Advent of the Archmage - Chapter 255

Published at 12th of October 2018 07:21:50 AM

Chapter 255
Chapter 255: I Am Truly a Fool

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Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Nightfall, the beach .

The Assassin leader chuckled when he saw Romilson channeling his spell . He then said, "My brothers, retreat further behind; this guy is panicking . "

His underlings then erupted into bursts of laughter . They were around 300 feet away from their opponent . Judging from the magic fluctuation around Romilson, it should be a Level-7 spell . Emerald light glittered around him, and he was encased in an elemental brilliance at least six feet in diameter .

However, a spell would be for naught if it could not hit its enemy .   

Just to be safe, the Assassins retreated a little further and were prepared to watch the show from the beach .

"To tell the truth, a Magician looks pretty darn scary while they are casting a spell . "

"I did not believe people when they said that High Elves are good-looking . But geez, even I am feeling something for this Magician . " 

"If we manage to kill them, I'll have a shot at taking that good-looking elf for myself . Heh . "  

As they conversed, Romilson's spell had taken form . With a whooshing sound, a large number of thorn vines appeared from the ground with him as the center . The thorns on these vines were as sharp as daggers, with their tips shaped like hooks . Under the illumination of Romilson's magic aura, the vines looked like snakes slithering in all directions .

In an instant, the area within a 30-foot radius around Romilson was covered in such vines, completely sealing off the only way forward for the Assassins .

At the same time, violent magic fluctuations could be felt .  

The Assassin leader frowned slightly as he said, "This spell is slightly troublesome…Not good, it's a sneak attack!"   

As he spoke, he could feel imminent danger approaching . He immediately released his Battle Aura, causing a crimson glow to envelop his body . He then immediately moved away from his location, retreating almost 150 feet in an instant .

However, although he could escape this attack, his underlings were not so lucky .   

As he spoke, red flaming runes more than 15 feet in diameter appeared on the spot his underlings were standing at .

These runes overlapped one another, forming a complex formation of countless runes . It was also situated at a perfect location, trapping five Assassins at once .   

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These Assassins who were distracted by the Level-7 spell of the High Elf naturally reacted slowly to this sudden attack . By the time they wanted to dodge, it was too late .

Almost an instant after the runes appeared, an explosion sound rumbled through the beach as a 15-foot thick incandescent pillar of flame rose from the ground . It reached an altitude of 150 feet, consuming the Assassins in the process .

Arrghh! The five Assassins were burned to ashes after only a few screams of despair .  

This was the power of a Level-7 spell!

Fortunately, there were eight other Assassins who instinctively retreated in time .  

Although they just had a close shave with death, they immediately let down their guard and thought, Lucky I am still alive . However, little did they know that the attack had not yet ended .

Almost immediately, another rune formation appeared at the most precise location once again, accurately predicting the eventual position of the Assassins following their retreat . It engulfed four Assassins this time around . To be exact, it seemed as though the four Assassins stepped into the rune formation of their own accord .

Boom! After another huge flaming pillar eruption, four Assassins uttered the final scream of their lives .  

Four Assassins remained .  

The four of them exchanged glances and were already terrified . They were prepared to flee and give up on this battle when the rune formation appeared once again .

Boom! With the sound of another explosion, two more Assassins were consumed by the attack . Within a tenth of a second, another spell erupted, taking the lives of the last two Assassins .  

Apart from the Assassin leader, the rest of his underlings were completely annihilated .

Although the process might seem long, the entire duration of this spell was less than a second .

Within a second, four separate rune formations appeared in the area around the Assassins . Four consecutive flaming pillars then erupted from the ground and consumed all the Assassins in the process .

These four incandescent flaming pillars formed a complete Level-7 spell .

"Level-7 spell! Instantaneous spellcasting speed as well!" The Assassin leader was horrified . He knew that his opponents must have gotten some backup and immediately thought of retreating . He then released his Battle Aura as he turned in the opposite direction .

"Won't you stay?" A voice rang from the shadows of the forest followed by a beam of emerald light .   

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It was the Level-6 spell, Metal Decay .

Spells that were light based in nature traveled extremely fast . In the darkness, one could see a beam of light flashing through the air, charging straight towards the heart of the Assassin leader .  

However, the Assassin leader was experienced as well . He released a huge amount of Battle Aura in the last moment and managed to escape to one side .  

This was not to say that the Assassin leader was faster than the spell . He merely predicted his opponent's attack beforehand . When a Magician cast a spell, he would first have to determine the position where he wanted his attack to land . The spell would then take time to travel to that location . All these processes took time .

In the eyes of other professions, this time was called the "Golden Period . "

Different types of spells had different Golden Periods as well . The length could be as long as half a second . For example, Link's whistle needed to travel through the air before reaching its target . In that time, an experienced Warrior could easily erect his defenses . Of course, the practicality of the defense then depended on the Warrior's judgment and skills .  

Short Golden Periods could be only around ten microseconds long . Within these spells, the light-based spells were known for having extremely short Golden Periods . Most of these spells had a foundational Golden Period of not more than 100 microseconds long . If the Magician was an experienced one, he could even shorten it to under ten microseconds .

With a buzzing sound, the Metal Decay beam shot across the Assassin's arm and left a charred mark on his hand . It then hit the ground, causing a pile of rotten mud more than nine feet in diameter to appear immediately .

The Assassin leader had succeeded in avoiding the attack .   

However, the Metal Decay attack was not completed . This spell was similar to the fire pillars previously and was made to fire in bursts .   

After the first beam, three consecutive beams emerged from the shadows . Each of this beams had been carefully adjusted to aim at the Assassin leader's fatal spots .

