The two went straight out to the other end of the path. As they neared the exit, Lei Yu used the incantation that Prophet Kalchas had previously taught him. This incantation was exactly the same as the ancient Greek scrolls he had inside his storage ring, which he had originally used to open the big boulder.
In the beginning, Lei Yu couldn’t understand how he was able to communicate with the people here. Lei Yu was pretty sure that he had never come into contact with learning the Greek language before, but compared to him transcending time and space, this language mystery wasn’t such a big deal. After Prophet Kalchas’s explanation, Lei Yu had realized that the day he’d come into contact with the spring water, the moment the multitude of images in his mind had appeared, he’d happened to form some type of connection with the ancient Greek language. Perhaps this was a foundation that was laid to assist his arrival to this place.
The sunlight outside shining on the labyrinth made Minotaur Linos and Lei Yu have some difficulty opening their eyes. At the edge of the cliff, a person wearing a large black cloak was trembling non-stop, as he walked one step at a time towards the two.
“Kalchas, the mission you have entrusted to me has been completed. But I temporarily can’t leave yet, I’ve promised a friend to help him accomplish a task,” Said Lei Yu with a smile.
Although there was a smile on his face, it wasn’t hard to see that Lei Yu was holding back a lot of pain. The clothes on his body were all shredded; his whole body covered in blood, even his face had traces of blood on it! On his chest was a horrendous wound that people seeing it would feel worried about.
“Thank… thank you! Thank you so much!” As Kalchas neared the two, Minotaur Linos looked at this person with uncertainty. This person looked somewhat familiar, but because of the hood, he couldn’t really see the person’s face.
Kalchas’s voice was quivering as he excitedly walked up to Minotaur Linos. “Plop!” His knees landed on the ground. “Master! Master! You’ve finally come out! Kalchas can finally see you again!”
“Kalchas! You’re Kalchas?!” The big bull-head who already had big eyes opened them even wider, scaring the daylights out of Lei Yu. It was apparent these two knew each other.
“I knew something was up,” Lei Yu thought as he coughed a bit, the pain in his chest bothering him immensely. It was obvious these two knew each other, but Lei Yu didn’t feel like waiting for them to reminisce. “Can’t you guys chat after we go back? At least talk after I’m healed up or something.”
“Uh…, sorry, sorry!” Minotaur Linos helped Kalchas off the ground. The big bull-head then walked up to Lei Yu, “Let’s go, I’ll carry you!”
Lei Yu frantically waved his arms, “It’s okay, it’s better that I ride a horse!”
Lei Yu had some trouble understanding how Minotaur Linos, a once mighty and fearsome fiendgod, had turned out to be such a nice character.
“Benefactor, no need to be so courteous. Have you forgotten that I’m much faster than a horse? I still have these boots given by the God of War – Ares.”
“Ares boots?” This was the first time Lei Yu had heard of this term. But, when it came to the legends of the God of War, he too had heard a bit about them. It appeared that he had originally been calling them golden this and golden that, when they actually had their own name.
Kalchas’s jaws had already dropped on the floor from incredulity, but because he was covered by the cloak, no one else could see his expression. He had never imagined that the great Minotaur Linos would be willing to carry someone on his back. If this was back then, he still wouldn’t have believed it, even if you would have beat him to death. Perhaps, over the course of the millennia, time could mellow out a person. No, we should accurately say that it had mellowed out the blood of a half-human, half-beast entity.
“No need to be so courteous, just wait a bit!” Minotaur Linos walked forward a few steps and, once he was about five meters from Lei Yu, his hands started rubbing the horns on his head.
“What the hell, what’s he trying to do?” Lei Yu blinked in confusion.
“Moo~!” The unique sound of cattle’s was heard as Minotaur Linos cried out to the sky. The sound was so high pitched that it made people somewhat uncomfortable. And at the same time a golden glow surrounded him, as his entire body started undergoing changes. He was now standing on all four limbs, golden hair had started sprouting, covering his body, and his body also started getting larger. Being wrapped in that golden light, Minotaur Linos’s original human body gradually became like a bovine’s. He was now humongous; over six meters wide and around four meters tall. The sudden appearance of a huge golden bull shocked Lei Yu beyond words. And, the oddest thing was, a saddle had appeared on the back of this bull, from who knew where. This huge golden saddle that had mysteriously appeared was quite dominant looking.
On the ox’s four hooves, there were U-shaped horseshoes that should not have belonged to the bovidae family. These were horseshoes, but they did add a bit to his divinity look. The most striking feature was his head; wrapped around his two horns were a type of particularly eye-catching glittering covers.
Lei Yu was pretty sure that these were actually the transformed three pieces of Ares’s war equipment. The saddle on the back of the bull was the Ares armor; the horseshoes on its hooves – Ares boots, and the covers on the horns were most likely the Ares axe.
The huge golden bull turned around, its nostrils constantly discharging white steam. “Today’s weather isn’t that cold, right?” Lei Yu thought to himself as he was furiously blinking at the sight. Lei Yu had finally noticed that the previous bull-head had become a cool-looking golden bull, with quite the domineering presence. Whoever rode on his back would probably gain a great amount of face.
“Please,” said the golden bull in human words. Lei Yu didn’t bother holding back, and walked up to Minotaur Linos. He then lightly jumped onto the saddle on his back.
Once again he cried out. “Boom! Boom!” The two huge hooves trampled on the ground, emitting an earth-shattering sound. Kalchas had finally woken up from his shock. Pulling one horse, and jumping on top of another, he followed far behind the bull’s behind, with Lei Yu on top of it, unable to catch up.
