Chapter 495 - 496 Death drifts to the moon

 




Chapter 495 Death drifts to the moon



The battle between the Blood Demon Chief and Do Yeonsan was intense.



Both of them clashed with all their strength.



Their bodies were covered in considerable wounds, each inflicted by the other.



There were deadly wounds on their necks and chests that would have killed them if they had missed by a single inch.



'What a remarkable guy.'



The Blood Demon Chief couldn't help but admire.



Do Yeonsan's martial arts were so impressive that if he wasn't an enemy, he would have applauded him without hesitation. Although still unrefined, he had the talent to become a martial arts legend with just a little more polishing.



It was clear that if Do Yeonsan were allowed to live, he would become a future problem.



'I must kill him today.'



The Blood Demon Chief concentrated his energy into his sword.



There was no formation of sword qi or strength.



For an assassin, it was foolish to display such flashy techniques.



The essence of an assassin's martial arts was to be traceless.



Instead of releasing energy outward, they condensed it to enhance their power. That was the martial arts of an assassin.



The Red Flying Sword.



The sword technique he mastered was one of those martial arts.



A single strike to determine the outcome, unique to assassins.



Sensing the Blood Demon Chief's unusual momentum, Do Yeonsan clenched his fist tightly.



Instinctively, he realized that something out of the ordinary was about to happen.



'Will my brother be safe?'



At that moment, the thought that crossed Do Yeonsan's mind was, amusingly enough, the safety of Pyo Wol.



For now, he had no choice but to trust Nam Shin-woo and Eun-Yo.



That was when it happened.



'An opening!'



Realizing that Do Yeonsan was distracted, the Blood Demon Chief launched a surprise attack.



By the time Do Yeonsan snapped back to reality, the Blood Demon Chief's sword was just about to pierce his chest.



He finally realized his mistake, but it was already too late to react.



He squinted and braced himself for pain. But, mere inches from his chest, the sword of the Blood Demon Corps leader stopped.



It was unlikely that the Blood Demon Chief had a sudden change of heart to show mercy.



It was not of his own volition that the Blood Demon chief stopped his sword.



Through the white cloud, more than ten swords appeared.



More than ten swords were tightly pressed against the Blood Demon Chief's neck, chest, arms, and legs. The owners of the swords were hidden by the cloud and could not be seen. If the Blood Demon Chief moved even slightly, he would be cut by the surrounding swords.



'What?'



The Blood Demon Chief's eyes trembled.



He hadn't noticed the swords until they touched his body.



An unbelievable situation that he would never have believed unless he experienced it firsthand.



His assassination skills and senses were absolute, worthy of being the leader of the Blood Demon Corps. As a result, his pride in himself was immense.



He couldn't believe that he hadn't detected the approaching individuals until their swords touched his body.



At that moment, the cloud dissipated.



A gust of wind, from somewhere, instantly dispersed the mist. The figures hidden by the mist revealed themselves.



More than ten warriors dressed in black were clinging to the Blood Demon Chief's body, pointing their swords at him.



"Ah!"



Do Yeonsan involuntarily gasped at the sight.



Goosebumps had formed all over his body.



The way the assassins were suppressing another assassin was chilling.



At that moment, a small elderly man emerged from the dispersing cloud.



The elder was covered with black moles on his face, his back slightly bent as he leaned on his stick, and there wasn't a hint of an imposing aura about him. But when Do Yeonsan saw him, he was seized by an intense sense of crisis.



The old man glanced at the Blood Demon Chief, who was being restrained by the Black Shadow Assassins.



For the first time, the Blood Demon Chief spoke.



"Who are you people?"



A faint smile hovered at the corner of the elder's lips.



"They are called the Black Shadow Assassins (黑殺無影隊). They are the swords that protect the master of Hundred Wraith Union."



"Hundred Wraith Union? Why you?"



The Blood Demon Chief had a look of disbelief.



The Hundred Wraith Union and the Blood Demon Corps had a cooperative relationship.



