God and Devil World - Chapter 281-290
At the same time, a bone arrow shot through the air with a green trail, exploding on Li Shi Min’s body, sending him flying about 6 – 7m.
If it wasn’t for the protection of the Type 3 Mutant Beast hide, his body might have been pierced. Even so, the impact from that bone arrow shocked his entire system, causing some broken bones and a disruption to his internal blood and energy flow. He coughed up a mouthful of blood.
Li Shi Min was after all, a Level 42 Agility-based Evolver. He wasn’t afraid of contending against any one expert from the Sky Wolf Battalion. However, if he was up against 2 or more people working together, he definitely would be at a disadvantage. With the combined efforts of 16 Sky Wolf Battalion members, he had no choice but to forcefully navigate and survive.
Li Shi Min knew that it was a critical juncture, and he hastily rolled to one side, dodging into a patch of wild grass, making use of the cover to evade other incoming attacks.
“Pei!! Damn Chinese dog!!” One of the experts from the Sky Wolf Battalion spat out, before making a grabbing motion in mid-air, as a huge gravitational force enveloped the entire region Li Shi Min was in, causing him to be pressured by 4 times the usual gravity.
Weighed down by that pressure, Li Shi Min felt as though he had suddenly put on a whole lug of meat, his heartbeat becoming irregular, and his spectre-like speed slowing down a whole lot as well.
[Gravity Manipulation] was considered to be the bane for all Agility-based Evolvers. Unless it was an expert that had received huge enhancements in their Strength and Agility, it was hard for most people to ignore the restraining effects of the added gravity.
Wu Tong Xiong laughed savagely, shooting towards Li Shi Min like a cannonball: “Chinese dog!! I will take my time to slaughter you, you swine!!”
“Go to hell!” At a distance, Yue Zhong was atop a tree, and his eyes flashed coldly before pressing a button.
Hong! Hong! Hong!!
All of a sudden, there were numerous explosions, as a number of remote explosives hidden in the forest detonated, enveloping all 16 members of the Sky Wolf Battalion in seconds.
Shrapnel flew everywhere, as trees were twisted till they broke, caused by the resulting force from the explosion travelling outwards.
Li Shi Min was also sent flying backwards from the force, landing about 7-8m away.
Those members of the Sky Wolf Battalion were after all not simple people, each being of Level 40 and higher. That explosion might not necessarily be able to kill them instantly. Hence, for his own sake, Li Shi Min quickly scrambled to his feet and rushed towards Yue Zhong.
Yue Zhong was currently leading over 20 of his own elite experts, all of them likewise above Level 40. He had set this trap with Li Shi Min as bait, as a means of taking down as many experts under Wuyan Hong as he could.
A Level 40 Enhancer was not easily groomed. Each one that they took down meant one less expert on Wuyan Hong’s side.
As the dust settled, the devastating scene was revealed, as 8 corpses laid strewn on the ground. While the experts of the Sky Wolf Battalion were strong, they were still after all, of flesh and blood. They had lost 8 of their members as a result of that explosion.
There were still 8 who had survived, including Wu Tong Xiong.
“Fuck!! You bunch of Chinese dogs must die!!”
Wu Tong Xiong had sensed the danger at the first instant and evaded the heart of the explosion. However, a piece of shrapnel had penetrated his left eye, blinding him on that side. It caused him to be filled with rage. He grabbed his Level 4 Green Tooth Spear and charged towards Yue Zhong and his men!!
Since their lead had charged forwards so ferociously, the remaining 7 members also followed closely behind, brandishing their weapons.
Wu Tong Xiong was one of the strongest killers of the Great Vietnamese Empire, having killed over hundreds of people by himself, and he had even counted 3 other Evolvers as his victims. That was why he was so confident of facing Yue Zhong and the rest.
Yue Zhong saw that Wu Tong Xiong and his men was rushing at him, and immediately pulled out his Stinger, firing 6 shots at 2 of the Sky Wolf Battalion members behind.
Of the 2, one was an Agility-based Evolver, and the moment Yue Zhong had aimed at him, he had dodged to a side, hiding behind a huge tree.
The other immediately transformed into a 3m-tall were-bear, with thick and coarse skin. As the 3 Stinger bullets landed on his body, they caused 3 bloody wounds, but not enough to deeply penetrate nor heavily harm his body.
“Experts! These fellows aren’t weak!” Yue Zhong frowned when he saw that.
These men were truly experts, but as long as they could be taken down, Wuyan Hong will suffer a huge loss.
Wu Tong Xiong snarled at Yue Zhong with a twisted expression: “Damn Chinese dog, I will tear you into shreds, and cook your brains as tea!”
“Retard!! I’ll slice you apart first!!” Following a cold laugh, Bai Xiao Sheng appeared, slashing towards Wu Tong Xiong with a Dark Magic Blade in his hands.
Currently, under Yue Zhong’s command, Bai Xiao Sheng had the fastest speed, only Xin Jia Rou could surpass him, and only under the condition that she activated her 2nd Order Skill Divine Speed, and it would only be a short while.
“Scram!!” Wu Tong Xiong’s eyes turned bloodshot, as he growled like a beast, using his 16 times Strength to strike with his spear, parrying Bai Xiao Sheng’s blow.
Bai Xiao Sheng’s Strength was only 3 times that of a normal person, and with that huge disparity in Strength, he was instantly sent flying 6-7m, while the Dark Magic Blade in his hands also got sent flying.
As a Strength and Agility-based dual attribute Evolver, Wu Tong Xiong possessed a huge advantage in battle. If Bai Xiao Sheng wasn’t an Agility-based Evolver, he could have easily pierced Bai Xiao Sheng with that single spear strike.
Wu Tong Xiong sent Bai Xiao Sheng flying, and immediately shot forwards like an arrow, a fierce glint appearing in his eyes, as he thrust viciously with his spear.
White Bones’ fiery eyes flashed dangerously, as it raised its hands, shooting 6 bone spikes out at Wu Tong Xiong. If Wu Tong Xiong insisted on killing Bai Xiao Sheng, he would be pierced by those sharp bones spikes.
Wu Tong Xiong did not intend to exchange his own life for Bai Xiao Sheng’s, and he swiftly turned around, the Green Tooth Spear quickly parrying those Bone Spikes.
Bai Xiao Sheng seized the opportunity to evade to one side, his face pale. He had always thought it would be hard to find someone that can win over him other than Yue Zhong, but today, he found out that Wu Tong Xiong had crushed his confidence easily, filling him with unwillingness and rage. However, he was clear that he was not Wu Tong Xiong’s match, and if he continued, he would be throwing away his life.
On the other side, the 20 Level 40 experts came to blows with the 7 remaining experts of the Sky Wolf Battalion.
Both sides exhibited their abilities, and in that exchange, Yue Zhong’s side lost an expert. The other side suffered a death and a heavily injured casualty.
Under the combined blows from everyone, the heavily injured Sky Wolf Battalion member was killed the next moment, as the remaining 5 members were suppressed and forced to retreat into the forest.
Yue Zhong looked at the scene and frowned, before letting out a loud howl.
Lightning, who had been lying in wait, immediately leapt out, biting off the head of one of the Sky Wolf experts.
“Beast! Damn Chinese dogs!! You guys are forcing me!!” Wu Tong Xiong watched as members of the Sky Wolf Battalion fell one after another, and his eyes became red, finally releasing his trump card: his Second Order Forest Ranger Transformation.
In an instant, Wu Tong Xiong’s body sprouted a layer of green runes that covered his entire body. His size didn’t change, however, he seemed to become one with the environment, giving off an aura of invincibility.
After transforming into a Second Order Forest Ranger, Wu Tong Xiong looked coldly at Yue Zhong, his body flashing and he reached White Bones with a speed that surpassed Type 2 Lightning.
In response, White Bones shot out bone spikes one after another at Wu Tong Xiong.
Wu Tong Xiong gripped his Green Tooth Spear and easily swatted the bone spikes away, before thrusting forwards, piercing the skeleton that could withstand even the impact from a 12.7mm round. Immediately he swung with all his might, sending White Bones soaring through the air, landing 20m away.
“What a strong fellow!!” Yue Zhong saw how easily Wu Tong Xiong sent White Bones flying, and his pupils narrowed. If it had been a normal person, that single strike could have easily caused the heart of the victim to be destroyed almost instantly.
Yue Zhong could see that Wu Tong Xiong was a close-combat specialist, and he immediately activated his Gravity Manipulation, causing a two-fold gravitational force to press down on Wu Tong Xiong.
Wu Tong Xiong laughed savagely at Yue Zhong, shooting towards him like a cannonball: “It’s no use!! Unless you can control the gravity to be more than 5 times! Otherwise, with just this, it’s useless!!”
Yue Zhong’s face remained impassive, as he retreated explosively, pulling out his .05 gun and spraying wildly at Wu Tong Xiong.
“Guns are useless too!! Today, you are going to die!!’ Wu Tong Xiong laughed maniacally, charging through the barrage of bullets, even with Yue Zhong’s marksmanship and Agility, he could not hit him even once.
“This rabid dog! He truly has some ability!’ Yue Zhong watched Wu Tong Xiong charging at him wildly, before activating his [Art of Fear], and a terrifying Spirit attack enveloped Wu Tong Xiong.
The moment the skill landed on Wu Tong Xiong’s body, a green light radiated outwards, and dispelled the Spirit attack. Yue Zhong knew at once that there was a treasure on his body that defended against Spirit attacks!
“Go to hell you Chinese dog!!” Wu Tong Xiong had reached Yue Zhong in a mere 3 seconds, as a spear thrust came slicing through the air like a meteor, aiming for Yue Zhong’s head. His speed had thoroughly surpassed that of a Type 2 Lightning.
The Second Order Forest Ranger Transformation had given him a huge boost to his body constitution, at the same time, within the forest, his movement speed and battle senses were enhanced. This spear strike was infinitely more overbearing and oppressive than the one he had unleashed on Bai Xiao Sheng.
Yue Zhong had no way of evading, and his eye’s flashed with a chilly light, pulling out his Crocodile Tooth Saw Blade, forcefully attempting to parry the Green Tooth Spear.
It was Yue Zhong’s 9 times Strength against Wu Tong Xiong’s 20-times that of a normal person after his Second Order skill, and instantly, Yue Zhong was sent flying backwards by the disparity in strength, his hands numb, and the Crocodile Tooth Saw Blade in his arms almost flew from his grip.
A cold glint flashed in Wu Tong Xiong’s eyes, as he shot forwards, and once more, thrusted forwards with a vicious spear strike towards Yue Zhong’s heart.
Right at this time, a huge hole appeared in mid air, and from the hole, 10 bone spikes shot out like shooting stars at Wu Tong Xiong.
Wu Tong Xiong immediately withdrew his weapon, causing it to blur with speed, before striking at the 10 bone spikes, shattering them into pieces.
At that instant, Yue Zhong pulled out his 12.7mm heavy machine gun and sprayed at Wu Tong Xiong.
“Fool!! If you can’t hit me, your machine gun is just trash!!” Wu Tong Xiong laughed out coldly, his body dodging all the bullets, maneuvering towards Yue Zhong and once more thrusted out with his spear.
” You are the true Fool!!” Yue Zhong laughed coldly himself, as the Bronze Spiritual Bell rose up from his chest, forming a green barrier in front of him.
As the insane strength behind Wu Tong Xiong’s spear strike slammed into the shield, the shield shuddered a while, as traces of ripples spread out all over the shield.
