Translated by: Berrrybunz
Edited by: TN and DeAndreR
The energy vortex near the Shang Continent's estuary had long become a famous sight of the Southern Alliance, all the traders who travelled would usually head over to witness the sight. It emerged from a battle, at that time, the smoke and flames in the Southern Alliance had long dissipated, and only the energy vortex was brightly lit. Every traveller who saw the energy vortex would be shocked by its intensity.
Its diameter reached 2km, while its height was 13km.
It was not as if they had never seen large energy vortices, but the slowly revolving dazzling beast was a product from war, and was the result of men.
To personally create it, how powerful was the Southern Alliance!
It was the Southern Alliance's strongest symbol.
When the Honorable Martial Continent's fleet had arrived, everyone who saw the energy vortex was shocked. For safety, the anchoring positions of the warships were specially placed a distance away from the energy vortices. Fortunately, the energy vortex had always been stable, its revolution was not considered fast, and it was extremely quiet. There were various energy vortices inside the Sea of Energy, and they were all the subject of research for the big powerhouses as it was related to the safety of fleets.
The experienced crew could tell from a look that the energy vortex in front of them was in its stable and safe phase, thus would not be dangerous to them.
Wu Kai also saw that point, and thus suggested the idea.
It had to be said, when his idea was proposed, it immediately attracted everybody's attention. The energy vortex was extremely stable, not only Wu Kai could see that, it was just that no one had thought that there would be spirit objects in the vortex.
Spirit Objects were unattainable objects to the soldiers. But they were clear of the value of spirit objects, and even the lowest grade spirit objects were extremely precious. Even if they could not use it for themselves, selling the spirit objects would definitely allow them to live a life without worries. As long as they could find one, they could retire immediately and live a millionaire life.
The deadly lure was enough to make the hall filled with heavy breathing.
The soldiers who were so bored to the point of agitation, found a small scale warship and flew towards the energy vortex. Someone noticed the small scale warship, but did not bother about them. Aside from executing their patrol positions, they did not need to care about the movements of other soldiers. They maintained a tight exterior but a lax interior, to allow everyone to relax their already strained mental states.
The scouts had already been spread far out and wide, because the patrolling radius of the patrols were also extremely huge, any wind blowing and grass swaying could not escape from their eyes. It was practically impossible for anyone to sneak in under such a tight defense.
Even the Banner of Knights would not be able to achieve such a thing, that was why the officers on duty were so relaxed.
When the small scale warship flew close to the energy vortex, everybody's attention was instantly attracted. It was a completely different feeling seeing the energy vortex up close. From afar, the feeling they got from the energy vortex was that it spun slowly, but up close, the dazzling energy flow formed an impassable wall, causing their skins to go numb, the high speed flow was extremely threatening.
Everyone who were incensed took some time to calm down.
"Is this really possible?"
"It's too big!"
As more of them started exclaiming out loud, the confidence of the soldiers were shaken. Even Wu Kai's confidence started to sway.
Suddenly, someone shouted out: "Stop! Quickly stop!"
The soldier controlling the warship immediately shouted: "Hey, Buddy, relax alright, I've stopped already!"
In their eyes, their distance with the energy vortex seemed to be closing in, as though the gigantic wall of energy flow in front of them was gradually closing in on them, causing everybody's spirits to fly out from their bodies.
"Retreat! Quickly retreat!"
"Oh my god, what's happening?"
Panicked shouts became incessant.
The soldier controlling the warship also started to panic, he did his best to control the warship to move backwards, but it seemed as though the warship was stuck in some quicksand.
"Damn it! We are being sucked in! It's attractive force seems to be getting stronger!"
This caused everybody's face to turn pale white with fear in their eyes. The worst thing that everyone feared the most when encountering energy vortices in the Sea of Energy was being sucked in by the energy vortices. Once they were helpless against the attractive force of the energy vortex, it was a definite for them to be dragged into the energy vortex.
The inertia required to move the warship was the largest, but the warship still remained unmoved.
"Quickly call out for support!"