When the Blood Demon Corps requested it, the Hundred Wraith Union would carry out their tasks faithfully.



Having given them several contracts in the past, the Blood Demon Chief knew this well. That's why he couldn't understand the appearance of the Black Shadow Assassins.



"Is this a betrayal?"



"Are we in a position to discuss betrayal? After all, it's merely a contractual relationship."



"How dare you speak of abrogating the treaty? Is this the work of the Master of the Hundred Wraith Union?"



"It's the new Master's will."



"New? You mean the Master has changed?"



"Hehe! Indeed. So, please understand."



The Blood Demon Chief's face contorted at the words of the small elderly man.



"Bring the Master here. I will talk to him directly. I will hold him responsible for daring to interfere with the Guryongsalmak’s affairs."



"You talk too much."



"What?"



"You talk too much for an assassin. You haven't followed the proper path."



"Insolent!"



The old man gestured as if there was no need for further conversation.



At that moment, the Black Shadow Assassins unsheathed their swords.



Swish!



Ten swords instantly split the Blood Demon Chief's body apart.



The body of the Blood Demon Chief, now in more than a dozen pieces, collapsed.



Do Yeonsan's face was filled with horror as he watched the entire scene unfold.



The small elderly man noticed Do Yeonsan and bowed courteously.



"I apologize for startling you."



"Ah, ah! Yes!"


 


"I am Sal-no (殺老)."



"Sal-no?"



"Yes! As you can see, I'm an aged assassin approaching retirement. I'm too old to even wield a sword now."



Do Yeonsan swallowed at Sal-no's words.



'No energy, huh...'



He hadn't sensed Sal-no's presence until he revealed himself. Just a moment ago if Sal-no had intended to harm him, he would already be dead.



Even now, cold sweat trickled down his back.



Sal-no spoke politely.



“The inside should have been all sorted out by now. Please go in.”



"Yes!"



Do Yeonsan nodded and moved, but he didn't let his guard down completely.



Although he received help for now, he wasn't sure if he and the assassins were on the same side.



Do Yeonsan followed Sal-no, ready to take action at any moment.



As they exited the maze and arrived in front of the house, a gruesome sight greeted him.



All the Blood Demons who had infiltrated through the maze were dead.



"Ugh!"



Do Yeonsan swallowed.



At that moment, Eun-yo approached Do Yeonsan.



"Are you okay?"



"Huh? Yes!"



"Thank goodness."



Eun-yo breathed a sigh of relief.



Only then did Do Yeonsan come to his senses.



Sal-no walked past Do Yeonsan and approached Hong Ye-seol.



"Everything is taken care of, Master!"



"Good job."



"It was nothing."



Sal-no gave a slight smile.



He looked at Hong Ye-seol with an expression like he was looking at his granddaughter.



"I'm sorry for the inconvenience."



"Don't say that. Just give your orders whenever you need something. There's no need for you to apologize. That's your right as the Master. Shouldn't we go inside now?"



Sal-no glanced at the house.



Hong Ye-seol nodded and moved her steps.


 


Sal-no quietly watched her back as she entered the house.



Thud!



As soon as she closed the door and disappeared, Sal-no looked at Eun-yo and the others.



"You've all worked hard. Our black shadow assassins will be on guard, so please take a break."



"No, it's okay."



"It's fine. Our people have already secured the area perfectly, so take a rest. If you feel uncomfortable, I will be scolded by the Master."



"It doesn't seem like you'd get scolded at all..."



Eun-yo trailed off.



Sal-no smiled wordlessly.



His expression felt even more eerie.


***


Hong Ye-seol carefully opened the door and stepped into the room.



The room was filled with the scent of medicinal herbs.



The divine physician tending to Pyo Wol, cautiously turned his head to look at her.



"What about the children outside?"



"Don't worry. The children are safe."



"I'm relieved."



It was because the healer had noticed that Hong Ye-seol had no ill intentions. Hong Ye-seol sat next to the divine physician and asked,



"How is his condition?"



