Chapter 41. A Springboard To Get Stronger (1)
After Darling removed the remains of the female transformation potion from her hand, she offered another potion to Krasue,
“This potion will transform your appearance. Its effect lasts for a week, since it is a special product made by me recently. You will not be discovered by any magic or test in that period.”
He had clearly seen the first potion, so it was unlikely that she would offer him the same.
Krasue, who accepted the potion, checked it.
“Do you want me to disguise my identity?”
“You can participate simply as a commoner of the kingdom.”
That’s how he always felt in his past life.
“By the way, you’ll like the appearance. It matches your personality.”
Krasue paid no attention to these last words from her. What mattered to him was that apparently with this he could participate in the martial arts tournament.
‘It’s the ideal time to go there.’
To strengthen the Extreme Blood Poisoning, he needed to absorb even more power from the erosion of the world.
The lawless area between the borders of the Staron Kingdom and the Ephania Empire had a lot of erosion, so if he had time, he could stop by there and absorb the power.
Suddenly, Darling asked with a soft smile,
“Do you see yourself with a chance of finishing in the top three?”
Krasue until recently was known as Valheim’s good-for-nothing. How could such a person place in the top three in a martial arts tournament held on a large scale in the empire?
The truth was that it sounded absurd. However, Krasue was no longer the same.
“It will be a piece of cake, only young people who are not guaranteed to enter the academy will compete in that tournament.”
Those who would definitely enter the Rachellene Academy had no reason to appear in the martial arts tournament, as they were focused on the exams that awaited them at the academy.
Unfortunately for Krasue, this meant that few of the participants would have a contract with a deity.
‘First of all, there are not that many who have made a contract with a deity.’
The Valheim Family was an extremely special case, as in the ordinary noble family approximately one in five descendants had a contract with a deity.
For that reason, Krasue needed to attend Rachellene Academy even more. That place will be filled with individuals with skills.
Krasue was also sure that he would win the martial arts tournament because he would only face teenagers under the age of fifteen.
“I’ll be fourteen when the tournament takes place. I won’t lose to children.”
He could crush them no matter how talented they were, since in experience he was still far superior to them.
In fact, that’s how Krasue was able to stand up to Anix.
Unless he crossed paths with someone as talented as Charlotte, Krasue was confident that he could defeat any member of the Azure Sky Order at this point.
“At fourteen you will still be a child. In contrast, I’ll soon turn sixteen, so I am no longer a child.”
Darling, whose eye makeup had become more pronounced lately, smirked and called herself an adult.
Krasue felt sorry for her.
Children are the only ones who like to be grown up. In that sense, she was still a child.
“Well, you can go now.”
“Don’t be like that. Since I’ve come all this way, I’d like to stay and play with you.”
“You’re an adult, so you shouldn’t play with a child.”
“Huh, way to use my words against me.”
As Krasue was trying to throw her out, the front door creaked open. When Krasue turned his head at the sound of the door, Bianca was there.
Bianca turned her head away from the door, looked at the two of them for a moment and murmured,
“… An affair?”
‘Where did she learn that?’
Krasue seriously thought that he would have to control the mouth of the maid who used to chat with Bianca.
A few months later. At the Green Pine Lodge training ground, Krasue stood with a sword in his hand, and Crimson Garden in front of him.
Although his eyes were clearly closed, Krasue perceived more information through his aura than with his eyes.
All thanks to the sixth sense he had obtained from a secret art.
He hadn’t improved much in terms of the poor range in which he could extend his aura. However, the amount of information he perceived was immense compared to before.
At that moment, Krasue felt a presence near his left ear.
No matter what it was, he quickly swept across that space with the sword.
What appeared there was a wind blade.
As incredible as it may seem, Krasue’s sword had occupied the space before the wind blade had even formed. If he hadn’t moved his sword before the wind blade appeared, he wouldn’t have been able to block it in the first place.
Krasue felt another presence near his waist.
Krasue’s sword once again occupied the space in advance and blocked the wind blade.
In fact, it was an almost prescient move.
Swish! Swish! Swish! Swish!
Krasue didn’t stop. His sword was repeatedly faster than the wind blades could form.
However, Krasue was in a terrible state.
His breathing was very agitated, and his arms were shaking harder than ever.
His entire body was drenched in sweat. It was evident that at any moment he would collapse from exhaustion.
Just as Crimson Garden’s voice was heard, the wind blades stopped.
Krasue let out a heavy sigh and dropped to the ground.
“Huff. Huff. Huff.”
Desperate to get oxygen into his lungs, Krasue opened his mouth as wide as he could.
Crimson Garden laughed as she watched him like this.
“That sixth sense of yours surprises me. I’m also impressed by how your swordsmanship improves thanks to all that experience you’ve accumulated.”
What Krasue had just done was push his sixth sense to the limit, then read the opponent’s intentions, and finally counteract his moves in advance with the unbreakable sword.
Crimson Garden, who had been training Krasue in the unbreakable sword, had realized that he was more suited to this swordsmanship than she had expected.
There were conditions to use the unbreakable sword. First, do not be afraid and second, read the opponent’s intentions perfectly. These two points were more important than swordsmanship itself, both of which could only be acquired through experience, not talent.
Crimson Garden smiled and perched on Krasue.
“In this swordsmanship you really excel. Your innate insight combined with your sixth sense results in a form close to foresight.”
It was his insight, experience, and sixth sense that allowed Krasue to step into the unbreakable sword.
It was certainly formidable swordsmanship, but Krasue had an obvious problem.
“Fuck, my body sucks. No matter how much I can predict my opponent’s every move, my body can’t keep up.”
The unbreakable sword, which can be seen slow from the opponent’s vision, was a swordsmanship in which all of the opponent’s attacks were ceaselessly neutralized in order to achieve mastery of space.
As a result, the opponent is forced to watch helplessly as the sword slowly approaches their person.
That was the unbreakable sword.
But if he couldn’t stop the attacks, the rest was meaningless.
As proof, Krasue nearly collapsed because he had overused his muscles to block the wind blades.
His body couldn’t keep up with his anticipation.
‘I guess this is the limit of someone with no talent.’
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