Chapter 270: Achieve the Impossible
Zazae approached and knelt down in front of Montra, who asked him to stand up and explain what happened in Zhongsuyuan City.
Zazae stoop up and removed his hood, revealing a big scar on his face.
Seeing it, Montra was reminded of Zero, the one who created this scar.
After some discussion, Zero was made aware of Montra's final objective and agreed to join the Heavenly Dragon Guild. Naturally, Montra was still wary of Zero, as he seemed to only care about finding his old friend in the game. Even so, it couldn't be denied that Zero was among the few who understood him and agreed with Montra's method.
When Zero died, Montra received an automatically generated email set to send upon his death, and somehow felt like he lost something. He felt as if he had lost someone who understood him, who was also one of his greatest friends and foes.
Now that it was his turn to die, he could understand why Zero was that self-centered. A human's lifespan is a limited resource. It is each person's choice to live conservatively or to the fullest.
"Sir Montra... Are you listening?" Zazae could feel that Montra had stopped paying attention.
"Ah, sorry... My mind wandered to other things."
Zazae didn't find it strange. Montra was the guild leader, and he worked hard without much time for rest. In fact, he had never seen Montra resting before. He could say that Montra was his role model who he worshipped, so he wanted to reduce his workload.
However, realizing that he had just made a mistake in the mission, Zazae felt disappointed in himself. He quickly told Montra what had happened in order to not waste any more of his leader's precious time.
This morning in Zhongsuyuan City, a cloaked Zazae was walking among many people in the shadows of the pine trees. After the Five Dragon Warlords raided the gathering party and the emergence of the Emperor Rank monster, the city became more strict in scanning people coming in and out.
Still, with the war event edging closer with each day, every faction naturally wanted more money. Through both bribing and his disguise, Zazae could easily pa.s.s through the gate and step foot into the city.
The Victorious Wolves Sect's weakest link was the inner structure of the guild. Most guild members were people who shared the same idol rather than feeling like they belonged in the guild. The guild was more like Lone Wolf's Fan Club rather than an actual faction. Thus, most members couldn't be entrusted with important tasks. In fact, even if a guild core member ordered all of the members to a.s.semble, the number of people showing up would be less than half of the total guild members.
Zazae followed the instructions given to him by Montra to get to his destination. He attentively counted the number of pine trees that he had walked past and stopped his feet once he reached the twenty-fifth one. His sudden stop caused a person behind him to b.u.mp against his back.
"Ouch. I'm sorry." The one walking into him was an ordinary-looking young man.
Zazae wasn't wearing a mask or covering his face right now. Regardless, no one would be able to tell he was the strongest Warlord since he had never showed his face in public.
"No problem. I'm sorry too," Zazae replied flatly while the young man bowed his head to him once again before leaving.
Zazae turned left and walked into a narrow alley leading to one of the main streets. For the record, Zhongsuyuan City had two main streets intersecting at the middle of the city like a plus sign. There were many alleys, some wide and some narrow, throughout the city. If one looked at the city from the sky, they would see that the city had a layout similar to a chessboard with many rows and columns.
Zazae sensed a subtle cold wind blowing past him once he stepped into the alley, exactly as Montra had said. He walked to the end of the alley before turning right at the last crossroad. Then, he walked past three alleys on his left and entered the fourth one. He felt another chill once he entered. The feeling was exceptionally clear since Zhongsuyuan City was a tropical city.
The air in front of him blurred for a brief moment. People were still walking on the street but no one could see him. At the same time, he couldn't touch anyone and they also couldn't touch him. This indicated that he had pa.s.sed through the Soul Gate, the door leading to the Lost Qi Kingdom.
The layout of the city was exactly the same as Zhongsuyuan City. Zazae walked to the center of the city, which was an empty square outside of this place. Inside, however, the s.p.a.ce was taken up by a natural spring.
