The Human Emperor Chapter 959
Chapter 959: Step Onto Stage Giant Ballista Iii
Chapter 959: Step Onto Stage, Giant Ballista! (III)
Translated by: Hypersheep325
Edited by: Michyrr
Just when the black boar Behemoth was prepared to smash into the wall once more, the black Godking Yama leaped into the air and slammed the enormous cudgel burning with violet flames into the Behemoth's head. At almost the same time, the giant ballistae under the control of Chen Bin and Xu Keyi also began to fire, two huge ballista bolts shooting toward the black boar's head.
The black boar Behemoth that was the 'Destroyer' gave off a shrill howl. This time, its hardy bristles and pliable, tenacious hide were ineffective. The long ballista bolts pierced right through its skin and skull to penetrate deeply into its head.
The Destroyer had finally suffered a wound of unprecedented severity.
As the Destroyer howled, two more ballista bolts thundered into its head. Its once-exuberant flame of life seemed to suddenly be assailed by a snowstorm, instantly dimming.
Gao Xianzhi, Cheng Qianli, and Wang Yan were elated by this sight and immediately began to work with Wang Chong and the two distant giant ballistae. One second, two seconds… The black boar Behemoth's vitality was dropping at an astonishing rate.
Roaring, the Behemoth turned its scarlet eyes to the distant giant ballistae and began to charge. This Behemoth had originally been focused on attacking the city, but the damage inflicted by these two giant ballistae had been far more severe than that of the three Great Generals. Each blow sent pain all the way into its bone marrow, such that the Behemoth could not simply disregard the attacks of the giant ballistae.
Gao Xianzhi and the others had been completely focused on the Behemoth, so the moment it turned, enormous chains of Stellar Energy swished out and pulled it back. A few seconds later, the Supreme Desolation God, the Mighty Miracle God, Gao Xianzhi, and Wang Chong's Godking Yama began to attack the Behemoth's ribs.
The Behemoth charged left and right, but found itself stymied at every turn. During this entire process, the Behemoth's head was struck by eight more ballista bolts.
The giant ballistae were lined up together, Chen Bin and Xu Keyi swinging down their swords as they commanded their men to shoot. These two were the best ballista officers in the Tang reinforcement army, and they had only needed a short while to understand how to use the giant ballistae.
Besides that, the two had also refined the loading procedure, speeding up this most important part of the giant ballista's firing process.
One bolt was fired after another, the two giant ballistae showing a completely different level of power from when they were used against the hippo Behemoth. Under the continuous fire of the giant ballistae, the black boar Behemoth's vitality was weakened to an unbelievable level.
"These fucking bastards! I'll tear your corpses into shreds!"
As the Destroyer was surrounded by the four Tang experts and constantly wounded by the giant ballistae, Masil trembled, his rage contorting his face into a savage grimace.
Masil turned and yelled to one of the fearful servants behind him, "Hurry and call the Destroyer back!"
Although he was extremely unwilling, he deeply cherished each of these Behemoths. The Terrorizer was already dead, so Masil could not sit back and watch as the other Behemoth died at the hands of the Tang.
A moment later, a sharp whistle suddenly rose from the Arab camp. The sound of this whistle made the black boar Behemoth in front of Talas pause and turn its head toward the Arab camp. Boom! Without any hesitation, the illustrious Destroyer pushed aside its attackers and began to madly charge out of the encirclement.
"Beast! Don't you think it's a little too late to think about escaping!"
Chen Bin and Xu Keyi sneered at this sight. If the Arabs had called back the black boar Behemoth earlier, they might have still had a chance, but now, the Behemoth had at least twenty ballista bolts sticking out of its head, each of them hammered deep into its skull by Wang Chong's cudgel. In this situation, even something as tenacious as this Behemoth was teetering on the edge of death.
With another wave of Chen Bin's and Xu Keyi's swords, two more ballista bolts struck the Behemoth's head.
