Chapter 0307 - Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake!
[Book 3: The South]
Just as Chen Yao was about to be swallowed whole by the Mutant Forest Venomous Snake, there was a flash! The huge Devil Flame Sword swung down, directly beheading the Mutant Forest Venomous Snake and causing lukewarm blood to fountain out, splattering onto Chen Yao.
"You're still not running!!" Yue Zhong held the Devil Flame Sword as he pulled Chen Yao and bellowed.
One or 2 of these Mutant Forest Venomous Snakes would not be much of an issue to Yue Zhong, but if the entire group was to charge over, it would be tough. Furthermore, Yue Zhong had detected something with his danger sense. He was almost certain there were multiple Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snakes on their way here!
Having to deal with this many Mutant Snakes, Yue Zhong would have to give it his all.
With Yue Zhong's voice shocking Chen Yao awake, she gritted her teeth and followed Yue Zhong as she ran.
"White Bones! Protect her!!" Yue Zhong eyed Chen Yao, before ordering White Bones.
With her current running speed, it was impossible for Chen Yao to outrun those Mutant Snakes. Yue Zhong could only give it his all to battle with them.
Seeing their own comrades being killed by Yue Zhong, those Mutant Snakes opened their jaws to attack him.
Yue Zhong activated his Shadow Steps at the first opportunity, and moved so fast in and out of the huge group of snakes, he seemed to teleport! The serpents were seemingly dancing in an demonic way, weaving in and out of each other as they lunged and snapped with their cruel poison fangs. He blocked a venom ball spit at him as he slashed and attacked repeatedly with his Devil Flame Sword causing the striking snakes to be decapitated after each swing.
After killing 6 or 7 of the Mutant Forest Snakes the fishy smelling blood congealed on the ground in small puddles and Yue Zhong had finally arrived in front of the 2 Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snakes.
"Level 60 Mutant Beast: Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake. It resides in the deep parts of the forest, and can easily crush and swallow an elephant whole. It also possesses a Consumption skill and a venom with nearly a unrivaled corrosive nature"
2 huge snakes the size of a house were coiled together like some demented lesser Orochi or some such beast. Yue Zhong looked up and saw that their bodies had scales as big as faces, and they they expertly blended in with their surroundings while emitting a terrifying aura.
The 2 Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snakes eyed Yue Zhong with their intelligent serpentine glare, as though they were looking at a weak and easily swallowable prey.
One of them opened its jaws wide, and started to Inhale with all its strength, as a monstrous consuming vortex pulled on Yue Zhong, threatening to yank him into its gaping maw.
Within that huge suction force, countless stone fragments, twigs and leaves were all gulped into the Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake's mouth, disappearing into the inky blackness.
Yue Zhong pulled out his Black Tooth Blade and struck it down furiously into the ground to stop himself from being drug by the consumption ability. As he secured his footing, he turned around pointing his finger at the Type 2 Mutant Snake and conjured a Devil Fireball which flew along with everything else in the air before exploding in its mouth.
While the small fireball could not take the life of such an enormous beast, exploding in its mouth would surely cause it terrible and unimaginable pain.
The Type 2 Mutant Snake let out an a bloodcurdling screech which turned into an anguished howl as it closed its huge mouth.
Yue Zhong did not dare to be careless, and immediately pulled out his PF98, firing a round after aiming it at that Type 2 Mutant Snake.
The missile shot forward with a flash, as it exploded on the body of the Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake, resulting in a predictably large and bloody hole.
Other than Turtle who had the Ice Manipulation Ability which placed it amongst the top Type 2 Mutant Beasts, Yue Zhong had not come across any other Type 2 Mutant Beasts that could withstand a round from the PF98.
However, this Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake was apparently pretty fearsome. After suffering that attack from the PF98, even though it had a huge hole in its body now and even though it bleed steadily, it still did not die. As It struggled in immense pain, it crashed and flopped, causing the trees around it to fall due to its massive body.
The other Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake opened its huge mouth, and a thick cloud of jade green poisonous gas shot towards Yue Zhong.
