Team: HH, Yahiko, thursdays (6/10)
Yeon-woo moved his hand towards the shedding of the Monkey King.
The shedding closed its eyes.
Like how a sandcastle fell to the waves, the particles of the shedding crumbled and were absorbed into Bathory’s Vampiric Sword.
As the shedding of the Monkey King disappeared, the chains clattered to the ground.
However, Yeon-woo couldn’t hear anything. It was because of the enormous amount of holy power that was flowing into his hand.
‘I knew there was a lot, but I didn’t know it would be this much…..!’
A divine being was a divine being. It was obvious he would have a great number of Blessings. Of course it would be difficult to swallow it whole.
He could hear his body creaking already. The Philosopher’s Stone was spinning intensely, opening all possibilities, but the amount pouring out was too great.
It felt as if he had opened a dam just to fill a small pot; it was a wonder how it wasn’t cracking.
Still, there was a silver lining in that his possibilities as a “dragon” had opened as he absorbed the Summer Queen.
Although tied to the lower world, the Draconic species was once a supernatural species equivalent to gods.
The opening of that possibility was a considerable help to Yeon-woo.
The Imaginary World began to collapse as it was once a part of the shedding’s body as well.
[‘Demonic Divine Dragon Body’ is being formed. 92, 93%…… 95%…….]
However, its power didn’t disappear.
Yeon-woo activated a skill to hold onto his shaking mind.
In the slowed world, he gritted his teeth.
‘This isn’t pleasant.’
Just because his thinking had sped up, it didn’t mean his physical pain disappeared. Rather, he felt it even more clearly because he was more focused. He felt like he was going to die.
Yeon-woo forced himself to endure it and racked his brain.
‘It’s hard to absorb the shedding completely. If I had a bit more time, I’d try, but…..’
‘I have about one minute left at the most. I have to swallow the shedding in that time no matter what. Then…..’
His eyes flashed sharply in the flood of information.
‘I’ll take just the core of the shedding and throw the rest away.’
It might’ve been a waste just to take 20 percent and throw the rest of it away, but for Yeon-woo, who wasn’t anywhere near supernatural yet, it was an enormous amount.
It was nearly impossible to pick out the core from all the vestiges of the shedding’s existence.
However, Yeon-woo didn’t give up and slowed down time as much as he could to absorb the information.
Within it, the life story of the shedding, no, the Monkey King was held.
He became a god after being born as the king of monkeys, then became Buddha after he fell back down to the lower world.
Fighting with the heavenly world and battling against the Demon Kings with his blood brothers. The growth of the Monkey King, laughing, crying, and walking side-by-side with his friends poured into Yeon-woo’s head.
There, Yeon-woo was able to review the 72 Bian that he had.
The Monkey King hadn’t used the 72 Bian he learned from his teacher, Subodhi, simply as Bian.
He used it as magic, a fighting technique, or as Mugong.
The Monkey King was able to take it in a new direction as he mixed and combined the various methods.
Yeon-woo was able to learn a lot of things from it.
Moreover, he also learned a bit more about the inheritance the Jaecheondaeseong left behind, the Heavenly Bracket. [TN: Jaecheondaeseong is the Korean version of the title of Sun Wukong.]
From the countless information, he collected the most important sections. He felt like he could completely understand the 72 Bian at this rate.
No, to be exact, Yeon-woo was slowly becoming the Monkey King. He was synchronizing with the divine being too quickly for him to be aware.
Yeon-woo was suddenly hit by something.
He looked up in surprise.
Athena was standing there, larger than he remembered, with sad eyes.
Don’t be eaten.
As she spoke, she spread her arms out and held Yeon-woo.
You have things to do.
Only then was Yeon-woo able to see himself. The dragon scales that had grown on his flesh shined goldenly, and his hair reached his shoulders having turned white.
He couldn’t check, but he felt like his eyes were probably shining a fiery gold as well.
Gold and white were the symbols of the Monkey King. It seemed he was being swallowed while he was trying to swallow the shedding. He was completely drunk on power.
If Athena hadn’t appeared to help, what would’ve happened to him?
He shivered and turned back to thank her.
However, Athena had vanished.
Where had she gone? No. How was she able to manifest in the first place?
[Athena is silent.]
He was curious, but he just shook his head and checked his body. The white hair and gold scales that were the symbol of the Monkey King were gone.
Instead, he could feel a powerful strength from his body that he didn’t have before.
His level had increased strikingly.
He thought that all the possibilities that he hadn’t been able to digest from the Summer Queen’s soul had revealed themselves.
More than anything.
‘I didn’t know the 72 Bian would do something so….. amazing.’
[Your understanding of the ‘72 Bian’ has increased. The proficiency has increased dramatically.]
[Your affinity for water has deepened.]
[Your affinity for gold has deepened.]
[Your affinity for wood has deepened.]
[You have gained an understanding of the superior property ‘Five Penances.’]
[The title ‘Descendant of the Monkey King’ has been changed to ‘Heir of the Jaecheondaeseong.’]
[You have satisfied multiple conditions and gained a clue relating to ‘Inheritance of the Jaecheondaeseong’.]
