Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo ShaoTian stared blankly at the ground that had been drilled through. He was right to intend to do so, but he really didn’t expect it to be this easy. And he had even fallen directly into the water. Even if it was an underground river, this degree was too exaggerated, right?
Luo ShaoTian quickly snapped out of his thoughts and he immediately sliced off the frantically wrapped arms and extracted what was stuck to the energy blade. A simple analysis was done with the instrument that came with the mecha.
The results came back quickly, the thin stuff that had just penetrated was neither dirt nor rock. The cells were alive, and, rather than animal cells, they were closer to those of plants, only tougher and harder.
Luo ShaoTian stared in wonder at the black sample in the collection bag for a moment, then drove the mecha around the arms before extracting another sample, this time collecting a meter-long arm for testing.
He had a hunch before the results were even in, as he watched the arm morph at a rate visible to the naked eye, into an innocent, fat leaf, though it was hard to tell if its color would do the job of photosynthesis.
Luo ShaoTian looked at the end result and had to admit that they had been terroized by a plant. Whether it was the ugly arms or the ‘land’ they were walking on, it was the same plant.
The land was just the giant leaves of that plant, while the arms hid under their own leaves and waited until they were in the middle before devouring them. And those shadows in the puddles weren’t their shadows at all, but the embodied plants.
When they set foot on the so-called land, they had already been seen by this abominable plant as a plate of food.
But now they had nothing to do with the plant, the damned thing seemed to have no weaknesses and was alive and well. Only Landa Planet could have such a perverted plant.
Luo ShaoTian sent the results to the others, and then drove his mecha into the depths. The most important thing now was to save as many people as they could.
Yue Shang and Hull also saw the situation clearly after falling into the lake, recruiting the mecha and immediately increasing their fighting strength.
Although Hull’s physical strength was average, he was still very strong when driving a mecha. And he liked to design all kinds of mechanisms, which also made those crazy arms suffer a lot.
Hull smiled as he watched the clumps of arms turn to pieces in front of him, but they quickly formed up again and surged back up, Hull shook his head, it seemed that neither could do anything to the other. But his Energy Box was limited, and those things had no worries.
At that moment, Hull noticed a large group of arms in front of him, and he prepared himself for battle only to find that they weren’t paying any attention to him.
At that moment he spotted Shao Rong wielding a long whip.
Shao Rong’s movements were so quick that the arms were shredded again before they could even fuse. Even in the water, those arms seemed to have nothing on Shao Rong, who was now rapidly swimming down, looking like he was going to save someone.
Hull muttered in his heart, This pervert, he didn’t even use mecha. He’s simply too strong to be human!
Yuan Xi received messages from Luo ShaoTian, Yue Shang and the others, analyzing the current situation.
These people would be able to protect themselves for a short period of time, but it would be more difficult to save more than one. After all, there were even more arms down below.
After considering for a while, Yuan Xi decided that he and Shao Rong would rescue those who had been dragged into the bottom, and see if there was a way to destroy the plant’s root system, while the rest of them would rescue the soldiers on the outskirts.
After rescuing someone, they would first return them to the ship and then come back to look for more, hopefully to get everyone out.
Once they reached a certain depth, they were surrounded by dark arms, like black branches. They had completely broken into the midst of this plant. There were very few trapped soldiers around them at this point. They should all be the first ones to be pulled into the water.
Yuan Xi asked Luo XiaoLou to drop the energy shield. Luo XiaoLou hesitated for a second, and Yuan Xi glared at him and urged, “Hurry up, we don’t have much time. Trust me, I can get you safely into the mecha. Other than that, you have no choice. Unless you plan on being swallowed by them and then unwrapped.”
The last words made Luo XiaoLou drop the energy shield without hesitation. Yuan Xi allowed the two to be tightly bound and then summoned Cloudy Sky. The white Tier Nine mecha stood unmoving in the black forest.
Yuan Xi made his hands free to cut off the arms around them, while Luo XiaoLou wrapped his hands and feet tightly around Yuan Xi, trying to ignore the nasty touch of his body slipping and sliding around.
Yuan Xi moved slowly towards Cloudy Sky covered in arm tendrils, however, as he neared the cockpit, Luo XiaoLou’s shirt was suddenly ripped off by one arm, and another hand grabbed the necklace around his neck and tugged it off without 125 reacting.
Luo XiaoLou looked at 125, who was about to be pulled deeper into the lake, and gritted his teeth. His Source of Consciousness turned into a very thin wire that wrapped around his wrist and took the necklace back.
This was done almost in a flash of light, and Yuan Xi didn’t even notice, then he brought Luo XiaoLou into the cockpit.
Luo XiaoLou’s whole body had been soaked in cold water, but he felt a bone-deep chill wash over his body, fleetingly.
At that moment Luo XiaoLou was already sitting in the passenger seat of Cloudy Sky. His whole body began trembling. The malice he had felt since stepping on the Planet was even more obvious just now.
Yuan Xi entered Cloudy Sky and immediately began to destroy as much of the arm jungle as he could. Finally they found a trapped soldier whose energy shield had started to flash, a sign that his energy was running out.
Yuan Xi immediately rescued him from the arm and used his mecha to feed energy into the energy shield, and the blond soldier inside was completely relieved, quietly putting away the suicide note in his hand.
One of Cloudy Sky’s hands protected the energy shield, but that would make it a little harder for them to save the others. While Yuan Xi was planning to go up first, he suddenly stopped typing commands and narrowed his eyes to stare into the distance, “Look.”
Luo XiaoLou, who was still in a state of shock, looked over. The screen in front of them showed the scene deep at the bottom of the lake, where lights were actually flickering!
