Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 14
Chapter 14: Chapter 14
Translator: Nyoi_Bo_Studio Editor: Nyoi_Bo_Studio
“Is the human body made this way? Why do I feel it’s a bit weird…?”
Gerrard scratched his head and frowned while looking at the set of skeletons Sui Xiong had made.
This immediately made Sui Xiong angry.
Sui Xiong snapped back, “How can it be weird!? Do you know what I specialize in? Let me tell you, I have drawn more human bodies than you have ever killed! So I can never be wrong!”
“But I still feel like it is not right…”
Sui Xiong was speechless, then he used his tentacles to fetch a skeleton from the distance, put down, and used it as a reference. Then, he inquired, “Look at the skeleton, and compare it to the one I’m making. Don’t you see that they are the same?”
“Isn’t the structure of a skeleton… a bit too fragile?”
Gerrard looked more worried, while watching an almost broken skeleton that was close to him.
Sui Xiong casually shook his tentacles, laughed aloud and confidently boasted, “Trust me, I will use as much material as making a new body needs, and I can assure you that this new body will be hard enough that even an axe could not break it!”
Gerrard recalled the skeletons he saw just now, and grew bit concerned. Then he questioned, “Will it lack elasticity? Because I feel like a skeleton moves very stiffly…”
Sui Xiong was in a daze for a while, thinking carefully before replying, “I can make the bones into more sections, and add more muscle, so it can be flexible.
“As long as it is powerful enough, it will not be a big deal if it looks strange, right?” Sui Xiong asked, and did not give a damn about whatever answer he would receive.
Gerrard finally thought it through, and replied, “You are right, I am already very lucky to be able to live again, so there is no need to be so particular… By the way, please strengthen the muscles.”
“That is easy! You can count on me!” Sui Xiong promised while shaking his tentacles.
Gerrard was very happy. Then he had another idea, and he continued, “Is it easy? Then how about hardening the skin and making it into a natural armor? And also the Darkvision, antitoxic and so on…”
“Hardening the skin is easy, the Darkvision is not difficult either, but the antitoxic is not that easy.” Sui Xiong thought, before replying, “Let me get you a magic antitoxic system.”
“But I can not practice magic,” Gerrard replied in a daze.
“It’s fine, I can teach you.” Sui Xiong laughed.
“Will I be able to practice all the magic you know?”
Sui Xiong thought a while and got an idea, then he confirmed, “As long as I can also make a gemstone for you.”
“…Then what will I be, a human or a warcraft?” Gerrard was confused.
“Anyone who pays too much attention to that is a fool! As long as the new body is good, what is the point of worrying if you are a human or a warcraft then!?” Sui Xiong crowed, while swinging his tentacles in a very cool way.
“…How can I not care about this!? Be sensible, the body structure is clearly a body of warcraft!” Gerrard was totally stunned.
“Do not worry, you will look like a human, apart from your body being a bit bigger than normal.”
Gerrard wormed his way into that body, and he controlled it with his mind. Then, the body began to stand up in a unsteady way.
“…This is way too big,” Gerrard complained when he found that he was so tall that he could even see above the roof.
“Don’t you think it is just the right size? Now, your enemies can no longer recognize you.”
“…Why do I feel like I have been tricked…?” The newborn giant scratched its head nervously, feeling rather complicated. It was hard to tell if it was happy or depressed… But either way, Gerrard Cabannes had indeed come back to life again.
Sui Xiong had made a new body for Gerrard by consuming the nutrition he had stored in his body. This new body was extremely powerful. It could pull out a tree which had the same width of a human’s waist; it could run faster than a flying bird; it could use its arm to stand against an axe; it could see things in the darkness; it could chew wood as if it was chewing a cookie; and it could even eat something poisonous and still be fine… But there was only one problem: a conservative estimate of it’s height was around four meters, which was way too big, and when it stood up, it would be taller than two men stacked together.
Gerrard himself was not satisfied with this body at all, because no matter how he looked at this body, he still felt it was not the body of a normal human. While Sui Xiong thought the big head was okay, which was way smaller than his, he did not make any comment on the new body’s height, since he knew that they would walk side by side in the coming days, and if the new body’s height was much shorter than his own height, it would look too weird.
Since Gerrard came back to life, he was a bit of reserved in front of Sui Xiong, and Sui Xiong thought he was kind of absent-minded.
“I used to live in the sea, so I am not that familiar with the land.” Sui Xiong picked a topic, “I plan to live in a place where there are people. Do you have any recommendations?”
“Any village will be fine,” Gerrard answered, while watching the sky in the east.
It was dawn, and soon the sun would come out. Judging from the sky, it seemed that today would be a sunny day.
“What are you watching?” Sui Xiong asked in curiosity.
“I am waiting for the sun to come out.”
The sun? Sui Xiong was confused and looked at the sky. Was the sun in this world a very special one? Or was it because he believed in Helios, so he needed to pray to the sun when it came out?
After a while, the sun came out, and the golden sunlight was shining upon the earth. Since Gerrard was too big to find any clothes to fit in, he was naked in the sunlight. He stood still like a statue, with the sunlight shining upon his angular, firm muscles, as well as his tough and terrifying face. Initially, he seemed a bit nervous, but with the sunlight getting stronger, he gradually calmed down, became happy, and finally relaxed.