Yeon-woo was able to recreate the 72 Bian based on his higher understanding of the Monkey King and open the Inheritance of the Jaecheondaeseong.
The five signature skills the Monkey King had completed after organizing everything he learned.
The artistic skills that separated the stem of the 72 Bian, the Five Penances, and went beyond the fields of Bian and Martial Studies to create new laws.
Yeon-woo succeeded in knowing what the five signature skills were, but he didn’t know how to approach it.
It was hard to touch based on the knowledge he already knew. However, he felt like it was possible for him to approach it slowly with the Dragon’s Knowledge, so he shouted with satisfaction.
He raised his fiery golden eyes up.
It was a bit tight but enough to return if he rushed.
He thought he could do something else before he returned.
There were many remains of the shedding around him. It was a waste to throw them all away. Wasn’t there a way to use them as well?
Organizing his thoughts, he quickly turned his body in another direction.
[Current awakening progress: 98%]
* * *
『Finally, finally, the god is descending ……! Here!』
The center of the palace began to shake intensely.
With Kindred’s cheer, the Consciousness of the bishops and diocesans expanded farther.
To be exact, it was just the owners of the Golden Headband. The power that was able to bring up the Monkey King’s shedding from the Imaginary World.
It wasn’t easy to control the Golden Headband. Only after Kindred and other bishops and diocesan bishops worked together did it move.
The group subconsciousness was pulling at the Golden Headband.
Right now, the Golden Headband was probably tightly wrapping around the shedding in the Imaginary World.
The contents pouring into the sacrificial vessel were extraordinary.
It was holy power…..!
Kindred trembled with ecstasy.
Even after becoming bishops, they weren’t allowed Authorities and couldn’t even dream of using holy power.
What an exhilarating sight it was to see “real” holy power.
They were all traces of the Monkey King’s life. He felt overwhelmed with just this taste, so how powerful would it be when he observed it carefully?
Most importantly, the shedding was just a cover. Then how powerful would the real Monkey King be? And the Heavenly Demon?
He was able to reaffirm that everything else on the 98th floor was fake and the only real god was the Heavenly Demon.
‘The head bishop, who will be born with a new face after accepting that shedding will be….. the eternal leader of our Devil Army…..!’
Madness flashed in Kindred’s eyes. His lunatic faith was for the Heavenly Demon and the head bishop.
If the heavenly world had the Heavenly Demon, the lower world had the head bishop. And both of them would honor him. He shivered, thinking about the favor of the god that would come pouring down on him.
‘Why isn’t it ending?’
Kindred’s eyes narrowed. The contents flowing into the vessel were just remains, the actual core of the shedding couldn’t be seen. Was he still rebelling? But there would be limits to how long he could resist in his condition. It wasn’t good for the process to be extended.
Narrowing his eyes, he contacted the group’s subconsciousness. He was going to help them pull the shedding in himself.
The group subconsciousness was too quiet. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. They were supposed to be pulling in the Golden Headband……?
Just then, Kindred saw someone in the corner of his eyes. The person must’ve felt his presence too because they turned their body in his direction.
『I was just about to go see you. I guess you couldn’t wait and came first.』
A person with blask mask and clothes with wings of fire on their back. It was a familiar face. The face Kindred wanted to chew up and swallow. However, there was something different about him.
Through the mask, his eyes were a burning gold color.
Fiery Golden Eyes.
It was the power that only ‘Heirs’ who learned the 72 Bian to a deep extent could have.
While Kindred was shocked by the unexpected incident.
His consciousness was suddenly kicked out of the group subconsciousness.
He barely got himself together from the dizziness. Wondering what was happening, he tried to step forward. An intense storm was whirling in the center of the palace. It was hard to stay steady and tell up from down.
Suddenly, he felt something pour down onto his face. It was sticky and uncomfortable. Reflexively, he wiped it with his hand to check.
To be exact, it was sticky blood combined with flesh. Just when he looked around with anxiety.
The diocesans exploded like fireworks like they had been waiting. Kindred couldn’t understand the unrealistic sight in front of him and screamed after a belated realization.
The vessel that was supposed to hold the shedding was flowing backwards. He didn’t know how it happened, but as the core disappeared, the power that didn’t have anywhere to go had exploded.
The group subconsciousness, which had been trying to control the power, was impacted, and the priests who couldn’t take it were swept away.
Bishops, diocesans, and the high priest….. there was no ranking to death. If they couldn’t take it, they died, and even if they did endure it, they were poisoned by the holy power and left in a blank state.
When even the vessel exploded, the broken pieces of the Ruyi Bang scattered into the air.
Kindred’s mind exploded as well. The moment that he had been waiting for decades for tens of years, the lunatic effort that he had put into it, had disappeared into thin air.
However, there was absolutely nothing he could do. All he managed to do was hold himself up in the current of power.
His body was tattered.
『The Monkey King asked me.』
In front of him, Yeon-woo suddenly appeared, flashing his Fiery Golden Eyes.
『To rip your mouth apart first.』
Yeon-woo planted his Magic Bayonet into the mouth of the screaming person and spun it around.