Chapter 154: Chapter 153: The Predator Duke Part III
“Shit! Why does it hurt so much?” the Duke swore in pain. Lee Jiwon’s damage output was much higher than he had expected!
Over the years, the Duke had faced countless powerful deities and Unrivaled devas and had come out as the victor each time. It was only natural that the Duke would absorb their abilities afterwards, and the bigger the Duke got, the easier his battles were. He didn’t even remember the last time he had felt any sort of pain.
However, he couldn’t describe the pain he felt from Lee Jiwon’s attacks. Every time that spear of his stabbed the Duke, pounds of flesh that the Duke had amassed over the years fell to the ground. There was an obvious difference in strength between them. He was not a normal Unrivaled deva!
I smiled whenever the Duke shouted out in annoyance, as it meant that I was really hurting him. If I was going to win here, I needed to get rid of his fleshy armor as fast as possible. It wasn’t going to be enough to stick close to him like a leech; I needed more ATT power. The Werewolf Clan’s Blessing wasn’t going to be enough. Thankfully, I had the perfect ability to make that happen. I had the skill effects of the First Unrivaled.
==[You have been afflicted by Blood Curse.]==
==[Blood Curse removed due to status immunity.]==
==[Damage received from deities reduced by 50%]==
==[You are the first Unrivaled. Attacks against deities increased by 25%]==
The Blood Prince had managed to figure out that I was an Unrivaled on his own, but even he couldn’t find out that I was the First. Frankly, being the first Unrivaled had really helped me defeat the Blood Prince back then. Without it, I would definitely have had a tougher time.
While everyone pretty much knew that I was an Unrivaled deva, no one knew that I was the First, and I planned to keep it that way. Either way, the Duke was a deity as well; the perfect target!
I pressed my attacks, refusing to give the Duke any breathing room, and I could clearly see that it was working. The Duke had shrunk to about four and a half meters and was still shrinking.
“So your height was fake, too?”
“Shut up! Wide Area Predation!” the Duke cried out in fury while stretching out his right hand. Soon, his hand began suck in the area around him like a vacuum.
==[You are in the Area of Effect of Wide Area Predation. This skill’s suction force depends on the Predator Duke’s VIT.]==
When I felt a force pull me towards the Duke, I dug my heels and slammed the tip of my Harrier into the ground. I stood about four meters away from the Duke. I saw pebbles and dirt get sucked up into the Duke’s hand, but I didn’t even move an inch.
“Shit! Because of you, my VIT is…!”
I smiled as he sputtered in anger that his skill didn’t work. It was all thanks to Altered Equality. My hair and clothes fluttered from the wind as he continued to suck the air in around us, but it wasn’t strong enough to make me move. Hell, I could even stand on one leg. I raised my right foot and kicked at the rocks on the ground. A shower of rocks flew straight for the Duke.
“I bet you’re hungry, right? Eat this.” I kept kicking at the ground, causing rocks and dirt to fly straight for the Duke.
“Shit!” Finally realizing that his skill wasn’t going to work the way he wanted it to, and not wanting to get pelted by pebbles and dirt, he canceled his skill. “I swear I’ll rip you to shreds!”
“Right back at ya!” Only one of us was going to get out of this battle alive.
“Tch! Let’s see just how long you’ll keep flapping that mouth of yours. Extremely Sensitive Reaction!”
The Werewolves hadn’t mentioned this skill yesterday. Nothing seemed to have changed, but there was no reason for him to use a useless skill by now.
-It doesn’t matter. I won’t stop my attacks here.-
I didn’t know what it was and I couldn’t exactly ask the Duke himself what it was. I just had to do what I was best at.
I resumed my onslaught of attacks. I had learned from the past twenty minutes that my ATT was much higher than his DEF. The previously untouchable Predator Duke was being pushed to the ropes; I had to keep going.
I ignored the wound the Duke’s Flesh Whip made on my thigh and stabbed his side. However, the outcome was different this time. In fact, it was explosive.
“Gahk!” The second the spearhead touched the Duke, his side blew up so fast that I couldn’t avoid the blast. I was too close and took quite a bit of damage this time as well.
