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Chapter 342.1: Golden Butterfly Dragon Transformation

    They went down for about twenty seconds. The enormous elevator began to shake once more before it gradually came to a stop.

    "Get ready for battle. There are two people - Dong'er will take the one on the left, and Qiu'er the one on the right."

    Huo Yuhao's voice barely dropped before the elevator's main door gradually opened.

    "Eh, what's manager Li doing at a time like this? Is he sending alcohol to us?" Someone's voice could be heard. He sounded a little amused.

    Huo Yuhao's eyes flashed with golden light, and two muffled grunts could be heard at the same time. Spiritual Shock!

    He was in his spiritual form, and he couldn't unleash his Spiritual Shock's real power. But what he could do right now was enough at a time like this.

    Wang Dong'er and Wang Qiu'er lunged forward like lightning bolts. Wang Qiu'er grasped her Golden Dragon Spear as she always did, while Wang Dong'er reached out with her right hand.

    The two people's automatic protective soul barriers bounced up as they were caught off-guard, but these barriers were immediately broken through by the two girls.

    The Golden Dragon Spear, and the Broken Devil of Light!

    Two middle-aged men crashed to the ground unwillingly from the two girls' attacks, just like that.

    They were both Class 6 soul engineers. Just like Xu Tianran had said to Ju Zi, soul engineers weren't afraid of soul masters of the same level if they had time to prepare, and some soul engineers even had the advantage at lower classes and ranks.

    However, soul masters could react a lot faster than soul engineers in terms of ambushes and sudden attacks. It was unfortunate for them that both Wang Qiu'er and Wang Dong'er had the strength to break through protective soul barriers, and these two Class 6 soul engineers didn't have a single chance at all as they crumpled to the ground.

    The two girls turned and looked at Huo Yuhao after they moved the corpses aside. There was another tunnel in front of them, and this tunnel was a lot more spacious than the one before. Soul lamps dotted its walls. There was another pair of twin doors roughly ten meters inside.

    Huo Yuhao said, "These two each have a set of keys on them. Take them out."

    Wang Dong'er and Wang Qiu'er took out one set each.

    Huo Yuhao lowered his voice and instructed the two girls. "Follow the left side of the tunnel. Remember, your steps cannot be more than two feet horizontally."

    They followed his instructions, followed the left side of the tunnel, and arrived at the twin door.

    This door was huge: four meters tall, and at least three meters wide. There weren't any decorations on top, only a danger sign. There were three holes in its lock, and a passcode keypad above it.

    "You have to insert the key first this time. Dong'er's key will go into the bottom left position while Qiu'er's key will go into the bottom right position. Qiu'er, there's a black key in Li Chong's set, and that goes into the top hole. All three keys have to be pieced together before they're inserted."

    The three girls were increasingly astonished and bewildered the deeper they went in, and only now did they understand why Huo Yuhao had insisted on separating his spiritual avatar to follow them here.

    Every single detail was very important in this place, and not a single mistake could be made. They also needed his Spiritual Detection to guide them so that they could avoid the various dangers and traps. This place was as perilous as it could be.

    The girls were also full of admiration for Huo Yuhao's powerful memory.

    They inserted the three keys at the same time, and the passcode was next. This time, there were thirty-two digits.Wang Qiu'er had already forgotten the numbers in front by the time she entered everything Huo Yuhao told her.

    The twin doors creaked and opened up, and a faint metal smell emanated from within.

    Wang Dong'er, Wang Qiu'er, and Xiao Xiao weren't soul engineers, so their reactions were still quite mild. However, Huo Yuhao's spiritual avatar was getting excited as he stared at everything inside.

    ---

    This was an enormous warehouse. It didn't seem to have an end as it stretched out into the distance. It was possibly ten thousand square meters in surface area.

    Trunks and cases of different categories were placed in various locations, and the dense, thick smell of metal came from those cases.

    The cases' outer layers were not enough to block Huo Yuhao's spiritual power. Therefore, his senses were telling him that this was a tremendous treasure trove.

    More than ten thousand tons of all kinds of rare metals were stored here. Huo Yuhao did a simple scan, and realized that there were thirty-two different types of rare metals in this place. Even though they were not the rarest or the most exotic ones, there was just so much here! Huo Yuhao could only evaluate the rare metals in this warehouse as enough to rival an entire nation.

    "Are they all rare metals? Do we start bagging them now?" Wang Dong'er asked softly.

    Huo Yuhao shook his head and said, "No, there are many traps and mechanisms in this place. Furthermore, these are not the most exotic and precious ones. There are three different warehouses in this place, and this is only the first one. Fortunately, the guardians of this place have headed towards the royal palace; otherwise, we might have had some real trouble, because they are at least Soul Sages! Li Chong can only enter the warehouse up until the second level. Come, let's go to the second level. There are much more valuable and important rare metals there!"

