The Life Palace was the most common building one would come across. In fact, most of the imperial-levels would build a Life Palace in this form due to the training system of that era.
Most of their Life Palaces were in the form of a pavilion or a palace. Among the two of them, many of them had palaces.
Since a majority of them had a Life Palace, they would occasionally compare who had the better palace. Soon, the Life Palaces got more and more luxurious. Some of them could be compared to an actual palace whereby it would be called an imperial palace. As time passed, people then got used to it and named the combat strength of this level imperial-level.
Lin Huang had heard about the building of Life Palaces from Mr. Fu.
Most of the tower type of palaces had a suppressing effect.
As for the totem type of Life Palace, it possessed a summoning effect.
The function of a palace type of Life Palace was rather complicated. It could be a storage space whereby it could hold armed forces. Some of them possessed a suppressing effect whereas some of them could teleport like a spaceship.
As for the Life Palace that looked like an altar, Mr. Fu had never mentioned it before and Lin Huang was seeing it for the first time.
At first glance, he thought that it exuded a dangerous aura. He felt the same as when the skinless monster had first revealed its real body.
Seeing the skinless monster cutting its wrists and offering sacrifices to something unknown, Lin Huang felt insecure.
The ancient daggers blasted off and headed towards the skinless monster, controlled by Lin Huang's Telekinesis since he was now an imperial-level in an attempt to interrupt the sacrifice.
However, they were blocked by an invisible defensive layer which was tens of meters away from the skinless monster. The daggers then struck from another side.
Lin Huang frowned and immediately surrounded the skinless monster and the altar above him with more daggers, trying to find its flaw.
Lin Huang activated his ocular skill but could not find anything odd. The defensive layer was like an invisible eggshell, enveloping the skinless monster and the altar above him. It was faultless.
Attempting to attack with his dagger in an irregular fashion several times, his effort was still in vain. Lin Huang did not want to waste his energy any longer.
Although he had no idea what would happen after the sacrifice, he still had to wait patiently to see what would happen next.
After a short while, the sacrificial ceremony on the skinless monster's side finally ended.
At the center of the altar, two crimson glows shot out of the eyes of the golden god's bloody skull as if it had awakened from a deep slumber.
Lin Huang could feel that the aura released at the center of the altar had reached its pinnacle, and it was hundreds of times nastier than that of the skinless monster.
He gripped his demigod-level combat sword tightly, putting his guard up. He was afraid that something might happen.
In the middle of the altar, after the god's bloody skull opened its eyes, it fixed its gaze on the skinless monster. After sizing it up, the skull began to speak, "Little brat, I can smell the scent of the masked old witch from your body…"
"Sir, my God Master is the Mask Master for real." The skinless monster slightly bent its body as a sign of respect. Since it dared to address its God Master in this way, perhaps it was a True God that was as strong as the God Master. Even if it was not, it would not be that much weaker as well.
"I rarely have any contact with the old witch. It seems like we don't have any conflict to break the contract with you. The function of your Life Palace is quite special as it managed to lead my conscience over here. Do tell. What's your deal?"
"If I want to level up to demigod-level, what do I need to do?"
"Three ultimate-grade demigod relics," the skull said, "If you're just asking for a provisional upgrade, one ultimate-grade demigod relic is enough."
It expected to pay for it. However, the skinless monster did not expect that the demands would be so greedy.
"What… What about leveling up to purple gold-rank?" It did not reply the skull and made another request instead.
"For a permanent upgrade, you'll need an ultimate-grade demigod relic. For a provisional upgrade, you'll need an expert-grade demigod relic."
If the skinless monster had brows, he would be frowning. One could now see that its mouth was turned down.
"I don't have an expert-grade demigod relic…"
"There'll be a time limit for the provisional upgrade. It keeps you on the purple gold-rank for three days with an expert-grade demigod relic. If you only need a three-hour provisional upgrade in combat strength, an intermediate-grade demigod relic will suffice. If you only need it for 10 minutes, then a beginner-grade demigod relic will do."
"Exchanging a beginner-level demigod relic for 10 minutes…" It would be trading at a loss. However, the skinless monster had no other choice. Remaining quiet for a short while, he eventually agreed to trade.
It then took out a beginner-level demigod relic from its storage space and gave it to the skull.
The skull then opened its mouth and sucked it. The beginner-level demigod relic then transformed into a beam of light and entered its mouth, completely disappearing.
At that moment, the skull opened its mouth again, shooting a black beam towards the skinless monster. It penetrated the position between its brows.
The aura of the skinless monster immediately grew and it broke through the yellow gold-rank in less than two breaths. After getting to the white gold-rank, its combat strength continued to grow. Soon, it leveled up to imperial-level rank-5 and was a purple gold-rank.
Its combat strength continued to grow until it reached the peak of purple gold-rank.
The skinless monster felt energized and extremely powerful.
Lin Huang witnessed what just happened with a sinking heart.
Although he could not listen to the conversation between the skull and the skinless monster, he could see that the latter had given a demigod relic to the skull. Soon, the skull spat out a black glow towards it. Its combat strength then began to evolve until it reached purple gold-rank.
Lin Huang's face turned grave.
Right at that moment, the skull turned its head and looked in the direction where Lin Huang was.
It did not shift its gaze away though. Instead, it fixed its gaze on Lin Huang and sized him up.
It then turned its body around and told the skinless monster, "The little brat won't die today."
"What?" The skinless monster was stunned.
"I'm saying that the human brat that you want to kill today won't die. There was no deadly aura that lingered around his body. Even if you were to level up to demigod-level, you can't kill him." The skull continued by saying something strange, "Since your Life Palace looks pretty interesting, it'd be a waste if you were killed. Let me give you another piece of advice. There's a deadly aura that lingers all over your body and it's getting stronger and stronger. There are high chances that you'll die here today. Try to leave this place as soon as possible. Perhaps you can survive…"
After finishing its sentence, the skinless monster did not ask anything else. Looking at the center of the altar, the two red glows disappeared swiftly as if nothing had happened.