A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special - Chapter 78: At the End of the Nightmare (5)
When Crow Mask was flung into the fountain, Desir immediately realized that it was due to Romantica’s sniper shot .
The snipe was successful . Although it failed to end Crow Mask, it had dealt him some serious damage . He now limped and the enchanted defense magic on his clothes seemed to no longer work . Moreover, the attack had revealed Crow Mask’s face .
After the mask fell off, a hideous face was revealed . The skin was all red and his face was covered with scars from severe burns . It was impossible to find any unblemished skin with the exception of a small part on his cheeks . His face looked like that of the corpse of an immolation victim .
Crow Mask lifted his left hand and covered his bare face . Through his fingers ferocious, beast-like eyes blazed like a naked flame .
“You… your scar…”
As Desir started walking towards him, Crow Mask stretched out a hand towards Desir .
Spatial magic was invoked . Everything near Desir was instantly destroyed . As a result, Desir had to retreat, increasing the distance between himself and Crow Mask .
“She’s actually a Fourth-Circle sniper instead of being just a Third-Circle magician . ”
Crow Mask looked at the direction of the sniper . He used his Sixth-Circle mana detection senses and located the wind element magician who was aiming at him . He was angry and stretched out his hand in the direction of the sniper .
At that moment, Pram dashed towards Crow Mask . Crow Mask had no choice . He turned around and faced Pram .
Pram hit the ground to narrowly dodge the attack but his Clothes Line was left tattered from the attack that had just brushed past his body .
Adjest also moved forward to intercept and attack Crow Mask .
[Magic Sword: Ice Wave . ]
As the Tesseract spell continued to change its structure, it unleashed defensive magic and Adjest’s sword twisted after meeting that force .
Even though Pram and Adjest couldn’t leave significant wounds on Crow Mask, it wasn’t entirely in vain . Crow Mask had no choice but to focus completely on the group in front of him .
Crow Mask swiped his right arm to the left in order to deal with Adjest .
The resulting spatial magic destroyed a wide area but Adjest was no longer standing there .
Crow Mask had lost the initiative and was falling into the pace of Desir’s party . His actions became predictable and straightforward . It was too easy for Adjest to avoid such attacks .
Adjest jumped into the air and sailed over Crow Mask’s head before landing elegantly . She then pivoted on one foot and slashed the side of Crow Mask’s leg .
Flame rose along the path of the sword . The Tesseract quickly switched from attack magic to defense magic to block further attacks from Adjest . As the Tesseract morphed once again, the ground started splitting apart under Adjest’s feet . A cloud of dust shot up as she attempted to flee from the affected area . The surface of the ground was not only demolished but parts of it were also left raised .
Adjest shot up into the air with various debris as she failed to escape in time . Crow Mask cast a spell at her as she sailed through the air .
‘Being hit by this spell is inevitable . ’
As the thought passed through her mind, she saw some conveniently located debris and repositioned by jumping off of them . Pram had come to her aid .
As Adjest crossed her arms, Pram kicked them and bounced off backward . Crow Mask’s magic sliced the air between, where they had been just a moment prior .
Both of them landed at the same time and dashed towards Crow Mask . Adjest started casting magic immediately .
“Icy cold gust spears through the heart . ”
Second-Circle attack magic . The icy spear flew towards Crow Mask .
It crashed into him .
Adjest’s magic demanded all of Crow Mask’s attention . The cloud of dust billowing up into the air from the further cracked ground obscured all vision .
At that moment Pram stealthily moved into Crow Mask’s blind spot . Pram held up his rapier and raised it to the back of his head, as if he was holding a javelin . It was a skill that he had practiced numerous times . Pram’s sword pierced through the air at the speed of sound as he disappeared from sight .
Crow Mask’s robe was torn and a bloody, red line was left behind . Adjest was already in a position to capitalise on this sudden gap in Crow Mask’s defenses . Without enough time to even let out a scream, Crow Mask’s Tesseract begun to shoot out magic .
