GDK 434 - Struck Down From Within
In terms of body mass, even with the flight capable Bone Devil available, the Little Skeleton was no match for the creature from Dead Sea, Tumoja. However, when Little Skeleton charged towards Tumoja, his demeanor was incredibly formidable, and that caused Han Shuo to be very much surprised.
When Little Skeleton rode the Bone Devil with Han Shuo and charged towards Tumoja, the army of the undead, led by water elite zombie and fire elite zombie, clashed with those oddly shaped creatures belonging to Tumoja in the Dead Sea. For the water elite zombie who have the ability to manipulate the power of the Dead Sea, fighting in such a location was piece of cake with enhanced lethality. The seawater would constantly surge and roll, therefore, not only was the seawater unable to get close to the army of the undead, it even caused some visible damages to Tumoja.
Followed closely behind the water elite zombie were the fire elite zombie, holding a Fire Lotus. One by one, clouds of fierce blazes blossomed from the Fire Lotus. Those blazing flames seemed out of this world in the netherworld which was gloomy and cold throughout the year. It was also frighteningly destructive against the undeads.
It was especially effective against those undeads which had constantly dwelved in the depths of the Dead Sea, which had grown accustomed to the ice-cold temperatures of the gloomy seawater. Whenever the fierce flames got near, their body would weaken and they would go soft at the knees. And by the time the roasting flame of the Fire Lotus entered they bodies, these undeads were all like ice cubes in a hot pan, rapidly melting and evaporating away.
The reason Little Skeleton brought water elite zombie and fire elite zombie over to the battle this time around, was because the two posed the greatest threat towards the undeads in the Dead Sea. The water elite zombie, being able to manipulate the element of water, and the fire elite zombie, containing astonishing amount of heat, both held superior advantages over these Dead Sea creatures.
With just a little effort of the water elite zombie and fire elite zombie working together, the undeads in the Dead Sea suffered heavy losses and retreated in defeat little by little. With the water elite zombie and fire elite zombie as generals fighting for Little Skeleton's forces, Little Skeleton did not need to worry about the war below him at all. He'd place all of his concentration on the boss of those sea creatures, Tumoja.
The three meter long bone spur on his hand which had contained an enormous amount of the aura of death, shot towards Tumoja in the blink of an eye, something akin to a silver lightning.
The undead creature seemed to be aware of how terrifying the bone spur on Little Skeleton's hand was. When it saw that the bone spur will soon arrive on its body, which was floating on sea more than halfway above the surface, it suddenly vanished into the depths of the Dead Sea without a trace.
The bone spur which Little Skeleton tossed let out a lighting flash at the area where Tumoja was, and shot deep down. Streams of water in the region suddenly shot up into the sky, and series of explosion followed, seemingly that there were explosions under the seawater.
Tumoja's angry roar could be heard coming from the depths of the Dead Sea. Judging from the extremely resentful voice, Han Shuo could tell that Tumoja were wounded by the Little Skeleton's bone spur. Otherwise, it's scream wouldn't be filled with so much rage.
"This undead creature doesn't belong to our world. Its soul was destroyed in an unusual way, and therefore it appeared in our netherworld. It absorbed large amounts of the aura of death in our world, and then formed its body in this Dead Sea.
I know this fella's presence early on. I had challenged it three times previously, but because my strength was too weak, I had to let it off all three times. But now, I'm confident that I can finish him, all because his improvements are not as quick as mine," Little Skeleton explained slowly for Han Shuo as he turned a deaf ear to Tumoja's roar from the abyss.
"It didn't came about naturally from this world?" Han Shuo stared blankly but quickly asked afterwards.
"Yep, just like you, Father. Some existence with powerful soul from other planes of existence could come to this world due to some very extraordinary reasons. However, it's very rare to find any person who could travel freely between two worlds like Father. This fella's soul couldn't return to its world after coming here, and so it lived in the Dead Sea.
