It talked about villages, towns, and even cities ravaged by the Phrase, but the information was largely useless to me. It seemed that the Phrase had simply vanished from the world before a real solution could be found. All they left behind was carnage and destruction, so really that’s all that could be recorded. The Phrase had annihilated mankind. Humans, Demi-Humans, and Demonkin alike... Many nations lost their capitals, and the great leaders of the world were all mostly killed as well. There were a lot of recorded accounts about the last stands of great heroes, but none of it contained new information I could use to my advantage. The authors had simply regarded the Phrase as mysterious magical beings. It made sense, really. “Oh my...” I reached the end of the book, and found several illustrations. Each known kind of Phrase was drawn, with a little black star next to it
denoting its strength, size, and speed. Just as I’d expected, they hadn’t sat around doing nothing. They really were working on ways to prevent the catastrophe. The types that Ende had called Lesser Constructs were here. I could see a cricket, a snake, a beetle, a mantis, an ostrich, and various other little ones. There was a lot of variety in their forms, but they were certainly the easiest to slaughter. I flipped a bit further and saw sketches of the Intermediate Constructs. The images were numerous too... there was a manta ray, spider, shark, dog, dragonfly, ladybird, and so on. I’d noticed a few sketches of types I’d never seen. I wondered if the ancient civilization had managed to counteract them efficiently. They were more easily killed with powerful indirect spells. Though, they were still massive. A Frame Gear was necessary to kill them without collateral damage. Next came the Upper Constructs. I saw a sketch of the crocodile-like one I’d fought, but also one that looked like a pterodactyl, a hedgehog, a boar, and a few others. If they were all as tough as the crocodile one, then these things were no small matter. Going up against these things with anything less than monstrous firepower would simply be suicide. I turned over the page once more. The sketch I saw had me reeling in shock. I gasped in horror, and muttered slowly. “What... Is this...?” Next to the sketch was a single annotation. “Humanoid Construct.” The sketched individuals looked just like normal people, with the exception of tiny crystal protrusions on various parts of their bodies. When I checked their statistics, they were listed as considerably stronger than Upper Constructs. “...I had no idea...” I figured they should be called Human Phrase or something. According to the book, they appeared rarely and were recognized as the most powerful beings ever seen in the world. I had no idea how many were out there. But I could smell the danger. I needed to improve our defenses, and fast.
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