Birth of the Demonic Sword - Chapter 1588: 1588. Chrysalises
Divine Demon and the others wanted to help, but they soon lowered their hands. Noah was giving them a spectacle that they didn’t want to miss.
Noah was an exceptional warrior. He could fight without allowing those bees to touch him. However, the situation didn’t require him to be so careful.
The bees’ stings often landed on his body, but they never managed to leave marks. The clash with his skin generated clanging noises that spread through the red sky but never led to injuries.
The unstable substance turned Noah’s body into something more than simple skin and flesh. It allowed him to step past perfection and become almost immune to magical beasts in the lower tier.
Bees would shatter whenever his sword flashed. Night was an untouchable shadow that severed heads whenever its figure reappeared. Snore was an all-devouring monster that covered the sky with violent dark matter. Duanlong’s innate ability weakened most of those creatures and dragged them into its mouth.
It was a massacre. The bees never managed to gain the upper hand, but they didn’t retreat either. They continued to assault Noah until he exterminated all of them.
Noah slowly landed back on the ground. His eyes didn’t end up on his companions. He was busy reviewing the battle since there was something off with the bees’ behavior.
‘Why didn’t they try to escape?’ Noah wondered while using his dark matter to devour the various corpses that had accumulated on the ground.
It was rare for divine creatures to keep fighting a battle that they had no hope to win. Only the orders of a powerful leader could force them to be so selfless.
“This place is strange,” Noah commented when he noticed that his companions were waiting for his evaluation.
“You can’t expect rank 9 existences to be normal,” Luke commented, but Noah didn’t feel at ease anyway.
Inheritances had specific structures and layers. They put rewards behind trials meant to find a suitable heir. Yet, the separate dimension seemed to have a different purpose.
“The surface shouldn’t have much,” Noah eventually said. “I say we dig until we meet creatures in the middle tier. We can’t face anything more than that.”
Doubts had appeared in Noah’s mind after the battle. The strange layout of the mountain made it a danger zone rather than an inheritance. That small adventure had instantly become far riskier after that realization.
The others didn’t challenge Noah’s evaluation. They trusted his expertise, and the sight of so many rank 8 magical beasts had also made them aware of how dangerous the separate dimension could be.
Noah and the others began to enlarge the cracks opened by the bees. They dug the red terrain and performed multiple inspections to remain aware of their surroundings until the journey led them into a large underground structure.
A series of underground halls connected by tunnels appeared in their vision. Multiple chrysalises covered those scarlet walls, but most of them were open.
Only a few of the chrysalises were still intact, even if they appeared wilted and dead. It seemed that the magical beasts inside them had failed in the breakthrough.
‘These are fresh,’ Noah thought while inspecting the open chrysalises.
A dense fluid still flowed out of those silky spherical structures. It covered the walls and seeped into the floor. The scarlet rocks and terrain didn’t stop it. Instead, they absorbed that material until it completely disappeared from the hall.
It didn’t take an expert to understand what had happened. The previous bees had flown toward the sky right after coming out of the chrysalises.
‘Is this a defense mechanism?’ Noah wondered. ‘Did the separate dimension force them to wake up?’
The chrysalises were also strange. They didn’t resemble the nourishing materials that usually preceded a breakthrough.
‘Luke described this place as a beehive,’ Noah thought while pointing at the floor.
His companions quickly understood his intentions. They began to punch or launch spells at the terrain to dig toward deeper parts of the separate dimension.
The experts had to dig the ground for hundreds of meters before they could find something interesting. A second series of underground halls and tunnels appeared under them, and their walls even featured chrysalises.
‘There are almost five hundred chrysalises here,’ Noah counted after expanding his consciousness. ‘They didn’t react to our arrival.’
Noah could see the bees inside the chrysalises in the second layer. His inspection revealed that the creatures weren’t ready to appear in the world yet. They weren’t even completely alive.
The chrysalises didn’t come from breakthroughs. They were breeding new specimens that could directly be born as divine beings.
“I don’t think we should remain here for too long,” Noah suggested. “Let’s take these chrysalises and leave. I don’t want to enrage the existence behind such a spectacular structure.”
Noah felt in awe of that separate dimension. Radiant Eyes had created a breeding ground for those bees and had also removed certain limitations.
Certain species of magical beasts could give birth to rank 7 specimens. Yet, Noah had fought multiple creatures in the eighth rank before, and they had come from similar chrysalises.
‘What was she trying to create here?’ Noah wondered. ‘Why even bother with this structure?’
Noah had many doubts that he couldn’t appease, but they didn’t slow him down. He seized a few chrysalises and stored them inside his separate space before setting off.
His companions imitated him, but a buzzing noise suddenly echoed through the second layer of halls. The chrysalises that they had left behind broke in front of their eyes. They gave birth to hundreds of almost dead specimens in a matter of seconds.
Noah glanced at that swarm before flying back to the surface. That army didn’t feature any middle tier specimen, but he didn’t want to fight them underground.
A second battle happened on the surface. Noah quickly overwhelmed those creatures and made sure to absorb their energy. That type of training was quite beneficial for his body, but Noah didn’t know how long he could stretch it.
“Are you sure that leaving is a good idea?” Divine Demon asked after the battle ended. “I think we can dig far deeper.”
“I’d rather avoid seeing the true power of this separate dimension,” Noah explained. “Also, this place doesn’t have any valuable resource except for the magical beasts. The mountain itself is the treasure here, but we can’t seize it.”
Noah wanted to play it safe. He didn’t need to dig deeper into the separate dimension to test his power. He could find middle tier magical beasts in the outside world, where he didn’t have to fear for the secret abilities of a separate dimension.
Yet, his plan to leave immediately ended up facing a hindrance. A large crack opened on the ground, and a series of human figures slowly came out of it.
Noah and the others couldn’t miss the appearance of those experts. Their auras had unfolded right after they returned to the surface. They had announced themselves to Noah’s group.
“Duke, Ava!” Luke shouted while performing a bow. “It’s nice to see that you are fine.”
The new group featured three rank 8 cultivators, with two of them in the liquid stage. The two leaders were among some of the experts that the secret organization had lost during the previous explorations.
The trio didn’t answer. A scarlet radiance flashed behind their eyes while buzzing noises came out of their figures. A pair of insect wings also grew out of their back before they shot toward Noah’s group.