Vanguard of the Eternal Night - chapter 109
When Forgetting Worries saw that the tip of his long gun was completely stuck as though fixed in the air by some giant power, he felt an inexplicable premonition in his heart .
Song of Triumph’s three instant strikes were something he’d once seen in Odin’s match videos . Odin had once used it to deal with a ranger’s absolute-kill move . At the time, he’d felt great pressure, because––at this time, the dagger in Odin’s left hand was completely idle!
With Odin’s strength, wasn’t it possible for him to use the continuous attack of his short sword to destroy all obstacles and stop all defenses, then use his dagger to launch a deadly attack?
… There was no need to answer, because Forgetting Worries knew that it was completely possible .
Odin was an unfathomable opponent, and now, Forgetting Worries had the honor of coming face-to-face with the worry that had been fermenting in his heart––
Now, at last, the great demon king, Odin, once again demonstrated a new and deadly technique .
Forgetting Worries didn’t know what such a technique should be called, but he had experienced it personally .
Song of Triumph’s three instant strikes were just the prelude . The real danger had always been the silent dagger, Deep Silence!
Even during blade fights, Deep Silence’s appearance rate was very low . When Song of Triumph started to cry out, it would only account for 20%, but every time it moved, it would land a key strike! The magnificence and elegance of Song of Triumph had always acted as the perfect camouflage for Deep Silence . It was as though a killing machine was hidden in a beautiful painting of rivers and mountains . Only when the magnificent artwork was fully appreciated, bringing about a deep silence, would it appear, bringing with it the shadow of death that was the true silence in the eternal night .
The first time it appeared during this match was enough to leave everyone in a state of stunned shock .
The audience didn’t even know what had happened . They only saw that Odin’s figure had moved too fast; he’d approached Forgetting Worries with a flash of light, and then, his short sword moved too quickly, and he used a move that caused it to sing to resist Forgetting Worries’s long gun, and then… what happened?!
It was as though, if only for a moment, Odin had already become a shadow that swept behind Forgetting Worries .
And, Forgetting Worries’s health had inexplicably dropped by 17% .
The female commentator wiped off the sweat dripping from her forehead and said, “This should be Shadow Dance!”
Both commentators hadn’t been able to study the moves carefully nor explain it clearly when Odin’s Shadow Dance was displayed to its fullest .
On the second pass, Song of Triumph made another joyful sound, causing the tip of the long gun to shift away .
This time, Forgetting Worries could clearly sense it as Odin crouched and then turned himself around from beneath the gun, and it seemed as though he’d turned his back to him, but that dagger––
In the moment that Deep Silence passed by, it went deep into his left rib, stabbing with chilling accuracy between his fourth and fifth rib . He shifted against the fatal heart injury and used Odin’s inertia to remove it from his flesh .
The system judged: Critical attack, fatal blow .
Ccbatfg 19% bo tlr tfjiat kjr ajxfc jkjs klat bcf ragbxf, jcv Mbgufaalcu Qbgglfr tjv bcis gfmflnfv 5 qblcar bo ojlat .
Mbgufaalcu Qbgglfr jmaejiis ujlcfv fcilutafcwfca ja atlr wbwfca jcv revvfcis ecvfgrabbv: Ktlr kjr atf gfji Vtjvbk Gjcmf! Vtjvbk Gjcmf kjrc’a qegfis j vbvulcu afmtcldef . Pa kjr erfv ab mbwqifwfca atf vjuufg; la kjr jirb erfv ab qjlg klat Vbcu bo Kglewqt’r tlut-rqffv, rlculcu jaajmxr, jcv la kjr jirb erfv klat Mijrt’r jylilas ab mjamt eq ab jc bqqbcfca––
All of this had come into existence and combined together around this dagger . This was Odin’s true core technique!
All the godly techniques that he’d displayed in the past had actually just been small pieces that he’d taken out and applied where needed . He’d rarely gone into stealth in the past and had even been labelled as the ‘berserk warrior of assassins’ because of this, but it wasn’t actually the case…
In fact, Odin was a real assassin among assassins .
Because, a real assassin wasn’t en e-sports competitor .
They didn’t rely on stealth to approach their targets, kill, or escape . They didn’t even need to use these preset skills .
They camouflaged cleverly, waited patiently in ambush, played out the best acting skills, and passed by their pitiful prey without leaving a ripple . They could use the gentlest of touches to mark their target, and their deadly daggers would silently take away these unsuspecting lives .
Even under the most intense surveillance, they could still smile and approach with the most harmless of gestures . While the short sword rang out and drew attention with its flashing cold light, it was still the silent dagger that had captured yet another dangerous victory in the shadows beneath the noise .
Forgetting Worries was struggling to turn around and look for opportunities . At this time, he simply didn’t have enough faith value to use his ultimate move, Brightness .
The holy gun danced again, bringing dazzling streaks of light around him for defense .
This time, however, Odin’s Shadow Dance was perfect and flawless .
In the twinkling of an eye, the short sword, Song of Triumph, came close and countered the long gun . After that came a segment of Shadow Dance, and during the process of the technique, the dagger, Deep Silence, was able to easily take away another chunk of health with a short slice of just ten centimeters .
