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Published at 31st of December 2020 11:24:37 AM

Chapter 1153: 1153
The citizens had seen Noah arriving there and covering the area with his black smoke . That scene had initially made them panic, but they soon noticed that no shockwave came out of the cloud .

No sound echoed from there either, so the weaker cultivators didn't know what was happening inside the cloud . Only experts near the peak of the fifth rank or on the powerhouses' level knew about the reasons behind Noah's actions .

Second Princess didn't lose her cool . Noah had displayed an incredible prowess, but he was only one expert . His power went way above his cultivation level, but he had an entire array of formations against him .

The formations weren't simple defenses either . The Royals had made them for eventual new invasions, and they had amassed reserves of energy to make the inscriptions last for years .

Even if Noah could destroy many of them with his attacks, the region wouldn't fall in his hands anytime soon .

Noah was aware of that fact, but his drive went past what Second Princess could imagine . His unshakable determination had always been one of the main factors behind his growth, and now he had set his eyes on Divine Market city .

Second Princess witnessed how driven Noah was in that period . She had initially thought that he would give up after a few weeks, but a year passed by, and Noah was still assaulting the formations on his own .

Noah was relentless . He slashed continuously every other day and spent the rest of the time cultivating right in front of the formations .

If Second Princess decided to attack him while he trained, Noah summoned Snore and let it handle the defensive formations .

His stash of dark matter was virtually infinite, and Elders from the Hive entered the cloud every month to refill his space-ring with provision . The black hole in his chest would turn any energy he absorbed into nutrients anyway .

Noah even improved as his assault continued . He would treat his attack on the defensive formations as proper training for his sword arts, and Second Princess had to witness his growth .

Sword Saint's slashes represented the peak of the divine will's path, so Noah didn't improve much on them . His experience with blades couldn't match that mighty existence, and only centuries spent slashing would make Noah able to perform those attacks correctly .

On the other hand, Noah's martial arts improved by leaps and bounds . The Demonic Sword became more used to its new form as it kept on releasing slashes that relied on the dark world .

It also unlocked new abilities . The Demonic Sword already had a ductile structure, but fusing with the dark matter allowed it to transform into dense smoke if the situation required it .

The same went with Snore . Noah had yet to improve his Blood Companion, but the creature had reached incredible levels on its own when the dark matter evolved .

Its previous abilities had grown exponentially, and its elemental attacks resonated inside the dark world, becoming stronger and able to cover a larger area .

There were some drawbacks to Noah's driven assault . He never left the dark world, so he couldn't fly toward Chasing Demon's old quarters to train with the Seventh Kesier Rune .

Night complained too . Noah had yet to build a new body after the creature sacrificed its old one to defeat First Prince and First Princess .

Still, its protests came from its excitement . The Pterodactyl had seen how powerful Noah's dark matter had become, and it couldn't wait to obtain a body made of it .

The citizens became used to the dark cloud covering a third of Divine Market city after a year, but many weaker cultivators chose to leave anyway .

Their worries came from other cultivators' reports from the Royals' faction who had left the city already . Their description and stories of the events inside the cloud were enough to scare anyone away from the area .

The buildings inside the cloud had become deserted since Noah's attacks would land on them from time to time . Third Prince had even come there to assess the situation once, but there was nothing that he could do to help his sister .

The two Royals were too weak to join the efforts of the defensive formations . Noah was way above their level, so they could only allocate as many resources as possible and hope that he would eventually get tired .

Noah disappointed them . It didn't matter how many new defenses appeared inside the formations nor how time-consuming his attack was . He remained there, slashing madly with his Demonic Sword and making that region virtually uninhabitable for any expert .

Of course, the Elbas family wasn't willing to let go of that region . With most of their stronger assets gone or missing, the Royals needed to refill its ranks with new talents .

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The Divine Stele was one of the best training areas in the new continent . Losing access to it would only worsen the already awful situation in which the Elbas family was .

Noah's assault didn't stop after the first year . He kept the dark world active even after two more years had passed, and the Royals could only grow more desperate about the situation .

The assault didn't inflict much structural damage . Noah's slashes would reach the buildings from time to time, but those structures' value wasn't high .

However, the siege depleted an immense amount of energy, and it also stopped most activities in that part of the city . The cultivators who would benefit the most from the Divine Stele couldn't walk on its streets because Noah was a constant threat .

The exchange of resources with the other factions wasn't possible, and the Royals didn't have anything to bargain to make Noah stop .

The dimensional portal wasn't even an issue anymore since King Elbas was out of the political scene . Only he could close it at will, so no one could affect it now that he was gone .

The Royals' desperation reached its peak after ten years spent in those conditions .

Noah had learnt to know the defensive formations so well that he managed to make his slashes land on the ground quite often . The power of his attacks had also increased, so that part of Divine Market city became even more unlivable .

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Second Princess and Third Prince did their best to keep that land, but the resources spent were a heavy blow to the Elbas family's economy .

The region didn't produce anything and only consumed resources . Training cultivators was always an investment, but the Royals couldn't do that either in those conditions .

The situation was even worse since the Hive and the Council had severed every trade with the Elbas family . The Royals felt lucky that they still had territories in the other world in that political environment .

When Noah's assault entered its twentieth year, the Royals knew that they had to make a decision . Their options were quite limited, but they tried everything before going for the approach they had tried to avoid .

At first, Second Princess tried to contact other powerhouses of both Hive and Council, but she received no reply . Her focus then went on trying to negotiate an alliance with the Shandal Empire, but God's Left Hand limited herself to refuse them .

With the whole world ignoring them, the Royals had to give up on their claims over Divine Market city and relocate most resources and formations in the Royal Academy .

The event happened silently . One day the formations activated, and the other day they didn't shine anymore .

Noah had never managed to eradicate the defenses, but his relentless assault had driven the Elbas family away .