The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 116

TL: Please help me spot Engrish mistakes and correct them.

 

Chapter 116 – The final battle (4)

 

 

 

During the time when Brendel and Conrad made their moves against each other, Hewjil had already separated his Lizardmen Warriors into two groups. They avoided the center path and attacked the ruins from the two side paths.

But the Silver Elves had already set up their positions. Nalaethar had also split up his warriors into two; one group was led personally by himself, while the other was given to the Nightsong Tiger to command, and they hid at the side entrances of the ruins.

The brutish and simple minded creatures screamed as they swarmed out from the forest. Their movements were nimble and they quickly stormed through the entrances, but what awaited them were the Silver Elves’ shining blades. The ambush by the Silver Elves was highly effective and their greatswords easily cleaved through the enemies’ throats, then quickly knocked the lifeless corpses back through the congested areas.

Because of that, the Lizardmen were sent tumbling through the narrow path and some of the Lizardmen who collided with the bodies lost their balance, and were sent flying down from the elevated height onto both the Paper Cards Mercenaries and their fellow Lizardmen.

Hewjil’s planned attack was stifled right there at the entrance, and the Mercenaries of Lopes and the Grey Wolves Mercenaries did not miss that chance. They immediately shot volleys of their bolts into the enemies’ formation from the higher grounds, causing even more obstructions for them, making it seem like they had crashed into an invisible wall and could not proceed any further.

A normal person who trained to use a crossbow was able to shoot six times in a minute, and these veteran mercenaries were even more experienced and agile, firing ten to fifteen shots in a minute.

The accurate bolts were fatal to their morale. Each time the steel rain of arrows fell onto them, the enemies felt like there was a death god who was swinging his scythe repeatedly to reap their lives.

There were indeed Lizardmen who wielded ranged weapons who could fight back, but Medissa strategically went after them in the beginning of her attack. But even if she did not, the ranged Lizardmen combatants were not as skilled as the mercenaries because they were a race not as evolved as the humans.

With the lack of cover and the ability to fight back, the Lizardmen were forced to retreat. When Nalaethar realized what they were doing, he took down his horn hanging from his belt and blew it. The rich blare of the horn echoed throughout the ruins, and the Silver Elves gathered in front of their commander and fell neatly into position, placing their greatswords at the right side of their chests—

“My fellow Elves, who are we!”

“The Eversong army, the swords of Arlen!”

Nalaethar nodded and pointed his sword forward, and the Silver Elves charged down with a loud roar. Their silver armor shimmered in the sun and appeared like a wave of mercury flooding the path down to the lower valley. The Lizardmen were quickly swept away without any means to stop the Silver Elves .

The bolts did not stop firing from the start of the battle and seven crossbows were already damaged from the overuse. When the final spare crossbow was taken, the mercenaries had no choice but to switch to their shortbows.

The Lizardmen who appeared to be an endless sea of dark green creatures were unable to break past that silver line, and were even pushed back by their charge.

When the Silver Elves chanted their battle creed, Sanford and the Grey Wolves Mercenaries felt that their blood was set aflame. They felt like their hair was standing up as though they had returned to that ancient era where the Silver Elves fought against the Dark forces.

The battles that took place in the Era of Darkness, were when all the races put everything they had against the Dark forces for the sake of freedom and pride. Sanford kept firing his bow and felt intoxicated by the feelings when he thought about the fact that they were fighting the Tree Shepherds’ minions.

=============== Conrad’s POV ==============

The horn’s blare sounded like a dragon’s roar in the distance which reached across the entire battlefield. Almost everyone stopped their actions when they heard it.

That was the signal of the Silver Elves’ attack —

Conrad’s expression changed once again. He was unable to see the flanks from his position because of the trees so he did not know what exactly was happening. The long dragon-like bellow could not be mistaken. The Silver Elves had returned once again after disappearing from the world for more than three centuries.

