However, what he didn't expect was that Gu Yue insisted on being carried by him from here onward. Whenever he tried to ask her to get down and walk, she would vehemently refuse, and in the end, he had no choice but to transfer her onto his back. Thus, Gu Yue clung onto his back with a wide smile on her face as they continued deeper into the forest.
"I must've owed you money in my past life!" Tang Wulin couldn't help but chuckled in an amused manner as he looked at the pair of arms hanging down the front of his chest.
Gu Yue ducked down and planted a kiss on his cheek as she said, "Father, I like you."
Tang Wulin faltered slightly, and just as he was about to say something, a sense of foreboding suddenly welled up in his heart as he reflexively sprang into the air.
A brown figure whizzed past beneath his feet, and if he hadn't jumped into the air, he would've been struck by it for sure.
"Who's there?" Tang Wulin yelled, but he couldn't see anything from the direction the sneak attack had come from.
His eyes narrowed slightly as a cold aura began to emanate from his body. Bluesilver Emperor vines emerged from beneath his feet before spreading toward all directions. This was a forest, so it was a battlefield that was extremely suited to him.
A strange turn of events then unfolded. Much to Tang Wulin's surprise, after his Bluesilver Emperor vines plunged into the ground, he immediately felt his senses proliferate outward.
His Spirit Abyss realm spiritual power already had very powerful sensory abilities that could encompass an area with a radius of over 1,000 feet, but he could only approximately sense everything within that area. However, as his Bluesilver Emperor vines fused together with this forest, he felt as if he'd attained an omniscient eye. Everything encompassed within his sensory range appeared in his mind in the form of a clear three-dimensional image.
Around 600 meters up ahead and to his left, there was a massive figure with reddish-brown fur springing from one tree to another like a shooting star. It was constantly moving at a high speed, and it seemed to be traveling around himself and Gu Yue the entire time.
Gu Yue stuck her head out from behind Tang Wulin's shoulder and inspected her surroundings with a curious expression.
Being able to see their opponent naturally made it a lot easier for them to devise a course of action.
This was a Crimson Fire Monkey, but it was completely different from the Crimson Fire Monkey in Tang Wulin's mind.
According to his understanding of soul beasts, Crimson Fire Monkeys were a type of low-grade soul beasts, most of which were less than 100 years old with only a small proportion of them managing to exceed that age. Even hundred-year-old Crimson Fire Monkeys had very simple and predictable attacks. Aside from their slightly remarkable speed and their ability to traverse through the forest quickly, there wasn't anything noteworthy about them.
However, this Crimson Fire Monkey was completely different. It was more than 10 times larger than the average Crimson Fire Monkey, making it around seven meters tall. As it sped through the forest, there were traces of golden light emanating from its reddish-brown fur, and what was most surprising of all was that it had a third eye. This was a vertical golden eye that was shimmering with a strange light. The monkey was casting its gaze toward Tang Wulin's direction, and he could sense that even though there were many trees standing between them, that vertical eye seemed to be able to see him.
Was this a mutated Crimson Fire Monkey? That was undoubtedly the case. Tang Wulin immediately began to make some deductions about where he was currently situated after witnessing this soul beast.
Soul beasts were on the verge of extinction on the Douluo Continent! Prior to this, the place that he'd come into contact with soul beasts the most was in the Spirit Ascension Plane of the Spirit Pagoda, which was able to emulate the Star Dou Forest. Could it be that Gu Yue had taken him into the Spirit Ascension Plane? That was certainly possible. After all, with her lofty status at the Spirit Pagoda, it wouldn't be difficult for her to take him into the Spirit Ascension Plane.
Just as these thoughts were running through his mind, the mutated Crimson Fire Monkey King was already hurtling rapidly toward them. It seemed to have sensed that Tang Wulin was inspecting it from afar, and it immediately sprang onto a massive tree. Its feet then stomped heavily onto the tree, propelling it through the air like a sharp red arrow.
Tang Wulin's eyes narrowed slightly as a cold look appeared on his face. In the aftermath of the tragedy that had befallen Shrek Academy, his heart was filled with rage and depression. Now that an enemy had suddenly appeared, all of his pent-up negative emotions erupted at once.
"Gu Yue, hold on tight!" Tang Wulin instructed.
Gu Yue hurriedly tightened her arms around his neck and her legs around his waist. Tang Wulin's blood essence fluctuations abruptly erupted forth, and he spread open his arms to release his golden dragon claws.
After forming the two vortexes in his body, Tang Wulin discovered that his martial soul and bloodline power could coexist at the same time. This meant that he didn't have to switch between them and could use both of their abilities at once.
Countless Bluesilver Emperor vines erupted from the ground, to stop the Crimson Fire Monkey King in its tracks.
