Chapter 4) Frontal Attack
“Omooooo, it is difficult to live in the long fight today.”
“Gol gol gol, I blame it on meeting the wrong master.”
The sculptural lifeforms!
Wy-3, the other wyverns, Bingryong, Imugi, Phoenix, Goldman, King Hydra and more!
47 sculptural lifeforms from Jigolaths were also there, making it a total of over 50 sculptural lifeform.
Bahamorg who was made by the sculpting master Geihar Von Arpen looked up at the sky.
“The rain… It is ominous.”
Bahamorg with the thick neck and shoulders had a level of 550 and was one of the strongest warriors. During this long period of time, he had been raising his level through hunting.
Then King Hydra said in a loud voice.
“My stomach is empty.”
“Stupid b.a.s.t.a.r.d. We all feel the same hunger. But anyway, I would appreciate a meal.”
The fight between the heads of the King Hydra continued.
“This is because of you. If only you indulge in eating a little bit.”
“I know it thanks to you. Anyway, I have a lot to say.”
Reproduction for the King Hydra was more difficult than pa.s.sing a camel through the eye of a needle. There were 9 heads meeting another 9 heads.
The heads would quarrel among themselves or even argue with the heads of the opposite s.e.x. The 9 heads would cause such a ruckus with another King Hydra that finding love was like picking a star from the sky!
Thanks to that, the King Hydra was destined to be alone.
“Chicken Porridge unit, attack to your heart’s content!”
“Hihihihihihi, I’ve already killed two people. Indeed, my striking in the back skill…keok! No. Unbelievable… Ohh, I barely survived. I’m as lucky as a main character… Kwaaek!”
“c.o.c.ky beginners. No matter how many numbers there are, you won’t be able to kill the Hermes Guild!”
“Bring it on, ignorant beginners. This is the 3rd sword technique, Hekarte Swordsmans.h.i.+p. You should feel honoured that you will die from it!”
The northern users and Haven Empire’s army fought fiercely. The users that survived the arrows and magic ran towards the Haven Empire’s army.
Those that jumped into the infantry were attacked and soon died. The formation of the Haven Empire was so strong that there weren’t many gaps to enter.
But even so, they had to attack recklessly. The users kept pus.h.i.+ng from behind.
“It seems that a hole has been breached. Magicians, concentrate your firepower in the 23rd east zone!”
“Let’s hold and push a little more!”
“We can do it.”
More than half the military force of the Central Continent and the northern users were in a direct conflict.
The northern users were coming so quickly that it was impossible for the Hermes Guild users to give commands for every change.
The powerful magic could also act as a disadvantage. The colossal explosion that caused flashes meant it was hard to get a wide range of view.
People kept on pus.h.i.+ng out of the magic destruction zone so it was hard to command the troops.
The individual ability of the northern users were impossible to determine.
Apart from a few units, the Gra.s.s Porridge Cult wasn’t divided by profession and level. They didn’t know the person they were running next to.
Of course, they didn’t believe that they could survive.
The magic destruction zone was an absolute power in the war. Due to this, there was no tactic other than running.
But the Haven Empire troops adapted to the northern users’ speed.
Ironically, the organized war the Haven Empire was accustomed to could no longer happen. Therefore, the commanders fought reliably.
On the other hand, the northern users were inexperienced in war but were different.
“It is impossible to be healed while running. And even if you do have protection spells, they will be quickly destroyed… Instead, I’ll increase your movement speed with the twelve step wolf blessing.”
“That is enough. If I die quickly then I can eat fried chicken and beer while watching the television so thank you.”
“Knights! All knights on horseback gather towards me. When I give the order, charge down that path. Recruiting 2,000 people!”
“Archers, gather here. I’ve mathematically a.n.a.lyzed the pattern of the enemy’s magic attacks. I am confident that it has a 82% reliability. There is a probability of your arrows. .h.i.tting up to 7 times once you enter the range.”
“Oh, the northern users are revealing our cleverness. Did you appear on television as a mathematical genius?”
“No, I am a 3rd time examinee.”
The users actively sought opinions and found a way to fight themselves. It didn’t have a major role in the war but it helped to deal more damage to the Haven Empire soldiers.
“Ohhhh, it is really cold.”
“All of a sudden, it is too cold.”
At that moment, the users thought they felt a chill due to the rain. The centre of the Haven Empire’s army also felt the biting cold.
“Can the rain really make it cold to this extent? I know that in the past, the Northern Continent was one of the coldest places on the Versailles Continent.