Boom! Boom! Boom! Three beams of light flashed across the atmosphere . The Assassin leader also changed his stance three consecutive times in an instant, escaping these deadly beams one by one .  

His speed was outrageous . From other's perspective, his body seemed to have split into multiple images in that instant . Every beam seemed to pass through the image but was just so close to hitting his real self .

The attack ended after a second with all four beams landing onto the ground . All the images of the Assassin leader then converged into a tangible body . He then immediately headed in the opposite direction . He was running for his life!  

"You stay!" Romilson was the one shouting this time around .   

The unexpected support was a huge confidence booster for him . He had already canceled his Thorn Vine spell . When the Assassin leader was busy dealing with the spells coming from the shadows, Romilson skillfully manipulated his unicorn and charged straight at the Assassin .

As the Assassin leader was about to flee, he raised his wand and pointed it towards the Assassin leader before shouting, "Poison Thorn Vines!"  

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Whoosh! A series of noises sounded from the ground as countless magic vines sprung up towards the Assassin . Boom! Boom! the vines appeared one after another, charging towards the Assassin leader in all directions .

However, this Assassin leader had just escaped a light-based spell . These vines would be a piece of cake compared to the close shave with death he just encountered . He skillfully dodged left and right, escaping Romilson's attacks while showcasing a beautiful dance . Romilson could not seem to land a hit .

"Damn it! How can he be so fast!?" Romilson was terrified . He felt as though he was punching the air when the enemy was right in front of him .

However, his attack was not useless . It had successfully trapped the Assassin leader in his location and gave the figure in the shadows enough time to cast a spell .

"Flame Blast!" The figure in the darkness used a standard fire-elemental spell .

An incandescent fireball charged towards the Assassin leader . Although it was a Level-4 spell, the destructive force of this spell was terrifying . If the Assassin leader was engulfed by these flames, he would be heavily injured and most probably done in by the next few follow-up spells .

The attacking range of this spell was huge as well . After the explosion, the area within a 90-foot radius of the point of the explosion would be engulfed in flames; there would be no place for the Assassin leader to hide .  

In an instant, Romilson felt a sense of relief as he thought that this battle was settled .  

However, at the moment, Link's voice sounded, "Fool! Get back!"  

"Back? Why?" Romilson had not reacted to the situation .

The next moment, he felt his heart palpitating at an insane rate, as though he had been targeted by an ancient ferocious beast . It was an intense feeling . More importantly, although he felt this dangerous premonition, he had no idea where the danger would strike .  

In his state of panic, he could only follow Link's instructions and give up on his Poison Thorn Vine spell and ran back with his unicorn mount .  

But he was too late .    

The next instant, he heard a huge explosion behind him . It was the Flame Blast spell . Following which, Romilson realized that the Assassin leader had disappeared .

"Where is he? Where did he go?" Romilson instinctively cast a defensive spell on himself .

Before the defensive spell was completed, he suddenly heard the sound of howling winds . Following which, he saw a dark figure beside him . It was the Assassin leader who was just getting cornered a moment ago!

How can he be so fast? Romilson was horrified .

The Assassin leader smiled cruelly as he raised his dagger and plunged it straight towards his heart . The speed of this attack was outrageous .   

It's over! I won't be in time!

Romilson knew that he would not have the time to complete his defensive spell . In fact, the emotional fluctuation that he was going through had already undone whatever progress he had made in casting the spell .

As the dagger was about to pierce through his skin, Romilson felt his body tremble at the very last moment . He then noticed that a faint crimson glow was enveloping his body . He then took a look at the Assassin leader and realized that the speed at which the dagger was reaching his heart had slowed down significantly . Furthermore, within this red glow, the black leather armor on the Assassin leader 's body began to burn .

Link cast a defensive spell on me! Romilson finally reacted to the situation . He felt as though he was just pulled back from the brink of death .   

The Assassin leader decisively gave up on his assault after this delay and retreated a total of 30 feet in a single leap . After 30 feet, a dark crimson miasma could be seen enveloping his body .  

Whoosh! An emerald light beam pierced this crimson miasma and almost dissipated it .

However, after the miasma dissipated, the Assassin leader was nowhere to be seen . He seemed to have disappeared into thin air .  

"Where is he?" Romilson could not wrap his head around this situation .    

"That was a Battle Aura illusion . His real self was concealed under some sort of stealth spell," Link explained . It was a shame that he had to concentrate on curing Milda . If not, the Assassin Leader would have been a corpse by now .  

"I am here . You fool!" A voice emerged from afar .   

Romilson stared in the direction of the voice and saw that several hundred feet away, the Assassin leader was waving to him . This guy was laughing hysterically and suddenly turned his body around . He then accelerated and disappeared into the darkness .   

He was gone . Two Level-7 Magicians were unable to stop him . If not for Link's intervention at the end, Romilson would already be dead .

Romilson was devastated at this result . He then thought back on his immature ravings and felt his face turn hot . He almost wanted to find a hole in the ground and bury his head in it .

He remembered that his mentor had told him before he left the Isle of Dawn, "You are now an official Magician . However, you are still not fit for combat . You must be extra careful when you go to the Norton Kingdom . "

He thought nothing about it then . This was because the strongest Magician in the entire Norton Kingdom was Dean Anthony, who was merely a Level-7 Magician like him . How dangerous could such an undeveloped place be? 

But now he totally understood the teachings of his mentor . His path of magic had just begun . As Link and this Assassin leader had said, in a real battle, he was nothing but a fool!

This was truly a painful realization .