“Uncle Black Robe, could you explain it clearly? What exactly makes this place so dangerous?” asked Saki Yamanashi, intentionally raising her voice.
‘Hmph, what an extroverted girl. Is Vigilante A going to snatch away an apprentice that Master has so diligently trained?
‘No, Master’s intelligence is incomparable, and he’s not stopping any of this so there’s definitely a deeper meaning to it…’
Once Black Robe came to his conclusion, he no longer felt upset and instead said with a smile, “Master left many memories with me. The grotto-heaven of the Upper Realm and the arcane realms of the Lower Realm are actually of the same class. There’s a type of trial grotto-heaven in the Upper Realm that is the same as this place. It is used to examine the capabilities of one’s apprentices and the grotto-heaven operates on its own Maxim. Those that enter it are restricted by this Maxim unless their strength exceeds that of the grotto-heaven greatly. However, those that possess strength beyond that have no need to enter the grotto-heaven in the first place.”
“What makes that place so dangerous then?” asked Saki Yamanashi, her gaze still locked onto the battle in the distance.
“The danger lies in the restriction that the trial grotto-heaven has over most of the entrants’ powers. Many of the retreat routes that trial-takers use as a guarantee of survival become restricted, thus causing a high mortality rate. Unless the person is one with high perseverance or one of great courage, few dare to participate. Of course, if one does pass through it successfully, one stood to gain bountiful rewards that are far beyond the common,” explained Black Robe in detail while he retrieved his memories.
There was no avoiding the truth; the memories inherited from a Devil Lord were actually a great treasure trove.
If one were to really talk about it, even if Vigilante A accumulated all the knowledge of the criminals in his Draconic Penitentiary, it still could not compare to the amount of knowledge that Black Robe possessed.
However, Black Robe thought of himself as nothing more than a servant to the Devil Lord, which greatly reduced his subjective initiatives, as all his actions revolved around the Devil Lord.
He had no ideas of his own, so there was no effective way to make use of these memories.
It was like owning a library but only visiting it when he needed to check something suddenly…
If the same amount of memories were inherited by Fang Ning, he would have come up with countless strange ideas…
“Generally, what kind of restrictive effects are there?” asked Saki Yamanashi in a slightly hasty tone.
“The space ban and magic ban are a few, but the most ruthless one is the sealing of memories… It not only tests the training your physical body has undergone, it also tests your instinctive reactions. Think about it this way; if your memories have been sealed, the amount of power and ability you possess will mean nothing and you’ll be but a mere idiot. How would you be able to adapt to a cruel trial?” asked Black Robe faintly.
“Then how should I handle this?” Saki Yamanashi’s tone was now completely laced with anxiety.
She had experienced great troubles in her early years, which forced her mind to mature early. Despite being sixteen, she was already thinking like someone in their twenties.
At this moment, she was worried that despite Lord Azure Dragon’s invincibility, he would not be able to deal with the various dangers present if he were to lose his memory.
However, she had forgotten that someone else, not her, should be the most worried about this issue.
After all, if the matter of comprehensive strength were to be discussed, she was the weakest one out of all present.
“Human memories, and even the memories of sapient tools can be sealed. However, a treasure’s instinct to protect its owner won’t be erased, just like how an idiot would still instinctively avoid fire. Times like these are basically a test for everyone’s inner secrets, the more protective treasures a person owns, the higher their chances of surviving this challenge.” Once Black Robe said this, he finally understood the pain of his Master.
When it came to protective treasures, his Black Robe was not weaker than most.
When he had received Vigilante A’s punch before this, he merely floated in the air instead of being kicked out of the atmosphere to become a speck of dust in space. One of the reasons why this was possible was because of his treasure.
If he really were to lose his memory, the power this black robe of his could exhibit would definitely be far beyond his imaginations…
“What? We might even lose our memories?” exclaimed Qiao Anping in shock.
The remaining three team members shared looks amongst themselves in disbelief as well.
Losing one’s memories was a cliché that happened in countless films and dramas. However, if it were to happen during a trial, the situation would be beyond horrifying!
Black Robe might have ulterior motives in revealing this, but there was still a possibility of his words coming through.
As soon as they entered, they finally understood the true horror of this place!