"I've done everything I can. The rest is up to his will."



"Then he should be fine."




"Why are you so sure?"



"Because he's the most determined person I know. I haven't seen anyone with a stronger will than him."



"Is that so? Well..."



The divine physician shook his head.



"Did you say you've done everything you can?"



"Yes."



"Then I'll take care of him from now on."



"Hmm!"



"Don't worry. I have absolutely no intention of harming him."



"I... understand."



The divine physician got up from his seat.



He couldn't completely trust her, but there was no choice.



If she had malicious intentions, both he and Pyo Wol would have already been dead.



At this point, there was no other choice but to trust her.



Thud!



As the healer closed the door and went outside, Hong Ye-seol moved closer to Pyo-wol.



She saw Gwia, the spiritual beast, curling at Pyo Wol's bedside.



Gwia, unresponsive, merely stared blankly at Hong Ye-seol's face. He knew that she was an acquaintance of Pyo Wol.



Hong Ye-seol alternated her gaze between Gwia and Pyo Wol.



"You two look alike."



In many ways, they were one and the same.



Hong Ye-seol gazed at Pyo Wol's face while kneeling beside him.



"Now the situation has changed."



Previously, Pyo Wol had accepted the request from Ghost King to save Hong Ye-seol.



Thanks to that, they could find the mysterious land and save Hong Ye-seol's life.



If it hadn't been for Pyo-wol, Hong Ye-seol would have died then.



Now the situation was reversed.



Hong Ye-seol was glad about this situation.



"I didn't know you could be this vulnerable."



Pyo Wol was the most perfect assassin she knew.



A person who never let his guard down and doubted everything that existed. Seeing him lying down defenselessly like this felt human.



Once he wakes up, he'll return to being a perfect assassin, so this would be the last time she sees Pyo Wol in such a defenseless state.



Hong Ye-seol enjoyed this moment.



Looking at Pyo Wol's face, she felt rewarded for all her hard work.



After parting with Pyo Wol, she joined the main branch of Hundred Wraith Union.



Her safe return had turned the Hundred Wraith Union upside down.



It was because the leader of Hundred Wraith Union had declared Hong Ye-seol dead.



From the Hundred Wraith Union's perspective, it was no different than a dead person coming back to life.



Hong Ye-seol confronted the leader of Hundred Wraith Union.



"Why did you do that?"



"What are you talking about?"



"You used me as bait, didn't you?"



"Just for that, you're causing this commotion? You returned safely, that's what matters, or are you challenging my authority?"



"I just want to reveal the truth. Did you really use me as bait and try to create chaos?"



"......"



The leader of the Hundred Wraith Union did not answer. But his silence was an adequate answer for Hong Ye-seol.



She could accept dying while carrying out a request.



It was something she had been prepared for since choosing this path.



She joined the Hundred Wraith Union believing that they would at least protect her from external threats.



However, the Hundred Wraith Union, or more precisely, the leader of Hundred Wraith Union, had thoroughly betrayed her expectations.



She couldn't forgive someone who betrayed her like that. So, she fought the leader of Hundred Wraith Union.



Of course, the leader of Hundred Wraith Union tried to kill her using black shadow assassins.



At that time, the one who stood up against black shadow assassins was Sal-no.



He was the one who raised and trained the black shadow assassins.



At least for black shadow assassins, his words took precedence over the leader of Hundred Wraith Union.



"The black shadow assassins will not participate in this battle. A leader who does not protect the assassins of Hundred Wraith Union cannot be our ruler."



Upon his declaration, the black shadow assassins remained neutral.



Hong Ye-seol engaged in a fierce battle with the leader of Hundred Wraith Union, and eventually emerged victorious.



The leader of Hundred Wraith Union had not engaged in assassinations for a long time, and his body had become dull. On the other hand, Hong Ye-seol's senses were at their peak, having carried out various requests.



From the moment she hid behind the barrier of black shadow assassins, the outcome of the battle might have already been determined.