“Is the haven Empire using cold magic? The weather has changed so suddenly.”
Ta da da da da da doc!
The low level users that didn’t have frost resistance felt their teeth chattering.
|-You are feeling severe cold.
The body’s physical abilities are reduced by 12%.
Satiety will reduce 42% faster.
In order to overcome the cold, it is recommended to wear thick clothes or light a fire.
It can be very bad if the severe cold is felt for a long time.
“Is this really a cold spell?”
Thin ice started to form on the armour and helmet. The rain also lowered the body temperature quickly. Due to that, the players found it much more difficult to a.s.sault the enemy.
“Those dirty Hermes Guild b.a.s.t.a.r.ds! The completion of a wide area magic!”
This was fatal for the novice users who fought randomly.
The avians had their feathers soaked by the rain and were forced to go back to Lavias. The avians had high levels but the cold and thick rain made it harder to fly.
However, the situation was also similar for the Haven Empire.
The overall attack power of the army was bound to fall from the pouring rain. The distance of the arrows and magic were reduced. The cold would be a significant disruption to the soldiers fighting.
It had been a few hours so the northern users charge was dying off while the Haven Empire’s army continued proceeding steadily.
The soldiers and knights took out their cloaks. They could keep warm to some extent. But their body temperature continued lowering as time went on. Their bodies quickly became fatigued.
“Use a spell to protect the soldiers and raise their body temperatures.”
“It isn’t possible. The magic attacks need to continue even if the rain is falling. Those guys will keep flocking!”
“Look properly. Right now we are blocking those guys. The soldiers won’t die.”
“If we briefly stop the magic attacks then more enemies will come. And we can’t give immunity from the cold to that many soldiers!”
The commanders and magicians were engaged in an argument. The commanders of the Haven Empire wanted the magic to keep attacking the enemies.
However, the falling temperature was unbelievable.
Before long, pure white snow started to fall from the sky and changed into ice cubes in 2 minutes. The extreme wind chill fiercely pushed the soldiers.
A group of soldiers slipped on the icy ground. They slid for 10 metres before stopping.
The Hermes Guild users were embarra.s.sed and stunned.
“How can the soldiers fall down with this level of wind?”
“The ground is too slippery. Completely ice! This temperature is changing over a large area…” Later.
The relaxed commanders had their complexion suddenly changed. More soldiers kept falling down.
“Do not walk quickly! Everybody, stay in your place as much as possible!”
The Hermes Guild users had hunted to a high level but this was the first time they encountered such a phenomenon.
Rain, snow and ice.
The weather in the area changed so quickly that they couldn’t stand.
‘No, there is a reason behind this change.’
The Hermes Guild users announced this face through the communication channel. A channel that was limited to commanders level 430 and over.
Remid Mikord: This is a disaster! When looking at it, this is the precursor to Weed’s sculpting disaster.
Holsun: That is certainly not the only answer. Maybe magic or something different… And the disaster will affect a large area.
Mengcord: This time the disaster seems to be causing a cold. It must have been prepared for the fight.
Netu: Currently the battle is progressing. And although it is somewhat cold, it won’t do much damage to us.
Halleker: Don’t think of it that simply. We can withstand it but there might be an issue with the soldiers. They will lose a lot of their combat capabilities.
Gilled: Ice magicians. Their wide area attacks can do far more than decrease combat capabilities.
Mengcord: I agree. It is shallow but we still need to be wary of Weed. The cold air can decrease the vitality. Once an area completely freezes, the chill will spread around. Nevertheless, the cold won’t cause a lot of constraints on magic.
2nd corps commander, Balbaro. You have permission to issue orders along with the 1st corps commander Draka. Use the communication channel to direct orders along with Draka.
Balbaro: Commanders will give an order to the entire army. There isn’t a lot of information about the disaster so… The Hermes Guild will avoid a catastrophe by protecting all users of the guild from the ice. The magic units will protect the pre-determined units.
This is the Hermes Guild’s chain of command so all users should follow the orders of their superiors without any complaints.
“Advocate of Fire!”
The magicians used magic to protect themselves as well as specified units.
Mana was limited due to the ongoing battle but they used magic to avoid a significant amount of the cold.
‘A disaster is occurring on the wide plains.’
‘There is no need to be surprised by some damage. Even so, it isn’t that bad. I still have my life. It would be good if more of my compet.i.tors are eliminated.’
Despite the large and small pieces of ice falling from the sky, the Hermes Guild users were able to remain calm.
