Rays of morning sunlight glowed in the eastern sky, lighting up the entire sky on the east. Day was breaking.
Outside of the Blood Dragon Island, two elders of the Soul Pond Realm slowly unsheathed their weapons. Each had 1000 people following them. Xue Chou had changed his tactics. He had the two Soul Pond Realms to initiate the attack from the left and right sides with their teams. Xue Chou and the other Soul Pond Realm warrior would have someone with them to encircle the Blood Dragon Island. Once someone broke out of the encirclement, the two would kill mercilessly.
As Xue Chou saw it, nobody could break out. They sent two Soul Pond Realm warriors plus 2000 people, of whom nearly 100 were at the Spirit Sea Realm.
On the contrary, how many did the Liu Family have? Only 3000 or 4000, including the old, women, invalid and children. The number of their warriors was pathetic. There were less than 300 warriors, including the ones they recruited later. Only more than a dozen were at the Spirit Sea Realm…
There was a wide gap between the two sides’ strengths. Granted, the Liu Family bought some Magic Circles and built some Inhibition Formations, it still wouldn’t influence the big picture.
With Soul Pond Realm warriors leading the team, there was not much significance of these Inhibition Formations and Magic Circles. Since these were purchased, they were not too powerful. At best, they could inflict some pain on warriors of the Spirit Sea Realm.
Patriarch Two and Patriarch Three of the Blood Evil Island that were leading the team also thought so. They led their teams advancing respectively. They discovered many Inhibition Formations and Magic Circles easily. They could take detours or let someone destroy those.
Inside the souls of the Soul Pond Realm warriors were soul ponds. Their souls were times more powerful than those of the warriors of the Spirit Sea Realm. The former’s hearing, eyesight, sense of smell and cognitive abilities were times stronger than those of warriors of the Spirit Sea Realm as well. Many hidden Inhibition Formations and Magic Circles could be seen through easily.
One realm higher would mean a world of difference. Every more advanced realm was much more powerful than the previous one. Basically, there could hardly be any instance of warriors of a lower realm killing warriors of a higher one.
The day was getting brighter. The two teams were about 0.31 miles into the island now. Many Inhibition Formations and Magic Circles were destroyed. Another 0.62 miles, they could reach the Liu Family Fortress.
But Patriarch Two and Patriarch Three of the Blood Evil Island were getting more prudent. They had found a dense forest in front of them. They knew that the outside of the Liu Family Fortress was surrounded by dense forest long time ago.
Ambush could be easily arranged inside a forest. Even though the Liu Family was undermanned, but nobody could say for sure about ambush. It could never be wrong to be careful.
Both patriarchs took the lead and charged into the forest. They investigated at length and didn’t find any ambush. Then they moved forward.
The two patriarchs realized something was up simultaneously while walking. Mist suddenly came out. They originally thought it was just fog in the morning so they paid little heed. However, the mist kept getting thicker and thicker, and it became strong all of a suddenly. The two patriarchs could only see less than 1000 feet in front of them.
“Something is wrong!”
Patriarch Two of the Blood Evil Island shouted in surprise. He roared angrily, “All of you, get close to me. Don’t wander off.”
Patriarch Three on the other side of the forest had his men gather towards him right away as well. There must be something wrong with the mist. It probably was a kind of misty formation they had heard about.
Illusory Mist Formation!
This kind of Inhibition Formation was normally seen. Similar Formations were usually built outside the headquarters of many big sects so that people could not see the situation inside their sect from the outside.
That being said, building this kind of Inhibition Formation required a large amount of Xuan Crystals. Apart from being a demonstration of strength, it was of not much use. The formation could not trap enemies let alone hurting them.
Therefore, many forces would not make this pointless expanse to buy this kind of formation. It was a little expected the Liu Family would go so far. However, this island was small so the Formation Stones needed were not many. They probably just spent a couple of tens of thousands Xuan Crystals.
There must be something hiding behind the abnormal situation!
The Liu Family would not waste those Xuan Crystals. The two patriarchs quickly asked their men to gather around so the Liu Family would be at the end of their wits.
“Tuk, tuk, tuk~”
At this moment, sounds of piercing noise came out from ahead of them. The white mist was too thick for them to see, but Patriarch Two felt an imminent danger out of instinct. He furiously shouted, “Watch out.”
