Chapter 517: Qiu Sen’s Tracks at Gray Castle
“Let’s follow over to take a look first.” Yun Jiuge thought about it and decided to go over. It would be better if they could find the location of Nangong Yue and the others.
Yun Jiuge, Zi Shang and the others followed behind A’hui from afar and saw that he flew toward the Death Swamp.
The death energy from the Death Swamp had a strong corrosive effect on human-beast hybrids. He would be shrouded within it even if he flew in the air.
A’hui slowed down significantly once he entered the Death Swamp. The feathers on his wings began to darken, but he kept flying forward.
Yun Jiuge released her Holy Power to support the Protective Barrier, bringing Zi Shang into the Death Swamp.
After following A’hui for about two miles, they saw him pass through the miasma and land on a flat ground.
After Yun Jiuge came close, she discovered that behind the miasma was actually a gray colored castle.
The castle covered an area of five acres. It was three stories high and had no windows. It only had a square gate, which was guarded by two Lizard-like therianthropes at this moment.
Several gray-skinned Lizard-like therianthropes walked out with stiff bodies and then escorted A’hui inside.
“Can this be where Nangong Yue resides? How dare she live here?” Yun Jiuge was incredibly surprised. Cultivators who had lost their Spiritual Power were no different from ordinary people. Was Nangong Yue not afraid of being polluted by staying here?
“Let’s go over to have a look.” Zi Shang took Yun Jiuge’s hand and approached the castle without a sound.
There were human-beast hybrids keeping watch on the upper and lower levels of the castle. Every single one of them had gray skin and sluggish eyes, like stone sculptures.
Yun Jiuge opened her Spiritual Eye to examine them and found that they were full of Demon Qi in their bodies. It was even more serious than the human-wolf hybrids from before.
It could be said that the human-wolf hybrids from before were being controlled. These human-beast hybrids had completely become puppets. No wonder they were not afraid of death energy and the corrosive miasma.
Zi Shang picked up a stone and threw it onto the heads of the two Lizard-like therianthropes who guarded the gate.
When they looked up to glance around, he threw another stone into the nearby swamp.
The two Lizard-like therianthropes walked stiffly over there to check it out.
Yun Jiuge and Zi Shang took the opportunity to slip inside through the gate. The entrance was completely dark without any rays of light.
A slightly familiar voice came from nearby, “Why are there so few human-rabbit hybrids?”
Yun Jiuge stuck her head out to have a closer look. The people talking turned out to be the youth from the Leopard Clan and the Lizard-like therianthrope who had intercepted them when they first entered the Secret Realm.
In this place full of death energy and human-beast hybrid puppets, it was extremely strange that these two people were so clear-headed.
Yun Jiuge opened her Spiritual Eye to observe and found that the two human-beast hybrids also had the golden light in their bodies, now protecting their Subconscious minds.
The youth from the Leopard Clan had the golden light in his chest while the Lizard-like therianthrope had it in his ears. It was stronger than what the human-rabbit hybrids had but not as powerful as A’dai’s.
Strangely, if these two human-beast hybrids had the golden light protecting their bodies, then why were they not caught? Could it mean that they were kept for some special purpose?
“The remaining human-rabbit hybrids must be over there at the human-wolf hybrids. What’s there to ask?” said the Lizard-like therianthrope.
“Alright, take these human-rabbit hybrids to the cells and lock them up properly.” The Leopard Clan youth handed the human-rabbit hybrids to A’hui, and then helped point the way for him.
Next, A’hui carried a large bag of human-rabbit hybrids and turned around to walk outside.
“Rabbits, I can only help you gain a little time,” sighed the Leopard Clan youth.
“Stop talking nonsense. Hurry up and go report to the Lord!” the Lizard-like therianthrope said coldly.
“Alas, come on, I hope I can come out alive this time too,” the Leopard Clan youth sighed and rubbed his chest.
The golden light on his chest gradually extinguished and the black colored Qi filled his entire body. His skin turned pale gray while his eyes became dull and lifeless. He had magically turned into a puppet.
The Lizard-like therianthrope also rubbed his own ears to put away the golden light. After he changed into the appearance of a puppet together with the Leopard Clan youth, they slowly went into the depths of the castle.