However, the Crimson Fire Monkey King was extremely aggressive; it spread open its arms, and crimson-golden flames appeared all over its entire body as it crashed directly toward the Bluesilver Emperor barricade.
Bluesilver Emperor was a plant-type martial soul, after all, so the monkey king was able to crash through the vines, and it reached Tang Wulin in an instant with an unstoppable aura emanating from its body.
As opposed to directly swooping downward, a pair of wings suddenly appeared below the Crimson Fire Monkey King's armpits, causing it to suddenly pause in mid-air.
It's using a strategy? Is this soul beast that intelligent?
Spreading open those wings only resulted in a slight pause, but that was more than enough to throw off the trajectories of its opponent's attacks. At the same time, its third eye lit up, and immense spiritual power fluctuations surged forth toward Tang Wulin. Instead of hurtling toward him from just the front, these fluctuations were converging toward him from all directions.
Tang Wulin raised his head and let loose a furious roar. A massive golden dragon head encompassed his entire body, and he'd unleashed his Golden Dragon Roar.
The Crimson Fire Monkey King's body stiffened in mid-air, and the spiritual power fluctuations it had unleashed were immediately sent sweeping backward by the force of the Golden Dragon Roar.
However, right at this moment, a bolt of golden lightning suddenly erupted from its vertical golden eye. The bolt of lightning was imbued with scorching heat, and it pierced through the twisted space in the surrounding area almost instantaneously before reaching Tang Wulin.
At the same time, it swooped down and lashed out at Tang Wulin with its sharp claws.
Tang Wulin used his right golden dragon claw to shield himself from the oncoming bolt of golden lightning, and a scorching sensation immediately struck his palm. The immense force of the attack made even his powerful body sway slightly.
The Crimson Fire Monkey King also took advantage of this opportunity to launch itself toward Tang Wulin with its sharp claws reaching toward him from both sides.
"Piss off!" Tang Wulin roared as he unleashed his Golden Dragon Shocks the Heavens. A massive golden dragon erupted from beneath his feet to clash with the Crimson Fire Monkey King.
A violent explosion rang out, felling many of the nearby trees, and the Crimson Fire Monkey King was sent flying while even Tang Wulin was forced to take a couple of steps backward before he could right himself.
The Crimson Fire Monkey King landed on the branch of a massive tree in the distance, and a hesitant and bewildered look appeared in its eyes. It had clearly been a little intimidated by Tang Wulin's ferocious attack.
Tang Wulin also curbed his own fury a little. This Crimson Fire Monkey King was unexpectedly very troublesome to deal with. Not only was it physically very powerful it was also capable of unleashing spiritual attacks and also possessed powerful defensive prowess. Even after taking his Golden Dragon Shocks the Heavens head-on, it was only blasted away, yet it remained completely unscathed. This indicated that it was certainly no ordinary soul beast.
There was no doubt in Tang Wulin's mind that this was a 10,000-year-old soul beast, and it was also a mutated one as well!
He took a deep breath to calm himself down. In the face of an opponent like this one, he couldn't allow his emotions to get the better of him.
Tang Wulin appraised the Crimson Fire Monkey King intently through narrowed eyes, and his aura began to elevate. He didn't release his battle armor; that was a trump card that he wasn't going to use unless the situation absolutely demanded it.
If this were the Spirit Ascension Plane, then this had to at least be the intermediate Spirit Ascension Plane or even the legendary advanced Spirit Ascension Plane. Otherwise, there was no way that he'd come across such a powerful soul beast. As such, he had to conserve his power as much as possible in case he encountered even more powerful soul beasts later on.
The Crimson Fire Monkey King's eyes swiveled from side to side in an indecisive manner, and as opposed to attacking Tang Wulin again, it suddenly darted away into the distance and fled the scene.
Tang Wulin faltered slightly upon seeing this. It was undoubtedly the case that this Crimson Fire Monkey King was highly intelligent; after realizing that Tang Wulin was not the easy prey it had thought he was, it immediately chose to run away.
Tang Wulin also heaved a sigh of relief. He knew that if he wanted to defeat that Crimson Fire Monkey King, he would have to fight with all his might. This was a mutated 10,000-year-old soul beast, and he had no allies with him, so it would be very difficult for him to defeat it.
"Father." The voice that rang out beside his ear immediately drained all of his battle intent away.
His lips twitched as he patted Gu Yue's leg, "It's alright, you can get down now."
"Alright," Gu Yue climbed down from Tang Wulin's body in a reluctant manner, and a hint of lingering fear could be seen in her eyes as she asked, "Father, what was that thing? It was so scary!"Previous Chapter Next Chapter