Void Evolution System – Chapter 42

“Oh, look who we have here! What’s with that face? Don’t tell me you missed me so much that you’re too stunned to speak!”

In front of Damien stood a familiar pink haired ruby eyed girl. Compared to the first time they met, Damien had to admit that she was much more attractive now.

Last time, she was wearing plain clothes as if to disguise her status, but today, she was dressed up like Damien.

She had on a sleeveless top with silver patterns running along its surface and a pair of pants that matched. Her shoes were a pair of black boots. Although it wasn’t flashy, it was oriented for combat, and coincidentally matched Damien.

Looking at her curvaceous figure, Damien ended up stunned for a second, only to instinctively respond in kind.

“Yeah yeah I missed you so much, but I wonder who it was that couldn’t wait to see me and waited eagerly for me at the door?”

Katherine, still in disguise, was also momentarily stunned. Even if she had a slight transformation from their last meeting, Damien’s was outrageous.

From his outfit to his neatly tied hair to the cross-shaped earring hanging from his ear, he looked like a completely different person.

She also had a gnawing feeling that he was looking straight into her ruby eyes, completely unaffected by her disguise.

“Well,” Damien said in a questioning tone, “are we going to keep crowding in front of the door, or are you cool with leaving?”

Katherine similarly snapped out of her daze as her face was colored red. In reality, she had also just come out of the door from the wind training ground and happened to see Damien exit after her. In her rush to tease him, she had forgotten that they hadn’t moved.

As the two continued trying to get the upper hand on one another, they exited the pyramid and headed to a cafe. It had been 3 months since they last talked so there was plenty to catch up on.

***

Within a certain office in the academy, a middle-aged man with black hair and red eyes looked down from his balcony, his gaze seemingly seeing past the various structures that inhibited it.

“Ohoho, what an interesting duo. Especially that boy. It seems I should keep an eye on him.”

The training grounds were secluded areas that most people couldn’t peak into when they were occupied, but this didn’t apply to everyone. The man was an exception to that privacy rule.

“Ohoho, the elders are already scrambling to see who they should train for the upcoming event. Maybe I should get involved this year as well. After all, this is a special occasion.”

The man smiled as he went back to his desk, quietly continuing his work as he thought about the upcoming event.

***

Meanwhile, Damien and Katherine had just finished eating and catching up about the past 3 months. Zara had also left the shadows to join them. As they walked around the academy, their conversation landed on the Nexus Event.

“So, you’re participating, right? Or are you perhaps some old fogey pretending to be young?” Katherine asked, still attempting to win their teasing match.

“Please,” Damien scoffed, “I’m 19 right now I’m naturally a young and handsome genius ready to compete. If anything, aren’t you the old fogey here?”

“Hmph! Didn’t anyone tell you that it’s rude to ask a lady her age? Besides I’m not even that much older than you!” Katherine pouted but she was inwardly surprised.

She was turning 21 this year, making her a year older than Damien and she had one of the best nurturing environments one could hope for.

Thinking this far, she couldn’t help but wonder what his background was, but whenever the topic came up, he’d brush it off and change it.

“Anyway, I’m going all the way to the top in this event, so you better make it there too. I’ve been wanting to fight you since the moment we met.” Damien continued.

Katherine nodded her head with an eager look in her eyes. Although they could easily fight at any time, she understood his sentiment. In 5 months, they’d have immensely improved both their techniques and levels.

Also, from Damien’s words, it seems he wanted to fight for the 1st and 2nd place positions, which made it even more exciting. Just thinking about it made her blood pump as her eyes filled with motivation.

“You’re right! I can’t waste any time on a loser like you. It seems I should go back to training.” Not even waiting for a response, Katherine ran off.

Damien smilingly shook his head. ‘Well, I have to agree with her on that one. Training is what’s most important for these next 5 months. Besides the tournament, that secret realm sounds like a lot of fun. I have a lot of preparing to do.’

Damien hopped on Zara’s back as they flew out of the academy. He was going to train his sword art, so he needed open space.

He didn’t want to cause damage in the academy and be forced to pay for it. However, neither Damien nor Zara noticed a third presence tailing them with interest.

Reaching a secluded forest, Damien hopped off Zara’s back and pulled out his sword.

“Zara, I’ll be staying here for a while so don’t worry about me. You’ve been staying in my shadow and letting me take all the rewards for the missions we’ve been going on. Go get stronger while I’m here, I’ll wait for you and leave once you’re back.”

Indeed, regardless of whether it was as an adventurer or student, Damien had always prioritized beast-slaying quests, and Zara never took any rewards. The bodies needed to be presented as proof of completion, so she didn’t have any time to gain strength.

After nodding at Damien gratefully and nuzzling up to him for a bit, Zara vanished into the woods.

