In this dark space, frantic fighting spirit surged furiously like ocean tides. Periodically, the impacts even left the space in turmoil. The space in this very moment had been conquered by endless fighting spirit.
Mu Chen hovered in the air, and below him were five enormous Spirits of Fighting Intent lined up next to one another. They locked their gazes forward, eyeing the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit in the black fighting spirit ocean.
The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit naturally had the absolute advantage in terms of sheer size when all six fighting spirits were in confrontation. It was almost twice the size of every Spirit of Fighting Intent on Mu Chen's side. However, Mu Chen had the advantage of numbers with five against one, and their combined fighting spirit contributed to enhancing their position.
At least the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit was showing some reservation in its waves of attack at the moment. It had slowed down compared to its violent assault a moment ago. There was a brief moment of deadlock as every party held their ground without moving a single muscle.
This deadlock gave Mu Chen joy. He ordered the injured Nine Nether Troops and the Blood Hawk Troops to take a moment of rest to reassemble themselves after taking in all the impacts from the previous attacks. They would have to stabilize the disturbed surges in their veins due to colliding fighting intent in order to prepare themselves to reach peak performance. This was so they could engage in a real fight with the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit.
With his previous experience, he was aware how much of a challenge Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit could be. Even now that he possessed control over the Spirits of Fighting Intent from the five troops, he still did not have the full confidence to take down the Black Tortoise's Spirit of Fighting Intent.
Whatever it took, he still had to give it everything he had.
As Mu Chen was pondering, the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit did not allow the deadlock to continue. Although it was not quite intelligent, and its current form was only held together by the ruins of this battle array, it had an unmovable mission, which was to wipe out any enemy that attempted to enter this battle array.
Looking fierce, the gigantic spirit of the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit let out a deafening roar that shook the heavens and earth. Countless battle runes on its body glimmered with vibrant color, and its raging fighting spirit even evolved black glowing rings that spread on the surface of its body.
The Black Tortoise's Fighting Spirit had become a living beast of Black Tortoise.
The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit stomped the ground with its mighty foot, causing the black ocean of fighting spirit beneath it to rock with great waves. The wall of waves was up to thousand feet tall and hurtled towards Mu Chen with all its ferocity.
The five Spirits of Fighting Intent simultaneously exploded with furious growls, and five fighting spirits of different colors swept out like blades. Combining forces with one another, they forcibly tore apart the great wave wall that had transformed from the black fighting spirit.
At the moment the great wave was torn, Mu Chen's gaze turned grave, and he commanded the spirits with his thoughts. The five Spirits of Fighting Intent lashed out on their own and closed up to trap the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit.
The Spirits of Fighting Intent from the Nine Nether troop and Blood Shadow flapped their wings. The wings transformed from fighting intent were like the deadliest shower of sharp blades as they overwhelmingly rushed at the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit.
Meanwhile, the other Spirits of Fighting Intent, such as the Cracking Mountain and Spirit Sword, were sprinting towards the front line. They relentlessly cut down the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit with their Great Sword and Great Axe filled with majestic strength.
The five Spirits of Fighting Intent were now deploying a siege against the enemy.
Being outnumbered five-to-one, the Black Tortoise Spirit of Fighting Intent did not flinch at the confrontation. It flipped its head vigorously, and then a majestic fighting spirit surrounded its body like a shield of light.
The five Spirits of Fighting Intent's attack fell limp on its shield, and only a circular ripple formed on the surface of the shield from its impact. The attack did not even manage to break the shield. This showed how strong its defense was.
The Shield of Fighting Spirit blocked off all attacks coming from the five Spirits of Fighting Intent. The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit stretched its large, fearsome mouth. The rage of the fighting intent surged within it. Its sharp fangs could actually rip the space apart.
The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit extended its head, and its speed was even faster than a speeding dragon, fast and precise. It locked its teeth on one of the wings of the Blood Hawk Troop's Spirit of Fighting Intent. With a violent jerk, half of its wing was forcibly ripped from its body.
Mu Chen had already suffered damage on his side merely from the first contact. Warriors in the Blood Hawk Troop threw up blood as a result from the damage they took along with their Spirit of Fighting Intent. The looks of the warriors showed the state of turmoil they were in.
Mu Chen felt a chill run down his spine as he watched all this take place.
The Great Axe and the Great Shadow Sword suddenly descended from above, simultaneously landing on the same spot on the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit's shield. A huge eruption of fighting spirit occurred, and it split the shield into pieces.
The fighting spirit of the Nine Nether Warrior soared. Both its wings were like the sharpest blades, tearing space apart, slitting through the protective shield in lightning speed. The blade landed on the exposed head of the Black Tortoise, exposing a deep long crack. Within the crack, black fighting spirit leaked.
The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit howled. Its python-like serpent tail transformed into a violent black ray, and the berserking fighting intent that it carried threatened to collapse the void.
A humongous shadow of a tortoise rushed out of nowhere and blocked the front, allowing the huge serpent to strike violently upon its shell. A fearsome wave of impact spread, pushing the giant tortoise back a thousand feet.
The giant tortoise was transformed by the fighting spirit of the Hong Troop. This troop excelled in defense, thus their fighting intent was also thick and sturdy like a mountain. Although their attack did not threaten the tortoise as much, their defense, however, surpassed all other Spirits of Fighting Intent.
If it were any other Spirit of Fighting Intent that had taken on that strike from the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit, they would have suffered great damage like the Blood Hawk's Spirit of Fighting Intent did. However, with the Hong Troop's impressive defense, these attacks were merely brushed off.
As the giant tortoise took on the incoming attack, the other four Spirits of Fighting Intent went berserk and hurled themselves towards the enemy. Fighting spirits were swept everywhere, bombarding the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit.
