The successful plot of Flay led to the angry Pteranodon going after the Midnight Panther, which it saw devour the slime. With an angry Pteranodon chasing the Panther, the entire forest boomed with loud sounds.
Flay continued to run through the thick forest, which was now in a state of panic. The booming thunders from the distance and the mighty roar of the Pteranodon could be heard.
“Sorry about that. I made you sacrifice quite a bit of your slime. It would take a while for you to recover it, right?” Flay asked.
“Yes, Master. I would need to absorb two gators and take all of its energy.”
“That much, huh? Sorry. I sort of expected that. But, if the entire concoction that the Pteranodon was brewing was so thick and had several creatures, I knew that a single drop of you would be worth an astronomical value.”
“Your life and survival are more important, Master. Besides, the real value is my Monster Core. Anything else can be replaced. But with the lack of slime, I can only form a shorter version of the sword. Also, with my size, you can only create a single sticky foothold.”
“It’s alright. I hope we won’t need it for the time being. But man, I wish I could do more of those Stamina Pills.”
“The Stamina Pills could be created without my help. It will lose over half of its efficacy. But if you get more of the branches of the Ever Itch plant, we can find some water or pond, and I can absorb more of it if I can get out safely.” Kairo suggested.
“Let’s just do that!” Flay agreed and began to search for some branches to grab as he was running. Soon, he had a pile of wooden branches held on his back with Flay's sword holster.
An hour passed, and Flay had finally crossed over the edge of the treacherous forest. The Stamina pills that Kairo created were all depleted and what followed was parched land.
“Master. It’s a desert land!” Kairo sighed. If they tried to cross the forest, the pills would be of little help. The cold and heat would be a problem. The night was reaching its end, and the dawn would soon create a terrifying heat in this arid land.
“No. It’s alright!” Flay, however, had a smiling expression.
“This is the Desert Lands!"
"... You don't say?"
"No, I mean, we’re close! This is a region that the Scouting Tamers have explored! The Desert Lands have several oases located throughout this region! So this is actually a safe zone with very few predators and only scavenger type beasts lurk here!”
“Is it because few herbivores stay here?”
“Exactly! There are some monsters here, but they are generally docile. The Kragg Hippo. It lives in the oasis of this place and feeds on the Shoot Marsh Grass. The fast growth rate and the fact that these hippos only eat and go through hibernation make it a good habitat for them. As long as we don’t disturb them and find a nice spot in the oasis, we should be able to rest in the oasis. But we still have to be careful since there has been a collapse in the ecosystem.” Flay glanced back at the tress.
“But we can’t pass the extreme cold and heat of this desert! Daylight will soon come! And the sand here, it’s…”
“Particularly sensitive, and it reflects heat. I know. This is why the Scouting Tamers haven’t completely explored this place, as it is too taxing on their beasts. We are probably south of it. That’s the only region that the Scouting Tamers haven’t explored yet. Which means that the camp of the Tamers out hunting would be North East of this place.”
“But Master, how do you plan to cross this barren land?”
“Now, I just need to insulate. This Desert will be very, very cold and later on, it will be very, very hot. Let’s look for an oasis for now and take things one step at a time.” Flay began to search for various bushes and was guided by the Slime.
"It's still too dangerous!"
"About that... I seem to have a higher resistance in the cold. Whenever blizzards hit our village during the winter, I could easily endure the cold when others were already wearing their thick coats. With the insulation of these leaves and branches, I should be able to survive the night. And I will keep running to keep my heat up." Flay decided.
Kairo was silent. He was curious as to how much of a resistance Flay had. He also realized that Flay had been in the cold river for a long time and must have spent an even longer time in the underground river yet did not succumb to the cold death.
Soon, Flay looked like a monster made of leaves. Then, with the small and giant leaves taken from various shrubs and the giant trees in the forest, Flay moved out of the forest and traveled into the Desert Lands.
The cold wind of the place was enough to freeze anyone who travels into it to death.
Flay suddenly stopped as he could hear some strange cries from a distance. He turned and noticed that several birds were circling in the dark.
“Desert Vultures.” Flay recognized them.
“These creatures are adapted to the switching temperatures and could hunt in heat and cold. Good thing they are only scavengers. Unless their queen is around.” Flay began to move in the direction of where the birds were.
“Those vultures circle out and wait for their prey to die. If they gather around somewhere, it means a monster is dying… Monsters will try to take shelter in the nearest oasis if they cross this land. They have ways to search for the nearest oasis with whatever ability they have. So we follow the trail of dying monsters and circling scavengers. And in doing so, we also get another interesting freebie!” Flay had a wild idea.
