Book 6, Chapter 116: Last Resort

The giant transformed into a cloud of fog, which gradually spread out and encompassed the entire space. An ethereal face floated in and out of existence.

The panicking spirits finally calmed down as the Dreamrealm began to steady itself. It appeared that the Mother Goddess was no longer going to attack.

“No matter what, my heirs must be allowed to take the Immortal’s Soul from the Astrals,” the Mother Goddess said.

“They may have it,” the Lord of the Dreamrealm replied.

Menelaus remained silent.

To obtain the protection of the Lord of the Dreamrealm, the price that needed to be paid needed to be paid.

“If so...... then everything is settled.” The Mother Goddess’s voice grew faint as it dispersed.

Obviously, her involvement in the matter had ended.

“Farewell, Mother Goddess!” Lonely Skyleap cried out as he knelt on the ground.

“What about us? Have we been tossed aside?” Su Chen chuckled as he glanced at Danba.

Danba shrugged but remained silent, his gaze firmly fixed on the Lord of the Dreamrealm and Menelaus.

The Lord of the Dreamrealm spoke again. “Young fellows, you have heard everything you need to hear. The gods will return again, and their era of glory will spread across the Primordial Continent. According to the will of the gods, the world will be restructured. So? Are you still interested in opposing the gods?”

“So gods really do exist, and they will return soon, huh? But even so, there is nothing you can do right now, right?” Su Chen chuckled.

The Lord of the Dreamrealm’s voice sank. “You have already seen what I can do.”

He was referring to the ease with which he had been capable of controlling Lonely Skyleap.

Su Chen harrumphed. “So you think you are going to do the same to me? I am one of your Dream Monarchs, a respected, venerable user of your Dreamrealm, and this is how you treat me? How disappointing.”

Su Chen’s voice became frigid. “You have threatened me enough, Lord of the Dreamrealm. I will consider future matters in the future. As for today, I will not negotiate with you about the Astrals’ death.”

“How arrogant!” the Lord of the Dreamrealm thundered from the sky.

A formless wave of energy washed towards Su Chen.

Su Chen, however, appeared completely nonchalant and said, “If I am going to be arrogant, I will be arrogant until the end. Is there anyone else who thinks the same as me?”

Danba said, “The Ravagers are willing to adopt the human race’s stance on the matter.”

Su Chen cracked a smile. “What a rarity. Then what about the Harpies? Are you willing to join in?”

Lonely Skyleap lowered his head

When Su Chen saw this, he made no attempt to pressure Lonely Skyleap and said calmly, “It seems like the Harpies have made their decision as well. If that’s the case...... So be it.”

As he spoke, he turned to the Lord of the Dreamrealm and said loudly, “If we’re going to become openly hostile, then I have no issue returning this Dream Monarch mark to you!”

As he spoke, his body suddenly began to glow brilliantly like the sun, scattering the giant cloud of fog and causing it to begin to precipitate to the ground.

The Lord of the Dreamrealm roared in disbelief, “How can this be? How did you know? How did you know those were my seals?”

The reason that the Lord of the Dreamrealm could control Lonely Skyleap wasn’t because he was capable of overstepping the bounds of the Barrier of Gods, but because Lonely Skyleap was marked by his seal - that is, the three statuses that the Lord of the Dreamrealm bestowed upon the users of the Dreamrealm.

These statuses were energy linkers.

With those seals present, he was not free!

And now, Su Chen had chosen to burn those seals away. Like a government official retiring and returning to his hometown, he was now free from being controlled.

In addition, the Lord of the Dreamrealm suffered a certain amount of backlash because of this. After all, any empire would suffer some loss after losing an official.

Even though the Lord of the Dreamrealm was not afraid of the backlash, he would quickly run out of resources if everyone followed suit.

The light from Su Chen’s burning of the seals seemed to radiate for tens of thousands of kilometers, directly damaging the Lord of the Dreamrealm and causing him to howl madly.

“Hahahaha!” Su Chen laughed loudly. “If I know, I know. Why ask all these questions?”

As he spoke, a bolt of light shot forth from his body. Danba quickly followed suit. The two bolts of light merged together, shooting towards the cloud like a cannon.

This was no resignment - this was a rebellion.

“NO!!!” the Lord of the Dreamrealm roared with rage.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!!!

The Dreamrealm once again began to tremble violently.

This time, however, the instability was coming from within rather than without, and the degradation was taking place even more quickly than before.

“Bastard!” the Lord of the Dreamrealm howled angrily.

He wanted to demonstrate his divine might, but the Barrier of Gods made it so that his influence on the Primordial Continent was very limited.

Su Chen quickly burned away the seal, causing the Lord of the Dreamrealm to lose any opportunity he might still have had to control Su Chen.

Menelaus’s expression shifted slightly. “Dreamlord!”

After a few moments of howling and gnashing of teeth, the Lord of the Dreamrealm could only helplessly say, “I can’t scare him any longer.”

Yes, it was all just to scare Su Chen off.

That was the only thing this god could do at the moment.

Obviously, the scare tactic had failed.

“The Astrals can only depend on themselves from here on out,” the Lord of the Dreamrealm said in a low voice.

Menelaus lowered his head. “Understood, honorable Dreamlord.”

The Lord of the Dreamrealm turned to glance at Su Chen. “You’ve won, young human. But this is only the beginning. In the future, the gods will return. At that time, you will pay the price for your actions here today!”

