◈ Episode 174: Burned Ashes, Seeds of Wind (1)
Ludger, who was still unconscious, hit Febius hard on the back of the head, knocking him out.
Rudger placed his palm on Crollo’s head.
A strange energy flowed from his hand and permeated Crollo.
The horse of the wind roared and agitated Ludger.
It seemed like he was asking what he was doing.
“Stay still. This guy will be the key to defeating that fire monster.”
The words of the wind were not very believable.
Ludger pulled his hand away from Crawlo Febius.
“done. That should be enough.”
“What did you do? I’ll show you that later. That’s not what’s important right now.”
Ludgar saw the spirits of earth and water holding out against Quasimodo.
The powers of the two spirits were significantly weakened compared to the beginning.
The manifestation time of the two spirits had reached its limit.
The horse stamped its hoof on the ground and glared at Ludger.
It’s about asking what plans they have in mind.
He felt a sense of urgency because he did not know when his master would die.
“Don’t look. Because I thought I’d let you know. As you can see, now Quasimodo is holding Esmeralda. There is only one thing to do. You have to keep the two apart.”
Of course, it’s easier said than done.
Unlike before, Quasimodo did not move, relying only on his strength.
Quasimodo was quite prudent, probably because he had been through the crisis of death once.
“Because he is a cunning guy, he will also move unconditionally to not take Esmeralda away. We have to somehow get his attention and rescue Esmeralda. So, your role is important.”
The horse of the wind stared at Ludger.
It was a gaze that recognized and accepted what he had to do.
Rudger said thanks.
The words of the wind were replaced with a nod.
they are spirits. It is a being born from nature.
Just because it disappears from here, it does not exist that it completely disappears from the world.
Of course, you will have to rest for a very long time.
It will take a long time before they are reunited with the masters they seek to meet.
But if only alive.
We will definitely meet someday.
The three spirits had such a firm belief.
So, at this moment, the determination to consume all the strength is all over.
Ludger also read the spirit’s will.
with Rudger’s words.
The three spirits rushed towards Quasimodo.
There was no hit-and-run attack like before.
Push Quasimodo with force from the front.
[The weaklings are cornered, so they’re making a last-ditch effort.]
Rather, if you come forward and give it to me, I will be more grateful for it.
As Quasimodo breathed fire, the earth spirit threw itself.
The fire was blocked by the appearance of a bison with high horns, but the shape began to slowly crumble.
Then the water spirit splashed water on Quasimodo’s eyes.
The moment Quasimodo’s vision sank momentarily, the earth spirit violently rammed his head into Quasimodo’s abdomen.
Quasimodo was not pushed out. Rather, it was the earth spirit who collapsed on the ground with exhaustion.
The spirit of the melted earth turned into light and disappeared.
Meanwhile, Ludgar lunged at Quasimodo.
The moment Quasimodo caught sight of Ludgar, the spirit of water jumped into Quasimodo’s head full of energy.
Water and fire face each other and steam rises.
However, it was the spirit of water that vanished by force.
[Khehehe. Is all you doing is throwing yourself away!]
Quasimodo opened his mouth and breathed fire.
A much hotter and more intense breath than before came rushing in like a wave.
There was no room to escape.
Still, Rudger did not stop running.
The moment the wave of fire was about to swallow Ludger.
The last remaining spirit, the horse of the wind, appeared in front of Ludger.
In that brief moment, the wind spirit and Ludger shared a gaze.
The wind spirit squeezed out all its power.
The shape of the horse collapsed and eventually turned into a sharp gust of wind.
The wind blew a hole in the center of the flame.
The wind spirit eventually disappeared along with the light. The remaining west wind pushed Ludger’s back.
The last help left by the wind spirit.
Encouraged by that, Rudger jumped up.
The image of Ludgar flying through the flames it emits.
The blade of the sword Ludger was holding shimmered.
The target is Quasimodo’s right hand holding Esmeralda.
[It was shallow.]
Ludgar’s sword cut through Quasimodo’s wrist in half.
The blade could not withstand the continuous battle and melted away.
[It’s a pity. If the sword had been a bit stronger, you would have won!]
Quasimodo smirked at Ludgar.
Rudger didn’t answer.
Then a strong wind blew and turned into a blade, slashing Quasimodo’s wrist.
The wrist, which was cut in half by Rudger’s knife, falls off without being able to regenerate.
Rudger was surprised as well.
The wind spirit did its job by piercing the flames a moment ago.
