Chapter 249: Chapter 248: First Contact Part III
I was the first to step over the border separating the east and west sides of the Continent. We were now in enemy territory. I felt myself tense up, as we could be attacked at anytime.
“Have the men get into attack formation.”
Only the twenty-five thousand of the thirty thousand soldiers were assigned combat roles. The remaining five thousand were the Warp Mages and their guards. The only reason I had decided to take the five thousand along even though they weren’t going fight was that the twenty-five thousand soldiers were the best the eight guilds had to offer. Some of them were also the guilds’ heirs, who needed this chance to become stronger. In other words, the twenty-five thousand soldiers needed to stay alive, even if it meant sacrificing the five thousand Warp Mages and guards. They all knew what they signed up for, however, and were all properly compensated.
I, on the other hand, was not about to lose anyone today, nor was I going to retreat from battle. My goal here was to secure a foothold into the enemy’s territory. I decided that place would be Section 79. I needed to get the Warp Mages to Section 79 so they could quickly set up a Teleporter Zone that could be quickly abandoned in case it got too dangerous.
“Let’s move on.”
With the battalion in battle formation, we passed through enemy territory as quickly as possible. We were here without the rest of Earth’s knowledge. We needed to move quickly if we were going to hold on to the element of surprise. But we actually encountered the enemy sooner than we thought. It took us less than a day after we entered enemy territory.
Neither side moved. It seemed the enemy was just as taken aback as we were.
“Commander…” Taniya whispered to me. She was currently my second-in-command. I could clearly hear the tension in her voice.
The enemy’s army was twice as big as ours. At a glance, I could tell that they had about fifty thousand soldiers. It was also clear that they were veterans, their eyes focused and ready.
I, on the other hand, responded with confidence in my voice. “It’s a perfect way to start the day.” I was serious. The enemy army was the right size to face, considering this was the first point of contact. I did worry how our soldiers would do against the enemy, and if they truly were prepared to kill the enemy without hesitation. But that worry disappeared when I realized that the enemy was strong. All I could think about now was that we had to win.
Just then, a three-meter tall and overly muscular man stepped forward from the enemy army and addressed us with confidence. “I am Rocky, under the service of Mistress Skyla, the chosen one of Croot! I too, am a chosen one, and would like to meet with a chosen one from your world!”
“It would seem he is a deity.”
“He must be searching for a deity from within our ranks as well.” It wasn’t hard to tell what that Rocky guy meant by chosen one. Earth’s deities called themselves that, too. It was clear that Croot was ruled by deities, just like Earth from my past life.
I slowly walked forward.
“And you are?” Rocky asked, genuinely confused. Deities had the ability to recognize each other, while devas could not tell the difference between the two. That was actually something I had learned pretty recently. Rocky knew that I wasn’t a deity like him. “Are your deities all cowards or something, to send out a slave deva to do their talking?”
“Well, I don’t know about that. Our deities are actually pretty lazy. They don’t really like dealing with trivial matters.” I didn’t want this Rocky guy or his soldiers to know more than they needed to know. I was going to do my best to kill everyone here, but there was always the chance that a couple could survive this battle. The more we kept hidden from them, the more advantageous it was for us.
“Gahahaha! You’re a brave slave to have quite the mouth on you! I am a chosen one; don’t you realize that?”
“That doesn’t mean you were chosen in our world. Wait, did you really expect me to bend the knee to you? I mean, I can if you want.”
“It looks like I need to teach you a lesson and your masters for spoiling a slave like you this much!”
“Well, my deity masters just adore me too much. I don’t know if they’ll be willing to listen to you.”
“I’ll make them listen! Listen up!”
“Cut every single one of them down! I grant you all the authority to kill the enemy in my honor!”
“Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!”
I also turned to face my army. “Prepare for battle! Wipe out everyone in front of us! Do not leave a single one of them alive!”
“Lee Jiwon! Lee Jiwon! Lee Jiwon!” My soldiers roared louder than the enemy’s army. I had faced worse odds and still came out victorious, and they all knew that. We had faced the enemy sooner than we had expected, but I believed that it could work out for us. I wasn’t sure about the enemy, but we had been on edge since we came to the Continent. Had we encountered them later, there was a chance the enemy could have been too strong for us to face. This could be our best chance.
“Mana Conversion – Fire. Warrior’s Brave Spirit. Howl of the Wolf. Ripped Advance.”
==[Mana Conversion – Fire Level 7 has been activated.]==
==[Warrior’s Brave Spirit Level 2 has been activated.]==
==[Howl of the Wolf has been activated.]==
==[Ripped Advance has been activated.]==
I decided to activate Ripped Advance and take the Stat point loss instead of using Death’s Achilles Tendon. Ripped Advance’s cooldown was only ten days, while Critical Weakness was thirty days. We had encountered the enemy very early, and I wasn’t sure when we were going to fight again. I could always use the golden rings dropped by the enemy to make up for the lost Stat points. I stole a quick glance at my Stats Menu. My STR was at 110,000. How could I not be confident?
“Kill them all!”
“Your EXP and golden rings are ours!”
I heard the enemy’s war cries as they prepared to charge, and I did not like that one bit. I did not like that they were so brave just because they fought under a deity and outnumbered us. I took the first step before anyone else and shouted to my army. “We will win today! Show them all why we have never lost a battle, and don’t intend to start now!”
“Bwahaha! A slave is giving the orders? How amusing! Grant them the death they wish for!” Rocky charged as well, matching my pace and taking out a shield so large that only his head could be seen. It was no doubt a very powerful shield.
“Earth Spirit! Grant me your power and protect me!” Each time Rocky took a step forward, an aura seeped from the ground, enveloping him in a hazy armor.
“Judge’s Gavel!” I cried before pointing to Rocky. “Altered Equality!”
==[You have activated Altered Equality – Altered Equal Stats on your opponent.
Your opponent’s base Stat points, Stat points increased by skills and items and Stat points granted by specials will all be redistributed.
Calculating all Stat points…]==
==[Your opponent’s Stats have been redistributed.
The effects of Altered Equality will last for the next 24 hours and you must wait that time before using Altered Equality on someone else.
Stat points received for Kiran will be set to 0 as payment for using Altered Equality.]==
Rocky would need a lot of STR and VIT in order to lug around a shield that big. Altered Equality was going to deal a critical blow to him, now that a good chunk of his STR and VIT were now put into his WIL and INT.
“Huh?” Rocky suddenly had trouble keeping his shield up.
“Blink 1.” I Blinked right next to Rocky and slammed my Harrier into his giant shield. I was met with a deafening crack of thunder as the giant hammer slammed down atop of Rocky. The force was so great that I was pushed back from the blow.
“Graah!” I roared as a message appeared before me.
==[Your attack has ignored your enemy’s DEF, inflicting maximum damage.]==
I looked over at Rocky. While I was pushed back by two meters, Rocky was completely flung backwards. He had lost his shield from the blow and was screaming in pain.
“Blink 2.” I Blinked over to him again and placed my feet over his leg and waist. I gripped my spear with both hands and stabbed down at his chest. The spear blade flashed yellow as it pierced through.
“Gah!” The spear blade had broke through his earthy armor and pierced through his body, into the ground beneath him. A flash of red lightning struck Rocky as the message appeared, telling me that he was inflicted with Powerful Shock.
I pulled my spear back out and stabbed him three times, each attack flashing yellow. All five of my attacks had dealt critical damage and now, his DEF was lowered by 80% for three seconds. I stabbed him one last time and the spear blade flashed yellow again. It was the killing blow.
The battlefield had suddenly fallen silent…