Conrad was certain that the arrogant and stupid Hewjil was the cause of this entire situation, but he did not think about trying to find the useless bastard and torturing him.

[This fucking lizard is going to die a miserable death. The dragon-horn can only mean one thing, one of the strongest armies of the Silver Elves has reappeared on the battlefield. Are the high-ranking cavalry of the Elves or the Eversong Unicorn Cavalry in this attack as well? Damn it, if they are, I won’t even be able to escape from this fight.]

He had no heart to linger to battle any longer and glared hatefully at Brendel who was not far away. The Mage Slayer’s agility was considerably high, and his figure darted quickly into the shadows and seemed to merge into the background when he fled.

Brendel’s mind went blank for an instant, before he shouted to Medissa who was riding over quickly: “Medissa! Stop him!”

[Damn it, if Conrad moves to the front, the situation might change. A Gold-ranked fighter might be enough to turn the tides.]

Brendel clenched his fist as he felt he made a blunder on not reacting fast enough. However, Medissa had thought of the same thing and did not waste any time in activating her Charge ability. Her unicorn’s speed was already high enough, and the moment she activated her ability, it moved even faster; they were like a silver comet and drew a beautiful arc across the ground, moving quickly into Conrad’s path and blocking him.

“Ser Conrad. You have done too many evil deeds; please stay behind and settle the score. Your companions who defiled the living’s pride and desecrated the dead’s eternal sleep, both of you must pay the price—”

Medissa placed her lance horizontally as her unicorn turned around to face the youth whose dark red cape was fluttering from the wind. Her voice was clear even amidst the din from the battlefield.

Conrad covertly gritted his teeth. He did not want to speak to the Elven knight at all. Brendel’s orders had deepened his suspicion that he had confidence in his forces to defeat all of them. This was a trap.

Even though Conrad did not know what Brendel and his men had to do with Eke and the Grey Wolves Mercenaries, he was on his guard.

[Damn you, you Elven cunt!]

He cursed in his heart and ran in the opposite direction. But how was he going to outrun a unicorn? After a short run, he found that the Elven princess had blocked off his path again with an aloof expression.

Conrad tried three times and he was blocked off three times. He was starting to panic. If the opponent blocked him without any reservations, that would mean that she had the forces to overwhelm his own. Perhaps the highest ranking members of the Tree Shepherd would be able to fight against these arrogant tree sticks, but he definitely could not.

He did not think his Mage Slayer abilities would be able to deceive the Elven girl. In front of him was one of the races who were the most proficient fighters in the continent, only a fool would hope that this opponent would make a mistake.

[If this is the case, it looks I only have to use my final trump card.]

 

============= Brendel’s POV ============

As Medissa blocked off Conrad, Brendel felt the sight in front in turning dark; a cold and dangerous air was rushing towards his face, and the youth immediately guessed it was the Avatar of Earth, Ekman.

The gigantic monster which was over five meters tall blocked off the sunlight and raised its arm, then swung it with a loud shriek.

The air vibrated and he felt the earth under his feet splitting apart and jutting up before it cracked.

[Earth Element, the power of boulders!]

He did not waste any time thinking further, grabbed Scarlett and jumped to his right. Both of them rolled a few times on the ground from his force, while Ekman’s palm smashed onto the ground with a ear-splitting blast. The soil scattered everywhere, with two rows of long rock spikes sticking out from the ground and merging together at the top, forming into a rock cage.

The surrounding Lizardmen thought the monster’s fingers had somehow extended through the ground to form the claw-like rock formation, but once its hand left the ground, the rocks immediately broke apart and turned into a pile of soil and dust.

Brendel gulped once when he saw that scene. Even though the guide mentioned Ekman’s approximate stats and strategies it liked to use, he felt it was something entirely different to face it in reality.

He felt a little like he had gone back during the time when he was level 40+. At that time, the developers Torrential Rain released a new patch to the game, ‘Knights of the Holy Cathedral’. He and his commander, a senior female classmate, and a few others went together to participate in a raid. It was the first time they faced a Boss with an unsealed Element, and the fight against the Boss left behind a deep impression.

