Another World's Versatile Crafting Master

Zhuang Bifan

Chapter 289 - The Great Massacre

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Chapter 288: Psychic Storm Translator: Atlas Studios  Editor: Atlas Studios

"You're amusing, Patriarch Matthew. So many of us have come to the Demon Fall Valley, of course we're here to retrieve some items. Do we look like we are on a holiday? "

Lin Li maintained a polite smile throughout the conversation, while his words remained mild. Anyone would have thought he was chatting with an old friend.

Only Old Merlin thought otherwise…

He was hovering less than a hundred meters away from his opponent, and could clearly feel the strong magical wave coming from the young mage. It was an incredibly powerful force, and Old Merlin could not help feeling trepidation despite having prepared himself for it. This force was too strong, and made him feel out of breath—it felt like he was facing a huge dragon even though he was still situated at the outer boundary of the magical waves.

My G.o.d… Old Merlin's heart sank as he knew that this young mage had grown beyond what he could imagine.

Even though he'd already known of this young mage's astounding talent back in Jarrosus, and was aware that he would reach a scary heights one day, Old Merlin never knew that that day would come so fast. It had merely been months ago that he had been a level-8 mage, yet now he had become an existence that Old Merlin was no match for…

"Sigh… " Old Merlin sighed quietly, and for the first time felt like he had made a mistake. If he had known that this would happen, he would have kept Cromwell in check instead of letting him mess with the Emerald Tower, and all the more kept him from messing with this scary young mage. Then, all of this would not have happened. While he could not change the fact that the Emerald Tower ruled over Jarrosus now, he could have continued to live there, and Cromwell would not have died in the Daylight Square…

But it was too late for anything now.

The Merlin Family had fallen, Cromwell was dead, and even he himself had to reside in the Shadow's Nest—all of this had already happened.

The regret in Old Merlin's eyes faded as soon as it appeared. When he raised his head again, his eyes were filled with determination. It was too late to say anything now; he had to defeat this young mage and fend off Emerald Tower's attack before he reinstated the glory of the Merlin Family with the aid of the Shadow's Nest. This was his only chance—even if it had but an almost negligible possibility of success…

The magical waves from both of them exploded almost at the same time, and it felt like a strong wind swept past at that moment. Their black cloaks were caught in the wind as magical waves started surging, and the air in the Demon Fall Valley began to feel volatile.

Old Merlin's chanting was unusually throaty as even he had to admit that he did not have an ounce of confidence going against this scary young mage.

This was perhaps the least confident Old Merlin had been in a fight in his whole life—even when he faced Gerian in Jarrosus, he always believed that all he needed was a stroke of luck. Now, however, he knew he needed a lot more than just luck…

That was because he now saw an aqucolored light coming from the young mage.

Old Merlin knew that it was a Water s.h.i.+eld—one that was coming from a level-16 Archmage…

Lin Li was not in the least bit concerned about what Old Merlin was thinking at that moment as he was concentrating on his chanting under the protection of the Water s.h.i.+eld. The chanting of a Chilling Touch spell began flowing in the air…

Both finished their chanting nearly at the same time.

One was a Chilling Touch, while the other was a Flaming Storm. In a split second, the two contrasting forces shone blindingly as they were suspended in the sky above the Demon Fall Valley. Amid floating snowflakes and flying sparks, one was s.h.i.+ning a crystal blue, while the other was a fiery red; the two lights twined together, forming an almost ethereal array of colors.

They were both Archmages, and their understanding of magic way surpa.s.sed that of other mages. The speed at which they used magic would look unbelievably fast to anyone else as they had already exchanged a few attacks in the blink of an eye.

Whether it was Old Merlin, who had already enjoyed decades of fame, or the young mage, who had taken the whole of Jarrosus by surprise, both showcased exemplary capabilities in the fight. This was easily the fight of the highest standard in Jarrosus in the last few decades as every mage stared in awe at the two figures moving rapidly in the sky…

"The heck, an Archmage indeed… " Gerian gulped as he could clearly see now that the youngster hovering in the sky above the Demon Fall Valley had indeed reached the realm of an Archmage. That Levitation Spell had nothing to do with magical equipment nor pharmacy, it was purely the strength of an Archmage!

