The entire crew on the s.h.i.+p, with or without any problem in the eyes, wears a one-eyed cover to blindfold the right eye. This is Captain one-eyed Flo's order.
"There is a boat coming over!"
"It's a small boat."
A pirate standing in the sentry position, seeing Ross' boat in the distance, reported.
As soon as they heard that it was a small boat, the numerous pirates on the s.h.i.+p lost their interest, because a small boat means that there will be no treasures that are of any worth.
Some people also showed a strange expression and ask the sentry post: "They are taking the initiative to come here? Didn't they see our pirate flag?"
"Yes! They seem to be accelerating."
The sentry post didn't care at first, but after noticing that Ross's boat was charging full speed towards their s.h.i.+p, he suddenly felt that something was wrong.
Under normal circ.u.mstances, when normal s.h.i.+ps spot a pirate s.h.i.+p, wouldn't they immediately turn around and run away? Taking the initiative to rush over when coming across a pirate group… only Pirate Hunters would do!
When he thought of it, the sentry post was immediately shocked.
"Reporting to Captain, it may be a Pirate Hunter!"
As soon as they heard the word Pirate Hunter, many of the pirate's faces changed. Someone quickly went to the cabin and reported to Captain Flo.
One-eyed Flo was taking an afternoon nap and was very annoyed when he was woken up by his men. He yawned and went to the outside deck, and looked at the boat in the distance:
"Pirate Hunter? I am one-eyed Flo, I have a bounty of 27 million Berries, which Pirate Hunter dares to provoke me, they are really tired of living!"
"Exterminate them for me."
One-eyed Flo rubbed the back of the head as he gave the order to attack to a pirate nearby.
Several pirates responded and quickly filled the cannon with gunpowder, aimed at the boat that Ross was riding and started the bombardment.
A cannonball drew a arc, and fell into the sea, creating huge waves in the sea.
Ross took a deep breath and said: "Robin, you go inside the cabin first."
Ross' power of distortion in present condition can prevent attacks from the general sword, but the bullets fired by the guns, and any sword attack with slight sword energy, he cannot block them head-on, not to mention cannons.
Fortunately, the bombardment done by this pirate group was not as orderly as Marine, and seems to be even somewhat messed-up as they were unable to form dense and terrifying cannonball hail.
Ross didn't intend to block the cannonb.a.l.l.s… although he will be hard pressed to stop them.
He didn't need this boat anymore. He just needs to rely on the boat to get close to the Flo Pirate s.h.i.+p, after getting close he could make a hard jump to the s.h.i.+p by Soru.
A cannonball struck towards Ross and Ross's foot stepped hard on the floor of the boat. He escaped to a distance and avoided the cannonball.
The sh.e.l.ls crashed on the bow of the s.h.i.+p, and the sawdust flew in every direction and a cloud of smoke floated over.
"Indeed, it is not a simple thing to use the fruit's ability to stop the sh.e.l.ls or to cut open the sh.e.l.ls with a sword."
In the face of a situation where he can die or get seriously injured by cannonb.a.l.l.s, Ross was extremely calm because, with his current agility and speed, he was able to avoid the cannonb.a.l.l.s that had come from afar.
As the boat approached the Flo Pirate s.h.i.+p, the hit rate of the cannonb.a.l.l.s began to get higher and higher, and it became more and more difficult to avoid them due to the close distance.
Ross calmly looks at the Flo Pirate s.h.i.+p ahead, he has focused his maximum attention such that any shadow that flies over, he will instantly avoid it.
"Captain, if this continues, then we won't be able to approach the s.h.i.+p."
Robin hid in the cabin with several large holes in it, observing the situation outside, and made a mouth on the pillar next to Ross, to tell him of her observation. Ross's eyes swept towards the lips on the pillar. He was not surprised as the ability of Flower-Flower Fruit(Hana Hana no Mi) in which a part of the body can be made anywhere.
