Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 127
Sui Xiong crazily laughed and raised the specially-modified trident without any compassion in his heart in the face of the Goddess of Ocean, who felt as if she was not living due to the poison. She could only roll and twitch there, without the strength to escape, let alone fight back.
Just as he was preparing to approach the Goddess of Ocean and completely end the life of the female tyrant, there were many Gods and believers rushing out from the Holy Kingdom surrounded by turbulent flows. They knew that they were absolutely not opponents of the huge jellyfish that knocked down the Goddess of Ocean. Many were scared but bravely rushed towards him.
The holy envoys stopped in front of Sui Xiong and tried to protect the Goddess. The believers tried to move the seriously injured Goddess to the Holy Kingdom for healing.
Obviously, Sui Xiong wouldn’t let them hinder him. He yelled and threw away the trident which directly stabbed the Goddess of Ocean.
The believers of the Goddess of Ocean panicked. They couldn’t think. They lunged in front of the trident and used their bodies to block this powerful weapon. There were only screams and the sounds of collapse, and many of them died. In the end, it was a huge sea element that caught the opportunity that many companions sacrificed, and heavily hit the trident, making it deflect and fly far.
But Sui Xiong immediately went where it went, stretched his tentacles, and raised the trident again.
“Go away!” he yelled, “A good dog doesn’t block the way!”
The surviving holy envoys did not move at all but remained in front of the Goddess.
In a furious manner, he once again raised the trident.
Holy envoys, put plainly, were the tools the Holy Kingdom used to battle. Except for in rare and unexpected circumstances such as being devoured by a jellyfish, it would not be long before they would be resurrected in the Holy Kingdom of God, even if they were destroyed. They were totally different from the ordinary believers.
So, of course, Sui Xiong would not have the slightest mercy towards them. He picked up the trident and rushed to kill those holy envoys. They were thrown into a disorderly formation.
The Wrath of the Waves deserved to be one of the best weapons. Not only was it amazing, but also when people held it in their hand, they could feel that endless power was slowly flowing into the body. Although it was not very fast, it was as mild as the water, and as profound as the sea. For Sui Xiong who had almost been exhausted of energy, it was a timely rescue!
With the power complimenting him, he felt that his strength was rapidly recovering and that he could use more power to launch attacks.
What was even more amazing was that this weapon made the holy envoys of the Goddess of Ocean seem completely vulnerable to his attack. Obviously, they were even more powerful than he was at the moment, but he killed him in an instant, as if he were chopping vegetables with a knife.
Although they could still be resurrected, everything would have to be determined then.
After killing all the holy envoys in the road, Sui Xiong finally took the gun and came to the Goddess of Ocean.
The Goddess of Ocean had now been tormented by the poison, and was completely exhausted. She was faintly lying in the water flows, looking desperately at Sui Xiong with her horror-struck eyes. Her body kept twitching occasionally due to the stimulus of the terrible poison.
Her believers had been trying to pull her away to the Holy Kingdom. However, because the Goddess of Ocean had made her body too large, their power had simply not been sufficient to move this truly huge giant. They had worked hard until now, with little success.
But the man who came to kill her had already come in front of her.
Sui Xiong grimly smiled, and was too lazy to talk nonsense to her. He slowly raised the trident.
The armor on the Goddess of Ocean was quite strong. He had to work hard to seriously hit her and kill her!
Then, it was so.
The giant jellyfish grit its teeth, and a pale white color shone in its giant mouth, which was so big that it seemed to have been torn up.
Just as he was ready to stab his gun at her, the believers suddenly roared and rushed towards him, one after another.
Their body and strength were simply not worth worrying about for Sui Xiong. As long as he waved the Wrath of the Waves, they would be killed without leaving a single piece of armor!
Moreover, they were not holy envoys who were already integrated with the Holy Kingdom. Even if they were partially transformed into divine creatures, they still had only one life. When they died, they died. There was no chance for resurrection.
Sui Xiong frowned and was about to pick up the gun and kill these guys who were making trouble. But when he was ready to wield his gun, he happened to see the eyes of several believers.
They were clearly full of fear, but also a forced calmness. It was obvious that they were not afraid of death, and rushed forward without hesitation.
He was dumbfounded slightly and heard just a few believers around the Goddess of Ocean whispering prayers.
“Farewell, my Goddess. I’m sorry we don’t have the power to protect you!”