Yue Zhong’s pupils narrowed, as he immediately activated his Devil Flame, causing a huge pillar of fire to engulf the area around him, including Wu Tong Xiong that had given his all in that earlier strike.
Wu Tong Xiong’s body responded with a white glow, as a bright light of energy enveloped him, blocking that pillar of Devil Flame.
As the top expert under Wuyan Hong, Wu Tong Xiong had a number of fortunate encounters, and he had even killed a heavily-injured Type 3 Mutant Beast before. This white light shield was a treasure he obtained from that Type 3 Mutant Beast.
Right at this time, a sniper bullet blasted on Wu Tong Xiong’s body, further whittling down the energy of the white shield.
A number of gravitational shackles flew onto his body, causing him to be pressured by 6 times the normal gravity.
“Damn it! Are they all defeated?” Wu Tong Xiong felt the abnormal changes, as his expression turned ashen and he whipped around to look, only to discover that the other side had been defeated and rounded up by the experts under Yue Zhong.
“Chinese dog!! I will remember today’s debt. You won’t have to wait long, I’ll definitely be back to kill you myself!!” Wu Tong Xiong eyed Yue Zhong coldly, before turning around swiftly to retreat. Although he was brutish and violent, he wasn’t an idiot. If he continued to fight on, he definitely would fall here.
Yue Zhong’s eyes flashed coldly, activating his [Shadow Steps], and using his speed that can match a Type 2 Lightning, he chased after Wu Tong Xiong: “Where do you think you’re going? You will be buried here today!!”
Wu Tong Xiong was faster than a Type 2 Lightning in his Second Order Forest Ranger form. However, with the 6-times gravitational force weighing on him, his speed had plunged by quite a lot.
In just barely 3 breaths, Yue Zhong had chased up, and was slashing viciously towards him.
“Fuck! I, Your father, am definitely killing you today!!” Wu Tong Xiong’s eyes flashed fiercely as he twisted his body abruptly, thrusting out with his spear like an enraged dragon.
10 sharp bone spikes suddenly exploded out from behind Yue Zhong, aiming for Wu Tong Xiong.
Yue Zhong did not hide nor evade, his eyes flashing coldly, and his right hand conjured out a long Devil Flame Spear, before he threw it forcefully towards the white shield protecting Wu Tong Xiong.
Wu Tong Xiong’s spear thrust landed on the green barrier covering Yue Zhong, and the explosive strength tore apart the shield, causing it to disintegrate.
The Devil Flame Spear also came in contact with the white shield on Wu Tong Xiong, and the resulting force from the explosive nature of the Devil Flame immediately blasted the shield apart, so much so that even Wu Tong Xiong’s hair was singed from the heat.
The 10 bone spikes continued to assault Wu Tong Xiong.
That tyrannical spear strike from Wu Tong Xiong had destroyed Yue Zhong’s green barrier, however, he had no time to withdraw his spear for another strike, and he could only twist his body to roll to one side.
The 10 bone spikes suddenly shifted their trajectory and landed on Wu Tong Xiong’s body, sending him flying back about 4 or 5 metres, shaking his internal organs while he coughed up a mouthful of fresh blood.
Wu Tong Xiong’s body had been enhanced a few times by different blood essences, but he had no way of comparing against Yue Zhong. After receiving that blow from White Bones, his body had truly suffered a heavy injury.
Before he even landed, a gust of wind blew past, and his head disappeared, as a fountain blood sprayed from his headless corpse, dying the ground red.
As the wind settled, it revealed the Type 3 Lightning’s silhouette, and was precisely it that seized the opportunity to destroy this strong enemy of Yue Zhong when he was mortally wounded.
Confirming Wu Tong Xiong’s death, Yue Zhong heaved a sigh of relief and walked over to his corpse to strip it of the equipment.
This Wu Tong Xiong was after all the strongest general of Wuyan Hong, and he truly had a vast collection of items. From his body, Yue Zhong obtained both Strength and Agility-enhancing equipment. There were even 4 pieces of rare equipment. They were the Level 3 Defensive Armor, Bell of Clarity, Light Shield of Defence and the Level 4 Treasure Green Tooth Spear.
“Level 5 Treasure: Light Shield of Defence! Upon equipping, it can automatically defend its owner. When energy is depleted, it can be recharged, or automatically refilled after 24 hours.”
“Level 4 Treasure: Green Tooth Spear! It possesses a strong penetrative power, and can destroy any weapon of Level 3 and below.”
Yue Zhong valued the Level 5 Treasure Light Shield of Defence the most, with this, he gained another defensive mechanism. In this new world, defensive treasures were even more precious than offensive ones. Likewise, they were hard to obtain.
Other than Linghu Xiangru and Wu Tong Xiong, Yue Zhong had not yet met any other strong experts that had such powerful defensive artifacts.
Bai Xiao Sheng came up to Yue Zhong and reported: “Leader!! Everyone has been taken care of!”
Although the Sky Wolf Battalion was strong, with the enemy forces 5 times their size, they were still wiped out. Of course, Yue Zhong’s side paid the price of 2 heavy casualties as well.
“Disperse!” Yue Zhong ordered indifferently.
With his orders, everyone quickly made their way away from the area.
“What’s going on? How come Wu Tong Xiong is not back yet?” Back at the army, Zhao Yuan Shuang paced about anxiously.
Wu Tong Xiong was a terrifying killer who had killed an entire company of elites on his own, as well as over hundreds of militants. Zhao Yuan Shuang had utmost confidence in his abilities. However, Wu Tong Xiong was Wuyan Hong’s number one right-hand man, if anything untoward was to happen to him, Zhao Yuan Shuang knew he could not bear the responsibility either.
Zhao Yuan Shuang called for one of the commanders of the elite force: “Chen Gong Ming, go take a company of your troops to go provide reinforcements to General Wu.”
The elite force was made up of all experts who had undergone strict military training. They were well-versed in modern warfare as well, and in battle, they could exhibit a might that was stronger than just experts relying on their skills and abilities.
Chen Gong Ming saluted, before quickly leading his men towards the forest.
After a long while, just as Zhao Yuan Shuang was becoming impatient, Chen Gong Ming came back, his expression ashen: “Commander! General Wu has been martyred!”
When Zhao Yuan Shuang heard this, his mind went blank, as he stammered out at a loss: “What??? General Wu has died!?”
Wu Tong Xiong was Wuyan Hong’s most trusted aide, and they could be considered as close as brothers. With Wu Tong Xiong’s death, as the vice-commander, Zhao Yuan Shuang was sure to be in trouble. He did not dare imagine the consequences of being the bearer of the news.
Zhao Yuan Shuang gritted his teeth as he hollered out: “Everyone advance with full speed!! We must reach Daluo Mountains as fast as we can! This time, we must annihilate Yue Zhong and his people!!”
With that command, everyone moved out. Over 200 bomb defusal soldiers came to the front lines to clear the mines quickly.
Yue Zhong had planted plenty of landmines along the way, including some traps, which slowed the advance of the Vietnamese troops. However, Zhao Yuan Shuang was insistent on making sure they reached Daluo Mountains.
Following the report, Zhao Yuan Shuang brought his troops to the inner parts of Daluo Mountains, however, to their dismay, they discovered that everyone had gone, leaving behind massive caves.
“Damn!! He escaped!!” Zhao Yuan Shuang looked at those countless caves and his face turned steely.
“Commander! The Emperor has something to say to you!” Right at this time, a soldier came running up with a transmitter to Zhao Yuan Shuang. He received it before carefully asking: “What instructions do you have for your subject, my liege?”
From the other end, Wuyan Hong’s steely voice came resounding, together with some explosions in the background: “Yuan Shuang! Bring the troops back immediately!! We have trouble!”
A distance away from Daluo Mountains, 600 soldiers were braving the cold and snow as they lugged huge bags of resources towards a certain direction.
Every single one of them, even children of 11 or 12 were carrying guns or some bags of dozen jins. If it was a scene from prior to the apocalypse, there would be people who would stand out to curse at Yue Zhong for mistreating women and children. However, in this new world, whoever dared to snatch those guns from those kids, those little rascals would definitely fight.
Guns were a symbol of strength, and in this new world, only those with strength could lead better lives.
“Master! If we just walk away like that, would it be fine?” Xin Jia Rou, who was decked in a military uniform and looked extremely valiant and charming, walked up to Yue Zhong and asked.
Yue Zhong had initially agreed to help the Kingdom of God to deal with the Wuyan Hong problem. However, Yue Zhong had instead taken his people to escape from Daluo Mountains, and it caused Xin Jia Rou to be uncertain.
Yue Zhong glanced at Xin Jia Rou and replied mildly: “I only promise to attack and cause Wuyan Hong some problems, not engaging in a full frontal assault against his elite!”
The Kingdom of God had intended to make use of Yue Zhong to deal with Wuyan Hong harshly. Yue Zhong had his own intentions as well. With his current strength now, even if he could defeat those elites of Wuyan Hong, it would be a devastating loss to his side as well. To engage the 2,000-strong army, he would definitely have to pay a price. He was not willing to do something so foolish.
Even so, Yue Zhong would be considered to have offended the Kingdom of God. However, he did not care, because he had always intended to go against this mega-empire that intended to take control of the whole globe. Furthermore, in the future, if he wanted to bring the Chinese to new heights, he definitely would come to clashes with the Kingdom of God.
Hearing his words, Xin Jia Rou became silent as she fell back behind Yue Zhong and they continued on their journey.
Outside Lang Son City, a number of well-equipped soldiers were engaged in attacking the city, firing heavy artillery at the inner parts of the city, destroying structures and buildings.
“Fucking bastard!! Chen Sheng Yong dared to attack at this time!” At Lang Son City, on top a secret vantage point, Wuyan Hong overlooked the city that was being bombarded, as his soldiers and bases were being taken down one by one. His expression was extremely ugly.
Eagle King Chen Sheng Yong was a small-time leader hailing from the direction of Th��i Nguy��n*, and his faction could not compare to Wuyan Hong, with only 80,000 survivors. However, Chen Sheng Yong prioritized the advancement of his army, and had a 10,000 strong army. The ratio of his military to his faction was 1:8. While the army seemed huge, in truth, only 2,000 of them had guns. The rest of the 8,000 relied on melee weapons to fight.
Even so, Eagle King Chen Sheng Yong had built a name for himself in the Northern Vietnam area, and Wuyan Hong had never intended to provoke him.
Wuyan Hong had a truly large faction, but to deal with Eagle King Chen Sheng Yong, it would be at a cost as well. Although there were zombies in between the 2 factions, they both knew about each other, and had remained impassive towards each other. Wuyan Hong had never thought that Chen Sheng Yong would take this opportunity to stab him in the back. Furthermore, his timing was impeccable, as Wuyan Hong had actually deployed a majority of his troops to deal with Yue Zhong.
Right now, in Lang Son City, Wuyan Hong had 6 battalions stationed, roughly 2,500 soldiers on standby. However, Zhao Yuan Shuang was currently holding the 6 most elite infantry battalions. Although they were both 6 battalions, in terms of combat strength, the troops on Zhao Yuan Shuang’s hands were at least twice that of those remaining with Wuyan Hong.
With the dense barrage of artillery fire, Eagle King Chen Sheng Yong and his troops began to overcome post after post.
He looked at the various camps that he conquered in Lang Son and his face revealed a look of excitement: “Wuyan Hong!! This time, you’re going to fall at my hands!”
