GDK 757: Surrender

With every breakthrough in demonic arts, Han Shuo’s soul characteristic would transform. When Han Shuo was still on Profound Continent, Han Shuo was nowhere as powerful as he was today. Therefore, the current ‘appearance’ of his consciousness was very much unlike that in the past.

However, it was not at all difficult for Han Shuo to modify his soul characteristics given how miraculous his consciousness was. As he walked into Demon Mountain, his consciousness had started to transform to imitate its previous state back when Han Shuo fought Rose on Profound Continent.

When Spider Goddess Rose saw that Han Shuo was still proceeding onwards even after hearing her warning, she felt annoyed and was ready to end Han Shuo’s life.

Although Rose had to abide by the rules of the City of Shadows and was not allowed to make unprovoked attacks on others, she was allowed to kill those who intruded into her territory and did not immediately leave after being warned. 

Rose was about to fill the mountain with her darkness divine energy when she suddenly heard Han Shuo. She immediately ceased her actions and sized up Han Shuo puzzlingly. Rose grew more and more suspicious as Han Shuo’s soul characteristic transformed. Then, when the transformation was complete, from within the cave, Rose’s chilling voice sounded, “So it is you!”

“That’s right. We have spoken with each other back on Profound Continent! What an honor that you still remember me. Very good, very good!” replied Han Shuo as he walked into the mountain unhurriedly, going deeper and deeper into the cave with complete disregard of the menacing danger within. Han Shuo added, “Oh, right, those divine essences that you lost here, they were taken by me. You remember that too, don’t you?”

Rose was enraged. She sneered, “So you have come here offer your soul? I’d gladly take it!”

Multiple small spiders crawled out from the depths of the cave, went around Han Shuo and through the cave entrance behind him. The little spiders began spewing silk and sealed the opening in no time. The silk carried intense darkness divine energy.

Han Shuo could see everything that was happening behind his back. He knew that Rose intended to kill him. However, Han Shuo did not mind her at all as he felt no need to escape.

His stepping into the mountain was ample demonstration of his confidence!

While the small spiders were weaving webs to seal the entrance, Han Shuo flew through the winding tunnels at lightspeed and arrived at the large cavern that metal elite zombie previously visited. At the center of the cavern covered with spider webs sat Rose’s giantess. The pair of cold, ruthless eyes on her beautiful, alluring face was staring straight at Han Shuo ahead. 

Any ordinary person would find the Spider Goddess attractive for her beautiful face if one could look past her enormous body. Her face was fair and seductive. She had eyes that glistened like dim moonlight and full lips as red as rose. She had a face of beauty however one chose to see it.

“Hey Rose, out of curiosity; Why do you, a highgod, so insist on staying in this cave out of reach of sunlight?” asked Han Shuo nonchalantly after he walked into appearance with a smile and looked around the cavern. 

Rose’s chilling gaze fixed onto Han Shuo but she did not answer Han Shuo’s question. From what Rose saw, Han Shuo was just a midgod. She couldn’t understand why a midgod would come to seek death.

Rose’s heart was filled with doubts and suspicion, especially when Han Shuo had revealed not a trace of fear. Having noticed this, although she hated Han Shuo to the bones, she didn’t dare attack recklessly.

“I have come here with the intention of settling old debts!” Han Shuo continued when he saw that Rose was not answering his question. He gazed at Rose smilingly and said, “Back on Profound Continent, you nearly killed me using that slave of yours Adell. After that, you even had Adell defile my territory. Tell me, how do you wish to settle that?”

“Me? Settle what?” Rose sneered, “You repeatedly meddled with and wrecked my plans on that low-level material plane. You had even raped my follower to death! Then, after coming to this material plane, you stole my divine essences. And now you are asking me how I want to settle it? How dare you! I’ll tell you how I will settle this - I’ll take your life!” 

“It seems that there is no divine essence left in your cave. Sigh, guess I won’t be getting much spoils of war this time,” said Han Shuo in a somewhat disappointed manner after looking around the cave.

Those words were obviously very effective in provoking Rose. She could no longer repress her fury when she recalled the divine essences Han Shuo stole from her. At once, she let out an stinging shriek that reverberated through the Mountain.

Simultaneously, her big, sharp claws, like enormous scimitars, came hacking at Han Shuo.

Her darkness divine energy flowed into her sharp, glistening claws like crystalline fluid. Simultaneously, her darkness domain of divinity was deployed. The already murky dark cavern instantly fell into absolute darkness. The element of darkness gathered towards Rose’s domain of divinity from all directions. Every ray of light was consumed by darkness as the element of darkness gathered more and more.

Seeing the bizarre performance of Han Shuo’s and that fearless demeanor of his, Rose dared not take Han Shuo lightly. She put her full strength behind her first attack and had considered Han Shuo as an opponent of the same class!

Han Shuo stood still as he gazed straight at Rose with a calm face. It was when Rose’s claws were about to reach him that he finally unfurled the seventeen flying swords.

