What exactly did Gowther see inside Dreyfus? What was that shadow? Does this mean that Dreyfus has been manipulated by a darker power all this time? Ah, so many questions with so little answers being given this chapter, yet the intensity turned up at the end with Helbram grossly wounding Diane and King arriving to stop him from dealing the finishing blow. Hopefully Diane will survive, but I wonder if this will cause King to go over the edge and get serious with Helbram unlike their previous encounter, especially considering that Helbram is a cunning opponent with a dangerous ability.
That presence which Gowther seen, I really am curious to find out what it was and what it has done with Gowther after he practically broke Dreyfus. The only logical conclusion I can come up with is that the presence is some sort of darkness that has been manipulating Dreyfus all this time. Hendricksen most likely has something to do with this, maybe he played Dreyfus while he was in a [mentally] vulnerable position in the past. The fact that Dreyfus was forced to retreat does imply that Gowther had successfully done something mentally to Dreyfus.
With Dreyfus and Gilthunder retreating, Helbram takes charge and utilises the many abilities he has available thanks to his “Link” ability to take down Hauser and Guila. Diane, Zeal and Jericho end up getting dragged into it, but thankfully for Diane’s fortitude, she was able to interrupt Helbram and get an attack off. Sadly though, the villain was far from finished and pierced Diane with his Iceburg ability…ah I really hope after everything Diane has taken that she doesn’t end up dying.
King finally appears to stop Helbram’s attack from finishing off Diane, but with the sight of Diane in a state bordering death, I really doubt King is going to hold back against Helbram this time. The two may have a past, but Diane is important to King and her being injured so badly definitely won’t sit well with him. We may finally get to see King unleash in the next chapter against Helbram. Looking forward to it!
With Jericho unconscious, yet being dragged into the fight with Helbram’s “death” power – “Call of Inferno”, I hope once she awakens she realises how insignificant she was in the eyes of Helbram and Hendricksen, and does make the smart choice to change sides like Guila and fight for what she herself believes is “right”. I’m really looking forward to how this thrilling arc is going to conclude.