But its soul should have been very powerful previously. After coming to this world, it formed a new body for itself after fusing the energy found in here. The change not only happened to it alone. Those undead creatures which stayed surrounding the Dead Sea, tempted by its energy, all became some outlandish, weird undead creatures, and lived in the Dead Sea with it," Little Skeleton explained for Han Shuo.
Powerful beings from other planes of existence, due to some extraordinary reason, its soul arrived at this world. It then adsorbed the energy in netherworld to forge its body, and turned into some undead-like existence. Han Shuo thought for a moment, and soon realized something.
From Little Skeleton's explanation just then, Han Shuo learned that the netherworld contained not only undead creatures which came about naturally from the aura of death, but turned out to also have some outsiders which mutated here and took their niches. That seemed to be the case. Perhaps if Han Shuo couldn't freely enter and exit the netherworld, given his powerful soul, there was a possibility for him to have turned into a formidable undead creature in this world .
The undead creature in the Dead Sea named Tumoja, while Han Shuo was still pondering, suddenly emerged from the Dead Sea with its enormous body completely revealed.
Its body indeed looked like the octopus which Han Shuo knows. An oval body, with tentacles all around it. The only difference with an octopus is that this creature named Tumoja was way more hideous and fierce-looking. Sharp bone spurs, a characteristic signature of netherworld creatures, seemed to filled every surface available on its body.
On its oval-shaped body, covers a layer of black-coloured armor which glitters with black light. The armor seemed extremely hard and sturdy. Right in the middle of its oval-shaped body there were two pupils around the size of a few fists. Below the eyes were a huge mouth filled with dense, white teeths like that of a shark. The sharp teeths seemed to be able to chew apart any object no matter how hard it was.
"You wretched thing! Today I will destroy you completely!" Tumoja roared. Its enormous body filled the sky and it's tentacles began to flutter about. Unexpectedly, it began to float up from the the surface of the Dead Sea bit by bit, charging straight towards Little Skeleton.
"You fool. Leaving the Dead Sea now only ensures your death!" Little Skeleton yelled lowly. But this sentence could only be heard by Han Shuo.
A white lighting suddenly flew out from the depths of the ocean, and landed on Little Skeleton's hand in the blink of an eye. It was the three meter bone spur Little Skeleton regularly used.
Afterwards, without waiting for Tumoja's superfluous words, Little Skeleton and Bone Devil charged towards Tumoja. The seven wing-like bone spurs on Little Skeleton's back suddenly fluttered everywhere in the sky. When the seven bone spurs moved, Tumoja's pupil rapidly flickered as well. He was seemingly aware of the frightening power of the seven bone spurs, and wanted to return to the depths of the Dead Sea.
"Now that you've come out, don't think of going back!" Little Skeleton's thought spread through the area.
The seven bone spurs whizzed towards Tumoja. It roared angrily, and disorderly swung about its thorn tentacles, attempting to fend off the seven bone spurs that suddenly flew out from Little Skeleton's back.
But as for Little Skeleton who had long learned how to steer the seven bone spurs with Law of Activating Magic, was even more fluent and adept in controlling the seven bone spurs by now. Those large tentacles fluttering around constantly, simply couldn't intercept any of the seven bone spurs shooting towards it.
Bright, black coloured sparks shone on top of the Tumoja's oval body, caused by the seven bone spurs piercing into Tumoja's armor-like body. Riding on the Bone Devil, Little Skeleton brought the Bone Devil underneath the enormous body of Tumoja, and together, Little Skeleton and Bone Devil attacked Tumoja's abdomen right above their heads.
Therefore, if it wanted to enter the Dead Sea again, Tumoja from the Dead Sea, must first eliminate the threats of Little Skeleton and Bone Devil beneath its abdomen, otherwise it's vulnerable belly would be exposed to the enemies.
"Despicable sinister thing, how could there be existence like you in the netherworld!" Tumoja roared loudly. It then extended its humongous tentacles towards Little Skeleton and Bone Devil, wanting to either strangle or stab Little Skeleton and Bone Devil to death.
