Staring at the figure that looked more like the descendant of the Dragon of Destruction than Tutankhamun did, Lin Li did not dare to let his guard down at all. Even though he had barged into the big crack, and seemed to be oblivious to the dangers within, he had already condensed all of his mental strength as if he was laying a big net around him as soon as he entered. Any and all changes would be detected by him. At this moment, he had already converged all of the mana fluctuations within him, and while he seemed to be extremely calm, he was already in the best state for casting. Hence, he could unleash his strongest combat power at any time.
Lin Li was bold but not arrogant. Otherwise, he would have long died during the various near-death experiences that he had had in the past few years in Anril. Back in the Endless World, Lin Li had dealt with the real Dragon of Destruction. Although he had had the Stars of Fury and all seven pieces of the debris of the stars, and also seized the opportunity to strike when the Dragon of Destruction had been weak, it still had been the most difficult and thrilling battle he had had so far. Although he was not facing the actual Dragon of Destruction now, but only a descendant of it, Lin Li was not as invincible as he had been in the Endless World, and he didnt have the Stars of Fury and all seven pieces of the debris of the stars, either. Even the powerhouses of the Sanctuary-realm would be worried and alert when dealing with the prehistoric magical beasts that were above the Legendary-level, let alone Lin Li, a level-23 Legendary-mage.
Lin Li didnt want to be a hero, and although he had some ties with Sendros, their relationship alone was not significant enough for him to put himself in danger for the sake of saving the Darkness Shrine. In fact, if there had been other options, Lin Li would never have put himself in danger by gambling like this. As long as he could get what he wanted, he wouldnt mind letting the beasts out and ruining the Darkness Shrine again.
However, Lin Li was very clear that those beasts that had been sealed for countless years often went back on their word and would say one thing, only to do another. Even though that figure sounded rather nice, Lin Li knew that the beasts would become dominant over him once he released them. How could Tutankhamuns brother possibly talk things out with him calmly? Would he even answer Lin Lis questions? Hence, unless Lin Li didnt want to find out about anything, he definitely had to enter the crack. Besides, even if he didnt release them now, they wouldnt stay in the crack for long according to Sendros hunch. By then, there would be no need to say anything.
Of course, Lin Li did not think that Tutankhamuns brother would be intimidated by his bravery in barging in and then blurt out everything he knew. Lin Li knew very well that no matter where he was, he would have to show his powers and prove himself to be strong enough in order to assert dominance. Otherwise, he would have to be suppressed by others. He reckoned that Tutankhamuns brother had to know about that too. In order to get an answer from him, Lin Li would probably have to give him something in exchange too. Hence, a battle would definitely be inevitable now that he had barged in.
However, what surprised Lin Li a little was the fact that Tutankhamuns brother, the descendant of the Dragon of Destruction, did not seem to have any intention to attack Lin Li, even though he was surprised to see that he had barged in. Instead, he smiled faintly, and said in a calm tone, "I reckon youve probably guessed my identity. Yes, I am the other son of Azardas, the Dragon of Destruction. Im Tutankhamuns brother. You may call me Nefa."
Lin Li didnt find his tone hostile, and he even felt that there was a touch of friendliness in his tone. However, that was also precisely why he dared not relax at all. In this world, there were many who pretended to be sincere about being friends and forging a strong friendship while stabbing their friends in the back. Lin Li was no longer a child; hence, he wouldnt believe others easily. Besides, he could tell from the current situation that the conflict between them wouldnt be mediated or solved easily, because he wanted to find out some secrets without releasing Nefa, while Nefa wanted to leave.
"You actually know that I have seen Tutankhamun before?" Lin Li asked since Nefa didnt seem to have the intention to attack him immediately. However, he didnt put down the Helios Scepter which still contained plenty of mana that never decreased at all. It seemed that it would be able to cast powerful Legendary-level magic spells anytime.
Nefa didnt seem to care much about Lin Lis attitude, and he still had a smile on his face, though it was unknown if it was genuine or not. He glanced at Lin Lis hand, and said, "Isnt that ring on your finger the Evil Eye Tyrants magical crystal that is one of the three treasures that Geresco got my brother to safeguard? Since you already have it, youve definitely met Tutankhamun."
