A look of disbelief appeared on the face of the masked Jeolyeonggaek.
I had confidence.
Even if the opponent is a top 100-level expert, he can easily deal with it.
No, you can overcome them and overwhelm them.
However, I did not think that I could possibly win against the young Hu Ji-su who was chasing after me.
The sword energy poured out in bunches and swept wildly up, down, left and right.
If I didn’t focus all my attention on dodging, I felt like my body would be torn apart at any moment.
I couldn’t even dream of a counterattack.
‘Didn’t you say that Heavenly Dragon’s age is twenty-one this year?’
This is the extent of the inaction of a young man who has just passed the terms and conditions.
I couldn’t believe it even when I saw it with my own eyes.
It was such an incredible achievement that one wonders if there has ever been another monster like this in the history of Moorim.
‘Damn it. If things continue like this, it won’t be long before we get caught.’
After being conflicted for a moment, he changed his escape route.
He then took out two light gray beads from his pocket and threw them behind him.
The beads exploded and cloudy smoke spread out.
Yeonsun, who was quickly closing the gap with Jeolyeonggaek, tilted his head.
This time, it was not poisonous smoke, but a simple smokescreen.
‘You know this tactic won’t work on me.’
He took out a thin needle from his pocket.
White brain energy clumped together on the surface of the needle, forming a sphere.
The moment he lets go of the needle.
A large circular passage was formed in the middle of the smoke-filled space.
Then, an explosion of drinking engulfed the area.
* * *
The condensed brain energy was carried on a needle made of whole iron.
A special order item commissioned to be produced by the most outstanding Yajang (冶匠) in Sacheon.
When I used it in practice, I found it to be very useful.
Since the condensed brain energy could be used as a means of long-distance attack, chase warfare could not be more convenient.
‘As the distance limit has increased, the range of tactics will naturally widen.’
As expected, the longer the needle stayed in the air, the less powerful the attack was.
This was unavoidable since the brain energy itself basically had the tendency to spread.
However, the advantages were so overwhelming that even the disadvantages were overshadowed.
In the first place, the decrease in power was only a relative story.
‘Even absolute experts felt threatened by the condensed brain energy. There is nothing more to say if you are a 100-year-old expert.’
The current situation of unilaterally pushing the leader of the octagon was proving that.
If I had to point out one thing that was disappointing, it would be that the attack was too linear, making it easy to read the trajectory.
‘I guess I’ll have to take the time later to learn some appropriate cancer skills.’
A needle engulfed in white electricity flew through the smoke screen and stuck in Jeolyeonggaek’s back plate.
A tremendous explosion engulfed the entire area.
I stared at the source of the binge with a slightly surprised face.
A black, charred robe came into view.
However, the body of Jeolyeonggaek, who should have been wrapped in blood, was nowhere to be seen.
I immediately looked around, and before I knew it, the back of Jeolyounggaek, who was running away in the distance, came into view.
His muscular upper body, covered in various tattoos, was clearly visible.
It didn’t take long to understand the situation.
‘They blocked my view with a smokescreen and used puppetry to trick me into thinking.’
I never thought that a puppeteer could be used in this way.
I wasn’t fooling my senses simply by manipulating clothes.
By channeling his inner energy, he overlaid the blood and wind with a human presence.
Even though he was my enemy, I felt pure admiration as a fellow warrior.
How many trials and errors must it have taken to devise this method and be able to use it in practice?
‘But I don’t plan on letting you go easily.’
Although the distance increased, it was not a problem to catch up if the ghost ball was deployed to the extreme.
He kicked off the tree branch again and launched the new model in the direction of Jeolyeong-gaek.
The moment when the distance between each other narrowed to about three feet.
I started to pressure my opponent by spraying Wolyeonggeom’s Jeolcho in earnest.
The twentieth herbivorous month.
Dozens of strands of sword energy poured down like rain and hit Jeolyeonggaek.
Gritting his teeth, Jeolyounggaek turned around and swung the deformed weapon in both hands to block the attack.
I took advantage of that gap and immediately dived into the opponent’s gap.
The fifth herbivorous half moon.
The sword, which was rising in a gentle curve, suddenly fell down and aimed at the top of the opponent’s head.
Jeolyeonggaek urgently lifted the crossed daggers above his head to parry the attack.
A sharp metal sound rang out.
* * *
“I missed it.”
“It’s unfortunate. “If only we had completed the siege a little faster…”
“I could have captured it accurately, but I let it go on purpose.”
“…What does that mean?”
“I’ll explain as we go.”
Yuhwageom, an elder of the Shaman faction, looked at me with a questioning expression.
Instead of answering her questions, I recovered all the needles that had been thrown away while chasing Jeolyounggaek.
It was an item made entirely of iron.
Each one had a value that could not be ignored.
It was better to retrieve it while it was still possible.
After gathering the party and reorganizing, the pursuit resumed.
Changin Dojang, who had difficulty moving due to the aftereffects of poisoning, was carried on the back of Changgyeom Dojang, the eldest son of Jeomchang Ohgeom.
