691 Beneath the Snow
Lin Huang woke up past 6 a.m. the next morning, and the first thing he did was to ask Bloody about the investigation about the ruins.
"How is it? Have all the Leech Pods spread everywhere?"
"The pods have covered the entire last night past 11 p.m., but the ruins seem to be barren without anyone around. There're no buildings. There's nothing at all besides snow and monsters," Bloody said.
"But there's something odd though. I checked several times last night, and I couldn't find the two teams from the Division 3 Union Government. Even the Dynasty team has disappeared."
"No buildings and three teams missing…" Lin Huang frowned as he sat up from his sleeping bag slowly.
"Since it was the Division 3 Union Government who organized this trip, it's impossible for them to exit this place after a day in here. There're so many powerful people in Dynasty that it's impossible for them to retreat just like that. The three teams must still be in this ruins. I think they've probably discovered something."
"Are you sure you didn't miss out any corner of the ruins?" Lin Huang asked Bloody again.
"I don't think so. I've released millions of Leech Pods this time, so the coverage is complete. There's one every five to six kilometers. There shouldn't be any spots that have been missed out." Bloody was confident in its own ability.
"I managed to find the resting spots of the other teams easily last night."
"If you're sure that you didn't miss out any spots, there's only one explanation for this. They're under the snow." Lin Huang thought that was the highest possibility.
"That's what I thought too. I'm speculating that all of the buildings in the ruins are covered under the year-long snow as all my Leech Pods can see is a land of snow from the top."
"If that's true, we can't find the exact location of the buildings." Lin Huang frowned again.
"My Leech Pods could be sent underground, but the ruins are just too big. I've no idea where to even start." Bloody felt helpless.
"Don't worry about it. Let's just monitor the monsters' whereabouts from above then. I have the Treasure Card for the underground."
After speaking to Bloody, Lin Huang did not have the mood to sleep anymore, so he got up from his sleeping bag. When he opened the tent, he saw Lancelot sitting nearby and munching on dried vegetables. There were five empty packets arranged on the ground neatly. Since there had been no monsters last night, Lancelot had been eating out of boredom.
"It's your sixth packet now. Aren't you sick of it yet?" Lin Huang was speechless. Lancelot shook his head immediately.
"Don't throw the packets everywhere." Lin Huang walked over to him and kept the five empty packets into his storage space. Lancelot was afraid that Lin Huang might take the packet that he was still eating away, and he retreated his hand slightly.
"Wow, you're protecting your food!" Lin Huang thought it was funny. "Alright, nobody's taking your food away from you."
Lin Huang put the tent away and started eating his snacks for breakfast. As he swallowed his last morsel, Lancelot finished his sixth packet of dried vegetables. Lin Huang then took out a Treasure Card and crushed it after recalling Lancelot.
"Treasure Card has been activated!"
As soon as Xiao Hei's voice was heard, there was a red arrow pointing at Lin Huang's 10 o'clock not far away.
"A red arrow! It looks like I'm in good luck today." A red arrow indicated that the treasure was rare which excited Lin Huang.
When he got to the cave, a chill blew frigidly. It was snowing, and the sky was gray. Lin Huang looked at the time. It was not even 7 a.m. yet. He cocked an eyebrow as he realized that it was too early. However, he summoned Thunder anyway and rode on its back.
"Let's go, 10 o'clock!"
Thunder flapped its wings and followed the direction that Lin Huang had instructed it. In less than 20 minutes, he saw the end of the arrow that the Treasure Card was pointing at. It was an empty land, and there was nothing at all. He would have thought that the Treasure Card was faulty if he had not figured out that the treasure was hidden underground.
"Thunder, land in another two to three kilometers."
Thunder started slowing down, and soon it landed less than 200 meters from the end of the arrow. Lin Huang then flew towards the arrow after recalling Thunder into its card form.
"Is this the end of the arrow?" As they came to a stop, Bloody looked around and asked because it could not see where the Treasure Card arrow was.
Yes, it's under my feet." Lin Huang nodded.
"Seems like our speculation is right. There's nothing here. The treasure has to be underground." Bloody was thrilled when it realized that their speculation was correct.
"Who's good at digging?" Lin Huang stood less than 20 centimeters above the snowy ground and mumbled to himself. He was thinking about which monster he should summon to dig a hole in the ground.
"You don't have to look for anyone. I'll do it." Bloody said after hearing him mumble.
"You?" Lin Huang was surprised.
"Not me. I'll get someone to do it." Bloody smiled.
Just as Lin Huang was puzzled, he sensed Bloody releasing many Leech Pods into the ground and soon, a big hole appeared. The depth of the hold increased in an instant, and a spiral staircase that led underground was formed.
"What's happening?" Lin Huang was puzzled as he watched.
"I controlled some Frost Helminths to dig the hole. The Frost Helminths can absorb heat, and on the other hand, it can release heat too. That's how they move around the snow," Bloody explained.
Bloody was now an immortal-level rank-3 since Lin Huang had leveled up to purple flame-level whereby it could cast Leech Seeds on Frost Helminths that were on immortal-level rank-1 to rank-3 easily.
"So, I don't have to worry that the Frost Helminths will attack us anymore?" Lin Huang was just thinking that there might be many Frost Helminths underground. He still undoubtedly remembered what had happened to the Divine Alliance yesterday, but it seemed like that would not happen anymore.
As he waited where he was for three to five minutes, Bloody finally spoke again, "It's ready now. Let's go."
Lin Huang then walked down the spiral staircase that was made of snow. Suddenly, the light from above disappeared when he was seven to eight meters below the surface.
"I got the Frost Helminth to block the entrance with frost so that nobody can follow us." Bloody's plan was thorough.
They finally reached the end after walking 200 to 300 meters down. As he stepped out of the cave, he finally saw the mystery that was hiding underground.