“The monster cores! We can snatch them!”
“Exactly! You can enter in their mouth or something and grab that monster core from the inside, right?”
“Yes. If vultures are watching them, they ought to be too weak to fight back.”
“That’s the plan then! You just have to hurry in your going in and out of the monster. Hopefully, being inside a monster would be just like that gator and mask your presence.”
Flay ran and ran and followed the vultures circling in the distance.
Soon, a long, massive snake was found with several vultures watching from the nearby trees. Flay daringly approached it.
The large snake had many wounds all over it and couldn’t even slither.
Flay did not hesitate and approached it. The vultures gave a curious look at Flay but ignored it as they could only find plant essence.
The snake was too weak to notice Flay's approach.
“The Might Wolves. I recognize those scratches. Spikey had some deep cuts on his shell when we found him. In any case, can you go in and search for its core?”
“Yes. The wound is deep enough.”
“Good!” Flay moved his hand and tried to push it into the wound.
The snake gave a weak hiss as Kairo infiltrated its body.
A few minutes later, Kairo moved back and moved back inside the Taming Hand.
The monster core was in Flay’s hand, but it had some green slime covering it.
“Master, I have managed to isolate the remaining Death mark in my body and kept it in here. I can push out a very small amount of my Slime to wrap the core to use Mars's System.”
“You can do that?”
“The advantages of being a slime. Most monsters can only go in and out of the Taming Hand. But now me. I can partially send my body out and begin absorption.”
“Good thinking! Without the core, this snake will die within minutes. Best leave, or the vultures will come attacking me.” Flay began to run again and followed the direction where the snake was facing, and Kairo was in the process of absorbing the energy.
What Flay didn’t know was that Kairo was using some of the life essences of the monster core to attack the strange markings written around the Taming Jewel in the soul space of Flay.
Flay kept running and running. His pace was slower now due to the cold temperature. But his taming hand began to light up,
“Master, this Python has fire elements in him. We’re in luck!”
“That was a Fire-Tongue Python? I’ve never seen one, but that must have been it!” Flay smiled as the warmth that came from his Taming Hand was enough for him to endure the cold winds.
Soon, they found another creature. It was a Bewilderbison. It had many wounds around its body, and there were footprints that suggest more Bewilderbisons had passed here.
The vultures were not flying but were circling the beast, getting ready to pounce at it. It would die at any given moment.
“Kairo. Is there a way for you to release more of this heat? Maybe we can fool the vultures into thinking we are some beast like that Fire-Tongue Python?”
“Of course, Master!” Kairo answered and began to harness the heat.
The vultures sensed Flay's approach and began to screech at Flay. But Flay did not stop and rushed forward as he screamed, and the vultures flew away.
Just like the snake, this creature had several deep wounds, and even a chunk of its flesh was missing.
“A Might Wolf managed to bite this. I don’t know whether to be happy or scared. Bewilderbisons stay in the Grasslands, and this is one of the beasts that we tame for their easy-to-raise states. The Might Wolves might have been hunting wildly and sent a large pack if this one is here!"
"You mean that the Might Wolves forced the Bewilderbisons out of its territory?"
"Exactly! And that in itself doesn't make sense! These Bewilderbisons are strong to push back a few wolves since Bewilderbisons usually stay in a herd! The Might Wolves are acting desperate! But why?” Flay frowned. But he had no time to ponder and placed his hand in the large wound of the Bewilderbison.
Kairo moved in once more and searched for the monster core.
After acquiring it, Flay was running once more with the two small cores hidden In the palm of his Taming Hand.
“Kairo. Drain the Bewilderbison’s core first. We might need the Pythons core again later.”
“Yes, Master!’ Kairo agreed and began to drain more energy.
Flay watched the direction of the Bewilderbeasts march and saw an oasis in the distance. A herd of creatures was drinking in the pond, and Flay knew it was the Bewilderbisons.
“Great timing. The sun is about to rise. I better hide there for now. I need to rest too!” Flay decided and ran towards the Oasis.
