Among the Houto powerhouses, there were 9 of them who radiated power that was significant enough for Darius to take note of.
[Name: Kekkai Gokou || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Samurai, Dragon Warrior.
HP: 46,431/46,431 || MP: 23,782/23,782 || STA: 18,894/18,894
Level: 94 ||
Power: 231 || Speed: 124 || Constitution: 201
Magic: 253 || Will: 149 || Luck: 70.
Skills: Dragon Swordsmanship, Heroic Will, Battlefield Valor, etc.
The first in the lead was a man wearing all-red dragon armor that was scaly and had sharp spikes at his shoulder blades, along with a full helmet that was attached to an eyeless mask. The only thing one could see from that black helm was a burning red glow from two orbs.
He was tall, he was menacing and he stood at the head of an Eastern-style dragon. His katana was in its sheathe at his side, and he made no moves to attack.
[Name: Shin Jukuri || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Ninja, Traceless Shadow.
HP: 8,272/8,272 || MP: 10,137/10,137 || STA: 4,371/4,371
Level: 93 ||
Power: 176 || Speed: 348 || Constitution: 47
Magic: 109 || Will: 439 || Luck: 200.
Skills: Taijutsu, Ninjutsu, Shunpo, etc.
Seated on the back of a hawk was a cold-faced man with extremely handsome features, with dark green eyes, short-cropped black hair, and earrings. He wore a black ninja-yoroi, which was made up of a black jacket, black trousers, light sandals, and a hooded cowl, though he flipped his back to show his face.
His body was covered with daggers that were tied by three sashes going across his body, one across his waist, one from his right shoulder to his left hip, and another from his left shoulder to his right hip.
He was glancing down at the Pan Suppression Sect arrogantly, with a smirk of cruelty on his face.
[Name: Shin Hito || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Ninja, Life Slayer.
HP: 4,551/4,551 || MP: 35,328/35,328 || STA: 3,404/3,404
Level: 92 ||
Power: 123 || Speed: 233 || Constitution: 37
Magic: 384 || Will: 739 || Luck: 200.
Skills: Genjustu, Mind Control, True Shadow Arts, etc.
This one was close to Shin Jukuri, and had the same build. However, his ninja-yoroi was white in color and he hid his face using the cowl and mask, only letting one see the same cold dark green eyes that his twin brother possessed.
He was far less armed because he focused more on the ethereal and 'magical' aspect of the ninja's heritage, unlike his brother who focused on the 'physical' part.
[Name: Yui Kusobi || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Omnyouji, Demon Fire.
HP: 2,470/2,470 || MP: 47,904/47,904 || STA: 6,240/6,240
Level: 96 ||
Power: 38 || Speed: 44 || Constitution: 65
Magic: 499 || Will: 1098 || Luck: 100.
Spells: Flame Wall, Fire Bomb, Endless Flame, Fire Ring, etc.]
[Name: Sakura Fujimoto || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Omnyouji, Divine Lightning.
HP: 902/902 || MP: 37,037/37,037 || STA: 3,731/3,731
Level: 91 ||
Power: 22 || Speed: 23 || Constitution: 41
Magic: 407 || Will: 889 || Luck: 90.
Spells: Lightning Bolt, Heaven's Wrath, True Lightning Fire, etc]
[Name: Kaori Shimizu || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Omnyouji, Groundless Earth.
HP: 8,100/8,100 || MP: 44,232/44,232 || STA: 10,476/10,476
Level: 97 ||
Power: 75 || Speed: 21 || Constitution: 108
Magic: 456 || Will: 1120 || Luck: 100.
Spells: Earthen Barrier, Sand Tomb, Spikes of Earth, Quicksand Ruin, etc.]
Next were three women of extreme beauty standing together on a single giant dove that cawed with a lovely tune. They were like picturesque jade beauties that one would worship for being transient of the mortal coil.
The one on the left, Yui, wore bright red robes that covered he svelte body and her burning red hair and eyes were fixed on the Pan Suppression Sect with slight greed as she was one of those who directly attacked, sending a fireball down to strike the outer sect.
In the middle was Sakura, who wore ivory-colored robes that covered her tall form, her light blue eyes crackling with electricity, and her white hair standing on ends as she channeled her power downwards and attacked as well.
