Shatei Kyokufuri – 92

Data.85 – Old Bowman, Black and White King

I continued to climb higher and higher within the black and white castle.
I just needed to defeat the boss now, but checked all of the rooms and large mirrors, just in case.
Sometimes I would find hidden items, but they were mostly healing items that were not very good.
They would still be a welcome relief measure for people who were out of them, but I had stocked up on healing items, so I wouldn’t need to use them.
However, it wouldn’t hurt to have some extra.
And so I took everything that I found.

“Now, we’re almost there.”

I open the great door at the top floor of the dungeon.
The first thing that entered my vision was the chessboard-like floor.

And there were two stone statues waiting in the back of the room.
One was all black, carried a great sword, wore a crown, and was unleashing a black aura.
The other was all white, carried a great sword, wore a crown, and was unleashing a white aura.
So the most important piece in chess, the king, was the boss…!

But unlike normal chess pieces, the black and white kings were in the shapes of humans, and had arms and legs.
And so they walked on their own legs and swung their swords as they approached.
But stone statue type monsters were always slow on their feet. Perhaps it was their fate.

However, this boss room wasn’t very big.
And in spite of that, the enemy were large, and there were two of them.
It would be difficult to run around and keep my distance.
If possible, I wanted to defeat them without moving around.

“Letter Arrow! For two!”

First, I needed information.
Satomi had told me that I should make a habit of using it before a battle.
In my case, I tended to remember the existence of the skill near the end, and so I would frantically record the information right before defeating the monster.
Because I was the type who wanted to eliminate the threat in front of me as soon as possible…

As I thought of such things, the two arrows hit their targets, and their information was displayed in a window.

◆ Black King Piece
Attribute: Darkness/Rock
Skill: Black Crucifix Sword, Dark Aura
King of the black chess pieces.
A sub-type of Golem that was ordered to protect the castle.
Must be killed at the same time as the White King Piece, or he will continue to resurrect.

◆ White King Piece
Attribute: Holy/Rock
Skill: White Crucifix Sword, Holy Aura
King of the white chess pieces.
A sub-type of Golem that was ordered to protect the castle.
Must be killed at the same time as the Black King Piece, or he will continue to resurrect.

So they were rock-type Golems.
Needing to kill them both at the same time to prevent them from resurrecting was about what I’d expect from a Gemini trial.
I suppose the way that I was supposed to do this, was to work with the other ‘me’ and kill one enemy each. But if it’s a human and an AI, then the movements won’t match up.
This wasn’t like the Mirror Puzzle Area where we were synchronized.

If fought normally, the more agile human player would likely defeat the boss first.
That meant I would have to slow down my attacks so that the AI could catch up.
But that was too troublesome, and I would rather use brute force.

And so I stood next to the other me, and then targeted both of the kings.
I had just one order. And just one charge attack to use…!

“Arrow Storm!”
‘Arrow Storm!’

The charge attack of my new weapon, Blackwind Dark Cloud Bow.
Dark clouds appeared around the bow, and then arrows were unleashed in the area like rain.
At the same time, I unleashed a chain of high speed arrows.
The power of one arrow was very different from Bow Shower.
That used ordinary arrows, but the weight of these were clearly different.

The two kings were pushed by the force of the arrows, and could not move forward.
And numerous arrows pierced into the hard stone bodies.
As more and more arrows hit them, they pushed the other arrows in deeper, and cracks started to appear all over the statues.
And then in the end, the two crumbled at the same time.

“That was…amazing…!”

While it was a solo dungeon, the boss was defeated so easily…
It really showed the power of my evolved bow.

‘Congratulations on clearing the dungeon-nyon! Well, maybe it was too easy for you?’

As the two kings disappeared into light, Charin appeared as if to replace them.
I took out the Castor and Pollux medals from my inventory.
They were just as shiny as before, and I couldn’t look at them.
I quickly handed them to Charin, who put them in her pocket.

‘So you got the two medals-nyon! Now, here is your medal-nyon!’

I accepted the Gemini medal.
The constellation was on the front, and two boys were depicted on the back, shoulder to shoulder.
They carried a bow, a harp, and a club.

‘And here is the reward for getting the two medals! It is the…uh, Fusion Twin Arrow!-nyon!’

She gave me a strange object that looked like a black arrow and a white arrow that had been twisted together into one.
Like a piece of modern art.
Well, as it was an arrow, it would probably help me in some way…

‘Now, time to warp out of the dungeon! Good work-nyon!’

My body was enveloped in light.
It was goodbye for the other me.
I couldn’t say that I would miss him, as it had been a little uncomfortable.
However, he had been a reliable ally, and it was still a unique experience.
I would say that it was time well spent.
Thank you, ‘me’!

◆ ◆ ◆

As I had returned to the field, I would see what this modern art object was capable of.
Could I ‘Use’ it… I could!
And I could use it on myself.

It’s been a while since I last figured out an item’s use so quickly.
And so I quickly selected ‘Use.’
What kind of power would this strange object give me…

–Beep! You have acquired the skill ‘Arrow Fusion.’

[Arrow Fusion]
Select two skills that are related to arrows and create a skill that fuses them together.
MP depletion is the same if you had used the two skills.
Some skills cannot be fused.

Fuse…the effect!?
I understood what it meant…but it was hard to imagine.
And so I would have to test it in some isolated area.

“Arrow Fusion!”

With Arrow Fusion, you could select the two skills with your mind, but also with your voice.
And so I picked two random skills and then activated them…!

“Burning Bound Arrow!”

I fused Burning Arrow, which exploded upon impact, and Bound Arrow, which bounded until it hit an enemy, and this created a bounding, exploding arrow.
Wh-what an interesting skill… The possibilities when it came to strategy had increased immensely!
I would have to test this skill more and think of powerful combinations…!

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  1. Well at least the bosses weren’t like Ornstein and Smough.

    Ooh a fancy new skill. So it let’s you fuse two arrow skills. What if he combined that Burning Arrow or Sky Tear with Arrow Storm? That would probably have massive damage potential.

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