Chapter 117: How Does the Fox Play?

Michael walked into the living-room, sat down at the crystalline piano and began playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D-minor. It was his ‘go-to’ song, to warm-up, so even in an awkward skeletal body, he could still play it naturally.

After a few seconds, he released Elina from his third Companion-slot. When the Feline Lesser Angel appeared, she was flapping her wings and quickly smacked into the ceiling, before yelling “Ow~!” as she rubbed her head.

Then she screamed “Ah~!” as she saw the level-two Human Skeleton, named Michael, who was playing the piano.

He looked up at her and said “Be careful, you’re carrying our egg, ya know?” The last thing that she remembered, was that she was making out with a certain Nephilim, so it was understandable that she was confused.

However, after a few seconds passed and she managed to softly land on the wooden floor, she yelled “You-you did it again! I told you to warn me first!”

Michael sighed dramatically, before staring at the keys and explaining “Sarah saw us… ya know, acting all intimate and shit. She was super~ pissed off, but mainly because she heard me say ‘I love you.’ You definitely didn’t wanna be involved in that psycho-bitch’s PMS-attack. There’s nothing sexier than a crazy cunt who’s been scorned, right? Hahahaha~, well, it got messy, and yeah, the point is: I didn’t want her ta hurt you.”

Elina scowled at him, before asking “What about Jasmine? Is she okay now?” Without knowing how much time had passed, her first concern was a certain Dwarven cat-girl.

He muttered “Well, the last time I saw her, she was sleeping on my bed upstairs… the giant tongue. I checked inside of her brainbox a few minutes ago, but… the tumor is still there. It’s definitely much smaller now, so she should be fine for a while, and the slime-therapy will probably keep working.”

The depressed Priestess sat down next to the undead, “Michael… I don’t understand. Why is this disease so hard to get rid of? Isn’t there anything we can do?”

After he switched into a different key, he muttered “Evolution is probably the best solution, and I know what the most effective target is… but, hehehe~, well, let’s just say~, I have no fucking clue where to find it or what kinda side-effects might occur because of that particular transformation. Actually~, hmmm~, if I do another Battleground, I should be able to just directly buy it with Favor.”

She smiled and suddenly hugged the skeleton, “Then what are we waiting for?! Let’s go do a Battleground real fast and-”
“Hell no!” He cut her off abruptly, before complaining “You’re preggers… or whatever the fuck it’s called when a person has a fertilized egg growin inside their womb. Even if you don’t die, I don’t want you doing anything dangerous or even leaving the house for the next three days. Especially avoid antagonizing Sarah! Aside from that, I’m sleeping at the moment, so I can’t really ‘do’ anything right now. My yandere necrophiliac murderous girl-frenemy, is also unconscious. No fuckin clue what Inari is up to, but what I really need to do right now, is recruit my fifth Companion. It’s been like two weeks and I still don’t have a full team yet.”

Elina sighed while pulling away from the piano-playing undead, before muttering “I need to pee, and… poo, so I’m gonna go take care of that now…” as she stood up and walked towards the bathroom quickly.

Michael shook his head, “That fucking doggie, ugh~, guess she finally got her Class… and a weird title. Hmmm~, it came with some stats too. Her passives improved a bit, and she got an ‘interesting’ new spell. I still don’t know what the hell her role is gonna be though…”

[Companion Information

Name: Inari
Titles: The Feeder, Chaos Hunter, Pack Leader
Level: 10
Experience: 1/100
Age: Child
Race: Quad-Tailed Nature-Fox
Rank: E
Class: Druid
Specialization: None
Profession: Unemployed]

[Stats

Health: 50/50
Mana: 30/30
Stamina: 25/25
Mana Regen per minute: 40
Health Regen per hour: 50
Strength: 5
Vitality: 5
Endurance: 5
Dexterity: 2
Agility: 12
Intelligence: 6
Wisdom: 4
Perception: 5
Charisma: 5

Willpower: 3
Luck: 3
Aura: 9

Attack Rating: 25
Defense Rating: 2.5]

[Passives

Natural Immunity Level 4: Able to resist level five diseases, poisons, and curses.

Nature Affinity Level 3: Increased health and mana regeneration within jungles, forests, and sunny, warm, or moist environments. Increases damage against enemies of the Chaotic Affinity by 30%.

Aura of Nature Level 3: Devouring the mana-cores of Chaos Affinity will increase the Aura stat by 3% of the original owner’s level.

Natural Attunement Level 1: Able to commune with other animals and plants who are of the Nature Affinity.]

[Spellbook

(Transformation)

Canidae Mastery Level 1: The caster’s body can take the shape of unranked wolves, dogs, foxes, and other similar animals. Enemies and allies below the caster’s level will not be able to view the caster’s true stats, race, class, rank, and level. Duration is dependent on the Aura stat. Costs twenty mana to activate.

Expansion Level 2: The caster spontaneously increases their physical stature, while becoming less dense. While active, Intimidation is more effective. Maximum size is dependent on the combination of Strength, Vitality and Endurance stats. Duration is dependent on Charisma. Costs ten mana to activate.

Contraction Level 2: The caster spontaneously decreases their physical stature, while becoming more dense. While active, Charm is more effective. Minimum size is dependent on Agility. Duration is dependent on Charisma. Costs ten mana to activate.

(Vocal Magic)

Intimidation Level 3: Instill fear into the target by releasing killing intent and using threatening language, infused with mana. Effectiveness is dependent on the Level difference between the caster and the target. Potency is dependent on the Charisma stat.

