Chapter 206: Transformation
Once things were settled, the hotly fired up young folk with money started to move very rapidly.
Florida’s injuries were quite severe, and news from the Cairo mercenary band indicated that he was still in a coma. Edwin’s every move and gesture was under close surveillance after entering the valley. He stayed within the hotel, seeming to want to take care of the wound in his back first.
Trunks left the Valley of Sunshine after he’d had settled matters with Han Shuo, saying that he wanted to discuss future plans and the good news of Florida’s injuries with his brothers.
Phoebe moved about the Valley of Sunshine the next couple of days after receiving Han Shuo’s enormous wealth. She called upon her connections to talk to several merchants and also helped Han Shuo collect materials to refine the wood and water elite zombies.
Emily stayed within Dark Mantle and seemed to be communicating with the executives. The senior levels of the Dark Mantle seemed to want a large operation this time to take down Bob Ascher.
As someone in the know, Trunks was the one busying about forming a mercenary band. There wasn’t much for Han Shuo to do after the issue of funding had been taken care of. He used the two days of downtime to return to the cemetery of death.
Han Shuo wasn’t actually too worried about Edwin’s threats. After all, he had a dark dragon in the cemetery of death as backup. Through some communication, Han Shuo understood that if Gilbert wanted to recover quickly, he’d need to absorb some creature cores.
It was because he understood this, and that he did indeed need Gilbert’s strength, that he’d brought Gilbert along with him over the past two days into the Dark Forest to hunt down some high level magical creatures.
The two killed seven wind blade wolves, four frost eagles, and one medusa in two short days. With Han Shuo’s current strength and Gilbert’s help, the high level creature medusa was defeated after the two joined forces.
Gilbert mostly recovered from his injuries after absorbing these creature cores as well as the medusa’s valuable blood, and his strength was no longer affected by his injuries.
Gilbert had absorbed all the cores but had left behind the teeth, skin, and flesh. Han Shuo took all those and threw them into one of the warehouses in the cemetery of death.
On the eve of the second night, Gilbert stayed within the cemetery of death to digest the cores. As for Han Shuo, he left to visit the broad and swift moving waterfall near the cemetery.
The waterfall dived down like the universe emptying itself, bringing with it a ferocious strength that swept away all obstacles in its path. It seemed to be falling directly from the heavens. Han Shuo sat down cross legged underneath the falls, positioning himself close to an enormous boulder near the center and enduring the crushing force of the waterfall.
The parts of his body exposed to the waterfall had all turned a bright red. Han Shuo had seemed to become part of the boulder as he sat there without moving an inch. He seemed to be a lifeless sculpture.
However, the magical yuan was circulating with the speed of ten thousand horses galloping ahead. All muscles, tendons, and bones in which the magical yuan circulated past were refined over and over again. The demon infant started bouncing slightly in his abdomen as a small figure exactly the same as Han Shuo emanated vigorous life force.
Han Shuo had continuously achieved new heights during this time. He’d finally completely absorbed all of Johnny’s soul. Bits of information floated randomly through Han Shuo’s mind. All sorts of disordered memories were in the mix as well, appearing as clouds of mist that no one could see clearly.
Han Shuo understood that these scattered bits of information were the memories that Chu Cang Lan had left in his mind. Han Shuo had been only able to obtain small parts of this information before reaching the true demon realm and having his brain fully developed. The majority of the information had been locked in his mind.
Now that he had reached the true demon realm and his mind developed, Han Shuo had seen great increases in his memory, comprehension, and thinking abilities. Those previously hazy, indistinct, and scattered memories were swiftly casting off their veil and becoming clearer beneath Han Shuo’s full examination.
All sorts of bizarre secret magical arts, parts of profound incantations, refinement methods to create magical treasure, demon generals, and formations were running through Han Shuo’s mind at high speed. They were becoming part of Han Shuo’s memories that would never be destroyed.
He suddenly awoke after who knew how long. There was hard to conceal excitement, pride, and confidence in that pair of eyes beneath the rush of the waterfall. It was as if he’d been reborn as he was filled with a heretofore unseen confidence.
The solid realm, open passages realm, molded spirit realm, true demon realm, bloodlust realm, separate demon realm, carnal realm, nine changes realm, and omen realm were the nine levels of cultivation that would enable a mortal to ascend to a level of existence that was as omnipresent as the gods. A frightening strength that could cleave open the heavens and earth, would grow to being able to move mountains and oceans, as well as grant the holder immortality in the end drew a magnificent and mysterious blueprint in front of Han Shuo.
The blueprint had been unfurled now and Han Shuo was the brush, able to trace his unbounded future according to his desires. This power that could reforge, fly through the heavens and earth, be indestructible, and surpass the wheel of rebirth truly did exist!
A thought struck him as all the pores of his body expelled gouts of dark grey, murky air out of his body. This murky air had been the dredges from Johnny’s soul, and had remained in Han Shuo body after the demon infant had absorbed the strength from the former’s soul.
Han Shuo’s body wavered as he took off, shooting across the sky. He landed solidly atop an enormous tree, put on a warrior’s dark green outfit and flew towards the cemetery of death.
“Eh? Master, you seem a bit different from normal!” Gilbert looked askance at Han Shuo as soon as the latter had returned to the cemetery of death and couldn’t help but speak out.
“Oh? What’s different about me?” Han Shuo looked at Gilbert and smiled faintly.
Shaking his head, Gilbert said, “I can’t express it. Your eyes seem a bit more mysterious and your aura as well. Mm, you seem more confident, the confidence of having grasped the situation and being assured of victory!”
Han Shuo understood. After obtaining all of Chu Cang Lan’s memories, he now knew many magical arts like the back of his hand. He’d be able to take on Edwin even without Gilbert’s help now. But because he lacked sufficient strength, it’d be a bit troublesome for him to do so.
“Since your injuries have healed, leave with me!”
“Wonderful! Are you taking me to do some sneaky and underhanded things again this time?”
“Shut up, do what I tell you!”
“Master, I seemed to have see that patch of dirt shift slightly after you left today!” Gilbert first pouted and then suddenly remembered something as he pointed at the area where the earth elite zombie was being refined.
Han Shuo started and turned back to look at the place of extreme earth. He suddenly discovered that the center had indeed sunk in. The earth qi that had been circulating the area had all vanished without a trace. Overjoyed, Han Shuo laughed heartily, “Very good, it looks like he’s thoroughly absorbed all of the earth qi. He’ll be able to emerge from the dirt after a few more days!”
“Humph, just a zombie, what’s so good about it!” Gilbert flicked a dismissive glance over and grumbled.
Just as Gilbert finished speaking, the place he was standing on suddenly collapsed as an enormous crack appeared out of nowhere after a series of earth shattering rumbles. It caught Gilbert unawares and closed on him. The crack seemed to be alive as it kept closing, squeezing Gilbert’s body and making him curse loudly.
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