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878 Cannon of Destruction

 Rhode wasn't in the mood to tease Lize anymore because the Centipede Warden was much stronger than he imagined. Even though he had summoned all his spirits, they only managed to decrease one-third of its health. Besides, the Centipede Warden also seemed to know that Rhode was the 'mastermind' behind everything, which was why it attempted to eradicate him. Fortunately, it was currently trapped in the [Casali under the night sky] venue card, which was under his control, and despite its strongest attempts to charge forward, he could immediately move it back to its original position at the switch of a thought. At this moment, the Centipede Warden was caught in a narrow valley.

This can't go on.

Rhode gnashed his teeth. At this moment, he was covered in sweat from the constant maintenance of the venue card and reviving and summoning of the spirits. Despite the Illusion Crystal providing him an endless source of spiritual powers, his mental stamina couldn't continue much longer. If this continued, perhaps he would crumble before the enemy was dead.

Do I really have to resort to that?

Rhode looked at the card with the picture of an enormous magic cannon: [Dusk of Annihilation]. This was the strongest attacking card apart from the Legion Horn. All beings below the Intermediate Legendary Stage would kneel before him and paired with Taboo Halo, his summoned spirits could deal incredibly powerful damage. But it had a clear flaw: its damage was too strong, like a mini nuclear bomb. Besides, it needed a long time to power up. The problem was that the Centipede Warden's reflection ability could reflect any level of attacks. In other words, even Lydia's holy spear attack that could pierce the entire world would be reflected if she was unlucky. Rhode wasn't interested in taunting fate because if his attack was reflected, he would be doomed as not even the Prison of Mad Love could defend against it.

Unless he found an opportunity-one where the enemy couldn't reflect his attack and this opportunity indeed existed.

In the game, if the players succeeded in lowering the Centipede Warden's health drastically in a single attack, it would go into 'berserk' mode, where its attack and defense would increase drastically. Although the probability of the reflection ability being activated were lowered, the reflection damage would be doubled. In other words, if the players dealt a critical attack and were unlucky, they would be slaughtered completely. This was also why the players chose to grind out its health slowly and not deal powerful damage at once. No one wished to be defeated instantly by their own attack, right?

However, huge risks would also bring huge rewards.

Within five seconds after the Centipede Warden went 'berserk', its body would go through a transformation. During these five seconds, it was basically defenseless, where every attack would deal three times the damage. In the later stages of the game, Rhode's guild members forced the Centipede Warden into going 'berserk' and instantly eliminated it within five seconds. However, Rhode felt that it was too risky because it was basically impossible to defeat it within five seconds unless he had a team of coordinated and powerful players. He, as the guild leader, couldn't possibly take a risk on this strategy and gamble with everyone's lives. Therefore, after he confirmed that this wasn't a viable strategy that most players could adopt, he gave up. In order to succeed, the level of coordination between players must be perfect-it was something only Rhode, Canary, Mini Bubble Gum, and a few others could achieve. Besides, humans weren't machines and there would be times when they missed their attacks, which would lead to the death of the entire party.

But now... It seemed like he didn't have any other choices. There was only one chance. The summoned spirits were more obedient than players and as long as he grasped the right timing, it should work perfectly.

It shouldn't be tough for Celestina, Celia, Gracier, Madaras, and Shira to deal a combined damage that could decrease more than half of the Centipede Warden's health. But the problem was that Rhode would need to cast the [Dusk of Annihilation] within the five seconds and launch his attack. If the timing was either too early or late, everything would be done for.

From every aspect.

"Alright then, I'll leave it to you guys."

He could summon the spirits again if they were defeated. But he couldn't revive if he was dead. This was also why Anne, Marlene, and him didn't launch any attacks. As for Lize-she was utterly overwhelmed by the embarrassment, which had put her completely out of sorts and made her lose her will to battle. At this moment, she was like a drifting soul who was avoiding reality. Perhaps this was just the behavior of self-protection...

The five spirits were immediately informed of Rhode's plan through spiritual communication. Moreover, it was only a simple order.

"Stop playing anymore. Deal a massive attack on it together."

"Tsk!"

Celestina flapped her wings and dodged the enemy's brandishing arm. Not only that, but the massive airflow also swept along countless wind blades that struck for her. Celestina swung her sword and blasted dark flames to demolish them immediately.

"You say it so easily, but this fella is so huge. How do we even attack it!"

"Big Sister, please calm down..."

Celia replied while flying closely with Celestina. The two sisters had been attacking as a pair, where Celestina was responsible for leading the attack while Celia would protect her from other threats. At this moment, Gracier and Madaras were nowhere to be seen. They would fail as the Carlesdines if they were seen by the enemy.

But now, they had to work together and launch an unprecedented attack on the enemy.

