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Season 2

Episode 23

(A taste of power (2)

While the monster had a thick layer of coat as well as a rough and resilient skin all over, its chest area had very little protection. It gave in to Austin's perfectly timed and powerful attack.     

The venomous substance that leaked from its mouth now gushed out from the monster's chest. Its blood was poisonous.     

"Was that it? Come on!"   

 Unaffected by the deathly ooze that spurted from the monster's chest, Austin continued to pound and beat the monster's bosom.     





The punches he threw resounded. His movements were fast and fluid, and the monster was simply outclassed.   

Like heavy rain, the punches he threw struck the monster consistently. With every strike he threw, the monster took a step backwards. It took all the energy the monster could muster, while nothing could protect it from the power that emanated from Austin's fists.     

These third level beasts were known for their tough exterior. Not even a sword from a trained and a skilled hunter could scratch its skin.     

But Austin's punches were different. A single blow could hurl a full-grown bear sweeping it from the ground. His punches could tear through skin, break bones, and damage vital organs.    

 "Fascinating!" said Austin, feeling amazed and excited as now he knew how powerful the skill and Overlord Body-refining Formula were.    

 The barrage of punches came in perpetually, not giving the monster any chance to recover or to escape.     

After another salvo of punches, the monster fell viciously to the ground. It lost any power, let alone any will, to fight back. Ultimately, the monster fell the same way the trees were leveled down. It lay on the ground, lifeless.   

After he saw what had become of the third level monster, Austin gave a roar of excitement. "Ha-ha! Level three monster? And who would expect this would be so easy?"    

Austin felt a rush of excitement taking over him rather than exhaustion. Like leveling up, his strength grew, and his power increased.     

Each punch he threw had the force equivalent to the weight of five full-grown adult males. Hence, the feature and the attributes that these third level of beasts were so known for did very little to protect the beast.     

As Austin stood triumphantly over the dead monster's body, there came a loud and deep noise.     

The earth beneath him trembled and the felled carcass of the monster shook. The trees swayed and the mountains quivered. His senses told him a far larger behemoth was approaching. The sound and the vibrations he felt hinted him that the advancing titan was far larger than the monster lying at the bottom of his foot.   

To his surprise, a fiery bull appeared in front of him. Its level was higher than the violent ape and its head and shoulders were stronger than the felled monster.   

  He immediately recognized the monstrosity in front of him. It was a level four beast. Things started to get interesting. Using his unnatural speed, he moved from the monster and away from the forest. He knew a fiery bull wasn't something he could easily mess with, and he still had not mastered every skill to confidently face this fourth level monster.     

Fiery bulls were the toughest monsters belonging to the fourth level. And they were known for their diabolic nature, unpredictability, and infernal savagery. Even a medium stage human master from the Earth Realm wouldn't stand a chance against this Mephistophelian entity.     

Austin was wise as he was strong. His fists might have the force comparable to the weight of five men but he knew well enough that he had a thin chance of defeating such a monster. It was in his best interest to stay away than to attempt to slay this demonic beast.   

For Austin, reaching the Energy Gathering Realm meant very little. Even if he regained all the power he spent pounding the level three ape, it still wouldn't be enough to defeat a level four beast.    

 He spent the whole day trying to leave the fiery bull's abode. He knew there could be a chance of running into one while he roamed this region.     

Finally, Austin gave a sigh of relief when he reached the region where level three monsters wandered. He was in a place where he could easily fend off any threat.     

While level three beasts were still considered a force to be reckoned with, Austin now had the power and the strength to easily beat most of the third level monster beasts.     

Austin just set foot on Energy Gathering Realm's seventh level, a region he was really optimistic about. Dueling with level four monsters could be a reckless move, but he knew well that it was a high-risk and high-reward kind of situation.   

With skills like Twin Shadow Blades, the Grand Pagoda Summoning Skill, the Wind-commanding Skill, and his new-found strength, Austin had the right skill-set to brave this expanse. He could easily defeat most of these savages.    

 Two men walked the mountain path. Both wore ferocious and violent faces, and they carried their experiences in their expressions.     

One of the men said, "He wandered into the realm of level three diabolic beasts! He even dared to walk into the realm of level three monsters!"    

"That must have been some kind of death wish!" uttered the other.     

"Or, maybe he's just too afraid to die!" issued the other man. "He knew that the people from our group, the Blood Wolf Team, are after him. I heard there are also six or seven more from his sect who're after his head."   

 The other man replied, "Yes, it could be. He just reached level seven of the Energy Gathering Realm. He might be afraid too many enemies are after him and he had no choice but to enter the realms where the level four monsters wander off."  

"Even masters from the Earth Realm will find it hard to evade level four monsters, let alone escape the region these monsters held as their dwelling."    "Precisely," answered the other. "There's no use tracking and hunting Austin now. He is as good as dead."    

"Getting out of there must be hard, even for a cunning one like Austin." He continued, "The celestial energy ginseng is far more important than that rat!"    

"I never imagined there would be treasure sleeping in these mountains. Seven hundred years of celestial energy ginseng in the Grand Desolation Mountain!" he persuaded. And in a deep compelling voice he said, "If all five of us work together to get the celestial energy ginseng, the benefits we will reap will be more than finding that scum bag."   

 They continued heading towards the northwest direction as they spoke and were moving in fast pace.   

...... ......    

 By the road side stood an ancient tree. It was large enough for four to five individuals to surround it. It was the perfect backdrop for lurking behind the shadows. The large trunk provided a platform that could support the weight of several full-sized adults and the leaves and the branches of the tree could easily hide anything behind it. 

A figure stood motionless behind the overgrowth from among the branches. The man was intently watching and keenly observing something.   

  It was Austin. He overheard the loud barking of the two men on the road and recognized them from the Blood Wolf Team. He knew they were after him, so he quickly hid in the shadows.   

  His spiritual sense heightened his ability to hear. By fixating on their conversation, Austin was able to make out what the two men were talking about.     

Austin was quite impressed. 'How did people from the Blood Wolf Team manage to get information about my location and my whereabouts?  

 They must have superior tracking skills to even know I've been to the realm of level four beasts!' He wondered.     

The people from the Blood Wolf Team had a deadly encounter with Austin several days back in the area of level two monsters. From here, Austin gained access to the area of level three beasts from where he tailed Lois and the others to where the level four diabolic monsters lived. All the people of the Blood Wolf Team knew of this tale.     

...... ......    

 There it was. The celestial energy ginseng!     

And not just any kind, it was a 700-year-old celestial energy ginseng!    

 He couldn't believe it. There was fire burning from Austin's eyes as he heard the news.

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