The skeleton fortress is like a manmade hill with a thin top and a heavy bottom. The entrance is about 5 meters tall and it looked like a cave entrance from the outside. Veiled by the darkness within the fortress, they could see faint figures shifting about inside the fortress.
In front of the fortress, there are thirteen demonic beasts of different species. Five of the monsters stationed here are guarding the place by moving around to look for trespassers. They are all very diligent in this regard as they continued scanning the entrance area. Meanwhile, six more monsters stayed on guard around the fortress by taking up sentry positions that are spaced out between themselves. The last of the monsters stayed by the entrance with half-closed eyes, they appeared to be slacking off on their jobs.
Fei Fei & co can’t see through the distribution of roles but Wu Yan & co can see how they got their tasks based on their power, courtesy of the System’s scanning function.
The five monsters that are actively on the prowl were all level 86 while the six monsters that held fixed positions defending different parts of the fortress are all between levels 87 and 88. The two monsters that were slacking off were peak tier 9 monsters that had an impressive level of 89, just a level away from reaching the demigod tier.
With this lineup, even if Lei Wang brought all the people presiding over the Board they still wouldn’t be able to act wantonly.
On the human side, they had 14 individuals, on the monster side, they had 13 monsters but qualitatively, the humans lost.
Three peak tier 7 individuals, Nine tier 8 individuals, and two tier 9 individuals meant that a frontal assault will only result in defeat. The monsters also had two peak tier 9 demonic beasts. With an aberration known as Flandre-chan on their side, they would still lose if all the tier 9 monsters ganged up on them.
Moreover, Ikaros is someone who just entered the tier 9 league.
At the climax of their journey, they encountered an obstacle that even Wu Yan & co felt very pressed to solve.
“Yan, what do you think we should do?”
Shokuhou Misaki who usually had ideas and solutions was at a loss. She turned to Wu Yan for his advice just like the other girls.
After examining the fortress and the forces guarding it, Wu Yan frowned.
“Why would those demonic beasts gather there?”
He asked the real question on everyone’s mind.
Mikoto leaned her back against a tree behind her. She shook her head as if she’s denying reality.
“Why are those tier 9 demonic beasts all here? They look like they are guarding something, it’s suspicious no matter how you looked at it!”
Hinagiku connected the dots and she asked Wu Yan in a shaky tone.
“Those monsters, they are guarding the beast king?”
“That should be the case.”
Shokuhou Misaki said.
“The old man Lei Wang said that the monsters banded up to drive humans out in order to protect the beast king who is going through a metamorphosis process. Looking at this scene, only the beast king can gather so many tier 9 monsters. It looks like the beast king ordered them to protect him while he stabilizes his power.
“That is to say…”
Fei Fei gnashed her teeth.
“A beast king has truly been born!”
“Based on past observations and current clues…”
Wu Yan continued.
“That is a very real possibility…”
Fei Fei, Sylph, Bing Ling, and Bishi turned grim as heaviness clouded their eyes.
Lei Wang said that the beast king possessed the unique ability to command demonic beasts. To make matters worse, the beast king possesses intelligence on par with humans. With the leadership of the new beast king, the residents of Silvaria might never be able to extract resources from the Giant Beasts Forest anymore.
The Giant Beasts Forest is very important to the people of Silvaria. If they were separated from this bountiful place, it would severely impact the whole world. The board members had a lot of vested interest in this place so they sent in investigation teams.
This news isn’t the news Fei Fei & co wanted to hear.
Compared to Wu Yan & co who just arrived in this world some time ago, Fei Fei and the others needed to think about their families, their countrymen, the economy, and a lot of other stuff. This news is basically a looming calamity for them.
Fei Fei lifted her head.
“Without personally seeing the beast king, I refuse to believe in this.”
Wu Yan & co gasped. Wu Yan questioned her.
“Sister Fei Fei, don’t tell me you want to go inside the skeleton fortress?”
Fei Fei resolutely said.
“Our job is to investigate, as such, I have to bear witness to the figure of the beast king, speculations will only lead to more trouble down the road!”
“Do you understand the implications of your words?”
Hinagiku grabbed Fei Fei’s arms.
“Do you not see the thirteen late-stage tier 9 monsters wandering about? You only have peak tier 7 powers, do you think you will make it inside alive?”
“No matter what, I have to try…”
Fei Fei shook her head with a bitter laugh. She knew Hinagiku only said what she said because she is worried about Fei Fei. However, Hinagiku & others couldn’t possibly understand the gravity of this matter for her and her clansmen.
“Sister Fei Fei!”
Mikoto clenched her fists. She turned around to look at Sylph, Bing LIng, and Bishi.
“You guys?! Say something to her!”
Sylph shook her head calmly.
“I agree with Fei Fei…”
Mikoto pointed her index finger at her.
“Have you gone crazy?”
Bing Ling and Bishi stepped up to voice their thoughts.
“We agree as well!”
Mikoto is on the verge of freaking out. She thought she was very rash, that was until she realized that there are crazier people in this world.
Wu Yan furrowed his brows. He sighed as he tried to put himself into her shoes even if he’s not born on Silvaria. He could more or less understand her feelings. Shokuhou Misaki, Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, and Takitsubou Rikou said nothing from the start of this conversation.
“Are you guys sure about this?”
Wu Yan said with a low tone. The squad leaders nodded affirmatively.
The heavy air gripped everyone’s body. They can almost feel the heartbeat of the person next to them due to the silence.
Wu Yan broke the silence with a sigh.
“You guys and your obstinate attitudes…Ugh…”
He looked at Hinagiku, Mikoto, and the other girls. They responded with supportive looks as if they understood what he was going to ask without saying anything.
“Fine, it should be okay to accompany you guys just a little bit further…”
The squad leaders didn’t expect this reaction.
“Yan, are you going to come wit-…”
Wu Yan glared at her.
“What’s the chances of you guys pulling this off just by yourselves?!”
Fei Fei didn’t get angry that Wu Yan looked down on her, she smiled in an embarrassed manner instead.
Wu Yan laughed in exhaustion. Waving his hands, he took out a black cloak.
“I never thought the day would come where I would need to use this…”