Yue Zhong's expression changed, and he activated his Devil Flame. He enclosed himself within the ball of flame, as he tried to navigate his way out of the oversized cloud of poison gas.
The coverage area of the poison gas skill was too huge however, even though Yue Zhong pushed his speed to the extreme, he had no way of breaking out of that gas in a short moment.
When the gas touched the trees and branches, they withered instantly, even the stones that got in range cracked and crumbled into dust. Any living creature that got caught within the enveloping gas was quickly turned into a puddle. It could be easily seen how terrifying the poison was.
When the jade green poison gas came into contact with Yue Zhong's Devil Flame that surrounded him, the Devil Flame blazed brightly and became the perfect counter. The gas would swoop in and instantly burn up with a swishing sound, at the same time, it turned into poisonous smoke that floated to the skies.
When Yue Zhong saw this, he heaved a sigh of relief. As he continued to run, he waved his hands and another of his pre-loaded PF98 appeared. He aimed it at the Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake and fired, and with a roar of flame, the rocket shot out explosively, spiraling towards its target.
Only this time, the rocket had not even left the PF98 for a terribly long distance, before it was Corroded by the poison gas, and immediately melted into a useless glob. The melted rocket soup simply splattered on the Type 2 Mutant Snake's body.
"Powerful!!" Yue Zhong exclaimed and sucked in a breath of humid air, as he witnessed the effects of the poison gas on his missile. If it wasn't for the protection of his Devil Flame, he would surely have long since been melted down!
The uninjured Type 2 Mutant Snake's eyes glinted with wrath, as it continually spewed out large volumes of the poison gas towards Yue Zhong.
A huge part of the gas also shrouded the Type 2 Mutant Snake itself, enveloping it, however, its scales and body excreted a strange mucus, which protected itself from its own poison.
Yue Zhong's Devil Flame was continually burning with crackles and hisses. Sadly, even though it was the perfect counter to the poison gas, with every second that it was activated, Yue Zhong's Spirit was being expended to support its activation.
"Damn bastard!! These Type 2 Beasts are indeed scary!!" Yue Zhong's eyes flashed coldly, as he left the epicentre of the poison gas, charging towards the Type 2 Mutant Snake.
In comparison with regards to holding out, Yue Zhong could not hope to match the Type 2 Mutant Snake with his Spirit and Stamina, he could only attempt to take down the Type 2 Mutant Snake within the short time period. This was the best way to ensure he had a fighting chance at survival. Fortunately, he had already injured the other Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake, otherwise he was most likely dead already.
In a few short breaths, Yue Zhong had arrived in front of the Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake, as he condensed part of the Devil Flame into the 6m-long Devil Flame Sword and swung it down onto its scaled head.
After enhancing the skill three times, the Devil Flame Sword that required 20 Stamina and 50 Spirit points to form was seemingly invincible. The swing directly took the head of the snake off its body, causing blood to forcefully blast all over him, before the body slumped to the floor lifelessly.
"Congratulations on achieving Level 49. You have gained 2 points of enhancements to be allocated."
The moment Yue Zhong decapitated the Type 2 Mutant Snake, the sweet notification sound rang out within his mind.
Before Yue Zhong even made his decision, he felt a huge sense of danger behind him! He tried to turn but the distraction meant he didn't have the time to react, before the remaining Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake crashed into him viciously.
Yue Zhong was knocked forwards and crashed heavily into a tree by the charging attack! The resulting impact caused his ribcage to immediately snap in most places! If his body wasn't strong enough, or it was someone else with an Endurance of less than 70, this one move could easily take the life of that person.
Yue Zhong spat out a mouthful of fresh blood, and expended a fearsome 20 points of stamina to condense his Devil Flame Sword into a spear, flinging it with all his strength towards the remaining Type 2 Mutant Forest Venomous Snake.
The Devil Flame Spear shot towards the Type 2 Mutant Snake and through sheer luck penetrated its brain! The flame roared then immediately combusted, turning into raging fiery flames that started burning within the snake, roasting the brains and flesh, thereby turning them into ash.
After he took care of the remaining Type 2 Mutant Snake, he quickly made his way towards the perimeter of the gas with his heavy injuries.
