Chapter 392 - Goblin Magic Cannons
Seeing Nie Yan reach for the scrolls, Bodhi Skybright immediately shot forth like a bullet.
Lock Down, similar to Intimidate, paralyzed a target in place. Nie Yan felt a powerful force binding him, preventing him from moving.
Bodhi Skybright’s blade drew a graceful arc through the air as he aimed for Nie Yan’s back.
Skewer was a Great Thief skill that increased movement speed by 300%, pierced armour, and dealt high burst damage!
Die! Bodhi Skybright was brimming with confidence. His dagger was only inches away from piercing Nie Yan’s heart. It was impossible for an ordinary person to dodge at this range!
This guy’s got some pretty decent skills… Nie Yan activated Gale Step, taking advantage of the invincibility to neutralize Bodhi Skybright’s attack as he reached out to grab the scrolls on the table.
Dammit! Bodhi Skybright was surprised. Seeing Nie Yan about to grab the scrolls, he took out a Web Scroll from his bag and crushed it in his hand.
A giant web fell from the sky and trapped Nie Yan within.
Hah! They’re mine now! Bodhi Skybright broke out into a victorious smile as he reached out his hand to grab the scrolls.
At this moment, Nie Yan fired out a web line from his Silk Spinner Ring. It accurately hit the scrolls as he pulled them into his grap.
Nie Yan smirked. Trying to compete with me? Dream on, kid!
Bodhi Skybright’s eyes widened in shock. He never expected Nie Yan to suddenly turn the tables on him, and with spider webs no less!
Nie Yan swung Zennarde’s Sword and destroyed the giant web trapping him. Activating Intimidate, he paralyzed Bodhi Skybright in place.
Nie Yan dashed toward the immobilized Bodhi Skybright and slashed down with Zennarde’s Sword.
Just as it seemed like Bodhi Skybright was about to die a miserable death, he suddenly crushed a scroll in his hand.
Nie Yan slashed through Bodhi Skybright as his body turned illusory and disappeared.
Bodhi Skybright had used an Unknown Transfer Scroll!
It appeared Bodhi Skybright had come well prepared, planning to teleport away the moment danger struck.
Nie Yan sheathed Zennarde’s Sword. It appeared Angel Corps was also starting to target him. In the Viridian Empire, Asskickers United was the only guild that could oppose Divine Protectors and Alliance of Mages. Angel Corps, Alliance of Mages, and Divine Protectors were all backed by the Century Financial Group, so they were naturally on the same side. These three guilds were all fearsome opponents. As for Bloodlust Blades, their collapse was inevitable, so there was no need to worry about them any longer.
Bodhi Skybright reappeared in an open field about 1,000 meters away from the castle. He breathed out a sigh of relief. If he had been a second slower, he would’ve been a dead man. Sure enough, Mad Rogue Nirvana Flame was a tough nut to crack. What filled him with the most regret was that he had almost obtained those scrolls!
With the danger gone, Nie Yan finally had time to examine Abak’s Bloody Dagger.
Abak’s Bloody Dagger (Legendary): Unequippable
Requirements: 1,500 Strength, 1,200 Dexterity, Level 180
Description: This item can only be worn by the owner of the Glimpse of Darkness. It is only equippable when the owner has gathered the full set. Abak held strength in high regard. Only the powerful can become tyrants. Eliminate all traitors!
Properties: Attack +2,200, Life Steal +5%, Strength +700, Dexterity +320, All Stats +100, Ignore Level, Chaos Damage, Attacks inflict the following curses: Exhaust, Fate Lock, and Thorns
Set Completion: 2/8
This item is automatically bound to the owner of Volume I of the Book of Order, Glimpse of Darkness. It cannot be traded or dropped.
Exhaust lowered the target’s defense; Fate Lock summoned a Fate Die that inflicted the target with a random debuff, the duration of which depended on the roll; and Thorns returned a portion of the damage the target dealt back to them.
Like this, Nie Yan had another piece of the Tyrant Abak Set.
Nie Yan checked his quest progress.
Find the Tyrank Abak Set: Travel to the Golden City. You may find some clues there.
Nie Yan could only enter the Golden City after reaching Level 60, so he had to put this quest aside for the time being.
Finally, Nie Yan took a look at the sheepskin scrolls he had just obtained.
Goblin Magic Cannon Blueprints (Rank 1)
Requirements: 5 Advanced Tinkerers, 1 Advanced Alchemist, 2 Advanced Runecrafters, and 1 Advanced Enchanter
They contained the blueprints for a Goblin Magic Cannon! The information was divided between many scrolls, with each one describing every component in great detail.
