GDK 423 – Instructing a disciple
“Brat, we’ve already fought for two days. Where the hell have you been?” When Firenze saw Han Shuo, he couldn’t help but scold loudly.
Han Shuo was considered the key person during this battle. When he suddenly disappeared for two days, everyone was frightened, especially Phoebe, Fanny, and Emily. They even thought that Han Shuo dreaded punishment and had hidden himself, causing them to be so impatient they didn’t know what they should do.
Fortunately, the Dark Mantle displayed its astonishing abilities. In the two days that Han Shuo was missing, members of Dark Mantle that were concealed within Ossen City unceasingly transmitted all sorts of information, helping Firenze, Old Hahn and the rest to make an accurate decision in deploying their troops, allowing them to have the advantage in this battle with Ashburn and the rest.
“Um, I had some personal matters to handle.” Han Shuo also didn’t anticipate that a black resolute gem would actually cause him to stay in the Cemetery of Death for two days. Han Shuo had originally only wanted to take a look at the earth zombie’s condition and return immediately. He wouldn’t have known that he would stay for so long. Hence, he had nothing to say as Firenze continued his scolding.
“Alright then, let’s not talk about useless matters. Since you are here, describe to me the situation in the other districts. This time around, we have to resolve the situation in one battle, so as to not let Ashburn and the rest be able to escape. Otherwise, once Ashburn and the others leave Ossen City, there would be even more battles within the Lancelot Empire.” Firenze was extremely blunt with Han Shuo, hastily urging Han Shuo to supply him with information of the bigger picture.
In such a crucial time, Han Shuo didn’t say much else, immediately describing the situation in every district of Ossen City to Firenze as observed through the twelve mystical demons, even including details of what Ashburn, Charles and the rest were saying.
Firenze listened calmly to Han Shuo’s description, constantly shouting out orders. Firenze not only had his officers by his side, he also had one of Dark Mantle’s three heavyweights, Amyes. In such a crucial period, Amyes had impressively also become Firenze’s subordinate. At his orders, Amyes conveyed information through the enormous Dark Mantle organization to every corner of Ossen City.
It was during this course of events that Han Shuo realized that the battle had gone on endlessly within Ossen City during these two days. Due to Charles giving orders mercilessly without caring about past feelings, apart from Lawrence’s side, the powers under the other two princes suffered heavy casualties. Charles clearly intended to exterminate them, constantly pressuring the other two princes.
The two princes who react immediately suffered disastrous losses over the past two days and were pressured till the point that they had no alternative but to head for the northern city district and form an alliance with Lawrence so as to combine their forces and face Charles together.
With the addition of the powers of the two princes and Firenze’s Howling Legion, the strength of Lawrence’s camp was no longer inferior to Charles’. In the past two days, Ossen City’s northern city district had become the main battlefield. However, under Firenze’s arrangements, the powers under the other two princes were also put to use, starting to gradually nibble away at the other districts being controlled by Ashburn and the others.
As of now, they seemed to have obtained decent achievements. The powers under Ashburn were constantly being hiddenly consumed and they no longer had the strength to take control over Ossen City on their own.
Space sacred magus Sabakas had also roamed everywhere within this two days, sealing all the space transportation arrays within Ossen City, putting an end to anyone’s plans of using the transportation arrays to send reinforcements from other cities.
Every large-scale transportation array within Ossen City had been deployed by space sacred magus Sabakas. Although Ashburn and Charles had suddenly guarded them with massive numbers of troops, as the person who deployed the transportation arrays, although Sabakas was unable to seize them back, he was able to seal the arrays.
Therefore, no one would be able to transfer troops from other cities over through the transportation arrays. In the short term, the battle within Ossen City wouldn’t expand. Whoever was able to rapidly achieve victory within Ossen City in the next few days would most likely obtain the position of Lancelot Empire’s King.
“Alright, there’s nothing else for you. Do whatever you should be doing!” After Han Shuo described the situation in every district of Ossen City to Firenze once and Firenze passed down numerous orders based on Han Shuo’s narration, Firenze impatiently urged Han Shuo to leave.
Han Shuo stared blankly for a moment before nodding silently and headed for the location of the three women.
Fanny and the others were currently staying in a lounge on the second floor of the castle. Han Shuo had already spotted the three women through his mystical demons. Han Shuo was unclear about what the three women had discussed in secret but it seemed like they no longer had the same enormous estrangement from each other that was present two days ago. Although they weren’t exactly on great terms with each other, it wasn’t till the extent where they were quarreling with one another.
Even now, Han Shuo was honestly still feeling apprehensive and somewhat didn’t dare to face the three women. However, Han Shuo knew that some matters could not be avoided. Since he had appeared after disappearing for two days, if he didn’t go over to see the three women, he would not be able to justify his actions. Hence, he could only summon his courage and head for the lounge where the three women were at.
When Han Shuo purposely caused his footsteps to echo outside the lounge, the gaze of the three women who were conversing indifferently suddenly converged on Han Shuo who had already appeared by the door. Their gazes were like piercing arrows as they landed on Han Shuo’s body, causing Han Shuo to feel uncomfortable all over.
