1430 Lin Xuan’s Return
During the few days after Wu Mo's departure, Lin Huang could clearly feel that the world will of the gravel world was rapidly weakening.
Every day, he sat in the reclining chair in front of the tent, seemingly closing his eyes in meditation. In actuality, however, he was silently cultivating his Seamless technique to strengthen his telekinesis.
His telekinetic threads increased by about 4800 daily. By the time the total number of his telekinetic threads had increased from 200,000 to about 230,000, the world will had been weakened to the point where it could barely be sensed.
Lin Huang knew that the official invasion was about to begin!
It was on this day that an unexpected acquaintance of Lin Huang came to the Abyss Brink.
Seeing this person—whose face was righty percent familiar—appearing before him, Lin Huang hesitated to acknowledge him for a moment.
On the contrary, it was Mr. Fu who suddenly exclaimed after being briefly stunned.
The man nodded slightly at Mr. Fu. "I'm Lin Xuan. Mo Kui is the name of my primordium, and I'm his clone."
"Xiaoxuan, is that really you?!" Only now did Lin Huang acknowledge him.
The reason Lin Huang was not sure of the newcomer's identity a moment ago was that Lin Xuan looked at least twenty-five or twenty-six years old; his combat strength was also at virtual god-level rank-9.
When Lin Huang first found Lin Xuan, the lad was barely a ten-year-old child. Under normal circumstances, he should have had the appearance of a thirteen or fourteen-year-old boy after four years.
Now when Lin Huang looked at him, however, Lin Xuan looked a bit more mature than himself.
"It's me…" Lin Xuan turned to look at Lin Huang, a conflicted look in his eyes. For a moment, he did not know how to address Lin Huang any more.
"You've grown taller, and you look more mature than me." Lin Huang smiled and patted Lin Xuan on the shoulder.
"I adjusted my body's growth rate slightly, so biologically I'm actually twenty-five years old now," Lin Xuan briefly explained.
"Let's sit down and talk." Lin Huang pulled another chair out for Lin Xuan and tugged him over to sit in front of the tent.
He actually wanted to bring Lin Xuan into the Emperor Palace to chat, but the invasion by the great world could start at any moment. Therefore, he could only chat while sitting outside the tent so that he could keep an eye out for any changes in the dimensional gateways.
"Where have you been all these years?"
"I spent most of my time in the Land of Origin, inquiring about my past, and recovering my memories."
"Did you find out what happened?"
"Yes, I've investigated thoroughly." Lin Xuan nodded slightly, then lowered his head to look down at the ground and continued, "The outcome was that I'm just a clone that was bred from a machine."
"Xiaoxuan, it doesn't matter where you came from. What's important is that Mo Kui is Mo Kui and you are you. You're an independent individual with your own independent personality, and you have different experiences and different worldviews. You can live your life the way you want to. You may have come from Mo Kui, but you're not a replica of him, and you're certainly not his vassal. Don't live in his shadow..." Lin Huang comforted Lin Xuan.
After learning about Mo Kui's situation from Mr. Fu, he actually had already expected this outcome.
"You don't have to comfort me like this. I've already come to accept it." Lin Xuan raised his head and looked at Lin Huang. "When I first found out about it, it was really difficult for me to accept, but I've been letting things sink in for the past few years. Now, although I haven't completely let it go yet, I've pretty much taken in everything."
"That's good, then." Lin Huang did not say much more.
"I heard... you went to the great world for a year. How have you been in the past year?" Lin Xuan could not help asking.
In the past few years, he had actually been discreetly keeping track of Lin Huang and Lin Xin's movements. After Lin Huang went to the great world, he had even secretly gone to Emperor City, leaving only after being reassured that Lin Xin was safe there.
"My year in the great world was very fulfilling. Most of my time was spent in cultivation and increasing my strength."
"Are there many powerhouses there?" Lin Xuan asked again.
"Quite a lot. In the great world, Virtual God is just the starting point for cultivation. After that, there's True God, Heavenly God, and even Lord."
"Then, what's the combat level of the fellow who's invading our world? Have you managed to find out?"
"I didn't come across any relevant information when I was in the great world. However, through their testing during this period, I've roughly been able to determine that our opponent is at least a top-notch grade-4 organization. In other words, their leader is at least a ninth-rank True God or stronger."
"Our world rules are incomplete. The arrival of Heavenly Gods would directly lead to the collapse of the world, so they can only send over ninth-rank True Gods at most," Lin Xuan commented, then continued, "I should more or less be able to deal with third-rank True Gods, but I don't think I'll be able to do anything if they're any stronger. That's to say, middle and high-rank True Gods will be practically invincible once they arrive..."
"Don't worry, I have a plan to deal with it." As soon as Lin Huang said that, Lin Xuan carefully scrutinized him.
Even though he did not directly voice his doubts, they were still clearly written on Lin Xuan's face.
"Let's not talk about this anymore. How's Sis…Lin Xin doing?" Lin Xuan almost said 'Sister Xin' out of habit.
"I went into closed-door cultivation not long after returning to the gravel world. She went into closed-door cultivation not long after I did and has still not come out yet."
"All the Virtual Gods of Dynasty have been despatched; is it still safe in Emperor City?" Lin Xuan immediately asked again.
"Don't worry, I've left a bodyguard with her." Lin Huang secretly mused in his heart, 'So you do have a conscience then, kiddo. You're still concerned about Lin Xin's safety.'
"Oh, that's good." Only then did Lin Xuan breathe a sigh of relief. He had rushed to the Abyss Brink right after he had finished with his own affairs without stopping by Emperor City, so he could not help inquiring after noticing that Lin Xin was not by Lin Huang's side.
Just as the two of them were chatting, Wu Mo returned hurriedly.
She seemed fit as a fiddle and much livelier than she had been when she left a few days ago. She appeared to have adjusted to her new physical body very smoothly.
"How are things over at the floating land, Sister Momo?" Lin Huang asked by way of greeting.
"It's a mess; it took me a few days to sort it all out. If it wasn't for the war that's about to start here, I would've taught those bastards a lesson!" Wu Mo said angrily, then noticed Lin Xuan's presence. "Who's this handsome fellow?"
"Lin Xuan," Lin Huang introduced, then added, "My younger brother."
Lin Xuan glanced at Lin Huang after hearing that. He did not refute Lin Huang's words, however; he just smiled and nodded at Wu Mo.
"Your younger brother? How come he looks older than you?" Wu Mo asked bluntly.
"He just matured faster than me; can't that be the case?" Lin Huang shot back in return, then changed the topic. "The war is about to start. How have you been adjusting to your new physical body?"
"Compatibility has been increased to 93%," Wu Mo replied with a smile, obviously very pleased with her new physical body. "How have things been around here these last few days?"
"No explorers were teleported over during the days after you left."
"That's good news. It means that they've suffered some great losses during their previous testing." Wu Mo raised an eyebrow.
"That's what I think too." Lin Huang nodded in agreement.
After barely exchanging a few words with Wu Mo, a new round of spatial fluctuations was suddenly transmitted from the dimensional gateways which had hitherto been still for several days...
Everyone in the Abyss Brink stopped what they were doing almost simultaneously and looked up at the dimensional gateways.
Everyone knew that the official invasion war was about to begin!