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Chapter 77 Holy Mountain (Part 3)

Leave’s blood froze upon seeing this horrible scene.

To their left, two shadows slowly emerged out of the dark. They were big and had a strange appearance that was nothing like the looks of common demonic beasts. Leaves thought that their appearances were similar to humanoid creatures riding on the back of hybrid wolves. Their bodies were twice as large as  ordinary humans, and instead of armor they wore clothes that were made from an unknown material – no, “clothes” wasn’t the right word, it was more similar to bloated animal skin in which they wrapped themselves tightly, thus giving them a bulging look.

However, the most eye-catching feature of the two beings were the heads they wore as helmets, they were clearly skulls of demonic beasts, giving them a malevolent and atrocious impression. Their eyes were gouged out of their heads. Instead of eyes, lumps of reddish-brown crystals were sewn in. A patch of skin was attached to the head, extending to the back of the demonic beast’s shell. One of the people still had spears attached to its mount’s saddle while the other one wore an unusual kind of gauntlet – from Leaves’ point of view, it looked like they only had three fingers.

Suddenly, one word flashed through Leaves’ mind: “Devil!”

“Attack the enemy!” Cara was the first one to attack, and her piercing shout dragged their attention back away from stupidly looking at the enemy. Stone squatted down and placed one hand on the ground, turning the area underneath the snow into a swamp. This could be regarded as a brilliant response: Normally when they reacted fast, the two demonic beasts mounts could jump and fly the short distance over the swamp with their wings. But apparently not these two, their wings had been cut off, and now a harness was tied to their bare bones to which the devils held on to. Since they could not fly any longer, they would have to go around the swamp, which gave the other witches time to react.

But the enemy didn’t play by the same rules, they just drove their mounts into the swam Using the beasts’ momentum, they jumped up from the monsters’ back, crossing over the distance of the swamp and landing behind Stone, which was exactly the place where the non-combat sisters were stationed.

“Spread out quickly!” Leaves loudly shouted at the same moment the devil with the three-finger gauntlet started its killing spree. Its agility was completely unexpected for its body length, the witch standing near its landing place hadn’t even the time to react before her head was already shattered by its punch. Until they were finally able to respond, two more sisters got their necks immediately broken, but eventually they fled in panic. Only Shino was still standing at her former place. Although she didn’t have any combat ability, she didn’t choose to escape like all the others. Instead, she took the crossbow from her back, aimed, and shot at the enemy. But, the devil reacted just too fast, it took a sidestep and then kicked Shino in the chest. The kick was so powerful, that the little girl flew away like a broken doll, her body flipping over several times before crashing into the ground. Blood gushed endlessly from her mouth as she finally laid still.

The spear-carrying devil instead turned and walked towards the utterly terrified Stone. He raised the spear and aimed at her, but exactly at the moment when it wanted to release the spear, a flame exploded in front of it. Red Pepper had aimed at the enemies crotch, and after she had released her attack, she took Stone’s hand and ran away together with her. When the devil tried to catch up with them, it was stopped by a wall of black grass.

Leaves released all of her magic into the ground, letting all the seeds within the earth grow, turning them into vines, which slowly crawled in the direction of Ironhand (Devil). At the same time, Cara shouted out “Pain” and released two snakes which each bit into one of the devil’s arms. Just when the devil finally shook off Cara’s snakes, it suddenly felt a tugging feeling at his feet. When it looked down, it saw vines crawling up his feet, and suddenly it was pulled back and fell towards the ground.

“Run, run, sisters, Run!” Shouted Leaves with a trembling and fearful voice, “Quickly, everyone escape! Hurry away from these horrible monsters! They are the source of evil described in the ancient book! They must have directly come through the gates of Hell!

The torment of the snake’s venom seems to be ineffective against the Devils. When the fallen down Ironhand saw that his companion with the spear was in trouble, he frantically tried to free himself from the vines, which held his body down. The devil with the spear went into a throwing posture, which let its arm rapidly swell up. This caused the already thin supporting skin to get even thinner so that the devil’s dark red blood vessels and bones became clearly visible.

“Leaves, look out!” shouted Stone as she used her quagmire magic again, this time directly aiming it at the devil’s feet. The devil was already in its throwing motion and when its foot sank into the ground it had no time to react. Through this unexpected attack, the devil lost its balance and spear that was already leaving its hand changed its angle at the last moment, impaling itself completely into the ground right before Leaves feet. Seeing all this, Leaves broke out in sweat.

The swollen arm shrank rapidly after the spear was thrown, looking just like a dried tree trunk soon after.

Seeing that the devil couldn’t throw spears repeatedly, Leaves realized that now was the best time to flee. Other witches also noticed this, for example, Stone and Red Pepper. Seeing that Ironhand was still struggling with the vines on the ground, they ran towards the unattended Cara, wanting to bring the mentor with them when they ran. Leaves, who looked into the direction of Ironhand, discovered that it didn’t try to free itself any longer but instead turned towards the three witches with both of its hands extended towards them.

