As Mikas said, he opened his hand and Chen Rui was encircled by flames. This flame was different from the enhancing demonic fire of the Great Demon talent. Instead, it was a flame with a horrifying high temperature. The circle quickly narrowed and wrapped him up. Chen Rui could hear the sizzling sound on his skin, and his clothes were on fire. Yet, the physical pain was second as the source of his willpower – the soul also began to tremble.
“Other than 3 basic talents, an ordinary Great Demon also has a mutated talent. This is my flame talent. Although it can’t be compared with the power of the mutated bloodline, it has the power to destroy the soul! Yet, I will not burn you to death immediately. You shall slowly enjoy the double-torture of soul and body! Being able to kill a royal family member with my flame talent is absolutely memorable.”
Soon, Chen Rui’s body was completely wrapped in flames, and the mask on his face had begun to melt. However, the most painful thing was the torment on his soul. It was a horrible feeling of being ripped apart inch by inch.
In the persistent, intense pain, Chen Rui felt that his consciousness was gradually blurred; death was getting closer and closer. Is everything over?
I’m not willing to accept this. There are still too many things undone.
I want to be a strongman, and I want to control my destiny.
“Be sure to be careful… I haven’t lived long enough!” The stubborn guy wouldn’t even speak a decent caring word.
“I believe that you will succeed!” Although the smile after the iceberg thawed was just a short glimpse, it was enough to be engraved in his memory.
“You… have to be careful.” The care within the red irises was genuine and warm.
I’m not willing!
I’m not willing to accept the fact that I won’t hear these voices again!
I’m not willing to accept the fact that I won’t these faces again!
No matter if it’s for myself! For him! For her! Stand up, Chen Rui!
Never die cowardly before the actual death!
Willpower decides the body? Perhaps when I exceed a certain limit, my body will also collapse… Yet! So what?
Chen Rui’s pupils which were close to collapse suddenly shone with light; a white light!
Mikas noticed that the body burning in the flame actually stood up slowly, and a white light was faintly glowing in the crimson flame.
“You actually still have the strength to struggle?” Mikas increased the power of the flames. The fire was blazing; the surrounding ground was red. The white light gradually became the shape of a sphere, and the flame seemed unable to wrap it.
Mikas noticed something was wrong, so he teleported toward the light ball and punched. The white light turned out to have a physical form; it only vibrated slightly. Mikas ignited his demonic fire and started a heavy storm attacks to the light ball, but he still couldn’t break the white light.
Seeing his physical attacks were ineffective, Mikas swayed both his hands to use his flame talent fully under the enhancement talent. The crimson flame was blazing while the light ball gradually shrunk. Its color seemed to become yellow under the effect of the flame.
Despite that, Mikas looked increasingly grave. There was an intense uneasiness in his heart. The minimizing of the light ball was not entirely due to the damage of the flame. Instead, it seemed to be making use of the flame’s pressure to break through some hidden, terrifying power within.
In the blink of an eye, Mikas’s worries had become a reality. “Bang!” The light ball erupted, and a pit covering a huge area suddenly appeared on the ground. The flame’s power was completely canceled out and disappeared. The huge impact brought by the explosion made Mikas dare not to face it directly, so he teleported to a distant place.
The bursting yellow rays didn’t disappear, but it continued to expand. It extended nearly 10 meters long, wrapping around the human body at its center!
On the ground, with the yellow flame as the center, there was a huge pit that shattered the soil and stone as if an explosion caused by a fallen meteor. Mikas almost thought it was he was hallucinating to feel the pressure from his opponent. This is definitely not the strength of an Intermediate Demon. Could it be…
The madly shining yellow light gradually converged back to the body at its center. Chen Rui’s original white eyes also changed to a strange yellow then back to black.
Chen Rui didn’t understand what happened at the brink of life and death. He could only vaguely remember that his body and soul almost dissipated in the horrifying flame. The bones and muscles of the human form in the status bar, even the “Alkaid” light ball were overloaded and suddenly burst open, turning into bits of stardust. However, the strong willpower to stand up at all costs made the scattered stardust to not collapse. Instead, it started flowing in a unique way.
From that time on, the demonic fire and attacks from the outside were no longer a threat, but it was a refinement. In the refinement, the flow of stardust became increasingly skillful. On the white ball of “Alkaid” which was restored to its original state, a new yellow light ball gradually appeared with a word faintly appearing from within: Mizar!
When the yellow ball was completely formed, the force that had been suppressed also erupted and broke through. Chen Rui seemed to be reborn as all his wounds were all recovered. The excitement in his heart could hardly be suppressed – At the brink of life and death just now, I finally broke through the Alkaid state!
Could this be the legendary full revival? It’s just that my clothes and mask were burnt. I am heavily suspicious of running naked… Haih, I’ll hurry up and wear a cloak. It’s better than wearing nothing.
The status bar showed:
Title: Star Leader
Evolution Level: Two Stars
Experience Value: 0%
Aura Value: 3251
Comprehensive Strength Assessment: D
Sure enough, the Evolution Level had reached 2 Stars. It seemed that other than the initial evolution, the latter evolution didn’t require that long sleep. Experience Value returned to 0, and the Aura Value also decreased by 10,000. The title also changed from “Star Collector” to “Star Leader”.
