Chapter 613: Turned Table
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
“This fortress’s defense is quite good. It’s Grade A equipment.”
Excitement flashed through Han Xiao’s eyes.
Carroll’s information popped up on the interface. His level was higher, some of his attributes and abilities were question marks, and his Energy Rank and health could not be seen.
Han Xiao was not surprised. He was only level 142, so even regular Grade As had a higher level than him.
The heavy fortress’ defense was very strong but not indestructible. However, Han Xiao did not want to fight head-on. As a Virtual Mechanic, he had his professional ethics. He started Virtual Intrusion and gave the controls of the gigantic palm to Phillip.
“Phillip, have some fun with him. Block his fire and don’t let him destroy too much of my army.”
“Order confirmed. Executing, hum…”
The gigantic palm slapped down again. Suddenly, the bottom of the heavy fortress emitted thrusting flames. The bulky fortress took off and dodged the attack, moving quickly in midair.
This was a flying fortress.
The gigantic palm chased the heavy fortress, and they started to duel in midair.
As Han Xiao focused on Virtual Intrusion, flames surrounded him, and the Mechanical Armies of the two sides fought intensely.
The strength of the five newly updated armies did not just increase by a little. Turquoise lava cannons blasted through iron; heat cannons melted metal; Space Bending Bombs were like mini black holes, creating vortexes in space everywhere they exploded; not to mention, the Mini Nuclear Mines could even plant mushrooms.
The Cube Army formed teams of three sizes: normal-sized Mini Cube Robots, small fused mechanical soldiers about half a man tall, and robots that were the height of a mini giant. They all had their advantages; some were swift, and some were tough.
The G-2 Heavy Armor Riders slashed right through the enemies. All sorts of melee weapons shattered their foes into countless parts all over the floor, creating blank spaces on the battlefield like erasers.
The performance of Han Xiao’s Mechanical Army was an entire level higher than Carroll’s standard mechanical soldiers; they were all semi elites.
The efficiency of the slaughter was exceptional, cutting down Carroll’s mechanical army area by area.
Han Xiao’s Mechanical Army had the upper hand from the moment the battle started.
However, the backup came nonstop and could not be fully eliminated. The wreckages stacked up on the ground. Carroll was dedicated to using up Han Xiao’s stash; he did not even control the army to attack Han Xiao and only focused on his Mechanical Army. He did not care even if he had to lose three of his units in exchange for one of Han Xiao’s.
As such, Han Xiao’s five armies were slowly losing numbers.
The mechanical soldiers that occasionally got close to Han Xiao were either blasted by the Watcher Instrument or shattered by Oathkeepers.
This kind of battle of resources was like a stalemate.
A Vanguard Official could not help but ask, “How long are they going to fight for?”
Malekith shook his head and said, “At least a few hours.”
This time, another shadow jumped up. The other Vanguard Officials looked over and were shocked.
“Number two, you’re here too!”
“Hmm, the commander told me to take a look.” The person who had just arrived was a tall, skinny human. His body shape was a breath of fresh air among the muscular men that filled Bloodshed Land.
This guy’s nickname was Hunting Blade. There were different styles among the Pugilist class, not just the brutal style. The one that he took involved using swift weapons. He was ranked second among the Eight Vanguard Officials, hence, number two.
There were rankings among the eight Vanguard Officials. The commander Vanguard Official was the boss; he was the most senior and strongest among the Vanguard Officials. He had been receiving personal guidance from Heber, reaching Grade A+, and was a training maniac. He spent almost all his free time in training. Second seat Hunting Blade was very strong, too. The two of them usually carried out more dangerous missions and could hardly be seen. Now that Hunting Blade had suddenly appeared, it surprised the other Vanguard Officials.
Upon briefly looking at the battle, Hunting Blade quickly analyzed it and slowly said, “Black Star looks to be having the upper hand but is actually stuck. Carroll wants to drag the battle out, so Black Star must quickly end the battle. If he can’t penetrate Carroll’s defense, when his armies are too damaged, the situation will take a direct turn downward, and he will lose for sure.”
“That’s what I thought.” Malekith nodded. “The situation is looking good. Carroll has the home advantages and is considerably strong. Black Star has a very slim chance of winning.”
“Carroll is… not too bad.”
Hunting Blade nodded and expressed his approval for Carroll’s strength.
On the other side, Ralph and the other two arrived. They climbed up the building to watch the battle, asked the spectators around them, and figured out what was going on.
“Black Star challenged Bloodshed Land’s officer in their territory? He’s got some guts.”
Ralph was shocked.
