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 .