Hong Ye-seol killed the leader of Hundred Wraith Union and proudly became the new leader.



After that, she led the black shadow assassins and hurried here to help Pyo Wol.



"So, hurry up and wake up."



Hong Ye-seol whispered quietly into Pyo-wol's ear. In response to her call, Pyo-wol opened his eyes.


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Chapter 496

Chapter 496

 


"Ah!"



Hong Ye-seol let out an exclamation without realizing it.



It was because Pyo Wol, who had somehow opened his eyes, was staring intently at her.



She rubbed her eyes, thinking it might be an illusion, but indeed, Pyo Wol was looking straight at her.



"What's going on? Are you awake?"



"You told me to open my eyes, didn't you?"



"So, you're saying you're fully awake?"



"I regained my senses a while ago. I just hadn't opened my eyes because I was sorting out my thoughts."



"That's sneaky!"



Hong Ye-seol rolled her eyes.



Pyo Wol, still lying down, asked her,



"What about the Hundred Wraith Union?"



"I took care of it... I'm the owner of the Hundred Wraith Union now."



"You must have had a hard time."



"A little. How about you?"



"I'm good!"



"Are you really okay?"



Hong Ye-seol looked at Pyo Wol with a skeptical expression.



If he was really okay, Pyo Wol should have jumped up from his spot by now.



Pyo Wol closed his eyes for a moment to check his body's condition.



An unidentified hot energy was surging throughout his body.



It was the harmony of Nam Shin-woo's blood and the Great Rebirth and Reincarnation Technique. The powerful vitality contained in Nam Shin-woo's blood was maximized by the Great Rebirth and Reincarnation Technique.



Because of this, Pyo Wol's body was on the verge of bursting.



Even the divine physician, who had used the Great Rebirth and Reincarnation Technique, did not expect this outcome.



From now on, it was crucial.



Pyo Wol opened his eyes and spoke to Hong Ye-seol.



"Help me sit up."



"Okay!"



Hong Ye-seol supported Pyo Wol's back and helped him sit up.



Pyo Wol adjusted his sitting position and said, "I need to circulate my energy. You have to be my guardian."



"Guardian, you mean?"



"Right now, you're the only person I can trust."



"Don't worry. I'll protect you."



Hong Ye-seol replied with a bright smile.



"Then I'll count on you."



Pyo Wol immediately closed his eyes and began to circulate his energy.



Time was pressing.



If he didn't control the Qi within his body right now, his body would burst open like a bag of wind.



Pyo Wol used the Lightning Strike Soul Mind Technique.



His whole body was hot.



It felt as if a snake made of fire was slithering through his veins.



Just managing the energy itself was a challenge.



He felt a burning pain in his blood vessels.



The greatest pain a human can feel is the scorching pain (灼熱痛).



That is, the pain one feels when being burned by fire.



This was the pain Pyo Wol was experiencing now.



Still, there was no change in his expression.



He had been accustomed to pain since he was young.



For Pyo Wol, who had lived a life full of pain, this level of pain was very familiar.


Patience and waiting.



These were the two things he was most confident in.



Thud! Thud-thud!



Bone clashing sounds emanated from his body.



Hong Ye-seol looked at Pyo Wol with a tense expression.



It wasn't just the sound of bones; Pyo Wol's muscles were involuntarily spasming.



It was clear that something unusual was happening inside Pyo Wol's body. At a glance, it was obvious that he was at a critical point.


 


Hong Ye-seol unconsciously tensed up.


 


She knew well that if he was disturbed at a time like this, it could lead to serious consequences.


 


That's when it happened.


 


Suddenly, blood vessels popped out of Pyo Wol's body.


 


The protruding veins wriggled like worms.


 


At the same time, intense heat radiated from his entire body.


 


"Ah!"


 


Hong Ye-seol was startled and unknowingly stepped back.


 


Shudder!


 


Pyo Wol's body shook violently as if an earthquake had occurred. At the same time, sweat poured from his pores like rain.


