The wooden box cracked and Creed finally got a good look at what was inside. The gray crystals were nowhere to be found and four muddy eggs were still expanding till they reached the size of double the box.
Creed was dumbfounded with this discovery as it was neither observed in actuality nor stated in any research paper, that crystal could ever change into eggs of a beast.
"What the hell happened here?" He slowly inched closer to the eggs.
After getting closer to the eggs, he touched one and felt a faint pulse from inside the egg, baffled by this he started touching all of them one by one and found out that every egg had different sizes but all of them were alive.
He had heard that the all beasts in glitches breed in unique environments and unfamiliar places so and the conditions for the birth of a beast were very complex and mysterious.
They had many theories, but most of them suggested that they come from their own beast nests, which hid in the deeper parts of glitches.
"Did the ring do it or something else triggered this?" Creed kept observing the eggs. "No, this definitely is the ring's work. No doubt about it!".
He then picked up the golden ring, which was lying down near the broken box. The fact that it was possible to turn the soul crystals into a living beast's eggs dumbfounded him? If he told this incident to anyone, they would think it was a joke and would laugh at the notion.
For many years people have been storing and using the soul crystals for simple things like solar cells and ornament, but they would have never imagined that they can transform soul crystals into beast themselves.
A supposedly non-living object transformed into living beast eggs. This could be a monumental discovery. But Creed knew that he could not just announce this to anyone, not before he gets to bottom of this and confirms it.
He was curious about the origins of the golden ring more than ever.
"Okay! Let's recall again," Creed began mulling over the entire scene."I put the crystals with the ring, then somehow overnight the crystals turned in the beast eggs. The eggs differ in sizes, but all of them have a crude similarity with the beasts I hunted yesterday,"
He kept counting on his fingers. "A purple-Mantis, purple-Horn beetle, purple-Steel bug, and a purple-Slime"
Creed kept on murmuring multiple theories in his head. "If these four beasts are born from the eggs, it will prove that the soul crystals somehow retain the DNA of the beasts I hunted yesterday."
"That means these eggs are technically the children of the beasts I hunted yesterday," Creed came up with a concrete evaluation. "But I also have to check if I can recreate this process. "
Abruptly a creepy grin appeared on his face.
"This ring has so many mysteries behind it. With this ring, I suppose I just might... have a chance!!"
Numerous ideas were popping up inside his head. But he knew that he needed to make some preparation. After this, he took the beast carcass from the freezer and went to sell it for some essentials before he could start with his tests.
He bought 6 foldable cages to capture the beasts of various sizes from the money he gained by selling the carcass. Then he put the eggs inside the cages as he didn't want to be strangled by the baby beasts, in case the eggs hatch while he slept.
On the next day of scouting, he killed two more beasts in the purple-bushes and brought two more gray crystals with him.
"With these two crystals," Creed looked at the crystals with shiny eyes." I will try to recreate the breeding process."
He put the ring close to the two crystals inside a cage. Now all he had to do was wait.
Until the next day, he found out that the crystals were still the same, and the ring was still looking like an ordinary gold ring. His first Recreation process had failed miserably. And there were also no signs of the hatching of the eggs either.
"Is it not possible to do it again or am I doing something wrong?" Creed understood something was missing, and he really wasn't expecting success on the first try.
"Is it something to do with me wearing the ring at the time of the killing, maybe?" Creed thought something was missing. "Does this ring need to extract some kind of energy from me before it can morph the crystal into the eggs?"
He didn't know the actual reason for the failure... but the last thing he wanted to do was wearing the ring again. As he didn't trust the ring at all.
The ring was shrouded in so many mysteries, and it was fairly uncomfortable to walk around with a potential time bomb in his body.
"F*ck, I don't have a choice this time..." He started praying like a girl. "Listen to me, mister Ring, I going to wear you again. So please don't kill me this time either, our last acquaintance was very peaceful, please have mercy on me this time too. Please god!"
Creed prayed like a monk and then he wore the ring again, to which the ring again vanished inside his body like the last time.
What surprised Creed was that this time he could control the disappearing and reappearing of the ring from his thoughts. Its new feature wasn't useful, but this took a weight off his mind as the ring was heeding to his commands.