Every time Odin passed by Forgetting Worries’s side, he would end up with his back to his opponent .
His leisurely Shadow Dance made it appear as though he was just walking down a small street in the market and had passed by a casual shopper . They’d merely bumped together lightly and could continue on without looking back .
However, if this was happening in reality, nobody would suspect Odin until the other party fell over due to the fatal wound––and by that time, based on Odin’s pace and speed, he would likely have already hidden himself in the crowd or in an alley .
It was to the point where the male commentator had sucked in a breath of cold air when he saw a hint of the possibility, “Odin’s techniques have finally formed a complete closed circuit… I’ve already come to believe that he’s a real spy!”
The female commentator hadn’t fully grasped his meaning, but she could still feel the horror of this new complete technique through the competition data . She cried out, “It’s the third pass, and it seems that Forgetting Worries has no way to resist! His health has dropped by another 20%, but he doesn’t have enough faith!”
The audience had always felt that a series of attacks that exploded like a nuclear bomb was the most terrible thing to see in the match arena, but they soon discovered that they’d been wrong . Real horror was this elegant and cold Shadow Dance that passed by again and again .
Even Forgetting Worries felt this way .
What exactly was the difference between being overwhelmed by a set of techniques and waiting for death in fear? It was better to be beheaded and to die directly!
So, he steeled himself and resisted!
Male commentator: “Forgetting Worries is seizing his last opportunity and placing all his faith value on his long gun…”
Female commentator: “Aaaaahhh it’s the last confrontation!!! The competition is about to end!! It’s about to end––! The highest glory belongs to the champion!”
At this moment, Forgetting Worries’s spear radiated light, rather like a paladin martyr . For the first and only time in the fight, he actively attacked Odin!
In the moment that the two of them collided, Odin had actually leapt up!
The holy seal left behind by the long gun failed to resist the enemy’s low aerial attack . Instead, Odin bypassed the tip of the gun and completed a graceful maneuver .
Odin and Forgetting Worries crossed paths once again!
And, he once again turned his back to Forgetting Worries without turning his head back . He simply slowed down his inertia and came to a complete stop .
At this time, Forgetting Worries was covered in a white light as he finally flew away from the Peng’s back .
The system reported the final results:
[The final ranking for the top six has been determined . The contestant scores are as follows:
Assassin ‘Odin’, 15 points .
Paladin ‘Forgetting Worries’, 10 points .
Elemental dancer ‘Geng Chen’, 8 points .
Hacker ‘Universal Day’, 7 points .
Ability user ‘Little De’, 5 points .
Druid ‘Meowmeowmeow’, 1 point .
Congratulations to contestant Odin for winning the 1170th Second Star Province Provincial Championship . ]
Even before the host came up onto the stage, the male commentator was so excited that he wanted to beat the table and roared, “Odin won! It’s our Earth District’s War God Odin! It’s Lord Four! It’s the great demon king!”
The female commentator placed her hand over his, but the male commentator couldn’t help but be choked up, “It’s been over 40 years! The championship trophy is finally coming to the Earth District again!”
The host went to the front of the stage and wanted to officially announce the results, but the audience’s enthusiasm had already been aroused by the male commentator’s gaffe, and the cheers and calls on-site were too loud!
The crowd in the audience stands was like a vast, boiling ocean . The audience first gave deafening screams that lasted for over ten minutes before finally coming to a lull .
The host had only just picked up the microphone when Earth District’s area started up again with their war song!
“Follow my direction, we’ll start on the journey for glory…” They started to sing . At first, their words weren’t in sync, but they soon matched up and formed a majestic and dense tide of sound .
Then, people from other Star Districts also sang along . Those who couldn’t sing waved their neon sticks and communicators in silence like twinkling stars reflected on the sea .
After the song finished, many people burst into tears .
Huge banners had been handed down from the last row of the audience stands to the front Countless ribbons, neon sticks, banners, and champagne bubbles floated in the air, and the host still hadn’t managed to say anything, not even just the official announcement .
Then, the lights went out with a snap in the huge venue .
On the two screens to the side, a heart-shaped wreath suddenly appeared . The ones who’d won this year’s bid was an e-sports organization that focused on public interest . Anyone who was caught on camera, regardless of age or gender, could directly go over and kiss each other!
There was instantly another wave of frenzied cries .
Then came the bright fireworks in the sky .
The fireworks rose up from every corner of the venue and sparked against the dark, velvet-like night, combining into the most gentle and magnificent floral shape before sprinkling back down .
It had been a long time since anyone had decorated the skies with such simple and gentle fireworks .
The dim sparks fell to the ground like fireflies and turned into a sea full of star dream flowers . The petals surrounded everyone’s feet, hands, and shoulders . In this beautiful, dream-like scene, someone in the first row stood up .
Victor stood there at the front of the crowd, his gaze locked with Tyron’s .
On the largest screen, the lens did a full 360-degree rotation around the champion .
They all watched as the champion suddenly took a deep breath, directly took off his mask, and faced the fanatical, worshipful gazes of thousands of people . It was absolutely the first time he’d ever hesitated, and it was almost undetectable as he pursed his thin lips slightly .
Then, Tyron said, “Microphone . I have something to say this time . ”