When Tang Wulin awakened from his meditation, he discovered Gu Yue sleeping soundly while using his leg as a pillow.
A warm look appeared in Tang Wulin's eyes at the sight of her sleeping face, and he gently stroked her long hair.
Why do you look like Na'er now, Gu Yue? There's no sign on your body to suggest that you've used any disguise techniques; what happened to you?
They were currently most likely situated deep within the Star Dou Forest, and there was no way for him to treat her amnesia here. Only after leaving this place could he seek to remedy her condition.
At this point, he could only take things one step at a time. The fall of Shrek City would've undoubtedly had an extremely severe impact on the entire continent, and even after he made it out of this forest, he would be under immense pressure as the leader of Shrek’s Seven Monsters.
He could clearly recall that prior to rising up into the air, Atlas Douluo Yun Ming had told him that he was the future hope of Shrek Academy. Shrek Academy had given him everything, and without the academy, he wouldn't be who he was today. As such, it was undoubtedly his duty to rebuild and avenge Shrek Academy.
He reflexively clenched his fists and forced himself not to think of all of those familiar faces from Shrek Academy.
There was no point in wallowing in grief; he had to be strong.
He didn't know what condition his friends were currently in, but they were most likely fine seeing as Gu Yue had shielded him and his friends from most of the power of that soul missile's explosion. With that in mind, Tang Wulin pulled his soul communicator out of his storage soul tool, but just as he'd expected, there was no signal here, so he couldn't make any calls.
He heaved a faint sigh and pulled out some dried rations to eat while Gu Yue continued to sleep on his leg.
In the distance, the black soul ring that had risen up from the Crimson Fire Monkey King's body had already disappeared as too much time had elapsed. This was undoubtedly a waste of a soul ring, but there was no way around it as neither he nor Gu Yue required a soul ring at the moment. In reality, if it weren't for the fact that the Crimson Fire Monkey King had attacked them twice, he really didn't want to kill it. There were barely any soul beasts left on the continent, and soul beasts as powerful as this one were even rarer.
Right at this moment, the thought of the Demonic Greenbird suddenly sprang into his mind, and he immediately cast his gaze toward it.
Goldsong was still wound tightly around the Demonic Greenbird's body, and strangely enough, the wound on its body had already healed and been covered by a layer of feathers. It had already woken up at this point, and it was appraising Tang Wulin with its pair of ruby-like eyes. Despite the fact that Goldsong was wrapped around its body, it wasn't struggling at all.
Tang Wulin's brows furrowed slightly as he scrutinized the Demonic Greenbird. In his opinion, it was best to kill this thing right away. Just its reputation alone was more than enough reason for him to put an end to its life.
The Demonic Greenbird seemed to have sensed his malicious intent, and it reflexively recoiled. It glanced at Gu Yue, who was still sleeping on his leg, and it let loose a string of loud chirps.
Gu Yue shuddered, and her long eyelashes fluttered as she opened her bleary eyes.
"What is it, Little Green? I was having a really good nap; why did you call me?"
"Chirp chirp chirp."
Gu Yue sat up and turned to Tang Wulin as she pouted, and said, "Father, Little Green says you were being mean to it. Were you scaring it again?"
Tang Wulin faltered upon hearing this. "You can understand what it's saying?"
Gu Yue nodded in response. "Yes! I'm Little Green's master, so of course I can understand it."
A skeptical look appeared on Tang Wulin's face. "Are you sure?"
Gu Yue nodded again. "Of course. Look at this; Little Green, am I beautiful?"
The Demonic Greenbird hurriedly nodded.
Tang Wulin immediately burst into laughter. "What about me? Am I handsome?"
The Demonic Greenbird gave him a vicious glare before turning its head away, and Tang Wulin was quite flabbergasted by just how humanized it was.
"Hahahaha!" Gu Yue clapped her hands with elated laughter as she said, "Father, you can release it now; I promise that Little Green won't hurt me."
Tang Wulin's eyes narrowed slightly, and even though he was still rather concerned, he decided that it wouldn't be too much of a risk to release the Demonic Greenbird seeing as he was right by Gu Yue's side.
"Release it, Goldsong."
Goldsong did as it was told, and a streak of green light instantly flew upward as the Demonic Greenbird rose up into the air.
Tang Wulin reflexively tried to grab it, but Gu Yue immediately stopped him. The Demonic Greenbird circled around in the air before spreading its wings and slowly descending. It intentionally slowed down during its descent before landing on Gu Yue's shoulder and rubbing its head against hers in an extremely affectionate manner.
Had it truly been tamed?
This was the first time that Tang Wulin had heard of a soul beast being tamed, especially when the soul beast in question was at least 10,000 years old like this one was. If it were truly willing to serve Gu Yue, then it would actually be quite a useful ally.
