“Please forgive me for not being able to accept your terms just now.” Chen Rui understood the true meaning of Catherine’s move, “Then, let’s sit down calmly and have a good talk again.”
“You have to accept.” Catherine’s indifferent tone was full of determination, “Otherwise, there is nothing to talk about. You should understand that the Dark Shadow Empire absolutely stands a chance. I don’t necessarily need an alliance, but Shea has only 1 choice.”
“Am I so popular? So now should I be proud or depressed?” Chen Rui smiled wryly and did not argue about this matter. His tone changed, “The Dark Shadow Empire has a lot of unstable factors now such as Broc. According to the intel I received, you have always wanted to eliminate Broc without losing the Fire Blade Legion. Now the war has suddenly erupted. The Jergal Fortress where Broc is located is the throat location adjacent to the Bloody Empire. A slight change may affect the entire empire. I can help you solve this trouble.”
Chen Rui also did not state another intent. The reason why Catherine pretends to go against the Fallen Angel Empire is to take advantage of the fire and seize the benefits including ‘Chen Rui’. Secondly, she also wants to use it as a cover. In addition to paralyzing Raizen, she can solve her major problem of Broc at the fastest speed, maintaining internal security and repelling foreign invasion.
“It’s just a mere Broc, do you think I can’t solve it?”
“Of course you can!” Chen Rui smirked as he suddenly thought of something, “By the way, I have something for you…”
Catherine’s gaze turned to the thing that Chen Rui took out and said emotionally, “[Immortal Dark Gold War Puppet]!”
Chen Rui took out the gold puppet that he got in the black rainforest back then. This puppet was one of the assets of the red dragon swallowed by Dodo. When he joined the Dark Shadow Empire’s Mechanic Association last time, he wanted to give it to Catherine, but he never had a chance. He finally remembered it now. This humble puppet is actually the secret treasure of the Asmodeus Royal Family, the strongest war puppet in the legend – [Immortal Dark Gold War Puppet]!
Catherine’s surprise was extraordinary. [Immortal Dark Gold War Puppet] had an immortal attribute and would never be eliminated. It was the most important treasure apart from the Dark Shadow Cape. Unfortunately, it was lost thousands of years ago and its whereabouts were still unknown. She didn’t expect it to be in Chen Rui’s hands. With this puppet, plus the Dark Shadow Cape, her combat power would be greatly improved. Even if she encountered Raizen alone, she might stand a chance in the battle.
Catherine’s emotions quickly stabilized as she stared into Chen Rui’s eyes, “Is this your exchange in the name of the Fallen Angel Empire or is it something you gave me personally?”
When Chen Rui heard that this gold puppet was actually [Immortal Dark Gold War Puppet], he did have some thoughts. He finally sighed when he saw Catherine’s eyes, “This is a gift that I wanted to give you a long time ago. I never knew it was the [Immortal Dark Gold War Puppet].”
“Hmph, you finally told the truth.” Catherine took the puppet with an unbearable joy in her eyes. A veil suddenly covered her face. “About Jergal Fortress… Talk about your plan.”
Does this count as bribery? Chen Rui muttered in his mind, but fortunately, the ‘negotiation’ finally got on the right track.
In front of the Warlock Fortress, huge shields overlapped each other to form a temporary barrier. The position of this barrier was very particular, which was just outside the attack range of the magic crystal cannons and ballistas. The occasional ‘stray shots’ that flew over couldn’t break through the defense of the giant shield.
Behind the giant shield, the goblin warriors were rapidly forming several catapults which gradually took shape. These catapults were installed with suitable arms according to the estimated distance so that the range could effectively attack the fortress.
The soldiers of the Bloody Empire in front had already approached the moat outside the fortress wall after sacrificing many casualties.
The surface of the moat was about 30 meters wide and was dug quite deep. The magician team began to cast magic under strict protection. The surface of the river froze rapidly and became thicker. Soon, it was completely frozen. The Bloody Empire soldiers had special anti-slip serrations on the bottom of their leather boots which enabled them to walk on the ice like flat ground.
Halfway through, the ice surface suddenly shattered, and countless sharp vines emerged like solid walls. One after another soldiers who were approaching were attacked by the vines. Many of them were knocked unconscious. These were the guardian vines redeemed by Chen Rui in the Super System. They had attributes such as regeneration, stun, and restraint with extremely strong protection capabilities. Any enemy creatures that come close would be attacked. The army in front was blocked, and the speed at the back also slowed down. On the fortress, the arrows splashed down like locusts. Mixed with the sounds of the ballista and the giant crossbow arrows, they quickly harvested the lives of the enemy.
The catapults behind the great shield of the Bloody Empire were quickly assembled, and the huge rocks blazing were thrown toward the Warlock Fortress like meteors.
At this moment, several huge figures suddenly flew out of the Warlock Fortress at a high speed, and they flew toward the flaming meteor launched by catapult as if they had eyes.
The 2 crashed together with a “boom” and shattered at the same time. The flaming rubble fell on the heads of the soldiers of the Bloody Empire below, and some of them who did not manage to lift their shields on time were smashed in their brains.
“What is this?” At Town Nimbus’ Bloody Empire camp, Aleus frowned as he looked at the scene in the magic mirror.
