General Lin Zheng stared at Fan Meng, shocked. “What? How?We looked at the walls and structure of the city. It is possible to overrun thewalls, but it’d probably take a few days at least to be able to do so.”
Fan Meng looked at the General. “That’s true for your army,but to a battalion of the Burning Legion, the wall doesn’t really mean much atall. As long as they don’t have a battalion of Water Cultivators, we should befine.”
This is what I am thinking. At nightfall, you’ll send thearmy to attack BlueFire City from the western side of the city. After a fewminutes of fighting, we’ll send a task group of about 20 people from our 31stBattalion, who will use the cover of the night to approach the city walls fromthe northern side. They’ll use the power of their Songs to fly over the wallsinto the city and find their way to the enemy commander. Jia Yuan here knowsthe layout of the city well, shouldn’t be hard for him to find the enemy HQ.They’ll kill the commander and open the back gates, where the rest of the BurningLegion will be waiting. Then, they’ll slaughter their way toward the westerngate of the city and meet up with your 2nd Army.”
“But there are more than 10 thousand troops in that city! Iget that you guys are supposed to be the elite troops but… that’s a 10:1 ratio!Those guys aren’t slouches either, they’re strong front line soldiers!”
Fan Meng looked at the General with a wry smile. “General,what’s your cultivation base?”
“Ahh… I’m the 7th level of Manipulation.”
“Right. What about your troops?”
“Most of the officers have some sort of cultivation level,mostly in the Absorption realm… but the vast majority of the foot soldiers arejust simple fighters.”
“Exactly. With your surname Lin, you should be related toLin Pei and Lin Xuan. Are you familiar with the strength they had when theyparticipated in the Burning Legion Tournament?”
“Yeah. They’re actually my sons. They were around the middleof the Absorption realm with high level Songs. I spent a lot of effort tosecure those for them.”
“Right. Now imagine you have a few hundred of them runningaround wreaking havoc in a city, along with some officers who are evenstronger. Is 10 thousand troops, even if they are seasoned fighters, enough todeal with that? Would even 10 thousand of your best soldiers be able to dealwith that?”
Lin Zheng gazed at Fan Meng, rather incredulous. “You meanthat your 31st Battalion is so strong already? It hasn’t even been ayear since it formed!”
“We’ve been working hard. Our commander here is even capableof defeating those in the middle of the Manipulation realm. Even if you were tofight him, maybe it wouldn’t be an easy victory for you.”
“Oh? Just how strong are you, Commander Jia Yuan?” TheGeneral was rather surprised.
“I’m at the 7th level of Absorption. I couldprobably advance to the 8th level of Absorption, but I’ve beenhaving trouble stabilizing my cultivation.”
“Oh? 7th level of Absorption and already able tocontend with those in the middle of the Manipulation realm? That’s a ratherimpressive Song!”
“Mm.” Jia Yuan responded simply, not revealing anyinformation. After all, he couldn’t very well tell everyone that he had anunfathomably special Song, especially with the secrets that came with it.
Lin Zheng stood and thought for a bit. It was true that itwould be extremely beneficial to his army and the Fire Kingdom if BlueFire Citywere to be taken so fast. It would likely catch the Water Kingdom off guard,giving the Fire Kingdom a distinct advantage in the early stage of the war.
The enemy’s commander shouldn’t be stronger than the middleof the Manipulation realm…
After all, the commander only had a command of about 10,000soldiers. General Lin Zheng could be considered one of the stronger Generals ofthe Fire Kingdom, commanding over 100,000 troops, but even he was only at the 7thlevel of Manipulation.
10,000 troops… the commander was likely only at the 1stor 2nd level of Manipulation. And if the 31st Battalionreally was as strong as Fan Meng had said… it would likely be a quick battlewith few losses for the Fire Kingdom.
“Alright, we’ll do it your way.” Lin Zheng finally relentedand decided to trust these youngsters.
Fan Meng replied quickly. “I boasted that we could takeBlueFire City in one day, but we should wait until tomorrow night to executethe plan. Our soldiers are rather tired right now, and need a day of rest toreturn to peak fighting condition.”
“That’s no issue.” Lin Zheng had been willing to wait 2months! What was another day to him?
Over the next few hours, Fan Meng and Lin Zheng hammered outthe details of the attack.
The next night, the Water Kingdom troops in BlueFire Citywere resting with a few guardsmen keeping an eye on the perimeter. Theyexpected the Fire Kingdom’s army to continue to wait for a slow siege.
Overall, they knew that they were in a state of war, butthey weren’t too worried for the time being.
All of a sudden, a guard on the western wall shouted. “Attack!We’re under attack!” Some troops rushed towards the western wall and saw amassive army heading towards them.
“Man the walls! Inform the commander! Quick!”
Although they were taken by surprise, the soldiers werequick to respond and quickly set themselves up to defend the walls.
Just a minute after, a hail of arrows began to assault theattacking Fire Kingdom soldiers. A proper defense had been set up.
At the same time, the entire Burning Legion in hiding abouthalf a mile away from the eastern wall of BlueFire City.
At the northern wall, a single figure clad in sometight-fitting black clothing crept along the walls.
After he heard the fighting begin at the western wall, helooked toward the top of the walls.
There were only a few guards who were keeping a lookout incase the Fire Kingdom had sent troops to surround the city. The rest of thetroops were concentrated along the western wall.
Seeing this, Jia Yuan continued along the wall until he sawa section where there was only a single guard.
Jia Yuan briefly closed his eyes and began activated his Songwith his soul.
He forced a thick and powerful flame to blow out from underhis feet, and flew toward the top of the wall in this manner.
The soldier was looking out in the distance, and so didn’tsee Jia Yuan until Jia Yuan had already reached the top of the wall.
“IN-“ The guard was about to shout the word ‘intruders’ butwas rudely cut off by Jia Yuan.
During the day, Fan Meng and Lin Zheng had told Jia Yuan ofthe finalized plan. They were worried that 20-30 members of the Burning Legion,even under the cover of night, would be discovered by the guards patrolling thewalls of BlueFire City. As such, they had lowered the amount to 10. In theireyes, 10 people was enough to find the HQ and assassinate the enemy commander.
Upon hearing this, Jia Yuan simply refused. He would gohimself.
Which brings us to the present. Jia Yuan stood alone on hissection of the northern wall. From his vantage point, he could see the hustleand bustle occurring in the city.
He knew the layout of the city quite well. The mostfortified place in the city was the Governor’s Manor, which sported verydefensible walls and a single entrance.
Might as well headover there first…
Jia Yuan jumped down from the wall, shooting bursts of waterout of his hands instead of fire to slow his descent. He could use fire to getthe same effect, but now that he was inside the walls, the brightness of thefire would undoubtedly bring too much attention. Water would splash to theground, creating noise, but fire was undeniably bright and easy to spot.