The magicians created layers of magic protection.
In comparison, it was like the northern users were naked.
They were destroyed by the magic and the chill reached deep into their bones. Thy had low skills so it was impossible to fight normally against the freezing cold.
The good news was that the Haven Empire turned completely defensive rather than actively fighting.
The wind and ice cubes knocked into the armour and s.h.i.+eld.
“Everyone avoid it. A pointy piece of ice is falling! This is apparently a disaster caused by King Weed!”
“Is it really Weed? This is too much. Why is it attacking us as well?”
There were harsh complaints from the users waiting their turn to step on the battlefield and those that came to watch.
They were dedicated to protect the Arpen Kingdom. But they didn’t think that Weed would attack the entire area. They worked in good faith so of course they felt betrayed.
But the members of the Gra.s.s Porridge Cult were deeply brainwashed. They had a huge crush on Weed so tried to think of the situation as positively as possible.
“Everybody repent. Those who feel resentment towards Weed have demons in their heart.”
“Believe in this disaster even if it means dying! Drink, Gra.s.s Porridge!”
It was like Weed had hooked them on a real estate scam! They crushed any serious accusations and prevented it from spreading through the north.
“Is there anyone who doesn’t risk their lives in the a.s.sault? No. We’ve already given up many people as a result. And there is already no possibility of surviving. This is a great opportunity so don’t be cheap about your neck. This disaster is more disadvantageous to the Haven Empire.”
“This is a battlefield. Leave if you don’t want to risk your necks. One more kill!”
“We are garbage. At least that is what the Hermes Guild users are saying through their gaze. The important thing is knowing that they wasted time trying to win against garbage.”
“Show our resolution to die and let’s go. This disaster is for our happiness!”
Anyway, they decided to dedicate their necks but the outcome would still be the same. This incident would have an adverse effect on the Haven Empire so they welcomed it.
“But is this really a disaster caused by Weed? Are you sure?”
“Then… Even Hestiger emerged so Weed is certainly somewhere here.”
“It would be good just because of that.”
“Fight even if you freeze to death!”
The northern users rushed even more.
“Milk Porridge, march!”
“Black Sesame Porridge unit, show them that our bravery is comparable to the Toadstool Porridge unit!”
“Crab Porridge unit, it is the season for catching crabs!”
“Crab Porridge, heat up!”
“Ohhhh, delicious Crab Porridge!”
The magicians were using magic to protect themselves and the soldiers so the northern users just charged through like a herd.
The northern users shared the same mind in this battle.
Prevent the invasion of the Haven Empire.
They devoted themselves to it and have nothing to lose. This was also a lesson from the last northern war.
The Arpen Kingdom’s development. A pace fast enough for the people living there to feel it every day.
Every time they visited the city, the street had changed and stores were selling new products. Even those who weren’t users could feel the economic development.
While dungeon hunting, there were long distance travels that allowed them to explore new cities and villages with the population on the rise.
Those committed to partic.i.p.ating in the war would build up achievements with the Arpen Kingdom. They wouldn’t abandon the struggle for their kingdom.
‘The Arpen Kingdom that King Weed created is an ideal place to live.’
They would risk their lives and fight together to protect it. The northern users already formed a consensus and did not waver from it.
They held their s.h.i.+elds over their heads while running to protect from the ice and slid dozens of metres when falling to the ground.
After half of the northern users were tangled together, it was difficult for them to reach the army.
Those watching the ludicrous sight from behind felt something hot rise in their chests.
‘The Arpen Kingdom…’
The people running ahead gave a deep impression.
“Loach Porridge unit, what the h.e.l.l are we doing?”
“Warriors of the Sesame Porridge unit, this isn’t the time to hesitate. Smash them to powder!”
“Carrot Porridge unit, this is the opportunity to impress your seniors in the Gra.s.s Porridge Cult!”
A crazy scene of collective brainwas.h.i.+ng! However, that heat didn’t remain for long.
The movement of a person running suddenly stopped. The land had completely frozen and their feet were stuck.
“I can’t move at all!”
“Ugh! My feet have turned into ice cubes…”
The users just stood in place while looking around. The other users were baffled as well as they couldn’t move except for a minority that had specially designed strong legs.
The priests and shamans cast protective magic and could move.
“Please help me.”
The nearby users dismantle the ice but many lost their lives to the sharp ice. It was like the unbearable cold had returned to the north. Weed’s disaster was a problem for the poor beginners.
The stiff bodies turned into ice.
