1853 The Past
This answer was far beyond Fang Heng’s expectations.
She had never even heard of the name Xia Xi!
Fang Heng was stunned on the spot.
This answer was something he had never thought of.
He continued to ask, “You don’t know her? Previously at Haines School, when I called out Xia Xi’s name, your expression changed significantly. Why is that so?”
“Is that so? Maybe it was a little strange when I heard an unfamiliar name. You mistook me for someone else. Also, you surprised me a little.”
Gu Qingzhu recalled the situation at that time and explained, “You’re very lucky. I happened to see you enter the game using a unique method of the demi-human tribe. That’s how I identified you. Otherwise, you might have ended up like those lackeys of the Federation.”
Fang Heng frowned.
Fang Heng thought of something and took out his phone from his backpack.
Although there was no signal and the magnetic field was severely disrupted, the phone still had a photo of Xia Xi.
Fang Heng immediately pulled out a photo of Xia Xi from his phone and handed it to Gu Qingzhu. He asked, “Do you know her? She is Xia Xi.”
The moment she saw Xia Xi’s photo, Gu Qingzhu’s expression changed significantly.
“She is Xia Xi? So she is Xia Xi.”
Fang Heng raised his eyebrows and said, “You really know her! Who is she?”
“The person who gave me strength. This is a long story.”
“Are you willing to tell me? It might be very important to me.”
Gu Qingzhu’s gaze lingered on Fang Heng for a moment, and she gradually sank into her memories, “That was a long time ago. I lived in a village outside Reider County.”
“On a peaceful night, the village was massacred by outsiders. My parents told me to hide in the basement. I heard shouts and pleas from outside. The village was razed to the ground overnight.”
“When I woke up, I was already brought to the Federation’s research institute.”
“There were other demi-humans like me in the research institute. They were all locked up here. It was only now that I found out the reason why the village was massacred.”
“To study the demi-human tribe, the Federation captured us for live experiments.
“In the research institute, our every move is under the surveillance of the Federation. To survive, we can only accept the various experiments that the Federation gives us.”
“At that time, I was one of the youngest. To protect us, the tribesmen fought to take part in those dangerous experiments. We could only watch as our tribesmen died in pain after receiving the experiments. Even after their death, they continued to conduct experiments.”
Gu Qingzhu recalled the past, and tears appeared in the corners of her eyes. She continued, “Their bodies and souls could not be at peace. Their bodies were dissected and studied, and their souls were tortured endlessly.”
“My people have been trying to resist. Finally, one day, we found an opportunity. My people started a riot in the research institute.”
“I escaped from the research institute under the protection of my clansmen. To protect us, my clansmen died one by one in front of me. There were a total of 372 companions. When we escaped from the research institute, there were only 20 of us.”
At this point, Gu Qingzhu’s expression gradually returned to being cold.
“From then on, we bore the hatred of our dead comrades. We didn’t do anything wrong. It was only because of our bloodline that we paid the price. Is this fair?”
Fang Heng looked at Gu Qingzhu and shook his head gently.
He had seen some information about the Federation’s research on demi-humans on the Dark Net, but he was not sure if it was true or not.
Gu Qingzhu laughed self-deprecatingly and replied, “Perhaps being weak is the greatest sin.”
“We constantly sought power and gathered strength in secret until one day six years ago, our whereabouts were accidentally leaked and we were pursued by the Federation again.”
“Just when we were at our wits’ end, Xia Xi appeared in front of me. She saved me.”
“She told me that I have a trait that she needs. She was willing to give me a chance to obtain great power, but if I failed, the consequence might be death.”
Gu Qingzhu said lightly, “I accepted her suggestion and took the initiative to participate in the ritual she mentioned.”
Hearing Gu Qingzhu’s description of the ritual, Fang Heng’s heart skipped a beat.
Therefore, Gu Qingzhu also went through the ritual!
However, Gu Qingzhu was willing to accept the ritual.
But he was different.
From some fragmented memories, Fang Heng was sure that his predecessor was forced to accept the ritual.
Fang Heng already knew what the ritual was about but he still looked at Gu Qingzhu and asked, “What kind of ritual was it?”
Gu Qingzhu hesitated for a moment and shook her head, “You don’t desire to know more. This is also for your safety.”
Fang Heng’s pupils contracted.
The demonic seed!
Xia Xi was closely connected with the demonic seed!
“No, I understand. Is it the demonic seed? I’ve also experienced the demonic seed ritual.”
Gu Qingzhu did not expect Fang Heng to say this answer and looked at him in surprise.
“Did you succeed?”
Fang Heng nodded lightly.
Gu Qingzhu’s eyes were filled with more surprise, and then she retracted her gaze.
“I really envy you. Unfortunately, I failed. I was lucky enough to keep my life.”
Hearing Gu Qingzhu’s description, Fang Heng clenched his fists again.
Was he a successful experimental product of the ritual?
Gu Qingzhu could not help but sigh, “Although the ritual failed, Xia Xi still gave me a second chance. She acknowledged my revenge and bestowed me with a special power.”
“What power is it?”
“I’m sorry. I promised her that I wouldn’t tell anyone.”
Fang Heng didn’t ask about the type of power and changed the question, “How much do you be aware of about Xia Xi?”
“No, I haven’t seen her since that ritual. I don’t know when she will appear in front of me again.”
Fang Heng lowered his head and thought for a moment. He then raised his head and asked, “Can you locate a way to reach out to her?”
“Sure, I have her reach out to information.” Gu Qingzhu nodded and said, “But I’ve never contacted her. My name has always been on the Federation’s wanted list. I don’t desire to have too much contact with her. I’m worried that I’ll bring her trouble.”
Gu Qingzhu looked around and sighed, “The last time I saw Xia Xi was here.”
Fang Heng raised his head abruptly, “What? You mean here?”
“Yes, we had the ritual here. I recall it very clearly. After the failure of the ritual, I never contacted Xia Xi again.”
Gu Qingzhu looked at Fang Heng and said, “Fang Heng, I just heard Fana talking about the Federation outside. It seems that our situation is not optimistic.”
Fang Heng thought for a moment, then raised his head and asked, “What do you have in mind?”