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Chapter 15: Great Millennium Ape

Sila speedily circulated "Intermediate Qi" throughout his body. He could spot many golden gorillas around the edges of forest gradually kept walking toward him. Finally, there were around 50 of them surrounding Sila.

From his previous fight, he knew that these Great Millennium Apes could move very quickly due to its qinggong. With this close distance between him and them, the fight could have erupted anytime.

The other thing that Sila was curious was: 'Are these apes as skillful as the one I fought before? If they are, I will be in damn trouble.'

The gap between the apes and Sila gradually was becoming closer and closer. Now there was only twenty meters gap between them. Ordinary player would run away by now, but Sila need to beat the leader of Great Millennium Ape first.

Sila fully knew himself that he was more excel in offensive ability than defensive one. If he waited for these apes to come closer, he would only be forced to keep defending to death. Thus, he decided to be the one who performed a pre-emptive strike.

As soon as the gap between him and them became fourteen meters, he fired a knife toward an ape in front of him, and swiftly charged following that knife.

A knife stabbed deep into that Great Millennium Ape's head and immediately causing it to disperse as a light. This was a signal for all other Great Millennium Apes to go all out to attack.

Seeing his attack worked successfully, Sila felt joyful. He tightened two more knifes in both hands. Although he had never fired two knifes at the same time before, in this situation, he would just have to try his hardest.

Sila entirely depended on hidden weapon since he got a glimpse of these apes' ability. They were agile creature, but comparing to him when using "Qi of Little Fish," their ability to cope against long range attack wasn't that great.

So, even though Sila couldn't damage them with his bare hand combat, his hidden weapon could do.

With his understanding in qi-strengthening hidden weapon usage, all his firing knifes would fuse with only minimum amount of "Qi of Little Tiger" that could send the apes to death if they were hit at vital spot.

Both knives in his hands quickly flew toward two giant apes approaching him. Both of these apes were too focus on attacking Sila so they didn't notice the knives at all. When they were finally aware of the knives' presence, it was the same time that their life met its end.

Sila frowned slightly. Although it's true that he had successfully killed both of them, the knife he'd fired with left hand was missed where he'd aimed by two inches. Just now, if the one on the left hadn't rushed toward him, his knife would have missed.

With two more of their comrades dying, the rest of Great Millennium Apes were filled with anger, they were rushing toward Sila without caring anything else.

Sila had no time to think. He kept firing the knives only from his right hand. When a knife was fired, the other ones immediately fired next and next.

As for his left hand, he only used it to tighten one knife without firing it out. Knowing that it's less accurate, he planned to use this knife in only emergency case.

Dozens Great Millennium Apes were dying one after another. This was because their strength lied into qinggong. The more they were alive, the less space for them to utilize it. Thus, their number was declining sharply.

As Sila noticing this weakness of them, he accelerated his firing speed to kill them as many as he could before they became aware of this weakness. If these apes were to change their fighting tactic to come at him one at a time, he would definitely die from exhaustion.

Sila was using only hidden weapon to get rid of them. The reason was; if he made an error in performing a bare hand combat, the returning power would damage himself badly, allowing these monkeys to besiege him later.

Despite Sila was currently having an advantage, he was fully aware of his limited amount of qi. He also didn't know whether these Great Millennium Apes would be the last for him to fight or not. Thus, he tried to look around to find the boss of these apes, as his quest was to take it down.

However, all of them looked exactly the same as though they'd been copied and pasted. Sila didn't have other choice except to keep killing them one by one.

More dozens of Great Millennium Apes had died. Now, their number declined to seven. Nevertheless, with them having more space to move around, it's harder for Sila to kill them.

Despite it was conflicting with normal logic; the less Great Millennium Apes Sila had to fight, the more disadvantageous Sila was.

Now, Sila's knife finally missed target. All remaining Great Millennium Apes had learned from their comrade's deaths so they could read direction of the knife and be able to dodge it by simply tilting their head.

With them being able to dodge Sila's attack, their liveliness increased. Then, they charged at Sila in unison.

Sila immediately realized his mistake. He had been always aiming at the head - the vital spot of the monkeys. Therefore, no matter how silly the monsters were, with him kept attacking at the same spot, they would eventually notice his aim. (Sila still didn't realize that there were some monsters that even possessed exceptional intelligent.)

Sila fired another two qi-strengthening knives. This time, these knives didn't aim at the head; they stabbed at two Great Millennium Apes' heart instead.

And even before those two dispersed as lights, Sila made another move; he once again fired two knives toward another two monkeys that flinched, sending them following their comrades to an afterlife.

However, the remaining three apes were now very close to Sila. Their attacks were coming at Sila at full speed.

