Chapter 92: Rescuing the Boat Craftsman
CHAPTER STATUS: UNEDITED
Many times, people were usually more formidable than magic beasts!
A half beastman was a lifeform with advanced intelligence and could use strategy.
Another point that worried Zhen Jin was that Zong Ge had excellent equipment. He had high quality steel armor and a pair of war spears. He had never used his war spears in public, perhaps because Zong Ge found the crises he encountered unworthy of their usage.
Intuition told Zhen Jin that Zong Ge’s battle spears were beyond ordinary, they even might be of a higher rank than his steel armor.
In comparison, Zhen Jin only had a rapier that belonged to Hei Juan.
“Regardless of that, we first need to go search for Xi Suo and the others and make sure they return safely.” Zhen Jin tidied up his mood and immediately resolved.
Xi Suo was the third mate, and the old fourth boat craftsman was proficient at shipbuilding, these were key people of talent. They were important in leaving this island.
“Lan Zao, Hei Juan, you two are coming with me.” Zhen Jin looked at the two of them.
Although he wanted to move alone, after some consideration, Zhen Jin knew he needed more manpower to search for Xi Suo and the others in the forest.
It was too inefficient for him to search alone.
Regardless of whether it was Lan Zao or Hei Juan both had bronze level strength.
“Let us proceed.” Zhen Jin then gave Hei Juan back his rapier. He was a templar knight and he would never covet another’s equipment.
“It’s a good sword.” Zhen Jin praised Hei Juan.
Hei Juan took the sword and was just about to speak.
“My Lord.” Zi Di suddenly spoke with a worried heart, “If Zong Ge was the culprit controlling the beast group and saw your Lordship Zhen Jin interfering, he abandoned the attack on the camp. However, since he already knows your Lordship is heroic and valiant, will he be watching you when you enter the forest? Is this a scheme from Zong Ge’s force to lure you out?”
“That is possible.” Zhen Jin pursed his brows, “So, what do you think?”
Zi Di: “I want to move with your Lordship. I will use all of my strength to help your Lordship, don’t worry I have medicine to protect myself and I will do my best to not be a burden on your Lordship.”
Zhen Jin immediately hesitated.
Zi Di turned around and said to Hei Juan: “Hei Juan, I know your sword is not ordinary, I ask that you temporarily give it to Lord Zhen Jin so he can use it.”
Hei Juan stared blankly, and his complexion changed slightly: “But this sword is my family heirloom.”
Hei Juan expressed his refusal.
He was only Zi Di’s hired mercenary, not Zi Di’s nor Zhen Jin’s underling.
Zhen Jin faintly laughed: “Zi Di, it is unnecessary to make things difficult for him.”
Zhen Jin could transform into a silver level spear scorpion and a spear scorpion tail could threaten steel armor.
“My Lord, that won’t do!” But Zi Di insisted, “Based on our recent analysis, Zong Ge is a strong opponent. He also has top notch armor made of high quality steel and impressive war spears. Your Lordship only has ordinary weapons, if you and Zong Ge fight, there would be little difference from simply coming unarmed.”
Zhen Jin stared blankly and then bitterly laughed. He understood that Zi Di’s words had a lot of thought behind them, she was “bullying” Zhen Jin’s knightly creed of pitying the weak and protecting his comrades.
But at the same time, Zhen Jin had no choice but concede that Zi Di’s words were reasonable,
His strength and confidence came from his transformations.
But if he fought in front of everyone, he could not recklessly use the core. Especially now with various eyes around, unlike the small team of five, Zhen Jin could not be reckless now.
“My Lord!” This time, Hei Juan offered the rapier of his own accord, “This ignoramuses’ scope was too narrow. This sword can display its true worth in your Lordship’s hand. The name of my family heirloom sword is Silver Lightning. It is bound to blossom brightly and brilliantly in your Lordship’s hand.
Zi Di smiled: “Hei Juan, for this employment, I will pay you double.”
Hei Juan immediately smiled.
“That’s good. I will treat this sword well and do my best to return it to you intact.” Seeing Hei Juan’s attitude, Zhen Jin calmly received the sword.
He scrupulously abided by the templar knight’s creed, but he was not inflexible.
Since it was for his sake, for the sake of others, and to keep the heart core a secret, it was only natural that borrowing the rapier now was not a problem.
Previously when he had used and observed the rapier, he found that it really was a good sword.
Hei Juan did not exaggerate when he said it was his family heirloom.
As far as soldiers and knights were concerned, armor and weapons were expensive and something to pass onto future generations. Because equipment was expensive, many nobles that enlisted knights would only pay for their provisions and not their weapons and horses because it was too financially difficult.
Of course, weapons also had ranks. There were many factors in evaluating whether a weapon was outstanding or shoddy.
The most important element among them was how well the weapon conducted battle qi.
Zhen Jin did not know how well Silver Lightning conducted battle, however it already had outstanding hardness, sharpness, and toughness.
After a brief negotiation, Zhen Jin Zi Di, Hei Juan, and Lan Zao set off.