This was the first time the gamers understood the Element powers, and what the Knight of the Holy Cathedral was.

It appeared that he was going to relive that memory of fighting a familiar Boss again.

 

 

TL: I researched a little on the crossbow. There are different types of crossbows depending on their strength, but usually a light crossbow is the only type that’s fast enough for that claim. For a powerful crossbow like an arbalest where you really need to windup the string, you could shoot 2 bolts per minute. Brendel shoots a bolt every 3 seconds, or I think he does.

The next TAS chapter might come a bit later as I’m halfway done with the JP series’ chapter.

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19 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 116

  1. “causing even more obstructionS for them”
    Will be capitalizing the changes I’m suggesting, BTW.

    “the ranged Lizardmen combatants were not as skilled as the mercenaries because they were a race as evolved as the humans.”
    I don’t understand this. Perhaps “NOT as evolved as humans” was what you meant?

    “placing their greatswordS at the right side of their chestS”

    “and WERE even pushed back by their charge.”

    “They felt like their hair WAS standing up”

    “he did not think about trying to find the useless bastard and TORTURING him.”

    “would be ABLE to fight against these arrogant tree sticks”

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  2. Well, light crossbows aren’t really their only choice. If you factor in their stronger than average strength, then a heavier crossbow would still be possible. But the light crossbows would also answer how fast they were able to go through their primary and backup crossbows so fast.

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  3. Thanks for the chapter.

    Also if you had superhuman strength like these people you might be able to load a heavy crossbow without a winch using your hands. Plus superhuman agility would allow quicker loading too.

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  4. Hmmm… I think generally the main advantage of crossbows are that they are easy to use with pretty much anyone being able to use them as long as they are strong enough or if it has a windup mechanism to make it easier and some skill needed for aiming… oh and you can also quickly get of the first shot if the crossbow is already loaded

    Bows on the other hand usually would have a higher rate of fire but would require more training to use though with enough strength and a sturdy/good enough bow it would probably be superior to a crossbow

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  5. “the ranged Lizardmen combatants were not as skilled as the mercenaries because they were a race not as evolved as the humans.”

    Hmm I wonder in what way the Lizardmen were less evolved?… less strength? not as dexterous? worse tools/weapons (less intelligent?)

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    1. No formal training lol. The citizens of Aouine go through militia training before they either become a formal soldier or turn to mercenaries. Can’t really compare them to Lizardmen bandits.

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      1. “the ranged Lizardmen combatants were not as skilled as the mercenaries because they were a race not as evolved as the humans.”

        “the ranged Lizardmen combatants were not as skilled as the mercenaries”
        Yes indeed this is obviously correct because of training and experience

        “because they were a race not as evolved as the humans.”
        In what way have humans evolved/changed that makes them more skilled is what I am wondering? (as them being evolved is refereed to as the reason for the mercenaries being more skilled then the Lizardmen)

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        1. The answer is already there? Humans have schools and markets, and these are signs of our evolution, compared to how we were a few hundred thousand years ago. To even have the idea of a ‘militia’ system, you would have to do a significant amount of things

          1) Food
          2) Water
          3) Land
          4) Trainers
          5) Tax to afford this.

          It’s pretty damn expensive to teach people. Why do you think we see student debts all the time (thankfully I cleared mine)? For the average Lizardman to become as proficient as the average humans, I would think that you would at least need to have a system to what the humans have.

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      2. Civilization progress is not biological evolution as a species though.

        The context mentioned race, that is biological, not civilization. So unless the author made a very poor wording choice, the author do ment evolution as biological evolution.

        I think the author simply has the common misunderstanding of ‘more evolved = better’.

        But being more evolved simply mean the species went through more changes and may be more complex, not always better.

