1271 A Call from the Club
After sending Buried Heaven off, Lin Huang began playing with the mask in his hands.
He was elated to see this golden mask that was shining under the sunlight.
The most important function of this god sequence relic that was named Thousand Face was to disguise. As long as one's size did not vary too much, there would not be any flaws in the disguise. Moreover, this god sequence relic could even deceive most heavenly god-level powerhouses.
Apart from that, as a god sequence relic, it had a rather great defense, especially for spiritual attacks and detections. It was immune to almost all spiritual attacks under high-level heavenly god-level. Not only that, it could block most Heaven Gods' spiritual detections. As long as he did not encounter any peak-level heavenly god-level powerhouses who mastered Spiritual secret skills or was born with spiritual ability, almost none of them would be able to see through the disguise coming from the mask.
"This is good stuff. With this mask, my activity range in the God Territory would no longer be limited to Shelters under grade-4. I can go to grade-4 and even grade-5 Shelters now. I'm mostly safe as long as I don't step into grade-6 Shelters with peak-level Heavenly Gods as their guardian."
Lin Huang merely played with Thousand Face for a moment, which he then kept it in his storage space. He clicked into the document that Buried Heaven sent him.
It was a document about the Great Heaven Territory. Naturally, the details could not compare with the information that Bloody found on the internet.
This document was close to being the most confidential document in God Territory's top organizations.
Not only were there rough star maps of the Great Heaven Territory, but there were also details about planets that had been explored, including the variety of species that appeared in the Great Heaven Territory. Everything was listed in detail.
"It's been 360,000 years since the Great Heaven Territory has been discovered. It opens every 100 years, so it's been opened for over 3,600 times by now. If 300 people entered every time it was opened, there should be a total of 1.08 million people who had explored it."
"After the exploration of up to a million people, the speculated data says that only less than 1/10 of the Great Heaven Territory has been explored?" Lin Huang was puzzled with this at first.
Theoretically, virtual god-level powerhouses had powerful mobility. With some dimensional tools, one could explore at least tens of planets within a month. Moreover, encountering Great Heaven Territory's local species would allow one to obtain any information about the Great Heaven Territory. The exploration rate should not be this low.
However, he found out the reason as he read further.
"There are so many species in the Great Heaven Territory? Was that guy a fanatic species collector?!"
There were hundreds of thousands of species in the Great Heaven Territory. There were up to ten thousand monsters alone.
Most of the monsters either had some unique bloodline, stunning potential or they were insanely powerful. In a nutshell, the monsters that he kept in the God Territory were not some gentle monsters.
He had caught one or two for a certain monster, and he brought in the entire tribe for some of them.
Since he died, the variety of monsters in the Great Heaven Territory had been reproducing. Throughout the up to a million years, although some tribes were eliminated through time, many tribes had evolved into a population. (The 360,000 years mentioned earlier was the duration since the Great Heaven Territory was discovered, not the duration it existed.)
Among those tribes, some monsters were born to be class-4 (quadruple mutated). Even though some of them were not class-4, they possessed powerful, unique bloodlines, which ability should not be underestimated.
Most of their combat strength was above virtual god-level. There were even True Gods and Heavenly Gods.
Those tribes' territorial range were distributed throughout most of Great Heaven Territory's areas.
Meanwhile, most of the tribes in the Great Heaven Territory were unfriendly to foreigners.
The reason being, the first batch of explorers who went in 360,000 years ago thought there were no powerful monsters in the secret zone. That resulted in them looting resources as they wished and harming the local creatures. It enraged the local tribes. Since then, killing foreigners was considered a glory for the various tribes in the Great Heaven Territory. They perceived the foreigners to be some foreign demons.
Throughout the tens of thousands of years since then, the death rate of the people who went in were 100% every time the Great Heaven Territory was opened. Lesser and lesser participants went in until a survivor escaped from the Great Heaven Territory and it was only then the people found out about the situation inside the Great Heaven Territory.