Teris spoke up, “It should be stone shots ejected by a special machine. The launch strength is very strong, and the speed is faster than catapult stones. There should be special inscribed magic patterns on those stone shots which can automatically track fire elements or earth elements. This is the first time I have seen this kind of ordnance, including the previous explosive crossbow cart. It seems that the Fallen Angel Empire has brought us a lot of new toys. Today’s attack is counted as successful if we can force the Fallen Angel Empire to use its trump card.”
“The loss of the frontline troops is quite severe.” Gustav nodded, “The Warlock Fortress is famous for its sturdiness in the Demon Realm, and the terrain is special. If you really want to win it, you will have to pay a considerable price.”
Teris smiled indifferently, “For the great achievements of unifying the Demon Realm, all costs are worth it.”
The catapults behind the great shield barrier fired several rounds of flame meteors in succession. 70% of them were intercepted by the boulders launched by the Warlock Fortress, and the rest flew to the Warlock Fortress. Layers of ripples were smashed out of the surface of the walls with inscribed magic patterns, but they remained undamaged. In addition to the ‘intercepting missiles’, huge rocks with flames were also shot from the Warlock Fortress. This was not an attack that a shield could block. Within the power range, it was full of scorched corpses.
The quality of the soldiers of the Bloody Empire was evident at this time. Although there were many casualties, they still maintained a rough attacking formation and rhythm. Under the command of the generals, the soldiers killed all the way and completely suppressed the guardian vines. The magician team was divided into 2 batches. 1 batch reinforced and filled the ice surface while the other batch assisted the soldiers in eliminating the vines.
It didn’t take long for the guardian vines to be completely crushed. The Bloody Empire Army successfully passed the moat and came to the city.
After clearing the magic dark mines in front, one after another machine was pushed up from behind. The front was a kind of iron cart carrying a huge hammer like a pole that was used to strike a bell. Amidst the sound of the machine, the ramming pole flew out and hit the outermost wall, making a deafening sound. The water-like ripples on the surface of the wall kept shaking as the sand rustled down.
This kind of battering ram could greatly damage the fortress wall protected by the inscribed magic patterns. Although many controllers were shot by arrows, many battering rams began to attack the fortress wall under the cover of the shield. More and more defensive inscribed magic patterns were destroyed.
Vehicles carrying a long ladder were pushed forward, obviously for the purpose of ascending the city. There were also taller chariots behind, carrying a group of soldiers. It was quite similar to an escalade where one could shoot arrows and cast magic from the top. These siege weapons were personally improved by the Bloody Empire’s Young Prince Teris, and they played a huge role in the recent battle to conquer the Iron Fist City and defeat Edmund.
The city climbers braved the arrow rain and came to the forefront. The ladder behind it automatically extended and landed on the fortress wall that had lost its protective magic. The suicide squad, which was good at climbing, quickly climbed up the city. The physical attributes of these soldiers were very strong. Although the fortress wall was tens of meters high and some ladders were not long enough, the suicide squad members jumped using the ladder and reached the fortress wall. It was a pity that as soon as they jumped up, they were decimated by the rows of fortress defending soldiers who had been on stand-by long ago.
The escalade chariots behind pushed forward and rose steadily almost to the level of the fortress wall. On the top of the escalade, a burst of colorful magic attacks was launched at the fortress defending soldiers who were stopping them from reaching the fortress wall. Some soldiers also used the rope to jump into the wall and fight. Not long after, more and more soldiers of the Bloody Empire began to climb up the walls.
Seeing the critical situation, Francis on the tower remained unmoved. With a wave of his hand, the herald once again blew out a strange rhythm. A row of defending soldiers stood out and threw round objects down the city wall.
These things were like fruits. Soon after they landed, they immediately changed. Numerous huge vines with thorns suddenly appeared. These vines would take the initiative to attack. They were thicker and stronger than those at the moat previously. Not only did they have a powerful entangling ability, they could devour the flesh and blood of the enemy as a nutrient.
Whether it was the battering ram, the ladder cart or the escalade cart, they couldn’t retreat in time. Under this terrifying twist and tear, the soldiers either fell or were entangled and devoured by the huge vines.
This kind of gluttonous vine was also an royal spirit item exchanged by Chen Rui for George. Compared with the guardian vines that were proficient in protection, it was more aggressive. After releasing the aura seed, it could quickly take shape within 10 seconds.
Originally, all the royal spirit items could only be activated by Chen Rui himself, but starting from 5-star evolution, the exchange center had bestow fruits which enabled others to use the royal spirit plant. The soldiers threw out the bestow fruit that had absorbed the gluttonous vine seeds.
The siege equipment of the Bloody Empire was almost completely destroyed by the gluttonous vine, and the previous fierce offensive was completely submerged in the sea of countless ‘tentacles’.
At this moment, rows of dense black spots appeared in the sky behind the shield wall. The gradually magnified aerial legion of the Bloody Empire was finally dispatched.
In the central command of the Warlock Fortress, Madam Red Dragon Gloria’s voice sounded, “It’s the Wind Dragon Legion of the Bloody Empire! George, let me go with the Flying Cloud Legion!”
“The Flying Cloud Legion’s vitality has not recovered after the Dark Moon battle. If you fight head-on, it will be difficult to match the Wind Dragon Legion, but don’t worry.” George said with a confident smile, “Because an old friend of mine has already arrived from the Dark Moon.”
TL: Paglio joined the war too? Time to grab some 🍿 for Dodo’s showtime 😏
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