Chapter 144.2 : Nidol Proxia
「You’re faster than I thought. It’s vexing, but did you think that I’ll be at a disadvantage in a match of speed? 」
Nidol muttered so with a slackened smile. An open field can leverage mobility potential to its fullest. It’s easier to move on the open field than between the audience seats where you’ll find uneven footing and various obstacles.
Right after that, Rio headed towards Nidol from the front while moving left and right as a feint. But――,
Nidol focused his entire strength into his sword and slammed it towards the ground. With the impact point as the start, black fire started spreading and caused an explosion.
（What the………………… Heck is that?）
Rio retreated with dance-like back steps in the very same moment and looked at the black flames, with a doubtful face.
「Huhm, your reaction is also a cut above the rest. But, this sword of mine can manipulate the flame of an evil dragon at will. Extinguishing the fire won’t be that easy you know? 」
Nidol hummed in admiration and then sweapt his sword to the side. His sword fired an arrow-like black flame which cleared out the field.
「……fumu. Should I give him some leeway? 」
Nidol muttered with a shocked face as the field before him turned into a black conflagration. And then――,
「He is a long awaited opponent who can cross his sword with mine on equal grounds. I wanted to enjoy this fight for a bit more, but I’m not a cowardly dragon. YOU…………..」
Right after saying his line, a compressed wind cannon shell shot out from inside the fire. The ball of compressed air blew the black flames and headed towards Nidol in a straight line while clad in black flame.
Nidol swung his sword at once. Upon contact the wind cannonball created a shockwave in the atmosphere that overpowered Nidol.
It took a while for Nidol to brush off the wind cannonball, so before he could realize it Rio was only an inch away from his chest.
Nidol showed a trance-like smile and took up a counter stance by reflex but Rio had allready gained the initiative with his surprise attack.
He slipped to the chest of Nidol, who gripped his heavy sword, killing his chance for a counter and started to overpower Nidol by slashing at him using both his daggers with hard to follow movements.
Rio’s daggers flashed numerous times under the moonlight. He slashed at Nidol’s hands and legs with utmost precision but――、
(it seems the secret lies in the material of the cloth armor on his body. It’s as tough as the skin of some subspecies of dragons.)
Rather than using slashing attacks, Rio used the force of his attacks to inflict blunt damage. Nidol’s clothes may repel his dagger blades but the impact damage should be accumulating below those clothes. It seems Nidol was wary of an attack aiming for his vitals, but it might be just a matter of time before he succumbed due to the accumulating damage.