He could not take everyone.
The many seriously injured people stayed in camp to recuperate.
Cang Xu, Mu Ban, Fei She, and the others had no battle strength. On the battlefield, they would be a burden to Zhen Jin.
Mu Ban’s team wanted to join, however Zhen Jin refused them. Zhen Jin was still carrying his rapid fire crossbow, such a thing in Mu Ban’s hands would endanger his comrades.
If a portion of Zong Ge’s force attacked the camp, Mu Ban would shoot a signal flare, Zhen Jin would then turn back and rapidly reinforce them.
It was impossible for Zhen Jin to give up saving the boat craftsman and the others because he had misgivings about some conspiracy.
As for the flare gun, not only did the camp have one, Xi Suo also carried one too.
Xi Suo and the others were cutting wood in a place that was two kilometers to the southeast.
Just as Zhen Jin and the others were halfway there, they heard a gun fire and a pink flare rise into the air.
“That is a signal for help! They really are in danger. Run!” Zi Di cried.
“Not necessarily. Let’s play it safe. We can’t be sure this is an enemy deliberately baiting us to entice us to speed up and reduce our guard against our surroundings.” Hei Juan said.
“You guys maintain your pace; I will examine the situation first.” After saying this, Zhen Jin immediately sped up.
Although Hei Juan was reasonable, keeping the boat craftsman alive was crucial, without him it was unlikely the others could construct a large ship that could cross the ocean.
It was possible this was a trap set by Zong Ge but was just as likely it was the others.
The faster Zhen Jin went, the more likely the boat craftsman’s life would be saved.
The young knight’s pace increased as he ran through the forest.
He then activated the heart core and quietly transformed his right eye to give himself thermal vision.
By doing this, even if Zong Ge and the others were lying in ambush, Zhen Jin could find them in time.
Zhen Jin quickly heard the distinctive screech of bat monkeys.
He sped up again and wildly rushed through the forest until he arrived at a hillside.
The hill was not steep and on the top, there were many people surrounded by bat monkeys.
It was clear these were the same bat monkeys that had attacked the camp, among the group there were seven bronze level bat monkeys, and one iron level bat monkey.
The bat monkeys constantly attacked and nearly everyone was injured, all of them were in imminent danger.
Zhen Jin did not stop, as he charged up the hill, he shot the rapid fire crossbow.
Whoosh whoosh whoosh……
The arrows flew with incomparable accuracy.
Ordinary bat monkeys that were shot fell like penguins diving into the sea as they dropped to the ground in a lingering bang.
“Someone has come to save us! Everyone cheered.
The bat monkeys were enraged, and several bronze level bat monkeys threw themselves at Zhen Jin.
Zhen Jin stopped shooting the crossbow and pulled out Silver Lightning.
The distance between him and the bronze level monkeys closed.
In an instant, Zhen Jin’s rapier suddenly threw a bright silver light!
Soon after, he and the bat monkeys intertwined.
The bronze level bat monkeys seemed to break in the air, they then fell to the ground as their life aura rapidly dissipated.
Zhen Jin displayed his battle strength and for a moment, the sailors became somewhat absentminded.
The sole iron level bat monkey was provoked, it flapped its wings, puffed up his chest, and suddenly screeched.
Its screeching rippled the air and the sound waves rapidly approached Zhen Jin.
Zhen Jin already knew about this special sound wave attack, in an instant, he transformed his arm into a bear’s and threw a dart.
The dart hit the iron level bat monkey and pierced its left wing.
The iron level bat monkey was alarmed, with few bat monkeys left, it turned around to fly away.
Zhen Jin did not pursue, rather he hurried over to the hillside to see the sailors’ leader.
Their leader was a youngster with a tall and thin stature.
“Are you Xi Suo?” Zhen Jin attentively asked.
The youngster promptly nodded: “Who are you, your Lordship?”
“Where is the boat craftsman Lao Si?” Zhen Jin asked as he swept his eyes in a circle.
Xi Suo promptly pointed in a direction: “When we were attacked by the monkeys, the idiot was furious and rushed out. The old boat craftsman was worried about the idiot’s safety and ran after him.”
Zhen Jin bit his teeth, followed Xi Suo’s direction, and rushed off again.
There were clear traces showing the path and Zhen Jin quickly found his objective, another hill.
A small three meter giant was crazily waving a wooden log around.
This small giant appeared to be young, had an exposed upper body, wore a yellow leather skirt that covered his lower body, and had enormous straw sandals on his feet.
He had disheveled hair, was constantly shouting, and occasionally spat saliva all over the place.
“Die, you houseflies will die!”
“This big guy will smash you all!”
The small giant repeatedly roared, the heavy wooden log he had could easily pulverize boulders, smash trees, and would create small holes in the ground while splashing soil everywhere.
There were a few individuals around the giant shouting at him to calm down.
But the giant was completely infuriated by the bat monkeys and would not listen.
“The old boat craftsman is here!” Zhen Jin’s pupils enlarged when he saw an old man between the small giant’s legs.