Being first in the charge was the elite battalion under Chen Sheng Yong, and they charged in after each volley of heavy fire, storming through with their secondary attacks as they advanced.
One of the intelligence officer came up to bootlick: “Congratulations Eagle King!! After this, there will be no one that can compare to you in the whole of North Vietnam!”
Another intelligence officer also laughed slightly: “Eagle King truly is a man of miracles! You managed to breach Wuyan Hong’s defences in such a short while. This Wuyan Hong truly is old-fashioned, he dares to call himself Emperor. We’re already in which century? Come on.”
When Wuyan Hong established his Great Vietnam Empire, he had declared himself as the first Emperor. Because of his sole command and leadership, no one expressed any dissatisfaction. Those that did were already dead. However, in other factions, there were those who were unhappy with his oppressive and tyrannical rule. It was not like in ancient times, now society was more civil and cultured. Even those insufferable officials of high positions and despotic sons of leaders in countries or corporates did not dare call themselves Emperor.
“I would like to be Emperor myself!!” Chen Sheng Yong glanced at his intelligence officers, his face wearing a grin, but he sighed lightly in his heart.
The position of an Emperor, whose words was law, just a single sentence could decide the fate of an entire heritage. Who wouldn’t want that sort of authority and power? However, Chen Sheng Yong looked at his subordinates who did not support the idea of an emperor rule, and hence, he did not voice out that inner desire to establish a Vietnam empire in his own name as well. After all, he still relied on his men to help him conquer and expand, if he just consoled himself with a single leader rule, it would be enough. Being an emperor was pushing it, no one would support him.
In truth, there were many experts who did not agree with Wuyan Hong’s self-proclamation as Emperor, and had thrown their lots in with Chen Sheng Yong, which proved that the hearts of the people played a part in strength as well.
The defences within Lang Son City was incredibly stubborn, and every single soldier of the Great Vietnam Empire fought back valiantly against the assault of Chen Sheng Yong’s troops.
After Chen Sheng Yong launched his assault on Lang Son, with every step of the way, there was a price of blood to pay. Both sides suffered casualties in the resulting slaughter for each defence post.
The 6 battalions of infantry soldiers stationed within Lang Son City were definitely not a match for Chen Yong Sheng’s forces, but in the clashes, they exhibited a strong fighting will and spirit to defend their posts, fighting it out with their lives on the line. Hence, the Eagle King’s army suffered greatly with each advance in position.
Lang Son City had seemingly turned into a meat grinder, swallowing the lives of both Wuyan Hong’s and Chen Yong Sheng’s forces.
Both sides had gone all out right from the get go, and the casualties were increasing. However, both sides had no choice, and could only grit their teeth to continue.
This battle would determine who would become the boss of this entire region. Regardless if it was Wuyan Hong swallowing Chen Sheng Yong’s forces, or the other way round, one of them would definitely become the overlord after the battle.
With a faction that had over 200,000 survivors, it was more than enough to be recognized as the presiding faction in this area.
It was precisely due to the lure of becoming the overlord of the entire region that Chen Sheng Yong had decided to risk it all and engage Wuyan Hong’s forces.
A military officer came up to Chen Yong Sheng with a pale expression as he asked: “Eagle King!! The 3rd Battalion had fallen!! What do we do now??”
The 3rd Battalion had just charged into the base in Lang Son City, and engaged in an intense crossfire for about an hour. Their losses had by then exceeded half their original numbers, and this kind of results would cause anxiety to a commander.
Chen Sheng Yong ordered with a steely expression: “Command the 2nd Mortar Battalion to immediately fire another round at Lang Son City!!”
After clashing for about 3 hours, 3 of the infantry battalions had been severely decimated, and although the enemy had suffered more, such a result was unacceptable to Chen Sheng Yong. Those soldiers that were decimated were his elites, and training up another new batch of soldiers to be like those would not be easy.
The commander was shocked as he stammered: “Eagle King!! There are many of our comrades in Lang Son City!!”
As the soldiers were extremely strong in their camaraderie, the mortar and artillery troops did not fire any rounds when their comrades had charged in. Furthermore, there were many ordinary citizens within the city. If they acted, many of the ordinary survivors would definitely suffer.
Chen Sheng Yong’s eyes were filled with a chilly light: “This is an order!!”
“Yes!!” The soldier’s heart turned cold as he quickly dismissed himself.
Immediately, a volley of rounds blasted on to Lang Son City, causing various structures and buildings to be destroyed, as numerous survivors were injured or killed in the resulting blasts or falling debris.
Under that terrifying artillery attack, the entire Lang Son City was plunged into chaos, as countless survivors rushed out of their own houses and tried to escape towards another direction.
Rioters took the chance to start committing arson, robbery and rape. The whole of Lang Son City became like a scene out of hell.
Wuyan Hong saw the growing mayhem with bloodshot eyes as he bellowed out: “Chen Sheng Yong you bastard!! You dare to fire on our own countrymen!! I will tear you into pieces!! There will be nothing left of your body!!”
Wuyan Hong had never expected Chen Sheng Yong to be so ruthless, to actually fire onto the innocent survivors, causing mayhem and chaos.
As the volleys of artillery fire continued raining down on the various structures and buildings, soldiers and survivors alike were either blasted to death or buried alive.
After a few rounds of heavy fire, the 4th Battalion of Chen Sheng Yong charged in, launching an assault on the battered and broken people of Lang Son City.
Due to the heavy fire, many of the elite soldiers and experts of Wuyan Hong were killed, and the ordinary soldiers had long since lost their courage and escaped.
“Wolf Fang Battalion!! Charge!!” Wuyan Hong saw the entrance of the troops under Chen Sheng Yong, his face turning extremely unsightly, as he made his way towards them.
Chapter 284: The Oriole Behind (From the idiom: The mantis stalks the cicada, unaware of the oriole behind: meaning to pursue a narrow gain, neglecting the greater danger)
Wuyan Hong’s body flashed, at the same time, he activated his skill [Metal Manipulation], as he slapped a car beside him. The vehicle immediately twisted unto itself, transforming into a layer of battle armour covering his body. With that layer of metal protecting him, even a 12.7mm round would not be able to break past his defence.
Wuyan Hong leapt forward, and he was followed by 50 of his Wolf Fang Battalion members, each of them being over Level 30 in enhancement.
The current commander, Wu Da Hui and vice-commander Li Yuan Da stuck close to Wuyan Hong. They were the strongest in the Wolf Fang Battalion, and even members of the Sky Wolf Battalion were not necessarily a match against them.
The 4th Battalion of the Eagle King’s troops quickly came to clash with the Wolf Fang Battalion, and the soldiers of the Eagle King’s troops already launched their attacks from afar, as a barrage of rain fell upon the Wolf Fang Battalion.
Under the dense rain of bullets, 4 of the experts were immediately taken out with shots to the head, while the rest activated their skills in a bid to evade the bullets.
Wuyan Hong did not care about the onslaught of bullets, he was after all a Spirit and Strength dual-attribute Evolver, and those normal bullets could not harm him, nor slow him down. Even a large calibre bullet would at most cause him to be knocked back, with no injury.
Wuyan Hong was like a tank as he charged straight at the Eagle King’s 4th Battalion, waving his hand, and activating his Second Order Metal Manipulation skill. A number of sharp steel beams came exploding out suddenly from their various constructions, piercing the bodies of the 4th Battalion soldiers. In a flash, 8 of the soldiers in his line of sight were directly decimated.
After killing 8 of the 4th Battalion soldiers, he was suddenly besieged by 2 soldiers on either of his sides, both of them spraying their weapons at him.
Countless bullets rained down on Wuyan Hong’s body, causing his metal armor to be battered and destroyed bit by bit.
Wuyan Hong eyed the two 4th Battalion soldiers and waved a finger at them, as two structures beside the soldiers crumbled upon themselves, and the steel beams within shot out explosively, penetrating their bodies, impaling them onto another wall.
Wu Da Hui immediately transformed into a werewolf as he darted around the field like a spectre, jumping out from structures from time to time, twisting the necks of unsuspecting soldiers.
Li Yuan Da was an Agility-based Evolver, and his speed was astonishingly fast, many a times, the soldiers of the 4th Battalion would just feel a breeze blowing past them, before their heads came off unknowingly.
With Wuyan Hong’s lead, the Wolf Fang Battalion tore into the unfortunate 4th Battalion like an enraged tiger, slaughtering them while keeping their own casualties low. Other than the 4 who lost their heads at the start of the battle, another 4 were blasted to death by grenades.
One of the commanders came up to Chen Sheng Yong and reported anxiously: “Eagle King!! The 4th Battalion is requesting for back up!! There are many high level Enhancers among the enemy!! There are even a few Evolvers!!”
Chen Sheng Yong laughed coldly as he stared at the commander: “So the Wolf Fang Battalion has made their move eh? Heh! Wuyan Hong, seems like you can’t take this anymore? Convey my orders!! Immediately fire a volley of artillery fire at the position of the 4th Battalion!! This is an order!!”
“Yes!! Eagle King!” The commander’s heart turned cold as he scurried away.
With 2 large flashes, all of a sudden, the entire area where the 4th Battalion and the Wolf Fang Battalion was engaged in battle was suddenly bombarded by heavy artillery, causing buildings to be decimated, debris shooting everywhere. The resulting shockwave travelled outwards forcefully, as a number of holes from the impact revealed themselves.
The terrifying artillery attack rained down a few times on the area, causing destruction. Not a single structure above 3m remained.
“The Wolf Fang Battalion is just so-so. Regardless of how powerful their individual capabilities are, there’s no way they could withstand the heavy fire.” Chen Sheng Yong looked at the region that was decimated and flattened as he laughed coldly: “5th Battalion!! Launch your assault!!”
If it wasn’t for the fact that Chen Sheng Yong had limited ammunition for his artillery, he would have long blasted the entire place, totalling it entirely.
Exchanging a battalion of his elite soldiers for Wuyan Hong’s elite Wolf Fang Battalion, to Chen Sheng Yong, it was an exchange that was worth it.
The 5th Battalion had low morale after witnessing Chen Sheng Yong’s cruel method that did not differentiate between friend or foe, however, they still charged onwards into Lang Son City.
6 of them carefully treaded their way into Lang Son City.
All of a sudden, from the wreckage and debris, 6 sharp steel beams shot out explosively, piercing their bodies, nailing them to the ground.
From within the debris, a 3m-tall man that was covered entirely in steel, looking like a robot jumped out. He did not even turn to look as he retreated back towards the inner parts of Lang Son City.
This man was precisely Wuyan Hong. After that earlier volley of artillery, only he survived. If he hadn’t activate his Second Order Metal Manipulation skill earlier, and to control a huge sheet of steel to protect himself, forming thick layers of armor, he might have lost his life in that blast.
“Damn Chen Sheng Yong! He actually disregarded the lives of our fellow Vietnamese!! You’re ruthless!! Too vicious!!” As he ran, his heart was filled with intense rage and he cursed Chen Sheng Yong inwardly.
Chen Sheng Yong had relied on that crazy volley of artillery to wipe out his entire Wolf Fang Battalion. There were 6 Evolvers within the battalion, but before they could even unleash their abilities and prowess, they were blasted into nothing by that round of heavy fire, and it truly infuriated Wuyan Hong.
At the same time, that experience was the closest Wuyan Hong had come to death, and he became extremely cautious, not willing to charge out by himself to deal with Chen Sheng Yong or his troops.
