Chapter 55: A+A (III)
The anthropod Queen could not be killed. The moment it was killed, all the anthropods would rebel and then humanity’s defensive line would probably not even last an hour. The reason why Shang Ke had people find the anthropod Queen was not to kill it, but to “kidnap” it.
The build of the Queen was smaller than the variants, its black shell would have a dark purple shine and a special tool must be used to find it. During the anthropod attack, the anthropod sandstorm had some effect on Via City so their readings could not find the Queen’s position. Now that it was found, it cannot hide from their readings anymore.
As long at they bring the Queen to the human defense area, the anthropod army will also shift accordingly. The only difficult point was that outside of Via City the anthropod sandstorm was everywhere. Pulling a five mile distance from the anthropod was impossible. Furthermore, with the anthropod’s speed, they would be able to make a round trip in not even ten minutes.
Shang Ke must take the Queen into the anthropod sandstorm, however far he could take it. But any means of transportation was unable to make them through the anthropod sandstorm, so they could only do so on foot. With the storm in addition to the weight of the protective gear and equipment, even with an alpha’s strong body, they likely wouldn’t go far. What’s more, the protective gear did not promise that one would not be affected by the radiation—the original was the best proof even though the reason why he had been affected was mainly because his protective gear has been damaged on during his escape.
However, it was the best choice right now.
At this moment, the anthropods restarted their attack. The soldiers all dragged their beaten bodies to fight purely on willpower. There was another three days until the storm ends, the defensive line of Via City was already on the brink of collapse.
Shang Ke knows that he can’t drag this out anymore. He wore a set of protective gear and leaned on the back of a fighter aircraft.
The fiercely fighting soldiers did not pay attention to Shang Ke who was wearing protective gear while lying on on a aircraft fighter along with two other aircraft fighters rushing into the sea of bugs, heading straight for the Queen.
“What is he trying to do?” Several hundred meters outside of the war zone, Lin Jie watched Shang Ke from the screen.
“Capturing the Queen and drawing away the anthropod army.” Rhine wore a grave expression and his tone was incomparably calm.
“Five miles out is the anthropod sandstorm, it is simply impossible for him to draw away the anthropods too far. He would just be throwing away his life in vain.” Lin Jie pursed his brows.
“I think,” Rhine calmly spoke, “his main purpose is to stall for time.”
Lin Jie no longer spoke, but his eyes held admiration as he watched Shang Ke again. It was likely that no one expected this novice young second lieutenant to show such remarkable and courageous actions during the impasse of near death. He was fully aware that he won’t be able to do it, but still did it. Even if death was ahead, he would still walk forward.
“How are the readings of the anthropod sandstorm? When will it end?” Rhine asked.
Lin Jie answered, “The lastest reading said four days. The storm will gradually start shrinking in two days and the radiation intensity would also be reduced.
Rhine’s eyes turn a shade darker, “Too long, at most two days. Have the first and second battle squads prepare for a rescue.”
Within the sea of bugs, two aircraft fighters were in charge of being screens while one was in charge of capturing the Queen. A dozen minutes later, the four of them had grabbed the Queen before being buried by the swarm and then rushed full throttle out of the anthropod’s encirclement, heading for the opposite direction of Via City.
The anthropods sensed that their Queen was captured and violently raged, then gave up their siege of the city and started to pursue them like a wave.
The soldiers that were in a bitter struggle with the anthropods quickly noticed the shift in the V army and saw that they were chasing after three aircraft fighters far from the defensive line. The soldiers suddenly understood what happened.
Their commander left while carrying the Queen and leading away the anthropod army. The commander ring’s signal light disappeared in the distant horizon like a gradually dimming star.
Via City’s crisis was temporarily removed, the soldiers obtained valuable time to rest, reorganize and survive. But that young second lieutenant of theirs, may never come back again.
“Sir!” The soldiers face the horizon and loudly shouted.
The three aircrafts quickly arrived at the edge of the storm, if they go forward just a bit more, the operating system would malfunction.
Shang Ke jumped off the aircraft and told the other three, “You guys can return, leave the rest to me”
“Sir!” The three pilots spoke at the same time.
“You guys aren’t wearing protective gears, so following me would be useless.” Shang Ke picked up the suitcase carrying the Queen and then rushed into the storm without looking back.
The three pilots raised their hands and did a salute to the direction Shang Ke disappeared in, their eyes glistening with tears.
Shang Ke had researched the topography of the surroundings of Via City. around seven to eight miles away from here was a natural moat around several hundred meters long. He planned to hang the Queen on the steep cliff about fifty to sixty meters away from the moat. If the anthropods want to save their Queen, they would likely have to use a lot of time.
Shang Ke controlled the pace of his breathing, bringing out his potential to the limits and ran like a burst of uncontrollable wind, madly rushing through the storm.
Despite being utterly exhausted, there was also a feeling of elatenss as if his entire person was about to fly.
He never knew that his physical capabilities was actually this good, to still be able to run for so long despite fighting for several days and night.
The anthropod army was chasing from behind him so he could not stop at all. The earlier he gets rid of the Queen, the higher the chance he will live.
He did not know how long its been but Shang Ke finally arrived at his destination. From behind, the earthquake like shaking also followed.
Shang Ke did not dare to tarry, he took off the bow on him and an arrow, then targeted the cliff and shot. The arrowhead went tightly into a crack on the cliff and on the arrow tail was a steel wire.
He quickly turned around and ran for a rock on another cliff and agily climbed to the top. He squatted and quietly watched the activity below…
Most of the anthropods in Via City was drawn away by Shang Ke. The few remaining were no longer able to bring about any threat to the defense line. The soldiers followed the original squad organization and split into groups to fight.
This was their chance of living that their Second Lieutenant Filmore gave them in exchange with his life, all the people gathered their strength and fought the final battle.
