Cthulhu Gonfalon - Chapter 76
Chapter 76: Chapter 76
Translator: Sigma Editor: Sigma
Ray and Steele strongly supported Sui Xiong’s order.
Ray had long been looking forward to becoming a dragon slayer. When he was a boy, he often dreamed of holding a shield with a carved pattern of a dragon head and wearing an armor of dragon scales, riding a famous horse that was bathed in the blood of a dragon while entering the city gate with numerous people looking at him. He would publicly show the head of the evil dragon, and win countless praise and worship.
Although with the passage of time even if he became a dragon slayer, he would not return home with much wealth; however, at the thought of being able to contribute to the great task of slaying an evil dragon, he could not help but get excited and be determined to try.
If Sui Xiong knew his thoughts, he would certainly match him with the classic Hua Xiong’s words,”My big ax is already hungry!”
Steele’s idea was different. As a sexologist keen on studying the physiological structures of various male demon beasts, she had always regretted not studying the physiology of dragons. This time by participating in the dragon slaying, she at least had half of a chance of encountering a male dragon, so it could make up for her regret.
Thinking of finally being able to study it well, she could not help having shining eyes and laughed in a low voice.
Looking at the two subordinates who seemed inexplicably excited, Sui thought for a moment and said, “Do you think there is any misunderstanding about this?”
“Misunderstanding?” Ray was stunned for a moment and asked in doubt, “What misunderstanding?”
“What I mean is that we may have misunderstood about dragons attacking villages and eating elves. I know several dragons, but even for the one with the worst character, l may believe rumors that it kills people and burns things, but I really do not believe that it eats people.”
“There are good and evil dragons, and what Your Majesty knows are probably good dragons,” said Steele.
“Dragons from a good camp are very rare, and more common ones are from the evil camp and neutral camp,” Ray said. “But even the dragons from the evil camp will behave themselves in front of Your Majesty. Perhaps this is why your impression of the dragons is good.”
“But!” His tone changed dramatically and became serious, “Respecting the strong does not mean respecting the weak. It is very rare to see a strongman like you who communicates mildly with the weak. Even in the same race, fearing the strong and bullying the weak is certainly the case, not to mention when different races are involved. For most people, the giant dragon exists as a natural disaster. It is on the top of all the monsters, and it’s the most terrible monster!”
“But that giant dragon might not be evil,” Sui said. “We should go find it and communicate with it first.”
“But do you know where it is?” Ray asked unconsciously. He could not help laughing. Asking a god this question was just stupid.
So Sui Xiong cast a prophecy spell, wanting to find where the red dragon was, but his spell seemed to be disturbed by something, and he couldn’t get an accurate result.
“The giant dragons are generally rich, and they themselves are powerful casters. Using the prophecy magic to deal with them is very difficult to do even for you,” Ray advised. “Let’s wait and set off after the dragon slaying group is assembled.”
Sui Xiong stubbornly shook his head, for he still wanted to go see the dragon and check it out.
When Sui Xiong’s stubbornness persisted, Ray and Steele could find no solution. Helplessly, the two could only separately help him inquire about the dragon’s dwelling place.
This time, the two went out and hadn’t returned for a long time.
Ray did not come back until dinnertime, and he regrettably told Sui Xiong that he had found nothing. The dragon’s dwelling place was a mysterious secret. In order to prevent people from going there in secret and alerting the dragon, the information would only be announced when the team actually set off.
Steele had returned at midnight. Clearly she had just taken a shower, but she still seemed very tired and no one knew what she really did during this time.
“I’ve found out clearly,” Steele did not mention her own experience at all, but laughed tiredly and revealed what she had inquired, “that the dragon lives in an underground volcano to the west. An ordinary caravan would find a canyon with a stream after walking westwards for half a month. If people follow the water downstream, they can find a volcano at the end of the stream and the evil dragon is living in a crater. The captured elves are confined in an underground forest at the source of the stream.”
Sui Xiong nodded. Examining her look of exhaustion, he could not help but show anger in his eyes.
“They actually do such a thing?! Go! We must punish them!”
Others might not be able to see it, but Sui Xiong had personally reshaped Steele’s body and understood her situation at first glance. Over the past few hours she had used many healing spells on herself which led to magical overdrafts, so she was tired.
Why did she need to use so many spells of healing? Only one could imagine!
If she had not been a half Holy Spirit with a strong physique and magic of healing, she would already have died.
“No, no,” Steele shook her head, rejecting Sui’s advice. “It was just a fair trade, and we made an agreement in advance. They did what they wanted, and I found out what I wanted to know. So it was fair and reasonable.”
“How so?!” Sui was angry.
Ray also realized it at this time. He sighed deeply and said, “They finally told Steele the information, so this was fair.”
“Your understanding of ‘fairness’ is very problematic!” Sui Xiong could not help shaking his head, but he did not think it was a good idea to say anything when he saw Ray’s and Steele’s looks.
