Damn System Assist-!
Kirito could hear his own voice calling out the spell, but he couldn’t stop it. A few months ago he wouldn’t have even had a clue what spell Cardinal was using him to cast; only that whatever it was, somehow reaching this point in the quest had triggered it at a dramatically appropriate moment.
Something about – calling on the mercy of the wild?
A shadow stooped out of the sun.
And a dark part of him had to admire Kayaba. Because this was the way the world should work, your good and evil deeds coming back to you; the evil at the moment of your greatest triumph, the good when all seemed darkest-
The Winged Serpent snared Pollista in its coils, and plummeted down.
We might win this.
Dale found himself grinning as he fought through the swarm of guardian psiwasps, shoulder to shoulder with some heavily armed Divine Dragons. Issin, Harry One, and a KoB healer took the opening, getting past the guardians at the edge of the comb to start dragging victims out of the fight. Archers were taking careful shots at the queen, and Kirito and Klein were still darting in and out of Pollista’s range, whittling down the queen’s hit points as the Winged Serpent squeezed that deadly stinger, acid spattering harmlessly to the ground.
We can do this. We can get our people back, get out alive–
A buzzing blast limned his sasumata in purple lightning, and steel screamed.