Chapter 770 – Famous in One Battle
Translated by: Berrrybunz
Edited by: TN and DeAndreR
Cliff’s face was green, but the other party’s defense was as stable as a rock, and every assault they launched wouldleave behind corpses of their own soldiers, even he who was known as Ironblood felt the pain.
Xie Yu An, an unfamiliar name.
~It was said that he used to be ranked outside of the top 100 in Sin Domain, so how can this man stop me in mytracks?~
Cliff was Gou Cheng WenDao’s number one fierce military general, with the name Ironblood Brave Horse under hisbelt. He had a tall and lofty figure with white hair, deadpan eyes and eternally cold expressions. He was an uprightand selfless man, and was the most strict general of the army.
The defense lines arranged by the Southern Alliance had some standard, it was like a sturdy web, but under thecrushing offense, it was quickly crumbling. But the crumbling of the defense, was a heaven sent opportunity to themilitary generals like Cliff, if they were able to grasp the right time, victory would be in their hands. No militarygenerals were willing to be defeated, as the morale of the soldiers would plummet and they would weaken, andwould become easily afraid, as long as a slight wind blew, they would panic and lose control, and their defense wouldcrumble from within.
The defeat of the frontlines that cause the topple of the rear was something that had happened time and time againin history.
When the army ahead of them started to expand their movements, a contingent remained stuck like a nail to theground, locking firmly at the crucial point of the defense. If Cliff did not get rid of the nail, the attacking army couldbe faced with the threat of a flank at any time.
Cliff noticed the contingent instantly, and then ordered his 3rd Unit, that was closest to them, to destroy the troops.
But what he did not expect was that the 3rd Unit did not even attack the location, but they lost almost half of theirtroops. This caused Cliff to become infuriated, he had five large standardized military units that he&nb
sp;commandeered,in which he scolded the captain of the 3rd Unit badly, and then immediately ordered his 2nd Unit to attack.
Every minute was extremely important to their offense. Opportunities were fleeting, and once they gave theirenemies the breather to reorganize, the enemy would once again stabilize themselves.
Cliff’s 2nd Unit returned in low spirits after their defeat.
Finally, Cliff could no longer take it, and personally led his unit of 3000 men and personally fought his way up.
Xie Yu An, the nobody, was able to head on resist his attack.
More than a fifth of his 3000 elite troops died, and the thing that made Cliff feel the most helpless was that three fulldays had already passed. Even if they got rid of the Swift Army, they no longer had the opportunity to shine.
As for the morale…..
Cliff looked at the gloomy faces around him, and knew that their morale had already hit rock bottom.
~They are no longer able to launch attacks.~
“Retreat, we will rest for three days.”
Cliff’s order caused a huge uproar, many of the officers and soldiers revealed looks of disbelief, they stared blanklyat Master Cliff, the man whom they saw as emotionless. They never thought that such an order would actually comeout from Master Cliff’s mouth.
Cliff glanced through his men without any expression, he could see the relief within the shock in their eyes.
~The momentum has already been broken.~
The soldiers and officers under him already lost their belief of victory, Cliff quickly judged. For an army that wascomprised of different smaller units, it was a dangerous sign.
His subordinates who were still bewildered retreated slowly, but Cliff stayed back, his gray pupils staring straightahead at the enemy’s formations.
The battle appeared in his mind once more. The Swift Army’s attacking style was very unique, but what truly left amark in Cliff’s memory was their extravagant equipment.
Every soldier was equipped with a spirit object, and Xie Yu An’s strange whip was of a higher grade, it was much stronger. Compared to them, his subordinates were basically simple and crude like farmers.
Although the Southern Region was prosperous through trade, the Southern Alliance did not hold much of an advantage, and even their strongest powerhouse, compared to the Honorable Martial Continent was nothing.
~Where did all the spirit objects came from?~
Cliff then thought about some rumors that he heard when he was back in the continent, his heart jumped, ~Could itbe….~
But he quickly threw the thought to the back of his mind, it was not him to worry about the matters his superiors. ~Iam just a military general, my only responsibility and job is to obtain victory.~
Cliff did not look down on the enemy. In the short span of three days, he had invested two of his units, and on thelast day, he even mobilized his own unit of 3000 men.
But, the enemy remained unfazed.
A standardized army had 5,000 men, which also meant adding all who attacked the enemy, it was a total of 13,000men. Furthermore, his own subordinates that were directly under him were an elite army, only second to the directelite subordinates of the five main generals. Relying on these 3000 men, he had the confidence of annihilating twostandard armies.
How many men did the enemy have?
Just by relying on their defense line and equipment, they were able to endure the ferocious attacks? Cliff’s menwere all picked out from the best and had brilliant achievements, but they had never met an enemy that couldachieve such success against them.
He had never looked down on any enemy he faced, and much less one that made him lose so much. He was veryclear that the army in front of him was filled with elites.
