Chapter 200: Chapter 199: The Grim Reaper Part I
Abu Dhabi Palace…
“Hmm…” Everyone was busy, except for me. Tomorrow was the day of the guild battle that would decide who would win the right to rule Abu Dhabi. I spent the time getting the royal treatment and taking it easy in the luxurious room provided for me. I wasn’t nervous at all; I was that confident in my abilities. But taking on a large guild on my own would still be pretty difficult, even for me. No matter how high my DEF and HP were, there was no way I could survive long against the attacks of at least two thousand soldiers.
Thankfully, I wasn’t completely alone. Baden’s army might be outnumbered four to six, but that would be enough for me. I could use Baden’s army as an impromptu meat shield and hit Khalid’s army from the sidelines.
“If only Predation worked…” If I was at least able to consume Sparrow or Chameleon and steal their abilities, I could get around the battlefield with ease. But for some reason, I couldn’t and I just couldn’t figure out why or how I could fix it.
“Well, there’s nothing I can do about it now. I’ll leave that for another time.”
Then, as I lounged around in my room, feeding the Dungeon Mole more candy, someone knocked on my door.
“Dinner is prepared, Mr. Lee.”
“I’ll be right there.” During the past six days I was here, I really got the royal treatment; as in, the Abu Dhabi Guild treated me like a member of the royal family. This guild battle was a fight to decide who got to rule the Abu Dhabi family; in other words, a clan battle. An outsider like me had to be accepted into the family in order to participate. In order to make that happen, Baden brought me into his family as Prince Jayid’s godfather.
I opened the door to see Jayid and Umaru waiting outside. “Let’s go, godfather!” Jayid said with grin. Jayid was only ten and didn’t really seem to understand what a godfather was, but he kept calling me that nonetheless. Well, that was fine.
“Yeah, let’s go.”
The next day…
Seventeen thousand soldiers stood in formation outside the royal palace. I stood in front with the senate and faced the army. At that moment, Baden stepped up to the podium to address the soldiers.
“Today is a sad and pitiful day. Today, we must fight our own foolish brothers, but we have no choice in the matter. We must cut away at the tumors so that the infection does not spread and kill us all together.” Baden paused for a moment to scan the gathered soldiers. He finished his speech in a loud, clear voice, “We will overcome this tribulation. We will take this moment of weakness as a chance to become stronger. I will make us stronger. I, Baden al Nayan, swear on my name and as the current head of the Abu Dhabi royal family, vow to make this guild stronger!”
“Baden al Nayan! Baden al Nayan!”
“We follow Baden al Nayan to the ends of Hell!”
After that, ten thousand of the soldiers marched out as one. Our destination was Masdar City, not far from the royal palace. I had taken part in the battle briefing the day before. Khalid and his allies had decided on Masdar City as the battlefield for this guild battle, and each side would fight with seven thousand soldiers. Whichever side came out victorious wouldn’t have much trouble dealing with the remnants of the enemy, so we didn’t mind that condition. As we drew closer to the city, three thousand soldiers split off on standby, in case anything went wrong.
-It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a guild battle.-
Most guilds hardly participated in guild battles. Most guilds took other guilds by force if they had to, like how the Predator Duke tried to conquer the Werewolf Clan, and how I had pushed the Yung Gong Guild back. Official guild battles were more to clearly show who was stronger or weaker, or when both sides were more or less evenly matched.
Just then, Umaru walked up to my side. “Have you been in many guild battles, Mr. Lee?”
“This will be my second.”
“I see. So the one in Egypt was your first?”
“By the way, I’m pretty sure Khalid has already found out that you will be joining us.”
“I suppose so.”
“The entire world knows about you and your strength. And yet, Khalid had proposed that both sides come with only seven thousand soldiers. That means he has found someone he believes to be strong enough to face you. Khalid is no fool. His intuition and ability to lead are on par with Master Baden.”
I had to agree with Umaru. Baden’s younger brother, Khalid. In the past, I knew full well that Khalid was able to completely take over Abu Dhabi and lead it far better than his older brother. I also suspected Khalid was planning something, but that didn’t matter. Whatever magic or spell he had, I knew I could break through it. I wasn’t being arrogant when I knew that I was stronger than I was a week ago, especially because of my Amplified King-Emperor’s Commitment. I was actually itching to find out who or what Khalid had in store for me. I wanted to show the entire world the true extent of my power.
“I’m actually looking forward to see what hidden card Khalid has for us,” I said to the slightly nervous Umaru with a small smile.
Both sides stood in the center of the city facing one another; I and the Abu Dhabi Guild on one side with Khalid, and the Astes of the six other emirates on the other.
Baden and Khalid both stepped forward to meet in the middle.
“As your older brother, it is a shame to have to stand in front of you like this.”
