Chapter 1218 - 1218. Expansion
The victory against the Three-headed Dog led the invasion into a new phase. The three organizations now knew that they had enough power to defeat the other puppets, so they only had to plan their strategies before resuming their a.s.sault.
The Eight-armed t.i.tan, the Snake, the Nine-headed Hydra, and the Phoenix were stronger than the Three-headed Dog, but they shared the same weakness.
Its healing ability rebuilt the body parts that required fewer efforts to fix before moving to the areas that had more inscriptions. That flaw allowed the invaders to suppress the puppets as soon as they inflicted severe damages.
Of course, the invaders had to approach every puppet differently. Noah would push his ambition to its fullest only once in the fights, so they had to inflict as many structural damages as possible with that attack.
The invaders decided to attack the Phoenix after defeating their first puppet. They wanted to take care of the weaker defenders before dealing with the stronger ones.
The Phoenix had an erratic battle style. It didn't require long periods of acc.u.mulation to launch its attacks, but it couldn't cover a large area with its offensive.
The creature launched giant fireb.a.l.l.s through its wings, but it could only create four of them at the same time. The invaders had an easier time blocking them since they could join their forces to take care of that offensive whenever the Phoenix decided to attack.
Noah decided to cut away one of its wings since its offensive appeared to rely on them. His choice gave good results, and the Phoenix became unable to launch more than two fireb.a.l.l.s at the same time after it lost that limb.
The invaders could apply the same tactic that had defeated the Dog at that point. The Phoenix didn't let them attack too often, but it couldn't stop them from inflicting damages to its body.
As long as the large injury created by Noah's slash remained, the damage inflicted by the invaders always surpa.s.sed what the golden flames could heal.
That was enough for the invaders. They only needed to keep attacking after their battle reached that situation. The puppet would eventually crumble if they continued to worsen its condition.
Third Prince and Second Princess appeared on the battlefield again while the invaders suppressed the Phoenix, but Noah and Great Elder Diana had predicted their arrival.
The two leaders shot toward the Royals when they stepped on the battlefield, but their a.s.sault didn't lead anywhere. Noah and Great Elder Diana could only force Third Prince and Second Princess to use a few defensive items to escape.
That outcome disappointed the two leaders, but their actions prevented the Royals from refilling the Phoenix's reserves of energy. That eventually allowed the invaders to destroy the puppet faster than the previous one.
The invaders picked the giant Snake as their next target once even the Phoenix crumbled and Thirty-seven helped remove any lingering inscription.
That puppet gave off a stronger aura than the Nine-headed Hydra, but Noah strongly advised against focusing on the weaker target since it represented Second Prince's technique.
Noah didn't fear Second Prince's methods, but he wanted to clear as many territories as possible before being stuck into long battles. Restoring a stable foothold on the continent had to be his priority if he cared about his organization's power.
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The Snake was different from the previous two targets. It didn't have a clear weak spot, and its body was too thick for Noah. He could sever it with the right angle and enough time to prepare, but he didn't know how freely the puppet would let him move.
The Nine-headed Hydra had opposite abilities. Its physical might was on par with the t.i.tan, but it could only launch long-range attacks. It was quite powerless when an enemy managed to slip past its flames.
Noah would typically choose to fight the Hydra since it appeared to be weak against his abilities, but he had to be wary of Second Prince. He didn't know if the puppet carried a trace of the Royals' prowess. Only King Elbas was aware of that.
The Matriarchs understood his concerns after Noah explained the situation to them. Second Prince was King Elbas' heir in the end. The puppet that depicted his technique had to be different from the others.
The leaders decided to put a hold on the battles against the puppets due to those doubts. Defeating the other three creatures had already opened the path for the conquest of half of the new continent. The invaders only had to deal with the defensive formations there to seize them.
The three organizations expanded on the northern side of the new continent. The various powerhouses led different attacks while Noah and the Matriarchs studied a viable offensive to defeat the two remaining puppets.
Years of battles went by, and the invaders slowly reached the eastern coast as their advance continued. The defensive formations on their path could only hinder their inevitable conquest of those areas.
The leaders let their organizations settle in their new domains before resuming the war. They wanted to jump back on the positive trend that they had abandoned when they escaped inside the separate dimension.
They were finally back into a prosperous land filled with resources. It didn't matter that the current new continent had already suffered from many wars. It was a paradise compared to the separate dimension.
As for the war, the Matriarchs eventually decided to listen to Noah's instincts. They would leave the Hydra as the last puppet and move their focus on the t.i.tan for now.
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