A series of magical incantations were recited, and bone spears one by one materialized in thin air. They flew from Little Skeleton's side and towards the sky, striking those extended tentacles above him. At the same time, Han Shuo gathered his mental strength, a Soul Shock magical spell was released. The Tumoja roared wildly as if suffering from a heavy strike. After a boring groan, its enormous body began to violently rock.
"Thank you, Father!" Little Skeleton said and gave the Bone Devil a slap. His body shot high up into the sky, and actually reached above Tumoja's heavily armored oval body in the blink of an eye.
Tumoja had its spirit and soul upside down thanks to Han Shuo's Soul Shock spell. Little Skeleton took advantage of its current state by suddenly grabbing a bone spur and stab it into Tumoja's eye. When Tumoja opened its mouth for another thunderous roar, Little Skeleton made a move. During Tumoja's ghastly sreams, Little Skeleton shot into its abdomen like electricity, disappeared.
The Bone Devil, who had been given a slap by Little Skeleton, flew downwards while carrying Han Shuo on its back. However Han Shuo could still clearly see Little Skeleton break inside into Tumoja's body, which filled his heart with astonishment. He had no idea why Little Skeleton would go into Tumoja's body.
When Han Shuo was still shocked, something even more peculiar suddenly happened!
The Tumoja which Little Skeleton bored into, suddenly trembled its body violently. Those bone spurs which Little Skeleton left sticking on the surface of Tumoja's oval body, all ruthlessly pierced inwards, and the tearing caused some jet-black, ink-like liquid to leak.
"Damn it! Get out! Get out there!" As Tumoja violently struggles, it incessantly roared like usual.
However, Han Shuo could clearly fell that Tumoja's vigor grew weaker and weaker. Even its enormous body slowly shrunk and withered.
On the contrary, for the Little Skeleton inside Tumoja's body, Han Shuo sensed that its presence grew stronger and stronger. It was as though the energy in Tumoja's body had all taken in by him.
This process continued for a very short duration. Just as Han Shuo got slightly distracted, Tumoja's shrinking body suddenly swell up like a ball being filled with air. Those bone spurs which was pierced on Tumoja's body, sparkled with Purple Demon Light before Han Shuo. Strands of bizarre energy were drawn out from Tumoja's body by the bone spurs.
Tumoja's rapidly inflating body reached its limits before suddenly exploding. Its thorn-filled tentacles that once flutter about in the sky, four out of five of them fell apart when its body burst. The Little Skeleton inside Tumoja's body was dyed with a later of ink. His spotlessly white skeleton looked like black crystals.
"I surrender. I'm willing to pledge my allegiance to you!" The Tumoja which had its body blown into pieces, finally gave up on resisting. It transmitted its thought of surrender from its disintegrated oval body.
"Your body have shatter into pieces. With your condition now, you have no more use to me!" Little Skeleton replied to Tumoja's message of surrender. He then pierced the seven bone spurs on Tumoja's internal body, and through the connections with the seven bone spurs, like veins and arteries, he sucked away all of the enormous soul energy from Tumoja's body.
Tumoja's humongous body rapidly melted away at speeds invisible to the naked eyes. With just a moment of effort, the energy in body of Tumoja was sucked away by Little Skeleton, leaving nothing behind. Not a trace of its soul was left in the netherworld. It had completely vanished from this world.
After destroying Tumoja, the seven bone spurs returned to the back of Little Skeleton. When the seven bone spurs re-attached to Little Skeleton's back, unexpectedly, a membrane as thin as cicada's wing grew between the bone spurs. Nobody knows why, but perhaps it was when they were used as flow channels to transfer energy, the flow of energy caused mutations to the seven bone spurs. If Han Shuo didn't pay special attention to it, he might had missed the new feature added to Little Skeleton.
With the existence of the thin layer of membrane, and the seven bone spurs stuck out from his back, they now look even more like his wings. The Little Skeleton, who had just killed Tumoja, his pitch-black body began to fall towards to Dead Sea. The seven bone spurs on his back rocked for a moment, and immediately restored his balance. He steadily fell into to seawater of the Dead Sea.
