The Crimson Dragon – Chapter 8







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Chapter 8

  As a Level 12 Mage, the Cardinal could not use divine skills which sealed the skies as none were available in the goddess Anbo’s list of skills. There were a bunch of divine skills which could create storms and tornados though. Although the power of these skills were reduced due to the lengthy distance from the sea, it would be sufficient if the dragon could not fly properly, obstructing its escape. Time was ticking away, and the Cardinal decided to give it a go. Ultimately, the goddess Anbo was an illogical goddess known for causing storms and tsunamis out of the blue. The Cardinal which she chose would naturally be of similar personalities, hence he was not proficient in tactics and strategies.

   After confirming their course of action, the three sharkmen warriors prepared their nets made out of tendons of beasts or seaweed enhanced with divine skills. Even if the storm failed to stop the dragon from flying, the net could definitely tangle the crimson dragon given that the warriors could get close enough to throw them. The Cardinal could more or less understand the characteristics of a crimson dragon; as the representative of chaos and evil, the crimson dragons were often over confident. They were the type to fight head on no matter how dire the situation was, living up to the name as the most atrocious among the Five Coloured Evil Dragons. This was also the reason why most crimson dragon whelps and toddlers couldn’t survive; they fought recklessly without knowing their lack of power and were killed by other magical beasts. In fact, the number of crimson dragons was always very low. The Cardinal prayed in his mind that the one in front of him was also one of the reckless ones.

  The Cardinal started to chant the divine words. In order to summon a thunderstorm inland, he was forced to expend plenty of energy and concentration to communicate with the ‘Kingdom of Gods’, praying earnestly to the goddess for her to lend her godly powers. Areas within a ten-kilometre radius instantly darkened, with the skies covered in stormy clouds and intense wind gusting everywhere. It seemed that the goddess’ reply was way faster than expected.

   Claudius was still eating up on the platform, oblivious to what was happening around him. With a pathetic stat of 11 Wisdom, he simply did not have the ability feel the powers of Anbo, not to mention the approaching squad of sharkmen. At least, it was impossible for Claudius to detect their presence unless they entered a certain range.

“What’s wrong with the weather? The mild breeze and warm sun were still present a moment ago, how could a tornado appear all of a sudden……The rapid change of weather is really intriguing.”

   The current Claudius had yet to adjust his mindset despite being in a fantasy world, thus he unconsciously gauged the current situation with his knowledge as a human. Even if he constantly reminded himself that this was not Earth, and was instead a part of the D&D universe, his subconsciousness simply couldn’t be changed in a short period of time.

  Under the cover of the heavy rain, the sharkmen sneakily approached Claudius. Raindrops as large as duck eggs fell from the sky, and it was no different from a hailstorm. Claudius’ scales protected him from the maelstrom of rain, yet he also thought that the impact force was a bit unreal for raindrops.

“The rhythm of rain hitting my scales actually feels quite comfortable, with the power not too strong or too weak. I really hate rain though……”

   Claudius’ ‘Ring of Blaze’ went to work, evaporating the raindrops hitting his scales, surrounding the crimson dragon with white steam. Claudius couldn’t be injured by simply inhaling the hot steam, but it was irritating for him nonetheless. Crimson dragons preferred steam from magma and red hot sulphur instead of water vapour.

   Losing his appetite due to the steam, Claudius stood up with his muscular hind legs. It was unnatural behaviour for a crimson dragon, but intellectual beings could tell from the shiny crimson scales and the barely noticeable flares that it was undoubtedly one; at least it was what the Cardinal and the sharkmen warriors thought. As a dragon toddler, Claudius’ growth was slightly unexpected, but his dragon aura did not surpass those of the same age. This meant that he could stun a few small-scale herbivores, weak earth spirits or gnolls at best. With his size, Claudius could probably scare off human civilians, but even an average human warrior would not be afraid of him. His pitiful dragon aura was basically non-existent in the eyes of the Level 10 sharkmen warriors and the Level 12 Cardinal. They continued approaching Claudius speedily, and they were about to enter the effective firing range of the nets.

   However, there was a slight error within the Cardinal’s calculations. Claudius, unlike other dragons, did not crawl on the land. Even if his neck was rather short, Claudius could still observe further distances than typical crimson dragon toddlers as he was bipedal. With an observation range of a teenage dragon, it was natural that Claudius managed to notice the approaching sharkmen quicker than the Cardinal thought he would.

   The next thing Claudius did completely changed the Cardinal’s opinion on crimson dragons. Claudius turned around and fled immediately. He actually ran away!

   Claudius’ actions were the complete opposite of an ordinary crimson dragon. The cocksure crimson dragons would never escape from a fight. The moment he discovered the five sharkmen drawing near, Claudius spread his wings and prepared to escape. With a leap, Claudius flew while opposing the strong headwind. He had a hard time maintaining his balance in such stormy weather, and was nearly blown back to the ground a few times. It was enough for him escape from the firing range of the nets though. Claudius also had supernatural adaptability, as he began utilizing the strong wind to glide upwards. This was only possible with his knowledge in aerodynamics, with him constantly adjusting the angles of his wings to gain lifting force.

