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Chapter 12: The Sage Offers the Prisoner a Bargain (Part 1)
“That man is a ‘Demon Lord Killer’, huh… ”
Luciana glanced at Henry with an indescribable expression, filled with complex emotions.
As a former leader of the Four Heavenly Kings, she must have had many thoughts.
“Do you understand?”
Having witnessed these series of battles, she seemed to have been forced to recognise the fact that Henry Blakin was, without exaggeration, the ultimate weapon of this small country.
His best weapons were his innate constitution and battle instincts.
He had no special abilities to speak of and could not use magic.
Nonetheless, Henry was unnaturally strong.
His battle strategy was quite simple.
He caught his enemy’s attacks with extraordinary stubbornness and held them down with his monstrous strength, both of which had been tempered to the extreme.
He could even use his instincts to respond to sudden attacks that caught him off guard.
He was a man with no apparent weaknesses.
Possessing a rough and moody temperament, Henry enjoyed disobeying orders.
Personality-wise, he would definitely be called a loose cannon.
You could even call him a sociopath.
However, it was understandable that the former kingdom tried to ask for his cooperation in defeating the Demon Lord.
If Henry had joined in the subjugation, the war would have been much faster and easier.
At the time, I was surprised when I heard the news of his imprisonment.
He left such a deep impression on me that he causes me to reminisce even now.
“Step back. I think the other side can’t wait any longer.”
I pushed Luciana aside using wind as Henry prepared to attack.
Luciana flew far away due to the sudden gust of wind.
As soon as Luciana was out of sight, I shot out blades of wind.
Three shots in quick succession, each with more cutting power than the last.
They were powerful enough to effortlessly slice a metal object in half.
Against the invisible attack, Henry rushed forward as if it was the natural thing to do.
He nimbly dodged the wind blades.
Could he detect the faint trembling of the air?
His senses were shockingly precise.
“Hahaha, if you’re trying to kill me, so few won’t work!”
Henry laughed as he closed the distance, before throwing a flying kick.
I bent down and tried to avoid it, while his leg brushed past me with the force of a gale.
The sound of bone breaking echoed at the top of my head.
Apparently, his toe grazed me.
My skull felt like it had been scraped off.
However, it was not enough for this body to be out of action.
In other words, there was not much damage.
I fortified my own hands with magic and formed a spear hand by bringing my fingers together.
I rushed forward, causing the floor to crack, and thrust my hand towards him at close quarters.
Henry, who sounded pleased, grabbed my wrist to block me.
His reaction speed was terrifying.
He responded as if he knew it was coming.
Henry used my strength to throw me off.
Ordinary magic doesn’t get me anywhere, huh…
I generated a force field in the air and jumped off it.
As I approached Henry again, I fired a series of black fireballs infused with miasma.
He crossed both his arms to block the fireballs, before retreating through a gap in the attack.
His sleeves had burned instantly, but his arms were barely injured.
It seemed like the fireballs were also not powerful enough.
“Geez, it feels stuffy. Isn’t the air too stale?”
Henry coughed as he complained.
He didn’t appreciate the miasma drifting in the area, but there was no sign of him transforming into an undead.
It only annoyed him a bit.
If he was an ordinary person, he would have turned into a ghoul long ago.
It wasn’t that my authority had weakened.
Perhaps his physical life force was inhibiting the miasma’s erosion.
I was expecting him to be contaminated over time, but his constitution seemed troublesome.
It was so abnormal that it was hard to believe he was an ordinary human.