The whole colosseum went silent .
This represented the emotions of most people as they didn’t expect the battle to end so quickly… Not even a minute, no—just 30 seconds?! Even many mercenary group leaders and elites were equally stunned . Although they knew Starlight wouldn’t be too weak to suggest such a warm-up competition, to think that the difference was this huge…
Well done .
Only Rhode was the only one who remained calm and nodded his head constantly . Although this battle didn’t take a long time, it seemed that Marlene understood the essence of being a Mage: control . Although, in terms of logic, both Mage and Thief exercised control in nature, the Thief focused on individuals, whereas the Mage focused on mass control . In the game, there was such a saying between players: as long as the Mage could cast his or her skill once, then he or she would bring at least one life with it .
And this counter-reaction from Marlene had perfectly shown the absolute control a Mage possesed . No matter if it was the glaring radiance, storm, or ice attack, all were full fledged AOE attacks . It was due to this reason that the Thief’s ambush was totally useless because no matter which direction he attacked, he would end up in the same predicament .
However, Marlene’s battle consciousness didn’t end there . Although none of them had noticed, Rhode saw it clearly . She purposely didn’t cast a shield around herself in order to invoke the opponent to strike in a fast and adventurous battle style . Because if Marlene miscalculated the Thief’s speed, she would definitely be attacked by the opponent . Judging from this, it was clear that she was confident . But this also correlated to Marlene’s personality, as she had always been a confident, aggressive, and proud person . Apart from subduing to Rhode, she had always given others an impression that she was unapproachable .
And now, blending this personality into battle, her aggression had become even stronger and overbearing . After the opponent was blasted out of the arena, the maiden struck the base of her staff into the ground and stared into the opposition party .
She was indeed the queen of the mercenary world .
Although Marlene definitely wouldn’t reconstruct a mercenary group as she did in the game due to a change in history, it seemed like this fact wouldn’t change either, regardless of whether she was the leader of the mercenary group or just an ordinary mercenary .
At this moment, the crowd once again burst into cheers . Although the mercenaries were stunned, the civilians couldn’t care less as they were only there to enjoy the show . Furthermore, this young lady was a feast to their eyes . Accompanied by her beautiful show of skills, it naturally brought about an uproar . Moreover, she was a Mage! Oh my goodness, most people within Paphield had never seen a Mage, and to have this powerful and beautiful Mage perform before them, it was something that they couldn’t ask for .
A man among the crowd glanced at Marlene and turned to Old Walker beside him .
“Boss, can we start now?”
“Wait for a while more; what’s the rush?” Old Walker shot a look and shifted his gaze to the young lady with narrow eyes .
“After Miss Marlene finishes her next battle, we’ll go according to plan . ”
“Okay . ”
The man nodded and dove back into the crowded .
At this moment, the first team of elites looked at one another in dismay . Although Marlene had clearly said “Next,” those words sounded like “Next to die” in their ears . They couldn’t be blamed as they witnessed the Thief moaning in pain as he was dragged to the sides to be treated for his wounds .
Hiller sat among the crowd with knitted brows as he turned to Shawn beside him . These two leaders of the largest mercenary groups in Paphield didn’t participate in this competition . Shawn wasn’t interested while Hiller wasn’t qualified; as the ‘main culprit’ who ruined Paphield’s guild nomination list, Hiller didn’t have the face to battle Starlight .
“It seems that Starlight is indeed powerful . ”
“The title of Magical Genius for the heir of Senia Family is for real . ”
Shawn coldly answered .
“To be popular in a Mage School, do you think she relied solely on her family’s honor?”
“That’s true . ”
Hiller nodded and let out a sigh .
“But, if others have such standards too, then I’m pretty much excited for them to win the battles . ”
“We shall see . ”
Shawn fell into silence .
At this moment, the second member of the opposing team stepped onto the arena . He was a Warrior dressed in half-armor, holding a longsword and a pitch-black shield .
Rhode scanned the shape and size of the shield before turning to Anne, who was cheering for Marlene . Noticing Rhode’s gaze, she turned around curiously .
“Leader, what’s wrong?”
“No . Nothing . ”
Rhode shook his head and patted on Anne’s shoulder .
“This time, you will receive something great . ”
Anne felt a little strange . But before she questioned, the loud bugle horn sounded again and the second battle began .
Unlike the Thief, this Warrior instantly lifted his shield and sword and darted toward Marlene .
Marlene twitched her brows and raised her staff . As the red gem on the tip of the staff flickered with magical radiance, she drew a mysterious symbol and a surging flow of ice-cold gale blasted at the Warrior .
The crowd whooped excitedly . It was apparent that Marlene intended to use the same moves just as she did to the Thief: blast the Warrior out the arena .
But, Marlene failed this time .
As the strong gales approached, the Warrior’s pitch-black shield suddenly emanated a vibrant luster and, in a blink of an eye, the strong gales vanished without dealing any damage .
A mixture of cheers and shrieks filled the air as Marlene’s magic lost its effect . At this moment, the Warrior arrived in Marlene’s face . He swung his longsword and shield to disrupt her next attack .
Although she was in dire straits, she didn’t flinch . She neglected the incoming aggression and softly chanted . Then, she hit her staff on the ground and stooped over .
What was going on?
Before anyone reacted, the Warrior leapt into the air . However, he swiftly fell heavily behind her .
The Warrior quickly turned around and attempted to stand up, at the same time lifting his shield to defend against Marlene’s next move . However, her movement were much faster than he had imagined .
Ice-cold sensation brushed by the man’s ear and before he knew it, he was pinned onto the ground tightly . He had only lifted his shield halfway when he realised that Marlene had already beaten himself to it . She pointed her staff in his face and countless ice swords floated in the air, awaiting their master’s command to turn him into minced meat .
Do I still have a chance?
The pinned Warrior moved his head and struggled for a means to escape . Then, after a few moments, he sighed and lowered his head .
“I’ve lost . ”
Loud cheers once again erupted .
The battered, exhausted Warrior stood up and bowed politely to Marlene before hurriedly stepping off the arena . Marlene stared at her opponent .
At this moment, a voice came from the crowd .
“It’s unfair to send out such a powerful Mage! Swap out if you have the guts!”
After losing two rounds in a row, many mercenaries yelled in disapproval .
“Swap out! Swap out!”
The screams filled the entire underground . Although the civilians supported Marlene, they weren’t any fans of Starlight, so they couldn’t care less if the matchup was unfair or not . Not only that, but everyone was also clear that, apart from Marlene, there were still Lize, Anne, and Gillian, who were already attracting their eyes . They were more curious as to how the other young ladies would perform in battles .
Old Walker wiped the sweat off his forehead and turned to the direction where Rhode was . Now that things had took a turn, he wondered what Rhode would do now . After thinking through the mission that Rhode had instructed him to do, Old Walker felt a little anxious…
“M-Mr . Rhode…”
Lize was at a loss . Joey and Randolf were speechless . Lapis had already squatted down and covered her ears in shivering fear . Gillian was the only one with a delightful smile . Rhode stared at Marlene and waited for her next move . However, Marlene had no intentions to back off . Instead, she let out a sneer and pointed her staff at the mercenaries on the other end .
Her intentions were clear .
“Next . ”