36.1: The Golden-Backed Land Dragon King
Nian Bing’s heart filled with the desire to throttle Mao Mao. Of all times for her to be excited; they were in the midst of a monster immune to all magic at six rank and below. Heavens! He wanted to know how to beat this thing, but he was just a mage. If he was the only person there, he was certain that he could have used his Ice and Fire Magic Source to distract iron-backed land dragon’s gaze and then use Snowstorm to fly away. But the troublesome thing was Mao Mao’s presence; his Snowstorm was unable to carry two people. Could he just cast her away without caring? Nian Bing’s heart entertained the selfish thought for a moment, but he immediately gave up the idea. He definitely could not do that.
He cast the Fire Wall spell that he had prepared with the Flame God’s Roar, and Nian Bing immediately turned to Mao Mao to say, “Hurry up and run away with your pets. Leave this to me.” The rank 4 Fire Wall spell soared six meters high, blocking the iron-backed earth dragon’s advancing figure.
Mao Mao looked at Nian Bing with surprise. “Big Brother Nian Bing, you can’t defeat it!”
Nian Bing said with anxiousness, “If I’m letting you run, then you should run! Hurry now. I’ll stay here, I may not be able to beat it, but does it mean I won’t be able to distract it? Run, now!”
Mao Mao saw the concern in Nian Bing’s anxious expression. Her large, black eyes seemed to be full of feeling. She made a noise in agreement and chased after her milk cow. The milk cow Dan Dan and the fox Na Na, one running faster than other, were already over ten meters away. When they saw Mao Mao running toward them, Dan Dan immediately let out a happy cheer.
Nian Bing did not have the time to pay attention to Mao Mao escaping. He turned around, and his intense focus was visible in his eyes. He chanted his specialty spell in a low voice. “Mighty Fire God! Please allow me to make use of your left hand, and let the flame descend to earth to eradicate the wicked power. Let the blaze illuminate the whole earth and destroy all the barriers obstructing me. – The Fire God’s Left Hand.”
A gigantic black shadow pierced through the Fire Wall spell. Just as Mao Mao had said, the rank 4 Fire Wall spell did not have any effect. The iron-backed land dragon that had originally been fixated on its delicacy seemed to be infuriated by the Fire Wall spell. With an angry bellow, it violently charged at Nian Bing.
A Snowstorm scroll raised Nian Bing high, but because his attention was divided with controlling the Fire God’s Left Hand, he did not fly very high. The iron-backed land dragon did not seem to be interested with him and suddenly increased its speed to chase after Mao Mao. The trees and shrubs blockings its way were crushed underfoot, failing to provide any sort of deterrence.
Nian Bing was somewhat panicky. Mao Mao was not running fast. With the iron-backed land dragon’s speed, it would not be long before it caught up to her. The Fire God’s Left Hand clenched itself tightly. Under Nian Bing’s full control, it soared like a meteor toward the iron-backed land dragon. With a violent turn, it smacked into the iron-backed land dragon’s chest hard.
Sparks scattered everywhere. With the use of the Flame God’s Roar, the Fire God’s Left hand approached rank 6 in might. Even if the iron-backed land dragon had a strong defence, it couldn’t but be stopped by the explosive attack, and its forward momentum halted. The iron-backed land dragon turned around; its dark green eyes were filled with a savageness, obviously extremely dissatisfied with the Nian Bing who was but a mere housefly.
Nian Bing knew at this moment that only his Ice and Fire Source could contend against this big brute before him. He inhaled deep and just like when he faced Long Zhi, he swapped out the Ice Goddess’ Sigh with the Icicle Wand.
“Mighty Fire God! Please allow me to make use of your left hand and let the flame descend to earth to eradicate the wicked power. Let the blaze illuminate the whole earth and destroy all the barriers obstructing me. – The Fire God’s Left Hand.” The giant Fire God’s Left Hand shone brightly on Nian Bing’s left.
“Powerful ice element! Condense and turn into the ice from the ancient Cold River, turn into ice from the splendid moon. Ice and ice combine and become two ice globes.” The Icicle Wand slanted forward and a blue light condensed, filling the air with a biting cold. Giant balls of ice appeared, half light blue and half dark blue.
The iron-backed land dragon did not possess low intelligence. It had originally wanted to continue pursuing Mao Mao when it suddenly discovered that an oppressive force was coming from the air behind it. It couldn’t help but stop in its tracks. It seemed to have felt something and growled. It started to run away—still in the same direction as Mao Mao.
