Chapter 1150: The Death of Qutaybah (VIII)
Translated by: Hypersheep325
Edited by: Michyrr
Everyone instantly paled. Qutaybah’s attack was far more powerful than they had imagined, and all of them felt a fear that came from the depths of their souls.
“Wang Chong, watch out!”
Gao Xianzhi was stricken with panic. He had never expected that even while so heavily injured, Qutaybah was still capable of unleashing such a terrifying blow. Gao Xianzhi would have never been able to take this blow, not even at his peak.
The Wushang Village Chief, Cheng Qianli, Xi Yuanqing, and the Gangke King all paled at the sight of this attack, their hearts sinking.
“We’ve won! No one can take this attack! We’ve finally won this battle!”
At almost the same moment, Abu Muslim, who had been watching this entire time, clenched his fists, his eyes gleaming in excitement.
There had been far too many surprises in this battle, and such massive swings that Abu Muslim had believed Arabia had lost this battle. But in the end, Qutaybah had not let them down. This one strike alone was enough to carry the day for Arabia and utterly defeat these eastern infidels.
“Qutaybah, I just knew that you could do it! You truly didn’t let me down!”
Far in the rear of the army, Dalun Ruozan was mounted on a highland steed, his hair, beard, and robe being blown about by the fierce winds stirred by the battle.
After the army’s defeat yesterday, Dalun Ruozan hadn’t so ardently attempted to stop the Arabs from leaving because he was so confident in his own intelligence. Schemes were meaningless before absolute strength, and even the wisest strategist needed someone strong to work with them. The true strategist borrowed anything they could, including strength. And Qutaybah was precisely the strength that Dalun Ruozan had chosen to borrow for his plan.
If they could defeat the Great Tang in this battle, Dalun Ruozan was practically certain that the Great Tang would need at least ten years to recover from the setback. More importantly, many of the Great Tang’s elite soldiers had gathered here. If the Great Tang were still defeated in these circumstances, it would deal an unprecedented psychological blow to the Central Plains, crushing the people’s morale and confidence.
Ü-Tsang would also gain from this battle and would be able to completely turn over the current military situation it had with the Great Tang.
Dalun Ruozan looked up to the sky and thought to himself, Wang Chong, although I feel great regret in losing a rival like you, perhaps a funeral like this is the best ending for you.
Just when all the Tang’s hearts were sinking and all the Tibetans and Arabs were rallying, everyone heard an enormous boom. Before anyone had realized what was going on, the world for dozens of li around Talas suddenly went dark.
This phenomenon caught everyone off guard. The faces of Abu Muslim, Dalun Ruozan, and Huoshu Huicang all froze, and even Qutaybah in the sky seemed to be startled.
“Heaven and Earth created as one, the myriad things annihilated together!”
A voice resounded over the world, and then, boom! Boom! Two explosions rocked the void, and then a gigantic blazing sun erupted out of the center of the darkness. Immediately afterward, there was a flash of light, and a giant red moon appeared nearby.
For the first time on the battlefield of Talas, the moon and sun brightly shone together. The sun and moon that ordinary people could only look up to had both descended to the world of mortals. However, this sun and moon were not imbued with a vitality that shone over all things in the world, but Yang and Yin, hard and soft. These two were of opposite natures, but they both contained destructive power.
The crux of the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art was ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’. Everything in the world was governed by these two principles.
And the essence of the Heaven Earth Annihilation was to push the principles of Yin and Yang to their limit, using this strength to create the most formidable destructive energy. This was the key to Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man’s counterattack against Qutaybah.
Wang Chong’s voice resounded through the void. For the first time, he used the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art to convert all his Stellar Energy into extreme Yang energy. As for the Demonic Emperor Old Man, he used the Myriad Spirit Sea Art to convert his own energy to mimic extreme Yin Energy. These two peak Great Generals respectively transformed their energies into opposite extremes and then rammed them together.
As countless people watched, the sun and moon fiercely collided against each other. The world suddenly fell silent, time seeming to stop for a second. And then the world collapsed; time and space shattered.
When Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man as the sun and moon smashed into each other, they seemed to cleave open a crack in the world, allowing a horrifying energy to pour out and surge toward Qutaybah.
