Versatile Mage - Chapter 1306: Appropriate to Oneself
Translated by XephiZ
Edited by Aelryinth
The Demon Tree Hand was clearly stronger when it was cast close to the roots of the Giant Purple Sacred Linden. One could even use the spell to control the thick roots of the Giant Purple Sacred Linden and fling them around at the Hillmen that were trying to protect the Bronze-Fang Hillman. The roots swiftly wrapped up the Bronze-Fang Hillman before it could flee!
Shao Ru controlled the roots to drag the half-dead Bronze-Fang Hillman toward her. To her surprise, despite the injuries that the creature was suffering, the creature displayed its strong will to live by biting through the roots that were binding it. It did not give up on trying to run away!
It kept screaming to summon its comrades. A huge group of Hillmen quickly showed up. They had come recklessly to save the Bronze-Fang Hillman, even though many of them were dying to the spells from the army of Battlemages.
“These creatures are pretty loyal!” Mo Fan chuckled when he saw the Hillmen panicking, “But the question is, is that enough to save their leader?”
The Hillmen tore and bit at the roots to clear a path to their leader. It finally freed up the Bronze-Fang Hillman a little. However, several Giant Shadow Spikes landed on it as it was planning to run away, nailing it to the spot.
Fresh blood kept pouring out from its wounds. The Bronze-Fang Hillman was almost at its limit. The Shadow Magic was incorporeal. It was amusing to see the Hillmen trying to get rid of the Giant Shadow Spikes and free the Bronze-Fang Hillman.
They might be able to tear and bite the roots, but they could not remove the Giant Shadow Spikes!
“Sky-Flame Funeral: Hellish Flames!”
Mo Fan completed another Advanced Spell. The blazing red Rose Flame appeared and swiftly turned into a huge meteorite sweeping across the sky as it descended.
Even though the Spirit-grade flame was not that strong, Hellish Flames was a second-tier Advanced Spell. Its power was still useful against the Warrior-level Hillmen. They had clustered up as they were trying to save their leader. The wide area of the Hellish Flames would burn them all to ashes!
The remaining body of the Bronze-Fang Hillman suffered greatly in the scorching heat. Its presence began to weaken as it cried out in agony from amid the flames.
The light of the flames reached a long distance away. Some of the Mages that were standing on the lower grounds were shocked when they saw the flames.
“Isnt…isn’t that a Bronze-Fang Hillman? It’s around four meters tall!” Chen Binbin exclaimed.
“I wonder who managed to kill a Bronze-Fang Hillman of that level!” Wang Dakuo went forward to take a closer look at the Mage.
“Why does he look so familiar?” Hu Duo pointed in the direction of the mage.
Wang Hua was wearing a twisted expression. He was the first to recognize who the man was. He was having a hard time believing that the young man possessed such remarkable strength.
Even his uncle Wang Dakuo, whom he was extremely proud of, was unlikely to take on a Bronze-Fang Hillman by himself, yet that man had done it!
“Yo, it’s you guys,” Mo Fan turned around and saw Wang Hua, Wang Dakuo, and the others. He did not expect to bump into them here. It seemed like they had come with the army.
Mo Fan took a closer look and discovered that a person was missing from the group. He did not need to ask to know that the person had most likely died either when they were waiting for Wang Dakuo in the woods, or after they had come to the valley. He was quite surprised that these people actually had the guts to come into the valley and fight the Hillmen…
“Is that a Bronze-Fang Hillman?” The Commander of the army came forward. He was both shocked and confused when he saw the remains of the four-meter-tall Bronze-Fang Hillman.
The remaining Hillmen had suddenly lost their will to fight. The army was then able to break through the Hillmen’s line of defense with ease, as the Hillmen were starting to flee for their lives. The Commander was initially wondering what had happened. It turned out that someone had killed the Hillmen’s leader!
“The Bronze-Fang Hillman is dead. Brothers, charge!”
“The Bronze-Fang Hillman, let’s kill the rest of them!”
The remaining Hillmen were like a sheet of loose sand after losing their leader. Most importantly, the morale of the human army rose as soon as the news of the Bronze-Fang Hillman’s death spread among the soldiers. The soldiers suddenly became unstoppable. Even the Hunters had placed their doubts behind them and focused on killing the Hillmen!
The Rainbow-Tailed Demon Sparrows became more aggressive, too. The battle was suddenly one-sided!
“It seems like we’ve taken out one of the Hillmen’s main leaders!” Shao Ru noted when she saw the Hillmen losing their morale.
Mo Fan taking down the Hillmen’s leader had proven extremely effective. It had prevented more people from dying and secured the victory for the humans. Unfortunately, not many people were able to take out the demon creatures’ leader alone like him. Shao Ru’s thoughts were still filled with the astonishment of witnessing the Giant Lightning Explosion!
“Their leader is dead!”
“The Hillmen’s leader is dead!”
Cheers were heard coming from another direction.
The people immediately looked in the direction of the cheers and saw a man with brown wings floating in the sky while holding the giant head of a Bronze-Fang Hillman.