After hanging out in the depths of the Dead Sea for a moment, Little Skeleton suddenly surfaced from the seawater. The black ink on his body was washed away, restoring the pure white appearance of his skeleton. Its texture was extremely dazzling. His demeanor grew even stronger and heavier. Even as Han Shuo who was a great distance away from Little Skeleton, he could sense that within the region, Little Skeleton's strength is above that of every other undead creatures there.
Han Shuo then knew, that in this entire eastern part of the Dead Sea, there was no longer any undead creature stronger than Little Skeleton!
GDK 435 - Tree of Souls
"Father, come with me!" After flying out from the Dead Sea, Little Skeleton transmitted a message to Han Shuo.
Without waiting for Han Shuo to react, the Bone Devil which Han Shuo was riding on moved when it received the message. It made a circle with Han Shuo on top of it before flying towards Little Skeleton's location.
Little Skeleton landed on Bone Devil's body. After Little Skeleton got onto Bone Devil, it flew straight down towards the sea. Within the blink of an eye, it had fallen into the Dead Sea, continuing its downward path.
The skeletal body which Han Shuo forged by solidifying the aura of death was extremely tough and durable, but Little Skeleton and Bone Devil's skeletal bodies were even better than that of Han Shuo. They were not afraid of being corroded by the corrosive seawater. It was just that their rate of sinking to the abyss of the Dead Sea was slightly slower due to buoyancy.
Down in the depths of the Dead Sea, It was all dark and pitch-black. Using their eyesight was basically useless down there. Both Han Shuo and Little Skeleton used their senses to feel their way forward. Also, Han Shuo's consciousness was exceptionally strong. Even though he came to the netherworld from another plane of existence, his consciousness could still clearly map the surrounding scenes.
At this depth under the ocean, there weren't many undeads that existed. The deathly still Dead Sea also didn't host many unique plants. Other than the pitch-black seawater, there was nothing that especially caught Han Shuo's attention.
"Where are we going?" Han Shuo asked Little Skeleton.
"In the depths of the Dead Sea grows a very special plant. The reason I wanted to conquer the eastern Dead Sea, other than dealing with Tumoja, is to get my hands on that plant," Little Skeleton replied.
When Little Skeleton explained so, Han Shuo's curiosity immediately peaked. He no longer thought of the netherworld as a desolate, cold, and barren world. Ever since he experienced the benefits of consuming the serene luster gem and the black resolute crystal, Han Shuo realized that the netherworld was also a miraculous place.
Under this deadly seawater of the Dead Sea, Han Shuo did not sense the presence of a single plant. Little Skeleton explained that the reason he constantly aimed Tumoja in his crosshair, was actually to obtain a unique plant in the Dead Sea. That itself tells Han Shuo that this plant in the Dead Sea must be extremely rare and precious, otherwise Little Skeleton would never be willing to spend such considerable cost.
"What plant is it? What's so special about it?" Han Shuo immediately questioned.
All of a sudden, strange sounds arrived from a distance. Han Shuo's consciousness could clearly sense that many undead creatures were rushing towards them. Although these creatures' presence were much weaker in comparison to Tumoja, it is still higher than those low ranking Dead Sea creatures that fought in the battle just then.
Little Skeleton did not immediately reply Han Shuo's question. Obviously, he too had discovered the rapidly approaching undeads. The originally dim Purple Demon Eye of the Little Skeleton, suddenly exploded with brilliant purple light rays. A kind of sinister and bewitching bizarre energy suddenly emanated from the center of Little Skeleton.
"I have killed Tumoja. You all will acknowledge allegiance to me, or vanish forever like Tumoja. Your choice!" Little Skeleton's powerful message was so commanding, it fused with the current, and it traversed far and wide into the distance.