He responded calmly: "Relax, we don't need to get too close."
Ross stared at the s.h.i.+p with all of his focus and judged the distance.
"This distance is enough!"
Ross's gaze flashed, and he jumped without hesitation to the top of the boat. Then he stamped hard, smas.h.i.+ng the part of a boat, and jumped towards the s.h.i.+p creating an arc in midair. He fell down onto Furlow pirate group's pirate s.h.i.+p.
On the Flo pirate group's s.h.i.+p, many pirates were looking at the boat that was crumbling in the bombardment with an evil smirk. Seeing a figure suddenly jumping up from the boat to come to their s.h.i.+p, all of them were stunned.
"Captain! Someone is here!"
By the time pirates reacted, Ross had already hit the Flo pirate group's sail. He landed on the sail, and light as a feather dropped down on the mast.
The distance of this jump is obviously not something that ordinary people can do. Many pirates revealed shock. Some people looked upwards. They vaguely felt that Ross's figure was a little familiar, and then thought of something, their faces drastically changed.
"You are… Ghost Hand Ross! You have Killed the Marine Branch Captain and have a bounty of 40 million Berries!"
"Very good, I don't have to introduce myself."
Ross calmly glanced at the pirates below, and jumped down directly onto the s.h.i.+p's deck. He said while looking at the pirates in front of him:
"Flo pirate group, I don't have to offer apology, right? … My boat was broken by you so, therefore it is regrettable but I am gonna have to take your s.h.i.+p as compensation."
The pirates standing next to Ross couldn't help but swallow their saliva.
Although they are also tyrannical pirates, the news said that Ross is extremely vicious, he not only slaughtered a small town but also killed the captain of the Marine Branch, his degree of madness is far higher than theirs!
"I thought it was a Pirate Hunter who didn't have eyes. I didn't expect you, Pirate Hunter… no, pirate, Ghost Hand Ross."
One-eyed Flo walked out from the back, his one-eye staring at Ross was slightly narrowed, revealing a dangerous look.
Although Ross is notorious, he is also not easy to provoke. What about the bounty of 40 million Berries? After all, he is alone!
"Want my s.h.i.+p, how about joining us?"
One-eyed Flo spread out his hands towards Ross, and said: "With your strength, if you join forces with me, there will be few people in West Blue who will be our match."
If Ross was a Pirate Hunter then he would have already started fighting, but Ross is already a pirate and he is alone. If he can get him on his s.h.i.+p to be a combatant, then the Flo pirate group will be able to run amok in the West Blue.
"Bounty of 27 million Berries, one-eyed Flo." Ross slowly moved forward, his eyes indifferent: "Are you planning to be my subordinate?"
Flo's face sank and sneered: "It seems that you haven't figured out what kind of situation you are in, Ghost Hand Ross."
As his voice fell, many of the nearby pirates pulled out their guns and swords, readying for battle.
Facing the numerous pirates, Ross' expression was still calm and indifferent.
"It's you who doesn't fully understand the situation."
Almost at the next moment, Ross moved, and arrived at the right side of the s.h.i.+p and punched, and sent a pirate flying, followed by kicking a pirate into the sea.
At the same time, his left hand has already pulled out his gun from the waist, aiming at the pirate group, and Bang Bang Bang…. fired six bullets from his gun.
Everything happened almost instantaneously.
Except for the one-eyed Flo who went on alert the moment Ross moved, the rest of the pirate almost failed to react. Until Ross shot six bullets and knocked down seven people in succession, they finally reacted.
The rest of the pirates, almost all of their foreheads were overflowing with cold sweat. Everyone was shocked by Ross' frightening speed. For a while, they were feeling afraid, but being pirates for a long time, their instincts allowed them to quickly raised the guns in their hands and shoot.
About 67 pirate simultaneously aimed at Ross.
Bang! Bang! Bang!