With the Wolf Fang Battalion decimated, and Wuyan Hong fleeing, the rest of the soldiers saw their god-like figure actually running away pathetically, and their world seemed to crumble. The moment the 5th Battalion of the Eagle King’s forces charged in, the resistance was almost negligible.
If the leader charged forth as the vanguard, there were pros and cons. The pros were that it could raise the morale of the troop, but likewise, should anything happen, or the leader was forced back, the blow to the soldiers’ morale will be detrimental.
Wuyan Hong and the Wolf Fang Battalion had always charged into all battles in the past, seemingly undefeatable. They had become like legends amongst the ordinary soldiers. Now that they have fallen, the fighting will of the soldiers had almost disappeared, as many started to retreat.
“Lang Son City will soon be mine!!!” Chen Sheng Yong heard the good news and favourable reports, his heart leaping with joy.
Once he gained Lang Son City, his prestige would soar, and he would become the overlord of a huge faction of survivors.
Right at this time, a military officer came running in with a pale face, reporting: “Eagle King!! There’s an armed forces currently advancing towards us!!”
Chen Sheng Yong’s eyes flashed with shock, as he gritted his teeth and asked: “What? How many are there? Which faction is this?”
The military officer replied: “They’re from the Kingdom of God!!! They have about 2,000 soldiers, and their equipment are all top-notch. There are tanks, mortars and even assault helicopters!!”
Chen Sheng Yong’s expression immediately turned steely as he cursed out loud: “Fucking Kingdom of God!! Didn’t they go to the coastal side!! Why did they appear here!! What the hell were you guys up to!! How come you didn’t discover this sooner?!”
The information that Wuyan Hong’s base had lack of power was given by the Kingdom of God. On one hand, it helped fuel Chen Sheng Yong’s ambition, on the other, the Kingdom of God could focus their attention on the coastal factions.
In fact, there was a prior agreement between both parties, where one would control Lang Son, the other the coastal side, and both parties would support each other. Chen Sheng Yong had never thought that the Kingdom of God would choose this moment to stab a knife in his back, furthermore, at such a time where both Wuyan Hong and he had lost most of their forces, causing him to have no chance to retaliate at all.
The officer was pale faced: “What do we do? Eagle King!!”
Chen Sheng Yong’s face turn steely as he ordered: “What else can we do! Immediately retreat!! Convey my orders! Retreat now!!”
“Wait just a moment! You can’t retreat!!” At this moment, a voice rang from outside, as a blond hair, blue-eyed man stepped into the command centre.
“How are you, Your Majesty Eagle King? I’m your good friend, Zito! I’m pleased to meet you here.” Zito smiled warmly at Chen Sheng Yong.
Chen Sheng Yong had an ugly expression as he asked briskly: “Your Excellency Zito! What is the meaning of this? Wasn’t there an agreement between us, that Lang Son will be mine, and the coastal areas will be yours?”
The man in charge of the negotiations between the Kingdom of God and Chen Sheng Yong was precisely this guy called Zito. Chen Sheng Yong knew clearly the might of the Kingdom of God, and the fact was that, he relied on them for the firepower to blast Wuyan Hong’s faction so many times today.
Zito’s face broke into a crafty smile: “Your Majesty. We’re not going back on our word. Lang Son is truly yours. However, our Vietnamese Division of the Kingdom of God wishes for you to join us, becoming a part of us. That way, we can better support your activities here in Vietnam. Regarding the coastal sides, after we take down Lang Son City together, we can work together to bring those other factions down as well.”
Chen Sheng Yong mulled a while, before replying slowly: “What if I disagree?”
Zito’s smile turned grim as he mocked with a underlying threat: “Your Majesty, our 2nd Army is already at Th��i Nguy��n City awaiting orders, protecting your borders, in case some other factions have their eyes on you. However, if you’re not willing to join us, and become our friend! Then I’m afraid, some nasty things will happen!”
Zito’s words were a blatant threat. If Chen Sheng Yong wasn’t willing to submit, then their 1st and 2nd Battalion will immediately launch a simultaneous assault to rip the Eagle King’s forces out by the roots.
Chen Sheng Yong had kept 3 battalions back at his establishments, but of those 3, only one could be considered an elite force. The rest were new recruits, and held melee weapons. They were simply not a match for the soldiers from the Kingdom of God, who were well-equipped.
Chen Sheng Yong’s face turned ashen, as he clenched his fists tightly. The fury in his heart was surging, and he badly wanted to pummel the guy in front of him right now. If he joined the Kingdom of God, his establishment would still be swallowed up by them anyway. These foreigners were not trustworthy people.
Chen Sheng Yong mulled for a long while, before replying softly: “Fine, I’ll do it!”
Zito’s face revealed a strange smile, as he opened up a box and handed to Chen Sheng Yong: “Congratulations on making the right choice. This is a Divine Pill that we manufactured. As long as you consume it, you can become a core member of ours.”
Chen Sheng Yong’s face fell as he stared at Zito, spitting out: “You don’t trust me?”
He was naturally clear about what the so-called ‘Divine Pill’ was. In truth, it was something that the Kingdom of God had processed using the mutant plant life and some strange mutant beasts as research. This was one of the measures used by the Kingdom of God to control any foreign powers. ‘Those who aren’t our kin are sure to be of a different heart’ this sentence, the Europeans were extremely familiar as well.
The Kingdom of God would use such methods to force the control of the leader of any forces outside of their people. If there wasn’t an antidote given each month, the leader would die of the effects of poisoning.
Zito maintained that respectful ‘smile’, saying: “Oh no! We trust the Eagle King. However, with this Divine Pill, our cooperation would be even more smooth-sailing!”
Chen Sheng Yong’s face drained of colour as he fell silent. The moment he consumed this pill, his life was basically doomed to be in the hands of the Kingdom of God, there would be no way to escape their clutches again.
Right at this time, a military officer came bursting into the room in high spirits, reporting: “Eagle King!! Your Majesty!! Wuyan Hong’s forces from afar had returned!! They’re currently engaging the 1st Battalion of the Kingdom of God’s Vietnam Branch in an intense battle!”
“What! Haha! That’s great!! Hearing the news, Chen Sheng Yong’s face regained some colour, as he chuckled at Zito: “Your Excellency! Did you hear that? Now Wuyan Hong’s forces are fighting it out with your 1st Battalion, if I were to join forces with him now, what do you think?”
Zito’s face that had always been polite now looked positively ugly, although he still smiled and said: “Your Majesty! You wouldn’t do that! We are your friends! I hope that you can work with our forces to eliminate Wuyan Hong’s troops! After that, we can split Lang Son City equally!”
Now that the situation was not favourable to the Kingdom of God, Zito immediately changed his tune and threw his earlier threats out the window, opting for another tactic.
Cheng Sheng Yong eyed Zito coolly and ordered: “Mr Zito!! I will take your proposal into consideration! For now, please leave! Send him out!”
2 of the soldiers immediately escorted Zito out.
One of the intelligence officers immediately asked Chen Sheng Yong: “What do we do now, Eagle King?”
Chen Sheng Yong had a steely expression as he ordered: “Convey my command, all troops are to pull out of Lang Son City, and construct defense fortifications!”
As he gave the order, he wept internally. It was just that one step, he almost had Lang Son City in his hands. Now, his best options were to gather his troops to defend his location, and await the development of the situation.
“Damn it!! Yue Zhong that fucking yellow monkey! As expected, all those Chinese monkeys are not trustworthy!!” The moment Zito left Chen Sheng Yong’s place, his face was contorted with fury. He was not stupid, and had immediately come to the conclusion that Yue Zhong had not seen the plan through, allowing Zhao Yuan Shuang’s forces to make it back in the nick of time.
Of course, Zito and the rest would not think that what they were about to do to Chen Sheng Yong was the same, totally cutting any form of retreat for him.
On the frontlines, Zhao Yuan Shuang’s voice rang out, motivating the soldiers: “Charge!! Kill all those foreign pigs!! They are invaders that had caused much misery for our race and ancestors! Once they get into Lang Son City, our wives, sons and daughters would become their slaves!! Kill the invaders!!”
“Kill the invaders!!”
“Kill all those white-skinned pigs!! For the glory of our Vietnam!!”
“For the glory of our Vietnam!!”
With Zhao Yuan Shuang’s inflammatory words, those elite soldiers were riled up, and under the command of their officers, they begun to launch their assault, wave after wave.
Such a troop was not only the elites of Wuyan Hong, at the same time, they were fanatics that had been brainwashed. Their fighting spirit and will was indomitable, adding to their strict military training, together with their experience, they were truly a formidable force.
Under the cover of the self-propelled rockets, tanks rolled towards the location of the Kingdom of God’s forces. There were Vietnam soldiers wielding rifles without fear of deaths that marched on beside the tanks.
Within the camp of the Kingdom of God’s forces, the commander, Alex, watched the incoming wave of enemies and chuckled coldly: “What a bunch of morons! They actually dare to contend with us in terms of firepower?! They’re really stupid!! Blackhawk One, move out!”
With that order, 20 assault helicopters flew out from the camp, making their way towards the Vietnam army.
At the same time, from within the camp, 36 40-barrel rocket launchers began firing without stop at the battlefield.
24 other 122 self-propelled artillery also fire upon the area where the tanks were, blasting the entire region continuously.
In just a few seconds, the Vietnam troops found themselves blanketed by heavy fire.
With that fearsome display of might, of the 20 tanks that Zhao Yuan Shuang sent out, 12 were instantly decimated.
The remaining 8 tanks did not have the time to exhibit their prowess, when the 24 assault helicopters in the air locked on their targets, releasing a line of anti-tank bullets, destroying 6 of them and blasting them into pieces.
The last 2 tanks immediately tried to retreat, one of them unfortunately latched on by an anti-tank rocket that came blasting it. The other managed to successfully escape into the forest.
In just 20 short minutes, Zhao Yuan Shuang’s armored forces that had been invincible on the battlefield was thoroughly annihilated.
This was a one-sided battle, the might of the Kingdom of God was simply too overpowering, and these were the trump cards of Alex. Many talents congregated at the Kingdom of God, and they could casually summon 24 assault helicopters to decimate their enemies. Whereas for Wuyan Hong, he had at most 8 of them, and his manpower was only sufficient to operate only 2 of them. Without the manpower, even if they have the equipment, they could not operate it.
Just as Alex was smiling smugly, a bright flare occurred in the distance, as a 12.7mm huge sniper round shot down one of the helicopters, causing it to explode.
At that instant, it burst into a ball of flames, dropping to the ground.
Beside Zhao Yuan Shuang, one of the experts of the Sky Wolf Battalion glared at the remaining 23 assault helicopters hatefully, before retreating back within the forest. It was precisely him who had fired that shot, which caused an assault helicopter to explode. An ordinary round would not have been capable of doing such a thing.
After collapsing the advance of Zhao Yuan Shuang, 40 tanks came rolling out from the Kingdom of God’s base, forming a terrifying fleet of metal backed by elite soldiers charging beside them. The entire force made their way towards Zhao Yuan Shuang and his troops.
“Retreat into the forest!!” Zhao Yuan Shuang watched the incoming metal fleet, and called out in a solemn tone. They would not be able to control the flow of the battle through a full-on clash, and could only rely on guerilla warfare within the woods.
At that time during the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese were simply no match for the American troops. They had managed to win due to a few factors, namely the support of 2 huge countries, as well as the internal strife of the American troops. Furthermore, the Vietnamese had relied on their knowledge of the terrain to slowly wear down the American forces.
