Mystical Journey - Chapter 361
He still lay in the blood of the dual headed salamander . He was floating in the blood between the arteries and veins;two different levels of oxygenated blood that looked as though they were separated by a thin invisible film . As arterial blood flowed through this area, it became venous blood .
Garen released a white golden aura, and felt his heart rate slowly synchronising with that of the dual headed salamander, beating at the same frequency . A strange sense of affection and intimacy was birthed .
It was as though there was an unusual connection between him and the dual headed salamander .
His own heart grew stronger in the resonance of their heartbeat frequency . As his heart continuously beat with the help of the salamander’s heart, an unknown energy surged to his heart, causing the initially rejected transplanted heart to slowly come to life .
Garen released an aura, and sensed the foreign blood flowing around him . The vital energy and blood flowed from the heart of the dual headed salamander and circulated all throughout its body . An extremely complicated and detailed map of the blood vessels appeared in his mind .
He closed his eyes again . His heart had not been completely activated yet, and still needed to rely on the continuous resonance of the salamander’s heartbeat . Not only that, as the blood pumping out of his new heart was a combination of the salamander’s blood and his own merged as one, an adaptation process within his own body was required .
Garen carefully examined his own body . Once there was a reaction in any part of the body, he would immediately employ the secret technique to make adjustments throughout his body .
This process was extremely dangerous . Different from the simple surgical procedures done on the prisoners previously, Garen needed to be on alert for any signs of rejection while keeping up the resonance of the heartbeat .
If he were to falter at any time, it could result in his immediate death .
Although he had already predicted this step through simulation modeling, he was only aware of how critical and difficult it truly was after he had personally reached this stage . It wasn’t like what he had previously deduced .
If a rejection occurred, it would affect the resonance achieved by both hearts beating in sync . If not resolved immediately, Garen would suffer from the double blow of hypoxia and bodily reaction;it would either end up with him suffocating to death or death due to the disturbance of vital energy and blood .
In the underground caverns .
The dual headed salamander lay in nutrient fluid that was slightly reddened . It’s eyes were slightly closed . The creature’s body gave off a feeling as if it was way past it’s prime;it seemed to have aged .
At the top of its body, four white beams of light converged into a white light ball, evenly covering the body with white light . Even so, the scales on the salamander dulled slowly, losing the sheen it once had .
The dual headed salamander let out a long breath of air, opened its eyes to quickly survey its surroundings, and continued to close them .
At the edge of the nutrient pool, Komodo was washing the floor while holding onto a basin .
He took a sideway glance at the salamander, then zeroed in on the abdominal wound that had already healed;shaking his head .
"Lord is crazy…It has been 3 days…could it be that he had already…"His face was filled with traces of worry .
Since Garen had saved him from the death row, he had pledged his loyalty to this thick piece of ham . If anything had happened to this thick piece of ham, he would definitely be unlucky too .
It was also an unspoken fact that he did not have the status of a freeman, and that he was part of the private property of Trejon’s clan leader . If the clan leader were to ever lose power, his future would also be bleak .
He poured the remaining water onto the ground and mopped vigorously .
Well, it was no use thinking about all these now . Let’s just work earnestly .
Day by day, time flew by…
The fourth day .
Komodo began adding lamp oil to the lights on the wall . He had a look at the dual headed salamander in the nutrient pool;nothing seemed to have happened, the only difference seemed to be in how the giant beast had aged significantly .
The fifth day .
Komodo placed two letters on the edge of the table, glanced at the giant beast that exhibited no trace of movement, and walked out .
The sixth day…
The seventh day…
The eighth day…
The ninth day .
The entire cavern was sounded with a dull thud, as if it came from the vibrations of a giant drum .
Komodo who was stifling a yawn awakened immediately from the shock . He stood up and surveyed his surroundings .
Splash! In the nutrient pool, the dual headed salamander elongated its neck and gasped in anguish, but there was no sound .
Its huge body was trembling slightly, it seemed to be suffering from a violent convulsion .
Another dull heartbeat reverberated from its body . This huge beast had aged significantly in comparison to 9 days before, leaving only only a bag of bones . After a few frantic roars, it collapsed heavily and panted with difficulty .
At the center of the beast’s heart, Garen opened his eyes . A large and powerful surge of energy he had never experienced before sprung up all over at different parts of his body .
The resonance of the salamander’s heart weakened with each second .
Garen’s heart on the other hand, was pumping with an massive force of life and vitality;it was just like new life, containing an unlimited amount of energy .
He held both of his hands interchangeably;the thick layer of blood scab congealed on his skin fell away with force .
All of a sudden within his body, a strange route of blood flow caught his attention .
Garen sensed the spontaneous route of the blood flow and felt a sense of vague familiarity .
Suddenly, he remembered something .
"Is this…!? The secret technique roadmap!!!"
His eyes snapped open, and he began to observe the spontaneous route his blood flow had naturally taken on within his body . These complex yet delicate routes were either fast or slow, and mapped out a complicated, three-dimensional blood and vital energy roadmap . It also had an inexplicable resonance in frequency .
The weirder thing was, Garen realized that roadmap was similar to a secret technique that he had practiced before .
