"Everyone pay attention!"
Aioros suddenly shouted in warning.
As his voice rang out, the darkness before them turned dusky. Shadows appeared as countless dimensional life forms rushed rapidly towards them.
Clutching Wang Zhong's ear as tightly as possible, Simba nervously shouted, "Not just the front, the sides too! They're also coming from the back! Bad auras!"
From the sides and the back?
Turning his head around, Wang Zhong noticed the terrifying paintings on the walls and the statue at the back had started to distort.
No… It was the mysterious runic patterns on the walls and statue that were twisting about. These patterns were originally added as decoration, akin to ornamental designs on picture frames, however, these ones were now corroding the wall. Powerful strange energies radiated from them and bestowed life to the paintings and statue.
Living Runic Patterns! Not only that, they're even more profound! Wang Zhong was unable to understand these energies that animated the paintings of soldiers, wild beasts and dimensional creatures. From a flat image, they became three dimensional.
Rumble… suddenly, a struggling hand burst out from the wall followed by countless others, creating an eruption of something akin to a tropical rainforest made of arms. Furthermore, this wasn't the terrifying part! It was a genuine threat and danger!
First there were arms, then legs and now bodies. Monsters of strange races started to struggle out from the walls. In the dim light, their bodies radiated with despair and killing intent. There was no trace of intelligence that these "lifeforms" should possess, with only darkness remaining and a thirst to devour anything in its sight.
"Life Bestowers! Aioros, this depends on you. We'll be finished if we're trapped in here." Turning his head, Mu Zi looked at the changing environment. The existences born of darkness filled the path they were on and even the front and sides. All of them were wriggling and squirming under the mysterious energies from the living runic patterns."
"Leave it to me!" Aioros nodded seriously at Mu Zi before turning to look at Wang Zhong. "Follow me closely."
Wang Zhong nodded to show he was prepared… to be destroyed. Frankly speaking, there was nothing he could do in this situation.
In the dim light, the unidentifiable dimensional beasts lunged towards them, revealing their faces which were completely unlike any Wang Zhong had imagined. Within the flames, their bodies were translucent with black and white bones inside, while an unknown clear liquid circulated around. One after another, runic patterns controlled these strange monsters that defied the laws of physics and unleashed attacks towards the trio.
"This is a kind of half essence, half physical dimensional beast made from combining a spiritual body with a corpse. They're extremely rare. Never expected to see so many here!" Mu Zi's eyes were shining, causing him to appear eccentric and strange. This was proof that there was a direct proportion of the value to danger for this pyramid.
As he spoke, Mu Zi strode forward. He spread his hands out and a faint shiver shook through them as inaudible words escaped from the corner of his mouth. With difficulty, Wang Zhong barely recognised the language as ancient Egyptian. It was also commonly referred to as the language of the curses.
The curse of the ancient Egyptian words attracted the surrounding energy and caused the earth to shake as a tornado swept up in front of Mu Zi. Raising his hands forcefully, he swept hidden energy into the vigorous tornado, fusing together an open passage to an unknown dimension. "In my name, Mu Zi, come forth, Ham Sausage!"
A furious roar rang out from the disappearing tornado as a figure started to materialize, standing in front of Mu Zi.
"This is my pet, Ham Sausage."
Even though Mu Zi was preoccupied, he didn't forget to speak to Wang Zhong.
Hearing that name, Wang Zhong's mouth dropped in surprise. Ham Sausage… what a name full of personality.
Simba felt otherwise. What's more, why did it seem as though it was trying to compete with him?
Do a favour for this mighty Simba and take a good look at this. What is this thing? Although that little thing is bigger, that's just temporary! Compared to other dimensional beasts, this thing is like a teddy bear dog!
Its appearance was quite exaggerate with a fierce growl revealing dense, pearly white rows of teeth. Still, it couldn't hide the fact that it was just a dog.
"Wang Zhong, this vulgar thing is a dog right? How can it be compared with the mighty Simba. I'll give you a chance at glory by being my mount."
Ignoring Simba, Mu Zi gestured at "Ham Sausage" as Soul Power enveloped the "little dog" like a sausage.
A gale of wind howled as sparks erupted from Ham Sausage's body. Roar!
