543 Closing In: Part 1
Command Center, the Sanctum.
“What is the situation?”
“Ready to go. Awaiting reply from the second unit!”
Cainphas was getting confirmation from all the operators sitting around him. People like them could not fight, but they were Ru0026D experts. They were using their own unique ways to fight this war.
“A 15-mech unit has finished testing! The second unit is ready as well! The spell is ready to go any time!” An operator replied, raring to go.
The Command Center looked like a circular hall. It was large and white. Operators were sitting in circles in front of computer screens. They were using the instruments to control the spells and magic circles that had been set up all around the edge of the holy city.
“Since everything is ready. Let’s roll!” Cainphas and Madillan, who was not far away, exchanged a look. They were both raring to go.
“Get ready, everyone. Let’s give those Blacktide monsters some surprises!” Although older, Madillan had a quick temper.
His family was fighting in the front line, so he hated those Blacktide monsters deeply. If he could kill some monsters here, it would help ease the pressure on the frontline.
“On your marks!”
Cainphas put his hand up and started the countdown.
“Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Go!”
All operators in the command center pressed the start buttons almost at the same time. One hundred special signals were sent out through the cable into the magic-circle control device at various locations.
On the edge of the city of Henricqal, a circle of silver-white light lit up on the edge of Henricqal. Humanoid mechs, wrapped in a simple metal shell, took off from the ground. Each mech was over three-meter-tall, equipped with a giant sword and a triangular battle shield, and emitting rings of pure, white holy light.
That was the biggest achievement that the entire Henricqal Ru0026D institute produced in such a long time. It was a powerful generation of mech, self-propelled warriors driven by holy power and dark energy. Cainphas named it “Silver Lining 1”.
Had Lin Sheng been at the scene and hearing this name, he would probably have strongly suggested changing the name. But for the ignorant like Cainphas and others, the name was very apt. It represented the fight against the Blacktide monsters to enter a new phase.
There were few Silver Lining 1s made during the trial period. Only 300 units of this were put on the battlefield. They used holy power as the core energy source initially. After the emergence of the sacred crystal font, they changed to use the sacred crystal as an energy source and got an enormous performance boost. Damageability and purification power were now several times stronger than before.
But because of the high concentrated holy power of the sacred crystal, most people could suffer a brainwash-like spiritual baptism if they got too close to it. That was why, in normal days, the Ru0026D lab would bury all Silver Lining 1s underground. They could act as soil purifiers while guarding against monster attacks coming from underground. And now, it was time to take out these Silver Lining 1s to do what they were supposed to do.
A Silver Lining 1 was brandishing a war blade, brutally cutting a two-meter-tall, lizard-like, three-headed monster in half. No enemy could come close. Its powerful holy light would weaken any enemy that tried to get near to its lowest strength before the mech cut it into half.
The joining of these few hundred Silver Lining 1s on the battlefield did not have any material effect on the war itself, but to everyone, it boosted their morale.
The human warriors retreated after getting the order to retreat. They left the most dangerous mission and battlefield to the mechs, which had no sense of fear. This greatly relieved the pressure on the warriors.
However, that was not the only thing the commander center had up its sleeve.
The Silver Lining 1 was just the “appetizer” in the combat menu they had in mind. When Lin Sheng first set up the Ru0026D institute, they had been treating the Blacktide as their imaginary enemy in developing their combat system. And it was time for the second stage.
“The Silver Lining 1s have entered the battlefield. But because of signal interference, we can’t have real-time data. Only when the mechs returned to base, could we get the data from the flight data recorders. An operator reported.
“That’s fine. So long as they are effective to suppress the enemies. I spent a great deal of resources to develop these things.” Cainphas smiled, looking at Madillan. “It’s your show now!”
Madillan nodded and cleared his throat.
“Everyone, let’s start the second phase of the plan. Activate the Radiant Font.”
“Activate the Radiant Font.”
“Radiant Font activated!” a few operators replied.
“Then, let’s roll!” There was a hint of coldness in Madillan’s eyes. “Launch the Holy Path Plan!”
The computer screen in front of each operator displayed a red warning window. Everyone clicked to confirm.
A tremor suddenly came underground. The earth of the entire Henricqal shook.
The same happened on the edge of the city. The earth cracked open as sharp metal columns rose from the ground. The sharp columns split from the middle, and pure white, diamond-shaped light stones emerged.
Holy light beams of over ten meters wide burst out of the middle section of the columns. The beams purified and annihilated the monsters they shone on. Only the powerful monsters could withstand the beams and hold on to their positions. But their bodies, skin, and muscles started to decay.
The holy light was splitting its suppressor-class power into a dense array of light beams and shooting out in all directions. As the holy crystal font of the holy city could not withstand the full range of radiant, holy power, after some adjustment, Madillan had designed this Holy Path Plan.
The Holy Path meant it could clear out a path in the Blacktide for the warriors to return to the holy path. These rays of holy light might seem to be just the launch of the compressed holy power. But in reality, it also contained the dark energy-based dimensional magic circle technology. Any clerics who entered and echoed the perturbation of the holy path with its own holy power, they would be teleported back to the medical zone in Henricqal within ten seconds.
That was the meaning of the holy path.
The many holy paths that looked like pure white spikes were shooting out in all directions around Henricqal. The powerful, giant monsters blocked many of them, but more had reached the warriors in the frontline, bringing them light and hope.