Forcing a cough, Han Shuo exclaimed, “Oh, you are all here!”
Phoebe glared at Han Shuo unhappily and said, “That’s right, we are all waiting for you, this bigshot. We certainly wouldn’t dare to be like you, hiding yourself during wartime. If we didn’t know of your past behavior, someone might have already left the castle in search of you!”
When she spoke, Phoebe’s eyes wandered between Emily and Fanny, clearly hinting at something.
Emily was calm and composed, her lips curling up into an amused smile as she looked at Han Shuo, not at all affected by Phoebe’s words. However, Fanny’s expression had clearly relaxed, or perhaps because she still wasn’t very familiar with Phoebe and Emily, her face unconsciously turned red as she blushed.
“I didn’t know that I would leave for two days. However, it seems like without me within the castle, everything seemed to operate better. Ha, isn’t our side already gradually holding the advantage?” Han Shuo mocked himself and chuckled as he spoke to the three women casually.
“When you weren’t within the castle, everything depended on the Dark Mantle to acquire information. These two days, the members were as busy as bees while being extremely careful, afraid of being caught and becoming the catalyst for the shift in power. However, Fanny’s father is truly extraordinary. With him at the helm, the situation of our side gradually became better.” Emily smiled as she said to Han Shuo.
Of the three women, Emily knew the most of Han Shuo’s secrets, including the knowledge that Han Shuo controlled the Cemetery of Death. She roughly guessed that Han Shuo had perhaps gone to the Cemetery of Death through a transportation array. Hence, she wasn’t too concerned about Han Shuo’s sudden disappearance and instead constantly consoled the other two women.
“Hmph, he only knows how to wage war.” When Fanny heard Emily praise her father, she didn’t reveal any happiness and instead grumbled somewhat resentfully.
Han Shuo found out previously from Fanny that Firenze continued campaigning on the battle while Fanny’s mother was severely ill. Even when her mother had passed away from her illness, Firenze was still not present. This caused Fanny to always be troubled. It seems like even now, she still hasn’t forgiven him.
“He was also acting in the interests of the empire and the southern border. If your father didn’t fight as hard as he did, countless families at the southern border would be destitute and homeless! Sister Fanny, actually it also isn’t easy for your father.” Emily sighed softly as she tactfully consoled Fanny.
“I know that too. However, when I saw my mother constantly talking about him before she died from her illness, without even having the chance to see him one last time…” Fanny’s volume gradually dropped, as though recalling unhappy memories as a strand of hesitation helplessly emerged.
“Alright, alright. Let’s talk about happier things and not lose oneself in grief from the past.” Phoebe also consoled Fanny. It looks as if the relationship between the three women could still be regarded as harmonious and not as prickly as Han Shuo had guessed.
Just as he was contemplating what to say, Han Shuo suddenly felt the Demonslayer Edge within his body begin to stir. This caused him to be startled. After he shut his eyes and pondered for a while, Han Shuo suddenly realized something, immediately exclaiming happily, “It seems like I need to train for a while!”
The battle for Ossen City had been ongoing unceasing for the past two days, with the fiercest battles in the northern city district. Within this extremely short duration, more than ten thousands soldiers had already died in battle. Every one of Ossen City’s city guards was part of Lancelot Empire’s elites while Firenze’s Howling Legion was even more formidable. In these two days, the soldiers that died on the battlefield had left behind soaring killing intent and their spirits filled with hate and ire.
This type of energy caused ordinary people to feel constrained, as if there was a large mountain pressing down on their chest, giving people a feeling of suppression. Some experts were able to sense this energy even more clearly. However, of this boundless killing intent and negative energy from the deceased, only powerful necromancers within the Profound Continent were able to utilize this energy to obtain a few powerful souls and refine special undead creatures. No one was able to directly absorb this energy.
However, Han Shuo who trained in demonic arts was able to condense the killing intent and directly absorb it. The boundless resentment and fear left behind by the souls of the dead that had yet to dissipate were also easily absorbed by the Demonslayer Edge. It was precisely because the Demonslayer Edge had sensed this familiar energy enveloping the world that it transmitted a signal to Han Shuo in its thirst for this energy.
“What’s going on, why do you suddenly need to train?” Phoebe looked at Han Shuo and asked in puzzlement.
“This is hard to explain. It’s related to the special martial technique that I train in. Just like how Bollands has dense killing intent because he had killed too many people when he was an assassin and it unwittingly attached to his body, hence he’s able to utilize killing intent to intimidate others, I’m able to do so as well.
Oh, that’s right. This energy is similarly useful to Bollands.As long as I give him a hand, he will also be able to seize the opportunity to assimilate a little of the killing intent that’s present everywhere. Alright, I won’t speak any longer to all of you. I’ll first go and look for Bollands.” Han Shuo casually explained and soon after suddenly thought of Bollands and left hurriedly.
“That bastard!” When Phoebe realized that Han Shuo had already disappeared while she was distracted for a moment, she couldn’t help but curse loudly.
During this two days, Bollands’ tranquil and unfeeling heart had become somewhat unstable. Han Shuo’s mystical martial technique was like an unbelievable revelation to Bollands. Bollands who was about to learn the martial technique from Han Shuo would become excited every time he thought of it.
