Chapter 98 “The Dragon Patriarch’s hatred”
“Even you can’t?” Du Wei gasped.
“Me?” The old magician smiled: “No. At least in this world, I believe there are only two people that could possibly surpass me in terms of power. The first is his Majesty the Pope, the second is the President of the Magic Union.”
Du Wei did not quite understand the old magician’s meaning, but then he didn’t need to.
With a wry smile, the old magician continues to explain: “The two I just named ‘may’ have the strength equal to that or above me; but the dragon chief is ‘definately’ above me. The reason I know this is because I came here 200 years ago and in that encounter, the dragon chief only needed to use half his powers to not only defeat me, but to nearly take my life. I speculate that if I wasn’t carrying the contract between Aragon and the dragon clan back then, I fear i would have likely perished on that day!”
Just when the old magician finished his words, the voice of the dragon chief had already reached their ears from the deeper part of the cave.
“You’re too modest my friend.”
Walking slowly with a faint smile, the dragon patriarch had already returned with a narrow looking box in his hands: “I would like to correct two errors you made. First, I don’t know about others, but i can tell you your strength is above that of the magic union’s president. Second, the Pope is not ‘maybe’ above you, but is definately above you.”
“And how do you know this?” Du Wei questioned.
“Because I’ve been to the human world…… Transforming into the appearance of a human, I visited your world and learned both your culture and civilization….. The reason i’m doing this is because I’m curious as to how the human world managed to produce such a powerful being like Aragon. For this purpose, I would travel to the human world every one hundred year, but alas, i would always return to my home disappointed. Why you ask? Because it seems that even for the race with the largest population in this world, it could not produce another being up to Aragon’s standard.” The dragon patriarch spoke with a light voice: “Whether it is the president of the magic union or the temple’s Pope, i’ve challenged them all. So my friend, you don’t have to be so modest. I believe within the human world you are definately without a contest, assuming the Pope doesn’t leave the temple of course.”
With that, his tone gradually turned cold as he readily threw the box down to the floor: “Well then, take the key and go! My old friend, you know where the secret chamber is! Open it and take away the things stored inside, then leave my territory! You did get one thing right; I still hate humans, especially that scumbag Aragon!”
With that said, the dragon patriarch snorted and turned around to walk away.
Just when he was making the ‘humph’ sound, Du Wei suddenly heard a piercing sound rush into his ears. As if a invisible hand was mercilessly clutching at his heart, his whole body began to feel terrible like his blood pressure wanted to boil over!
If he had to describe it, it’s like a heavy hammer banging inside!
Du Wei’s expression immediately turned pale white and the view in front of him suddenly went dark as he fainted away! Fortunately, the old magician was quick to react. Pulling Du Wei over, the old man had his palm pressed against Du Wei’s chest. Then with a bright shining light, Du Wei’s breath began to slowly return to normal.
At the same time, our Saint Knight Hussein suddenly had a change in his expression. Both proud and strongwilled, this stubborn guy remained standing as he spat out a mouthful of blood.
With a shocked face, Hussein could only watch the dragon chief’s back slowly disapear from his sight. Clenching his teethes, he asked the old magician: “This….. What is this.”
“This is Draconian magic.” The old magician sighed: “Consider yourself lucky, he already restrained himself.”
“But why is she all right then?” Du Wei pointed towards Medusa that was quietly standing nearby.
“Because this chief only hates humans.” The old magician smiled wryly as he looked over at the angry faced Hussein: “Hussein, don’t even think about challenging the dragon chief with your current strength. Believe me; even if you’re a Saint Knight, there is still a large gap between you two!”
Draconian magic sure is amazing. With only a little spell like this, Du Wei isntantly lost consciousious and was only able to come back with the help of the old magician’s healing spell. As for Hussein, he did in fact suffer some minor injuries and even ended up coughing up a mouthful of blood; however, the greatest injury he recieved today is not on his body, but his pride! If not for the old magician’s clear warning, this proud knight would have already rushed over to challenge the dragon chief.
“It seems the dragon clan’s tolerance is not so good.” Du Wei smiled bitterly: “It is all because Aragon suppressed the dragon clan in the past and caused them to lose face. So by hating Aragon, the dragon chief also ended up hating all of us too?”
The old magician frowned and then whispered, “I told you so before, the chief is a complicated guy. His mouth may say he hates Aragon the most, but it’s not true. From his actions thus far, I can tell the dragon chief carries a strong sense of respect for Aragon, after all, Aragon was the only person to have ever defeated the dragon patriarch. Maybe it’s because of this complex emotion that the dragon chief would always sneak into the human world.”
After these words, the old magician cried out: “Well then, let’s not waste time because finishing our business here is more important! Follow me; we will leave here and go see Aragon’s secret chamber!”
With that said, everyone began to walk out of the Hall while following the old magician. The old guy seems to remember the route very well because after walking through the first passageway, they were faced with numerous forks in the road. Despite the lack of information, he didn’t hesitate for even a second and led the group through numerous left and right turns.
