Birth of the Demonic Sword

Eveofchaos

Chapter 226 - 226. Holes

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Of Daniel's group, only three of them had a rank 4 body.

One was, of course, Daniel, while the other two were Milo and Phoebe.

However, with the exception of Daniel, all of them had their mental sphere still in the first rank, even though some of them were extremely close to the breakthrough.

It couldn't be helped, the sea of consciousness was the hardest center of power to train: not only did it require a long amount of time and a painful training, but it also needed for the mental sphere of the cultivator to be thick and st.u.r.dy.

Such requirements could not be met by such young cultivators, especially if their social status was lofty and comfortable.

Sufferings and hards.h.i.+ps were required to harden the mental sphere, things that n.o.bles of wealthy families rarely encountered.

They had access to a large number of pills and potions that targeted that center of power but their effects could not match real-life adversities.

Only Daniel, who lived under the constant pressure of being the focal point of the Cause, could achieve a rank 2 sea of consciousness by the age of twenty-three.

Being made of rank 1 mages though didn't mean that the party was weak.

They were still rank 2 cultivators equipped with protective items in the second rank.

They all had a rank 4 martial art and inscribed weapons that suited their combat style, underestimating them would be a mistake.

The five n.o.bles crossed the entrance of the dungeon and immediately noticed something.

"Someone is here!"

Milo exclaimed, giving voice to the thoughts of his companions.

There were clear signs of Noah's pa.s.sage on the dusty floor, it hadn't even pa.s.sed half a day since his arrival after all.

"Someone from the Royal family?"

Phoebe asked but Daniel shook his head.

"Unlikely. The footprints belong to a single person and the Royal army always sends at least five men on each mission. It can only be a hunter or some lone cultivator looking for hiding."

Milo snorted when he heard those words.

"Lone cultivators… This name is too nice to describe what they really are: criminals!"

In a political system like that of the Utra nation, a lone cultivator was almost always a criminal or a fugitive.

Techniques and spells were held by the n.o.bles after all, it was impossible to accomplish something in the cultivation journey without having any relations.h.i.+p with them.

"So, what do we do about this?"

Troy asked timidly, turning his gaze to Daniel.

"If he is a lone cultivator, we will question him and decide if he needs to be apprehended. If he is a hunter, we will try to buy the corpses of the worms that he has killed."

Daniel answered casually, as if what he was saying was the most obvious thing in the world.

The others in the party nodded at Daniel's upright decision.

In their situation, anyone could have easily decided to take advantage of the unlucky fellow and make some gains out of him.

They outnumbered him and that location was quite remote, no one would find clues of a battle if they were thorough in covering them.

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Yet, Daniel didn't even consider that possibility, improving even more his image in front of his party.

It was still a detention room, with cells scattered randomly on the ground.

Yet, the walls were full of holes, signing the pa.s.sage of a high number of magical beasts.

Also, the cells had biting signs on them and were vividly consumed, it seemed that something had sucked off the metal from each bar.

'Were these cells inscribed items?'

Noah guessed, nearing one of the cells to inspect it more carefully.

'Mh, they have eaten the inscriptions on them, I wonder how populous the pack is. Excavating worms are known for their high reproduction rate, I wouldn't be surprised if the Elbas family had purposely planted those beasts here for this reason.'

More magical beasts meant more "Breath" dispersed in the environment when the cleaning operations happened.

That method sacrificed the final amount of Credits obtained but accelerated their creation.

'I don't really know how much does it take for a Credit to form but two thousand years had pa.s.sed already, the fact that I didn't find a single crystal means that I'm still at some distance from the core.'

Then, a sound forced him to stop his thoughts.

Each hole in the walls began to emit a crawling noise that echoed through the entire underground room.

'I can't really guess how many there will be like this, I hope they don't destroy the place.'

Noah wielded his sabers and prepared himself for the imminent a.s.sault.

At that moment, more than fifty worm's heads came out from the cavities around him.

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