Sila calmly circulated "Qi of Little Fish" to agilely spin his body out of their attack's range, and then slapped at the nape of a neck of the monkey closest to him.

Well, due to lack of time to put "Qi of Little Tiger" into his attack, that ape didn't die.

Sila grabbed its body and started using "Intermediate Qi" as his inner force, which he normally used it to fire hidden weapon, to fire Great Millennium Ape away.

Of course, he knew that his inner force wasn't strong enough to push its big body without him having to move like his usual hidden weapon; so, he added his arm strength to throw it forcefully.

Its body was thrown toward another Great Millennium Ape whom rushing at him. Sila quickly followed his thrown object while putting full power of "Qi of Little Tiger" into his right hand.

At the time that the rushing Great Millennium Ape catching its friend's body, Sila struck his palm at thrown Great Millennium Ape with full force. His palm was so powerful that its impact was enough to affect the Great Millennium Ape in behind, killing both of them together.

Finally, there was only one Great Millennium Ape left.

Nevertheless, with Sila's big movement to kill those two Great Millennium Apes previously, his back was wide open. The last Great Millennium Ape didn't miss this chance and leaped forward. Both of its palms were intensely glowing in dark red aura.

Sila didn't even have time to turn his head. But he somehow could sense the frightening power through the air from his back. So, he fired the knife backward without looking.

Sila's qi was nearly depleted from his previous attack, so this knife wasn't fused with qi. It's also not precise as he didn't aim. However, it made Great Millennium Ape had to dodge slightly and lost its tempo a little.

Sila turned his body back while circulating his nearly-exhausted "Qi of Little Fish" to evade its attack. Well, he's a bit too late; the palm was bound to hit him in the next second.

Sila followed his instinct. He flicked his hand to hit opponent's wrist from the side, making the palm to awry slightly.

Although this made him avoided being hit directly, it's still slammed into his shoulder heavily.

The sound of bone cracking could be heard. It seemed like Sila's right shoulder was totally done for. His right arm was falling to the ground without him being able to control it at all.

Sila grit his teeth while bearing great pain. He forced himself to fire a knife toward the head of the last Great Millennium Ape with his left hand.

The knife stabbed at its forehead precisely. The Great Millennium Ape staggered for a while before finally turning into a light and disappeared.

Sila opened his Item Window and picked up Large Health Potion to drink while circulating "Recovering Qi" to heal his bone fracture. The amount of qi he had used was also now regenerating slowly.

However, the system sound alarmed again.

Player Sila has defeated 50 Great Millennium Apes, Squire Rank, Level 500 -- achieving a certain condition.
Monster Great Millennium Ape, Knight Rank, Level 200, has appeared.

After the end of system sound, Sila immediately looked around to find his new enemy. Of course, he still didn't stop circulating "Recovering Qi" as he wanted to prolong his healing time as much as he could.


The sound of monkey was coming from behind.

Sila turned his head. At the base of a peach tree in the middle of the field, there was one golden monkey standing.

This Great Millennium Ape was obviously different from previous ones. Its size was three times bigger. It's also wearing navy blue Wuxia's clothes embroidered with gold thread. It was looking at Sila with great fury.
Sila continued to circulate "Recovering Qi." His bone began to slowly join back together. Meanwhile, Sila's eyes were stared at Great Millennium Ape's muscles, preparing for its sudden movement.

Not waiting for Sila to be fully healed, the giant ape flashed forward like a shooting arrow.

Sila saw this as a good opportunity to strike. He instantly fired a knife toward its head.

However, the result was unexpected; when a knife flew closer to its head, Great Millennium Ape flicked its hand to easily brush away the knife.

Sila was frightened. This was the first time that someone was able to sweep his hidden weapon away. That Ape swept it as though doing so was a child play, even!

When the gap between them got closer, Great Millennium Ape accelerated by kicking the ground, its palm was focusing at Sila's chest.

Sila hurriedly circulated "Qi of Little Fish" to evade.

Its palm was completely missed, making Sila felt relieved to know that at least he could still depend on "Qi of Little Fish."

But after its palm missing the target, Great Millennium Ape immediately used its right foot as a fulcrum, spinning its body and thrusting its palm again.

Sila had no time to think, he turned around to evade its attack a second time.

With him dodging another hit, Great Millennium Ape still didn't quit attacking; it used its foot to strike anew.

Although it's a combat in very close range, Sila couldn't find any chance to fire a hidden weapon as Great Millennium Ape kept moving its vital spots.

Sila was only able to keep dodging, waiting for an opportunity to escape from Great Millennium Ape's series of attacks.

