Chapter 10: Name
Zhou Mu was all too familiar with the maps style.
Although it only depicted a small portion of the Southern Grief Mountains, the layout of this map was identical to when Zhou Mu opened up the map in-game.
It was impossible for such a coincidence to happen.
In other words, it was very likely that there were clues about his old acquaintances behind this map. He just didnt know if the other party was a friend or foe.
Of course, from the fact that the other party had handed the map to a demon summoner, the probability of an enemy was higher.
But no matter what, he couldnt give up this clue.
Zhou Mu stared at the person and tried his best to sound intimidating.
“Where did you get this map”
“Do you not want to say it or cant”
“So you cant say”
Looking at the silent David, Zhou Mu continued asking.
David gritted his teeth and replied, “I can tell you anything other than the origins of this map.”
“Im not interested in anything else. This is all I want to know.”
“Then kill me.”
The other partys answer surprised him somewhat. Since he had surrendered so decisively, he definitely wasnt the kind of person who wouldnt fear death.
To make the other party choose to die so calmly, it probably wasnt because of greed or loyalty.
It should be fear.
After all, death wasnt the worst ending in this world.
“I know there are methods that can punish a persons soul when they reveal certain secrets, but coincidentally, I also have some methods that can torture your soul the same way...”
“You have no idea...”
David interrupted Zhou Mus threat.
“You dont know what it means to have your soul tortured, and you dont know what true horror is. You can rely on your strength thats enough to banish a Stumbling Demon to threaten me, but dont think that Ill be afraid. I assure you that this bit of strength of yours is nothing compared to that lord.”
“Very good, theres finally some progress. Tell me who the lord youre talking about is, and I promise to give you a quick death.”
The other party immediately shut up.
“Do you think I cant do anything to you as long as you stay mum If you have such thoughts, I advise you to abandon them.”
Zhou Mu waited for a few more seconds. When he saw that the other party still appeared unafraid of death, he could only sigh helplessly.
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“Alright, this is your own doing. To be honest, even if you do deserve death, I didnt want to do this.”
With that said, he turned around and looked behind.
Liliana replied as if she had snapped awake from a dream.
Zhou Mu couldnt help but frown when he saw the girls dejected expression.
“It wasnt your fault.”
Lilianas eyes turned red as she choked.
“But how am I to tell their families this terrible news How should I explain why I was the only one who survived How should I face them I dont know...”
Zhou Mu picked up the lead-colored staff that had been thrown away from the ground and handed it to the trembling girl.
“Tell them that the culprit is dead.”
Liliana looked up at him in surprise.
“This is also the only thing you can do to bring some comfort to the families of the deceased. The rest can only be left to time.”
With that said, a pitch-black energy beam shot out from Withering Cold and struck David, who was tied to the side.
He looked up and collapsed.
Zhou Mu walked over and half-knelt in front of the lifeless corpse. He released Withering Cold, but the staff didnt fall to the ground. Instead, it floated beside him as if it were alive.
His right hand was covered in a hazy black shadow as he reached into Davids corpse-his hand penetrated the corpse like an illusory ghost and pulled out an equally illusory humanoid outline.
It was the soul of David Obis.
He looked a little puzzled until he saw his corpse lying on the ground and seemed to understand what had happened.
“Where did that map come from”
Zhou Mu didnt say a word. Instead, he used his will to produce a soul voice.
He used his will to control the will of others.
Master-level Necromancy spell, Commandeering of the Dead.
The expression on Davids face changed from confusion to a daze, and then to endless affliction.
“Whats the name of the lord you were talking about Where is he”
Seeing that the other party still didnt answer, Zhou Mu estimated how much the other partys soul could withstand and used Commandeering of the Dead again.
The other partys soul began to tremble violently under Zhou Mus command, and it looked like he could barely maintain his human form. A few seconds later, he gritted his teeth and squeezed out a few words with difficulty and slowness.
“Father... Father of the Crows, Thorn City...”
He didnt finish his sentence because three scratches suddenly appeared on his soul the moment he said the first word. With every word he said, the scratch deepened.
When he said the name Thorn City, the claw mark tore his soul to pieces.
Looking at the tiny specks of light that filled the sky when his soul dissipated, Zhou Mu fell silent.
