The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor - Chapter 457
The Deep sea.
At the lightless bottom of the sea, a colossal number of fish could be seen swimming around.
To the users who stayed in the water as if it was their second home, this was an enjoyable sight.
“Sister, there’s a lot to catch here.”
“You are right. If we were to sell them at the market, we would make huge profit..”
“Then we should catch them later”
In the Arpen Kingdom, the female users who had the Diver skill, like the ones in the Cockles Porridge, Seaweed Porridge, Sea Mustard Porridge and Abalone Porridge, were very useful in battle.
They could dive down for a few hours and wait for the Northern users’ fleet and the Imperial navy to come to them.
“Still quite far away.”
“They are moving slowly. Let me know when they get closer.”
The Cockles Porridge unit, which had around 800 members, caught snow crabs and prawns and tied them together in one place.
Fresh seafood from the deep Neria Sea!
Even though the war will arrive at their doorstep soon, the female divers couldn’t just stay still.
As soon as the Northern users started the war with the Haven Empire’s navy, the news was transmitted by the surface of the water.
Bursting cannonballs and splashing water.
Parts of the Northern users’ ships were sinking into a deep sea.
“Let’s wait for a perfect opportunity to strike back.”
The female divers were waiting silently as they had promised. As the signal for the ships to sail was given by the Haven empire, the female divers dove into the water to do what they were best at.
The front cannons were still shooting at the northerner’s but they were unable to move forward for some reason.
The divers had tied their ships’ hulk to the reefs.
“The ship is not moving.”
“Check the sails.”
“No problem there. The helm is not responding. Ooooh”
The ships were losing their stability.
Some of the ships weren’t able to move, while others were going off in different directions.
“Fully unfurl the sails.”
Jotas turned the helm and the sails definitely caught the wind, but it felt like something was tightly holding the ship.
“Incoming! A ship is approaching. Parry it!”
“Uuuak… On the right! On the right!”
The sailors on the deck screamed. The ship on their right side was coming straight at them.
“It’s going to crash. Stop your ship!”
“We are unable to maintain control over it.”
The captain and sailors shouted, but the ship was already too close.
“Everyone prepare for the crash!”
The hulls were greatly damaged whenever ships rammed into each other.
Some of the ships lost their balance and the sailors were unable to move them in the direction they wanted; while some others were just rotating around their hull.
“There is something fishy in the sea.”
The Haven Empire had realized there was something inside the water that was causing all this but this knowledge was unable to change their current predicament.
At that time, the Northern users’ fleet was getting closer.
Kalmaen transmitted the order.
“Continue firing the shells. And, some of you dive into the sea and see the cause of the problem.”
The ships kept firing at the Northern users’ fleet.
Cannons were placed on both sides of the ship. Some of them weren’t available for use, but it was still powerful overall.
On the other hand, the users who jumped into the sea weren’t able to get through.
“Ugh… There is a net around this area, and someone got stuck to it”
“It is hard to get out of it as the jellyfish are attacking us.”
Even though the Hermes Guild members had a high level, they found it hard to move underwater.
It was easy for them to raise their level in the sea, hunting pirates and sea monsters just by hitting them with cannonballs. Even though they had the Diving skill, it could only be used to show off. But it became a different matter altogether when it came to hunting the monsters, or anyone, underwater.
“We’ve done what we had to.”
“Sister. Let’s finish the mission quietly.”
The female divers gave up the fight and swam far away to catch abalones.
There were users in Royal Road that were from the special forces.
In real life, they were proud to be the best of each country, and they united under the Arpen Kingdom’s flag.
“This is war, shouldn’t we win no matter what?”
“Of course. I don’t care if the number of enemies exceeds ours. Poor supply of equipment doesn’t matter just for one or two days.”
“We’re the kings of the sea.”
The users from the special forces formed the Shark Porridge unit.
The Avians dropped them in the middle of the Neria Sea before they started their dangerous mission and the war took place.
“Distance to the water surface is 34 meters.”