        The species that get optimal fitness with their environment would change very slowly as the natural selection has less selection force. Their evolution pretty much slowed down to a crawl.

        The species that has yet to achieve this optimum will be under stronger selection force, cause it to change quicker and thus evolve more.

        Not to mentioned that each species evolved to different environment.

        Thus, there is no such things as being superior because it is more evolved.

        However, it is also possible that the author do understand evolution and wanted to point out the diffence path in evolution which make human more fit to using tools and weapons.

        But it is unlikely. Especially without hinting how they are inferior in combat as a race and why.

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        1. I think you’re overthinking the semantics of the words that I used. You could see it as ‘developed’ instead of ‘evolved’, although that word also won’t fit exactly to the situation here because there’s a combination of the two.

          It’s not really about the choice of words but the idea that for certain reasons, either social, developmental and innate racial characteristics and etc, that such mobs (kobold, lizardmen, goblins) have poorer expertise in using ranged weapons or even melee weapons. Would a goblin swordsman beat a human paladin? Will a human archer beat an elven archer?

          In regards to the Lizardmen specifically, they have been suggested to hold base instincts, being highly territorial and fearful for their lives. That itself is a racial/biological factor that might impede expertise, which is why I used evolved.

          In any case, I think the stereotype for such D&D mobs have lower stats, and then the writers get to have creative explanations as to why they suck more. You know.

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  6. led personally by himself → led personally by him

    the Lizardmen were sent tumbling through the narrow path → the Lizardmen were sent tumbling through the narrow paths(? it’s not a mistake per se, but since the author was describing two identical situations on the lateral paths, shouldn’t the description continue to be plural?)

    away without any means to stop the Silver Elves . → away without any means to stop the Silver Elves.

    The horn’s blare sounded like a dragon’s roar in the distance which reached across the entire battlefield. (Maybe it’s because I’m not a mother tongue, but that which to me seem out of place in the sentence’s structure, “, reaching” or “and reached” could resolve the problem.)

    blank for an instant, before he shouted → blank for an instant before he shouted

    Your companions who defiled the living’s pride and desecrated the dead’s eternal sleep, both of you must pay the price— → Both you and your companions, who defiled the living’s pride and desecrated the dead’s eternal sleep, must pay the price— (The sentence sounded in structure a bit too much Chinese-like, I believe.)

    In front of him was one of the races who were the most proficient fighters in the continent (The sentence doesn’t feel well structured; the problem is the switching from a collective noun (race) to an individual noun (fighter) without a suitable carrier: “In front of him was one of the races who gave the most proficient fighters to the continent” could do the trick. Still, since he’s referring particularly to a single entity, Medissa, the sentence should start with an individual noun (e.g. a member), before switching to the generalisation of the entire group. “In front of him was a member of one of the races who gave the most proficient fighters to the continent”.)

    Brendel felt the sight in front in turning dark; → Brendel felt the sight in front (of him?) turning dark;

    with a ear-splitting blast → with an ear-splitting blast

    released a new patch to the game → released a new patch for the game

    and what the Knight of the Holy Cathedral was. → and what a Knight of the Holy Cathedral was.

    It appeared that he was going to relive that memory of fighting a familiar Boss again. (Not much of a mistake, but the sentence it’s not too much clear (at least, to me). Particularly it’s the “again” at the end that is confusing, IMO. If I interpreted correctly what he meant to say, maybe simplifying it could be a good idea, i.e.: “It appeared that he was going to relive that memory.”)

    I hope I wasn’t to nagging. Still, not many engrish errors, good job, and thanks a ton for the rush of the arc!

    Comment about the chapter: It made me laugh that Conrad left the earth avatar there, completely still, when it could have been used to make a pincher attack… Well, I understand that the author wished to give it a dramatic entrance with its attack only after ending the focus on Conrad and his peculiar class, but still, he could have done better… maybe avoiding the stupid cliffhanger at the end of the last chapter and introducing the earth avatar at the end of this after the talk on Conrad.

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