Confronted with such circumstances, the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit did not show any hint of weakness. It returned the attacks with even fiercer might. The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit made the space tremble. With overpowering forces, every counter move it made sent the other four Spirits of Fighting Intent scattering to dodge its strikes. The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit might have even torn them to pieces if it were not for the defense held strongly by the Hong Troop's Spirit of Fighting Intent.
Despite that, a siege attack by the five Spirits of Fighting Intent was still extremely brutal. Under the crazy attacks, cracks gradually appeared and fighting spirit seeped out from the five Spirits of Fighting Intent.
Beyond the war array, all parties were astonished as they watched the war array Mu Chen was in.
Although every strike by the five Spirits of Fighting Intent was received by the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit, and every counter move it made also did great damage to other Spirits of Fighting Intent, everyone could see that the five Spirits of Fighting Intent were gradually combining their forces of attack cooperatively under Mu Chen's command. Thus, as cracks on the five Spirits of Fighting Intent gradually accumulated, cracks also formed on the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit's body.
Who would have thought these five Spirits of Fighting Intent that were not considered powerful on their own could demonstrate such fearsome power after being combined by Mu Chen.
"What an impressive feat Lord Mu has achieved…The Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit is obviously much stronger than any of these five armies. If they were to face it on their own, they'd probably be shredded into pieces before lasting more than three rounds. It is truly impressive that Lord Mu could utilize the distinctive attributes of five Spirits of Fighting Intent for their defensive and attack roles. Together they are as good as the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit itself." Lord Mountain Cracker could not help but find himself in awe as he watched the brutal battle taking place in the war array.
Although they were not geniuses in fighting intent, they were not weaklings, either. They knew very well how difficult it was for Mu Chen to battle against the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit with five Spirits of Fighting Intent that were far less superior.
"The battle array Zhantai Liuli is in seems to be stabilizing itself," Nine Nether suddenly said. Her soft gaze locked onto another war array, and her face seemed surprised. Within the White Tiger war array, the White Tiger Fighting Spirit started to stabilize itself against the Liuli Troop's Spirit of Fighting Intent after going through the initial rounds of brutal attack. Gradually, it was the Liuli Troop that was showing signs of counterattack.
"Zhantai Liuli, too, is a genius."
Lord Mountain Cracker's face twisted as he realized Mu Chen was engaged in a battle with the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit. Zhantai Liuli took a leap to suppress the White Tiger's Spirit of Fighting Intent. If she successfully found an opportunity, she could easily take down the White Tiger Fighting Spirit and be the first one to break the array.
However, there was nothing they could do to stop her. Zhantai Liuli came prepared. The 30,000 warrior troop that they brought, up to a certain extent, was much more powerful than the five armies of theirs combined. They were, after all, one entity that did not need to be seperated.
It seemed to be that probably only Zhantai Liuli stood a chance of breaking the array before Mu Chen managed to do so. As for Xiao Tian, the most he could do was to save himself from the attacks of the Azure Dragon Fighting Spirit, even if he activated his entire Xuan Tian Troop. He did not stand a chance of fighting back, let alone breaking the array.
In the White Tiger battle array.
Zhantai Liuli looked at the White Tiger Fighting Spirit as it charged forward with such ferocity. She squinted just a little and then slowly tightened her fists. "Almost there," she muttered to herself.
She lifted her hand gently and then made a forceful motion downwards.
Right behind her, a blinding ray shot up into the sky above the vast Liuli Troop, and fighting spirit soared.
Within the Black Tortoise battle array.
A black fighting spirit transformed by the Hong Troop's fighting intent swept by and struck violently on the giant tortoise's shell. The thick shell instantly split into several pieces. Hundreds of Hong Troop warriors suffered badly from the blow.
The Great Axe, the Great Sword, and the sharp Light Wings descended from the sky. They seized the opportunity to bombard the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit mercilessly. All the rage of the fighting spirits bombarded the Black Tortoise's Spirit of Fighting Intent as it backed off with a roar.
However, with its ferocity, even as it was pushed back by the attack, it could still give out a mighty roar that managed to fight off the Nine Nether's Spirit of Fighting Intent. This made Nine Nether's Spirit of Fighting Intent crash heavily to the ground, and cracks were seen everywhere on its gigantic torso.
Mu Chen trembled as he hovered in the void. His face was pale, and sweat slid down his face. Controlling fighting intents did not cause physical damage, but it did take a great toll on his consciousness. Mu Chen could vaguely feel a sharp, painful sensation coming from deep inside his mind
That was a sign that he was reaching his limit in controlling the fighting spirits
This cannot be dragged out further.
Mu Chen tightened his jaws at the thought. Whoever broke out of this array first would claim the inheritance of the Sky Array Emperor. Although he knew it was impossible for Xiao Tian and the other three generals to break through first, Zhantai Liuli posed a great threat.
If he kept on dragging this out, Zhantai Liuli may possibly break through first. By that time, there would be no point in Mu Chen breaking the array.
That was why he could not procrastinate any longer.
Right now, the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit stood in front of him like a mountain. Even with the seamless cooperation between the five Spirits of Fighting Intent, they still could not take it down completely. The five Spirits of Fighting Intent were not sharing a body, after all. Their attacks could damage the Black Tortoise Fighting Spirit, but they were not fatal.
"If such is the case…"
Mu Chen's dark pupils glistened as he tightened his jaws.
"All or nothing it is!"
As his words faded, Mu Chen did not hesitate any longer. He lifted his palm, and his voice rang in the ears of every warrior, causing their hearts to race.
"Attention all warriors, combining the five spirits!"