Chapter 469: A Tree
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Gao Peng certainly couldn’t understand Japanese, the Nihon language. He could only understand the most basic phrases—some short ones that were known by most of the villagers in the Huaxia region.
But for the ghouls, mouths and ears weren’t essential in communication. This was why the Ghoul-type monsters from all different dimensions of the world were able to communicate with each other.
So Gao Peng let Dumby ask on his behalf. Although Dumby couldn’t understand the language of these fishermen, it could comprehend the meaning of these words through the Soul Wave they produced as they were expressing themselves verbally.
Some powerful living creatures could conceal their Soul Waves, but it was harder for weaker monsters. The reason why many Ghoul-type monsters in the legends were able to read humans’ minds was that they could perceive humans thoughts through Soul Waves.
“Where is this place?”
The fisherman didn’t dare act dishonestly. “This place is called Xiaceng Island, sir.”
“Xiaceng Island?” Gao Peng flipped through the map and managed to find Xiazeng Island, although it was Xiazeng Island, not Xiaceng.
This wasn’t the mainland of the Nihon District, but an island not far from it. The name of this island was Zengdao Lie Island, which was a stone’s thrown away from Deer Island. However, it was quite a distance away from Gao Peng’s destination.
This time, Gao Peng’s destination was Xijing, which was still the capital city of the Nihon district after the Cataclysm. Taira No Masakado, whom he was looking for, was also in Xijing.
This Taira No Masakado voted me out when I wanted to be a referee, Gao Peng recalled. His expression turned cold. What a jerk!
“Are both of you hunting monsters?” Gao Peng climbed down from the dragon’s back. He saw these fishermen carrying back baskets that were filled with white colored meat.
After Dumby translated, the fishermen quickly answered, “My lord, these are White Meat Conches. When it’s sunny, they’ll crawl out from the sea to the wall of the cliff to sunbathe, and when it’s almost raining, they’ll crawl back to the sea while revealing the white meaty parts of their bodies. That was when we took the opportunity to scrape off their white meat for sashimi.”
Gao Peng hadn’t seen such a monster without any attack mechanism. Some were indeed tame to the extent that humans could make close contact with them without fear, but he had never heard of any monsters that would remain gentle even after being scraped with a knife.
[Monster Name]: Salt White Conch Monster
[Monster Level]: Level 17
[Monster Grade]: Normal
[Monster Attribute]: Metal
[Monster Profile]: They live on seashores, their bodies able to absorb the salt from the sea and discharge it by sunbathing to achieve a perfect cycle that can keep their bodies the perfect texture…
Their blood and flesh contained a small number of toxins that could increase the consumer’s dopamine. Continuously eating it would cause addiction to its meat, and as the amount of consumption increased, the happier the consumer would be. Ultimately, the toxin would accumulate and cause paralysis, making the consumer the monster’s puppet.
Gao Peng paused, and soon after, Dumby said, “Something is wrong with this meat. Try to eat less.”
The fishermen quickly nodded. “These were our yields for today, my lord.” They submitted the baskets for Gao Peng’s approval.
Gao Peng waved his hand, refusing to accept the offer. This made the fishermen feel uneasy.
Gao Peng shook his head quietly. I didn’t intend to take your meat; it was just a kind reminder.
“It’s fine. Do as you wish. Take back your catches; I don’t want them.”
The fishermen took back their baskets and carried them with joy. Since they wouldn’t be eating this meat themselves, it didn’t bother them that there was something wrong with it.
According to the fishermen, walking to the northeast would pass by the Bear Base City. There were three Lord-tier familiars in the city, and the monster trainer of one of these familiars was the Bear Base Bear.
The Bear Base Bear was the mascot of the Bear Base city. It was the first Lord-tier creature created by this city with a variety of legendary experiences. It was originally a collection in a museum, and three years after the Cataclysm, something strange happened to it.
“The Bear Base Bear is ferocious,” said the fishermen fearfully.
“Last year, a bull monster murdered two citizens at the seashore, and it was the Bear Base Bear that killed the bull monster.”
After crossing Bear Base City, they would start sailing from the Zuobo district to reach Four Countries Island from the Nine States Island, and then continue sailing to end up at Ben Zou Island. Xijing was located on this island.
The Nihon district was different from other districts. It was very populated, but it didn’t span a large domain. Building base cities would have caused much trouble and pressure. Therefore, to reduce pressure, the retreat villages, also known as the lowest ranking towns, formed a defense. The distance between neighboring towns was very close, so if there were any emergencies, assistance could be provided almost immediately.
As for places that were further away, the fishermen had no idea. Even if they knew any information, it wouldn’t have been accurate. It would be a better alternative to search on the internet for more information. Gao Peng continued his journey after knocking out the fishermen.
They passed by Nine States Island in less than half a day. The distance between Nine States Island and Four Countries Island wasn’t very much, so they landed at Four Countries Island very quickly.
As they reached Four Countries Island, Gao Peng noticed something weird. Unlike Nine States Island, the monsters in Four Countries Island seemed to be tamer.
Even the Bird-type monsters around them didn’t seem to be afraid of them. Some of them even looked at Gao Peng and others with curiosity.
They continued to fly for hundreds of miles. On a mountain in the distance, there was an enormous cherry blossom tree that was big enough to cover the sky. The giant tree surrounded the entire mountain, appearing like a miracle at first glance.
[Monster Name]: Cherry Sky Tree
[Monster Level]: Level 54 (King-tier)
[Monster Tier]: Epic
[Monster Attribute]: Wood
[Monster Weakness]: Fire
[Monster Ability]: Wood Element Control Level 5, Life Stimulation Level 3, Enhanced Healing Level 3, Peaceful Aura Level 4
[Special Characteristics]: Wooden puppet (Born as a tree and rooted in the soil, it has a strong desire to walk.
Active Effect 1: Can produce wooden puppets from its body, and the puppets will only listen to Cherry Sky Tree. It can walk by itself at very high speeds, is extremely powerful, and is extremely afraid of fire.
Active Effect 2: It is able to turn other living creatures into wooden puppets. The puppet’s body will be turned into wood, and simultaneously, it will only be able to accept instructions from the Cherry Sky Tree.)
[Monster Profile]: An ancient cherry blossom tree that mutated. It loves peace and hopes to build a harmonious world in which everyone is equal. This is its greatest wish. It hates killing, and every killing that takes place in its territory will be subjected to its punishment.
A peace-loving cherry blossom tree. No wonder no monsters had attacked them on their way here; it was all due to its peaceful aura. This cherry blossom tree wanted to build a peaceful nation, which was perhaps a dream that could never be achieved.
“Let’s have a chat with our guests that came such a long way!” The cherry blossom tree invited Gao Peng and Dumby to talk through the transmission of a Soul Wave into their minds.