"I, I didn't see it clearly," Tang Wulin said in a feeble voice.
Dai Yun'er gave him a vicious glare. "How clearly did you want to see it? Do you know that you've committed a crime punishable by death in the outside world? I'm only going to forgive you for now because you had good intentions and were looking out for my best interests."
She wrote down her name on the piece of paper in her hand as she spoke before handing it to Tang Wulin.
Tang Wulin was rather taken aback to hear this. "So you do know when someone's being good to you!"
Dai Yun'er raised an eyebrow in exasperation. "Of course I do! I'm just a little wilful, but I do know the difference between good and bad people! I do know that you're a kind person at heart."
Tang Wulin stowed away the piece of paper, which was now a contract, and said, "Alright, you have yourself a deal. Do you know how long we've been in here?"
Dai Yun'er replied, "Two months."
Tang Wulin was quite startled to hear this. "It's already been two months?"
In his mind, he felt as if he'd only been in here for about half a month or so, but much to his surprise, two months had already passed.
Dai Yun'er pulled out a small round apparatus, and said, "I have a device that compares the time in this small world with the time in the outside world. I went through a lot of trouble to get this, and it shows me that we've been in here for two months and a day, so we'll have to last at least another month."
Tang Wulin's brows furrowed slightly upon hearing this. He didn't think that he'd been in here for so long already. It appeared that his meditation sessions were always remarkably long! It was no wonder that they enhanced his body so significantly.
Unfortunately, his soul power had been sealed, so it hadn't increased even in the slightest during the past two months of meditation. If he could also cultivate his soul power during deep meditation, he would've at least been able to advance one level in his cultivation.
"Hey, I still don't know your name, but you already know who I am; isn't it about time you take off your mask and let me see what you look like?" Dai Yun'er asked.
Tang Wulin shook his head, and replied, "I can't. You can just call me White Three."
"Do you have something to hide?" Dai Yun'er pursed her lips.
Tang Wulin remained silent, but all of a sudden, Dai Yun'er reared up and attempted to make a grab for his mask.
Tang Wulin immediately slid back and used a hand to block her hand with ease. Dai Yun'er's strength was obviously no match for his, so she was sent spinning on the spot like a top before sitting back down onto the ground again.
"Oi, do you have any chivalrous spirit at all?"
"I don't! I've already told you this," Tang Wulin replied as he also sat back down."Tell me what you know about the Dragon Valley; only with more information can I ensure your safety during the next month."
Dai Yun'er harrumphed, "What's the big deal? It's not like I even want to see what you look like! It's said that this Dragon Valley is a small world that was created by the dragon clan. There are many dragon carcasses buried here, so there are also many dragon souls present in this small world. The presence of these dragon souls is what's restricting us from being able to use soul power, rendering us unable to forge connections with the soul power within our own bodies. However, these dragon souls can also be fused into our bodies to improve our physical constitution, and they could even instill hints of dragon-type aura into our bloodlines. This is immensely beneficial to our future cultivation, especially when it comes to progression."
Tang Wulin gave a slight nod to acknowledge her words.
Thus, Dai Yun'er continued, "The clouds in the sky are a form of dragon souls. These clouds are the safest as they have no sentient will and only act according to instinct. When they detect a compatible aura, they'll automatically fall from the sky. However, such occurrences are extremely rare as those dragon clouds are very far away from the ground, so if we want them to be able to sense our auras, we must possess extremely compatible auras. As such, most Soul Masters are unable to draw those dragon clouds down from above. For example, my martial soul is of the spirit and darkness attributes, and there are exceedingly few dragon clouds of those attributes. I've tried my luck on the plains after entering this place, but I haven't been able to draw even a single dragon cloud down to me."
Dai Yun'er pouted in a dejected manner as she spoke.
However, Tang Wulin wore a rather peculiar expression upon hearing this. Were dragon clouds really that difficult to attract?
Dai Yun'er failed to notice his expression as she continued, "Aside from dragon clouds, there are also dragon souls here, like I mentioned. Dragon souls all differ in power levels, and compared to dragon clouds, they possess energy of a slightly lower caliber, but they have a certain level of autonomy and sentience. Most dragon souls are very aggressive, and if we encounter them, all we have to do is destroy them, and their dragon-type auras will fuse into our bodies to improve our constitutions. The natural energies within them can act as nutrients to replenish our bodies. I've already destroyed a few of these dragon souls, but the battles have been quite arduous due to my inability to use soul power. Thankfully, all of these dragon souls are quite weak; all of them only possess one percent of the powers they had during their living days at most."