He had only risked using fire to climb the wall because hehad confirmed there was only a single guard in the area he had made his ascentat.
After landing comfortably on the ground, Jia Yuan began to stealthilymake his way toward the Governor’s Manor.
After about 20 minutes of making his way through the city byjumping from rooftop to rooftop, he had arrived in front of the Governor’sManor.
Jia Yuan nonchalantly walked up to the guards at theentrance to the Manor.
They saw Jia Yuan and immediately raised their weapons.After all, Jia Yuan was wearing a rather suspicious outfit.
“Hey, brat! Who are you and what are you doing here?”
Jia Yuan smiled. “My name is Jia Yuan and I’m here to takethe city.”
He drew the black sword out of his ring and sliced the twoguards up before they had time to react.
Jia Yuan was comfortable using all of his hidden cards inBlueFire City. After all, there was nobody from the Fire Kingdom there, andthese Water Kingdom soldiers didn’t know him.
After the battle, he could even say that he picked the swordup from some random officer or something of the sort, and nobody would be anythe wiser.
Jia Yuan walked into the Governor’s Manor and looked around.
There’s nobody here!Why were the guards there then?
Jia Yuan was rather confused.
Hmm. I still thinkthis was the HQ… but it appears that everyone has left. Did they all leave tothe western wall? Or did they escape?
One way or another, myfirst priority now should be to signal my troops to swarm over the eastern wall.
Author note: Fan Meng stands for Annoying Dream
Jia Yuan ran towards the east side of the city by againhopping from roof to roof. After a short time, he made it to the east wall ofthe city.
He surveyed the surroundings. There were still guards postedon this side, but it appeared that there were even fewer guards than there hadbeen at the northern wall. The fighting at the western wall had already gone onfor about 20 minutes at this point, so most of the troops were probably thereexcept for the few they could spare to make sure the other walls under siege.
However, no matter how few guards they were, they wouldsurely notice if a signal were to be given from inside the city. Moreover, JiaYuan needed a signal that could be clearly seen from outside the city.
Well, guess there’snothing for it.
Jia Yuan reached his hand toward the heavens and began tofeel the power of his Song.
From his outreached hand erupted a giant pillar of fire.
Outside of the city, the 31st Battalion saw this signal.
“Look, it’s the signal!”
“Isn’t it too early?”
Fang Mu looked toward the pillar of fire. He then spoke tothose around him. “There’s no need to worry if it is early. We carry out theplan. CHARGE!”
With a collective roar, the 31st battalion surgedtoward the eastern wall. When they were about 50 meters away from the wall,they activated their Songs and flew towards the top of the eastern wall.
At the same time, the guards on the eastern one sounded thegongs and horns, warning of an attack from the eastern side. At Jia Yuan’slocation, a swarm of Water Kingdom soldiers approached him with their weaponsdrawn.
Alas, a cultivator fighting against those withoutcultivation? Simply a slaughter. With a single wave of Jia Yuan’s sword, 50soldiers toppled over, smoke still smoldering in the air around them.
A few seconds later, the entire 31st Battalion ofthe Burning Legion had made it over the walls. Even Fan Meng was carried overby one of the officers. Upon landing on the wall, Fan Meng quickly surveyed thesurroundings. The Water Kingdom commander had clearly learned of the attack occurringat the eastern wall; Fan Meng could see about 3 thousand Water Kingdom soldiersheading towards the 31st Battalion. It appeared that the rest of theWater Kingdom troops were effectively tied up at the west wall.
Fan Meng began to distribute orders. 1st Company,2nd Company, 3rd company! Do a slow sweep along the leftside of the city. Leave no soldiers behind. If they surrender, assault themwith your aura so that they wont be able to wake for a few days. We’ll takeprisoners.”
“4th Company, 5th Company, 6thCompany! You guys do the same on the right!”
“Everyone else, we’re charging down the center of the city!We have to provide the flank for the 2nd Army!”
With that, the three groups split up, Despite having athousand troops, BlueFire City was quite massive! They could only slowlyprogress through the city while killing any Water Kingdom troops they met.
Fortunately, working with a group of cultivators simplifiedthings. After about two hours of sweeping the city and fighting Water Kingdomsoldiers, the Burning Legion had effectively secured the city.
As for the division that had gone with Fan Meng, they hadreached the western wall about 20 minutes after Fan Meng had issued orders.Along the way, they had met up with Jia Yuan, who subsequently led the group.
Pressed in by the 2nd Fire Kingdom Army from thefront and the 31st Battalion from the back, the Water Kingdomcommander was in dire straits, and quickly surrendered.
In all, the Fire Kingdom had casualties of about 500 2ndArmy soldiers with 1400 injured, mostly from arrow wounds. The Burning Legionhad no casualties, but 17 soldiers were injured. The Water Kingdom had 700dead, 1 thousand injured, and the rest, including the commander, hadsurrendered and were captured.
It was a decisive victory!
However, such an easy was only possible at the beginning ofa war, where one side was not ready for the opposing side’s strategies.
As a war goes on, both sides gain experience. Armies becomerugged, soldiers develop killing intent, and strategies become more and moreruthless as strategists adapt their methods to counter previous methods.
The day after the battle, Jia Yuan sat in the Governor’sManor.
“Everyone is gone?” asked Jia Yuan. He had many friends and acquaintancesfrom his time in BlueFire City, and was worried about them.
“Not a single citizen was seen in the city. Since this was acity with a large Water Kingdom population despite being in the Fire Kingdom borders,it’s possible they all retreated back into Water Kingdom land after thetakeover.” Lin Zheng replied.
Jia Yuan pondered this. “What about the Fire Kingdomcitizens then?”
Lin Zheng’s face turned grave. “I doubt they Water Kingdomwould just let them go… if they’re the right age and are healthy, they could beturned into soldiers. Why would they let us have more soldiers? Depending onhow merciful the Water Kingdom is feeling… the Fire Kingdom citizens wereprobably either captured or killed, unless they all escaped before the city wastaken. In fairness, the nearby cities did see an increase in travelersrecently.”
Jia Yuan pondered this. “Do the numbers match?”
“Not really. But that’s normal in these times.”
Jia Yuan suddenly turned in Lin Zheng’s direction. “I justthought of something. Say that my 31st battalion was to take heavylosses. How would I regrow my battalion? There’s no tournaments or anything tochoose recruits for older units of the Burning Legion.”
“Hm… this draws into why a war hadn’t been fought for such along time. In times of war, the best Army soldiers are sent to replace those inthe Burning Legion who can’t fight anymore, whether because they died or wereinjured.”
“But if all of these prized soldiers are moved to theBurning Legion, then the Army itself takes a hit! After all, most soldiers don’teven cultivate, and if they do, they are unable to progress past the first halfof the Absorption level. As such, the Kingdom will begin providing morecommoners and non-cultivating soldiers with Songs, hoping that some talentswill quickly develop.”
