Chapter 8 – Black temple
Rudra threw the arrow on the ground and rushed at an extremely fast speed towards the place where the enemies were hiding. At this time, the black aura suddenly crept out of his body, transformed into several hundred black arms, extended endlessly and entered the thicket, and in an instant, several giant trees were uprooted and started falling. On the ground, the arrow burst into flames and exploded with a loud boom and spread a screen of dust and smoke in the atmosphere.
The old man was closely following Rudra and there was a strange smile on his face. He was very much enjoying this situation and the expression on his face was just like the expression of a kid who just now received his favorite toy as a surprise gift.
“Hey Rudra, are you going to kill them? I haven’t seen you kill for a long time.” The old man asked in a curious voice.
“You make it sound as if I kill for fun. Well, assuming that they are the residents of the forest of shadows, I am practically intruding into their territory so it’s quite understandable that they attacked me.” Rudra said in a calm voice and entered the thicket.
“Tsk, that’s why you will always be a brat. Logical thinking is pointless when people are trying to kill you.” The old man said in a strict manner then looked at Rudra’s face to read his reaction.
Rudra did not reply, the expression on his face was calm and stable, but there was a beastly look in his eyes, as if he was a predator, chasing after the prey.
Right after he entered the thicket, he stopped and pulled back this black aura, because he did not want to reveal it to the enemies outright. There, he saw a group of five people trapped and surrounded by fallen giant trees and a tree was still falling while producing loud sounds, and with a bang, it fell on the ground and spread dust everywhere. Rudra had actually uprooted five giant trees in a blink of an eye and those five people just stood there looking at Rudra with astonished looks on their faces, it happened so fast that they could not see how the trees had been uprooted, but due to that, their escape routes had been blocked. One must know that the trees uprooted by Rudra were thick with dense interwoven branches and vegetation but he just toppled them as if it was nothing.
Rudra had already observed these people using his perception, but right now, he finally laid his eyes on them. The men were clad in white colored clothes and looked like warriors with sturdy physiques, had long hairs and there were weapons in their hands and were looking at Rudra with suspicious looks in their eyes. The woman was clad in a red dress and was extremely beautiful, long black hair, slender figure, she looked just like a fairy, and at this moment, she was holding a bow in her hands and aiming at Rudra, but, there was an astonished look in her eyes.
Rudra noticed that the woman was standing in the middle of the group, protected by the men, and seemed to be their leader.
Rudra looked at her and said in a calm manner: “I have come to the forest of shadows with a purpose. I have absolutely no intention to hurt you or your people so will you put down your weapons and listen to my request?”
The beautiful woman looked at Rudra with a surprised look on her face then turned her head towards a tall man standing next to her and said something in a different language.
“Saṃskṛtam! They speak this forgotten language, I thought Naga clan keeps it hidden and only the members can learn it.” Rudra said with a surprised look on his face then looked at the old man.
The old man looked equally surprised and said: “The language has indeed disappeared from modern world but it seems it is still spoken by people other than the members of Naga clan.”
The woman turned towards Rudra and said in samskrtam: “I don’t understand your language.”
Rudra decided to communicate with them in samskrtam and said: “I know your language. I repeat what I said earlier, I have come to the forest of shadows with a purpose. I have absolutely no intention to hurt you or your people so will you put down your weapons and listen to my request?”
A shocked expression appeared on the woman’s face. She never expected that this strange man in strange black clothes knew their secret language and could actually speak it so fluently, others were shocked as well and were looking at each other.
“Even if you speak samskrtam, you just used some strange power to uproot these giant trees and you tell us to put down our weapons? We cannot trust a stranger like you.” The woman said and looked fiercely at Rudra.
“Hey brat, you never told me, what is your purpose to come here?” The old man flew next to Rudra and asked.
Rudra ignored his question and said: “It was you who attacked me first without finding out about my reason to come here. And, if I had not done something big to surprise you then you would have continued to attack me, and then, I might have killed you all.”
The woman was not a fool and understood what Rudra was talking about. He was indeed very strong and could kill them if he wanted to and they had actually planned to go all out once he would enter the thicket and approach them. She was a bit surprised, so this strange person had already seen so far and did all this just to make sure that they would listen to his request?
“I understand, I can see that none of the tree fell towards us or we would have been trapped in between and crushed to death. But, outsiders are not allowed in our Nav forest, this is the rule and it is our duty to kill any intruders.” The woman continued to aim at Rudra and said in a strict voice.
“So you will kill me and won’t even listen to what I have to say?” Rudra replied and looked at her with his piercing eyes.
When the woman looked at his eyes, she suddenly shuddered and noticed that her fingers had started to tremble, she no longer had grip on her bow. This was fear, a genuine fear that someone instinctively felt in presence of a superior being, her instincts were telling her that she should not anger him. She decided to listen to his request then she would be able to know about his motives.
“Shitty brat, don’t ignore me damn it. And why are you going through all this nonsense, just use your powers and force them to tell you everything.” The old man said in an irritated manner. He was getting impatient and wanted to know why Rudra had come to the forest of shadows.
“State it, why have you come to Nav forest?” The woman asked.
“I am looking for Black temple. It’s hidden somewhere in this forest, can you tell me where can I find it?” Rudra replied.
The woman’s complexion suddenly paled and seemed to have been completely paralyzed by the shock she received from his words. Others had shocked expressions on their faces as well because they never expected to hear the name of black temple from the mouth of a stranger.
“Black temple is supposed to be a myth you idiot and you came all the way to this forest searching for a myth? Ha ha.” The old man said mockingly and laughed.
Rudra ignored him once again, he was waiting for the woman’s reply, but she looked so shocked that words were not coming out of her mouth.