Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 125
The Palace of Tens of Thousands of Gods was a big meeting place where the Gods of the whole world would gather together. Whenever a new God was born, a new seat would be set in this palace. Normally, many Gods would leave their doppelgängers here, so they could communicate with each other. Up until now, countless agreements and conspiracies were made here, and friendship and hatred were evenly shared among these Gods. The relationship among these Gods had a very big influence of the whole world.
There were innumerable seats in this palace, and these seats were arranged according to the rank of the God. In the first rank, there were four seats, which were the seats of the God of Order, the God of Disorder, the God of Kindness, and the God of Evil. While the seat of the God of Order was still shining and looking very smooth, the other three seats were dim and full of cracks; this meant that the three Gods were sleeping their long sleep and might never be able to wake up, if they were not dead yet.
In the second rank were the seats of the principle Gods of all the departments, and the Gods who were stronger than a group of Gods added together. For example, the God of Justice. There weren’t many seats in this rank. There was a strong man in rags sitting in a wide chair and yawning.
A bald man in the third rank suddenly jumped up and yelled: “Yore Gartman! You have set me up!”
The strong man didn’t even bother to reply and was still yawning, then said, “You must be kidding me! If I really want to set someone up, I would set up that guy shining in silver light, who was in my front up! Who do you think who you are? I can kill you with one shot!”
“If it were not for you, why would that crazy jellyfish come to me first, instead of the Goddess of Ocean? Since it is she who was confronting him, not me!”
“You are being ridiculous! You always are upset by trifles, and then kill the people involved, or burn their houses down!” The strong man lazily picked his ear with the end of finger and said, “As for why he comes to you first, I have no idea, maybe it is because your Holy Kingdom was very close to the Main Plate.”
Hearing this, the bald man got extremely angry, while the figure who was shining in silver light and sitting in the shining chair in the first rank finally opened his eyes.
“God of Justice, please mind your language. I accept your challenge, but I hope you shall challenge me in a decent way.”
He was speaking in a very low voice, but his words were so powerful and magnificent that no one dared to disobey.
“Humph!” the strong man snorted. “Stop putting on a show! One day, I will break your wheel of order and completely overturn the world that has become so dull!”
“If that day comes, I will happily accept it, since it is how the world should proceed,” the figure that was shining in silver light said calmly. “I am sincerely looking forward to that day!”
“Pah! I don’t want to sit in your chair. I think I will definitely go blind if I sit there, since it is too bright!”
“If you can defeat me, you should naturally sit in my chair. It is an honor and your obligation also.”
“I am done talking with you, you are so boring!” the strong man shook his head and turned to the seat behind him that was hiding in the black mist. “Hey! God of Conspiracy, what are you plotting now?”
A gloomy voice came out from the black mist, “I am not plotting anything; at least not now.”
“You mean you plotted before?”
“I guess; but not now.”
“Really?” many Gods who were sitting in their chairs looked at the God of Conspiracy curiously, their eyes were full of surprise.
The God of Conspiracy was someone who never stopped plotting, not even for a single minute. Why had he stopped now?
Was he lying again?
The strong man frowned. Then he immediately got the answer and began to laugh!
“You are afraid! You coward!”
The figure in the black mist sneered, and didn’t reply.
Every God at present all understood what the God of Conspiracy meant, and also started to laugh.
In fact, the God of Conspiracy was not that powerful. In the past, he agitated someone who was very strong. Later this strong figure came to his Holy Kingdom for revenge, but he could not defeat him; so the God of Conspiracy abandoned his Holy Kingdom and fled. This happened more than once. A few times later, the God of Conspiracy learned his lesson and knew who he could mess with and who he couldn’t. For example, the strong man in rags—who was sitting in front of him and was stronger than a bunch of beggars added together—was someone the God of Conspiracy never dared to mess with.
This time, the God of Conspiracy meant to frame a certain God. Later, he realized that this God was more powerful than he expected, so he changed his mind and began to behave himself, and simply became a bystander.
While the Gods were laughing, the angry bald man suddenly made a strange sound and vanished. At the same time, smoke rose up from his chair and quickly dissipated. Then countless cracks began to show on the chair; at last it collapsed.
Apart from the Gods who had been watching all the time, all the other Gods were astonished. The bad man was the formidable God of Storm who was recruiting other Gods to work with him to build the department of natural disasters. Why on earth he suddenly vanished?
Countless Gods began to cast their eyes at the Storm World, where the Holy Kingdom of the God of Storm, the ‘furious flame,’ was located.
Then they saw a scene that they would never forget in their whole lives.
A huge scorched jellyfish was flinging his tentacles at the broken Holy Kingdom again and again. His skin was cut open and his flesh was ripped. At the same time, his mouth was severely torn and green smoke was coming out from it. Even so, he was gripping a weakening tornado with his teeth, while thunder and the lightning were flying out.
“What is this monster?!” a God exclaimed. “Could it be an ancient evil monster?”
