Versatile Mage - Chapter 1007: Sixth
Chapter 1007: Sixth-tier Fleeing Shadow, Shadow Bird
Translator: Exodus Tales Editor: Exodus Tales
Translated by XephiZ
Edited by Aelryinth
“Trying to eat me alive? So be it!” Mo Fan did not struggle, allowing the flowing sand to drag him toward the two Poison Fire Scorpions.
As Mo Fan was almost close enough for the Poison Fire Scorpions to reach him, his eyes glittering like burning torches.
At the center of the quicksand, a brilliant fire pillar rose into the sky. The scorching blast tossed the two Poison Fire Scorpions into the sky as they were set on fire by the fierce flames.
Perhaps because the Poison Fire Scorpions were Fire-type creatures, the fire pillar did not kill them instantly. Mo Fan reached out his right hand and grabbed in the direction of the Poison Fire Scorpions!
A silver rhomboid started compressing the Poison Fire Scorpions. The overwhelming force immediately crushed them into minced meat. Their shells, gallbladder juice, and blood fell from the sky.
After Mo Fan finally took out the two Poison Fire Scorpions, he had to reevaluate the strength of the demon creatures in the Sahara Desert.
Each tribe of demon creatures consisted of over a thousand soldiers each. Luckily, the Sandfear Foxes and the Poison Fire Scorpions had already crashed into one another. If they were actually targeting the tiny group of humans, they would be forced to flee for their lives in just a few minutes!
“Mo Fan, come back now!” Jiang Shaoxu’s voice came from above him.
Mo Fan lifted his gaze and saw three Sandfear Foxes and five Poison Fire Scorpions fighting on the sand dune where Jiang Shaoxu was. However, for some reason, these creatures suddenly fixed their eyes on Jiang Shaoxu!
“Don’t move, I’ll take care of them!” Mo Fan said.
Holding their positions was their only hope of leaving the desert maze, so Mo Fan would not allow the demon creatures to force Jiang Shaoxu from her position.
He turned into a black shadow. Due to the effects of the Dark Noble Mantle, his shadow was incredibly unpredictable and fast, like a nimble shadow bird flying by without catching any attention.
While they were trapped under the sand, Mo Fan had used all the Soul Essences in Little Loach Pendant to strengthen Fleeing Shadow.
In other words, Mo Fan’s Fleeing Shadow was now fifth-tier!
After receiving the Dark Noble Mantle, Mo Fan discovered that it was able to strengthen his Fleeing Shadow.
The strengthening effects worked even when he was not wearing the Dark Noble Mantle. It was like a passive ability of the Magic Equipment.
As such, Mo Fan’s Fleeing Shadow was basically a sixth-tier spell!
The sixth-tier Fleeing Shadow was also called the Shadow Bird, as his form and speed greatly differed from the normal Fleeing Shadow. As a matter of fact, even if the area ahead was fully stacked with enemies, Mo Fan could easily turn himself into a Shadow Bird to swiftly weave through the enemy’s line. If he combined it with Time Stasis, he was confident of dodging a rain of bullets as easy as taking a stroll in the park!
That being said, if Mo Fan cast Nyx Regime and summoned the Dark Noble Mantle, it would strengthen the Fleeing Shadow by another two levels, turning it into an eighth-tier Basic Spell!
To many people, having a fourth-tier spell was already extravagant. Although the spells of the Shadow Element were able to stack their effects on top of one another naturally, it was pretty rare to stack up the effects into an eighth-tier Basic Spell like Mo Fan could do!
The truth was, Mo Fan actually considered strengthening the Intermediate Spell, Giant Shadow Spike, but the Dark Noble Mantle’s special effects were more obvious when he was casting Fleeing Shadow. The Giant Shadow Spike might be weaker than this Basic Spell now!
Mo Fan’s shadow in the form of a shadow bird actually had four layers. In other words, if Mo Fan desired, he could split the shadow into three other shadow birds to confuse an enemy!
However, it was not necessary for the time being. Mo Fan appeared in front of Jiang Shaoxu at his quickest speed. A strong presence of the Shadow Element immediately loomed over the area.
Mo Fan flung out his arm; a black energy like smoke accumulated in front of him and quickly turned into several Giant Shadow Spikes with strong, chilly auras.
The Giant Shadow Spikes sprang forward and nailed the three Poison Fire Scorpions to the ground, immobilizing them.
The Sandfear Foxes were known for their speed, agility, and cruelty. These creatures were not as strong as the Poison Fire Scorpions overall, but they were extremely cunning. They would not attack recklessly like the Poison Fire Scorpions, as they preferred to strike and ambush their enemy at the perfect time.
They would move around rapidly in the area and confuse the enemy with their blurred shadows. Once they managed to move into a blind spot, they would then reach out their claws and aim for the enemy’s weakness like a sharp, dark gray lightning strike!
The three Sandfear Foxes were trying to tear Jiang Shaoxu’s throat out. Luckily, she also had the Light Element, thus she did not have any trouble holding the demon creatures off temporarily. However, the vicious and cunning demon creatures had given her quite a fright.
She was already intimidated by three Sandfear Foxes. Imagine how she would feel when facing the thousands of demon creatures fighting in the desert, each of them a deadly Sandfear Fox!
“Giant Shadow Spike!”
Mo Fan gave each of the targets sealed by the Giant Shadow Spikes a killing blow.
