With a roar, Loren crushed to pieces several trees as thick as adults’ necks with a single slash of the sword . While wood blocks danced in the air, their pursuers’ bodies became chunks of meat and red droplets that fell to the ground .
Loren dashed through them with a terrifying smile etched on his face . He was not that fast, but the brute strength of it made even Lapis shudder .
It would be understandable had he only cut through them; his sword was st.u.r.dy and sharp enough . It would still require unconventional strength, but it was still under comprehensible category . But instead Loren had just smashed several trees to bits . It showed how exceptional the weight of the weapon as well as the strength of its wielder was . It was beyond Lapis’ understanding .
Lapis had witnessed Loren being like this multiple times so far . It was a kind of rampage where he went berserk as if his shackles had suddenly been removed, then lost consciousness like a suddenly-snapped thread . The more immense the power was, the bigger impact Loren’s body received . He usually ended up in the hospital afterwards .
For a moment, Lapis wondered if this was a poor choice . No matter how powerful the attack was, it was a useless ability if he couldn’t fight continuously and had to pull back .
But at the same time, Lapis could think of another possibility, and it might have been the best; she immediately changed her mind .
It could be said that the situation was getting worse and worse . The soldiers that had gone with them into the forest had been wiped out almost completely, and the ones who had brought this to them, Klaus’ party, had been incapacitated . Moreover, the missing villagers and soldiers had lost their minds and were chasing them in a disgusting-beyond-words state . She couldn’t think of any good outcome if things went on like this .
But if Loren had to pull back, they could use it as an excuse to run away from this place .
Of course, there was still the problem of dealing with their pursuers in order to be able to run away, but the rampaging Loren had almost finished with that . As for the problem about being trapped in some weird s.p.a.ce as Shayna had feared, once they didn’t have to worry about the pursuers anymore, Lapis was confident that she could manage it somehow .
So, letting Loren continue to run wild, then carrying him and quickly escaping once he had lost consciousness was not bad . In the current situation, Loren going berserk was not as bad as the worst scenario .
Lapis watched Loren’s back with some concerns . He had leapt right into the midst of the enemies, and was smas.h.i.+ng them down together with the trees . She was worried that Loren would use up his strength before the enemies’ number decreased, but Lapis had prepared herself for the worst . She would deal with the remaining pursuers then, and give those half-naked men some flying kicks right at their lower bodies .
If Loren knew of her resolution, he would just scoff ‘It’s your prosthetic legs!’ . But from Lapis’ point of view, whether prosthetic or not, it was still connected to her body and was still her own legs that she used .
To touch something, one didn’t want to touch, some resolution was needed after all . While Lapis was gathering her determination, Loren was turning their pursuers into meat chunks one by one . His greatsword smashed down trees and bodies alike just like a storm . Loren moved in the center of that storm, wrecking destruction on his surroundings . Lapis watched him, and noticed something a bit strange after a while .
Loren’s rampage normally didn’t last this long .
This kind of rampage continuously and viciously consumed a lot of Loren’s various strengths, from physical strength to magic and mental strength . The price for such power was immense, but this rampage Loren was displaying seemed to last longer than usual .
“Maybe that’s why . ”
The reason for it suddenly struck Lapis . It was the existence of Shayna inside Loren .
Shayna, who possessed the abilities of the No Life King, was making free use of <>, a spell peculiar to the undead . It enabled her to steal power from living creatures in her surroundings and poured it into someone else .
Lapis had taught Loren self-boosting spells before, but he had never been able to use them for an extended period because the amount of magic power his body had, was too little . To make up for this shortcoming, Loren had thought of a solution: asking Shayna to use <> to prolong the spells . This helped Loren be able to use strength boost for quite a long time by continuously consuming magic . Lapis realized that it could also be used for rampages .
With this, Loren’s rampage would not stop as long as there were still living things around him . No matter how much power he used, he would not lose consciousness . He would eventually stop when the power consumed exceeded the power supplied, but as things were now, no one knew when that would happen .
“If that’s the case, then this is problematic . ”
Lapis sounded impatient .
Loren’s rampage was a phenomenon that brought about great backlash to Loren himself . It hadn’t become too bad because his power would run out before anything too serious could happen, and he would lose consciousness . But now, because of Shayna’s <>, his power would not run out that easily . His rampage would continue on, and he would continue to fight for a long time .
Until now, he had always ended up in the hospitals after shorter rampages . How much worse would the backlash to his body be after a longer one? Lapis couldn’t predict it, but there was no doubt that Loren would sustain more damages than ever . She feared that if he was unlucky, he might even receive some fatal damage that he would have to deal with for the rest of his life .
She had to stop him – Lapis didn’t take much time to make that decision . If she let him continue to fight like this, his body would definitely fail .
“Loren! Don’t do it! Please stop fighting!”
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If it could be stopped by words, it wouldn’t be a rampage . Lapis knew it was impossible, but she still tried with words first . Loren’s movements didn’t falter at all .
Lapis spread her arms, kicking at the various things under her feet while running; magic could be seen like a s.h.i.+mmering heat haze around them . Right in front of her was Loren, who held his sword high above his head and swung downwards with great force, as if he didn’t care about defense at all .
Lapis felt a little worried about being attacked by Loren .
A sane Loren would probably never, ever do such a thing . But in addition to him going berserk, Lapis had now directed hostility towards Loren to attract his attention; it couldn’t be helped that he now considered her an enemy .
She told herself to be patient until she could stop the fight while crossing both arms over her head to receive the sword’s blow and stop it . As the blade crashed against her protective magic and sparks of fire rose up, Lapis felt the strength of the blow she had somehow stopped, and involuntarily gulped .
In her current condition, she could probably stop a blow from a sliver rank adventurer with just one arm . But Loren’s attack, which she had stopped with both her arms, had not only stopped her track but had even pushed her back two or three steps while sc.r.a.ping off her magical protection .
Lapis had expected this, but she was still surprised .
Of course, she was not in top condition herself, and she had to go somewhat easier so that she didn’t kill him . Still, she was a demon, and it was unexpected for a human to be able to make her switch to defense . But Loren’s blow wasn’t something that can be blocked with just one arm, and she had to use both instead .
“How unexpected, Loren . ”
Lapis said with admiration . She was still good: no matter how powerful Loren’s blow was, she still had managed to catch it . It would be a simple strength contest from now on, she thought . If she pushed using her strength, she could easily incapacitate him .
That was why when Loren began putting even more strength into the sword, surprise was clearly shown on Lapis’ face .
“No way… I can’t push him away?”
They were in a strange state where Lapis’ arms and Loren’s sword were cras.h.i.+ng against each other . Lapis tried to push the sword away, but she could feel the blade pressing at her instead .
She planted her feet on the ground and braced herself, but she was being pushed back little by little . She once again looked at the swordsman called Loren before her with surprise .
“Loren… You really…”
On the other side of her arms and the greatsword was Loren’s face; he probably had no self-awareness . If she lost focus even just a little, she would easily be blown away, or fell to her knees due to the pressure . She stared at that face and muttered with fear .
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