Nian Bing was anxious. He knew that he hadn’t the time to compress his magic. With a shout, the Twin Balls of Ice and the Fire God’s Left Hand were simultaneously cast out. The red and blue lights separated to each side of the iron-backed land dragon, slamming against it.
Not condensing the magic made it comparatively more stable, and it was easier for Nian Bing to control. On top of that, before he had left Ice and Snow City, the Flame God’s Stone and the Ice Goddess’ Stone had strengthened his magic, making him more skilled at controlling this spell. The Icicle Wand and the True Sun Knife simultaneously were brought together before his body. He shouted, “Ice––Fire––Magic––Source––.”
The Fire God’s Left Hand and the Twin Balls of Ice immediately collided together in the air. Under Nian Bing’s control, the ginormous explosive force rebounded and headed straight for the iron-backed land dragon.
The iron-backed land dragon bellowed angrily. Its massive form immediately curled up into a ball. The fin-like protrusions on its back suddenly turned gold. The firepower generated by the Ice and Fire Source was truly strong. Although it hadn’t been compressed, the explosive might was equivalent to the apex of rank 7 spells. The surrounding vegetation exploded to pieces by the giant explosive force, and the dirt was sent flying in clumps nearly ten meters in the air.
Nian Bing’s expression was pale as he descended onto the ground. The successive use of large spells had consumed half of his magic power. Although the Ice and Fire Source was extremely tough, the amount of magic power was the biggest limiter of mages.
The dust gradually dispersed, and Nian Bing stared dumbstruck. The iron-backed land dragon was actually slowly getting to its feet. The outer layer of its skin had turned completely gold. At the same time, its dark green eyes had turned blood red.
Its furious roar made the surrounding forest tremble. Even under a spell at the pinnacle of rank 7, it did not even bear the slightest move. In the next moment, its gigantic form was barreling madly in Nian Bing’s direction, roaring in anger. The sound waves shook Nian Bing till he didn’t have the concentration to chant a spell. Helplessly, he could only take out two scrolls, which utilized the Ice and FIre source to attack. Although the strength of the magic was not as strong as the attack before, it was the only way he could respond.
Right at this moment, Mao Mao’s clear voice suddenly came forth. “Dan Dan, spray. Tian Tian, charge.”
Eight beams of white light slammed into the iron-backed land dragon like lightning, making its forward charge unsteady for a moment. The cow Dan Dan had already reached a nearby location, and its two hooves were stamping on the ground.
A grey-black figure wrapped in a grey mist attacked the iron-backed land dragon from the front. With a bang, the grey figure shot away, and the iron-backed land dragon’s forward progression finally halted.
Mao Mao had already run back at an unknown time, hugging her little pink pig Guan Guan and glowering at the iron-backed land dragon.
Seeing her returned, Nian Bing immediately panicked. “Mao Mao, how did you not hear what I say. Why did you come back? Run away now!” While saying this, he threw two scrolls with shaking hands and inhaled deeply, quickly chanting out spells for the second time.
The Ice and Fire Source’s powerful attacking strength once again brought the iron-backed land dragon’s focus to himself. At this moment, Nian Bing was feeling neither angry or happy, his gaze was just focused on the colossal monster before him without any intention of retreating.
Since it was attacked twice by the Ice and Fire Source, although it hadn’t injured the iron-backed land dragon, the attack with the two extremes of ice and fire caused it intense suffering. It lowered its head violently, and golden light emitted from its back. Ten or so rays of light headed straight for Nian Bing with a sky-shattering sound. This time, the iron-backed land dragon finally used its own unique skill.
Mao Mao cried out in surprise. “Guan Guan, bring out your skill, Beast––Blood––Flare––Up––.”
The little pink pig Guan Guan emitted a strangely enormous pressure. It’s body flew out straight from Mao Mao’s embrace with a speed quite unproportionate for its body. Like it was filled with air, it swelled up to ten times its size, and a blood-colored light wrapped around its entire body as it violently collided with the iron-backed land dragon. Although it was moving quickly, its special skill was not faster than the light. Those golden light rays would still attack Nian Bing.
“Ice––Fire––Magic––Source––.” Gathering the last of his magic power, Nian Bing brought out the Ice and Fire Source once more. This time, his spirit power extremely compressed them, and the spells casted were actually smaller by a third. The massive magic power immediately collided, forming an energy whirlpool that swallowed those ten rays of light.
