Chapter 1884: Working Together!
Translated by: Hypersheep325
Edited by: Michyrr
But at this moment…
A blazing red sun as massive as a mountain suddenly appeared, instantly crashing toward the Ifrit’s head the moment it manifested. The terrifying force of this sudden assault sent fire bursting out from the Ifrit’s head and its feet staggering backward.
The Ifrit howled in pain for the first time since its appearance.
“Wang Zhongsi, Zhangchou Jianqiong, An Sishun… hurry and help me!”
Wang Chong’s resounding voice was ice-cold as it rang out in everyone’s ears. What had happened just now left everyone shocked. Even the Arabs had done their best to avoid the Ifrit. Only Wang Chong had remained calm and composed throughout and begun to take countermeasures.
There was another howl as Wang Chong took control of another Behemoth, this one in the form of a water buffalo, making it raise its hooves and charge at the Ifrit.
If the Ifrit did not die, all of the Great Tang’s soldiers in the northwest would die!
The water buffalo Behemoth bellowed as it crashed against the Behemoth’s body. Immediately afterward, Wang Chong seized control of a second Behemoth, and then a third, a fourth… When defeating the High Priest, Wang Chong had devoured his ‘Forbidden Art Sea’, so he had naturally obtained the knowledge within.
As time passed, Wang Chong digested more and more of this knowledge, so he was able to more quickly take control of the Behemoths.
“Ordinary attacks are no good, but Stellar Energy still has an effect!”
With no further hesitation, Wang Zhongsi, Zhangchou Jianqiong, and Gao Xianzhi shot into the air toward the Ifrit. When Wang Chong had attacked earlier, all of them had been able to see that while the sun created through the Great Yinyang Heaven Creation Art had not been able to kill the Ifrit, its aura had slightly dimmed upon taking Wang Chong’s Subtle realm attack.
This was completely different from the attacks of the giant ballistae.
While this Ifrit didn’t have a physical body, it still had weaknesses, could still be defeated.
This discovery was a shot in the arm for the entire army!
Neither Wang Zhongsi nor Zhangchou Jianqiong was an ordinary expert. They were the finest commanders of the Great Tang, possessing top-class strength. In the blink of an eye, the Great Generals had appeared around the Ifrit.
Furious roars continued to be heard as waves of energy pummeled the Ifrit in the center of the battlefield. At the same time, waves of heat swept outward, scorching the very air itself.
If they were fighting individually, Zhangchou Jianqiong or any of the others would have never been a match for the Ifrit, but as Wang Chong was holding down the front, the rest of them felt less pressure.
As the balls of Stellar Energy exploded on the Ifrit, it was clear that it was getting weaker. Exhilarated, Gao Xianzhi and the others redoubled their assault.
As five of the Great Tang’s major leaders attacked the Behemoth, the blare of a horn came from the rear of the Arab army, a lingering and ancient sound. Countless Arab generals turned and saw icy-faced Khatabah swing down his arm from atop the elephant Behemoth.
“Haha, it’s not that easy to retreat in one piece!”
Adnan coldly laughed as he turned back around, immediately understanding what the Hierophant wanted.
“All soldiers, attack! Don’t let them run!”
Adnan immediately urged his horse into a gallop and charged off in pursuit of the retreating Tang army.
They first retreated so that the Ifrit could hold down the leaders of the Tang army, and then they would attack again. Without the five commanders, the Great Tang would be powerless to stop them.
The air instantly resounded with war cries as the Arab cavalry transformed into a flood of steel and killing intent, rushing at the Tang army with a mountain-toppling momentum.
They had all seen the power of the Ifrit. With this ally on their side, the Great Tang was no match.
“Shield soldiers to the front and spearmen behind! Defensive formation!”
“Enemy attack! Man the defense line!”
As the Arab army surged forward, the Tang soldiers instantly grimaced. More than half of the defense line had been lost under the attacks of the Ifrit and its fire men, and the Ifrit was on the verge of punching a hole straight through it.
Without the steel defense line, stopping the cavalry charge was impossible.
More importantly, in the current situation, there was no way they could outrun the cavalry.
