Chapter 85: You First
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Everyone stepped back and made a large open space for the duel between Qin Ruo and Crackpot.
At that moment in time, Crackpot also added a few more words to remind everyone to step back farther into the distance and scatter farther apart. This was to prevent “someone” from using deceitful tricks to hide at the back of the crowd like the last time before fleeing the battlefield. When everything was all set and ready, not a single player was within a fifty-meter radius of the two of them. Other than a few coniferous trees covered in snow and ice, there was nothing left in the area for Qin Ruo to use as an obstacle to blind his opponent.
Qin Ruo just stood quietly in the same spot from afar all the while as he looked at Crackpot, who was standing fifty meters away from him, making the wrong arrangements. He remained silent until his opponent finally fixed his cold stern eyes on him once again. Only then did he finally open his mouth and speak.
“Are you done preparing?”
His calm and unhurried behavior on the battlefield caused Ironjail River as well as the others who were observing the battle from afar to have a heavy feeling in their hearts. They felt as if they were looking at two completely different people right before their eyes. They could not help but quietly ask themselves, was the battle back at the entrance of the Ruins really a coincidence?
The group from Netherspirit’s Claw felt a little anxious. They were also silently cursing Crackpot at the same time. Everyone had already backed off so far away from them, so what else was he worried about? His behavior was really boosting the morale of the other side!
Crackpot also sensed that he was acting a little out of his own character. He was behaving like a weak and cowardly person. He was aware of the dissatisfaction of his comrades from the League who were right behind him as well. He instantly felt vigilant deep down his heart while he shouted at Qin Ruo.
“Cut your goddamn crap! You have three seconds to activate your barrier! I’m giving you a head start! I won’t wait for you anymore after the time’s up!” His words actually gave him a little face, but his actions were very inconsistent with his words. While his back faced the audience, he quietly began to prepare casting the first Buff to support himself. He planned to raise his own Defense status the moment his opponent made his first move—as long as Crackpot could cast his Divine Blessing, he would basically have no need to worry about how much damage the attacks of a Tier 3 Aquamancer could inflict on him.
It was a well-schemed plan indeed. But unfortunately for him, Qin Ruo did not appreciate the “chance” given to him by Crackpot’s free head start. Qin Ruo only responded to him coldly, “I don’t need you to give me a head start. I won’t let you feel reluctant again after you suffer defeat at my hands!”
After agitating him a little, the boiling rage deep down in Crackpot’s stomach gushed out like a freaking volcano eruption. “Fine! You’re digging your own grave! Don’t say I didn’t give you a chance!” Straight away, he added the buff, Divine Blessing onto himself. He was even reluctant to send a Duel Invitation to Qin Ruo as he charged at him immediately!
Violetmoon Devilite and Grand Magi simultaneously screamed in shock the moment they saw Crackpot make the first move.
“Qin Ruo, do something!”
“Why would you give him a head start instead?!”
Truth be told, Crackpot could get across a safe distance of twenty meters in less than three seconds with his wild running. Even if Qin Ruo prepared to cast his magic by seizing every precious second he had, he would only be capable of activating his Aquabarrier and Tier 1 Water Elementalism. On the other side, the Defense of the Tier 4 Radiant Priest had been enhanced to the maximum. Besides, thanks to his own level, as long as he could just launch a Tier 3 Psystrike, he would be able to force Qin Ruo to meet his demise…
The two of them, Violetmoon Devilite and Grand Magi, were not able to understand it at all. How could Qin Ruo still have the mood to act cool at a moment like this? Could it be that he was prepared to die at the hands of that Priest from Netherspirit’s Claw from the beginning?
Grandiose Dragon was so happy that he was about to roll on the ground. He was going to laugh his lungs out. He continued to stand at the rear as he revealed a cruel smile on his face. Qin Ruo had only made his first move until now. He would definitely be incapable of blocking against the attacks that Crackpot was about to launch at him.
Hmph! Who told you to act cool all the way here… Who told you to pretend to be a couple with the pretty lady, Devilite… Who told you to insult me… Serves you right to die here, and it’s definitely best that you’re hunted by Netherspirit’s Claw in the coming days!
Among the players in the vicinity, Bloodman was the only one looking at the situation differently. He had received information from Slayer’s Heart, knowing that Qin Ruo was incredibly good. At first, he did not believe how good a Tier 3 Aquamancer could be. But after hearing from Slayer’s Heart himself… His tone and the way he spoke about it completely confirmed the point. His words had instantly aroused Bloodman’s mood and interest!
While he began to record the battle from the side of the battlefield, he also stared anxiously at the two players who were about to clash. He seemed to be filled with expectation as he hoped that Qin Ruo would perform outstandingly to amaze him. He wanted Qin Ruo to give him a chance to show off in the website’s forum.
The battle that commenced made Ironjail River and the other members of Netherspirit’s Claw regret picking the Snow Domain as the battlefield for the duel between Qin Ruo and Crackpot…
Just as the mean-looking Crackpot was about to plunge into his attack range, a rectangular Frostrampart of half a meter thick and two meters wide suddenly emerged in front of him from the ground!
“This trick again, eh?”
Crackpot immediately recalled the scene he saw back at the entrance of the Ruins. It appeared that a notion had subconsciously flashed across his mind. He was definitely not going to give Qin Ruo even the slightest chance to burst out in power. He swiftly launched his Psystrike, which was completely charged on the spot.
As though it got hit by a heavy hammer, the Frostrampart, which Qin Ruo controlled and created was penetrated right through the middle with a “boom”. A round hole with a diameter of 0.5 m appeared right in the center of the Frostrampart. At the same time, the force traveled to the left and right as it crushed the rampart into pieces… The shiny and smooth Frostrampart instantly folded from the top to the bottom.
Observing the scene, Ironjail River who remained at the rear furrowed his eyebrows tightly as he spat in a cold tone. The several members of Netherspirit’s Claw also seemed to be frowning hard like Ironjail River. Their eyes were fixed on Qin Ruo, and they wondered what Qin Ruo would do next… Would he actually…
Qin Ruo seized the opportunity as the controlled the Frostrampart that was tilting down towards the surface of the ground. He suddenly made a change to it.
This simple utterance gave an intense jolt to the hearts of those from Netherspirit’s Claw.
The ice suddenly burst. Countless shards of solid ice instantly “devoured” Crackpot who charged into the range of the attack…
It appeared that Crackpot did not have a good understanding of an Aquamancer’s abilities. Once he saw that the Frostrampart he thought he had cut into half explode once again as shards of white snowy ice filled his field of vision, he instantly knew that he had made another wrong judgment.
Along with a raging roar, he pulled himself over and made a quick tactical retreat. He was ready to get himself out of the ice explosion’s range before he said anything further. However, what he did not know was, right when Qin Ruo detonated the Frostrampart, Qin Ruo had seized that opportune moment and charged Crackpot’s side!
In that world of ice and snow, without the need to even use his eyes, Qin Ruo was able to clearly see every single and slightest change within the area of 30 m around him.
After he locked his targeting system on Crackpot, who was currently in the middle of the snow-filled area, a cruel and cold intention flashed across Qin Ruo’s eyes.
‘ Hehe, I’ve got you now! ‘
With a loud roar, Qin Ruo did not give Crackpot the chance to stabilize himself. A faint wave of magic energy swiftly rose up from the ground beneath Crackpot’s feet. But this time, it was not just the Water Element under the control of Elementalism. Instead, it was a Frostrampart, which had already taken its shape and form!
Just like the first Frostrampart, it also materialized very swiftly…
Crackpot, who was condensing his magic energy while retreating, solidly collided into the Frostrampart as his guard was down…