Nefas explanation seemed to be rather reasonable, but Lin Li didnt believe it. He could not have seen the ring on Lin Lis hand through the big crack even with good eyesight. Besides, the Evil Eye Tyrant magical crystal had been made into a ring, and it definitely wouldnt be easily recognized. Lin Li reckoned that Nefa probably had some special connection with Tutankhamun since they were both hatched from the same Dragon Crystal. Even human twins had a telepathic connection, what more the descendants of the Dragon of Destruction.
The first question was answered in a perfunctory manner. Although it was not an important matter, Lin Li was even more certain that the conversation probably wouldnt proceed smoothly. Even if Nefa didnt attack, Lin Li would have to show his prowess if he couldnt get the answers that he wanted.
It was not that Lin Li was arrogant. After all, he still had five pieces of the debris of the stars, and he could even use the Summoning Scroll to summon all of them. By then, Nefa might be the one to be defeated.
However, the conversation had just begun. Since Nefa refused to say anything, Lin Li decided not to ask about such insignificant things. Instead, he exclaimed with a look of derision, "Oh, is that so!?"
Although Lin Lis attitude was not exactly harsh, everyone could tell that it wasnt pleasant. However, Nefa seemed to be completely indifferent and unaffected. He was still smiling and speaking in a tone that was full of evilness and destructive aura, just as if he were just having a casual conversation. He calmly said, "Since you already have the magical crystal of the Evil Eye Tyrant, you must be the one Geresco has selected. Since my brother handed it to you, he should be considered to have completed the agreement with Geresco. Can you tell me how he is now?"
You even know that Ive seen him before. How could you not know how hes doing?Although Lin Li was displeased with Nefas question, he didnt show his emotions. After all, he still had some things to find out from Nefa, and it wouldnt be good to make the situation too tense too early into the conversation. He watched Nefas actions carefully, and coldly said, "Of course, hes enjoying more freedom in the Blackstone Mountains than you are here."
"Freedom?" Nefa chuckled and shook his head slightly before continuing in disdain, "Its been so many years, but he hasnt grown at all. Despite being the son of the Dragon of Destruction, hes actually willing to stoop so low as to live in the Blackstone Mountains. I really dont know what to say about him."
Actually, Lin Li, too, found it strange that Tutankhamun was guarding the Blackstone Mountains; he was still the mighty son of the Dragon of Destruction, after all, not the adopted son of the Immortal King. Was he really going to stay in the Blackstone Mountains for more than a thousand years just because of the bet with Geresco? That was clearly abnormal.
However, although Lin Li was curious, he did not ask Nefa about it directly. Instead, he gibed in a hostile manner, "In that case, what do you think you should do in order to live up to your status as a descendant of the Dragon of Destruction?" Given Nefas current predicament, it was obvious what Lin Li meant. At least, Tutankhamun wasnt sealed in a spacetime rift, and was allowed to breathe the fresh air of Anril and enjoy the vast sunlight. Meanwhile, Nefa who continuously called Tutankhamun incompetent could only live in purgatory in this barren world.
Although the remark was sarcastic, Nefa wasnt infuriated, and it was as if he didnt catch the hidden meaning at all. Instead, he answered, "As a descendant of the Dragon Aspect, I ought to dominate the entire world of Anril and stand on the very top to look down on the world beneath me. I shouldnt be one of the ordinary beings."
"Havent you heard this saying before? The higher you climb, the harder you fall. Be careful not to fall to your death," Lin Li retorted sarcastically. The Dragon Aspect was indeed a supreme existence in the world, but the Dragon of Destruction, Azardas, had been slaughtered twice, that was in both worlds. If it werent for the death of the Dragon of Destruction, Tutankhamun and Nefa wouldnt have existed, and no one could be sure that he wouldnt have the same fate as his father even if were to become the new Dragon of Destruction.
"So, do you stop climbing upwards just because youre worried about falling? To the ordinary people, dont you stand at the height where they would look up to? The Sanctuary-realm is probably your goal now, right? As a descendant of the Dragon Aspect, he actually chose to be ordinary and live in the Blackstone Mountains. Thats choosing to succumb and abandon the Soul Brand in his soul that symbolizes the glory of the Dragon Aspect," Nefa said calmly, not infuriated by Lin Lis word at all. It was as if he were just debating with a friend.
However, his behavior made Lin Li secretly keep his guard up. As a descendant of the Dragon of Destruction, Nefa definitely mastered the Laws of destruction and Evilness. Yet, he still pretended to have a good temper, and if werent for Lin Lis good manners, he would have thought that he had the upper hand.