Charm Level 2: Reduces an enemy’s desire to fight against the caster, or causes a neutral target to become friendly, by speaking in a seductive way, while channeling mana into their voice. Effectiveness is dependent on the Charisma stat.

(Plant Magic)

Entangle Level 3: Creates or manipulates thorny vines, which wrap around the enemy’s legs. Root duration is dependent on the Aura stat.

Devouring Vines Level 3: Creates and manipulates leech-like tendrils from the caster’s body and uses them to absorb the Health, Mana and Stamina of the target. Damage per second is based on the Aura stat. Costs five mana per second. Twice as effective against Chaotic enemies.]

While Michael was leisurely playing the piano, four greenish-brown wolves were sprinting through the woods, to the east of the waterfall. Following them were twenty-six others, though the one at the front of the pack was significantly larger than the rest.

Their leader barked loudly a few times, and the whole group swiftly charged to the south, straight towards a herd of low-level, rank-G, ‘Chaotic Deer.’ A voice suddenly rang out in the huge dog’s head: “Oi, Inari, I’ve got no idea if you can even understand me… but if, by any chance, one of your little friends gets killed… bring the corpse to me. I’ll do somethin about it.”

She happily howled back in response, but he had no idea what she was trying to say, so he ended the ‘Whisper.’ The disguised fox, charged headlong into the belligerent group of mutated creatures.

They looked like brightly glowing, red and yellow, spotted deer, but even the females had massively over-sized antlers and each of them had at least three eyes. Upon seeing the approaching wolves, they didn’t even hesitate to sprint towards the enemies.

Their leader was a level-ten, rank-F, ‘Demonic Moose,’ which roared “Kill!” in a deep and masculine voice. Then it kicked off the ground and huge bat-like wings erupted from its back, as it quickly soared down at Inari.

However, the wolf-shaped fox suddenly expanded until she was the size of an elephant, and became so buoyant that she could actually float. With a small amount of force, she was able to jump forty meters through the air, in half a second.

Vines erupted from her mouth, and wrapped around the creature’s thick throat, as she swung around it three times. The tendrils completely bound the demonic-beast’s wings, causing it to crash head-first into the roots of a large orange tree.

The moose’s spine and skull were completely crushed upon impact, but even with their leader dead, the three dozen ‘Chaotic Deer’ were still charging towards the wolves. Inari barked four times, and then her three closest pack-members howled back and forth loudly.

They suddenly transformed into completely naked, pale-skinned, one-meter tall Gnome Druids. One was a bearded man, named Arthur, another was a woman, Alexia, and the third was a teenage girl, Anna. Each had bright-green eyes and hair, with relatively attractive facial and bodily features: which was important, since they never wore clothing.

All three began chanting healing spells and casting them onto any wolves that received damage, while Inari simply hopped around the battlefield and used her giant teeth, to tear the weak demonic-beasts apart. If she received any damage, she would use her ‘Devouring Vines’ to recover Health, Mana, and Stamina.

Any time she saw a member of her pack who was in trouble, she would become as shield and protect them. Of course, from Michael’s perspective, hunting that way would have seemed completely pointless.

With a total of thirty other members of the ‘Raid,’ Inari barely even received a single experience point from killing that ‘Demonic Moose.’ However, for the young fox, it was her version of ‘playing’ with ‘friends.’ Something that the anti-social Nephilim wouldn’t be able to comprehend…

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27 thoughts on “Chapter 117: How Does the Fox Play?

  1. “the level-two Human Skeleton, named Michael, who was playing the piano.”

    …nice. Though I have no idea why this sentence makes me laugh so much. Probably imagining Elina suddenly appear, see a “level-two Human Skeleton, named Michael, who was playing the piano” and is “…yeah. That is totaly normal. This is my life know. I wouldn’t even be surprised if my siblings were hosts in undead-tv.”

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      • Hmmm.
        If that’s been said before I completely forgot about it.
        Makes sense though, the amount of items he could get wouldn’t even be funny and most bosses and epics have awesome weapons.

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      • Yeah, well, most Epics and Legendaries are Soulbound and disappear after death. Although, since they’re ‘Soulbound,’ if Michael ‘collects’ their soul and puts it into a new body, they equipment will be given back to the resurrected person.

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      • So basically when he levels up his summoning and collects enough bosses and elites he will be practically unstoppable. Well, unstoppable unless he runs into another more overpowered creature.

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      • It’s not like they ‘have’ to do anything for him, slavery isn’t possible. Of course, it has a lot to do with mentality too. I mean, for people like the Orcs, Ogres and Goblins who live in a social hierarchy of power, they probably wouldn’t have much loyalty to their former leaders who basically didn’t give a shit about them in the first place lol. Hell, the two skeletons were originally just children(mentally) and were sent into battle so that they could have a chance at ‘living.’ They aren’t necessarily interested in ‘power,’ and would rather just be free to play around and do stupid kid-shit lol.

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      • Yeah, I mean, people like to fight, especially in a world like that. Even if they don’t wanna fight at first, eventually they will want to. Once you get enough people together, they’ll wanna conform to he ‘society’ and be peer-pressured into doing stupid shit lmfao. People fight for food, money, power, entertainment, sex, etc. Those who don’t fight, usually don’t survive for very long. Even in a so-called ‘Peaceful’ society, there will always be conflict lol.

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    • There were a decent amount of people with Nature Affinity, remember? lol Also, who knows, he just found them in the wreckage of a house? They might have been captured as magical beasts, and treated like pet dogs by some dumbass? lol

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