With the lessons learned from the previous times, Samoer’s march was much more cautious this time. They steadily moved toward the Bloodmist Valley step by step.
The effect of this adjustment was very significant. The enemies who harassed along the way had to give up after several times of failures. With Samoer getting close step by step, the capital’s army did not encounter much resistance, and they advanced to the depths of the Black Mountain Forest with absolute strength. The Bloodmist Valley was right in front.
“The Dark Moon didn’t dare to confront us head-on, either because of lack of combat power, or they are just trying to lead us into a trap.” Samoer said confidently.
“General, with our current strength, the enemy has to dispatch at least one legion in order to fight with us head-on. This is equivalent to one-third of the total strength of the Dark Moon Estate.” Liers frowned, “I don’t think the Dark Moon will take this risk, but the enemy is very cunning and will definitely use tricks such as…”
“Fire attack?” Samoer continued the sentence. After looking at the surrounding dense forest, he shook his head, “Liers, your consideration is good. This kind of environment is indeed prone to fire attacks, but this Black Mountain Forest is not very flammable because it does not have the highly flammable flame wood. The forest consists mainly of stone birch. The ignition point of stone birch is very high, and it is usually used to make certain fireproof materials. Even the fire power of the peak stage of the Demon Overlord in magic can hardly cause a large-scale burning, so don’t worry.”
Zeta on the side nodded slightly. He was proficient in water magic and air magic, and he had a deep research on fire magic, so he knew what Samoer said was true.
“General is worthy of being the capital’s outstanding general! You manage to observe even this.” A lord took the opportunity to compliment him.
Another lord also echoed, “In this expedition to the Dark Moon, the general must be the most shining star. It is a big advantage for us to go out with the general.”
In fact, Samoer learned the characteristics of the stone birch when he deliberately asked the guide before leading the army into the forest. Of course, Samoer was humble for the compliments like “shining star” on the surface, but he believed it secretly. He said, “After uncovering those tricks, the Dark Moon’s strength and combat power are actually nothing more than this! If the Dark Moon really dares to risk one-third of its strength, then I can just settle them all as a great gift to Royal Highness Regent.”
As Samoer expected, after the Dark Moon Army which besieged the Bloodmist Valley suffered successive defeats, they didn’t dare to fight head-on and retreated. The capital army quickly rushed into the vicinity of Bloodmist Valley. Seeing from the distance, the valley entrance was surrounded by the Dark Moon Army.
As if they seemed to realize the arrival of the reinforcement army, there was finally movement in the Bloodmist Valley. The screams of fighting were getting closer. The Dark Moon Army who surrounded the valley entrance dispersed when they saw that the enemy were in front as well as at the back. Teams of cavalries rush out from the pale red mist.
Light cavalry, buckler, scimitar. The “besieged” soldiers are really the Magic Shadow Legion led by Nesta and Kanita.
However, before the cavalry approached from afar, they saw the “friendly army”, who came to rescue them, suddenly shot out flying arrows all over the sky. The few cavalries in front were caught off guard and fell from the horses.
Nesta was taken aback and shouted, “Don’t do it! I’m Nesta. Lucifer of the capital’s Magic Shadow Legion. Who is the general here?”
“Nesta!” Samoer motioned the soldiers to stop shooting and went forward. His sneer echoed throughout the forest, “Do you still recognize me?”
“Samoer!” Nesta frowned and shouted, “Thank you for your rescue. Without further delay, let’s join forces and break out of this besiege!”
“Join forces with you?” The cynical expression on Samoer’s face was even more evident, “Then you and the Dark Moon Army join forces to burn my army supplies and kill my soldiers, and finally behead me?”
“Samoer, what do you mean? The situation is urgent now. Before the enemy’s encirclement is complete…”
Before Nesta’s words were finished, Samoer’s laughter interrupted him, “Haha! Encirclement? Just a few enemies can surround you for so long? Do you think I’m a fool?”
Nesta angrily said, “Samoer! Now is the time for war, not the time to care about personal grievances! Do you want to avenge your personal vengeance? It doesn’t matter if I give you my life! But there are more than 4000 soldiers here!”
“Stop…!” Samoer said sharply, “The Magic Shadow Legion was defeated and surrendered to the enemy. The sin is unforgivable. I’m ordered by Regent Obsidian Royal Highness to capture the rebel leader, Nesta, and destroy the Dark Moon and the Magic Shadow rebels!”