“You can imagine how long it takes for a Kingdom to stock upon so many Songs… they’ll need hundreds of thousands of Songs, if not more. Assuch, after the last war, the various Kingdoms spent huge efforts on obtainingthe greatest amount of Songs possible. But there are only so many people whoare capable of Composing.”
But now, the Water and Earth Kingdoms clearly feel that theyhave stored enough resources to fight a prolonged war. Jia Yuan knew that withso many resources being stocked up, there was no way this war was going to be ashort one. This was a war that would likely end in the complete and utterdestruction of yet another Kingdom… just as the Sword Kingdom had beendestroyed so many years ago.
The next day, the 2nd Army and the 31stBattalion set out. BlueFire City was currently being occupied and run as amilitary base by the 4th Army.
Lin Zheng grumbled. “Every time we conquer a place, someother Army is there to take advantage of it, and my 2nd Army iswhipped into fighting yet again.”
Jia Yuan nodded. Even in wartime, certain armies were giveneasier assignments than others. As for being assigned to aid the 2ndArmy, which was regularly assigned to the most aggressive and dangerousassignments, he didn’t care. He wanted to one day stand at the top of theworld, free to do whatever he wished! If he shirked from a simple war on one ofthe smallest and weakest continents in the world, how would he be able to makehis dream come true?
But of course, few of those who lived on the Continent ofthe Five Elements even knew about the outside world.
After traveling for a bit, Lin Zheng had the entire 2ndArmy set up camp. In the meantime, a new messenger had arrived from the FireKingdom.
Lin Zheng read it, then spoke to Jia Yuan, Fan Meng, as wellas his own commanders. “We’ve been congratulated for retaking BlueFire Cityahead of schedule. We’ll be sent extra equipment and supplies. However, the warisn’t going as well in other places. The Air Kingdom has been rather heavilyinvaded by the Earth Kingdom, and the Fire Kingdom is also under siege frommany places. It can almost be said that our acquisition of a sieging base isthe sole bright point so far for our side this war.”
Jia Yuan and Fan Meng glanced at each other. They didn’treally feel too much allegiance to the Fire Kingdom. Fan Meng was loyal only tothe Black Wing Merchant Guild, which had looked over him when others hadshunned him due to his poor cultivating talent. As for Jia Yuan, he hadpreviously been a slave of the Fire Kingdom. It was Guo Huo who had found andfreed him. Furthermore, the greatest benefit Jia Yuan had earned in his life,was from a previous leader of the Sword Kingdom, which he knew had been jointlydestroyed by the other Kingdoms.
If any of the Kingdoms sustained large losses, neither ofthem would really care, but…
The two of them were very competitive! How could they letthe side they were fighting for lose?
Lin Zheng continued. “We are to head south to provide aid tothe Air Kingdom and fight alongside their 1st Army.”
And so, the 2nd Army and 31st BurningLegion Battalion headed south, where they would spend the next few yearsfighting against the forces of the Earth Kingdom.
After a month of travel, the 2nd Army and 31stBattalion had finally met up with the Air Kingdom’s 1st Army.
Lin Zheng, his strategist, Jia Yuan, and Fan Meng met withthe Air Kingdom’s General Tian Can. Just as Jia Yuan was alongside Lin Zheng,the Air Kingdom’s Special Forces, the Spectres of Wind, also had theircommander, Quan Zen in attendance.
The two sides chatted about the current state of the war. Inthe month the 2nd Army had used to travel south, the Water and EarthKingdoms had been able to conquer small pockets of land from both the Fire andAir Kingdoms. While the situation wasn’t dire for the Fire and Air Kingdoms,morale was clearly on the other side.
All those present agreed. The Fire and Air Kingdoms needed alarge victory to bring back the strength of morale to their side.
At this point, Tian Can spoke up. “Tomorrow we will beheading toward the border to fight against the combined forces of the Earth andWater Kingdoms. They currently have their armies set up at the Shining Plains.We will be going there to engage them in battle.”
A light of determination appeared in each of their eyes. Asfor Jia Yuan, he responded with a wry smile. The retaking of BlueFire City hadbeen a small endeavor. Jia Yuan thirsted for a true battle, where thousandsupon thousands of troops made battle on a battlefield where the situationchanged as fluidly as a river!
After some discussions, both armies began their trek towardsthe Shining Plains. A week later, they found themselves at the western side ofthe Shining Plains. On the other side, they saw hundreds of thousands of troops.On the left side of this encampment, flew the flags of the Water Kingdom. Onthe right side, flew the flags of the Earth Kingdom. However, there wassomething on the side of the Earth Kingdom’s encampment that caught the eyes ofall of those who had just arrived.
The Shining Plains had a slight incline toward the easternside. As such, Jia Yuan and the other could see that the Earth Kingdom’sencampment was surrounded by a formation of walls and other earthly defenses.The encampment looked like an impregnable fortress!
Next to Jia Yuan, Lin Zheng whistled. “The Earth Kingdom’sdefensive capabilities are truly spectacular...”
Jia Yuan harrumphed. “Our Fire Kingdom’s offensivecapabilities are nothing to scoff at either. When the time comes, it will bestrength against strength.”
Next to Jia Yuan, Fan Meng stared at the Earth Kingdom’sformation, his eyes taking in every detail. “Interesting…interesting…” hemuttered.
The two armies began to set up their own encampment anddefenses. After a few hours, the leaders of the combined armies met in aspecial headquarters tent.
The tent was very big, big enough for a large strategy tableas well as 50 or so officers. However, there were only 6 people in the tent atthe moment. On the strategy table was a board with the surrounding geographyand pieces representing the various friendly and enemy units on it.
“We’ll take to the field 2 days from now. The plains arevery large, and we will divide the battlefield into three main portions. Thecenter of the plain will be taken by our 2nd Army, while the rightside will be taken by your 1st Army. As for the left side, we willhand to the combined special forces of our two Kingdoms.”
Tian Can nodded. “During the first day, the various armies willprobably restrain themselves to merely feeling each other out. What are ourplans?”
Lin Zheng looked towards his strategist, then responded. “We…believe that it would be advantageous for us to take care of the Water Kingdom’stroops first. After that, we can tackle that fortress of the Earth Kingdom’sArmy. As such, we’re going to be spending the day to look for weaknesses in theWater Kingdom’s Army.”
Tian Can looked toward Lin Zheng. “And what if they expectthis plan? After all, it’s the obvious one.”
The two generals began to debate the possibilities of whatwould happen on the plain, while the rest listened.
As for Jia Yuan, he simply stared at the table. He wasn’t asdumb as he used to be, but he didn’t really have a mind for strategies, still.Once the talk began to grow convoluted, he zoned out and began to think abouthis cultivation.