With his order, the troops immediately broke off into formation, transforming into 6 different sections, before escaping further into the woods. These parts of Vietnam was their homeground, where hills, and dense woods played a beneficial part to them.
As Zhao Yuan Shuang’s forces escaped into the woods, the tanks from the Kingdom of God would find it hard to display their might. However, the 23 assault helicopters flew over the forest, firing incendiary rounds.
As the rounds landed on the lush green forest, they exploded into flames, and started to consume the trees and everything in the vicinity. Even though it was in the middle of winter, there were still large patches of grass and trees that began burning. Many of the Vietnamese soldiers were instantly enveloped and burnt alive.
Another sniper-bullet that was amplified by the [Strengthen Bullets] skill landed on one of the assault helicopters, causing it to burst into a ball of flames, and drop from the skies.
After 2 assault helicopters were shot down, the remaining 22 helicopters became more cautious, increasing their altitude. They continued to fire down incendiary rounds and explosives, turning the forest into a sea of fire.
Although Zhao Yuan Shuang had intended to bring his troops to escape into the forest, they were still wiped out by the 22 assault helicopters.
Chen Shen Yong watched the Kingdom of God’s forces easily annihilating Zhao Yuan Shuang’s forces from afar, and he was filled with shock: “So strong!! They’re too terrifying!! The forces of the Kingdom of God is seriously too overbearing!!”
After all, the amount of resources that the Kingdom of God had access to was something not even Chen Sheng Yong nor Wuyan Hong could hope to touch. The Kingdom of God had the latest technology in all of Europe, and had already started to consolidate their influence and control over the entire globe. Even the branch in Vietnam was already terrifying. They were a modern army, backed with the support of satellites and top-of-the-range logistics, and not some random bunch of people wielding melee weapons that didn’t even know the basics of warfare.
Even though it was blunt and ugly to the ears, Yue Zhong was also just a strong bumpkin, the amount of resources he had could not compare against the Kingdom of God.
Chen Sheng Yong watched as the 1st Battalion of the Kingdom of God slaughtered the Vietnamese soldiers with ease, and the unease in his heart grew. His troops were not weak, but they were slightly inferior to Zhao Yuan Shuang’s forces. If he were in Zhao Yuan Shuang’s shoes, they would have likely been forced to the woods as well.
Just as his expression continued to turn paler by the second, a military officer came up to him and said: “Eagle King!! Wuyan Hong had sent an envoy to seek an audience!”
Chen Sheng Yong’s eyes flashed with surprise: “Let him in.”
One of the soldiers escorted the person to Chen Sheng Yong.
“Wuyan Hong!!” Upon seeing the man, Chen Sheng Yong blurted out and drew back a few steps.
The 3 Evolvers and 2 Enhancers who were above Level 40 that were Chen Sheng Yong’s personal guards immediately stepped in front of Chen Sheng Yong and eyed the man in front of them dangerously.
The man who had established the Great Vietnam Empire and had referred to himself as Emperor, a nationalistic supremacist and a warlord, Wuyan Hong.
Wuyan Hong smirked at Chen Sheng Yong: “It’s me. I’m here to discuss cooperating!”
Chen Sheng Yong recovered from his shock, taking another two steps back before asking Wuyan Hong indifferently: “You’re able to let it go?”
This time, Chen Sheng Yong had really stabbed Wuyan Hong, the Wolf Fang Battalion destroyed, and Wuyan Hong himself almost lost his life. Such a grievance, it was hard for Chen Sheng Yong to believe that Wuyan Hong could put it down.
Wuyan Hong replied directly: “I can’t let it go!!”
His pupils narrowed as he looked at Chen Sheng Yong and continued: “However, even if I can’t let it go, I have to do so today! If we continue to clash! The white pigs will be the ones to benefit! I will definitely not allow our Vietnam to fall into the hands of those white pigs. Chen Sheng Yong, this time, please join forces with me! No! Take it that I’m begging you, let’s kill those white pigs together!”
Wuyan Hong’s eyes flashed with a ferocious light as he promised: “As long as you cooperate with me! After this battle, I’m willing to share a battalion’s worth of equipment and 40,000 people with you!! I’d rather you become the overlord of our Vietnam, than seeing those shameless white pigs taking control here!”
Chen Sheng Yong heard the sincerity in Wuyan Hong’s words, his eyes flashing with a strange gaze, and he mulled silently a while, before replying: “Fine!! Wuyan Hong, you’re a true hero. I’m willing to join forces with you, and eradicate those invaders.”
Wuyan Hong revealed a smile: “Thank you!!”
Everybody had many sides to them. Wuyan Hong was a sadistic and cruel racist, and was lustful to boot, viewing the Chinese with contempt and hatred, but he was without a doubt a nationalistic man and he was extremely charming to his people.
After coming to terms, both sides sent their armies to attack the Kingdom of God from the back.
On one corner of the battlefield, 4,000 Chinese survivors with tattered clothings, soulless eyes, and bodies full of scars gathered together.
The Chinese survivors in Lang Son City did not number many, and these 4,000 survivors were basically captured from Wuyan Hong’s conquests around the region. He had wanted his Vietnamese people to become the top of the food chain, and hence he had intended for the Chinese to become slaves to serve his people.
Wuyan Hong glared at the 4,000 Chinese survivors and ordered coldly: “I’m Wuyan Hong! I’m ordering you guys to charge ahead! Kill those white pigs! For each white pig killed, I’ll grant that person his freedom. If you don’t charge, I’ll kill your wives, children, and parents! Issue them their weapons!”
With the order given, the Vietnamese soldiers came over, and issued a wooden bat to each Chinese survivor.
Wuyan Hong did not trust the Chinese survivors and hence, he wouldn’t give them any decent weapons. Not even a single hacking knife.
“Charge!! Those who don’t will die!!” Wuyan Hong then hollered at those Chinese survivors.
Under the threat of those black guns, the Chinese survivors could only launch their assault towards the base camp of the Kingdom of God helplessly.
The Kingdom of God had incredible firepower, and the moment the 4,000 survivors charge forwards, they were met with a rain of bullets, causing them to be torn apart.
Many of those in front were instantly felled or injured, and the battlefield was strewn with corpses and fresh blood. The courage of the rest were dashed, as they begun to retreat in horror and fear.
“Charge!! Those who retreat will be shot dead!!” One Vietnamese officer shouted.
From the Vietnamese site, likewise, a rain of bullets were fired upon the Chinese survivors, killing a number of them.
On the battlefield, regardless of which side, the Chinese survivors were caught in the crossfire, becoming corpses. Be it the Vietnamese army or the Kingdom of God, they could not trust the Chinese survivors, nor were they willing to accept their surrender.
“Bunch of bastards!” From afar, Yue Zhong observed the battlefield through the scope of his Falcon Sniper quietly, although his fury was growing.
Yue Zhong watched his countrymen falling one by one in their own blood, and kept his Falcon Sniper. He closed his eyes as he slumped against a tree, not bearing to watch on.
It was not time yet for Yue Zhong to make his move, and he could only watch helplessly as the 4,000 Chinese survivors were slaughtered by the crossfire.
“Even for the bigger picture, this 4,000 figure is still a huge number!” Yue Zhong laid under the tree as he muttered bitterly.
“Damn Vietnamese monkeys!! They can’t be trusted!!” Alex was betrayed by the cooperation of Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong, and was enraged at this point.
The Kingdom of God’s troops was a mechanized force, and they were about to establish a form of defence line, but with the actions of Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong, they still lost a number of men.
Alex quickly adjusted his tactics, recalling the 40 tanks, this time concentrating the assault towards Lang Song city. The fearsome artillery was also aimed towards that direction.
This time, Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong had a thorough understanding of the terrifying might of the forces from the Kingdom of God, and they quickly pulled their troops back to Lang Son City.
On the other side, Zhao Yuan Shuang continued to organize little skirmishes against the troops of the Kingdom of God.
Alex had no choice but to deploy some of the experts to take on the forces of Zhao Yuan Shuang, both sides suffering great losses.
Having adjusted their strategy, Alex deployed the armored forces and launched an assault on Lang Son City.
Amidst that dense volley of fire, parts of Lang Son City were slowly taken.
Still, the Vietnamese soldiers were incredibly tenacious, in order to defend against the invaders, even women and children joined in the battle.
At the same time, Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong racked their brains to send in their combined forces and experts, slowly whittling the strength of the Kingdom of God.
Tanks were well suited in wide open areas, but in narrow spaces, they would face a disadvantage. Because of that, Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong had shrewdly abandoned fighting out in the open, instead bringing the fight to their home grounds, where the terrain was cruel to the tanks.
The intense battled continued on all the way till night, before both sides took a breather.
Both parties had suffered great losses, the Vietnamese Army having lost about 2,000 people, while the casualities of the survivors numbered in the 10,000s. The Kingdom of God likewise had a casualties count of 300 people, 6 assault helicopters, 7 tanks, 10 IFVs, and 20 machine gun mounted vehicles.
“These Vietnamese monkeys do have some fight in them!!” Alex was outraged at the result, because the deaths of the men on their side had been from their elite soldiers. In the whole of Vietnam, the Kingdom of God only had 3,000 members from the elite force. In this battle, he had activated 2,000 of them to decimate 11,000 people, (of which 4,000 were the Chinese survivors) killing 6,000 enemies at the cost of his own 300 soldiers was a huge loss.
“Raid!! Raid!!” All of a sudden, there were alarms blaring all over the base camp of the Kingdom of God, as a number of Vietnamese experts came under the cover of the night to launch a sneak attack.
The dozens of Vietnamese experts had just crossed the steel fence, when a number of pressure-triggered mines exploded, directly claiming the lives of 3 of the Vietnamese experts.
A flare shot into the sky, illuminating the entire area. Countless firepower began raining down on the area, killing 7 other Vietnamese experts instantly.
The remaining experts tried to retreat swiftly, unfortunately, there were another 2 who lost their lives.
On this night, the Vietnamese Army had organized 8 sneak raids, and managed to kill 60 of the Kingdom of God soldiers. However, their own side suffered a loss of 100 soldiers, and 21 Enhancers above level 20.
With the harassment of the Vietnamese Army, the Kingdom of God didn’t get a good night’s rest.
Early the next morning, the Kingdom of God resumed its relentless assault on Lang Son City.
With the continuous volley of artillery fire, the metal fleet of the Kingdom of God begun to push further into Lang Son City.
Although Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong had been backed into a corner, they were still putting up a strong resistance, as a huge number of Vietnamese youths were activated, and drafted into the frontline troops, acting as cannon fodder.
With the incitement of the 2 leaders, the Vietnamese youths came to see the Kingdom of God as invaders and were full of hostility, although they had weak combat capabilities, they charged on bravely against the Kingdom of God.
However, the harsh reality of life was displayed everywhere, that in battle, just pure courage would not win battles. The hot-blooded youths found themselves laying in their own blood not long after charging onto the battlefield.
At the same time, not all the Vietnamese were unafraid of death. With the constant rain of fire blasting down on the city, a number of the Vietnamese survivors were frightened out of their wits, and tried to escape from the heat of the battlefield.
Under the pressure of the Kingdom of God’s advance, the casualties of Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong’s troops were rising. Of course, their utmost efforts still gave a whole lot of trouble for Alex.
In just another day, the elite forces of the Kingdom of God had lost another 300 people, at the same time, 6 tanks and 5 assault helicopters were destroyed. As for the Vietnamese Army, they had lost 5,000 people. Most of the deaths were the Vietnamese youths that had just been drafted in. They did not possess much in the way of fighting capabilities. However, they were great cannon fodder, and attracted the firepower from the Kingdom of God.
