「Boss! Asskickers United have breached the walls of the Aaroth Stronghold! Their aerial forces are too strong! We can’t stop them!」
「Boss, what do we do?」
「It doesn’t matter. Have our troops withdraw from the Aaroth Stronghold!」Soaring Angel dismissed. His attention was focused solely on the feed from Okoron. Seeing the Darkwing Dragon and the Immortal Phoenix, his heart raced. BA-DUMP! BA-DUMP! Nirvana Flame, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time! His faced warped into a sneer. He had invested a dozenfold more resources into flying mounts compared to Asskickers United, all for the sake of gaining an advantage in the skies today!
「Air Assassins Squad #1, ready on standby!」
「Alright, go! Bring me Nirvana Flame’s head!」Soaring Angel coldly ordered. He had named this wing Air Assassins for a reason.
A hundred flying mounts soared through the sky. Their riders were all handpicked by Soaring Angel. Though they weren’t necessarily high level, or even all that talented at the game, they shared one common characteristic-they all came from aviation backgrounds and felt only at home high up in the skies. They could maintain a calm mind even at high speeds in the air and were extraordinarily proficient in air combat.
Nie Yan stood atop the Darkwing Dragon’s head. He was quickly closing in on those flying mounts from Angel Corps. Xie Yao was right behind him. He didn’t know why, but an uneasy feeling sprouted from his heart. By all rights, there should be nothing to be afraid of. His Darkwing Dragon was the sole Rank 8 flying mount in the entire Righteous Faction. No matter the danger, nothing could stop him! Still, this uneasy feeling tugged at his heartstrings, playing a dangerous tune. He didn’t know where it came from.
The flying mounts from Angel Corps evenly split into two groups and flew in parallel.
Nie Yan finally understood that uneasy feeling. This group of flying mount riders seemed a little too experienced, almost as if they had trained in aerial combat before. They were completely different from the aerial forces he’d encountered before.
「Xie Yao, be careful. They probably came prepared. If something happens, we retreat immediately!」Nie Yan warned.
「Alright!」Xie Yao nodded.
When only 50 meters separated the two sides, the two groups of flying mounts up ahead suddenly rolled in the air, performing an astonishing turning maneuver, and pounced toward Nie Yan and Xie Yao.
After playing meek for so long, these guys finally bared their fangs!
“Come at me!” Nie Yan wasn’t intimidated in the slightest. He urged the Darkwing Dragon forward.
At a glance, the flying mounts heading towards him were only Rank 5 and 6. Only Rank 7 flying mounts could deal serious damage to his Darkwing Dragon!
The Darkwing Dragon let out a roar and charged into the enemy ranks, as did Xie Yao’s phoenix.
One flying mount after another dropped from the sky. Some were torn to shreds while others were set ablaze.
The Darkwing Dragon and Immortal Phoenix were unstoppable!
Seeing the Darkwing Dragon and Immortal Phoenix flaunting off their power, Soaring Angel couldn’t help but feel envious. How did Asskickers United get their hands on such rare, high rank pets? Angel Corps also had a few Rank 7 pets, but their growth rates paled in comparison to the likes of the Darkwing Dragon, Immortal Phoenix, Azure Dragon, and Crystalline Winged Dragon. The only comparable pet they had was the Scarlet Flame Dragon.
Angel Corps quickly lost six flying mounts to the Darkwing Dragon and Immortal Phoenix.
Nie Yan knitted his brows. Something was off. Normally, the enemy would have already started fleeing after suffering such a fierce assault. However, these players from Angel Corps still calmly remained in formation.
「Boss, we’ve got Nirvana Flame where we want him. Should we start the plan?」
「Boss, let’s go, or else we’ll have even more losses!」
「No. Keep waiting. Don’t panic. Stay calm.」Soaring Angel stared at the livestream while giving out orders. He understood Nirvana Flame wouldn’t easily retreat when the situation seemed to be in his favour. A little longer, and he would be trapped without a way out.
As the battle progressed, Nie Yan felt more and more uneasy. At this moment, Bladelight, Smoke Stub, and the others sent word that they had been blocked by the players from Angel Corps. A premonition of danger immediately welled up from his heart. He shouted,「Xie Yao, let’s get out of here, now!」
Nie Yan had his Darkwing Dragon turn around and withdraw. Xie Yao had her Immortal Phoenix dive down, evading the encirclement of several flying mounts.
Seeing Nie Yan trying to flee, the players from Angel Corps immediately moved to surround him.
「Boss, Nirvana Flame wants to escape!」
「Go with our original plan! Lock him down!」Soaring Angel said in a cold voice.
