Chapter 323: Shocked
"You're too slow!!" Yue Zhong's eyes flashed with a hint of cold fury, as the Devil Flame danced in his right hand. He condensed into another Devil Flame Spear, and he used all his strength to throw it at the escaping helicopter! In a flash, the spear penetrated the helicopter.
With a huge HONG sound, the Devil Flame combusted and caused the remaining helicopter to explode in a ball of fire as well, before crashing towards the ground.
The troops that were standing beside Yue Zhong, be it female or male, had eyes filled with endless respect. Yue Zhong had used his own strength to take down 2 assault helicopters, which they couldn't believe was a feat that could be accomplished by a human.
"Damn bastard!! He has already caught up!!" Yue Zhong had no joy on his face even though he destroyed the 2 assault helicopters.
The 2 assault helicopters that were deployed by Wuyan Hong had instantly decimated a number of Yue Zhong's troops, and amongst the central force of 400 people, over 50 had died. Over 400 Vietnamese survivors were killed amongst the 2000+ survivors as well. An additional 400+ had seized the opportunity during the chaos to run, and their whereabouts were unknown.
Many vehicles had been destroyed by the 2 assault helicopters, on top of that, a vehicle loaded with over 30 tonnes of rations had also been burnt, turning the food contained inside to cinders.
"Evacuate!" Yue Zhong looked at the burning town and the corpses littered on the ground, as he gritted his teeth and barked out the order. He could only commit this atrocity to heart, and wreak vengeance in the future. After all, he couldn't do anything if he were to face Wuyan Hong directly with his current strength.
Under Yue Zhong's orders, the remaining 1,000+ survivors were led by the 300 soldiers who were still weak as they went towards the direction of Nabu Town.
A few of the vehicles that were not destroyed were filled to the brim with the items that could be brought along and followed the human group from behind.
By this time, it was already evening, and night was about to fall. Still, Yue Zhong had no choice but to order the group to continue moving. This was because the town of the vanguard troops was really too close to Wuyan Hong's troops. Staying there would just mean certain death.
In the dark, the advance of the troops had slowed to a crawl.
Organizing a movement in the dark was easy to lose some troops if they were not careful, and especially since they're in the midst of the forest that was filled with Mutant Beasts, it was a dangerous operation.
In the dark, pairs of green eyes lit up, as they stared down at the group of delicious prey. Without hesitation, they embarked on a ferocious assault.
"Level 23 Mutant Beast: Mutant Leopard Cat. It is an agile night hunter."
"Careful!! There're enemies!!" Yue Zhong had always kept his guard up, and the moment those ferocious Mutant Leopard Cats with bodies like cheetahs and strange runes covering their bodies appeared, he had already shouted his warning.
White Bones immediately charged forward into the midst of the Mutant Leopard Cats, waving his iconic White Bone Axe about, at the same time, protruding small Bone Blades from its body. This combo of attacks ended up instantly decimating the Mutant Leopard Cats that pounced towards it.
Yue Zhong had already taken out his heavy machine gun and was firing wildly at the Mutant Leopard Cats that somehow. numbered in the 100s.
Under the heavy barrage of firepower, those pouncing Leopard Cats found themselves being suppressed. The strength of the machine gun bullets were extremely lethal, and they, being low-level Mutant Beasts, were not mutated enough to deal with these bullets.
The leader of the defence troop Gan Tao had fired a flare into the skies the moment the attack started, and had shouted loudly: "Fire!! Kill those damn beasts!!"
The 300+ soldiers started firing their guns at the Mutant Leopard Cats. However, as they had not gone through much target practice prior, their shots mostly missed. There were even a few who received the recoil badly on their shoulders, causing their guns to drop to the floor.
Thankfully, with just the efforts of Yue Zhong and White Bones, they managed to kill a large number of the Mutant Leopard Cats.
Under the flare, Chen Yao had also seen clearly the Mutant Leopard Cats, as she immediately activated her [Plant Manipulation] Ability. She attacked while making use of 6 vines to slaughter those Mutant Cats that survived the onslaught of Yue Zhong and White Bones.
The coordination between the 3 of them was so smooth that it allowed them to kill a large number of the Mutant Leopard Cats, but as the total numbers were above 300, there were quite a few who managed to charge into the midst of the Vietnamese survivors, as they slaughtered those survivors mercilessly.
The Vietnamese survivors were plunged into chaos. Those who were within the areas of attack quickly escaped toward various directions, wailing as they ran.
Those extremely agile Leopard Cats pounced forward, and swiftly bit the throats of many of those escaping survivors, gorging on them.
As for those who had their wits about them, they ran towards the direction of Yue Zhong, Chen Yao and Gan Tao. Only be being near these experts, could they have a chance to live on.