 


A terrible stench emanated from the sweat running over his entire body.


 


Something was changing from within Pyo Wol's body.


 


Hong Ye-seol watched Pyo Wol nervously.


 


Crack!


 


At that moment, Pyo Wol's skin cracked open.


 


Like a snake shedding its old skin, his skin split and fell off.


 


Hong Ye-seol knew exactly what was happening to Pyo Wol's body now.


 


"'Phantom Bone Transformation(換骨奪胎).'


 


When a martial artist reaches the peak of his cultivation, his body is transformed into the optimal state for his martial arts.


 


The skeleton and muscles change, the old skin falls off, and new skin grows.


 


This transmutation, exceeding human limits and evolving into a new species, was known as the Phantom Bone Transformation.


 


Hong Ye-seol covered her mouth with her hand and watched the spectacle.


 


His withered skin fell away, revealing a new skin as smooth as a baby's.


 


When Pyo Wol achieved enlightenment in the underground cave, he gained a smooth body like a snake's. All previous injuries were erased, and he acquired a sleek physique. However, during his journey through the martial world, countless new wounds had been engraved on Pyo Wol's smooth body.


 


Some of them had faded away, leaving only faint traces, while others were so deep that they remained vivid. The wounds he had recently received from fights, such as with the master of Guryongsalmak, hadn't even scabbed over yet.


 


Thus, Pyo Wol's body was covered in scars, like a net. However, all these scars vanished with the Phantom Bone Transformation.


 


His skin had returned to that of a baby's—white and smooth.


 


"Ah!"


 


Hong Ye-seol exclaimed in disbelief at the unbelievable sight.


 


Even after shedding all his old skin, Pyo Wol didn't stop his qi circulation.


 


In fact, he couldn't.


 


Even after achieving the Phantom Bone Transmutation, the raging energy inside his body had not calmed down.


 


If he didn't completely control the internal energy, his heart vessels would be torn apart.



Because of this, Pyo Wol focused only on qi circulation, unaware of his transmutation. But taming the rampaging energy was no easy task.



Swish!


 


It was then that Gwia made its move.


 


Gwia, who had been lying still, coiled up Pyo Wol's body and wrapped it around his neck.


it opened its tiny mouth and bit into Pyo Wol's chest.


 


"Wha, what?"


 


Hong Ye-seol's eyes widened in surprise.


 


She tried to strike Gwia with her sword. She thought it was trying to hurt Pyo Wol. But at that moment, she noticed Pyo Wol's complexion noticeably easing.


 


When Gwia's poison entered his body, the raging qi found a new target.


 


The hot energy began to calm down as it burned away Gwia’s poison.


 


Pyo Wol's body, which had been burning hot, also regained its tranquility.


 


Only then did Hong Ye-seol realize that Gwia wasn't trying to attack Pyo Wol. Instead, it had injected its poison to help him.


 


Thanks to that, Pyo Wol gained resistance to Gwia's poison.


 


Gwia’s poison was arguably the deadliest in the world.


 


Having resistance to Gwia's poison meant that Pyo Wol had essentially become immune to all poisons.


 


At least, no poison in the martial world could harm Pyo Wol now.


 


"Phew!"


 


A moment later, Pyo Wol opened his eyes with a faint sigh.


 


Upon seeing his gaze, Hong Ye-seol's entire body froze.


 


The moment she saw the red light in Pyo Wol's eyes, her mind went numb as if she was being hypnotized by a snake.


 


Hong Ye-seol's mental strength was far beyond that of an ordinary person due to her experience as an assassin. If measured by mental fortitude alone, Hong Ye-Seol was at the top among the martial artists. Yet, even she experienced a moment of mind-numbing bewilderment.



“What on earth......”


 


***


 


"Come here, let me take care of your wounds."


 


At the divine physician's words, Eun-yo, Do Yeonsan, and Nam Shin-woo approached.


 


Eun-yo was the first to show her wound.


 


"Tsk! It's going to leave a scar."


