His face was blue and purple. Many parts of it had been burnt by the fire. Even his eyes were red because of the stimulation of the smoke.
His hair was curling because of the fire and seemed more like a messy bird nest. Some parts of his head were even bald now. He could not have looked more awful.
He was coughing and breathing hard without caring about his demeanor. Now and then, he was spitting out mouthfuls of bloodstained saliva.
All the details had been magnified by hundreds of times and displayed to every elite soldier of the demon race.
However, for most of the soldiers, the devastated appearance of the enemy would be their greatest nightmare in the decades to come!
Li Yao’s voice, enhanced by the loudspeaker, was like thunder blowing out of the clouds. Every soldier of the coalition army of demons felt that their ears were aching.
“I have packed Blood Demon, your flagship, with bombs! You know that I must’ve brought a dozen Cosmos Rings that were loaded with crystal bombs when I decided to blow up the Eye of Blood Demon!”
“You are bluffing!” Jin Tuyi’s voice echoed over the entire battlefield like thunders, too. “Blood Demon is the best flagship of the Blood Demon Sector that boasts the most rigorous defense system. I don’t believe that you are able to plant crystal bombs on every key location of Blood Demon in only ten seconds!”
Hardly had Jin Tuyi concluded his sentence when Li Yao curled his finger again. This time, intense explosions broke out inside the bridge next to him.
Blood Demon seemed to have been hammered right in the face. It was leaning to the left side because of the blast. Even the strengthened external skeleton was raised up, revealing the shocking damage below the shell.
“You can take a gamble. Damn!”
Li Yao spat another mouthful of bloody saliva. After triggering the thirty-six Floating Vulcan Machine Cannons, enhancing the power of the bullets with his thousands of telepathic thoughts, and fleeing in the furious tidal force for such a long time, his brain and internal organs had been seriously harmed, too.
The bones all over his body were cracking, and his every organ was slowly leaking blood.
But still, he laughed cunningly. “You are free to come at me right now. Chances are that I had used up all my crystal bombs and I merely planted the three that were detonated a moment ago.
“However, should you lose the gamble, the best flagship of the Blood Demon Sector, as well as all the soldiers on board, especially the warriors of the Feather Clan and the Sea Clan, will certainly die together with me!”
Jin Tuyi gritted his teeth so hard that he nearly ground them into pieces.
Blood Demon was the most powerful warship of the Blood Demon Sector. Under normal circumstances, it was practically impossible to be infiltrated by an enemy.
But who could have foreseen that the tidal force would run out of control? At that time, Blood Demon was struggling in the turbulence of the tidal force. Its defense system had already been ripped apart. The main biochemical brain and the surveillance facilities had been seriously affected, too!
Who knew how many crystal bombs Li Yao had planted now that he had taken the opportunity to sneak into the warship? Nobody!
The fact that the warship was named after Blood Demon was indicative enough of its value.
But what was more valuable than Blood Demon was the warriors on it!
Jin Tuyi was the commander-in-chief of the coalition army of demons and a firm believer in the integration of the air, naval, and ground forces. As his flagship, there was no doubt that Blood Demon accommodated most soldiers of the Feather Clan and the Sea Clan, their ally.
The first wave of attack was mostly made of the ground troops of the Kingdom of Lion Butchers and the Nether Spring Kingdom. Air forces such as the Mirage Falcons were few.
The second wave of attack, in comparison, was commanded by Jin Tuyi in person, and naturally consisted most of the best troops of the Feather Clan and the Sea Clan!
Right now, the best troops of the Kingdom of Lion Butchers and the Nether Spring Kingdom had been annihilated, and more than ten demon emperors had been killed in the teleportation. Was it really worthwhile to kill a Nascent Soul Stage Cultivator at the cost of the best flagship of the Blood Demon Sector and all the best troops of the Gold Crow Kingdom and the Sea Dominator Kingdom?
Before Jin Tuyi opened his mouth, Hong Yuntao, a demon emperor of the Sea Clan and one of the four giants of the Blood Demon Sector, blinked forward and subtly stood in his way. Raising his voice, he asked, “What do you want exactly? We are not going to let you walk away!”
Li Yao coughed hard for a while. His bloodshot eyes were purer than ever as he sincerely declared, “Peace. All I want is peace!”
While his words were still echoing in the air, two devilish warships that had crashed into each other not far away exploded because their catalysts, which were incompatible, were mixed up and exposed to the air. Fireballs were rising up to the sky like balloons.
“” Jin Tuyi.
“” Hong Yuntao.
“” Soldiers of the coalition army of demons who were mostly injured.
Li Yao coughed. “ Alright, let’s talk about peace later. All I want right now is a frank conversation with Jin Tuyi, the commander-in-chief of the coalition army, for five minutes so that the strongest warriors of the coalition army will learn the whole truth!”
“Haha. Hahahaha. Are you still trying to talk your way out of your doom right now?”
Jin Tuyi was so pissed off that he was actually laughing. His aura grew more and more intimidating like a devastated and infuriated eagle that had stretched its wings to hundreds of meters away!
Boosted by his demonic energy, the clouds in the sky all turned into feathers and flapped behind him as two new, even more enormous wings!
“My son is dead! The Mirage Falcon troop is doomed! The Red Tide Plan has failed! That’s all because of you!” Jin Tuyi shouted in fury.
