After two long, silent days traveling on air, an announcement finally echoed through our ears.
“We have arrived Arerat City!”
Voices of excitement from those around swept through the air. It indeed was exhausting doing nothing for over 48 hours. Plus, I really needed a good meal. Due to the reinforcement of my cultivation, staying for two days without food really was nothing. Still, that didn't mean I didn't yearn to taste something appetising... only that it wasn't for hunger sake in this context.
After a large roar from the aerial savage beasts we were in, we finally began to descend.
Looking down, I was more than awed to see just how grand this city was. When I thought the Desolate Grounds City was magnificent, I just had to discover this one...
“There's always a mountain bigger than the other,” I muttered under my breath at an idiom I finally found application to.
“Just where the heck am I; and what sort of fricking test is this supposed to be?!" The trappers stopped on their tracks and looked at one another, somewhat puzzled. The leader sighed. “We are sorry, stranger. We mistook you for the kidnapped princess!” “Kidnapped princess?” now it was my turn to be puzzled. “Yes. The princess has been kidnapped! We need to find her before the king does... or we'll be dead meat,” one of the four trappers said. “What princess?” I asked, still not getting the gist. “The only princess I know of is the princess of Vinia!” The leader was starting to get irritated. I quickly remembered that the attendant had explained that everything I'd be seeing in here would only be illusions, therefore, none of these are real! I looked down at my body and saw
This was the second time I'd be repeating such an embarrassing moment. What was worse... I didn't even do it deliberately! Everyone stared at me silently, each one ruminating over their own thoughts. At that moment, I suddenly received a split-second telepathic explanation... “Young Mistress.” I looked at both my tamed beasts, but noticed the voice in my head wasn't coming from them. I softly inquired who it was; the voice calmly explained; it was none other than the Mystical Beast of Illusions, whom I'll henceforth name MBI for short. MBI slowly explained to me: “You're in an illusionary world. It's hard to tell if this world once existed, but one thing's for sure... that crimson-eyed tiger was a mystical beast. While inside your arerat symbol, I came to understand that you're gifted with the ability of absorbing mystical beasts. “You normally should have been unable to absor
After all the affairs of the night, and a few other discussions amidst the Vinia Royal Guard, the Beast Hunters and I; I returned with them to their camp which was only a short distance away. A quick tent was prepared for me... at least I was rest assured of having a place to rest my head. Thirty minutes later, I was seated cross-legged inside my tent, listening to the peaceful snores from the other tents, and wondering. I was wondering what this place really was; who these people really were; what I really was! From the latter conversations with the others, I came to the knowledge that those possessing the same unique constitution as myself were all under the same lineage... yet, I was not a royalty, neither were any distant relatives of mine related to this place in anyway... at least, it's rational to make such a conclusion. “Could it be that I do not actually possess the Royal Spirit Bloodline?” I muttered
The dragon wrapped its wings in pleasure after landing gracefully to the ground. It then shot me a glance, and what resembled a smirk. My heart began to thump at a terrible pace, and I found myself spellbound by fear at the point I was seated on the ground where I'd fallen down to. Just as it stared at me, with contemplative gazes, it was suddenly distracted by a struggling voice before it. The leader's. “Let me go this instance, Black Frost!” My eyes dilated as I watched in disbelief. ‘How can he be acquainted with such a terrifying monster?’ As if all the shocks I'd received under the past few hours were not enough, next thing I saw started making me doubt my very own existence. The glacier-dragon with its wings behind its back, began to warp itself up. And looking closely, I realised that its height began to deteriorate, rapidly. The black, overlapping arrange
Mystical Beast of Illusions' conjecture: “With my wordly understanding, a killing intent is a concentrated state of one's aura when one attempts to kill. It spreads out from one's body and, instead of the regular aura of a cultivator, aura of ill-will is sensed. “However, I cannot perceive any slipping out from you. The only thing I'm observing is just raw, unblemished true essence... so how can it feel so powerful? Unless... you're also gifted with a unique true essence able to transform itself to lethal poison with just a will of your thoughts!” Immediately after those words were said, as if on queue, Black Frost exclaimed, “You... you're a poison master?!” With the prior explanation from MBI, I wasn't too surprised at this declaration. At just a thought, I could make my true essence lethal... and as it is that true essence is invincible and intangible, it has no cure as well!
Twelve hours later. The Ancient Reality continent had finally returned to dusk. I stepped out of the royal palace of Vinia after having reunited Princess Ava to her people. Earlier, when I'd arrived in Black Frost's cave, I'd met with this well-spoken of princess. Immediate we saw one another, a rattle of connection quickly rung inside our hearts. She bowed to me, saying she knows that I possess the same bloodline as herself, and that although she was a direct princess, my bloodline level was so powerful that it gave those also possessing it, a yearning to kneel before me. Through further statements, I also came to understand that only true “core members” possessed such imposing bloodlines, and hence, those from the side family would not even dare to stand before me. I was astonished; Black Frost was flabbergasted. I ignored its gaped lips and kept on posing lots of questions at her, but I realised there was not a single differen
After the short ruckus the elder and the official had made, it was then made known that the results of those who had successfully entered the one hundred batch (pass limit), and the top five batch, would be announced the following day. For this particular day, it was meant for recuperation from injuries. It was also made known that it was forbidden to discuss about one's personal experience in the portal to anyone; co-examinees included. As a result, I was relieved about not having to inform anyone that I have a... ferocious monster... scratch that... a cute dragon cub, in my recluse ring. Sighs. That evening after dinner, we were then separated according to our respective genders and taken to the city hall's guest rooms which followed a ten-per-room system. Fortunately, there were just enough beds in each bunks. Guess who my bunkie was... yeah, that's right — Lian'er! Earlier, after the “perfect score” scene, she wa
The next day, the losers packed their stuffs and returned to their different clans, while the others were moved, also through aerial beasts, to the academy; the Junior Academy of the Gifted. Since we were already in Arerat City, from the city centre to the academy took just a mere twenty minutes on the wings of Transient Mortal realm savage beasts. The academy was like another city entirely. The width of the wall, as we approached, stretched several thousand miles such that we couldn't see either of its edges. Its location was also in a mountain range — with lots of spiritual energy in the air. Yes, this was going to be the place I'd learn the things that'd make me one of the greatest people who'd ever lived. My spirit boiled with anticipation. Raising my head up, I realised that the sky was covered with thousands of savage beasts — an even more terrible sight from what I'd seen at the Phantom Dynasty's city centre!