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[F08-PP] Dragon Hunter Anthology - Dragon Hunt 8: the Sapphire Hatchling


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Beat grinned at the dragon swimming in the middle of the lake and braced himself as Shield coerced the scaly creature from the water. The duo's timing had been beaten into both of them and it definitely showed in moments like these. Without a second thought, Beat dashed in behind the Dragonling and was flanking it in mid air just as it had righted itself from its collision with Shield's defense. 

"ORRAAA!" Beat shouted as he threw his signature sword art with all of his might, the dragon turning at the worst possible moment and taking the full force of the blow directly in the jaw. The mythical creature screeched as it flew though the air, it's body wreathed in constricting ice and electricity for the dual effect of his handwraps. The effect caused the creature fall like a stone to the ground, leaving it unable to move an inch as it whimpered pathetically, evoking a small twinge of sympathy from the martial artist. 

Too bad we have to kill these things...that prize better be worth it.

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Action: All Might + Charge(4) - 17 EP, +1 EP

Concentration CD: 3/5

ID# 91669: BD: 10 + 4 -2 = 12 = Crit + 2

All Might: 21 * 15 = 315 - 70 = 245 + Paralyze + Freeze

[H:6] Shield - HP: 1204/1205: EP: 90/116 | DMG: 1 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 166 | BH:66 | THN: 60 | REC: 6

[H:2] Beat: HP: 498/810   Energy: 37/78   Dmg: 15   Acc: 4   Eva: 0   Mit: 18  [+3 LD]

<Dagahra> HP: 145/450 - MIT: 70 - ACC: 3 - EVA: 2 - DMG: 130 - ID# 91667 results: Craft: 10 [Recovery Proc: +6 EN] MOB: 4 [4+1+3=8 - Hit! 130-166=1 dmg - THN: 60 dmg

<<Sumerge>> : After being hit, if next roll is LD: 15+ boss will submerge and heal 50 HP, adding -1 penalty to be hit on that post.

 

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The dragonling was already beginning to crack its way out of its icy prison. Shield took advantage of the moment to send another hot batch of energy Beat's direction. Their enemy was not on the ground long, quickly shattering its way out of the ice and flailing its way into the water. As soon as it was back in its element once again, it turned over and dipped below the surface, disappearing from sight. Shield could, however, still see the health gauge, and he frowned as he saw it tick back up a little way.

"Well, that's certainly annoying," he said, standing back to allow Beat a better view. "It won't take much more to finish him off, but good luck getting a solid hit in."

Though the faint outline of the dragon could occasionally be seen below the surface, the water did not even seem to move out of its way. It simply slid through unhindered, as if made of water itself. Shield wondered if that was why being in the water seemed to heal it.

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Passive: [+1 EN] Battle Healing: [+61 HP]

Action: Energize > Beat [Shield: -10 EN, Beat: +8 EN]

[H:6] Shield - HP: 1205/1205: EP: 86/116 | DMG: 1 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 166 | BH:66 | THN: 60 | REC: 6

[H:0] Beat: HP: 498/810   Energy: 45/78   Dmg: 15   Acc: 4   Eva: 0   Mit: 18  [+3 LD]

<Dagahra> HP: 195/450 - MIT: 70 - ACC: 3 - EVA: 2 [+1 Temp] - DMG: 130 - ID# 91670 results: Craft: 6 [Recovery Proc: +6 EN] Loot: 17 [Submerge procs, +50 HP] MOB: 10 - Disregarded due to Para/Freeze

<<Submerge>> : After being hit, if next roll is LD: 15+ boss will submerge and heal 50 HP, adding -1 penalty to be hit on that post.

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Beat's brow furrowed as the dragon managed to escape its icy prison faster than most mobs had in the past. The dual freeze and paralysis effect of his handwraps were beginning to feel like something of a signature attack for him, so for the dragonling to shrug it off was slight hit to his pride. Once the creature broke out, Beat began to move, but it beat him to the water and had just regained it's health as the loud slash of water and muffled explosion erupted from the water as the martial artist drove his charged fist into the water and collided violently with the creature's head. 

