~ Chapter 45: Official Duel (Part 2) ~
Without even thinking if it was a good idea or not, I called forth one of my skills.
“[Identificus Processus Juridicus].”
(General Draconian Armor): [Bounded to Draejan Andrakaryus Doesya] Draconian armor made by a Grand Master Blacksmith. Can only be bounded to one Dragon at a time. Special stats: [Increases All Stats by 25%], [Immunity to High or Low Temperatures], [Immunity to Mind Control Spells], [Increased Magic Regeneration by 10%], [Absorbs 10% of ALL incoming attacks and changes the energy into a Magic Barrier]. Special skills: [Passive: Reduced Weight 10%], [Passive: Protection Buff (Nullifies 10% of incoming Damage)], [Active: Paralyze on touch with Shock], [Active: Casts Shadows around the user], [Active: Shockwave worth of 75% of all stored absorbed energy], [Active: Telepathy with linked dragons].
This was one quirky armor. It was probably just as impressive as Seryanna's, although I had the slight feeling that hers was far more powerful. Although it didn't have any 'Active' skills, it focused more on passives and allowed the dragoness to do the rest. It was an armor specialized for her combat style. At the same time, this one was made by a Grand Master while the other by a Legendary. If the latter was an honorary title or the actual level of their skill, it remained to be seen, but judging from the given stats alone, I was inclined to believe it was a bit of both.
“I see you didn't run away. Good!” Draejan said with a smirk as he put on his helmet.
I stepped into the ring without bothering myself with armor or taking a good weapon. My luck would make sure I wasn't going to die, so what was the use of weighing myself down like that?
“Funny. I thought you were going to be the one to run away.” I mocked him.
“Impudent little human, you will be thought a very painful lesson today.” he declared, and then added “One that Earth doesn't have.” he smirked and stepped into the ring.
What did he just say? I looked at him surprised.
Even though he saw my reaction, he didn't bother to explain why he knew that name, but if I were to guess... he managed somehow to get his hands on one of the summoned humans.
“Good morning, to the both of you. For this official duel, I will be the one to judge the winner and the loser.” said a grizzled old dragon as he stepped into the ring.
He had silver scales, medium sized wings, and a pair of horns sprouting from his temples. His tail was long and covered in sharp spikes, but it was cut clean at the tip, an old wound by the looks of it. His slit eyes hid a deep note of wisdom within them, but also carried a strength that I knew in an instant far surpassed mine. This old dragon wasn't one to be recklessly challenged to a battle.
I looked at him with a raised eyebrow.
“Of course. I accept, Master Teolas.”
“Who?” I asked.
“This here is the esteemed Teolas Draegu, one of our Kingdom's Breakthrough Awakened and also the Knight Master at this Palace. By the way, I am just a couple of power levels myself from reaching this esteemed status.” Draejan explained and showed me a confident smirk.
This means he is around level 990. I thought.
“Just a few more years, and you'll become one.” Teolas said with a nod.
“Thank you.” Draejan made a polite bow in front of the dragon.
“Now, if I understood this right, you... the human, accepted this duel?” Teolas asked as he looked at me.
When he mentioned my species, everyone here began to whisper among themselves. It only annoyed me, but I replied him with a nod.
“Then, Sir Draejan, what are the conditions of this duel?” he asked as he looked over at the other dragon.
“Everything goes, but we both agreed not to kill each other.” Draejan replied.
“What does each side stand to gain from this duel?” he asked.
“If I win, this human will leave in shame from the palace and never show his face ever again in front of Sir Seryanna. If he wins, I will extend a request to the King and inquire if it may be possible to dissolve my engagement with Sir Seryanna.” he replied.
“What? You said you will break it off, not ask!” I retorted and pointed my finger at him.
“I said ask, which means inquire. Do you really think that I, a noble, would dare to use underhanded methods against one of lower birth and species?” he asked with a smirk.
“True, you boy should be glad he accepted this duel in the first place.” Teolas nodded.
“What? But he was the one to...” I stopped when I saw that silver-scaled piercing gaze.
“Watch your tone and language, human. This is Drakaria, and I am a dragon noble with royal blood flowing through my veins. IF I demand your head, I will have it. So far, I have shown you a lot of leniency. Don't make me regret it.” Draejan glared at me.
I ate my own words and glared at the ground.
I dug my own grave... I thought.
“With both sides settled on their terms, I declare this official duel as legal and ready to begin.” Teolas stated.
I clenched my fists and prepared myself to battle this dragon. I even fought against Kataryna when I was far weaker than now. There was no way I was going to lose against him! I had all the luck in the world, after all!
“Wait!” Seryanna shouted.
Draejan lifted his palm up, to let me know that he wished to wait and see what this was about.
“Sir Seryanna, a pleasure to see you again.” Draejan said with a bow.
“What's the meaning of this? Why are you and Alkelios dueling?” she asked with a glare.
“Oh my, but I merely replied to his words.” he defended himself.
“He lies.” I said simply.
There was no way Seryanna was going to listen to him over me.
“I find it hard to believe it was so, but please stop this duel at once.” she demanded.
“I'm afraid that's impossible. I declared it official just a moment ago. If you weren't late, maybe I would have put it off.” Teolas came forth and told her.
“Master... why are you here?” she asked.
“Sir Draejan asked me to oversee this duel to make sure nothing impolite happens.” he replied, then looking back at me, he added “Although, I doubt he has anything to fear... even if he kills that boy.”
“What about me?” Kataryna asked as she stepped forward.
“Hm? You? What are you doing here?” Teolas asked, and there was sudden change in his attitude.
That was shock... or maybe fear?
“I came out of my cave because I wanted some sunshine. You know it does well for the silver-scales.” she smirked at him.
“Hm, to see an old fossil like you step out after such a long time, I'm starting to wonder if maybe I'm getting too old and my eyes are failing me.” Teolas shook his head.
“Breakthrough Awakened dragons need not fear age once they went past that level.” she replied with a chin up, showing complete defiance to the one who held the title of Knight Master.
“That may be, but why do you care about this human?” she asked squinting his eyes.
“He is my friend.” she then lowered her chin and looked straight into his eyes “And you know how I... become, when I lose a friend, right?” she smiled.
“I will make sure such a tragedy won't repeat itself...” he sighed.
“Good. I would hate to see Drakaria destroyed because of this incident.” she smiled, and even I could feel the chilling threat behind her words.
This dragoness had the power she needed in order to bring down the end of most of the dragons living here.
“Seryanna, don't worry, I'll get you back from this guy.” I said squinting my eyes at Draejan.
“How rude.” the dragon commented.
“Alkelios, this is an official duel... If you lose, you will have to do exactly as he says, otherwise not even the King will guarantee your safety.” she warned me.
“Well... IF I lose.” I said, but I was quite confident I wouldn't.
“Don't do anything foolish, Alkelios. These mongrels aren't worth it.” Kataryna warned or maybe advised me?
“I won't.” I said.
“Oho? You have quite the confidence in the young human?” asked Teolas.
“You'll see.” she smirked.
“He will lose, you know.” he pointed out.
“Even if that will be so, I'm certain he'll find a way to get back up.” she replied.
Thank you, my friends... I thought in my mind.
With this, our duel finally began.
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