The elephant was 10 times stronger than an average human being. Furthermore, its defense was even better than its strength, and although Vincent was only three times stronger than a human, he decided to fight it as he was three times faster than an average human while the elephant was just as fast as an average human. That means he can easily dodge its attack, and also outrun the beast if the situation turns unfavorable.
Vincent breathed twice to calm himself and steeled his heart for the very first hunt of his life, before putting the backpack beneath the bushes, and he then clutched both the daggers in his hands before stepping out of his concealed location.
"It's over for Red Tusk Elephant. As long as I don't get hit, I'll be able to slowly chip away at your health. The battle is in my favor as long as I play my cards right." Vincent's eyes gave off a calculating flicker while his dagger gleamed threateningly.
"PAWOOOO!" The elephant ignored him as it charged ahead. Each step it took left behind a deep print on the ground and threw up dirt.
Vincent also darted ahead as he slid underneath the belly of the elephant and went past it. At the same time, he slashed on the ankles of its hind legs with both of his daggers. Mana Burner couldn't pierce through its thick hide, however, but a visible gash was made on its hide by the inky, black dagger, Executioner.
"Oh, it can only charge in a single direction because of its huge body. Since that's the case, I can easily evade by changing my position when it charge." Vincent thought as he evaded the tusks by moving to the left as the elephant smashed into a tree.
Outraged, it continuously charged at Vincent, and tried squashing him with its hooves and impaling him with its tusks like a mindless beast. However, Vincent dodged every single one of its attacks as if he was able to predict its movements. Not to mention, he also repeatedly slashed at the ankles of its hind legs.
The first few attacks made with Mana Burner dealt no damage to the beast, but as he continuously slashed at the same place, the dagger was able to pierce into its tough skin causing blood to run down from it. Meanwhile, the wound created by the beast's weapon Executioner grew increasingly larger. The rampaging beast didn't notice that its health was decreasing unit by unit as blood flowed out of the wounds.
"This rampaging beast just might squash the precious herb. I must lead it away from here!"
The elephant smashed through a few trees as Vincent led it away from the magic herb filled with life force and his backpack loaded with purple poisonous grasses.
Vincent activated his transcendental-grade combat technique, Body Empowering as they reached several meters away from the magic herb. All 30 units of battle energy were consumed as Vincent's base power temporarily doubled. Previously, Vincent was three times stronger and faster than a human but right now, he was six times stronger and faster.
The duration of this skill was only one minute, however. After that, his strength will lower down to his base power. Worst of all, after all that running and attacking he was running low on stamina.
"I must end this in one move," Vincent thought as he turned around, dashing towards the beast, and twirling to the sides just when he's inches away from being impaled by its tusk. He then performed magic empowered slash using his inky, black dagger and twinkling blue dagger on the elephant's hind legs.
The damage of the daggers increased as they consumed 10 units of mana each. Moreover, the penetration effect of Executioner doubled as it was swung with a strength far greater than before.
Blood tainted the green grasses as the daggers cut through the elephant's ankles like a hot knife passing through butter. The Red Tusk Elephant came crashing down hard on the ground as its thick feet were completely chopped off.
Its eyes glared at Vincent with resentment as flame energy quickly gathered at the center of its mouth opened widely. Even after discerning that the beast was about to use its ability, Vincent was not afraid nor worried about anything.
"Finally, it's about to use its ability. I've been waiting for this moment for a while." Vincent thought with a calculating smile plastered on his face as he started to perform a set of hand signs to channel his magic power into the magic technique "Mana Bullet".
Vincent's eyes narrowed to slits as an enormous amount of magic burst forth from his forefinger, twirling and compressing, condensing into the shape of a pea sized bullet.
"Magic Technique: Mana Bullet!"
It took a mere split-second for him to create and blast the mana bullet at the wide opened mouth of the beast.
The pale blue bullet, barely larger than the size of a finger, whizzed towards the beast's mouth with a hissing noise.
The mana bullet penetrated the incomplete fireball, slicing it in two halves. After a split second, the incomplete fireball burst up, creating a fiery explosion in the beast's mouth. Flames gushed down its throat and a powerful cascade of brilliant fiery flames burst out of its mouth, roasting it inside and out.
The elephant fell to the ground with a audible thud, roasted through and through. It was cooked, in and out by its own flames.
From the very start till the very end, the beast has been dancing in the palm of Vincent's hand!
Vincent frowned as he abruptly felt pain assaulting his senses. At least he knew the reason why blood was running down his nose, and why he was feeling tired and drained. The utilization of magic techniques and battle techniques create a physical and mental drain on one's body. Using too many could cause adverse effects on the body, muscle pain, headaches and losing consciousness were the most common ones while the rupturing of heart was among the most severe adverse effects.
Vincent's vision was turning blurry, as blood was dripping out of his nose and his black hoodie was being stained scarlet but he didn't care, for a message bearing great news has appear right in front of him.
Low-level beast (Red Tusk Elephant) has been slain
The owner has proved himself worthy of the name Sangue by completing the heritage mission. Congratulations! The Blood Evolution System has assimilated with the owner
Vincent didn't feel anything as the Blood Evolution System suddenly assimilated with himself.
Life Spell Matrix has been activated
Converting Red Tusk Elephant 100 units of Life Force into experience points
You've obtained 100 experience points from the beast
You have leveled up
5 Attribute points obtained
Multiple notifications sounded at once as Vincent calmly read through them. Several seconds later, his eyes brightened in excitement as he thought about it,
'I think I understand how my family heirloom will help me increase my strength. If I am not wrong then I can use these attribute points to increase my strength!'