“I don’t like this either. I wanted to send you away quietly, but you had to make a big deal out of this.”
“I see. That’s a relief. If you didn’t feel that way after harming your own nephew like that, then I would be very furious.”
“Jayid’s life wouldn’t mean anything if I can lead the Abu Dhabi Guild far better than you, would it?”
It was the perfect counter. I could see Baden tremble from all the way over here.
“Fine, then. We’ll talk more once we find out who is more fit to lead Abu Dhabi.”
“That’s all I wanted. I, Khalid al Nayan, guild master of Astes, challenge Baden al Nayan, guild master of Abu Dhabi, to a guild battle!”
“I, Baden al Nayan, guild master of Abu Dhabi, accept the challenge of Khalid al Nayan, guild master of Astes, to a guild battle!”
==[Astes and Abu Dhabi have agreed to a Guild Battle.
Battle type: Deathmatch
Participants: Astes 7000, Abu Dhabi 7000
The guild master of the defeated side will give up all authority.
The guild master of the defeated side will be prohibited from hunting, Stores, obtaining items, and any other activities that seek to increase the guild master’s abilities for five years.
The victorious side may pick up to 100 members of the defeated side and prevent them from entering UAE for the next five years. (This restriction will stay even if those members change guilds or factions.)]==
Whoever won here took everything. That was the condition Khalid wanted. It was thanks to these conditions that the officers during the briefing were in an uproar. It didn’t seem right to them to accept when Baden was already the rightful ruler of Abu Dhabi. Baden, on the other hand, accepted those conditions without hesitation. All he said was that he had expected more.
I would never have accepted those conditions if I were him. There was so much to lose in this battle now. If we really did lose this battle, Baden would actually just have to sit in a corner somewhere for five years and suck on his thumb while doing jack shit.
==[The Guild Battle between Astes and Abu Dhabi is about to begin.
The battle will take place at the Battlefield of Valor. The Battlefield will appear in 1 minute. The Battlefield will then stay open for 30 minutes. The battle will begin after the time limit, regardless of whether or not all participants have entered the Battlefield.]==
Soon, a huge island appeared in the sky, just like it did in Egypt. It was the Battlefield of Valor.
“Move out to the Battlefield of Valor!”
I moved with the seven thousand Abu Dhabi soldiers into the Battlefield. When I entered and saw the same large and flat Battlefield, I was reminded of the guild battle against the Blood Prince. Now that I thought about it, joining the Myth Guild was a reckless decision. If I hadn’t had the Lightning Boots, there was no way I could have defeated the Blood Prince on my own. It was only thanks to Powerful Shock that I had weakened him that much.
“As we’ve already planned, we will let you do as you please. You don’t have to worry about us; do whatever you believe is best.”
After thirty minutes had passed, the two entrances on opposite ends of the Battlefield finally closed. This was a deathmatch; we were to fight until the last man standing.
Abu Dhabi had split its army into seven battalions, each consisting of a thousand tanks, damage dealers, and healers/supporters.
“Sixth and Seventh Battalions, take the flanks! Fifth Battalion, you’re going straight down the center!”
The three thousand soldiers split off from the main force and marched out, spreading out into a semi circle. The enemy matched our movements and sent out their soldiers in similar fashion. This first scuffle was to see what the enemy had. First to Fifth Battalions were made up of the strongest devas, while Sixth and Seventh were to provide the Fifth Battalion with support.
As soon as the battle began, we could plainly see that the tactic worked. Our soldiers were definitely pushing Khalid’s army back.
“Things are looking good.”
“It does. Our boys are fighting well.”
This was only the beginning but seeing the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Battalions do well boosted the morale of the other soldiers. Just then, another wave of Khalid’s soldiers joined the fray. From a glance, there seemed to be two thousand.
“Fifth Battalion, slowly retreat! Third and Fourth Battalions get in there and cover Fifth’s retreat!”
Finally, the real battle began. It was time for me to get in there as well.
“Earth Armor, Brilliant Blessing, Roar of Rage.”
I felt a wave of bluffs envelop me. I had forty healers/supporters to back up just me. I slowly followed Third and Fourth out into the battle.
“Mana Conversion – Fire. Warrior’s Brave Spirit. Howl of the Wolf.”
==[Mana Conversion – Fire Level 5 has been activated.
Increase ATT by 100%
Successful attacks have a 50% chance of inflicting Burn.
Increase damage of all Fire-based attacks by 75,000-300,000 points
This skill has no cooldown.]==
==[Warrior’s Brave Spirit Level 2 has been activated.]==
==[Howl of the Wolf has been activated.]==
I smiled as I read through Mana Conversion’s updated description. I was practically unstoppable now. I tightened my hold on my spear and quickened my pace.