With the support of his saber, Li Yao struggled to his feet. He burst into laughter toward Jin Tuyi with his bloodstained teeth. “You are quite right. The Eye of Blood Demon has been mostly destroyed and cannot be repaired in half a year. Perhaps, it will take a year or two before it is reconstructed!
“But by then, the Heaven’s Origin Sector will be highly alert! This time, a few of your troops have invaded the capital city of the Star Glory Federation. Even the most idiotic Cultivators of the Heaven’s Origin Sector are well aware of your scheme now!
“You must know that the Heaven’s Origin Sector can calculate the timing when the three satellites align as precisely as you can!
“Moreover, you have lost fourteen demon emperors and more than ten of your best troops, including the Mirage Falcons, in your futile attempt!
“You have lost the world war between the two Sectors. You have missed the last window to attack. The capability of the Heaven’s Origin Sector and that of the Blood Demon Sector have been reversed. Our roles in the war have swapped!
“The Red Tide Plan is the scheme of your final war. It has consumed tremendous resources of the Blood Demon Sector. In a year and a half, there is no way that you can launch a second Red Tide Plan!
“But after a year and a half, the Heaven’s Origin Sector will have built the capital city into a thorough, heavily defended fortress!
“For you, occupying other metropolises is pointless. It will only be a waste of the resources and manpower of the Blood Demon Sector!
“In short, you will not have the forces to initiate an all-out attack on the Heaven’s Origin Sector in the next three to five years. But in three to five years’ time, when the capability of the Heaven’s Origin Sector soars, you will not stand a chance, either!
“Of course, you are free to kill me now. But, hehe, I believe that Blood Demon will not be the only thing to die with me. The entire Blood Demon Sector will go to hell with me, too!”
His words cast all the demon emperors into deep thought. They were all wearing complicated expressions.
For most of the demon emperors, they were smart and able to think into the distant future. Few were the simple-headed warriors who had more brawns than brains.
The demon emperors were all clear about the significance of the Red Tide Plan to the Blood Demon Sector. They also knew that, after the Eye of Blood Demon was destroyed and so many demon emperors and elite troops were killed, the Blood Demon Sector had lost the chance to crush the Heaven’s Origin Sector once and all for now, or perhaps forever!
It was no longer a question about how to conquer the Heaven’s Origin Sector but how to save the Blood Demon Sector and how to preserve their family, their clan, and even the entire demon race!
Hong Yuntao, the demon emperor of the Sea Clan and the master of the Sea Dominator Kingdom, had other thoughts, too.
He was the weakest one of the ‘four giants of the Blood Demon Sector’, and he had always collaborated with Jin Tuyi, who ranked the third, so that they could have a larger voice.
On many occasions, he had been dwarfed by Elder Blood Robe, a demon emperor of the Claw Clan, and Elder Nether Spring, a demon emperor of the Insect Clan, and ended up being their pawn.
Although his ally, Jin Tuyi, had been elected as the leader of the coalition army of demons, Hong Yuntao knew clearly that it was a temporary concession of the continentalism advocates. After they caught their breath, they would certainly take back their power, and the Feather Clan and the Sea Clan, who were relatively weak, would not be able to stop them!
But right now, the situation had undergone subtle changes.
In the Red Tide Plan, the first wave of attack had almost exclusively consisted of demon emperors of the Claw Clan and the Insect Clan.
Other than the Mirage Falcons, most of the other legions were the troops of the Insect Clan and the Claw Clan. The Sea Clan had not sent any troops.
Of course, it was not a coincidence.
The capital city of the Star Glory Federation was not next to the ocean. Although a large river flowed through the downtown area and there was a fairly large man-made lake, room for the Sea Clan to play their role was quite limited.
The first wave of soldiers to march into the capital city was responsible for taking over the strategic locations and establish fixed bastions. Naturally, the ground troops were the main force.
Also, the gap between the first wave of teleportation and the second was only five minutes. Therefore, the demon emperors of the Claw Clan and the Insect Clan had no complaints about the arrangement.
Who could have foreseen that the Eye of Blood Demon would crash suddenly and cause a destructive blow to the forces of the Nether Spring Kingdom and the Kingdom of Lion Butchers?
Right now, in the coalition army of demons, the Nether Spring Kingdom and the Kingdom of Lion Butchers had suffered heavy losses. The soldiers were all in a mess because of the lack of high-ranking officers.
As for the forces of the Gold Crow Kingdom and the Sea Dominator Kingdom, they had barely suffered any loss except for the Mirage Falcon troop led by Jin Tuyi’s eldest son.
Strong as the Mirage Falcons might have been, they were only one of the troops of the Gold Crow Kingdom. The Gold Crow Kingdom, as one of the four superpowers of the Blood Demon Sector, was not really hurt just because of the loss of the Mirage Falcons.
Right now, the forces of the Gold Crow Kingdom and the Sea Dominator Kingdom combined seemed to be slightly stronger than those of the Kingdom of Lion Butchers and the Nether Spring Kingdom!
Hong Yuntao’s eyes were flickering side to side nonstop.
The truth was that, since the ‘point of impact’ between the Blood Demon Sector and the Heaven’s Origin Sector was in the Dark Desolate Domain on the Grand Desolate Plateau and it was impossible for the Sea Clan to march through the dry, barren desert, the Sea Clan had barely participated in the invasions against the Heaven’s Origin Sector, and there was no much grudge between them and the Cultivators of the Heaven’s Origin Sector.
The war cannot be fought any longer, Hong Yuntao secretly thought to himself.