The bullets. .h.i.t the boat and the wood chips flew.
However, Ross had already left his original place as he directly rushed into the crowd.
"He is here!"
In this kind of close combat, the role of guns is obviously not big, many pirates decisively pulled out their sword to fight Ross.
Ross faced the swords and did not evade as he directly punched his fist wrapped in the power of distortion, and collided with the swords.
The swords made of fine iron stopped in midair under the influence of the power of distortion. They were like rubber, and were forcibly distorted and broken!
Ross' fist turned over and shook, and the power of distortion was bombarded out from his fists, attacking the several nearby pirates. The bones within the pirates issued scalp numbing crack sounds, and they all distorted into fried dough twist.
"This… what power is this?!"
The remaining pirates who saw this scene, their movements stagnated. They were terrified and fear began to spread in their hearts.
If it was only about fast speed and accurate marksmans.h.i.+p then it would be fine, but this kind of unknown fist power that can turn people into soft mud causes people to feel fear!
"Is it cause of Devil Fruit?"
One-eyed Flo looked at the retreating group of his subordinates as Ross' punch twisted the bones of another pirate, his pupil could not help but shrink.
He doesn't have the Devil Fruit ability, but he has seen how people with Devil Fruit ability fight. He knows that Devil Fruit users are very troublesome and difficult to deal with.
"Ghost Hand Ross, are you really unwilling to work with me? I can make you the first officer on board, second only to me."
Flo placed the sword horizontally in front of him and looked at Ross with a calm expression.
In his eyes, the useless subordinates that were killed by Ross were not worth caring about. Instead, Ross, such a powerful guy was someone he wants to recruit.
Ross looked indifferent and didn't speak. After repelling the nearby pirate, he directly charged towards Flo, turning into a afterimage and swiftly attacking.
"d.a.m.n, then die!"
Flo's one-eyed flashed with faint anger, and he held the hilt of his sword with both hands, chopping his sword towards Ross's head.
Flo's swordsmans.h.i.+p gave Ross the feeling that it was a lot worse than Colonel Moby, but the power of this sword was similar to that of Moby, and it sparked with faint sword energy!
"Is it a Named Sword?"
Ross was a little surprised but his expression didn't change. He nimbly moved, avoiding Flo's frontal attack as he punched towards Flo.
Flo's reaction was extremely fast. Both of his hands tightly grasped the sword and pressed down, while Ross twisted his body and dodged.
Flo competed with Ross to gain the upper hand, and entangled with Ross, while he ordered his subordinates, to attempt to distract Ross's attention.
However, at this moment, Robin's voice came from the back end of the s.h.i.+p.
Several pirates that have guns have arms growing out of their shoulders, knocking down the guns in their hands and twisting their necks.
"Don't interfere with Captain's Battle."
Although, Robin was currently only sixteen years old, with the ability of Flower-Flower Fruit(Hana Hana no Mi), she can still deal with a group of ordinary pirates.
Many pirates were scared by Robin's ability, and one-eyed Flo also felt cold in his heart. He didn't expect Ross to have a helper and a Devil Fruit user at that.
There were no problems on Robin side, so Ross looked back at Flo once again.
Flo was stronger than an average Marine Commander. With a Named Sword in his hands, his strength is similar to a Marine Captain.
This strength is still inferior to Ross.
Even if Ross didn't want to break the Named Sword in Flo's hand. Flo still quickly fell into a dire circ.u.mstances. Soon, one of his arms was punched by Ross, and the flesh and bones all got distorted, covered with blood.
The Named Sword also flew out and inserted nearby into the s.h.i.+p's deck.
Flo's face showed painful expression, and his eyes became very fl.u.s.tered. Looking at the slowly walking over Ross, he endured the pain and said: "Don't… don't kill me, if you want the s.h.i.+p, I can give it to you, I… I can be your subordinate."
Ross's stepped forward with an expression face. His fist slammed down, and Flo's voice stopped.
