Chapter 2012: Shivering Food
Translator: Exodus Tales Editor: Exodus Tales
Translated by XephiZ
Edited by Aelryinth
As Lingling speculated, the Frosty Ancient Eagles started from the food that had been caught around half a month ago. They were keeping the latest kills for the long winter.
Everyone was frozen inside the ice. The wall of ice was transparent, as if they were separated by a steel-reinforced glass all around them. The Frosty Ancient Eagles were very close to them, so they could see every single move of the raptors.
Yassen, Zhao Kang, Bertan, and the others were relieved when they saw the Frosty Ancient Eagles digging out the corpses from the thicker ice. The plan had worked as intended, or they would be fighting the Frosty Ancient Eagles right now!
They were unable to move in the ice, but they could still blink. Mu Ningxue’s encasement technique had left them with some extra space instead of sealing them up completely, just in case there was an accident.
Mo Fan was watching the eagles carefully. He saw a few male eagles roaming about who were currently behind Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu.
Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu could not turn around, so they had no idea a few Frosty Ancient Eagles were behind them. Mo Fan kept rolling his eyes to signal Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu through the ice.
Zhao Manyan was utterly confused when he saw what Mo Fan was doing. Is Mo Fan having a brain freeze from the ice?, he wondered.
What the heck is wrong with him? Why does he keep rolling his eyes? Up down left right, is he trying to toggle a cheat code to increase his lives?
“Behind, behind you, the Frosty Ancient Eagles are digging in the ice!” Mo Fan wished his eyes could transmit his thoughts so he could warn the two idiots!
The male Frosty Ancient Eagles were digging into the ice that Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu were in. These bulky creatures were behaving strangely. They were going after the fresher food instead of the food that was stored half a month ago!
“Apas, can you drive those three male eagles away?” Mo Fan communicated with Apas through their Contract.
Apas was frozen right beside Mo Fan. She tried her best to lift her head and answer Mo Fan’s question with her eyes: No!
What’s going on? Aren’t they supposed to keep the fresher food for winter? Why aren’t those male eagles following the rules?, Mo Fan thought.
“Most demon creatures prefer fresh food. Even though the Frosty Ancient Eagles are storing food for winter, there are Frosty Ancient Eagles with a nobler status. They are obviously not restricted to eating the lower-quality food that was stored half a month ago. These male eagles are picking the fresher food to pander to the nobles… that stupid girl didn’t take it into account!” Apas informed Mo Fan through their Contract.
“Why didn’t you tell us before?” Mo Fan demanded.
“What difference would it make? Are you going to come up with a better plan? Perhaps Lingling already considered it, but she didn’t say anything!”
“Use your Psychic Voice to warn Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu!”
“I’ll try, but the ice might affect my ability.”
Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu soon received Apas’ message. She warned them that the male eagles behind them were planning to feed them to the nobles!
Zhao Manyan finally realized there were male eagles digging through the ice behind him. A huge chunk of the icy outer layer was already broken!
Guan Yu was so scared that his eyes were rolling around now. Is this some kind of a joke? There are so many fresh ingredients around the cave. Why did they choose them instead of the bears or the bulls? Their meat was so little!
Stay calm, stay calm, we can’t do anything reckless! Zhao Manyan used his eyes to share his thoughts with Guan Yu.
Guan Yu replied with a glare, Fine, let’s go all out with them!
The two were obviously not in sync. They soon received another message from Apas. “Mu Ningxue asks you both to stay still. Don’t release your energy.”
Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu could hear the talons digging through the ice behind them, yet they were unable to see anything. They kept anticipating the talons would dig through their heads in the next second. However, Mu Ningxue had asked them not to fight back. How were they supposed to stay calm?
The sounds were getting closer. Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu would be soaked in cold sweat by now under normal circumstances. They never thought they would be trembling like some fish in a freezer!
The sound of the eagles’ talons digging the ice was getting louder. Zhao Manyan had almost reached his limit.
The talons would soon dig into his head. He had to melt the ice with his Light Element and fight them!
The male eagle suddenly let out an anxious cry. It beat its wings and flew to another block of ice and pecked at it angrily, like it was venting its frustrations. It soon dug out a hole and smashed the Steel Spike Bull inside the ice into pieces!
Zhao Manyan and Guan Yu saw the bird right in front of them. A chill colder than the ice ran down their spines.
It was obvious that the Frosty Ancient Eagles could easily dig through normal ice, but since Mu Ningxue had frozen this ice, it was as sturdy as metal! The Frosty Ancient Eagles had failed to dig through it!They eventually gave up on digging out Guan Yu and Zhao Manyan out and turned to the Steel Spike Bull instead.
Luckily, Mu Ningxue had warned them not to move. If they had melted the ice, they would have been smashed into pieces, just like the Steel Spike Bull!
What a f**king horrible feeling! They swore they would never visit Tianshan Mountain again!
A loud cry suddenly echoed forth. One of Xing Hui’s men was chosen to be presented to the noble. He was dug out of the ice by a Frosty Ancient Eagle with a shiny crest.
The man kept screaming as the eagle snipped off his limbs with its beak. The mage from the Mu Clan did not stand a chance, and was quickly dragged outside the cave and taken away to the main nest.
Everyone’s eyes widened after witnessing the man’s fate. They immediately prayed in their hearts that the eagles were not going to choose them!
Many of them began to regret their actions. They should have let Mu Ningxue freeze them instead!
Guan Yu and Zhao Manyan had only survived because Mu Ningxue’s ice was too sturdy for the male eagles to dig through. The eagles thought this ‘food’ had been frozen for a long time, so they ended up choosing other kills.
The talons of the male eagles were very sharp, and not every Ice Mage’s magic could withstand them. Another member of the Mailong Private Military Group was soon dug out by the eagles. He was torn to pieces right before everyone as the male eagles divided him up among themselves!