Chapter 88: Chapter 87: The Blood Prince Part III
I roared out a war cry as I charged into the rain. My feet splashed as I sprinted over the blood-drenched ground. Heavy drops of blood rained down on my head and shoulders. My damage resistance was high enough now that I didn’t feel any pain from the raindrops.
“Blood Explosion! Blood Spear!”
I jumped into the air as soon as a blood bomb exploded near me. As soon as I was airborne, a spear of blood flew right at me. I used my spear to deflect the incoming missile, but the force of the attack was so great that it knocked me back to the ground. I rolled backwards twice before getting back on my feet.
“Shit!” Just ten minutes ago, I was able to shrug off the damage from the blood bombs, but now, they were really starting to hurt. I even took damage just from the force of the spear even though I blocked it.
The Blood Prince cackled at the sight. “Tumbling around like that suits you much better!”
I was completely drenched in blood now from rolling around on the ground. I probably looked like a rat caught in a storm drain.
“Chaa!” Ignoring the Blood Prince’s taunt, I charged in again. My goal was to buy time, but that would be impossible to do in the middle of the Blood Rain. Time was on his side here.
Thanks to that damned potion cooldown, I needed to rely on the Harrier’s HP Absorb ability and get at least a couple of successful attacks in. It was only 1,000 HP per hit, but I needed whatever I could get.
“Bwahahaha! Yes, that’s it. Struggle more and more. That’s what I like to see. Blood Wave! Blood Wave!”
“What the hell? Do you not have cooldowns on your skills?” I spouted in anger. It was so unfair that he could shoot out skills consecutively like that.
Both waves came crashing down at me at once. I wasn’t going to be able to jump over them like I did with the one before. I stuck my spear at the base of the first wave. I felt a strong repulsive force, but managed to split in and the wave flowed away to the sides. However, the second one came down right on top of me. There was no getting out of this one.
“Erk!” I cried out in pain as the wave struck me on the chest and crashed all around me. I grit my teeth and used my spear to stay standing.
The Blood Prince took that chance and jumped into the air with his giant sword of blood raised above his head, with full intent to split my head like a melon. I had no time to dodge and raised my spear above me to block the attack.
“Fuck!” The force of the attack brought me down to one knee. The Blood Prince’s blade stopped barely five centimeters away from my face. The Blood Prince then quickly followed up with a strong kick to my chest. I rolled back four times before getting back on my feet.
“Fuck!” This was the angriest I had been since the beginning of my second life. This was so damn unfair! I had been on such a roll the past few weeks. I was able to overcome any obstacle that stood in my way with almost no effort. My confidence had been so high these days, especially after finding all those high-ranked items.
“Huh…I’m impressed that you’re still standing after all that.” The Blood Prince raised his left arm. It began to rain even harder.
“To think that you could take a Blood Wave to the face while standing in the Blood Rain…that’s cheating.”
“You’re the cheat here, you piece of shit!” Talk about calling the kettle black! Pissed, I charged in again. I stabbed at the Blood Prince’s chest, only to have my attack deflected.
“Argh, just let me hit you!”
“Argh, just let me kill you!”
We shouted at each other as we traded blows. He couldn’t do it before using Blood Rush, but now, he was deflecting almost all of my attacks. I attacked, he blocked. This continued for a few more minutes.
Eventually, I managed to get a few attacks in. My body absorbed the 1000 HP from each attack like a barren wasteland drinking up the first rain after a long drought.
Annoyed that he got hit, the Blood Prince set off more bombs at me. I jumped back to avoid the explosions and quickly charged back in.
“Shit! Are you a zombie, or what?”
We continued to trade blows after that. I was losing right now, that much was true. However, I had no choice. I needed to keep him occupied for as long as possible.
My Harrier stabbed the Blood Prince in the leg and rather than pull it back out, I pushed forward and headbutted him in the chest with all my might. The Blood Prince countered by chopping at my head with his hand. It put me in a daze, but I pushed in harder. I had to get away from the torrent of blood, even for just a little bit.
“Get off of me!”
In the back of my mind, I always had the feeling that the hero of this world was me. After all, I was the one who got to come back in time. Sure, it’s a common theme in fantasy novels, but that’s all this was; a fantasy! And this had happened to me in real life! I had to be the hero of this fantasy world; I had no doubt about it.
That is, until I met the Blood Prince!
“This is absurd. Everyone should be starting out the same; why the Hell do some become devas and others get to become deities?” I really didn’t like being a deva right now. Why didn’t the Don Gate make me a deity? I used it twice!