After killing the one-eyed Flo, listening to the clear system notification sound transmitted into his ear, Ross's eyes flashed with a trace of satisfaction, and then he turned and walked aside, picking up the sword that had just been taken from Flo.
"Robin, do you know this sword?"
He looked at the sword and didn't recognize it, so he asked Robin who wasn't far away.
Robin walked over and looked at the sword in Ross' hand and hesitantly said. "I am not familiar with the swords, but I recorded all the information about swords. This sword looks like a 21 O Wazamono grade sword, Happy Spring."
"21 O Wazamono grade sword?"
Ross was a little surprised. He thought it was just one of the 50 Ryo Wazamono Grade Swords. He didn't expect one-eyed Flo to have a 21 O Wazamono Grade Sword in his hands.
The best swords in this world are the 12 Saijo O Wazamono Grade Swords. There are only 12 of such swords in the entire world. Next are the 21 O Wazamono Grade Swords, there are only 21 of such swords.
Of course, with his current Distortion Fruit ability, he can't generate vibrations via weapons like the Tremor-Tremor Fruit, so the sword has only one use for him, that is… to show his status.
Getting one of the 21 O Wazamono Grade sword is a nice surprise that really satisfies him. After killing one-eyed Flo, he obtained talent reward.
50 Talent Proficiency points.
1 Free Talent point.
This was the first time that he had hunted a pirate whose bounty reached more than 20 million berries. He got 1 Free Talent point, and 50 Talent Proficiency points, which means that the first branch of Distortion Fruit can be finally unlocked without any surprise.
Ross didn't rush to call out the Talent System. Instead, he turned around and looked at the back where the remaining pirates were suppressed by Robin.
"There are thirteen remaining."
Robin stood next to Ross and reported to him.
When the numerous pirates saw Ross killing one-eyed Flo, even though some of them has a little bit of strength, they revealed panicked and fearful expression.
"Don't… don't kill me, Captain Ross, I am willing to surrender to you."
"Me too, me too!"
They even took the initiative to throw away their weapons.
Ross looked at the remaining thirteen pirates, and shook his head indifferently: "There are too many of you here, I don't need so many subordinates."
Looking at the fearful pirates, Ross slightly paused, and then calmly said: "You have thirteen people now, but I only need five people."
When they heard Ross, the remaining 13 pirates breath stagnated.
He will only take five people, the meaning is obvious, that is that among them only 5 can live while the remaining 8 must die.
"You want us to kill each other…"
Someone bit his teeth and opened his mouth, but he didn't even finish talking as suddenly his chest was pierced by a blade, following that blood splashed out in all directions.
The pirates present were not the kind of pirates like the Straw Hat Pirates. Each one is a cruel and fierce existence. There are also many smart people. They obviously cannot fight against Ross, so the only way to survive is to obey.
Someone took the lead, and the remaining pirate immediately howled at each other and started killing each other. Soon, only five people were left standing.
Although the five people stopped fighting, they were still very vigilant. In the event that Ross changes his mind and says that he only need three people, the one who relaxes his vigilance will die first.
Ross glanced at the five people, then turned to Robin and said:
"Robin, the rest will be handed over to you."
Robin nodded and commanded the remaining five pirates to clean the bodies and blood on the s.h.i.+p, while Ross arrived at the deck alone.
With a single thought.
The three big trees of Talent System were called out by him. Ross directly opened the Battle-type talent department and found the huge branch of Distortion Fruit.
Distortion Fruit: 75
He only requires 25 more points in Talent Proficiency and he can activate the Light Distortion ability, Ross thought, then directly put 25 proficiency points in it.
A green light flashed, and the proficiency of Distortion Fruit reached 100, and the branch of Light Distortion ability changed from gray to activatable green.
To activate Light Distortion, it requires 1 Free Talent Point.
Ross put 1 point of Free Talent Point directly on the Light Distortion branch.