This was an extremely destructive cannon, with a 3-meter long barrel, rotating base, and hole at the side to pour in magic energy. It fired out 10 lbs cannon balls which would turn red hot due to heat generated from the detonation of gunpowder and magic energy.
The Goblin Magic Cannon had an astonishing range of 500 meters, which could be increased even further by firing from a tower or another elevated position. One could imagine the effects it would have when fired into a large crowd. If the ground was solid, the cannonball would even bounce and roll.
Looking at the crafting materials on the blueprints, the Goblin Magic Cannon required Black Gunpowder, various metals, enchanted runestones, and so on. There were over several hundred different items listed in total.
Crafting a Goblin Magic Cannon was an incredibly difficult task. It required a great deal of time and the combined effort of many different talents from various crafting professions. A cannon like this was more than enough to defend a city wall. If he could put a few on top of the Cripps Stronghold, it would become as unshakable as Mt. Tai, capable of repelling any invaders.
Nie Yan contacted Guo Huai and asked him to send people over to transport away the gunpowder.
「Just what could be so important to make you want to completely empty out a castle?」Guo Huai asked in surprise.
「Black Gunpowder!」Nie Yan replied. No matter how strong a player was, in the end they were no match for these powerful tools of war. With these cannons, Asskickers United would gain an additional card in their hands.
Thankfully, Nie Yan had managed to snatch the Goblin Magic Cannon Blueprints for himself during his exchange with Bodhi Skybright.
「Black Gunpowder…」Guo Huai no longer dared to dally. He immediately deployed over 2,000 players to Earl Kelfield’s Ancient Castle.
「Contact Bird, and tell him we need 5 Advanced Tinkerers, 1 Advanced Alchemist, 2 Advanced Runecrafters, and 1 Advanced Enchanter.」Nie Yan shared the Goblin Magic Cannon Blueprints with Guo Huai.
「It seems like we’ll be building cannon towers in the Cripps Stronghold.」Guo Huai’s eyes lit up. Even though the blueprints were only for Rank 1 Goblin Magic Cannons, their destructive might was not to be looked down upon. Not to mention with a range of 500 meters, they would be indispensable during a siege.
「Our time is limited, so you should hurry. Make sure this matter doesn’t leak out. We must keep it a secret,」Nie Yan instructed. The Goblin Magic Cannons would have an even greater effect when they were brought out with the enemy clueless to their existence.
The stronghold sieges of the previous timeline was the stage of these large-scale war machines and peak class players. Ordinary players were reduced to cannon fodder.
Before long, 2,000 players from Asskickers United arrived at Earl Kelfield’s Ancient Castle. They guarded the perimeter while a group of players entered inside. Paladin of the Elegy and his group met up with Nie yan.
“We're here, Boss!” Paladin of the Elegy excitedly greeted.
“Good, take these jars of Black Gunpowder away. Make sure to clean out the entire castle. Don’t leave a single speck behind!” Nie Yan ordered in a dignified tone.
“Yessir!” Paladin of the Elegy replied, his eyes sparkling with reverence.
Nie Yan was normally friendly, but he would turn quite imposing during serious matters. Paladin of the Elegy immediately understood the importance of this task as he ordered his group to transport the gunpowder away.
Nie Yan stayed to supervise since he didn’t feel at ease leaving such an important matter alone. The players from Asskickers United turned the whole castle upside down in their search. They found over 20 jars of Black Gunpowder and a large amount of materials required to craft the Goblin Magic Cannons. Fortune seemed to be on his side. It would’ve taken a great deal of time and resources for him to gather these things by himself, especially the Black Gunpowder. He would have to find a Black Gunpowder Recipe, and the amount produced every day would be limited. Thankfully, there was a large stockpile readily available here. By the time they burned through it, Asskickers United would have enough Advanced Tinkerers to produce a steady supply.
Such large movements from Asskickers United naturally didn’t go unnoticed, especially by Victorious Return. Sadly, they were powerless. They could no longer compete with Asskickers United. It was already impressive they could hold onto their single stronghold. They soon learned from Bodhi Skybright that Asskickers United had discovered a large cache of Black Gunpowder. Unfortunately, they could only helplessly watch on as it was transported away.
2,000 players departed from Earl Kelfield’s Ancient Castle and set out for the nearest Asskickers United stronghold in a grand and majestic fashion.
The jars of Black Gunpowder were too large to fit in player bags, so Asskickers United could only use the risky method of transporting them away physically. It would take roughly 30 minutes for them to reach the nearest stronghold, United City.
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