Mages Are Too OP - Chapter 712
Chapter 712 Attacked First
It was understandable why Solisa would wear such an expression when she had always been careless.
One would never worry about daily expenses until one took charge. In reality, as the only daughter of a boss, she had enough money for her own use. It didn’t require much money to establish a loosely-organized guild of players.
However, after she established the Summoning Magic Tower, she found that her money was really not enough. After they got a stable base, house maintenance and furniture were both costly.
She also had to prepare food and the necessary clothing.
For example, the “school uniform” of the Summoning Magic Tower had to be designed with good materials.
The materials and the designers had to be paid for too.
Although the summoning spell of the elves would automatically be learned after they reached the level, they would have additional slots after they became Masters and they could learn new spells.
So, she had to prepare spell models too, including everything from the beginner ones to the advanced ones.
It was okay not to learn the new spells, but as a magic-related society, its future depended on the number and coverage of the spell models it had.
The female Elven Summoners were very strong. Each of them was a soldier, and they could make money on their own.
However, the female NPCs in the game weren’t so capable, and they needed money to take care of their life problems.
That was very costly too.
So, Solisa had been quite short of money.
She felt that the Magic Tower she built was a bottomless hole, swallowing all her savings from accomplishing quests in the past four years.
Fortunately, Roland had offered a lot of funding
He even made the full payment of five hundred gold coins in advance.
Solisa was greatly relieved. She didn’t feel the urge to sell herself for money anymore.
After all, she was already getting anxious when she realized that she couldn’t make ends meet again after she used up Roland’s payment.
Therefore, she decided to let go of her pride and clung to the thigh of the magnate Roland.
Why didn’t she seek the sponsorship of the famous anchors or other rich guys in reality?
As a matter of fact, it had been calculated on the forum that the money Roland had spent on the Delpon Magic Tower, his equipment, the magic school, and all other aspects had definitely amounted to more than a hundred million. In comparison, Principal Huang and the other magnates hadn’t really invested much in the game. Admittedly, Solisa was truly visionary to have expanded the Phoenix Guild into the largest guild in the game.
She had made another good move with the instincts of a woman.
Roland was slightly surprised to see Solisa’s adulating smile. Not just him, the other four girls were astonished too.
Solisa had always impressed them as a strong and independent person. So far, the Phoenix Guild had never counted on men’s help.
But seeing the helplessness underneath Solisa’s smile, Roland instantly got it.
As a leader of an organization himself, he knew that it required devotion as well as wealth to support.
“Okay, you can protect me if we’re involved in a fight later.” Roland thought for a moment. “Is five gold coins per person enough?”
All the girls were excited except Solisa.
They were not exactly poor, but they had rarely met quests that paid one gold coin, much less one that paid five gold coins.
Solisa smiled. Five gold coins were a lot for an individual, but not nearly enough for an organization.
Still, it was better than nothing.
“Great!” The girl who carried Roland here on her horse waved her right hand energetically. “We’ll definitely do our job well now that you’ve paid us well, boss. Don’t worry, the enemy has to conquer an army of summoned beasts if they want to hurt you!”
As she spoke, the other four Summoner girls all summoned their beasts.
All of a sudden, they were surrounded by weird creatures, such as half-naked fawns and four-legged beasts with mushroom heads.
Thanks to the Elven Summoners’ racial talent, the waves of their summoning spells were perfectly hidden in the woods, so the liches didn’t sense anything wrong even though their camp was right behind the hill.
Solisa sat on her unicorn and summoned a white horse. She pointed at it and said, “Get on and we’ll take you to the hilltop.”
Roland got on the horse, which was awfully docile under the control of the Summoners despite its bad temper.
Then, the unicorn led the way, and all the trees and grasses split, like the sea divided by Moses.
On a straight path to the hilltop, the unicorn carried Solisa in the lead, followed by Roland and the other girls who also rode white horses.
Further behind was a dense troop of summoned creatures.
Although Roland could’ve evaporated all the summoned beasts with a blue fireball from the sky, it did feel great when the five of them created an army.
Very soon, all six of them reached the hilltop.
The summoned beasts hid in the lower corners behind them.
Standing amidst the tall grasses, Roland and the others looked ahead through the gaps.
Before them was a valley surrounded by hills. It wasn’t very large, but it could contain a town.
A lot of altars and weird buildings made of bones were neatly established in the valley. Many moving white objects were vaguely moving on the road too.
“There’s a barrier here that can prevent the dispersion of dark magic power.” Solisa appeased the slightly anxious unicorn. “So we didn’t find them until we were really close.”
“It’s a delicate and interesting magic array.”
As the strongest Mage player, Roland had detected the magic barrier the moment he came. He dropped three magic spiders.
The little creatures quickly crawled past the barrier and entered the camp of the liches. The girls watched the spiders disappear with wariness on their faces.
In the end, Solisa said, “Roland, can you keep the spell model of those spiders to yourself?”
“They’re really great scouts,” said Solisa in disdain. “You are an honorable man and won’t use it to do anything bad, but if it’s disseminated and every Mage picks it up, I’m afraid that no women will dare to shower with ease.”
“Oh…” Roland realized that she did have a point.
Indeed, after a dozen optimizations, the spell model of the magic spiders was so concise and efficient that even a magic apprentice could learn it easily.
It was true that some malicious people might use it to do evil things.
“Okay, I can promise you that.” Roland thought for a moment and said, “But I dare not guarantee that the other Mage players won’t be inspired by my magic spiders and create a similar spell. Just don’t blame it on me if they do anything.”
Roland never considered himself the only smart person in the world.
After the other players found ways to make use of magic power, they would definitely walk a path of their own.