Wu Kai stared blankly at the energy vortex that was coming closer, he still did not understand, why the energy vortices attractive force would become stronger. ~This was clearly a stable energy vortex, and the duration that the energy vortex is stable is extremely long, usually stretching a thousand years, how long had this energy vortex been here for?~
The small scale warship's plea for help passed down to the various armies, instantly causing an alarm.
Before they could move out, they watched as the small warship plunged into the energy vortex like a leaf, then disappearing.
"Damn it! I knew that those idiots would cause trouble!"
Wu Kai's superior officer chided, his face ashen green. ~What could it be reported as? An accident?~ In the blink of the eye, his unit had lost over a dozen men, regardless of anything, he could not escape from the punishment of being negligent.
"Master!" His subordinate's anxious voice broke his thoughts, he raised his head, only to hear his subordinate's trembling voice: "Energy, the energy vortex…."
"What's wrong with the energy vortex?" He asked impatiently, to him, the accident was caused by Wu Kai and the other's boredom.
The subordinate's voice trembled even more: "It seems to be moving towards us!"
"Moving towards us?" The officer was startled.
The gigantic energy vortex slowly moved towards the anchored warships. Yet, this slow movement was just a visual, its immense size moving looked to be slow, but in truth, its speed was not slow at all.
A mournful alarm resonated across the entire fleet.
No one knew that in the center of the gigantic energy vortex floated over a hundred treasures, forming a sphere. And inside this sphere was a figure who had a sword in hand. It was Jing Hao.
"Go onwards, Heavy Man!"
Jing Hao raised Drunk on Saint Blood and shouted in the void, when a thread of divine consciousness responded, and the energy vortex rumbled forward.
When Jing Hao saw Ling Xu and Crane revealing their talent as military generals, Jing Hao was envious. It was not an envy towards them being military generals, but envious that they could go to battle, and could be of assistance to the war. Crane and Ling Xu were busy with training, and although he could not help, he did not stop his bitter training.
Until when he sensed a divine consciousness. He suddenly thought about the time when Tang Tian had unintentionally spoken to him about it, that the energy vortex seemed to be harboring something.
Jing Hao's intuition was never as sharp as Tang Tian's, but his knowledge foundation was far denser and stronger than Tang Tian. After carefully thinking about the process of forming the energy vortex, he roughly guessed what was inside the energy vortex.
Over a hundred star treasures were destroyed, however the spirits did not disappear, but they merged together to birth one new spirit.
This new spirit's growth was astronomical with the dense energy.
Jing Hao tried to communicate with this divine consciousness. At the start, it was not smooth, but Jing Hao was an extremely tenacious man, aside from training, he would spend his time communicating with the energy vortex. ~Ling Xu and Crane are at the frontlines, while I'm at the back and unable to help.~
Jing Hao's understanding towards star treasures was far more profound than anyone else.
The new spirit started to accept Jing Hao, and Jing hao tried various methods to communicate with it, for example entering the energy vortex.
He did all of this quietly without anyone knowing. When Bing decided to move out of the Shang Continent, Bing received his intense opposition, but when he understood Bing's intent, he gave a response of his own.
He had not forgotten the look, when Bing found out that he could control the energy vortex, the completely stupefied poker face look.
Bing reacted very quickly to his ability, and quickly formulated a new plan that included his ability, making this plan extremely dangerous and deadly.
The energy vortex sped quickly towards the location of the anchored warships, and started to crush them. It's quiet revolution was overwhelming enough, but when it moved, the overwhelming pressure choked the army.
This giant monster's diameter was over 26km, with a height of13 km. When this pressure moved, it gave the soldiers a feeling of helplessness.
The fleet was in a mess, no one had ever been in such a terrifying situation before. The majority of them were awoken from their slumber, and on every warship, all the panic-stricken soldiers made the place even messier.
As there were limited positions for the anchoring of warships and with too many warships, all of them were anchored side to side. Many of the warships close together only had the intent to rush out for their own safety.
Once they were pulled into the energy vortex, there was only one ending for any warship.
The scene became chaos.