Along the way, Du Wei was surprised by some strange “things” he saw.
Right after passing through the caves main passageway, (To tell the truth, Du Wei wondered if this was in fact actually a mouse cave due to how many twists and turns there were inside.) some strange rocky platforms quickly caught his eyes. Both short and tall, these things were made out of the unique black metals found only in the Holy Mountain. And lunged on top of the metal tips were skulls of all shapes and sizes!!
But what puzzled Du Wei isn’t the fact that there are skulls in this place, it was the fact that these skulls weren’t that of a humans!
Every skull placed on top of these platforms varied in terms of their appearances. While some were wearing helmets of certain peculiar styles, many did not; however, they all had one common similarity: every single skull were screwed down onto the spikey rocks!
It’s not certain how many years had passed since these things were here, but luckily the temperature in the cave were both cold and dry, meaning the skulls did not decay as fast due to the lack of moisture.
If one were to pay closer attention, they may just be able to barely make out the original facial appearance of the deceased!
So to describe the things Du Wei saw: The skulls are three to four times larger than that of the average person. Based on their facial features and shape of their bones, the faces of these skulls before him should have the characteristics of a cat. What’s more, one could even make out the skin textures from the residual dried parts still clinging onto the bone…..It was already quite scary looking at their nearly mummified mouthes, nose, and ears, but what is even more terrifying is how these skulls were skewered to the rocks. From the neck in, the pointed tiped edge would only come out through the centre of the mouth, which made the scene expecially bone numbingly scary to look at!
This desciption is only suitable for that type because there were others. While some had a very long mouth with two nearly unnoticeable holes above it, presumably the nostrils. As for the ears, they were very small…. From the shape alone, it is likely these beings had a similar appearance to that of cattles, such as a horse.
And some skulls even had long jaws like that of a crocodile. Occupying two thirds of the skull, the teethes were distributed on the upper and lower jaw. No matter what, it is not possible for a human to have teeth’s like that.
Seeing the skulls, Du Wei suddenly recalled the vision of those mummies at the bottom of the mountain. Knowing this caused his heart to skip a beat! Not knowing how many years of weathering these skulls had to endure, it was obvious their skins were already dried up. Although there was no evidence of decay, their looks were abnormal. This was especially true for the unclosed eye lids because there were only empty eye sockets……
Of course, there are a few that looked similar to that of a humans. These skulls were slightly smaller and even more slender than a normal human. From the skull size, Du Wei speculated the body size of this race were much smaller and thinner than a ordinary human, however, ‘they’ were the most pleasing to the eyes among all the skulls present. Even though the weather had caused the heads to dry up, the skulls still looked vividly alive. From the contours of their face, their facial features were clearly refined and well-proportioned. Then there were the long pointed ears……
“These are the Elves.” The old magician appropriately reminded him in a low voice: “Those big guys over there are the Orcs.”
“You knew?” Du Wei turned his head to look back at the old magician.
“Yes, these are the exiled races.” The old magician whispered.
The races that were exiled, Du Wei repeated this sentence in his heart as emotions ran high. Walking slowly through the sharp rocks, what welcomed them after coming out of the passageway is a bottomless abyss!
The abyss was located on the hillside of the Holy Mountain and the surrounding area was very narrow. But from where Du Wei was positioned, he could see a very large cave entrance and a protruding rock extending above the abyss, thus forming a large platform.
Below the abyss, there was a faint howling wind that was mixed in with a haunting aura. Listening closely, one could even hear the shrill cries of sadness mixed into the wind. This is enough to send chills into anyone listening!
“This place is the sacrificial altar.” The old magician pointed across the abyss at the protruding rocks: “That thing there is the altar. The dragon clan would deposit the skulls of those they killed around the abyss and lunge them on top of these rocks. Then, once every one hundred years, a sacrificial ceremony would take place. By taking one of the skulls surrounding the abyss, they would then hold a ceremony to throw the skull into the bottomless abyss. Then…. Looking forward to the next century, they will continue killing the powerful experts coming in from the north and repeating this process for eons to come.”
“What meaning is there in doing all of this?” Du Wei was puzzled.
“The mission of the dragons is to guard this place, but this mission was already in place for who knows how many years! Even before the age of Aragon, the dragons were already here! Think about it. On the surface, the saying is to guard, but in fact, isn’t the dragons also being imprisoned by such a mission? Isn’t this mission equal to forever limiting the dragons to this place? What difference is there between this and a prisoner? So, when the dragons received the mission from God, they were not willing. So God gave them a glimmer of hope, a hope to completely rid themselves of such a mission. That hope was a condition.”
The old magician had a weird look in his eyes as he glanced at the bottomless abyss below his feet. In a whispering voice: “God and the dragons agreed that if one day they were to be able to fill this abyss with enough skulls of the evil races, then their mission would be considered complete! Once that happens, the dragon clan would be free to live their lives without being bound by the mission!”
Fill this abyss with skulls…… Du Wei took a look at the bottomless darkness in front of him…. How many skulls would that take?!
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