Chapter 985: Asmodai's Fury
Translated by: Hypersheep325
Edited by: Michyrr
Abu Muslim finally used the most fundamental power of the Seventy-Two Demon God Pillars Art, his true secret. 'Asmodai1' was one of the Seventy-Two Demon God Pillars, ranked thirty-second. Although this was not the highest rank, it was still amongst the upper half.
Just from its rank alone, one could tell that Abu Muslim had obtained the strength of an extremely powerful demon god.
In a flash of light, the scaled demon god behind Abu Muslim suddenly transformed. Its body grew larger, and its one head became three: a bull, a man, and a ram. The three heads all had savage and evil expressions, and their six eyes were all cold and emotionless, golden with vertical slits for pupils.
The intimidating Asmodai suddenly gave a punch of its own, gathering up the endless dark energy around it. As the black fist of energy shot forward, it transformed into a dragon of the underworld more than thirty zhang long. This dragon was covered in black scales, and its mouth glimmered with many fine and sharp teeth. Most terrifying of all was that its body was writhing with tens of thousands of arcs of lightning, each one brimming with destructive power.
As the black dragon shot forward, a thunderstorm appeared. This attack's momentum was enough to outshine even many Great Generals. Boom! The hell dragon crashed into the right arm of the giant ape, and what happened next left everyone stunned. Abu Muslim's body remained unmoved, but the huge body of the ape wavered, tottering backward and almost falling over.
"How could this be!"
"How could Abu Muslim be this powerful! Even the giant ape is no match for him!"
On the hill, Huoshu Huicang and Dusong Mangpoje were both stunned by this sight. This single punch was enough to place Abu Muslim at the apex of all Imperial Great Generals. Even Huoshu Huicang and Dusong Mangpoje had to admit their loss.
"Impossible! Could this bastard be stronger than me!"
Celestial Wolf Great General Duwu Sili stood in the sky, staring at the godlike figure of Abu Muslim in the distance, disbelief in his voice. As one of the strongest Great Generals of the Western Turkic Khaganate, Duwu Sili had always been proud. Even veteran Great Generals like Huoshu Huicang and Dusong Mangpoje drew little regard from Duwu Sili. If there was anyone worth a glance from him on this battlefield, it would probably be the invincible and unstoppable Anxi Protector-General, Gao Xianzhi.
But that punch from Abu Muslim… Even the giant ape had been pushed back. Not even Duwu Sili could express such tremendous strength!
But even so, Duwu Sili's pride would not allow him to admit this.
Hmph, if we weren't allies, I would come and find you for a match! Duwu Sili silently snarled.
Roooar! He suddenly heard a roar, and a steely fist reflecting a metallic luster, larger than Duwu Sili's horse, flew toward him. The strength behind this punch was enough to shatter steel and sunder mountains.
Duwu Sili grimaced as he activated the Celestial Wolf's Divine Procession to fly through the air, jabbing out with his halberd. Bang! An enormous power forced the Skyquaking Giant back, leaving it gasping for breath.
"Truly a bunch of beasts. Didn't I tell you before? I'm not here to attack you. We're allies! Allies!"
Duwu Sili had barely spoken when he was interrupted by a furious roar. In the blink of an eye, another Skyquaking Giant had rushed forward, another steely fist headed toward Duwu Sili. Behind this giant was a second, a third… Innumerable Skyquaking Giants were lunging toward Duwu Sili from every direction.
"He injured Mughal! Kill him!"
The roaring Skyquaking Giants were coming in a ceaseless flood, even ignoring the surrounding Tang soldiers. Duwu Sili and his horse were striding through the sky, exuding energy like the sun itself, taking up all the attention of the giants.
In the eyes of the Skyquaking Giants, Duwu Sili was the number one target. The stronger he was, the greater their hostility.
"A lot of bastards!"
Duwu Sili felt like exploding from rage. He had come striding through the sky to deal with Wang Chong, hoping to work with the Arabs to finally end him. He could have never imagined that one Skyquaking Giant would plummet down next to him and immediately start attacking him.
Duwu Sili had sent him flying with a single blow, little knowing that he had shaken a beehive, causing him to be surrounded by Skyquaking Giants. Duwu Sili had used the Celestial Wolf's Divine Procession to its limit to avoid them, but no matter where he ran, the Skyquaking Giants would charge after him.