The Behemoth was extremely fast, and in the blink of an eye, it had covered fifty zhang. Boom! Boom! Two more ballista bolts struck its head. Seventy zhang. Boom! Boom! Another pair arrived.
Rumble! One hundred and fifty zhang!
Yet another two ballista bolts struck true, and with one last howl, the black boar Behemoth crashed into the ground, stirring up a cloud of dust.
With the battle concluded, everything fell quiet. The first cheers exploded from the Tang soldiers atop the walls of Talas. The enormous pressure that had hung over all their heads had finally dispersed.
"Won! We won!"
The Tang soldiers and mercenaries waved their hands in the air, their faces red from excitement. Through the corpses of the three Behemoths, the Great Tang had once more displayed its power to its enemies.
More importantly, the army finally had a weapon capable of dealing with these monsters. The army of one hundred thousand had one more tool in its arsenal to help it survive this battle.
"It's over. The Arabian Behemoths could not pose a threat. In the end, it seems like it's still up to us!"
The Celestial Wolf Great General Duwu Sili stood atop a hill with barely concealed disappointment in his eyes. He had held a great deal of hope in these enormous beasts, but the giant ballistae had ensured that there would be no suspense.
Now that the Great Tang had this sort of weapon, the Behemoths no longer posed a very large threat.
"It's still too early to cast judgment."
A voice came from the side. Duwu Sili had already turned and was preparing to head back to his army, but this voice made him stop and turn in confusion to Dalun Ruozan.
"Haha, has General not realized? The Tang defense line has been completely opened up."
Dalun Ruozan spoke in a laid-back tone, but Duwu Sili trembled at these words, his head twisting to look at the first defense line. In this battle, everyone's attention had been drawn away by the enormous size of the Behemoths, even Duwu Sili's. Little attention had been paid to the two steel defense lines the Great Tang had built up in front of Talas.
As he scanned the first Tang defense line, Duwu Sili's pupils constricted as if he had been given a sudden jab.
At the very start, the first defense line in front of Talas had been straight, firm, and valiant, offering the Tang a powerful fortification and lifeline. But now, Duwu Sili was seeing a twisted and crooked line, with large gaps punched through that once-majestic line of walls.
From what he could see, the length of the defense line that had been twisted and battered was more than one thousand zhang. Such a large 'gap' in the Tang defense was extremely lethal. Simply put, the Arabs could put aside attacks on the rest of the defense line and focus all their power on that one gap.
From a certain perspective, the first defense line existed only in name. The Great Tang had lost their most powerful defensive line against the Arabs! The Great Tang was now in a crisis.
"How could this be?!"
Duwu Sili took in a deep breath, not daring to believe his eyes. He recalled that the first Behemoth had not been able to inflict this much damage. Although the Great Tang had lost around ten thousand men, they had killed the Behemoth before it had been able to inflict very much damage.
As for the second Behemoth, though it had been stronger, it had only been effective for an even shorter period of time. Before it could fully exhibit its destructive power, it had been vanquished by the Tang boy's god transformation and the giant ballista. The black boar Behemoth had also been vigorous in its assault, even causing many cracks to appear on the city walls, but in the end, the walls of Talas stood tall.
In this aspect, the Arab operation could be considered a complete failure.
But Duwu Sili had never noticed just how so much damage had been inflicted.
"What is going on here?" Duwu Sili couldn't help but say.
"Haha, in truth, it began from the very start. You were all focused on the Behemoth's battle with Wang Chong, not even paying attention to what else was going on. The Behemoth attacking the steel defense line was far stronger than imagined… None of you noticed that its true power wasn't in its body, but in its four thick feet," Dalun Ruozan said with a faint smile. A superb strategist had to be extremely perceptive, noticing the small details along with the large, noticing that which ordinary people missed and completely grasping the battlefield.
"Every time that Behemoth advanced, it would always unleash wave after wave of shocks and vibrations. This is its true power, and those steel walls already began to collapse starting from that moment. All of you might not have noticed, but Wang Chong did, which was why he was so anxious and desperate."