At this moment, the flying mounts from Angel Corps split away as five enormous, blood red birds came swooping forward. They looked similar to Thunder Hawks, but they were much larger. Their feathers blazed like raging flames, and on their heads were glowing red crowns, dazzling. Five Rank 7 flying mounts! Nie Yan had never seen them before, nor had he received any reports about them. In fact, he’d never seen this specific kind of flying mount in his past life or this! Angel Corps had hidden them well!
These flying mounts were called Vermillion Garudas.
Despite tangling with this wing from Angel Corps for so long, Nie Yan and Xie Yao hadn’t noticed the Vermillion Garudas hiding among them at all. One could imagine how much effort Soaring Angel had put into ambushing them.
Just this? Here I thought you had some sort of killer move saved up for me! Nie Yan smirked. He had the Darkwing Dragon charge toward the Vermillion Garudas, knocking three Rank 6 flying mounts aside.
“Don’t let him escape!”
“Nirvana Flame, have a taste of my Flame Net!”
A Warrior had his Vermillion Garuda swoop over and fire out a net of flames which covered a 10-meter diameter.
Nie Yan coldly snorted. He had his Darkwing Dragon fly to the side to dodge, only for another Vermillion Garuda to swoop in and also spit out a Flame Net.
The other three Vermillion Garudas were keeping watch nearby, ready to stop the Darkwing Dragon from escaping.
“You think just this will stop me!?” Nie Yan had the Darkwing Dragon swipe out with its claws, only to discover these flame nets were more resilient than he thought.
It would take at least half-a-minute to tear them apart!
The Darkwing Dragon was caught in the flame net. As it struggled to flap its wings, the net only became tighter.
“GROOAAGH!” The Darkwing Dragon trashed about violently, opening up a small tear in the flame net.
Nie Yan slashed at the tear with Zennarde’s Sword, only to see his blade pass right through the flames as if they were ethereal objects.
Another flame net fell over Nie Yan and the Darkwing Dragon.
For the sake of preventing the Darkwing Dragon from escaping, Angel Corps had prepared five flame nets. Truthfully, three would do. But Nie Yan had defied logic and common sense too many times already, so they chose for the save route and prepared an extra two.
Nie Yan discovered that as long as his Darkwing Dragon was bound by the flame net, the Vermillion Garudas were bound too. It seemed there was a connection of sorts.
Seeing Nie Yan in trouble, Xie Yao immediately urged her Immortal Phoenix to his aid.
「Xie Yao, don’t worry about me. Run!」Nie Yan anxiously cried out. Even though he had no idea what Angel Corps was going to use to deal with her phoenix, he knew they would not let it go without a fight.
「B-but!」Xie Yao hesitated. How could she not be worried seeing Nie Yan bound like that?
As the phoenix made a rapid ascent, 40 Rank 5 and 6 flying mounts swooped down from above, casting a large shadow over Xie Yao. It completely blocked her vision.
Something red flashed before her eyes. Xie Yao immediately sensed something wrong. However, there was no way her phoenix could escape the encirclement of so many flying mounts. BAM! A large red silhouette rammed into her phoenix and bit down into its neck.
“SKREEH!” The phoenix cried out in pain. It shook off its attacker and retreated to the side.
Xie Yao finally got a good look at that flash of red. It was a large dragon covered in dark red scales, which burned with hot flames. Her heart trembled. The dragon before her was the mortal enemy of phoenixes, a Scarlet Flame Dragon!
Next Chapter Phoenix Den, a remote zone within Flame Canyon, was known for spawning many different kinds of high rank flying mounts. However, obtaining one of them came at a great price. Asskickers United never dispatched troops there, nor did most other guilds, simply because it was too dangerous. Angel Corps were the only ones who dared to explore that place. According to rumours, they suffered heavy losses with very little to show for their efforts. Now it appeared those reports were a bit off.
The Vermillion Garudas were likely all captured in the Phoenix Den. As for the Scarlet Flame Dragon, it’d been spotted there many times stealing phoenix eggs.
These several flying mounts caught Nie Yan and Xie Yao completely off guard.
“GRAAOH!” The Darkwing Dragon thrashed about violently, but it couldn’t break free. In fact, the more it struggled, the tighter the flame nets became. It became hard to breathe under the pressure.
Meanwhile, the Scarlet Flame Dragon and Immortal Phoenix were in a fierce struggle. The Immortal Phoenix was dealt a mortal blow during the initial ambust, leaving it at a disadvantage. It was caught again by the Scarlet Flame Dragon’s claws.
The rider of Scarlet Flame Dragon was a Warrior. His appearance was very familiar, someone Nie Yan had encountered several times before-Stone Splitter!
“So this is all a phoenix amounts to? Pathetic!” Stone Splitter sneered.
If it weren’t for your ambush, my Immortal Phoenix would not be in such a sorry state!
