Tyrone and the others looked uneasy. Alisa reassuringly winked at them.
It seemed that even the man himself was not expecting her to say okay so readily. The man was stumbling over his words and scratching at the scar on his face.
“—I-Is that so? Here, this is the weapon,” said the man, pulling out something from a large bag.
“It’s a Missile Launcher for Mammoth Hunting. It’s an antique, so you’d never find one in some Armor Shop. They’ve stopped production on this type of warhead, actually. It can only shoot once, but the power is outstanding. This thing can take out huge beasts like Mammoths and Dragons in only one hit.”
“But I thought it could only shoot once,” said Tyrone.
“Okay — so then don’t miss, then. That shouldn’t be a problem for you, right? Unless you think you can’t do it,” teased Alisa.
“O-of course I can!” stammered Tyrone.
“So, it’s settled then.” Alisa, smiled sweetly. (Erase the AMBER EYE from your Item list and write in MISSILE LAUNCHER.)
After parting ways with the man, Alisa and her comrades:
Not yet defeated, the headless Mad Stalker slashed Alisa’s arm! (-1 HP)
“What, are these guys immortal!?”
At that moment, Alisa’s sword slipped through her opponent’s ribcage by chance. Had it been a human, it would have pierced through the heart. Then, suddenly, the Mad Stalker crumbled and fell apart.
“Oh, I see! That’s its weak spot!”
Despite being a powerful enemy, it was only a skeleton. Now that they knew its weakness, it wasn’t such a formidable enemy after all. It took no time for Alisa and her comrades to wipe out all the Mad Stalkers.
The Ice Men began to blow an even colder frost towards them. But the attack never reached Alisa and her comrades ― Lutz had created an invisible wall with Muwarla that deflected it back towards the enemy.
“Right back at you!”
This time, fireballs came flying out of Alisa and Lutz’s hands! Alisa, too, is now able to use Flaeli with skill. (-6 MAGIC P)
The fireballs soon melted and hollowed out the Ice Men’s giant bodies.
However, they were still undefeated ― nothing less could be expected from the formidable Corona Tower.
Alisa and her comrades, having defeated the Gold Drake, landed at the Air Castle.
This is what the Ice Man on Dezolis meant when they said the castle was “far above the hills.”
The Air Castle was a pristine, white-walled flying fortress, constructed atop a massive floating island of bedrock which was suspended in the air. The castle was so beautiful, and so eerily silent, that it made all their previous battles seem like an illusion.
As Alisa walked inside the castle, she wondered, “Could La Shiec really be here…?”
“Of course, I’m right here,” said a man who was standing in the banquet hall.
“Welcome to the Air Castle. I am La Shiec,” said the man with a low voice.
Black foggy mist poured out from inside the hatch. For a moment, the mist appeared to dance and swirl before finally materializing into the body of a great beast!
Its metallic blue body was a twisted fusion of flesh and machine. The lower portion of the body sat enshrouded within the black fog, unable to be seen.
But more than anything, the feature that really grabbed Alisa’s attention was its face. This monster was identical to the nightmare creature she dreamed about that night at the Governor’s Mansion on Motavia!
Did Alisa’s latent esper abilities cause her to have that dream? And if that’s the case, then was her dream actually a premonition?
―No, that can’t be! There’s no way that could be true.
However, Alisa realized something. Compared to this monster, all the opponents she’d ever battled against up until now were nothing more than mere weaklings. Even the mighty La Shiec was nothing more than a puppet being controlled by a more sinister force. She knew this was the true enemy that needed to be defeated!
The red eyes of the monster suddenly moved around.
<My name is Dark Falz, known as the ‘Dark Lord of Chaos’! I shall have you all become my new servants.>