Chapter 651: Battle on the Ice Field (3/3)
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
These cunning Humans!
Bobo rode on the massive back of the Rhino Beast, gazing palely at the snow field before him . The Orcs surrounding him panted for air . Bobo thought that he just needed to chase the cowardly Humans and eventually capture them because the Rhino Beast’s speed was much quicker than a warhorse’s and the thick snow field slowed them down even more . However, he didn’t expect these Humans to be that crafty . Even though the warhorses weren’t as quick, they around turned the corners and were unlike any of the Human Cavalrymen Bobo had seen in the past, charging forward in a straight line . But he had to admit, even though this tactic didn’t look impressive, it was exceptionally effective . The Rhino Beast weren’t flexible enough to catch up when their prey darted in another direction abruptly . What made the Orcs even more furious was that they had been chasing the Humans for a long time and failed to laid their hands on them . The Orcs were hoping to capture the Humans and their warhorses to fill their stomachs . But now, not only did they not have food on the table, but they were also drained . The chilly breeze cooled the Orcs’ fuming aggression .
As Bobo glared fiercely at the dark figures in the distance, his fellow tribesman yelled loudly and rushed forward to tug his arm . Then, the tribesman pointed back frantically .
“Bobo, behind! Black smoke! Huge black smoke! On fire!”
Bobo turned around anxiously . He witnessed the billows of smoke in the distance and his heart sank instantly . He knew where the smoke was from . The scheming Humans! Is this what they were plotting all along?!
Bobo turned around without any hesitations . He lifted a gigantic ox horn hanging by the saddle and blew with all his might . The deep horn resounded on the Ice Field . The Orcs swiftly turned around and berated their massive mounts to return to the fort in the fastest speed .
“It seems that Sir Overlord has succeeded over there . ”
John sighed helplessly . In order to maintain coordination with Rhode, they had decided on several secret signs . Billows of black smoke that meant success and also requesting for John’s Cavalrymen to retreat and provide reinforcements . However, John still felt somewhat hopeless because he believed that Rhode was walking on a dangerous path . A tactic that worked against these Orcs didn’t mean that it would work against strong opponents . Although, strictly speaking, John’s expertise was in berserk assault tactics, his personality was completely the opposite . This young man was a reserved and meticulous person and he naturally didn’t wish for Rhode to take such risks in battle . But now, he had no say in it .
John shook his head and threw bizarre thoughts to the back of his head . He raised his right arm, shouted out loud and swung his arm down .
“It’s time for us to shine!”
The sword blade penetrated an Orc’s solid chest, forcing a painful groan out of the exhausted creature . The Orc struck his stone ax forward while Marfa withdrew his blade and rolled to dodge the retaliation . But that wasn’t all . The Orc neglected his punctured chest and extended his left hand forward with a bellow . Suddenly, a thin, golden barrier flickered before Marfa and slowed the Orc’s attack . Marfa seized this chance and leaped up . His razor-sharp blade flashed into a bolt of lightning that penetrated the Orc’s forehead . The Orc collapsed heavily to the ground lifelessly .
Marfa withdrew his sword . He turned to the petite, adorable Cleric and nodded with a smile . The Cleric lowered her head shyly .
After the mercenaries broke into the fort, the situation took a quick turn . The abandoned fort was built by the Humans and wasn’t suitable for the massive size of the Orcs, so they couldn’t unleash their powerful might . The Orcs couldn’t stabilize the situation when they faced the ambush . The mercenaries agilely used the narrow surroundings to their advantage and led the flustered enemies about . However, there was one exception .
“Go to hell!”
Anne raised her steel shield and charged forward like a human tornado, crushing into an Orc that was launching an attack on the Clerics . Her formidable strength propelled the strong, burly Orc away, but that wasn’t all . She smashed her shield into the ground with all her might and the immense shock wave blasted into the pitiful creatures and their blood everywhere . Perhaps ordinary Humans would have been crippled in shock by the savage scene, but it was nothing unusual for Anne . She swung her shield into an Orc who had jumped down from the tall wall . Their weapons clashed and Anne sunk slightly upon the impact .
No one noticed that Anne let out the deep growl of a wild animal . Her emerald green eyes glinted in a bright green radiance . Before the Orc responded, she drove him into the stone wall with her shield . The wall crumbled instantly and buried them under crushed rocks . Anne gritted her teeth as she crawled out from the pile of rocks . The worn down walls around her started swaying . Shortly after, stones fell from above like rain drops .
“Anne! Danger! Run!”
Lize shrieked in horror . Anne didn’t return to the Clerics instantly like she always did . Instead, after crushing her enemy, she stood up slowly and scanned around her as though she didn’t realize the predicament she was under . As Lize ran over to drag her out of danger, Anne extended her right arm to Lize .
Lize felt a strong gust of wind blowing against her . Then, she turned around and spotted fragments and blood splashing all around . An Orc’s head had been blown away and it collapsed to the ground . Its eyeball flew in the air and landed on Lize’s defense shield like a ball of mincemeat .
Lize looked on palely and was disgusted by the scene . But, she quickly turned around and shockingly discovered that Anne had already returned to her side .
“Don’t worry, Lize . Anne will protect you girls . Just continue to charge forward!”
Lize nodded in hesitation . For unknown reasons, she felt that the innocence in Anne was nowhere to be seen and there was suddenly a wild, irascible beast inside her . Even Lize who understood Anne the most became cautious of her .