At that moment, Han Shuo found that the approaching Dead Sea creatures, all looked like creatures which mutated from certain fishes found in the Profound Continent. There were some telltale features of the undeads on these creatures' bodies like bony outgrowths, while having fish scales-like body structure. They looked very peculiar.
It was obvious that the powerful message which Little Skeleton transmitted caused an enormous impact on those strange looking Dead Sea creatures. Those undead creatures which were charging with great momentum, suddenly stopped heading towards Little Skeleton when the message was broadcasted, and they began communicating with each other.
"You all have no choice. Without Tumoja, you don't pose any threat to me. Immediately surrender, and pledge your allegiance to me. Otherwise your only path will be disappearing forever!" Little Skeleton pressured them.
"We are willing to serve you!" Without letting Little Skeleton wait for too long, those Dead Sea creatures yielded to his might. One by one, they sweared to serve and acknowledged allegiance to Little Skeleton. For as long as the soul brands from Little Skeleton exists, they will never betray him.
This was a common phenomenon in the netherworld. Once the boss was eliminated, the victor would usually be able to assimilate the forces of it's opponent. It's proper and to be expected as a matter of course for low level undead creatures serve the high level ones; there's no such thing as loyalty or betrayal in the netherworld.
"Very good. Take me to the Tree of Souls you are guarding!" Little Skeleton transmitted.
"Master, please come with us!" those Dead Sea creatures respectfully turned around and lead Little Skeleton and Han Shuo to an even deeper area under the sea.
"Father, under this eastern part of the Dead Sea, there's an unusual plant called Tree of Souls. It produces fruits called Pearl of Souls. Consuming it will make us possess wisdom. For Little Earth, Little Gold, and the others, it can make them evolve faster. However, wisdom will only develop on high level creatures, and only high level creatures could digest those experiences which increases one's wisdom. For creatures like zombie warrior and hate warrior, the Pearl of Souls would had no effect on them even if they consumed it," Little Skeleton explained to Han Shuo.
"Plant that could raise one's wisdom. What was going on?" Han Shuo asked immediately as shock rose in his heart.
It seems that Little Skeleton wasn't able to answer this question very clearly. After Han Shuo asked the question, Little Skeleton's Purple Demon Eye flickers for a while before he replied, "I'm not sure either, as I've never seen a Pearl of Souls. I've only learned about them from hearsays. As for the specific details, we'll find out after we go there and take a look."
Han Shuo was extremely curious, but after hearing what was said, he didn't follow up with further questions. He continued to focus on getting a glimpse of the surroundings with his consciousness, while silently guessing how the Pearl of Souls could increase an undead's wisdom.
After a short while, the group of undead creatures leading Little Skeleton and Han Shuo arrived at a region with dense black, ink-like water. All sorts of chaotic energy of souls abruptly shot out everywhere and in all directions. The disorder firmly grasped on Han Shuo's consciousness.
Han Shuo was startled. It was the first time that his consciousness had met with such energy. The restrictive power it has on his consciousness made Han Shuo felt extremely unwell. However, as Han Shuo had trained proficiently in Demonic Magic for many years, he had learned some insights on the use of his consciousness. Suddenly, his consciousness severed all connections with the surrounding like a sharp knife.
Those energies which flooded into Han Shuo's mind were immediately purged or cut off. Not a single bit of soul energy could affect Han Shuo. When he turned his head to the side, he saw that Little Skeleton and Bone Devil too were staring blankly at their place. They seemed to be frozen by the energy of the souls.
By means of his connection with Little Skeleton, a ripple of thought suddenly charged toward Little Skeleton. After the thought from Han Shuo's consciousness entered into the dazing Little Skeleton, he immediately responded, and his Purple Demon Eye shone brightly. That blank state of mind was swept clean. Then, through his connection with the Bone Devil, Little Skeleton too injected his energy into the Bone Devil.
After being woken by Little Skeleton, the Bone Devil's enormous body shook slightly, and it immediately broadcasted its thought.