A large number of Rank 5 and 6 flying mounts were assisting the Scarlet Flame Dragon. Every time it attacked, they would get in the phoenix’s way, leaving it unable to dodge the Scarlet Flame Dragon’s attacks. Before long, it suffered serious injuries.
「Don’t worry about me! Just run!」Nie Yan anxiously cried out. He knew the situation was extremely grave. The Darkwing Dragon couldn’t escape. He couldn’t allow Xie Yao’s phoenix to be dragged in as well! Bladelight, Smoke Stub, and the others weren’t off any better. They were fighting their way out of a fierce battle, their losses quickly racking up, and in no shape to come help them.
Xie Yao steeled her heart and commanded her phoenix to escape.
“Think you can get away so easily? Dream on!” Stone Splitter snorted. The Scarlet Flame Dragon swooped down and grabbed onto the phoenix’s neck.
Xie Yao had her phoenix fire a jet of flames at the Scarlet Flame Dragon, only for a Rank 6 Thunder Hawk to swoop in from the side. BANG! The flames burned both flying mount and rider, its force sending them flying. An instant kill!
However, the phoenix’s only chance to escape was gone!
Xie Yao despaired. She waved her staff, casting Ethereal as her body vanished out of sight.
“SCREEEEH!” the phoenix let out a mournful cry before erupting into flames and disappearing into nothing.
Stone Splitter checked his notification.
You have killed the Immortal Phoenix.
Stone Splitter coldly chuckled. “Immortal my ass.”
Stone Splitter had his Scarlet Flame Dragon turn around and pounce toward the Darkwing Dragon.
The flame nets were too tight. Nie Yan glanced at his hotbar. The icon to recall his flying mount was grayed out. The situation felt eerily similar to the one in the underworld not so long ago. He didn’t like it one bit.
Several Rank 6 flying mounts swooped down from above in an attempt to kill Nie Yan. He leaped into the air and landed on the back of a Thunder Hawk. With a flash of his blade, the rider was instantly killed. Nie Yan switched his weapon to Zennarde’s Sword.
An enormous flaming azure sword cleaved through the air, instantly engulfing five Rank 6 flying mounts.
BOOOM! The tip of the attack struck one of the Vermillion Garudas, knocking it off course as it suffered heavy injuries.
One of the flame nets binding the Darkwing Dragon dissipated.
Sadly, Nie Yan only had a single Annihilation Slash. Ordinary skills wouldn’t work on Rank 7 flying mounts.
“Dammit!” Nie Yan cursed. He had underestimated Angel Corps’ strength, and because of that had fallen into their ambush. To make matters worse, he’d never seen the Vermillion Garuda before, in this life or the past one. He didn’t know its skills, or how to deal with it. Alas, it was already too late for regrets.
After killing the Immortal Phoenix, the Scarlet Flame Dragon’s next target was the Darkwing Dragon.
With Annihilation Slash on cooldown, Nie Yan was out of skills that could deal with high rank flying mounts.
The Scarlet Flame Dragon opened its maw and fired out a flame blast.
Adjudicator of God!
BOOOM! The Darkwing Dragon writhed in pain from the attack. Nie Yan was more fortunate, a golden membrane protecting him from the scorching hot flames.
It was already too late to save the Darkwing Dragon. Sensing the pain and suffering it was in, Nie Yan’s eyes went bloodshot. Clenching the handle of his dagger until the veins on his arm bulged out, he locked eyes with Stone Splitter.
“Nirvana Flame, glare at me all you want! If you have the guts, I’m standing right here! Let’s see how you’ll kill me!” Stone Splitter taunted. He didn’t know why, but he felt his legs go somewhat weak seeing Nie Yan standing within the flames like a god. He didn’t dare to let his Scarlet Flame Dragon approach too close.
The Scarlet Dragon’s flame blast had a cooldown!
Nie Yan swapped out Zennarde’s Sword back for the Bloody Dagger. He thought of a plan as he gradually realized one thing. The Darkwing Dragon couldn’t be saved this time!
He glanced at the Resurrection Crystal in his bag. His heart turned cold. He had no choice. This was the only way!
「Stone Splitter, you idiot! What are you doing!? Quickly kill him. Don’t give Nirvana Flame the chance to escape!」Soaring Angel cursed.
“The boss gave a command! Don’t let Nirvana Flame get away!”
Stone Splitter immediately had the Scarlet Flame Dragon pounce forward.
Nie Yan couldn’t face the Scarlet Flame Dragon head-on. He extended his hand and shot a webline at its back. However, as soon as the webbing came in contact with the flames on the Scarlet Flame Dragon’s scales, it went up in smoke.
The webline didn’t play well with fire!
「Air Assassins Squad #3, ready on standby!」
「Boss! Asskickers United have breached the walls of the Aaroth Stronghold! Their aerial forces are too strong! We can’t stop them!」