From the size of an average dog, Ham Sausage's body and head began to expand dramatically. As its head split into two, dark flames burst all around its body!
Accompanied by dark, red flames, Ham Sausage transformed into a giant two headed monster.
On Mu Zi's command to attack, it sprinted forward!
With a shriek, Simba scuttled behind an astonished Wang Zhong, clearly frightened by the giant, ugly, twin headed monster. This monster was identical to the Twin Headed Hellhound listed in the Federation's database. It's said to be the gatekeeper for the underworld!
Aioros took a step back as this wasn't the first time he coordinated with Mu Zi. Taking a deep breath, a faint gold Soul Power rose up from his body at irregular frequencies like the luster of a gem. Completely different from Mu Zi's eruption of Soul Power, this golden coloured life force radiated from his body, appearing as though it was a living organism full of vitality.
At that instant, the Twin Headed Hellhound shot through the flames like a comet, crushing everything in its path. Those half soul, half physical beasts weren't weak, it was just that those red flames were clearly their nemesis!
Wang Zhong spread his Soul Power out and was amazed that the flames did not show any normal characteristics when it made contact with the half soul, half physical beasts. On the contrary, he could feel energy fluctuations akin to those that radiated out from his little dimensional pouch. It was clearly fire, yet it was also a spatial energy?
So strong! Moreover, that was clearly just casual usage of the flames and not the full force of Ham Sausage's energy. The reason for the destructive power lay in Ham Sausage's terrifying physical strength. Bringing momentum along, its claws, teeth and tail swipes destroyed a monster in every attack.
Despite this, the half soul, half physical beasts showed no signs of retreat, their numbers continually increasing instead. On the walls, those strange life forms had already emerged, appearing in various shapes and sizes with no limitations. Wang Zhong even saw humanoid figures among them, causing a thought to spring into his mind. Perhaps the three of us aren't the first humans to have entered this pyramid! Those that failed might have become part of the paintings on the walls, sealed up by those mysterious living runic patterns…
Carbon and water were the building blocks of humans and therefore the food that maintained the existence of life were also made of the same substances. If runic patterns possessed life, what do they use for sustenance?
The enemy continued to increase in number. Although Mu Zi's Ham Sausage was extremely powerful, there was still only one of it. Although it could continue fighting, it would have to resort to self preservation if it was encircled. A combat pet that was unable to protect its owner was useless regardless of how powerful it was.
Faced with an unprecedented amount of enemies, Wang Zhong felt absolute despair weigh heavily in his heart and this was no exaggeration. He could clearly see countless hands continue to burst from the walls without stopping. It was just like a dimensional door where strange monsters constantly streamed out.
Slam. Mu Zi and Wang Zhong continued to obliterate the freakish monsters that rushed out from the walls.
"Mu Zi, keep Ham Sausage back."
At this moment, Aioros' deep voice rang out. Wang Zhong turned his head and noticed that the golden Soul Power wasmore frightening than the one that had previously shrouded over Aioros' body in the Door of Life. Gleaming in golden brilliance, he appeared just like the divine child of the Sun!
It was hard for Wang Zhong to estimate the level of Soul Power as it could be considered as the highest in the eyes of the Federation. The power radiating from Aioros made him feel as though his body was frozen solid.
Cracks of thunder rang out.
Wang Zhong felt as though he would be shattered into pieces in the next second!
Aioros had already sped forward, appearing like a golden, fiery, lightning fast serpent. Before him, the half soul, half physical demons were easily sliced apart like weeds. Perhaps they had an even more miserable end awaiting them like being mowed by a lawn mower. Unknowingly, Aiolos had already made a beeline straight forwards, appearing like a golden fiery serpent like bolt of lightning. Before the fiery serpent, those half soul half physical beasts and those freakish beasts jumping of the walls were sliced apart like weeds. Perhaps, they had an even more miserable ending , just like the leftovers of the weeds wherever a lawn mower had been through.
No! This was exactly just that!
The dimensional life forms had already crowded the passageway although their advances would only mean certain death. Aioros was just like a golden tank, dauntlessly charging forward without a sign of slowing down.
Faced against Aioros' golden lightning, there was only the outcome of being turned into ash!