And one of level-16 too…

Gerian felt slightly enraged when he thought of that.

d.a.m.n it, on what grounds was he able to achieve this?

On what grounds is it that I have been studying magic for decades, yet I remain a level-15 Archmage while this rascal merely spent a couple of months in Alanna and managed to reach level-16? Matthew and I had been of equal standing when we fought, but he isn't able to retaliate against this rascal at all… How is that possible…

"What kind of logic is this… " Gerian cursed angrily as he vented his anger on the bandits of the Shadow's Nest.

After Lin Li flew up to fight Old Merlin, the authority to command the rest naturally fell onto Gerian. The middle-aged fatty started waving his hands wildly as he gestured for the mages behind him to attack the Demon Fall Valley again and again.

A moment later, the Demon Fall Valley was filled with smoke as the torrential magical elements rushed into the Demon Fall Valley as though they were water bursting through a floodgate. Storms, flames, lightning, and snow, everything seemed to boil over at once as waves and waves of magical attacks. .h.i.t the Demon Fall Valley, not leaving even an inch of land untouched.

Once hundreds of mages had a geographical advantage in the fight, the explosion of strength coming from all of them at once was definitely nothing short of terrifying. An endless amount of magic rained down from the cliff, and covered the whole of Demon Fall Valley as towers were burned into ash and tents were sealed in ice. As for the members of the Shadow's Nest who were busy running for their lives, many of them were beheaded before they even realized it…

This was a brutal and violent battle, without any chance for surprise attacks or turnarounds. Everyone fought honestly, unleas.h.i.+ng all magic they were capable of. This was a simple process that even a level-5 mage apprentice would not find challenging, but when there were hundreds of mages doing the same thing, it turned into an incomparably scary sight…

"This is ridiculous… " Ronald held on desperately to his Combat Energy, and was scarcely able to protect himself from being injured by magic, but his men were falling down one by one. There was no choice, since the attacking magic was too dense, and there were no corners for him to hide in in the Demon Fall Valley—the only thing he could do was to watch them fall one by one…

Ronald did think of counterattacking, sending a group of bandits to try and sneak amongst the mages to create a distraction by stabbing them—this had worked for him when he attacked the Demon Fall Valley. Unfortunately, everything that seemed to work in the past only proved to be a laughable failure today.

The 30 bandits had met with a ma.s.s ma.s.sacre just when they left the exit of the valley. Hundreds of Wind Blades sliced through the air, and then through their bodies as well, leaving the ground covered in corpses and blood in a flash.

Ronald could not cry even if he tried now; he really wanted to know who had thought of such a useless idea for an attack.

d.a.m.n it, did he think this was child's play? He dared to stand at the entrance of the valley and use such laughable tactics just because he had hundreds of mages under his command. d.a.m.n it, do you even know what tactics are, how to make use of troop formations, and how to round up your enemy?

d.a.m.n it, he knows nothing of it, yet he is able to suffocate me like that… Ronald was so angry he coughed up blood as he could only watch as the d.a.m.ned mages burned the Demon Fall Valley into ashes.

At this point, Ronald really had no way out; the only thing he could count on was Old Merlin. He hoped that Old Merlin would kill that Felic as soon as possible and then quickly come and help him. Without the help of Old Merlin's magic, his bandits and warriors were unable to even raise their heads under the mages' suppression.

Actually, Old Merlin really wanted to go and help him.

Unfortunately, he was unable to help even himself now, so how could he think about helping Roland?

Gerian was vicious indeed. Old Merlin was able to resist Felic at the start of the fight, but Gerian could already tell that this Archmage who was comparable to himself would surely be no match for Felic.

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And truth was, Lin Li only spent a minute to prove Gerian right.

