"There's no need to beat yourself over it, Long Lan. Your power up and the Black Dragon King's blood might be related, but that doesn't mean he'll always be the 'stronger' one. You might just not be used to this feeling yet. I believe that you'll get even stronger. You'll be even more powerful than he is. Defeat him and show him that you're the stronger one!"
"Yes! I'll definitely get stronger and defeat him!!" Long Lan nodded his head furiously. After following Bai Yunfei for so long Long Lan had experienced his fair share of battles against people stronger than him. He still didn't know what it was like to be up against a power he could never hope to defeat, but today's failure against the Black Dragon King was all he needed to rekindle the spirit inside of him.
"I wonder how the Black Dragon King is connected to Mo Ni. It looked like he was Mo Ni's soulbeast partner...and he's an early-stage class seven soulbeast now, that's definitely weaker than what he used to be in Soulbeast Forest. He probably fought against someone else back there and lost heavily..."
Having no answer to his questions, Bai Yunfei decided not to waste any more time to think about it. He turned back to Long Lan after taking a quick look around the place, "Stand guard here for now. I'm going to go back into the Core World for a moment."
He was rapidly approaching the ten-minute time limit for the Berserk Mode. His battle hadn't been a very intensive one, but it wasn't good to prolong the usage of the mode if he could help it. Still, Bai Yunfei had one more thing to take care of...
Within the Core World.
Appearing in the same place he fought Li Fenghai, Bai Yunfei looked up at the cocooned Xiao Qi floating there in the sky. Not wanting to disturb the bird, Bai Yunfei teleported several kilometers away to the top of a mountain and cut his hand across space in front of him to pull someone out from the cut.
It was Gui Wei.
He looked completely cowed when he was brought out into the Core World. Having woken up earlier imprisoned in some sort of inter-dimensional prison without being able to escape, Gui Wei could only just wait there in terror. Thanks to Xiao Fang's control over the prison, Gui Wei had been fortunate enough to see the battle take place between Bai Yunfei and Li Fenghai before the latter person was thoroughly defeated by Bai Yunfei.
So it was understandable why he was so terrified of Bai Yunfei like he was the reaper of death.
"Tell me what I want to know and I'll think about letting you go." Bai Yunfei spoke, not at all caring about the emotional state of Gui Wei.
The signs of resistance finally appeared onto Gui Wei's face at Bai Yunfei's demand. Was he a three-year-old child that could be fooled so easily?
"Fine then." Bai Yunfei's tone of voice gained an icy edge to it, "If you tell the truth, I'll make your death a painless one. Otherwise, you'll be in for a great deal of pain before it!"
He added on a layer of pressure for extra measures, but it didn't seem like Gui Wei was convinced to do as Bai Yunfei asked. His eyes show no signs of being scared of death.
He wasn't willing to speak, but his eyes were telling a story to Bai Yunfei.
Go ahead and kill me then!
Bai Yunfei had to admit, he was a little surprised by the amount of determination and resistance Gui Wei had. He was also a little disappointed. The willpower of a Soul King was definitely something that couldn't be so easily snapped. Even in the presence of death. The honor and sanctimony of a Soul King had it so that most would rather die than be humiliated.
Gui Wei was one of those types of Soul Kings. Clearly, he was far more loyal to Mo Ni than Bai Yunfei expected. Extracting whatever information he wanted to know from Gui Wei would be difficult.
He thought for a moment on what to do next.
"What kind of person is Mo Ni? Is he really from the Mo in the Westward River Province? Are the Mo be connected to the Soul Refining School? Mo Ni is the junior headmaster then, isn't he? How did he get a soul contract with the Black Dragon King? Are you guys related to the attack on the Black Dragon King in Soulbeast Forest?"
The string of queries he was hearing surprised Gui Wei to a significant degree. "How..." He stuttered, "How do you know these things?! How do you know all that!!"
In his mind, there was no way Bai Yunfei should've known who Mo Ni even was. But the fact that Bai Yunfei knew his name, status, and even relations to the Black Dragon King was firing off alarms in Gui Wei's mind.
"How do I know? Hmph. Do you really think you could hide everything from me?" Bai Yunfei laughed. "Let me tell you something then. I was fighting Mo Ni just now. He's lost an arm and most of his soulforce. That jade disk of his might've saved him by teleporting him too far away, but you would've been staring at his corpse if not for that. Do you really think that annoying me is in your best interest?"
"What?! You did that to the junior headmaster?! There's no way!!" Gui Wei shouted. He didn't want to believe Bai Yunfei's words, but something seemed off. If Bai Yunfei could say that much about the soul armaments of Mo Ni, then there had to be some kernel of truth in his words. But there was no way Gui Wei could confirm that, and so he was in a state of shock.
And therein lied Bai Yunfei's chance!
Eyes gleaming with opportunity, Bai Yunfei immediately launched a wave of pressure onto Gui Wei before reaching out to press against Gui Wei's temple with his left hand!
"Speak! Who are you people?!"
His voice was thundered across not only the Core World, but deep into Gui Wei's soul!
The Charm Bracelet on his left wrist started to shine a hallucinogenic light. Like a spider web, the light branched off into several paths before making its way into Gui Wei's mind.
A shrill cry erupted from Gui Wei as he felt his soul get invaded, but his voice gradually started to die away in time, leaving the man kneeling there on the ground with his blood-shot eyes bugging out from his head...
Bai Yunfei's eyes were shining with light identical in color and intensity to the light from the Charm Bracelet. They were seemingly full of a bewitching aura that captivated Gui Wei's eyes when they made contact. "Speak. Who are you people...." He repeated.
This time, his voice was much calmer. It was warm, but layered with an authoritative tone of voice meant to entrap Gui Wei in them. Gui Wei's body trembled. His eyes were locked with Bai Yunfei's, his pupils flickering back and forth as if he was remembering something...
Bai Yunfei's eyes were flickering with light now. It looked as if he trying to read something invisible in Gui Wei's eyes...
If anyone were to see what Bai Yunfei was doing, even a Soul King, they would've turn paled at the realization!
There was only one thing Bai Yunfei could be doing to Gui Wei right now....Soul Scanning!!