Chapter 315 – Molelord Bennett
Nie Yan quickly turned tail to flee. Trying to fight the Molelord was suicidal. Probably only Bladelight could tank a hit.
Bladelight raised his heavy shield and charged forward to intercept the Molelord.
The shield slammed into the Molelord with a heavy thud.
Bladelight chopped down on the Molelord.
At this moment, the others took the time to inspect the Molelord.Molelord Bennett (Lord): Level 50
Everyone sucked in a breath of cold air. Molelord Bennett's stats were still so terrifying despite being reduced by 30% by the journal.
After being blocked by Bladelight, the Molelord swept its pike at him.
「Klang!」The pike struck the heavy shield as Bladelight felt an enormous force travel up his arm. He dug his feet into the ground and used both arms on his shield to brace against the impact. However, he was still blown back.
Bladelight was forced backwards 5 meters before finally regaining his balance.
At this moment, Lofty Shadow and Yi Yan rushed forward to cover for Bladelight.
Lofty Shadow was provided high-quality equipment by the guild. Add this to his impressive talent and skill, and he overtook Yi Yan to become the number two Fighter in Asskickers United. He was just a step behind Bladelight in terms of tankiness.
Lofty Shadow was naturally the next one up after Bladelight was blown back.
Taunt! Lofty Shadow bellowed out, forcing the Molelord to target him.
The Molelord sent the three Fighters flying away repeatedly, but they stubbornly rushed back up every time.
All the while the Mages bombarded the Molelord with spells.
The Molelord's health started falling bit by bit.
"Bladelight, pull it toward the right," Nie Yan ordered. The uneven ground in that direction would heavily impact the Molelord's charging speed, reducing the danger it posed to the Mages in the backline.
"Got it." Bladelight nodded. He started moving towards the right, pulling the Molelord along with him.
The three Fighters worked in tandem to pull the Molelord to the right, then surrounded it and hunkered down behind their shields.
It instantly became much harder for the Molelord to maneuver. Although it was three times their size, it was still blocked in by Bladelight, Lofty Shadow, and Yi Yan who were like immovable boulders. Even slightly turning was a challenge.
As The Molelord swung down at Bladelight with its pike, the Priests and Paladins quickly buffed him with multiple blessings.
「Klang!」The pike smashed down on Bladelight's shield, instantly shattering the Radiant Barrier protecting him.
The Molelord's attacks were imbued with corrosive dark energy, which made them extremely effective against Light-type protective spells.
Radiant Barrier could only endure a single hit from the Molelord!
Seeing the Molelord swing down again, Bladelight activated the Rank 8 Shield from his Everlasting Gold Set.
「Klang!」He withstood the heavy blow from the Molelord.
Bladelight, Lofty Shadow, and Yi Yan stood their ground as they fiercely slashed down at the Molelord with their swords.
The Mages were spread out in a circle, with the Molelord at the center, as they unleashed a steady stream of spells.
Edgeless, Monochrome, and the other Berserkers jumped into the fray after the Molelord was locked down by the three Fighters. Another source of damage was added to the fight.
The Molelord's health was gradually being chipped away. It kept trying to break free of the encirclement. But Bladelight, Lofty Shadow, and Yi Yan were like nails in the ground, refusing to budge even an inch.
Nie Yan circled around and plunged Zennarde's Sword into the Molemord, after which he activated Blast.
Blast landed as a critical hit and armour broke the Molelord! Furthermore, it was inflicted with burn and bleed damage!
Everyone's jaws dropped in shock. Nie Yan's attacks were simply too frightening! It was already impressive if they could deal more than 40 damage to the Molelord, while perhaps only the strongest among them could deal 100 damage. Let alone Blast, they couldn't even compare to his bleed damage!
The Molelord's aggro instantly shifted to Nie Yan. It attempted to attack him, but Bladelight, Lofty Shadow, and Yi Yan prevented it from turning around.
At this moment, Nie Yan unleashed a flurry of ferocious attacks, causing the Molelord's health to rapidly drop.
The Ignore Armour property from Zennarde's Sword, his high critical rate, and the attack power bonus he gained when attacking an enemy from behind allowed Nie Yan to deal shocking damage.
Nie Yan knew full well that his explosive tempest of attacks would lead to the Molelord's aggro shifting solely on him. However, he had long since stopped paying this any mind.
