Data.188 – Another Perspective: Wounded Beast

“Beast Claw Chain Attack!”

A chain of desperate scratch attacks assaulted Cymba.

It was impossible to dodge them in the narrow and dark pit.

He had no choice but to try and block them with his weapons.

(Tsk… I cant make use of my speed while in this hole! So I have no choice but to resort to exchanging blows. But I dislike this sort of filthy way of fighting!)

Cymbas real job was the special 3rd jobSonic Ninja, which allowed him to move with the speed and power of sound and unleash his attacks.

Sound attacks were invisible, echoed, and had special features like the ability to pierce armor, but in terms of pure firepower, they were not very strong.

And while the cymbal-shaped shurikens were easy to throw, they werent the best weapons to fight with.

In that case, perhaps he could use sound attacks at close range… But there was a problem.

The attacks would echo everywhere in this small space and could kill him as well.

So he would be limited to attacks that didnt have an echo effect.

Necoco had been enraged as she pulled Cymba into the hole. But she was also acting with careful thought.

However, there was one hole in her plan.

(But you will be held back by the speed limit as well…kitten!)

Yes, Necoco was also a classic speed type.

The very memorable Invisible Catwalk could only be activated when she was running at top speed.

But the pit was so small that she wouldnt even be able to walk fast.

As for firepower…as had been pointed out during the Mad Slime CORE fight, she needed thunder buffs and Dual Claws or she would be below average.

In Cymbas mind, Necoco had wanted to push the enemy into a corner so badly that she had pushed herself into the corner as well.

(In a battle of pure strength, your attack status will decide everything… Neither of us are very strong there, but between us… I should have higher attack ability! Because of the difference in speed! The kitten is faster! If she excels in one thing, then it should be the opposite for everything else!)

Cymba smiled.

His eyes were getting used to the darkness.

Now he would go in for the attack.

“Sonic Vibration Blade!”

Through high-speed vibrations, the edges became sharp like blades.

“And Sonic Metal Light!”

And then the surface of the cymbals began to shine like a diamond.

Through this diamond coating, he raised the durability of his weapons.

“It was a good idea to drop me into a pit! But we are so alike! If anything, your weaknesses are enhanced down here! Now eat this!”

The muscles on Cymbas arms began to bulge out…!

It was a general purpose charge attack that could be activated regardless of what kind of weapon he had…!

A simple effect that allowed him to hit the enemy with force alone…!


“Thunder Claws…”

Necocos claws thrashed upwards and easily blocked the cymbals that came down.

Not only that, but the sheer power of it caused the cymbals to fly out of his hands and fall to the ground.

“Wh-what is this power!? Even if its not the best charge attack, I used two buff skills…”

“…Dual Claws!”

There were two levels to Necocos charge attack.

And so the counterattack that came slashed into Cymbas body.

However, it wasnt his neck, but his torso.

The hardest part of a player who still had armor that was in a good state.

Not only would this fail to be lethal, it shouldnt even be close…

“Th-this makes no sense! You are clearly stronger than you were when the battle began…! A charge attack like that shouldnt have taken so much of my HP and my armors durability…!”

It was clear to anyone with eyes.

With just one hit, there was a deep cut in Cymbas armor, and it no longer functioned as protective gear.

His HP had also been reduced dramatically, and he would not be able to fight unless he recovered it.

“What did you do!? Tell me… Nevermind! My fate is already decided! I have nothing to say or hear! Do it!”

“Thunder Claw!”

Claws enveloped in thunder slashed at Cymbas neck.

Thunder Claw was a basic skill, but it did a lot of damage.

And it was enough to take away the remainder of Cymbas HP.

“The sudden rise in attack ability… I think I know the reason. But I wont say it. So there is no need to tell me, kitten. Women should have their secrets… Also, Im sorry. For digging into that old wound…”

“I know in my head that it cannot be helped that people bring it up…! Its only natural for people to make jokes when a professional makes a mistake. I understand that…! But my heart rejects it! And I have to be more calm…!”

“Hehehe… The heart of a girl is a strange thing… It seems that you are striving to be a cool and dry player like Macoco, but youll never catch up by doing the same thing. You must find your own style, little kitten…”

And then Cymba turned into light and disappeared.

“Ah! Sorry, Hata-chan and Pe-chan! Ill be rooting for you, so do your best!”

Only his voice echoed in the pit.

Cymba had been strong. Perhaps even stronger than Necoco…

The reason for his defeat was that he was slow to realize the effect of the fixed statusWild Life that was a part of Necocos special 3rd job, Beast Gladiator.

Wild Life was similar toSpirit, which was the fixed status for warriors. And your Attack, Magic Attack, and Speed stats rose the more damage you took.

And while they could rise tremendously, your Defense and Magic Defense dropped instead.

A wounded beast could be the most dangerous in combat, but it was still a dangerous power that could quicken your death.

Furthermore, there were special settings for Wild Life.

Normally, this effect of becoming stronger after taking damage would disappear if you healed your HP.

However, it did not with Wild Life.

Just like how healing a wound doesnt erase the fact that there was a wound, you could heal your HP and your attack ability against a target would continue to rise in proportion to how much damage the target inflicted on you.

And if the target was in a party, then it affected the whole party.

So if you took damage from one of them, then your attack ability against the others would also rise.

In this case, as Necoco had taken great damage from Petta, her attack ability against Cymba had also increased.

Wild Lifes effect would slowly decrease and eventually disappear if she did not take damage from the target, or in turn, deal damage towards the target for a long time.

A peaceful time makes you forget your anger.

Furthermore, there were limits to how high or how low your stats could change, and so the strengthening or weakening was not infinite.

There wasnt likely to be a player here who would have been able to guess all of these conditions.

However, it would not be widely known that Necoco Strange had a method for making up for her low firepower.

Up until recently, she had been targeting necks in order to hide her weakness, but now she was boldly attacking torsos.

This was one of the difficult elements of being watched during a tournament.

(He was so strong…! And since I showed one of my trump cards, a part of me cant be too happy in spite of winning… But, I will be happy! Because I won! Ill think about the next fight when the time comes…I think…)

Necoco was starting to be affected by Kyujis optimistic way of viewing things

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