What is he doing? Stop!

“No -” Leaves didn’t even have the chance to warn the others before glaring blue light burst out of the Devil’s hands like a lightning bolt it pierced through the air, twisting and hitting her three sisters. Blue rays jumped between the three, issuing a crackling sound of thunder. White smoke began to rise from their twitching bodies which had caught on fire.

The attack seemed to have consumed much of the enemy’s energy, because it started to breathe heavily and couldn’t move. At this point, Leaves’ magic also reached its limit, and her vines began to wither, turning into dead weeds.

Leaves was only able to think, now, everything is over. Cara’s desperate cries seemed to slowly get farther and farther away as her own body strength faded away, until she fell to the ground.

After only a moment of rest, Ironhand had already stood up from the snow and began to walk to a panic-stricken Cara, this time there was truly no one who could stop it. When he arrived at her side, Ironhand grasped Cara’s throat and began to strangle her. Cara desperately fought back and tried to break away from the Devil’s finger, but in front of its monstrous power her efforts were futile. During her desperate struggle, Cara sent her snakes out again, letting them attack the enemy’s arm and neck. However, the Devil seemed unmoved, and continuing to tighten its hand around her neck.

At this moment the unexpected happened. Under the fierce attack of the magic snakes, the devil’s skin was finally ripped open. Immediately, red fog began to leak out of the fracture, soon enveloping the Devil and Cara. The former released a terrible scream, and under the red fog its skin began quickly to fester, exposing its tendons and bones. Ironhand had to let go of Cara and instead tried to block the wound, trying to hold back the dissipating fog. But it was in vain, its body began to tremble uncontrollably, and soon fell down to never move again.

When seeing this, the other devil whose body was already half buried within the swamp, released a heartbreaking scream, it was a sound Leaves had never heard before, like a sharp scream and a dull roar mixed together, piercing her ear and giving birth to endless pain.

But the enemy’s scream didn’t let Leaves fall into panic and flee. Instead, she only had their victory in her eyes.

She bit her lips and tried to pull out the last drops of her strength in order to stand up. When she finally stood, she grabbed Shino’s crossbow, reloaded it and aimed at the last Devil. The devil clearly understood what Leaves was trying to do and began to work his arms frantically, but within a swamp, the more someone struggled, the faster they sank. The devil He tried to block itshis  vulnerable parts, butyet in the end, it was in vain.

For my lost sisters, with that thought, Leaves pulled the trigger and sent the arrow flying.

The crossbow arrow accurately pierced the neck, releasing once more the red fog from the wound. After the mist dispersed, its head finally dropped down.

She had killed the Devil.

After letting the crossbow fall, Leaves turned around only to see the bodies of more than ten sisters who had lost their lives. Immediately hit by sorrow, Leaves dropped to her knees as  her tears burst free.


TN: I would like to know what you think about the fight scene. Was it interesting or boring, was it understandable or confusing etc.?  After all, it is quite different to the normal xianxia fights.

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  • mllhild

    The fight was decisive and fast, just how I like it.

  • YoungMind

    Well now they can go a find Border town.
    Otherwise I think the fight scene was understandable, I didn’t have any problem with it .

  • Jili lili gili cili Cg

    Thanks for the chapter!!!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the chapter! The fight and flow was good. Wish Cara died, but too early to hope for such a thing. XD

  • Hickups

    You did a real good job with the tl and the fight was well written and climatic. I guess those are some kind of constructed minions of the real rulers of the north, but what happened to their wolf mounts?
    Thanks for the chapter!

    • Roxerer

      Thanks 🙂 I think they were sucked into the swamp 😉


    Thanks! Any similar stories in chinese/korean novels realm?

  • Tachi Works

    It seemed like the Devils are people who wear HAZMAT suits to avoid the radiation. They’re sensitive to the air?

    Typical of “secret societies” that lock themselves up and lose health immunity to the new viruses in the outside world.

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Seems more like to me that they were machinations whose “red mist” was their life blood being contained somehow. When whatever seal was broken, it couldn’t be contained. Think of something like a steampunk/steamworks knight. Without whatever is inside, it “dies”.

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter
    To bad for them but they had it coming

  • Baka Hiru

    It felt like they’re prolonging the torture of these witches……..I mean we get it! they made the wrong choice so can you give them a break already?