If… if the Tianjing squadron could have such a powerful soldier…
Immediately, Wang zhong dispelled this thought of his. Aioros was just like an incarnation of the brave and fierce.
"The law of the jungle where the strong prey on the weak!" said Mu Zi.
"This is the principle of Aioros' Soul Power which he named the Law of the Jungle. No matter how many times I've seen it, I still get shivers running up my spine," said Mu Zi, his face brimming with envy. Although he had a considerable number of hidden aces up his sleeve, all of them relied on his Soul Weapon. On the contrary, Aioros' pure might was all due to his personal strength.
"Let's go. We just need to fling away those monsters at the back and it'll do. Ham Sausage!" Turning his head, Mu Zi barked an order. Ham Sausage immediately turned and shot out blazing flames to the back, sending dozens of freakish beasts flying away. Carrying Mu Zi and Wang Zhong, it dashed forward towards Aioros.
At this moment, Wang Zhong assumed they would meet Aioros shortly.
This was a mistake, however, as along the way there was nothing other than jet black darkness. Even the monsters had all disappeared into nihility.
This was similar to the Soul Domination ability executed by high level soldiers of the Federation, said to be able to destroy the heavens and decimate earth with a single attack.
Wang Zhong had never seen the attacks of a peak Heroic or Heavenly Soul soldier, however, they would at best be similar to Aioros' blast.
The Soul Domination ability was a qualitative change that occurs to one's Soul Power when it reaches a certain level. After seeing its effect, Wang Zhong was hopeful for the future.
Even at full speed, the Twin Headed Hellhound ran a good five minutes before they saw Aioros who had come to a stop. The only reason why Aioros had done so was not because he had lost momentum or ran out of power, he had simply reached the end of the pathway and stopped by himself!
Before them lay yet another main hall which began to light up as the trio walked in. Unlike the previous room which created mummy soldiers, this hall appeared much more grandiose and spectacular. In the sourceless light, the black floor made of unknown materials was radiating with a flowing luster, while mysterious runic patterns exuded unknown energies.
Wang Zhong felt as though he had walked into a treasure vault, with unknown runic patterns displayed all around. If it was not for the extreme danger in here which meant he could not stay long, he truly wished to spend time to properly research and analyse the runes.
The entire giant hall appeared just like a temple from the old civilization era, yet it lacked the presence of any god.
Taking a deep breath, Aioros gathered the golden coloured Soul Power around his body. He transformed it into a halo which disappeared behind his head before he said, "Mu Zi."
At this, both Aioros and Wang Zhong heard Mu Zi reply, "Leave the next part to me."
As his voice rang out, Mu Zi's aura became incomparably dignified as a thin layer of black light enveloped his body. Shock filled Wang Zhong as he witnessed the spectacle before him. Mu Zi had not made a single movement and yet, his shadow had started to wave and shake about as though it had come alive.
In front of Mu Zi, a runic patterned started to form and Soul Power brimming with energy radiated out in all directions. Wang Zhong watched with great interest. Turns out runic patterns can be used like that!
It was said that Tutankhamun Empire was the weakest of the three great empires, however, it was also the most mysterious as they were able to accomplish many inconceivable acts with their Soul Power.
Bang. As Mu Zi shouted, the entire great hall suddenly became transparent, before shattering apart as though it was made of glass. Light akin to daylight illuminated their surroundings and transformed everything into nihility. A thick white fog started to envelop them with muffled sounds of thunder ringing out within the mist.
A wall without a visible end appeared before the trio, obstructing their path. They were unable to estimate how high nor how wide it reached.
A gigantic sculpture of a wolf headed man wearing a crown was on the surface of the wall. The Soul Weigher!
As they took in the situation, the trio looked at each other. What is this? This was an empty space without a sky nor earth when it should be a dimensional space with special principles and laws. It was undoubtedly the infinite wall obstructing their paths that was maintaining the existence of this space.
Aioros spoke with clenched fists. Being a combat zealot, he clearly did not like the current situation. He turned to face Mu Zi.
At this, Mu Zi frowned. From his perception, the wall seemed endless. Shaking his head, he replied, "I can't see anything. Wang Zhong, you have the keenest Soul Power senses. Do you feel anything in particular about this wall?"
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