Chapter 351: Father?
Over a month flew by unknowingly in the blink of an eye.
Twelve consecutive rumbling sounds rang out in the sinister Cemetery of Death today. Twelve enormous banners unfurled in the explosions.
Han Shuo sat cross-legged right in the center, his eyes staring fixedly at the twelve flags in the middle of the cave. The liquid inside the cave had turned into a pitch black pool with various sized water bubbles rising in it. Black mist churned and coiled out of it, drifting around the Cemetery of Death without dispersing.
That pitch black pool of liquid was gradually absorbed by the three evil knights and their fire warhorses amidst the boiling bubbles. The evil knights had originally been submerged deep in the liquid in the cave. Now they were sucking in the black liquid as if they were enormous sponges. Finally, the three evil knights and their mounts had fully absorbed the liquid, revealing their figures completely. They were now inky black from head to toe, only the eyes of both the riders and the mounts were glinting faintly red with the light of eternal flames.
Apart from the vicious deathly aura drifting around them, there was now another bout of baleful presence. Feeling the enormous changes occurring within their bodies, the three silently threw back their heads and howled to the heavens, the bone spears in their hands dancing madly.
Because they could no longer bear the deep agony in their souls, the three evil knights once again instantly tried to attack the power of the contract as soon as their bodies were exposed in the cave again. They wanted to escape from Han Shuo and from the slavery.
"Hmph! High rank undead creatures are indeed a little annoying. At least you understand resistance!" Han Shuo coldly snorted, abruptly standing up from his cross-legged sitting posture. He then utilized his mental strength to force obedience upon the three evil knights, while strongly pushing the secret arts of demonic magic.
The three evil knights was abruptly shut up from their mournful, miserable howls. Both riders and horses looked fearfully at Han Shuo. The flames in their eyes became weak and feeble like candles in the wind that could be extinguished at any moment. Their bodies and souls seemed to almost dissipate after being hammered with a strong blow.
The liquid inside the cave that enhanced their bodies contained Han Shuo’s blood essence. Since the three evil knights and their fire warhorses had completely absorbed it, Han Shuo’s blood essence now flowed within their bodies. This meant that he could absolutely turn them into dust without leaving behind an ounce of soul energy if he wished to.
Therefore, when Han Shuo punished and tortured the three evil knights via his own blood essence, the purest of fear spread through both their bodies and their mounts. The three evil knights had been trying to break away from the Han Shuo’s contract force, but now were all crawling on the ground, their entire beings trembling.
He could sense the feeling of fear and awe from the depths of the three evil knights' souls. Han Shuo snorted coldly. He stepped in front of the three evil knights who no longer dared resist, and placed three "Dark Seals" on each of them. With this magic, he could directly summon them to outside from the other dimension.
If Han Shuo hadn’t set the "Dark Seals" onto them, he wouldn’t be able to call upon them in his next summons once he sent them back to the other dimension. Without an identifying brand on their bodies, the next summons would've chosen a random set of evil knights. In the vast, boundlessness of the other dimension, there were countless numbers of this low level existence. It would take a miracle to summon the same set once again.
However, as long as a "Dark Seal" was stamped onto their bodies, Han Shuo could find them anywhere in the other dimension through the connection of the brands. From there, he could bring the refined evil knights directly to this plane.
After branding the evil knights and their fire warhorses one by one, Han Shuo intended to send them back to the other dimension. However, he suddenly recalled how he’d seen undead creatures including the little skeleton, earth, fire and wood elite zombies thrive in that haven of necromancy during his trip last time.
Han Shuo understood that the little skeleton and the crew were vigorously carrying out an invasion in that dimension. As their strength was improving constantly, Han Shuo was well aware of the strong undead creatures in the other dimension, and how the mummy lord wasn't the strongest creature in the other dimension either.
When he reached the rank of grand magus necromancer, Han Shuo could call upon undead creatures such as the mummy lords, bone demons and old fey zombies. However, there were races beyond the undead creatures, above the mummy lords. Those super high rank undead creatures included bone dragons, skeleton kings and zombie kings. Only necromancers at the rank of sacred magus were able to summon them.
According to legend, necromancers beyond the rank of sacred magus could even summon undead creatures with the strength of demigod from the strange world. How mighty was this level of undead creatures? What kind of form did they appear in? Even Han Shuo was unclear about this…
In the endlessly vast other dimension, Han Shuo didn’t know whether or not undead creatures with the power of demigods existed. The little skeleton’s strength was constantly being enhanced, but Han Shuo was still somewhat worried about him. This was why he wanted the little skeleton take the three evil knights back to the other dimension, thereby increasing his strength again.
When his thoughts reached this point, Han Shuo took out the skeletal staff and started chanting an incantation. Since he’d last accidentally entered the other dimension, there had been a period of time when Han Shuo had had some apprehension towards this magic staff. However, after a few days studying it, he didn't find any differences when he started using it in chanting incantations again. Han Shuo didn’t know how the previous matter actually occurred, so decided not to care too much about it.
A black light flashed from the void. The little skeleton landed on the back of the spiky undead creature. When they arrived, the three evil knights instantly sensed the familiar air of death from this dimension. When they saw clearly that it was just a little skeleton commanding them, the three evil knights emitted the might of a high rank undead creature, as if wanting to terrify the little skeleton.
