Chapter 84: Chapter 83: Clash, Part II
[The Blood Federation and the Myth Guild have agreed to a Guild Battle.
Battle type: Deathmatch
Battle rewards: Losing guild must leave Egypt for five years. (Leaving the guild does not affect this.)
Myth Guild’s conditions: 7,500 Blood Federation members vs. 9,000 Myth Guild members
“All you’ve got is numbers, don’t you?”
“I’m just going along with the rules set before me. You started this battle, so why are you being afraid now?”
“Hah! Afraid? Who, me? Fine. Let’s begin!”
[The Guild Battle between the Blood Federation and the Myth Guild is about to begin.
The battle will take place at the Battlefield of Valor. The Battlefield will appear in 10 minutes. The Battlefield will then stay open for 20 minutes. The battle will begin after the time limit, regardless whether or not all participants have entered the Battlefield.]
“I’ll show you the same defeat your ancestors felt that day!”
“I’ll take back the Egypt that rightfully belongs to me!”
The two glared at each other in disgust before returning to their armies.
“I have extended our number as you suggested. Have the 9,000 members been selected as planned?”
“Yes ma’am. They’re ready.”
“Don’t worry, ma’am. Victory is within our grasp.”
Ten minutes later, a huge roar echoed through the heavens. A giant island-like mass descended from the sky.
-The Battlefield of Valor.-
That mountain was where the battle was to take place.
In the past, there weren’t that many guild battles. Why? Because strong guilds could just take what they wanted. There was no need to make a big deal out of things with guild battles.
If the Blood Prince had more deities and devas under his command, he wouldn’t have gone through using a guild battle, either.
“Myth Guild, listen up!” Shin walked over to the entrance of the Battlefield and called out to the guild.
“Yes ma’am!” The guild’s soldiers snapped to attention.
“Today, we face the biggest battle of our lives. Today, we fight to keep our traditions and the land of our ancestors! Trust in me and trust in the comrades standing next to you! Trust that we will win today. Today, victory is ours!”
“Revenge is ours!”
“For our ancestors!”
The soldiers replied to Shin with a huge war cry.
“Forward!” Shin took the first step towards the Battlefield.
“Selected members, enter the Battlefield in order.” Naiko stood in front of the entrance, and had the selected soldiers begin entering.
I followed Ebonene and the other commanding officers in.
“It’s pretty spacious here.” The Battlefield of Valor was extremely vast. But that was all it was. It was completely flat, with not a single hill or landmark anywhere. It could probably fit about thirty-some soccer fields.
In less than fifteen minutes, both armies had gathered on their respective sides of the Battlefield.
“Make sure you keep an eye on the Blood Prince. We start when he starts! Mr. Lee, once again, I thank you for doing this for us.”
“Yes. Let’s begin.”
[Entry to the Battlefield is now restricted.
This Guild Battle is a team deathmatch. This Battle will not end until there is only team left standing. However, should a guild master decide to surrender, both teams may leave the Battlefield.]
The entrances to the Battlefield closed, leaving the Blood Federation and the Myth Guild up on the floating island. From here on out, only one of us was getting out of here alive!
The devas on the Blood Prince’s side began to gather at the center of the Battlefield.
“The Blood Prince and the seven other deities haven’t moved from their side of the Battlefield.”
“The gathered devas are all mercenaries. There seem to be about six thousand of them.”
“Send out teams 2 and 3 and the mercenary force as well.” Shin had team 1 and the Fate teams stay behind, and sent out the remaining seven thousand to gather in the center as well.
The rumbling of thirteen thousand people all heading to the center of the Battlefield was so loud it made my blood boil.
“Kill them all!”
“Kill all those who stand in front of the Myth Guild’s way!”
“We’ll never hand Egypt over!”
“Kill the Myth Guild and make Egypt ours!”
The sound of their war cries nearly deafened me. Finally, the two forces met. It sounded like two freight trains crashing into each other at full speed.
I could hear them screaming out skills and shouting spells at each other. From buffs and debuffs, to magic bolts and warrior skills. The air sparkled with magic.
“This…is a guild battle.” It was my first guild battle. I had never seen this many devas fight at once. All I did was hunt monsters in the past.
My body shivered and my skin broke out in goosebumps as I watched them fight. I had seen highlights on the internet before, but watching the battle in person was way different.
“Kill! Kill them all!”
From what I could hear and see, the battle was chaotic. There was no grace to it; just screaming and clashing of swords with the occasional spurt of blood . It wouldn’t be weird for a first-timer to be frightened at the sight.