He was currently at the 7th level of Absorption,and had virtually mastered the basics behind the control of his Song’s fireelement. As for his adequacy with the water element… it was a little lessadequate. After all, Jia Yuan’s control over fire was a product of his trainingin the crater. When it came to the water element, not only hadn’t Jia Yuan donesuch specialized training, but he didn’t even have a teacher. While Jia Yuancould somewhat perform the basics, his skills when fighting with water wereonly average.
After a few hours of deliberation, those in the tent finallyfinished their discussions. Just as Jia Yuan was about to leave, Quan Zenwalked up.
Quan Zen looked to be about 24 years old, and was at the 2ndlevel of Manipulation. Naturally, he looked down a bit of Jia Yuan and the 31stBattalion in general. After all, his own Battalion had already been formed for7 years, while Jia Yuan’s Battalion was only a few months old.
“Hey kid, we’re going to be working together when thefighting starts. Thought we might as well talk things out. From what I see,most of those in your Battalion are still at the middle of the Absorptionlevel. From this, I think that you guys should let my Battalion be the mainforce, while you guys provide support.”
Hearing this, Fan Meng actuallystepped up and responded. “Forgive me, but I disagree. I think we can use thesynergies between our elements to gain a distinct advantage over the enemy thatwe otherwise wouldn’t have…”
Fire Kingdom 2nd Army Troop count: 105,000~soldiersFire Kingdom 31st Burning Legion Battalion: 1,000 soldiers
Air Kingdom 1st Army Troop count: 110,000soldiers
Air Kingdom 17th Spectres of Wind Battalion:1,700 soldiers.
Quan Zen looked at Fan Meng. “What do you mean?”
“What you said is true. The overall strength of yourBattalion is far stronger than ours. However, I believe it would still be moreefficient to have your Battalion be the support. After all, if wind strokes aflame…”
Quan Zen snorted in response. “No matter how well our Songsof Air can support your Songs of Fire, if your fire is of lesser quality thanthe ice and water attacks of the Water Kingdom, won’t it be useless?”
Jia Yuan interjected at this point. “None of this mattersuntil we know exactly who we’re fighting against. If we’re fighting againstfellow cultivators, what Quan Zen says is true. However, if we’re against theirnormal troops, what Fan Meng said should stand. Right?”
Quan Zen had to relent in the face of reasoning. “Fine. Ifwe’re against normal soldiers, my battalion will work as the support. However, Ifwe’re against the Iron Guard or the Storm Sentinels, your battalion will workas support. Deal?”
Jia Yuan nodded. This worked out fairly well. Quan Zen clearlywanted to show off the strength of his battalion. His clearly aggressive andcondescending behavior clearly demonstrated that he believed that his battalionwas far superior to that of Jia Yuan’s. Not only that, but he seemed to viewhimself as superior to Jia Yuan. After all, he’d heard that this Burning LegionCommander was only at the 7th level of Absorption. That was prettygood for a child that was only 13, but Quan Zen himself was already at theManipulation realm. Wars don’t factor in the ages of the combatants. Why shouldhe?
But Jia Yuan simply didn’t care about this.
2 days after, the two armies mobilized on their respectivesides of the plain. Over 200 thousand troops stood on each side, divided up inrows and columns, looking proud with numerous flags and banners raisedthroughout each army’s ranks.
The Water and Earth Kingdom troops were divided into twosections, while the Air and Fire Kingdom’s troops were split into three, withthe small 3 thousand or so special force troops on the side.
The four leaders of the two battalions stood at the front.Jia Yuan looked back toward Dou Di. Unfortunately, his brother wasn’t strongenough to be up here… but Jia Yuan felt that it was better for Dou Di to be atthe back. After all, Jia Yuan was much stronger than his brother but he wouldn’tbe able to protect Dou Di in the midst of battle.
Take care of yourself,brother.
Jia Yuan glanced at Quan Zen. “Hey, they seemed to havehidden their cultivators in the midst of the normal soldiers. How should weapproach this?”
“That’s not ‘hey’ but ‘Commander.’ As for what we’ll do, we’llfirst wait for orders from headquarters. If they don’t send anything, we’llwrap around the enemy’s left flank and see how they respond. IF they mixedtheir cultivators in with the normal troops, we’ll just have to find out wherethey are and how they were distributed throughout the ranks.”
Jia Yuan look toward Fan Meng.
Fan Meng nodded. “The commander is right. We’re not lookingto do anything crazy today.”
At this time, the two main armies began to charge towardeach other. Roars of “charge!!” filled the air.
About 100 yards before the armies were about to collide, themajority of the Fire and Air Kingdom troops abruptly changed their direction ofattack from charging directly at the enemy forces, to attacking them at a 45degree angle.
At the same time, the troops at the rightmost part of the battlefieldturned 90 degrees and began charging away from the battle.
In response, the troops behind the first few lines for thecombined Earth and Water Kingdoms began to flood toward the right side of theplains, effectively causing the entire battle to proceed at a 45 degree angle.
This made it so that with the Burning Legion and Specters ofWind’s positions at the left side of the plains, they had a perfect way tocarve up the Earth and Water Kingdom’s army starting from one side to theother.
Quen Zen nodded at Jia Yuan. “We’re going to be againstnormal troops for the most part. You take command. If we encounter a largegroup of cultivators, I take command.”
Jia Yuan nodded. He took his black sword and lifted it farabove it head.
How wonderful this is…Just years ago I was a slave. Now, even the noble children of a differentKingdom listen to my command. One day… I will reach the pinnacle of this world!
“Burning Legion! Specters of the Wind! Charge!”
The two Battalions, numbering2,700 in number, charged toward the main field of battle.
The two battalions charged at theirfastest speed toward the main battle by supplementing their running speed with burstsof power from their Songs.
But suddenly, they felt tremorscoming from the ground. A second later, rocks flew up from underneath them,along with giant spouts of water and blades of ice!
Jia Yuan instantly realizedwhat was going on. The special forces of the Earth and Water Kingdoms hadn’t hiddenthemselves amongst the other soldiers. They had actually hidden themselves inthe earth!
Jia Yuan immediately releasedhis Song and flew up into the air, and the troops behind him reacted in asimilar way as well.
Unfortunately, there were stillsome troops who were caught unawares by the surprise attack and instantlyperished.
Jia Yuan shouted. “Quan Zen,your command!”
Quan relayed his commands tothe troops behind him. “Keep in the air and they’ll have to show themselves!They were probably sensing tremors from the earth to determine our location. Ifthey show, we’ll fight! If they don’t show, we’ll massacre their soldiers!”
The two battalions soundedtheir acknowledgement of this through a variety of shouts. Upon hearing thiscommand, Jia Yuan and Fan Meng glanced at each other. Wasn’t this too straightforward?If the enemy cared enough to set up such a trap… there should be more waiting!