The giant jellyfish trembled. He held the trident high in the air and stayed there for a long time.
When death is close, they do not think of their own lives, but instead apologize to the Goddess…
He could not help but become lost in thought. He recalled the scene in which Ray insisted on bidding a farewell to him, when only a strip of the soul was left.
In the torrents of wrath, the pale transparent figures slowly kneeled down to him on one knee and whispered, “Your Majesty, I’m sorry I can’t live up to your trust. Please forgive my incompetence.”
“Ah! Ah! Ah!” Sui Xiong yelled wildly. The remaining tentacles waved wildly, but the tentacle holding up the Wrath of the Waves could not stab at her. It was as if it had been petrified and solidified in the air.
“Why! Why! Why!” He growled furiously, and the entire sea swayed with his roaring. “She is an evil God who has descended countless storms and tsunamis to sabotage the common people! She is a madman who constantly drives you to fight and die in vain!”
“Why! Why are you so loyal to her, and even want to protect her, even when you are about to die!”
The believers of the Goddess of Ocean looked at each other and did not understand what the giant jellyfish was doing. After a while, there was a mermaid who was extremely old who whispered, “Although Her Majesty has changed, in my mind, she is always the queen of the sea, who guards us against all dangers!”
This believer was the most senior one under the command of the Goddess of Ocean. She followed the Goddess of Ocean even before the Goddess of Ocean was apotheosized. Over the years, she had witnessed the constant transformation of the Goddess of Ocean from the patron saint of marine creatures, to the Queen of the Seas, and eventually to the tyrant of the sea.
She was sad, she was in pain, but her loyalty had not changed!
Sui Xiong looked at her, kept silent for a moment, mobilized the power of the soul, and read her memories as if he was turning book pages.
This mermaid had a low level of strength. In front of Sui Xiong, her thoughts and memories were almost transparent, and not even the slightest piece could be hidden. As a result, Sui Xiong clearly saw countless scenes, as if he himself had become an old mermaid who had past experiences with the Goddess of Ocean.
He clearly saw that the princess Verbocus, who was dressed in a long dress, was playing with mermaids and dolphins, and grew up every day in this way. When danger came, she stepped forward to protect them, and never retreated, even if she was badly injured. In the face of everyone’s gratitude and praise, she just smiled.
He clearly saw that one day, Verbocus, who was only a demigod, discovered the Wrath of the Waves in a deep trench. When she pulled up this gun, the entire sea seemed to cheer.
He saw that the Goddess of Ocean, with her gun, traveled through the vast sea. She persuaded the good ones and deterred the cruel ones. She defeated the unmovable powerful demigods more than once, and finally unified all the oceans on the entire main plane. She also established an unshakable and absolute authority. Under the praise and admiration of almost the entire sea race, she had broken through the final limits and entered the temple of the true Gods.
He clearly saw that the Goddess of Ocean became fierce and brutal as she absorbed beliefs of various fierce creatures that she did not like, and had no contact with. The mermaid girl who liked to sing and play the harps in the corals gradually disappeared. What was left was only a moody female tyrant holding a gun, wearing armor, and sitting coldly on her throne.
He clearly saw that with the transformation of the Goddess of Ocean, the races in the deep sea who had been faithful to her were despaired after persuading her in vain, and abandoned their faith in her. Weeping, they tore down the shrine that they had built and turned to honor the declined Goddess of Life.
He clearly saw how many times this loyal mermaid had cried, how many tears she had shed, how many times she was hurt. What stuck out especially was when the Goddess of Ocean completely demolished the Garden of Quiet-Flow that had been built by the people’s hard work, and eventually turned it into a military fortress surrounded by waves that only had a name of a garden. At that time, these old believers were very heartbroken.
However, after all that, they stayed here and accompanied the Goddess, whom they had once deeply admired and, loved but who had hurt them deeply.
After watching these scenes, Sui Xiong was full of emotion, shocked by the times when this crazy female tyrant was gentle and quiet, and also shocked by her transformation after being apotheosized.
The mermaid princess who naturally gave people a good impression like a spring breeze; the heroic, upright, and great queen who was worshipped by all good and evil sea creatures; how could she turn into a vicious tyrant? How could she become a madman who took joy by carrying out war, killing, calling on believers to launch great struggles, and laughing amidst the corpses’ blood?
Was this… the power of faith?