The Blood Prince cackled. “That’s the difference between the chosen and the abandoned!”
“Shut up!” I kept attacking as I swore at him. The Blood Prince did the same.
There was no way I could win using normal attacks. His HP were just too high. We both quaffed Shining Health Potions every time our cooldowns were up. I just couldn’t make a dent in his HP.
-All I’ve got is Powerful Shock.-
I doubted I could last a whole hour if he kept using Blood Explosion left and right. Hell, lasting ten minutes was hard enough. If this kept up, I was going to lose.
The only way I could win was if Powerful Shock activated. I already told Shin and Ebonene to look out for it as well.
-Fuck…it doesn’t matter if I tell them beforehand. It needs to go off first and it should have by now!-
The Powerful Shock that occasionally went off in the hidden dungeon was just not showing up now. I saw that I had less than 35% of my HP left. I did have the Bracelet of Eternal Fire to bring me back, but I was still feeling restless.
“Blood Explosion! Blood Explosion!” I really didn’t like those bombs flying at my face, but I had nowhere to run to now.
“Fine then! Let’s finish this here!” I charged straight in. I needed it to activate.
My HP quickly fell to 15% as we fought.
-Activate already! I know I’ve hit him a hundred times now! It should have gone off at least once by now!-
I kept a straight face to not let the Blood Prince now that I was panicking on the inside.
-I know I’m luckier than this! Turn on already!-
The Blood Prince’s attack pushed me back four paces, but I kept up my attacks. I couldn’t stop now. My HP was below 5%.
The Blood Prince cackled. “Gahahaha! What’s the rush?”
“Shut the fuck up!” I swore at him and stabbed and hacked and slashed at him.
My HP was now at 2%. If I got hit by one more bomb, my bracelet was going to activate. As soon as I turned away from my UI, I saw a red bolt of lightning strike the Blood Prince.
==[Your opponent has been struck by Powerful Shock. 100,000 points of damage has been inflicted. For three seconds, your opponent’s movement speed, attack speed, DEF and MDEF is lowered by 80%.]==
I roared at the Myth Guild to attack, but was silenced by the guild’s soldiers own war cries and orders to attack.
“Focus all attacks onto the Blood Prince! Fuck the Federation, kill the Blood Prince!”
It was an instant. At least two thousand Myth Guild soldiers were still standing and every mage and archer shot their most powerful skills at the Blood Prince.
“Melee fighters, keep the Federation away from the Blood Prince! Don’t come close to the Blood Prince! You’ll end up falling to the Blood Curse!”
Hundreds of bolts and arrows struck the Blood Prince. Even I had to fall back from the increasing force of the attacks.
The barrage of attacks lasted about thirty seconds. When it was over, both the Myth Guild and the Blood Federation stopped and looked at where the Blood Prince should have been.
I was going to hate myself if the Blood Prince was still standing after all of that.
“Shi…shit!” He was still there, but he wasn’t in good shape. He was on his knees, with large wounds all over his body and bleeding profusely. His entire left arm from the shoulder was missing. It was a miracle he was still alive. Everyone on the Battlefield stared at him, dumbstruck.
I charged at him. It was time to finish this.
“Blood…Wall…” He saw me coming and formed his shield around him. He was still under Blood Rush, so the Blood Wall would be tougher than before. I rushed in, hoping that I was lucky enough to get a critical hit off.
“Save the Blood Prince!”
The Blood Federation and the Myth Guild snapped to as soon as I charged in. It was time to use it.
“Blink!” I Blinked inside the Blood Wall, and came right next to the Blood Prince. He looked up at me in horror.
I smirked as I stabbed my Harrier at the Blood Prince’s heart.
“Blood Showdown!” The Blood Prince shouted something as soon as the spear came down. I felt the Harrier collide with something hard.
[Blood Showdown has been activated.
The caster and the caster’s opponent’s HP have been fully restored. Furthermore, both participants are invincible until the Blood Showdown is over.]
“What the hell is this?” This wasn’t in the Myth Guild’s report. I felt at a loss when I read that both our HP was fully restored. He was one shot. It was so close!
The Blood Prince cackled. His size returned to normal. Blood Rush was over. All of his wounds closed and his arm grew back.
“Why? An hour hasn’t passed yet.”
“Are you curious? Gahahaha. Blood Showdown cancels out Blood Rush.”
“What the hell is Blood Showdown?”
“Just you wait. It’s about to start. That ace in the hole of yours… that was unbelievable. Only 30,000 HP left…”