Seeing his attacked intercepted by one of the armored angels, a sense of dejection washed over Nathan as he looked over at two armored angels coming towards him.
He thought his plan was flawless.
But he failed…
He shook his head.
This wasn't the time to be dejected.
He still has a chance.
He moved away from his spot and tried to activate [Coward's Way] but realized he couldn't.
'What the hell?'
He wasn't aware that the Golden Armored Angel had cast the [Lock] spell on him, because the armored angels don't talk and the System doesn't inform him so he had to manually check his status chart.
In the case of [Decrease STR - All ] and the other curse spells similar to it, he was only able to notice it right away because he lost his invisibility while running when the spell touched him.
He immediately checked his status chart.
STR – 38 (+4).... (-8.4)
VIT – 36
AGI – 33 (+29)
INT – 33 (+1)
[Grade D] Morning Star (10/12)
[Grade D] Mini-crossbow (12/12)
[Grade D] Long Dagger (12/12)
[Grade D] Black Helm (9/15): +3 Agi +1 Int
[Grade D] Heavy Leather Armor (12/15): +4 Agi
[Grade D] Black Heavy Leather Gloves (13/15): +4 Agi
[Grade D] Heavy Leather Boots (12/15): +4 Str
[Grade C] Ring: +6 Agi
[Grade C] Ring: +6 Agi
[Grade C] Amulet: +6 Agi
[Grade D] Spatial Bag
• 2% Chance to block any physical attack.
• Level X [Coward's Way]
• STR down by 20% (26/30 secs)
• Skill(s) locked (28/30 secs)
'My skill is locked?'
The Golden Armored Angel cast [Decrease VIT - All].
In his status chart, another curse was added.
VIT down by 20% (30/30 secs).
He ignored it.
The Golden Armored Angel cast another spell once more.
[Decrease AGI - All].
He raised his left arm that had his [Grade D] Mini-crossbow with a Magic Bolt, looked passed the two summoned armored angels that were coming at him and aimed at the Golden Armored Angel who had no arms left and had a single Golden Crystal on its left knee.
The scoping system that would usually appear through his eyesight didn't manifest itself.
He recalled what happened to the Werebat Chosen One and how he fell.
He also recalled what happened to Rose and Derek.
'I see now. I got silenced.'
The Golden Armored Angel cast another spell yet again.
[Decrease INT - All].
He put down his left arm and continued to hold his gaze at the Golden Armored Angel.
'The Golden Armored Angel is just hovering in the sky and casting spells…'
The survivors that still had bullets and spells to fire tried their best to hit the last Golden Crystal but failed.
He recalled what happened earlier when the others failed to kill Golden Armored Angel on the first try.
'Perhaps it's waiting for all the summoned armored angels to be killed?'
The 2 armored angels sent by the Golden Armored Angel were now just a couple of meters away from him.
He braced himself.
Everyone saw Nathan's failed attempt and felt dejected.
The summoned armored angels that attacked them were all taken care of.
The only armored angels left aside from the Golden Armored Angel were the ones that were charging towards Nathan.
Meanwhile, the others who had no bullets and spells to fire at the Golden Armored Angel hovering in the sky stopped.
"Why isn't he disappearing to shoot again to end this?!" said someone among the crowd.
Although they knew that Nathan had a mini-crossbow, not many knew about the requirements of the Magic Bolt's tracking feature.
In addition to that, they also didn't know that he was cursed with the [Lock] spell because the armored angels don't talk.
Ashleigh was observing Nathan.
'Nathan never fights head-on. He always uses his disappearing skill when he fights. Perhaps…!'
Earlier, she witnessed the Werebat Chosen One losing his transformation and fell from the sky when that Golden Armored Angel cast a spell.
She also witnessed Derek and Rose's transformation skill getting deactivated after being cursed by the Golden Armored Angel and found out that her skill has the power to lift the curse.
Realizing what happened to Nathan and the other things she discovered, she immediately ran towards him.
"Ashleigh, what are you doing?!" said Rose.
"Miss Ashleigh!" called out another Red Dust member.
"Go support her," Rose commanded Germaine and R.R.
They both nodded and went after Ashleigh.
To Rose, Ashleigh's power was so important in this zombie apocalypse that it would a huge waste to lose her.
The 2 armored angels, a Black and a White one, sent by the Golden Armored Angel were now just a few meters away from Nathan.
The two armored angels immediately cast spells.
Nathan charged as he easily evaded the spells.
Despite the curse placed upon him, with his high AGI, evading was no big deal for him.
He managed to kill the White Armored Angel first because it was only immune to magic attacks.
But the same can't be said with the Black Armored Angel.
The Black Armored Angel cast [Silence] on Nathan.
And just like the [Lock] spell, he wasn't aware that the Black Armored Angel cast [Silence] on him.
