GDK 423 -
"Brat, we've already fought for two days. Where the hell have you been?" When Firenze saw Han Shuo, he couldn't help but scold loudly.
Han Shuo was considered the key person during this battle. When he suddenly disappeared for two days, everyone was frightened, especially Phoebe, Fanny, and Emily. They even thought that Han Shuo dreaded punishment and had hidden himself, causing them to be so impatient they didn't know what they should do.
Fortunately, the Dark Mantle displayed its astonishing abilities. In the two days that Han Shuo was missing, members of Dark Mantle that were concealed within Ossen City unceasingly transmitted all sorts of information, helping Firenze, Old Hahn and the rest to make an accurate decision in deploying their troops, allowing them to have the advantage in this battle with Ashburn and the rest.
"Um, I had some personal matters to handle." Han Shuo also didn't anticipate that a black resolute gem would actually cause him to stay in the Cemetery of Death for two days. Han Shuo had originally only wanted to take a look at the earth zombie's condition and return immediately. He wouldn't have known that he would stay for so long. Hence, he had nothing to say as Firenze continued his scolding.
"Alright then, let's not talk about useless matters. Since you are here, describe to me the situation in the other districts. This time around, we have to resolve the situation in one battle, so as to not let Ashburn and the rest be able to escape. Otherwise, once Ashburn and the others leave Ossen City, there would be even more battles within the Lancelot Empire." Firenze was extremely blunt with Han Shuo, hastily urging Han Shuo to supply him with information of the bigger picture.
In such a crucial time, Han Shuo didn't say much else, immediately describing the situation in every district of Ossen City to Firenze as observed through the twelve mystical demons, even including details of what Ashburn, Charles and the rest were saying.
Firenze listened calmly to Han Shuo's description, constantly shouting out orders. Firenze not only had his officers by his side, he also had one of Dark Mantle's three heavyweights, Amyes. In such a crucial period, Amyes had impressively also become Firenze's subordinate. At his orders, Amyes conveyed information through the enormous Dark Mantle organization to every corner of Ossen City.
It was during this course of events that Han Shuo realized that the battle had gone on endlessly within Ossen City during these two days. Due to Charles giving orders mercilessly without caring about past feelings, apart from Lawrence's side, the powers under the other two princes suffered heavy casualties. Charles clearly intended to exterminate them, constantly pressuring the other two princes.
The two princes who react immediately suffered disastrous losses over the past two days and were pressured till the point that they had no alternative but to head for the northern city district and form an alliance with Lawrence so as to combine their forces and face Charles together.
With the addition of the powers of the two princes and Firenze's Howling Legion, the strength of Lawrence's camp was no longer inferior to Charles'. In the past two days, Ossen City's northern city district had become the main battlefield. However, under Firenze's arrangements, the powers under the other two princes were also put to use, starting to gradually nibble away at the other districts being controlled by Ashburn and the others.
As of now, they seemed to have obtained decent achievements. The powers under Ashburn were constantly being hiddenly consumed and they no longer had the strength to take control over Ossen City on their own.
Space sacred magus Sabakas had also roamed everywhere within this two days, sealing all the space transportation arrays within Ossen City, putting an end to anyone's plans of using the transportation arrays to send reinforcements from other cities.
Every large-scale transportation array within Ossen City had been deployed by space sacred magus Sabakas. Although Ashburn and Charles had suddenly guarded them with massive numbers of troops, as the person who deployed the transportation arrays, although Sabakas was unable to seize them back, he was able to seal the arrays.
Therefore, no one would be able to transfer troops from other cities over through the transportation arrays. In the short term, the battle within Ossen City wouldn't expand. Whoever was able to rapidly achieve victory within Ossen City in the next few days would most likely obtain the position of Lancelot Empire's King.
"Alright, there's nothing else for you. Do whatever you should be doing!" After Han Shuo described the situation in every district of Ossen City to Firenze once and Firenze passed down numerous orders based on Han Shuo's narration, Firenze impatiently urged Han Shuo to leave.
Han Shuo stared blankly for a moment before nodding silently and headed for the location of the three women.
Fanny and the others were currently staying in a lounge on the second floor of the castle. Han Shuo had already spotted the three women through his mystical demons. Han Shuo was unclear about what the three women had discussed in secret but it seemed like they no longer had the same enormous estrangement from each other that was present two days ago. Although they weren't exactly on great terms with each other, it wasn't till the extent where they were quarreling with one another.
Even now, Han Shuo was honestly still feeling apprehensive and somewhat didn't dare to face the three women. However, Han Shuo knew that some matters could not be avoided. Since he had appeared after disappearing for two days, if he didn't go over to see the three women, he would not be able to justify his actions. Hence, he could only summon his courage and head for the lounge where the three women were at.
When Han Shuo purposely caused his footsteps to echo outside the lounge, the gaze of the three women who were conversing indifferently suddenly converged on Han Shuo who had already appeared by the door. Their gazes were like piercing arrows as they landed on Han Shuo's body, causing Han Shuo to feel uncomfortable all over.
Forcing a cough, Han Shuo exclaimed, "Oh, you are all here!"
Phoebe glared at Han Shuo unhappily and said, "That's right, we are all waiting for you, this bigshot. We certainly wouldn't dare to be like you, hiding yourself during wartime. If we didn't know of your past behavior, someone might have already left the castle in search of you!"
When she spoke, Phoebe's eyes wandered between Emily and Fanny, clearly hinting at something.
Emily was calm and composed, her lips curling up into an amused smile as she looked at Han Shuo, not at all affected by Phoebe's words. However, Fanny's expression had clearly relaxed, or perhaps because she still wasn't very familiar with Phoebe and Emily, her face unconsciously turned red as she blushed.
"I didn't know that I would leave for two days. However, it seems like without me within the castle, everything seemed to operate better. Ha, isn't our side already gradually holding the advantage?" Han Shuo mocked himself and chuckled as he spoke to the three women casually.
"When you weren't within the castle, everything depended on the Dark Mantle to acquire information. These two days, the members were as busy as bees while being extremely careful, afraid of being caught and becoming the catalyst for the shift in power. However, Fanny's father is truly extraordinary. With him at the helm, the situation of our side gradually became better." Emily smiled as she said to Han Shuo.
Of the three women, Emily knew the most of Han Shuo's secrets, including the knowledge that Han Shuo controlled the Cemetery of Death. She roughly guessed that Han Shuo had perhaps gone to the Cemetery of Death through a transportation array. Hence, she wasn't too concerned about Han Shuo's sudden disappearance and instead constantly consoled the other two women.
"Hmph, he only knows how to wage war." When Fanny heard Emily praise her father, she didn't reveal any happiness and instead grumbled somewhat resentfully.
Han Shuo found out previously from Fanny that Firenze continued campaigning on the battle while Fanny's mother was severely ill. Even when her mother had passed away from her illness, Firenze was still not present. This caused Fanny to always be troubled. It seems like even now, she still hasn't forgiven him.
"He was also acting in the interests of the empire and the southern border. If your father didn't fight as hard as he did, countless families at the southern border would be destitute and homeless! Sister Fanny, actually it also isn't easy for your father." Emily sighed softly as she tactfully consoled Fanny.
"I know that too. However, when I saw my mother constantly talking about him before she died from her illness, without even having the chance to see him one last time…" Fanny's volume gradually dropped, as though recalling unhappy memories as a strand of hesitation helplessly emerged.