As Yue Zhong made use of his heavy machine guns to kill a large number of the Leopard Cats, he then pointed to those who were chasing the Vietnamese survivors, as dozens of Devil Flame balls were conjured out of thin air, and shot towards those Leopard Cats.
The dozens of Devil Flame balls exploded atop the heads of those Leopard Cats, directly killing a few of them.
After decimating those Leopard Cats, he quickly pulled out his Stinger, and shot at the remaining Leopard Cats continuously. Each time he fired a bullet, he could cause the head of a Leopard Cat to explode.
The heavy machine gun was the best weapon against a huge mob, and the Stinger was most effective against single targets. Under the [Night Enhancement], Yue Zhong' Agility had already surpassed normal humans by 10 times, and his Stinger kept firing, as he changed out bullets, every single movement of his fluid and precise. His shots rang out accurately and ferociously without stop, killing the Leopard Cats one by one.
On the other side, White Bones was also killing with a speed that was slightly higher than Yue Zhong. Both of them combined had slaughtered over half of the original group of Mutant Leopard Cats.
"Congratulations on achieving Level 50, you have gained 2 attribute points to be allocated, as well as a skill enhancement point. Due to the possession of [Heart of Darkness], your Devil Flame Skill can be enhanced to +4. With it, its strength will be enhanced even further, and the power of the Type 2 Devil Flame will also increase exponentially."
After Yue Zhong had just used a Stinger to kill off a Leopard Cat, the sweet notification sound resounded in his ears. He had gained a level.
His mind thinking fast, he only chose to allocate the 2 attribute points to Agility, and did not immediately enhance his Devil Flame to +4!
With the combined ferocious attacks of Yue Zhong and White Bones, the remaining Leopard Cats were finally scared off, as they left 200 corpses, before escaping into the distance.
"Continue moving!!" Yue Zhong looked at the retreating group of Leopard Cats, before heaving a sigh of relief, and collecting the items dropped by the Mutant Leopard Cats, and then ordering for the journey to continue.
This wasn't the place to stay for long, and the fur of the Mutant Leopard Cats were good materials for protective vests. Even though they could not defend against bullets, they could be useful in protection against the claws of normal zombies. But Yue Zhong wasn't willing to stay too long here.
The Mutant Leopard Cats were considered smaller Mutant Beasts, if a Type 2 or Type 3 was to appear, then this entire group of survivors would only be facing certain death.
After the assault of the Leopard Cats, all the survivors became aware of the dangers of the nighttime journey. They quickly picked up their speed as they continued on their journey in the darkness.
Not long after the group continued on their way, a Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat with the body of a liger and the majestic aura of a king stepped out from the forest. It sniffed the scent in the air, before shooting towards the direction of Yue Zhong and his men.
The Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat activated its maximum speed as it gave chase from behind, and the normal survivors could only feel the strong gust of wind blowing past, not even catching sight of the appearance of the Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat.
Like the flash of a lightning, the Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat had reached Yue Zhong's back, and noiselessly extended its lethal hooked claws towards Yue Zhong's neck.
Only when the Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat extended its claws, did Yue Zhong feel the danger from his [Danger Perception] ability, and at the first instance, he activated his [Shadow Steps], lowering his body and dodging towards the side.
White Bones who was by Yue Zhong side had also discovered the Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat as it swung its axe ferociously towards it.
The speed of the Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat was truly astonishing, even after activating his [Shadow Steps], Yue Zhong did not manage to fully escape from its claws, receiving a huge slash on his shoulders, and the Type 2 Mutant Black-Scaled Boar hide was actually torn through by the Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat easily. Yue Zhong's shoulder also received a deep wound, when the Leopard Cat actually clawed out a huge chunk of his flesh and blood.
"Level 60 Mutant Beast: Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat! The tyrant of the forest."
The Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat had no innate abilities, its strength could not compare with those huge Mutant Beasts, nor could its defences match those of the Type 2 Mutant Black-Scaled Boar or Type 2 Mutant Snapping Turtle, like Turtle. Its fur could only withstand against the bullets of a normal heavy machine gun, but not the explosive power of rockets. However, it possessed an incredible speed that was terrifying, nearing the extent of a Type 3 Beast, and its sharp claws, as well as a superior fighting instinct, therefore making it the top killer within the forest.
White Bones' axe was extremely fast, even an Agility-based Evolver would be hacked in two at such a close distance. However, the Type 2 Mutant Leopard Cat just nimbly twisted its body, evading the blow of the axe, before its 4 limbs stretched on the ground, and pushed off with great strength, crashing into White Bones' body, knocking it backwards for a few dozen metres.