“Kekeke! Summon: Horde of Exploding Flesh Dolls!”
His cackling pissed me off, but I didn’t have any time to retort as several Flesh Dolls spawned out of the ground behind me and lumbered towards me, blowing up as soon as they got close.
“Kekeke! That’s it. That’s what I wanted to see. Run. Run away with your tail between your legs!”
The ground around us was a mess, covered in craters as the last Doll blew up. I wasn’t better off. “Ptooey!” I spat out dirt from my mouth.
“How do you like it? This is my Extremely Sensitive Reaction!” the Duke shouted, smiling and with his arms outstretched. He seemed happy that he finally hurt me good. Then he raised his right hand to his chest and dug into his flesh.
His chest exploded with pieces of his flesh splattering all over. “Come at me! I’ve been saving up my flesh all these years, but I won’t hold back against you, Lee Jiwon!”
“What a load of bullshit.” He seemed pretty confident that he won. It was true that I just took a lot of damage, but from what I could see, he had lost a lot of health too. I knew for sure that my attack connected and I saw a lot of liquid pour out from his side after it blew up and from what he did to his chest.
I put his bluff off to the side and took out an item from my inventory. I had a lot of golden rings saved up, but I hadn’t given it much thought recently. I didn’t have a reason to until now.
==[Damage Link Totem (Rank 7)
One of the Link Totems. As long as the Totem is the user’s possession, a portion of damage the user receives is transferred to the Totem. The Totem can absorb a maximum of 15% of damage received. Golden rings can be paid to raise the Totem’s damage absorption threshold. Only one type of Totem can be in possession.
Current damage absorption threshold: 9%
Golden rings required to increase threshold by 1%: 8,100,000 golden rings (this amount rises with each level the threshold increases.)
Should the Totem be sold to other devas or sold at a Store’s auction house, the threshold is reset back to 5%.]==
I hadn’t leveled up the Totem since the battle against the Blood Prince. Now that I saw it again, it really did cost a lot to increase its threshold by just 1%. But I was rich now and I didn’t really have a particular need to save my money since all of my equips are already top tier.
-It’s the perfect time to use it, anyway.-
I had to win, no matter what. If the Totem had the possibility to be crucial in my victory, it would be stupid to not use it. If I lost here, I would become the laughing stock of the entire world. All of my past victories and success would just be chalked up to pure luck and the Werewolf Clan would cease to exist.
It wasn’t going to be a useless investment. In fact, I should have leveled it up beforehand.
==[You have spent 8,100,000 golden rings to increase Damage Link Totem’s threshold to 10%.]==
==[You have spent 24,300,000 golden rings to increase Damage Link Totem’s threshold to 11%.]==
==[You have spent 72,900,000 golden rings to increase Damage Link Totem’s threshold to 12%.]==
==[You have spent 218,700,000 golden rings to increase Damage Link Totem’s threshold to 13%.]==
The next level required more than 650,000,000 golden rings. I hesitated this time. That was a lot just to raise the threshold by 1%. However, I grit my teeth. If I was going to do it, it had to be now. I would end up having to level the Totem up again in the future, anyway. That 1% could be of huge help right now, as well.
==[You have spent 656,100,000 golden rings to increase Damage Link Totem’s threshold to 14%.]==
A shiver ran down my spine. I just used up 980,000,000 golden rings in a few seconds.
The Duke mistook my trembling as fear. “Kekeke. Do you realize the reality you’re in now? Too bad. It’s too late to regret anything now!”
“Shut the fuck up, you fat piece of shit.” I was already at my wit’s end from having to spend nearly a billion golden rings on a last resort that didn’t necessarily secure my victory. His damn cackling only served to piss me off even more.
Thanks to his Extremely Sensitive Reaction, I couldn’t attack him as much as I could to inflict maximum damage. All that was left now was to just withstand his attacks and come out as the last one standing. This was going to be a messy fight.
I gripped my spear and charged at the Duke.
“Hmph, so the scared little rat is going to fight to the end.”
“Who says I’m scared, you dumbass pig?”
“Tch! That mouth of yours is still flapping around, isn’t it?”
“That’s what I wanted to say!”