Reign of the Hunters - Chapter 88

Published at 18th of June 2017 10:46:35 PM

Chapter 88

Chapter 88 White Bomb

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If the sudden disappearance of Steel Blooded Battle Spear was a relief for the members of Upwards Ho!, then Clear Moon’s question that followed was the trigger to their heated discussion .

“Eh? Where did they disappear to?”

After a few seconds of silence, a lively discussion exploded in the party . Some said that the surface of the ice was actually a jerry-built project, some claimed that it was divine intervention, while there were some who said it was a glitch in the system . The guild members discussed the topic enthusiastically while collecting more colored balls .

The culprit, Ye Ci, did not take part in the discussion . She focused all her attention on collecting more balls .

The second round ended without much suspense . The representatives of the Eastern Continent who would join the third round of the competition were Wolf Pack, Upwards Ho! and Blade of Abyss .

After a short rest, the 3 parties were transported to the arena for the third round .

Ye Ci took a quick look at the arena and noticed that they were in the sky . With this, they’d been to air, land and sea .

The rules were slightly different in this round of the competition . With exception to the platform that the 12 parties were standing on, players would levitate whenever they left the platform . All the parties were required to collect blue colored balls while bringing along their dragon . But in the process of grabbing the blue balls, players must also beware of the white colored ones, which would randomly explode . Parties that had their dragon’s HP depleted due to the explosions would be eliminated .

To win the round, a party must collect 999 blue balls, and each blue ball was worth 1 point . When a party had accumulated 999 points, a giant colored pearl ball belonging to the party would appear in a specific location . The party must then rush into the giant pearl with their dragon .

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The game sounded simple . But for humans who were used to walking on land to suddenly have to fly in the sky was a huge challenge in terms of controlling their direction and the force needed to maneuver .

Upwards Ho! was not the only party to face trouble . All the participants had the same problem as well . Not only that, Upwards Ho! was unable to fully utilize their cat claws as they were unable to grasp the distance of objects in this 3-dimensional space .

The competition would last for 1 hour . If no party was able to achieve victory within the round, 3 of the parties with the highest score would be selected to proceed to the 4th round . Although players would only need to hang on for an hour, the blue balls offered rare items and would be bound to whoever collected them . The players were fired up to acquire as many blue balls as they could .

It was a sinister design by the developers . Such arrangements in a group activity that offered rare items that were bound to a player was obviously meant to incite disharmony within a party . Before long, a party from the Northern Continent had an internal dispute, and their players began shoving each other .

Just then, Customer Service No . 094’s anger inducing voice rang out again along with a system message, “Everyone remain calm . You can always talk things out . Don’t fight~~ Or your points might be deducted~~”

What’s with the ‘~~’? Ye Ci strongly disdained Wang Jiangnan’s action of fanning the flames . Why are you typing out that symbol? Are you trying to act cute or something?

“Everyone, turn on your distance assistance plugin . I want everyone to only grab the balls closest to them . I don’t wish to see our own members quarrel because of the balls . Those who get into a fight because of the blue balls will have 50 DKP deducted from them . ” Bai Mo immediately warned his guild members after seeing what happened to the Northern Continent party .

Although blue equipment could be gained from the blue balls, they were still more inferior compared to blue equipment of the same level obtained from dungeons . DKP was the thing needed for guild members to redeem items from the guild warehouse . Nobody was willing to risk their DKP for a couple of blue balls, and the party became rather harmonious .

The accursed white balls were rapidly growing in numbers . They did not move slowly like the blue balls . They moved fast and they exploded randomly . Some would have a 10 second delay before exploding, while some would explode instantly upon contact . There was nothing much the players could do against them .

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“Bai Mo, slow down, we’ll advance slowly and steadily . Keep your eyes peeled everyone, if you see a 10 second delay one, kick it away . ” Said Ye Ci calmly after she was hit by an instant explosion white ball and a time delayed one .

“T-then what about those that explode instantly?” Cutie Lemon was so nervous that the bridge of her nose was sweating . A white ball exploded right on top of her, scaring her to the point where her face turned white .

“Then… Chug down more health potions . Don’t die before the dragon’s health is completely gone . ” Ye Ci spread out her hands, indicating that she had no solution to the problem either .

In the hearts of Upwards Ho! members, Ye Ci was a know-it-all and the synonym for ‘awesomeness . ’ There was nothing that she couldn’t solve . The emergence of such a problem drove them to a state of nervousness . They no longer chatted in the party channel . All of their attention was focused, for fear that they would trigger an instant-explosion white ball .