“Let my sister go!”
“Joanna Lovett… … ?”
Sudden Third Party Intervention.
It was enough to change the game that was flowing urgently.
‘Why is Joanna here? no. That’s not what’s important. Thanks to that, I got a chance.’
Joanna Lovett attacks Quasimodo through a wind spirit.
“You monster! Stay away from your sister!”
Quasimodo recognized Joanna who was in his way at once.
[Joanna. okay. you were there A survivor of the Great Fire.]
[Why are you disturbing me? I am the agent of your vengeance. Wasn’t my existence the embodiment of the hatred you wished for?]
Quasimodo stabbed Joanna in the sore spot.
Joanna was speechless and could not bear to retort.
she wanted revenge.
Revenge for the Fabius family who burned the peaceful Roteng.
Revenge against a world that hides this terrible fact and no one knows about it.
To do so, he joined the Black Dawn.
[Are you going to disobey me?]
“In the first place, the people I follow weren’t monsters like you in the first place!”
[Oh oh. Did you even have the courage to come here? Cowardly Joanna. You just watched as your family died that day in a burning building.]
Quasimodo shook his head sadly.
[My family shouted for help, but you couldn’t open the door. A coward who couldn’t save anyone. a weak human being. Are you going to fight me on that subject?]
“I, I… … .”
Quasimodo reached out to Joanna.
Let’s burn Joanna and retrieve Esmeralda again.
I thought so.
“It’s wrong to say that I couldn’t save anyone.”
Brilliant colors disturbed Quasimodo’s eyes, and the direction of his fist twisted in a strange direction.
Joanna was mesmerized by the magic unfolding before her eyes.
It was a very beautiful magic that she had never seen before.
Rudger, watching the scene, let out a smirk.
“Shouldn’t you have come sooner? Pierre.”
“sorry. There were a lot of people around, so I tried to come unnoticed, so it was delayed.”
Seeing Pierre revealing himself with blindfolds on his eyes, Joanna looked puzzled.
“Everything, you can’t… … .”
Pierre smiled brightly at the embarrassed Joanna.
“long time no see. Mr. Joanna. I couldn’t ask for his name back then, but now I know. Do you remember who I am?”
“… … You can’t know.”
Joanna recognized Pierre at once.
that fragile impression. Two blind eyes. Even the clothes full of paint and the brush in my hand.
On that day, she lost her family and was the only one who had the courage to save her.
“Why are you here… … .”
“Because I couldn’t stay there forever.”
before the festival begins.
Ludger had Hans contact Pierre.
If you want to end the nightmare of that day, tell them to come to Seorn.
“At first I was scared. I was scared. But when I heard that you, who had saved me that day, was still alive and fighting, I couldn’t stay still.”
So I came.
Pierre smiled softly at Joanna.
[Big. How dare you be a half-mage!]
Pierre dipped the paint from the palette with the brush in his right hand and sprayed it into the air.
Then, a brilliant color spread out and covered Quasimodo’s vision.
“yes. I’m not good enough as a wizard. Even if you come to help like this, all you can do is draw a picture in the air.”
Pierre felt the heat on his skin.
I could see it more clearly because I couldn’t see it.
heat of the day.
That this hot fire that burned down the village still remains in the world.
“It was a disgraceful day. I blamed myself several times as to why someone like me survived. But right here and now, I would like to thank Mr. Rudger.”
He was finally able to find a place for himself.
Pierre gripped the brush as hard as he could break it.
“Even if all you can do is procrastinate!”
His magic reacted with the paint to create a splendid landscape around him.
“Anything I can do!”
[What is the guy who didn’t do anything that day going to do now!]
Quasimodo pursed his lips.
This reality in which the bugs who survived Roteng continue to hinder them.
The one who took a shot at those guys.
I was so angry I couldn’t stand it.
[Such magic like children’s play. I’ll burn them all!]
As Quasimodo spewed out flames, Pierre’s painting magic collapsed.
The colors melted away.
Pierre also staggered back from the shock and stepped back.
In a single blow, all of his greatest magic was destroyed.
It was truly an overwhelming power difference.
Pierre gritted his teeth.
The only thing that prevented the magic with all its might was a single attack.
At that moment, a white chain appeared and bound Quasimodo’s body.
“You can be proud of yourself. Pierre. Because that one magic has definitely turned the current situation upside down.”
[What! This chain!]
Quasimodo tried hard, but the chains did not break, and rather tightened his body even more.