Upon receiving the report of the battle, Alex became agitated: “Damn it! This Vietnamese monkeys are truly persistent. They do have some small ability after all.”
In these 2 whole days of battle, Alex had decimated close to 10,000 Vietnamese people, but he still had not conquered Lang Son City. The casualties on his side were numbering 700, close to half of his original troops. He began to harbor the thought of retreating, after all, he was left with only 1,300 troops.
An intense battle that had lasted 2 days, with his losses reaching 30%, this caused the morale of the soldiers of the Kingdom of God to drop as well. They were human after all, and offence always took more of a toll as compared to defence.
However, it was hard for Alex to get off the proverbial tiger by now, if he didn’t manage to eliminate Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong, then after they recover their strength, the Kingdom of God would have an additional headache.
The Kingdom of God had a reach that spanned the entire globe, with the best soldiers, the most advanced technology as well as intelligence. However, they had their shortcomings as well. Their most important establishment was in Europe, and hence, the bulk of their power was consolidated there. In this apocalyptic world, at this point, it would be too much to send more reinforcements to the other areas of the world.
Furthermore, since they’re mainly overseas, to build up a force that was trustworthy took time. This time, they had activated their 1st Battalion of the Vietnam branch to act. If they were to fail, then the situation would spiral out of control, which may even mean losing their hold over this part of the world.
Vice-versa, if the Kingdom of God could take over Lang Son as well as Th��i Nguy��n, then it was equivalent to them having established a stable foothold in this area. From here, they could keep watch over Guang Xi, at the same time, slowly swallow up the whole of Vietnam.
Alex eyed Lang Son City from where he was, his eyes flashing with a resolute gaze: “We must hang on for one more day! They should be at the end of their ropes already. I cannot afford to retreat, there can only be victory! Victory!!”
In Lang Son City, Chen Sheng Yong eyed Wuyan Hong beside him and asked solemnly: “How is it? Old Wu, are you able to hang on?”
Wuyan Hong was currently riddled with many new scars and as well as many new injuries. His entire demeanor looked sluggish. In the earlier battle, he had single-handedly decimated 80 soldiers of the Kingdom of God, destroyed 3 tanks, and his measures were ruthless and decisive. However, he had suffered the brunt of a few explosives, and a huge cannon had actually landed near him. If it wasn’t for his metal armor protecting him, he would have become a corpse.
Wuyan Hong’s eyes flashed with a savage light as he replied: “Yeah!! Those white pigs want my life?! Not so easy!!”
Chen Sheng Yong directly continued: “Old Wu! How many more troops can you send out? My troops are about to be exterminated!”
Wuyan Hong eyed Chen Sheng Yong coolly and replied: “I’ll get someone to send 2,000 men to you!”
Wuyan Hong knew that Chen Sheng Yong still had a battalion of elites that he would not send out no matter what. They were his core and final trump card. He would definitely not deploy them unless absolutely necessary.
As for the other troops of Chen Sheng Yong, they did put up an incredibly tough fight, hence Wuyan Hong was willing to hand over some troops.
There were still 130,000 survivors in Lang Son City. If Wuyan Hong were to disregard everything and deploy all he got, he could still pull out a huge 80,000-men army. However, this army would be a motley crew of people using melee weapons. With a huge establishment of manpower, Wuyan Hong was able to generously pass 2,000 soldiers over to Chen Sheng Yong.
Chen Sheng Yong had a look of hesitation, before he suggested: “Old Wu! Why not, we retreat first?”
The intense fighting over these past 2 days had really opened Chen Sheng Yong’s eyes to the might of the Kingdom of God. 6 of his elite battalions had fought hard, but they were already down to one battalion. Of course, this was also partly due to having lost 3 battalions to Wuyan Hong earlier.
Even with Chen Sheng Yong and Wuyan Hong joining forces against the Kingdom of God, they still suffered heavy casualties. Chen Sheng Yong was extremely clear that Wuyan Hong was left with only 1 elite battalion within lang Son. The rest were just new recruits without much experience.
If it wasn’t for the new recruits being brainwashed to be nationalistic heroes, and their fighting will to be that strong, Chen Sheng Yong and Wuyan Hong would have long been crushed.
Wuyan Hong’s eyes flashed as he replied loudly: “No way!! We have to defend here! Even if we have to risk it all and send every soldier to their doom, we will definitely not let them have Lang Son City. Our Vietnamese people would rather die than become their slaves!!”
Chen Sheng Yong’s eyes flashed with a strange light: “Ok! I’ll fight alongside you till the end!”
On this night, Wuyan Hong brought his men and launched a night raid once more, killing another 32 soldiers.
However, over 80 Vietnamese recruits and 15 Enhancers over Level 20 had been sacrificed to attract the firepower of the Kingdom of God.
Wuyan Hong’s nightly raids left Alex simmering with rage, and early the next morning, the Kingdom of God unleashed a terrifying onslaught on the city of Lang Son.
A barrage of heavy fire rained down on Lang Son city, and this time, the Kingdom of God did not care if the ordinary citizens got hurt or killed, wherever there were people, they would concentrate their fire there.
The assault helicopters in the air rained bullets down continuously, as a huge number of Vietnamese survivors would either be blasted or torn to shreds.
Those soldiers from the Kingdom of God launching their assault would also kill any living thing that crossed their path without mercy. Be it the men or women, elderly or children, as long as there were people, they would gun them down ruthlessly.
Alex was adamant on taking down Lang Son City this time, and his troops must occupy the city by the end of today.
Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong brought their men as they resisted with their utmost efforts, as many hot-blooded Vietnamese youths were sent to the battlefield, becoming cannon fodder and ultimately, a bunch of corpses.
At that part of the battlefield, Wuyan Hong was covered with a 10cm thick steel armor, charging through the battlefield like Iron Man. With each fist that he threw out, a soldier would lose his head.
4 soldiers surrounded him, their hands wielding assault rifles as they fired wildly at Wuyan Hong. A large number of the bullets just bounced off the armor.
Wuyan Hong eyed the 4 soldiers, and waved his hands. From behind them, sharp steel beams burst out of their places in the structure, penetrating their skulls and killing them instantly.
He panted slightly after killing these 4 soldiers at an instant, if he hadn’t expended his energy for his ability, the situation would have been tough to handle.
Just as he was panting for breath, a huge sense of crisis welled up, and he hurriedly dodged to the side.
Following the sound of a gunshot, Wuyan Hong found a large sniper bullet hitting him squarely on the shoulders, causing the metal armor to be blasted apart, at the same time, shattering his left shoulder bone.
“They’re finally making their move!!” Wuyan Hong’s face turned pale as he seemed to have come to an understanding.
After his shoulder was disabled, 2 Enhancers came charging at him, one having transformed into a werewolf, the other into a wereleopard.
On the other side, there was a Spirit-based expert that activated a Spirit attack towards Wuyan Hong.
From afar, inside a huge building, a blond-hair man eyed Wuyan Hong coldly as he took out an RPG and aimed.
One expert immediately casted his Second Order [Gravity Manipulation] from afar, and in that instant, Wuyan Hong’s body was instantly enveloped by a force that was 8-times that of the usual gravity. His speed became sluggish, and every step required a lot of his energy.
Fortunately, the layer of metal protecting him was under his own control, otherwise, he would have been crushed into meat paste by the weight and added gravity.
In order to deal with this ultimate expert from the Vietnam Army, Alex had deployed 6 Enhancers above level 40. He had even gotten 2 Level 50 experts to join forces with the rest to deal with Wuyan Hong.
Once they killed Wuyan Hong, the resistance in Lang Son City would weaken by at least 30%.
As the self-proclaimed Emperor of the Great Vietnamese Empire, Wuyan Hong was truly powerful, the total number of elites of the Kingdom of God that had died at his hands numbered in the 200s. This was a terrifying number. After all, the total strength of the 1st Battalion of the Kingdom of God was only 2,000 people. That was to say, Wuyan Hong alone had decimated 10% of their strength.
“Want to kill me?! You’ll have to pay a painful price!! White pigs!!” Wuyan Hong’s eyes flashed with a vicious glint.
The Spirit attack assaulted Wuyan Hong, bursting with a flash of white light.
The werewolf Enhancer charged towards Wuyan Hong, his claws stretched out aiming for his head. Although Wuyan Hong had metal protecting his head as well, the sharp claws of that werewolf could easily rip through the metal like paper.
“Go to hell!” Wuyan Hong’s eyes had a severe look, and he did not dodge nor evade, instead charging at the werewolf. The claws of the werewolf tore the metal off Wuyan Hong’s face, causing 5 deep gashes.
Wuyan Hong’s fist came swinging viciously on the chest of the werewolf, and a sharp metal blade tore through the werewolf. He then twisted the blade, before pulling it upwards, slicing the werewolf in two, splattering blood everywhere.
The were-leopard shot forwards like a spectre to Wuyan Hong’s side. However, Wuyan Hong’s fist swung towards the spot as though he foresaw the attack, and his single punch caused the Enhancer’s head to explode.
After killing that were-leopard, Wuyan Hong shot a look towards the Spirit-based Enhancer, waving his hands, as 20 pieces of compressed metal bearings each weighing over a 100kg shot towards the Enhancer. In an instant, the Enhancer was violently assaulted by those metal balls, mangling his body and killing him.
At this time, the RPG-wielding expert from the building pulled the trigger, as a rocket shot towards Wuyan Hong. That expert had the [Trajectory Manipulation] ability, and any round fired by him would find its target no matter what. Countless experts had died at his RPG.
Wuyan Hong’s eyes flashed with a strange light, controlling metal armor to fly away from his body, forming a shield right in front of him.
The rocket flew and blasted on the shield, causing a huge hole in the metal layer, but not harming Wuyan Hong in the slightest.
Wuyan Hong eyed the RPG-wielding expert, his gaze turning cold. He immediately activated his ability, and a steel beam from the building twisted out from its place, shooting towards the expert.
That RPG-wielding expert was also a veteran, and he had long since reacted by dodging to one side.
Just as Wuyan Hong was focused on controlling the sharp steel beam to kill the RPG expert, the sniper from afar with the [Bullet Strengthening] ability fired a round at Wuyan Hong.
Wuyan Hong was sent flying back about 7 to 8 metres, the ribcage bones on his chest entirely shattered to pieces. He spat out a mouthful of blood as he slumped to the floor.
Wuyan Hong was truly overbearing in his strength, but he had been through continuous, intense fights. His Stamina and Spirit had almost been expended fully, and thus, under the joint efforts of 6 experts, dealing with 3 was the maximum he could do before he was overwhelmed.
Seeing that Wuyan Hong was down, the expert with the [Gravity Manipulation] charged straight for him. He was a close combat specialist, but he lacked those skills specific for close combat.
With a thought, Wuyan Hong controlled another layer of metal to swiftly cover his body, and through his control, the suit of armor moved, bringing him away.
Without the werewolf or were-leopard harassing him, Wuyan Hong soon escaped from that area and retreated back within Lang Son City.
Currently, the Vietnamese Army within Lang Son City could be considered to be giving their 120%. With Wuyan Hong pulling out of the battle, the situation became even more dire.
Forced into a corner, Chen Sheng Yong had no choice but to deploy the elites in his command.
On the other side, Wuyan Hong also activated his last elite battalion, sending them into battle.
