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Published at 1st of December 2020 08:00:10 AM

Chapter 1098: 1098
The fire that destroyed the beasts covered the ground and ruined its condition even more . Trails of dust then rose among the flames and flew toward the massive opening that had appeared in the sky .

The pulling force of the void was intense, but the world fixed that crack at high speed . No matter how numerous they were, the attacks of weaker creatures couldn't affect the fabric of the sky for too long .

In seconds, King Elbas and the Ape God remained the only figures in the sky . Not even a speck of dust had landed on the powerhouse's robe, which remained clean and tidy as if the last exchanges didn't happen .

A massive figure suddenly appeared behind them, and the temperature in the area dropped by a few degrees once its aura spread in the environment .

The previous king of the snowy mountain was a rank 6 White Ape in the middle tier . Chasing Demon had captured it after the invasion and made it part of the Copying Technique .

The White Ape was the second strongest magical beast trapped under Chasing Demon's quarters . Noah didn't know how the Patriarch had captured it, but the creature could now act as one of the protectors of the Hive .

Ice spread in the sky as the creature pounced at King Elbas . The powerhouse exploded into a fire wave that engulfed the tall white figure and melted the ice that had formed .

King Elbas became visible after his fire disappeared . He appeared clean and unharmed again, but he couldn't relax since a torrent of water-type attacks flew in his direction .

The army of weaker creatures had reformed while King Elbas dealt with the White Ape . They didn't hesitate to launch their innate abilities once their target reappeared, and the blue radiance filled the sky again .

King Elbas used his mental energy to stop those abilities right before they landed on him . Fire then covered their surface and spread toward the attacking beasts, burning them into ashes .

Right after the army crumbled, the White Ape reappeared behind him and tried to land a blow on his back . King Elbas had to explode into a sea of flames to take care of that threat, but he found water-type spells flying toward him again when the fire dispersed .

Chasing Demon and Elder Julia weren't giving King Elbas any time to breathe . They made use of the invincibility of the copies to pressure their opponent and exploit his casting time .

Tens of exchanges repeated themselves in the following hour . Chasing Demon changed the movements of the White Ape and altered the battle tactic from time to time .

The Copying Technique could express its real power with the backing of one of the world's strongest organizations . The Hive didn't lack resources, and the new continent's ground was rich of them too .

King Elbas' reactions didn't slow down in the slightest under that assault . Instead, he became faster in countering the attacks after every exchange .

The only reason the copies managed to surprise him from time to time was that Chasing Demon often changed battle tactics . He even modified the structure of the army at some point to make the data gathered worthless .

King Elbas appeared suppressed by that defensive measure, but the allied powerhouses didn't dare to feel joyous about that event .

'He is studying the Copying Technique,' Noah thought as he watched King Elbas refusing to change his battle tactic .

The best inscription master in those Mortal Lands had items that could make his life more comfortable in that situation . Even slightly more powerful spells could help him deal with the assault better .

However, King Elbas refused to rely on anything different than his basic flames . He had used his higher energy during his first attack, but he had never called upon that power again .

Noah knew about his curiosity, so he guessed that the Royal had become interested in the Copying Technique . Losing some face to study more about its functioning was a trade that King Elbas was more than willing to make .

The atmosphere on the defending side was far tenser . The Hive was using its strongest defensive method, but that couldn't even force King Elbas to fight seriously .

Great Elder Diana sent message after message during the battle . She was instructing the inscription masters of the Council on King Elbas' habits and abilities in the hope that they could develop something able to counter him .

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King Elbas eventually grew bored of that situation, and he stretched his arm again to throw two drops of blood toward the ground .

The drops took fire as they fell, becoming fiery arrows that pierced the broken surface and spread a sea of fire in the underground world .

The region crumbled after his attack . The ground fell downward, and the cracks already in place spread when deeper ones appeared .

The army of beasts became pale after that attack, and many of them stopped moving . Only the strongest creatures continued to launch abilities, but they weren't even worthy of consideration without the immense numerical advantage .

King Elbas shook his head and started to descend toward the ground as the spells nearing him took fire . His descent appeared undisturbed, but Chasing Demon soon proved him wrong .

The Patriarch of the Hive knew what King Elbas had tried to do with his last attack . He wanted to destroy the lines of the Copying Technique to take care of the threats' core .

Chasing Demon had played along . He commanded most of the army to remain still until King Elbas exposed himself . That moment luckily arrived soon .

The tide of beasts suddenly began to move again, and the White Ape reformed only to pounce at King Elbas from behind his back . Attacks came out of the creatures, and the area became blue again .

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King Elbas snorted at that sight . That simple scheme wouldn't hurt him even if he decided to rely on weaker protective methods, but he felt pissed that Chasing Demon had managed to trick him .

That didn't only make him lose face . It also showed that he didn't understand the Copying Technique, let alone where its lines were .

A drop of blood came out of King Elbas' forehead, and a fiery shield formed once it took fire . The protection blocked the incoming attack and enlarged until it covered the entire region .

The ground didn't suffer from that attack, but the copied beasts in the area burnt when they touched the fire .

The army started to reform again, but King Elbas didn't want to waste any more time there . Three drops of blood came out of his hand, and a red halo filled the environment once they fell on the ground .

The entire area suddenly took fire . The whole region became a burning mess, and the superficial layers of the ground became ashes as King Elbas tried to reach the core of the Copying Technique .

Any human structure in the region disappeared, and entire pieces of ground vanished under the merciless fire . The flames continued to burn for a whole minute, and King Elbas dispersed them only once he found traces of the shining lines .