Such was the vastness of this energy that Qutaybah’s attack instantly seemed insignificant.
There was a terrific crash as that howling torrent of energy that was suffused with the very origin of the world shattered Qutaybah’s attack with a single strike. That golden light filling the world vanished, destroyed along with the blazing sun around Qutaybah’s body.
“Aaaaah!” There was a miserable scream, and then the golden light, the sun, the moon, and all that terrifying destructive energy disappeared. A golden figure, its surface flowing with golden light, flew through the air like a ragdoll in a massive arc until it finally crashed to the ground.
Boom! As Qutaybah’s feet hit the ground, a terrifying power traveled through his feet into the earth, instantly sundering it apart and sending rocks and gravel into the air. Boom! Boom! Boom! Once, twice, thrice… after these three consecutive explosions, the area where Qutaybah was standing was instantly transformed into a massive crater with a radius of hundreds of feet, a blasted and debris-ridden landscape.
Although Qutaybah had managed to forcefully direct that destructive energy into the earth, he was still forced to vomit blood, his face instantly turning as white as a sheet of paper. Qutaybah’s vigor also began to rapidly wane, dropping to an astonishing level.
“No! This is impossible! I cannot lose to anyone!”
Qutaybah with his disheveled hair seemed like a madman. His body was riddled with serious wounds, but the greatest wound to Qutaybah was still the psychological one.
That attack had been Qutaybah’s strongest attack, and he had believed victory to be in his grasp. Never had he imagined that Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man would unleash an even more powerful attack and tear his Sword Qi to pieces. Not only that, the energy had surged into his body, even damaging his golden armor.
“Chong-er, now is the time! He can’t be allowed to run!”
The boundless darkness scattered, and the Demonic Emperor Old Man’s body suddenly appeared in the air. He had been paying attention to Qutaybah’s condition this entire time. This barbarian commander was inconceivably powerful, but he had finally reached the end of his life. The destructive energy of the Heaven Earth Annihilation was at this very moment devouring his life force.
It was time to bring things to an end!
Two waves of energy exploded outward as Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man both lunged at Qutaybah.
in the distance, Abu Muslim was dumbfounded. Even now, he found it impossible to believe that Qutaybah had lost, but he quickly came back to his senses. Cries filled the sky as tens of thousands of Arab and Tibetan soldiers galloped toward the Tang army.
Qutaybah was the heart and soul of the Arab army, a symbol of Arabia’s invincibility. Not even Abu Muslim could take this position. No matter what, he could not be allowed to die here.
But though Abu Muslim had issued his order very quickly, it had still been too slow.
In a howling gale, Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man attacked Qutaybah from the left and right.
“Great Destruction Art!”
“Myriad Energies Become One!”
Two streams of energy streaked like comets toward Qutaybah.
In the face of these attacks, Qutaybah’s face twisted. He still showed no signs of trying to dodge, and in a flash, a golden beam of Sword Qi slashed down to meet the pair.
“Li Siye, now is the time!” Wang Chong suddenly called out!
Gallop! Several thousand Wushang Cavalry, halos shining beneath them, began to charge in from another direction. At this point, everyone finally realized that once the battle between Wang Chong and Qutaybah had concluded, Li Siye and Cui Piaoqi had led out the Wushang Cavalry from the first defense line before anyone else. By now, they were already very close to Qutaybah.
Dalun Ruozan immediately grimaced at this sight, but no matter what he thought, it was all too late.
Neeeigh! With a sharp cry, the thousands of Wushang Cavalry transformed into a flood of steel. Boom! They swiftly assumed the Cutting Formation, their warhorses shooting forward like cannonballs at Qutaybah.
There was a heaven-shaking explosion as the warhorses collided against him like so many raindrops. Clang! The first to strike was Li Siye, his giant sword viciously slashing at Qutaybah’s back. At almost the same time, Cui Piaoqi slashed out with his own sword.
Qutaybah instantly grimaced. In the past, these ant-like existences would have been no threat to him, but he was now greatly weakened. It already took all his strength to deal with Wang Chong and the Demonic Emperor Old Man. He simply didn’t have the ability to deal with the Wushang Cavalry behind him.