The instinct to live exceeded their relaxed state of mind, adding the sudden attack on the fleet, it made them lose their effective command and control. If Gou Cheng WenDao was around, or if any of the three generals were in command, the situation would not had been so terrible. But lacking a powerful officer to offer his guidance, the differentiated armies and warships naturally became chaotic.
Death came closer, and the helplessness in the chaos made every commanding officer of the armies choose self preservation without hesitation.
All the different sized warships retreated with all their might, breaking out of the encirclement.
The small scale warships were in the most terrible situation inside the chaos, aside from a few agile ones that took the lead to escape. The other small scale warships were smashed into smithereens by the larger scale warships.
Many of them chose to disembark their ships, completely disregarding the corrosion from the Sea of Energy, they just wanted to preserve their own lives.
The only thing worth rejoicing was that although the energy vortex was powerful, its speed could not be compared to warships, and it was not as agile as the warships.
But when the warships that managed to escape looked back and saw the energy vortex occupying their previously anchored positions, with the countless shattered wood remnants being sucked into the energy vortex, all of their faces changed.
Looking around at the remaining and sparse warships, everybody's face became uglier.
In the extremely short and chaotic nightmare, it had brought them an extremely large loss. 70% of their small scale warships, half of their mid scale warships and one large scale warship were gone, causing them to be speechless.
What made them even more discouraged was that they did not dare to bombard the energy vortex. If the energy vortex exploded, the power it produced was enough to devour the entire Shang Continent.
They watched in daze at the colossus showing off its might, totally oblivious that the real fatal fang was right behind him.
Chapter 863 - Heavy Man
Chapter 864 Destruction of the Fleet-
Translated by: Berrrybunz
Edited by: TN and DeAndreR
With pale expressions, the warships that survived the calamity, watched the energy vortex wreak havoc. It was an extremely huge accident, but unfortunately, what awaited them next was Master Gou Cheng WenDao's fury. He was famed for being harsh and cold, so how many people would die under his wrath?
Everyone sunk into fear, and many of them even started crying.
The fleet's tight exterior defense and lax interior was a fixed plan, but the sudden movement of the energy vortex made them helpless. But the real reason for the immense destruction was because the warships were docked too close to each other, and the panic due to the sudden change of situation. The energy vortex's destructive ability was shocking, but its speed, compared to the warships, naturally paled in comparison. If the warships were not as tightly packed, most of them would have avoided the danger.
The officers also could not be blamed, there was no problems with their positioning. The extremely terrible conditions of the Shang Continent was the true culprit. The Shang Continent was only a small and isolated continent, it did not have the conditions for a large fleet to anchor.
The extremely narrow estuary posed a huge problem to majority of their warships, thus making them anchor in the Sea of Energy near the estuary to Shang Continent. But the Sea of Energy around the estuary was also very limited. The gigantic energy vortex had taken up a huge part, and on the other side, laid the extremely dangerous Undercurrent Region.
The moment Gou Cheng WenDao took over the Shang Continent, he immediately conducted a thorough survey around the entire area, and even the Undercurrent Region nearby was investigated. The Undercurrent Region was an extremely dangerous place, where even the strongest fleet would have no chance of surviving if they fell in.
To prevent any accident, they had specially established a striking demarcation and marked out the Undercurrent Region.
The surviving warships leaned towards the Undercurrent Region that were only a 150m away from the demarcation lines.
Inside the Undercurrent Region 150m away.
Crane opened his eyes, his faintly lit pupils were cold and sharp. By his side floated many bubbles of light, and within them were people. All of them revealed traces of fatigue, as they had already stayed inside the undercurrent for a full five days.
Even with the protection of star treasures, staying inside the Undercurrent Region was an extreme test of willpower and strength. Whether or not everyone could persevere inside the Undercurrent Region for five days, Crane did not know either. But he had accepted the mission with determination, because he knew that it was the only opportunity to strike heavily at Gou Cheng WenDao's fleet.
If Gou Cheng WenDao's fleet was heavily injured, he would be face with unprecedented danger.
