Faced with the horrific ultimate skill that was being returned, Chen Rui, who could not teleport, did not have enough time to react.
The poison dragon regretted it to death. He clearly knew the horrific power of this skill. Even though it was cast by Chen Rui, casting it was one thing, and whether he was able to take his own attack was another thing.
With Chen Rui’s current early stage Demon King power, it was definitely impossible to take this big move. Even worse, he might even have life danger. The poison dragon’s life was linked to Chen Rui’s. It would be too frustrating if they both died together like this.
Paglio released all its powers and flew down desperately. However, the power he exerted at this time was of Demon King level at most; it was too late to catch up.
Chen Rui’s eyes were reflecting the color red from the Scorching Dragon that was being reflected, but he could not feel the terrifying power of the Scorching Dragon in front of him. Instead, he felt faintly excited, as if the Scorching Dragon and him were calling for each other. Chen Rui’s mind flashed. Without trying to avoid it, the <Fire of Nirvana> on his body blazed.
These were just momentary reactions. The poison dragon that rushed down saw the Scorching Dragon hitting Chen Rui’s body and swallowing him up instantly. With Chen Rui as the center, a huge hole appeared on the ground, as if it was crashed by a large meteorite. The intense air waves even slowed down Paglio’s figure.
However, the thing Paglio was most worried about did not happen. With his eyesight, he saw that the figure in the red light did not seem to be hurt at all. He was just knocked into the air due to the huge impact.
Paglio knew something was different, so he stopped moving. The huge red dragon was completely immersed in the figure in the middle. Its red energy was distorting strangely and violently. The surrounding ground became deformed and broken due to the distortion.
The twisting stopped after a moment. With a “whoosh” sound, the flames burned, enveloping Chen Rui’s unscathed body.
The original black from the <Fire of Nirvana> entered Chen Rui’s sclera. His black pupils turned red, just like when he suddenly broke through Alioth stage during the battle with Glorfin.
Paglio’s heart moved. He decreased his strength to Demon King level. He saw Chen Rui stomp his foot, then Chen Rui appeared in front of his eyes. He punched Paglio in the chest. His speed and strength suddenly became several times stronger. Paglio was surprised and grabbed his wrist. The destructive force from Chen Rui’s body shook off the poison dragon’s hand, then he quickly grasped the poison dragon’s fist. Both parties immediately launched rapid offense and defense.
In this kind of battle, the destruction of the surrounding environment was increasing. The entire hilltop showed faint signs of collapse.
Although the Scorching Dragon’s vibe had a certain natural deterrent to Paglio, Paglio exerted true later stage Demon King-level power. The fact that Chen Rui could match him equally was a miracle.
The power that Chen Rui exerted at this time was still on the previous <Scorching Dragon Kill>. He felt that his body was full of violent and terrifying power. He felt like he had to get it out. He finally understood that <Scorching Dragon Possession> was originally used in this way. <Scorching Dragon Kill> was a fearful offensive skill for the enemy, but for him who had <Fire of Nirvana>, it was equivalent to a powerful booster.
The things that worth noticing were not only that. The star evolution level of the Super System only roughly corresponded to a demon’s level of power. Alkaid state corresponded to Intermediate Demon, and Alioth state corresponded to Higher Demon, just like the difference in power between demons. Not to mention a great difference between level, even if it was just a small distance between the middle stage and later stage, there was basically no chance of winning.
The emergence of <Scorching Dragon Kill> made the impossible challenge possible. Now Chen Rui just realized Alioth state, which was about equivalent to earlier level Demon King, after <Scorching Dragon Possession>, he could already compete with the later stage Demon King Paglio.
However, this “counterbalance” was not unlimited. After an intense battle, a warning sound came from Chen Rui’s mind, “The <Scorching Dragon Possession> state was about to end in three minutes. Will enter a 24-hour fatigue period. Can’t use any skills.”
Cannot use any skill for twenty-four hours? That is a bit awful. Chen Rui attacked for a while. Seeing that the time was up, he hurriedly punched Paglio back and shouted, “Stop!”
Paglio did not continue to attack. He chuckled, “This skill is quite powerful. It can even compete with peak of Demon King level. However, it’s no fun because I was distracted by having to suppress my power. When you become Great Demon King, use this trick again, we’ll have fun.”
“Have fun your ass! This is an impressive skill, but its shortcomings are obvious. I’m about to lose my strength now.” As soon as Chen Rui finished his sentence, the power of <Scorching Dragon Possession> faded quickly. The flames converged into his body and his pupils returned to normal.
Then, his whole person seemed to collapse. He softly sat on the ground. He really couldn’t exert any strength. Entering the Super System, he saw that the skill trees had become gray that represented unable to use. Fortunately, buildings like the storage warehouse could still be used.
“Paglio, give me the space bracelet.”
Chen Rui took the space bracelet that Paglio threw over and threw it back after a while. Paglio opened the bracelet and saw a lot of food. He immediately smiled and took out a bottle of wine. He couldn’t wait to take a few sips, looking pleased. Because the vicinity was too badly damaged, Chen Rui took out two more cushions and the two sat down.