Damien kept his sword in his hands and sat down on the ground cross-legged. ‘It’s not yet time for me to create the 4th step, but I have plenty of improvement to do for the first 3 steps.’

Every use of his sword art had been catered towards mass destruction. He had never considered other uses of the art. Even chaining from one step to another was an unexplored concept.

Hypothetically, if he could limit the effects of the 3rd step, spatial collapse, and use it to restrain the target in a locked space, it would immensely benefit the 1st and 2nd steps.

Likewise, if he used the 2nd step, dance of the void, and used the first step, bladeless, as a finisher, it could be a devastating attack.

His sword art wasn’t some structured masterpiece that exponentially increased in power when one move was chained to the next, rather it was more apt to call it a compilation of his achievements in the sword path.

This made it so each move had a great deal of individuality, and there was immense potential for multiple combinations and chains. Damien only needed to work out the details.

He had a feeling that once he completed this step and made this compilation into a true art, his sword mastery would finally evolve into something new.

He sat there like a statue for 3 days without moving a single muscle, but every once in a while, the space around him would contort and collapse, while at other times his sword would randomly vanish.

But throughout this process, only a small amount of damage was done to the surroundings.

At the end of those 3 days, Damien slowly stood up with his eyes still closed. He began moving slowly, but as time passed his speed picked up.

He looked like he was performing a one-man show as he danced with abandon alone in the forest.

His sword was kept in fluid motion as small areas of the land kept disappearing without a sound.

As his speed reached its climax, a change occurred. Every 5 moves of his dance, his sword would flicker and deep gashes were created in the lush ground.

However, unlike the massive chunks that were damaged when he usually used the 1st step, these gashes were strictly linear and concentrated. The damage was more pronounced in its depth than its width.

Damien kept his dance going for 4 weeks, every once in a while stopping when he ran out of mana and going back into contemplating the fusion he was attempting.

In the first and second week, his dance was accompanied by the gashes created by the first step, but on the third and fourth, those gashes stopped appearing altogether.

Instead, space would contort and thicken, causing the tree branches that were swaying in the wind created by his movements to abruptly pause for a second before they continued their movement.

By the end of the fourth week, each swing of his was accompanied by a constricting pressure that disallowed any escape from his blade.

Falling leaves were stopped in place and directly cut by his sword, and trees were split in half with their trunks being unable to fall over.

When Damien finally stopped moving, many of the trees in his vicinity fell in different directions as the spatial locks disappeared.

Damien’s shirtless figure was covered head to toe in sweat. Although he had always trained himself intensively, this time he had gone without pause for over a month.

The only time he stopped was when he ran out of mana, but even then he was pushing his brain to contemplate the fusion he was performing.

But his efforts were rewarding. He hadn’t been completely successful in learning how to fluidly switch between and combine the steps of his sword art, but he had made good progress.

Looking at the surrounding environment, Damien noticed that Zara wasn’t back yet so he decided to once again work on refining his vector control, when all of a sudden, he heard the sound of clapping coming from behind him.

“That was a truly impressive showing, young man.”