They jumped into the water wearing flippers and webbed like parachute troops.
Even though the Haven Empire wasn’t doing anything, the Shark Porridge painted their faces.
Many fish were just going around them.
“The scouts reported that it’s three kilometers away. I’m moving to the south.”
“We will catch up with them soon.”
The Shark Porridge unit was moving at a very fast pace.
Large sea monsters.
Their goal was to draw a bunch of those Krakens that scared the sailors.
It was a high risk task, but when the Shark Porridge members got to know what they had to do, they laughed.
The Northern users were proud of doing a great and important mission for the Arpen Kingdom.
The Imperial navy moved slowly while bombarding.
Although the Northern users’ fleet was getting closer, the members of the Hermes Guild weren’t afraid of it.
‘Their abilities ain’t a big deal. I can afford to be hit by a cheap cannon. Our ship’s armor can endure that.’
As the Northern users’ fleet was getting closer, the Imperial navy’s attack range and exploding power increased.
Kwang kwang kwang!
As soon as the Imperial navy fired, some of the Northern users’ ships were destroyed.
The pieces of the destroyed ships blocked the way for other ships, so it wasn’t easy to pass through.
Kalmaen smirked as he saw that scene.
“Did you previously fight that carefully? Anyway, you would have been destroyed even if you had managed to sail to the front.”
Even the first officer Gonzalo agreed to that.
“Of course, first we have to destroy the enemy’s center.”
“It sounds like a tactic that I would like to try now.”
The ships showed a good performance and were capable of penetrating into the center of the enemy’s fleet.
The cannons that were placed on both sides of the deck could be fired at the moment the order was given and cause serious damage.
If the enemy’s troops climbed up during that process, it would result in face-to-face combat, but it was still too difficult of a task to climb up to the decks.
Of course, the Imperial navy was trained for war, so there wouldn’t be any problem even if it came to a face-to-face battle.
Things were very different from a pitched battle in the plains, for which overwhelming with the sheer number of troops is a viable tactic.
If you continue to bombard the enemy’s ships, in the end, none of them will be left.
“Anyway, we have to maintain this situation. We only need to endure for just a few hours till the last of their ships get destroyed.”
Kalmaen could see a clear picture in his mind.
As time passed, more ships would sink and after a point of time, anything would work.
“Let’s prepare carracks for the battle. We have to make them sink, even if it means going to the harbor of Pen Kingdom.”
“Yes. I will pass it on.”
Kalmaen was watching the battle without any worry. But suddenly something landed on the deck.
A cute octopus that was as big as a watermelon was crawling sideways as he moved his legs.
“An octopus? If we fry it, it’s going to be delicious.”
One of the sailors caught the octopus with his two hands. And similar situations were happening at several different ships at the same time.
The brave Shark Porridge unit!
Lots of the users were sacrificed when they were sent to the area where Krakens live in the Neria Sea.
Anyway, they caught many young Krakens and returned in order to throw them on the ships’ decks or tie them to the side of the enemy’s ships.
“I think we did what we had to.”
“Now, only the last mission is left.”
“Right. The last mission…”
The Shark Porridge unit climbed onto the ships and hid inside.
“There are intruders!”
The Hermes Guild members were protecting the Imperial sailors’ place. During the battle, the Shark Porridge members got control of the cannons.
“I think this side…”
“Shoot it at once!!”
Members of the Shark Porridge unit straight away put the cannon to the ship that was near them.
Cannonballs hit the deck and hull of the ship that was close to them.
Members of the Hermes Guild stubbornly protected the ship that was led by NPC sailors.
Since their level and combat ability were not up to par, the cannonballs flew to different directions. They held the gunpowder directly.
“I think it ends here.”
The members of the Shark Porridge unit were greeted by the captain of the Special Forces Navy who had a legendary career in Korea.
“Thank you for following me.”
“I’ll see you at the chicken restaurant.”
The unit completed their mission and decided to meet at the chicken restaurant.
While watching the start of the Neria sea battle, after death they had promised to meet at the restaurant and have chicken with beer.