As soon as these words came out, the cavalries of the Magic Shadow Legion burst in commotion suddenly. Rows of soldiers armed with long spears appeared in front of the Nether Hydra Legion, obviously setting up a specific tactic. The archers behind pulled their bows simultaneously and began to shoot. The Magic Shadow soldiers were forced to retreat. At this time, a cavalry ran out of the Magic Shadow and shouted, “Don’t shoot! I’m the Red Spirit Estate’s…”
An arrow flew out and hit his chest. The man’s voice suddenly stagnated, then countless arrows shot him and his horse into a hedgehog.
The man used his last breath and roared, “We have guarded the Bloodmist Valley for so long. We lost countless soldiers and almost exhausted all our supplies. We would rather die than surrender to the enemy that attacks or tempts us. Why… “
Before he finished talking, he had collapsed.
“Kanita!” Nesta yelled with grief.
It was Kanita. Alvin, the son of Josh and the heir of the Red Spirit Estate, who was shot to death. Samoer was taken aback, but the damage was done. If that’s already the case, I shall annihilate them all in the name of rebellion!
The Magic Shadow Cavalry retreated step by step in the locust-like arrows. Nesta was shot by 3 arrows consecutively. He cried out in despair, “We shed blood for the empire without hesitation and persevered the enemy’s fierce attack for so many days. I didn’t expect I would die under my comrade’s suspicion today! Why?!”
His bleak voice was full of resentment. The soldiers of Magic Shadow were all inexplicably disgruntled, even the soldiers of the Nether Hydra Legion were touched by it.
“Samoer, you shameless villain, actually framed me for personal grudges!”
“Royal Highness Obsidian! Did you just abandon the Magic Shadow Legion who pledged allegiance to you until death? Is this your “trust” and “choice”?”
Samoer shouted angrily, “Stop! You rebel, no matter how clever your words and expressions, you can’t change the reality! If you don’t surrender, those who resist will be killed!”
“If we don’t resist, we will still be doomed if we fall into your hands !” Nesta shouted up to the sky, “Fine, it doesn’t matter even if I bear the name of the rebel and turn sides to the Dark Moon! Even if I sacrifice my life today, I want to bring my soldiers out here alive!”
The cavalries behind him raised his sword together, “Follow the general to the death!”
Samoer stopped talking nonsense and directly ordered the archers to shoot. Nesta had no choice but to retreat to the valley entrance area.
When Samoer was about to lead his army to pursue him, he suddenly felt a red light flashing in his eyes, then the air was filled with scorching heat. All the trees in front of him instantly burned. Samoer’s expression changed drastically- How is this possible?! Even the peak stage of the Demon Overlord magician can’t burn the stone birch…
Samoer didn’t know that his understanding was limited to the ordinary peak stage of the Demon Overlord magician. For the peak stage of the Demon Overlord who was proficient in all magic, magic circles and ancient runes, it was not only possible to make stone birch burn greater than flame wood, there was also more than one way.
A dark wand appeared in Zeta’s hand. He tapped the ground. The power of pure water elements spread forward, forming ice along the way.
By right, with such a strong power of water element, no matter how powerful the flame was, it would be suppressed, but an unusual thing happened. When the power of this water element met the flame on the stone birch, it actually seemed to add fuel to the fire. The fire suddenly became 10 times fiercer and spread quickly along the ice. The fire was so fierce that even the Magic Shadow Cavalry in the distance did not dare to approach it. They could only retreat into the valley.
Zeta’s expression also changed. When his figure flashed, he had already left the range of the flames. The shock in his heart was even greater: This is a flame produced by the principle of compound magic! And it is actually a combination of 2 incompatible elements, water and fire! Burning water in the fire! This is simply an incredible method! The Dark Moon actually has such a powerful magician!
The terrifying flame made the soldiers restless. Samoer immediately realized the biggest crisis, and he shouted, “Quick! Evacuate the forest immediately!”
Going forward is no longer feasible, so we can only retreat. A denser forest is at the back. I only hope that we can quickly escape from this dangerous place before the fire completely breaks out.
However, just like the worst that he expected, when the capital army retreated in a hurry, the flames began to ignite in all directions, turning everywhere into a sea of flames.
Now Zeta didn’t dare to use his magic power indiscriminately as it might add fuel to the fire like just now. He could only use some assisting magic on his soldiers. Samoer was filled with hatred and regrets as he knew that he fell into the enemy’s trick. He led some stronger military officers to open up a path in front with attacks. However, the fire became more and more fierce, and the stone birch seemed to burn endlessly. The scorching high temperature made many soldiers collapse.
