Both had their weapons ready and faced the gigantic without fear.
Their first priority was to test out the cultivation of the tortoise.
Dean dashed towards the tortoise in a serpentine method by moving side to side while Leonard had flanked the tortoise by moving to the left of it.
Unbeknownst to the danger that was currently attempting to kill it, the tortoise drank from the nearby river and ate a few leaves that showcased the razor sharp teeth it was bestowed.
Dean had planned to aim for the shell as he thought that it surely couldn't be too strong, especially with the extra weight it had to carry that should've weakened its strength.
To prove Dean wrong, the shell reflected the strike that Dean had struck.
The blade had bounced off the shell with no scratch appearing on the pristine side while the blade had left sparks flying across Dean's eyes.
Leonard avoided aiming for the shell after seeing what Dean had attempted and aimed for the left neck of the tortoise.
Still ignorant of the presence of two foes, the tortoise continued to eat leaves while Leonard had sliced a thorough cut causing blood to seep from the wound.
Finally noticing a tinge of pain the two necks move around like a snake to look for the perpetrators.
One head stared down at Leonard who was in awe at the toughness of the hide while another surveyed around its body to see Dean attempting to pierce its legs.
Dean realized at the legs seemed large but were just soft enough that he believed could be severed given enough time.
Having enough of the pests disturbing its lunch, the tortoise stared deeply at both of them before hissing at them with a violent roar that struck Dean's and Leonard's thoughts.
Nascent Soul 9
Dean had barely entered the stage of Nascent Soul 4 while Leonard had reached Nascent Soul 3.
The gap in power was huge when adding the fact that the tortoise could break into Spiritual Transformation at any moment.
It is already had innate talent with the earth and if it breakthrough then it could take a humanoid form that can use magic.
The risks were too much that Dean made a call
"We need to go!"
Leonard regrouped by running towards Dean
"It hasn't broken through just yet. We have a chance to kill it."
Dean didn't budge and rushed towards the opposite way the tortoise was facing but Leonard gritted his teeth
"Fine, I will create a pill that'll allow you to enter the True Essence realm."
This was the one bargaining chip that Leonard knew both needed in absolute necessity.
By reaching True Essence realm could you become more developed and skilled in magic, the phrase was extremely alluring stopped in his tracks.
Seeing that this trick had worked, Leonard continued
"Even if we might lose, we can always run away. The Earth Endowing tortoise is slow so there won't be a problem if we ran away. Just....one attempt."
Leonard had tried to make Dean stay to fight and in the end his persistence had won.
To combat this deadly beast they needed to use strategy and tactics in order to find a weakness they can use.
Dean explained that the shell was too tough and accepted that fact due to the high cultivation of the tortoise. If they managed to kill the Earth Endowing Tortoise then this shell could definitely be a good material for a weapon or potion.
Leonard added his own side of the story, explaining that the neck was actually quite soft and could be pierced however even if they were to be beheaded the other head would instantly kill the person.
Their conversation had gone on for too long as the tortoise became impatient and wanted to punish the ants that disturbed its lunch by crushing them.
Taking a stance, the tortoise had jumped into the sky that left the sight of 4 individual areas that were crushed and pressured into a brown desolate foot imprint.
The duo had obviously saw what the tortoise was trying to pull off and looked upwards to see that the shadow of the tortoise was incredibly close making Leonard's eyes squint.
Dean saw the difficulty of Leonard's astonishment and dragged him off, running as far as could, away from the attack of the tortoise.
Arriving at the expected location, the tortoise was slow to realize that its target had already ran away until it saw in the distance two tiny figure runny away from it.
It was confused as it continued to fall to the ground before a large boom was heard.
The earth had caved in with the focus point being the tortoise that didn't seem to be whatsoever affected as it walked out of the shifted land.
Dean saw the catastrophic damage dealt but his resolved had already been hardened.
"Aim for the hind legs."
Leonard nodded to that remark as he understood that the front legs were too dangerous because of the two necks and the jumping attack was a prelude for a disaster.
Using Water Magic, Leonard shot dozens of water bullets towards the tortoise to grab its attention and it worked!
Dean had set up a Dark Ball that would follow in a straight line until it reached its target while flanking the tortoise from the left.
Its slow speed was an advantage that Dean had taken which allowed him to set up a black ball that would slowly get closer to the tortoise.
The tortoise hunched forward towards Leonard while oblivious to the Dark Ball inching closer.
Dean struck the right hind leg, leaving a deep gnash that could completely sever the leg given another strike.
Holding back its pain, the tortoise's necks turned around to witness Dean awkwardly holding his polearm.
Before it could snap at the ant causing immense pain a ticklish electricity pulsated throughout the tortoise as it suddenly coughed up blood that splattered across the ground
Seeing that this was his chance, Dean lifted up his polearm once more and forcefully sliced the leg off of the tortoise.
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