"Master, these newcomers didn't warn you about the situation here. It seems that they were harboring malicious intents!" while Bone Devil roared with rage, it flew towards a Dead Sea creature not far from it. Before the Dead Sea creature could react, Bone Devil had chewed it into powder.
"Master, please forgive us. We thought that if you could kill Tumoja, it must be very easy for you avoid the energy surrounding the Tree of Souls. We are very sorry that we did not remind you in advance." Those Dead Sea creatures were utterly horrified, and hurriedly apologized to Little Skeleton.
"Fine, pardon them. Humph, I believe you guys wanted to test out my strength huh! I will let it pass this time. If anything like this happen again, I will let none of you continue to exist in this netherworld," Little Skeleton said.
Following Little Skeleton's command, the Bone Devil stopped its vigorous pursue. The Dead Sea creature did not fight back but constantly begged for forgiveness. At that moment, the ink-like black sea water suddenly disappeared. The scene of a big tree made of some brown branches intertwined together appeared, its roots buried deep under a field of rocks, with ten something fist-sized oval-shaped gray fruits hanging on this unique big tree entered their mind.
One could vaguely see that the seawater surrounding the big tree is grey in color. Spirit energy which looked like segments of memories flooded all around the huge tree in an chaotic manner. It looked as if wisps of them floated into the center of the big tree. Perhaps it was one of the nutrients that the tree needed.
"Around the Tree of Souls were some floating energy of memories which the Dead Sea adsorbs. The Tree of Souls condenses those emotions and memories into itself, and then forms the Pearl of Souls. These Pearl of Souls can be directly consumed. It will make some dumb high-ranking undead creatures obtain great wisdom." The Dead Sea creatures explained to Little Skeleton.
"Father, these are the Pearl of Souls. It is said that it could increase one's wisdom. You should try it!" Little Skeleton explained to Han Shuo.
With great curiosity, Han Shuo walked towards the Tree of Souls, and plucked a Pearl of Souls and dropped it into his consciousness. He then used the energy of his consciousness to smash and remove the hard shell of the fruit.
All of a sudden, all sorts of messy, chaotic emotions, along with some memories and realizations, suddenly rushed deep into Han Shuo's mind. The Pearl of Souls was filled with great amounts of experiences. Nobody knows if it came from netherworld creatures. Among these experiences, many were unexplainable by Han Shuo, with some portion of it containing novel ideas Han Shuo never heard before.
While Han Shuo's mind was still in a big mess, suddenly, a flash of memories about exercising control over one's desires and unrestrained indulgence jumped into his mind. Han Shuo, who was distressed about the hard to breakthrough Carnal realm, fell into a foolishly paralyzed state, as though he was receiving enlightenment.
GDK 436 - Suddenly Realizing It Had Been Three Years
Under the depths of the Dead Sea in the netherworld, Han Shuo suddenly gone silent, and his body turned still and didn't budge at all. It was as though he had sunk into the deepest sleep, with no signs of life.
Little Skeleton stared at the unmoving Han Shuo who was standing on Bone Devil's body. In that moment, he had no clue what he should do. However, he could sense the strong presence of Han Shuo's consciousness, which he understood that this meant Han Shuo was still alive.
"Master, what's going on?" Bone Devil asked Little Skeleton.
The Bone Devil which was forged by Little Skeleton using tough and durable skeletal remains, had followed alongside Little Skeleton for a very long time. It intrinsically feared of Little Skeleton's formidable strength. It understood that perhaps Little Skeleton had yet to become the most terrifying being in the netherworld, and yet, it also knew that Little Skeleton's strength would constantly increase, and he will grow stronger and stronger. He will surpass more and more powerful creatures.
However, Bone Devil's master, unexpectedly also has a mysterious father. Han Shuo, having originated from another plane of existence, made the Bone Devil felt extremely curious about it. It couldn't understand how could a mighty existence like Little Skeleton would have Han Shuo as its father.
