"I'll show you creeps the power of a true hunter!"
Mysty swung her blade forward with full force. Ryker sidestepped her thanks to his boosted reflexes.
She clicked her tongue and went further with her assault. Not dialing down a bit, she continues with a flurry of swings yet Ryker avoided each one with little to no difficulty.
Mysty gritted her teeth. "How are you doing that?"
"Are you getting scared?"
"Scared?" Mysty scoffed. How dare a measly C-Grade talk to her like that. "I will make your death slow and painful."
She swings her sword again with more ferocity than before.
'Everything feels so slow.' He was amazed by his newfound abilities as he avoids her attack once again.
Ryker smirked seeing the agitation on Mysty's face. He was enjoying the way he was tormenting her.
"What's with the smug on your face?" A vein had popped on the A-Grade's face.
"This?" Ryker pointed to his face. "Oh, nothing. It's just... I am loving the face you're making. It's the same face I had when you were killing my comrades. It's the same face your subordinates had when I cracked their heads." Ryker smacked his lips. "Fear. That's what it is."
Mysty felt like screaming from the bottom of her chest. There were already a lot of things going on in her mind.
How did a C-grade hunter develop black astral skin?
"What would the flag master do if he finds out that one of the trash he asked me to dispose of survived?" She muttered to herself.
A chill ran through her spine on the mere thought of what her superior would do to her if he were to find out that she did a sloppy job.
"I plan on rectifying that error, by taking your head. And then, I'll come for you!" She declares pointing her blade at Jackal who was now lying on the floor with a handful of popcorn.
"Woah there missy," He waved his hands after stuffing his face with popcorn. "Shouldn't you focus on the task at hand?"
"Ack!" Ryker trapped Musty with his whip.
"You'd attack an opponent when she wasn't paying attention?"
"Are you really going to lecture me about etiquette? You, the same woman who ruthlessly killed innocence?"
"Tck," Mysty's astral skin thickens as she forced herself out of the bind.
Ryker withdrew his whip back to its compartment.
"You use such a pathetic Astro tech."
She cuts forward but once again, Ryker sidestepped her. This time, he had no intention of toying with her. He threw a fast jab that connects with her face.
Mysty was sent flying with his punch as she crashes into the wall.
Ryker widened his eyes. His body had started getting used to his new powers thanks to the B-Grades he used as a punching back.
The punch he threw just now however was more powerful than anything he'd done.
"Is it because..." He looked over at Mysty who had gotten back to feet.
Ryker shrugged as he wore a grin on his face. Not wasting any more time, he sprinted to the dazed A-grade.
"Take this!" He threw another punch with more tenacity. Mysty yelled and ducked at the nick of time as his fist smashed through the wall.
"Oy!" Jackal jolts up. "Be careful would ya? I won't forgive you if you hurt Stally!" He warned while waving his fist angrily in the air.
Ryker paid no heed to man as he was focused on his hand.
"Just right now, this feeling..." He was further understanding his new power.
"There was a faint glow whenever I throw a punch. The astral around my knuckles thickens before making contact."
Ryker bursts into a stream of maniacal laughter as Mysty looked on with horror.
'H-he punched a hole through the wall of the Stallion! On the reports, it was stated to be made with one of the hardest metals known, Fellium!' She gasped.
'I can't do that. Not even with my Astro tech!'
Ryker focused his sight back on Mysty. She takes a step back as he creeps forward.
His demeanor was terrifying. She was frightened by his power.
"One punch." She muttered to herself. "If I take one hit from him, I'm dead!"
Mysty had faced countless criminals with unique abilities and strengths but she had never witnessed a power like this.
She scurried to the other side of the room until her back was against thr wall.
"Nowhere to run now." Ryker grinned as he balled his fists.
"Clench your teeth," He said to her before leaping forward with his knuckle.
"No!!" Mysty cried from the bottom of her lungs.