The flames flickered .
Sol retreated with his curved blade in hands . The red-haired young lady hidden behind him extended her arm and her pupils shrunk into a thin line . She sucked in a deep breath of air and widened her mouth . Roaring flames blasted out as though a flamethrower .
The fiery red flames struck the large doors . Shortly after, the Orcs inside let our mournful screams . However, the Half-Demons had no intentions of letting them off . The red-haired young lady closed her mouth and retreated at the same time . Another young man with long horns on his head extended his arms and chanted softly . A highly toxic, deep green fog exuded from his finger and blended with the flames . Then, the sorrowful groans turned softer and vanished entirely .
Not bad .
Rhode was satisfied with their performances . Although this was their first actual battle and their strength wasn’t comparable to his elite squad, Rhode didn’t wish to simply watch them defeat the Orcs . Instead, he hoped to see their discipline and execution capability . No matter if it was Joey, Randolf, or the newly joined Sol and his Half-Demons companions, they had all displayed strict discipline . Even though there was still room for improvement for the camaraderie between them, they would still be able to secure this win safely . The Half-Demons mostly possessed the abilities to control flames and ice and create poison and dark fog . It was also due to this strength that Humans had alienated them . But now, Rhode needed this strength from them . In fact, their strength had been proven lethal . In the narrow space, no matter how strong the Orcs were, none of them could escape the envelopment of the poison fog and blaze . Although this wouldn’t be advantageous against the Country of Darkness, it would be great against the maggots of the Country of Light .
As Marfa and Sol’s group suppressed the Orcs within the fort, Joey and Randolf on the outside didn’t watch idly . Joey led his team of Thieves to set up traps for the Orcs riding on their Rhino Beasts while Randolf and his Rangers scanned the surrounding from the arrow towers .
Everything is going as planned .
Rhode was rather spellbound by this scene . He didn’t contribute too much in this attack this time . The Orcs were on the average of level 30 and they were still a little too threatening for his men . But these Orcs weren’t worth any EXP for him, which was why he observed from the side after annihilating two dangerous Shamans for them . Rhode felt as though he had returned to the game just by looking at this scene . The noise and clamor brought back a lot of memories .
“Suppress the east! We can’t hold on any longer! Don’t lure the creatures here . Hold them back with your AOE skills!”
“Number 8! Where the hell are you?! Get your *ss back here within 10 seconds or I’ll kick you out of the party!”
“What the?! Those shameless skeletons are insane! Blast the bridge off now!”
But this wasn’t the game .
Rhode returned to his senses . Memories of banter between his players slowly faded . Every battle here involved life and death, unlike the game, where one could restart once again if one died . In the game, the player who died and laid on the ground could still joke with the Clerics in their spiritual status while waiting to be revived . But here, Rhode didn’t wish to test if he had the ability to revive on the spot even with the system support .
He wanted to live on and win .
And now, it was just the start . In order to prepare himself for the upcoming battle, he had prepared for a full year . Although his current forces weren’t as powerful as he had in the game, this was still a great start for him and he wished for a wonderful ending .
“Reporting, Sir! We’ve suppressed the entire fort!”
Marfa’s voice rang and dragged Rhode back into reality . Rhode nodded, but he spotted the hesitant look on Marfa’s face . As expected, the middle-aged mercenary voiced out his concerns .
“Sir, this was what happened . Our brothers discovered some Orcs when they were searching the fort . They…”
Rhode extended his hand and interrupted .
Marfa was taken aback by Rhode’s question, but he swiftly answered .
“Miss Lize and her team is currently treating our injured companions outside the fort, but the situation isn’t grave . We can still manage…”
Rhode once again interrupted him . He turned around and spoke to the other mercenary .
“Tell Lize to back out from the fort with Sol’s group and get ready to face the Orc riders . ”
Rhode turned back to Marfa and nodded .
“Bring me there . ”
Rhode said .
Under Marfa’s lead, Rhode arrived at the deeper parts of the fort that was in a terrible shape . Rhode spotted several fully-armored mercenaries looking out anxiously from the stone-built hall . Then, he saw everything inside .
30 to 40 young Orcs had curled up and gathered in the hall . They hugged one another in their shuddering arms and gazed worriedly at the intruders with widened eyes . A few female Orc corpses laid before them .
“We have just discovered this place and faced resistance from the Orcs . Our brothers have gotten rid of a few of them, but…”
Marfa paused . The young Orcs were still dangerous, but he couldn’t bear to snatch their young lives even though they were evil . This was why he reported to Rhode about it and hoped that he could make a satisfactory decision .
Rhode stood by the entrance of the hall and scanned the curled up, young Orcs . The young Orcs sensed his gaze and stood up bravely with wooden clubs in their shivering hands . Rhode looked on quietly before gesturing to his mercenaries and turning to Marfa .
“You do know that we’re here to rescue the residents in this region from the raids and threats of these wild beasts in the next decades . ”
“Sir, I do understand that… But…”
Rhode extended his hand and stopped Marfa from speaking further . He swept a glance to the young Orcs once more and swung down his right arm . Along with this movement, a scarlet card emerged in his hand and a blaze erupted . The Hell Hound leaped out and locked eyes on its prey . Its razor-sharp claws dug into the ground and it let out a deep growl before pouncing forward .
An explosion blasted into the sky and devoured everything .
“It’s settled now . ”
Rhode turned to Marfa and said in a calm tone .
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