"I didn't intend to use this attack. But it seems like I have no choice after hearing Master's order."

Celestina murmured while hovering in midair. Then, she gnashed her teeth and reached out for Celia's hand with her left hand. Celia instantly understood what she meant. The angel and demon held hands and raised their swords at the enemy.

"How are Sister Gracier and Madaras doing?"

"They will surely be fine. You are better off worrying about yourself. We haven't used this attack for 1,230 years. If you burn my dress, I will teach you a lesson later!"

At this moment, blazing dark flames erupted from Celestina's body and engulfed her entirely. After taking a closer look, one would discover that despite the dark flames burning on her snowy skin, she wasn't hurt at all. What was more surprising was that the dark flames didn't even burn Celia despite them holding hands.

In the next moment, it was the silver, sacred flames' turn as they erupted and enveloped Celia entirely. Then, the Centipede Warden raised its head out of a sudden and locked its eyes on the sisters.

"Ah! We're discovered! You stupid! Have you been slacking off all this while and not been practicing?!"

"Big Sister, your spiritual undulation was too..."

"Shut up! How dare you doubt my judgment!"

Celia lowered her head. She knew that she would be in for a hard time if she retaliated against her bossy older sister. Besides, the Centipede Warden had already grabbed for them with its three arms.

Boom! Boom! Boom!

At this moment, a colorful burst of magical radiance exploded from the ground and struck the three arms heavily. The Spirit Bird soared into the sky and blasted an enormous lightning web that shrouded the enormous enemy entirely. On the other hand, the little mermaid extended her arms and blasted an ice-cold blizzard that froze the three arms. In an instant, glittering ice crystals were formed on the enemy's arms. But this lasted for only a few moments as the enemy thrust its arms and shattered the frost.

But this delay was enough.

"Celia!"

"Yes! Big Sister!"

The contrasting colors of silver and dark flames blazed. The young ladies raised their swords and brandished in unison-the flames blasted, merged, and interwoven into a fiery dragon that consumed the enemy. The powerful energy flow twisted the air around it. The enemy flinched and at the same time, spider web-like cracks spread from its chest.

"---!"

The Centipede Warden let out a painful howl. Then, it plunged its foot onto the ground and stood firmly before erupting an unprecedented, blinding radiance. Shortly after, a dark blade ray in the shape of a cross flashed and punctured its body.

It was an attack from Gracier and Madaras. They appeared in midair with adorable smiles albeit their daggers shattering into powder. At this moment, a wild, red whirlwind rose from the ground abruptly and pierced the enemy's wounded chest. The enemy hurriedly hurled its arms forward, caught the petite figure, and squashed her in his hand.

"Hahahah... Hahaha.... Adorable prey! Give me more pain!"

Although Shira's body was twisted horribly out of shape, she continued to tilt her head, held onto her large red blade, and let out crazy bursts of laughter. At this moment, the two steel chains in her shoulders instantly split into a dozen more, struck out, pierced into the enemy's body, rupturing its skin and the blood vessels hidden underneath. In an instant, the blood vessels burst and spurting red, pungent blood merged with the silver metal armor.

"Grrrrr---!"

The Centipede Warden let out a mournful growl and erupted a massive, berserk airflow that crushed and flattened the grounds. Then, a color of intense red emerged over its ashen body while a broiling heat spread throughout the place. It lifted its head and its white pupils slowly turned scarlet.

Celia and Celestina retreated hurriedly while the White Elves vanished into the shadows. On the other hand, Shira continued to laugh crazily as she gazed at the enemy.

At this moment, thick layers of clouds covering the round moon were separated by an unknown force. A pitch-black, enormous magic cannon appeared and under the effects of Taboo Halo, its base was filled with hundreds of smaller cannons that filled the sky. Their gears and steel bearings spun, representing the awakening of the death machine.

"---!"

Streams of white steam spurted from all the cannon bodies. Then, an array of golden magical rituals emerged and spun around the cannon muzzles. The golden speckles on the magical rituals flashed across the night sky like beautiful, starry stars.

At the next moment, the cannons released their mighty beams.

Boom! The cannon beams mercilessly enveloped the entire land, puncturing the ground and melting everything in their path. The Centipede Warden instinctively raised its arms, but in the blink of an eye they were demolished into dust. Not only that, but the beams also punched through its enormous body and struck the ground.

The ground rumbled and the white brilliance concealed everything as though it was the dominator of this world.

Then, the enormous creature vanished from everyone's sight.

After the blinding flash was gone, the prairie under the night sky shattered into fragments like a broken mirror and everyone found themselves back at the metal hall. But unlike before, there was a chunk of flesh and metal lying quietly in the middle of the hall.

Rhode heaved a sigh of relief.

It succeeded.