Perhaps due to the high temperature, many soldiers saw that the road ahead seemed distorted without an end.
A few hours later, after the demonic beasts fled away hurriedly, a stumbling team finally appeared on the edge of the Black Mountain Forest.
There were a lot of people in this team; about 10,000 people. However, compared with the number of people entering the forest, it was considered a very few. Each of these people had chapped lips, burns on their faces and bodies, and some were very serious burns, but their facial expression was the same. They were totally relieved to be able to barely escape the disaster.
They finally persisted to the end and cheated death. However, multiple comrades were buried in the sea of fire. This was even the result of Zeta’s full protection with magic. Otherwise, perhaps the number of people escaping would be much smaller.
Samoer’s face was full of rage and depression. This was an out-and-out fiasco. Only one-tenth of his troops remained even before he touched the opponent’s main force. He didn’t know how to explain this failure to the Royal Highness Regent.
At this moment, Zeta suddenly seemed alert. Samoer sensed it too. A large number of people that were at least 30,000 people appeared in front of him.
The main force of the enemy!
Have they finally appeared?
If it were a few hours ago, Samoer would only feel excited, but now there were only less than 10,000 soldiers left. Moreover, he was physically and mentally exhausted, and his injuries were quite heavy…
Samoer showed a rare wry smile. Originally, he had been looking for the main force of the other party, but he did not expect to encounter it under this situation now.
No! This is simply a trap deliberately set by the other party! From the initial harassment and showing weakness, to later luring the enemy, all were for this final fatal blow.
The battlefield was not a charity hall. Being lenient to the enemy meant cruelty to oneself. The Dark Moon did not give the Nether Hydra Legion the time to catch a breath. They quickly surrounded the nearby area and slowly narrowed the encirclement.
At the forefront was the cavalry of the Dark Moon Army. They were wearing cloaks and equipped with scimitars and bucklers.
The leader was a cavalry wearing a cloak and a mask. His real face couldn’t be clearly seen. He was holding a long sword and square shield. With a strange horn sound, a dark red light appeared on all the cavalries’ bodies. Their speed suddenly accelerated which quickly shortened their distance with the Nether Hydra Legion.
Samoer, Zeta and others were all surprised when they saw this scene. These cavalries are clearly the enemies who burned our rations that night and fought the Nether Hydra Legion in the wilderness of Town Mordo!
The “rebel”, Nesta, is now blocked by the flames in the Bloodmist Valley, so it is impossible for him to come here. Besides, those cavalry’s mental features and equipment characteristics can be seen clearly in this daylight. They are somewhat similar to the Magic Shadow Legion in front of the valley just now.
Many of those who knew looked at each other: In this way, the cavalry that night was really not Nesta’s soldiers!
Nesta and the Magic Shadow Legion are actually wronged! Did Samoer really revenge personal grudge with an official excuse and deliberately frame him?
Is this the truth?
Samoer’s heart palpitated. He felt like he had fallen into a bigger scheme, but now was not the time to look into this. In any case, I must break through the enemy’s encirclement as soon as possible and escape this damn place!
Zeta yelled, floated, and charged to the cavalry. Under normal circumstances, the Demon Overlord-level powerhouse would not bother to take the initiative to attack the “ants”, but now he couldn’t care much.
As soon as Zeta flew up, a terrifying sense of crisis suddenly appeared in his heart. He ignored the cavalry. As his whole body’s magic power soared, 4 ice shields appeared around his body with several layers on all sides.
In the blink of an eye, several layers of ice shields behind him turned into dust. The powerful impact aftermath made Zeta’s eyes black. His figure fell forward, almost falling to the ground.
A woman appeared in the air behind him. This woman was wearing a black cloak with a mask. Her legs looked very long, but her chest was a little lacking in slope.
Zeta’s pupils contracted. Another intermediate stage of the Demon Overlord! And her breath of power is faintly above me. She is only one step away from the peak stage of the Demon Overlord! Didn’t Royal Highness Obsidian negotiate an agreement with the Dark Shadow Empire? Why does the Dark Moon still have so many Demon Overlord powerhouses?
The woman didn’t give him time to think. She flew in front of Zeta in the blink of an eye, and her fist struck with terrifying power.
“Turn into a meteor and disappear! For 10,000 black crystal coins!” Hearing her voice, she was actually a girl.
Perhaps a title of “miser” should be added.
Hmmm, just hope this miser didn’t get scam by the enemy.
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