Flay arrived in the oasis and could see the Bewilderbisons feeding on the marsh that grows nearby. The strange thing was that the Kragg Hippose were not alarmed by the heard but welcomed them.“Strange…”“What is it, Master?”“The interaction of these monsters… I thought the Kragg Hippos would get all territorial with a herd of Bewilderbisons approaching since it would mean their food supply would decrease. But the Hippos actually welcomed them!”“What does this mean, Master?”“I don’t know. I should have paid more attention to the classes in the village regarding the Three Hs. In any case, I need to get this green plant essence off me! Otherwise, the hippo or the bison will eat me!”Flay ran and jumped into the water to wash
Kairo couldn’t believe what he had done. It was one thing when he would experiment with the hazardous waste of creatures to create elements; it was another to clean up little nighttime accidents.“Alright. What are my stats?” Flay asked immediately.“...Master. I’m still processing that nightmare.”“That should make you more afraid of what I, your Master, can make you do! But anyway, let’s move on. You’re a slime. You’ve dived down the bowels of beasts, for crying out loud.”
The anger and frustration that Flay felt all those years began to flash through his eyes. He had gone through intense bullying, mocks, and jeers from those who were of his generation.Flay was an orphan and grew up challenging his friends to various contests of strengths. He would always win and was seen as a genius. But he soon became a fallen genius.He failed when he claimed he had finally reached Rookie-4 and took the test. And the result of the test was rather embarrassing.The Strength Measuring Sto
“The horror… The horror…” Kairo was clumped to the side and felt so… dirty.Never before was he used as a soap.“Ah, get over it! You can dive into monsters and move in their guts without a problem! Why are you being so dramatic after I used you like a bar of soap? Relax, Majekon!"Kairo was still weeping."Why don't you try and be someone else's soap!" Kairo wept."I guess you have a point there. Well, actually, I’ve been thinking about it… Since you are a slime, can you merge with other slimes? Can you control them? Because, if I had several of you, I could have several Slimes with a specific Sol System. Won’t that make me greater than the mages in the town? And that way, id' have plenty of soap to use.”“I… never thought about
Splash! Splash!The angry Xandra rose from the waters. But the nearby Kragg Hippos and the Bewilderbisons were now glaring at them.“If we fight any more, these beasts will kick us out of this Habitat! Calm down! And stop exaggerating! What happened?” Flay asked.“It’s your fault! You and that stupid ears of yours! We should have never followed you to that cave! The Might Wolves attacked!”“The Elite Tamers decided that. I acted on orders and led them to that cave because of the thump! You were there that night! After we successfully tamed the Spike Tortoise, everyone decided to turn this hunting expedition into one that was to understand the changes in the Homeostasis in this land! The Master of the Hunt, Glum, asked me to do this! Why are you blaming and attacking me for following orders? And the Tamers are strong! Have
Two large leaves were seen moving across the desert. The desert was a wide, open land that stretched out endlessly with dunes rising and falling, making it impossible to see the distant terrain.But despite this, Xandra was still a Tamer of Monster’s Edge. And as a woman, her initial training was that of the Scouting Tamers. And so, despite her previous panicked retreat to escape the Might Wolves who chased her deep into the Desert Lands, she still managed to take note of the terrain and knew the path that would lead them into the Craggy Rock Plains.But the journey of the two tamers was very quiet. Flay knew that Xandra still blamed him for the death of her friend.They continued to move, and Flay simply watched Xandra take the lead.Finally, Flay spoke.“Erm… I need to get something there. Desert Vultures are there, and
Flay and Xandra continued to race towards the edge of the Desert Lands.The journey now no longer had the same tension as it did before. Xandra was kinder when talking to Flay. But Flay did his best to remain calm and not initiate any conversation about how he survived as he knew that if Xandra was genuinely interested and was willing to listen to the impossible deeds of Flay, she would ask her.Xandra asked about Flay strength and even asked for Flay to show his true strength.“I guess we’ll wait for an enemy. How about this, if we see few vultures trying to devour something, then let’s kill one. We are getting closer to the end of this Desert Land, right? I can feel that the ground below is not made of pure sand but have a mixture of soil.”“Yes. We’re getting closer to the end of the Desert Land. That’s one of the
Xandra charged forward and began to give continuous quick stabs to harass the vultures. Flay was in no position to fight as he was still recovering from his current form.Xandra was furious at the stupidity of Flay, who rushed forward and suddenly decided to bury his face on the sands.STAB! STAB! STAB!Xandra’s spear managed to stab the vulture's body, but each stab only produced shallow wounds.Her attacks were fast and steady, but the defenses of the vulture were much stronger than the damage Xandra was inflicting. The numerous wounds still annoyed the vulture, and it finally screeched and flew up. As the first vultures charge was stopped, it flew up high so its allies would finish the job.Xandra kept stabbing as the vulture flew up. She was des