He was well aware that if he did not kill these Warrior-level creatures in a single breath, they would immediately counterattack ferociously. Mo Fan had perfectly combined the spells of the Shadow and Lightning Elements, allowing him to kill the demon creatures instantly!
Unfortunately, his lightning was still slightly weaker than what he needed to kill the demon creatures instantly. If only they had a Poison Mage on their team; the poisonous wasps could corrode the armor of the demon creatures, and he could easily follow up and kill each creature with a single Lightning Strike!
That being said, he would prefer it if he had a Soul-grade Lightning Seed!
A Soul-grade Lightning Seed would multiply the strength of his Lightning Spells by two to three times. Mo Fan’s Thunderbolt was now in the fourth-tier. The space-trembling effect of Qianjun was no longer useful to him.
It took Mo Fan some time to finally take care of the eight demon creatures surrounding Jiang Shaoxu. Little Loach Pendant loved it when Mo Fan was on a massacre, as it could finally have a feast by taking in the Soul Remnants. Not only could it further expand the world inside it, it could also provide Mo Fan with more Soul Essences.
“Mo Fan, what tier is your Fleeing Shadow? How are you able to move around like that?” Zhao Manyan asked.
“Fifth-tier, the Dark Noble Mantle is also able to strengthen the Fleeing Shadow, so it’s basically in the sixth-tier now,” Mo Fan replied after catching his breath.
“Holy crap, are you trying to be a show-off? Strengthening a Basic Spell to the fifth-tier costs more than a hundred million!” Zhao Manyan exclaimed.
Little did Zhao Manyan know, Mo Fan had an insane treasure on his neck.
Not only was Little Loach Pendant able to refine Servant-class Soul Remnants into valuable Soul Essences, it could also refine Soul Remnants of Warrior-level creatures into Soul Essences that would cost around twenty million each.
Warrior-level Soul Essences were needed if anyone was planning to strengthen their spell from the fourth-tier to the fifth-tier.
When Mo Fan was improving Fleeing Shadow to the fourth-tier, he had refined the seven Stars with Servant-class Soul Essences, and not long ago, he had refined them again with the Warrior-level Soul Essences, thus improving the spell to the fifth-tier.
But still, no rational Mage would spend seven Warrior-level Soul Essences that would cost more than a hundred million on strengthening a Basic Spell!
Mo Fan was speechless when he heard Zhao Manyan’s complaint. -Do you seriously think I want to use them on strengthening a Basic Spell?-
He was the only one who could use the Soul Essences refined by Little Loach Pendant, thus at this rate, it was only a matter of time until he had a fifth-tier Intermediate Spell, let alone a fifth-tier Basic Spell!
Little Flame Belle was looking after the Fire Element, and she was already quite powerful. However, Mo Fan also realized that it was not wise to only focus on improving the Fire Element. As such, Mo Fan desperately wanted to improve his Lightning Element, too!
From now on, Mo Fan would use all the Soul Essences refined by the Little Loach Pendant to strengthen the Lightning Stars, so he could improve the Lightning Strike to the fifth-tier as soon as possible. He would also improve the Thunderbolt to the fifth-tier as well! Once he finally got his hands on the Soul-grade Lightning Seed that he desperately needed, how terrifying would his Lightning Spells be?
When Mo Fan remembered there were so many Stars waiting to be refined and saw the Warrior-level creatures surrounding him, he immediately felt a strong lust for battle.
It was obvious that the demon creatures in the Sahara Desert were stronger than those in other places. That also meant the quality of their Soul Remnants was significantly better too! The Little Loach Pendant could refine a Soul Essence with around fifty Soul Remnants. When he remembered that he needed a whooping forty-nine Warrior-level Soul Essences worth a total sum of a billion to improve his Thunderbolt to the fifth-tier, he immediately went all out to kill as many demon creatures as he could!
“My spells aren’t strong enough, but the Fiery Fist is going to attract too much attention because of its area coverage. It will only make a whole bunch of the creatures focus on me,” Mo Fan murmured.
Eight Lightning Strikes landing on a Sandfear Fox consecutively was only enough to leave the creature on its last breath. On top of that, these Sandfear Foxes were incredibly cunning. It was tricky to immobilize them, let alone using Lightning Disaster to wipe them all out. Despite their numbers, they were fairly good at moving around as a whole.
“They seem to have realized how much of a nuisance we are, they are starting to flank us!” Jiang Shaoxu called out.
While the two tribes of demon creatures were fighting one another, both tribes also sent out a huge squad to the sand dune where the team was. It was obvious that the demon creatures were planning to take care of the annoying humans first.
Initially, the team was reluctant to cast Advanced Spells, as that would only infuriate the demon creatures nearby. However, after seeing how many Warrior-level creatures were approaching them, they had no choice but to start using Advanced Spells!
“Hold your ground, I’m still young, I don’t want to die in this shitty desert!” Mo Fan said grimly.
“We have to hold them off!”
“There are so many of them, at least a hundred Poison Fire Scorpions and a hundred Sandfear Foxes too! I think we’ve really made both the tribes mad. Aren’t we supposed to focus on just a tribe right at the start, so the other tribe might actually decide to not attack us?” Zhao Manyan said.
“That sounds reasonable…”
The atmosphere in the team suddenly changed. Everyone agreed they should have done what Zhao Manyan had said right at the start after thinking about it.
“Enough with the nonsense, kill them all!”
“I’ll take care of this side!”
The members immediately focused on the battle with the demon creatures. No one was in the mood to discuss anything else.