Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 115
Chapter 115: Chapter 115
“Ha!” Ray shouted and brandished his long sword, managing to cut three to four mermen, as well as their weapons, into two halves. Then he quickly broke into another crowd of mermen and brandished his sword. Instantly, the ground was covered with the light blue blood of the merman, and the merman that were shouting and yelling were all dead.
In fact, there were some soldiers that had been trapped by the merman and were at the brink of being killed by them, but thanks to Ray’s help, they managed to survive. When they wanted to thank Ray, they found that Ray had already left.
Ray’s armour had turned blue due the blood of the merman, and behind him, a huge number of dead mermen were lying on the ground. Looking from the sky, one could have spotted a blood line among the merman army which divided the upcoming mermen and the mermen that were having fight with the sea defense army.
Ray was running in the battlefield and brandishing his sword as quickly as the blowing wind, leaving a pile of dead mermen behind him. Ray then suddenly found that the space in front of him became very open, and he realized that he had already fought all the way across the battlefield.
He finally had the chance to take a rest; then he turned around and found that the ruthless merman had been shocked by his strength. He could see the fear in their ugly faces.
When he brandished his sword again, the merman could stand no more and ran away while whining.
The battlefield was covered with the merman’s bodies.
“Well done!” the old official who had also gotten blood all over himself touched his moustache and got blood all over his hand. He was disgusted by this and cleaned his hand on his clothes. Then he gave a thumbs up to Ray and said, “I know you won’t disappoint us, since you can catch the three-headed snake alive all by yourself!”
Ray smiled and got rid of the blood that was left on the sword. Then he cleaned the sword and put it back into his sheath.
“This is just the beginning; more mermen will come soon!”
The old officer nodded and sighed while watching the merman army that was organizing its team at the bay in the long distance.
“The damn mermen, why there are so many of them!”
Both the soldiers and the adventurers standing next to Ray all agreed with him. If it were another battlefield, killing such a huge number of mermen would be equal to a massacre, but in the fight with the sea race, it was just killing a tiny part of the sea race.
Even the one who was the most confident and brave could not think positively that he had won this battle when he saw the boundless mermen army in the long distance.
The mermen team was always in chaos. Since most of the mermen were just ordinary creatures who didn’t even know what order really meant, and being in disorder was their nature. Only those who were strong enough to suppress their natures could maintain the order to a certain degree, just like a child pretending to be a soldier.
When it came to an individual merman, they were not that powerful. Even the “strong merman” that was in the rank of tribal chief was only as powerful as a new and inexperienced adventurer; for the experienced adventurer, it was basically nothing.
This disadvantage was offset by the large quantity of mermen. A grown female merman laid around a thousand eggs once a year, and if a certain priest hosted an incubation ceremony, then about thirty days later, almost sixty percent of the eggs would hatch. If there was enough food, around half of the larvae merman, that looked like malformed fish, could survive. They would change their form in three months. They would mature in a year and could breed in three years, which meant that if good conditions were provided, a female merman could breed three hundred children in a year. Three years later, among the first generation of three hundred mermen, half of them would began to breed…
The fertility of the mermen was indeed strong; and they must have been number one amongst all the intelligent creatures in this regard. The gap between them and the creature who was number two in this regard was as big as the gap between a landmark tall building and a short shabby shack!
The reason why the sea race intruded the land from time to time was believed to be a way to decrease the oversized population, so they could avoid the waste of resources.
The population was actually a very precious resource for most intelligent species, but for the mermen, it was a burden.
The mermen knew that they had a huge population, so the tactic they liked most was to attack all together. They didn’t care about the loss of their peers, since they knew that the number of the mermen that were killed was basically nothing compared with to the whole population of mermen. Once, when the sea race intruded the land, there was a legendary wizard who counted the number of the mermen. He was sure that there were around three million of them, but he didn’t manage to finish counting, since he was forced back by the strong mermen of the sea race.
Since the sea race had a huge population, it was never a problem if the individual merman was feeble, or that they were always in disorder. In particular, when the sea race intruded the land, and there were some strong men from the other races that would practice spells to help them, the mermen would become crazy and not retreat until they died.
When facing an enemy that was a few times, or tens of times, or hundreds of times, or even thousands of times more in terms of the number, and that enemy was not afraid of being killed, who dare to say he was not afraid?
Ray dared not to, anyway.
