317. Transcendent (3)
One of the ancient gods encountered in the Giant Tree Labyrinth, and the one who reigns as the first monarch of the Demon World.
There was a monster out there that had spent countless hours as an ancient deity, so much so that it was even said that it had existed since the beginning of time.
[ … … . ]
Even if they reach the same level of ancient deity, their levels cannot be placed on the same level.
‘… … Maybe it can’t be compared to the ancient deity, the Demon God.’
It was worth it.
Even if you build up to exceeding the 2nd Ascension percentage with the myth <Possibility of Transcendence>, that doesn’t mean you can surpass Ancient Godhood.
It’s just that I’ve achieved the lowest level possible to become an ancient god.
Of course, this is by no means a low achievement.
‘Still, I’m not far short of ancient godhood.’
In fact, having reached the beginning of the ancient godhood, I am now able to exert overwhelming power over low-ranking gods.
‘I’ve definitely gotten stronger.’
It’s not even just that.
‘And more importantly, now I have achieved true immortality.’
The level of conceptualization achieved by becoming an ancient god.
Now I am like the concept of divine <transcendence> and divine <death> itself.
Therefore, there is almost no chance of death, and even if one suffers great hardship due to divine power, it is only a temporary exhaustion of divine power.
[ … … There’s nothing to worry about. ]
I shook my head and shook off any hesitation.
Even if we assume the worst and turn against the Demon God, we are confident that we will survive.
And as soon as I finished thinking like that, I immediately opened the black stone door at the end of the conference room.
As soon as my hand touched the black stone gate, a majestic sound rang out and the scenery beyond unfolded.
[ … … . ]
A long red carpet, old-fashioned decorations everywhere, the air that takes your breath away… … .
A space that seems to have been created for the sole purpose of appreciating the monarch.
At the end of each place, which exuded a different sense of antiquity, a person sitting on a black throne caught my eye.
He also smiled as if he was very satisfied.
[Did we finally reach this place? ]
And I knew right away who he was.
[Congratulations, challenger. ]
as soon as… … .
[You are fully qualified to hear the truth about the tower. ]
The Demon God, one of the ancient gods and the first monarch of the Demon World, was there.
The moment I finished saying that I deserve to hear the truth about the world.
[Really… … . ]
The Demon God spoke with a frivolous smile that did not match his sharp eyes.
[It’s better than I imagined… … ! ]
He tapped the armrest of the throne with his finger and continued humming.
[ Who would have thought that he would murder my apostles and become an ancient god! ]
As if he was genuinely happy about this situation.
[ These apostles were carefully selected from among the 72 devils, but if they were used to help someone as monstrous as you grow, it wouldn’t be a waste! ]
And I watched him like that, holding my breath.
‘… … Still, there is no hostility.’
I thought maybe the Demon God would kill him right away when he found out he had become an ancient god… … .
Was my worry unnecessary?
Even though he had reached the level of ancient godhood, the demon god did not show much of a negative reaction.
At this point, I can be sure that the demon spirit has no hostile feelings towards me at all.
So, I quietly watched him, then made up my mind and asked him a question.
[ … … Are you not worried about me becoming an ancient god? ]
[Why do you think that? ]
[ … … The purpose of the tower is to kill all gods, right? So, if I became an ancient god, you would be right to be worried. ]
[That’s a boring question. ]
Only then did the Demon God lower his excited voice and his frivolous mood.
[If you became an ancient god and were subject to concepts, you would have noticed. ]
Even now, his voice has lowered to the point where it feels cold.
[Becoming an ancient god is not a very good thing. ]
But I couldn’t understand what it was saying.
[ … … . ]
Becoming an ancient god isn’t a very good thing… … .
I couldn’t understand.
Isn’t it already a transcendental state to enter the true sense of immortality as a divinity?
But what’s not good about achieving that level?
When I questioned him, the Demon God frowned and said,
[ hmm. Is it because I took a shortcut on my way to becoming an ancient god? It seems that the understanding of divinity itself is clearly lacking. ]
He seemed to be thinking about how to explain for a moment, but then he pursed his lips and continued.
[Isn’t the ancient deity bound to be immortal because it was subordinated to concepts? ]
[What is that… … . ]
[The ancient deity abandoned the physical vessel and became a type of spiritual body. Rather than life, it is a form closer to a specific concept having a will. So it doesn’t die. ]
[ … … . ]
Only then did I understand.
[Are you saying that even a tower cannot surpass the immortality of an ancient god? ]
That a tower cannot eliminate the immortal state that an ancient deity possesses.
[ okay. In the end, even a tower cannot destroy an ancient deity. As an ancient god, I cannot achieve it even if I wish for it, so the tower is no different. ]
[ … … . ]
[ death? It has already disappeared at the point where it is subordinated to the concept. If there are devils somewhere in this universe, I will have no choice but to become immortal. ]
[ that… … . ]
[And isn’t that the same for you? ]
The Demon God said with a cool smile.
[Immortal as long as the concept of death does not disappear from the universe. ]
It also points out the core of immortality achieved through conceptualization.
[Even if you wish to disappear yourself, you cannot do so. ]
[ … … . ]
[So, I am not worried even if the tower has raised an ancient deity. ]
[ Is that so. ]
However, contrary to what he said, the Demon God’s face changed to a colder tone.
[ However, if even the ancient deity could be eliminated, it would be a transcendent being. ]
[Transcendent… … ? ]
[ Yes. Transcendant. A person who can eliminate the existence that is the very concept of the ancient godhead… … . If there were a transcendent person who surpassed everything, the story would be different. ]
[Getting rid of the concept itself. There’s no way something like that is possible… … . ]
The moment I frowned at that and tried to deny the demon’s words, thinking that it couldn’t be possible.