In an instant, a strange force poured into Ross's body, fusing with the Distortion Fruit's power within his body.
"Sure enough, some changes have appeared."
Ross felt the changes in his body and muttered. It was difficult to describe the feeling in words, but there is no doubt that the ability of Distortion Fruit has been further developed.
He reached out with his hand which was shaking.
In his ordinary palm, a group of phantoms appeared out of the air and under the deliberate manipulation of Ross, these phantom images froze and suddenly changed into a lot of hands.
Robin, who was standing underneath and commanding the pirates to sweep the decks, couldn't help but see the changes in Ross.
When did Ross steal her Flower-Flower Fruit (Hana Hana no Mi) ability?
Ross stood there constantly waving his arms, creating afterimage after afterimage to familiarize with the newly acquired power.
"It's just illusions…"
Using the power of Light Distortion, his arms were like illusory images, without any substantial attack power, but they are extremely confusing.
Imagine in a battle, suddenly throwing countless fists, all of them looking similar, even if only one of them is true, it is undoubtedly very difficult to resist.
In other words.
Whichever opponent fights with Ross, their sight will be greatly interfered, unless they rely on sound and other senses to judge Ross's position. Otherwise, they will be greatly limited.
For those who haven't grasped Observation Haki or know Kami-e (Paper Drawing), their eyes would almost be the most important method for sensing. In the case of visual interference, their strength will be greatly reduced.
Now if Ross meets another person at the level of Marine Captain, even if he had to fight three or five at the same time, he will be able to deal with them easily.
"Effective range of Distortion Fruit ability has also increased."
Familiarizing with the newly acquired ability, Ross also perceived that the power of distortion he can mobilize is much powerful than before.
If before, the effective range of power of distortion was a radius of two meters by taking him as the center, then now, the effective range of power of distortion has reached a radius of nearly five meters.
This level of distortion power is enough to deal with Mobi and one-eyed Flo's attack, that is to say, in front of that kind of power, there is no need for Ross to dodge next time and he could directly stop those attack with distortion power.
Ross even felt that the bullets fired by ordinary guns could be also withstood by distortion power, but he did not want to experiment that.
"The strength of the fruit has increased and the consumption of physical strength has also increased a lot."
Feeling the changes in the body, Ross revealed hesitation on his face.
The use of Devil Fruit undoubtedly consumes too much stamina, especially this Paramecia type Distortion Fruit.
Now, the Distortion Fruit ability has upgraded by twice as much, which means that in a situation where he erupts of with his full strength, his physical exertion would be even faster, putting greater burden on his body and spirit.
"It seems that I need to choose the 'Physical Enhancement' in General type talent as early as possible. At present, the situation is not bad. But once the Gravity Distortion ability is activated, I am afraid that my body's strength will not be able to keep up with the Devil Fruit ability."
The current strongest people in the sea were undoubtedly the Four Emperors; Whitebeard, but the reason Whitebeard is powerful not just because of Tremor-Tremor Fruit (Gura Gura no Mi).
Although the Tremor-Tremor Fruit (Gura Gura no Mi) is very powerful, it is impossible to exert the amount of power that Whitebeard does without a terrifying strong body that can withstand the shocks.
"There are 25 proficiency points left. If a situation arrives that requires explosive power, I will just put the points in Distortion Fruit. If I need speed, then I will go with Soru or Agility Enhancement."
Ross thought for a moment and eventually left 25 proficiency. Anyway, he can call the
Talent System at any time and then instantly select the options in it.
After closing the Talent System, Ross continued to familiarize himself with the Light Distortion ability.
Two hours later.
Robin came to Ross's side and reported to him, who was training his ability, "Captain, the deck and the cabin have been cleaned up, and I have spotted a Marine Battles.h.i.+p in the southwest direction which is heading towards us. Depending on the size, it should be a medium-sized Battles.h.i.+p."
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