Yuchi Ba’s sharp claws were slowly retracted into his body. There was nothing unusual about his appearance any more. He looked at the gladiators peacefully, his eyes full of expectation.
Furrowing his eyebrow, Mo Tiesheng asked, “Master Yuchi, we are told that the ‘Riot of Bloody Blade’ that is led by the Blade of Chaos has been suppressed. The Blade of Chaos suffered a major blow. Quite a few elders have been captured. The members of the Blade of Chaos that were killed are simply too many to be counted!
“Right now, how capable is the Blade of Chaos? What can we do even if we join you?”
Yuchi Ba grinned, revealing his teeth that looked like spades. “First of all, the ideology of God Chaos has been spreading in the Blood Demon Sector for a thousand years, and the Blade of Chaos has existed for almost a hundred years, too. We have lurked for one century and drafted countless plans. How can we be uprooted so easily?
“Secondly, the Riot of Bloody Blade was far from a fiasco. Instead, it was a successful operation because we’ve achieved all of our purposes!
“You think that the Blade of Chaos wanted to overthrow the order of the Blood Demon Sector with a simple ‘Riot of Bloody Blade’? It’s impossible! Our purpose was simple, which was to take over Bone Sand City, or more specifically, a secret lab that belonged to Elder Nether Spring in Bone Sand City.
“Forty thousand years ago, after God Chaos was betrayed by part of the demons and escaped to the Blood Demon Sector, he never forgot to annihilate the traitors and therefore established an enormous underground palace in the depths of this planet as his laboratory and research center.
“It is a pity that God Chaos was so seriously wounded that he fell into hibernation before he completed his research, and the laboratory ended up being his tomb.
“For thousands of years, rumors about the Mausoleum of Chaos have been spreading in secret. It is said that whoever opens the Mausoleum of Chaos and receives his legacy will be able to change the entire demon race!
“The Insect Clan is best at developing the underground world. According to our intelligence, Elder Nether Spring has been working on the tales of the Mausoleum of Chaos for a long time and is in possession of a batch of very important map pieces that lead to the Mausoleum of Chaos. The lab he established in Bone Sand City was exactly meant to repair and fill up the pieces of the map so that he would be able to locate the precise coordinates of the Mausoleum of Chaos!
“The Mausoleum of Chaos!”
There was another riot among the gladiators.
“As believers of Chaos, the Blade of Chaos has a lot of leads as to the location of the Mausoleum of Chaos. With the pieces of the map, we are now able to calculate the precise location of the Mausoleum of Chaos and even infer the traps inside the tomb for our exploration!
“It was the real reason we initiated the Riot of Bloody Blade without caring about the consequences!
“We are very clear that we are absolutely no match for the Pantheon of Demons in a head-on clash. However, once we open the Mausoleum of Chaos, even if we cannot wake up God Chaos, we will be able to receive the legacy of Chaos inside the mausoleum, explore the origin of the demon race’s evolution, and perceive the primeval techniques!
“Therefore, I’m hoping that we can form an expedition team made of elites in order to explore the Mausoleum of Chaos!”
The gladiators did not expect that Yuchi Ba would be so straightforward as to reveal such a confidential plan, nor did they expect that they would be entrusted with such an important mission. For a moment, they became both excited and lost, not knowing what to say in their confusion.
Li Yao was very calm. “Master Yuchi, this is a very important operation. Why are you handing it over to the ignorant newbies such as us?”
“Three reasons,” Yuchi Ba said frankly. “Firstly, the mission is not to be carried out by newcomers such as you alone. The Mausoleum of Chaos used to be a laboratory of God Chaos that boasted an unbelievable coverage. The part that is buried deep below the ground is even more splendid. It is essentially an immeasurable palace that demands a lot of hands in order to search entirely.
“Therefore, this is an operation of a super large scale, and more than five hundred members of the Blade of Chaos will participate in it. You will only act as support.
“Secondly, the pieces of the map of the Mausoleum of Chaos are the top secret and the ultimate treasure for Elder Nether Spring. In order to retrieve the pieces, we attacked Bone Sand City openly and fought countless bloody battles against Elder Nether Spring’s subordinates. A lot of our experts sacrificed themselves so that the pieces of the map could be escorted back safely.
“Honestly speaking, after such heavy losses, there are not too many experienced experts that can cover the entire Mausoleum of Chaos right now.
“Thirdly, and most importantly, there are of course a lot of experts of a higher level inside our organization. However, such experts all have legal, false identities on the surface, and they need to show up in public every once in a while. For example, my ‘Death Teeth Guards’ are definitely elites among elites. But if they disappear at the same time all a sudden, wouldn’t it be equal to declaring to the public that I am carrying out a secret mission?
“Right now, a lot of investigations are underway. Now that Elder Nether Spring has lost the map pieces of the Mausoleum of Chaos, he must have figured out our goal. The mobilization and concentration of elites on a large scale will very likely be noticed by him! Therefore, we have no choice except to involve more newcomers in the mission!”