   That being said, the Cardinal didn’t stay silent as well. He summoned a streak of lightning from the thunderstorm with divine magic, and the lightning zigzagged through the air towards the rising dragon. Summoned lightning was not something that a dragon toddler could dodge, and Claudius was hit. The enormous current penetrated his scales, causing his muscles to convulse and losing control of his body.

“Damn, screw this!”

   Claudius was powerless in such situation, and could only swear in the dragon language while being tossed through the air by the tempest of wind.

   The lightning bolt managed to inflict severe damage on the dragon, but the unpredictable wind blew the dragon away from the squad. The Cardinal felt that it was ridiculous, but all he could do was to search for the dragon. He believed that a mere dragon toddler could not possible recover from such injury in a short period of time.

   Claudius, who was hurled into the forest by the storm, was in a dire situation. The branches could not inflict harm on his hard scales, but the blunt impact force severely bruised his body. Not only were his muscles torn, his internal organs had also received a great shock, which felt uncomfortable. The only advantage brought by the lightning was paralysis, numbing his senses temporarily, and that included the sense of pain. It was doubtful that Claudius could withstand the surge of pain the moment the effect of paralysis wore off. As shown by the red hot blood dripping from his mouth, Claudius knew he was in a dreadful state.

 




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1_chan

Thanks for the chapter!

Kantsuki

Wow these guys might be shocked to see a very “rational” dragon lol.

Still thanks for the chap and all I can say this dragon had done a bad move in not being vigilant… Well his mentality has regressed a bit in human early teen with excessive knowledge *sigh*

Eshan Tikone

Basically us … Slightly younger

Kantsuki

Maybe but he’s mentality might be 3 year old thinking like an adult?

Eshan Tikone

Maybe…?

Kantsuki

Well you can fantasize a bit of it….

Seregosa

I think only a retarded dragon would use his hind legs to stand up since his body shouldn’t be made to do that.

Kantsuki

Well unless if he can compress his mass to the lvl similar to humans…that would make it scary

Seregosa

Yeah, that’s true. Kinda like a bear standing on its hind legs? Well, I don’t mean to be offensive when I say “retard dragon”, just that no dragon in its right mind would likely stand on its hind legs, and clearly they don’t in this world either according to earlier text 😛 It would kinda be like a human running on four legs, haha.

Kantsuki

Well true sadly either it needs a humanoid dna/rna or some hybrid like draconians,etc. has the necessary ability to stand in hind legs and yeah bear’s mostly stand in hind legs for momentum in slapping/body slam the prey. and our slightly ‘retarded’ mc of a dragon may have basic knowledge of how lizardmen use their tails for balance but saddly due to his disposition as a hikkineet it will not be developed quickly and how retardily he have the advantage of having near body structure of cerulian dragons and the op deathwing he even seemed to not properly study his body movements lol like close combat training etc. making that barbaric and power foccused technique of his lol haha

Seregosa

Imagining deathwing standing on two legs makes me laugh 😛 That would look freaking ridiculous. Those legs are just not made to stand up vertically 😀 It looks pretty ridiculous when you see him tilting his body and standing somewhat upright, but if you then imagine him standing even more straight and walking on those short and stubby legs that clearly have the wrong bone structure to do so, I think azeroth would laugh to death before he gets to them. I seem to remember the author modeling this guy after him, that he saw his reflection and thought it really looked identical except for the obviously impossible things like lava and metal parts :P.

Kantsuki

Well yeah. but deathwing is intimidating when he puffs up his chest and similarly tryin to stand up but was actually gonna fire some breath and yeah if Azeroth found this dragon they might think Deathwing had eloped with some lower being lol haha and a retarded one as such…

Seregosa

Yeah and if you get a mental image of deathwing standing up for real, not just to breathe fire or to stand on uneven ground, and then waddling forward with baby steps to chase someone, you will never be able to take him seriously again 😛

Kantsuki

Well if claude/naive dragon develops his hind legs he would be a big a** draconian Deathwing decent lol still can’t put out the image in my head of red mushrooms as his minions lol haha

Seregosa

Yeah, he’s quite special in the dragon world 😛

Kantsuki

but I feel that he’s gonna be a pushover lol…

Paps

Thanks for the chapter

Nantoka

Thanks for the chapter :3

Ale. A. Santi

Noooo Claudius! Run away!

Ray Hero

Thanks for the chapter 🙂

Joseph Mcknight

so strong for a level 12

Angel

IoI this Sharkman so smart 😀 and since when they can use Lightning magic ? that was so OP

thx for the chapter ^^

Danis

XD
Thanks for the chapter 😀

Chronos5884

Thanks for the chapter!

I feel like.. this dragon is weird and this author is odd. Well, whatever, let’s see how this goes!

GonZ

Meatbun Delivery~
Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

Sister: ooh~ another shiny~ today is my lucky day~

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