“I…AM INDEED ALIVE…”
“You are alive, your heart is beating, your blood is flowing in circulation, and your organs are working fine. You are not only alive, but you are also very healthy!” Sui Xiong thought Gerrard was doubting his skill and got a bit annoyed. “Do not underestimate me! Making a human body is just a piece of cake to me!”
Before he even finished his words, Gerrard had already knelt down,kneeled before him, and started to kiss the tentacles that supported him. “My dear Lord, you are my savior, my belief, and the home of my soul!” Gerrard was so sincere and faithful, and Sui Xiong was quite startled by this.
“Gerrard, what happened? Are you sick? What’s wrong with you? It can’t be! Your body is so strong, even if it can become ill, you can not just fall ill by bathing in the sunlight!”
“Your Majesty, I am perfectly well.”
“Then why are you behaving like this? And this is absolutely not fine at all!”
Gerrard paid his obeisance to Sui Xiong again, then he stood up. He was very, very humble, and it seemed that he was going to make his admiration known at any time from now.
“Well, it seems that Your Majesty has not realized who you really are. Your Majesty, you are not a legendary creature, rather, you are a god in the human world who just woke up!”
“What?” Sui Xiong was in a daze, then he examined himself closely, and was sure that he was totally different from the Gods that were mentioned in the information he got from the baldacchino. He shook his head and explained, “You are mistaken, I am just an ordinary wanderer. Well, a wanderer with a big body.”
Gerrard did not continue to argue with Sui Xiong on this subject, and said calmly, “Only the Gods have the ability to bring a dead back to life. Even the most brilliant spell can make a creature with a human-like body, as well as a monster. It could only be a creature that exists between life and death, and can only move by relying on magic energy instead of by burning calories as normal humans would do. Your Majesty, you have indeed brought me back to life and saved my life. This is definitely an ability only a god can have!
“Maybe you had not realized this in the past, but as the mortal saved by you, and your follower, my existence is the proof of your greatness!”
Gerrard was so sincere that Sui Xiong almost believed him. On second thought, he found there was a big loophole in what he had said. “Since you think I am a god, and you have faith in me, then why haven’t I got the power of belief?” he asked.
The power of belief was a very important thing in this world. As for how important it was, Sui Xiong had no idea for now, but from the information of the baldacchino, he knew that the power of belief was a essential source of energy.
Earlier, there was a bit power of belief on the baldacchino, and most of it had been analyzed and absorbed by Sui Xiong, while the rest of it concentrated and pointed towards the God Wu Mian like a compass. At that time, Sui Xiong did not dare to absorb the remaining power of belief, and just threw it away with the baldacchino into the oceanic volcano. If Sui Xiong was really a God, and with Gerrard’s belief in him, he would have felt the strength of faith, but he did not.
Hearing this, Gerrard laughed and continued, “Your Majesty, how can a mortal like me have an understanding of the world of the Gods? What I can do is just try my best to believe, respect, and render a service to you, and as for those complicated questions, only you can find the answers.”
Sui Xiong had no more to say on this, and he watched Gerrard’s face, feeling as if it was telling him, “I do not care if you believe or not, but I believe it anyway.” Then he shook his head and dropped the topic.
“Well, whatever you say.”
It definitely was one of the dumbest thing in the world to have a argument with a fanatic on the topic of “The God you believe is not real.”
On the earth, where God did not even exist, there were some fanatics who would bomb their enemies as well as themselves into pieces to protect their god’s glory. It was only natural that in this world, where the God did exist, the power of faith was much stronger.
Sui Xiong recalled that the old officiant of the White Leaves Village sacrificed himself simply for the glory of the God. Judging from this situation, Sui Xiong thought that Gerrard would definitely sacrifice himself if Sui Xiong was ever in need.
Even if Sui Xiong was really a God, he was not a god like the God Wu Mian. In his view, the glory of a God came from the virtue and the talent of his followers, the praise of the beneficiaries, instead of the threat and terror. A god who made his follower devote everything he had—even his life—should never be called a god, but a devil!
Now, the topic of whether Sui Xiong was really a god or not finally came to the last part.
“Your Majesty, please allow me to ask you a question. What designation should I call you when I am praying?”
“Name?” Sui Xiong thought for a while. “My name may not be a name you are used to…”
“No, I mean, how should I address you, like a designation.” Gerrard corrected him, “One can never call a god by his name.”
“This is too complicated!” Sui Xiong thought about this carefully, and responded, “Call me Oscar, Faceless Void Oscar.”
Oscar meant performance, while the Faceless Void was a role he liked best in the computer game, which had a number of tentacles, and was very similar to a jellyfish.
Gerrard nodded to show that he had remembered it, without showing any interest to ask questions like ‘What did the name Oscar mean’ or ‘Why you emphasized the word faceless’.
However, Sui Xiong had intended to take some time to explain it to him, and when he heard what Gerrard had said, he felt as if he had ruined his chance to explain.
Now that the topics that had nothing to do with the physical world had been finally discussed, and it was time to deal with the real issues. After getting the information from Gerrard, Sui Xiong decided to leave the White Leaves Village, and went to the marginal area of the Ash Forest. There was a small town which was located in the margin of a civilized society.
No matter what Sui Xiong wanted to get, or just to enhance his own ability, the main task now was to return to the civilized world.