“Back, fall back, crossbow arrows~”
“The crossbow arrows have poison on them… careful!”
“You bumped me. Don’t be disturbed, don’t be disturbed~”
“Get out of the forest!”
Patriarch Two’s shout didn’t have much use. Soon, sounds of miserable cries came out. Numerous crossbow arrows came at them. These crossbow arrows were poisonous and fast, and with such great strength that armors of regular warriors of the Blood Evil Island could be pierced through.
Sad, shrill cries arose from all sides, accompanied with loud noises, swearing, and people shouting to go back. The 1000 people were in a great confusion. The main problem was the low visibility. The warriors could not see their surrounding environment so they were terrified out of instinct.
It was the same with Patriarch Three. Countless crossbow arrows shooting at them messed up his team.
“What are you worrying about? Charge forward with me!”
The Patriarch yelled. He counted and realized there were 70 or 80 crossbows which meant the Liu Family sent out 70 or 80 people. That should be half of the warriors of the Liu Family.
If the number of the Liu Family warriors on the side of Patriarch Seven was this many as well, then the Liu Family basically had sent out most of their men. When all the men were killed, what other trick could the Liu Family employ?
Patriarch Two rushed forward in a fit of rage. Soon, he sensed something was not right. Hundreds of people were running towards him. Patriarch Two was confused. How come the Liu Family had so many people?
When Patriarch Two saw the people clearly, he burst into anger. There were indeed several hundred people running towards him. But they were the indigenous people on the Blood Dragon Island. These men drew long faces. They yelled while running, “Lords, please spare our lives. We are forced. The Liu Family is going to kill us if we don’t run.”
The forest was filled with white mist. With the several hundred people blocking the way, when Patriarch Two forged through the crowds, the Liu Family warriors were long gone.
From the front-right, some faint sounds could still be made out. Coldness glared in Patriarch Two’s eye. He looked at the five Spirit Sea Realm hall owners behind him and couldn’t let his mind weighed down by too many worries. He waved his hands and said, “Go after them!”
The 70 or 80 warriors of the Liu Family were right ahead. As long as he could catch up with them, Patriarch Two believed he could kill them by himself. The warriors of Liu Family were outnumbered by a large margin. Once these warriors were killed, the dice would be cast.
Patriarch Two had five men follow him and run ahead at the top of their speed. In just a few seconds, they saw several figures in front of them.
“Do you still want to run away?”
Patriarch Two bellowed and picked up his speed. He discovered a man in front. When he got closer, he realized it was Patriarch Nine of the Liu Family.
Patriarch Nine looked normal. What was not normal was that—only Patriarch Nine himself were there. Nobody else was there.
“Luring me out of my base!”
Patriarch Two sense something went awry. His eyes flickered and he was ready to turn around. Patriarch Nine, however, stopped all of a sudden. He turned back and said to Patriarch Two of the Blood Evil Island, “Zhang Hai, you old dog, are you afraid?”
The words “Zhang Hai, you old dog” enraged Patriarch Two. He dashed on with a roar. His long sword glowed in a golden glare as he externally released his Xuan Energy across separate place.
Patriarch Nine moved his body flexibly. He soon dodged to the left and easily avoided being hit by the external release of Xuan Energy. His speed was unexpectedly fast, as quick as ghosts. The five Spirit Sea Realm warriors at Zhang Hai’s back were stunned.
“What are you looking at? Didn’t he just take a Wind Pellet?”
Zhang Hai sneered. He was well-informed so he had easily seen through it. He shouted to his warriors at the Spirit Sea Realm, “Surround him and kill him!”
Patriarch Nine was one of the most powerful warriors of the Liu Family. Since it was death that he courted, Zhang Hai wanted to help him accomplish that.
Patriarch Two Zhang Hai and the several Spirit Sea Realms of the Blood Evil Island did not know this—in the grassland several thousand feet away from them, one of the jade talismans in Liu Yi’s hand suddenly broke. Patriarch Nine had sent out a signal.
Liu Yi was flushed. She held five jade talismans in her hand and whispered to the five Green Dwarfs hiding in the grassland at her back, “Get ready, all of you. When I ask you to make your moves, you go and kill the white-haired old man in golden armor.”