“Why did you let him go?”
Yuhwageom asked me as if he were representing the curiosity of the rest of the group.
I looked back at her with a smiling face and asked.
“Why do you think he appeared in front of us alone?”
“Probably to buy time for his subordinates to escape.”
“My thoughts are the same as yours.”
“…It was something like that.”
As expected from an elder of a large sect, he was quick-witted.
It seemed like he immediately realized what my intention was.
“what do you mean? “Please tell me in more detail.”
Changyeon Dojang, the second of the five swords of Jeomchang, approached the side and spoke.
I nodded and continued my explanation.
“Don’t you think it’s strange? A person who would have been useless even if he was hiding, instead attacked him. And that too, alone, without a single subordinate.”
“Now that I think about it…”
“There was probably a hiding place for demonic cultists in the direction we were heading.”
If the other person did something incomprehensible, there was bound to be a reason for it.
It was highly likely that the reason Jeolyeonggaek carried out the attack alone was to buy time, as Yuhwageom said.
“It is correct to say that the tracking route set by Tang Sozhe happened to coincide and that the demon cultists were wary of our movements.”
“okay. Currently, nearly half of them are injured due to a battle with warriors of the Harel tribe. “It would be difficult to fight against us or run away.”
Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, Jeol Young-gaek ordered his subordinates to abandon their hiding place and flee, while he himself attempted to apprehend the pursuers.
If it weren’t for me, who had mastered the hand sound technique, there was a high possibility that the tracking team would have been stranded for a long time, wary of an invisible enemy.
‘The moment I became convinced was when Jeolyounggaek suddenly changed his escape route.’
The reason why he suddenly changed direction after running away well was simple.
That’s probably what he thought.
If you join your subordinates like this, you will be massacred.
I have no choice but to somehow fend off the chase on my own and then head to the confluence point.
“I judged that there was a high possibility that the demonic cultists under my command would not be able to find him even if we went out of our way to chase him.”
“I know what you’re talking about, but wouldn’t it be a shame to let him go?”
“You don’t have to worry so much. “I buried the incense of admiration.”
“I used the Tang family’s Cheonrichujonghyang (千里追從香).”
“If you follow the scent, finding out the location of the demon cultists is not a problem. Now all that remains is to build a siege and apply pressure.”
The remaining incense sticks that were previously used on Yeongeumdaewon were buried in Jeolyeonggaek during the battle.
With this, it could be said that the preparations to completely defeat the demonic cultists were fully prepared.
Changyeon Dojang said with a burdened look in his eyes.
“That’s amazing. “I can’t believe you thought that far in such a short amount of time.”
“That’s too much praise.”
I spoke appropriately humbly and took the lead and led the way.
The injured Changin Dojang moved to the center of the formation, and Tang Seoyeon naturally followed next to me.
It was a natural arrangement.
Among the group, the only ones who could distinguish the smell of Cheonrichujanghyang were me and Tang Seo-yeon.
“Wouldn’t it be a good idea to set off fireworks at this point? “If you are going to form a siege network, it would be better to have more people.”
“It’s not that I haven’t thought about it, but I thought it would be troublesome if the demon cultists discovered our intentions. “I guess fireworks are too conspicuous.”
“It might be better to take advantage of a surprise attack.”
“There will be no shortage of power. Each and every person here is talented. Besides, aren’t there many wounded on the enemy side?”
After a short conversation, an awkward silence fell.
I frowned slightly and scratched my cheek with my index finger.
I felt somewhat frustrated.
After achieving transformation, there was a strange change in Tang Seoyeon’s attitude towards me.
It was difficult to explain what kind of change it was.
Even I, the person involved, couldn’t clearly see what had changed.
‘Am I being too sensitive?’
Clearly something had changed, but I couldn’t pinpoint it.
That ambiguous sensation gave me a very unpleasant feeling.
I glance to the side and think for a moment.
To lighten the mood, I sent a message to Tang Seo-yeon.
-Now that I think about it, quite a bit of time has passed since that day.
-What do you mean by that day?
-The day Sojeo achieved transformation.
-Don’t you think you need me?
An instant of embarrassment appeared on Tang Seo-yeon’s face.
She suddenly turned her head and stared at me with her rabbit eyes.
Perhaps because of the heat, both cheeks were flushed red.
-What do you mean?
-As several months have passed, waste and turbidity must have accumulated in Sojeo’s bloodstream again.
-If you need my help, please let me know anytime. I’ll give you my time.
Tang Seo-yeon’s expression cooled down.
At times he seemed relieved, at times he seemed disappointed.
She sighed softly.
I tilted my head and looked away from her.
‘Did I say something wrong?’
I couldn’t figure out why she suddenly felt uncomfortable.
I looked back on the conversation we had earlier, but there was nothing that bothered me.
‘I don’t know.’
I shook my head and quickened my pace.
When thoughts were complicated, it was best to focus on the task at hand.
‘For now, let’s focus on subduing the demonic cultists.’