The eighth day passed, the ninth day passed… the forecast that the anthropod army could only be delayed for two days actually still did not appear on the ninth day.
The hearts of the soldier’s shook, they did not know just what kind of method their commander used to drag out this much time. Seeing how their hope of survival was just in front of them, everyone were endlessly moved.
Compared to everyone else at Via City, Shang Ke’s situation was not very optimistic.
The reason why the anthropods never returned, was because Shang Ke “heroically” attracted their aggro.
At the beginning, Shang Ke was hiding nicely while waiting for the anthropods to save their Queen and leave. Then, he would be safe. However, just when the anthropod army was about to leave, his unlucky cursed halo abruptly appeared: 【Cursed Halo Activate: Berserk Mode ten hours, target: Shang Ke.】
Being shone on by the cursed halo, Shang Ke felt the blood in his body boil and he suddenly stood up, roaring to the sky. That imposing manner was like Sparta the Second.
After receiving such an earth shaking roar, the anthropods very “passionately” responded his aggressive and provoking roar.
Shang Ke watched the bugs that were all climbing up his place and gave a middle finger to the System in his heart. He then took out his sabre and started an inhuman “killing” of the bugs like he was high on drugs…
The first rescue team arrived on the tenth day, they wore protective gear and brought weaponry equipment as they passed through the already shrunken storm on foot.
When the rescue team formed of twenty thousand people hurried over, the soldiers of Via City were so moved that tears started to stream down their faces and they all dropped to the floor, powerless to move again.
Bodies were everywhere within the city, the flesh piling up and there was almost no place to walk in. Seeing such a scene, the soldiers that came to rescue them were simply unable to imagine just what kind of tragic battle they experienced. The soldiers of Via City, under the situation of no reinforcement, no weapons and greatly outnumbered and outpowered managed to hold down the defensive line for more than ten days. This created the first miracle in the Empire’s war history.
“Brigadier General Lancelot, please save Second Lieutenant Filmore!” the situation of Via City progressively steadied with the arrival of the reinforcement army. The arthopod army led away by Shang Ke still has not returned, it signified that he may very well still be alive. After more than ten days of combat with Filmore, the soldiers of Via City did not lack any respect for this young second lieutenant. As such, they immediately requested his rescue.
Rhine organized three special battle squads at once and wore his protective gear, rushing to save Filmore.
The bug sandstorm’s might had already been much reduced by now, so they could use some special equipment. Rhine guided the special battle squads, who were full of strength with excellent weapons and were far stronger than the common soldiers by several folds. Rushing into a sea of bugs to save one person was still accomplishable.
However, when they arrived at top speed, they were utterly shocked by the scene before them.
The surroundings of a small mountain-like rock not too far from them was piled with the corpses of bugs. They almost completely covered it, making it a rather dark pile and was a spectacular sight.
At the summit was a man in ragged clothing, holding a bug leg being grilled over the fire. He was sitting cross-legged and the upper half of his well built body was covered in injuries of all sizes. Even so, it gave a hard to describe charm to him.
Sitting on top of the mountain of bug corpses, within the radiations of the bug while half naked from the top and eating a roasted bug leg. Did he have to be so sexy and domineering? If a picture was taken of this scene, it could be treated as a family heirloom!
Everyone roughly calculated the numbers of bug corpses. At minimum there were thirty thousand, in just two days, without stopping to sleep or rest, on average one per minute was killed… Holy crap, what this guy still human? Killing so many bugs purely on willpower, and even under the condition where he was very exhausted in the first place. This kind of strength and perseverance was really too scary!
What was even stranger was that he had actually dared to roast bugs to eat. This kind of bug could be eaten? Smelling it from their spot, it smelled pretty nice! What about the remaining variants? How come they don’t see any?
“Second lieutenant Filmore.” Rhine ordered the soldiers to raise their vigilance and then shouted at the top of the summit.
Yet the man at the summit remained motionless without any reaction.
Everyone’s heart thumped once: He couldn’t be…
Rhine knitted his brows tightly as he stepped on the bodies of the dead bugs and jumped over a couple others, nimbly making his way to the top of the summit and stood in front of Shang Ke.
Shang Ke’s head was drooping with his hair weakly covering his forehead. His eyes were closed and his long eyelashes made a faint shadow. His face was full of bloodstains and his lips were slightly cracked, his shoulders were also sagging with his right hand holding his long sword with the blade pointing down. His left hand held a roasted bug leg, which he had only taken a few bites out of. His half naked body was full of claw marks and stab wounds, there were even a couple were the bone could be seen from how deep the injuries went.
Rhine felt his chest tighten. If it weren’t for the slight movements of his chest, he would have believed that the other man was dead already.
Thank the heavens, he was still alive.
Rhine slowly bent down and was just about to help him when he saw his eyes suddenly snapping open and a long sword slashed towards him.
Rhine did not dodge, he accurately gripped Shang Ke’s wrist and met his gaze with those star-like eyes.
“You’re…” Shang Ke could finally take a good look at him and somewhat relaxed his body as his voice made a rather dry and rough sound.
“Rhine Lancelot.” Rhine stared at him without blinking.
Rhine Lancelot? Isn’t he the “main character” of this world? This man has the familiar presence he was used to!
Shang Ke’s heart jumped and the light flickered in his eyes. With some expectation and happiness, he slowly moved his gaze toward Rhine’s right hand.
Rhine just so happen to release him, revealing his palm. His palm was completely blank, unexpected—there, wasn’t, a, mole!
SnowTime: Sorry for server downtime #2, but the server was migrated to another node so things should be fine now o3o As for the noticeable lack of zergs, I got someone who actually knows starcraft to confirm if these were them, and they weren’t. So I changed names~!