"Ebon Bash!" He shouted as his fist made contact with her face.
"Oh, my," Jackal uttered while raising his head. "This is bad."
Mysty was perfectly fine.
Ryker had a puzzling look on his face as his punch did not hurt the woman.
"Eh!?" He exclaimed after looking at his body. The black energy coating that had engulfed him was completely depleted.
"My astral skin, it's gone!" He panicked.
Mysty was glued to the wall as she tilted her head in confusion. She didn't know what had happened but she was certain, Ryker's attack became a dud.
"What's the matter?" Ryker raised his head to be met with the murderous look on Mysty's face.
He began sweating bullets and before he could move...
Her fist flashed before his eyes as he was sent flying to the other side of the room.
"That was for earlier." She cracked her knuckles. Mysty wore a malicious grin on her face. It was time for payback.
She sprints forward. Picking her sword, she charges at the stunned Ryker.
Ming moved blinding fast and caught the blade right before it could slash through Ryker.
"Tck, stupid bo-" Before she could finish, Ming struck her on her solar plexus knocking her out in the process.
"Nice work, Ming!" Jackal gave the android a cheerful thumbs-up.
"What do we do now captain?"
They glanced over at Ryker and noticed that he had lost consciousness.
"That power wore him out." He pointed.
"It's remarkable that he lasted that long while in that state. It was his first time too."
"Yup, he might not look it, but he has potential."
"Are you sure it's not his rage that drives him, captain?"
"Who knows, we'll find out soon enough." He looked at Mysty. "Tie her up and toss her in the cell room."
"What about the other bodies sir?"
Jackal wore a malicious look on his face. His usual cheerful demeanor was completely gone.
"Toss them overboard, but strip them of their Astro techs first."
Jackal walked over to Ryker and picks him up. "Let's get you to a room where you can rest up. I've decided, I'll have you accompany me, snow-white."
"Where am I?"Ryker found himself in an odd place. It was plain white and he could not see the ceiling or walls."What is this place? Is it a dream?"He walked around the place for what felt like an hour trying to reach the end. "Last thing I recalled was fighting that witch." He uttered clenching his fist. "And I lost.""Argh!!!" He shouted from the bottom of his lungs. "It's so frustrating. I had her on my clutches and what did I do?"He yanked his hair. "I toyed with her, I had the power to end her with a single strike, I knew I did."He continued walking through the infinite space."Wait, what happened after she knocked me out? What if I died and this is the afterlife?" He plopped to his knees.Ryker balls up his fist and slammed the floor making an odd "Thud" sound."I'm such a loser!"He shouted feeling nothing but rage and regret. He continued slamming the floor."Only a loser will die like that..." Ry
"I'm back!"Ryker finds himself back inside the Black Stallion."Then again, that thing did say that I never left." He looked around the room he was in.It was different from the room he was kept earlier when Jackal saved him.Ryker jolts up from the bed and makes his way to the hallways in search for the captain of the cruiser."Where is that sneaky bastard?"Ryker had his back against a door as it opened up and he fell through."Oh good," Jackal was standing atop him with his hands resting on his waist. Besides him was Ming."I was just about to come to get you."Ryker winced in pain as he lifts himself. "Where are we?" He looked past the two and scans the room in awe."Oh, this? Hehe, that was why I wanted to come get you" Jackal explained wearing
"Huff. Huff.""You're almost there..." Jackal was holding a stopwatch to keep a record of how long Ryker can keep his astral skin on."This is annoying!" Ryker was getting tired and angry. Keeping the black astral skin on took a lot of mental focus which placed a strain on him."I'm afraid you're going to have to deal with it, snow-white."The first lesson for Ryker was to learn how to properly use his astral skin."You wouldn't want a repeat of what happened the other time now would you?"Ryker clicked his tongue. As much as he'd hate to admit it, Jackal was right. There was no point in being stubborn.The black astral skin is one of the rarest colors that a person could harness. It provides an incredible buff in strength and speed as shown by Ryker when he easily took care of over a dozen B-Grade bounty hunters. He would have beaten the A-Grade Mysty too had he not exhausted his astral."I appreciate you going through t
