Xiang Nan sighed and said, "Forget it, you can't stop them if they want to escape."
"Fortunately, we haven't gone too deep yet. They may not necessarily die. Let them go."
"Right." Xiang Nan looked at Dongzi curiously and said, "I saw that your reaction was panicked. How did you deal with this kind of spider in the past?"
Dongzi's expression changed and he said, "Before? We've never encountered such a thing before!"
Xiang Nan frowned and muttered, "How long has it been since you last came here?"
"A year ago," Dongzi said.
Xiang Nan said, "These spiders can't have suddenly appeared out of thin air within a year. They must have been here all this time, but not in this form."
"What do you mean?" Dongzi asked.
Xiang Nan said, "There is some mysterious power in this Extreme Frost Secret Realm that caused these spiders to mutate."
Dongzi trembled coldly. Then, he firmly said, "We must not return without success. This time, I have invested too much money, material resources, and manpower. I must obtain something!"
The 600-man troop set foot on the journey again.
The sun could not be seen here, the sky was always gray, and the white mist completely covered the sun and moon.
By nightfall, it was even darker than before, and naturally, there was no starlight in sight.
Everyone took out the torch. However, the top of the torch was not a burning flame, but a bright moonstone.
Fortunately, this place was covered in snow, and the moonstone's light refracted on the snow, making it very bright.
"Alright, everyone take a rest, eat something and count the number of people!" Dongzi called for everyone to rest.
Because Xiang Nan was a strong martial artist from Dongzi's side, the members of the other dark forces had also run away. Only the Frost Spear had left behind the largest number of mercenaries.
The people from the other factions were naturally willing to listen to Dong Zi's arrangements.
Xiang Nan leaned against an ice crystal tree and roasted the deer leg in his hand with his Yuan Qi, biting it bit by bit.
Dongzi and Xiang Nan sat side by side and sighed, "A dozen people are missing."
Xiang Nan said, "This kind of place is already dangerous. Since they are willing to work here for money, they must be prepared to pay the price."
Xiang Nan sympathized with the weak, but he only sympathized with those who couldn't help but be weak.
He firmly believed that everyone's path of life was his own choice, so no matter how difficult it was, he had to grind his teeth and finish his own path.
In fact, these mercenaries could be said to be well-fed and well-fed, but since they had given up on that kind of life and chose to use their lives to find excitement, there was nothing to say.
"Why are you so strong?" Dongzi leaned over and said, "I think you're not just at the fourth level of Origin Return, are you? I'm afraid you're at least at the eighth level of Origin Return, and you're also someone with an extremely high level of Gold Content. That's to say, an expert!"
"Expert?" Xiang Nan laughed self-deprecatingly, "Perhaps."
The peoples and customs of the north were strong, and the members of the mercenaries and forces began to sing loudly in order to alleviate the panic in their hearts.
Xiang Nan pointed at the singing mercenaries and said, "Is it alright for them to shout like this?"
Dongzi smiled and said, "It's fine. Singing alone is very dangerous, but it's fine if everyone sings together. It's like a pack of wolves singing in unison, showing off their power."
"The monsters will retreat when they hear so many voices coming in unison."
Xiang Nan said meaningfully, "Weak monsters may escape, but perhaps, their singing will attract more troublesome characters."
Dongzi said, "You are so strong, why do you still want to come with us?"
"I need you as guides because I'm not familiar with this place," Xiang Nan said.
"Alright." Dongzi stood up and clapped his hands. "Everyone, rest. Three hundred people are sleeping. Three hundred people are vigil. Replace them tomorrow."
Everyone was already exhausted. Even on this cold night, they slept soundly.
Xiang Nan also closed his eyes and rested for a while, keeping himself in peak condition.
But when he fell asleep, Xiang Nan felt someone panting not far away.
He opened his eyes and saw that nothing unusual had happened. Everyone was still asleep, and the mercenaries guarding the vigil were walking around in groups.
With a puzzled expression, he fell asleep again. However, not long after, the sound of breathing appeared again. Furthermore, the sound of breathing was closer this time, as if it was about five meters away from him.
Xiang Nan opened his eyes and looked there, but in the end, he still didn't see anything special.
This time, he kept his eyes open, pretending to be asleep, but in reality, he was carefully sensing everything around him.
Gradually, the sound of panting appeared again, and this time, the distance was so close that it felt like it was right next to his ears! Even the breathing air was blowing on his face.
Xiang Nan suddenly opened his eyes, but the surroundings were still calm.
"Get up!" Xiang Nan shouted, "Count the number of people!"
Dongzi was leaning against the snow and reading a book. When he heard Xiang Nan's voice, he asked curiously, "What's wrong?"
The sleeping mercenaries cursed as they stood up and shouted, "Don't let me sleep anymore!"
"Something's wrong with counting people." Xiang Nan said.
That Dongzi immediately went to investigate the number of people. When he returned, his expression was very ugly. He said, "Fifty more people are missing. We only have 562 people left."
"What exactly is going on? The mercenaries on patrol didn't see anything unusual."
Xiang Nan thoughtfully walked to the side of an ice crystal tree and punched at it.
The tree broke into two pieces with a cracking sound, and a mercenary who had already digested half of it fell out of the hole! The mercenary's flesh was mangled, his bones exposed, and his entire body was covered in acid mucus.
Everyone's eyes widened in surprise.
The strangest thing was that half of the trees actually jumped up and ran away!
All the mercenaries were so scared that they pulled out their weapons and panicked.
"Tree Demon!" Xiang Nan shouted. He placed his right hand on the ground and shouted, "Listen to my orders. I'll shout until three. Everyone jump together!"
"One! Two! Three, jump!"
Everyone didn't know what Xiang Nan was going to do, but they trusted Xiang Nan's strength. When Xiang Nan shouted three times, everyone jumped up together.
As Xiang Nan pressed his palm against the ground, a huge radial lightning meridian rushed out in all directions!
All the trees trembled and then went silent.
Xiang Nan patted the snow on his body and leaned against the tree again, saying, "It's all right, let's go to sleep."
Everyone stared at Xiang Nan with their mouths wide open, their eyes filled with extreme admiration.
Dongzi also had an incredulous expression. He used his long saber to cut a tree. Sure enough, there was still blood flowing out, which meant that this tree was a tree demon.
But this time, the tree did not escape, and its blood was coagulating, indicating that it was dead.
"Hiss" Dongzi sucked in a breath of cold air. He looked at Xiang Nan in shock and said, "I've made a lot of money this time!"