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GDK 422 -

part 1

The ribbon-like brilliance wrapped tightly around Han Shuo's entire body, but Han Shuo didn't have the feeling of being restricted.

Strands of light slowly entered Han Shuo's skin, causing a refreshing feeling to flow through his whole body, as though he had entered a cool and refreshing lake.

When the little skeleton saw Han Shuo being wrapped up by the black fruit after receiving the black fruit from him, he extended his snowy white hands which were holding a few thumb-sized ores in his palms. The little skeleton's Purple Demon Eye shined brightly, as though he was pondering about something.

After staring blankly for a while, he put his palms together and started to grind them against each other. As an ear-piercing creaking sound emitted from his palms, a dense deathly aura suddenly emanated from his palms, and the creaking sound stopped abruptly.

Grains of greyish-white sand-like particles slowly flowed out from between the little skeleton's palms. He quickly rushed to Han Shuo's side, sprinkling the sand-like particles on Han Shuo's body.

As the fine grains were falling Han Shuo's body, they suddenly sparkled like stars in the night, giving off a bizarre yet beautiful sight. However, when the fine particles landed on his body, they disappeared without a trace, like water that flowed into the sea and no more sparkles could be seen.

The little skeleton's Purple Demon Eye actually exuded a serene dense color which moved non-stop as it winded around Han Shuo who was encased by the black fruit. It sprinkled the particles from the little skeleton's hands even throughout Han Shuo's body, making sure not miss a spot.

At first, Han Shuo had a snug and lazy feeling, as though he was soaking in a refreshing pool of water, causing him to be languid and somewhat drowsy.

However, when the fine particles landed on his body, the areas where the particles landed had a sudden fiery, stinging pain. The thread-like particles seemed to have spirituality as they slowly assimilated into Han Shuo's bones.

Han Shuo who was originally feeling languid and comfortable, suddenly felt his body become incredibly heavy. Wherever the fine grains landed on, the surrounding bones would felt as though they were cast with lead. Han Shuo realized that the heavy sensation wasn't an illusion, but was actually happening.

Han Shuo did an internal inspection using his consciousness, and distinctly saw specks of starlight-like radiance slowly fusing into his skeleton, gradually reinforcing his bones and causing them to strengthen. This felt similar to the first time Han Shuo felt that he was reborn.

Gradually, the numerous strands of light from the fruit completely entered Han Shuo's body. The little skeleton had already stopped moving around Han Shuo. The fine sand-like particles from his hands had flowed into Han Shuo's skeleton like water, fusing with the fruit's radiance, enhancing every inch of Han Shuo's bones.

Throughout the process, Han Shuo's bones ached as though they were pierced by many fine needles. However, having practiced his demonic arts till this level, Han Shuo had endured all kinds of pain. When compared to the time when his skull was cut open, where he had felt terrifying pain as though his brain was sliced into many pieces, the current pain was easily endured by Han Shuo.

Therefore, Han Shuo did not reveal any signs of being unable to endure throughout the process, nor did he even groan. He was quiet as though he had fallen asleep.

The little skeleton who was beside Han Shuo, looked at him in a daze, as though Han Shuo's expression was extremely strange.

After an indefinite amount of time, Han Shuo felt the pain throughout his body subsiding, allowing Han Shuo to be able to ignore it. Right at this moment, he exhaled and opened his eyes. When he looked down, Han Shuo realized that he had already completely recovered, and there wasn't anything abnormal with his body anymore.

He cracked his neck, swung his arms, flexing his muscles and bones. Han Shuo suddenly had an odd expression. This was because Han Shuo suddenly felt that his body weight had increased tenfold. This was truly inconceivable!

That ordinary-looking fruit had strengthened Han Shuo's bones and increased their density, causing their durability to become extremely astonishing. As his bones were strengthed, his weight had increased along with it. Although Han Shuo was mentally prepared and understood that there would be changes to his body, when the changes were way beyond his expectations, Han Shuo was also extremely amazed.