The Haven Empire armour and magical protection gave them resistance to the rapidly lowering temperature but the damage to the northern users was crucial.
“Kuhuhu, those idiots.”
“They are thoroughly thick. Those stupid…”
“That’s right. This battle is now won.”
There was no doubt this was Weed’s disaster. Instead, it resulted in the ma.s.sive deaths of the northern users.
Hestiger and his followers were still strong to a certain extent. Hestiger would kill hundreds every time he swung his sword and he was impossible to block. The power of fire meant that he could fight normally in the cold.
Still, it couldn’t overcome the disaster.
“The lowered temperature has certainly benefited us.”
“We will have good memories of conquering the continent.”
“The Haven Empire has won again!”
The Hermes Guild users were chatting easily.
A violent tremor was felt from the frozen ground. And it became increasingly serious. The trembling could be felt from their entire body.
“What the, is some scary monster coming from the ground?”
“No, the vibration is similar to an earthquake but…”
The questions of the users were answered in an instant.
From the east, a huge tsunami was coming from the lake in the mountains. Great Disaster Nature Sculpting had called the water that had been increased by the rain in order to sweep through the plains.
Kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa!
The speed of the approaching tsunami was frightening.
“A tsunami on land… A real tsunami!”
The field of vision was narrowed due to the ice falling from the sky.
Once someone said the word tsunami, the story quickly spread. The people who couldn’t see it learned that the tsunami was coming.
“Let’s remain calm. Even though there is a tsunami… It is just a big and fast wave. The damage isn’t strong. It can’t kill… Waaahhhhh!”
“It is furiously pus.h.i.+ng. The damage!”
A tsunami with a height of over 100 metres was swallowed up by the Haven Empire. The armoured soldiers were swept away by the tsunami and were furiously pushed back and forth.
The tsunami swept away all the users, knights and magicians at once. The soldiers couldn’t do anything about the advancing tsunami.
The tsunami was approaching fast and the users and soldiers combining their power couldn’t stop it!
The armoured infantry tried to endure using their weight but it was useless. Even the magicians’ s.h.i.+elds were pushed away.
-Draka: Are you sure it is a tsunami?
-Gilled: It really is a tsunami. Coming towards me… Aaaack!
-Remid Mikord: This is a disaster. Weed the G.o.d of War’s ploy…
-Balbaro: Stay calm. The tsunami will hit you will a few big waves but there won’t be much damage. Weed has never used a disaster two times in a day.
Remid Mikord: Don’t just listen to the stories. Weed the G.o.d of War…
Mengcord: We already know about the crisis. We have already repelled most of Weed’s hidden tricks.
The soldiers that lost their lives turned into grey light and dropped swords, spears, s.h.i.+elds or armour.
Soon it changed into a tsunami of steel. The sight was enough to cause a mysterious terror. The tsunami swept across the soldiers frozen by the ice.
“Run away. Kuwooooh!”
The soldiers ran to the other side but were still caught by the tsunami. The supernatural power contained in the tsunami caused a lot of fear.
Still, the physical power wasn’t that strong.
The tsunami swept away the soldiers but didn’t kill all of them. The high levels of the Hermes Guild meant many of them were far from death.
There were terrible screams of surprise. Those hit by the tsunami were in shock as they fell hundreds of metres along with debris.
“It is quite weak when looking at it.”
The tsunami had pushed them hundreds of metres.
The high and fast tsunami had pulled water from the area but nevertheless, the amount of water didn’t reach a wide area.
There was shock as many were swept away but a large number of the Haven Empire surprisingly survived.
Their high levels, armour and blessing was crucial in reducing the damage of the blessing. The tsunami disaster had covered approximately 2 corps of the Haven Empire. And they were immediately destroyed.
“This much… It is easily endured.”
“Not that many people died? A few people died but that was due to the density.”
“In the Central Continent, we lose that many soldiers in one or two battles. If we conscript soldiers then that number can be easily recovered.”
The Hermes Guild users thought like that.
The aftermath of the disaster wasn’t over.
After the tsunami pa.s.sed, the cold weather continued and the water left behind started freezing. It was like a glacier was created as the Haven Empire’s bodies froze.
Furthermore, the tsunami had caused a large number of soldiers to be covered in debris. Over 1,000 people were collapsed and tangled up with fallen horses.
The NPC knights hastily exclaimed.
“Commander, we must fix the formations soon. The army’s organization is a mess because of this tsunami.”
Draka’s face stiffened and he said.
