Inside the foggy forest, a pillar of scarlet flames shot up as if it wanted to seize the heavens . The hot air suffused this foggy forest as pillars of flames sprouted forth like all hell’s breaking lose . It looked like multiple volcanoes are erupting, this scene shocked everyone who watched it unfold .
It didn’t take long for the mist to get blasted to kingdom come, the trees hidden in the mist finally revealed themselves after the fires and explosion blew away the fog here . As the fog faded, everyone can finally get a look at the situation at hand .
They finally saw the identity of the demonic beast that sniped at them with water spears, water balls and tentacles from within the safety of this weird fog . Their expressions didn’t lighten up when they saw the culprit .
It’s a very large octopus, it easily broke past 5-meters in height . It’s totally black in color, its seven tentacles grabbed onto nearby trees that suspended it in the air . It looked very grisly with its eighth tentacle ending up becoming a stump after Wu Yan chopped it up good, the blood and bodily fluids oozed into a tiny puddle beneath it .
Blackwater Octopus: Level 71
The demonic beast started flailing around a few of its tentacles while reserving a few for suspension purposes . The strength of its swing could be discerned from how the tentacles broke the sound barrier with each swing . The expedition members had no doubt that getting hit by one of its tentacles would be no different than getting slammed with a mountain .
“A tier 8 demonic beast…”
Cold sweat flowed down the forehead of the expedition members who gazed upon this demonic figure .
Fei Fei, Sylph, Bing Ling, and Bishi moved . They wanted to cooperate together but Wu Yan’s words from before echoed in their minds, they started hesitating .
The most rational way to go about this would be to suppress and execute this demonic beast with superior firepower . This way, they can leave before other demonic beasts joined the fray .
Due to the large size of this creature, it’s easier for the others to participate if they wanted to . Unlike the Thorny Green cat from before, this one didn’t seem that agile, rather it looked like a slow-moving creature so it’s totally possible to gang up on this demonic beast .
With Fei Fei, Bing Ling, and Bishi’s help, they can probably handle the spears and tentacle attacks . If the expedition members worked together, it’s possible to bring this creature down without breaking a sweat .
Wu Yan didn’t care what they had to say .
Wu Yan obviously saw through their hesitation, without looking back, he lifted the flame blade known as Nietono no Shana .
“Be at ease…”
The flames raged even higher as if responding to Wu Yan’s passion .
“This won’t take long…”
The trees around him spontaneously burst into flames, giving him a background of hellish fires . It’s not wrong to say that he is standing in a sea of flames .
The scarlet flames looked like they are alive, the flames evaded the other expedition members . It also formed a flame barrier between the others and the Blackwater Octopus still clinging onto the surrounding trees .
Fei Fei, Bing Ling, and Bishi can’t believe their eyes as they sucked in air amidst this sea of flames . Sylph frowned when Bing Ling yelled in a hoarse voice .
“It’s a gold armament . ”
“No way! That can’t be!”
Bing Ling denied his own opinion .
“It was clearly just a rare armament when we fought last time, how did it become a gold armament?”
“But, then this power…”
Bishi examined Nietono no Shana .
“This power isn’t something a rare armament can do . I can tell just from the aura coming off his armament that it is a gold armament without a doubt . ”
“How is that possible…”
Bing Ling still can’t believe it even when he’s seeing with his own two eyes .
“Don’t tell me his weapon can evolve?”
Bing Ling managed to guess correctly .
Almost everybody in Silvaria World Institute knew about the No . 4 ranking student, Wu Yan’s famous flame blade . Nietono no Shana unique scarlet flames alerted them to its ability, they just didn’t expect its potency to drastically change for the better in such a short time .
They might not want to believe it but the facts are there right in front of their face .
Sylph made a new precedent by speaking out loud .
“He’s stronger than we have imagined…”
The other squad leaders started gazing intently at the figure bathing in the sea of flames .
The blackwater octopus growled while squirming around in perturbation . This creature is proficient in using water magic, it originally lived in the water but since ranking up, it obtained the ability to come ashore . Needless to say, this baptism of fire isn’t its cup of tea .
The fire started touching the trees near it so the creature uprooted the burning trees, creating an area without fire around it . This seemed to have pacified it somewhat .
Wu Yan swung Nietono no Shana and the flames nearby came alive as they flew towards the octopus in a stream of burning hot fire .
The Blackwater octopus’ tentacles twitched and it twirled its tentacles around, deflecting the flames .
Wu Yan frowned as he didn’t expect this Blackwater Octopus to be so quick on its feet . It certainly isn’t a dumb creature .
All else being the same, a human and a demonic beast of the same tier would always see the human winning in a 1 versus 1 situation . Humans are smarter and they can improvise really quickly, adapting to the situation and coming up with ingenious ways to beat the foe . Acting on instincts, demonic beasts can’t plan and their attack patterns are easily predicted . Assuming the same strength between two sides, humans will always come out on top .
Even if the beast is stronger, if the humans aren’t too weak in comparison, wits will still beat brawn any day of the week .
But, the annoying thing about demonic beasts is that they can get smarter as they rank up in tier . They also develop better intelligence and wisdom as they become stronger and they climb the pyramid of strength .
As Lei Wang said, a demigod tier beast king possesses human-level intelligence . This is why they are so dangerous to humans .
This blackwater octopus is clearly at the preliminary level of developing a set of intelligence . It knows how to fight, how to optimize its own strength depending on the situation . It’s already at the watershed between pure beast and humanlike intelligence .
If a tier 8 beast possesses such intelligence, what about a tier 9 demonic beast?
It’s probably not too far away from developing true sentience .
It’s not too hard for Wu Yan to handle this foe . He is someone who can fight an opponent a tier higher than him when he’s at peak tier 7 . He is currently tier 8 so his strength grew by leaps and bounds when compared to before he reached this power tier .
He lowered Nietono no Shana as the flames around him grew in height .
“It looks like it’s going to be a tad bit more troublesome than I expected…”