Records of the Human Emperor

Chapter 524

Chapter 524: Chaos! The Army in Danger! (II)

Translated by: Hypersheep325

Edited by: Michyrr

I hope that I'm overthinking it, I hope that I'm overthinking it…

Wang Chong stared at the summit, his brows rising, hoping beyond hope that he was being overly concerned.

Please, stop!

As long as the chaos on the mountain stopped spreading, it would mean his conjecture was wrong. Perhaps that was only a momentary occurrence.

One second, two seconds, three seconds…

Although the formation on the northeastern side had maintained its basic structure, it was continuing to grow more disorderly. The break in the formation was growing larger and larger.

Boom boom boom!

The drums rapidly beat as the northeastern line was torn away, continuing to retreat. One Tang soldier after another fell, and the northeastern defensive line was retracting much faster than elsewhere.

"This isn't good!"

Even Old Eagle was frowning now. Although he was not as perceptive as Wang Chong that he could determine that there was a problem in the chain of command, he could still determine that the northeastern defensive line could no longer hold, which would soon begin to affect the rest of the defensive line. The Tibetan cavalry could burst in through the break in the northeast and swiftly wipe out the rest of the Annan Protectorate army.

Bwoooom!

Seconds flew by, the horns of Ü-Tsang began to blare through the curtain of rain, and the Tibetan offensive quickly began to change. Like surging waves, the cavalry began to move northeast, more and more people charging over.

"Not good!"

Wang Chong paled at the change in the Tibetan formation. The opposing commander was far more intelligent than he had expected. He had clearly noticed the change in the northeast and ordered the horns to be sounded so that the army could surge in. Once the Tibetans finished gathering, the defensive line on the northeast would completely crumble.

Boom!

There was no time to hesitate. The moment the horns blared, Wang Chong urged his horse to charge forward.

"Old Eagle, have an eagle guide Xu Shiping and Xu Andun to get here as quickly as possible. Remember to have them stay hidden and not rush out. They need to wait for my order! Everyone else, come with me!"

Before his voice had faded away, Wang Chong and his forces had vanished into the storm.

……

In this intense and large-scale battle involving tens of thousands of soldiers, a battle in one zone seemed unremarkable and unimportant.

"Aaaaah!"

In the pouring rain, a Tang soldier screamed as he was run through by a spear. At the same time, clangclangclang! Three shield soldiers who had been forced to retreat ran into each other. The weapons and shields of the three were stuck together and all of them lost their balance.

Such a mistake was fatal on the battlefield.

Screams rang through the air as the Tibetan scimitars swung down like fangs. The three Tang soldiers only had time to scream before they were cut to pieces.

The line began to bend, the formations began to deform. The axemen couldn't find their own positions and the shield soldiers couldn't feel the support of the comrades at their sides.

The entire army was starting to lose shape.

Many soldiers were dying with every passing moment.

"Hold!"

"No matter what, we can't let them break through the defensive line!"

"What about Milord? Milord? Why hasn't Milord given an order!"

"Hold the line! Our 80,000 brothers are behind us! If we let the Tibetans break through here, the entire army will be finished and we'll have committed crimes against the Annan Protectorate army!"

"Messenger, please send a message to Milord!"

……

War halos reverberated in the rain, and on the mountain, a Tang commander roared with all his power, his eyes red with bloodlust. He had personally entered the melee and killed two Tibetan cavalrymen, but this was meaningless in a battle of tens of thousands of soldiers.

The army was going to be routed, and this defeat wasn't far off!

Upon thinking about this, the Tang commander felt so nervous that he felt like his chest was going to explode. In these last few days, he had seen far too many of his brothers die. The elites of the Annan Protectorate, the brothers at his side, had fallen one after the other. The air over the Erhai plains stank of his brothers' blood.

Far too many had already died!

No more could be allowed to die!

This faith had been propping him up this entire time.

But he couldn't understand what had happened on the summit. Glancing back, he could still see that massive banner fluttering in the wind, and beneath that banner sat the golden-armored figure of one of the leaders of the younger generation of the Great Tang, second only to Li Zhengyi. He was kneeling on the ground, his head bowed, seemingly in deep thought.

"Milord, give the order!" the Tang commander shouted. But with a peal of thunder, that full-throated roar was instantly lost in the din. In this downpour, all noises were scattered and couldn't travel very far.

Buzz!