Tang Wulin nodded, and replied, "I see. Are dragon clouds and dragon souls the only two things that exist here in this Dragon Valley? In that case, this place doesn't seem to be all that dangerous."
Dai Yun'er shook her head, and said, "No, there are some other things in here as well. It's said that there are some mysterious regions in here that still haven't been fully explored. I've only heard rumors of this, but apparently, there is a dragon tomb in this Dragon Valley, and all of the most powerful dragon souls can be found there. Those true dragon souls are guardians of the dragon tomb, protecting their own bodies, as well as the bodies of their ancestors. You know about the bodies of dragons; they're riddled with treasures, and it would be immensely beneficial to us even if we could get our hands on just a single dragon bone. During ancient times, the dragon clan once ruled over the entire Star Luo Continent, and some of our seniors of the Battle Hall have once obtained true dragon spirit bones from the Dragon Valley; those are truly exceptional spirit bones! The enhancements that a true dragon soul bone can bring to us Soul Masters is immeasurable."
"Oh? True dragon soul bone?" Tang Wulin was also quite tempted by this prospect. He had experienced firsthand just how immensely beneficial soul bones were. His right-hand soul bone came from a Duskgold Dreadclaw Bear, and it could be said that it was the most powerful weapon he had prior to obtaining his Golden Dragon Spear. His Golden Dragon Dreadclaw was already one of his most powerful trump cards; if he could throw a true dragon soul bone into the mix, just how immensely powerful would it become?
"Should we go and find that dragon tomb?" Tang Wulin asked.
"Sure! If we really do find true dragon soul bones there, we'll split them 50:50," Dai Yun'er replied without any hesitation.
Tang Wulin shook his head, and said, "With your mediocre combat prowess, you can give up on soul bones. I'm just taking you with me so you can gain some experience."
"You!" Dai Yun'er's eyes immediately widened as she exclaimed, "White Three, how can you be so ungrateful? If I hadn't told you about the dragon tomb, how would you have even heard about true dragon soul bones?"
Tang Wulin shrugged, and replied, "You said this yourself; the true dragon soul bones are guarded by powerful dragon souls. Are you saying that you'll be able to obtain one of them without me?"
"I don't care! If we find true dragon soul bones, you have to give me some. Otherwise, I won't take you there!" Dai Yun'er placed her hands on her hips in a stubborn manner.
"Suit yourself, I'll just go find it myself. Good luck staying here on your own," Tang Wulin said before standing up and preparing to depart. He had no time for an unreasonable princess like her, so he had to teach her a lesson.
"Don't go!" Dai Yun'er hurriedly rose to her feet, but she was still rather feeble, so her body swayed unsteadily from her sudden movement.
Tang Wulin stopped before turning back to look at her. "Have you made up your mind?"
Dai Yun'er gritted her teeth, and said, "No wonder you're not letting me see what you look like; you must be scared that I'll seek revenge on you when we get out of this place!"
"Hehe." Tang Wulin merely chuckled.
Dai Yun'er immediately flared up with rage. "'Hehe' my arse! How about this? If we do find true dragon soul bones, I'll exchange some with you for items of equal value. After we get out of here, I can offer you things like spirit items in exchange for soul bones; do we have ourselves a deal?"
Dai Yun'er was clearly on the brink of tears, and Tang Wulin was feeling rather sympathetic toward her, so he said, "Let's discuss this when we actually find some spirit bones; there's no point in talking about all this right now."
Dai Yun'er sat back down again and suddenly burst into tears as she threw her arms around her knees.
Tang Wulin immediately faltered upon seeing this. Why was she crying? However, he made no effort to try and console her. She was most likely crying because she was feeling very helpless in a place like this.
Hardships prompted growth, so this experience wasn't necessarily a bad thing for her. He was playing the bad guy now, but perhaps many years down the track, she would be grateful that she'd met him during this time.
After crying for a while, Dai Yun'er's sobs subsided, and she fell into a deep sleep as she leaned against a tree. It was quite clear that she was truly exhausted. She detested Tang Wulin, but the presence of someone beside her still instilled within her a sense of security, so she was able to sleep soundly. This was the first good sleep she had had since entering the Dragon Valley.
Meanwhile, Tang Wulin stayed by her side and processed all of the information that Dai Yun'er had just imparted on him.
He had absorbed many dragon clouds already, so if those dragon souls possessed energy of a lower caliber than dragon clouds, then they weren't really attractive to him. As such, perhaps the best option for him now was to find the dragon tomb.Previous Chapter Next Chapter