“It is pretty annoying. Before I thought I would soon destroy the Earth Palace. Either way, those northern users will also have a hard time fighting over the ground.”
The commanders thought they lost approximately 30,000~80,000 troops.
They had predicted that Weed would cause a disaster. The troops were widely spread so there wasn’t much damage.
Only those in the main area of the disaster had received damage or died.
‘The emergence of Hestiger in conjunction with the disaster… Weed had calculated this much.’
The younger commanders admired it.
Everyone expected there to be a plan for the war. But executing the plan was a different matter.
The northern users moved according to a large picture and the disaster was planned to sweep away the Haven Empire’s army.
‘Weed the G.o.d of War, his combat capabilities are really good. But ridiculously… Even so, he still swept away his own side?’
‘A person with this ability… Perhaps this is related to the depth involved in his sculptures? The indirect support in smaller combat is excellent… Well, let’s look at the actual damage.’
The magicians and priests healed the soldiers. Approximately 100,000 soldiers were injured but that damage would be overcome sooner or later.
“The ground is slippery so the enemies can’t attack. There will be a lull in the battle for a while.”
“Tell the troops. Reconstruct the destroyed formations… Have the soldiers fighting power recover quickly. The knights of the Hermes Guild has to show our might. Attack those guys even harder.”
“Before that, it is good if we target Hestiger.”
Hestiger was still on a rampage despite the disaster. However, the players that followed him had been reduced in half by the disaster.
They would die easily under the elite troops of the Haven Empire. It was impossible to withstand the long ranged attacks of the Haven Empire.
Even so, Hestiger still had an amazing army of 1 million users.
“They are reckless.”
“They are good prey like the Abyss Knight.”
The Hermes Guild users stared at them with greedy eyes. The high level users were used to reaping victory. If they could kill Hestiger then they would receive the highest battle experience and compensation.
The warriors and knights eyed Hestiger while the thieves hid their bodies.
Porcal: Eliminate the huge headache.
Instrium: The same mind.
Banrommel: A fantastic compet.i.tion. Is he called Warrior Who Saved the World? He is nothing in front of the mighty Haven warriors. Huhuhu.
Commanders of corps 3, 4 and 5, you will focus on eliminating Hestiger.
This was an opportunity to gain honour and compensation. The greedy people were determined to win against Hestiger and took action.
Then among the northern users, a merchant was selling goods in a loud voice. The ones riding on carriages were Mapon and Gamong.
“Now, selling cheaply. This is the first time a trader is telling the truth, I’m selling this at the original cost price! Iron studded boots for only 2 silver! It won’t slip on the hard ice and you can fight!”
“Dog sleds for you to ride on. A 4 seater dog sled optimized for ice, selling for an incredible price of 5 gold. It you want big or medium sized dog that can a.s.sist in battle then buy them for 78 gold and 98 silver! The taste is different and they will surely be helpful in battle. The sleds are only on sale for today. And refunds or returns are impossible!”
“The iron studded boots!”
“An order of 300 boots over here!”
“I want to ride the dog sled!”
The merchants sold spiked goods.
Mapon led the line of carriages with a smiling face.
“This time I will receive a sizeable amount of profit.”
Of course the line about the cost price was a lie. He sold it for 2 silver but the cost price was 1 silver and 60 copper.
The price was really cheap but it had the lowest level quality. The durability of the leather goods wasn’t something that could be recycled.
The ma.s.s production of low quality products!
Getting the information from Weed cost him 50 copper but this business was a big hit.
“The conscience of a merchant is really expensive. Even after being betrayed, they would continue to sell the very next day in Royal Road.”
The northern users could now fight on the slippery ground.
Bark bark bark!
And the advance of the dog sleds! Thousands of sheds rushed in a straight line towards the Haven Empire’s army.
The disaster had destroyed the magic destruction zone and the robust defense formation of the infantry had been scattered. This was a chance for the northern users to build up some achievements.
“Gra.s.s porridge, gra.s.s porridge, gra.s.s porridge!”
An extensive number of northern users quickly gathered again and rushed. From the Haven Empire’s position, there was nothing more tedious.
“Scramble. Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!”
Golden Bird flew in the sky near Lavias. The avians holding long spears headed towards the ground. They folded their wings and plummeted towards the ground at an extreme speed. And they spread their wings wide when they were close to the ground.
“Avian clan, begin the attack on the invaders!”
The birds cried out in unison. A ch.o.r.eographed attack was launched by the avians from the sky.