    "Be careful, and pay attention to the bricks on the ground. You can only step on those with dark colors, and if there aren't any for you to step on, you have to jump over. Also, some of these cases have red lines on them. You can't walk within a meter of those cases. If you do, we will trigger the alarm, and we will be attacked by soul tools."

    Why wasn't such an important underground warehouse heavily guarded by soldiers?  Other than the powerful guardians who had just departed, the most important reason was that the soul tool defense mechanisms in this place were armed to the teeth. Even the people who were working in the warehouse only knew how the mechanisms and traps for their own region worked.

    Li Chong was the manager, so he knew a little more than the others. However, he would need the other two keys at the same time if he wanted to enter the twin doors.

    Huo Yuhao guided them forward, and the company anxiously pushed on. They had Spiritual Detection to guide them, and they didn't make any mistakes at all. The company continued carefully, and went about one hundred meters in from the entrance before they took a left turn, and they took a few more before they found a second gate behind a large batch of cases.

    There were five different gaps in this gate's keyhole, while Li Chong only had one key. The other four keys had been taken away by the powerful individuals who had left before this.

    "What do we do, Yuhao?" Everyone was dumbfounded as they stared at the gate's complicated keyhole, and they wondered about how many digits this passcode would have.

    Wang Dong'er snapped her head around to Huo Yuhao on her shoulder and said, "We can't take this risk, Yuhao. Why don't we just take some from this warehouse and go back? We have more than thirty storage-type soul tools, and we still have that large Starlight Sapphire breastplate. We can take quite a bit away already."

    Huo Yuhao smiled and said, "It's fine, I already predicted a situation like this, and everything that we've done before this was to minimize our troubles and avoid as much as we can. We can actually open this door."

    Wang Qiu'er nodded and said, "If I use all my strength, I should have a chance of bashing it down. We would have a higher chance with his help... but can you precisely predict the soul tools that will attack us?"

    She was naturally referring to the sword maniac, Ji Juechen. Fortunately, Ji Juechen wasn't next to her, because he probably would have taken out his Judgement Sword already with his personality.

    Huo Yuhao was in his spiritual form, but he felt as if he were going to sweat as he said helplessly, "Can you not be so violent? We don't need you to be violent yet."

    His spiritual avatar became a little illusory as he spoke, and a bluish-green light separated from his body in the next moment and hovered in front of the three girls.

    This was a carving knife that was green all over, with a light orbiting it. It was filled with life energy.

    Wang Qiu'er's eyes suddenly focused as she stared at this carving knife and blurted out, "Is that Life Gold?"

    Huo Yuhao was also momentarily stunned. This was the first time he had heard someone else mention Life Gold other than the Calamity Necromancer Electrolux, who was already gone.

    Wang Qiu'er's eyes immediately grew sharp. "Where did you get this Life Gold?"

    Huo Yuhao said, "I got lucky at an auction. This carving knife was originally called the Soul-Devouring Carving Knife. I removed its curse after I obtained it, and returned it to its original form. It became like this. Since you know about Life Gold, then you should be able to sense what it does."

    Wang Qiu'er shot him a complicated glance and nodded, grabbing the Life Guardian Blade from in front of him.

    "My Golden Dragon Spear can absorb living beings' life energy, and this carving knife that's formed from Life Gold should be able to absorb physical matter's life energy. I never expected to see such a large piece of Life Gold. This is the kind of rare metal that's born from heaven and earth, and cannot be replicated."

    Wang Qiu'er began stabbing as she spoke, and the knife pierced into the gate before her.

    Green light flickered across the Life Guardian Blade, and the knife stuck more than half an inch into the tough gate.

    A strange scene occurred. A layer of pale green light shone from the gate, and the thick gate that was filled with ancient strength was immediately tainted by a faint grey color, while the Life Guardian Blade's green light became stronger and stronger.

    Wang Qiu'er gripped the handle, continuously infusing her soul power into and guiding the green light that was coming from the Life Guardian Blade, while she held her Golden Dragon Spear with her other hand.

    The extracted green light flowed into her Golden Dragon Spear, and her spear instantly shone with golden light that easily lit up more then ten meters around them.

    Huo Yuhao was in his spiritual form, so his senses were more sensitive than usual. He was a little surprised as he looked on and said, "Are you infusing the life energy that the Life Guardian Blade is sucking away from the gate into your Golden Dragon Spear? You can do that?"

    Wang Qiu'er glanced at him and said, "How can you not know the value of what you possess? Such a large piece of Life Gold can be considered a Divine Weapon. Life Gold's most fascinating characteristic is not how it possesses metallic qualities. Instead, its most impressive attribute is how it can evolve other metals! Therefore, Life Gold has another name; it's also known as the mother of all metals!"
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