Inside the Shang Continent he had no defences or any fleet, Gou Cheng WenDao was like a soldier that lost his armor.
It was a crucial moment.
For five days, they maintained silence as no one spoke. They were too close to the enemies, if there were even a bit of movement, if they accidentally attracted the attention of their enemies, the whole plan would have gone to waste.
When they heard the rumblings outside, everyone who were already somewhat numb slowly opened their eyes, their stiff faces instantly becoming excited.
Jing Hao had made his move!
Everyone called their partners up, and warmed up their stiff and frozen bodies. To lessen the exhaustion, none of them moved for the entire duration.
But on every person's face revealed excitement and agitation.
They had long settled their resolve to implement the plan, for they knew that if they were successful, the battle was definitely worthy of becoming a legend! And the enemies were Honorable Martial Continent, as they had a deep flowing hatred with the Honorable Martial Continent, there was nothing as compelling as to use such a legendary method of striking at their mortal enemies!
Wei Ting TIng was equally agitated, but she looked to be much more experienced as compared to last time as she drew the God Gold Arrow proficiently.
For the battle, The Southern Alliance had taken out all of the good stuff.
Crane did not give any orders, every detail had been thoroughly discussed multiple times before the battle, and everyone knew what they had to do.
Looking at all the excited and agitated faces, Crane did not say anything, he unsheathed his sword and took the lead to rush to the border of the Undercurrent Region. Behind him, everyone else followed.
In that short burst, everyone's vision lit up.
It was the warships that lit up their vision, they looked to be in a mess, without any proper formations. Occasionally, lights would blossom in the distance, which came from the beautiful background given by the energy vortex.
They looked like spirits that had suddenly appeared behind the fleet.
No one noticed them, as all the soldiers on the warships had their attention towards the energy vortex.
Crane had discussed with everyone regarding the formation to extreme details, deducing all sorts of situations and how to respond accordingly. The situation in front of them did not exceed their deductions. They moved extremely carefully and borrowed the shadows of the warships to sneak in closer.
Their main target was the large scale warships.
The members on the large scale warships were still in their frightened states, they had anxiously escaped and did not activate their barriers. What could the barriers do? If they were pulled into the energy vortex, the barrier could not save them. As to sneak attacks, they were under so much pressure that they never thought that it could happen.
Crane and the rest carefully snuck beneath the warships. The large size of the warships projected dark and huge shadows that gave them the best cover and concealment.
After placing a star treasure at the bottom of the boat, they immediately distanced themselves. According to Little Fool's estimation, they needed to rush 3km away before it detonated.
This was their secret weapon, Star Treasure Bombs!
They had planned out their battle plan, and had chosen the large scale warships as their main target, when everyone suddenly realized that they had overlooked one problem, how could they destroy the large scale warships?
Large scale warships had extremely sturdy hulls and body, and ordinary attacks were incapable of destroying them. They had used the warship remnants in the belt for cover, and knew how sturdy they were. Thus, destroying the large scale warships became the biggest problem they had to face.
And the one who resolved this problem was Little Fool.
Little Fool who was about to go crazy from being forced to refine treasures was on the border of going psychotic. Everytime, Bing would sigh with emotions and compliment him as a good boy, then continued to exploit him.
With his Spirit Devouring Flame as the detonator, he could cause treasures to explode, thus naming them Star Treasure Bombs. It produced an astonishing effect that made it the best weapons to handle the large scale warships. For the fight, the Southern Alliance handed out all of their remaining treasures.
The treasure suddenly emitted a strand of flame, which was the Spirit Devouring Flame, and the treasure instantly lit up, and started absorbing the energy around it frantically.
The light aura emitted from the treasure rapidly became brighter and brighter.
The intense energy undulation immediately alarmed the members on board.
"Barrier protection! Quickly activate the barriers!"
"Spread out! Everyone spread out!"
The shrieks and screams came out as the fleet who had just managed to calm down plunged into chaos once more.
