Without the skeletal warhorses, Lex’s warriors had changed their weapons as the bulky and long heavy weapons need not be used anymore. Even Wild Bear wielded the spear Saleen had crafted for him. With the warhammers and poleaxes put away, the warriors had only three weapons left; the Qin Eight-sided Sword, a short sword, and a miniature alchemical crossbow.
Bain had also appeared beside Lex and he stopped concealing himself. Wild Bear remained the pioneer paving the way while the two Black Metal Grand Swordmasters followed closely behind. The team was split into two groups as they walked forward along the city walls on the left side.
The city walls appeared to have a height of more than thirty meters. If these walls were installed in any other location, the city would be majestic. It was incongruent with the huge reputation of Lorga though. It must be noted that many of the creatures captured by humans were almost one-hundred meters tall. To such creatures, these city walls would only be a sill.
It was not known how long ago these walls were built, they were unlike those in the mainland cities now. There were neither horse roads nor reinforced slopes. After walking for about a mile, the team spotted a covered bridge. This bridge extended from a tall building on the right to the tip of the city. This wooden bridge seemed to have decayed, and there were only a dozen pillars underneath it.
“Stick to the left side,” Eleanor reminded. Holding onto a spear, Wild Bear followed Eleanor’s instructions, walking through the left most pillar.
The scenery at the front immediately changed. This was a small square surrounded by short houses. Signboards hung from the houses facing the square. Their windows were also opened, supporting a row of stalls.
This was a vintage trading market, only Sikeqinya still had such places.
“Ha ha, how many years has it been, food has actually appeared!” A voice filled the air, it was echoing and annoying. This voice obviously originated from a mouth, but it was so booming that it made people cringe and have difficulty thinking. It was as if there were thousands of people chattering beside one’s ears, even a mage would be unsettled listening to this sound.
“Who are you, show yourself!” Wild Bear waved his spear, his eyes darting to the left and right. He couldn’t understand the ancient language it spoke.
“Right here.” The strange voice changed to the Myers language. From a magic array at the center of the square, a colossal shadow emerged.
Wild Bear raised his head, feeling depressed as he saw an enormous figure. Of late, the monsters he ran into were always much bigger than him causing his build to appear extremely frail.
This was a classic demon-type creature. The horns atop its head were well-proportioned while the skin of the face was blue with natural magic patterns. This creature was about three meters tall with a thick tail behind it. A gigantic image of a grimace was naturally generated on its naked torso.
“A Mendel Supreme Demon?”
Lex’s mind went into a flurry, the first guard was actually a supreme demon. This spelled big trouble. Demons were cunning, while supreme demons possessed tremendous powers. This obstacle was too onerous already.
Letting out a squeal, Nailisi laughed. She leaned in close and whispered into Saleen’s ear, “This is an illusory demonic spirit, he is even weaker than an imp. He is not using the Ultimate Shapeshifting Skill. If you were trained to a sorcerer’s standard, you would be able to see through the façade using your own eyes.”
“Why do I feel that this illusory demonic spirit is more like a death creature?” After coming into contact with many spirits, Saleen was very sensitive to the scent of a spirit, and this illusory demonic spirit made him detect the intense scent of death.
“Master, there are many types of demonic spirits, but they do not live for long. The longest only lives about eight-hundred years. This city was built thousands of years ago though…”
“Mm, it seems like the goddess used a method to prevent their souls from dispersing so that they can still preserve their original appearance and skills.”
Noticing Saleen and Nailisi whispering to each other, Lex let out a cough.
That illusory demonic spirit was still trying to scare Wild Bear. “Human, are you planning to sacrifice your body, or your soul?”
Sika was already very impatient. An illusory demonic spirit might deceive a mage, but it could not trick a Caucasus priest like her. The abilities of this demonic spirit was too inferior to hers, and she could not be bothered to take any action. Thus, she yelled at Wild Bear, “Big guy, this fellow is cheating you, hurry up and take him out so that you can ask for directions.”
Hmm? At this point in time, Wild Bear then felt that something was amiss. This big fellow might be imposing and had exerted effective psychological pressure on Wild Bear, but after blabbering for a long time, he still had not taken any action.
Wild Bear was fixated on the thought of himself being a chef, but his combat instincts were really sharp. He could not possibly have advanced to a high grade swordmaster after a short training by Lex otherwise. Such progress was not only dependent on a good teacher, the student had to be very gifted too.
The moment Wild Bear heard Sika’s reminder, he immediately swiped his spear, perfectly displaying that technique of controlling the Sword Aura which he had learned from Jola. The Sword Aura had gathered at the tip of the spear, but it was not released. Instead, it could produce even sharper cries in the wind.
The attack speed was not high because the swiping technique was employed. The strongest attack of a spear was of course a straight stab.
To a pugilist, swordsmanship was the highest level skill. Swordsmanship was in fact derived from spear techniques though. The chops and swipes of a longsword were all inferior to the power of a spear.
Even if a wooden spear was used, the force from the accumulated power was also really great. That illusory demonic spirit moved about swiftly. Wild Bear intentionally slowed down his attack, and the demonic spirit avoided it effortlessly.