This is…the Myriad Water Jasper technique?!!"He finally remembered . This roadmap was from the previous world;he got this top level secret technique from an exchange with Celine .
This secret technique was one of the branches of Neptune Fist, a legendary ancient martial arts organization . Celine did not mention how it came about, only mentioning that this was one out of the three oldest techniques there .
What surprised Garen the most was, his body was currently operating the Myriad Water Jasper technique’s first layer of vital energy and blood roadmap automatically .
Different from common folk, the vital energy and blood from his body had dual headed salamander characteristics . When he operated the first layer of the Myriad Water Jasper technique, mini cyclones were formed in the blood, reverberating throughout the blood vessels with great speed .
"Secret technique…Totems…" Garen had a vague hypothesis in his mind .
The Myriad Water Jasper technique has 5 layers to it . It was incompatible with the divine Statue technique as the roadmaps were in conflict;he was only able to master the first layer, and it was only for the sharp force that the method offered .
And now his vital energy and blood were employing this technique naturally . Garen felt his divine Statue technique depleting;the strong network constructed by the secret technique’s vital energy and blood and blood was currently being dissolved by this bizarre Myriad Water Jasper technique .
"My divine Statue technique…" Garen had no time for regret;he immediately checked the attribute pane at the bottom of his field of vision .
Right behind the attribute pane, a clear black and red symbol appeared . It consisted of 3 small black and red dots lined up in a triangular formation .
"Activate ancient memory of dual headed salamander, the body in question is going through changes . Myriad Water Jasper technique is going through mutation due to resonance .
Garen sensed the constant flow of the technique in his body . The heart constructed from the salamander produced a huge amount of fresh blood;at the same time, the salamander’s blood was also absorbed through the skin pores in large amounts, all sucked in by the Myriad Water Jasper technique . While all of these things were going on, an invisible and delicate force was generated .
This force appeared like countless invisible whirlpools, densely covering the entire area of Garen’s body .
It completely covered Garen;spreading out at the same time . It affected the giant dual headed salamander’s body .
Days passed .
Dual headed salamander appeared completely dried up . Its large volume of vital energy and blood was close to being sucked dry;its whole body weakly laying in the nutrient pool, void of any movement .
It could feel near its heart –the point of convergence of vital energy and blood, there seemed to be a black hole that was continuously swallowing up all its blood . This black hole had even grown bigger and bigger, its absorbing power becoming stronger and stronger .
It growled weakly;both eyes slowly dimming, losing its color .
In the underground cavern, Komodo looked from afar at the beast on the brink of death;his eyes full of shock .
The dual headed salamander’s chest suddenly expanded like it had a huge red growth .
The growth had a heart beat that was continuously pounding, a red fluorescent light vaguely appearing .
As the red fluorescent light around the growth grew brighter and brighter, the light in the eyes of the dual headed salamander grew dimmer and dimmer .
"What is this…! My God…"Komodo took a few consecutive steps back, almost backing up against the entrance of the cavern .
Finally, the growth expanded till its limit . It shrunk fiercely all of a sudden, as if all of the red light was sucked into a center .
Then, there was no light .
A blood red, fresh rip appeared on the abdomen of the salamander .
A pair of bloody hands stretched out and grabbed both sides of the open wound .
Garen slowly walked out slowly walked out from the opening;his body covered in blood scabs . He looked like a bloody devil returning from hell .
He looked at the nutrient fluid below that had turned clear;the water reflected his current appearance .
The man staring back at him was completely blood red;his features were unrecognizable, so was his face . Only the 3 red glowing dots between his brows was as clear as day .
"I have succeeded . Secret techniques and totems, I knew they had some kind of connection . "He muttered, reaching out his hands to touch the place in between his brows . The red lights were coming out from 3 birthmark-like red dots .
These red dots could not be felt through touch, and had the nature of normal skin . The 3 red lights were lined up like a triangle, and had an unusually neat placement .
This was just a physical change .
Garen was more concerned with the changes happening on the inside .
He looked towards the attribute pane at the bottom of his field of vision .
"Strength 6 . 66 . Agility 3 . 11 . Vitality 2 . 97 . Intelligence 2 . 53 . Potential 41128% . Possess the qualities of a luminarist .
Secret technique – Myriad Water Jasper Technique, Ten Thousand Mammoth Battle Skills . "
The moment he saw the attribute pane, he finally took a long sigh of relief .
He knew, he has finally achieved his goal .
Breaking limits, breaking past the limitations of his being;this was a road that no one treaded on before . Talking about that, Sylphalan was just like him;they both chose to modify themselves .
Once Garen finished his thoughts, he brought back to memory his attributes from before – Agility was at 2 . 72 . Vitality was 2 . 82;both increased . Although the difference was not huge, it was an improvement . Being able to increase right after reaching his limit;this was a huge buff .
At the same time, his body possessed totem light attributes;he had achieved his goal successfully .
The weakened and greatly aged giant beast had already closed its eyes quietly;not a sound was heard .
Garen reached out his hand and slowly stroked its fragile scales;there was a trace of sadness in his heart . He knew it was him that had completely sucked the essence of the salamander’s blood until he was dry . Also, this dual headed salamander had used his entire being to give birth to who he was now .
But this did not mean that the dual headed salamander had completely vanished .