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30 The Real Enemy and the True Battle

    Under Thoriko's lead, the Federation Battle Mechas immediately left contact with the enemy. Although they paid the price with the lives of two comrades, they did not give the [Devil Tigers] any further opportunities to get into close range.

    As for the most despicable, shameless and wretched, the supposed Battle Mecha hunter, he was currently trembling.

    "Damn! it seems that I've met some experts this time!"

    Seeing the movements of the [Devil Tigers], Tian Xing Jian dared to say that the soldiers of Myth Legion were absolutely more dangerous than those ordinary commandos. Their control over the Battle Mechas had reached perfection - they were fierce and simple. After having undergone many life and death battles on the battlefield, they acted solely for the purpose of killing people as biting-cold killing intent was imbued in every one of their actions. Once ordinary Battle Mechas engage in close combat with these [Devil Tigers], they would be unable to match them in speed and strength. These [Devil Tigers] could even purely rely on speed to dodge the bullet screen and original path of attacks. This type of training was something the Federation special forces would never have thought of before. No wonder the legends had told of energy cannons and missiles being ineffective against these Battle Mechas. If not for their trickery in the beginning along with [Antenna]'s interferences of their Battle Mecha systems, forcing the [Devil Tigers] to use manual control, their combat power would certainly drop by an entire level and the end result would not be nice in the least.

    Originally, having trained in the gravity room for half a year to improve his hand speed and controlling techniques, Tian Xing Jian was quite confident of his own skills. Ever since he saw the several ordinary Myth Legion [Devil Tigers] battling, his confidence was halved.

    This half of his self-confidence was built from Tian Xing Jian's practical experiences in fighting in the online war simulation. That was how he could defeat enemies who were stronger than he was time after time. Furthermore, after training in the gravity room, his speed had greatly increased. He was fully confident that his speed could surpass that of the [Devil Tigers] in front of him. After all, Tian Xing Jian had a pair of natural quick hands.

    However, his own Battle Mecha battling techniques were much worse compared to his enemies. This arose from his inexperience at fighting in life and death battles and not having yet refined himself in blood and fire. Within the bullet screen, a calm, unhurried, and accurate decision - a decision that came from being honed from countless battles - was needed. As for him, he was merely a Battle Mecha battle rookie who had only encountered battles within an online war simulation.

    "Damn, I should stop thinking! This father is going to bet his life today. Even if I die, I'll just treat it as sleeping. Killing one is worth it, and killing two means an extra." Tian Xing Jian started imagining himself as an absolutely vicious and merciless person, someone who would commit crimes. After all, for one to be cruel to his enemies, he had to first learn to be cruel to himself.

    In the recent battles, he discovered that he had a talent which he could not put in words. The cowardly him would usually hide from and avoid any danger that he met. But during times when it could not be avoided, he would immediately become a gangster, becoming more excited as the battles became more dangerous and intense, as if a feeling of hysteria struck him and he had become a lunatic. The only thing in his mind was kill, kill, and kill. His way of thinking was similar to idioms like when one had no shoes, he would not be afraid of wearing a new pair [1]; shattering a broken jar [2]; gambling his broken life. At times, he suspected that he had a split personality.

    From merely being provoked, he would turn crazy. It was fine during times of war; however, if being provoked caused his personality to split, resulting in him killing several people during peaceful times, where would he find the lives to save in hopes to repent?

    The fatty with a split personality slowly moved his Battle Mecha towards the nearest [Devil Tiger] to him. Thoriko's cover enabled him to easily mix himself into the crowd. The continuous bullet screen had sealed shut the direction the four [Devil Tigers] charged, forcing them to find another path while avoiding the bullets. They had seemingly not realize that a disguised [Devil Tiger] was currently among them.

    Tian Xing Jian's current target was marked by the energy cannons fired from the soldiers of the special scouts company. They had seemingly given this [Devil Tiger] special treatment - whenever it moved slightly, firepower would come and suppress him fiercely. As for the other three [Devil Tigers], they had unknowingly broken away from him.

    The opportunity was here! The moment this [Devil Tiger] fell behind and was forced to dodge from the incoming firepower, [Logic], which had been hiding by his side, stealthily appeared. The prey did not react. He thought that this was his comrade, only that he was acting oddly and had completely gone against the battle regulations. However, due to the interference of their communication systems, he had no way of knowing who exactly piloted his [Devil Tiger]. The mere thought just flashed past his brain, so fast that he did not have the chance to think about it twice. And at that point of time, this comrade of his had already used a claw and tore open his movement system at the abdomen.

