The arena was being dominated by Zhang's blue team. But not that far behind them was Shu Shang and his green team.
Using the confusion caused by Zhang, Shu Shang was able to take over two towers. This meant that he had three towers under his command.
But he did not stop there. Currently Shu Shang could be seen leading all of his men to the center of the arena. He knew that the blue team was moving in from two sides in a large circle so to avoid their detection he had to move to the center and waits e them to pass. One they passed then he could move in and take over the towers that they had just taken.
Numerically Shu Shang was at a disadvantage but that was also his advantage. He could move all of his forces quickly without being detected.
"They shouldn't have left too many guards behind to guard these towers so it should be fairly easy to take them." Shu Shang thought.
"Quickly men we have to take this tower and then move to the next one. We can't stay in one place too long. They outnumber us so we have to take out small groups of them one at a time and hopefully last until the time limit is up." Shu Shang said to his soldiers.
Shu Shang knew he could only take the towers that were just taken because the blue team had a group of soldiers that were left in the rear. These soldiers would move up and block out paths to the towers behind them.
But before the rear line could catch up Shu Shang would be able to take one or two towers. This would cause the enemy to fall into confusion and turn back. It served to stall for time, if he was able to keep this up then the time limit will be reached. Once they turned back Shu Shang would move and take other towers they had just taken.
Above the arena countless eyes were glued to the screens showing the scenes happening below
"That prince Shu Shang sure lives up to his reputation." King Huang He said as he watched the scene of events from a balcony above the arena.
"They don't call him the young phoenix for nothing. If given a chance the Phoenix will come back from the tiniest of sparks. Likewise, if given the tiniest chance Shu Shang can turn a disadvantageous situation in his favor." The minister of war Wu Tong said.
"Had he not been born second in line to the throne then the kingdom of Shu would most likely grow very powerful and maybe become an empire." Huang He said.
“But you have to admit minister Wu’s daughter and the other young girl who is married to young master Zhang is very skilled also.” Another minister said.
“Indeed.” King Huang He said while watching the large screen in the sky.
Down below Zhang was currently surround the red tower owned by Ming Jiang. But it proved difficult to take over the red tower then the other ones up until now.
Ming Jiang although possessing only a few soldiers was able to repel Zhang's soldiers. He had retreat into the tower and had his men barricade the gates of the tower.
But it was only a matter of time before the gates would fall and the tower with it. "You can't hide in there forever you bastard!!" Zhang yelled up at the tower.
“Hmph you cheating son of a bitch I’ll get you for this!!” A voice from above could be heard yelling down.
“If you got the guts come down here and fight!!” Zhang yelled back up.
“Ha if you have the skills come up here!”
“So be it!”
“Break down the tower walls!!!” Zhang yelled as his men.
“Yes my lord!!” Zhang’s men yelled as they took their spears and jabbed into the brickwork of the tower. Although the weapons they got from the kingdom could not injure other people physically like real weapons they were still fairly decent weapons. The spears Zhang’s soldiers had were like regular spears but without edges.
Groups of Zhang’s soldiers began taking turns chipping at the tower wall. Piece by piece small parts of the walls were chipped off by the soldiers. Ming Jiang watched from above in horror. He knew that once that wall goes down he will lose but not only that Zhang would most likely do some horrible things to him.
“Once they get in move back to the staircase and deploy shields!! We must prevent them from coming up or else we will lose!” Ming Jiang yelled to his men.
As Zhang was busy trying to break into Ming Jiang’s tower something surprised him. The ray of light from the tower he had taken moments ago before coming to attack Ming Jiang changed colors from blue to green.
“What the…” Zhang murmured.
“Break down the walls quickly! Something is happening in the rear.” Zhang yelled out to his soldiers.
From above the tower Ming Jiang saw this happen too. A hint of hope appeared on his face.
“I don’t know what is happening but if that green team keeps taking his towers then that bastard will have to go and defend.” Ming Jiang laughed.
As Zhang was preoccupied with Ming Jiang the audience above was preoccupied watching the scenes unfolding elsewhere. On another screen Ling was moving up the back line of their army with her troops. While she did that one of their towers was captured.
“Something is happening everyone quickly let’s move!” She commanded.
However, before she could make it to that tower another tower across on the other side of the arena changed colors from blue to green. Currently the green team held onto five towers while the blue team has three and the red and black team each have one.
“Split up, half of you with me and the other half continue moving forward and reinforce our forces.” Ling said.
The green team had successfully added more chaos to the already chaotic arena by consecutively taking towers from the blue team. And with roughly one hour left meant that there was not a high possibility of anyone obtaining all ten towers.
“To avoid the enemy sneak through our line and taking our towers we will now change the direction we are going in.” Ling said. If heading forward meant the enemy had a chance of sneaking pass her then Ling would move from left to right from bottom and up.
This would allow for her to sweep through the forest in a crisscrossed way creating almost a net as her other soldiers continued moving forward.
While Ling did this back at the tower where Zhang and Ming Jiang was some turn of events are taking place. Zhang’s soldiers had successfully knocked loose a few bricks in the wall of the side of the tower. But Ming Jiang’s soldiers would stick their spears out from the hole preventing Zhang from enlarging it.
Then suddenly from the woods yelling could be hard.
Once the voice rang through the air hundreds of green armored soldiers rushed out from the woods and began attacking Zhang’s men from behind. As they were caught off guard Zhang’s men suffered heavy losses.
“Fuck…. Retreat fall back and meet up with the rest of our forces.” Zhang yelled. If he stayed any long the soldiers from inside the tower might charge out and then he would have a fight to deal with on two sides.
One by one Zhang’s soldiers began retreating and soon only green armored soldiers were left standing below the red tower.
