In a quiet corner inside the deep regions of the Giant Beasts Forest is a rather vacant area. This area is devoid of trees and weeds. There are only rocks and boulders around here. When the wind blew, dust would be blown up into the sky. It’s hard to believe that this place used to be flushed with flora.
There are a bunch of small hills with trees that have fruit growing on them near this vacant area. Luckily for the expedition team, a part of this habitat remained after the fights. The residents that were living here got cleansed by the newcomers, including the king of this area, the Longarm Ape King.
After cleaning up, the expedition team members decided to make this play their camping spot for the night. It would be a waste if they passed on this ridiculously habitable place.
This was an area ruled by the Longarm Ape King. whenever a demonic beast claimed an area as its territory, other demonic beasts would stay away. Those that strayed into this area are existences that the apex predator couldn’t bother with, like peak tier 7 creatures. Tier 8 demonic beasts would have to think twice if they wanted to enter this area, generally, they don’t.
Tier 9 monsters will be immediately treated as a trespasser and hunted down by the whole group. Outside of territory wars, tier 9 demonic beasts wouldn’t appear inside here.
Hence, Wu Yan & co took this place as their own. They aren’t too worried if a rival monster would try to seize this area after the death of the apex predator here. They reckoned that they wouldn’t be bothered if they only stayed for one night.
With the pesky trees here, it’s hard to set up tents unlike the hilly area they stayed at the night before. Instead, they set up a radial tent set up with Fei Fei, Sylph, Bing Ling, Bishi, Wu Yan & co’s tents in the center, and the rest of the tents forming a defensive circle around the core members’ tents. Their tents are also situated at a distance where, even if they were attacked in the night, core members can still reliably be deployed to the affected area.
Nobody challenged the perks enjoyed by Wu Yan & the other squad leaders. Without Wu Yan & co’s help, they would have been routed even if they somehow found a way to fight against peak tier 7 and tier 8 monsters, the Longarm apes would have made short work of them.
With four tier 8 individuals traveling inside the 10 person group, they are more useful than the rest of the expedition team. They also contributed greatly by fighting off monsters, saving a lot of lives in the process. To ensure the success of their mission, Wu Yan & co’s power is required.
Most importantly, there is an existence they can’t ignore inside his retinue.
A tier 9 individual!
Rather than that, it’s someone who can kill a tier 9 monster in a matter of seconds when she got serious.
This line-up meant that they had to be as servile as possible for the consequences would be dire if they fell in enmity with them. The rest of his entourage are also stellar individuals who are collectively better than the other expedition members. They can fight their peak tier 7 squad leaders and match them move for move, their strange and unique skills meant that they can play powerful support roles during this expedition.
They can’t help but wonder what would happen if they came inside this forest without Wu Yan & company’s escort. Just the thought gave them shivers.
Fei Fei, Sylph, Bing Ling, and Bishi are important pillars among the younger generation of their respective factions. They brought along aces and cards in case of an emergency, their factions gave them insurance before they came inside this Giant Beasts Forest.
Needless to say, their families invested a lot so they can lead this expedition squad. It wouldn’t be funny if something happened to them while they are inside this forest.
If Wu Yan & co didn’t come along, Sylph and the other squad leaders are confident that they can keep their lives at the very least. For instance, Fei Fei’s trump card is Wu Yan & co.
Lei Wang personally beseeched them to protect Fei Fei on this trip. Fei Fei herself wasn’t aware of this.
Fei Fei & the other squad leaders can rely on their aces to guarantee their own survival, that much cannot be said of the other expedition members. Nobody can blame the other expedition members for letting their own thoughts wander.
They met a tier 9 monster on the first day they entered the deeper regions of the Giant Beasts Forest. If this trend kept up, what would tomorrow bring about?…
They stopped themselves, with four additional tier 8 and one tier 9 supporting them, they cast off a bit of their doubt. They felt safe with them here, the irony isn’t lost on them.
After this journey to the center of the Giant Beasts Forest, Wu Yan’s company met with a ton of monsters. Peak tier 7 monsters numbered the most with tier 8 monsters coming up as the runner-up. They also killed off most of the Longarm Apes. Ignoring the peak tier 7 apes, Wu Yan & co slaughtered the most tier 8 longarm apes, Sylph only killed one whereas the other 5 got done in by Wu Yan & co.
These monsters are basically walking bags of experience points.
The experience points of these high-quality fodder piled up to a substantial amount. Moreover, they also got the tier 9 Longarm ape king.
Now, Wu Yan & co experienced transformative growth since the start of this journey.
Wu Yan: Level 73
Hinagiku: Level 70
Mikoto: Level 78
Flandre: Level 83
Ikaros: Level 80
Astrea: Level 79
Shokuhou Misaki: Level 70
Kinuhata Saiai: Level 70
Frenda: Level 70
Takitsubou Rikou: Level 70
Pocketing a huge amount of experience points, they all more or less leveled up like no one can believe. In a day’s time, Wu Yan rose by 3 levels, Mikoto rose by 3 levels, Astrea rose by 2 levels, even Flandre-chan got a level up.
Hinagiku, Shokuhou Misaki, Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, Takitsubou Rikou all rose to tier 8 status with their level-ups. Their current power exceeded Fei Fei, Bing Ling, and Bishi.
That’s not the most surprising news. Ikaros took the cake, she leveled up to tier 9 after they killed the Longarm Ape King. She became the second pillar of strength in Wu Yan’s retinue.
This impossible growth in power completely exceeded the memory of the other expedition members. They aren’t a group composed of four tier 8 and one tier 9 individual anymore. Instead, they are now a group of tier 8 individuals plus two tier 9 individuals!
Just by the 10 of them, they can already take a piss in the courtyard of every royal and noble family in this world, and nobody can do anything about it. They are the only people in the world who can ignore giving the ruling-class face or honor during their exchange.
Hinagiku, Shokuhou Misaki, Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, and Takitsubou Rikou are buzzing with joy over their level-ups. They were a bit crestfallen over their inability to contribute during fights. These level-ups came at a very welcomed juncture, only the girls themselves knew how happy they were with their increased power.
Wu Yan, Mikoto, Flandre-chan, and Astrea didn’t rise up into another class of power but at least their levels rose up, it’s hard to level up at their current tier so they are pleased with what they got.
Indeed, with their increased strength, the grinding just got harder. The higher the level, the harder it is to level up, it meant a lot of experience points and grinding. Their growth would probably grind to a tortoise’s pace at tier 9 and above.
Strangely enough, while the others were celebrating their growth, Ikaros is feeling a bit melancholic.