Right at that moment, dazzling light regiments suddenly appeared outside of their windows, the eye dazzling light auras caused the entire place to be lit up, and no one could see anything. A gigantic rumble caused everyone to become temporarily deaf. Everyone were stupefied as their minds went blank.
Before they could even make any reaction, the hull beneath their feet trembled, they had not even done any preparations when they were all flung upwards and smashed onto the walls and ceilings.
All of them woke up from the intense pain.
They frantically crawled back up and looked towards the direction of the explosion, but when they saw what it was clearly, they were all stunned.
It was Master Gou Cheng WenDao's ship!
Gou Cheng WenDao's warship was the most extravagant, sturdiest, strongest in terms of offensive capabilities, and the most heavily protected warship, and what remained was a half charred wreckage, with intense flames still spewing out from the ship that continued to blaze. The warships around it were all affected, also appearing to have sustained heavy damages.
Everyone were stunned, how could a large scale warship be so weak?
No one had thought that it was just the beginning.
The terrifying light aura came again, this time, it was even more intense, and the experienced members knew that the attack was coming from a few places at once. Their minds were a blank, as though they had been heavily punched in the head, the large scale warships, the other large scale warships!
One after another, light regiments blossomed from within the fleet, all of the large scale warships were devoured by the white light.
One of the large scale warships was devoured by the light aura, and a spherical shockwave instantly spread out. In the face of this shockwave, all of the nearby warships were blown apart into pieces like paper.
Wei Ting Ting and the rest were shocked by the power of the star treasure bombs.
All of them stared with their mouths wide opened, as though their jaws were locked. Now they finally understood why they had to run 3km away before the detonation. Seeing the warships being struck by the shockwave, they knew that if they remained in the area of impact, what would be left would be a pile of minced meat.
After the fear, they quickly became excited.
The Star Treasure Bombs were too effective, far more than what they had expected, meaning that they had already accomplished the lowest requirement of their goal. The destruction of the large scale warships meant that the fleet had lost more than half of their fighting strength.
Furthermore, the fight was not over!
Wei Ting Ting and the group were the first to react, and immediately launched an attack at the middle scale warships.
The Gold God Arrow did not have much use towards the large scale warships, but towards the middle scale warships, they were able to deal substantial damage. As for how to deal with warships, Wei Ting Ting and the rest had long gotten the knack for it. Furthermore, in the complicated terrain, there was not much difference from being in the belt of wreckages.
They moved like fish in water, destroying the warships and taking lives.
Their attacks were extremely ferocious as they did not hold back.
One after another of flames blossomed out like flowers inside the fleet of warships. The battle was too sudden and fearsome, the Honorable Martial Continent fleet that had no time to prepare lost terribly.
Wei Ting Ting shot out the last Gold God Arrow. Upon leaving the bow, it transformed into a flow of light, like a shooting star, smashing straight into a middle scale warship.
A dazzling regiment of flames blossomed from the middle of the warship.
The warship split apart.
Wei Ting Ting bit her lips, she had overused her hands and they were trembling. But her expression was one of dissatisfaction, if given enough time……
But after staying inside the Undercurrent Region for five days, they had exhausted their physical strength, and the remaining strength was only enough for them to launch one wave of intense attacks.
A clear Crane Cry sounded out across the entire battlefield, even among the explosions, it was audible.
The sound of retreat!
Wei Ting Ting clenched her teeth, without hesitating, she gathered the rest of her strength and rushed forward.
Inside the battlefield where regiments of flames lit the place, many black dots flew out, and like birds returning to their nesting place, they rushed towards the energy vortex.
"Are they trying to die?"
The remaining soldiers on the warships stared blankly at the suicidal movements of the group.
But after that, the unthinkable happened.
The energy vortex revealed a large gap of roughly 1km, and the enemies that were leaving the battlefield, rushed into it. When the last person flew in, the gap closed up again.
~The energy vortex…..was actually being controlled by the enemy…..~
Countless of people woke up from their daze, all of them hugged their heads with their hands as though they had seen ghosts.
"Damn it! It's coming towards us!"
A shout once again caused the atmosphere to become anxious.