Pram and Adjest tag-teamed to keep up a continuous assault on Crow Mask . Within the space of a couple of seconds, tens and hundreds of strikes landed on him .
He couldn’t do a single thing in response .
Because Crow Mask’s one hand was occupied covering his face, his movement was limited and he looked uncomfortable . He needed both hands to properly defend, but he still held his hand up to cover his face, as if ashamed of revealing his face . Slowly, more scratches and wounds appeared on his body . He couldn’t bear it anymore and started to shout .
“You pieces of trash . Hebrion’s hypocrites!”
It was a huge cry of hatred for Hebrion Academy .
At the same time, the Tesseract subtly changed and assembled in a new way .
Dark red light burst out . He was using all of the magic power that he had saved for the battle against Zod .
“Back off, Pram!”
Pram and Adjest stopped their sword strike mid-swing and immediately backed off . It was merely an application of the magic but the Tesseract rotated at a tremendous speed .
The light glowed and…
It withered away . The various pieces of the Tesseract that had formed into a new pattern had started to break down and disappear .
“… It’s over . ” Said Desir .
He had successfully inverted the magic, countering all of the possible permutations .
“… Over?” Crow Mask mumbled .
“Yeah, you lost . ”
Even the vision magic was fully-analysed and no longer usable . All of the methods he had at his disposal were now countered . No matter what magic he invoked, it would all be read and inverted . Crow Mask had nothing left .
He looked at Desir . Desir could feet the hatred deep in those eyes .
“Why did you do all this?”
“… This world has been a series of absurdities . You know better than most, if you are a Hebrion Academy student . ”
Crow Mask looked at the Clothes Line that Desir and his party were wearing .
“It’s not only Hebrion Academy . The same is true of the Hebrion Empire and even the entire world . Foolish aristocrats impose their standards and absurdity on everyone else . ”
Desir couldn’t say anything in response because he was absolutely right . Those words tore down reality .
A noble world .
The Beta-class students at the Hebrion Academy were not getting a decent education, just because they were commoners . This was the reason why Desir created a party .
“This world is a collapsing sandcastle . And the people who live in the castle… Someday, everything will fall apart . And that’s what I desire . ”
That logic .
That reason .
It was the slogan claimed by a group in the past not so far from now .
“Revolutionary Remnant… was it?”
Twelve years ago, a single student from the Hebrion Academy, held up a republican flag and founded a revolutionary army . They called themselves Republicans, but other people called them Revolutionaries .
And then the Hebrion Empire was plunged into civil war . The war divided people into nobles and commoners, and caused tragedy to both sides . The civil war eventually ended in royal victory and the revolutionaries were all executed .
“The structure of this world is so wrong, right from its root . And you can’t argue with that . ”
“You’re right . But no matter what goodwill you have, it can’t be justified . Look around you . Is this the answer you found?”
“It’s sacrificing the small for big . The fall of the Western Kingdom is only the beginning . I will completely destroy this absurd world and create true equality . ”
Pram was appalled at Crow Mask’s objective .
“Desir, we don’t have to listen to this nonsense anymore . Let’s arrest him right now . ”
Crow Mask heard him and murmured .
“You can’t stop us . ”
At that moment, the sky which had been darkened with the appearance of Dadenewt, suddenly regained its brightness .
“Did they defeat the demon?”
Desir refuted .
It was a flame . No, it was lava resulting from a huge explosion .
Volcanic ash poured down from the sky as if it was snowing . They all looked up . Then, as if the stars had begun to fall, raindrops fell from the sky .
It was a scene that could only be described as apocalyptic . It was as if it was the end of the world .
Desir muttered, astonished .
“Seems like the great leader of the Mage Tower can’t even stop the demon without any preparation . ”
Crow Mask continued while laughing .
“I’ll return exactly what you said before . ”
His body faded . Pram and Adjest rushed to catch him but his body had already started to turn to dust .
There was no time to invert the magic . It was magic that he had previously saved to instantly cast .
“It’s over . ”
With those final words, Crow Mask disappeared . Dark particles floated in the air .