List of Chapters
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67
Chapter 68
Chapter 69
Chapter 70
Chapter 71
Chapter 72
Chapter 73
Chapter 74
Chapter 75
Chapter 76
Chapter 77
Chapter 78
Chapter 79
Chapter 80
Chapter 81 - Exiting [3]
Chapter 82 - Meeting [1]
Chapter 83 - Meeting [2]
Chapter 84 - Meeting [3]
Chapter 85 - Memories [1]
Chapter 86 - Memories [2]
Chapter 87 - Return [1]
Chapter 88 - Return [2]
Chapter 89 - Return [3]
Chapter 90 - Schemes [1]
Chapter 91 - Schemes [2]
Chapter 92 - Schemes [3]
Chapter 93
Chapter 94
Chapter 95
Chapter 96
Chapter 97
Chapter 98
Chapter 99
Chapter 100
Chapter 101 - Core [3]
Chapter 102 - Destruction [1]
Chapter 103 - Destruction [2]
Chapter 104 - Emotions [1]
Chapter 105 - Emotions [2]
Chapter 106 - Emotions [3]
Chapter 107 - Brief Return [1]
Chapter 108 - Brief Return [2]
Chapter 109 - Brief Return [3]
Chapter 110 - Brief Return [4]
Chapter 111 - Cloud Plane [1]
Chapter 112 - Cloud Plane [2]
Chapter 113 - Cloud Plane [3]
Chapter 114 - Central Continent [1]
Chapter 115 - Central Continent [2]
Chapter 116 - Central Continent [3]
Chapter 117 - Central Continent [4]
Chapter 118 - Separation [1]
Chapter 119 - Separation [2]
Chapter 120 - Separation [3]
Chapter 121 - Disciple Examination [1]
Chapter 122 - Disciple Examination [2]
Chapter 123 - Disciple Examination [3]
Chapter 124 - Comprehension [1]
Chapter 125 - Comprehension [2]
Chapter 126 - Comprehension [3]
Chapter 127 - Comprehension [4]
Chapter 128 - Final Exam [1]
Chapter 129 - Final Exam [2]
Chapter 130 - Final Exam [3]
Chapter 131 - Power [1]
Chapter 132 - Power [2]
Chapter 133 - Power [3]
Chapter 134 - Power [4]
Chapter 135 - Celestial Star Palace [1]
Chapter 136 - Celestial Star Palace [2]
Chapter 137 - Celestial Star Palace [3]
Chapter 138 - Celestial Star Palace [4]
Chapter 139 - First Lesson [1]
Chapter 140 - First Lesson [2]
Chapter 141 - First Lesson [3]
Chapter 142 - First Lesson [4]
Chapter 143 - First Lesson [5]
Chapter 144 - Mission [1]
Chapter 145 - Mission [2]
Chapter 146 - Mission [3]
Chapter 147 - Supreme Fairy Paradise [1]
Chapter 148 - Supreme Fairy Paradise [2]
Chapter 149 - Coincidence? [1]
Chapter 150 - Coincidence? [2]
Chapter 151 - Rank Up [1]
Chapter 152 - Rank Up [2]
Chapter 153 - Devil Worshippers [1]
Chapter 154 - Devil Worshippers [2]
Chapter 155 - Devil Worshippers [3]
Chapter 156 - Coincidence? [3]
Chapter 157 - Mission End [1]
Chapter 158 - Mission End [2]
Chapter 159 - Second Lesson [1]
Chapter 160 - Second Lesson [2]
Chapter 161 - Second Lesson [3]
Chapter 162 - Second Lesson [4]
Chapter 163 - Second Mission [1]
Chapter 164 - Second Mission [2]
Chapter 165 - Second Mission [3]
Chapter 166 - Second Mission [4]
Chapter 167 - Setting Out [1]
Chapter 168 - Setting Out [2]
Chapter 169 - Minor Delays [1]
Chapter 170 - Minor Delays [2]
Chapter 171 - Minor Delays [3]
Chapter 172 - Minor Delays [4]
Chapter 173 - Village Problems [1]
Chapter 174 - Village Problems [2]
Chapter 175 - Side Quest [1]
Chapter 176 - Side Quest [2]
Chapter 177 - Side Quest [4]
Chapter 178 - Running Away [1]
Chapter 179 - Running Away [2]
Chapter 180 - Running Away [3]
Chapter 181 - Running Away [4]
Chapter 182 - Running Away [4]
Chapter 183 - Bloodstone River [1]
Chapter 184 - Bloodstone River [2]
Chapter 185 - Convention [1]
Chapter 186 - Convention [2]
Chapter 187 - Hidden Convention [1]
Chapter 188 - Hidden Convention [2]
Chapter 189 - Auction [1]
Chapter 190 - Auction [2]
Chapter 191 - Auction [3]
Chapter 192 - Auction [4]
Chapter 193 - Auction [5]
Chapter 194 - Auction [6]
Chapter 195 - Fleeing [1]
Chapter 196 - Feeling [2]
Chapter 197 - Feeling [3]
Chapter 198 - Fleeing [4]
Chapter 199 - 3000 Beast Mountain Range [1]
Chapter 200 - 3000 Beast Mountain Range [2]
Chapter 201 - Death Seed [1]
Chapter 202 - Death Seed [2]
Chapter 203 - Death Seed [3]
Chapter 204 - Death Seed [4]
Chapter 205 - Next Movie [1]
Chapter 206 - Next Move [2]
Chapter 207 - First Moutain [1]
Chapter 208 - First Mountain [2]
Chapter 209 - First Mountain [3]
Chapter 210 - First Mountain [4]