Just as they thought this, aflurry of arrows came flying in from the back end of the main battlefield! Thearrows were accurately heading towards the soldiers flying through the air.
Jia Yuan cursed. It waspossible to fly and fight at the same time, but how many people have thecontrol needed to do that? Even Guo Huo found it hard to concentrate on othertasks while flying.
Jia Yuan quickly flew towardthe arrows, shouting to Quan Zen along the way. “I’ll take care of the arrows!Keep moving!”
When he reached the front of thetroops, Jia Yuan briefly diverted his attention away from flying and tapped hisring, drawing out the pots he had bought years ago from that shop in RockFireCity.
Seconds later, Jia Yuan heardhundreds of clangs as the arrows flew into the pots that had suddenly appearedin the air.
Clearly, it wasn’t possible forsuch a haphazard technique to block all of the arrows, but given that Jia Yuanwas able to cover most of the immediate area of sky with pots, the arrows thatmade it past were easily dodged. After all, only a few thousand arrows were shot.Most of the focus was still on the main battlefield, which at this point wasstarting to resemble a slightly organized mosh pit.
All the while, the twobattalions moved forward. However, after a few more seconds, they abruptlystopped, because the ground in front of them began to shake and crack, andeventually a hole formed in the ground, from which thousands of soldiers jumpedout.
Quan Zen raised his voice. “Hmph,so you finally show yourselves. What were you doing, hiding like cowards? A manshould be free, a man should be able to see the sky in all its glory. But itappears the Water and Earth Kingdom’s cultivators were too afraid, haha.”
The Earth and Water Kingdomspecial forces soldiers were rather incensed. “Hmph, haven’t you ever heard oftactics? Tactics. Of course, I wouldn’t expect much from a measly Air KingdomCommander.” The seeing that the immediate danger of being assaulted from belowthe ground was over, and that a fight was about to erupt, the Fire and AirKingdom troops descended to the ground and drew their weapons.
Quan Zen stated his orders. “AirKingdom troops in front. Fire Kingdom soldiers will flank around from the left.Jia Yuan, given your unusual aura, they don’t seem to realize you’re acommander, so see if you can surprise one of them. You can sense theirs right?Those two at the 2nd level of Manipulation should be the commanders.”
Jia Yuan nodded. “I’ll takecare of them. Grab their attention for me.”
The two sides stared at eachother, waiting for the other side to make a move first.
After neither side had movedfor about 20 seconds, Quan Zen whispered to Jia Yuan. “If this continues, justlead your troops to attack their main army’s flank. We’ll be able to hold themoff.”
Twenty seconds after, Jia Yuanand the Burning Legion soldiers began to sprint towards the main battlefield,and the Water Kingdom’s troops attempted to follow, but were cut off by theSpectres of Wind.
Quan Zen had a crazed look ofdetermination in his eyes. “Those who want to make it past us will have to killus first!”
And so, the 1,700 Spectres ofWind stood proudly in front of 2,500 combined Earth and Water Kingdomcultivators.
Seeing this, Jia Yuan orderedhis soldiers. “All of you continue toward the main battlefield. Slaughter all!But do not dare to perish yourselves, or I’ll find you in hell.”
Upon saying this, Jia Yuanheaded back toward the Spectres of Wind. His troops would be more than enoughto change the course of the main battle. Now it was his chance to change the courseof this numerically smaller but just as strategically important spat betweeneach Kingdom’s special forces.
As Jia Yuan looped back around to rejoin the Spectres ofWind, the fight between the special forces erupted in a giant explosion Songs.In just a matter of seconds, over 100 Spectres of Wind had fallen, never tostand up again, and a similar number of Storm Sentinels had fallen. However,only a few of the Iron Guard had fallen.
Earth was just simply too strong of a defensive element. Onecan try to batter a rock with wind, but unless sharp wind blades were formed,how would one be able to penetrate such a solid defense?
In terms of raw form, water is clearly less of a defensiveelement than earth, which is why so many of the Storm Sentinels were killed.
This was just the first exchange, however. Both sidescollided with each other, and soon the immediate vicinity soon resembled themain battlefield. However, this scene was much more lively, albeit much smallerin size.
In the midst of the fighting, Jia Yuan dashed in and out ofindividual battles, casually killing those from the Water and Earth Kingdomseasily. For those of the Earth Kingdom, Jia Yuan could blast apart their rocks.For those of the Water Kingdom, he subtly used a bit of his own Song of Waterto cancel out the enemy fighter’s attacks or defenses, and then he wouldswiftly use his Song of Fire to attack.
This sort of balancing two Songs playing in his soul wasvery hard. If he let the two Songs merge together, his soul would likelycollapse. If Jia Yuan didn’t concentrate on keeping his Songs released, hjecould accidentally use the wrong Song while attacking or defending.
Meanwhile, some of the fighters from each side had handedtheir bodies over to their Songs. In battlefields such as this, this wasn’t anuncommon occurrence. If someone was being overpowered or saw their side beingoverpowered, they would sometimes be willing to give their body to their Songat the risk of their Soul being lost forever.
Jia Yuan had done the same before, although by accident.However, he understood the process pretty well. Although those few werewreaking havoc now, they would be severely drained after a few minutes.
But Jia Yuan still made his way through the field of battle.He was looking for the two commanders he had scoped out earlier. If he couldkill the commanders, it would be fairly simple for the Spectres of Wind to keepthe fight even or even to massacre the Earth and Water Kingdom forces.
There! There he is!
Jia Yuan spotted the commander of the Iron Guard, who wassinglehandedly fighting 3 Spectres of Wind.
Jia Yuan quickly popped a two pills in his mouth and quicklyfelt the pills giving him additional energy. Although the fighting hadn’t goneon for too long, Jia Yuan had exhausted a substantial amount of his strength.After all, the Song of Swords used a great deal of energy to use.
Jia Yuan dashed in towards the Earth Kingdom commander.However, one of the commander’s officers had noticed Jia Yuan!
As Jia Yuan neared the commander, this officer stepped inJia Yuan’s way.
Jia Yuan lifted up his black sword and chopped downward, noteven bothering to supplement his blade with the power of his Song.
The raw power of the blow itself crushed the officer intothe ground. He wasn’t dead, but he wouldn’t be able to obstruct Jia Yuananymore.
Rushing past the officer, Jia Yuan gathered up the energy inhis body and directed it into his sword.
At this point, the commander felt a twinge of fear in hisheart, a feeling of death…
He immediately retreated from the Spectres of Wind he hadbeen fighting against and looked back. The only thing he had time to see beforehe died, was a giant flame in the shape of a sword descend upon him with all ofthe pressure of a falling mountain.
Jia Yuan released a heavy shout as he thrust his sword downwith all his might. Even if he was a prodigy, if we wanted to kill someone inthe Manipulation realm in one strike, he would have to fiercely pour his energyinto the attack without holding anything back.
