Level 1 Player (MT Novel) - Chapter 55
Chapter 55. The Water Snake (Part 3)
The attack helicopter began its attack, while the artillery finished preparing.
After making sure that the Water Serpent was heading precisely for the Chinese army, they immediately decided to attack first. The battle could not be avoided now, so let the battlefield be North Korea.
Rumbling from the air and artillery fire erupted.
The modern weapons were decided to focus on the head of the Water Snake. Wu Wee Wan along with the Chinese top-rankers wholeheartedly wished that the Water Snake had not been killed, because with it, the opportunity to gain the pioneer achievement would immediately disappear.
It is not known if Wu Wee Wan’s pleas were heard from above, but the Water Snake sped up.
The shelling and firing did not stop. In the meantime, the top ranchers had already prepared for battle. A total of one hundred and eighty-one men had been distributed to the frontier, twenty groups of nine top-rankers each. In addition, more than three thousand high level Players were also sent there.
China is confident in its strength, which can be seen in their assessment of their top Rankers, for they believe that they are superior in strength to the top Rankers of North Korea. So did the top Rankers themselves. In North Korea, it was not uncommon for the top rankers to brag to each other, but in China it was different. By the standards of Chinese top Rankers, North Koreans would be somewhere in the middle, or even lower, in the ranking of High-Level Players.
China is a great power, and the number of Players there exceeds that of other countries. Naturally, you can see the difference when you choose Players among thirty million or among one billion and four hundred million people. That’s how things worked in China.
The Water Snake, growling aggressively, swooped down on the Chinese army.
– Let’s go!
– Let’s show our greatness!
The Chinese top rankers unholstered their weapons against the Water Snake heading towards their army.
– Only victory! Accelerate! A fiery fighting spirit!
The fighters began to prepare their skills in order to use them on the monster at the right moment, while the healers, already in full readiness, waited for the right moment to use their skills on the Players.
– Chain Lightning!
As they finished loading, the fighters used the full power of their lightning strikes and fire against the Water Snake. The fighters next to the tanks, charging their skills, raced towards the Water Snake at breakneck speed.
The moment the Chinese top-rankers faced off against the Water Snake in a fierce struggle.
– Gha-a-arg! – The monster’s furious roar rang out again.
And at this time…
[Your mind is infected with the effects of fear and terror]
[Infected body paralyzed for 10 seconds]
All of the top-rankers had the same notification in front of their eyes, although the content was slightly different for each:
[Resistance to the effects of fear and terror]
[Paralysis time reduced by 1 second]
[Resistance to Fear and Terror Effect]
[Paralysis time reduced by 3 seconds]
[Resistance to Fear and Terror Effect]
[Paralysis time reduced by 2 seconds]
[Your body completely resists fear and terror]
The duration of paralysis depended on the resistance to the fear effect, so those who had not developed resistance were instantly and permanently affected by the Water Snake’s demoralizing scream. But it didn’t matter.
The Water Snake, with its sharp teeth, took hold of the fighters standing next to the tank and swallowed them, and with its huge tail it swept away all the other Players who were at a distance.
In a second… no, in one thousandth of a second, everyone on the battlefield went down. Although the winner was already predetermined when everyone was hit by the monster’s scream.
But there were some surviving top-rankers. But compared to the number that fell in an instant, they were no longer capable of solving anything. Among the Chinese top-rankers, only eight were not affected by the horror effect. Even though they were the best of the best, the eight of them would not be able to defeat the legendary monster. The only thing left for them to do was to flee.
At this time, the Water Snake used a lightning strike to cause an explosion, trying to prevent the survivors from escaping.
Everyone tried to dodge the creature’s merciless attack, some did better, some fell at once. But in the end, there was no one left-all eight of the surviving top-rankers were dead.
They were all dead, but the Chinese army still had three thousand high-level Player warriors left.
And at that moment, when the Players and the army decided to launch a counterattack…
– Gha-a-arg! – The furious roar of the Water Snake was heard again.
All of the High Level Players and the military fell under the effects of paralysis. The Water Snake’s acid breath swept over their heads. The high-level Players and the Chinese army simply melted away in an instant. As it turned out earlier, acid breath can corrode even tanks, let alone ordinary people without any special equipment.
The battlefield turned into a graveyard of brutally murdered fighters. More than three thousand top Rankers and High Level Players, as well as twenty thousand soldiers of the Chinese army were completely destroyed on the border between China and North Korea.
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The whole world was turned upside down.
The collision between the Water Snake and the Chinese army – photos and videos taken by UN satellites and lenses on airplanes are scattered all over the world.
The whole world was shocked.
Although, to be honest, the skills of the top-rankers standing on the border between China and North Korea were not the highest. If you compare them with the top Rankers stationed on the South Korean border, they are at least ten times weaker than them. And on the South Korean side, the strongest top-rankers were mobilized.
