Chapter 85: Too Late
Contrary to everyone’s expectations, the scene of the city being destroyed in an explosion did not occur. The light sphere that landed on the ground ignited, spreading rapidly like a flame at the center of a piece of paper, forming a dazzling white halo that expanded outward, covering the surroundings.
People who were touched by this spreading light were not harmed. They stopped running and, instead, curiously watched the magical transformation unfolding before their eyes.
The halo disregarded all obstacles and buildings, much like a virus. It spread outward from the center, leaving nothing unaffected.
At this moment, everyone noticed that the ground, walls, and even their own helmets and armor, whether it was a longsword or a hammer, were covered in dense writings. These writings resembled shallow engravings made by a blade, arranged neatly in radiating patterns.
“These are… the inscriptions from ‘The Path of the Warrior’ and ‘Rune Comprehension!’ And some strange spherical patterns!”
“That’s right, I’ve read those two books, and the content is the same!”
“That person from earlier, could he really be the ‘passerby’? ‘Silver-armored Rune Master’?”
“It must be him!”
“This is truly a miracle. How did he do it?”
“Why ask? It must have been done with runes!”
“Runes can achieve this level of mastery! It’s truly amazing!”
“That’s right, I’m now very curious about runes. Could it be that as long as we master runes, we can freely soar through the skies like the passerby?”
“Not only that, wild beasts in the wilderness may no longer be a threat to us!”
“That’s true. These two books were previously classified as forbidden. I regret not reading them earlier!”
“Everyone, don’t forget, these two books are forbidden!”
“Forbidden? Look, everything is covered in the content of forbidden books. How can it be forbidden? Do they plan to scrub the entire city with mud? Well, they can try, but they won’t be able to erase it!”
People looked at the halo, and although it appeared fragile, it continued to spread outward at an unabated pace. Before long, the entire city of He’an, including the areas outside the city, would be covered in these writings.
No one knew how far this light would spread, but they all hoped it would persist until no one could stop the dissemination of runes.
“Chase!” After landing, the King of the Human locked onto Su Hao’s direction and pursued without rest!
The Master warriors and Grandmaster-level warriors immediately followed, but their speed was too slow. Su Hao and the King of the Human gradually left them behind, and as they chased, they eventually lost sight of them.
Su Hao had already achieved his goal today, so he didn’t linger. Instead, he swiftly flew away from the city of He’an, accelerating to the maximum speed and heading towards the distance.
“Hmm?” After a while, he suddenly sensed a familiar blood essence from below.
It was the King of the Human! He was still pursuing!
Su Hao couldn’t help but smile, “So what if he’s chasing? Can he catch up? My jet-powered aircraft is unstoppable!”
After a while, he realized that the King of the Human was clinging to his figure, not losing sight of him. Su Hao praised, “Impressive!”
But when it came to endurance, he had nothing to fear!
However, after flying for a while, Su Hao suddenly sensed two exceptionally massive blood essences entering from his left and right, heading straight for him.
He squinted his eyes and saw two fierce-looking Ironclad Sky Dragons. They had sleek silver scales that shimmered in the sunlight, and numerous crystal-clear spikes protruded from their heads in all directions. Their thin winged wings could easily carry them far.
“What kind of dragon is this? Its blood essence is even stronger than that of the King of the Human… No, it’s more than that, at least five times stronger!”
Soon, Su Hao figured it out, “Could it be… Ancestral-level ferocious beasts?”
“Damn, when it rains, it pours for me. This is bad! An Ancestral-level ferocious beast in front, and the King of the Human behind…”
He immediately changed course to the side, but the two Ironclad Sky Dragons were incredibly fast. They made a turn in mid-air and quickly caught up with Su Hao.
The flying dragons opened their mouths full of sharp teeth, as if they were about to bite Su Hao and swallow him whole.
Su Hao had no intention of testing the sharpness of their teeth. He desperately shifted to the side and, at the same time, used various rune effects on the broken knife in his hand to throw it toward the nearest flying dragon’s open mouth.
“Eat this powerful throw!”
A streak of light shot through the air and instantly pierced into the mouth of the flying dragon.
The flying dragon shuddered all over, letting out a loud cry of pain and sliding to one side.
The other flying dragon unexpectedly rushed towards Su Hao, accompanied by an intense cold air. As it approached, Su Hao felt the temperature of his body being drawn away, causing numbness.
“It has freezing abilities! I can’t dodge it!” Subconsciously, he turned sideways and struck the ferocious head of the flying dragon with his wing.
His body evaded the dragon’s bite, but the wings behind him were instantly shredded by the dragon’s teeth.
“I’m going down…” Su Hao muttered.
He crashed forcefully to the ground, kicking up a cloud of dust.
Su Hao quickly got up from the rubble, shaking off the dust from his body, and began checking his condition. The short knife was undamaged, one side of the wings was damaged and unusable, a bit of his energy was consumed due to activating the ‘Rune Radiance,’ but there were no significant issues.
He had prepared for a crash landing, so he only suffered minor injuries, which wouldn’t hinder his subsequent actions.
His bomb, the ‘Eight Hundred Explosions,’ was the key to turning the tide, and it had only been dented slightly, not affecting its functionality.
“I never thought… I’d crash! This is a bit awkward. How do I escape now?”
Su Hao carried the large iron ball on his back, tightened his grip, and thought for a moment. He decided to detach the two non-functional wings and attempted to slip away stealthily.
“Hmm? The King of the Human!!? So soon!” Su Hao’s sensory range, apart from the two flying dragons, detected a massive surge of blood essence rushing directly towards him. Its speed was almost catching up to his silent flight mode.
Su Hao ran as fast as he could.
Suddenly, Su Hao’s vision blurred, and an old man dressed in magnificent golden full-body armor appeared not far ahead of him. The old man held a broken knife, a calm expression on his face, and sharp eyes locked onto Su Hao.
Su Hao knew that he couldn’t escape for the time being but muttered to himself, “An Ancestral-level warrior is this powerful? What’s the principle behind it?”
Both of them stood still, facing each other.
The atmosphere gradually grew tense.
The King of the Human slowly spoke, “Passerby?”
Su Hao also spoke slowly, “King of the Human?”
Their aura was equally powerful! At this moment, the King of the Human silently gazed at the ‘passerby’ before him, his emotions complex.
Undoubtedly, this ‘passerby’ was the brightest star of the current human race, unparalleled for hundreds, or even thousands of years. Looking further back, only the human emperor, who had helped the human race break through to the Grandmaster level, could be compared to him. He had accomplished things that countless people couldn’t even imagine.
In the King of the Human’s eyes, the assistance the ‘passerby’ provided to the human race had already reached the level of a Human Emperor Wu Zu Ancestor.
From ‘The Path of the Warrior’ and ‘Rune Comprehension,’ he had read every word meticulously, and it had greatly impressed him.
For others, the astonishing point might be that the ‘passerby’ had brought knowledge of runes to the human race, enhancing their competitive edge in the world.
But for the King of the Human, he saw more than that.
He saw the innovation of thought that the ‘passerby’ had brought to the human race. Flowing from the pages of the two books was a method of exploring this world—a way of viewing this world with an entirely new perspective.
Particularly, there was one sentence: What are runes? Why are they like this? What are the principles of their operation? What are the laws governing them? How can we utilize them?
In just a few questions, it seemed to reveal the secrets of runes and had even touched upon the “laws” that only gods could grasp.
Faced with such a person, how could the King of the Human not feel complex emotions?
If possible, he would definitely want to take the ‘passerby’ as his disciple and nurture him well.
But now it was too late!