Icarus Translations

Zhan Long

Chapter 46- Challenge!

 “You’ll take responsibility? ”

Yan Zhao Warrior suddenly looks at me and says in a low voice: “Xiao Yao, I know you and Qing Qian have a good relationship, but as a man, you shouldn’t involve others in your disputes. When seeing that Qing Qian wanted to take people to help you, you should’ve tried your hardest to prevent her from coming, rather than raising hostility between [Prague] and [Wrath of Heroes]!”

Facing the aggressive level 31 Swordsman, I, with a robe and a staff, look straight into his eyes and fearlessly say: “Being a man, I only know how to aid my friends when they are in a difficult situation. I know Qing Qian is my friend, and I will not allow anyone to bully her. I also know that being a leader, one should bear the fault of his subordinates instead of aggressively holding them responsible. Uncle Yan Zhao, do you deserve to be the leader of Prague?!”

 

……

 

It was so silent, even the sound of a pin drop could be heard.

 

Yan Zhao Warrior is the top player in Ba Huang City, the leader of Prague, and even created his own combo, Peerless Strike. No one has dared to challenge him yet!

 

Qing Qian is standing there with a silly expression. Looking at my back, she mutters: “Xiao Yao …”

 

Wei Liang’s pair of beautiful eyes are filled with worry as she whispers: “He’s dead, Xiao Yao is about to understand the wrath of Uncle Yan Zhao. He is really going to die …”

 

……

 

Yan Zhao Warrior’s eyes are about to pop while looking at me. After a full minute, he suddenly reaches behind to pull out his sword and says: “Xiao Yao, I am really happy that Qing Qian has you as a friend, but do you know the consequences of your actions? Come, show me the strength of the best Healer in Ba Huang City. Let me confirm if you’re worthy enough for Qing Qian to be kicked out of Prague over. If you have no strength and only empty words, I can only see you as a worthless kid! ”

 

Pa!

 

A blood-red flag falls on the ground –

 

Ding!

 

System Notification: Player “Yan Zhao Warrior” issues you a challenge. Do you accept? (When the player is killed, there are no item/stat losses)

 

……

 

I raise my hand and wave my staff to accept the the challenge while my left foot stomps the ground. A golden-hexagram shines and Baby Bobo comes out on my right, buzzing and ready.

 

“Brother Xiao Yao… …” Qing Qian sees me accept the challenge, her delicate shoulders are trembling and her eyes red as if almost crying.

 

I close my eyes and the voices around me disappear. My entire body enters a state of meditation and my senses become sharper than ever. I might be able to win against him if I wasn’t a Healer. Everybody knows how strong Yan Zhao Warrior is, and even if it’s Lin Wan Er, the odds of winning may only be 50%. The odds for me to win is basically non-existent.

 

My mind goes through countless tactics, and finally I choose one: I’ll first kill Yan Zhao Warrior’s 74% excellence killer bee and then use level 3 Heals to keep my health from falling and use Baby Bobo’s strong attacks to kill Yan Zhao Warrior. I can win with this tactic!

 

System begins countdown while thousands of eyes stare at us-

 

“3! ”

 

“2! ”

 

“1! ”

 

Begin!

 

Sure enough, right when the battle begins, Yan Zhao Warrior summons his killer bee to fly forward while he runs to the left, trying to avoid Baby Bobo. He’s making sure to keep his health at a decent level before going in for the killing blow!

 

……

 

Baby Bobo flies to killer bee and the two pets both use their combo skills! Baby Bobo triumphantly cries out as his three strikes connect, each hit dealing more than 300 points of damage, while the killer bee’s attack against Baby Bobo only did 600 damage. To make things better, with one cast of Heal, Baby Bobo’s health is full again!

 

“Flip … …”

 

Yan Zhao’s Killer bee falls to the ground, becoming a dead wasp. The players gathered let out a gasp. Who would have thought, Yan Zhao Warrior’s pet dies in a blink of an eye!

 

“Ding……”

 

A piercing sound emerges as the tip Yan Zhao Warrior’s sword glows with a golden hexagram: a level 4 combo! A Level 3 combo has a 50% chance to hit 3 times, while the level 4 combo has an 80% chance to hit 3 times. Additionally, it increases the damage dealt per strike!

 

Seeing that the opponent’s blade is about to fall, I immediately try anticipate the direction it’ll come and try to dodge. I slide backwards to the rear, while raising my staff across my chest to parry!

 

“Bang……”

 

Sparks appear around my staff. With the monstrous power behind the strike, I almost lose my balance. Consecutive numbers appear on top of my head –

 

“MISS! ”

 

“147! ”

 

“+160! ”

 

“374! ”

 

……

 

Even though the first strike of the combo missed and the second blow was parried which lowers the damage, if I hadn’t used Hemostasis after parrying the second strike, the third strike would have killed me.

 

Yan Zhao Warrior shows a surprised pair of eyes: “Eh? ” It’s hard for him to believe that his first strike missed, but as a veteran of many battles, he didn’t dwell on it and does not wait for me to adjust my off-balance stance, and raises his sword and a blood-red glow appears, Lv.4 [Heavy Strike]!

