Chapter 169: Everyone Is in Their Twenties

While Elina was having that touching family reunion, Michael had to return to his body. He muttered “Is it bad that I’m kinda looking forward to doing a bit of ‘Castle Defense’ later on? Hehehe~, well, maybe I’ll buy some fortresses later on? Hmmm, I think it’s about time that we finished this shit up though.”

“Aegis of Light Level 5: The caster emanates large amounts of solar radiation from their body, which creates an ephemeral barrier within 5 meters of their skin and armor. Every point of Aura is equivalent to 1 point of Light damage to all enemies within the area of effect. Costs 15 mana per second.” The moment that he cast the spell, it instantly leveled-up, and all of the rhinoceroses that were close to him, had their bodies disintegrated. All that remained was dust and mana-cores.

Jasmine shouted “Nyah~! My eyes~, it’s too bright~!” as she stopped shooting and stared into the blinding radiance. Even before that, there were at least a hundred roasted carcasses surrounding the beasts, so they weren’t even able to escape as the Nephilim casually strolled around and incinerated everything.

At some point, even Inari had come over to ‘play’, and she had already eaten enough mana-cores to reach level-twenty. Since there weren’t any rhinos above level-fifteen, she eventually got bored and went back home. Of course, before that, she invested all her stat-points and finally equipped her first item.

[Companion Information

Name: Inari
Titles: The Feeder, Chaos Hunter, Pack Leader
Level: 20
Experience: 0/400
Age: Child
Race: Quad-Tailed Nature-Fox
Rank: E
Class: Druid
Specialization: None
Profession: Unemployed]

[Stats

Health: 260/260
Mana: 50/50
Stamina: 130/130
Mana Regen per minute: 100
Health Regen per hour: 260

Strength: 20(+15)
Vitality: 11(+15)
Endurance: 11(+15)
Dexterity: 10
Agility: 31
Intelligence: 10
Wisdom: 10
Perception: 7
Charisma: 9

Willpower: 3
Luck: 3
Aura: 35

Attack Rating: 175
Defense Rating: 13(+15)]

It was essentially just a collar, which had an assortment of fangs sewed against the leather material. Of course, it was an Epic, so even if it looked rather weak, it was still incredibly durable and provided amazing stat-increases.

Before Michael even ran out of mana, the last of the rhinoceroses were casually exterminated. Thus, combat was officially ended, allowing both Alice and Jasmine to receive their share of the experience, while a third of it disappeared into nothingness.

[Companion Information

Name: Jasmine
Titles: The Heretic
Level: 21
Experience: 623/630
Age: Adult
Race: Chaotic Slimy Feline Dwarf
Rank: E
Class: Gunslinger
Specialization: Ranged Damage Dealer, Hexer
Profession: Gunsmith Level 4]

[Stats

Health: 30/30
Mana: 35/35
Stamina: 15/15
Mana Regen per minute: 70
Health Regen per hour: 30

Strength: 3
Vitality: 3
Endurance: 3
Dexterity: 14(+4)
Agility: 14(+4)
Intelligence: 7
Wisdom: 7
Perception: 4
Charisma: 5

Willpower: 5
Luck: 27
Aura: 22

Attack Power: 15(+37.5/37.5)
Defense Rating: 1.5]

The little cat-girl didn’t bother with anything else, and placed six stats in Agility and Dexterity. She was firing her pistols almost constantly, but the proficiency didn’t rise by much, though she did increase her Sundering Beam to level-six.

Before Alice could invest her stat-points, Michael yelled “Wait, stop, seriously… I know you really wanna be an awesome magic-caster or whatever, but you’re too squishy! Besides that, rather than shooting off spells, half the time, you just get really pissed off and beat people to death with your bare hands!” In fact, she had even gained a new spell and Passive because of her overly physical style of combat.

“Flame Clad Level 2: The caster cloaks their entire body in a potent, flaming aura, dealing Fire damage upon contact with enemies. 10% of physical attacks are converted into Fire damage. Deals 1 point of damage per Aura point, to any enemy who comes within 2 meters of the caster, every second. Costs 10 mana per second to cast.”

“Unarmed Combat Level 2: Increases Attack Rating by 20% when no weapons are equipped.” Both of those new abilities had managed to improve rather rapidly, considering that she gained them during the one-sided slaughter of the enraged rhinoceroses.

The three-meter tall, red-scaled dragoness snickered loudly, before telling him “Well, even though I never really practiced any kind of martial-arts before, my parents were always trying to teach me things… In the end, fighting is probably a part of my basic instincts. Changing my race probably just exacerbated my ‘mild’ anger issues.”

[Companion Information

Name: Alice
Titles: The Neet, The Nudist
Level: 21
Experience: 141/630
Age: Adult
Race: Draconic Fairy
Rank: E
Class: Elementalist
Specialization: Ranged and Melee Damage Dealer
Profession: Alchemist Level 9]

[Stats

Health: 100/100
Mana: 300/300
Stamina: 50/50
Mana Regen per minute: 300
Health Regen per hour: 100

Strength: 10
Vitality: 10
Endurance: 10
Dexterity: 3
Agility: 7
Intelligence: 30(+30)
Wisdom: 10(+20)
Perception: 4
Charisma: 5

Willpower: 3
Luck: 5
Aura: 15

Attack Power: 50(+10)
Defense Rating: 5(+18)]

Once she took off that ruined robe and ‘equipped’ her Epic, level-twenty, ‘Fiery Robe of the Ancient Sorceress,’ her Intelligence and Wisdom were both boosted to a ridiculous extent. Thus, she wasn’t too worried about spending all of her stat points on Strength, Vitality, Endurance and Agility.

