The Praying Hands continue their tests on Reg, deciding they want to remove his stomach and legs next. Nanachi runs in, horrified at the state Reg is in. The Praying Hands recognize her and began to prod at her. Meinya leaps in to stop them, and Prushka arrives with Riko and orders the Praying Hands to stop treating her father's guests that way. They insist that Reg is a highly dangerous and capable relic that they had to investigate. Prushka slowly realizes that they may be acting on Bondrewd's orders, and the Praying Hands informs her that she isn't supposed to come into this area. Riko suddenly grabs Prushka, and Reg pulls them both out of the room with his remaining arm.
Nanachi decides they must leave, before Riko gets similar treatment. Riko doesn't want to leave Reg's arm behind, but Nanachi promises they will come back for it. Nanachi hesitates to bring Prushka with them, but Riko insists that Prushka is her friend. Nanachi lets Prushka decide what she wants to do.
Nanachi, Reg, and Riko get into a boat to leave the Idofront. Prushka decides to stay, certain she can convince Bondrewd to return Reg's arm. She apologizes to them, and says she wants to go on an adventure together. As the group leaves, Praying Hands surround Prushka. Nanachi cannot stand to let Bondrewd get away with what he's done to Mitty and Reg, but Riko is focused on Reg's condition. Reg smells a scent similar to Abyss stew, which gives Riko an idea.
Bondrewd and the Praying Hands come across Nanachi and Reg. Bondrewd offers to fix Reg, and invites Nanachi to return with him. Riko uses Blaze Reap to ignite the ground, which awakens the colony of Desert Hydra, the best predators in the 5th Layer. Bondrewd and the Praying Hands are surrounded and attacked by flailing tails as Reg uses his arm to pull himself and Nanachi to safety.
Character Appearances Edit
- Riko recognizes the Desert Hydra's nest from the description in Lyza's notes (Chapter 006).
- Nanachi and Prushka rescue Reg from the Praying Hands.
- Reg, Riko, and Nanachi leave the Idofront.
- Reg, Riko, and Nanachi lure Bondrewd into a Desert Hydra colony.