Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 48
Chapter 48: Chapter 48
Translator: Sigma Editor: Sigma
Surprisingly, Sui Xiong and the barbarian races in the Graystone Mountains got along very well, which could be described by the Chinese saying that “guests and hosts are all happy”.
The barbarian races were not so evil in nature, and the grudges between them and humans were mainly because of the battle for living space. Of course, if a human god and a human adventurer came, there would be a tough fight between them; but this time a jellyfish god and its “horse” came, (when Ray heard this, he expressed a solemn protest. However, the protest was ineffective, and Sui Xiong still chose to live on his head) and the god was very friendly to them. Why wouldn’t they show him goodwill?
Of course, Sui Xiong didn’t tell Ray that he was only being friendly to these barbarian races because he felt the supernatural power of their priest.
He had a breath similar to that of the god who had helped him. According to the documents of the God of Redemption, the priest believed and dedicated himself to the God of Fertility, a subordinate of that God.
Thanks to the God of Redemption’s documents, Sui Xiong had a good understanding of the gods in this world. For example, he already knew that the god named Morani, the chief barbarian deity, had helped him when he’d clashed with the God of Sleeplessness in White Leaves Village. He was also respectfully called Steel Lion. He was a good god who liked to travel around the world and called for justice everywhere. There were several other sub-gods under his command, including a God of Fertility named Zhuogeng, also known as the “Wanderer of Fertility”. He was capable of turning all the barren lands into fertile farmlands, and he had always been wanted by many deities.
According to the documents from the God of Redemption, the God of Fertility did not have a church, but he merely relied on the faith of the God of Desolation to share followers. However, looking at this priest, having no church meant having no church in the world of human or humanoid creatures. In the world of barbarian races, the God of Fertility seemed quite popular.
Since the incident in White Leaves Village, Sui Xiong had not seen the God of Desolation again. But in his mind, he regarded him as a friend who helped him when they first met, and this friend’s subordinates, of course, were friends as well. This was the reason why he showed goodwill toward these fierce questions whose position was roughly neutral and possibly evil.
Sui Xiong understood that the barbarian race inevitably had to fight against the human race in order to hold onto their living space. The fight was for the survival of their race. Perhaps it was evil, but it should by no means be condemned. In any case, it was never a mistake to guard your family and resist aggression.
He was not a liberal leftie, nor a heartless man of steel, nor a perverted man who never felt shame when he should. So he fully understood and supported this behavior. If one day he established a Holy Kingdom, he would never reject believers with such behavior because of such small variations between good and evil. Soldiers had shed blood when they were alive, so how could he let them cry after dying!
It also made him doubt the effect of the spell “Eye for Identifying Position”, and perhaps the spell itself also had a predetermined position…Considering that the spell came from the God of Redemption, whose believers were only human beings and some humanoid creatures excluding the barbarian races, there was nothing strange about this.
He thought, A hero in the eyes of others is my enemy. Even a god can have the same ideas as a common person!
Bidding farewell to the tribe of Fierce Gnomes, he told Ray these ideas when they were setting up camp.
“This idea is really strange. Of course, a god has its own race, which leads to a point of view. It is unreasonable when a god considers things from the position of a race that isn’t his own,” Ray commented. “Of course, this does not apply to you. After all, the jellyfish is a non-intelligent creature, so you don’t have a problem with the perspective of your race. Perhaps for you, those barbarian races are more interesting and worth understanding than us humans.”
Sui Xiong was silent: he was not actually a jellyfish, but a human—just not from this world.
As a man who had travelled through space, he had an innate position not much different from that of a jellyfish. To him, no matter the type of intelligent creature—as long as their shape wasn’t totally contrary to his aesthetics—did not make a big difference.
“The world is so big, and the living space occupied by these barbarian races is actually not much. Why do some people still want to snatch their land from them?” He could not help but speak to himself, and he understood the ridiculousness of this idea—people were never truly content! Even on Earth, where people were of the same race with the same yellow skin and black hair, it was common for friends to turn hostile to each other after some time. Of course this would happen on this different world full of various races. This kind of thing couldn’t even be solved by gods…
Falling into a bad mood, Sui Xiong remained silent for the rest of the day. He focused his energy on research, using his research to pass the time and change mood. Soon after, when Ray finally came to the edge of the Graystone Mountains, his research had found some results.
“Your Majesty…what is this?” Palin wondered, seeing Sui suddenly appear and give himself a strange thing.
It was a flat, round pancake-shaped object with colorful spirals on the surface going from the center to the edge. Below it there was an ordinary wooden stick that served as a support. It emanated the faint scent of some tempting sweetness from above, like candy.