On the Chinese side, on the other hand, twenty groups and one reserve were sent. This does not mean that the twenty groups and the reserve were underestimated by anyone, but comparing with South Korea, the difference was immediately striking – there were many Chinese Players, but there their advantage ended there, they did not even have any special skills.
China always boasted of having thousands of warriors. But that’s because they were chosen by the local government. If you look at their skills, comparing them to the world rankings, there are indeed very few top-rankers. But evaluating the situation objectively, the top rankers elected by the local government were only at the skill level of the High Level Players of South Korea. So they chattered away about being top-rankers, even though they would hardly be called High Level Players in Korea.
But given their numbers, you can find Players among them who match the level of Korean Players. But the problem is that they were all in Beijing.
Still, the very fact that a military force of twenty thousand men, as well as thousands of top-rankers and high-level Players, were brutally murdered on the battlefield. While Pyongyang was attacked suddenly, China was on full alert at the time. Nevertheless, the entire army was destroyed. They could not even offer resistance.
What was shocking was that with one Water Snake attack, all the top Rankers and High Level Players were paralyzed. More than three thousand Level Three hundred Players couldn’t handle a single monster, and were annihilated. Perhaps by cooperating better, they might have had a chance at some paltry success, but as one, they fell where they stood.
China declared mourning, South Korea and Russia were in uproar, and countries a little farther away began to be wary of the Water Snake’s appearance on their territories, fearing that one day a similar monster would step in from the spatial gates.
“Unimaginable…” – I read an article about the tragedy on the Chinese border. Such news made my jaw drop.
No one could have imagined that a monster could make it across the Chinese border. They were a little behind in skill, but they could still take in numbers. Even if three thousand people used their skills one at a time, it would already yield some results. But no one was able to stand up to the creature, they couldn’t stand the fear and terror of the Water Snake.
“One must be careful.”
After the incident with the Chinese Players and the Water Snake, he once again felt the danger of mind attacks.
“And I was just about to buy Wild Instinct…”
We’ll have to put that off for now. After I bought Psychometrics, my account was replenished, so now I could afford to buy Wild Instinct. But it was worth it to see the video of the China fiasco that I somehow changed my mind.
“But I can’t give up the pioneer achievement.”
Upon hearing the latest news, the Korean government began active preparations to fight the Water Snake, searching for the killers of the legendary monster. Naturally, they chose from the top ranchers. Although, if you’re not a top ranker, but have the skill to resist mind attacks, your option might have been considered as well.
“Which one will do?”
I opened the shopping window and started looking at mind attack resistance skills. There’s a huge selection here, from flames and lightning strikes to a skill book that increases the ability to resist.
Yes, that’s the one I need right now.
“This will fit best!”
[Undefeated Mind (Heroic)
Active ability: enhances the skill of resisting mind attacks, has a cumulative effect.
[Price: 29, 999, 999, 999 points]
There are two options. And I might be too hasty in choosing this skill book. But the reviews on it are mostly good. You can use it to increase your skill resistance to mind attacks, and you can use the hoarding system for better effect. The most extended reviews always mentioned the fact that the skill is a must-have for tanks.
[Do you want to buy the skill book Unsuccessful Mind (Heroic)?
You can always exchange or make a refund on a purchased item.
I chose “Yes.”
And I immediately had the purple book in my hands, after which a message popped up:
[Do you want to read the heroic book Unsettled Mind?]
Naturally I chose yes.
“Nothing much seems to have changed…”
Apparently since this skill affected my mind, I didn’t feel anything.
“Okay, we need to test this in practice.”
To test the new skill, I went to the Players Association, where I could do some mind training.
– Why are they doing this? People only die that way! – shouted the top-rankers as they walked out of the exam hall, where the selection tests had just taken place.
Their faces were so filled with paint from fatigue and anger that they now looked more like ripe persimmons. The agitated top-rankers, upon seeing the other Players waiting their turn, calmed down and left the testing site. Many had applied to become a Water Snake Killer, and among them were not only top Rankers, but high level Players as well.
And the reason was simple: the achievement of a first-timer. All the Players knew about this achievement and were very interested in it. The Water Snake is the first legendary level monster in history. For his defeat, you could get a very valuable achievement.
Still, there were other reasons. Some were just greedy for items that could fall out of the Water Snake, and some just wanted the glory. Those who waited one after another came in and out.
“There’s less chance of success than I thought…”
These are Korea’s best Players, but there weren’t many who made the cut.
– Choi Hyun-seong.
Finally my name was called. I stood up from my seat and held out my Player ID card and put my finger on the scanning machine.
– Identity identified. You can go inside now.
Hearing the officer’s words, I headed into the examination room.