“That’s – that’s a castle!” Luo XiaoLou called out.
In the deepest part of the lake, deeper than the entire dark plant, there actually stood a huge castle.
Under the light, the entire castle looked like it was made of gems, magnificent, atmospheric and charming. That kind of grandeur was amazing. The lights disappeared after a minute, and the bottom of the lake returned to a dense blackness. But both men knew that it hadn’t just been an illusion.
“That was Landa’s seal.” Yuan Xi said with certainty.
“Yes, I saw it. It’s worth a fortune. Oh no, it’s beautiful, but it looks like it’s not going to be easy for us to get in there.” Luo XiaoLou replied distractedly.
Yuan Xi looked at him and didn’t say anything, but he turned his direction and headed straight for the bottom of the lake.
This action stunned both Luo XiaoLou and the poor blond soldier.
“Are you crazy!? Don’t we have to go back first? Come back with a solid battle plan? It’s like we’re going – going to die!” Luo XiaoLou shouted in Yuan Xi’s ear.
Yuan Xi pursed his lips, unaffected in the slightest by Luo XiaoLou’s roar, his fingers quickly typing out more commands.
Luo XiaoLou shouted desperately in Yuan Xi’s ear for a while, but Yuan Xi had no time to talk to him, staring out with concentrated focus. The further down he went, the more dangerous it became, not to mention the fact that one of Cloudy Sky’s arms was unusable.
Luo XiaoLou stopped shouting in desperation and stared outside as well. Yuan Xi didn’t listen to anyone’s advice.
There was a difference between the arms at the bottom and the top, they had become frighteningly thick. And, they could now see the end of those arms. It was a huge thing, probably not much smaller than their battleship. Right in front of them was a huge mouth.
Those captured soldiers would probably be sent here as well, and the arms around it were filled with all sorts of strange white bones and graves, which was the true meaning of its name. And then those arms no longer even tangled Cloudy Sky, but surged directly behind them, forming brass walls behind and to the right and left of them, blocking their retreat. Now, they could only move forward.
Luo XiaoLou stared blankly outside. The poor blond soldier was thinking it would have been better to stay where he had been trapped, so he could die a little later and finish writing his suicide note.
As Yuan Xi seemed to finally wake up from his obsession, Cloudy Sky slowed down.
Between them and that huge black mouth, a figure suddenly appeared. White dress flowing, with long, aquamarine hair floating in the water, it was like there was light around her, and she looked utterly charming in this incredibly dark place.
Luo XiaoLou’s nervousness strangely disappeared. He gulped at the sight. He had never seen such a beautiful person except for Yuan Xi!
Cloudy Sky moved forward again, and Luo XiaoLou’s addiction was quickly replaced by displeasure as he realized that Yuan Xi was even more engrossed than he was. Does he think he’s ugly? He didn’t give up on Yuan Xi’s bad character and hot temper, and now he’s bravely bringing them here to die!
Amidst Luo XiaoLou’s rage, a large black shell slowly rose up around Cloudy Sky, which was Cloudy Sky’s security system.
Okay, even if Yuan Xi wasn’t incorrigible yet, what was the point of doing all this now?
After activating the security system, Cloudy Sky flew forward at an even faster speed and Luo XiaoLou thought angrily to himself, would he be willing to run over that beautiful woman?
The blond soldier had closed his eyes, while Luo XiaoLou had the rare audacity to stare out, it was largely due to anger, as he shook all over.
Yuan Xi scanned him, making certain that Luo XiaoLou’s seatbelt was properly fastened. He wondered how to get Luo XiaoLou to give up worrying, but after all, his timidity seemed to be natural.
Luo XiaoLou watched as the black shell of Cloudy Sky’s security system reached a few meters away from the beautiful woman, and he could even make out her sweet smile before Yuan Xi’s hand moved and Cloudy Sky quickly stepped back from the back of the security system.
The security system continued to fly forward at its original high speed and crashed into the mouth of the beauty.
Luo XiaoLou was still unable to react, but Yuan Xi had already maneuvered Cloudy Sky to start firing the High Energy Photon Cannon towards the right, making a gaping hole there, and then Cloudy Sky quickly leaped through the gap.
Immediately afterwards, there was a loud, incessant explosion behind them, but it was muffled and apparently inside the thing.
Poor beauty and plant, Luo XiaoLou thought sarcastically to himself.
Luo XiaoLou’s trembling finally stopped as he dumbfoundedly looked at the black roots that had been blown up beyond recognition and muttered, “I thought you were going to die with it. I didn’t think you’d kill it ……”
Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou like he was an idiot, “Why should I die with it, just to allow it to deceive me? And don’t ask me about the woman I just saw. Even if you were drooling, that wasn’t even human! That was just the monster it conjured up!” Afterwards, he glared at Luo XiaoLou as if he had done something extremely wrong to him.
The blond soldier’s excited voice came over the public channel, their communication system temporarily back to normal after the plant died, and he expressed his heartfelt thanks and respect for Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi.
He also focused on thanking Luo XiaoLou, saying that he saw Luo XiaoLou jump into the water first to save them.
Luo XiaoLou choked and didn’t have the heart to say that it was just a misunderstanding, and that he was dragged down too, and that he probably wouldn’t have been so brave to sacrifice himself if it hadn’t been for that situation.
Then, to their surprise, they discovered that all of those indomitable arms were sinking helplessly. All the arms were withering away in an instant.
All of them were saved.
“Wonderful! We won! We killed the plant. We didn’t expect it to be just one -” Luo XiaoLou said with surprise.
Yuan Xi was not so enthusiastic, saying calmly, “The water level is dropping, and the palace just disappeared.”