Early in the morning, the Dark Moon city was discussing a major event again. The Cloak Gang attacked Gorefiend Gang’s nest at night. Arux, who was defeated by Aguile at the arena and had become Aguile’s subordinate, personally killed Gorefiend Gang’s leader, Wick. The Gorefiend Gang was almost annihilated. Only a few negligible thugs escaped. Since then, the Cloak Gang became the largest force in the Dark Moon City.
Certainly, the Cloak Gang also had the title of imperial guard’s reserve forces. This title represented Princess Royal, the highest ruler of Dark Moon. Therefore, although the Melon Family, also a supporter of Gorefiend Gang, hated the Cloak Gang, they dared not to avenge on the surface.
At the same time, another news spread, diluting the bloody event from the previous night. That was, the temporary meeting 3 later would decide the new finance officer and sheriff. Recently, Tim had the greatest support. The momentum was clearly created intentionally.
Compared with these news, the human mining officer who returned pitifully to the Dark Moon became a joke for the people after meals. Other than the major decision-makers like Shea nad Gauss, few people were happy with Chen Rui’s “return”.
Aldas had been immersed in researching the black potions and refused to see anyone. After learning that Chen Rui had returned, he interrupted his research to meet up with Chen Rui. Chen Rui gave him another set of True series black potions, saying it was a reward for the grand master’s trial, but he must be sure to keep it confidential.
Judging from Aldas’s gloomy eyes, he obviously didn’t hear any other words. His eyes was almost like a pervert, who hadn’t touched a woman for 100 years, seeing a stunning naked girl seducing him. Before Chen Rui could finish speaking, Aldas had already “robbed” away the precious potions with superman-like speed and rushed into his underground secret laboratory. He never came out again and this “dive” would probably take a very long time.
Chen Rui’s current identity wasn’t suitable to go to the arena, so he had been living in the lab. Athena also moved into the laboratory in the name of protection. The imp, Slee was very happy to reunite with his master after so long. Some time ago, Slee was controlled by Princess Royal, so the only thing he could do to pass the time was to read books. The books on the basic knowledge of pharmacy that Chen Rui gave him were all finished reading by the imp. He had great interest over pharmacy. He turned out to be a far more “competent” apprentice than Chen Rui.
Chen Rui didn’t actually go to Mountain Xilang. The reason Tim was able to leave the mine was not because he took a longevity potion, but because of the effect of the magic bottle that Chen Rui got from Skye.
Skye’s magic bottle could maintain the water of the fountain of life for 3 months. After returning to the Dark Moon City, Chen Rui had enough water of the fountain of life to provide, so Tim didn’t have to worry about his life.
Now, Tim was gathering a large number of aura materials through the power of his family. One reason was for the longevity potion and another was to provide for Chen Rui’s training ground consumption.
With the secret support from the Saiful Family’s and Joseph’s resources, Chen Rui’s aura problem was basically solved.
He had been refining his mind from the start of Star Conversion to the present. Considering the time spent in the training ground, Chen Rui had been training in various environments for several years. Logically speaking, his mind should have been refined to relatively strong. However, he didn’t know why his status these days wasn’t that good. He kept himself in the room, and he even told Athena not to approach.
Chen Rui sat quietly within glaciers. Most parts of his body were already frozen. For a well-trained man, although his body function had been reduced to a very weak level by the bone-chilling coldness, his will became increasingly strong.
At that time, there was a heat in his heart. This annoying feeling appeared many times in recent days. It was as if a flame was burning in his chest. Even the coldness outside couldn’t restrain the heat of the flame.
Calm! Calm! Calm! Calm! Calm!
Chen Rui’s calm mind formula worked. In his consciousness, the self-suggestive word, “calm” filled the entire space. His heart had a current of coolness that slowly extinguished the flame. At that moment, things changed again. “Whoosh!”, the words “calm” across the sky were all burning in flames. Suddenly, he was surrounded by illusions.
Within the burning flames, there were screams coming through from time to time. Pieces of body part were everywhere and the smell of blood was gushing towards his face. A figure in the flame was frantically slaughtering. The road was piled with human heads along the way. The figure was extremely familiar. It was actually Chen Rui himself…
The scene changed again, “Your body is mine! I will use your body to kill your closest ones!” Glorfin with the God-Eating Mask laughed loudly and controlled his body to kick Paglio’s corpse in front of him. Then, he walked toward Aldas, who had already lost his ability to resist…
These are all illusions! Chen Rui woke up in his consciousness and tried his best to use his calm mind formula to eliminate the distractions brought about by these illusions. The word “calm” in the flames became clear again, but the illusions didn’t stop.
In the Earth Realm, Chen Rui sneered while holding the repaired earth elemental heart in his hand. Subsequently, “Poom!”, he punched and shattered the Earth Elemental King’s body in the fountain of life into pieces …
Chen Rui broke away from the nightmare-like illusion once again. He was panting heavily. The “calm” in his will also made a corresponding sound which then exploded. It was as if it was contagious, the words “calm” exploded in a chain. If he could see the status bar, he would find out that the initially clear and delicate star chart had become dim. It was even trembling.
