Published at 23rd of February 2021 07:30:06 AM

Chapter 1344: 1344
No rank 7 cultivator in the gaseous stage could have access to that amount of wealth, but it now stood right in front of Noah's eyes . His consciousness also expanded to study the room, but he didn't find any danger in place .

The pile of Soul Stones was the actual loot protected by the swarm of puppets, and it now belonged to him . Noah disregarded his injured shoulder to walk toward the gray mineral and store it inside his separate space .

'How can this not be an inheritance?!' Noah exclaimed in his mind .

That sum of money was immense for a cultivator at his level, but it was nothing for an existence capable of building the Pyramid . Noah couldn't understand the point of hiding forty thousand Soul Stones . The creator couldn't possibly find them valuable .

Noah inspected every corner of the room before sitting at its center . There was nothing else in the area, which reflected what the Balrow family had studied during those millennia . That place wasn't special, so the Soul Stones were the actual resource protected by the swarm .

'This is so strange,' Noah thought . 'Why would someone build such powerful defenses to protect futile money? What is the point of having layers meant for rank 7 cultivators? Why creating such a complicated structure if you are unwilling to see your resources go away?'

Noah could find many possible explanations for the strangeness of the Pyramid . Still, he couldn't confirm any of them . He suspected that the Balrow family knew more about the structure since its experts had explored the upper parts of the Pyramid, but he couldn't do anything with that guess .

His thoughts mostly lingered on how he could find loopholes in the Pyramid . Noah wanted to understand the creator to exploit eventual flaws . Still, everything was too vague .

'Is my mindset too distant from those powerful experts?' Noah questioned himself without managing to find an answer .

Noah eventually let go of his doubts and focused on healing his shoulder . The Pyramid wasn't something that an existence as weak as him could understand nor conquer, so he quickly stopped trying to find an answer to his many questions .

He only had to accumulate resources and leave . Noah didn't need to solve every mystery that he found . His cultivation level always had priority, and he didn't have any time to waste .

The fly-like puppets had turn flesh, muscles, and even bones when they threatened to rip off his shoulder . The damage was quite severe, and Noah couldn't heal it in a short time without the help of a spell .

Noah didn't mind waiting for his body to recover naturally, but he didn't want to waste time . The Pyramid was still neutral territory for him . The Balrow family liked him, but he couldn't rely on that vague feeling for too long .

The Balrow family didn't place recording items because most cultivators wouldn't enter the Pyramid otherwise . Yet, it could understand when someone crossed certain defenses through a series of sensors spread among the layers .

A strand of dark matter came out of Noah's chest and spread outside of the room . The corridor didn't react to the arrival of the higher energy . The tiles remained in their place, and no puppets came out to attack the dense gas .

The Pyramid had sensed that Noah had retrieved the resource inside that sealed area, so it stopped providing energy to the swarm . That threatening defense was no more .

'They definitely know,' Noah concluded after that test .

More dark matter came out of his chest, and darkness flowed out of his dantian to fuse with his mental energy . A sword-like shell formed around him and began to accelerate his healing properties .

The injury on his shoulder would typically take years to heal, even if he were in the Immortal Lands . However, the Dark Womb spell could lower that time to some months .

Noah didn't lack food since he had spent most of his travel hunting . The stay inside the Dark Womb spell was silent and relaxing, and his shoulder quickly healed during that process .

He even cultivated once his body returned to its peak . Noah wouldn't disregard his training even there .

Then, Noah left the room to walk toward the next sealed area . The first layer had a few defenses that even his many advantages didn't allow him to overcome, so he only had three more targets in mind .

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It felt odd that the Pyramid had such a variety of defenses . Some of the protection featured shockwaves that had managed to destroy the seas of consciousness of entire groups of experts . Those tests were impossible to overcome by weaker cultivators . Even Noah had to ignore them .

Noah could only aim to surpass the defenses that targeted dantians and bodies . His dark matter and hybrid status would allow him to show his superior might at that point, which gave him a chance to seize a few resources .

After crossing a long corridor, entered a secret path inside a wall, and turned a few tiles to uncover an underground tunnel, Noah reached his second target . It was an area at the end of a large passage that featured multiple statues fixed on its walls .

The statues depicted demon-like creatures who had short horns, sharp fangs, and humanoid features . Noah didn't recognize that species, but his instincts made him able to sense their dangerousness .

The demon-like figures wielded thick maces with both their hands and wore angry expressions pointed at the floor . According to the Balrow family's records, the statues would swing their weapons once cultivators passed through the corridor, and their strength wasn't something that humans could handle .

The maces also seemed to be special inscribed weapons capable of weakening spells . Only martial arts could express their real power there, and Noah felt eager to test them .

When it came to physical strength, Noah had no equals at his level . He was the strongest species due to the fourth center of power, so it was normal for him to feel confident about that test .

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The statues began to swing their maces when Noah stepped inside the corridor . Dark-yellow trails flashed in his eyes as those massive weapons descended toward him .

The clash between the weapons and Noah created shockwaves throughout the area, but he didn't move . He didn't even stop running forward when the maces landed on him .

Noah ran toward the entrance in the distance . As long as he breached the defense, he would obtain more resources and reach a safe area .

His greed seeped out of his figure as the entrance drew near . Noah couldn't contain his excitement when he sensed pain spreading from his torso, back, and arms . The maces kept on landing on him, but they couldn't hinder his charge .

Then, when he was about to reach the entrance, an unstoppable force landed on the right side of his waist and pushed him back at the beginning of the corridor .

Noah understood what had happened only when the back of his head slammed on the floor . He felt blood rising from his throat and accumulating in his mouth, and a stabbing pain spread from his waist .