“He’s doing it for Ames. Floating Dragon Island’s current officer challenging an ex-officer and traitor, it’s meaningful.” The high-ranking Klent official chuckled.
Ralph nodded. He turned to look at Ames, who was not far away, and realized that Ames was completely focused on the battle.
The attacks from both sides never stopped, and it was entering a stalemate.
Suddenly, Carroll’s heavy fortress sped up in an instant and distanced itself from the gigantic palm before shapeshifting.
The heavy machines split up into mechanical parts and combined again. At the same time, Carroll threw out a pile of compressed orbs that expanded into new parts. Countless parts quickly fused together.
In the blink of an eye, the parts became a forty-meter-tall huge, human-shaped mechanical suit!
Large Battle Suit, [Giant Soldier—Ship Destroyer]!
The Ship Destroyer was human-shaped. It had two arms and two legs but no head. Its top was the tapered ending of its body. Its color was striped black and green. Thick, heavy armor covered its joints and weaknesses. It was wide and short on top, and narrow and long below. Its legs were equipped with thrusters and caterpillar track wheels. Its body was covered in mounted weapons, and behind it was a pair of metal thruster wings.
To describe it in a simpler way, this thing looked like an upside-down green trash can with limbs and wings.
Carroll looked at Han Xiao from above before sitting in the cockpit in the middle of its body.
The Ship Destroyer made a swift roll after landing, its huge body shaking the ground. It then half squatted on the floor and pulled out a Thermal Melting Sword with one hand as its other hand’s armored plate expanded into a huge bulky alloy shield.
The Heavy Machinery Style replied on various enormous machines for combat. These large mechanical suits were usually called Giant Soldier Mechanical Suits. Its thirty to forty meters height could compare to some smaller spaceships.
Such a large size meant that more energy sources and complex structures could be included inside, so its performance was remarkably high, and it could be used to battle in space. It was equivalent to a more mobile and agile galactic carrier.
Virtual Mechanics could take part in universe wars by hacking; Heavy Armor Mechanics could build these Gundam-like Giant Soldiers to fight battleships.
The Ship Destroyer Giant Soldier held the alloy shield in front and started sprinting forward. Its shield heavily clashed with Han Xiao’s gigantic palm. The tremendous force instantly deflected the gigantic palm aside. Overpowering the gigantic palm twice its size, the Ship Destroyer raised its Thermal Melting Sword and slashed horizontally across the battlefield.
The high temperature produced white light that slashed across a huge area. Friend or foe, countless mechanical soldiers were shattered into pieces by the heavy sword.
Han Xiao squinted. The Watcher Instrument fused together into a large caliber cannon. A bucket thick dark blue light beam launched out and landed straight on the Ship Destroyer’s chest.
A light-yellow shield appeared and blocked this light beam. The light beam exploded into countless pieces and could not hurt the Ship Destroyer itself.
Even Gundam is out. He’s really motivated.
Han Xiao curled his lips. He was not surprised at all. After so many days of peeking, he had seen Carroll maintaining this Giant Soldier mechanical suit several times.
The Class Advancement of a Mechanic also affected the result of fusing blueprints. After choosing one branch, other than the Potential Point cost of learning knowledges from the other branches being tripled, some of the blueprints of the other two branches could not be fused.
Han Xiao had chosen Virtual Mechanic, so when he gambled on blueprints, he could not get some of the Heavy Armor Mechanic blueprints, such as Giant Soldiers like the Ship Destroyer.
Carroll clearly did not use the Giant Soldier to just defeat Han Xiao; it would be like trying to kill a mosquito with a cannon.
His goal was to use the Giant Soldier to quickly wipe out Black Star’s Mechanical Army.
He did not want to use the Ship Destroyer trump card initially, but the quality of Black Star’s Mechanical Army was beyond his expectations. His disposable troops died too fast, and the backup could barely keep up. If he did not use the Giant Soldier, Carroll worried that he might have lost control of the situation.
“Carroll turned from defensive to offensive. Even I can feel the energy wave of this Giant Soldier. It’s very strong. It would take me a very long time to defeat it.” Outside the protective shield, shocked, Malekith’s impression of Carroll improved.
Hunting Blade nodded. “Now, this is decent.”
Far away in the palace, Heber let out a faint hum, expressing commendation.
At this time, a sudden change occurred on the battlefield!
The mechanical soldiers on the training ground suddenly all stopped moving as if someone had pressed the ‘pause’ button.
Carroll was stunned. Just as he wanted to control the Ship Destroyer and move, what he got was a bunch of random noises from the control panel. The artificial intelligence did not reply at all, and the nerves connection completely stopped working.
The Ship Destroyer stood still just like all the machines on the training ground.