This was the first time he had seen a spell that had never appeared in-game. He didnt even know how to stop it.
Father of the Crows... Ive never heard of it... Moreover, Thorn City
Thorn City reminded Zhou Mu of something more pressing.
That was to repair the now-ruined Twilight Fortress.
No matter what, he couldnt let the place that carried so many memories remain in its abandoned state.
However, it wasnt easy to restore the Twilight Fortress to its original state. The exquisite defense systems and functional designs in the Twilight Fortress were the culmination of the efforts of the strongest craftsmen and enchanters on the continent back then. Zhou Mu even doubted if he could replicate all the functions of the Twilight Fortress now that a thousand years had passed.
Even if he had to settle for the next best thing and only wanted to repair the outer framework, it wouldnt be a trivial project.
Problems pertaining to ordinary construction materials and labor were fine; he could just spend more time and effort summoning Elemental Souls to do manual labor. However, the troublesome thing was that because it hadnt been maintained for years, the Demon Sealing runes buried in the structure had been deactivated. He had to build the entire fortresss rune system from scratch.
This was a very important job, and it had to begin together when rebuilding the main body of the fortress. It was equivalent to taking the best possible route before a house was renovated. Otherwise, even if it was repaired, the Twilight Fortress would only be a stone fortress that dazzled on the surface. It wouldnt be able to withstand the invasion of the Lunar Monsters.
Relaying the Demon Sealing rune system required a large amount of Elementium Silver-a Demon Sealing Metal that had a strong affinity for all types of spells.
Although his Treasure Hall had some reserves of Elementium Silver, they were only stored as specimens. They couldnt meet the needs of rebuilding the entire Twilight Fortress.
The largest Elementium Silver mine and refinery on the continent was in Thorn City a thousand years ago.
With this and the fact that he had to investigate the mysterious Father of the Crows, it looked like it was indeed necessary for him to make a trip to Thorn City.
Zhou Mu grabbed Withering Cold that was floating to the side again and turned to ask Liliana,
“I remember you saying that you studied at Offa University in Blackwater Swamp, right”
Liliana had never studied Undead spells, so from her point of view, the scene of Zhou Mu interrogating Davids soul was just him walking to the corpse and squatting down. Then, he held something in his hand and stood up before spacing out.
She nodded and then corrected him.
“Its not Blackwater Swamp, but Blackwater Province. Blackwater Swamp was its name from a long time ago.”
The other party didnt say anything to her on this topic and continued asking, “Is the headquarters of Offa University still in Thorn City”
What does he mean bystill in Hasnt it been in Thorn City since more than a thousand years ago
Suppressing her doubts about the other partys strange question, Liliana replied, “Thats right. It has always been in Thorn City.”
“How about this Arent you going back to school after this matter is over I happen to have something to do in Thorn City. Since its on the way, how about I hire you as a guide As for the remuneration, Ill pay with the pendant from before. What do you think of this deal”
How was this deal
As a guide, this deal was a windfall!
Although Liliana wasnt an Enchantment Expert, such an enchanted item was definitely one of the highest-grade items in the universitys collection. It could probably be sold for more than 10,000 gold riels at an auction.
In comparison, hiring a guide to Thorn City only cost about ten gold riels.
But the problem was that the other party was a heretical mage who had betrayed the Astral Laws. No matter which city he went to, he would be wanted by the Church and the local Overlords as long as he was discovered.
Of course, she had no doubt that this man with unfathomable strength could easily escape, but when that happened, she would be in trouble as his guide.
Moreover, more importantly, she didnt know anything about this person other than the fact that he was ridiculously strong.
This wasnt a deal that could put her at ease.
The other party had saved her life and even avenged her.
No matter what, she had to repay this favor.
The girl named Liliana hesitated for a long time before finally speaking.
“Alright, you have my word. But before that, I need to know your name.”
Right, what should I call myself
Only then did he carefully consider this question.
Zhou Mu This was a name he used in his previous life when living in the concrete jungle.
But now that Im in this world, do I still need to use this name
He was silent for a long time until the girl began to panic.
He spoke as if he was announcing something, naming the character he had played in his alternate life.
The name that once resounded across the continent.
“My name is William Kane.”