[It is possible. ]
[At least the possibility itself cannot be denied. ]
The Demon God quietly and nonchalantly spoke, as if speaking common sense.
[That’s why the tower was created through the fusion of ancient gods. ]
… … what?
In the blink of an eye, my mind turned completely white.
‘What is this… … .’
It was worth it.
‘The Tower of Trials was created by combining ancient gods?’
The ideal it hopes for is for all the gods to disappear without missing a single one.
Therefore, the Tower of Trials was to raise challengers, identify candidates among them, and temper them into weapons that could eliminate gods.
[ … … . ]
However, according to the Demon God’s story, the purpose of the tower becomes incomprehensible.
[ … … Oh, could it have been sudden to suddenly say this? ]
In fact, the demon god also tilted his head and spoke as if he knew that.
[But now you have no choice but to know. This is the truth that TOP has been hiding. ]
However, I couldn’t deny the demon’s words just because I couldn’t understand them.
[ … … At least it doesn’t seem like a lie. ]
That’s right… … .
“The skill ‘Fire Dragon Eye’ detects that there is no lie in the opponent’s words.”
Before I knew it, the power of skill had revealed that there was no lie in what he said.
Haven’t the skills even grown to a level that can be used even as an ancient god through the transcendental mythology <Spirit Attunement>?
The identity of the tower was told directly by an ancient deity, so this cannot be dismissed as a lie.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s neat to casually pass over an incomprehensible area.
[But that doesn’t mean you can understand it perfectly. ]
[If you look at it that way, the tower is also a type of ancient deity. ]
[It’s a contradiction, isn’t it? ]
If the Tower of Trials was truly a mixture of ancient gods, it seemed like a contradiction to exclude all gods in the universe.
In the first place, the Tower of Trials itself could be said to be a type of deity.
In that case, it was impossible not to know that the origin of the tower was contradictory, so the demon god who heard those words nodded as if he had immediately noticed.
[In other words, if the tower is a kind of deity, then you want to know why you want to exclude deities? ]
[ That’s right. ]
[But I don’t think I can answer that question. ]
[That’s right, it’s like this. ]
When the demon god slightly raised his finger, a small black flash flashed there.
It’s shaky… … !!
And I was able to figure out what it was without much difficulty.
[Causality… … . ]
Before I knew it, the tower was covering the demon’s mouth.
And the demon god who showed it to me shook off the restrictions of causality blooming in his fingers and went crazy as if he knew that would happen.
[ okay. causality. Restrictions imposed by the Tower on gods throughout the universe. Unless this heavenly punishment disappears, I cannot give you the answer you desire. ]
Even the application of causality is not recent.
[Up until now, I have used the causal law obtained from my apostles and the qualification test, but it seems that even that has now reached its limit. ]
At the point when the Demon God’s apostles had already been defeated, the causality would have been manageable to some extent.
It’s just that most of that causality was consumed by hearing the truth about the tower.
Perhaps, as far as causality allows, I have already obtained all the information… … .
Still, I couldn’t allow myself to back down like this.
[But that doesn’t mean there is no way. ]
In any case, even if we leave like this, what will happen next will be complete control by the tower.
[Causality means that the cause that causes the result must be satisfied in the first place. ]
In that case, the right choice is to hear the whole truth from the demon god here.
[ In that case, the cost of satisfying the causality is fixed, right? ]
Even if it carries the risk of bringing about its own destruction.
[The price is fixed, la… … . Is that what I think is correct? ]
The moment he smiled as if he knew what a demon god was.
[ Probably so. ]
As it was, I broke out in a cold sweat and barely managed to pull the corners of my mouth together.
[ … … All I have to do is prove through pure force that I can get an answer from the Demon God. ]
The meaning of the saying that the law of causality would be satisfied through a duel between ancient gods was simple.
[I will push you until I get an answer. ]
In short, he was going to deal with the demon god seriously.
[ Pfft… … . ]
[Keuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut! It’s fun, it’s fun… … ! So, does that mean it has grown to that extent? That’s outrageous! ]
Despite this, the Demon God gave a wry smile as if it was absurd.
[But, isn’t it ridiculous that we have just achieved immortality? ]
It was worth it.
[Honestly, it’s only slightly better than a high-ranking god, so I don’t think it’ll be much of an opponent. ]
Even if they are ancient gods, aren’t demons still monsters that have been accumulating power since the beginning?
[It’s better to stop making rude jokes… … . ]
So there was no need to persuade.
[What does that mean? ]
[ ? ]
[What a joke. ]
[ … … huh? ]
[I think I’m thinking about something wrong. ]
That’s right… … .
“Transcendence Myth <Spirit Attunement> is activated.”
“From now on, the divinity effect of <Indomitable Attack> will be added to challenger Han Seong-yoon’s divinity use.”
「※By designating an opponent, all types of status can become equal to that opponent for [4 minutes].」
「※However, if you are unable to withstand the burden accumulated due to the increase in rank, the power of <Spirit Indomitable> may be stopped.”
“From now on, the sacred effect of <Self-Adjustment> will be applied to challenger Han Seong-yoon.”
「※It becomes possible to freely control and manipulate the spiritual powers that one possesses.」
「※You can control formless power with spiritual power and apply the effect of spiritual power to that power.」
[This is not a joke… … . ]
Anyway, if anyone was in that kind of situation, they would have that feeling of superiority.
[I really intend to fight. ]
… … Until I got hit and woke up.