The footsteps were light.
Although James’ health was declining, his senses had not been dulled.
He rolled off the bed and tip-toed out of the ward. He scanned the hallways and approached the staircase.
When he reached the staircase entrance, he immediately noticed a man dressed in a black coat and duckbill hat, deliberately covering up his appearance.
The man leaned against the wall and waited for James to approach.
“The King has requested for me to check on you. Are you alright?” a hoarse voice asked.
James stood beside him. His body was unstable, and he had to resort to leaning against the wall to reduce his burden.
James wore a grim expression as he explained, “My body is in a critical condition… I was poisoned with Gu… My body is weak and will slowly deteriorate until I’m completely paralyzed. I’ll have to await my death in pain while bedridden…”
“Gu?” Gloom was shocked.
“How can this be? Haven’t these cult-like practices been destroyed a hundred years ago? How is it possible for anyone to be raising Gus?”
James glanced at Gloom curiously. He seemed to be incredibly familiar with Gu. A hundred years ago, it seemed that many people raised Gus.
“You seem to know a lot?”
Gloom shook his head and said, “I don’t know much about it. I only heard my teacher mention it before.”
James was intrigued. “I’d like to hear the details.”
Gloom explained, “A hundred years ago, a group of people who lived in the mountains relied on raising Gu as their source of income. They were called the Gu raisers. These people were a community, a village, and were considered an organization. Collectively, they were called the Masters of Gu… A hundred years ago, Sol had just been established but was in turmoil. My teacher said that the Masters of Gu planned to use Gus to control the world and became a great threat to the world. An alliance was formed against them, and they were ultimately wiped out. There hasn’t been any news related to them for a hundred years. It’s shocking to find out they still exist today.”
Hearing this, James had a vague understanding of it. He had no interest in the history and simply cared about whether the venom in his body could be detoxified.
“Since you know about Gu, you should also know how to detoxify its venom, right?”
Gloom shook his head and said, “I don’t. Only those knowledgeable in using the venom know how to get rid of it.”
James went silent.
After a while, he said, “I know a person who can detoxify the venom in my body. I need to get rid of the venom before I can do anything else. Otherwise, I will not last. very long in my current condition, let alone accomplish my plans.”
“Who is it?”
Gloom frowned. “Do you know what’re you suggesting, James? Blake is a devil that killed without blinking an eye. He founded the Dark Castle and trained countless assassins. The country dispatched. hundreds of elites just to capture him. You also participated in that battle, so you should know his strength. The consequences of releasing him will be dire.”
James muttered, “I know…”
“He could tell that I was poisoned with Gu at one glance and claimed he had a way to get it out of my body. I’m confident he won’t be a match for me once I recover…”
“That’s not necessarily the case. You’re both at the pinnacle of martial arts and will be on par in a fight. A few years ago, the other participating elites had exhausted his strength before took him on. Otherwise, you would never have beaten him.”
“I’m not the James from a few years ago…” James was sure of himself.
Hearing this, Gloom went silent.
After a while, he asked, “What do you need me to do?”
“I plan to break Blake out of prison. I need you to create an opportunity for me. After I get him. out, I need you to use your connections to send him and the people assisting in the operation out of the Capital…”
James knew that Gloom had the ability to do so. Even if the Red Flame Army guarded the prison, he could accomplish such things. It was because he was the King’s subordinate and personal bodyguard.
As long as Gloom showed a willingness to help, it meant that the King was on his side, and it would be easy to accomplish the prison break.
“Alright. I’ll relay the message to the King and contact you again.” Gloom lowered his hat and turned to leave.
James also walked back to the ward.
“Where did you go?” As soon as he entered the ward, he saw Quincy standing at the door with a suspecting expression.