
An unknown beast he met in the mountains before becoming a well-known gang leader in Arcane.
He left himself alone for days on end, kept me awake and irritated me.
Because of the psychological pressure, Furis gave up the journey, found the beast, and tore it to pieces.
The bad memories of the battle with Arthur were coming back.
The rookie in front of him is hunting himself.
Looking at the liver, it aroused irritation, and above all, the unpredictable knife was bringing out my senses to the peak.
‘I’m tired if I go on like this. And he will reveal his hidden claws.’
With his thoughts, Furis took a deep breath.
The irritability that had risen at that moment, and the body that was excited about the long-awaited battle gradually subsided.
The corner of Arthur’s mouth went up at the change.
‘Has it changed? It calmed down the excitement.’
He probably understood my intentions and controlled his mind and body.
Because of that, Arthur had no choice but to admit it.
‘He’s one of the toughest opponents I’ve ever met. It won’t be easy.’
Of course, that won’t change the result.
He will win this battle and steal Furis’ lineage ability.
It was a premonition, intuition, and a kind of future that sharpened senses tell of while awakening Bavaria’s blood.
And so far this feeling has never been wrong.
Arthur charged at Furis, holding the meteorite sword again.
At that moment, the wizard shouted.
With a shout, Furis disappeared by leaping into space.
At the same time, the spell created by the wizard burns brightly in the open front.
Arthur, who did not know how to use magic at this timing, was taken aback, but immediately took out a pistol and punished him.
With the gunshot, the magician’s barrier went into incontinence.
By the time that incontinence was completely shattered by a series of bullets, a huge explosion of light swept through Arthur.
The abandoned building shakes, and the outer wall on the other side is blown off.
Arthur sighed as he watched the chunks of concrete falling into the air.
“Thank you, Mr. Gnome, I’m alive.”
[…] … !]
“Actually, I wanted to save a little more, but if this happens, I’ll have to actively utilize Mr. Gnome’s and Undine’s abilities.”
Arthur jumped up with these words and hid himself in a half-broken pillar.
Thanks to the noise of the abandoned building that had begun to collapse, there was no trace of the Furis.
‘But it can appear anywhere. Furis, if that man’s ability.’
Because of that, Arthur’s senses went beyond the peak and reached the limit.
Arthur, who had been watching the surroundings with even a fluff standing up so that he could react whenever and wherever he appeared, turned his body around.
Arthur’s body staggered along with the ax that had been struck down.
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Not missing the chance, Furis kicked Arthur in the stomach.
Thanks to Frakil’s lineage ability, there was no damage, but it was unavoidable that the body was pushed.
At that time, the abandoned building tilted at 45 degrees emitted a strange noise.
“Run to the other side!”
A spell flashes from the wizard’s hand with a cry.
This time, not towards Arthur, but toward the abandoned building that is collapsing.
Arthur clicks his tongue at a completely unexpected variable.
At this rate, he would die from being crushed by the collapsed chunks of concrete.
Arthur, who made a scaffolding with a cry, managed to regain his balance.
Then, he pulled the trigger of the pistol in his hand in succession, limiting Furis’ actions.
Thanks to the excessive use of Space Leap, the power didn’t come out as much as I wanted. Thanks to that, Furis was able to defend the bullet with his strengthened body.
“… Such a f*cking foot-!”
However, Arthur’s pistol is a quasi-artifact-class weapon coated with all sorts of auxiliary magic.
Furis’s body couldn’t withstand the force and ended up getting bruises.
At the same time, Arthur swung his sword wide and aimed at Furis’ chest.
The blood stream flies through the air.
And Arthur’s blade was also drenched in his blood.
Furis, who gave up her flesh, hugs Arthur and jumps into the air.
“It’s my victory, you bastard!”
With a shout, Furis activated her ability right before she fell.
Thanks to this, Arthur headed to the ground and Furis headed to the rooftop building on the other side.
At the same time, the abandoned building collapsed.
The dust wind blows along with the sound of the world turning upside down.
Furis, who barely escaped, gasped.
The wizard, who had noticed, approached and asked a question.
“Oh, are you done?”
“… It looks like it’s over for now.”
Furis rises again.
Then he looked at the place where Arthur fell and muttered.
“I have to die to survive in such a state. isn’t it?”
The wizard nodded at the question.
He’d dodged wizard magic, pushed a fighting gang leader to his limit, and felt better just dying clean than surviving a fall from such a height.
“Whoa… I met some kind of monster. If we hadn’t pushed through, it would have been us who would die.”
It was time for Furis, who muttered these words, to let go of his tension.
Blood gushed out of his chest with a strange sound.
At the same time, the beating of the heart stops.
The moment the surprised Furis turned his head, a voice without high or low was heard in his ears.
“It was dangerous. So I have no choice but to admit it. Mr. Furis is a really strong man.”
After confirming the identity of the voice, Furis burst into laughter.
The monster that should have fallen and become minced meat was alive.
With the blade pulled out, Furis fell down.
Arthur looked at him and smiled brightly.
“But I was the one who won. You worked hard, Mr. Furis.”