Published at 29th of December 2020 09:45:04 PM

Chapter 1165: 1165
Chasing Demon's death had left an empty spot in the Hive's leadership . Dreaming Demon, Flying Demon, Elder Julia, and Skully took care of that part by managing different matters, but it wasn't the same without a proper leader .

The problem wasn't in the management of the Hive . The Demons and various other higher-ups were self-sufficient . Every dome could keep working without orders coming from above .

However, the Hive lacked an identity without a leader . Rebels and lone cultivators would appear in an organization that showed that kind of weakness, and the morale of the troops would plummet without someone to look up to .

It was the same with the Shandal Empire . Its warriors could engage in long wars without fear for their lives because they knew they had a god watching over them .

Such flaws in an organization would never affect cultivators like Noah and the Demons, but they were the minority of the Hive's assets . Most human experts and cultivators in the fourth rank wanted to put a face on their organization .

"It's time," Flying Demon's voice resounded inside Noah's underground mansion .

Noah interrupted his training and stood up to leave his quarters . June shot a smile in his direction as she watched him go through the main door .

Flying Demon and Dreaming Demon appeared in Noah's vision when he left his quarters . They wore black robes that had a purple octopus draped on their back .

The octopus had long tentacles that enveloped a series of purple spots in a protective embrace . They represented the islands of the Coral Archipelago, the ancestral home, and the symbol of the birth of the Hive .

"Do I need to wear these too?" Noah asked while inspecting his clothes . He didn't prepare for the occasion . He was wearing an old robe that had borne the weight of his training sessions .

"Yes," Dreaming Demon replied while revealing a warm smile, "But that will come later . Now there is something that you must see before the ceremony . "

Noah noticed how Flying Demon wore a stern expression that conflicted with his usual joking mood . It seemed that the event was quite important to him, so Noah decided to respect his feelings .

The Demons led Noah in the sky, where they began to fly in the direction of the Coral Archipelago . The trio didn't use any teleportation matrix, and their pace made them reach their destination in a few weeks .

Some tension surrounded the trio . Noah didn't receive any explanation, but he understood the reason behind the duo's silence .

Of course, Noah could use that time to go away . Taking charge of the Hive wasn't mandatory, but he could see how there wasn't anyone more suitable than him inside the Hive .

He had understood what it was to be a leader by then . He had always ignored those obligations because of the issues that they would bring, but the situation was different now .

Leaders didn't need to be the smartest asset in their organization . They didn't need to be the canniest, nor the most empathic .

Their only requirement was to be able to inspire the other members of their organization . Cultivators had to take pride in their leaders, and they had to strive to become like them .

Noah had always thought that his battle prowess was the only thing he could offer to an organization . Yet, he had often failed to consider how his life had inspired others .

From being the bastard of a medium-size noble family, Noah had reached the peak of the lower plane . Also, he was now about to take charge of the same organization that he had helped become independent .

Any human cultivator would feel waves of ambition surging inside them when hearing that story . Noah's journey was a tale that they could describe in legends even if they didn't include all his incredible achievements .

That was the role of a leader . Noah had to become the embodiment of all the dreams and hopes of the weaker cultivators in his organization . His figure would become proof that anyone could reach that level of power .

Noah couldn't help but reveal a surprised expression when he and the Demons reached the Coral Archipelago . The place didn't change much, but a tall structure had appeared on the central island that had once been Chasing Demon's home .

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A statue stood at the center of the Archipelago . The structure depicted a man with sharp features, and a pair of shining red crystals illuminated the area from its eye sockets .

The figure depicted Chasing Demon in his prime . It represented him with an arm raised toward the new continent . It had a stern face, and a heavy aura surrounded the structure .

Noah didn't recognize the materials used to build the statue, but he knew that the structure wasn't only decorative . Faint traces of inscriptions hovered around it, and the density of "Breath" on the entire island surpassed that in the rest of the Archipelago .

"You'll also have a statue one day," Dreaming Demon commented when she saw that Noah had remained speechless . "As long as the Hive exists, your name will survive the passage of time . "

The trio moved toward the base of the statue where the other powerhouses of the Hive were waiting . Noah saw Skully and Elder Julia bowing toward him as they landed on the island .

Dreaming Demon touched the statue, and a formation began to shine on the polished gray material . She then gestured to the others to follow her, and all of them place a hand on those lines .

The scene in Noah's vision changed, and he found himself in a room surrounded by complete darkness . He and the four powerhouses stood around a table placed on the small patch of brown ground under them .

An inscribed item stood at the center of the table . It was a fist-sized horned face similar to that used by the Hive to bind new cultivators to its rules .

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Noah guessed that the item was the core of the network binding all the Hive's members, and Dreaming Demon confirmed his hypothesis .

"This the item that manages all the oaths sworn by the members of the Hive," Dreaming Demon said . "You have received the privileges of the Demon Prince already . You will obtain complete control over the network now . "

Noah didn't back away and revealed his palm to the group . The tattoo of the horned head rose from inside his body to appear on his skin .

The powerhouses did the same . Even Skully had a similar tattoo, and she showed it without any hesitation .

The item began to shine as if resonating with that gesture . Dreaming Demon then hinted to Noah to touch the horned head, and he didn't shy away .

Pieces of information flowed inside Noah's mind when he placed his palm on the inscribed item . They covered every aspect of the Hive, from the number of recruits to the domes' power .

There were a series of reports too . They were yearly reviews of every formation deployed on the Hive's domain . They considered their current condition and the amount of energy that they depleted .

Then, Noah felt a connection with all the other cultivators inside the Hive . It was a faint sensation that didn't weigh on his mind . Still, he knew that he could control their oaths from now on .

"You have formally become the Patriarch of the Hive," Dreaming Demon announced . "Now it's time for the celebration . We have already prepared suitable clothes . "