 


Having a permanent scar on one's body was a great burden for women.



Especially for young women like Eun-yo, it was even more so. However, Eun-yo herself had a nonchalant reaction.



"It's fine."



"But the scar will be quite big, won't it?"



"I'm a martial artist. I have to accept things like this."



"A martial artist, huh..."



"If I wanted to live an ordinary life, I would have chosen the life of a woman in a brothel instead of entering the martial world."



"Right!"



"I've chosen this life, so I can handle scars like this."



"I see! You're already a martial artist."



The divine physician nodded his head.



He had thought of Eun-yo as a woman, but she considered herself a martial artist.



There was a huge difference.



Eun-yo wasn't afraid or ashamed of having scars. Rather, her calm attitude made the divine physician feel embarrassed. He applied a healing ointment and corrected her disrupted energy flow with acupuncture. Finally, he handed her a wrapped pill.



"This is called Blue Spirit Pill (靑靈丹). If you take it, it should heal most internal injuries quickly."



"Thank you."



Eun-yo took the blue spirit pill right away and circulated her qi.



She didn't have any doubts, knowing how skilled the divine physician was.



After Eun-yo, Do Yeonsan was the next to receive divine physician's treatment.



He had been in an intense battle with the leader of the Blood Demon Corps, so his body was covered in various wounds.



"You've been through a lot."



"It's nothing compared to my brother."



"Your brother is someone who has already transcended the realm of ordinary humans. It would be too cruel to judge you on the same level as him."



"I know. But I still want to be a little like him."



"I see."



As the divine physician conversed with Do Yeonsan, he applied acupuncture.



The divine physician's acupuncture was truly extraordinary.



Do Yeonsan felt refreshed as soon as the needles were inserted into his body.



The divine physician finished by taking a final look at Nam Shin-woo's wounds. He hadn't even needed to treat him, he was recovering so quickly, his recovery rate was unimaginable.



Sal-no silently watched the divine physician's treatment from a distance.



He could feel it in the way he placed the needles.



The divine physician was a rare master healer.



'Is there such a healer in this world?'



Sal-no, who prided himself on knowing all the prominent figures in the martial world, had never heard of the divine physician before.



"There are countless skilled doctors in the martial world..."



Having someone as skilled as the divine physician on your side was as good as having an extra life.



"Hehe!"



Sal-no approached the divine physician with a sly smile.



The divine physician narrowed his eyes and became alert.



"What can I do for you?"



"Can you take a look at this old man as well?"



"Do you have any injuries?"



"Not injuries, but I feel a lack of energy..."



At Sal-no's words, the divine physician frowned.



Sal-no felt embarrassed and looked away, but he didn't leave the divine physician's side.



The divine physician sighed softly at Sal-no's behavior.



Although he could see through Sal-no's intentions, he was still the benefactor who had saved their lives.



If Sal-no hadn't appeared with the Black Shadow Assassins, he wouldn't have been able to treat the children.



"Whew!"



The divine physician sighed and took out a blue spirit pill from his pocket.



"A single blue spirit pill should be able to heal most internal injuries quickly. Use it sparingly."



"Hehe! Thank you! I won't forget this favor."



"Forget it! Just go."



Although the divine physician waved his hand dismissively, Sal-no didn't leave his side.



With the blue spirit pill in his hand, Sal-no spoke in a subtle voice.



"We're about the same age, let's be friends."



"What do you mean friends at this age?"



"Come on! Let's just be friends. Who knows? I might be of help to you someday..."



"I don't need any help."



"Let's just be friends."



"Ugh! I said no!"



The divine physician frowned as if he didn't want to hear it. But that wasn't enough to shake off Sal-no.



"I really like you."



"I don't like you."



"What can I do to make you like me?"



"Stay far away from me..."



"I can't do that. Let's get along well."



"This old man really..."



The divine physician clenched his fist and shivered his shoulders.



Despite the anger-filled look on his face, Sal-no never lost his smile.


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