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Chapter 1891: Seizing Psychic Energy! (I)
Translated by: Hypersheep325
Edited by: Michyrr
The Ifrit was silent, apparently ignoring Khatabah’s question.
Khatabah’s face went cold, and he immediately used the compulsion of the Ifrit Core. Finally…
The Ifrit’s indistinct, raw, and wary voice finally came from the core. “Nightmare! That human’s bosom holds the already extinct Nightmare… a creature from the same era as me, a mortal foe!”
Upon receiving the answer, Khatabah couldn’t help but shudder and glance in w.a.n.g Chong’s direction.
The weak and barbaric lands of the Central Plains had a creature from the same era as the Ifrit, one that could stand against it? How was that possible?!
The killing intent within Khatabah’s heart intensified even more.
The world could not permit two world-destroying beasts to exist at the same time. No matter what, w.a.n.g Chong had to die, and that object he had… had to be destroyed!
There was a rush of wind, and before Khatabah could join the Ifrit and deal with w.a.n.g Chong, the King Ape bellowed. It leaped into the air, its two arms and body moving with an agility that belied its size as it attacked Khatabah.
“Lord Junior Guardian, Lord Zhangchou, Secretariat Advisor… no matter what, you have to hold Khatabah! You can’t let him get away!” w.a.n.g Chong sent a mental wave into the minds of w.a.n.g Zhongsi, Zhangchou Jianqiong, and Li Junxian. Although he was on the front line, he had a part of his mind controlling the King Ape, so he was able to keep close watch on Khatabah.
His every movement and intention was revealed to w.a.n.g Chong.
The Ifrit could annihilate the Great Tang, and if it were joined by Khatabah, who could stop them?
He could not allow them to get together.
“Nightmare Beast, what way do you have of dealing with this Ifrit?” w.a.n.g Chong sent a part of his mind to communicate with the Nightmare Beast’s core.
He no longer had time to worry about the Nightmare Beast’s secrets and question it about how the Nightmare Beast from Yellow Emperor Xuanyuan’s generation could develop a connection with a legendary Ifrit of Arabia. His first priority was to eliminate the Ifrit.
With each additional moment the Ifrit lived, the Tang army and all of the people of the Great Tang Empire spent a little longer in a most dire crisis.
The consequences of allowing the Ifrit into the Central Plains were unimaginable.
“The Ifrit is a creature born from the laws of the world. Their bodies are made of pure Fire Element. No matter how you attack it, it’s impossible to kill them. But while these Ifrits are called indestructible, their greatest fear is the Nightmare Beasts and our inextinguishable minds. Like the Ifrits, we are also creatures born of the world and are similarly difficult to destroy. From a certain perspective, we share an origin, though our essences are different.
“However, the Ifrits have a major weakness.
“In the ancient era, in the early age of humans, the Ifrits stepped into the eastern world, but they ran into us Nightmare Beasts. We heavily damaged their origins, killed several of them, and pushed them back.
“Ifrits possess a natural mental resistance, which I’m sure you’ve already experienced, but this psychic defense is useless against Nightmare Beasts. This is their natural flaw, and it is why the Ifrits tried to destroy us Nightmare Beasts! In order to reach this goal, they allied with the humans of the west that they loathed so much, using them to agitate the experts of the east into killing us. The Ifrit Core in that human’s hand is what they used in order to seal their alliance with the western humans!
“We once captured a western Psychic Energy pract.i.tioner and read his memories, so we knew what was going on, but in the end, they still succeeded.
“I am the last Nightmare Beast of our lineage, and this was only because Little Gra.s.s protected me.
“But I’m too weak right now and have yet to fully mature. In addition… you absorbed half of my strength at the time, so there’s no way I can stand against it. If you permit it, I have a way… that can allow me to rapidly mature. This is the only way I can gain the power to fight it.”
The Nightmare Beast became very hesitant toward the end, a fearful and worried tone in its voice.
w.a.n.g Chong frowned. Just when he was about to ask the Nightmare Beast what this way was, he recalled the memories he had obtained from it and understood.
“You want to capture those humans so you can extract their Psychic Energy and strengthen yourself!” w.a.n.g Chong said.
After a moment of hesitation, the Nightmare Beast affirmed. The Nightmare Beast could capture humans and make them kill each other while at the same time draining their Psychic Energy. This was a most terrifying and extremely wicked act.
In the Battle of Zhuolu, the Nightmare Beast had used this ability to great effect, but in helping the Yellow Emperor defeat the forces of Chiyou, it earned the fear of the Yellow Emperor’s subjects. In the end, in order to protect its life, the Yellow Emperor was forced to dig out a hole and seal it within.