Lei Yu was extremely shocked, because he was simply unable to see his environment clearly; the scene in front of him would disappear behind him in an instant. Lei Yu was sure that if he was to wear the Ares boots, his speed would most likely be only half of this. But, if one really thought about this, Lei Yu only had two legs, while Minotaur Linos had four right now. If he reverted back to his human form, who knew which of them would be faster.
Riding as swift as the wind had satisfied Lei Yu’s need for speed. The long distance had been traversed by the super-fast golden bull in less than one-third of the original time. They had arrived in front of the city’s main gates.
“Oh heavens! You guys, quickly! Come look!”
The common people and soldiers by the city gate all had startled expressions on their faces. They were all just too shocked from staring at a majestic-looking shiny golden bull rushing towards them. With the current speed of the golden bull, most likely no one would dare to stop them.
Lei Yu firmly smacked the big head, “Slow down! Don’t go smashing into anything!”
Minotaur Linos gradually decreased his speed, eventually coming to a standstill in front of the city gates. His red eyes were staring at the soldiers guarding the gates, scaring them to the point that their legs were shaking non-stop. But, once they saw the person riding atop of the bull, one of the soldiers cried out: “Isn’t that the warrior that defeated Silo? Oh, god! He is actually riding such a fearsome-looking golden bull!”
“That’s right, it is him!”
Only after seeing Lei Yu did they finally feel somewhat relieved. At least they knew Lei Yu wouldn’t commit anything terrible, or else the great Queen Telephassa wouldn’t have recruited him to become the King.
With Lei Yu’s presence, naturally, no one dared to stop them from entering. The golden bull then carried Lei Yu valiantly towards the center of the city.
“They actually don’t recognize me? Then, why would they still have my portrait on the flags?” The golden bull’s voice was so soft that only Lei Yu could hear it.
“I say, Mr. Bull-Head, you are really quite dumb. You’ve changed your form into a golden bull’s right now! Who on earth would recognize you as such a huge thing? Maybe a thousand years ago people knew your other form, but this is a thousand years later! These common people and soldiers only know your bull’s head and human body form!” said Lei Yu.
“Oh! Right, right, right!”
The lofty fiendgod Minotaur Linos was reprimanded by Lei Yu this way. If it was back then, Lei Yu’s words would have caused these two to battle it out fiercely. But the way things looked right now, it was doubtful that anything of the sort would happen.
Arriving in front of the huge palace, Lei Yu used his internal energy and cried out in an ear-deafening manner: “Would Queen Telephassa please come out and receive the mighty fiendgod – Minotaur Linos!”
At this time, Lei Yu jumped off from the bull’s back. When in front of the Queen, he still had to give the bull-head some face.
Lei Yu and the bull-head both cried out: “Moo~!” ¹
Right after that, Minotaur Linos’s body started transforming. In full view of everyone, the huge golden bull’s body instantly became smaller. From having four limbs on the ground, he gradually stood up on only two; the long golden hair gradually disappeared, and his body gradually became a human’s. An armor was adorned on his body, battle boots on his feet, and his hands wielding a huge golden axe. If people couldn’t see his head, then this impressive scene would have probably captured the hearts of millions of girls. Except, once you saw his head, then it was kind of…
Telephassa was currently in the throne room, anxious about the enemy’s incoming attack. Hearing the familiar voice, she was immediately shocked! Wasn’t this the person she had been longing for day and night?
Hurriedly standing up from the throne, she hastily led the crowd of officials towards the front gates of the palace. The speed of her light body made some of these old officials feel that they were unable to catch up to her.
Once she saw Lei Yu, Telephassa started getting teary-eyed, her red swollen eyes giving anyone who saw her a heartache. Since there were too many people around, she had to fight back her impulse of running towards Lei Yu and giving him a hug. She shifted her gaze towards the entity next to him, a tall and strong existence with the head of a bull and a human’s body.
The warriors and officials following the queen all looked at Minotaur Linos with big, wide eyes. He was exactly the same as the portrait on their flag, so there was no way he could be a fake. They couldn’t believe that the foreign guy had actually managed to rescue their mighty fiendgod!
All those officials on the side had even forgotten their duty, their eyes staring at the mighty bull-god in a daze. Their legs were trembling non-stop as they seemed to have forgotten how to speak.
It was the queen’s clear voice that cried out. All the warriors and the common people on the scene instantly kowtowed. The scene was too impressive and Minotaur Linos could not help sighing. “A thousand years of humiliation! Today I have finally restored my glory. Benefactor, this is all due to you!”
Lei Yu’s lips curved into a slight smile as he chided the bull-head: “Nice, ain’t it? You’ve been given so much face today.”
Perhaps it was his previous injury that made Lei Yu difficult to tolerate the pain, making him start coughing.
“Why aren’t you guys getting someone to heal our benefactor?” the bull-head bluntly shouted, causing even the ground to shake. Scared to the point of having sweat beading on his forehead, a medical official immediately rushed forward to support Lei Yu. The bull-head started following behind. Telephassa didn’t bother with etiquette either, and also followed in a hurry. It appeared that she was only worried about Lei Yu. Even the fiendgod Minotaur Linos’s return was not as important. And it looked like she had completely forgotten about the enemy invasion at this point.
¹ – Yes, the raws really say: Lei Yu cried out and the bull-head also cried out.