"No you don't!" He shouted as the creature squealed again, easily heard in the moments before the water returned to fill in the hole Beat's attack had made in its silver waters. Beat stood over the creature in the shallow portion of the lake, waiting for his next chance to end their fight, intense focus in his eyes. 

"Best say your prayers now..." 

 

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Action: All Might |  - 17 EP, +1 EP

Concentration CD: 5/5 off cool down

ID# 91700: BD: 10 + 4 -2 = 12 = Crit + 2

All Might: 17 * 15 = 255 - 70 = 185 + Paralyze + Freeze

[H:6] Shield - HP: 1205/1205: EP: 86/116 | DMG: 1 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 166 | BH:66 | THN: 60 | REC: 6

[H:2] Beat: HP: 498/810   Energy: 29/78   Dmg: 15   Acc: 4   Eva: 0   Mit: 18  [+3 LD]

<Dagahra> HP: 195/450 - MIT: 70 - ACC: 3 - EVA: 2 [+1 Temp] - DMG: 130 - ID# 91670 results: Craft: 6 [Recovery Proc: +6 EN] Loot: 17 [Submerge procs, +50 HP] MOB: 10 - Disregarded due to Para/Freeze

<<Submerge>> : After being hit, if next roll is LD: 15+ boss will submerge and heal 50 HP, adding -1 penalty to be hit on that post.

 

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Passive: [+1 EN]

Action: Attacking Dragon - Miss [-2 EN]

H:6] Shield - HP: 1205/1205: EP: 85/116 | DMG: 1 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 166 | BH:66 | THN: 60 | REC: 6 - ID# 91726 results: Battle: 3 [Miss] Craft: 5 [No Recovery] Loot: 16 [Submerge]

[H:2] Beat: HP: 498/810   Energy: 29/78   Dmg: 15   Acc: 4   Eva: 0   Mit: 18  [+3 LD]

<Dagahra> HP: 60/450 - MIT: 70 - ACC: 3 - EVA: 2 [+1 Temp] - DMG: 130

<<Submerge>> : After being hit, if next roll is LD: 15+ boss will submerge and heal 50 HP, adding -1 penalty to be hit on that post.

Shield was not the strongest player offensively, so normally, he knew that he had no chance of bringing down any foes with a mundane sword. However, he knew the enhancements well enough to know that freeze allowed bonus damage to the next hit. If he could get in a quick swing, he might be able to catch it off-guard before it could recover. Unfortunately, as he went to sink his sword into the little blue scaled dragon, all his blade managed to do was break ice away from it. Shards of the stuff splintered away in the water and vanished, and with a flick of its tail, the little boss managed to slip deeper into the concealing waters.

"That's what I get for trying to mix things up," he sighed, tucking his blade back into the armband of his shield. "I'll let you have it then."

In all reality, it had only been a sense of rivalry that had pushed him to attack in the first place. It had been some time since he had been able to jack one of Beat's kills in any meaningful way.

Next time.

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Beat's face took on a wry smile as he watched Shield attempt to [censored] his kill. He couldn't help being reminded of their days in Crossreign where Shield probably would have managed the steal and Beat would have immediately challenged him to a duel. He couldn't say he didn't miss those days and he was saddened somewhat by the gravity that Sword Art Online, for all of its promise and richness, was truly no longer a game. The submerging dragonling snapped Beat out of his nostalgic haze and he cackled at Shield as he watched the health bar on the boss tick up a fair amount. 

"Aww so close! Tooo bad!" Beat shouted mockingly as he plunged his hand into the water and wrenched the creature up by the tail. The boss monster squealed as Beat's free hand glowed ominously, "To be fair, you were dead the moment we started hunting you." With that, Beat's hand flew through the creature's next and the entire body shattered into red pixels, declaring their victory. 

"Better luck next time Mr. Tank." Beat said joyfully, as he looked around for the gem they had come to collect. It was hard to notice that his mood was much brighter then it had been since they had embarked on their quest. 