The disorder in the ranks was spreading, and the Tibetans were redoubling their offensive, more and more rushing toward this area. Only several dozen zhang from the commander, another position was being torn to shreds by the Tibetans. Despair instantly began to emerge in the commander's eyes.

It was too late!

Too late!

After all their effort to break out, after how long they had held out, would their entire army still be lost?

……

Just when the commander was feeling downcast and helpless, almost about to give up, he heard a neighing horse at his ear. Boom! A white horse leaped into his field of vision, flying over the Tang formation like a rainbow.

"Axemen, attack! Right wing, fifty steps forward and strike! Shield soldiers, retreat and assume Turtle Shell Formation! Pikemen, work with them in the rear! Archers, target the enemy and work with the axemen! Full-out assault!"

A young and bright voice rang out overhead, imbued with a calming power.

"Careful, it's a Tibetan!" somebody suddenly shouted.

"Bastard! Do Tibetans know how to speak Tang? And look just like us?" the Tang commander harshly rebuked.

Although that figure had arrived too suddenly for the commander to make out who they were, there was one thing he was sure of. That person could have been anyone, but they certainly weren't Tibetan.

Few Tibetans knew how to speak the language of the Central Plains, and if they did learn it, it would be in the thick accent of the plateau, an accent that was impossible to conceal.

Besides, that white horse was clearly not a highland steed of Ü-Tsang.

Gallop!

The rider was moving so quickly that they quickly vanished into the rain.

Just who was that person?

A thought flitted through the commander's mind, but he quickly put the matter aside.

"Axemen, attack! Right wing, fifty steps forward and strike! Shield soldiers, retreat and assume Turtle Shell Formation! Pikemen, work with them in the rear! Archers, target the enemy and work with the axemen! Full-out assault!"

Not long after Wang Chong vanished, the commander repeated Wang Chong's order word for word. In the current circumstances, the commander had little option, so he could only try.

Boom!

The axemen attacked, the shield soldiers retreated and assumed the Turtle Shell Formation, and the archers fired!

Everything was completed in a short time. The disorderly and panicked army quickly calmed back down. Soldiers regarded it as their duty to follow orders, and commanding troops was not something ordinary soldiers could dabble in, nor was it their expertise. When the situation was unfavorable and there were no orders being issued, soldiers would also panic.

But once an order was issued, the soldiers would unite and begin to work like a precise machine, rumbling to life to accomplish the objective.

The army was temporarily out of danger, and the opposing Tibetan army began to show a little turmoil.

The several thousand axemen happened to strike exactly where the Tibetan ranks were most diffuse, their defense the weakest!

The Tang commander watched this scene and wondered in shock, Just who was that fellow?

……

The warhorse galloped. The White-hoofed Shadow was a divine steed, its speed and jumping ability far surpassing those of ordinary warhorses. When its hooves hit the ground, Wang Chong immediately removed all the Tibetan armor he was wearing. There was no more reason to disguise himself. On the contrary, it would only bring him unnecessary trouble.

"Make way, make way! I'm carrying military orders! Everyone, stand aside!"

Wang Chong was soaked from top to bottom, his hair slick against his forehead. Rain flowed in streams down his brow and over his nose, lips, and chin, eventually dripping down onto the White-hoofed Shadow and from there, to the ground. Wang Chong raised King Song's token, the golden dragon exposed in all its dazzling brilliance, as he charged toward the banner on the summit.

Wang Chong's plan showed its efficacy. The dragon on the token caused everyone to give way and open a path for Wang Chong.

The tactics I gave just now can only hold the front line temporarily. The Tibetans still have at least 160,000 soldiers that aren't here. Time is short. I have to solve this problem as quickly as possible!

Wang Chong's nerves were taut, his mind filled with a deep worry.

One person's strength had its limits, but since he had already entered this battle he had once longed to take part in, since the heavens had already given him this chance to change the empire's fate, he couldn't let this opportunity go!

"Hyah!"

Wang Chong's eyes were firm as his horse leaped over a large rock and continued to charge toward the summit.

"Who's there? Stop!"

Just when Wang Chong was about to reach the commander's tent on the summit, he heard a thunderous voice. At some point, a tall and sturdy mountain of a man, dressed in armor, had unsheathed his shining saber and pointed it at the distant Wang Chong.

Though the wind was gusting and the rain pouring down, all of it was jolted away before it could even approach him.

Wang Chong could sense an abnormally powerful aura from this man's body!

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