“Nonsense!” a God who had been watching all the time said with dissatisfaction. “It is just a jellyfish God, the God of Storm agitated it before, so it got crazy and came to his Kingdom for revenge.”
“But I have never seen it in this palace…”
“Maybe it is because that it hasn’t joined an apotheosizing ceremony, which is not that rare.”
“It has already become so powerful before even joining an apotheosizing ceremony?! Could it be possible that it will become another poor crazy God?!”
“Excuse me! You should not speak ill of him behind his back! Be careful!” the poor and shabby God of Justice angrily shouted.
The God who just spoke realized that he had said something he shouldn’t have said, then screamed and vanished. Clearly, he wouldn’t dare to show himself in this palace for at least a few decades.
Around eight Gods secretly made some plans and each made an incarnation; then the incarnation quietly went to the Storm World.
No matter how huge the jellyfish God was, it would be impossible for it to eat everything the God of Storm had. For the eight weak Gods, the “leftovers” left by Sui Xiong were already something valuable.
Among the eight Gods, a few Gods also had the priesthood of the storm, thunder, lightning, and violence. By inheriting them, they could probably have a better understanding of their own source power, or even upgrade to a higher rank!
When the incarnations of the eight Gods arrived, the huge scorched jellyfish was floating in the Storm World that was full of thunder and lightning. It was not moving at all; maybe it was exhausted or dying.
Even if it looked like it was dying, still, not a single God dared to fight with it.
That would be ridiculous. How could they dare fight the jellyfish? This jellyfish managed to destroy both the God of Storm and his Holy Kingdom, and it even devoured the God of Storm! Even though it was too weak to breathe in the air, and most of his tentacles were broken and so burnt they could be displayed in a dish, it could just simply kill these weak Gods with only one shot!
The eight incarnations bypassed Sui Xiong and began to collect the heritage of the God of Storm. Soon, everything that was left by the God of Storm had been taken away by them; then they quickly and secretly left.
After a long while, Sui Xiong finally regained some of his strength. First he absorbed around one tenth of the amount of the magic energy of the Main Plate; then he successfully destroyed the Holy Kingdom of the God of Storm, and even killed the God of Storm. But he was also badly injured. Not only had his body been severely damaged, his soul had also been heavily shaken, and he felt a bit dizzy.
That was why he had some rest, so he could regain his strength.
Now he was feeling much better and felt ready to fight again!
The huge jellyfish roared, and penetrated space again. He rushed toward the Sea World.
“My gosh! It wants to have another fight?!”
“Of course. He has another enemy; and if you can get revenge now, why leave it until later?”
“Revenge? There is only one God living in the Sea World. You mean the Goddess of Ocean was also his enemy? The Goddess of Ocean is much powerful than the God of Storm was, it could never beat her in its current condition!”
“When he was heading to the country of furious flame, I also thought e would definitely be killed, but he won at last.”
Then all the Gods turned to the Goddess of Ocean. Her seat was next to the God of Storm’s seat. One was shining in blue light, the other had collapsed, which was a bit ironic.
The Goddess of Ocean was watching the God of Justice in surprise, and said coldly, “Why did you stop me from killing it?”
“Because I stand for justice!” The shabby and beggar-like God of Justice took a deep breath and wore a solemn face. His eyes looked rather determined; even the Goddess of Ocean didn’t dare to look him in the eyes.
The Goddess of Ocean was a bit afraid. Then she immediately regained her courage, and contradicted the God of Justice. “So I shall be killed by it, to help you to stand for justice?”
“You can either fight it or run away,” the God of Justice replied coldly. “I just can’t allow you and the God of Storm to siege. Besides, I didn’t really stop you just now; but if you helped the God of Storm, I would have definitely fought with you. I think I am playing fair and square.”
Hearing this, the Goddess of Ocean was furious, but since she could not defeat the God of Justice, she sneered and vanished.
In the blink of an eye, she returned to her Holy Kingdom, the ‘wave garden.’ Seeing the beautiful garden floating in the middle of the waves, and her followers who were either wandering in the wave or resting in the garden, she felt a little bit blue and nostalgic. Then she clenched her teeth and made the decision: she would fight with Sui Xiong outside of her Holy Kingdom!
Before Sui Xiong arrived, she waved her hand and a golden trident appeared. Then she stood up and her clothes instantly turned into blue armor. When she was in full combat dress, she jumped out of her Holy Kingdom, and grew into a giant that was as large as the Holy Kingdom.
The angry, huge jellyfish was coming.
“I need to tell you that your follower’s death was just an accident; and I have lost more followers than you,” She said in a high voice. “I know you don’t want to hear all this, so let’s finish this business by force!”
“Let’s fight then!”
Hearing the declaration of the Goddess of Ocean, which sounded very powerful but was very feeble, Sui Xiong roared. He curled up to a huge ball and began to rush towards the Goddess of Ocean.