    "This isn't our Battle Mecha! How is this possible!" The [Devil Tiger] operator who was stabbed in the back felt truly angry and frantic. He could only stay here and wait for the final outcome of the battle. He truly did not understand how his Battle Mecha movement system could be so easily destroyed by this fake [Devil Tiger], unless the Myth Legion's specially-used Battle Mecha had been leaked?

    The [Devil Tiger] soldier felt that he had been wronged for eternity. He was also indignant and helpless as he watched the despicable, fake [Devil Tiger] moving like a weasel towards his comrades, as if he was stealing chickens. As a result of that pressing anger and anxiety, he was momentarily unable to breathe and actually had fainted from this scene.

    The first [Devil Tiger] was eliminated. Fatty felt quite excited. This Battle Mecha had never been seen by him, yet [Logic]'s scanner gave an analysis of the data regarding this Battle Mecha. As for Battle Mecha specialist Tian Xing Jian, he could of course understand the composition of that Battle Mecha from the blueprints and data. As long as he understood its composition, [Logic]'s specially-made mechanical arms would be able to use the shortest time possible to dismantle any Battle Mecha into parts.

    A sneak attack did not mean he had to use a weapon. Using an energy cannon to launch a sneak attack would allow him to merely kill one of, but after that, his position would be revealed from the resulting explosion of the energy cannon and the Battle Mecha. Furthermore, this Battle Mecha was still useful. Retrieving a completely intact Battle Mecha was one of the most important tasks of any combat plan. Right now, he had such a good opportunity; he would certainly be struck by lightning if he did not get an additional mecha to replenish their combat power.

    Tian Xing Jian quietly used the back legs of his mecha to kick that wronged Battle Mecha into the bomb crater behind them. The [Devil Tiger] operator, who had just woken from his passing out, once again fainted. He honestly felt that this weasel had truly entered a state of disguising himself as a real chicken.

    [Logic] replaced this [Devil Tiger]'s position. He leaped all around, doing his utmost best to act out his role.

    Under the cover of the firepower by the Federation Battle Mechas, Tian Xing Jian had soon reached the Battle Mecha that was closest to him. At this moment, due to an increase of  concentrated firepower, the Federation Battle Mecha could relax their defensive manoeuvre. In contrast, the remaining three [Devil Tigers] felt an increase in suppressive fire as the firepower raining upon them became even fiercer, further reducing the possible area of movement for them. They put their full attention to control their Battle Mechas. For the sake of evading the cannon shots, their two hands almost cramped from the large amount of hand movements; they had no time to concentrate on other matters, much less discovering that their comrade had already been kicked into a bomb crater by a despicable chap.

    The second Battle Mecha was unable to escape as well. He experienced a similar bout of withdrawal from the battle as the first mecha. The moment he lost his movement system, he was sent into the bomb crater by the weasel Tian Xing Jian.

    The outcome of the battle was set; sorting out the remaining two [Devil Tigers] held no suspense.

    Fatty was truly delighted. He got rid of those two Myth Battle Mechas effortlessly. This moment was so delightful to him that he began laughing at how careful he was previously, causing his alertness to drop. The moment he was preparing for the final attack, that leader of the [Devil Tigers] had already discovered him. Ignoring the concentrated firepower, the [Devil Tiger] fiercely leapt out towards him. Initially, with its body sticking close to the floor, it exploded out with an immense power, moving with an extremely fast speed and appearing in front of Tian Xing Jian within the blink of an eye. A sharp piercing sound could be heard as this [Devil Tiger]'s front claw inserted itself deeply into [Logic]'s back.

    Tian Xing Jian immediately turned his body. The Battle Mecha spun forward along the force of the front claws of that [Devil Tiger]. In reality, the back area where he was hit by the claw was merely [Logic]'s external imitation armor, which did not have the hardness of the biological double attribute metal. During this close-combat battle, an energy shield was entirely useless. Deep wounds from the claw appeared as [Logic] rolled forward. Even though the wound was not fatal, it was enough to frighten Tian Xing Jian. If he was riding on a normal Battle Mecha, that single claw would have been enough to destroy the movement system of the entire mecha.

    As Tian Xing Jian left the range of the [Devil Tiger]'s claw, his left hand ferociously pulled the control joystick, while his right hand flew across the keyboard at a rapid speed. [Logic] immediately reacted; its back leg pushed off the ground, allowing it to leap out. However, that [Devil Tiger] did not respond slowly. At the same time, it had gotten close to [Logic] as well.

    The two - one real and one fake [Devil Tiger] - as if determining who was the true king within the forest, became embroiled in combat amidst the roars of the mechas and the flying dust.

    "I can't throw him off!"

    All of a sudden, Tian Xing Jian was covered in cold sweat. That [Devil Tiger] was far  stronger than he had imagined.