It was not only ruthless, cold, and resolute, it also harbored no sympathy for the weak. Weaklings had no room for survival here.
In the outside world, even an ant had the rights of survival as well as being granted a gift from nature, which was being allowed to occupy a position in the food chain.
However, he suddenly understood why there were so little bugs flitting around in this place.
They must have been unable to resist the bloodlust, thus causing to kill each other when they were at their weakest. How would the survivors have enough strength to reproduce?
“Everyone, quickly activate your protective treasures while you still have magical energy. Since spells have been banned here, might as well concentrate all your magical energy into your treasures,” ordered Qiao Anping hastily.
He could not help but feel grateful for this young lady. If she had not questioned persistently, he would never have found out about something like this.
Who would have expected that an arcane realm would not only place a ban on space and spells, but would also have the power to seal memories!
It was no wonder Venerable Dragon God was so unwilling to break into the Azure Mountain, despite the fact that he shared many disagreements with them.
Qiao Zishan nodded his head. Then, he had the white jade pendant he carried with him hover in mid-air before he started pouring all his magical energy into it.
It was a thousand-year-old piece of white jade that was excavated from a royal tomb.
Despite the fact that it was extremely valuable in the past, it was essentially an ordinary antique for the rich to enjoy. Apart from the historical value and appreciation value, it held no practical function.
However, with the dawn of the Era of Vitality, it also began to show signs of possessing a spirit.
It was similar to “Relentless Swordsman” Xue Feng’s Godly Sword, which was a sapient tool of high intelligence that would deliberately pick its owner.
Xue Feng did not enter the arcane realm with everyone else this time. After all, leaving some seeds behind by having a reserve team stay behind was important; there would no point in bringing in all their elites at a single time.
After obtaining the treasure, the Truth Department had searched for a suitable owner among its own members before finally choosing the loyal Qiao Zishan.
“Yu’er, you must remember, if everyone loses their memories and we’re met with danger, you must protect my younger sister and my uncle first,” ordered Qiao Zishan in a whisper.
When Black Robe heard this, he felt disdain well up in him. ‘Another idiot. A treasure like that is most effective when it is protecting its owner. If you get it to protect someone else, not only might it greatly reduce in effectiveness, it might even ignore you completely.’
Qiao Zijiang stayed silent as she summoned 11 demon spirits, which corresponded to 11 of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
The only one missing was the sheep, otherwise known as Big Cotton Ball, which was given to the great green insect to be used as a mount.
The demon spirit was a docile one, and it could be used as both a bed and a quilt, which made it the most suitable for a vacation at home.
The great green insect was extremely satisfied with it, since it was much more comfortable than sitting on Black Dog’s or Black Tiger’s back. Their fur was just too rough, which was terrible.
“Ah, where is this?” Long Fan had just woken up, but it immediately felt something was wrong.
“I say, old dragon, something’s not right. I’ve just appeared but why am I so filled with apprehension…” asked Long Fan the Stygian Snake to the miniature green dragon by its side.
“Oh, it seems that your Cultivation Base is quite good and you’re not just sleeping every day. This is a land of trials, and it is extremely dangerous. It’s no wonder this girl has summoned for us,” said the miniature green dragon calmly.
“What do we do? I don’t want to die, I still have years of youth that I’ve yet to experience…” Once Long Fan heard the reply, it immediately felt fearful.
After all, Long San was the spiritual sense of a True Dragon from the Upper Realm, which meant the breadth of the knowledge it possessed could not be compared to Long Fan at all. Since it had already said so, it meant that the situation was truly dangerous.
“It’s too late now. Since you’re already here, you can only be resigned to your fate…” said Long San simply “Besides, in two more years, you’ll break even.”
“Ah, you can’t be like that. We’re from the same family, the same clan, and we’ve been colleagues for so long, you can’t just leave me in the lurch…” Long Fan hastily clung to its last strand of hope.
“Ugh, stop trying to claim kinship. How would I be in the same clan as a regular snake of the Lower Realm? Besides, you’re actually a human, which pushes us both even further from relation,” spat the miniature green dragon in disdain.
“That’s enough, stop arguing. I have something to say,” said Qiao Zijiang seriously.