With each step he took, Yue Zhong felt his sharp pains in his chest. Having a broken ribcage, most ordinary people would have found it hard to even walk. However, Yue Zhong's body was resilient, and with the Level 4 Skill: Regeneration, his body was already repairing itself. At most, it would require a day for him to return to his tiptop condition.
The other remaining 23 ordinary Mutant Forest Venomous Snake could feel the blood scent from Yue Zhong, and their eyes flashed with reptilian greed, as they quickly slithered over. Consuming high-level Mutant Beasts, Enhancers or even zombies would allow them to quickly evolve, and hence Yue Zhong was like a piece of delicious meat in their eyes.
"Even if I'm injured, you piled up trash shouldn't piss me off!" Yue Zhong's eyes flashed coldly, and he stopped running. Instead, he raised his hand and pulled out yet another pre-loaded PF98, and fired it at the group of Mutant Snakes.
With a flash, the group of Mutant Snakes were caught in the explosion, and many of their bodies were blasted into pieces.
Yue Zhong swiftly kept back his PF98, before he pulled out another PF98 and fired it at a single Mutant Forest Venomous Snake that was slithering towards him, exploding it to a rain of smoking meat balls.
The flashes from the firing continued without stop, as Yue Zhong aimed and fired all around him with a resolute look on his face. Countless Mutant Forest Venomous Snakes were blasted into smithereens, their blood puddling and corpse chunks piling up on the floor of the forest.
After 18 of the Mutant Snakes had died, the remaining 5 Mutant Snakes seemed to realise that Yue Zhong was too tough to handle, and they quickly slithered away.
When he saw that the remaining Mutant Snakes had retreated, he heaved a sigh of relief, and he checked his PF98's, discovering that there were only 9 rounds remaining. If he had to fire all of them, he would lose one of his strongest weapons.
Yue Zhong looked at the forest ground that was littered with the corpses, and his heart could not help but ache. These high-level Mutant Beasts were all treasures, as their meat could be treated as nourishment, and their bones could be formed into weapons, while their tendons could become good bows, and their hide turned into protective clothing.
However, he was currently without his subordinates, and his storage ring had a limit to its capacity, and hence he could only keep the truly precious items, regardless of how tempting and useful the corpses of these Mutant Beasts might be.
After the poison gas had dissipated, Yue Zhong walked to the 2 Type 2 Mutant Beasts that he had killed, and he picked up the 2 dropped skill books and 400 survivor credits.
"Level 3 Skill Book: Forest Ranger Transformation! Active Skill. After activation, user will become a forest ranger. Within the forest, user will be granted with high Agility, high danger perception, strongbow skills, extraordinary night vision, and the ability to navigate through any terrain. The strength after transforming into a Forest Ranger is dependant on user's 6 attributes. Can be maintained for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, user will be rendered weak."
[Dedition: Gotta love our MC's 'luck'.]
"Level 4 Skill Book: Type 2 Forest Ranger Transformation! Active Skill. Requires a 3 times enhanced Forest Ranger Transformation skill. Requires 2 Skill Points to use."
Yue Zhong looked at those books and he frowned, keeping them into his storage ring. They were skills meant for forest battles. Even though they were extremely useful in their current situation, it was specialized only in such terrains and was not suitable for Yue Zhong who was adapted to and focused on evolution in all situations.
Therefore, he instead opted to keep them and pass them down to someone suitable.
Yue Zhong looked at the corpses of the Type 2 Mutant Snakes, as he swallowed some Life Saving Grass, before burrowing into the head of one and pieces of the other snake, retrieving the blood essence and nuclei.
After digging those out, he took out his Black Tooth Blade and started carving the scales off.
The scales of these Type 2 Mutant Snakes were the same as the Type 2 Mutant Black Scaled Boars, if they are used to manufacture more armor, Yue Zhong would have more troops that would be impervious to guns and weapons, only their heads would be exposed.
In fact, Yue Zhong's troops suffered little loss overall, mainly due to the fact that a large number of them were protected and equipped with such defensive hides. They were much tougher than the protective vests prior to the apocalypse, and only heavy artillery could pose a threat to them.