Following his thought, the seventeen flying swords dispersed from his back like a peacock spreading its tail. All of Rose’s hacking claws were intercepted. Not only were the flying swords sharper than her claws, but they also carried terrifying corrosive power and chilling aura. After a burst of clanking noises, Rose withdrew her claws at lightning speed.

When the flying swords made contact with her claws, immense corrosive power and chilling aura infiltrated her body through her claws. The darkness divine energy in the claw that was meant to kill Han Shuo was used up resisting the corrosive power and chilling aura. The attack was ineffective.

Rose was fortunate to have used all her power in the first attack instead of underestimating Han Shuo for the misleading midgod strength he presented. Otherwise, Rose would have suffered a great setback in the very first blow.

“Youngster, what energy is it that you command? Why is your vision not affected? And how is your divine weapon so malicious?” shouted Rose after withdrawing her claws.

As soon as her claws made contact with the flying swords, she felt the demonic yuan in them, a type of energy unfamiliar to her. She was also shocked by the malicious corrosive power and chilling aura on the flying swords. Now, after exchanging blows with Han Shuo, the more she looked at Han Shuo, the more unfathomably powerful he seemed!

“None of your business!” Han Shuo smiled mischievously. The seventeen flying swords hovering behind him suddenly launched forward and went straight for Spider Goddess Rose.

The seventeen flying swords whistled across the space, completely unaffected by the region of absolute darkness around Rose. They began revolving around Rose in the trajectory of Avici Godslaying Sword Formation. As Rose possessed mid-stage highgod strength, without access to Cauldron Spirit’s energy, Han Shuo had to put all his strength behind the attack.

The whistling noise made by the flying swords were ear-piercing, rather similar to the shrieks that Rose made. But clearly, the whistling noise made by the seventeen flying swords were much louder and lasted longer compared to Rose’s voice.

The whistling noises made Rose uneasy. She hesitated no more. Her white hair that looked like spider silk started fluttering about. Little spiders glided across her silken hair and flew out. After they landed, they crawled rapidly towards Han Shuo. They arrived in the hundreds and thousands, a scene that would give any observer a scalp-numbing sensation.

The little spiders held Rose’s darkness divine energy. It goes without saying that getting swarmed by the spiders would not be a delightful experience!

After launching the little spiders away with her long hair, her glistening claws began waving about, forming a layer of barrier made of dark radiance around herself, firmly resisting Han Shuo’s seventeen flying swords.

Rose was afraid of the terrifying corrosiveness of Han Shuo’s seventeen flying swords. She did not forget to defend against the flying swords while using the little spiders to attack Han Shuo.

Although Han Shuo could not deploy ‘Ceaseless Pain’ as he could not borrow Cauldron Spirit’s energy, defending against the most basic form of Avici Godslaying Sword Formation would still be very challenging, especially when the seventeen flying swords carried immense corrosive power and chilling aura.

Cling! Clang! The seventeen flying swords struck on the barrier Rose formed by waving her claws. The corrosive power and chilling aura of the seventeen flying swords were consuming Rose’s darkness divine energy at an astonishing rate. It caused Rose to be in tremendous pain!

Rose wailed in her heart. She repeatedly commanded the hundreds and thousands of little spiders to quickly nibble Han Shuo to death.

Han Shuo sneered when he saw the chirping little spiders rushing towards him, “Rushing to your demise? Fine by me!”

Han Shuo casually grabbed a handful of Green Hypergolic Dust and threw it at the little spiders. As soon as the Dust made contact, the little spiders combusted in bright green flames. The Green Hypergolic Dust could set anything on fire. The hundreds of thousands of little spiders that were closely gathered all burst into flames when sprinkled with the Dust.

The Green Hypergolic Dust was also a malicious demonic weapon. Against those little spiders with mediocre vitality, the Dust was like an atomic bomb. As the fire clattered their bodies, the little spiders chirped and squealed in pain. The air was filled with the smell of charring.

Spider Goddess Rose had her hopes placed on the swarm of little spiders. When she saw that they were set on fire, her heart ached.

“I will kill you!” Rose let out yet another shriek as the little spiders were reduced to tiny dark char marks in the sea of green flames. Suddenly, the enormous spider web that enveloped the cavern started swaying and covered down on Han Shuo. As the spider web cloaked a big area, and at such high speed all so suddenly, Han Shuo couldn’t react in time.

Han Shuo was shrouded by the enormous spider web. The spider silk was alive and nimble, constricting around Han Shuo. A moment later, Han Shuo was tightly wrapped in spider web. 

Rose, whose divine energy was being rapidly drained in defending against the seventeen flying swords, immediately sneered in a loud voice when she saw that Han Shuo was firmly trapped in her spider web. “Young man, you are so dead!”

Upon finishing those words, Rose injected her darkness divine energy into the cavern. With the help of her darkness domain of divinity that enveloped the entire cavern, her darkness divine energy flowed into the spider silk wrapped around Han Shuo’s demonic body. They became even tougher and more durable after being reinforced with the darkness divine energy.

While a portion of the spider silk trapped Han Shuo firmly, a small portion of it loosened up before shooting towards Han Shuo like sharp needles.