"What kind of fruit is this? What are its uses?" A shocked Han Shuo stared blankly for a while before he asked the little skeleton.

"We call it 'black resolute crystal'. Just like the serene luster gem you had taken previously, they are extremely miraculous items from my world. The serene luster gem can strengthen one's soul, causing the soul to be purer; the black resolute crystal strengthens one's bones and can make our bones much harder.

A black resolute crystal like this can strengthen an evil knight's body several times. I had previously consumed a black resolute crystal and had suffered terribly. However, after absorbing the black resolute crystal's energy, I could detect that my bones became much more solid." The little skeleton explained to Han Shuo, pausing for a moment before sighing in admiration, "Father, you are truly amazing! You actually didn't have the slightest dreading of the pain!"

It turns out that the fruit was something as precious as the serene luster gem. No wonder it had such a miraculous effect! During Han Shuo's previous visit to the netherworld, he had seen with his own eyes how the undead creatures fought desperately over a serene luster gem. Therefore, he knew that this black resolute crystal was definitely also a highly sought-after item that all undead creatures will scramble for.

The little skeleton had actually not kept such a valuable treasure to improve his own strength and instead gifted it to Han Shuo without the slightest hesitation. This caused Han Shuo to be extremely moved. As Han Shuo looked at the ordinary-looking little skeleton and was just about to praise him, he suddenly thought of another matter.

In the past, whenever changes happened to Han Shuo's body, time would past unwittingly. He didn't know if a long time had passed this time around when he used the black resolute crystal to strengthen his bones. As Ossen City was currently at its most chaotic moments, time was the most precious thing. As someone who could observe the whole situation remotely, Han Shuo was someone who could not be missing at this critical moment.

"How much time has passed?" Han Shuo's eyebrows creased as he hurriedly asked the little skeleton.

"I have no idea!" the little skeleton calmly replied.

Han Shuo came to his senses soon after. The Cemetery of Death was the same as the netherworld where there was no concept of time. The Cemetery of Death was encapsulated by a strong barrier. Neither sunlight nor moonlight could penetrate it, and therefore it was naturally impossible to derive time from the rise and setting of the sun and moon.

Thinking about the impending major battle, Han Shuo immediately panicked. He didn't dare to continue staying in the Cemetery of Death. After sending the little skeleton back to the netherworld, he hurriedly stood in the center of the Cemetery of Death's magical transportation array.

All of a sudden, the sounds of horses trampling, magic exploding and the wretched howls of warriors' at death's door all rushed into Han Shuo's ears. The source of these sounds wasn't that far away.

Sure enough, the battle had already begun! Han Shuo immediately came to his senses, tidying up the magic array. All kinds of images were being projected into his brain, allowing him to clearly observe everything that was happening.

So long as Han Shuo was within Ossen City, the mystical demons would be able to transmit every scene of Ossen City into his brain. However, if Han Shuo is too far away from Ossen City, the connection between Han Shuo and the mystical demons will be too weak to support the transfer of information. Moreover, the Cemetery of Death has a peculiar barrier, and therefore Han Shuo naturally wasn't able to know the happenings within Ossen City while in the Cemetery of Death.

However, once Han Shuo returned Ossen City via the transportation array, his connection with the twelve mystical demons was immediately re-established, allowing him to possess the ability to control the whole situation again.

Through the mystical demons' point of view, Han Shuo saw that fierce battles were ongoing on several wide spaces around the castle. The powers headed by Firenze, Karel, and Lawrence were fighting relentlessly with Ashburn and eldest prince Charles' troops, with deaths occurring at every moment.

This castle was originally used for storage of military supplies and it just so happened that there were no residents in the surroundings. The surroundings were simply vast open land, allowing the two sides to have the perfect location for battle.

TL note: So, the black resolute crystal is supposed to be an item similar to the previous serene luster gem. The raws for this is 黑坚晶. Wanted it to have a similar style of naming with the serene luster gem. Do give your thoughts on what you feel about the name and any suggestions on what else it could be caught that might fit better!

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