“And yet…my blood is getting even more pumped,” I muttered to myself. I wasn’t trembling in fear. The sight of battle was exciting me! I wanted to get in there and join the fray. I gripped the shaft of my spear. It wasn’t my time yet. I had to focus only on the Blood Prince!
The battle continued on for another hour.
“Hmm…” Ebonene frowned. He seemed to be worrying about something.
“What is it?”
“The battle seems to be in our favor. The soldiers and mercenaries on the Blood Prince’s side are unskilled and inexperienced.”
“He’s right. Watch how they fight. We’re controlling the flow of the battle,” said one of the officers.
“But that’s why I’m worried.”
“It’s going too well.” It was like Ebonene said; the battle was looking to be in favor of the Myth Guild. The Myth Guild’s soldiers were demonstrating commendable teamwork and skill.
-Now that I think about it, this battle between devas was decided from the start. The Myth Guild has it in the bag.-
Of course, the main event was yet to begin.
The Blood Prince and the other deities hadn’t made a move yet. The same went for our side. I, Fate, the Myth Guild’s officers, and Assault Team 1 had yet to join the battle.
The current battle was about to over. I could tell that the Myth Guild outnumbered the Blood Federation by 7:3 now.
“Don’t you think it’s weird?”
“Hmm… quite,” Naika replied, frowning. “It’s weird that he hasn’t ordered them to retreat, and is just letting them fight to the death like this. It’s even weirder to see Ang-te not step in by now. Look over at the Blood Prince; see the expression he has?”
“He is. Since the beginning.”
I looked over at the Blood Prince too.
“He’s actually smiling…” The Blood Prince had a very content look on his face.
“What is he thinking?”
“He’s smiling, even though he’s losing? He does know this is a death match, right?”
The officers began to panic a little. And yet, ten minutes later, none of us could get a grasp on what he was planning. The Myth Guild was continuing to push ahead.
“Why isn’t he doing anything? He’s already lost so many men…”
His numbers had fallen to about two thousand now and still he stood by. He didn’t reinforce his men with the remaining fifteen hundred, or order them to retreat.
The Blood Prince was an aggressive and militant commander, but was by no means an idiot. He and his followers knew how to win battles, especially Ang-te.
Another hour later, there were more uniformed devas remaining on the Battlefield. The Myth Guild had just about won, with more than three thousand left at the center of the Battlefield, and another three thousand waiting to fight. The Blood Prince was running out of soldiers.
-Something’s not right.-
No matter how I looked at it, the Myth Guild was winning.
-And yet, the Blood Prince still won in the past…-
Could a thousand archers kill the Blood Prince, if it was just him, and they all attacked at once? Maybe. But this was the Blood Prince we were talking about, and he had other deities on his side.
But right now, it didn’t matter if the Blood Prince still had some people; the Myth Guild had more than enough people left to out damage the Prince and the seven deities!
The Battlefield was a closed-off area; the Blood Prince didn’t have anywhere to hide from an onslaught of attacks. His previous guerilla tactics wouldn’t work here!
Once the Myth Guild’s first assault teams finished off the last enemy, the Blood Prince began to walk to the center of the Battlefield with his remaining forces. The Myth Guild’s first assault teams retreated to where the officers were, and Shin took Fate and the rest of her forces to the center.
Five minutes later, Shin and the Blood Prince were standing face to face once more.
“Was that all you’ve got?” Shin spoke first.
“You speak as if the battle’s over.”
“I guess you finally lost it. Can’t you see that you’ve already lost?”
“I don’t know about that. It looks to me that I still have the upper hand?” the Blood Prince replied, grinning.
“What… is that supposed to mean?” Shin knew that look on his face. He was plotting something, and it was going his way!
“How long are you going to stay there? Your true master is over here!” the Blood Prince yelled at the Myth Guild.
The Myth Guild’s soldiers looked around in confusion.
“I, Rameha, faithful servant to the Um Clan, am at your command!” someone shouted from the Myth Guild’s ranks. “Assault Team 1, follow me!”
Rameha, the head of foreign affairs, came forward with the entire assault team and walked over to the Blood Prince, before going down on one knee.
“I, Rameha, faithful servant to the Um Clan, give our lives to Um-nefer, our true liege!”
“We give our lives to our true liege!” the 1500 devas that followed Rameha shouted before kneeling as well.
“You’ve all come through!”
“No, your Majesty. We’ve only fulfilled our duties as servants of the Um Clan.”
The Blood Prince patted Rameha on the back before standing him up. “Rise!”
“Yes, your Majesty!” The 1500 devas in Myth Guild uniforms stood up together.