Chen Rui knew that the time was tight, so he didn’t have the time to look into the other changes of the Mizar Realm in changes. He instantly went into the interface of the skill tree. Another level that was blinking was added in the skill tree. 4 more skills were added.
<Damage Absorption> (Passive ability – absorbs 30% of damage received and converts it into aura>
<Camouflage> (active skill – changes height and appearance freely; each minute costs an additional 1 aura)
<Deep Analysis> (active skill – in depth data analysis and storage; each usage costs 10000 auras; lasts for 30 minutes)
<Aura Blade> (active skill – Star Power attack skill; special strengthening of the hands into a sharp blade; limited once per hour; each usage costs additional 20 auras; lasts for 10 minutes; able to activate <Destructive Aura Blow> under the activation of <Aura Blade>.
<Destructive Aura Blow> (AOE attack skill; slice every hostile organism instantly with high-speed wind blow within 5 meters; requires additional consumption of 100 aura)
Among the 4 skills, Chen Rui was naturally most interested in <Aura Blade>. This attack skill was different from <Aurora Shot>. It was a melee attack, strengthening the palm into a blade-like weapon. Besides, it could activate <Destructive Aura Blow> that targets an area indiscriminately. The <Damage Absorption> passive ability was also quite powerful. However, he had no time to look into them as he still had a strong enemy before him.
“This is truly amazing…” Mikas only hesitated for a moment, then his deep voice sounded again. “You actually breakthrough to Greater Demon at the last moment. I must eliminate you today!”
Without waiting for Chen Rui to put on his mask, this voice had appeared before his eyes. A powerful punch was coming to his face. However, Chen Rui’s ability had made a huge improvement. He could clearly see the Mikas’s movement. It was totally different from the passive feeling after ingesting the potions previously.
Chen Rui moved sideways, and he actually distant himself several meters away, dodging the punch. At that moment, the Star Power in his body was abundant and never-ending like the Yangtze River. Regardless of the quality or quantity, it was far better than the Alkaid state, but he just couldn’t adapt at once.
Mikas missed his attack, but he teleported to Chen Rui’s back to attack again before Chen Rui could steady himself. It hit Chen Rui’s back, but Chen Rui’s body only swayed slightly; he was completely fine. He was like a different person who was easily hit flying away previously.
Just when Mikas was secretly shocked, Chen Rui’s counterattack had arrived. Mikas reacted quickly and blocked the punch with his arm. He felt a strong force; his feet actually moved backward slightly.
Mika had been in the early Greater Demon stage for decades, so he wouldn’t be willing to show weakness in front of this freshly-advanced “Greater Demon”. His demonic fire quickly flared up, and he punched again. Chen Rui was pushed back two steps. When he was just about to attack again, his lower ribs were kicked; his body shook for awhile. He shouted furiously, and they began to fight head-on.
It was an exact replica of the battle with Reka in the arena. However, the pressure and destructive power were completely different. As they moved while fighting, the trees in the forest were ruined and destroyed. Within such a strong confrontation, although Chen Rui received quite a few kicks and punches, he gradually adapted to his newly acquired power. He was still in a suppressed state initially, but as time went by, the situation turned into a stalemate. Besides, his advantage in speed and body characteristics began to manifest.
Mikas was getting more horrified as he fought. If he hadn’t seen with his own eyes, he couldn’t believe that this was a Greater Demon power that was less than half a day old. From the previous judgment, Chen Rui should be a royal family, but he didn’t feel the battle suppression that was unique to the royal family. Besides, he seemed to have seen that face somewhere before, but he couldn’t remember it at once.
Right when Mikas was slightly distracted, his opponent took the advantage and his face received a heavy blow. While Mikas staggered backward, Chen Rui had already moved to Mikas’ back. He swung with his arms to throw the unsteady Mikas to the opposite direction. Mikas felt a sharp pain in his back. When he was trying to stabilize his body, he felt something at his lower ribs, and he was kicked again. If he didn’t teleport in time, he might still be attacked continuously.
Mikas just used such a combo on Chen Rui. He never thought he would be attacked by the same most, and he almost suffered a big loss from it. It also showed that Chen Rui was getting more used to “Mizar’s” power. Also, his speed advantage was becoming more obvious, enabling him to attack freely to his mind.
Chen Rui used his Star Power to control his messy breathing. Although the situation was slightly improved, he had just ranked up not more than 1 hour afterall, so his comprehensive strength was still slightly inferior. This period of combat consumed a significant amount of stamina, so he thought of using <Aura Blade> to surprise attack Mikas.
Mikas teleported to a distant place. He felt his strength was greatly consumed. He panted while wiping off the blood at the edge of his mouth. The anger and humiliation in his heart were in the extreme – the initial ant-like guy actually damage me to this extent now! If I don’t kill this guy tonight, he can’t be stopped after this!
A weapon appeared in Mikas’ hand out of nowhere. The weapon was a dark chain and both parts were sharp scythes with a short pole. The demonic fire on Mikas was blazing and a hint of red light was visible on the chain. He spun the chain quickly, and the weapon brought a strong burning wind, making the soil and stones around flying in the air. For a moment, it seemed as if the two moons in the sky had become blurred.