 

 

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Action: Acupuncture | -10 EP, +1 EP

ID# 91759: BD: 6+4-3= 7 = hit

9 * 15 = 135 - 70 = 65

H:6] Shield - HP: 1205/1205: EP: 85/116 | DMG: 1 | EVA: -1 | MIT: 166 | BH:66 | THN: 60 | REC: 6 - ID# 91726 results: Battle: 3 [Miss] Craft: 5 [No Recovery] Loot: 16 [Submerge]

[H:2] Beat: HP: 498/810   Energy: 20/78   Dmg: 15   Acc: 4   Eva: 0   Mit: 18  [+3 LD]

<Dagahra> HP: 0/450 - MIT: 70 - ACC: 3 - EVA: 2 [+1 Temp] - DMG: 130

<<Submerge>> : After being hit, if next roll is LD: 15+ boss will submerge and heal 50 HP, adding -1 penalty to be hit on that post

 

 

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"Wouldn't be fun if I didn't try now and then," Shield said.

He nodded matter of factly and took a seat by the edge of the lake, looking out across the surface and taking a deep breath. It had been a long time since the two of them had been out adventuring, and they both knew it. There was no sense hammering home that point just yet.

"So what do you think is at the end of it?" Shield asked, glancing back at Beat. "We've squashed eight of these buggers so far, and with the exception of when I solo'd the first couple without proper offense, none of them posed any real challenge. Are we just over-leveled for them, or were these meant to be a middle difficulty set of encounters?"

It was interesting timing that this was the floor where their quarry had resided at this exact time in their friendship. Ariel had carried them through a boss quest on this very floor when they first started pushing their levels. Now they were back, but they were now powerhouses for Aincrad. There was something poetic about it. There was also something a little sad. Things were different now, and Shield did not yet know why.

It will come out when it needs to.

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"I suppose someone has to keep me on my toes eh?" Neat said with a light chuckle and a long, relaxed sigh. He casually walked around, his eyes scanning for the jewel that had accompanied each of the dragonlings before the one they had just finished off, "Hmm, maybe it's not here...I suppose that would be a good way to increas-Hey! Shield!" Beat stopped short as a brilliant blue shimmer caught his eye from behind a group of bushes. He made his way through them and found the gem they sought as well as the treasure chest it sat on top of. 

"Woah...it's been a while since we found one of these. I think the last found we found we had finished smashing that rock for my martial arts skill..." 

Beat admired the chest as he stashed the fist sized sapphire into his inventory, noting how different the chest looked from the one they had found before, despite how long ago that day really was, "Takes you back doesn't it?" he said to Shield with a smile. 

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Rolling for treasure chest

 

ID# 91801: LD: 13+3+1 = 17 = Chest Found!

 

 

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Opening Chest [Using Golden Key - +2 bonus]

ID# 91802 LD:15+2=17 CD:8 1,200 Col, 8 T1 Materials, 2 T1 Rare Consumables, 1 T1 Perfect Armor/Shield

"A little," Shield said, giving a sort of half shrug. "I've found a number of them while exploring up on floor twenty one, so maybe not quite as nostalgic for me, but I believe you're right about the time when we first found one." He fished through his menus, opening up his shop inventory to shuffle some Col and an item around. A moment later, he produced a small, golden key. "I've developed a few tricks since then."

He knelt down beside the chest, tapping the key to the lock. Immediately, the lid popped open, prompting a loot drop window. Shield thumbed through the contents. The look in his face was steady and calm, with no real indicators of great finds.

"Looks like it's floor-appropriate treasure," Shield said with a sigh. "A little bit of Col, but for the most part, nothing spectacular." He stored the items away, and the chest burst into shards, like anything that had its durability or health depleted. Straightening up, he turned back to Beat. "On to the next floor?"

 

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- Quest Rewards -

- All -
+3 SP [+2 Quest, +1 Thread Length]

<Dagahra’s Sapphire> [Vanity Quest Item]

 

- Shield -
+1750 Col
+T1 Perfect Light Armor
+2 T1 Rare Consumables

- Beat -
+750 Col
+8 T1 Materials

 

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