Nie Yan relentlessly slashed away, unloading all his high-damage skills on the Molelord.
The Molelord's health finally fell to 20%. It let out a furious roar and slammed its pike into the ground, causing a massive shockwave to sweep out.
Nie Yan had already guessed this would happen. He activated Gale Step in the nick of time and avoided being stunned.
Nie Yan's years of experience allowed him to react to danger almost instantly. Coupled with the fact that Gale Step was his most familiar skill, he was already prepared the moment he saw the subtle cues that the Molelord was about to unleash a special attack.
While Nie Yan could flawlessly avoid the Molelord's attack, there was no way the others could do the same.
「Boom」Bladelight and the other Warriors were all blown back and stunned.
All the frontliners were struck by the shockwave.
After breaking free of the encirclement, the Molelord let out a furious roar. It locked on the fleeing Nie Yan and immediately charged toward him.
All the Mages quickly retreated while Nie Yan ran to an area with no people.
At this moment, the Molelord stabbed at Nie Yan with its pike.
"Careful!" Tang Yao and the others cried out in alarm.
Just as Nie Yan was about to be skewered, almost as if he grew eyes at the back of his head, he dodge-rolled off to the side.
The Molelord's pike struck air, and it continued to chase Nie Yan.
After noticing the Molelord's aggro was completely focused on Nie Yan, the Mages started bombarding it with spells again.
"We can do it, guys! It's almost dead!"
"Keep at it!"
All the Mages let loose, especially Sunny South. This fellow rarely ever uttered a word. No one knew when he learned the mastery. He was firing out spells continuously like a machine gun. When he ran out of mana, he immediately drank an Intermediate Mana Potion and continued.
Every member in the group was an elite among elites. Which one of them didn't have a trump card or two tucked away? In this critical moment, they no longer held anything back. All of them used their most powerful skills.
The Molelord quickly caught up to Nie Yan and swung down at him with its pike. If this attack hit him, he would be crushed into a meat patty.
Nie Yan threw out a pouch of Intermediate Flash Powder.「Poof!」A dazzling radiance blossomed outward, blinding the Molelord and causing its attack to go off-target.
Nie Yan seized this opportunity to dash past the Molelord.「Bang!」Its pike smashed into the ground, causing debris to fly out everywhere.
Some of the debris struck Nie Yan, dealing between 10 to 100 damage.
Nie Yan used the Shadow Dancer footwork to circle behind the Molelord, then ruthlessly slashed down with Zennarde's Sword. He followed up with Lacerate, cutting open a gaping wound across its flesh, causing blood to spurt out into the air.
The Molelord swung its pike in a full circle. However, its surroundings were empty.
Nie Yan had immediately bolted away after executing Lacerate.
At this time, the stun on Bladelight and the other Warriors finally wore off. They rushed forward to intercept the Molelord.
The Molelord only had around 5% health remaining. It already entered a berserk state. Its skin was blood red, while its body swelled several times in size.
The Molelord struck Bladelight with its pike, sending him flying away. His health instantly emptied, and he collapsed dead to the ground.
The Molelord was unstoppable. It killed everything in its path and left behind a trail of corpses.
Seeing the Molelord's rampage, the Mages intensified their barrage as. Spells were fired out continuously.
The Molelord's health was about to hit zero.
Nie Yan noticed something was off about the Molelord. "Young Seven, stay behind! Painted Muslin, quickly get out of here. Find somewhere to hide!"
The group members immediately understood Nie Yan's intentions.
Nie Yan and Young Seven gave each other meaningful smiles.
Painted Muslin hesitated as she looked at everyone, then finally turned away and left.
A Priest was the lifeline of a team. Even if Nie Yan and the others wiped, Painted Muslin could still bring them all back.
"Everyone, one final push. It's almost dead!" Nie Yan said. His life was in constant danger while being chased down by the Molelord. However, he relied on his Shadow Dancer footwork to avoid its attack. Several times he had only survived by a hair's breadth.
Only Nie Yan was still alive out of all the melee-class players.
Seeing the Molelord with only a few hundred health remaining, Nie Yan went for broke. He used the Shadow Dancer footwork to circle behind it. He leaped into the air and stabbed down with Assassinate, then activated Eviscerate.
「Pu!」A fountain of blood gushed out as the Molelord let out a mournful cry.