The illusion continued.
It was “Chen Rui” making a beast cry again as he pressed on a female body in a humiliating posture and madly violating her. His hand was pulling the woman’s long blonde hair. The woman’s pale body was covered with scratches. The woman lifted her face in pain, and it turned out to be Shea. On the side, there were many naked women covered with bruises, all with their eyes were closed, and he had no idea whether they were dead or alive. They were Athena, Christina, and even Kia, Alice, Delia, Lysa…
The words “calm” in the fire exploded. His consciousness was filled with violence and manic flames. Chen Rui could no longer maintain the state of calmness, so he covered his head in pain. Then, flame actually appeared on his entire body. Not only the low temperature of “glaciers” couldn’t extinguish the flame, but there were also signs of him melting as a whole.
At that moment, the flame burning on Chen Rui’s body suddenly turned black and the sense of coolness came into his consciousness. He controlled the crazy fiery power. Eventually, he returned to normal.
Relying on the power of the black flame, Chen Rui finally regained his self-control. He completely eliminated all the evil thoughts generated by the illusion and finally restored his calm state of mind.
Chen Rui had a kind of enlightenment in his mind. In the illusions just now, there were various magnified desires, such as fierceness, fear, greed and lust, that were hidden distracting thoughts in his heart. As described by the Earth Elemental King and Paglio, his mind cultivation had truly entered the level of “introductory”. After reaching this level and entered the state of calmness, the distracting thoughts in his heart would appear in the form of illusions. He must persist to break through the illusion.
Chen Rui thought of the description of this type of illusion in his original world and had an idea. Inner demon! Yes. This is inner demon.
<Refined Mind> was to defeat the inner demon. Originally, this required a large amount of spirit accumulation and training. After one’s mind and strength reached a certain level, only then the inner demon would appear. However, for Chen Rui, who devoured the Demon Overlord’s consciousness, he had more than enough “strength”. Thus, the key was to see how his “mind” could keep up.
Today, he relied on the Fire of Nirvana to pass by fluke. With the increase of mind and strength, the inner demon’s strength would also be greatly enhanced. To this extent, unless it was a specific period, the training in the training ground alone wasn’t very useful anymore. The true training to refine his mind was in his life.
Only when he experienced life and truly understood the power of “mind”, he could truly transform. However, if he got rid of the training ground, the time would become more tense.
Chen Rui left the training ground and came to the Galaxy Divinity Temple. On that tracker, the progress of Star Conversion had reached 20% and the color of the scale had changed, seemingly reaching a small checkpoint. His strength really felt a lot stronger, but his inner demon would become stronger and stronger in the future. So, the challenge in <Refined Mind> had just begun.
After falling asleep, Chen Rui felt refreshed. Certainly, the discomfort these days was all swept away. Je immediately walked out of the room.
“How’s it going?” Athena was the only person in Dark Moon who knew Chen Rui’s actual condition. Initially, she was worried as he hadn’t come out of his room these few days. Seeing him coming out now, she immediately went to him.
Chen Rui hadn’t seen Athena for hundreds of days during training. Seeing her caring look, his heart was warmed. He held her hand, “I’ll be fine for the time being. Thank you for your protection.”
Athena wanted to say it was fine, but she was happy to hear that, so she just said “Um…” softly.
“Come. Let me help you put it on.” Chen Rui took out the “Evil Blue Tear” and pretended to wear it for her, but kissed her earlobe mischievously. That part was one of Athena’s most sensitive parts. There was a sudden numbness in her brain, and she fell softly into his arms.
At that time, footsteps came. It seemed like the imp servant. Athena woke up suddenly, escaping from his wolf claws quickly. She even hit the dishonest hand along the way.
Surely, Slee came in with a pot of food. It seemed to be for Athena. When he found that his master who hadn’t been out was also there, he wanted to kiss ass, but he saw his master unfriendly eyes looked past him. The imp shivered and quickly took a glance at Athena. He keenly discovered the blush on that beautiful face that had yet to fade, and looked like he had a sudden realization. While admiring his master’s private affair, he scolded himself for choosing a bad time to deliver food. He actually ruined master’s business.
The master is still fine, but Ms. Athena is a Higher Demon. (The imp’s strength was too low. So, even without the necklace, he couldn’t detect Athena’s true strength). If she becomes mad from the embarrassment and has killing intent…
“Ah! My eyes suddenly hurt! Is the Blinding Potion just now acting up again?” The clever imp quickly put down the food plate. Then, he covered his eyes and exaggeratedly screamed before he turned and walked away. Unexpectedly, he accidentally bumped into the wall. He couldn’t bother about that blinding effect and ran away.
The amusement brought by this episode made Athena’s shyness a bit lighter. Chen Rui stopped teasing her and said, “You’ve been so bored here these days. Let’s eat together and go out for a walk. You also haven’t seen Alice in a long time right?”
Athena’s eyes lit up and she nodded quickly.
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