At that point in time, Gerian thought he saw the gem at the end of the magic staff glow a faint yellow.

Then, the golden light suddenly dimmed, and disappeared like snow in the sun.

"Ah… " Old Merlin sighed under Gerian's shocked stare, for he knew that he had wasted the last chance to save himself. He had prided himself on his mana, but it now seemed pathetic in front of this level-16 Archmage—Old Merlin could neither retaliate nor escape, and even the Psychic Storm scroll which was his last resort only seemed like child's play to his opponent.

"How unfortunate, Patriarch Matthew… " Lin Li still had an easy smile on his face as he chanted quickly. The moment the golden light vanished, a Pyroblast was sent out…

"BOOM!"

The sound was so loud and intense that even people standing hundreds of meters away heard it clearly, and sparks flew as the flames burned strongly. Having lost the protection of his Elemental s.h.i.+eld, Old Merlin seemed unusually weak under the effect of the Pyroblast, and burst into flames just as it hit him. There was no struggle and no cry for help as he landed in the Demon Fall Valley like a ball of fire…

"… " Gerian looked at the falling fireball as he was suddenly filled with mixed emotions. Matthew had single-handedly led the Merlin Family to glory, and was once ranked alongside him as the strongest mage in Jarrosus. Yet, he had now met with a sudden death… In the past, Gerian would never have believed Matthew would die in this manner…

The magical attack on the cliff suddenly stopped as all eyes were fixed on the burning ball of fire, especially those of the leaders of the 16 forces. It was a mind-numbing scene, and frightened them all. The patriarch of the Merlin Family, the same Old Merlin who was as powerful as Gerian, was not capable of retaliating against Mage Felic. The whole battle had not been shocking at all, as though it was logical for this young man to have easily killed the strongest mage of Jarrosus…

"d.a.m.n it, retreat!" The death of Old Merlin was the last straw that finally caused Ronald to collapse. Now that the entire Demon Fall Valley was under a magical attack, and the most powerful mage under him had died suddenly, Ronald knew that he had lost, and it was an utter defeat at that…

Retreating was the only option they had now.

While the Demon Fall Valley was prosperous, it was not worth the lives of all his men.

No matter how strong the Shadow's Nest was, it was no match for the entire city of Jarrosus, not to mention that d.a.m.ned Mage Felic. d.a.m.n it, how did this monster come about? Not only did he bring all the mages in Jarrosus City, he also killed Old Merlin so effortlessly. Was he really not a legendary magical beast disguised as a human?

A pity that Ronald did not have much time left to think.

At the same time Old Merlin fell down in a burning ball of fire, Ronald ordered a retreat.

The order had just been given, but everyone already reacted. Hundreds and thousands of bandits emerged from all directions, rus.h.i.+ng to the Forest of Whispers like game chased by predators. The whole scene was both chaotic and pathetic as infighting and trampling broke out during their escape. Who knew how many weaker bandits had died at the feet of their companions…

"Trying to escape?" Lin Li hovered quietly in the sky as he stared at their every action with an almost cruel gaze.

Having brought so many men, surely he wanted to do more than just chase the Shadow's Nest away, no?

In this world, there would never be a shortage of ambitious forces. They might've come across the Shadow's Nest today, but who was to say that they wouldn't meet another one called the Light's Nest tomorrow? Lin Li had had a lot of experience dealing with such forces—the only way to deal with them was to truly teach them a lesson, one that they would remember distinctly for hundreds of years and still feel the pain like it was only just yesterday. Only then would those who plotted against the Emerald Tower think twice before they act and realize that they could not actually afford to pay the price of offending the Emerald Tower…

For some reasons, Lin Li felt like he was suddenly able to empathize with Osric as he hovered in the air…

However, he was not anxious to act, as he merely followed behind the defeated fighters of the Shadow's Nest using the Levitation Spell. He remembered Aaron-Mazi had told him before that there was a fast-flowing river not far ahead from here…

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