"It's over! Nie Yan exclaimed.
Chapter 316 – Windfall
The Molelord's health hit zero, and it heavily crashed to the ground, causing the entire cavern to shake.
Nie Yan quickly ducked for cover. When he saw no changes in the Molelord's corpse, he breathed out a sigh of relief. He believed it would explode like the Moleguard they previously encountered. This was why he ordered Painted Muslin to retreat. It appeared he was just being a worrywart.
The Molelord's corpse laid motionless on the ground. It resembled a large whale.
Nie Yan lit up with a brilliant radiance as he directly ascended to Level 35. The other members also gained at least a level.
"Boss, did anything drop?" Summer Bug asked.
Nie Yan was about to bend down to rummage for loot when he suddenly noticed the Molelord's corpse starting to swell like a balloon. Its veins were pulsating violently with a force that couldn't be restrained.
Nie Yan's face paled. "Everyone, duck!"
This was Corpse Explosion!
There were next to no monsters with this ability!
Everyone turned to flee.
「Boom!」At this instant, the Molelord's corpse exploded, sending out a powerful shock wave that swept out in all directions.
None of them had a chance to reach safety before the explosion enveloped them.
It was a complete wipeout.
Nie Yan was no exception. The Corpse Explosion was simply unavoidable. However, he didn't immediately take on astral form. Instead, the scenery around him shifted into a white void. There were brilliant rays of light all around him as though he had arrived in the kingdom of heaven.
Nie Yan was flabbergasted. Just where the hell am I? He looked around and saw a lonely figure crouched down on its knees. He couldn't make out its appearance. It was shrouded in a blurry mist of light.
It wandered through this vast void, occasionally stopping to stare into space. Noticing the new arrival, it stared at Nie Yan in confusion.
At this moment, a strange feeling surfaced in Nie Yan's heart as various scenes of Empress Finas flashed across his mind. He could feel the boundless sorrow in the Molelord's heart.
Nie Yan's heart skipped a beat. These scenes were most likely clues on how to find Empress Finas!
The figure transformed into a ball of light and flew into Nie Yan's bag. It danced around Bennett's Journal for a while before entering inside.
Nie Yan examined the journal and noticed a few changes.Bennett's Journal: Undying Soul, Love of a Lowly Moleman (Quest Item)
The Dark Portal was an unpredictable skill. It could teleport you to the Underworld, but the location was random. On top of this, you would have to wait for five days if you didn't enter the portal within the 20 minute duration.
Nie Yan didn't know when he would visit the Underworld. He could conveniently check if this quest was doable while looking for items to buy over there.
After an unknown amount of time, a system notification appeared.Ten Li Painted Muslin has cast Revive on you. Do you agree?
With a flash of light, Nie Yan was brought back to life. He opened his eyes to see Painted Muslin and Young Seven reviving the others.
When Painted Muslin returned, she was stunned to see all of their corpses. She revived Young Seven first, after which the two of them began reviving the rest of the members together.
Nie Yan collected the loot from the Molelord's corpse. There were three items in total: a robe, a pair of gloves, and a gem, all of which were Level 50 Dark Gold-grade.
Both the robe and gloves were Arcane Mage equipment. They were part of the Dark Follower Set, an offensive-type set. The robes gave 250 magic power while the gloves gave 120 magic power.
The stats on these two pieces of equipment were superb. Out of all the level 50 sets, the Dark Follower Set gave one of the largest boosts to magic power.
A complete Dark Follower Set would probably increase magic power by over 1,000!
Nie Yan shared the information of the two pieces of equipment in the chat.
"The Molelord respawns every day. Should we collect the full set before we leave?" Smoke Stub asked. He understood just how valuable this set was.
"We'll be staying here for the next several days, so I don't see why not," Nie Yan replied. It would take quite some time to clear away their red names.
With the Molelord dead, all they could do was kill ordinary Molemen until it respawned.
There were simply too many Arcane Mages in Asskickers United. A single Dark Follower Set obviously wasn't enough to go around. So, they could only satisfy one player for the time being. Nie Yan would have to carefully consider who would receive this set. These sorts of situations arose pretty often. If handled unfairly, it could easily lead to discontent among the guild members.
Besides the two pieces of equipment from the Dark Follower Set, there was also a Dexterity Gem (7) which increased Dexterity by 35. Nie Yan planned to socket it to his own equipment.