Could it be the reason the King of Sex and Lust resolutely refused to become a true God, was that he feared one day he would also change, due to faith?
If I am apotheosized in the future, will I also eventually become a villain with the increase of believers and the accumulation of belief?
His mind was heavy. He felt as if like his chest was pressed down by a rock, and his breathing became irregular.
The believers of the Goddess of Ocean still guarded the Goddess.
“Aren’t you sad? Don’t you regret it?” Sui Xiong could not help but ask heartlessly, after a long time.
The old mermaid stumbled, then received his thoughts, and suddenly thought of those sad things. Tears fell from her eyes.
But in the end, she replied firmly, “I feel sad, but I don’t regret it!”
Sui Xiong couldn’t help but roar to the sky, full of depression and anger. But he finally had lost the madness that he had when he was desperate to be destroyed together with his enemies.
“Look at them, Verbocus!” he yelled at the exhausted Goddess of Ocean. “As a God, it’s shameful enough for you to let the believers sacrifice themselves to protect you. But you break even the lower limits. See what you’ve done! I would also feel ashamed if I were you!”
The Goddess panted violently, turned her head in powerlessness, and saw those believers who were still surrounding her now.
Most of them were familiar to her, many of whom were the followers who struggled with her to create their undertakings. However, they were no longer young. Even the sea elements whose ages couldn’t have been told were already old. One could clearly see the traces of countless sighs and tears on their faces and bodies.
As for the murlocs and sea monsters, who always commemorated her merits and deeds, they upheld a chaotic, evil, and fierce style of bullying the weak while fearing the strong. So at the moment, they were waiting for him to fall in their Holy Kingdom. It was unknown whether they were looking forward to a resurrection in prayer, or directly wanted to replace her…
She, who had been pleased due to the smooth process of what she experienced, finally came back to reflect on her own path through the years.
“Why… why… why…” she trembled violently, the pain in her heart overwhelming even her physical pain. Before she only shed blood, but never tears—not even when she was intoxicated. But now she finally desperately roared, “Why have I become what I am now!”
She whimpered and cried in a miserable way, and the blue armor that once guarded her body suddenly collapsed, and turned into innumerable blades that crazily tore and cut at her body. That was similar to famous ancient tortures which were daunting.
But the Goddess of Ocean seemed to feel no pain at all. She just cried desperately, sometimes apologized, sometimes spit, and sometimes lamented, leaving her huge body to the blades. They created hundreds of holes, and left no complete flesh on her.
The face that once looked fine had been severely wounded; the once fierce and dignified eyes completely lost their light at that moment.
Sui Xiong could even feel that there was a breath, called desperation, spreading out from her body. After a while, her body was fragmented, and the breath of life became increasingly dim. At the very last moment of her life, she turned her head and stared at Sui Xiong with her blank eyes.
“Strong man from the ocean, remember my destruction! Do not embark on the same path as me!”
These were the last words of the powerful God.
As the believers cried, her large body slowly collapsed, and the entire Holy Kingdom collapsed too, slowly and firmly. Numerous fragments broke through the sky and fell from the sea domain to the main plane, like meteors crashing into the vast sea.
The Gods silently watched the Goddess of Ocean collapse with her Holy Kingdom and with the blue seat that was originally located in the middle of the third row of the Pantheon temple.
A God was strong because of her beliefs, and she was bound by faith, and even changed by faith. This was really a very heavy topic. Even the most powerful or most heartless Gods were not willing to talk about this topic.
For a time, the huge Pantheon temple was caught in a dead silence.
On the main plane, almost all the creatures on the continent witnessed the scene of the meteors falling like rain. All the creatures in the sea could not help but shed tears, especially the mermaids in the deep sea who sobbed and couldn’t say a complete word.
They did have a lot of dissatisfaction with the Goddess of Ocean, and they even abandoned their faith in her. But they would always remember the beautiful mermaid princess, the heroic and upright sea queen. Countless mermaids were secretly hoping that their queen would one day repent, and change back to the queen they once knew. But now, all hope turned into bubbles, and their queen had fallen!
Sui Xiong also returned to the main plane with those fragments. He had now returned to his usual size, hidden in the clouds. He stared at the fragments falling into the sea and changing into countless bubbles.
This was the death of a powerful God, proclaiming the victory of his revenge battle.
However, he did not feel happy. He was somewhat embarrassed, somewhat empty, and somewhat confused.
