Data.119 – Old Bowman, Bone Giant
“Anne! I need you to pull in the iron ball when we slow down!”
“What!? Did you say something?”
I was talking close to her ear, but the sounds of the building being destroyed were too loud for her to hear me.
And so I explained it to her in a louder voice.
“I need you to pull the iron ball back once I’m Arrow loses its momentum!”
“To put it simply, we won’t have any place to land!”
My plan was to go as high as we could with I’m Arrow, and once I had reached my Range’s limit and slowed down, I would use Star Area Range to change my trajectory a little in order to land on the floor.
But if the iron ball hit it, a large hole would open in the ground. Besides, if the iron ball created a hole that was too big, I would need to make a sharp turn in order to land on that floor, but it wasn’t possible to do that with Star Area Range.
And so I wanted her to rein it in so that the hole would be small.
“Well, I think I understand!”
Anne made the iron ball shrink and then pulled the chain in.
Alright, now we shouldn’t have any trouble landing.
Now it was just about how far up we could go…
Just then, I felt the sensation of hitting against something.
It was a ceiling that we couldn’t break through.
The ceilings and floors of this mansion were weak, but there was one part that was hard and could not be destroyed.
It was…the outer walls.
You couldn’t break any of the walls that would let you go outside.
This was so that the entrance would be the only way to get inside.
So no matter how much destruction was happening inside, the mansion itself would not collapse.
It maintained its appearance of being a pretty attraction.
Going by this logic, this must be the highest ceiling…in other words, the roof.
I’m Arrow would suddenly slow down when hitting something that it couldn’t break through.
And so we would land here.
As we landed, I summoned Garbow and held my weapon ready.
Apparently, there were no player killers waiting for us here.
Perhaps they had been scared and ran away from the sounds of us tearing through the walls and floors. If that was the case, it really had been worth going with this dangerous plan.
“Now, if this is the highest floor, the stamp should be…”
It wasn’t here…
But I had a feeling that it would be the case.
They wouldn’t leave something so important in a place where the floor could easily break.
It would fall through the floor.
Perhaps it was kept in a special room with durable walls and floor.
Anne and I stayed on our guard as we started to move.
The player killers had really disappeared.
Perhaps they thought it was more interesting to film the mansion being destroyed?
Well, I was glad, since we had been fighting so much already.
“Ah! There are stairs over there!?”
Indeed, there was a staircase in the direction that Anne was pointing.
But weren’t we already on the highest floor…?
We hadn’t been able to break through the ceiling…
The answer was simple. There was a special floor above us.
We climbed up the stairs and opened the great door and came out into a grand hall that looked like it was a chapel.
In front of us, a giant stained glass shined in the light.
Before I could bask in its beauty, it was blown away…along with the roof of the mansion!
Some kind of giant white hand had torn off the roof!
As I had instinctively moved out of the way, I was able to avoid being injured, but it was still very shocking!
And I had just said something about how the exterior never changed no matter how much of the interior was destroyed…!
The fact that it was destroyed now meant that we were in a separate ‘battle area’ that was cut off from the rest of the field.
Other players could not come in. They wouldn’t see the broken roof from the inside or the outside.
And so the thing that appeared was only visible to us.
A giant skull looked into the building as it placed a hand on the broken walls…
It was something immediately recognizable to anyone with a little knowledge…
A simple giant skeleton and a name that sounded like a boss… This was a famous yokai that was often used for enemies.
In fact, given that it was a mansion of bones, I didn’t expect the boss to be anyone else but Gashadokuro.
Though, there was the fact that this wasn’t a Japanese style mansion. But that was NSO for you.
I hadn’t fought a boss in a while, so I decided to check it first.
Skills: Soul Crush Attack, Grudge Utterance
A yokai that is made from the souls who died with regrets.
With unbelievable power that you would not expect from a body that is just bones, it will drag the living into the world of the dead.
It has especially strong grip strength, so you must be careful that it doesn’t grab you after it uses curses to bring down your defenses.
As it was a ghost type, that meant that Garbow’s Holy Splash should be very effective.
I didn’t have any effective skills myself, but at least my Range would help keep me away from it’s powerful grip.
As for Anne…
“Mr. Kyuji! Could you leave this part to me? I’m afraid that I’ve been relying on you too much up until now!”
She was a nun of the church.
And this was a giant evil spirit boss. It was a big target that moved awkwardly. She would be able to hit it easily with her iron ball.
“Saint Cross Stars!”
The iron ball that Anne unleashed split into seven pieces.
They then formed the shape of a cross and slammed into the Gashadokuro’s face.
A huge chunk of HP disappeared from its gauge. Clearly her attacks were effective…!
“Be gone, evil spirit! I will purify you!”
The holy violence and retribution continued…
It was fast. Much faster than I was expecting.
The Gashadokuro let out a final scream. It almost sounded sad…
Even a powerful yokai was no match for this…nun with incredible equipment…
Well, since we had to go around and defeat 4 bosses, I was very thankful to Anne for making the first one easy.
While I had been supporting her, it already felt like she was bullying the boss, so I was a lot more laid back than usual.
Boss battles were more fun when against a strong enemy where you didn’t feel bad for them.
Well, maybe it was almost entertaining to see it being bullied like this…is something that I would never say, as people would be put off.
“Thanks, Anne. I already knew it, but you really are strong!”
“Not at all. At least not compared to you, Mr. Kyuji!”
…What would happen if Anne and I fought?
I felt like I would lose when it came to close range and mid range combat.
On the other hand, Anne wasn’t very fast, so I should be able to win with long range combat… But this was no time to be thinking about such things.
I would become like all those other players who we defeated before reaching this place.
The Gashadokuro’s item drop was sucked into my item box, so I would switch gears and stamp my card.
A table had appeared for this very purpose.
“That’s 1 down!”
I pressed the stamp that had a depiction of the Bone-ted Mansion, and then the (Exorcism Bow Art – Unmarked) turned in(Exorcism Bow Art – 1 mark)
At the same time, the card skill ‘Exorcisms Barrier’ was unlocked.
While the Grow Card was called Exorcism Bow Art, the skills didn’t seem like they were related to bows.
I was curious about the effect, but once I had pressed the stamp, the area began to change until we found ourselves back in the ordinary mansion.
So we would once again have to be wary of other players.
Your guard was usually the lowest right after a boss fight, and professionals would try and take advantage of that.
“Let’s be careful. We’ll have to do it all over again if we die here.”
“Yes! By the way, the next terror spot is the Bloodwind Sarayashiki. Please remember that!”
I said cheerfully. However, I didn’t understand anything about that name…
Though, Japanese horror felt more scary to me, because it was a culture that I was familiar with.
My current equipment was all Japanese style, so it would at least match… I would look like the protagonist who is running around.
Ah, but I was able to fight.
Being able to fight in horror games made them less scary.
And I had buddies.
That was another thing that lessened the scares…
Yes, as I wasn’t a fan of horror, it was a good thing that I’m not going solo!
“Bound Arrow Storm!”
The attack rained down on the players who predictably waited to ambush us, and then we made our way to the next terror spot.