“Ming Jiang lets join forces. Alone we will be wiped out by their numbers.”
“Me work with you? Do you take me for a fool? Fuck you Shu Shang I know quite well that the minute I hope these gate then you’ll attack.” Ming Jiang replied. He knew that Shu Shang would definitely not cooperate with him due to their pass enmity with each other.
“So be it. Men let’s move!” Shu Shang ordered and began leaving.
“You’re lucky you still have some use if I left you in the tournament you fool.” Shu Shang murmured as he left. Ming Jiang could still be used to stall Zhang’s team so Shu Shang left him alone instead of attacking the tower. And ironically he had Ming Jiang agreed to it he would have cooperated with him for a while at least.
As Shu Shang looked up into the sky he could see that one of the two towers he had taken from the blue team was reclaimed.
“Whoever is on the other side of the arena sure works quick.” He praised.
On the other side of the arena was Yuying with her soldiers. She had given up on taking the black team’s tower and turned back to secure her rear line as any commander would do in a real battle. To compromise one’s rear line to advance was giving the enemy a chance to surround you. Thus Yuying did not advance and turned back.
“We will be splitting the army into two. One group will stay here and secure the location and the other will follow me in echelon formation and sweep down to the other side of the arena. The other team must be down there somewhere.” Yuying said to her soldiers. (Echelon formation is when units are arranged diagonally from one another.)
Using the echelon formation would be better for sweeping through the forest since it would allow for less openings for enemies to pass through.
“Let’s move! Quickly!” Yuying yelled.
However, before her forces could begin moving a voice rang out in the distance.
In the distance coming out from behind a bush was Ai and Ling along with their soldiers.
“Why are you guys here?” Yuying asked.
“We came up to sweep for enemies but we did not run into any.” Ling said.
“Then they most likely moved to the other end of the arena back to their towers.” Yuying said.
“That’s what I was thinking. But to think someone bypassed us. We had a large crescent moon sweeping toward the other end of the arena but that person managed to squeeze through the gaps.” Ling said.
“Yea we should go meet up with brother but before that we must reinforce the towers we already have taken or else they will be taken away.” Yuying said to Ling.
“How many men do you have? We have around one thousand here and I sent one thousand forward to meet up with brother.” Ling said.
“I have about one thousand myself. But before we can meet up with brother we have to take the black tower.” Yuying said as she pointed to a tower emitting black light not too far from where they were. Head Ling and Ai not come upward she would have moved without bothering to take the black tower but now since they knew the enemy was no longer threatening their rear towers it was time to advance once more.
As they moved their soldiers a voice could be heard throughout the arena.
“There is thirty minutes left before the final stage of the tournament concludes.”
“We have to take this tower quickly time is almost up. Brother can handle himself with the soldiers you sent to him.” Yuying said to Ling.
“Everyone let’s move no need for formations now with our numbers we can take whoever we meet head on!” Yuying yelled as she led everyone toward the black tower.
As Yuying, Ling and Ai went for the black tower, Zhang was now back in front of the red tower.
“Ming Jiang! I’m back and this time I really will beat the crap out of you. Even if Shu Shang comes he won’t be able to help you.” Zhang yelled up at the tower.
He currently had about one thousand and two hundred soldiers after the soldiers Ling sent joined up with him which meant that his current forces were numerically at an advantage. Before he has sent most of the soldiers that were undercover to where Ling was to secure the rear.
Thus Zhang’s soldiers began chipping away at the wall once more. But not only did they do this they began attacking the hinges of the iron gate.
Up at the top of the tower Ming Jiang was cursing at himself.
“If I had only brought more soldiers along with me on the trip then this wouldn’t have fucken happened!” He yelled as he stomped his feet at the ground. Ming Jiang was the one that had hired the most soldiers from Zhang unknowingly. Had it not been for the few extremely skilled soldiers that came with him from the Ming kingdom then he would have been knocked out of the tournament along time ago.
But after defeating the soldiers that was planted into his team he did not have enough of his own soldiers to go out and take any towers. So all Ming Jiang could do was hole up in the tower waiting for the time limit.
“You fucker the time limit is almost up you think you can get to me before then?” Ming Jiang yelled down at Zhang.
However just when he finished his sentence a loud bang could be heard. When looking down he could see Zhang’s soldiers rushing into the tower.
“The gate is down!! ATTACK!!!!!!!” A soldier yelled out as he rushed into the tower.
A few of Ming Jiang’s soldiers who were behind the gate were trapped under it after the gate fell into the tower.
“Pull them out and break their glass plates.” Zhang order his men. Had he left those men there they would have died from being trampled over by his men as they stepped on the iron gate to get inside.
Although Zhang’s forces were able to push into the tower they were stopped by Ming Jiang’s soldiers at the staircase leading up to the top of the tower by forming a wall of shields.
“Form tortoise shell formation!” Zhang yelled.
“At once my lord!” The soldiers yelled in unison.
The soldiers lined up and overlapped their shields until they were able to imitate the shape of a tortoise’s shell with Zhang in the middle of it. Then they began moving closer and closer to the wall of shields made up by Ming Jiang’s soldiers until their shields touched.
“OPEN!!” Zhang yelled while inside the formation.
His soldiers that were not at the very front collapsed the formation as pairs of soldiers held up shields forming a mini staircase. Zhang and a few other soldiers stepped on these shields and jumped behind Ming Jiang’s soldiers and began dispatching them.
Once all of Ming Jiang’s soldiers were taken care of Zhang moved up the stairs.
“I have you now.” Zhang said while looking at Ming Jiang who was at the top of the tower alone.
“What are you going to do to me?” Ming Jiang asked in a scared voice.