While he was fighting the Black Armored Angel and waiting for the curse of the [Lock] to wear off and the other spells that he was aware of, he began to wonder about something.
'Wait… To use the Magic Bolt, whether to use its tracking feature or not, it needs 10 mana points. It's basically like a forced consumption. What if I use it now?'
He pulled out a Magic Bolt from his [Grade D] Spatial Bag.
'Hmm… The spatial bag isn't affected by the curse as well…'
He bashed the Black Armored Angel with his [Grade D] Morning Star a few times, denting its armor, before stabbing the Magic Bolt into the Golden Crystal on its forehead.
It didn't have any effect.
The Black Armored Angel just regenerated.
There was still about 20 seconds left before the curse of the [Lock] spell wears off.
Suddenly, his entire body was covered with a white light and was followed by a refreshing feeling.
His eyes widened for a quick moment before his expression turned into confusion.
'This spell seems familiar.'
"NATHAN, MY SKILL REMOVES THE CURSE! YOU CAN NOW USE MAGIC!" shouted Ashleigh from afar.
He immediately checked his status.
The curses were lifted, including the other curse spells.
Seeing his status back to normal, his lips curled up into a smile for a moment before turning into disgust.
"NATHAN, YOU CAN KILL THE GOLDEN ARMORED ANGEL NOW!" said Ashleigh
Nathan gritted his teeth.
The feeling of being helped and ordered around by Ashleigh irritated him and made him want to vomit.
However, he suppressed his emotions.
'Not now… Focus on what's important first.'
As he was about to kill the Black Armored Angel with a Magic Bolt, Captain Barlow immediately shouted from afar.
"DON'T KILL THE BLACK ARMORED ANGEL! THERE'S A CHANCE THAT THE GOLDEN ARMORED ANGEL'S CRYSTALS WILL REGENERATE!!!"
'GOD, THESE FUCKING DOGS KEEP ORDERING ME!' Nathan thought before disappearing.
Seeing its enemy disappear, the Black Armored Angel set its sights on the closest target.
Germaine and R.R. who Rose ordered earlier to follow Ashleigh immediately provided support.
Nathan, who was invisible, ran towards the Golden Armored Angel that was flying in the air as he locked on the remaining Golden Crystal with his [Grade D] Mini-crossbow.
He had one goal in mind at the moment -- be the one to get the treasure chest in case it drops one.
Meanwhile, as he was waiting for the 3-second lockdown to finish, behind him, a number of people were also heading towards the same location he was heading to.
Among them were Rose, Derek, Harry, Joseph, Cannibal and two members of the Asian group, and the military group.
In the case of the military group, not all of them cared about the drop because some of them were only here because they were following orders.
As for Ashleigh, Germaine, Kaija and R.R., they chose not to participate.
Putting them aside, those who were headed towards the location the Gold Armored Angel will land were all anticipating or preparing for a treasure chest to drop and take it.
Everyone received the message from the System when the Second Phase began.
It mentions that inside the Divine Tower, one could obtain unique items and even have a chance to obtain [Artifact] grade items.
In the events so far, everyone was already assuming that they know what the unique items are. These were the Black and White equipment that gives immunity.
But for the [Artifact] grade item, no one has ever seen it yet.
And given the peculiarity of this Golden Armored Angel, they assumed that this was probably the one that drops the [Artifact] grade item.
It's also important to point out that the message given by the System when the Second Phase began mentioned more than one [Artifact] grade item.
However, no one can tell for sure whether this Golden Armored Angel would drop one or two treasure chests, or one treasure chest but with multiple items inside because no one has ever encountered a zombie or armored angel that dropped more than one treasure chest or opened a treasure chest with more than one item inside.
Nathan pulled the trigger and lost his invisibility.
The Magic Bolt flew straight to the last remaining Golden Crystal of the Golden Armored Angel.
And as the Magic Bolt was making its way to its target, Nathan looked behind him and saw the group of people heading towards his location.
'They have the same idea that I have!'
He quickly disappeared and headed towards the side but not too far from where he estimated the Golden Armored Angel likely will land.
He didn't want to be caught in the center.
He didn't want to have a 3rd near-death experience.
The Magic Bolt finally hit the Golden Crystal.
The Golden Armored Angel began falling from the sky.
And as it landed on the ground, it shattered into a million pieces and a [Gold] Treasure Chest appeared.
Almost everyone's eyes shined in greed and a message from the System popped inside everyone's heads.
'Congratulations on completing the Divine Tower! The Divine Tower will close in 10 minutes. Please enter the portal to exit the tower.'
The entire tower began trembling and everyone lost their sense of balance.
On the southern edge of the Divine Tower, a red portal appeared.
Meanwhile, on the northern edge of the Divine Tower, a small pyramid began to rise.
And on top of it was another [Gold] Treasure Chest.
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