As he spoke, his figure began to fade.

Su Chen gazed at the dissipating fog and said coldly, “Everything would have been fine without your return. But since you are coming back, I will put you to death. A new era is dawning, yes; but whether that era is yours still remains to be seen.”

Boom!

The fog finally disappeared.

Su Chen, Danba, and Lonely Skyleap reopened their eyes, finding themselves back in the real world. One of Lonely Skyleap’s arms had been destroyed.

Lonely Skyleap’s expression was dark. Obviously, he was still extremely lost in thought about what had just transpired.

Su Chen and Danba glanced at each other.

Then, Su Chen said, “If that’s the case, then are the Harpies going to back out of this next battle?”

Lonely Skyleap’s expression was incredibly ugly, but he remained silent.

From afar, an Astral was flying over, holding a special box in his hands. It was impossible to see what was inside the box, but Su Chen and Danba both guessed that this was probably the Immortal’s Soul.

At this crux, the Astrals could only choose to relinquish the Immortal’s Soul.

And the Harpies......

Unsurprisingly, they chose to sell out the humans and the Ravagers.

Once Lonely Skyleap received the Immortal’s Soul, he let out an audible sigh and said, “My apologies. We are going to retreat now.”

This was the first time that he put on no airs of superiority.

“Oh, running now that you’ve eaten your fill? How typical of the Harpies,” Su Chen said faintly.

Lonely Skyleap flushed, but there was nothing he could say in response.

The Harpies were incredibly arrogant, but as a result they cared a lot about their pride.

Now that the bridges had been burned, he could blame no one but himself for the

As such, all he did was turn around and motion with his hand. The Harpies began to retreat.

Danba watched as the Harpies retreated before shooting Su Chen a quizzical glance. “You’re not going to try and stop him?”

Su Chen replied calmly, “A watermelon forcibly ripped from the ground will not be sweet. Since they no longer have any heart to fight, why would we try to force them? If we messed up and aggravated them, causing them to join forces with the Astrals against us, we would be in far bigger trouble.”

“But doesn’t it bother you to just see them go like that?” Danba asked. “Especially now that they have the Immortal’s Soul, Sky City will regain its mobility. Are you not afraid that the Harpies will take advantage of the opportunity to rise to power?”

Su Chen countered, “What about you? Are you afraid?”

Danba and Su Chen glanced at each other. Suddenly, they began to chuckle.

Neither of them spoke, but they very clearly understood what each other were thinking.

So what if Sky City regains its mobility?

The human race and the Ravagers were both advancing at breakneck speed, giving them reason to believe more in themselves.

The Boundless Sect alone had managed to slaughter their way to the capital of the Astrals all on their own. In the past, this was totally impossible.

By similar token, the Ravagers’ strength was also improving.

Both Su Chen and Danba were filled with anticipation for the future.

They believed in, relied on, and chose the future - new cultivation techniques, new combat skills, new weapons, and even new ways of thinking.

The Harpies, however, insisted on holding to the past. All they thought about was how to “resurrect” Sky City.

What need was there to fear a race that placed all of their hopes on the past?

Not to mention the myriad of backups that Su Chen had prepared amongst the Harpies.

The reason he had allowed Lonely Skyleap to take the Immortal’s Soul back was because his backups had already begun to mature.

Similarly, Danba most likely had some plans in place for dealing with the Harpies.

In that glance, both parties were also able to confirm this fact.

Since each race already had no reason to fear the Harpies on their own, knowing that the other race also had measures in place to handle the Harpies meant that there was even less reason to fear.

As such, the two of them broke out into laughter.

Danba said, “I never expected that a human would be my most intimate friend.”

Su Chen laughed. “You are not the only close friend that I have.”

Danba sighed, “The Ravagers......”

Then, he chuckled. “But this is my identity, and my race. No matter how crude, barbaric, and impossible to teach they are, I will always love them. The cultivation technique you provided has improved them on a fundamental level. As long as we continue to develop it, generation after generation, the future of us Ravagers will improve.”

Su Chen calmly said, “When I hear you say that, I start to feel like having another race on this continent is not a bad thing.”

The two of them glanced at each other, then laughed yet again.

Then, Danba’s expression sank. “But there is no reason that the Astrals should exist.”

“That’s right.”

As the two leaders conversed with each other, another round of battles was breaking out.

Even though the Harpies’ retreat had weakened the joint armies’ forces significantly, they still held the advantage.

Without the support of the Lord of the Dreamrealm, it seemed as if the Astrals had lost their final trump card. Tower after tower continued to fall, causing the situation to progress ever so slowly to a crisis for the Astrals.

Even so, neither Su Chen nor Danba were willing to relax.

They believed that the Astrals, who had survived for tens of thousands of years, would definitely have yet another killing technique hidden and waiting to be used.

And that would be the final killing blow.

When a profound, majestic roar sounded off in the distance, Su Chen and Danba finally relaxed a little from their tense state.

Desolate Beast!

So the frighteningly powerful Desolate Beast had finally appeared.

Even so, this was all within Su Chen and Danba’s expectation.

The appearance of the Desolate Beasts definitely indicated that the Astrals were finally pulling out their last resorts.

Very quickly, however, they realized that they had still made some miscalculations.

Because there were two Desolate Beasts that had appeared.

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gandalfs_socks's Thoughts

What a banger of two chapters.