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Published at 26th of January 2021 05:55:57 AM

Chapter 1176: 1176
That was the prowess of a cultivator at the peak of the heroic ranks . King Elbas deserved his title of "strongest in the world" .

Noah didn't let fear fill his mind at that sight . Every cultivator had limits, and King Elbas wasn't an exception . The only problem was how much the world would lose to exhaust that threat .

King Elbas landed on the ground while the sea of flames still surrounded his figure . The Copying Technique had never stopped creating armies of magical beasts, and attacks of various nature had continued to converge in his position .

As long as they forced King Elbas to defend, Noah didn't mind spending an insane number of resources to keep the Copying Technique active .

God's Left Hand and Great Elder Diana seemed to have accepted Noah's leadership after their brief discussion . They didn't complain about his behavior anymore, but he had to admit that there was truth in their words .

Great Elder Diana was right . She could have helped during Noah's sudden attack, and the same went for the other Matriarch .

Noah wasn't fighting alone, but his mind kept on making him believe otherwise . His ambition was too intense to let him consider others whenever he made a decision .

"Activate the traps," Noah whispered at his inscribed notebook, and the Matriarchs nodded . There was nothing else that they could do in that situation .

King Elbas had just landed on the ground when an earthquake filled the entire region . Cracks spread on the terrain before a detonation reduced the whole territory to a broken mess .

Countless explosions resounded in the area as the Instabilities hidden under the surface activated and engulfed King Elbas in their destructive might .

A storm of saber-shaped runes came out of the vast gray cloud that had covered the entire region . The whole area had fallen into chaos, but the golden light of King Elbas' flames never flickered even during that mess .

Noah had hidden hundreds of Instabilities in the sixth rank in that region, but their detonation didn't seem to affect King Elbas in the slightest .

The Copying Technique stopped to create magical beasts to make room for the platoons . The cultivators and hybrids started teleporting outside of the separate dimension again to launch attacks .

The new array of attacks dispersed the gray cloud and revealed King Elbas still protected by his golden flames . A storm of saber-shaped runes infuriated around him, but nothing seemed able to pierce his defenses .

The platoons' attacks suffered from the same fate . They burned as soon as they touched the golden flames .

King Elbas started to walk through the land . His goal was unclear, but the defenders didn't care about it . They only wanted to kill their target .

They didn't care about the damages that the world would suffer during the battle . They had an escape route settled, so they could push all their efforts into stopping King Elbas .

A series of dark lines began to shine after the Royal had walked for a few kilometers . A dense aura fell on his figure and tried to restrain his movements .

Yet, the sea of flames around him blocked most of the negative effects after a few seconds . King Elbas had promptly modified their structure so that they could stop that new trap .

King Elbas' flames became denser under the pressure's effects, but they couldn't move as freely as before . His overall defense had improved, but Noah and the others had already predicted a similar outcome .

"Start with the counters," Noah ordered, and the platoon replaced some of their members to make room for new cultivators and hybrids .

Noah, Elder Julia, and Skully had prepared battle formations for every occasion, and the current situation required spells that had excellent piercing properties .

King Elbas' flames had become denser in exchange for maneuverability . That opened the path for specific types of attacks, and Noah knew that far too well .

A torrent of lightning bolts, massive ice-arrows, and spears flew toward King Elbas, who was still trying to understand how to destroy the formations generating that pressure .

Burning everything didn't always work, and King Elbas still had his curiosity to suppress . The expert didn't mind spending a few rounds of attacks studying the dark lines .

Noah had shown Thirty-seven part of the Death Area spell to create that defense . The pressure generated by the dark lines was only a consequence of the power blocked by the flames . Their real effects would typically weaken the bodies of any cultivator until they collapsed .

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Yet, the flames protected King Elbas from the dark lines' most dangerous effects, making them almost useless .

King Elbas continued to advance as countless attacks kept on converging toward him . The formations couldn't stop him, and all the other traps containing Instabilities barely managed to slow him down .

"Should we deploy the heavy weapons?" God's Left Hand asked, but Noah shook his head .

It was too early . King Elbas didn't show any sign of exhaustion even after more than forty arrays of spells had fallen on him . He had also ignored the Instabilities and formations, so he was still too strong for the other rank 6 defenses .

"What are you waiting for?" Great Elder Diana asked . "Three regions have already become nothing more than fiery debris . Why should we lose more?"

"If we attack now," Noah said, "He will fend off our rank 6 assets with a wave of his hand . There is only us after those defenses, and we all know that we don't stand a chance . "

"Most of those regions belong to the Hive," Great Elder Diana said .

"Let them burn," Noah replied .

Great Elder Diana had shown some concern for him and his organization, but Noah didn't want that . Regions and territories could heal, but the Hive wouldn't keep the world if King Elbas were to take it over .

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Noah had decided to sacrifice the lands even before he saw how strong King Elbas had become . He didn't care about the regions in the slightest .

The Copying Technique and the platoons launched a long and incessant offensive that forced King Elbas to keep his flames active . Still, the Royal continued to march toward the opposite coast without showing any struggle in his expression .

Regions took fire, exploded, or crumbled during the exchanges and the activation of the defenses . The Hive's expenses and losses were already immense, but the other organizations weren't better off .

King Elbas would deviate at times . He would start walking through the territories of the Council before returning to the Hive's domain .

It was as if he was enjoying that situation . There was an entire world attacking him, but he could walk around freely, without ever being in deadly danger .

Noah and the Matriarchs had continued to stare at the screens, and hope eventually appeared in their vision . It was subtle, but the three of them saw a sudden change in King Elbas' skin tone . He seemed paler than before, and a comparison with a previous picture confirmed that .

The defenses were working . King Elbas was finally showing some flaws .

Noah glanced at the two powerhouses at that point, and they nodded to accept his strategy . They had understood each other immediately after they noticed King Elbas' limit .

"It's your turn," Noah said through an inscribed notebook, and King Elbas stopped his tracks when he saw a tall Ape walking toward him .