Chapter 138 – Crimson Asura Realm (VII)
“The forest is not the protagonist of this valley, the plain is hiss, hiss~ This valley is very big, and the gra.s.sland plain accounts for the vast majority of it. The forest is distributed on the edge and surrounded by those high cliffs around it, and on the barren cliffs, there are only a few rocks. They surround the plain and the forest, and thus the valley is formed.”
Ya’an explained this to Luo Jian, and afterwards, he stretched out his tail and pointed it toward the center of the plain.
Luo Jian faintly saw a large black shadow on the plain in the distance. It seemed that there were many people piled up there. There was a huge, big tree in the center of the crowd of creatures. Even though the tree was so far away, Luo Jian could still see its shape clearly.
“Hiss, hiss~ This plain is the protagonist of this secret chamber. It is the real Asura Realm!” As Ya’an mentioned this, he suddenly revealed a ferocious smile with his tail shaking.
Luo Jian looked at the vast black shadows on the distant plain. He vaguely understood that there were a lot of creatures there all gathered, and Luo Jian could see that they seemed to be fighting. The b.l.o.o.d.y glints of swords and flashes of steel could be seen. In addition, there were many, many loud roars and screams, and though it came from such a distant place, it still reached Luo Jian’s ears, clearly and audibly.
There were also many dark shadows in the sky that rushed and attacked the shadows below. Almost every moment, waves of bloodied flowers bloomed. There seemed to be a scent of blood in the air rus.h.i.+ng towards them! Even if Luo Jian stood on the edge of the battlefield, the scent of blood still wafted towards his nose.
“Battlefield…?” Luo Jian murmured to himself. After witnessing this scene, he understood. Asura Realm referred to the battlefield, the battlefield under the crimson sunset! And after taking a glimpse at this, he clearly understood that everyone was partic.i.p.ating here, everyone was the enemy, and everyone was fighting!
“Do you understand? Hiss, hiss~” Ya’an excitedly wagged his tail: “That’s why this secret room is called the Crimson Asura Realm. This is the best entertainment we can find. Anyway, we cannot do anything else in this d.a.m.ned place! But no matter what, we won’t die, so we can only keep dying and fighting, and when we’re dead, we’ll get up and continue! Until we kill everyone within our sight!”
It was as if Ya’an was a lunatic when he said these words. His hand and feet were gesticulating…… Oh, no, he had no hands and feet, but his body was twisting and shaking. He circled around his companion, the skeleton. The skeleton remained quiet and did not speak. He merely stood in the same place and allowed Ya’an to twist his snake body and coil around his body.
However, the skeleton also took action to pacify Ya’an. He made gestures, and Ya’an calmed down. However, Ya’an still remained coiled around the skeleton’s neck. He said to Luo Jian:
“Hiss, hiss…… Sorry, newcomer! Was I too agitated and scared you?”
Luo Jian’s face was a little stiff, and he said with a smile: “I’m fine. I think everything is acceptable—”
“You don’t have to worry. I won’t do anything terrifying to you. In fact, even if I do, you don’t have to worry. You can’t die anyway.”
Ya’an tried to placate Luo Jian. He held out his tail, pointed to the plains again, and continued, “What I want to tell you is that the man I am going to take you to is in the middle of the plain. Do you see the super big tree? The man is under the tree. He is the strongest one in the Asura Realm and the first person to enter this chamber.”
“Wait! You meant that the man I’m looking for is under that tree?” Luo Jian pointed to the plains crowded with dark figures in the distance.
“Yes,” Ya’an affirmed.
“But that plain is the Asura Realm, the battlefield!”
“Yes, it is, hiss, hiss~” Ya’an continued to affirm.
Luo Jian was stunned. He asked: “Do you mean that I have to go through this battlefield and get away from those flashes and shadows of swords before I can see that person I want to see?”
“Yes! That’s it, hiss, hiss, hiss!” Ya’an almost clapped. Although he had no hands, he still encouragingly waved his tail: “As long as you beat everyone there, you can meet the strongest person here and ask him to tell you the method to get out of this d.a.m.ned secret chamber! By the way, I’ll just tell you this in pa.s.sing: do you know why those people fight each other? It’s not just because it’s just a form of entertainment, but they all want to know how to get out. But the strongest person has said that he would only tell you how to go out if you beat everyone around you and stand victorious in front of him!”
This piece of information was just like a bolt from the blue for Luo Jian currently. Suddenly, he felt confused. He stared at Ya’an and shook his head in disbelief: “You said you would take me to find that person—you also said that he told you everything you know.”
“Look, hiss, hiss, didn’t I already bring you here? As for everything that I know, there are so many people in this secret chamber. The information spread by word of mouth. Slowly, everyone would come to understand it.” Ya’an swayed his tail and coiled another round on the skull of his companion. He even weaved out of the skeleton’s chest through the gaps in the ribs of his chest. Fortunately, his head was not big enough for Ya’an to weave through.
“Oh! Heavens!” Luo Jian just wanted to scratch his head until his scalp fell. The dark shadows on the plain before him made him experience great pressure. He thought that he would be able to get out of this d.a.m.ned place soon, but he did not expect this scene at all.
“Hiss, hiss, I’ll give you advice. Coming from your friend, newcomer, I have been in this d.a.m.ned place for more than ten years and I still can’t survive an hour in that Asura Realm. You don’t know how difficult it is to inch forward there. Moreover, as long as you are in the Shura field, your revival time will be accelerated. Generally, when you die, it’ll take an hour or two to come back to life, but once you enter the Asura Realm, you can get up and continue to fight in about five minutes.”