Later on, the God Territory had been trying to send people in to communicate with the locals in the Great Heaven Territory. The hostility only calmed a little during the past 100,000 years.
However, most tribes were still hostile toward foreigners. Although they would not start a fight as soon as they encounter each other, they would prohibit them from entering and refuse to communicate. The most they accepted was some supply trading.
The slow exploration progress of the Great Heaven Territory was mainly due to those tribes' unwillingness to cooperate and obstruction, causing the prohibition to explore in many places.
Lin Huang finally realized why Buried Heaven lent him Thousand Face.
"He sure is thoughtful! With Thousand Face, I can disguise myself as their local resident and retrieve information that the rest can't. Not only that, under Thousand Face's disguise, I'm almost free to invade anywhere I desire. There's a high chance that even some heavenly god-level guardians among some tribes can't see through my disguise."
Lin Huang proceeded to read further after finding out the reason for the painfully slow exploration.
Using about half an hour, he read through the document carefully. He then spent another ten minutes making sure that he did not miss anything.
He then began to conclude some of the matters that he should take note of.
No.1, apart from the local tribes that he could communicate with, there were dangerous species that existed on some of the planets in the Great Heaven Territory. They could not be communicated with normally, they had intense territorial consciousness and attack instinct. One would easily be attacked as soon as one stepped into the territory of such species.
No.2, there were Bug Tribes in the Great Heaven Territory and the population was unknown. However, the Bug Tribes were also the other tribes' common enemy.
No.3, someone found humans in the Great Heaven Territory, but nobody knew much about the human population in this world.
No.4, there's a certain chance that Great Heaven's inheritance and secret treasures were hidden in some major tribe's territory.
After coming up with the conclusions, Lin Huang compared them with the document. He only turned off the document's projection after making sure that everything was aligned.
As he was going to study deeper into the precautions of the conclusions that he came up with, his communication device vibrated all of a sudden.
"An unidentified number?" Lin Huang was suspicious.
It was an unidentified number that had sent a call request. Theoretically, he only had the communication ring for a couple of days. Nobody should know his number.
"Could it be some advertisement?" With doubts, Lin Huang decided to answer the call.
"Hi, Lin Huang."
Lin Huang could not help but squinted a little as soon as the person greeted. He had his full guard up now.
"Don't worry, I'm the mission issuer from the Club." The voice on the other side of the communication device sounded like it came from a synthesizer.
"Club? How did you guys get this number?" Lin Huang was suspicious.
"We know everything that we want to know," the person on the other side of the communication device gave a boastful answer. "Alright, let's cut to the chase. I have missions for you."
"Can I reject them? I am very busy lately. I remember that you guys said I have the definite freedom of choice when you guys asked me to join back then." Although Lin Huang joined this mysterious organization named Club after passing through the Stairway Tree, he had no sense of belonging to the organization. Since he was going into the Great Heaven Territory, he did not bother to put more onto his plate. Naturally, he chose to decline it directly.
"The two missions that I'm assigning to you are missions in the Great Heaven Territory," the person on the other side spoke directly.
"How do you guys know that I'm going into the Great Heaven Territory? Buried Heaven told me that only he and the seven Blood Sickle members know about this quota that was given to me. Is there a mole among the seven Blood Sickle members?!"
"We know everything that we want to know," the person on the other side gave the same answer that did not seem like an answer.
"Alright then…" Lin Huang was helpless toward such a rascal. He did not bother to beat around the bush with the person and asked, "What's the mission reward?"
"I can only tell you if you accept the missions. All that I can share with you now is that the rewards are handsome, you definitely won't be disappointed."
Lin Huang was finally interested after hearing that.
"What are the missions?"
"The first mission, retrieve the Heavenly Sword's scabbard."
"Second mission, bring a kid named Jin Wu out of the Great Heaven Territory."