“You must have gained a lot in Mountain Xilang this time.” Since he was eating other people’s food, he had to be nice. The poison dragon did not jealously express indignation at Chen Rui’s promotion to Demon King. “Oh right, take that junk off your face first. It’s uncomfortable to look at.”
“This junk can’t be removed for the time being. Right, it has a big name. It’s called ‘God-Eating Mask.’”
The poisonous dragon almost choked on wine. He thought he had misheard. He took another sip and asked, “What’s its name? Say it again!”
“‘God-Eating Mask’, one of the seven artifacts of Demon Realm.” Chen Rui enjoyed Paglio’s surprise. “I didn’t actually do much in Mountain Xilang this time, I just saved a Demon Overlord and killed another Demon Overlord.”
This time, Paglio spat out a mouthful of wine with a “pfft”. His eyes grew round, “Hurry up, tell me what happened!”
Chen Rui told his experience in Mountain Xilang in detail. Paglio listened as he ate. He couldn’t help gulping the wine at the thrilling parts. Soon, there were several empty bottles.
“You really weren’t bragging…” Paglio shook his head, fiercely biting a mouthful of the barbecue in his hand. Last time this guy met a Demon Emperor in Silent Night Wetland, and now he encountered a Demon Overlord at Mountain Xilang mine. He actually rescued the Earth Elemental King and barely killed Glorfin, a Beelzebub family powerhouse. Next time, will this guy encounter a demi-god?
“Athena is still asleep.” Chen Rui sighed. “Fortunately, I already know the whereabouts of the Obsidian Heart. If all goes well, I can get it in two days. I must rescue her.”
“I said before that this Athena was your type.” Paglio nodded, looking like he could foresee the future.
“Yes, I know you are great.” Chen Rui regretted teaching the poison dragon some of the “terms” of another world. “It’s just that I can’t remove this damn mask. It’s a bit troublesome.”
“I’m afraid it’s just not a bit troublesome.” Paglio frowned. “I want to figure out one thing. Was Glorfin’s consciousness devoured by the grand master’s special skill, or was it sealed by the grand master’s thoughts?”
The grand master’s thoughts were fake since the beginning. As compared to telling about the “Star Eater” mode, Chen Rui chose the former.
The poison dragon frowned even harder. It asked, “Think carefully, have you noticed any special changes about yourself recently?”
“Changes? I don’t think anything changed…” Chen Rui thought for a while. He thought of his behavior in the alley last night. “It is just uncomfortable at night, and occasionally being a little bit radical.”
“Radical?” Paglio seemed to care about this. “Speak specifically. This is important!”
Chen Rui told him what happened in the alley last night. Paglio appeared suspicious, “Occasionally, there is a desire to see blood? And an uncontrollable sense of possessiveness over women?”
The last sentence made Chen Rui feel a little embarrassed. If he didn’t see the poison dragon’s serious expression, he never wanted to mention the feeling he had toward women. Just before coming here, when he saw a relatively beautiful succubus on the road, he had a strange desire.
“After that, you used this skill again to completely devour the power of the ‘God-Eating Mask’?”
“Yes.” Chen Rui vaguely guessed that Paglio was worried that he could not suppress the power he devoured. Indeed, the Super System also prompted that there was a danger of “overflow”, but now the Star Conversion mode had been activated, there was no need to worry. “However, today the grand master’s thoughts automatically cast a strange ability, which will gradually break down and digest these forces. All of which can gradually be converted into my own strength. It will take about 100 days, and my strength may improve by a huge leap.”
“100 days? The grand master’s thoughts are really fascinating.” The poison dragon nodded, “I hope that my concern is unnecessary.”
Chen Rui saw Paglio’s very serious look and asked, “Paglio, what are you worried about? Just tell me.”
“I was initially afraid that the grand master’s thoughts cannot control the power of a Demon Overlord-level soul and the power of the artifact. After listening to you, I think I was just overthinking.” Paglio groaned. “However, now I am worried about something else. A Demon Overlord’s mental power is very powerful. Even if you erase its sentient soul, it is not what your current soul power can bear, not to mention the power of artifact. Although you have the grand master’s thoughts to break it down and digest it, your power will become stronger, but those instinctual desires will also become stronger. Once it exceeds the range your will can take, then it is likely that your original mind will be obliterated. You either die or become unconscious and become a monster completely controlled by instinct.”
Chen Rui was shocked. He didn’t expect such serious consequences!
The recent anomalies were actually influenced by the power he devoured. After activating the Star Conversion mode, although his powers were enhanced, these strange desires would also increase! This was like what some novels mentioned. The practitioner’s strength and the realm of mind must be coherent. If the power far exceeded the realm of mind, it couldn’t be applied freely. However, the situation Chen Rui was facing now was hundreds of times more dangerous.
The most important thing was that the Star Conversion mode was irreversible. If I don’t solve this problem, I will either die or become an unconscious monster after 100 days!
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Thanks for the chapter TNYKT! Unlike Chen Rui I don’t eat weird things that are clearly bad for you like Demon Overlord souls.
I once ate grilled clams, and that was not good for me. Now just smelling clams makes me hurl 🙁
Only way is to become stronger and make progress in some parts
•Thanks for the chapter! 🍀