Data.109 – Old Bowman, The Shining Star in Cyberspace

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It wasn’t my 13 Collect Zodiac equipment or my own ability that allowed me to escape.
And it wasn’t exactly luck either.
In a way, it was by necessity that I…Charin, appeared in front of the players, in a state where I could still fight.

In conclusion, I was saved because of Necoco’s honest personality.
‘Don’t worry.’ It wasn’t her being thoughtful, it was just the truth…
From the beginning, she had no intention of being taken down with me!
She had a hidden method of escape…!

And that method was Drill Claw!
It was an attack where her claws rotated like a drill.
Normally, a skill like that would only be effective on rock-type monsters, but it had a hidden ability that allowed the player to dig into the ground like a mole.
As she was surrounded in spheres of light, and as arrows rained down like meteors, Necoco had found her escape underground.

It was clearly her intention to leave me there, paralyzed, ensuring that they all survived for a complete victory.
But thanks to the fast reaction time of AIs, I was able to defend myself with the wand.
And while my armor was damaged, it survived.
Because of this, the paralysis time became shorter than Necoco thought.

Once I could move, I had three options.

The first was to counter the old man’s Meteor Bow with Collect Sword Gemini Ver.NSO.
The Collect Sword had already absorbed Exploding Sky Tear, but I canceled it without sending it back.
Of course, there is a cooldown if you cancel, but at that point, I could already use it again.

If the counter succeeded, then I could kill the old man and Satomi and Gochu.
Then I just needed to take down Necoco, as her movements would be slower.
It was the option that felt like the clearest path to victory…

But there was a big flaw.
The Collect Sword could only counter one charge attack at a time…
And so while my own spheres of light were exploding all around, and as Gochu’s fire magic flew everywhere, it would be difficult for me to hit the old man’s Meteor Bow alone with my blades.
If I accidentally absorbed something else, I would not be able to erase Meteor Bow, and my defeat would be certain.

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Another option was Collect Shield Virgo Ver.NSO’s charge attack, Cosmos Guard, which would block the attack from the front.
I had used it to block Meteor Bow in the previous fight, and so it would probably work against the charge attacks they were using now as well.

However, all it did was raise the durability of the shield, and erase the effects of attacks that touched it.
As it wasn’t effective on anything outside of the shield, I would not be able to do anything about the arrows that came from the side and curved towards me.
And this skill also did not have a counter attack.
I would be weakened after stopping the attack.
And even if Garbow was away due to the cooldown, I would still have to fight against four others in that state.
There was a good chance that I would be pushed into defeat…

And so I chose the third option… To go down the hole that Necoco dug, and escape!
I held the Collect Shield over my head like an umbrella as I ran to the hole, and even while being hit, I slid inside.
Then I killed Necoco as she finished digging and popped back out of the ground.
And that is how I am standing here now.

The only enemies left were the old man and Satomi…huh?
Satomi was gone!?

“I don’t know how you escaped, but this is still the end for you!”

Satomi had thrown his arms around me from behind!
Since when had he… Ah!

‘It’s because of Auto Battle Mode!’

Right before the effect ended, my body suddenly moved towards the other side of the battlefield.
That was proof that there was an enemy remaining in that direction.
Because Auto Battle Mode will react to enemies that even the player cannot see…!”

So he detected my survival immediately and moved around to my back…!
As for an attack that he could unleash at this distance…!

“Combination charge attack! Katenrooooooou!!”

This combination charge attack with Gochu involved shooting out a fiery aura from his body and burning the enemy with it!
And it had this strange effect, where it did more damage if you shouted!

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But as it only did damage to anything above you, it was difficult to target enemies.
However, that wouldn’t be a problem if you were hugging the enemy!

‘That’s a surprisingly sloppy attack, coming from you! And I still have my Collect Sword!’

It didn’t matter if it was a combination charge attack.
I could still absorb it with the sword!
And so the fiery aura started to get sucked into the blade.

“Burning Arrow Storm!”

‘Collect Burst Katenrooooouu!!’