With the final 2 elite battalions of the Vietnamese Army joining the fray, the soldiers of the Kingdom of God found themselves in trouble again.
However, with the relentless onslaught of heavy artillery the final 2 elite battalions were wiped out after 2 hours.
With the final 2 elite battalions collapsing, the entire Lang Son City was thrown into chaos, as a huge number of Vietnamese survivors began to escape from the city, towards the forest.
Outside Lang Son City, there were all sorts of zombies and Mutant Beasts wandering around. The Vietnamese survivors knew this well. However, compared to those zombies and Mutant Beasts, the Vietnamese survivors feared the Kingdom of God.
After the intense battles these past 3 days, Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong were considered to be defeated by the Kingdom of God, their troops entirely wiped out. However, they did manage to deal a heavy blow to the Kingdom of God, whose own casualties numbered in the 1,100. Not only that, 23 tanks, 60 machine gun mounted vehicles, 30 IFVs and 10 assault helicopters were destroyed as well.
The soldiers of the Kingdom of God weren’t decent people, having charged into Lang Son City and seeing the fleeing survivors, their eyes turned red at the thought of their fallen comrades. They began to kill those Vietnamese survivors without discrimination, and a number of them even grabbed some of the prettier Vietnamese ladies, taking off their pants and raping them on the spot.
There wasn’t any major laws governing these branches of the Kingdom of God. Being in foreign countries, they didn’t have to bear any consequences of harming women. It must be known that even before the apocalypse, troops would also pillage and rape during wars. Even female troopers were not spared from some dodgy events going on in their own bases.
The whole Lang Son City turned into a scene from hell, with blood and fire everywhere. Vietnamese survivors were running everywhere, while the savage laughters of the Europeans rang out, mixed with the sobbing of the Vietnamese women.
The victor would always decide the fate of the loser. When Wuyan Hong was slaughtering the Chinese, the Chinese were crying, while the Vietnamese laughed. Now the Europeans had obtained victory, the ones crying were the Vietnamese.
Amidst the carnage, Alex sauntered into Lang Son under the protection of his troops.
One of the intelligence officer saw a soldier directly stripping a Vietnamese woman of her clothes and begin raping her. His eyebrows furrowed as he spoke: “Commander! Please give the order to round up those bastards! Their behaviour now is too atrocious!”
In war, not everyone would lose their basic humanity, some would maintain some form of conscience.
Alex glanced at that officer, smiling in a tolerant manner: “The guys have been through a tough few months. The stress they’ve endured is not small, they should relax abit. These are just a few yellow-skinned monkeys, being able to help our boys de-stress should be their honour.”
If those soldiers had laid hands on other Aryans, Alex would not have hesitated to execute them on the spot, carrying out martial law. However, since these were Vietnamese women, Alex didn’t care. To him, they were equivalent to monkeys, and he would not be enraged over the rape of a monkey.
The intelligence officer seemed to have more to say, but upon noticing the dirty looks the rest were sending him, he shut his mouth.
After conquering a city, most invaders would pillage and rape. During the 8-Nation Alliance response to the Boxer Rebellion, there were many such cases as well.
If the intelligence officer continued to shoot his mouth off, he might not live to see another day – he was after all not a pure Aryan.
“Move out!!” Yue Zhong had been hiding in a forest, and he gave the order to launch an assault after confirming that the Kingdom of God had sent a battalion to protect the artillery team towards Lang Son.
In an instant, 5 battalions shot forwards, a 2,500-strong army launched an attack on the soldiers of the Kingdom of God.
The commander of the artillery team, Dan Dong, was currently grumbling: “Damn it!! We set out too late!! Those good-looking Vietnamese women are bound to be taken by those assholes!!”
In this foreign country, where everything was prohibited in war, Dan Dong was looking forward to tasting having power over someone else’s life, not to mention that he hadn’t had a woman for nearly 3 weeks.
“Enemy raid!! Enemy raid!!”
All of a sudden, alarms went off, and Dan Dong’s face fell. He came to the frontlines and saw the troops of Yue Zhong swarming towards them.
Dan Dong looked at the huge troop of soldiers and his face became extremely pale as he cursed out: “Fuck!! Who are these people? How the hell is there an armed force here? What the fuck is the intelligence department doing? How come no one caught sight of such a huge movement???”
In order to support the Vietnamese Branch to carry out their objectives, the Kingdom of God had arranged for their satellites to concentrate on Vietnam.
Yue Zhong knew that they had satellites in their control, that was why he had deployed troops carefully from Tian Xin, borrowing the cover of the night to slowly creep towards the forest.
This time, Yue Zhong’s raid had truly come out of the blue, and although Dan Dong tried his best to organize his troops in a bid to resist, it was futile. His troops had already left their previous location, and had been through 2 days of intense fighting. Surrounded by the troops of Yue Zhong which were 5-times their numbers, after just defending for 30 minutes, their simple defences were broken through, and the entire force collapsed.
“Damn bastards! Those useless pricks from intelligence!!” Dan Dong watched as his troops were torn apart by those soldiers from all directions utilizing all sorts of abilities, and his face became grim as he ordered: “Surrender! We surrender!”
A white flag rose from that camp of the Kingdom of God, representing that the battalion had lost all intent to resist, and were surrendering.
At this time, there were about 150 soldiers left. The Europeans were different from the Asians. Over at that side, when the battle wasn’t in their favour, they would surrender automatically. Of course, it wasn’t that their fighting will was weak, instead they had high fighting will and combat strength, it was just that they were more accepting of loss as compared to the Asians.
Yue Zhong used a force of 5 battalions, 2,500 men to overcome 400 soldiers of the Kingdom of God. They managed to kill over 200, but at the cost of about 100+ of his own men. It could be seen that the Kingdom of God was truly strong.
Yue Zhong quickly ordered his men to round up the soldiers of the Kingdom of God, before organizing his troops to begin the second assault towards Lang Son City.
By this time, the Kingdom of God soldiers of the 1st Battalion were either chasing down the Vietnamese survivors or raping women. The moment Yue Zhong and his forces came storming through, they instantly cut down these unsuspecting soldiers, slicing straight through the heart of their forces.
“How did it come to this? Damned yellow monkeys!! Fucking Yue Zhong!!” Within Lang Son City, Alex saw the events unfolding and cursed out loudly.
One of the intelligence officers immediately came up to advise: “Commander, please retreat. If you don’t, we’re going to be exterminated!”
The entire Lang Son City was blanketed by sounds of firing again. This time, it was the Kingdom of God soldiers who surrendered, or were executed on the spot. These soldiers were elites, but without their bearings and orders, they could not withstand the onslaught of Yue Zhong’s forces.
The Kingdom of God was not lacking experts, but under the siege of enemies 5 times their size, those who saw their chance escaped, the rest who were slower were immediately killed.
Alex gritted his teeth and cursed: “Retreat!! Damn yellow monkeys!! I’ll remember this!! I will not let you go, Yue Zhong!!!”
Under Alex’s orders, the remaining Kingdom of God soldiers began to escape in various directions.
This time, it was the enraged Vietnamese that made a move. Many of them turned around to kill those retreating soldiers of the Kingdom of God, and those that came across Yue Zhong’s troops would surrender, otherwise they were immediately overcome and executed as well.
Those soldiers from of Kingdom of God tried their best to escape, in the end, it was only Alex and about 20 experts who managed to break out.
Alex was the commander of the Vietnam Branch of the Kingdom of God, and he was an Agility-based Evolver in his own right. That was how he managed to break out.
Yue Zhong forcefully wiped out the remainder of the troops of the Kingdom of God, before continuing his advance towards the inner centre of Lang Son City.
As of now, most of the troops in Lang Son City, be it Vietnamese or the Europeans, were nearly annihilated. However, Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong had managed to hold out, bringing 2,600 soldiers and withdrawing to a secretive location that was surrounded by some defences.
Around the location there were a few walls and holes for guns, arranged in a complicated defensive formation. The best way to overcome these defences would be to just blast the entire area into nothing.
After Yue Zhong brought his men to attack Lang Son City, he did not immediately charge at the secretive location. Instead, he deployed his men to block off any possible escape routes, and to clean up the remainder of the Great Vietnamese Empire soldiers within the city.
The Vietnamese people in Lang Son City were currently in extremely bad moods, their hatred for the Kingdom of God and Yue Zhong’s forces were similarly high. To them, there was no difference between the troops, they were all invaders. Hence, the resistance within the city was still strong.
Yue Zhong was absolutely merciless towards the Vietnamese who had acted against him, and deployed his troops to unleash a killing spree. Any Vietnamese youths that jumped out passionately to defend were instantly executed on the spot, shocking the other Vietnamese people.
Under the threat of the countless firing and cannons, the entire Lang Son City soon quietened down, as most of the Vietnamese survivors that were rounded up awaited judgement in fear, uncertain of their fate at Yue Zhong’s hands.
Yue Zhong directly implemented military rule to run and control Lang Son City.
All Vietnamese survivors were under curfew and were strictly to stay within their own rooms. If there were any Vietnamese seen roaming outside, the army was given authority to execute offenders on the spot. Under such a rule, all forms of contact between the Vietnamese survivors were cut off, and they could only wait fearfully for further orders in their own homes.
Dan Dong was brought forwards by a soldier to Yue Zhong’s sight, and the moment he saw Yue Zhong, he opened his mouth: “I want the treatment rightfully due to captives!! I’m a commanding officer! I have the right to humane treatment and respect according to the Geneva Convention!”
According to the Convention, Dan Dong would be considered a prisoner-of-war, and would not be subjected to ill treatment. Furthermore, China always had the practice of treating her captives fairly. However, Yue Zhong was someone who killed captives without blinking depending on his mood, hence Dan Dong would not necessarily get what he wants. The prisoners-of-war would usually be treated slightly worse than the Scum Battalion. At least the people in the Scum Battalion could get to eat their fill, whereas prisoners would have to live on a meagre amount everyday.
Dan Dong had just eaten one meal of that miserable gruel, and his digestive system had rejected it almost instantly. Thinking about his future, his heart turned cold.
Yue Zhong eyed Dan Dong indifferently and said: “Bring your men and submit to me, work for me. I can feed you and clothe you, and you’ll have the respect you deserve.”
These soldiers of the Kingdom of God were proficient in all sorts of modern weaponry, and were men of talents that Yue Zhong sorely needed.
Dan Dong had an incredulous look as he said: “Mr. Yue Zhong. We’re just your captives, and we have no intention of working for you. Our Kingdom of God is willing to pay a sum to buy our freedom, what do you think?”
Yue Zhong did not bat an eyelid: “Then you guys can continue to rot in the prisoners’ camp. This is the treatment of the prisoners here. Wait till your Kingdom of God amasses enough funds to start negotiating, then we’ll talk. Oh and, we don’t keep idlers here. Even captives have to work. You must be prepared.”
Dan Dong heard those words and his mind became numb. The food was already unbearable, and they could not eat their fill. They would still have to work? Their bodies would quickly deteriorate! In this current world, that would mean certain death!
Dan Dong swiftly made his choice as he respectfully saluted Yue Zhong: “I’m willing to lead my men to submit to you!”
Yue Zhong showed a satisfied look as he gave an order: “Very good. Bring your troops and go blast that Lin Yang District.” That was where Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong were currently holed up in.
This time, Yue Zhong had mobilized a number of his powerful Enhancers, but he didn’t bring any artillery personnel. Their breaching capabilities were weak. The moment Dan Dong brought his men to join Yue Zhong, they filled up that weak spot in Yue Zhong’s troops.