 

Lv.4 Heavy Cut increases the damage of a single strike by 4%. Yan Zhao Warrior’ base damage is already extremely scary to me since my defense is only 85, but with the addition of 4%, his attacks are a nightmare!

 

Heavy Cut takes 0.5 seconds to prepare so I thrust my staff straight out, using it like a sword, and quickly splice, split cut, ram, then slice again in a continuous attack. Unfortunately, its not a combo, but it still does 280 damage and knocks Yan Zhao Warrior back a half step and his [Heavy Cut] is interrupted.

 

Yan Zhao Warrior’s face turns purple in anger and he sweeps his sword forward!

 

I see an opportunity and drop my body, the sword edge narrowly misses my forehead. Keng! It cuts the city wall behind me, causing sparks and gravel to fly out. I get nightmares thinking about how much it would have hurt if that actually hit me.

 

I smoothly roll to the side and use a Lv.3 Heal to go back to full health. I command Baby Bobo to fly back and use Sting, which hits heavily on Yan Zhao Warrior’s shoulder!

 

Ding Ding!

 

“297! ”

 

Gee, his defense is really high!

 

“DIE!”

 

Facing Baby Bobo, Yan Zhao Warrior does not hesitate to use a killing skill, he used Peerless Strike!

 

Peerless Strike is a combo composed of a straight thrust, slice, slice, kick, and finally a straight cut. The first three attacks are too fast and cannot be interrupted, but there’s a .3 second gap before the kick. I figured this out after I repeatedly watched videos of his combo skill. The only weakness that I could find was the gap between the kick which is probably why his combo skill is only evaluated at A by the system!

 

Utilizing the 0.3 seconds gap, I fly forward before Yan Zhao Warrior begins his kick and stomp heavily on his foot!

 

“BAM! ”

 

The airflow becomes agitated but Yan Zhao Warrior’s last two strikes disappear! Baby Bobo’s health is low, but he just needs to land a critical hit and Yan Zhao Warrior would perish!

 

“Brush! ”

 

“254! ”

 

Unfortunately, it was not a fatal blow, and Yan Zhao Warrior has about 200 health left. He lands a hit on Baby Bobo, and Baby Bobo dies buzzing. My two healing skills still have 6 seconds on cooldown, so I had no way of saving Bobo, or the outcome of this match.

 

“Go to hell! ”

 

After killing Baby Bobo, Yan Zhao Warrior jumps forward, his sword blowing past my defending staff, and two consecutive strikes hit my shoulders!

 

“365! ”

 

“331! ”

 

My body is sent flying back with a BANG! and lands heavily in the corner, lowering my health to 0!

 

Ding!

 

System Notification: Player “Xiao Yao Zi Zai” has lost the challenge. “Yan Zhao Warrior” Wins!

 

……

 

“Beautiful! Leader won. Such a beautiful win! ”

 

“Uncle Yan Zhao is really the best in Ba Huang City! ”

 

“The Combo skill strikes and Xiao Yao is dead! ”

 

Everybody congratulates Yan Zhao Warrior, but his face shows no sign of happiness. Instead, he glares at me and then suspiciously looks at his sword. He seems to be very puzzled as to how I broke his combo. This duel seems to be a big deal, but although no one says it, a fight between a Healer and a Swordsman is not a fair fight. Yan Zhao Warrior missed his first combo, and his Peerless Strike was cut off. It can be said that this was his defeat even though he won the duel!

 

“Rustle … …”

 

Qing Qian steps forward and reaches out to take my arm. Looking at me with her red eyes: “Brother Xiao Yao, I’m really sorry… … really sorry. It’s all my fault … …”

 

I shake my head and whisper: “It’s my fault, I caused this mess … …”

 

Qing Qian almost cried: “Brother Xiao Yao, why are you so nice to me?”

 

“Because Qing Qian is also good to me?”

 

Qing Qian: “……”

 

……

 

Yan Zhao Warrior stands there and coldly looks at me: “Xiao Yao, I don’t care what kind of relationship you have with [Wrath of Heroes], but remember, do not to involve [Prague] in personal matters. We will not participate in any of your feuds. Qing Qian might be your friend, but do you even know how to cherish friends?”

 

I stand up slap the dust off, and say: “Uncle Yan Zhao, as a friend of Qing Qian, in fact, I suggest that she should permanently leave [Prague] guild and if I had a guild, I would ask her to join! ”

 

“You!” ”

 

Facing such a poacher, Yan Zhao Warrior’s’ face turns green. He points his sword directly at me: “Xiao Yao, you’re no match for me, so what makes you say that? ”

 

I take my staff with me and say: “I may not be a match for you now, but that does not mean I will never match you in the future …”

———

Author: Shi Luo Ye

TL: Gravity

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One comment on “Chapter 46- Challenge!

  1. xiachenliang
    March 2, 2015

    12th straight First. Xian Chen Liang was here!

    Like

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