Ray was much more powerful than any merman, and in theory could come and go freely even if he was facing thousands upon thousands of horses and soldiers, as long as he had a sword in his hand. But when facing millions in a merman army, he could not possibly kill them all, even if he had three heads and six arms!
Just now, he managed to kill hundreds of mermen, but so what? If he wanted to defeat the whole merman army, he would have to repeat that at least tens of thousands of times!
After all, he was just a human, and he would feel tired after fighting for a long time, and hungry when there was no food, and pain when getting hurt. Even though the weapons the mermen had were shabby, once one was hit by the weapon, it was fatal. If one was exhausted and trapped by many mermen at the same time, even a legendary strong man would die.
As for the strong sea monsters, although they couldn’t stay on land for too long, they were as powerful as huge rolling rocks. If one got into a fight with a certain sea monster, they would soon be encircled ring by ring by the mermen. Then the mermen would cooperate with the sea monster… basically, when one was in this situation, they were bound to die.
However, the sea monsters were not the most dangerous figures. The most dangerous ones were the strong mermen of the sea race disguised as the ordinary mermen, hiding.
The strong mermen had nobody else on their level; they were not reserved at all, and always disguised as ordinary mermen. When the strong men in the land were busy in fighting with the enemies, they would suddenly sneak attack and kill them all.
All those years, there were many strong men in the land had been killed by the sea race. A huge number of legendary strong men died in their hands, and many men died without knowing that they were killed by the strong mermen.
What Ray worried about most was the strong mermen.
He carefully watched the merman army that was climbing up to the wharf and reorganizing troops and trying to make a sort of formation at the same time, hoping to find the strong mermen that were hiding among the merman army.
Ray hadn’t met any strong mermen yet. He thought maybe the strong mermen didn’t manage to come in time, or maybe the mermen he had killed were just the ordinary ones. But anyway, when the mermen intruded the land, there must have been some strong mermen hiding in the ordinary merman, since this had been proved by countless men with the price of their lives!
When the merman army got closer to a certain degree, the magic cannons that were put in the inner side of the wharf began to work, and made a sound that was as loud as thunder. The wizards of low rank were controlling the cannons and taking the risk of being killed by the explosions of the cannon barrels to increase the speed of the bombs. Since they had done many exercises, they could hit where there were many mermen every time.
The bombs were actually a magic crystals wrapped up inside metal shells. They were not very steady and the magic array inside the metal shells managed to keep them from exploding. Once the bomb was sent out, the magic array would lose its effect in a short period of time, and the magic crystal would explode and became a shining ball of flame that was as powerful as the fireball spell, a spell of the intermediate level.
The cannon used in the Garth City was a classic one; it was not that powerful, but the speed of the bombs as they were sent out was very fast. The wizards of low rank kept firing tens of magic cannons, and the bombing sound never stopped, not even for a second, as if there was a group of dragons roaring. The crowded merman army was being constantly bombarded.
“Bastard! Go to hell!” Sui Xiong was yelling, and making good use of every bit of his cold energy. He had managed to freeze most of the space, although the Dark Shadow Evil could still temporarily run away by penetrating the space. But the range where it could move freely was getting smaller and smaller.
Soon, it could no longer run away. It had to confront Sui Xiong and have a big fight with him.
Sui Xiong was very confident that he could kill it when that time came! But Sui Xiong was a bit worried; he felt this was all very strange. Clearly the Dark Shadow Evil knew it was in a very dangerous situation, but it didn’t even try to retreat. Why?
Could it be possible… that there was someone giving it orders and commanding it not to?
If that someone really existed, could he be a God? He must be powerful, if there was someone that could make the Dark Shadow Evil—which had plagued the human world for hundreds of years—fight for him, or make it continue fighting despite the danger.
Who would be then? Who would attack his own church?
Meanwhile, the fight between Haimu Sarah and Tim Saar was getting more and more intense. The two huge creatures were entangling each other, and the furious tide was colliding with the dark tide, creating raging currents at the bottom of the sea. The doppelgänger of Sui Xiong was waving its tentacles and continued hitting at the part of Tim Saar’s body where there was cold energy, hoping to kill it sooner.
Sui Xiong had to hurry up to finish the battle here, so he could send his doppelgänger to help either Ray or himself; this would be helpful to either of them.
However, something unexpected happened to Ray.
Ranke, who was supposed to leave for Liv, came back!