The resulting attack completely incinerated the commander’sdefense and disintegrated the commander’s body. Such was the world ofcultivation. Even a minute difference of strength could result in one sidebeing completely dominated and destroyed.
Everyone in the area looked at him in shock.
This…this runt of a soldier had actually instantly killedthe Iron Guard commander!
However, at the same time, a shout of pain sounded from theside of the Spectres of Wind! Jia Yuan ate two more pills and flew into theair.
Quan Zen was lying on the ground, with the Water Kingdom’scommander standing in front of his body!
Jia Yuan truly protested in his heart. It’s not that he likedQuan Zen, but at least Quan Zen was an earnest, if arrogant soldier, who wasundoubtedly the strongest of his battalion. Without him to lead, the Spectresof Wind here… would fall into shambles. The blow to the allied army’s moralewould be devastating!
From his vantage point in the air, Jia Yuan shouted. “AvengeQuan Zen! Avenge the commander! Death to the enemy!”
He rushed down towards the Water Kingdom commander, seeminglybrimming with a desire for revenge.
In truth, he just wanted to keep the Spectres of Windmotivated in the fight. Although Jia Yuan felt drained due to the power he hadexerted to Earth Kingdom commander, the pills he had consumed afterwards gavehim enough strength to continue fighting for now.
The Water Kingdom commander used an unusual set of weapons,called Kukri. Jia Yuan hadn’t fought against a Kukri user before, and didn’tknow the attack patterns and styles associated with the weapon. This, combinedwith Jia Yuan’s superficial level of remaining strength due to the pills, meantthat he would have to fight on the defensive.
But that was the entire point! For every second he and theSpectres of Wind could delay the special forces of the other Kingdoms, thelonger his Burning Legion could change the flow of the main battle!
Jia Yuan exchanged blows with the Water Kingdom commander,but he was continually pushed back.
Seeing this, the Water Kingdom commander began to taunt hisopponent.
“Hah. I’ve already killed that weakling of a commander, butyou’re even weaker! Is this all the Air and Fire Kingdoms have to offer?”
“Sending such a runt to the battlefield, aren’t they gettingtoo desperate this early in the war?”
“That’s a nice weapon you’ve got there. Maybe after I killyou, I’ll give it to my grandma to chop vegetables with!”
A continuous flurry of insults came from the Water Kingdomcommander’s mouth, hardly befitting someone with the exalted status of aspecial forces commander.
However, Jia Yuan didn’t respond and continued to defend.However, he was starting to grow irritated.
Who could blame him? He was only 13 years of age and hadn’tbeen able to fully adopt a steady demeanor. Hell, even those who were 80 yearsold may not be able to adopt so steady of a manner as to be able to stay calmunder such a torrent of insults.
After a particularly intense flurry of blows, Jia Yuanjumped back and flew into the air at the fastest speed possible. He was runningout of strength! He chomped down on two pills again. His heart burned at thiswasteful usage of these precious, unmatched pills, but what choice did he have?
Pills aren’t useful to the dead.
After his failing senses and strength had been bolstered bythe pills, he flew back down toward the ground, borrowing the force of gravityto lend aid to his attack.
Soaring down, he surrounded his blade with flames, but hefilled his blade with the power of his Song of Water.
As his sword fell upon one of the commander’s kukri, theflames were extinguished by the water from the commander’s Song of Water.However, the brute strength that came behind the strike caused the groundbeneath the enemy commander to crack and crumble.
It was at this point that Jia Yuan’s blade imbued with thepower of his Song of Water truly made physical contact with the commander’skukri.
The kukri began to crack!
The Water Kingdom’s commander, who had been exhibiting arather arrogant demeanor as if he was the king of the battlefield, instantlybacked off, his eyes wide.
His opponent had clearly cultivated in a Song of Fire! Hehad been using fire the entire time! Even during that last clash, his opponent’sweapon had been wreathed in flames.
But the last bit of the attack, when his kukri had takendamage, had clearly been performed with a Song of Water!
The Water Kingdom’s commander began to put the piecestogether.
Jia Yuan had wreathed his sword in flames. When the flamescame in contact with the water surrounding his own blade, they had beenextinguished. However, the power inside Jia Yuan’s blade wasn’t the power of aSong of Fire… but instead a Song of Water! The flames surrounding the blade hadsimply been a feint!
The Water Kingdom’s commander reeled at this seeminglyimpossible information.
Was it possible one person to cultivate a Song of twodifferent elements?
If that was so, no wonder this brat in the Absorption realmcould pose such a threat to those in the Manipulation realm!
This was groundbreaking! Not only would a combination of twoSongs provide a qualitative increase in strength, but it would provide the userwith two different elements!
It has to be known that each element has its strength andweaknesses.
For example, the fire element is peerless in attacks, butwhen ti comes to defending, fire is clearly one of the weaker elements.
Earth is a wonderful defensive element, as one is able toconstruct entire walls and shields with a Song of Earth.
However, Earth is not necessarily a strong attackingelement. Ranged attacks with a Song of Earth are much slower than those ofother elements, and while a Song of Earth provided more than enough attackingpower when dealing with non-cultivators, cultivators bodies were substantiallystronger.
If one could supplement one element’s weakness with anotherelement’s strength… you would have a uniquely powerful individual!
While the Water Kingdom’s commander was reeling from thispossibility, Jai Yuan’s eyes glinted.
He had fought too many duels to not know when the enemy hadrealized something wrong.
However, just as he began to worry, the Water Kingdom’scommander spoke up.
“Hmph, so you’ve actually trained in two Songs. Quite aninteresting fellow.”
Upon hearing this, Jia Yuan almost laughed out loud. It wastrue that Jia Yuan would one day have access to the four elements and even beable to access the sword element, but these were only variations of his oneoriginal Song, the Song of Swords.
As for what this Water Kingdom commander was thinking about,it was simply impossible!
As such, Jia Yuan decided to play along.
Jia Yuan began to ramble and boast. “Hmph, so what if I havecultivated two Songs? Some of my older brothers have trained in three! If theywere here, they’d stomp you into the ground.”
“Hmph, you’re lucky I only have a Song of Fire and a Song ofWater. If I was able to cultivate a third, just my physical attacks would beable to pound you into the ground, hmph!”
Jia Yuan boasted these “facts” with all of his heart, tryingto sound as arrogant and proud as he could.
This information sent the Water Kingdom commander’s mindinto a daze. Could this be true? Could this brat’s words be true? How come theyhadn’t seen any other fighters with two or more Songs at their disposal?
Was… was the Fire Kingdom keeping them as a secret weapon???
The more the Water Kingdom commander thought, the morepanicked he became. He had never heard of something like this before!
At this time, a horn sounded from the Water Kingdom and EarthKingdom’s camp.