He tossed the head at the Hillmen. His imposing demeanor even stopped the Hillmen from attacking him!
“It seems like Nie Lengshan was the one who killed the highest leader of the Hillmen. The Hillmen have lost their will to fight!” Shao Ru smiled wryly as she looked into the distance.
The Bronze-Fang Hillman that Mo Fan had killed was slightly inferior, one could easily tell from the length of their fangs. The Hillmen were trembling in fear after learning that their two leaders had fallen!
The human’s hatred of the Hillmen was off the charts. They were not willing to spare the Hillmen even when the creatures were fleeing for their lives. It eventually turned into a great hunt.
The Rainbow-Tailed Demon Sparrows hated the Hillmen’s guts too. They kept intercepting the Hillmen to prevent them from running away. The situation eventually turned into a one-sided massacre as more Hillmen fell dead to the ground.
These creatures that enjoyed torturing other living creatures finally felt the fear of death. Unfortunately, the magic that most Mages had was more suitable for killing rather than torturing. These brutal creatures died too quickly!
The Hillmen died rapidly, their remains scattered across the place. The area below the spectacular Giant Purple Sacred Linden was covered in rivers of blood. Its roots were dyed red, too.
“I wonder if what we are doing is a blasphemy to the sacred tree,” Guan Xixi suddenly sighed.
“Why would you think that? Everyone is pleased with the outcome. Didn’t you see? Even the other species residing on the tree are not pleased with the Hillmen. Otherwise, why would they help us in the battle against the Hillmen? We wouldn’t have been able to win the battle so easily without the Rainbow-Tailed Demon Sparrows’ help!” Liu Xiaojia said.
“Indeed, these demon sparrows’ hatred toward the Hillmen is stronger than ours. Didn’t you see that they barely left any of the Hillmen alive?” Nie Lengshan glanced into the distance.
Nie Lengshan did not give the command to chase after the Hillmen that fled. First, it was unwise to chase after the Hillmen in the sea of grass. Second, the Rainbow-Tailed Demon Sparrows were already pursuing the Hillmen and cleaning up the rest of them. All they needed to do was organize the people, clean up the corpses, and return to the city after a great victory.
The human army did not suffer great casualties since Mo Fan and Nie Lengshan had slain the two leaders of the Hillmen pretty early, putting an end to the battle. It had greatly minimized their losses.
“I suggest we leave as soon as possible. We are still in outer Mount Kunyu, the demon creatures’ territory. The smell of blood is going to bring us more trouble,” Mo Fan said.
“Mm, I agree with you. Mr. Tong…” Nie Lengshan nodded.
“Are you kidding me? We’ve just managed to cleanse the outer slopes of Mount Kunyu. How could we leave like this? This Giant Purple Sacred Linden is a miracle. It might make Yantai the richest city along the coastline!” exclaimed Tong Shang, the representative of the government.
“There are a lot of strong species living on the Giant Purple Sacred Linden. It’s in our best interest not to provoke them,” Mo Fan refuted him instantly.
The Four-Lives Salamander Tiger was clearly not the strongest species on the tree. Mo Fan was feeling uneasy about something else higher up in the tree. Most importantly, who was the one that had killed the previous ruler of the outer Mount Kunyu?
Was it the Hillmen?
The answer was quite obvious. The Hillmen had overwhelming numbers and quite a few Commander-level creatures leading them, yet even their strongest leader was no match for Nie Lengshan. It was unlikely that the Ruler-level creature that was previously ruled over outer Mount Kunyu died to the Hillmen!
Mo Fan immediately shared his worries. However, Tong Shang burst out laughing and said, “Even Ruler-level creatures will eventually die one day. It’s obvious that it reached the end of its life. It died a natural death… It’s too good of an opportunity for us! We can’t afford to miss it!”
The inner slopes of Mount Kunyu had brought unimaginable benefits to Yantai. If they could make the outer slopes of Mount Kunyu part of the safe zone too, it simply meant they would end up with an endless gold mine. It would help Yantai grow into a super city along the shoreline in just a few years. They would no longer be afraid of being invaded by demon creatures!
Tong Shang did not want to waste the hard-earned victory. He wanted to appropriate the miraculous Giant Purple Sacred Linden too!
As for the creatures living on the tree?
What danger could they possibly bring? There were Super Mages in Yantai too! He could easily convince them to lend a hand if he told them about the Giant Purple Sacred Linden. He could gather enough people to eliminate the demon creatures on the Giant Purple Sacred Linden by promising certain benefits in return. They would be able to claim all the resources on the Giant Purple Sacred Linden!
The ruler of the outer Mount Kunyu was dead, meaning that the tree was unclaimed for the time being. It would be a great waste if it only served as a habitat for the demon creatures!
If the Giant Purple Sacred Linden was able to generate energy to strengthen demon creatures, it could also help humans improve their cultivation, allowing Yantai to train more talented Mages.
Either way, Tong Shang had no intention of leaving. He had decided to claim Outer Mount Kunyu, even if it meant shedding the same amount of blood that was flowing like rivers under the tree!