Roland could only keep pressing forward, so that he wouldn’t be left behind.
“I’m relieved to hear that.” Solisa seemed relaxed.
At this moment, Roland suddenly turned around and looked at the liches’ camp, as the magic spiders were sending back pictures and sounds.
The liches’ camp was abound with dark magic power, which was blocked by the barrier and didn’t disperse to the outside world.
Even the ground had been corrupted by the magic power and looked ominously gray.
The walkers on the road were all skeletons, who were carrying a lot of items like machines.
Roland even saw some of them carrying human bodies to altars in different positions.
The three magic spiders split up in the camp and crawled in the hidden corners and inconspicuous places.
More and more pictures were sent back to Roland’s mind.
All the altars were made of gray-and-yellow bones… They were founded on a lot of leg bones and ribs, and at their top were human skulls that were placed next to each other.
Bodies could be found on many of the altars.
Some of the bodies were highly rotted. Some looked perfect and seemed to have just died. Even their faces were still red.
The magic spiders snuck on in the camp, and about an hour later, one of the spiders finally found an unusual place.
It was a cave.
Also, there were clearly footprints in the mud near the cave.
They were not what the skeletons’ feet should be like.
Roland had the magic spiders crawl in.
The floor and wall of the cave were both made of weird bricks with magic stripes.
The range of vision of the magic spiders wasn’t enough for them to see the whole picture of the stripes, but judging from their details, they must be part of a barrier.
But it was not the barrier that blocked the dark magic power.
The magic spiders crawled on the wall for a while. Then, Roland found that the pictures they sent back became darker and darker.
At first, Roland thought that it was because the cave was dim, but after a while, the pictures that the magic spiders sent back blurred.
“Wait, is my magic power being absorbed?” Roland was briefly stunned.
Then, one last picture was transmitted to Roland’s mind. In the highly blurred and twisted picture, it could be vaguely seen that a man wearing a wolf mask and a robe pointed his finger at “Roland.”
He was actually pointing at the magic spiders, but from the first perspective, he seemed to be pointing straight at Roland.
That was the last picture that the magic spiders sent back.
At the same time, Roland suddenly covered his head and stepped back.
Two streams of black smoke gushed out of his eyes and spread.
It was rather scary.
The girls around him were all shocked and quickly stepped back.
“We’ve been found!” Roland pressed on his head and shouted, “Please let your summoned beasts surround the valley. Don’t let anyone escape!” The girls were all very obedient. They took action the moment Roland gave an order. The tremendous number of beasts were divided into two rows and ran along the two sides of the valley, occupying every hill they passed.
More and more black smoke popped up from Roland’s head and soon enshrouded him.
“What’s going on with you?” asked Solisa. Then she said regretfully, “I don’t know much about magic, but can I use Dispersion on this?”
“No.” Roland’s voice came out of the black fog. “This thing swallows the flesh. It’s a powerful curse. Now, half my body has been corrupted. If you use Dispersion, you’ll be essentially dispersing me.”
“Then what do we do?” asked Solisa anxiously.
“Wait. I’ll take care of it.”
Roland’s voice became lower and lower, and his body bent in the black fog as if he were going to fall.
However, exactly at this moment, a ray of light beamed from the fog, and it became brighter and brighter, until Roland stood up again as a man of blue flames. “I was almost killed.”
Roland’s voice was dull after he became the Elemental Lord.
Solisa was relieved.
Roland had suffered from a Flesh Curse.
He had read about the spell from books earlier but never encountered it in reality.
It was one of the liches’ typical spells, and a combination of curses and divination spells.
It could locate the target with their information. The information could be the target’s magic power, hair, flesh, or even name!
Of course, the more specific the “information” was, the easier it would be to locate the target.
It was already powerful enough to locate with magic power. Only the Demigod liches could locate targets with names.
So, the lich had cast a Flesh Curse on Roland through the mental control link between the magic spiders and him.
If the curse wasn’t lifted quickly, it would devour the target’s flesh, and an undead skeleton that was under the lich’s control would arise from the target’s body.
That lich was definitely very strong. Roland’s magic resistance and Magic Shield didn’t work at all when he was hit.
Fortunately, Roland instantly initiated elementization and turned into fire.
Although Flesh Curse was a powerful spell, it could only be cast upon a living, flesh-and-blood creature.
It was absolutely useless to curse elemental creatures.
The blue flames, whose temperature was almost three thousand degrees, ignited the grass and quickly exhausted the dark magic power that attacked Roland.
“The wolf masks, and such a vicious spell. They must be my targets.”
Roland knew that he couldn’t hold back in front of enemies who had such creepy skills.
He turned his fiery hands upside down, and a blue fireball quickly expanded.
Seeing that, Solisa quickly directed the summoned beasts to move away from Roland.
The guy was about to launch a nuclear bomb. She certainly didn’t want to be killed.
Abundant fire elements were absorbed into the blue ball by Roland, and it got bigger and bigger.
It was already brighter than the sun when it grew to three meters in diameter.
Roland’s body of fire elements was a lifeless object, and there was no expression on his face, but Solisa could tell that Roland was grinning hideously even though she was far away.
What a vengeful man! As Solisa exclaimed to herself, the enormous fireball was launched.
As it quickly flew away, it looked smaller and smaller because of the longer distance.
Whether it was big or small, distant or close, it was the brightest in the eyes of the girls.
The environment, on the other hand, was dimming, as if it was eclipsed by the fireball.
In the end, it turned into a tiny spot of light and hit the very center of the valley.
Solisa added a sound effect for the landing fireball. She also closed her hands and opened them, making a “blossoming” movement.
In that instant, the whole world seemed to be swallowed by the dazzling light.