The people standing behind Wild Bear were very anxious. The swordmasters had aimed their alchemical crossbows at the illusory demonic spirit, ready to attack anytime.
The illusory demonic spirit dodged the spear, and Wild Bear was actually relieved. If the enemy was very powerful, they would not have dodged this attack. Because this was the renowned Dragontail Spear Skill.
Wild Bear’s spear swiped the air, sweeping a huge arc, before jerking back vigorously, continuing its assault on the illusory demonic spirit. This rebound attack moved more than two times faster than before. Other than speed, the power was also higher.
On the battlefield, where enemies were coming from all directions, this spear tactic was very horrifying. If a grand swordmaster used the Dragontail Spear Skill, he would be able to dominate the battle with just a spear. With each rebound, the power of the spear would increase, until the spear could no longer support the stress. The illusory demonic spirit’s forte was not offensive power, and he was also not as strong as Wild Bear. He knew that the best time to disrupt the Dragontail Spear Skill was in the first attack, but he did not have the guts to touch Wild Bear’s spear.
Saleen spectated the battle from the back. He only saw that Wild Bear’s spear was drawing several arcs in the air, and the Sword Aura in the tip of the spear had not been released despite having converged. The speed of the spear got increasingly faster, causing the demonic spirit to be very distressed. He tried using a mental illusion spell to influence Wild Bear’s actions, but the moment Wild Bear’s Sword Aura kicked in, Wild Bear would not be affected no matter how much trickery was attempted.
Saleen had some knowledge about the source of Sword Aura. In order to understand the principles of the Sword Aura, he had attempted repeated experiments on a Silver Grand Swordmaster. It seemed like his understanding was not sufficient after all.
Wild Bear was only at the standard of a high grade swordmaster, it was still very difficult for him to release the Sword Aura. The power of the spear was getting mightier, it could even destroy the Magic Shield of a grand mage in just one hit.
This situation was unlike how Sika broke Saleen’s Water Shield. At the very least, Sika had partially relied on her powerful weapon, but Wild Bear was using pure skill.
“If the skills of pugilists were constantly refined, then they might one day become real powerful characters, just like the mages.”
Saleen sighed in his heart, but it was not because he was worried, as mages also possessed similar skills. His Water Shield could be adjusted to achieve maximum defense based on the enemy’s attacks. His level-4 defense spell in fact had the toughness of level-6 magic already. Before becoming a sorcerer, the Water Shield was the safest defense spell Saleen could use.
It was no big deal if Saleen could only defend. As Saleen possessed powerful calculation ability, he could even deduce the principles of the operation of Sword Aura, thus he could use low level magic to destroy a swordmaster’s attacks.
Even though Saleen was merely a grade-5 mage, he had already come into contact with the secrets of an expert.
The power of a sorcerer did not lie in their ability to cast forbidden spells, but because they could use a level-1 spell to achieve maximum possible lethality.
Once a person had advanced to a sorcerer’s grade, their magic chord would have grown to a special height, so casting a level-1 spell would not affect the magic chords by a lot. If only level-1 magic was used in battle, a sorcerer would not even need to rest. As long as their mental strength permitted, they could continue battling.
Saleen understood all these principles, but he never had such impactful emotions like today. As Wild Bear utilized his techniques, he had given Saleen a lesson.
Wild Bear got more and more exhilarated as he fought on. That illusory demonic spirit did not dare resist anymore, he simply relied on his speed to dodge Wild Bear’s attacks.
“Stop hitting, stop hitting, I surrender!” The illusory demonic spirit could no longer hold out as Wild Bear’s spear got increasingly swifter. In at most a minute, he would be hit.
The spear struck the illusory demonic spirit’s shoulder ruthlessly. A cloud of black air dispersed as the illusory demonic spirit howled in agony, prostrating on the ground. On a second look, he had already reverted to his original form.
When Lex saw the original form of the illusory demonic spirit, she could not help but giggle.
It was a very adorable demonic spirit, small and exquisite, while his body was filled with white bristles. He had a pair of purple eyes, and a face which highly resembled that of humans. He was supporting his shoulder in pain, as he pleaded with Wild Bear to show him mercy.
“Tolesi, go and ask him.” Nailisi ordered a demon to conduct interrogation. As Tolesi’s forte was mental strength, the illusory demonic spirit could never deceive him. A demon also had great terror over demonic spirits, Tolesi simply needed to release a little demonic scent to make this illusory demonic spirit give up all notions of resistance.
Tolesi’s original form was a fair and chubby demon. Now that he had transformed into a human female, his attractive figure could not be concealed despite having armor on. He walked slowly to the front of the illusory demonic spirit, before releasing a tinge of demonic scent.
The illusory demonic spirit shuddered. If he was not transformed into the appearance of a partial death spirit, he might have peed his pants in that instant.
“I will ask the questions and you shall answer. If I am not satisfied with any of your answers, I will hand you over to my master.” Tolesi’s words struck even more fear in the illusory demonic spirit.
Besides a supreme demon, who else could become the owner of a demon?
“First of all, how do we get out of here?” Tolesi went straight to the main point, he would not allow the demonic spirit to play any tricks. If the demonic spirit said that there was no way of leaving, then he would be worthless, and could be slaughtered already.