City of Sin

Misty South, Yanyu Jiangnan, 烟雨江南More From Author

Book 8, Chapter 57

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The Price Of A Bloodline

Compared to when Richard only had ten thousand soldiers and had to use them for battle, Nyris had the broodmother’s constant output of drones helping her greatly. The Forest Plane needed manpower instead of battle ability right now, and the level 8 avatar had maximised her production of combat units which was already boosted by the abundant life energy in this plane. Her ability to produce standard combat units had actually caught up to the main body, giving Nyris tens of thousands of drones to command as she saw fit.

The biggest disadvantage of the broodmother’s drones was that their lack of soul made them especially vulnerable to the will of the forest. Outside of the avatar herself, even her level 12 knights couldn’t move about very freely. They were an enormous asset within the control of the Golden World Tree, but outside of that Nyris had to rely on her regular soldiers.

Thinking of this, Richard turned a little solemn and warned her, “Careful, the Jadeleaf Tribe still has a legendary druid.”

“Hmph, I’m just scared he won’t show himself,” she snorted. Having spent years in the Forest Plane now, she had managed to stabilise in the saint realm and also coordinated well with the twenty rune knights following her. Half her equipment was legendary while the rest was sub-legendary, and she always carried a special leaf from the Golden World Tree that could absorb a third of most incoming nature attacks.

With all of these boosts, she certainly had the confidence to battle a legendary druid. On the other hand, Jadering and Wildrage, the druid and hunter that were the pillar of support for the resistance in the Forest Plane, couldn’t afford to take the risk. Even if they weren’t afraid of losing, just a draw would be a huge blow to their reputations, destroying elven morale.

According to Nyris’s report, the situation in the Forest Plane was very stable and the elves hadn’t appeared in a long while. The problem was with scale; the forest was just far too large and the elves constantly ran away. It was near impossible to find them unless they wanted to show themselves. With the trees of life having run away, there were no tribes within a thousand kilometres.

“Is there anything you need to help speed things up?” Richard asked.

“Hmm… Your unicorn! 30 more rune knights would be good, too,” Nyris answered.

“What? You plan to attack?” Richard was surprised. The unicorn could create a moving sanctuary that fought the will of the forest, keeping the drone army effective in battle.

She smiled slyly, “Not necessarily, I can use it to create a path, too.”

“Hmm… Give me two days, I’ll be visiting with you.”

“You’re finally uprooting that world tree?” she chuckled.

“Heh, if only. I still don’t think I’ll be able to find it. But I won’t be bringing too many people this time; just a handful. The army will be on standby in case we manage to find anything.”

Nyris nodded vigorously and left like the wind. Richard only managed to relax when she was gone, heaving a sigh of relief as his sweat pores finally opened up. No matter as a man or woman, this royal felt like she was on the verge of pouncing on him at any time.

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Richard spent some time on more urgent tasks before walking into Coco’s room, looking at the young lady who was watching the beautiful territory of Azan in silence before sitting next to her, “How do you feel?”

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