Zazae jumped into the spring but his body didn't become wet. The surface of the spring seemed to be just a sheet of paper. His body slipped through the spring and eventually arrived in the Lost Qi Kingdom—the unnamed netherworld existing between the borders of life and death.
It was the most mysterious city in the New World. Only two players, though actually three, had visited this place.
For the record, the necessary condition that had to be met in order to arrive in the Lost Qi Kingdom was luck. On the other hand, the Lost Magic Kingdom required knowledge while the Lost Android Kingdom required bravery.
The method to enter this place was actually not difficult. The visitor had to consecutively pa.s.s through two Soul Gates existing somewhere in the city. The location of Soul Gates was random and could change without notice. Although Soul Gates were called gates, they bore no real form or substance. The only way to determine whether one had pa.s.sed through one of these gates was the chilling wind that suddenly blows past.
Even though entering the city required great luck, the quests in Monster Soul always had alternative methods of completion. The other method to enter the Lost Qi Kingdom was for the visitor to be invited by someone who had entered before.
That was precisely why Montra had to find Zero. Unlike what he made others speculate, he didn't seek the secret of dual-energy type, but the secret route to enter the Lost Qi Kingdom.
For the record, Zero was the very first player to step into this mysterious city by pure chance. It was also the city where he had sublimated his racial ability.
Zero, the Shadow Emperor, was originally a member of the horse race before he stepped into the Lost Qi Kingdom. Like the rest of the main three cities, there existed many quests for a player to complete. Quests found in the Lost Qi Kingdom were about the essence of qi—Fusion. Upon accomplishing a certain quest, Zero's racial trait was fused with the soul race. His Red Horse species evolved into the Nightmare species—a being that was half-horse and half-evil spirit.
As a side note, the other two who had visited this city were none other than Montra and—unbeknownst to anyone else—Shueria, who had been given a hint by Crow.
Zazae's gaze wandered around the city. The atmosphere was lonesome, giving him a chill on his neck. There were broken weapons scattered on the ground. The city's silence made Zazae's footsteps echo. In addition, his ears could detect senseless rattle through the blowing wind.
Arriving at a certain alley, Zazae finally found what Montra had told him he would find. In front of him was a jade plate floating next to a gem.
Zezae seized the jade plate first as instructed. As soon as the plate was within his hand, the silence intensified. The city was so silent that he could even hear the sound of his own heartbeats.
With the ambient noises deafened, Zazae could hear the sound of footsteps in a place where he was supposed to be alone. He quickly extended his hand toward the gem. However, his palm was suddenly shot as a hole appeared in it.
An arrow made of psychic power had penetrated his palm. Its power wasn't lethal but it was soundless and formless, shot from a long distance away.
Another arrow hit the gem, making the rainbow-colored opal fall to the ground.
Zazae rushed to the gem without minding the injury on his hand. Nevertheless, the mysterious sharpshooter seemed to have predicted this. More arrows continued to strike the gem, sending it sliding along the ground.
Zazae was getting worried. His opponent specialized in long-range attacks while his attack range was from up close to a short distance away. As his enemy wasn't in his sight, he couldn't do anything but become their prey.
Dragon Domain — Fallen Kings.
Zazae went into combat mode. Unfortunately, his Dragon Domain would take some time to power up and start noticeably affecting his enemy. He unleashed the power of the Skeleton Dragon Scales as the black fog slowly shrouded him. He then activated Cruise Breeze through Frost Demon Qi in order to materialize ice walls made of qi above him for blocking incoming arrows.
Zazae rushed toward the gem while the ice walls properly blocked two arrows. However, before he could be relieved, he suddenly sensed psychic power from all directions as hundreds of small arrows curved and flew at him from his sides.
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Zazae's qi excelled in speed and offensive ability, just like Zero's. As for his magic, it had the trait of weakening any opponents in melee range. Thus, he wasn't good at defending against long-range attacks. He wouldn't survive against the arrow rain if he kept trying to get the gem.
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