The Giant Beast Forest, Forward operating base...
"This is the Ailu empire's Giant Beast Forest base?"
Lana asked after seeing the tents and armed soldiers hurrying around. There are no frills to speak of.
Wu Yan rolled his eyes at her.
"This is a base, not a castle. Are you expecting grandiose walls and chariots of war?!"
"At least make a barricade or something!"
"If demonic beasts come flooding won't the base be in trouble?"
"You think flimsy barricades can block rampaging beasts?!"
Wu Yan pursed his lips.
"It's still better than exposing the base like this, right?!"
Wu Yan turned around to see Lana staring at him matter-of-factly. If she wasn't bound by the power-sapping black ring she would surely be crossing her arms defiantly.
"Wh-why are you looking at me like that? Are you about to succumb to your urges?!"
"Yeah, I am about to snap!"
Wu Yan's lip twitched.
"I am want to riff on you so badly..."
"What does that?!"
"Look, princess, I know you probably haven't visited the base in your empire but surely you're not this inept?"
Wu Yan pointed at the base despite Lana's fuming expression.
"Look closer, do you seriously think there is nothing here?"
Lana wrinkled her nose and she focused on the base again. This time she found something odd.
There is a faint glow some distance away from the tents and the guards.
"Good, you're not a good-for-nothing tier 6..."
Wu Yan sighed.
"Barricades, city walls, chariots, those are nothing compared to a carefully laid barrier."
Lana nodded with an elucidated look. She leered at Wu Yan.
"Right, how did you know my power's at tier 6?!"
Wu Yan bitterly laughed.
"Don't assume everyone's like you, one does not simply go rambo without gauging the enemy's power."
"Oh, please, get off your high horse!"
"Let's hear it, come on, what's your cultivation tier?! What's your Armament tier? Are you a warrior or mage?!"
Wu Yan slammed his face into his palm.
"I get it if you don't have intel on my level and armament, you seriously came picking a fight with me without finding out if I am a warrior or mage first? I don't even..."
Lana's eyes lit up. She giggled.
"Alright, then let me go!"
Wu Yan stared at her like he's looking at someone who slammed her head against the wall real hard as a child. Naturally, the princess wasn't amused by his reaction.
"I am warning you, stop using that look on me or I am going to get angry! My anger scares even myself, it's very scary, you know!"
Lana used her meanest kitty-can-scratch look on Wu Yan and he almost burst out laughing. He nodded sarcastically.
"Sure, you're scary..."
He ignored her red face and he continued tugging the leash, bringing the wild princess over to his tent. Her annoying shriek and yell attracted the attention of the soldiers nearby.
There is a strict rule against bringing non-personnel into the base. The punishment is a heavy one.
Every soldier abided by the rule. When they saw someone bringing an outsider into the base, the soldiers wanted to stop the offender when they identified him as Wu Yan. They exchanged intimidated looks and they looked away while whistling.
That's someone who can kill captain-level soldiers with ease and get away with it, the soldiers were wiser and they loved their lives better than messing with Wu Yan.
Maybe, ignoring this infraction is a better move.
Moreover, even if they can sanction Wu Yan, they still wouldn't dare offend someone like Wu Yan. Ignoring him is the best move here.
Wu Yan brought Lana into his tent area.
Lana started shrieking when he was about to bring her into the public tent for Wu Yan & co. Wu Yan's ears almost bled from her high-pitched scream.
"What the heck?!"
Lana continued staring at the Misaka sisters who are busy with their tasks. The mouth hidden by her mask widened in disbelief.
"Wh-why are they all so..."
Lana is probably shocked by all the sisters who looked identical.
He pat his chest as he sighed.
"What sin did I commit to attract a wild brat like this? You're not good for my heart..."
The tent opened up and Hinagiku, Mikoto, Shokuhou Misaki, Kurumi, and the others came out running.
"Yan! What's the matter? I heard a scream..."
Mikoto dashed over when she saw the scene of a certain wolf leading Lana with a leash. They all stopped at once. Their expressions of panic turned into dark looks.
Kurumi donned a shocked look, her amused eyes, however, told a different story.
"Are we not enough to satiate hubby-sama's voracious appetite? Is that why hubby-sama caught a girl to bring home? How shocking, this is so surprising..."
Shokuhou Misaki also grinned at Wu Yan. However, her eyes were brimming with hostility.
"I didn't think an errand meant bringing a girl home. You even brought her here in such a manner, Yan-kun, is this your kink?"
"As expected of my nii-san!"
Kotori had a disturbing smile on her face despite praising her brother.
Mikoto and Hinagiku donned radiant smiles.
"Do you want to explain yourself?"
The girls leered at Wu Yan like they are deciding where to cut first. Wu Yan let go of the leash and he started defending himself.
"Wait wait wait! This is a misunderstanding! A misunderstanding!"
The ladies gave him the chance to explain. They had different looks. Kurumi and Shokuhou Misaki were grinning but he knows they are going to come after him either directly or indirectly with their tricks and ploys. The two scheming ladies are not above kicking someone when they are down.
Wu Yan bitterly laughed. To prevent future disaster, he dispelled the bindings on Lana while working on his defense statement.
When he did that, another unexpected thing happened.
"Oh my gosh!!!"
Lana shrieked and before the others can react...
Lana turned into a blur with inhuman speed and she grabbed Ikaros' hand.
"Hey sister, what's your name?!"
The others were speechless.