The iron-backed land dragon’s strongest part was its body. Although these rays of golden light were suited for long-range attacks, they weren’t as awesome as they appeared. The firepower of the spell and its body collided together, cancelling each other out. Under the powerful attack, the iron-backed land dragon couldn’t help but stumble. At that moment, Guan Guan, who was using its full-strength Beast Blood Flare-Up special skill, slammed into it.
With a bang, the iron-backed land dragon that couldn’t even be sent flying by the Ice and Fire Source was actually sent flying by Guan Guan’s collision. It even rolled several times on the ground, leaving blood on the ground where it hit. The golden luster headed to the areas where blood was flowing out, seemingly to heal its wounds.
Guan Guan also did not endure it well. Its enlarged body shot back like a rubber ball. When it fell into Mao Mao’s embrace, it had already returned to its original size. Exhausted, it closed its eyes.
Nian Bing’s whole body was overcome with a fit of dizziness. He managed to keep himself from falling down, but a trickle of blood flowed from the corner of his lips. The iron-backed land dragon’s defensive strength was too powerful. Even if he used all of his magic power, he still could not wound it.
An ear-piercing shriek suddenly came from Mao Mao. THe iron-backed land dragon that had already gotten to its feet immediately tumbled down to the ground. It looked to be suffering. Although the shriek was not directed at Nian Bing, he still felt like his brain had been pierced with needles. He swayed and immediately fell onto the ground. But at this moment he was still clear-headed enough for two words to flash across his mind – spirit magic. Mao Mao’s screech had used what seemed to be pointed spiritual power. Though Nian Bing believed in the strength of his spiritual power, he could not compare to her.
With a wan face, Moa Mao ran over to Nian Bing. She seemed to be very weak. “Big Brother Nian Bing, we must quickly run away. All of this is Mao Mao’s mistake, it was me who hurt you.” While saying this, she helped Nian Bing to stand.
Seeing Mao Mao’s teary expression, Nian Bing consoled, “I can’t blame you. It was the iron-backed land dragon that was too strong.”
Mao Mao called back the dairy cow Dan Dan, and unsummoned the big rat Tian Tian, who had been knocked unconscious, along with the weakened piglet Guan Guan. Supporting Nian Bing, she said, “Big Brother, you should ride on Dan Dan. I didn’t expect that this was actually a evolved golden-backed land dragon. We must run away quick. The spirit intimidation will only make it stunned for a moment. It will soon wake up.”
In the face of a crisis, Nian Bing’s mind was extremely awake. “It’s stunned? Then we have an opportunity.” His gaze fell on the True Sun Knife in his hand. Nian Bing snorted coldly, “True Sun is not only the Flame God’s Roar. It is also a sharp blade that can cut through anything. I do not believe that that land dragon could defend against the True Sun Knife.” He brought out a magic scroll. While opening the scroll, and immediately, the scroll turned into a giant ball of fire. It condensed into a giant hand; it was the rank 5 fire spell – The Fire God’s Left Hand.
Although he had used almost all of his magic power, he still had his spirit power. Nian Bing controlled the FIre God’s Left Hand to pick up the True Sun Knife and immediately sent it flying in the direction of the golden-backed land dragon.Nian Bing’s had only one goal, which was to use the sharpness of the True Sun Knife to kill the golden-backed land dragon which had threatened his and Mao Mao’s lives. This was his only opportunity, if not, how could he catch up to it if it ran?
The Fire God’s left hand and the Flame God’s Roar, the True Sun Knife, fused together and descended towards the golden-backed land dragon like a ray of light. The moment he saw the True Sun Knife’s red light hit the golden-backed land dragon, a voice suddenly spoke. “Enough.”
This one simple word seemed to slam against Nian Bing’s mind like a hammer. He saw black for a sec, and he couldn’t help but spray out a mouthful of blood. The True Sun Knife wrapped in the Fire God’s Left Hand automatically dissipated. A white light suddenly flew out and brought the True Sun Knife to the side.
Nian Bing did not fall down with Mao Mao’s support, but was overwhelmed with shock when he looked at where the white light had disappeared to. He could only see a white clothed person slowly walking forward. This person was about the same height as him, but was a bit thinner. He seemed to be over thirty years old. His looks were ordinary but his expression was not. In the first look, his black phoenix eyes were plain, but when you paid attention to his expression, his expression seemed to have a metallic quality, like it could pierce a hole through your soul. With a light purview, Nian Bing was surprised to discover that his soul seemed to have been pierced through by some indescribable object. The abnormal hard to bear feeling made him unable to help but spray out another mouthful of blood as his mind was overcome by a waze of dizziness.