Kalmaen looked at the battlefield from the Flaming Victoria deck.
Some of the ships attacked friendly forces, so counterattacks and repressions happened so there were few ships stuck on the rocks.
“The Northern users of the Arpen Kingdom can’t be ignored. I’m saying that they don’t want to die.”
Kalmaen thought that he realized why the Haven Empire failed each fight in the past.
“You can’t laugh at your opponent’s power because unexpected things might happen. If you don’t prepare, you will embarrass yourself.”
The Imperial army was hard to gather. On the other hand, marine power had grown from the start of the suppression of the Arpen Kingdom.
‘Right. I won’t become a winner… but the more I resist, the bigger my name will be.”
He wanted to launch demi cannons, direct the sea battle and create a scene that would be hugely broadcasted.
“Can we wrap it up? The second half of the battle is going to be a little bit dizzy.”
It wasn‘t a big deal when the Northern users’ large trading ships, medium sized sailing ships or fishing ships were destroyed.
“Keukeuk. Let’s ruin the Arpen Kingdom.”
Hermes Guild members were standing on the deck. Suddenly huge tentacles passed them and grabbed the ship’s deck and sails.
“Someone is attacking us.”
The sailors near the cannons were surprised and started to shout. And the tentacles were rising from the sea and tightly wrapping around the ship.
“Is that a Kraken?”
“It’s the attack from a Kraken.”
Large sea monster Kraken.
< Attacked by the Kraken.
The legend of the Neria Sea.
When the sea is covered by mist, be careful in the sea.
Something terrible lurks in the darkness of the sea in search for a prey.
All sailors’ fighting spirit is reduced by 85%>
The appearance of a Kraken.
The members of the Hermes Guild also had to think about this emergency.
“At this time…”
“It’s not hard to defeat it, we could tie its legs.”
“It’s not a Kraken area. Do you think the Northern users went so far just to get a Kraken?”
When the Imperial navy was stabilizing the oceans, they had experienced fighting some Krakens.
“Stay calm. Even though it’s a Kraken, it’s not big deal.”
Kalmaen shouted and encouraged his troops.
< The 50% of sailors’ fighting spirit is restored. Speed of cannon loading is faster.>
Among all the sea creatures, the Kraken was the most annoying one.
In the deep sea, the moving tentacles grabbed the ship and destroyed it.
Even though the Imperial navy positively attacked, the enormous Kraken went back to the sea like it wasn’t bothering him at all.
Members of the Hermes Guild took out their swords and cut the Kraken’s heavy leg when it was rising from the sea.
If the Kraken gives up, there won’t be anyone who can stop them.
Kalmaen and the Hermes Guild members were wishing for it, but the Kraken’s tentacles started to climb up to the ship again.
“Lots of them. Not only a couple of them.”
More than a dozen Krakens were holding the ships or carracks.
The ships that were held by a Kraken were destroyed or couldn’t move.
Kalmaen and the Hermes Guild members’ fighting spirit dropped.
“Repel! It’s the first time I’m dealing not only with the Northern users, but also with Krakens.”
The Krakens usually retreated when they felt that catching their prey was not worth the trouble, so there was a chance that using magic or cannons would make them flee.
A Kraken’s tentacle strongly grabbed the ship and sailors were thrown into the water.
There were bizarre cries. The tentacles wrapped around the ships and dragged them into the deep sea.
It didn’t sink easily because of the restoration abilities, but all hulls were severely damaged.
If the trading ships used the cannons, they could have damaged their ships too.
“Why would they attack us …”
He couldn’t understand the Kraken’s attack.
The ships and carracks started to head to the sea part which was the center of the Imperial navy.
A small whirlpool in the middle of the sea.
Light fog started to arise and few raindrops started to drop from the bright sky.
The Hermes Guild lost their confidence because of the Krakens who were tightly holding onto their ship.
Crazy wind and swirls.
Those were the first signs of the peaceful background of the sea being ravaged by the apparition of a natural disaster.
(To be continued…)