The little skeleton swept a glance at the three evil knights, the light flashing from his purple eye socket. He lightly tapped the three meter long bone spur on the spiky undead creature. The latter suddenly turned to the three evil knights and let out a silent roar. A billowing surge of murderous intent abruptly rolled out.
The three evil knights had planned on showing off their strength at the little skeleton, suddenly felt the powerful might of that odd undead creature. They suddenly jolted in shock, retreating a few steps for their instinctive fear of undead creatures at higher levels.
"Father!" After scaring off the three evil knights, the little skeleton leapt off from his undead creature. He ran straight to Han Shuo and transmitted this message.
Han Shuo was shocked. He looked at the little skeleton who'd lived with him ever since the Babylon Academy of Magic and Force. The little skeleton had secretly helped him throw out garbage in the middle of the night. Now that Han Shuo heard the little skeleton call him this, he was at a sudden loss of words.
"Father, you have been to my hometown, right?" The little skeleton stuck the three meter long bone spear in the ground when he walked up in front of Han Shuo. He looked up, blinking his purple eye socket at Han Shuo to transmit this message.
The word "father" that the little skeleton called him had stunned Han Shuo. He suddenly found himself increasingly unable to see through the little skeleton. From simple communication to a conversation, this change had happened in only two years. Looking at the little skeleton in front of him with sparkling purple eye socket, Han Shuo was shaken to the extreme.
He finally snapped out of the fright after a while, nodding, "That’s right. I visited the other dimension last time." Pausing for a bit, Han Shuo asked with some hesitation, "Do you finally have your own complete consciousness? Why do you call me father? What's going on?"
"You created me, Your blood runs within my body, you've also always considered me your child. You are my father." The little skeleton blinked his purple eye and continued to send messages, "Father, not only do I have a complete consciousness, I also have some miraculous powers. These were all given by you."
Han Shuo had originally seen the tiny little skeleton as a little child. the latter's display of childish behavior had always given him this illusion especially after leaving the Babylon Academy of Magic and Force. Perhaps that was why Han Shuo subconsciously considered the little skeleton his child. As for the little skeleton, he could feel the deep feeling of love through the spirit connection with Han Shuo and gradually took Han Shuo as his father.
Han Shuo’s mind was a bit chaotic after the little skeleton's sudden thunderous word of "father". His heart was full of questions, but Han Shuo didn’t know where to start. He fell silent for a while before saying, "I have enhanced the three evil knights so their power has increased quite a bit. Take them with you, they should be of help."
"Thank you, father! I will discipline them well." The little skeleton exclaimed in delight. He didn’t have the arrogance in front of Han Shuo that let him look down at the world like he'd been in the other dimension. He acted like a naughty child instead.
The little skeleton pulled out the three meter long bone spur from the ground before walking towards the three evil knights. The closer he drew to them, the more violently the air of death around him surged. All of the deadly air from the Cemetery of Death seemed to churn like a whirlpool, spinning around his body at an extreme speed.
The three evil knights suddenly trembled. The flames in their eyes flashed as they stared fixedly at the little skeleton with seven spurs behind his back. They seemed to have figured out the little skeleton’s extraordinary origin.
High level undead creatures possessed a might that any undead creature of lower ranks was simply unable to resist. The little skeleton walked proudly up to the three evil knights, tapping his huge bone spur on them and the fire warhorses underneath, seemingly to be issuing some order.
The bone spur rang out clearly as it tapped on the riders and mounts. The flames in their eyes flickered intensely as their postures turned submissive. It seemed they had all yielded to the little skeleton’s might.
Han Shuo watched the little skeleton tame the three evil knights smoothly, feeling quite incredulous. Even Han Shuo himself had to use his blood essence to subdue the three evil knights when he dealt with them. He didn’t expect the little skeleton to have no need of that. He'd used his identity as a higher rank creature to the point where they didn't dare to lift their heads.
Whether it was because of different refining methods, or because the little skeleton, earth, wood and fire elite zombies had all started off at a low level, they had all readily accepted Han Shuo without any resistance during the demonic magic's refining process.
When he’d refined the little skeleton, Han Shuo felt a feeling of interconnection of the souls between them. He dared to say so because the latter had inherited a portion of his memory in addition to some of his power. Otherwise, it’d be absolutely impossible for the little skeleton to skillfully display the Law of Activating Magic using the seven bone spurs on his back.
As for the fire, wood and earth elite zombies, they had been refined via the secret zombie refining process. In addition to Han Shuo painstakingly collect the materials, they'd also absorbed the five extreme elements from the extreme places of that respective element. Who knew how much power had been in this locations? The enormity and rarity of this was immeasurable.
Perhaps it was due to those reasons that the four undead creatures - the little skeleton, earth, wood and fire elite zombies could directly communicate with Han Shuo through the mind. They had extraordinary abilities to begin with, as well as the surprising ability to evolve. On the contrary, for those three evil knights or even higher rank undead creatures, Han Shuo could only give them orders, not communicate mentally with them.
End of part one of the chapter. PS. It’s unedited, hold off on all corrections for the moment please. 🙂