The Water Kingdom commander cursed. It was the signal toretreat for the day!
“Alright guys, we’re getting out of here!”
The cultivators of the Water Kingdom turned tail and quicklydashed away.
Jia Yuan shouted. “Spectres of the Wind, don’t chase!”
He knew that the Spectres of Wind were still thirsting forblood to avenge Quan Zen, but if they chased, it would just result in moredeaths.
The armies fighting in the main battlefield were backing offas well.
The first day of fighting had ended!
As the sun set, Jia Yuan, Fan Meng, Lin Zheng, and someother officers sat in the tent that served as their headquarters.
One of the officers was currently reporting the casualtiestheir side had sustained.
“Of the Air Kingdom’s 1st Army, we sustained an estimated18 thousand casualties and another 2 thousand injured. Of the Fire Kingdom’s 2ndArmy, they sustained 16 thousand casualties and another 3 thousand injured.”
“Of the Spectres of Wind, we lost our commander Quan Zen,and another 700 were killed, while 100 were injured. Of the Burning Legion,they sustained an estimated 60 casualties, with 5 injured.”
Lin Zheng and the Air Kingdom’s General glanced at eachother.
The Air Kingdom’s General Tian Can looked at Jia Yuan. “Howcome our Spectres of Wind sustained so many casualties, yet your Burning Legioncame away mostly unscathed?”
Jia Yuan nodded toward Tian Can. “This can be attributed towhat each battalion did during the battle. Quan Zen saw that we had a favorableposition to join the main battle, so he volunteered his Spectres of Wind todelay the combined Earth and Water forces while my battalion focused onwreaking havoc on the main battlefield.”
Tian Can sighed. “So it was this way… it’s just like QuanZen to do such a thing. Ugh, how am I supposed to report this to my superiors?Our own special forces took so many casualties on the first day… we even lost acommander…”
Jia Yuan shrugged. “That’s your problem, not mine. Didn’t wedo well overall on the day? They were even forced to retreat.”
Tian Can looked towards another officer. “You, do you havethe estimates for the enemy’s casualties?”
The officer stepped forward and announced with a strict,staccato voice. “We estimate that the Earth Kingdom’s army sustained about 25thousand casualties, while the Water Kingdom should have sustained about 23thousand casualties. From reports from our Spectres of Wind, the Earth Kingdom’sIron Guard lost their commander, along with 200 of their Iron Guard soldiers.As for the Storm Sentinels, they sustained casualties of about 600.”
Tian Can and Lin Zheng looked at Jia Yuan. “Oh? The IronGuard’s commander died? How did this happen?”
Jia Yuan shrugged. “I snuck up on him as he was fightingsome Spectres of Wind and got lucky.”
Tian Can laughed, although there was a hint of bitterness init. “Alright, alright. It looks like I won’t have to hang my head in front ofmy peers after all. All in all, the first day can be said to have been asuccess.”
“What pieces of information did we pick up from the battle?”
And so the talk turned to strategies for the second day.
Meanwhile, across the Shining Plains, some officers were arguinginside a formation of rocks.
“I’m telling you, that brat I fought against was using twoSongs! Even if he was lying about others being able to use multiple Songs, Iknow for a fact he was using more than one Song!”
“And I’m telling you you’ve simply gone crazy! In all of thehistory of his continent, there’s never been someone who’s been able tocultivate multiple Songs! It’s simply an impossibility!”
“Then you go and fight him tomorrow! See for yourself youidiot.”
Another voice came from the entrance to the formation ofrocks. “Calm down, you two. It doesn’t matter if he’s cultivated in multipleSongs or not. Nothing stands in the way of true strength.”
Upon seeing the person enter, all of those in the formationquieted.
“General.” All of those in the formation who were from theWater Kingdom knelt, even the General who had directed the Army earlier in theday.
This General’s name was Huang Ying, also the person who hadkilled Jia Yuan’s previous master’s sons. A True Disciple of Water!
Those in the rock formation made way for him. After all, asa True Disciple, he was by far the strongest person in the room. Even on theentire Continent of the Five Elements, he could be said top 30 in terms ofstrength.
For the Water Kingdom to have sent him here, meant that theytruly wished to make a statement in the early stages of the war.
At the same time, it would be a signal to the Fire Kingdomand Earth Kingdom. If they wanted to win the war, they would have to call upontheir strongest fighters as well!
It has to be known that while each Kingdom has a few peoplewho have trained to become a True Disciple, most of these powerful individuals didn’tassociate with the main Kingdom much, preferring to be recluses, or in somecases like Guo Huo, they would accept high ranking jobs where they could letothers do most of the work and relax.
To be able to motivate them to participate in a war,definitely would not be easy. Money? These people had massive fortunes. Honors?Respect? These people were already the strongest on the entire continent. Whathonors or respect did they still need?
The only reason Huang Ying stayed in the Water Kingdom’sArmy was because he simply lived to see the battlefield. He had grown up in themilitary, had spent his life in the military… and he simply didn’t know what todo with himself beyond being a military man.
One of the Earth Kingdom’s officers spoke up. “We all knowthat you’re strong, but won’t this just escalate the war? How much of anadvantage will you be able to gain for us before the enemy retaliates withtheir own True Disciples?”
“Do you really think it’s so easy to rouse someone of my caliber?Rest assured, even if we haven’t conquered either the Fire or Air Kingdombefore they retaliate, we’ll still have secured a sizeable amount of land.”
Huang Ying continued. “Tomorrow, just let the battle runalong like it did today. It will lure them into a false sense of security. I’llthen give them a nice surprise the day after.”
Upon saying this, those in the rock formation began tosmile. A single True Disciple was capable of overpowering entire armies. With HuangYing on their side, their victory on the Shining Plains was virtually guaranteed.
The second day of fighting on the Shining Plains came aroundas the two sides clashed together in the center of the plains.
Both sides fought as if they had come to a gentleman’sagreement. Both of the main armies simply grouped together in the center of theplains, while each side’s special forces simply darted around the map, pickingoff some unsuspecting groups of soldiers.
In this way, the second day came to an end.
Inside the Fire Kingdom and Air Kingdom’s HQ, the variousGenerals and commanders were discussing the happenings of the day.
“I’m telling, you they’re up to something. I know theirstrategists, I know their leaders. The only way they would play so nicely thelast few days is so that they can come out with a surprise later on!” shouted TianCan.
Lin Zheng shouted back. “Well then what the hell do youthink they’re going to do?”
Nobody had an answer, but they all had an ominous feeling inthe back of their mind.
As for Jia Yuan, he simply sat at the edge of the tent.After the meeting ended, he walked back to his brother’s tent.
Walking in, Jia Yuan half-heartedly saluted his brother.
Dou Di commented on this. “Hey bro, why are you so down? Thebattle went pretty well today.”