Right as Yue Zhong was about to give the order to fire, a military officer came running up to him: “Leader! Chen Sheng Yong sent someone to seek an audience.”
Yue Zhong was surprised: “Oh! Let him in!”
A 32-33 year old man with an ordinary build and looks came up to Yue Zhong and began fawning upon him: “How do you do, Leader Yue Zhong!! I Li Ming Zong, am pleased to make your acquaintance.”
Yue Zhong eyed Li Ming Zong and immediately got down to business: “What words does Chen Sheng Yong have for me?”
This time, Yue Zhong had basically control of the entire situation. The entire Lang Son City was in his hands, and he wasn’t in the mood to play games with this Li Ming Zong who was obviously not a decision maker.
Li Ming Zong discarded all his prepared bullshit and immediately replied: “The Eagle King is willing to join you, and listen to your commands. He will also support your conquests over here as well as in Th��i Nguy��n!”
Yue Zhong immediately became more attentive.
This time, the total death count of the Vietnamese survivors were in the 40,000s. However, there were still about 110,000 survivors. Yue Zhong was clear that Th��i Nguy��n would have a huge number of survivors as well.
If Chen Sheng Yong who was a local really threw in with Yue Zhong, then Yue Zhong would have a better means of controlling these Vietnamese survivors.
Yue Zhong continued without skipping a beat: “What are his conditions?”
Li Ming Zong hesitated a while, before looking straight at Yue Zhong and spoke in Chinese: “The Eagle King hopes that you can show your great mercy, and not kill too many innocent Vietnamese.”
Wuyan Hong had been a racist and supremacist and slaughtered numerous Chinese. Yue Zhong wasn’t some saint himself. In Luo Cun Village, he had retaliated by killing the 4,000 Vietnamese survivors. With Lang Son City and its nationalistic inhabitants landing in the hands of Yue Zhong, Chen Sheng Yong was afraid that Yue Zhong would act up in anger, and raze the entire city to the ground.
With the cruel conditions of war, slaughtering ordinary civilians was still common in modern times, often, there would be news of civilians suffering as a result of war. In the most recent history of China, there was the Nanking Massacre, or “Rape of Nanking” as more commonly known.
Chen Sheng Yong was worried that in his anger, Yue Zhong might just massacre the entire city. Although Chen Sheng Yong wasn’t any saint himself, he could not bear to watch over a hundred thousand of his countrymen being slaughtered.
Yue Zhong pondered silently before replying: “All those scum whose hands have been covered in the blood of the Chinese, I will definitely not spare! Those who didn’t participate, fine, I can leave them with their lives. This is my bottom line. Go back and tell Chen Sheng Yong. Also, if he serves me wholeheartedly, I can grant him a commander position. Go back!”
If Chen Sheng Yong truly submitted to Yue Zhong, he would gain the opportunity to lead the hundred thousands of Vietnamese survivors alongside Yue Zhong. Granting him a position wasn’t difficult. An army could be big or small, it could consist of 900 or over a 1,000. They could be granted with melee weapons, or state of the art modern equipment.
As long as Chen Sheng Yong joined Yue Zhong, Yue Zhong had his means to control him.
Li Ming Zong replied with respect: “Yes!!”
Just as Li Ming Zong was about to leave the room, Yue Zhong’s cold voice came from behind: “One more thing. I want Wuyan Hong’s head as proof of Chen Sheng Yong’s surrender. If he can’t do it, his capabilities are too weak. Then I would only give him a weaker position. I’m giving him a day’s time to consider, if he doesn’t bring his troops, then don’t blame me for not being nice.”
Li Ming Zong replied: “Understood!”
Dan Dong frowned and asked: “Leader! Do you still need me to lead the troops over to that district?”
Yue Zhong replied calmly: “Go make your preparations. Await my orders.”
Chen Sheng Yong’s words were still not trustworthy. Yue Zhong had already set his plans in place, the moment any issues occurred on Chen Sheng Yong’s side, he would then use force to wipe out every single last one of the Vietnamese Army.
Within a basement in Lin Yang District.
Chen Sheng Yong was frowning as he asked Li Ming Zong: “He really said that?”
“Yes! Eagle King!” Li Ming Zong responded.
Inside the basement, there were only the 2 of them.
Chen Sheng Yong heard Li Ming Zong’s words, and his brows furrowed even deeper, as he shut his eyes.
Li Ming Zong saw that and suggested: “Eagle King! Why don’t we just bring our men and join Yue Zhong. Becoming a vice-commander is already not too bad.”
Wuyan Hong might be seen as a beast and scum to foreigners, but to a large number of the Vietnamese survivors in Lang Son City, he was their spiritual leader and hero.
Li Ming Zong could instantly tell that Chen Sheng Yong was reluctant to kill Wuyan Hong. Because the moment he did that, he would be branded as a traitor and cursed for it.
Chen Sheng Yong mulled for a long while, before opening his eyes and eyed Li Ming Zong, saying: “Go get Wuyan Hong to come over.”
“Yes!” Li Ming Zong became alarmed, but he still saluted respectfully.
“No!! I think, I should go and see him!” Chen Sheng Yong hesitated before standing up and walking out with huge strides.
Chen Sheng Yong brought two soldiers as they came to the room that Wuyan Hong was residing in.
At this time, Wuyan Hong was lying in bed, while there were 4 Level 30 Enhancers standing quietly, guarding him.
Wuyan Hong’s ribcage had shattered, but he had taken a number of blood essences before, and his Vitality wasn’t too weak, and had managed to hang on with his constitution.
Wuyan Hong saw Chen Sheng Yong walking over and his brows arched, eyeing the soldiers behind Chen Sheng Yong and asked: “Old Chen, what’s the situation?”
“Stand down!” Chen Sheng Yong gave the order to his guards.
The 2 soldiers immediately left the room.
Chen Sheng Yong eyed Wuyan Hong, before looking at the 4 experts beside his bed.
Wuyan Hong turned his gaze towards his guarsd and gave an order indifferently: “You guys stand down as well!”
With that, the other 4 guards also immediately left.
Chen Sheng Yong came over to Wuyan Hong’s side, his face full of concern and worry: “How’s your body? Can you hold on?”
These past 3 days, Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong had fought hard side by side, and both had grown to respect and care for each other. Wuyan Hong was thus not at odds with Chen Sheng Yong coming too close.
Wuyan Hong’s face fell as he replied slowly: “My condition isn’t too good!! I’m afraid that I won’t be able to participate in any intense fighting for the next 2 months.”
Chen Sheng Yong hesitated a while before saying: “Old Wu!! I have something I would like to say.”
Wuyan Hong replied: “I know you have something on your mind! What is it?”
“My apologies! I’ll borrow your head!” Chen Sheng Yong’s eyes flash with an apologetic look, as his right hand shot forwards with lightning speed, piercing Wuyan Hong’s neck.
Before Wuyan Hong could even react, his head was already sliced off from the sudden attack by Chen Sheng Yong.
Blood sprayed everywhere as his decapitated head rolled to the floor, his face still wearing a smile. He had never imagined, just a mere second ago, Chen Sheng Yong, who he had thought was a close friend, would kill him just like that.
He, who had rose to power, and lorded over Lang Son City, the ruler of over 150,000 survivors, was just killed.
Chen Sheng Yong bowed towards Wuyan Hong’s corpse with an aggrieved expression: “I’m sorry!! Old Wu, I need to give our Vietnamese people a way out. Although this was unfair to you, I have no choice.”
After which, Chen Sheng Yong then took off all of Wuyan Hong’s equipment, and kept them in a box.
After finishing this, Chen Sheng Yong took huge strides as he walked out.
The moment he went out, his blade went for one of the guards standing outside with lightning speed.
The guard had no way of reacting before his life was taken away.
The 2 experts who had followed Chen Sheng Yong earlier acted out at the same time. One of them suddenly grabbed the neck of one of Wuyan Hong’s subordinates, twisting it viciously. Another took out a sharp dagger and sliced the throat of another guard.
The remaining expert had no time to react, when Chen Sheng Yong already used his blade to slice off his head.
“Do it!!” After killing those 4 experts under Wuyan Hong, he pulled out a walkie-talkie and coldly barked out.
With Chen Sheng Yong’s orders, his men began launching a frenzied assault on Wuyan Hong’s remaining forces.
As they didn’t expect an attack from within, the troops of Wuyan Hong suffered greatly, as a number of the higher-ranking officials were taken out in a short time. Coupled with the fact that their leader Wuyan Hong had been killed, they were plunged into chaos.
Chen Sheng Yong knew that the remaining troops of Wuyan Hong were extreme nationalists as well, and the moment any of them were allowed to escape, it would be a source of threat to him. Hence, he hardened his heart and got his men to take care of all of them. He was truly deciding to cast his lot in with Yue Zhong.
News of the internal strife within Lin Yang District soon made it out.
“They’ve started to fight amongst themselves!!” Bai Xiao Sheng held up a pair of binoculars as he eyed the events unfolding in Lin Yang District, gloating over their misfortune.
“Dogs biting each other.” Gan Tao eyed the direction, before turning around to ask Yue Zhong in seriousness: “Leader! Are you really going to let Chen Sheng Yong join us?”
Gan Tao had lost many good brothers to the Vietnamese, and he was filled with hatred towards the Vietnamese. When he heard that Yue Zhong wanted to recruit Chen Sheng Yong, he could not hold it in.
Yue Zhong replied: “Of course! As long as he accomplishes what I’ve told him to.”
Gan Tao was not satisfied as he pressed on: “Leader! He’s Vietnamese! Our Chinese comrades have been killed by these Vietnamese here, don’t you want to wreak vengence?”
With these words, many of the officers looked towards Yue Zhong.
Yue Zhong’s faction had been built on rescuing many Chinese survivors from the hands of the Vietnamese, and these survivors were his most loyal supporters. Many of the military officers had risen from the ranks of these rescued survivors.
Yue Zhong maintained a resolute position: “Of course! Those who had acted against our fellow Chinese people, I would not let a single one go.”
Hearing his promise, the waves of unrest in the hearts of these officers subsided. Yue Zhong had led them on successive victories, and they were filled with respect and veneration for this man. He had never reneged on his promises, and they trusted him wholeheartedly.
Pan Jin Yong came up to Yue Zhong and asked: “Leader, shall we go lend a hand?”
At this time, the 2 factions of the Vietnamese army were fighting it out, and even if Yue Zhong were to send his troops in without using artillery, he would be able to take it down easily.
Yue Zhong looked in the direction of Lin Yang District and spoke mildly: “No need!”
After Pan Jin Yong dismissed himself, he mulled over and understood that the crux was Yue Zhong hoping to see both sides suffering great losses.
Within Lin Yang District, after the intense battle continued for another few hours, in the end, it was Chen Sheng Yong that obtained victory since his side was prepared.
There were 2,600 Vietnamese soldiers at first, but now, there were only 1,300+ left.
Under Chen Sheng Yong’s lead, those soldiers immediately came up to Yue Zhong to surrender. In the end, all the Vietnamese equipment and weapons fell to Yue Zhong’s hands.
“Leader! This is Wuyan Hong’s head!” Chen Sheng Yong pulled out the box and presented it to Yue Zhong.
Yue Zhong opened up the box and took a look, discovering that savage and ugly face of Wuyan Hong, still wearing a smile, after which he casually closed the box and said indifferently: “Well done!”