The next day, his superiors assigned him tasks and jobs like patrolling in the inner region. Since Glitches were not hidden from the public, so people also came inside for tourism and personal agendas as well.
They just need to qualify the tests associated with types of agendas in the glitch and the military would allow them to enter. In fact, they could also come here even without signing the tests. But then the military would offer no guidance or help to the individual or group and would take no responsibility for their lives.
So there were various motives and many people, however, the Akashik Glitches would offer something to all of them.
After an entire day of patrolling duty, he went back to his quarter and put the ring back inside the cage with the two soul crystals. And went to sleep again.
The next day he saw that there were still no signs of success, crystals were still the same and he was back to square one.
"Hmm... so it has nothing to do with the energy absorption from my body." A minor frustration was visible on his face. "I guess the ring doesn't seem to care about my chakra saturation at all."
"How about I recall the entire process of that day and imitate it step by step? Wait a second ..." Creed's eyes widened like he found the missing piece. " hmm, this might... actually work".
He signed up for another scouting expedition in the base and went back to the purple-bushes again. This time he went with a comparatively smaller bag. He equipped the ring on his finger and went for the hunt again.
Within 5 hours he killed two beasts, a purple-centipede, and a purple-Horn beetle. He obtained the two soul-crystals and some chakra saturation. His tallies were around 14.5 points now.
After checking for everything he got, he packed and went back to the camp. This time he was a little hopeful. So without wasting much time, he went to put the older soul-crystal in another else.
He took the two new soul-crystals from his hunt and put the crystals in the cage along with the golden ring. And went back to sleep after dinner.
The next morning he saw the cages and went unusually quiet.
His heartbeats were racing like a stallion because there were 2 new beast eggs in his room now, making the total 6 eggs in his room.
"I knew it!" Creed's eyes glimmered like stars."The Saturation Point is the key!"
"As I thought! After I wear the golden ring and kill the beasts, the Saturation points I gain somehow connect the soul-crystals to the golden ring..." Creed couldn't stop smiling "And then only, the ring can transform the soul-crystal into living eggs."
"Good, very good!"
"I think I've finally found my starting line !"
"How's your sister these days?" Jake asked while sipping some juice. "Has she made recovery?""Yeah, the doctor said that she has made substantial progress," Creed smiled at him. " but they still need to keep her under observation for some tests and leftover therapy.""So that's why you keep smiling!" Jake responded honestly. "Well, I am thrilled for you, man!""Yeah... things are a little better now," Joy was apparent on Creed's face. "For me and mom too!""So ... Have you decided which team will you choose for the upcoming 'Joint Expedition Training'?" Creed changed the topic quickly, " It's due next month, and registrations have already begun... I know you are good but don't delay your options!""Dude I am not delaying my options... I am considering them! I will pick a team soon, although I have already have had an eye on one"Jake made it sound like he had already planned it through "I don't want to be hasty and choose the wrong te
"Grisha, I have finally selected the 10 people you asked for," Alia handed the documents to Grisha. "So far, these are the most suitable candidates, who can be appointed as the leaders of the squads for the upcoming JETs.""That was fast! You sure about these people?" Grisha said as she glanced at the papers. " Because some of them look like cannon fodders to me ...""We really can't do anything about that, this year's recruits are all the weakest of the bunch," Alia replied with confusion. "Although we have talented ones too, some of them didn't even apply for the position of squad leader. So these are the best, from the ones who registered!""Jake, Vick, Tanya, Rahul, Huang... I see none of these names on the list, what is going on?" Grisha was confused too."I told you just now. Many talented cadets of this year have backed off from the squad leader position." Alia tried to clarify with a hypothesis, " They are not interested in being the leaders
Creed closed the door and came outside. Then he followed secretary Alia till they both reached outside his quarters."What is it, Ma'am? " Creed tried to figure out the reason for this unexpected visit. "Why did you suddenly want to talk to me?""You know JETs are due next month, right?" Alia hesitated, then looked at him."I thought maybe you might know something—""Know something? About what?" Creed inquired."It's about Jake, you are friends with him, right?" Alia clarified with bluntly. "I want to know... why hasn't he signed up for the squad leader position for the JETs?""I don't know... he is a sneaky guy and wants to keep things easy," Creed scratched his chin while he reminisces about Jake. "Squad's leadership position is too much effort for him and he is okay with the passing marks in JETs. At least that's what he told me !!""Hmm ... are you sure that is the only reason?" Alia switched to a dominant tone. "If that's the case,