As Michael swept his gaze across the giantess’ relatively muscular body, he told her “Hehe~, well, if ya ever wanna have a ‘sparing’ match sometime, let me know. Hmm, anyway~, we need to clean this shit up now… You and Jasmine, pick up all the roasted rhinos, and I’ll just suck up the mana-cores.”

“Nyah~, but I don’t wanna~! It’s so~ boring~… Meow, I wanna go home and take a nap~!” The lazy cat-girl holstered her pistols and quickly sprinted away, jumping three meters in the air and hopping over the wall of smoldering meat.

The dragoness giggled, then noticed the two gigantic crimson-scaled humanoid dinosaurs that were jogging over. She sighed, as the huge man yelled “Holy shit! Alice, what the hell happened to you?! Hahahaha~!”

Julia quickly bent down and picked up the woman, who was half her size, and hugged her tightly against her enormous breasts. She shouted “Honey~, our baby’s finally grown up~! Look, she actually made it past level twenty! I told you that she was a genius!”

Michael complained “Nah, not really, while you guys were fucking around, putting out fires or whatever, we were just killing all these weaklings. She was level-fifteen until a few seconds ago… Anyway, in case you haven’t noticed, we kinda-sorta moved a bit, heh-heh~. Hmmm~, if you guys wanna take some of this shit, go ahead. They’re probably tasty? Either way, we need to clean it up quickly before it attracts a horde of evil rabbits.”

There were only about one-hundred rhinos that weren’t completely disintegrated by his Aegis of Light, so he needed to go around, sucking the other three-hundred or so mana-cores into his palms with ‘Telekinesis’. However, the entire process only took about fifteen minutes, and by that time, Alice had also collected all of the carcasses.

With his ‘Lightening’ and ‘Angelic Grace’ still activated, the Nephilim turned off all of his armor and unequipped his Demonic Siegeblade of Chaos. Then he yelled “Welp, I need to practice flying a bit more, so I’ll meet you back at the house~!” as he lifted off the ground rather quickly.

After a minute or so, he passed over top of the five-meter tall wooden palisade, then started soaring above the charred corn and wheat fields. Fortunately, the cabbage, lettuce, and other similar vegetables had managed to survive the calamity.

However, he noticed a serious problem occurring at the western gate. At least seven-hundred Cat-Tribe, and a few dozen Humans were standing around, arguing with each-other.

Of course, when they saw the angelic man swooping down, the crowd quickly avoided the crash-site. Even if it wasn’t intentional, his landing created a small crater in the soil, and his aura forcefully pushed everyone at least eighty-meters away from him. There were a few injuries, but no one was seriously hurt: They were mostly just terrified and confused.

Michael looked around for a few seconds and asked “What the fuck are all you assholes doing anyway?” He didn’t try to frighten them, but after witnessing how powerful he was, there certainly wasn’t anyone willing to offend such a person.

After a few seconds of quiet chattering, a lithe and feminine, white-furred and haired male adventurer stepped forward, “Umm… you see… these giant walls suddenly appeared out of nowhere. So… we were wondering what happened to the town?”

“Daniel the Survivor, Level-13 Cat-Tribe Luxian Monk, Rank-F,” was a few inches taller than the Nephilim, but the difference between their auras was ridiculous. He was responsible for killing at least a dozen Lesser Angels without even using a weapon, so Michael actually remembered him vaguely.

He suddenly realized something rather important: “Fuck, I completely forgot to make roads!” Thus, he ignored the panicking, silver-eyed man, and sent his astral form into the skies.

As they were wondering why the mysterious Nephilim was just standing there with a blank expression on his face, the ground below their feet began changing rapidly. In a straight line from the two iron gates, all the way to the wooden ones, a concrete pavement had abruptly appeared.

Then Michael smirked, muttering “Well, it only cost a single gold coin, so that’s good. Hmmm, wait, were you saying something?”

Daniel was shaking nervously, his torn grey clothing had long since been dyed with golden and silver liquids, along with crimson blood and black soot. He cautiously asked “Was it you… who did all of this? Are you… keeping us from entering our-er, your domain, Sire? Did we… offend you in any way?”

The Nephilim glared at the terrified man, “Dafuck are you talking about? Who the hell do ya think I spent all that gold on? Ya think I just built this place cause I was bored? Oh, wait, no I kinda did, hahahaha~! Anyway, don’t blame me if ya can’t get inside! I ain’t the goddamn gatekeeper! Oi, open the gate! Ah… there’s nobody up there, huh? Umm, this is kinda embarrassing, but does anyone else know how to open a gate? Like, is it just a switch, or some kinda lever? Well, whatever, I’m sure it can’t be that difficult.”

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