Published at 23rd of February 2021 07:25:05 AM

Chapter 1345: 1345
The last mace was capable of far more power than the others . Noah didn't sense anything unusual from that weapon and its statue when he inspected the corridor, but there was something different about them .

Noah wondered why the reports of the Balrow family didn't mention anything about that feature, but he quickly found the answer to his doubts . The group of cultivators that had come before him didn't reach the last statue . No one was aware of that detail .

'The creator is a sadistic monster,' Noah cursed in his mind as he assessed the injuries suffered .

The mace had managed to hurt his internal organs, which usually took longer to heal . The attack had also torn his robe, which confirmed that the last statue's power surpassed the middle tier .

'I have just fixed it,' Noah cursed again when he saw the torn spots on the robe .

It took energy to fix the robe . The item could take part of it from the environment, but the process would be faster if Noah used his darkness . Still, that slowed down his training, which annoyed him .

Noah remained in that position for a while before he straightened himself and marched toward the entrance of the protected area again .

He had never been scared of pain, and the valuable items were right in front of him . He only had to deal with one insanely strong statue to obtain them .

The statues began to swing their maces again, but Noah didn't budge when they landed on his body . Groups of cultivators would struggle to fend those attacks with their martial arts, but he could withstand them with the sheer power of his physical might .

Then, Noah stopped before reaching the last statue . Maces landed on his back, but he didn't mind them . His eyes and mental waves remained fixed on that last hindrance .

'I'm too weak to see any difference,' Noah thought as maces continued to rain on him . 'The presence of rank 8 materials makes my expertise in the inscription field useless . '

After Noah reached that conclusion, dark matter flowed inside his black vessels, and a fiendish armor made of higher energy formed around his figure . Then, he activated the Divine Deduction technique as he took a step forward .

Dark-yellow light flashed in his eyes, and the ceiling of the corridor soon filled his vision . Noah found himself outside of the array of statues again, and pain spread from his right shoulder .

'I managed to salvage the robe,' Noah thought as he straightened his position and resumed his walk toward the protected area .

A rain of maces fell on him, but Noah didn't even look at them . His eyes remained on the last statue, and the armor of dark matter reappeared around him when he reached it .

'I almost saw it,' Noah thought before standing again and marching back toward the protected area .

That cycle went on for a few hours . Noah did nothing but charge through the statues and return at the beginning of the corridor after the last one hit him . His body was a mess of injuries, but he took consolation in the fact that he had found a way to overcome that defense .

The last statue swung its mace as soon as he entered its range . It was too fast for him to run past it . Yet, its weapon followed the same trajectory every time .

Noah had learnt about that detail during his initial attempts to enter the protected room, but he still lacked something to overcome that defense . His senses told him that the statue performed the same attack every time, but he had to experience it multiple times to understand its actual trajectory .

The mace was basically invisible . It was so fast that his superior awareness could only catch glimpses of its shape when it attacked him . Noah couldn't dodge it until he understood its trajectory, so he had to throw himself at the statue until he understood how it moved .

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Then, after facing the threatening statue thirteen times, he sat at the beginning of the corridor and activated the Dark Womb spell to heal his injuries . He had completed his tests . His next march would be his last .

Months passed again . Noah slowly returned at his peak, fixed his robe, and cultivated to improve his power . Once he felt satisfied with his progress, he left the floor to march through the corridor again .

Noah barely felt the rain of maces . He had become so used to those attacks that his mind didn't even memorize them . They were nothing more than slaps for his body anyway . It was pointless to care about them .

When Noah reached the last statue, he stepped forward and ducked . Something flew above his head, but he didn't manage to see it . Still, he knew that he had overcome the last statue .

Noah quickly leaped forward after the mace missed him, but the last statue swung its weapon again . A stabbing pain spread from his back, but he didn't see any dark-yellow light at that time .

The scenery had changed after he focused again . Noah was against a wall, and his arms felt sore . The mace and flung him forward, directly into the protected room, but he hurt himself when he tried to stop his momentum .

No anger or annoyance surged in Noah's mind when he saw that different scenery . He turned to stare at the statues outside of the room . A smile appeared on his face as his mental waves spread .

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The entirety of the room soon appeared in his mind . Noah inspected every corner of that place and found only one item inside it .

The item was a small copy of the statues on the corridor . It was barely bigger than a man's fist, but it radiated an aura that made him worried .

Noah's mental waves converged on the item, and a series of information flowed into his mind as he studied the small statue . He suddenly learnt how to control that weapon, and he didn't hesitate to spit some blood on it .

Even more pieces of information flowed into his mind at that point . A mental connection also formed between Noah and the statue . He had successfully bound it to his existence, and his eyes shone with a cold light when he understood its power .

'A disposable weapon with power at the bottom of the middle tier!' Noah exclaimed in his mind . 'This will finally give me some survivability among the other monsters!'

Noah couldn't contain his happiness . He stored the small statue in the separate space and sat on the floor to start healing his injuries .

The last attack had hurt him badly again, and his robe also needed some repairs . Still, Noah was ecstatic . The Soul Stones had been a great reward, but they couldn't compare to a weapon that could keep a liquid stage cultivator at bay for a few exchanges .