Chapter 215 – Twin Blade Harmony
Edited by: Zephir, Zero, Hendricksen-sama
This chapter was sponsored by Zaed Salman! Thanks![Update: [Thunderbolt Finger] is fixed to [Chain Lightning] in future releases.]
The cold wind blew past my ears as I rapidly slid down the cable. Far off in the distance a large map began to appear in front of me. On it, one could see layers of mountains surrounding dark green lakes; it looked like something out of a painting. This geography wasn’t all that bad but red dots were appearing all over the map, these were the monsters that were awaiting for our arrival!
“We’ve reached the second layer…” Matcha smiled.
Wan Er’s beautiful eyebrows knit together as she looked at the distant sky, “You guys, look at the clouds on the second layer; they are all red colored. I can sense something hidden behind them ready to fight against us.”
“What is it?” Dong Cheng Yue asked.
Wan Er shook her head, “I don’t know either.”
I clenched my shirt, “Let’s hurry up but be careful of what’s to come!”
After landing I involuntarily took 10 steps onto the floor of the second layer, the aggro of a monster that was standing not too far away from me was triggered. It was a human warrior wearing an armor that was completely purple colored. He carried a blade that crackled with electricity upon its edge. Taking wide strides toward us, he snarled, “Halt, you are trespassing on Dragon Temple’s forbidden grounds, this is punishable by death! Brat, surrender your life!”
The broadsword crackled with electricity and exploded outwards as he tried to cleave it into my shoulder. Immediately, 500+ points of damage was dealt to me while simultaneously forcing me into a state of paralysis for 3 seconds and reducing my attack and movement speed by 15%!
I unsheathed my Frost Rain Sword right after the paralysis ended, casting a [Fierce Ice Blade] and a [Combo] upon the monster, dealing nearly 4000 damage to him. Behind me, Wan Er chuckled as she passed by with her double daggers, “Take a look at my 3rd advancement skill!”
With a shout, Wan Er held both her daggers in front of her chest. With a “keng,” she held the two daggers together, condensing them into a single crimson red blade edge. The monster before her was known as the Thunder Blade Guard, a Lv 63 Elite Monster and as her newly formed blade penetrated its body, the monster howled miserably and its body began to shudder violently. A huge number came floating out from above the body–
“Gulp!” Fox and I swallowed our saliva, “What a strong move….”
Yue Qing Qian’s mouth dropped open, “Wow, sister Cang Tong, is this the Assassins’ 3rd advancement skill? How strong, this skill has great damage potential; it can out damage the [Flame Blade] used by a heavy armor class can’t it?”
Wan Er struck the Thunder Blade Guard with a [Gouge], “Yea, this is the trump card for Assassins of the 3rd advancement–[Twin Blade Harmony]. It’s our strongest skill until level 100 and it is capable of ignoring a huge amount of the target’s defense. Not only that, after advancing to the 3rd advancement, the typical PK strategy used by Assassins is to ambush them using [Backstab] linked with [Gouge]. After 2 seconds, you use another 70 mana to cast [Twin Blade Harmony]. This can pretty much kill any heavy armor class player.”
Yue Qing Qian chuckled, “Yea, it looks really powerful, and [Twin Blade Harmony] also looks unbelievably cool. I want to reach the 3rd class advancement as soon as possible…”
While attacking the Thunder Blade Guard, I turned around to say, “You’re already Lv 59 Yue Qing Qian. Once we finish this map, you’ll be able to advance. I’ve thought it all out: once the second layer is cleared, we’ll all return to Ba Huang City to reorganize and repair our equipment. If it is possible, those who can advance should do so. At this moment, Dong Cheng, Qing Qian, Chengshuo and I will all be able to advance, which would mean a total of 5 players who have reached their 3rd advancement. This would also increase our chances of beating the final boss, since 3rd advancement players would add to our power.”
Yue Qing Qian nodded, “I hear you, brother.”
Fox kneaded his forehead, “If only I had a younger sister like this…”
Yue Qing Qian giggled, “That’s no problem, I’ll have Yue Wei Liang call you older brother…”
“Really, though I’m sure she’d see you as an old person, so you’d be an uncle.”
“As long as she doesn’t think of me as a grandfather, then I’ll be happy. Am I really that old?”
All the girls nodded in symphony, leaving Fox to cry to himself.
We continued onwards, taking a good look at the Thunder Blade Guard’s stats. His attacks had the lightning attribute and when he had only 10% of his health left, he would use an AOE skill named [Raging Thunder Blade]. It would probably deal 70% of his base attack, not a bad skill at all.
Less than a 100 meters forward, a ravine appeared with countless Thunder Blade Guards roaming inside. Wan Er immediately trembled at the sight; a happy look was apparent on her face, “Wow! It looks like I’ll be able to get to Lv 61 now…”
Taking a second look at the ravine, I felt uncertain. “It’s hard to say…with this many monsters, we’d have to kill them for at least 7 or 8 hours, how troublesome…”
Fox pondered a bit, then suddenly looked up upon hearing some sounds, “Xiao Yao, look out!”
