Age Of Adepts - Chapter 361
Chapter 361 To Each Their Own
The path in front of her spread out in every direction like a spider's web . There were turns at every corner, and many rooms could be seen on both sides of the stone wall .
If this had been an ordinary adventure, Alice wouldn't have minded taking her time to advance towards the core of the Tower cautiously . However, today was different . A strange and mysterious mist obscured everything .
Alice didn't even know the name of the witch she had just killed . She felt like she had absorbed some sort of unique energy substance from the witch when she died . Even Alice's mind had seemed to be sharper and quicker than before .
Deep in her heart, Alice had a feeling that this was a slaughter contest . Whoever killed the most weaklings and absorbed the most of this unknown substance would have the advantage when everyone met in the core of the Tower .
This feeling only existed as a vague sense of intuition for most of the witches!
However, for Alice, this feeling felt like a directive from fate itself .
Alice immediately ordered the Infernal Tyrant to plow forward, unlike her usual cautious attitude . In fact, she specifically commanded the Tyrant to create as large of a commotion as possible as they knocked down the walls and facilities around them .
As expected, the uproar attracted enemies .
They rounded a corner and found themselves face to face with five apprentice witches that had been waiting in preparation .
All sorts of support spells glowed with various colors around their bodies . They held magic wands and scrolls with different effects and powers in their hands . A small army of stone golems, dirt statues, razor boars, savage wolves, ironback eagles, and other summoned creatures and golems stood before them .
With their preparations, as well as the uniquely restricted environment, they might have been able to drive away an ordinary adept .
Sadly, they had to meet Alice and the Infernal Tyrant with her .
The Infernal Tyrant continued to step forward despite the sight of numerous enemies . It extended its arms, conjuring a blinding wall of fire right in the middle of the army of summoned creatures .
The fire swiftly spread .
The eighty points of fire damage from the wall of fire were not something that the apprentice-level creatures could endure!
The tight formation of the crowd quickly broke down into disarray and chaos .
Countless beasts and monsters were burned to death in the field of fire and reduced to glowing sparks in the air . Only the stone golems barely struggled and clung on to life with their magic resistance . However, their bodies that had been baked by the intense heat crumbled into pieces before they made it out of the flames . Even the dirt statue couldn't survive the attack from the Tyrant . It melted into a pile of mud .
The faces of the five apprentice witches blanched . They silently started retreating .
With their limited knowledge and experience, when had they ever seen a summoned flame giant of this power?!
"Run . "
No one knew who it was that shouted first, but all of the apprentices turned and ran without looking back . Two of them even cast Godspeed and Haste on themselves to get a lead on their companions .
A whistling Explosive Fireball flew into their ranks and exploded .
The violent waves of fire filled the narrow corridor . The apprentices could never outrun the flame shockwave regardless of how fast they could run on their feet .
The five apprentices' defensive barriers broke under the strain of multiple flame shockwaves . All of them collapsed around the corridor . The two corpses at the center of the explosion had reduced to ashes . Not a single shard of bone remained . Only the apprentice witch that had barely made it to the end of the corridor managed to have something resembling a corpse . The fires had utterly charred even her body .
In human society, these apprentice witches were individuals that every local noble would fight for to be able to invite them to their banquets . Here, they were no more than targets that were easily disposed of . They didn't even manage to defend against a single attack of the Infernal Tyrant . In fact, they hadn't even gotten to keep their corpses in death .
The path that fate had chosen for them was a complete dead end!
However, Alice had already given up on such lamentings and pity when she was ten . Ever since she had stepped upon this path towards becoming becoming the Witch of Fate, she had no other option but to continue forward .
Alice closed her eyes of the corpses in the pile, and once again confirmed her deductions . Killing other candidates could bring about benefits for herself . These benefits were intangible, but Alice vaguely felt that she was slowly resonating with certain laws in the depths of the galaxy .
Some incomprehensible arcane knowledge started to seep into her mind . It felt like she understood something, yet it also felt like she hadn't comprehended anything .
Alice had no time to think about these profound changes . She called the Tyrant over and proceeded down the winding corridors .
A large, vast arcane hall .
Several milky-white illumination crystals adorned the walls .
The magic power in these crystals had been wholly exhausted over the years . They didn't even let out a faint glow .
Tall bookshelves lined the walls . While there were still some magic books on the shelves, a battle earlier had destroyed most of them .
Frost lingered in the hall . Ice crystals shattered as more and more moisture in the air froze . The ground was a mess, much like what you would expect after a terrible fight .