"Seriously! What did you have in the breakfast?" Jake squinted at his opponent, then he peeked at his digital-knife.His knife flashed a mark of 40 points. "You feel very... different. Did you get anxious thinking about the upcoming JETs?""You're thinking too much," Creed jumped towards him. "I am going all-out today.""Oh yeah! That's the spirit," Jake ducked casually and struck his back with his elbow. "Show me how much you can take it."Creed dodged the incoming strike with an immediate block. He knew Jake was not an easy one, so he planned to check how much of effort he could wring out from Jake if he went all out. His primary motive was to gauge his strength against someone with intellect and tactics.Jake Too appreciated the concept of 'letting out some steam once in a while'. He thought Creed was frustrated and anxious because of the upcoming JETs. So he played along while offering his own counters and attacks, without noticing Creed's actu
"Have you ever heard of a man named 'Paurush'?" Luna glanced at him, narrowed eyes."No, I haven't." Creed shook his head, rubbing his chin. "Is he someone related to you?""Dievi Krita Zem Eldr,"Luna chanted some strange words and asked. "Ever heard of this phrase before?""No, Maam... I don't understand what that means either!"Luna glanced at him for an extended moment, the eye contact flustered Creed. Her focused gaze told him that she was seeking something. Creed found himself stuck in an awkward moment."If you don't know, then nevermind!" Luna sighed and changed the topic abruptly."For all the beast bodies, I will give you 22 mid-range weapons or 10 long-range weapons."'... Hmm, As I thought, the market price is higher! She is selling them at a cheaper rate! If it wasn't for her rudeness, this place would have been packed with customers.'See that Creed was thinking about something a moment later. She presented
When Creed saw that Wolf was on his team, his blood boiled. He also saw that his ring was hanging from his neck in form of a necklace. He just wanted to beat him to death, but he couldn't right now. Creed couldn't ignore the fact that Wolf Hilton was a troublesome fly and a crafty fox.What Creed needed right now was patience. His mind was clogged with surviving the current predicament than their petty squabbles. Wolf wasn't weak, but now Creed was no bug either, so he waited patiently to deal with him later with his element of surprise.There was a total of 10 teams who were taking part in this year's JETs, each with around 10-12 members. As Creed predicted, authorities had assigned him to squad-5, which comprised 11 members, including him. They were a balanced team. The place which authorities decided squad-5 to explore was called 'Tomb of Cerberus', a newly discovered labyrinth.Lin started the conversation, "I am the team leader for our team. Some of us know
"Crap! What happened?" Wolf looked at the gate. "Where did he go?""Fuck! what do we do now?" Guss's panicked like a herd of sheep."Did he just teleported beyond the gate?? Is he alive or dead?"The Ancient Gate being an active teleporter was the last thing that everybody expected. Even more, its destination coordinated, and the range was also unknown. He could be anywhere, buried miles inside the ground or even deep inside the bottomless sea."I guess, we will have to find that out ourselves!" Lin sighed heavily."Alright! I am going in, you can choose not to come... but," Lin proceeded towards that door then looked back. "Let me say it clearly, Whatever we find from that side will only belong to those who risk their lives."This time Lin gave everybody a choice instead of an order as a squad leader. Lin's primary objective behind this was to filter out people who can really stand straight against an unknown danger. It wa
"Damn it! I think we've lost them!" Lin asked Roy, annoyed. "Can you sense anybody?"Roy shook his head. "Nope! everyone is too far away... "Earlier when the alpha beast appeared, they all ran in different directions and luckily one of the smaller beasts followed Roy and Lin while the alpha followed someone else. Lin and Roy took advantage of this situation and ran away to save themselves.For Roy and Lin, things became pretty straightforward after that. The small one followed both of them and got killed by those two since it was already comparatively weak in front of their teamwork. But now they were too far away from their prior location. Wolf seemed to have run along with Remy in a different direction too.Creed and Mira also got detached from the group. Now they were all lost and scattered. The Hall seemed very huge and spacious since the pillars were blocking their vision in every direction. They couldn't track themselves or others. Lin and Roy gues