On the right was Kaori who wore beige colored robes that covered her short but voluptuous body. She radiated a calming aura and did not attack, but only watched with a calm smile as the event occurred. Her light brown eyes and brown hair tied into a bun shone occasionally due to sparks of her power.
The three were known as the three beauties of Houto, standing at the top of the Onmyoji pyramid in terms of power, prestige, and influence. They also led the biggest Onmyoji academy as the three principals and commanded the allegiance of all Onmyoji on the continent.
[Name: Yukiko Tsukada || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Shrine Maiden, Elegant Dancer.
HP: 360/360 || MP: 28,248/28,248 || STA: 2,640/2,640
Level: 88 ||
Power: 12 || Speed: 100 || Constitution: 30
Magic: 321 || Will: 1509 || Luck: 300.
Spells: Dance of Rejuvenation, Dance of Battle Boon, Dance of Cleansing, Dance of True Sight, etc.]
[Name: Ryoko Sugihara || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Shrine Maiden, Soothing Singer.
HP: 870/870 || MP: 44,196/44,196 || STA: 7,569/7,569
Level: 87 ||
Power: 10 || Speed: 22 || Constitution: 87
Magic: 508 || Will: 1277 || Luck: 300.
Spells: Song of Recovery, Song of Bloodthirstiness, Song of Purification, Song of Spiritual Insight, etc]
[Name: Sachiko Tashiro || Race: Human || Stage: Grandmaster || Jobs: Shrine Maiden, Skilled Player.
HP: 270/270 || MP: 26,522/26,522 || STA: 1,602/1,602 𝚋ｅ𝚍ｎ𝚘ｖｅ𝚕．𝚘𝚛𝚐
Level: 89 ||
Power: 15 || Speed: 232 || Constitution: 18
Magic: 298 || Will: 1023 || Luck: 300.
Spells: Melody of Blessing, Melody of Berserk, Melody of Edification, Melody of Mental Foresight, etc.]
Beside them was another set of three maidens who were far more delicate and less bloodthirsty than them. They all wore a mixture of red and white shrine maiden robes that were quite baggy on them, along with traditional sandals.
They stood upon a Luan and seemed to not be too comfortable with what was going on down there, but had no choice but to be present.
Darius Analyzed them all and chuckled. He knew that they represented only 20% of the peak forces of Houto, and the rest were either indisposed, unwilling to partake, or on their way here.
Darius wished to cause chaos to Houto and was a better way than to create a power vacuum when the top echelon suddenly die? Would there not be endless bloodshed and battles to fill those positions?
Of course there would be, history had proven this over and over again. This made Darius' job very simple.
He didn't need to care about the how.
He didn't need to care about the why.
He just needed to kill.
Darius stood up from his throne and the Dragon Ancestor's Lance appeared in his right hand. His eyes flashed with a serpentine light as he disappeared from where he stood, appearing beside the three Onmyoji leaders who were the spearhead of the attack.
Their speed stats were far lower than Darius' so they didn't even realize when he appeared beside them. Darius struck out a killing blow, but he found that the three had placed talismans on their robes that exploded with their elemental power, blocking his casual attack.
Darius hummed with interest as the world caught up to his actions. The two women who were happily attacking were terribly frightened and exploded with more power, creating a danger zone between then and Darius.
Darius simply floated backwards and glanced at them with a smile. His eyes narrowed and he understood many things.
It seemed like he was finally feeling the 'upgrade' that Vena made to Faust. These fellows had far greater stats than he expected for mere humans even if their continent yielded stronger combatants on average.
Not only that, but some things which were passively ignored by the natives now became a concern, or were 'patched'.
The most obvious one was, if someone had, say, 100 points of speed, even if he had 1 point in all other stats, he should theoretically be able to kill everyone in the world and dominate.
After all, no matter how high your strength, magic, defense, vitality, or even luck, if you couldn't even see or react to another person's movement, you were dead, it was as simple as that.
However, the natives now took steps to limit such an advantage, and it was shown 'organically' like this. Darius had fought many foes throughout his growth and he knew for a fact that this was not something common.
However, it wasn't like he was complaining. While it was slightly annoying, it would allow him to test the extent of his current power before he invested his stats that had accumulated quite a bit in this period of time.
With that in mind, Darius launched forth once more, smiling playfully as he targeted the earth user among them!