In a film, we usually see a fight between hero and villain take turn to offense and defense. But that's for the audiences to enjoy watching. Sila, who had been raised in a dojo, fully knew that: in an actual combat, the turnaround of flow of the battle is something very strenuous to happen. Just from the tiny disadvantage at some point, as a fight drag on, it will gradually keep expanding until the disadvantageous one is defeated in the end.

In an actual fight, the result is usually cleared from the start of battle.

As if emphasizing this fact, Great Millennium Ape's attacks now started to scrape Sila. Its tail struck at Sila's left leg. Although this attack of it wasn't strengthened with qi, it made Sila's speed decreased.

With Sila's injury at the leg, Great Millennium Ape accelerated its attacks, wanting to get rid of Sila as soon as possible.

'You'll know the reason when you confront Great Millennium Ape. Just be sure to give it your all. To tell you the truth, the current you are no match for it. You'll need to use your wit.'

Words of his teacher echoed into Sila's mind.

'My wit ...'

Looking at his own injured leg, Sila finally realized what his teacher's words meant.

… How could he be such a fool before?

Sila tightened a hidden weapon. Great Millennium Ape saw that action and sneered. It raised both of its hands to cover its forehead and its heart, while its foot still swinging toward Sila.

The sound of a dagger stabbing something could be heard. Sila had already fired his hidden weapon.

This time, its target wasn't the vital spots like a head or a heart. It instead pierced at Great Millennium Ape's swinging leg.

With the successfulness of this attack, Great Millennium Ape halted for a brief period. Sila surely wouldn't let this precious opportunity go. He instantly fired another three knives, aiming at Great Millennium Ape's other leg.

Just now, he'd noticed that Great Millennium Ape had tried to attack all over his body; whereas he's too naive, trying to wait for an opportunity to kill it in one hit like he'd always did to his past opponents. Of course, it's a very effective method, but with him fighting against skilled opponent, it's doubtlessly not an easy task to do.

The opportunity to win is something one has to create oneself, not just simply waiting for it to occur.

Not only his three firing knives weren't fused with qi, they were also fired in close range. Thus, the accuracy of them was topnotch. They pierced at Great Millennium Ape's right leg in unison, causing Great Millennium Ape to cry in pain. Its guard was slightly down.

Sila fired another three knives toward its chest, flank, and shoulder tip. Even though they weren't fused with qi, they were enough to stop Great Millennium Ape's movement.

Conscious of the principle of fighting, Sila knew he mustn't let go of this hard-earned chance of winning. He didn't take a break and fired another four knives disregarding the preciseness.

Great Millennium Ape raised its hand to brush away the knives. But it could sweep only one. The remaining three knives stabbed at its flank and lower abdomen. While it's still in pain, another series of knives were coming again, not letting it rested.

Its large body turned into a drawback. If disregarding the vital spots, with its massive body, Sila could hit this Great Millennium Ape with his knives even with his eyes closed.

All four of daggers pierced at its body. Its guard was completely broken. Thus, Sila immediately fired qi-strengthening knife toward its wide-opened head.

Come to think of it, this was truly notable. From the tiny bit of tempo he'd gained from firing at its leg, Sila kept widening that tempo to reach this point.

The knife pinned down precisely in the middle of Great Millennium Ape's forehead. Well, it's still not dead yet. Now, it gritted its teeth to bear the pain and rushed at Sila as though it wanted him to die together. It didn't even care about defending anymore.

Sila jumped backward while keep firing knives with his both hands.

Great Millennium Ape stopped. Its body was covered in so much blood, dyeing its clothes and fur in red.

It should be close to death already. But Sila didn't want to be too careless. He fired an addition one qi-strengthening knife to stab its head.

Its massive body began to totter. Sila kept firing knives nonstop. Now, Great Millennium Ape looked almost like a hedgehog.

Finally, Sila stopped firing. The reason for that was he'd already run out of knife.

Great Millennium Ape's body fell to the ground before turning into a light and disappeared, this happened together with alarming of system sound.

Player Sila has defeated Great Millennium Ape, Knight Rank, Level 200. Player has received 600,000 experience points, gotten 200 gold coins, Great Millennium Ape Card 1 EA, Cloud Roaming Hermit's Clothes 1 EA, and Nameless Elder's Secret Scroll 1 EA.

Level of Player Sila has been risen to 580.

Territory of Great Millennium Ape has been decayed. Players can use Returning Scroll from now on.

At the end of this system sound, Sila ended up lying down on the ground in exhaustion. He let out a heavy sigh and began to circulate "Recovering Qi."

Then, after quite a long time passed, Sila used Invitation Card to Bamboo Hut to return to the place his teacher was.

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