Chapter 211 - Blitzing
Chapter 212 - Blitzing [2]
Chapter 213 - Fight [1]
Chapter 214 - Fight [2]
Chapter 215 - Beast King [1]
Chapter 216 - Beast King [2]
Chapter 217 - Beast King [3]
Chapter 218 - Beast King [4]
Chapter 219 - Next Stop [1]
Chapter 220 - Next Stop [2]
Chapter 221 - Next Stop [3]
Chapter 222 - Next Stop [4]
Chapter 223 - White Dragon Grotto [1]
Chapter 224 White Dragon Grotto[2]
Chapter 225 White Dragon Grotto [3]
Chapter 226 White Dragon Grotto [4]
Chapter 227 White Dragon Grotto [5]
Chapter 228 Heaven-Sent Oppurtunity [1]
Chapter 229 Heaven-Sent Oppurtunity [2]
Chapter 230 Heaven-Sent Oppurtunity [3]
Chapter 231 Journey [1]
Chapter 232 - Journey [2]
Chapter 233 - Taesi [1]
Chapter 234 - Taesi [2]
Chapter 235 - Taesi [3]
Chapter 236 - Taesi [4]
Chapter 237 - Primordial Undying Realm [1]
Chapter 238 - Primordial Undying Realm [2]
Chapter 239 - Primordial Undying Realm [3]
Chapter 240 Primordial Undying Realm[4]
Chapter 241 Primordial Undying Realm [5]
Chapter 242 Primordial Undying Realm [6]
Chapter 243 Trial World [1]
Chapter 244 Trial world [2]
Chapter 245 Trial World [3]
Chapter 246 Trial World [4]
Chapter 247 Trial World [5]
Chapter 248 Trial Wworld [6]
Chapter 249 Sanctuary [1]
Chapter 250 Sanctuary [2]
Chapter 251 Sanctuary [3]
Chapter 252 Sanctuary [4]
Chapter 253 Sanctuary [5]
Chapter 254 Sanctuary [6]
Chapter 255 Base [1]
Chapter 256 Base[2]
Chapter 257 Base [3]
Chapter 258 Base[4]
Chapter 259 Base [5]
Chapter 260 Base [6]
Chapter 261 Generals [1]
Chapter 262 Generals [2]
Chapter 263 Generals [3]
Chapter 264 Generals [4]
Chapter 265 Generals [5]
Chapter 266 Generals [6]
Chapter 267 Demons [1]
Chapter 268 Demons [2]
Chapter 269 Demons [3]
Chapter 270 Demons [4]
Chapter 271 Demons [5]
Chapter 272 Demons [6]
Chapter 273 Demons [7]
Chapter 274 Demons [8]
Chapter 275 Demons [9]
Chapter 276 Demons [10]
Chapter 277 Racing [1]
Chapter 278 Racing [2]
Chapter 279 Racing [3]
Chapter 280 Racing [4]
Chapter 281 Racing [5]
Chapter 282 Racing [6]
Chapter 283 Racing [7]
Chapter 284 Racing [8]
Chapter 285 Racing [9]
Chapter 286 Racing [10]
Chapter 287 Betrayal [1]
Chapter 288 Betrayal [2]
Chapter 289 Demon King [1]
Chapter 290 Demon King [2]
Chapter 291 Demon King [3]
Chapter 292 Demon King [4]
Chapter 293 Demon King [5]
Chapter 294 Demon King [6]
Chapter 295 Demon King [7]
Chapter 296 Demon King [8]
Chapter 297 Gains [1]
Chapter 298 Gains [2]
Chapter 299 Gains [3]
Chapter 300 Gains [4]
Chapter 301 Kidnapping [1]
Chapter 302 Kidnapping [2]
Chapter 303 Kidnapping [3]
Chapter 304 Kidnapping [4]
Chapter 305 Converging [1]
Chapter 306 Converging [2]
Chapter 307 Escape [1]
Chapter 308 Escape [2]
Chapter 309 Escape [3]
Chapter 310 Escape [4]
Chapter 311 Voice [1]
Chapter 312 Voice [2]
Chapter 313 Death’s Door [1]
Chapter 314 Death’s Door [2]
Chapter 315 Death’s Door [3]
Chapter 316 Death’s Door [4]
Chapter 317 Assassination [1]
Chapter 318 Assassination [2]
Chapter 319 Assassination [3]
Chapter 320 Assassination [4]
Chapter 321 Assassination [5]
Chapter 322 Assassination [6]
Chapter 323 Search [1]
Chapter 324 Search [2]
Chapter 325 Refining [1]
Chapter 326 Refining [2]
Chapter 327 Refining [3]
Chapter 328 Refining [4]
Chapter 329 Readjusting [1]
Chapter 330 Readjusting [2]
Chapter 331 Readjusting [3]
Chapter 332 Readjusting [4]
Chapter 333 Inheritance [1]
Chapter 334 Inheritance [2]
Chapter 335 Inheritance [3]
Chapter 336 Inheritance [4]
Chapter 337 Inheritance [5]
Chapter 338 Inheritance [6]
Chapter 339 Dinner Party [1]
Chapter 340 Dinner Party [2]
Chapter 341 Dinner Party [3]
Chapter 342 Dinner Party [4]
Chapter 343 Dominate [1]
Chapter 344 Dominate [2]
Chapter 345 Dominate [3]
Chapter 346 Dominate [4]
Chapter 347 3 Months [1]
Chapter 348 3 Months [2]
Chapter 349 3 Months [3]
Chapter 350 3 Months [4]
Chapter 351 Unseen Memories [1]
Chapter 352 Unseen Memories [2]
Chapter 353 Unseen Memories [3]
Chapter 354 Unseen Memories [4]
Chapter 355 Unseen Memories [5]
Chapter 356 Unseen Memories [6]

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