If there had been a man from Earth here, he would have been extremely surprised—this was nothing more than a lollipop!
“It’s designed specifically for you, and it can effectively prevent you from the symptoms of a lack of energy,” Sui Xiong said with a smile. “Let’s see if you like this taste.” Is this really candy?! Palin gaped.
Palin tried to put this strange candy into his mouth, and a warm and sweet taste diffused on his tongue and soon became a kind of warmth spreading throughout the body. Not only did it sweep away the fatigue from their recent journeys, but it also gave him a heartfelt and unspeakable satisfaction and happiness. He felt like he did as a child when he’d done something good and was praised by his parents, so he smiled.
The young mage with a special candy in his mouth kept silent for a while as he recovered. “This candy…is amazing!” he said. “The taste is good and the effect is also very good.”
“That’s good,” Sui Xiong laughed. He took out a bunch of colorful lollipops, thought for a while, and cast spells so that the lollipops were wrapped in a layer of colorful waterproof paper, below which there was a beautiful tie made of a red short ribbon. After doing this, he gave them all to Palin.
“Don’t worry, eat them slowly. I still have more here!” Finishing this, he laughed, and his projection disappeared with the sound of a pop.
Successful research! His products had been praised by customers! He really wanted to click “like” many times for what he’d done! Because of the success of this “lollipop” research, Sui Xiong’s mood was quite good again, and he chatted happily with Ray.
However, Ray did not adapt to this, for he was actually very satisfied with this period of time when His Majesty Void Mask kept silent. The world had been quiet, calm, serene, and peaceful. Now the damn jellyfish began to chatter away endlessly and talk about nonsense. This made him think of the saying that “a good time is always short”, but he could see no solution.
It didn’t matter for Sui Xiong whether Ray was satisfied or not. Since traveling to this world, this was the first time he had met someone who didn’t look up to him, and he could communicate with Ray in a relatively equal way.
Gerrard and Palin had become fanatics altogether, and even if Sui said the sun was square, they would only think that mortals were so short-sighted that they could not see the real shape of the sun which people saw every day. With such people, you could talk about specific issues, but there was no way to discuss topics such as world outlook, outlook on life, and core values.
Satan and Rhode were not so fanatical, but they were both judicious and cautious, and they certainly would follow the crowd on these core ideas. There was no way to expect from them more special and valuable information.
Among the three dragons, Frost’s thought process was quite clear: “low-level creatures are all dregs, while my dragon race is the only one that dominates this vast world”, which was not worth Sui Xiong’s attention at present; Graupel’s outlook was, “It’s all so annoying, do not talk to me because I want to sleep…” Yes, every time Sui tried to talk to her, this was her response.
Snow was a complicated person (dragon) who had an independent personality and profound thoughts. However, she was very busy. After taking on the position of staff officer, she had been trying hard to analyze the actions of all the gods in each system from past years. She explored and grasped the ideas and plans of various gods, so as to prepare for the future exchange with other gods before Sui Xiong was apotheosized. If you dared to disturb her with some unrealistic topics, she would probably give you a cold look and simply say, “I will kill you, god or not, if you keep on disturbing me”.
As for Phil the Armored Demon, Sui Xiong tried to talk to him when he was busy in the flower field of a temple that had been changed into a dragon cave. His reaction was to think for a moment before saying, “I have seen—no, just heard—that there was a person of noble origin and distinguished character, regarded as favored by heaven, who finally went crazy because he kept thinking about these issues all day long. He then became a big devil that wanted to destroy the world and was killed by a man who never considered such weighty topics. The person that killed him also fell into a depressed, confused state for a long time because he started to think about such issues. So it is harmful to think about these things.” He said so and then ignored Sui Xiong.
As for the gods, Sui could now contact them, but he absolutely did not want to discuss these topics with them. After all, these topics were really sensitive and he did not know which ones were taboo for the gods. Until they became familiar with each other and were strong enough, he did not want to be shallow.
It seemed that the only appropriate person to discuss these issues with was Ray.
“Hey… Let’s consider one hundred people sail on the sea, and then the ship is broken and about to sink. However, the lifeboat can only accommodate sixty people and the remaining forty people have fought hard to rush to the boat, but if they go onto the lifeboat it will sink. In that case, a good warrior with good martial arts is guarding the lifeboat. Should he let everyone sink together, or should he force the remaining forty to die?
“…I hate these damn questions!”
“But don’t you think they make sense? Don’t you think that through these questions we can think deeply about goodness, morality, and humanity?”
“I have no interest!”
“Maybe my question is not realistic, so let me ask another one: there was a paladin who had a great dilemma: he needed to eat human beings to protect others…”
“Out! You evil god!”