"This is not something you should ask!" Little Skeleton replied. He circled a few rounds around Han Shuo who was on Bone Devil's body, while looking up and down at the motionless Han Shuo. He seemed to be studying what in the world Han Shuo was doing.
After a while, Little Skeleton gave Bone Devil a pat and instructed, "Alright. Just look after him for the time being. There's no need to worry about other things."
"I will, master!"
In the netherworld that has no concept of time, after some unknown amount of time, Han Shuo's consciousness moved, and his soul traversed through a spacetime wormhole, and immediately arrived at the Cemetery of Death in the Profound Continent. But he still sat there upright, motionless.
Although his body was motionless, the consciousness and demonic yuan in his body was churning wildly. The enormous energy stored within his body was being unceasingly condensed where his demon infant was located. While the demonic yuan was being continuously condensed, the demon infant became more and more distinct. It was as though a magical brush was slowly painting a beautiful picture. Even its pores and fine hairs were clearly visible.
After a lengthy period of time, the demonic yuan in Han Shuo's body was condensed by the demon infant. The speed at which it circulates in his body were similar to that of lightning. The minutest details of Han Shuo's baby infant grew even sharper and more pronounced.
As Han Shuo had received enlightenment, the consciousness and demon infant in his body started to transform noiselessly. Breaking to the next realm would meant a dramatic rise in strength for Han Shuo, which'd meant that he'd process even more remarkable abilities, which implies that Han Shuo could realize even more of his wishes…..
After a really really long time, Han Shuo awakened from his deep meditative state. A pair of abstruse eyes sparkled with glistering lights. Whenever he focused his attention and gazed at something, his eyes would appear to be flowing with electric current. It would make people involuntarily feel a palpitating pressure.
Compared to the last time, Han Shuo's body did not undergo many changes. Only Han Shuo himself understood where those changes came from. Without needing to rely on his mystical demons to survey the surroundings, with just his consciousness, not a thing within a radius of a few li around him could escape from his observation. Han Shuo and Gilbert's connection grew clearer by tenfold. Han Shuo could also clearly feel that Little Skeleton was pleasantly surprised even though he was in another dimension. In an instant, Han Shuo discovered that his consciousness had a completely different sensation than it used to be. He joyously appreciated the extremely novel and odd sensation.
Han Shuo was happy to find that his body was not the same anymore. Now that he has entered the Carnal Realm, all kinds of desires rose from the innermost part of his heart, as though it was urging him to quickly achieve his desires, and let those cravings which were buried deep in his heart for many years to be liberated.
Again, Han Shuo spent some time to adapting to the new state of his body. And only after he succeeded in practicing a few secret demonic cultivation, he finally opened the boundary of the Cemetery of Death, so that the Black Dragon Gilbert could enter.
"Master! My great master, you have not summoned me for three years!" As soon as Black Dragon Gilbert entered the Cemetery of Death, he yelled loudly towards Han Shuo.
"What?! Three years?!!" Han Shuo was greatly shocked and yelled lightly.
"That's right. In fact, it had been precisely three years and four months. Counting from the day you said you will begin practicing till today, was three whole years and four months. During that period, you did not once make contact with me. I couldn't even feel your existence. Honorable master, what kind of martial skills were you practicing? How could it be that it felt as though you had vanished from this world, and even I couldn't sense your presence?" Gilbert asked Han Shuo in astonishment.
Three years and four months! Han Shuo was flabbergasted by the long duration of time. He never thought that he had spent so damn long on this secluded training.
Han Shuo himself felt as though it's only been a few months time, and never anticipated that time would unwittingly pass so quickly. Entering demonic stupor and the moment of enlightenment while entering Carnal Realm, it was during these two periods which Han Shuo couldn't feel the tiniest bit of the passage of time.
However, what's for sure was that, it was exactly those two periods which he had spent the most time on. Three years and four months time was like a snap of the fingers for Han Shuo. He didn't feel that there was anything unusual about it, but he knew what it had meant for a regular person.
"Gilbert, how are you guys getting by during the three years?" Han Shuo hastily asked the Black Dragon.
