Chapter 14 - Orc Unit Hunting The Survivors (3)
As soon as Sungwoo shouted, it stepped on the wooden stairs and began to climb up with incredible speed.
Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp—
Jisu, who was closest to the orc, drew her saber, then boldly clashed against its axe.
Jisu collapsed and helplessly dropped to her knees. Fortunately, she didn't lose the saber she was holding.
At that moment, she saw the monster smiling at her faintly while looking down, then the shining blade of the axe was pointing toward her head…
A skeleton was smashed before her eyes, with its pieces scattered over her head.
At Sungwoo's urging, she rolled over to the side. The blade of the axe barely missed her, but the wooden stairs were cut in half.
It was the one-armed skeleton that came forward to confront the orc. Drawing its sword, it waddled down the stairs.
Looking at the skeleton, the orc sneered. It seemed that the orc thought the skeleton was a piece of cake given that it had massacred numerous goblins until now.
Like it did before, the orc unleashed a strong blow onto the skeleton, which was enough.
But it didn't work this time.
The moment the orc's axe clashed with the saber, it slid off as if it had tried to cut an oily wall. It was the result of the synergy effect: <One-armed Warrior>. After all, it lost its balance without controlling its heavy push.
Seizing the chance, Sungwoo issued an order. The skeleton then pushed the orc's upper body with its short leg, and the monster fell down the stairs.
It was a truly moving moment for the skeleton, which had been kicked around until now, to kick a monster back.
"Jisu, climb up here! Let's move to a flat place first!"
It was dangerous for them to confront such a tall and resilient monster in a rugged place. In particular, there was no space to retreat with the stair topography like this.
Although she clashed with the orc only once, her right hand was trembling hard. It was not because she was scared or hurt, but because she was upset.
'Obviously I blocked its attack, but how could I collapse like that?'
She felt like it was unfair. She once again felt a sense of deprivation caused by the innate physical differences, which she had felt all the time as a female athlete. There were many things one could earn without making any effort in this world, and that was especially true in the arts and sports area.
"Never get too close to the monster. We have to kill it just like we did with the boss monster," shouted Sungwoo. He was moving into the woods with the skeletons to block the orcs movement with lots of obstacles.
"...Whew, got it!"
Catching her breath, she followed him into the woods. She had almost forgotten the most important lesson: survival was not competition.
In no time the giant monster walked up the stairs with big strides, then found Sungwoo's party staring at it from the trees. There was a murderous look in its eyes.
"Let's go as we planned. As always, the skeletons will sacrifice themselves first."
Having said that, Sungwoo looked at the goblins' bodies in the forest. A moment ago he resurrected one of them as a skeleton. He had enough mana to create more.
'But I should not waste mana.'
The giant monster now charged at them blindly, but Sungwoo's party went deeper into the woods and ran around here and there. They rendered the orc's charging useless. With its heavy weight and a huge axe, it could not even turn around easily.
Soon, five skeletons surrounded the orc. They appeared from behind the trees.
"Good, now's the time!" Hanho shouted. Then the five skeletons and Hanho's three daggers flew toward the orc at the same time.
Most of them were blocked by the axe, but Hanho's dagger pierced its back. The moment it flinched, the four skeletons started crazily attacking it with bare hands, which was something completely unexpected.
Obviously, the orc was not quite ready for this kind of blitz. Attacking with bare hands? Was it their suicide attack?
The giant monster broke the skull of the skeleton attacking head on, and smashed another one attacking on the left. But its arms gradually got heavier.
In fact, two skeletons were holding its arms tightly. It tried to break loose from one of them by grabbing the legs hurriedly, but it barely pulled out its legs.
At that moment, Sungwoo, Jisu, and the one-armed skeleton rushed for a coordinated attack. The orc tried to wield the axe, but it could hardly do so because of the two skeletons stuck on its arms like leeches.
Avoiding the slow-moving axe, Jisu brandished her saber which cut the orc's thigh and dealt a blow to its vital points, namely a long cut on its quadriceps. No matter how strong it was, the orc could not help but collapse with the fatal wounds.
As expected, the orc fell, going down on one knee. Seizing the chance, Sungwoo cut its arm holding the axe with his sword. Lastly, the one-armed skeleton sprang at him to stab its neck deeply.
With a screech, the orc's eyes darkened.
<You have earned 110 gold by hunting the patrol leader orc.>
It was a perfect joint attack.
"Patrol leader? This orc was tougher than the ordinary ones?"
"Whew...but I think it was not as tough as the boss monster," said Jisu, dusting off the blood on her blade. Sungwoo was preparing to resurrect the fallen orc.
"Well, I think our teamwork was good, right?"
<The dead cannot respond to your summon. 'Due to your low level, you cannot summon a mid-sized monster.>
It seemed that Sungwoo could not control the orc as his subordinate yet. So, he resurrected a goblin's body to make a skeleton.
"Let's take a brief break here. If we see such monsters wandering in droves, we have to run away," Sungwoo said.
While taking a break, Sungwoo thought about using <Bone Weapon Formation (basic)> by using the orc's body.
"By the way, I forgot to ask you until now, but which card did you choose, Jisu? I was so absent-minded… Well, you might know it, but I'm a Necromancer."
"I thought you were. I'm a Tiger Warrior. Since I like pink best after red, I picked the pink card. It had three stars!"
The Tiger Warrior was part of the regular army specializing in hunting beasts including tigers during the Chosun Dynasty in Ancient Korea.
It seemed that there was a wide variety of occupations in the cards, not just those that appeared in general fantasy stories.
"As for me, I had one star…" said Hanho.
It was not clear how much difference there was in the grades of the occupation cards divided according to the number of stars, but the demonstration of their fighting competence up until now seemed to roughly display it.
After a brief rest, Sungwoo stood before the orc's body after confirming that his mana was filled to a certain point.
"Bone Weapon Formation."
When he murmured the words, the remaining mana was all used up, and the orc's skin and intestines turned into ashes and dissipated. A small menu appeared before his eyes.
<Bone Weapon Formation (basic)>
Sword (lowest grade/six swords)
Blunt Weapon (low grade/five blunt weapons)
Spear (lowest grade/two spears)
Arrow (lowest grade/four arrows) >
The classification criteria were unknown, but it seemed that the quality of weapons depended on the weapon material available at the moment. After thinking deeply for a moment, Sungwoo chose the blunt weapon, which had a higher grade compared to the rest.
Then orc's bones shook before they were entwined with each other and made some shapes. Soon, five blunt weapons fell on the ground.
"Wow, even that's weapon material?!"
Sungwoo picked up one of the blunt weapons.
Name: Orc femur hammer
Classification: blunt weapon >
As the skill grade was low, they could not expect good performance, but it was much better than the 'crude daggers' that the goblins used.