The earth trembled and dust churned as tens of thousands of red-eyed Arabs charged over, swiftly riding around the Ifrit. As they got closer and closer, a nervous tension swept over the army.
At this moment, a cold and aloof voice spoke. Gears groaned, and the air howled as tens of thousands of ballista bolts took flight, a black cloud of locusts that engulfed the Arab cavalry at the very front.
Plush! Plush! Plush! The ballista bolts pierced through flesh, cutting down tens of thousands of Arab cavalry like stalks of wheat.
The inertia of their charge continued to carry their corpses forward in clouds of dust.
Blood flowed freely across the land, and upon seeing that frightening killing power, the vast sea of Arab cavalry paused. Even the distant Adnan lost a little of his savagery.
In order to avoid being swept up in the Ifrit’s attacks and provoking its killing instinct, the Arab army had retreated, increasing the distance between it and the Tang army. But this had also given Su Hanshan and the ballista army more space to work with.
His expression cold, Su Hanshan swung his arm down again, and the ballista army revealed its savage face once more. The air thundered as another vast swath of Arab cavalry was slain, large holes punched through their chests.
The power of the ballista army quickly allowed the rest of the army to stabilize.
“Xue Qianjun, I leave the vanguard to you. Even if you have to die, you have to hold against their first wave!” Su Hanshan’s cold voice rang out over the front line.
Waves of heat continued to sweep over the battlefield; the threat of the Ifrit was as ever-present as one’s shadow. Wang Chong, Wang Zhongsi, Zhangchou Jianqiong… all the elite commanders of the Great Tang were doing all they could to hold down the Ifrit. They had no strength or energy to command the army.
At this time, Su Hanshan rapidly took the reins of command. Although he had yet to reach the Great General level, at times of crisis, Su Hanshan could display the necessary daring a Great General required to hold the line.
“Everyone, follow me! Goose Pond Formation!”
Upon hearing Su Hanshan’s voice, Xue Qianjun clenched his teeth, raised his sword, and gathered his men to face the Arabs.
“Wushang Cavalry, hear my order! Prepare to charge!”
In another area, Li Siye took out his giant sword, rising to the occasion, his brave and fearless voice sweeping across the battlefield and raising the morale of the entire army.
The bravest general!
The most stalwart figure!
The clearest mind!
After the Battle of Talas, Li Siye’s reputation had spread throughout the Central Plains. He was possibly the only person who could rally an army through his personal strength and courage.
Rumble! The Wushang Cavalry quickly gathered behind Li Siye, their swords leaving their sheaths and gleaming with cold light.
“Mo Saber Unit, where are you?!
“Kong Zi-an, the Mo Saber Unit is under your command! Anyone who retreats is to be executed!”
With another great rumble, the tens of thousands of Mo Saber Units, their raised Mo Sabers forming a forest of steel, gathered next to the Wushang Cavalry, exuding an intimidating aura.
Just like how Su Hanshan had become the spiritual leader of the ballista army, Li Siye was the heart of the Wushang Cavalry and Mo Saber Unit. As long as Li Siye was there, the army’s morale would never crumble.
“Big Dipper Army! Prepare for battle!”
Cheng Qianli and Xi Yuanqing also came forward to take command. The Nine Dragon Army, the various protectorate armies, the Imperial Army… In just a few moments, the entire Tang army had reformed.
On the other side, despite the powerful hindrance of tens of thousands of ballistae, the Arab flood was unstoppable.
In just a few moments, the two armies were fiercely clashing, and the Ifrit’s clones also entered the battle.
A vicious tongue of flame shot through the air, and An Sishun only barely managed to dodge it.
While the two armies had restarted their battle, Wang Chong and the others were in a fierce battle of their own. Boom! The massive Ifrit swung down an arm, causing gouts of lava and flame to spray outward, so blindingly bright that it was hard to open one’s eyes.
“Origin Immortal Art!
“Eight Ultimate Sunderings!”
“White Tiger Swallows the Stars!”
“Emperor Dragon Fist!”
Wang Chong, Gao Xianzhi, Zhangchou Jianqiong, An Sishun… all of them were constantly shifting around as they unleashed powerful attacks on the Ifrit at the center, barraging its body with blows.