This sort of conduct was in clear violation of major taboos.
And currently, it could not determine if its current master would permit such heinous acts.
But to its surprise, moments after the Nightmare Beast spoke, it heard w.a.n.g Chong reply in an unconcerned manner.
“So that’s what it was! Go, then! As long as they’re not Tang, kill as many as you want. As long as you can deal with the Ifrit and defeat the Arabs, I don’t care what methods you have to resort to,” w.a.n.g Chong immediately said.
The Nightmare Beast’s concerns were not at all shared by w.a.n.g Chong. On the battlefield, soldiers fought each other for the right to live, and besides, Arabia was the Great Tang’s mortal foe. The more Arabs that died, the greater the advantage for the Great Tang.
The Nightmare Beast was immediately energized upon hearing w.a.n.g Chong’s reply.
“Master, protect my core. It will be just a few moments until I can help you deal with the Ifrit!”
A moment later, the Nightmare Beast’s mental body shot out of the core, pitch-black all over, and vanished into the Arab ranks. Upon a closer look, one would realize that the Nightmare Beast’s mental body looked the same as its original body.
“Raaa! You can’t escape!”
Surprisingly, the Ifrit was unnerved by the Nightmare Beast’s actions. Giving up on w.a.n.g Chong, it immediately punched at the Nightmare Beast’s mental body.
But the Nightmare Beast moved with extreme speed, suddenly accelerating and easily dodging the Ifrit’s attack.
Rumble! A torrent of lava dropped down on an unlucky group of Arab cavalry, causing them to scream as they dropped to the ground.
A moment later, a ma.s.sive s.h.i.+ft occurred on the battlefield.
In a flash of light, the Nightmare Beast transformed into a dark cloud that began to swiftly shuttle across the battlefield. Plus.h.!.+ Plus.h.!.+ Plus.h.!.+ With no warning at all, Arab hors.e.m.e.n across the battlefield began to roar like they were insane and charge at the Arab hors.e.m.e.n by their side.
“b.a.s.t.a.r.d! What are you doing?!”
An Arab horseman who had been attacked was both shocked and enraged, but before he could react, a scimitar had separated his head from his neck.
But this was far from the extent of the Nightmare Beast’s power.
Two groups of Arab cavalry were working in concert against the Great Tang, but suddenly, they clenched their teeth, their faces turning red, and they charged at each other. Plus.h.!.+ Plus.h.!.+ Plus.h.!.+ Their blades bit into flesh, and in short order, thousands of Arab cavalry were fighting each other and collapsing in pools of blood.
The chaos was originally restricted to a very small area, but this area began to rapidly expand. The Arab cavalry caught up in mindless bloodl.u.s.t originally numbered several thousand, but this figure soon expanded to tens of thousands of people, and then one hundred thousand, two hundred thousand. In the distance, Abu Muslim and Adnan paled.
“d.a.m.n it; what are they doing?”
“Split up! Hurry and split them up!”
Adnan cursed. This had happened too quickly. Not even someone as strong as Adnan could understand why the army had suddenly begun to fight with itself.
“Watch out! Something’s strange!”
Abu Muslim suddenly sensed something and ordered his army to quickly retreat to avoid the chaotic region.
In the rear, Su Hanshan, Li Siye, and Young Master Qingyang glanced at each other. For the hard-pressed Tang army, this was a blessing from the heavens.
Though Su Hanshan didn’t know the exact details, he instinctively knew that this had to do with w.a.n.g Chong.
“Wind, Forest, Fire, Water! Mo Saber Unit, charge!”
With a mighty war cry, the Mo Saber Unit marched out from the rear, their long sabers raised high into the air as they pressed forward with unstoppable momentum.
The Mo Saber Unit was unperturbed as the Arab cavalry charged at them, and with a sweep of their ten-foot-long sabers, at least seven thousand Arab cavalry were felled.
With the entry of the Mo Saber Unit, the battle on the right flank quickly turned back in favor of the Great Tang.
At the same time, Li Siye led the Wushang Cavalry as a sharp sword, plunging into the battlefield and pus.h.i.+ng aside all resistance they encountered.
Using the chaos the Nightmare Beast’s attack had created, the Tang were mobilizing their forces and increasing their advantage. At this moment, the crux of the battle now rested entirely on the Nightmare Beast.
“Release! Release! Release!”
“Something is weird! Kill it!”
Countless arrows howled through the air at the source of the chaos, and some of the more strong-minded Arab generals were able to catch the blur of the Nightmare Beast as it pa.s.sed by them and ran off in pursuit of it.