The reason they had surprise-attacked the stronghold was because they wanted to eliminate Hila when Black Star’s main body was not present. They did not want to fight Black Star’s main body face to face.
Black Star had peak Beyond Grade A strength, and his Indestructible Body was extremely tough to deal with. Plus, his position was very special. He had the Evolution Cube, so he was very important to the dynasty. At the same time, since his main body was there, he had definitely brought along the Spacetime Amber.
It would be drastically more difficult to kill Hila with Black Star’s main body present.
“There’s probably no chance now. To think that his main body actually came…” Sagman stared at Han Xiao with fear.
If it was any other Beyond Grade A Mechanic, the main body arriving would have been a risk. However, Black Star had proved long ago that he was a breath of fresh air among the paper Mechanics.
For the time being, everyone was hesitant and did not know what to do.
Sierron finally stopped his body from being blown away. His face was filled with rage, as well as a tint of shock. He pressed on the cut on his arm and glared at Han Xiao.
As a peak Beyond Grade A, I could not even block the charge of a Mechanic and was heavily wounded in one hit‽
Thinking of the power of that attack, Sierron was filled with shock.
Such a powerful single target attack was rare even for him.
At this point of time, Sierron only had one thought in his mind.
What kind of martial art did Black Star use?
He’s been hiding this trump card all this time…
Han Xiao’s threat in Sierron’s heart increased several levels.
He turned to look at his missing arm, controlled his muscles and veins to instantly stop the bleeding, and used his Pugilist energy to speed up cell generation. A new arm grew out in no time. Compared to the rest of his body, though, its skin tone was visibly lighter.
Sierron casually blasted his broken arm that was floating in the cosmic space into atoms before slowly flying back to the battlefield. He suppressed his shock and rage and did not act immediately. Instead, he observed everyone’s expression and pondered.
Kasuyi was floating quietly on the side while looking at Han Xiao. He did not look like he wanted to speak either.
The battlefield became strangely silent. Han Xiao, Sierron, and Kasuyi, these three peak Beyond Grade As, formed a triangle while the rest of the Beyond Grade As fixed their attention on the three of them.
Everyone knew that what happened next depended on the discussion between the three of them.
Black Star’s main body had made a threatening comment right after his arrival, but he did not do anything after. The various Beyond Grade As were not surprised by this. After all, they had the complete advantage in numbers. Even if Black Star had finally arrived, he would not dare act recklessly.
He was alone and had no help, so he was probably not willing to face the ten or so Beyond Grade As on the two sides at the same time. Thus, he probably had no choice but to endure his rage and solve the problem through negotiations.
Having understood this, the Beyond Grade As present all looked much more relieved.
Now that the Black Star’s main body had arrived, they did indeed have to retreat. However, that was not because they were afraid of Black Star but because there was no need to stay there anymore as the success rate of the mission had decreased drastically.
Although they feared Black Star’s main body and his Universal Treasure, there was no need to be afraid of him given how many Beyond Grade As were present. In the eyes of Sagman and the others, Black Star alone would be sufficient to protect himself but not enough to cause much trouble.
While everyone was secretly speculating, Han Xiao waited for the mechanical army behind to catch up with him while looking at the interface.
When Hila was attacked, an Urgent Mission had been triggered on the interface. It was similar to the mission for the Planet Lighthouse battle.
Urgent Mission—[Rescue Hila]
Mission Introduction: Hila’s Esper Ability is seen as a threat by multiple Beyond Grade As. With powerful talent comes disaster. The church and the federation have decided to eliminate this threat.
Mission Requirements: Hila surviving in the attack.
Reward: 75 – 92 billion EXP, +1 Legendary Point, 4 Random Rewards, 4 Unknown Character Summon Cards, 1 Blank Character Summon Card.
Bonus Mission Requirements: Working together with the dynasty’s reinforcements, capture the enemy Beyond Grade As.
Bonus Reward: For every Beyond Grade A captured, draw one ability from the target.
This is the most difficult mission I’ve ever seen… Han Xiao was amused.
The number of Beyond Grade As present was similar to the Planet Lighthouse battle, but Han Xiao now only had Hila on his side, and they had to face more than ten Beyond Grade As. The last guy to face this kind of situation was EsGod, and he ended up receiving a free 500 years lease for a luxurious single person cell inside the dynasty’s prison.
