Chapter 96 – We were attacked by a beast!
“I-is that…a lion?”
The thing that had appeared in front of us was a lion…no, what was that behind it?
“A goat? …And a snake?”
Fule’s eyes widened as the beasts appeared.
“No, that’s a…”
The head and body of a lion, a goat’s head on the back, and the tail that was a snake.
Yes, this was a monster known as a Chimera.
However, it was much larger than the Chimeras I knew of.
Chimeras were supposed to be about the size of an elephant, but this was at least twice as large.
Fule was clearly stunned as it slowly stepped out into the light.
“It-it’s huge… Were Chimeras supposed to be this big?”
“I don’t know…but it’s not unusual for creatures in this cave to be large.”
After all, Taran was far larger than any horse.
And Baris had said that Cave Spiders were not supposed to grow to such a size.
Either some kind of rock or food was likely responsible for making it grow to this degree.
In that case, it might be friendly, just like Taran…
However, the Chimera was currently staring at us as if waiting for the right moment to pounce.
And perhaps it was instinct, but it was raising its front legs, much like Taran did when hostile.
Shiel also looked frantic, and began to press buttons on the machine.
It was then that the octopus-like Aries said,
“Ah, that thing! Why is it here!?”
“You know it?”
“Uh, um, yes, my lord. There is an abandoned city below this place. It is there that this and other creatures prowl! This thing is dangerous!”
As if to add to her words, Shiel’s voice echoed.
“In our country, we had those who we could not communicate with live in a separate space. It was to save them… However, the meteor must have allowed them to come out.”
“…In that case, there is no way to negotiate. That’s bad.”
I muttered and Aries shook her head vigorously.
“That is an understatement! They even eat their own kind! I was nearly killed by them on multiple occasions!”
Then Aries looked around the chamber.
“My servants! Defeat that thing! With all of your might!”
And just like that, all of the Golems that had been surrounding us earlier, moved in towards the Chimera.
Thanks to Shiel taking control, they were now able to move properly.
They raised their Mithril swords and shields as they charged.
The battle had begun.
First, and with a speed that seemed at odds with its huge body, the Chimera whipped its snake tail around and around.
The Golems were swept into the air, like dust off a broom.
Those Golems then crashed into the others, destroying them.
Though, as the armor was made of Mithril, they did not break.
However, the bodies inside were not able to withstand the impact.
After that, the Chimera’s arms, legs, and head continued to launch the Golems into the air.
At this point, the Golems were like boulders being carried to a trebuchet, and their remains came flying towards us.