I knew that the old man would try and attack me!
As combination charge attacks were generally more powerful that fused charge attacks, the arrows would not break through the fire and reach me!
And since I was holding Satomi’s arms so he wouldn’t let go, he would get hit right back with his combination charge attack!
Touch an idol’s body and you will get burned!

Now the only remaining enemy was the old man…!
When Katenrou was finished activating, I had to immediately hold up Collect Shield.
The only attacks the old man had left were Sky Tear and I’m Arrow.
So it was very possible that he could combine them and come shooting at me as an arrow!

He also had Warp Arrow left.
So I didn’t know which direction he would come from…!
Right now, Burning Arrow Storm was making a lot of noise, but once it settled down, I would listen carefully and find out which side he would come flying from, and activate the shield’s charge attack, Cosmos Guard!
Now that my armor was damaged, I could not get hit by a fused charge attack.
If I did, I would lose…!

Now, Burning Arrow Storm and Katenrou were about to finish.
The next moment would determine the outcome of the battle…!


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The-the old man suddenly appeared through the explosion and grabbed onto me!
Why was he able to move here…!?
Burning Arrow Storm had only just finished…
I had only just finished activating Katenrou, and wasn’t able to switch back the shield yet!

Could it be that while they were both charge attacks, Katenrou just remained activated for longer…?
No, but even then…

I would have attacked you from behind, but it was easier to warp with precision this way.”

So he had fused Sky Tear and Warp Arrow!
In other words, Warp Sky Tear!
By accelerating Warp Arrow, he was able to warp before the final Burning Arrow Storm arrow landed!
Due to the explosion, I wasn’t able to hear the Warp Sky Tear arrow hit the ground, and the smoke covered everything…!

But, why did he need to wrap his arms around me…!?
And also…we started spinning around…!?

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It was a ridiculously risky move, but it seemed like it had paid off.
Garbow went into cooldown after the combination charge attack, Necoco disappeared, and Satomi had burned up.
My mind went blank.
And so I wondered if I couldn’t do something with Burning Arrow Storm.
I had no other ideas for my next move.

But in the end, by having my allies die so that I was solo again, I was able to regain my calm.
And realizing what I had left and the situation they had created for me, I thought of a crazy plan.
Something I would usually never do… A zero distance attack.

Upon seeing Satomi use Katenrou, which he had previously said was hard to aim, I was impressed at his method for dealing with that problem.

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Ultimately, his plan had failed, but I inherited that idea.
While it had superb force, I’m Arrow wasn’t the most accurate, since I myself would be spinning.
But that wouldn’t be the case if I was holding onto the target…
After all, the attack would affect everything I touched.
And so it would do damage if I held onto her…I think.

And perhaps I could combine it with a different charge attack…
But there were limits to arrow fusion.
In general, powerful charge attacks could not be combined with skills that increased the number of arrows.
I couldn’t multiply myself by fusing I’m Arrow and Arrow Storm, and I couldn’t warp in multiple places by fusing Warp Arrow and Multi-shot.

However, if it was two charge attacks that created one arrow…you could combine them.
In other words, it was possible to fuse Sky Tear and Warp Arrow to create Warp Sky Tear.
And the fused charge attack I just activated was I’m Arrow + Indra’s Arrow!
I had turned into an arrow, rose high into the air, and come back down, while enveloped in the power of lightning…!

My entire body would now deal a tremendous amount of damage.
Whatever attacks Charin was capable of would do nothing to me now.
In fact, I was holding her arms down, so she wouldn’t even be able to attack.
While I might have looked like a degenerate…it was to win!
The burden of victory was all on me!

I would defeat Charin with this…!
This…uh, what should I call this fused charge attack…
I’m Indra’s Arrow was too straightforward, and didn’t sound cool.
A special name that was appropriate for the final battle of the constellation trials…
And a name that immediately told you what the charge attack was…


Like the stars that shine in the sky!
Charin and I rotated at a high speed, becoming a light that rose high into the air.

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