Chapter 562 Wave after wave
While Old Li and Qin Sheng were fighting the Experimentals, the Pyro Company members also arrived. They immediately formed a new line of defense around the two Riders to stop any Experimentals that had just climbed up the wall. The Pyro Company members had willingly become Old Li’s support, with the battle solely centered around Old Li.
The strength of Pyro Company had always been measured by the quantity, not quality, of its members. Of course, this did not apply to their more advanced fighting forces.
At the very least, those in the Midnight and Dusk squads were well aware of their own capabilities. That was why they always fought in teams of five.
For example, to fight head-on against a Rider-level supernatural being like Old Li, their Dusk squad would require at least 15 members.
Of course, this was only hypothetical. The relationship between the Pyro Company and the Riders was still very good, so there was no reason for them to fight.
Mass producing supernatural beings was what the Pyro Company was strong at.
The 17 supernatural beings on the stronghold walls were moving together like a sharp arrow, with Old Li spearheading the attacks on the Experimentals. Wherever he went, the others would follow and give him their support.
Only by constantly taking down the Experimentals that had climbed up the stronghold walls could the Zhou Consortium’s troops continue using their heavy firepower to cut off the advancement of the Experimentals emerging from the forest in the distance.
Old Li also knew their role was to engage in close combat with the Experimentals atop the stronghold walls. As for killing the Experimentals on a larger scale, they would still have to rely on firearms to achieve that. Therefore, they would have to guard this area, as the Zhou Consortium troops were the true protectors of the city.
At this moment, the Zhou Consortium troops that had responded to the reinforcement calls at the western walls earlier finally got back. They did not even look at the battle on Old Li’s side and immediately started setting up a new firing point not too far away.
A soldier said in fear, “Sir, the Experimentals have climbed onto the stronghold walls!”
“What’s there to be afraid of?” A battalion commander of the Zhou Consortium troops sneered, “These people helping to guard the stronghold are not even afraid yet, so what are you afraid of? Just do your part well. Your family and friends need you to defend the city for them. What you should be doing now is pulling the trigger and stopping those Experimentals from advancing, not being scared of them.”
His men clenched their teeth and started firing the heavy machine gun they had just set up. They acted as though they could not see the terrifying Experimentals roaring at them just some dozen meters away.
In the battle to defend the stronghold, be it the Zhou Consortium, the Pyro Company, or the Riders, everyone was trying their best to do what was necessary of them. They were no longer children, so they had to understand that only by doing their duty could the stronghold be protected.
When Ren Xiaosu saw this, he was a little shocked.
He had experienced wars before and was personally involved in the one that happened in the Northwest some time ago. He had even declared war against an entire stronghold by himself.
But those were wars between humans.
Now that humans were facing an external enemy, the different organizations had abandoned their own interests and positions to fight together on the same side. This was a completely different kind of feeling.
The 15 Pyro Company members were probably sleeper agents hiding in Stronghold 74. Their original mission might have been to capture supernatural beings in the stronghold, but now they had put everything aside so they could help to fend off external enemies.
The Experimentals on the southern walls were gradually getting pushed back, and some of the Experimentals that had climbed up were even jumping off the walls by themselves. This probably signaled the Experimentals were about to retreat.
Ren Xiaosu silently turned around and left. It looked like he would not have to take action this time. Old Li and Qin Sheng’s skills were comparable to his, so with those two around, the Experimentals would not find it easy to summit the stronghold walls.
However, the Experimentals’ attack was still ongoing.
All of a sudden, chaos broke out in the southwest of the stronghold. The logistics troops there started screaming, and residents were running out of their houses and fleeing for their lives towards the center of the stronghold. It was like something extremely terrifying was chasing them.
Ren Xiaosu suddenly raised his head and looked up at the stronghold walls. The battle over there was still going, and it looked like the Zhou Consortium troops had yet to react to this new group of Experimentals that had infiltrated the stronghold.
But there was no gap in the defensive line on top of the stronghold walls, so how did these Experimentals get in?
Ren Xiaosu picked up his spotting scope again and was surprised to see a one-meter-wide hole in the southwestern walls where Experimentals were crawling out from.
And the reason the logistics troops and residents were screaming was because of the sudden appearance of these monsters!
Only at this moment did Ren Xiaosu feel shocked. As it turned out, no matter how strong the Experimentals’ attacks were earlier, all of their attempts were just to cover for this group of Experimentals that had infiltrated.
Those Experimentals had been preparing for who knew how long and had actually dug a tunnel that led into the stronghold from the wilderness outside.
What Ren Xiaosu did not know was that the Experimentals had left the Qing Consortium’s territory a long time ago and been in the Central Plains for a while now. However, be it Old Li or the Zhou Consortium troops, everyone thought they had just gotten here.
Of the many preparations the Experimentals had made, they were all done for the sake of this tunnel.
The moment they dug closer to the stronghold, the main forces of the Experimentals began their attack. All of that was not for anything else but to attract the attention of the forward facing troops. The Experimentals had used the commotion caused by the humans firing their weapons to drown out the sound of their digging of the tunnel.
It was only at this moment when the tunnel was completely dug through that the real attack began.
Ren Xiaosu felt a chill running down his spine. He had also faced the Experimentals before, but to know they could already apply their intelligence in battle? To plan wave after wave of strategic attacks against their enemy?
Then could there come a day when the Experimentals might use humanity’s own cannons to attack their cities?
Ren Xiaosu looked at that tunnel. As it wasn’t wide enough, not many Experimentals emerged from it.
But if these Experimentals destroyed the defense network of the stronghold from the inside or climbed the stronghold walls from behind and took out the heavy machine gun nests, that would probably be very troublesome.
Ren Xiaosu put away his spotting scope and went against the flow of the fleeing crowd. If even the Pyro Company had stepped forward to help, there was no reason for him to keep standing back.
Weren’t they just some Experimentals?
In the crowd, his white-masked shadow clone was already rushing towards the Experimentals to attack. When one of the Experimentals saw the shadow clone, it pounced. However, the shadow clone leaped up and grabbed the Experimental’s gray, tough, and rough face with its hand and shoved it violently into the ground.
One knee on the ground, the shadow clone released its grip from the Experimental. The Experimental was no longer moving. The brain of this monster had been smashed into paste by the attack, and even the stone path on the ground had cracked!
The other Experimentals that were chasing after the humans gradually came to a stop. They turned towards the shadow clone and surrounded it.