Looking up, I saw a scarlet meteorite with a flame trail flying out from behind the clouds. It was heading straight toward me. If I didn’t dodge this, then I’d surely be badly injured, if not killed. Not only that, the meteorite would hit a large area and both Dong Cheng and Yue Qing Qian were within range; there was only a second to react!
Inwardly whining, I quickly activated my [Haste]. As I rushed forward, I spread both of my arms out and quickly hugged both Dong Cheng and Yue Qing Qian to my chest and dove to the side. “Everyone be quiet and take cover!”
During the crisis, the two girls were stunned. Just as the meteorite was about to hit, they found themselves flying through the air into the nearby bushes!
Behind me was a scorching piece of ground that was at the very least 2 meters in diameter. The meteor’s impact had completely blew away our previous footholds. The surrounding 100 meters were slanted downwards and even the grass nearby was burned into ashes.
I stood up while Dong Cheng and Yue Qing Qian looked on with fear, “What…what was that…”
Wan Er looked up to the skies, “So that’s how it is…”
Together, we all looked up into the sky and saw meteorites dropping in groups of 2 or 3 from the heavens, wreaking havoc onto the earth below. This had meant that not only do we have to pay close attention to the monsters and bosses on this map but we also had to keep track of the sky patterns and the meteorites.
Fox clenched his rifle reluctantly, “This map is crazy isn’t it? It looks like we’ve triggered the meteorological mechanism, making clearing this map a whole lot more difficult for us.”
Dong Cheng Yue asked, “What do we do then? We can’t just stay here and kill while keeping track of the sky can we?”
I thought for a few seconds, “Well…we can have someone keep track of the sky, Fox can do that since his damage output isn’t that strong yet. He’ll play the experience baby and keep us updated on the circumstances of the sky. You’ll have to alert everyone when the time comes….”
Fox nodded as he stared at the clouds, “I think…after this map is cleared, my cervical spondylosis will be cured….”
TL: Cervical spondylosis is medical term for an age related wear and tear of the neck.
Naturally, I didn’t bother to comment on that.
“Boss…”, Matcha looked at the sky, warning me with a confident voice.
“What’s wrong, Matcha?” I asked.
Matcha smiled, “Haven’t you seen it yet? The trajectory of these meteors head south at 45 degrees, so that means we have a way to avoid these meteorites completely…”
“Oh? What method is that?”
“Look over there…” Matcha pointed some distance away, “There’s the mountain peak, we can stay under the mountain base and kill monsters there. This way, we won’t be hit by any of the meteorites, because that’s where the blind spots are for the meteorite’s path. Not only that, some weird ruins are over there; all sorts of exotic terrain should be there as well. We can use the terrain to our advantage and kill the monsters that are bottlenecked at that spot. Boss already has [Seven Star Fragments Slash] and combined with Dong Cheng’s [Chain Lightning] and [Pillars of Ice & Fire], we’ll be killing the monsters quickly. Wan Er can take on the Thunder Blade Guards that are below 10% health so that they won’t be able to use [Thunderous Rage]. This way of doing things should make life easier, right?”
I nodded happily, “Yeah, lets go with Matcha’s strategy. Does anyone else want to chip in?”
The females all nodded their heads in agreement, “No, let’s go with this strategy… Another meteorite is already on the way…”
We rushed down the hill and leaned against the cliff, and as expected we could hear sounds of meteorites exploding above us but no meteors actually reached us.
“Right here…” Matcha pointed her finger at a triangular rock formation. It was not a bad place to hide behind as well as a perfect spot to lure monsters to.
I nodded and raised my sword, “Wan Er and I will be on the outside core with two Tigermen. Matcha will come with us and help attract the monsters. Matcha, you’ll fly on out first and attract monsters, do you feel ready for this? When the Thunder Blade Guards reach 10%, they’ll release their final killing skill, you should be fine if you stay far away.”
Matcha stuck out her chest and with a voice that showed her insightfulness in her answer, she said, “No problem, attracting monsters is my specialty. Give me a position and my Lv 6 [Phantom Ray Slash] will be there. It’s not that weak, so it’ll be put to good use…”
“Yea… remember to bring 100 monsters to us at a time, otherwise we won’t have time to heal and fail the quest.”
“I got it, I’ll act accordingly!”
The Mage, Healer, and Musketeer were left within the core of the group while Wan Er, me and our 2 pets headed on outwards. Yue Qing Qian’s Ice Rat was perched on her shoulder while grumbling away. It was a Lv 57 Ice Rat with a strong magical power and with Matcha’s Illusionary Butterfly’s magical prowess, our group’s physical and magical might could not be questioned at all.
A few minutes later on the map, Matcha was leading a bunch of orange dots back to us. Holding the Glass Spear of the Dragon’s Soul in one hand and a shield in the other, she flew on over, “Be careful, a bunch of monsters are coming!”
I hurried on over, “Matcha, get into position!”
“Hua”, flying on over, Matcha didn’t aim her trajectory well enough and crashed into Yue Qing Qian. I hastily grabbed onto her waist and forcibly pulled her into an upright position, “Matcha, the monster’s aggro is on you, so when they all approach, be prepared to use your [Phantom Holy Shield] and Healers, remember to heal us well…”
Matcha immediately turned around, with three golden shields surrounding her.