Jia Yuan sat down with a rather stern look on his face. “DouDi big brother… I want you to make sure that you’re in a safe location duringthe battle tomorrow, no matter what.”
Dou Di’s face was one of curiosity. “Why? Is something biggoing to happen tomorrow?”
Jia Yuan looked solemn. “I can’t really explain it, but forsome reason I just have this… feeling that the enemy has something up theirsleeve. Call it instinct, if you will. I just want to be able to fight withoutworrying for you.”
Dou Di laughed and patted Jia Yuan on the shoulder. “Littlebro, think about me before you say such things eh? It should be the big brotherworrying about the little brother. Fine, fine. If it’ll help you fight bettertomorrow, I’ll do my best to keep safe. You better do the same, okay?”
The two brothers chatted for a while, and then Jia Yuanwalked back to his own tent.
Jia Yuan had trained his mind and soul during his time inthe crater with Guo Huo. While the Jia Yuan from that time could only senseenergy sources from tens of meters away, the current Jia Yuan could sense largefluctuations in energy from hundreds of meters away. While he couldn’t exactlypinpoint the source of the fluctuations… he could clearly feel through hisSong, that there was some large source of energy on the Shining Plains, and itseemed to come from the general direction of the enemy camp.
It was a similar feeling to what he had felt from Guo Huoafter he had trained in the crater. However, while Guo Huo’s energyfluctuations filled with him warmth and trust, what he currently felt, filledhim with dread.
Could it be, that the enemy had called upon the help of aTrue Disciple?
The third day of fighting came around, but both sides seemedto be much more conservative than before. The fighting during the last twodays, if simple, had resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. Each side onlyhad about 2/3rds of the soldiers they had started out with.
Today, the fighting intensified. The Fire and Air Kingdomssent a miniscule force of 10 thousand troops to delay the Earth Kingdom’sforces, and then sent their combined forces towards the Water Kingdom’s camp.
The Fire Kingdom finally revealed their artillery squads.Catapults were used to haul flaming masses of rock towards the Water Kingdom’scamp, causing a scene of wanton destruction, which threw the Water Kingdom’sarmy into disarray.
Although the Water and Earth Kingdoms tried put up makeshiftdefenses along the way to combat this artillery, they was only so much theywere able to do on the fly.
Everything was going great For the Fire and Air Kingdoms!
Jia Yuan was fighting at the front lines, heading towardsthe Water Kingdom’s camp. All the while, he had a bad feeling in his stomach.The energy fluctuations he sensed were getting stronger the closer he got tothe Water Kingdom’s camp…
But what could he do? Retreat because of a bad feeling? Thiswas an army of over a hundred thousand rushing and slaughtering their waytowards the Water Kingdom’s camp. Thousands upon thousands of Water Kingdomtroops fell by the minute, as they were simply overwhelmed in number. Jia Yuanhimself had slain hundreds of soldiers at this point, his blades of firecutting through everything in his path.
Just as the combined army was about to break into the maincamp, suddenly those in the front, including Jia Yuan, found themselves unableto move.
Many of them began to fret. Jia Yuan broke out a cold sweat.He knew was this was. This was the power of a True Disciple! A True Disciplewas capable of locking down large numbers of inferior fighters simply by usingtheir aura.
As such, a few thousand of the foremost soldiers foundthemselves unable to move, which in turn halted the advance of those behindthem, as some troops even collided with those in front of them. However, theforemost soldiers still stood still, unable to move no matter what. Their verybodies, their very souls, were being pressured by the aura of a True Disciple.
With the sudden lack of movement, everyone was able to see alone figure walk out of the mass of Water Kingdom soldiers.
Step. Step. Step.
This person nonchalantly walked toward the combined armiesof the Fire and Air Kingdoms. At this point, only Jia Yuan was able to keep hiscool and give commands.
“If you can still move, retreat and don’t return! Let the HQknow that the Water Kingdom has the services of a True Disciple! Retreat!”
Upon hearing this, the lone person, who was Huang Ying,scowled. He had wanted to play with his prey. It was one of the main pleasuresof the battlefield he enjoyed. However, he obviously wasn’t going to have timeto do that now. However, as he watched as the army of over a hundred soldiersrun away from him, he couldn’t help but smirk, and his mood improved a little.
He then redirected his gaze toward the few thousand soldiersthat were held in place by his aura. He snorted, then clasped his hand.Instantly, morbidly, all of the soldiers bodies exploded as their bodiesquickly overflowed with water. However, one person remained, a young boywielding a black sword.
Huang Ying looked at this young boy, intrigued. “Oh? Soyou’re actually able to resist the aura of my Song of Water. How interesting.You wouldn’t happen to be the one who said they trained two Songs, would you?There’s no way someone who cultivated a Song of Fire would be able to counter thedominance of Song of Water’s aura. Even those who cultivate a Song of Waterwouldn’t be able to. Did something happen when you cultivated both?”
At this point, Jia Yuan trembled with fear and his mind wasfull of regret. He’d known! He’d felt that something was wrong! He had evenguessed that the enemy had acquired the services of a True Disciple! Why didn’the listen to his own gut??
Even with all of this panic clouding his mind, he felt hissword begin to vibrate. The vibrating grew stronger and stronger, until his ownmind began to shake.
Huang Ying watched this, intrigued, but didn’t move. Afterall, he didn’t know what was going on. All of a sudden, the young boy in frontof him disappeared.
Huang Ying, a True Disciple, took a few seconds to processthis. Once he did, his jaw dropped.
He’d never seen an act of teleportation before. He’d heardof devices in the past that allowed for one to teleport when their life was indanger… but he’d never seen one or even heard of one appearing during recentyears.
But he had clearly seen the young man in front of himsuddenly disappear. Teleportation! It had to be!
At the same time, near Waning Shell Village, a young boyholding a black sword suddenly appeared in the air and fell on the ground,unconscious.
After a few hours, some children who were playing around inthe area caught sight of the body, and quickly ran back to the village to callupon the village elders, who came back to see the young man.
After scrutinizing the body, the village head spoke. “Hisclothes are bloody, his weapon is bloody, but the boy is young. What do you allthink?”
One of the adults standing near him spoke up. “The Kingdomis in a state of war. Youngsters like this one are running around, trying tofind wild beasts to train their skills on so that they will be accepted intothe Storm Sentinels. Perhaps he met a wild beast that was too strong for him,and exerted too much of his strength to deal with it. I think it’ll be fine tobring him into the village. We adults can keep an eye on him. If he causes anytrouble, we’ll kick him out. Otherwise, it’s rather crude to leave a childlying on the ground.”
The village head looked around to see if anyone else hadopinion, but nobody else spoke up.
“Alright then. Bring him into the village and care for him.I want a watch on him at all times. Oh, and confiscate his sword.”
In this manner, Jia Yuan was introduced to the WaterKingdom.