The Omen Invincible Body automatically deployed. The demonic art which Han Shuo had mastered to the second level was astonishing in its defensive power. The needle-like silk that shot at Han Shuo’s demonic body seemed to have met an indestructible object. Sharp and clear ringing noises were heard but the spider silk couldn’t even prick Han Shuo’s skin.

“Impossible!” shrieked Rose. She did not expect Han Shuo to be so tough and her mind was thrown into small chaos.

Ting! Ting! Ting!  Unwilling to admit failure so quickly, Rose continued to send more spider silk to stab Han Shuo. However, Han Shuo remained completely unharmed.

Although Han Shuo couldn’t escape from the silk, he remained calm and continued to attack Rose by maneuvering the seventeen flying swords. He even remarked in a contemptuous tone, “Stop wasting your energy. This spider silk can’t harbour nearly enough divine energy to do me harm!”

“I don’t believe that every inch of your body is impregnable!” yelled Rose. The spider silk began to crawl towards Han Shuo’s ears, nose, eyes, and every other orifice!

“Then I will convince you!” Han Shuo put on a faint smile. Then, using the insane control he had over his physical body, he started modifying his ears, nostrils, and other parts of his body. Small lumps of flesh suddenly sealed his orifices shut. The spider silk could do nothing to him.

If this attack of Rose’s landed on other gods, even Erebus and Aobashi, experts of the same level as Rose, would suffer injuries from top to toe, and very likely lose their lives.

But unfortunately for Rose, her opponent was Han Shuo.

Han Shuo’s main body was tougher than the toughest hide. On top of that, after having reached the second level in his cultivation of Invincible Omen Body, the defensive power of his body had grown substantially. In addition, as the spider silk couldn’t hold too much darkness divine energy, Rose was not able to injure Han Shuo.

Rose felt as though she had met a monster after discovering that not only was Han Shuo invulnerable from head to toe, but he could even control his nostrils and ear canals with his mind. Naturally, she had never met a demonic arts cultivator before. She never imagined that a person could possess such absolute control over their body.

Seeing that her attacks were ineffective, having exhausted a large amount of her divine energy to defend against the flying swords, the thought of retreating crept into her mind.

With the seventeen flying swords going around, Rose could not get close to Han Shuo to injure him. Seeing that Han Shuo was firmly restrained by her spider silk, she thought that Han Shuo couldn’t do much to stop her from leaving. Now would be the perfect opportunity to escape!

“Young one, I will remember you. Not going to keep you company any longer. But I will get my revenge sooner or later!” said Rose after she shot a glare at Han Shuo with her chilling, sinister eyes. 

Seeing that Rose wanted to leave, Han Shuo started to struggle free of the spider silk around him. However, Han Shuo could not exert his full strength as the seventeen flying swords needed the support of his demonic yuan. Since the spider silk was reinforced with Rose’s darkness divine energy and there were layers wrapped around him, he could not immediately free himself.

“Our battle today is only a draw. I have spent too much divine energy and there were a few attacks that I couldn’t deploy. Next time, next time I’ll get you!” said Rose as she tried to leave.

Despite what she said, Rose knew in her heart that she had lost. If she did not leave, not only would she have no way of injuring Han Shuo, but her divine energy would be exhausted by the seventeen flying swords sooner or later. When that happened, she would be dead without a doubt. 

“You cannot escape, Rose!” After wriggling a few times, unable to free himself, Han Shuo sent one of the flying swords attacking Rose back towards himself to cut away the spider silk rapidly.

The silk were indeed quite tough. Each slash of the sword could only cut a few threads. It would take some time to cut away every last thread with just one sword.

However, Rose clearly wasn't about to wait for Han Shuo. After one of the flying swords flew off, the pressure on Rose decreased substantially. Not wasting any words with Han Shuo, she ran for the exit while defending herself against the remaining sixteen swords. She struck the walls of the cave behind her with her claws, causing large rocks to fall and block the flying swords.

With his thoughts, Han Shuo had all the swords fly back to him. The seventeen flying swords then rapidly revolved around him to cut away the threads.

Soon enough, Han Shuo was free. He expanded his consciousness and instantly sensed the direction Rose was escaping towards. He immediately activated the Art of the Demonic Ninth Heavens and went after her. Rose had consumed an enormous amount of her divine energy. It was the best time to eliminate her. If Han Shuo was to miss out on the opportunity, it wouldn’t be easy to find her again.

Although Rose was fast, Han Shuo was even faster. She was just a few hundred kilometers away from the Mountain when she found Han Shuo, standing in her path. Without a word, he deployed the seventeen flying swords. The moment Rose was trapped by the flying swords, he charged towards her with the Demonslayer Edge in his hand.

“Wait! There is no hostility between us that cannot be resolved. I don’t want those divine essences anymore!” Rose had truly lost her head when she saw Han Shuo charging towards her ferociously but she couldn’t win and couldn’t run. Her tone began to soften up.

Han Shuo did not budge. His eyes continue to stare at Rose and his face remained callous. It was clear that Han Shuo was not letting her off.

“I surrender. I will be your servant!” Rose cried out in panic when she saw Han Shuo remain staunch on killing her.

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