    Urgently stopping and changing direction, [Logic]'s speed increased to the limit, fiercely turning at a speed which caused Tian Xing Jian's vision to blur. The [Devil Tiger] did not stop its pursuit of its target. Compared to Tian Xing Jian, the leader of the Battle Mecha squad had much more experience. Having been in long periods of battling and killing, he immediately made his judgement before [Logic]'s change in direction.

    Too green. On the edge of the leader's mouth appeared a smirk. This Battle Mecha did not even attempt to use a feint  and had instead changed direction in such a direct manner. Any soldier from the Myth Legion could accurately determine what it was about to do. [Devil Tiger]'s hind legs pushed off from the ground as its front claws stabbed forward, allowing it to practically reach the back of the fake [Devil Tiger].

    Tian Xing Jian was truly unable to get rid of it. He could sense how piercingly sharp the [Devil Tiger]'s front claws were. His hands moved in a flash, causing the actions of his mecha to change twelve times in the blink of an eye. The previous 10 actions per second rapidly rose to 14 actions per second. His right hand was quickly pressing on the keyboard, giving commands to over ten parts on his Battle Mecha. Every single movement of the joint had become precise to the maximum.

    [Logic]'s tail whipped out at the head of [Devil Tiger], allowing its entire body to drift towards the right as if a floating racing car and subsequently dodging the [Devil Tiger]'s sharp front claws. Closely following that, he controlled the movement system and accurately transmitted a signal to [Logic]'s hind legs, allowing the mecha to move in a strange horizontal drifting manner. At this moment, the boosters that were placed at the butt by Tian Xing Jian when he had nothing to do had been activated by an assistance machine, causing an enormous force to push this Battle Mecha forward with a "Sou".

    [Devil Tiger] could no longer control his forward charge. He could only watch in daze as this fake [Devil Tiger], was was even more slippery than fish, use some unthinkable movement to jump out of his range. He did not use a feint at all. It was purely based on the characteristics of that Battle Mecha and that operator's maneuvers that led to its escape, causing him to feel discouraged as if he was a cheetah that had lost its prey after chasing for 300 meters. The leader of this Myth Legion small team had suddenly lost his strength as his entire body became soft. His Battle Mecha fell onto the ground due to inertia. He was no longer able to stand up, as the Battle Mecha's inductor on its head had been starred by the fake [Devil Tiger]'s hard mechanical tail. The originally damaged control system that had been damaged from the previous firepower was completely paralyzed now.

    They had lost. It did not take half an hour. A small team from the Myth Legion had actually lost the battle against the Federation Battle Mechas of equal number. In the eyes of the soldiers from the Myth Legion, these Federation Battle Mecha soldiers were not even qualified to carry their shoes; however, the conceited team of [Devil Tigers] had fallen into the premeditated ambush, moving step by step deeper into their trap.

    The other [Devil Tiger] could not escape naturally. The Federation Battle Mechas had long surrounded it. [Fury Fire]'s fierce firepower had completely destroyed this Battle Mecha's ability to resist. Its front claws were also broken.

    Four destroyed while six mechas lost their capabilities to move. The Myth Legion had truly suffered from an unprecedented lost.

    The Federation Battle Mechas carefully surrounded them. They tore apart the cabin doors to the few [Devil Tigers] that had lost their ability to move. Within it, all the Imperial Battle Mecha operators had chosen to commit suicide. They had shot the roof of their mouths using their pistols, causing the shattered fragments of their skull to fly off before mixing with blood and brain paste in the cabin. All six Battle Mechas had the same situation with nobody choosing a different method of suicide, and neither were there any soldiers who decided to surrender.

    One of the Myth soldiers had not yet committed suicide when the cabin door was torn open. He had only placed the pistol within his mouth. At the moment the cabin door was opened, he gave a weird smile at the prudent Federation soldiers before pressing the trigger of the pistol.

    Tian Xing Jian took the Myth Legion's drill book out of the leader's pocket.

    Drill book first page - Rule one: Defeat means death.

    A slight cold climbed up in his heart. These soldiers of the Myth Legion treated themselves as cruel as they treated their enemies. They would not compromise nor surrender. The moment they were defeated, their lives were forfeit as they committed suicide in a decisive and cruel manner. These pursuing soldiers were merely comparable to a section of Battle Mechas in the Federation. The viciousness this beast of a special forces division was something that Tian Xing Jian could truly not imagine. They were considered to be his real enemy.

    The only question that remains: how many of these enemies would he encounter in his journey in the future?

    [1] Meaning that if a person has nothing at all in his life, why would he be afraid of anything at all?

    [2] When one has a bad habit, instead of correcting it, one continues developing the habit.
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