Quasimodo’s body slowly began to be pulled by the chains.
The place where the chains protruded was the heart of the fainting Krollo Febius.
Quasimodo instinctively realized what Ludger was up to.
[Do you dare to imprison me in that human body?]
“You are quick-witted.”
[Don’t be funny! I already signed a contract with Esmeralda! The contract is absolute!]
“okay. The contract is absolute. But I think there’s one thing you don’t know: original contracts are bound to be broken by bigger contracts.”
The chain that connects Crollo Febius and Quasimodo.
It was also qualitatively different from the red thread connecting Quasimodo and Esmeralda.
“Originally, it is a magic that renewed the sealing ceremony for the elimination of evil spirits. There is no way for you to resist as you become weaker.”
[Kuaaa! Esmeralda! What are you doing! Save me!]
Quasimodo, who was being dragged by chains, squeezed out his remaining strength and held on to the red thread.
It was a tug of war between a chain and a thread, but the thread was not easily broken.
Rather, Esmeralda could not overcome the power of the contract and was suffering.
Quasimodo laughed sinisterly.
[Khehehe. Have you forgotten Esmeralda? The sadness and revenge of that day! Are you going to abandon me?]
“Stop, stop… … !”
[I am you! Only with me can you be complete! So come on and save me!]
Esmeralda grabbed her heart and opened her mouth.
“That way, if you want me that way… … .”
Then he raised his head and glared at Quasimodo with tear-filled eyes.
“If so, take them all!”
Something escaped from Esmeralda, who was bound by a thread.
It was Esmeralda’s soul.
As the soul that had been used as an anchor escaped, Quasimodo’s body began to be dragged helplessly by the chains.
[Esmeralda! What is this! You want to die together!]
Esmeralda did not respond to Quasimodo’s cry.
Instead, Esmeralda turned to Ludger and smiled.
[I’ll take care of Selina.]
“you… … .”
Before Ludger could say anything, Esmeralda glared at Quasimodo and shouted.
[Let’s die together, Quasimodo! Your meaningless slaughter is all over here!]
[Don’t be funny!!!]
Quasimodo’s body slowly began to be dragged away by Crollo.
Crollo’s body could not withstand Quasimodo’s power and burned.
The chains burned hot as they rode on the body of the contractor who was engulfed in flames.
[Ahh! why! I would be the fire itself!]
Quasimodo let out a scream of pain.
A giant born of fire.
And the cryptid of hatred.
That Quasimodo was burning in the flames of his chains.
“It’s not possible! You get caught too!”
Pierre grabbed Joanna, who was about to pounce.
Esmeralda’s soul, who was with Quasimodo, was engulfed in flames.
That flame burns the soul.
And the pain was huge enough to be incomparable to burning the body.
Even so, Esmeralda was smiling as if satisfied.
Like this, he and Quasimodo will burn to death.
That was her final choice and her only role.
this was the last one
‘I can rest now.’
Esmeralda closed her eyes.
The beautiful scenery was no longer visible.
All that unfolded in front of my eyes was a hot fire.
This is where you should go.
In the flames, the dead reach out to her.
You too, come here.
to suffer together
The red thread flowing from there was tying her body tightly.
This was an inescapable fate.
If I could burn my soul and put an end to all of this, I would gladly go.
Esmeralda slowly closed her eyes and threw herself into the fire… … .
“What are you laughing at?”
… … couldn’t support
Because something grabbed her hand.
Esmeralda opened her closed eyes.
Even in the hot flames, the touch of the hand was felt more clearly than anything else.
In my blurry vision, I saw Ludger holding my hand.
And through her clasped hands, the flames spread to Ludger’s.
[what are you doing! Cow, hands!]
Even though the flames that touched them would be more painful than anything else.
Even now, from the palms to the forearms, they are burning.
Rudger didn’t blink an eye.
Rather, he glared at Esmeralda with his eyes wide open.
[What the hell, why?]
“I don’t like it from one to ten.”
“What are you trying to die for? Did you think that throwing one life would end everything? Or will dying like that make you feel at ease?”
[Me, I… … .]
Ludger yelled at Esmeralda, who was taken aback.
“You have to do your best to misunderstand!”
He firmly holds Esmeralda’s arm as she is about to be dragged away.
“You are not the one to end this fight.”
He raised his half-remaining sword.
Squeezing out all the remaining mana, a silver aura stood on the tip of the sword.
“Me right away.”
and fell down
The red threads that bound Esmeralda were cut at once.