This was why Duwu Sili had not been able to clash with Wang Chong, even though he had already arrived on the battlefield.
Moreover, someone of Duwu Sili's abilities could easily kill a Skyquaking Giant of any level. But since the Turks, Tibetans, and Arabs were all in the same alliance, Duwu Sili could not kill them. This meant that the more giants Duwu Sili knocked away, the more he provoked their hostility.
Duwu Sili was currently caught up in a very difficult situation.
In the distance, Abu Muslim's fist powered by the Seventy-Two Demon God Pillars Art had stunned the battlefield, but just when everyone was digesting Abu Muslim's power, a massive iron cudgel ten-some meters long howled through the air and hammered at Abu Muslim's body.
This attack was so abrupt that even someone of Abu Muslim's strength was sent flying like a cannonball, the Stellar Energy around him shattered.
The battlefield fell silent, the Arab cavalry so shocked that their eyes were nearly coming out of their sockets. Even Ziyad was left stunned. The Consecrated had been extremely furtive with this cudgel. Everyone had been watching it reeling backward from Abu Muslim's punch, but no one had noticed its cudgel, or even when it had managed to get ahold of it.
"Who cares about Abu Muslim! He's still no match for me!"
Wang Chong controlled the giant ape into steadying its body, and as its scarlet eyes watched Abu Muslim, they shone with a cold and steely light. No matter how powerful Abu Muslim was or what ancient artifacts he had, he was still no match for a Behemoth.
In Wang Chong's hands, the giant ape was no longer a simple beast. Wang Chong was confident that with the Consecrated, he could defeat any opponent on the battlefield.
"Lord Marquis, save me!"
Screams suddenly came from the distance, accompanied by the roars of Behemoths. Wang Chong turned and saw that the two remaining Behemoth were charging at the retreating Tang army.
"With the Reaper helping us, these Tang are doomed! Kill them!"
"General has issued a decree that anyone who kills more than one hundred Tang will be granted a rank of nobility and ten thousand golden coins!"
Men shouted and horses neighed as thousands of Arab cavalry followed the Behemoths, their eyes red and their armor drenched in blood, the majority of which was not theirs. They had been restrained by the Tang for far too long. First, it had been Gao Xianzhi and his seventy thousand soldiers, who had held on for two months and killed countless soldiers. And now it was Wang Chong and his Qixi Protectorate army, which had managed to kill Umar and Nurman, famous generals who had conquered many countries.
Moreover, the two steel defense lines that the Tang had built up in front of Talas had rendered the famous Arab cavalry ineffective. Every Arab soldier felt suffocated and oppressed, but now, it was finally over. They could finally vent their spleens and slaughter these Tang who did not believe in God.
"Aaaah!" Tang soldier after soldier screamed as they collapsed into pools of blood, the Arabian scimitars stabbing through their chests. The sight of the corpses splayed out on the ground filled the hearts of the Arabs with inexplicable joy.
"This is the battle we desire! Starting from now, all of the east will fly the flag of the Arabs!"
An Arab officer savagely stomped on the body of a Tang soldier and beheaded him with a single sweep of his scimitar. The fountain of blood gushing from the neck caused excitement and cruelty to shine in the Arab officer's eyes.
But this Arab officer intoxicated in slaughter had no idea that his execution of this Tang soldier had thoroughly enraged the distant Wang Chong.
"Damn it! All of you are seeking death!"
Wang Chong clenched his fists, his heart raging with fire. Masil had used the moment he was fighting with Abu Muslim to make trouble in the rear, silently taking control over the Reaper and the other Behemoth to attack the Tang soldiers, and the Arab soldiers had availed themselves of this opportunity. Both Masil and these Arabs had invoked a killing intent that soared to the heavens from Wang Chong.
So intense was this killing intent that the air for ten zhang around Wang Chong began to twist and distort.
1. As you might have already noticed, the 'Seventy-Two Demon God Pillars' are the seventy-two demons of the Ars Goetia, a grimoire listing seventy-two demons which King Solomon allegedly bound to his will and used to construct the Temple of Jerusalem. Asmodai is a King of Hell and is said to have three heads: a bull, a man, and a ram. He has the tail of a serpent, rides a dragon, and commands seventy-two legions.↩