“This is not the end I wanted!” He could not help but sigh, but his sigh was blown away by the wind and disappeared without a trace.
In accordance with his idea, after a hard-fought battle, he would have finally defeated the enemy, and stabbed the Goddess of Ocean, who would have been half-dead. Then he would have opened his bloody mouth, devoured the wicked female tyrant like he had done to the bald guy before, chewed it, and swallowed it. Then he would have shaken his fork and laughed, declaring his successful revenge.
He never thought that the outcome of revenge would turn out like this!
“What is this?”
When all the fragments finally fell into the sea, Sui Xiong also fell to the surface of the sea, and sighed amid the countless bubbles.
The scenes seen from the past memory of the mermaid resurfaced again in his mind. He recalled carefully, admired at times, regretted at times, and finally uttered a long sigh.
“It’s over! It’s over! There is nothing other than what happened!”
Just as he was about to leave, he suddenly had an idea in his heart, and felt that many powerful wills were spying around, and were about to take action.
He immediately understood: these guys all wanted the heritage of the Goddess of Ocean, and wanted to be the next Gods of Ocean.
However, from these wills, he could not feel even the slightest good intention. He could not feel the slightest idea of guarding the ocean, and protecting the infinite number of creatures in the sea. Instead, he felt only greedy, fierce, brutal, sinister intentions.
In a furious rage, he shouted, “You want to take advantage of this chance to get her heritage? Get away!”
Those wills dispersed like frightened birds, but they did not go far, and still watched.
As a result, Sui Xiong was so angry that he couldn’t help thinking they were worse than the last generation. Looking at the slowly diffusing bubbles around him, he suddenly had an idea when he remembered the tough Goddess who decided to commit suicide in desperation when she found out that she had betrayed her ideals.
“Since those bastards don’t behave, why don’t I cultivate a person who will? He must be strong and kind!”
With a little thought, he threw the mighty weapon, The Wrath of the Waves, into the bubbles. At the same time he transmitted all the thoughts of goodness and kindness in his heart outwards.
It was strange that this obviously sturdy weapon fell into the bubbles and quickly dissolved like a spoonful of sugar falling into water, leaving no trace.
Then, all the bubbles concentrated at the place where it fell. They collided and surrounded it, and eventually turned into a white spray.
All people clearly felt that the deity and holy mission of the Goddess of Ocean, which should have been scattered after her death, were rapidly condensing towards the waves now.
A moment later, among the sprays, a large white shell rose, which seemed to be cut and polished by a beautiful jade stone.
Sui Xiong laughed and ridiculed the ghosts, “Sneaky beings! Now you can get away!”
Those wills finally left in disappointment, leaving only the laughing jellyfish to accompany the newborn deity.
After a while, the shell opened on its own. On its mattress-like pink flesh, a beautiful mermaid opened her eyes. She seemed to have just woken up, and stretched her body. She was graceful and infinitely beautiful.
“What is your name?” Sui asked with a smile.
The mermaid turned and looked at him. The green eyes were full of peace.
“I don’t know who I am,” she said. “I was born from the wreckage of the Goddess of Ocean, Verbocus and inherit her power, her past goodness, and sincerity. I also abandoned her greed and evil with your help. So who am I?
“You awoke her from a confusing dream to facilitate my birth. As my guide, could you tell me who I am”
Sui Xiong frowned and was lost in thought.
After a while, he no longer frowned, and his mouth gradually curled up, revealing a smile.
“The Goddess of Ocean, Verbocus, is dead. Her past has vanished. You are you and you have nothing to do with her!” he said. “I think the name Ariel suits you, because you were born out of the bubbles, and it reminds me of a very famous story: The Little Mermaid.”
The mermaid smiled, and bowed her head to show gratitude. The shell gradually disappeared, and she changed into a human figure. She was standing on the surface of the sea, her slender legs seeming weightless.
In the Pantheon temple, a new chair rose, and the avatar of the mermaid was sitting on it.
Compared to the previous Goddess of Ocean, the daughter of the sea was obviously a weaker. But the smile on her face reminded many old Gods of Verbocus when she had just been apotheosized.
With the Gods looking at her, out of curiosity or gratification, she stood up to pay tribute to everyone.
“Nice to meet you. I’m Ariel, the patron saint of good sea creatures, a mermaid princess, and the daughter of the sea.”