“Thump . ” A white ball bumped into Ye Ci’s pole . It was a delayed-explosion type . Without thinking, Ye Ci kicked the white ball away towards a spot where several other white balls were clustered together .

“Thump thump thump…” The white ball that was kicked away by Ye Ci collided with the other white balls, triggering several large explosions .

Ye Ci was momentarily stunned . It worked like that as well? Even the collision between balls would trigger a detonation? She immediately shared her discovery to the rest of the members, “If you encounter a delayed-explosion white ball, kick it towards the other white balls . ”

The ranged players were way more adept at doing it than the melee players .

After spending a short period of time to get used to their environment, the 12 teams were able to stabilize their pace . They no longer quarrelled because of the blue balls, and they were more skillful when it came to maneuvering in the air .

The 11 other guilds were different from Upwards Ho! . Their dragons were crewed by a full complement of 100 players . It was easier for them to collect 999 blue balls when compared to the 72-player party of Upwards Ho! . They could easily get more balls .

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Ye Ci realised that it would be hard for her guild to get into the top 3 with conventional methods . She narrowed her eyes, and kicked a white ball which was flying towards her to the direction of a party closest to her . Her timing was perfect . The delayed-explosion ball exploded right after it came into contact with the party’s dragon, dealing quite a huge amount of damage .

Everybody was busy with dodging the white balls, and there would certainly be those who were not that lucky . Nobody had noticed Ye Ci’s dirty trick . They simply became more alert when it came to dodging white balls . If one continuously pull tricks on the same target, one would be discovered very soon .

When her guild’s dragon spiraled upwards, Ye Ci did the same trick on several other parties . Quite a few of them realized that they were victims of somebody’s antics, but they were unable to locate the culprit as their attention was focused on the competition . They began to retaliate on the parties that were closest to them . Right then, Ye Ci urged Bai Mo to stay away from her victims, and turned towards another direction .

It would be daft to get involved in the mess that she herself had created .

Upwards Ho! stayed far away from the 11 other teams, showing clearly that they were not involved in the plot . They collected blue balls at the edge while watching the other parties plot against each other . Ye Ci in particular was enjoying the show .

“What are they doing…?” Pea Cake was curious . “Everything was fine just now . ”

It did not take long for the other parties to realise that Upwards Ho! was steering clear of the mess . They immediately shifted their attention to Upwards Ho! . In their eyes, Upwards Ho! that had only 72 members was the one that was supposed to be eliminated .

“Hurry up and ascend . ” Ordered Ye Ci as she noticed the other parties closing in while simultaneously sabotaging each other’s progress .

The 72 players of the guild were very united . They immediately ascended while furiously grabbing blue balls right after Ye Ci gave her command .

973… 974… 986… 992… The number of balls collected by Upwards Ho! increased along with their altitude . Several parties that were close to achieving their goal gave up on going after Upwards Ho! . Those parties that had entirely no hope at all to advance to the next round gave chase, hoping to drag Upwards Ho! down along with them .

“Bang bang bang . ” Explosions continuously rocked Upwards Ho!’s dragon, and its HP dropped rapidly…

997… 998…

One ball left . A white ball flew towards Upwards Ho!’s dragon . Ye Ci shifted herself slightly, and spun in midair . She raised her foot and kicked the white ball away while reaching out towards a blue ball that happened to be within sight . She grabbed hold of the blue ball and a system notification immediately chimed in, “Upwards Ho! has collected 999 blue balls . The pearl shall now activate . ”

When Ye Ci thought about it, she had never had good luck in her entire life . She had never won any lotteries, nor was she lucky when it came to item drops . But reality proved that every cloud has a silver lining, just like…

The pearl appeared right above Upwards Ho!’s dragon . The guild members were delighted . They immediately headed towards the pearl . Right at that moment, a few more explosions rocked their dragon .

It was close . By the time they made it into the pearl, Upwards Ho!’s dragon only had one tiny bit of HP left .

That, however, was not important . They had managed to advance to the next round .

The one to announce the news was not the system, but Customer Service No . 094 . “Congratulations to the party from the Eastern Continent, Upwards Ho!, for being the first party to enter the 4th round . All the players of Upwards Ho! please stand still, you’ll be transported to the arena for the 4th round . ”