Nonetheless, the mission rewards were the best he had ever seen. For every person he captured, he would be able to draw an ability from that person. The more he captured, the more abilities he would be able to draw.
Now that my main body is here, there’s not a high chance the church and the federation will try to forcefully kill Hila in front of me. They’ll probably retreat very soon, and it’s still unknown when the dynasty’s reinforcements will arrive. Therefore, in order to complete the bonus requirements, I’ll have to rely on myself.
Han Xiao had already made plans when he was on the way, and he did not change his mind now.
He focused his thoughts and was reminded of something else.
On the way there, he had received a report from Black Star Palace; there was a Beyond Grade A who arrived on his doorstep to challenge him, and Ames had accepted the challenge. This incident was strange in every way.
The Great Mechanic Han always maintained connection with the base and knew the situation of the battle over there. That Traveler guy was showcasing his true powers and maintaining the upper hand, but there could only be one Lord’s Avatar at a time. If Han Xiao diverted his attention to what was happening at his base, his main body would have a tough time.
“Interesting, deliberately diverting my attention so that the church and the federation will have an easier time… Hmm, Traveler.”
Han Xiao narrowed his eyes.
Traveler was a neutral Beyond Grade A on the surface but actually had a very close relationship with Super Star Cluster civilizations, which only very few people knew.
However, to him, Traveler’s identity was no secret. It had been exposed long ago in the previous life.
Did the church and the federation work together with the Super Star Cluster civilizations on this matter?
“No, it can’t be.” Han Xiao overthrew this speculation.
Traveler’s identity was a secret to the outside world. Even if the federation and the church worked with the Super Star Cluster civilization, they would not have sent Traveler, or his identity would have been exposed.
“Looks like there’s more to this…” Han Xiao slightly frowned.
He was not concerned about the truth for the time being. What he knew for sure was that the Super Star Cluster behind Traveler definitely had something to do with this.
The others did not know Traveler’s background, but he knew it clearly. There was no need to even investigate it; it would never be wrong to blame the civilization behind Traveler for this, and it would be simpler and easier.
Causing trouble at my house, they’ve got guts. The Throne is still on the way. When it arrives at the base, I’ll deal with you.
Hila flew to Han Xiao’s side.
The other Beyond Grade As did not stop her but only followed her over and waited beside their captains.
“You… shouldn’t have come.” Hila had a complicated look in her eyes.
From the way she looked at it, in order to save her, Han Xiao’s main body had deliberately rushed here into this trap, gotten surrounded by more than ten Beyond Grade As, and taken so many risks.
Hila knew that compared to her, the church and the federation wanted to get rid of Black Star even more. Plus, he had the Evolution Cube and the Spacetime Amber with him. If these enemies changed their plan to make Black Star the target… she would be the reason.
Originally, Hila thought that she would definitely die and really wanted to see Han Xiao one last time, but when he really came, Hila could not help but worry about Han Xiao’s safety.
All this time, Hila always lived by being straightforward and direct. Very rarely was she ever caught between such conflicted thoughts.
“If I didn’t come, who’d save you?” Han Xiao turned to give her a gentle smile. “You’re safe now. Why? Because I’m here.”
Hila softly bit her lips and suddenly held Han Xiao’s hand.
Han Xiao raised his brows and was about to say something when he suddenly felt waves of vital energy being sent into his body through Hila’s hand. He received a ton of enhanced statuses on the interface.
After holding his hand for a few seconds, Hila let it go, adjusted her hair, and coolly said, “Aurora’s ability can now enhance the strength of living beings. I can’t do much, only share the vital energy with you.”
At this time, Sierron said with a deep voice, “Black Star, since you’re here, I’ll give you face. I have come up with a deal. Are you interested?”
He felt that Han Xiao was stalling time to wait for reinforcements, so he did not plan to continue waiting and started the conversation.
Hearing this, Han Xiao turned to look at Sierron, wiped the smile of his face, and said coldly, “Go on.”
“If you agree to unseal the Ten Thousand Deity Scepter for the federation, not only will we retreat, but we can even fight these people from the church with you.” Sierron’s hostile sights moved around Kasuyi.
Han Xiao’s hit earlier had combined [Charge—Endless Potential] and Silver Shadow’s Character Summon Card [Comet Rush].