The battlefield that had just been filled with bullets suddenly became deadly silent.
The sudden change caused the expressions of all the spectators to stiffen.
A crisp sound came from the Berserk Ape’s Virtual Intrusion panel.
Han Xiao clenched his face and snickered.
His voice traveled out, extremely loud and clear on the completely silent battlefield, so everyone could hear him.
“Alright, the foreplay is finished.”
Han Xiao clearly knew that Carroll had the home advantage, so he had never been willing to turn this into a battle of resources. He had used the Mechanical Armies to stall the enemy’s troops and give himself time to use Virtual Intrusion.
Now, with Risda and Phillip’s support, the hacking was complete.
These standard machines were all controlled by the same artificial intelligence, which was beaten up by Risda and had lost control. All the machines controlled by Carroll stopped functioning—they would only recover after a system reboot.
Taking the opportunity, Han Xiao walked toward the Giant Soldier.
As he walked forward, rows and rows of mechanical soldiers fell to the ground, all paralyzed. The scene was magnificent, like thousands of people kneeling to welcome their king!
One word, glorious!
Han Xiao walked forward unobstructed—this was the easiest process of closing the distance he ever had.
Virtual Mechanics were best at fighting other Mechanics. As the saying went, ‘No cannons, no guns? The enemy will build for us.’
Seeing all his machines being taken over by Han Xiao, Carroll’s face inside the Ship Destroyer cockpit was furious. He felt a strong sense of humiliation.
As a Mechanic, when his machines were taken away by someone else, it was an indescribable feeling, like losing all dignity.
“Quickly, reboot the system!” Carroll yelled.
“Dia—Diagnosing, getting rid of the virus, estimated time unknown…”
An alarm echoed in the cockpit, accompanied by a piercing noise.
“Sh*t, it’s too late!” Seeing Han Xiao approaching, Carroll finally started to panic.
However, he still held onto the last bit of hope. As Black Star wanted to do this as quickly as possible, he only used the most brutal way to paralyze the Ship Destroyer’s operating system and did not obtain its control. Therefore, he could still hide in the Ship Destroyer.
As long as Han Xiao did not penetrate the Ship Destroyer’s armor before he rebooted the system, he would still have a chance to regain control of the situation.
However, the next moment, Carroll’s last hope was gone.
All of Han Xiao’s Mechanical Army aimed at the Ship Destroyer, and countless attacks covered the sky. The Ship Destroyer’s shield only lasted two seconds against those attacks before shattering.
The chest armor was focused on as explosions erupted. The Ship Destroyer could not handle such a strong force and collapsed to the ground, face up.
The gigantic hand disassembled itself and turned into more than ten large mechanical hands, which became drills and dug out a hole in the Ship Destroyer’s body.
Between the wires and energy pipes, Carroll’s cockpit was exposed.
Due to the system failure, Carroll could not even parachute out. The Ship Destroyer became a cell that imprisoned him.
Looking at Han Xiao jumping into the cockpit, with a horrified expression, Carroll hastily said, “I admit…”
Before he could finish, Han Xiao’s large hand grabbed onto his mouth like an iron claw, making Carroll swallow the rest of his words.
Carroll was thrown out of the Ship Destroyer and flew right into the sky rolling, ascending hundreds of meters quickly and landing on the ceiling of the training ground’s shield.
He did not have a strong physique. Despite being Calamity Grade Super, his toughness was far beneath that of a Pugilist. His head was spinning from this throw, and he entered the [Stunned] state from the Berserk Throw.
However, before he landed, Han Xiao flew right under him in an instant.
Hundreds of meters was just one leap for Berserk Ape.
The next second, blinding lightning emerged from Han Xiao’s body, illuminating Carroll’s terrified expression.
Like pulling a bow, Han Xiao’s arms pulled back before his fists bashed down heavily onto Carroll’s chest, pressing him onto the ceiling of the protective shield.
Like a ball of lightning in midair.
Germinal Organization Leader Character Summon Card—Armor Piercing Consecutive Attacks!
Han Xiao did not hold back. With the three layers of bonuses, his attack power was elevated to a terrifying level.
The explosive soundwave created a circular wave.
The power of this punch penetrated Carroll’s body and shattered the protective shield of the entire training ground!
Amid the shattered shield, Carroll flew up into the sky like a rocket, leaving circles of expanding waves.
Dark red blood dripped from the sky.
All the Bloodshed Land spectators opened their mouths wide and looked up at Carroll, who was flying into the sky.
Malekith was stunned. In just ten seconds, Han Xiao had ended the battle of resources and finished the duel.
It was way too fast!
So fast that he could barely react to it!