“I’ll follow them to go take a look. You’ll bring A’hui and the human-rabbit hybrids back.” Yun Jiuge gestured to Zi Shang.
“Will you be okay doing it alone?” asked Zi Shang who did not quite agree.
“I’m just going to take a look. I’m definitely not going to act blindly without thinking.” Yun Jiuge felt that she was much more cautious than Zi Shang.
“Okay!” Zi Shang nodded and split with Yun Jiuge in separate directions.
Yun Jiuge followed the Leopard Clan youth and Lizard-like therianthrope to the front of a door deep in the castle.
The front door was made of gray stones and engraved with various kinds of totems. The door was even guarded by two Monkey Demon Yin Corpses.
Yun Jiuge suddenly tensed when she saw the two Monkey Demon Yin Corpses. Only Qiu Sen had Monkey Demon Yin Corpses in this Secret Realm.
These two Monkey Demon Yin Corpses looked a lot different as compared to when they were outside. They had huge sharp teeth and stone-like gray skin. Their whole bodies exuded an intense death energy and they were of Golden Core Cultivation Level. She did not know how Qiu Sen did this.
Yun Jiuge was filled with all kinds of doubts in her mind. She was even more afraid to act rashly.
She saw the two Monkey Demon Yin Corpses briefly glance at the Leopard Clan youth and Lizard-like therianthrope before letting them enter.
The gray colored door only opened a crack wide enough for them to pass through. Unfortunately, Yun Jiuge could not see anything from her angle.
She also dared not venture in to draw the two Monkey Demon Yin Corpses away. She could only wait in silence.
Fortunately, the Leopard Clan youth and Lizard-like therianthrope soon came out, and then slowly walked outside.
Yun Jiuge considered for a moment but still gave up on going in to look for Qiu Sen. Instead, she turned around to keep up with the Leopard Clan youth and Lizard-like therianthrope.
Looking at the way they had just woken up, it certainly provided a lot of insights for her.
At this time, the castle sounded a sharp alarm. The gray light within the Leopard Clan youth and Lizard-like therianthrope surged and they were about to rush toward the direction of the sounded alarm.
Yun Jiuge’s eyes narrowed, and she suddenly shot out the Moon Spirit Silk Thread to tie up the Leopard Clan youth and Lizard-like therianthrope. Then she swiftly gathered them into her own Spiritual Beast Bag.
“Quickly go!” Zi Shang carried A’hui and dashed over to Yun Jiuge. He was followed by a large group of puppet human-beast hybrids at the back. Countless arrows whizzed in his direction. They were all swatted away by him using his sleeves.
“Put them away,” said Yun Jiuge as she threw the Spiritual Beast Bag to Zi Shang and ran after him toward outside. “What’s going on?”
“There’s a Monkey Demon Yin Corpse with a keen sense of smell in the cells. I was accidentally discovered by it,” Zi Shang replied, feeling really unlucky.
He had knocked A’hui unconscious and was about to go look for Yun Jiuge. But unexpectedly, he was discovered by a Monkey Demon Yin Corpse with huge nostrils.
Although he had whipped and stunned the Monkey Demon Yin Corpse with his tail, it still managed to sound the alarm.
“I just followed the two human-beast hybrids inside just now and found two Monkey Demon Yin Corpses with Golden Core Cultivation,” Yun Jiuge briefly described the appearance of the two Yin Corpses.
“It seems that whoever is inside is either Qiu Sen or Nangong Yue. Do you want to go look for them?” Zi Shang was a little tempted.
“Save it. Do you think you can beat them?” Yun Jiuge spoke as she sent a Leopard Clan puppet who had pounced over, flying.
“Who says I can’t beat them?” Zi Shang was a little unhappy that Yun Jiuge underestimated him.
“That’s enough. Single-handed combat is not your style. We’d better go back and organize an army of human-beast hybrids before we can crush them again,” Yun Jiuge comforted.
“Good idea.” Zi Shang threw Yun Jiuge over his body. The lower half of his body had turned into a black colored snake tail as he barged straight into countless human-beast hybrids to send them flying.