  • HapUgMata

    i’m glad they killed the devil but cara is still alive???damn…

    thanks for the chapter…

    • Wrandral

      I’m hoping she won’t absorb the magical energy of the “devils” and have a miraculous recovery with huge power up and crazy ass power-trip

    • Arashi Darkness

      good new here,she do really death

  • nirleka

    I think the fight narative is decent. It flow naturally, i like it. It is feel tragic and desperate, i feel pity for the witches.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Kaliwite

    The battle is epic except for the part of Cara, why the heck devil want to strangle her instead of punching her its make no sense

  • Filya Sonuvabič

    I skipped it not because it’s a boring fight but because I don’t care about those characters. I get the gist, they were attacked, many died and that’s all I need to know, now back to the good part of our kingdom building MC 😀

    • Arashi Darkness

      but you still need to know how those devil look like and they ability here,it will be talked about again in the future

  • Wazzurai

    she should already saw its coming, what a dumb mentor…

    • Michael Twitsucks

      Honestly, she’s more of a cult leader prior to this. What the hell kind of “mentor” would use anti-witch weapons against their fellow witches and then threaten those that disagree with them death/torture?

      Hence why I think she’s more of a tyrannical and crazy cult leader that doesn’t realize that they’re just the opposite side of the same coin as their enemy (the church) is.

  • Arashi Darkness

    “She had killed the dDevil.”
    look like you write more d behind the Devil word

  • Empty

    Well at least in that fight we do not have to bear peak stage Saint Level combanants lol

  • MondoX

    I do not feel bad for any of these witches. They chose to follow an uncertain path, compared to Nightgale’s sure path.

    • Om nerabdator

      i just dont care about them, they were able to watch nightingale about to be burn on the stake

      • MondoX

        That is right, I forgot about that incident.

  • watchin

    I thought ironhand was a witch, I had to go over that several times before I came to the conclusion that it was the devil. How many whiches died in total?

    • Roxerer

      Yes, he was one of the devils, but he could also use magic. One of my editor wrote Ironhand aka Devil#2 maybe I should have kept that^^

  • 38th Defender of Earth

    from previous info dump witch ability should not move far from the source… kinda hard to imagine the closest thing is imagining several spearman trying to stab a bear except it aint spear but ability at the close range

  • มีให้วาด ก็อู้ไปเรื่อยๆ

    So one of the survive witch, Leave will come to Roland and tell him about this horror tale and the devil weakness!! So that Roland can handle these monster.

  • viscusris

    there was no description that this was a xianxia novel.Does that mean mc gonna be a ruthles ruler later?

    • Roxerer

      No this will never be a Xianxia novel. No cultivation and no I don’t think the MC will turn evil / ruthless 😉

      • Solid Snake

        cultivate to become martial ancestor, or sage emperor

      • leacherfag

        There has been hinting that he might somehow become a wizard and other ways for normal people to use Magic

        • Arashi Darkness

          I have read to chapter 323 and there still no sight of him become a wizard or for normal people to use magic ,except the fact that somehow he still remember a “ton” of other stuff from his old world to make those invention here ,no man can ever remember so many stuff like that (and he even remember the other stuff like the biology ,and other non engineer thing too),of course he don’t remember detail thing that he not even read/watch for one

          • leacherfag

            I am thinking of the eventually stash of magic stones they will get and a certain body and soul jacking witch (*_

      • viscusris

        oh great thx for explanation.

  • Asf

    The fight was bloody and it has a sense of danger even though plot armor could still be felt from some named characters.
    I liked it better than I thought.

  • Neruz

    And now the question is how many of them will survive the trip back.

  • Yukino o

    I hope Cara won’t mutated into weird stuff from that red gas and come back to bite MC later. It’s fine if she does mutated then go fight the church and cause mutual destruction though.

  • Arashi Darkness

    well,good thing that there will be a few survive that will come back to town here

    • watchin

      HOORAY! What about cara does she die? I also believe the church made a hybrid of these things and mixed them with the humans to make that elite force

      • watchin

        I guess I got my answer an our later… why the hell didn’t cara die for fucks sakes!?

        • Arashi Darkness

          well,good new for you that cara die for sure,about the church made a hybrid,I don’t know but I know for sure that those demon are a real threat for humanity,and the church do fight it but in a negative way like try to grasp more power by lying and do all sort of stuff to get more follower to make that “super soldier”

  • Wrandral

    Well i have to say what else did they expect to find by pushing into the lands and mountains from which the monsters come from?
    Hope at least some of them (Scarlett, Leaves) will make it back alive to Roland so they can get a chance at a better life

    • Normal_Guy

      Didnt scarlett already die?

      • Neruz

        Yup she got speared at the end of the last chapter. I honestly think the survival chances of any of these witches are pretty low, Leaves might make it back but I doubt anyone else will.

        • Normal_Guy

          I dont really want to thin about who lives, but if Cara dies while letting others live,she will atleast become forgettable. or else,she will become hated.

          • Wrandral

            Or a Martyr which would be even worse

          • Sandro

            I believe that it will be worse since she was involved by the red mist who knows what it can do to her

            • MangoGuy


      • Simon

        It depends on how bad the wound is, people have survived being skewered through the chest.

    • Ancitif

      That was what I was ranting on about last chapter, geez, these stupid crowd mentality ridden peer pressured people and fanatic.