LOCATION: BOUNTY HUNTERS ASSOCIATION, MISTY TRAIL GALAXY HQ.A man wearing a monocle on his right eye was seated in his office. This man was none other than the head of the Misty Trail's bounty hunter association division, Flagmaster August.He raises his head upon hearing a knock on the door."Come in."A man, tall with a firm muscular structure wearing a black long coat."Ahh, Commander Kane. Just the man I was looking for."The man named Kane saluted his superior. "You called for me sir?""Yes, have you heard any word from A-Grade hunter Mysty?"Kane paused for a moment. August realized that whatever it was he was hesitant to say was far from being good news."I believe you know me too well than to hide anything from me, especially something that has to do with that traitor." August darts the Commander
LOCATION: RED WINE GALAXY, PLANET DARTH."Okay, I think my nose just died." Ryker pinched his nose as he and Jackal walked through the cyberpunk-style planet."What? Nonsense, that's adventure you're perceiving, snow-white." Jackal deeply inhales and breathes out through his mouth."If this is how adventure smells like... I'd rather take my chances with a black hole."Jackal smirked. "Well, if you want. You can go back to the ship to help Ming with some maintenance."Ryker felt a chill run through his spine. The mere thought of working with the android whom he despised made him feel like throwing up. Or maybe, it's the stench around him. "I hate you." He muttered."What's that?" Jackal perked his ears."What are we doing here anyway?" Ryker scanned their surroundings. They were currently at a marketplace."This place is filled with notorious criminals... Pirates, mercenaries and thieves. I re
"Finally!" Ryker exclaimed as he spreads his arms apart. "I can breathe fresh air again!"He, Jackal and Zera have made their way back to the Black Stallion."Well?" Jackal turned to the vampire. "What do you think of Stally?" He asked with a grin as he puffs out his chest.Zera scans the cruiser momentarily before setting her gaze back to its captain. "She's as vibrant as ever." She remarked with a smile.Ryker wore a stoic expression as he glances at the two. 'Why are they talking as if the cruiser is a living thing?'Just then, Ming approached them."Ming..." Zera said in a cold tone.Ryker felt a chill run down his spine. She gave off the same vibe as earlier when they met. The look was aimed at the android yet he felt restless."Zera..." Ming responded in a similar manner."I see Jackie still
"And that is everything I know, my mistress." Mysty was kneeling in front of the Black Stallion crew. "Good servant." Zera patted her head. The A-grade hunter had become her slave and lost all her free will. Her irises were devoid of life, she was like a mindless zombie. "That was easy," Ryker stated. "Hmm..." Jackal rubbed his chin. "Did you get all that, Ming?" He turned to the android. After Zera warped the hunter's mind. She commanded her to tell them all the information she had about the BSA. Mysty rambled for nearly an hour and thus, it proved difficult for them to recall everything she said. "Good thing Ming has an inbuilt recorder." Said Ryker. He crept closer to the mindless Mysty and squatted to her level. "How does it feel to be the pawn now, wit
Clank!Sparks flew as the hard metallic boots clashed with the sword made from an unbreakable substance.Reginald was breathing excessively as he gazes upon his opponent who was also trying to catch his breath.They have been attacking and canceling each other's attack for ten minutes now with neither side taking any hit.Neither has taken damage but they were both exhausted.For one, both of them couldn't use aura techniques which can only be used by individuals with massive ain reserves.They focused on using doping to boost their physical abilities past the human limit thus putting a lot of strain on their bodies.What's more, the two were both overlapping their doping with the power of their relics.The boots of Hermes which grant near-lightspeed powers and the Hat of Lupin, which copies the abilities of relics which in this case, was copying the powers of the boots. Transforming into