In fact, he had arrived around the battlefield long ago but had been farming distance travelled to make this initial hit stronger. Originally, he wanted to first eliminate a more ordinary Beyond Grade A, but Sierron unexpectedly came to stop him, so he had no choice but to vent all this power on that thick-skinned Pugilist.
Although the power of this attack was far from being enough to make a peak Beyond Grade A Pugilist lose his combat capability, it still made Sierron feel threatened. Seeing that the plan would be very difficult to pull off, he had given up on capturing Hila as a hostage and attempted to reach his goal through a deal.
Sierron did not know that Kasuyi was an actor yet; he felt that Black Star needed help.
Kasuyi did not mind at all, “Then, our church will definitely retreat instantly, so you won’t achieve your goal. In the end, Black Star will still be the one benefitting from it.”
Then, Kasuyi suddenly said, “Since the federation has an idea, I shall suggest a deal on behalf of the church as well.”
“Go on.” Han Xiao gave him a calm look.
“Black Star, I know your Spacetime Amber is very magical and can even imprison Beyond Grade As. How about this? We work together and capture these Federation of Light Beyond Grade As, then you sell them to us, and we will have chips to exchange for the Ten Thousand Deity Scepter. What do you say?”
Sierron’s expression became grave as he glared at Kasuyi.
While the two of them faced off with each other, Han Xiao took a deep breath and said, “No need to make things so troublesome. I’m rejecting all of your deals… You came to beat up my men, yet now you want to make a deal with me? Don’t even think about it! All of you, come at me together.”
Sierron’s eyes widened with disbelief as he looked at Han Xiao.
Kasuyi was surprised too. This was not in the script.
Not just the two of them, all the Beyond Grade As of the federation and the church were shocked and stared at Han Xiao in disbelief.
Has this guy… lost his mind‽
He wants to fight more than ten Beyond Grade As alone, including two peak Beyond Grade As? Is he looking to be killed?
After extreme shock, wrath followed.
You think us Beyond Grade As are all made of glass‽ Don’t underestimate us!
Are you not clear of the situation? Sure, your main body has arrived, but do you really think you can fight us all alone and that we took a step back because we’re afraid of you?
“Are you serious?” Sierron’s expression sank completely.
“You destroyed my stronghold, tried to kill my Deputy Army Commander, but want to retreat right in front of me… Do you think that’s possible?”
Han Xiao’s tone was firm as his energy increased gradually.
Hearing this, the look in everyone’s eyes became even more hostile.
Sierron was completely furious. “Think about this clearly! Given the current situation, we won’t hesitate to make you the target!”
Hila tensed up and quickly stepped in front of Han Xiao. Death energy spread out once again as she was on full alert.
No matter what decision Han Xiao made, no matter what strong enemies they had to face, she would always fight alongside Han Xiao without any hesitation.
This time, Han Xiao held onto her shoulder and pulled her behind him. “Don’t have to be so nervous. I alone am enough.”
Before anyone could vent their rage, a sky trembling energy impact exploded from Han Xiao’s body.
Violent golden Mechanical Force flickered and danced like lightning whips. Han Xiao’s energy seemed to be increasing infinitely.
Facing so many Beyond Grade As, even Han Xiao did not dare hold back. He instantly used the trump Character Summon Cards in his inventory!
[Mechanic Emperor Character Summon Card—The Ancient Ones]!
[Tyrant Character Summon Card—Polar Channel Flow—Cellular Overdrive]!
[Dragon Emperor Character Summon Card—Force Field—Dragon Body]!
[Nero Character Summon Card—Perfect Mechanical Sense]!
With the stacked effects of multiple Character Summon Cards, the energy Han Xiao was giving off looked horrifying even for peak Beyond Grade As. It even stinged everyone’s senses.
Sagman and the others’ expressions changed drastically from rage to shock!
The strength Han Xiao was displaying at this moment far exceeded what they knew about him!
Even Kasuyi, who had always remained calm, was moved at this moment!
Han Xiao’s eyes glowed brightly like two mini blue suns.
“Let me see how many of you can escape!”
Before the Beyond Grade As could regain their focus, Mechanical Force lightning shot out from Han Xiao’s body, instantly connecting to the mechanical army like an endless web of lightning.
The next moment, the metal tsunami formed by the mechanical army came crashing down!