his parents, either, that was for sure.
He had lost a fundamental reverence for each and every life as sacred and worthy after watching his parents die, for their lives were sacred and worthy and ended while the lives of villains continued on.
And now, as an undead, this mindset was even more prominent.
But these were thoughts relevant for another time. Aldrich put a green energy wreathed hand on the Alpha Striker ’s head.
”Serve, ” he said.
[Mana: 93/93] 88/93]
Tendrils of bright green flowed into the Alpha Striker, causing its corpse to shudder before it slowly stood back on his four legs. The gaping chest wound from Valera ’s shield was still visible on its stomach, splitting it open down the middle and exposing its organs. It had no eyes, either, but all of these wounds would regenerate over time in Aldrich ’s presence.
[Alpha Striker Lvl 7 reanimated]
[Units controlled: 7/8 ] 8/8]
Aldrich obtained information about the Striker. He noted that he did not know the precise stats of reanimated Variants. No specific status screen detailed their abilities in numbers and words. He just had a feel of how strong they were and what powers they could use.
Based on this general feel, reanimated Variants were given a ’level ’ approximating their combat ability, but Aldrich knew that this level was not entirely accurate. It overly favored physical stats and combat powers and did not consider the utility of non-combat abilities.
Aldrich theorized that Variants had no status related information aside from their level because they did not fit neatly into the game mechanics of Elden World. He imagined this would be similar with reanimated Alters, too.
”I see. So, you had a power that enhanced your muscles, shockwave generation, and Alter detection smell, ” said Aldrich. He noted that Variants above the E-rank were notable for having multiple powers. He figured this Alpha Striker was solidly D-rank. ”Good, then that confirms that most Alters with detection abilities can ’t see through stealth. ”
Alters, or any living being that possessed Alter Cells and Organs possessed a unique energy signature, and the higher their cell count, the stronger this signature was. By sequencing this energy signature by wavelength and unique flow patterns, the Alterhuman Agency could maintain a database of existing Alters and their powers.
Alters that used powers that concealed themselves concealed not only their physical appearance, but the emanation of this energy signature. This made them undetectable by any conventional form of Alter detecting technology.
The only way to see past concealment sourced via Alter powers was to use detection sourced through Alter powers. However, detection-based powers were far rarer than concealment-based ones, making this Alpha Striker and its smell quite the useful ability.
Aldrich stood up, and the Alpha Striker nuzzled its large head into his hand for a head pat.
”Valera, ” said Aldrich. He turned to see Valera staring at the Alpha Striker with envy. ”You can drain the rest of these corpses. ”
”Yes, master, ” said Valera as she gave the Alpha Striker a powerful leer that made the monster, even without eyes, shudder and feel danger, breaking off from Aldrich.
Valera raised her hand into the air and closed a gauntleted fist together with a metallic click. The ten Striker corpses around her shook before blood flowed out from them, gathering around her and strengthening the sphere of crimson around her.
This was [Crimson Furnace], a signature ability of Valera ’s. Any unit she killed had their blood drained and formed into a barrier around her. Any damage she took also transferred blood to this barrier, making her tankier and tankier over time and especially durable the lower her health was.
In addition, the barrier was specialized to defend against magic and energy based attacks where her own body was specialized for taking physical blows, making her defense well balanced.
Offensively, the barrier could be ignited and turned into a massive omni-directional explosion around her based off how much damage it had soaked and absorbed. In the case that Valera was at 10% HP, the damage was doubled, making it a one-time super attack.
Or utility wise, it could be drained to heal her, though at a less efficient rate than consuming blood for healing directly.
”Alright, ” said Aldrich as he saw Valera ’s barrier solidify, turning into a shell of deep crimson red. ”We should move on-, ”
Aldrich paused, getting a danger signal from the Evil Eye.
He immediately linked his sight with the Evil Eye and saw something that made him hold his breath.
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