~"Jump!"~ Adhering to the instructions, Luke carried the boy again on his back while he leapt high in the air. Another scorpion had caused an eruption on the ground, similar to the rest four giant scorpions behind them. -"There's more and more of them! Are you sure this is the way?"- Doubted Luke, apparently apprehensive by how the things had developed so far. ~"You have a better idea?"~ Retorted Rein, assessing the situation once more as he spoke, ~"Over there! Go to 45 degrees from your position, then activate the detect spell."~ Following the words without any further queries, Luke dashed to the said position as he chanted the spell. Sighting a trace of energy before him, Luke grit his teeth and trusted Rein, leaping forward decisively. Then, the space in front of him began to distort. Without any time to even blink, Luke had arrived in another place in a flash.Swiftly checking on his surroundings, anticipating what would happen next, Luke saw that he and the boy were floating
"ᚲᛟᛗᛈᚱᛖᛋᛋᛁᛟᚾ. (Compression.)" Lighting up, the bullet left the muzzle of the gun, streaking through the air at a very fast speed. Any cultivator who was on the scene would be able to tell how monstrous the energy emitted from the bullet was, like a torrent of storms compressed into one, tiny projectile, unleashing all of it only when it hits the mark.~"Good shot."~ Praised Rein already as if he had already expected the eruption that soon would follow. Shortly, his expectation was right off the bat while he watched how the tiny bullet engulfed half of the island in a firestorm. The main target, the purple pillar was eradicated, leaving behind no ashes although it looked really tough. Furthermore, the rest of the pillars around it couldn't avoid the destruction of the blast either, causing many of them to crumble from the shock wave of the detonation. "I guess that's enough?" Responded Luke with a soft sigh. At the next moment, Luke and the boy found themselves right in front of a hu
"And... I will kill you all!" Shooting his handguns as fast as he could, Luke backed away at the same time, predicting the counter-attack of the duo. His predictions weren't far off from the mark, because when one of them shifted his position to block the bullets, another one had dashed towards Luke, brandishing his twin short swords in an agile manner. Moving like a phantom, the cultivator almost reached Luke's position in milliseconds. However, Luke had anticipated this scenario and took out a green crystal, glowing in orange light. ~"At last, you take 'that' out! Now go rampage!"~ Cheered Rein when he looked at the crystal in Luke's hand. Soon, Luke's figure disappeared without a trace. Seeing that his swords only hit empty air, the man was stunned for a moment before his instincts kicked in, telling him to duck immediately unless he would have his head rolling on the ground. Following his guts, the man had grazed with the death as he sighted Luke already right behind him, shoo
-"Hey, Striver."-Watching the corpses of two Soul Rejuvenation realm cultivators battling against the bandits’ group, who had ambushed them from one of the rooms within the corridor, Luke asked out loud.-"If you can control those corpses and have a deep understanding of souls, why don't you possess one of the corpses? That way, you can have more freedom right?"~ ~"What's this? Complaining that I'm in your mind? Afraid you will get busted when checking on the girl's rack? Meh, don't worry, I'm a man too. By the way, you like it small or big?"~ With his veins bulging on his forehead, showing that he was annoyed, Luke retorted, -"No! It isn't that! I'm just curious… and I like it big."-His face flushed a little when he spoke of his reference, Luke continued, -"Besides, is it fine for you to use magic power? Last time we talked about it…"-Remembering the conversation back when they were in the spatial domain, Luke frowned slightly. …..[FLASHBACK]"Mana Stone…" Thinking his eyes pl
~"Do you want to be hated by the kid?"~ Quipped Rein as they walked to the staircase leading to the underground basement. After searching the whole manor, they had found a secret door behind a bookshelf. -"It is true that I am one of the cultivators from the dark sect."- Replied Luke, as he carefully treaded the staircase with eyes looking forward for any potential ambush. Although the two corpses already served the purpose by walking in the front of the group. ~"Yeah but you haven't killed anyone yet, have you?"~ Said Rein, puzzled by Luke's acting of some sort of cringe, ~"I can tell from your personality. By the way, you saying that you're a bad guy is cringe."~ -"Did that bother you greatly?"- Asked Luke calmly, not minding Rein's words at all. ~"A little bit."~ Proceeding to the underground floor, at the end of the staircase, there was another passage. The lighting in the passage was dim, and there was a discomforting feeling ever since Luke stepped on the passage’s ground.
As the air around the old man visibly twisted in a dangerous manner, Luke knit his eyebrows and prepared his handguns for another battle. ~"Well... Guess he will check on your battle prowess first before making a move. That's a chance, use it well. You know that he won't give a damn about those children. So don't you let him have time to take them as hostages."~ Explained Rein, looking at the old man in worry, ~'Aura Condensing realm... This weakling is no problem if I had better corpses. But let's see what I can do with those two.'~However, as Rein was about to execute the plan he had in mind, the old man's hands flashed swiftly, swinging in the direction of the two undead's necks. Noticing the minuscule gesture of the old man, Rein successfully had the undead cultivator with two short swords in his hand dodge the incoming strike. On the other hand, the last undead cultivator wasn't so lucky and had his head rolling on the ground. Fortunately, Luke had recharged his magic power wit
-"Maybe..."- Answered Luke absentmindedly, stretching out his hand to the old man, materializing a magic circle in the air.~"...What are you trying to do?"~ Asked Rein seriously while he recognized the runic language drawn on the magic circle.
"ᛏᛖᛚᛖᛈᛟᚱᛏᚨᛏᛁᛟᚾ! (Teleportation!)"Shifting his form instantly before the attacking girls could react, Luke heaved a sigh of relief as he furrowed his eyebrows in seriousness. Yet,