The group sat down to recover their health and mana. Afterwards, they started farming the regular Molemen.
Nie Yan was at the back of the group, leeching experience while managing the affairs back in Calore.
Just at this moment, Nie Yan received a call from Yao Yao.
「Nirvana Flame, I've completed the quest. I received a Templar Magic as a reward. Thank you!」Yao Yao informed. If it wasn't for Nie Yan's guidance, she could've never done this quest.
「No problem. You're a member of Asskickers United. It's only natural I help.」Nie Yan chuckled.
Yao Yao felt somewhat disheartened. Besides being a guild member, was there really no other reason for him to help her? From when they first met in Lake Rando to their recent adventures in Zennarde's Domain, did all of that mean nothing? She wished Nie Yan would like her inside the game more.
Xie Yao had only met Nie Yan a few times in real life, so there was still a bit of unfamiliarity between them. However, she felt very comfortable with him inside the game. Levelling, running dungeons, and going on adventures together, could all of that really not compare to a few encounters in real life?
「What kind of Templar Magic did you get?」
Nie Yan raised an eyebrow in surprise. Holy Purification was one of the better Advanced Magics.
「The servers are going down soon. I'm heading off first!」Yao Yao pouted. Nie Yan only cared whether or not she was an asset to the guild!
「Alright, see you later.」Nie Yan didn't say anything else despite picking up the discontent in Yao Yao's voice. He checked the clock. It was about time for him to log off as well.
Seeing Yao Yao's name go dim on his friend list, Nie Yan sorted through the day's profit. He had made over 1,000 gold from the Union of Assassins, 5,000 gold from the Starry Night Potion Shop, 2,000 gold from leases, and 5,000 gold from his auction houses and the Super Trade Channel. That was over 13,000 gold in total! Even the Dragonsoar Financial Group only brought in roughly 30,000 gold a day through their various channels! What's more, all these projects were still developing. In the future, they would rake in even more gold!
Besides these earnings, Nie Yan had also sold several real world business districts to the Dragonsoar Financial Group. A portion of the gold was given to Holy Empire and Sapphire Shrine, but most of it went into his back pocket.
Asskickers United no longer required Nie Yan's financial support. The Dragonsoar Financial Group's investments sufficed. He averted his attention to other guilds. His next target was Battle Crazed Alliance in Hilderlocke!
In the previous timeline, Battle Crazed Alliance had received the backing of the West Pool Financial Group, the sixth largest financial group in Asia. However, they eventually withdrew their investments due to Cao Xu's actions. His unbridled spending and massive bribes had poached away many of Battle Crazed Alliance's professional players. Add to this the pressure from Victorious Return, Radiant Sacred Flame, and Bloodlust Blades that put the guild's very existence at stake, and withdrawing had been the only logical course of action for the financial group.
Battle Crazed Alliance mostly likely hadn't been acquired by a financial group yet. Since that was the case, it was the perfect time for Nie Yan to take action.
Nie Yan told Guo Huai to talk to Kill Love about the matter of investment since it wouldn't be appropriate to do this personally. If Kill Love agreed, he would invest in Battle Crazed Alliance under his own name. The details of their cooperation could be discussed at that time.
Just as Nie Yan finished arranging these matters, he received a call from Tuoba Time.
「Do you have any gold? I'm short on funds.」Tuoba Time got straight to the point.
「How much do you need?」Nie Yan asked. Tuoba Time was quite a rich fellow. He would have no problem obtaining 50,000 gold. If he was asking to borrow money, it definitely wouldn't be a small sum.
「I need 600,000 gold in a month's time,」Tuoba Time replied.
Nie Yan gasped.「What do you need so much gold for?」600,000 gold was easily more than enough to acquire a large guild! He thought about it for a moment. Based on how much he made every day, although it would be difficult, it was still possible.
「If you help me get this gold, I'm willing to give you 30% of the Tuoba Family's assets in Conviction. This includes 11 shops, 21 plots of land, and 3 auction houses!」Tuoba Time dropped another bomb on Nie Yan.
These assets might only be worth 20,000 gold right now. However, their value would skyrocket to 80,000 gold in just a month's time and who knew how much more further down the line. Yet Tuoba Time was willingly sell them to Nie Yan for the measly price of 600,000 gold!