The Demonic Greenbird seemed to be very obedient and had lost all of its vicious nature. It was standing quietly on Gu Yue's shoulder and rubbing its head against her hair from time to time.
Only then did Tang Wulin heave a sigh of relief. Goldsong returned to his side, and golden light flashed as it vanished into his body.
"You'll be called Little Green from now on," Gu Yue giggled as she stroked the Demonic Greenbird.
Tang Wulin said in a mocking voice, "Look at its green body and red eyes; it looks like a vegetable and tomato salad! Why don't you call it Salad instead?"
"Chirp chirp!" The Demonic Greenbird immediately gave an enraged response.
Gu Yue pouted, and said, "Little Green doesn't like that name; I think Little Green is better."
Tang Wulin aimed a cold glare at the Demonic Greenbird. "You better not try anything! Otherwise, hmph!"
The Demonic Greenbird raised its head like a proud swan in response and refused to look at him.
It didn't feel any affection toward this man who had just hurt it not long ago.
"Let's go." Tang Wulin released his Bluesilver Emperor vines to communicate with the surrounding plants, and he continued onward while inspecting their surroundings along the way.
He stopped after a short while, and said to Gu Yue, "Ask it which way we should go to leave this forest."
Even though he was receiving guidance from the plants, a soul beast, especially a highly intelligent one like this Demonic Greenbird, clearly knew far more about this forest than all of the surrounding plants.
Gu Yue turned to the Demonic Greenbird, and there seemed to be light flashing through her eyes, to which the bird gave a few chirps in response.
Gu Yue nodded, and said, "You've decided on the correct direction, Father. However, Little Green says that there are even more fearsome beings outside the forest, but it seems to be referring to us humans."
Tang Wulin's eyes narrowed slightly upon hearing this. All of the signs and evidence suggested that this place was indeed the place that he thought it was. If that were true, then it would be very normal for the soul beasts here to be fearful toward humans. After all, humans were constantly invading their habitats.
According to his knowledge, the entire core region of the Star Dou Forest was heavily guarded by soldiers in case the powerful soul beasts in the area decided to riot. These soldiers weren't deployed here by the federation. Instead, they were from the Spirit Pagoda.
On this continent, the main strength of Shrek Academy was its influence through its countless alumni that had taken on important roles in various important organizations. In contrast, the main strength of the Tang Sect lay in its wealth of resources and business connections, while the main strength of the Spirit Pagoda came from the control it exerted over the world of Soul Masters through its soul spirits and Spirit Ascension Planes.
The Spirit Pagoda headquarters was situated outside of Shrek Academy, but it wasn't far away from Shrek Academy. It was also quite close to the Star Dou Forest, and the core region of the forest had always been firmly under its control. No one knew what it was like in there, and an extremely heavy price had to be issued to the Spirit Pagoda if one wanted to be granted entry. It could be said that the Spirit Pagoda was essentially raising these powerful soul beasts in an enclosure.
He didn't know how he and Gu Yue had ended up here, but if they wanted to get out of this place, not only did they have to avoid the powerful soul beasts in here, they also had to bypass the barricades set up by the Spirit Pagoda.
With that in mind, Tang Wulin couldn't help but cast his gaze toward Gu Yue. She was the one who had taken him here, and she currently held quite a lofty status in the Spirit Pagoda, but her memories had been completely wiped clean, and she was like a blank canvas.
It seemed that he had no choice but to get her and himself out of here using the infiltration methods he'd learned on the demonic island.
As they traversed through the forest, Gu Yue continued to communicate with the Demonic Greenbird, and it gave them a lot of information. It revealed to Gu Yue that there were very few soul beasts left in the forest, so there were virtually no territorial conflicts as everyone had their own territories. As such, the chances of encountering soul beasts here weren't very high. It and that Crimson Fire Monkey King were acquaintances, and neither of them could defeat the other, so there had also been a truce between them. The Crimson Fire Monkey King had told it that humans had entered its territory, and the two of them had tried to hunt down Tang Wulin and Gu Yue as prey.
The Demonic Greenbird seemed to have reached a cultivation bottleneck and could only evolve through consuming the brains of a powerful being. It was just that all of the remaining soul beasts in the Star Dou Forest were very powerful, so it was difficult to hunt any of them down. Furthermore, the soul beast kings that controlled the forest strictly prohibited slaughter between the soul beasts here, and it didn't dare to challenge their authority.
"What are soul beast kings?" Tang Wulin asked in a curious manner.
The Demonic Greenbird faltered slightly before shaking its head, and its entire body began to tremble with fear.Previous Chapter Next Chapter