A large silhouette blocked their path.
“Another monster!?” exclaimed Tyrone, readying his ax. Lutz lifted his hand to stop Tyrone.
“You’re certainly with some interesting fellows, eh?” said the silhouette, which turned out to be a rather small elderly man.
“It’s been awhile, Master Tajim,” said Lutz. “—We just encountered some monster remains at the entrance.”
“Nowadays, all the monsters that have been coming here are weaklings. More importantly, Lutz, I’ve heard you’re out to defeat La Shiec. I’d like to see just how much you’ve improved. Show me what you’ve got!”
“Wait a minute! You’re saying that teacher and student must fight each other!?” said Alisa, stepping in between Lutz and Tajim.
“Young lady, get out of the way. It’s not my fault if you end up hurt.”
“Alisa, he’s right,” said Lutz. “—Master, don’t blame me if you end up breaking a hip.”
“So your mouth is the only thing you’ve been training, eh, Lutz?”
“We’ll see about that.”
Lutz swung his staff downward! The tip grazed over Tajim’s head, cracking a hole in the wall behind him!
“Oho, you’ve gotten good,” said Tajim, grinning broadly as he moved out of the way. Blood began to gush out of the hole that Lutz opened!
“What’s going on!?”
The next moment, a blue-armored monster came out as if slipping through the wall. The blood was flowing out of a hole in its chest.
Lutz and Tajim had realized the monster was there from the very beginning.
“This guy is different than the other weaklings that have come before him. La Shiec invited a monster from ‘Chaos’, huh….”
<Mwahaha…> laughed the monster eerily. <The people in this world are pretty skilled, too. It’s not unreasonable for La Shiec to have invited me. —My name is Dark Marauder, Chaos Sorcerer! As for this wound you gave me, I will return the favor a thousand times!>
Dark Marauder: 28 + BATTLE P (1-I)
Lutz & Party: COMBAT P + BATTLE P (2-H)