Disregarding their luxurious spirit objects and their strange tactics or meticulous defensive line, the Swift Army stillhad many attractive points. For example, their synchronization, their terrifyingly perfect synchronization wasdefinitely above 95%. Just based on this point, it could put 99% of the armies in the Sacred Saint Galaxy to shame.
And their stubborn attitude, there were many times where the defensive lines of the enemy looked to be breaking,but they still held their ground.
Such an enemy deserved to be respected.
Isolated alone at the front, White haired Cliff suddenly saluted the Swift Army.
~I am awaiting our next skirmish.~
Under the eyes of his subordinates, Cliff turned and without looking back, he walked away with large strides.
Xie Yu An watched the enemies that were retreating, and finally loosened the tension in his body. Fatigue gushed inlike a raging tide, his legs were heavy as lead, his body swayed, he could no longer support himself, and sat down onthe soil.
All of the soldiers around no longer had any strength to stand, and all of them fell and laid down on the mud.
It truly was mud, by the last battle, all of their weapons were either destroyed or almost destroyed. There was not aplace in their frontlines that was intact, the enemy’s attack was extremely crazy, causing their formations to bedestroyed countless of times.
When the smoke gradually lifted and the blue sky returned to their vision, Xie Yu An felt as if everything was alifetime ago.
~I have accomplished my mission!~
He was still in disbelief, he wanted to laugh out loud, but it felt as though his throat was clogged with smoke, andcould only release silent laughs.
The enemy was too strong.
The Southern Alliance various armies had never experienced fighting such large enemies, and thus theirperformance was extremely bad. Their defense deployment was quickly heavily damaged. Xie Yu An’s Swift Armyreceived an equally immense pressure, Xie Yu An was prepared to retreat, because Bing’s mission for them was toform layer after layer of defense, thus they still had a few defensive lines.
When Xie Yu An noticed that their formation was crumbling, he made an unexpected decision, he did not give theorder to retreat, but decided to hold till the night before retreating, to delay the enemy’s advancement.
One hour later, he received Bing’s order. It was simple, for him to hold for one day.
Of course, he knew how dangerous the order was, the disparity between both parties’ strength was too large, but hedid not hesitate.
~If my continent treats me with such greatness, I will repay my continent with everything that I have..~
When he obtained the New Moon Swallows Command Whip, he had secretly sworn that oath, and never forgottenit.
He did not know that he had to persist with everything that he had to last through the day, he bet everything that hehad against the crazy rhythm of the battle. Although he had accomplished his mission, he had no way to retreat, theenemy was advancing dauntlessly wave after wave, not leaving him a chance to retreat.
Xie Yu An knew that they were stuck, and if they were to retreat at such a time, they would definitely be destroyed.
Clenching down on his teeth, he chose to continue holding on.
After the second day, the Swift Army was almost completely numb.
On the third day, the enemies became stronger, they had even more deaths, Xie Yu An fought till his eyes were bloodshot, and at that moment, they fought without any intention to retreat, just an endless slaughter.
Until now, seeing the waves of enemies retreating and disappearing, his last taut nerve finally loosened up.
Greedily breathing in the fresh air after the smoke had dissipated, Xie Yu An could feel that he had no strength at all,and fell asleep.
He was awoken by raindrops.
It was a downpour, waking up all the slumbering soldiers, causing the entire formation grounds to be muddy.Everyone’s dulled senses regained a bit of clarity.
Everyone started to stand up, and quietly arranged themselves.
There were no cheers or celebrations for victory, out of the entire Swift Army, only 3000 odd of them were left,many of them were injured, many of them stayed in their position, never waking up again. Everyone quietly movedthe corpses of their buddies, burying them on the spot after taking their spirit objects, disallowing the enemies frompicking them up.
Other than their buddies, there were even more enemy corpses, and due to the large quantity, everyone was unableto tally the numbers.
It was to the point that they did not have time to care about their spoils of war, Xie Yu An had some lingering fear,but luckily for the rain, if not, even if the enemies were to quietly return, everyone would not be able to run.
They had to take the time while the enemy was reorganizing to run, otherwise they would have no otheropportunity. The next wave of enemies would only be even fiercer, and staying would mean death.
Ignoring the spoils of war littered all over the ground, Xie Yu An gave the order for the army to retreat swiftly underthe rain.
Xie Yu An did not know who he fought with, as there were too many of them and their offense was too fearsome.While they were retreating, Xie Yu An was pleased to realise that from the battle, the Swift Army was reborn. Notonly did the strength of many soldiers breakthrough, but through the ruthless battle, the bearing and quality of theentire army had become even more stable and experienced.
He could vaguely see hints of qualities resembling that of the legendary armies.
What he did not know, was that at the same time in the Southern Region, countless of people were talking about himand his army.
Xie Yu An, the man who became famous in one battle.