"Be at ease, we have been very well. At present, the Valley of Sunshine already fell into the control of our Soul Destroyer mercenary band. Laureton of the Cairo mercenary band had been killed by Trunks, and a portion of their members defected to our mercenary band, and a group of berserkers left the Valley of Sunshine for good.
The House of Menlo and Rainbow Sickle mercenary band too were crushed by us. Only the orcs tribe and certain small tribes survived outside the Valley of Sunshine. However, tribal chief Katar of the orcs tribe had also expressed his allegiance to Trunks. At this present time, Trunks is already the one who maintains the order in the valley.
Surrounding the Valley of Sunshine, Janet's bandit group held the greatest influence. Only with the existence of Janet's bandit group, the merchants in the Valley of Sunshine would rely on Trunks even more, and our business grew bigger and bigger too. Nowadays, Trunks and Janet are planning in secret, getting prepared to deal with that Grand Duke from Kasi Empire," Black Dragon Gilbert explained to Han Shuo.
After Black Dragon Gilbert stated his account, Han Shuo was pleasantly surprised at first. But shortly after he thought for a moment, he felt that the development rate of Trunks' Soul Destroyer mercenary band was somewhat inconceivable. He couldn't help but creased his brows and asked, "Originally, just Laureton's Cairo mercenary band alone was at least as rich and powerful as the Soul Destroyer mercenary band. In addition to this, there were House of Menlo and the Rainbow Sickle mercenary band. How could Trunks take control of the Valley of Sunshine so rapidly?"
"Oh, there's lots of reason for this. All I know was that Miss Phoebe invested a lot of gold coins into Soul Destroyer mercenary band. In addition, Brettel City had previously sent people to assist Trunks during crucial moments. Other than that, that Dark Grand Magus from Calamity Church always helped us in the dark without seeking our approval. Furthermore, Emily provided a lot of intelligence. And owing to your triumph over the sacred knight of the Church of Light, countless mercenaries who have non-ordinary abilities all joined us. Regardless of timing or geographical conditions, the Soul Destroyer mercenary band was dealt with a favorable hand. Trunks too, was a leader with brains and courage. He seized control of the Valley of Sunshine in just three years."
After listening to his explanation, Han Shuo suddenly noticed that Trunks indeed held all the advantageous factors. On top of that, Trunks went through a near death experience, which caused him to become even more ruthless and unflustered. There was indeed a fair explanation for how he could wipe out every enemy factions and power from the Valley of Sunshine in three years time.
"Not bad. Trunks did well. Oh right, how's the current situation in Lancelot Empire?" Han Shuo immediately asked about the current state of the Lancelot Empire after praising Trunks.
"Lawrence became the new king to the Lancelot Empire. He's a fantastic king. Under his rule, armed rebellion in Lancelot Empire were quickly resolved. Before any foreign nations could invade the Lancelot Empire, Lawrence stabilized the internal affairs, and intensified the strength of the military.
Oh, right, Lawrence was very attentive of the Brettel City. As the Brettel City nowadays has its own magical transportation matrix, an unending stream of supplies from various cities moves into the city. Numerous residents too willingly live in the city. The war lunatic named Dorcas, was currently the hottest general in the empire. During these three years, Dorcas had been restless, and constantly conduct arson, murder, and looting against the seven grand duchies. He has sought countless riches for the Brettel City.
He's the same as Firenze, a battle lunatic. There was never a day which he did not infringe on the seven grand duchies. However, this fella was extraordinary in controlling the attack strength. Even till now, the seven grand duchies have no plans to unite and attack Brettel City….."
After listening to GIlbert's presentation, Han Shuo understood the current situation of the Lancelot Empire to some extent. From Black Dragon Gilbert's words, Han Shuo knew that all the people and forces who allied with him, were put into important positions thanks to Lawrence's wield of political power. Lawrence deeply valued Han Shuo existence. He did not treat Han Shuo's people unfairly because of his absence, but roped them in with great effort.