Ya’an happily wandered around on the skeleton: “Those monsters on the Asura Realm are much stronger than me. Some can fly in the sky, some can crawl on the ground, others can swim in the water, and it is absolutely not impossible for them to drill out from the ground and bite you!
“There are more than 2,000 people in this Crimson Asura Realm, and almost all of them are here.
“So many creatures have been fighting here for nearly a hundred years, and none of them have been able to escape.”
Ya’an extended his tail to Luo Jian, pointing to the plain that was flas.h.i.+ng under the unsheathing of weapons as blood spurted. Then he asked Luo Jian, “What about it, newcomer? Do you have the guts? After traversing through this b.l.o.o.d.y battlefield, you can get the answer you want. Otherwise, you will need to stay in this d.a.m.ned place…… until the end of time!”
Until the end of time—
Luo Jian hesitated. He looked at the blood-red sunset in the distance. For a moment, he fell into a trance. The first thing he felt towards this was that this was impossible for him.
He could not do it. He could not kill these monster-like enemies, find the strongest man here, and get the answers from his mouth on how to leave this secret chamber. Luo Jian thought he was not able to do it. He did not have the power to do so! Moreover, in this strange Crimson Asura Realm, everyone would be revived again and again. They would continue to get up and continue to take revenge against you, just like what the wolf did to him previously! Maybe one could beat these people once or twice, but one couldn’t beat them hundreds of times, thousands of times, or even tens of thousands of times!
“It’s impossible. No one can do it!” Luo Jian felt his fear surfacing. He was shocked by the roar and b.l.o.o.d.y scent that faintly travelled over from the Asura Realm. He even stepped backwards unconsciously.
Ya’an took into account Luo Jian’s state of mind. He comforted Luo Jian and said, “Don’t be afraid, newcomer, hiss, hiss~…… I really thought no one could do it as well. But you see, even if everyone thinks that it’s impossible, we will continue to move forward and expect ourselves to be the lucky one that remains victorious in one in ten thousand possibilities.”
“I don’t want to be lucky; I just want to get out of here—”
Luo Jian bitterly supported his head. He began to experience a headache, but inwardly, his obsession still lingered in his mind, forcing him to continue to recall his memories and think deeply about it.
I want to get out of here. I want to.
Luo Jian did not have that much time to muddle about. He knew that he had a lot of friends waiting for him to rescue them, but he was actually wasting time in this darned place?! Every minute and every second Luo Jian stayed here longer, his companions would continue to experience the endless cycle of death!
“Haha! Aren’t I also stuck in an endless cycle of death!? It’s as if I haven’t escaped from the punishment chamber at all! I escaped from one cycle and was plunged into another! I’ve been a G.o.dd.a.m.n waste of time! And my companions are still foolishly waiting for me! What trash……. What trash I am!”
Ya’an inexplicably gazed at the newcomer supporting his head while gripping his hair. Like a lunatic, he muttered to himself. He could not understand the pain and entanglement in Luo Jian’s heart, but he could also guess what he thought through what he said. Ya’an, who rarely spoke in this manner, suddenly tried his best to suppress himself from producing that hoa.r.s.e voice and tried to muster a calm and stable voice:
“Did you escape from the punishment chamber? And you escaped here?”
Luo Jian squatted on the ground, his face pale. His hair was messed up due to his tousling, and he cut in a sorry figure as he looked at Ya’an.
“Newcomer, there are many people here—many players who escaped the chambers like you—and many of them have escaped from the punishment chamber. From what they said, almost everyone is like you, with their companions killed or trapped. They used various props and abilities to escape the secret chamber alone but have only reached here.
“Because if you escaped from Asura Realm, the secret chamber’s will would completely wipe you out since you have used abnormal means to escape from the punishment chamber, and the secret chamber will not allow it. So…… as long as you get out of this d.a.m.ned place, you will die as well, and you would be wiped out thoroughly, with not even your soul or consciousness left behind.”
What Ya’an said made Luo Jian gaze at him in despair. “What should I do?”
“I don’t know, newcomer.” Ya’an suddenly pointed to the Asura Realm with his tail: “But many people told me that under the tree in the Asura Realm, the strongest person here was the first person to come to this Crimson Asura Realm and also from the first batch of people to enter the secret chamber as well as to partic.i.p.ate in this survival game. He knows everything about the secret chambers and can answer anything.
“What’s more, the strongest person is the only person who can knock down every person or monster in the Asura Realm instantly. In that moment, everyone will die, and only after five minutes can everyone come back to life.
“And because of this power, everyone holds on to the hope, thinking that they can become the strongest, so there is never a lack of sword flashes and bloodstains in the Asura Realm. Everyone is constantly fighting and reviving here. No one will stop. They all think that they will become victorious. I think so too.”
Ya’an’s tone was serious and full of longing. His eyes looked far towards the crimson red plains, as if there was something that symbolized hope there. Therefore, Luo Jian could only follow Ya’an’s line of sight as he looked at the Crimson Asura Realm.
“I’m a.s.suming that you’re telling me the truth.” Luo Jian did not know what he decided at that moment, but he drew his weapon out.
“The person who knows everything.”
“I’m not lying to you. He really knows everything,” Ya’an answered.