Snowlotus, the Dancer of Ice and Frost, stood in the middle of the hall . She endured the pain from all over her body and slowly started to treat her wounds .
Her crystalline ice armor had shattered, and several cuts had ripped open on her soft cloth robe . Her snow white skin was exposed for all to see . However, her white skin was now turning black .
Snowlotus took out a vial of blue potion and gritted her teeth as she poured it over the wound on her shoulder .
The sound of eroding flesh sizzled in the room . The black bruise beneath her skin started to wriggle like a living being . However, the power of ice surrounded the injury . It had nowhere to go . The black bruise finally split apart under the pressure of the blue potion, and something emerged from the wound .
The unknown object exploded into mist when it came into contact with the potion;a cloud that quickly dissipated in the air .
An indescribably pungent odor filled the hall!
Snowlotus finally had a chance a chance to examine her surroundings once she had treated the worst of the wounds on her body and drank another vial of healing potion to allow her flesh to regenerate .
Three witches were frozen various in poses in thick blocks of ice . Thet bared their teeth in hatred, and their expressions were also frozen for all to see .
It was clear that these frozen witches were dead!
Fifteen minutes earlier, Snowlotus had been lured to this hall by a witch she 'accidentally' ran into . Two other witches who had been in hiding had then ambushed her . Snowlotus fought one against three, with the element of surprise against her . Despite sustaining wounds from the initial trap, Snowlotus still managed to turn the tides and kill the three enemies .
She could feel the powers of Fate flowing into her body . Finally, she sensed that the laws of fate that had distanced themselves from her were finally offering their embrace to her once again .
It seemed that the rumor that killing other candidates would gather the favor of Fate was true . Mm . There was no time to wait . She had to act as swiftly as possible . The weak targets were going to be easily taken down by the other competitors .
Having treated her wounds and scoured the battlefield, Snowlotus pushed apart the wooden door at the side of the hall and silently returned to the intricate corridors of the Tower .
In another area at the bottom of the Tower .
Berserk Witch Sofia was also fighting a fierce battle .
However, only a few people would recognize her with her current appearance .
Sofia was considered tall among witches with her original appearance . Her two-meter tall body was even slightly taller than Greem's . When paired with her humongous muscles and thick limbs, it was often hard to believe that she was a female if it hadn't been for the two mounds of flesh hanging from her chest .
However, right now, Sofia's muscles were quickly increasing in size as the berserker powers surged through her body . Soon, she had turned into a four-meter-tall giantess .
The muscles of her face were stretched and distorted . The eyepatch on her left eye had also snapped, revealing her stone eye . Cracking sounds came from within her from within her bones as the Berserk Witch rushed forward . The thick wooden staff in her hand had mysteriously increased in size along with her .
Two witches led a group of apprentice in an attempt to escape from Sofia . Sadly, the giantess was slowly gaining ground with her heavy footsteps that tremored through the floor .
Countless colorful spells rained upon Sofia's body like a torrent, but she ignored all the apprentice-level attacks;rookies will always remain as rookies . Their spells were not even enough to break through Sofia's skin after she went berserk .
Only the spells cast by the witches caught Sofia's attention .
She grabbed objects that littered the corridor and detonated the spells before they reached her, or she merely swatted them out of the sky with her thick wooden staff . The Berserk Witch dodged what she could and deflected the rest . Sofia only chose to cover her face with her arms and endure a spell if she couldn't avoid or deflect it .
As long as Sofia reached them, all defensive barriers and shields were meaningless before the might of her wooden staff . Her explosive strength paired well with the heavy wooden staff . Even an official witch wasn't able to take on a blow from Sofia herself .
Anyone hit by the Berserk Witch had only one fate– to be crushed into meat paste .
There was no other conclusion for those poor witches!
The scrambling apprentices finally triggered some magical traps during their frantic retreat . A group of steel guards charged out of hidden spots in the walls with large shields in hand . Their metallic bodies clanged as they joined the ranks of Sofia in slaughtering the witches .
"Dammit! Don't steal meat from my mouth . "
Sofia flew into a rage when she saw a few apprentices die at the hands of the steel guards .
"This is my feast . How dare you try and steal it from me . Die! All of you!"
Sofia charged forward violently as she swung her staff . She instantly crushed four or five of the guards into broken fragments of metal .
The group of steel guards quickly shifted targets . They gathered together uniformly and charged towards the Berserk Witch with thunderous steps .
The conflicts in the Tower were becoming more and more chaotic!