At Bollands’ age and rank, what he pursued wasn’t as varied and random as youngsters. Only some considerable benefits would make people of their level excited. Bollands who had been an assassin for many years always considered himself to be extremely cool-headed. However, his mind had been overwhelmed repeatedly these few days by Han Shuo’s mystical martial technique, causing his tranquil heart to finally become excited again.
“It’s been two days. I hope Senior is fine. In this world, I fear that only Senior would be able to guide me in the correct direction.” Bollands thought inwardly. He was truly worried about Han Shuo, afraid that his only beacon in this world would die out.
As a swishing sound entered his ears, Bollands was suddenly startled, contracting his killing intent as he asked coldly, “Who is it?”
“Hehe, it’s me!” Han Shuo chuckled as he replied and soon after landed by Bollands’ side.
Bollands had uncontainable happiness in his heart, however, his expression didn’t have the slightest difference. He bowed toward Han Shuo and said respectfully, “Senior!”
During the war, Bollands who wasn’t proficient in commanding the battle had been staying alone in a remote room on the third floor.
There were too many experts on Ashburn and Charles’ side. No matter how strong he was, Bollands was unable to carry out an assassination on any of them. There were currently also many experts within the castle and Lawrence simply wasn’t worried about his safety. Hence, Bollands had suddenly become idle and thus stayed alone in the remote room.
“I’m looking for you for important matters. Come, let’s go to the highest roof of the castle!” Han Shuo didn’t say any superfluous words, immediately smiling and instructing Bollands to follow.
Without saying anything, Bollands immediately nodded and flew with Han Shuo toward the tallest tower of the castle.
Before Bollands became his disciple, Han Shuo had already laid down some ground rules and Bollands had remembered them by heart. One of the rules of not violating the orders of seniors had been repeatedly stressed by Han Shuo. As the senior student who would impart the martial technique to Bollands, Han Shuo naturally became his senior. Bollands had not lived his life in vain, clearly understanding that currently, Han Shuo’s orders were the most important.
As the battle blazed on like wildfire, Han Shuo directly brought Bollands to the clock tower. After they arrived, Han Shuo smiled at Bollands and said, “Originally you would have to enter the sect before I’m able to impart you with our martial technique. However as the war is ongoing unceasingly, the entire Ossen City has been filled with a lot of extraordinary energy. Perhaps you are also able to sense this energy. If I impart the martial technique to you now, it would just so happen to be able to assist you in assimilating this energy before it dissipates. In that way, your strength would be able to advance by leaps and bounds.”
Even before Han Shuo finished speaking, Bollands was already brimming with ecstasy. He had been longing for this day and night. When he heard that Han Shuo would impart this martial technique to him, the excitement in his heart simply couldn’t be repressed. His body actually even trembled uncontrollably.
When Han Shuo mentioned that the martial technique was able to absorb this kind of energy, Bollands was so excited he was about to faint. His voice trembled as he asked, “Sen, senior, you mean that, the energy lingering within Ossen City which is causing people to feel suppressed can be absorbed by this martial technique?”
Han Shuo nodded his head, smiling as he replied, “Of course. In this world, all forms of energy can be absorbed. Death qi, killing intent and even spiritual strength can be absorbed. Hehe, I believe you have also felt it. The soaring killing intent from those soldiers has yet to dissipate. As long as you grasp the God Slaying Devil Path, you will be able to directly absorb this type of energy.”
“That’s right. I am able to sense the omnipresent killing intent within the battlefield. However, that energy doesn’t belong to me. I’m unable to even control the killing intent in my body proficiently and naturally wouldn’t be able to utilize the killing intent of others.” Bollands said honestly.
“Control your breath and pay attention, I’ll help you familiarize with the new energy!” Han Shuo said softly before moving behind Bollands and suddenly send a strand of demonic yuan energy into Bollands’ body.
After many years of random practice, Bollands had some vague understanding of how to utilize killing intent. The meridians within his body were full of killing intent. Through the transformation from the God Slaying Devil Path, this killing intent can directly form his own unique energy. It was just that all along, he didn’t know how to make use of this killing intent.
Han Shuo’s demonic yuan energy suddenly entered Bollands’ body so as to start assisting the relaxed Bollands in setting things right. Han Shuo made use of the demonic yuan energy to first slowly absorb the impure killing intent that was circulating through Bollands’ meridians.
The chart of the meridian flow for the God Slaying Devil Path had already appeared clearly within Han Shuo’s mind. Han Shuo revolved the killing intent within Bollands’ body in accordance with his memory and slowly guided them along a peculiar path.
“Remember this circulation method. It can help you increase your strength.” Han Shuo said softly, as he transferred another strand of demonic yuan energy into Bollands’ body.
While he was doing all these things, Han Shuo’s Demonslayer Edge had already flew up into the sky and constantly revolve in accordance to Han Shuo’s will, forming a layer of thick blood clouds and slowly absorbed all the various kinds of negative energy that lingered within Ossen City and caused the ordinary citizens to be distraught with anxiety.