However, he secretly decided that if possible he would talk to the god in charge of “fairness” in this world about what real fairness was!
“I should not have asked you to inquire about the information!” Looking at Steele’s haggard look, he could not help but blame himself, “It was insanely stupid to send you, a weak and solitary woman, to go out at night to inquire about the information!”
“It was not your fault, Your Majesty,” said Steele smiling with a bit of disobedience in her eyes. “Actually, if it had not been for the Jinguquan that bound me… this would have been an easy task!”
“If you really think I did very hard work, just temporarily unlock the confinement and let me indulge myself for a moment, ok?”
Looking at her eyes that were full of fatigue and anticipation, Sui Xiong waved his tentacles without hesitation, and then the Jinguquan flashed and disappeared without a trace. At the same time, a powerful divine force was infused into her body, leaving her in a superb state and with a magical defense that was sufficient to keep her safe.
“I will find the dragon and negotiate with it. Ray, you take care of her in case anything unexpected happens.”
After making such a command, the floating jellyfish flew out the window and toward the western sky.
Sui Xiong used his full strength to fly this time. Rather than flying in a leisurely, flowing way, he was in a different condition. His magical power changed into a strong driving force that made the green, floating jellyfish rush into the air. He traveled fast enough to shock the fastest flying birds.
Perhaps only those flying demon beasts that competed for the title of “Chief of the Sky” might fly at this speed.
It took only a short time before a scar-like canyon appeared in front of him on the ground. Night had no effect on him, and the gurgling stream at the bottom of the canyon acted as a signpost, giving him a clear indication of direction.
Sui Xiong reduced his speed and height and went down along the stream. Because his speed was greatly reduced, it took him almost half an hour to fly to the end of the canyon.
At the end of the canyon, there was a large crack that extended toward the underground. The crack was very spacious and seemed like a gateway to the underground world. The stream flowed into the crack as if it was being swallowed by a horrific monster.
Of course, Sui Xiong was not afraid of anything. He flew directly into the crack and went into the underground world.
Before his space travel, Sui Xiong had read a lot of Western fantasy works that had designed a curious but magnificent underground world with all sorts of strange races and a perverted society full of intrigue that tried its best to maintain the superficial order. However, in this world, there was no such underground world, only some caves and cracks that were not so large.
Of course, such an environment could not provide adequate living resources. Therefore, those who lived in these caves and cracks were the losers in the competition of survival in the earthly world. Some of them lived here because of their lack of power, but mostly because of their evil deeds. The latter were not tolerated by the order of the earthly world, and they could only run to hide underground embarrassedly.
For example, the dragon. Sui Xiong had not flown for long a time before he saw its figure.
At the deepest part of the cave, there was a ring-shaped crater that didn’t spray out any smoke. Only the seething lava at the bottom showed that it was not dead silent.
There was a huge figure floating in the lava. It was far bigger than the huge dragons that Sui Xiong had encountered before. It extended at least 50 meters from its head to its feet. Because its wings were not extended, its wingspan couldn’t be judged. But you could imagine how horrible it was when it extended its wings, flew over a village, and breathed fire, burning whatever was on the ground.
Amazingly, it seemed that Sui Xiong had seen this dragon before.
Previously at the viscount’s territory of Geerteng, he had spied in the memory of a noble with an outstanding life, a brawny man whose strength had reached an “advanced” level and was slowly approaching the mortal people’s limits. Deep in the memory of this strong man, there was a fear of a brutal red dragon, and the red dragon in his memory seemed to be the same dragon that was lying asleep in the pool of lava at the moment.
If they were the same, then Sui knew its identity: the famous evil dragon, Uherskreider, known as the “Brutal Burner.”
Even among the evil dragons, this one was considered the most notorious of them all. Instead of collecting money, it was keen on attacking the villages where the humans, elves, dwarves and all the weaker creatures inhabited. The attack was not for the purpose of collecting money but for the sake of destruction and burning at its will. It was keen on seeing those weak creatures wail mournfully and be burnt alive in the flames. After the attack, it often lied in the place where it committed such crimes, and ate women and children as its snacks while enjoying the tragic scene of people struggling in the fire and dying.
Because it had committed too much evil, this one had long been the target of a few strongmen. More than ten gods had given orders that it should be killed. The reward for killing it had also been accumulating exponentially. If a knight could behead it and change the reward into gold coins, you could bury the knight with his horse in the pile of gold coins leaving no trace.
However, it was still alive, and up until now there had been many heroes who had died fighting against it. It was even said that the saint of a certain church used the Technique of Descending Gods so that the power of the gods would descend onto the earthly world, but the saint was also beaten back.
This evil dragon was regarded as a banner of the evil forces among the villains in the main plane.
Sui Xiong carefully observed the sleeping dragon, thinking about how to deal with it.