Chapter 745: Fleeing from a Battle?
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“I remember Osric coming to the abyss alone after he enslaved me. He mentioned something about the 72nd level of the abyss,” interrupted the Fire Demon King bravely. He did not want to die with Lin Li.
The Fire Demon King did not get reprimanded by Lin Li and Connoris this time. Instead, they took a moment to reflect on his words.
“I do not remember accompanying Osric here. Could it be that he came here alone?” asked Angelano. He had partic.i.p.ated in Osric' mission to raid the abyss, but they had never advanced to the 72nd floor of the abyss then.
“Alone? This is the 72nd floor of the abyss—the territory of Tyrant Balak. There are countless formidable Zago Demons here. I don't believe Osric came here to have a peaceful conference with Tyrant Balak,” replied Lin Li. Although he knew that Osric should've been a powerful man as he was the disciple of Immortal King, he could not fathom the possibility of him barging into the 72nd floor of the abyss himself.
Connoris said that although Tyrant Balak resided on the 72nd floor of the abyss, he was one of the most powerful ancient deities out of the 99 who'd created the abyss. This abyss was like the territory of the ancient deities, and being deep inside the abyss would definitely make Tyrant Balak even more formidable. Lin Li could still remember how a line of demonic runes from Connoris was able to let him engage the energy of the abyss to oppress the Lord of Darkness when he was in the Throne of Darkness. This could only show that a real ancient deity would be a G.o.d-like figure in the abyss.
Furthermore, apart from activating the vast force of the abyss, this formidable troop of Zago Demons was definitely not something anyone could deal with. The Sickle Black-armored Demons that multiplied at great speed, h.e.l.l Pythons with extreme venom, Scourged Ankylodons that had the ability to slice a wyrm alive, tyrannical Mammoth Behemoths… These terrifying Zago Demons that were led by the highly intelligent Zago Lord really posed a great threat even to a man in the Sanctuary-realm.
How could Osric trespa.s.s this region alone? Was he a G.o.d?
Lin Li could not imagine how a man could deal with this scene on his own. He was sure those demons would be problematic even for a Dragon Aspect.
“You were saying Osric entered this place alone. When was that?” Angelano asked the Fire Demon King.
“That was when I just started to follow him. Oh yes, didn't I fight with Amatir? I think that happened one or two months after,” replied the Fire Demon King. His vast lifespan made him insensitive to dates. It was good enough that he could remember significant events.
“Hold on, I remember it. That was when Osric had the magical crystal I wanted. Could that be…” Angelano could not complete his speech. He was flabbergasted by his thoughts. Despite being one of the first to follow Osric, if his guess was true, he really could not believe Osric's real abilities.
“Could that magical crystal belong to tyrant Balak?” Lin Li and Connoris gasped in unison. No matter how shocked they were, it was a fact that all the clues were pointing in that direction.
Just when millions of thoughts were running through the minds of Lin Li and Connoris, the situation on the battlefield had worsened. The Black Current that was made up of numerous Sickle Black-armored Demons and h.e.l.l Pythons had brought about an incredible amount of pressure to the men like never before. The appearance of the Scourged Ankylodons multiplied their stress and pushed them to their limit. The men could not help but feel a sense of despair when they saw the shadows of the hill-like Mammoth Behemoths becoming larger and larger.
Rosen, who had been under the radar of the Zago Lord had to deal with the six h.e.l.l Pythons and four Scourged Ankylodons alone now. Despite being a level-23 Legendary-mage, he was not outside of any danger. The loopholes of Rosen's element domain were exposed; while the magic storm that filled the magical domain was rather effective in dealing with the Sickle Black-armored Demons and h.e.l.l Pythons, it was like a tickle to the Scourged Ankylodons.
If he had a perfect Element Domain, he would be able to instantaneously cast all the elemental spells that he was capable of using. For instance, since he was a level-23 mage, the elements that made up his magic storm would be level-22 and below. If he had this ability, it would not put him at a disadvantage.
Unfortunately, the energy of one man was still limited. Rosen's greed to reach into the four elemental Laws made him a master of none. The elements that made up the magic storm were all weaker than the Legendary-level. How would that pose any threat to the tyrannical Scourged Ankylodons?
G.o.ddammit, did this bunch of Zago Demon eat the wrong medicine? Rosen thought anxiously as he saw a few more Scourged Ankylodons flying from the distance. He still could not understand why he was so popular among the pests. The Zago Demons that he alone was battling with had nearly reached half of what Andoine and the rest were dealing with together.
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Rosen clenched his jaws and got an opportunity to bring out his magic staff again. It had been quite some time since he last used it, and the two huge gems on the magic staff had a fresh glow of light. Rosen had initially planned to use the magic staff to protect himself against Lin Li, but he knew that if he was not able to overcome his present ordeal, it would be futile to think of the future.
“I might have followed Osric for a long time, but I've never seen him demonstrate his real power. When he defeated me, it was as if I was an ant under his thumb. Frankly speaking, I lost all courage simply by standing in front of him,” recalled the Fire Demon King.
“If Osric was here to defeat Tyrant Balak by himself, I bet he had to be stronger than common Sanctuary powerhouses. Could he be at the peak of the realm?!” Lin Li gasped. He was shocked by his thoughts. If Osric was at the peak of the Sanctuary-realm, he had to be extremely close to being a divinity.
Although all of the clues were pointing to the crystal coffin, no one could be certain that it was Tyrant Balak's magical crystal in the coffin. If one were to leave out the possibility of Osric defeating Balak single-handedly and acquiring his magical crystal, who could be certain that the magical crystal in the crystal coffin had to belong to Balak instead of some prehistoric magical beast?
But, Lin Li had no other choice now. The only thing he could do was to gamble on it. If he won, he would be able to find a way out of the situation for himself and the other men. If he lost, the ending would not be any different from not acting on it.
“Teacher Andoine, Master Aldwin, please press on! I need your help to delay their leader!” Lin Li shouted. He did not provide any explanation for what he was about to do. He knew there was no time to lose. Before Andoine could respond to his request, he cast the Power of Flight and flew towards the crystal coffin in the distance.
The absence of the Light and Darkness Domain depreciated the ability of the followers under Lin Li greatly. Although Ujfalusi and Lord of Nightmares immediately established their Humerus Domain and Nightmare Domain, respectively, their combined strength was still far behind Lin Li's Light and Darkness Domain. Although Lin Li left the area alone, the departure of a level-23 Legendary-mage elevated the pressure felt by the rest of the team.
“Andoine, that's the disciple you are proud of! He actually ditched us in such desperate circ.u.mstances!” Rosen shouted disdainfully as he approached Andoine. Rosen could not suppress his rage when he thought of how he had to be in such a tragic state when Lin Li could leave everyone for his own safety. He was absolutely certain that a young mage like Lin Li would have no way to overcome the present crisis.
Of course, no one responded to Rosen's complaint. It was as though n.o.body heard him. Indeed, Andoine and Aldwin, as well as Macklin who had been leading the remaining team of mages, experienced a rise in stress with Lin Li's exit. But, their hearts were all filled with confidence that Lin Li would create a miracle.
At this time, the fatigue on the faces of Andoine and Aldwin was inconcealable. Although they were Legendary-mages people saw as powerhouses who had unlimited mana, it was in fact referring to their ability to recover their mana quickly. When the loss of mana exceeded the speed of recovery, they would not be able to avoid exhausting their mana. Yet, the sight of Lin Li das.h.i.+ng towards the giant crystal coffin reignited their hope. They did not have to hear Lin Li's explanation at all.
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