The explanations were rather plausible, and even Li Yao did not find any discrepancies after pondering for a while.
Yuchi Ba raised his voice and said, “The operation to explore the Mausoleum of Chaos is extremely dangerous. One moment of carelessness, and you may die without a grave. I cannot promise you anything except that I will take part in the operation personally and lead the vanguard! As long as we make it and unearth the legacy of God Chaos, we will have resources to fight against the Pantheon of Demons. That is the only way out for us and our families!”
The gladiators whispered to each other and could not wait to try. Many of them had been convinced by Yuchi Ba.
Explore the Mausoleum of Chaos, find the origin of the demon race, and receive the legacy from forty thousand years ago!
It was something that they would not even dream of one day ago.
But right now, it was likely to become reality!
“Master Yuchi, can we refuse the offer, and what will happen to us if we do?” Li Yao asked as emotionlessly as before.
“Of course you can!” Yuchi Ba declared. “Even if you’ve made up your mind to join the mission, you will have to go through strict screening tests. After all, it is the Mausoleum of Chaos, which is full of peril, that we are going to explore. Any mistake that you make might not only get yourself killed but also drag those near you into the disaster!
“Therefore, we cannot possibly force a bunch of dissatisfied slaves to go on an adventure in such a dangerous place. Won’t we be trying to kill ourselves if so?
“If you say no”
Yuchi Ba pondered for a moment and said slowly, “I don’t want to lie to you. Since you’ve entered the secret base of the Blade of Chaos, seen my real face, and heard such important secrets, you are not going to get out of the place for the time being.
“If you are willing to join the operation to explore the Mausoleum of Chaos, you will go through a period of special training in the next.
“If you would rather not, you can stay in this place and do the jobs that you can. You can also receive regular training while waiting for the assignment of other missions.
“In the days to come, you will be closely monitored, but after the operation to explore the Mausoleum of Chaos is over, or if my identity is completely exposed, everything will be different.”
The decisions seemed to be rather rigorous, but they were quite understandable. After all, an insurrection was not an invitation to dinner, and rules had to be followed to ensure that nothing went wrong.
Li Yao continued his questioning. “Our family are perhaps still in Void Turmoil City. Can we visit them?”
Yuchi Ba shook his head and replied without any hesitation.
“You have been ‘killed’ in public under everybody’s eyes. You are now the reincarnated bodies that should not belong to this world. What will your family think if they run into you without any preparation?
“Your family might not have nerves as tough as yours. If they reveal traces without them knowing, not only will our organization be exposed, your family members will also be sent into the secret prisons of the Pantheon of Demons and interrogated until the last bit of information inside their bones is dug out!
“I guarantee that you cannot begin to fathom the interrogation methods of the Pantheon of Demons, and you will prefer being killed to facing them!
“Therefore, for the sake of your family, it is best to keep your distance.
“However, the organization can help you hand over one or two of your belongings to them and give them a few last words.
“In the meantime, the organization promises that, whether you take part in the operation to explore the Mausoleum of Chaos or not, we will do our best to look after your family and help them live a more comfortable life without being affected by their past!
“When the mission is accomplished, maybe, at an appropriate time, the organization will arrange for you to watch their new life from afar!”
Hearing his words, everybody was whispering to each other. For many chaotic-blood demons, the only motivation to push them through life-and-death battles as gladiators was their family!
Now that they had been told that the Blade of Chaos could improve the lives of their family, all the gladiators were excited!
Joining the Blade of Chaos and exploring the Mausoleum of Chaos would not only give them access to legacy of techniques but also change the fate of their family. With any luck, they might become a hero for all the chaotic-blood demons!
On the Skeleton Island, they were already used to death, and they had personally ‘died’ once. The perilous Mausoleum of Chaos did not sound very scary right now!
A slender chaotic-blood demon whose hands were like claws raised his voice and shouted, “Master Yuchi, I’m in!”
“We are in, too. We are willing to explore the Mausoleum of Chaos together with Master Yuchi!”
The muscular demons with the bloodlines of the Red Blood Bronze Bulls took a step forward under the leadership of Mo Tiesheng. Their hoofs stomped on the ground, raising deafening noises in the temple.
Li Yao narrowed his eyes and made a step forward, too. He nodded. “I’m willing to explore the Mausoleum of Chaos!”
Things were getting more and more interesting.
Yuchi Ba was probably speaking the truth. At the very least, Li Yao did not sense any abnormal changes in his heartbeat, the speed of his blood flow, or the frequency of his eye movements while he was giving his speech.
However, it was one thing to speak the truth and a whole different thing to speak the whole truth.
At the very least, Yuchi Bao did not mention the mysterious drug that had been injected into Jin Xinyue’s body and turned her from a demon into a human being at all.
Li Yao would have to find the answer himself in the Mausoleum of Chaos!
In the legends of mankind, the Pantheon of Demons, and the Blade of Chaos, forty thousand years ago is a critical point alike. I really want to know what the so-called ‘Chaos’ is exactly!