Son of the Spirit Beast

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Hi eveyone, my name is Nagato Saitou. I am the author and this is my first novel. I hope you enjoy my work and will try to do my very best in this journey together.

Synopsis

In a world where the strongest beings are represented by cultivators, Hei is born under special circumstances and is raised by a spirit beast spider.

With the body of a human but the mind of a spirit beast, Hei will try to make his way in this conflict-filled world following his convictions and trying to protect those he loves.



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  • edited November 2019
    Chapter 1 - The Birth

    Rainbow Island, Southwest of the Sun Empire, Multicolor Leaf Forest outskirts.

    They called it Multicolor Leaf Forest because every tree in the forest had leaves of different colors that all together created a fantastic sight.

    Although it possessed such a scenario, the forest was little frequented due to the various dangers within. However, from time to time, some people dared to approach the forest - whether it was to take advantage of its resources or to save time by following the path that skirted it closely, instead of having to go around by using a longer road.

    On a cloudy day in autumn, while a cold wind was carrying away the leaves that had fallen from the trees, creating a rainbow of leaves and dust, a convoy of merchants was following the path just outside the outer boundary of the forest.

    The convoy consisted of one dozen of people divided into four wagons that contained various types of goods that would be sold as soon as they arrived at Leaf City. That was the nearest city in the vicinity and took its name from the forest. At the head of one of these wagons, two male merchants were happily talking.

    "You have to admit this time we have amassed a nice amount of goods, haven't we? As soon as we arrive in the city and sell this stuff, we will no longer worry about money for a while," commented the man who had the reins of the horses pulling the wagon.

    The man had blond hair and a healthy pink complexion. He was wearing a purple vest with golden patterns that was a distinctive vest, generally used by merchants. His light eyes, together with a round face, conveyed a feeling of cheerfulness and vivacity.

    "Yes, we can't complain at all. Fortunately, we were able to complete everything on time, and we shouldn't be too far from our destination too." The companion answered in a relieved voice.

    Unlike the first man, the second one had black hair with dark brown eyes. Although wearing the same vest, because of the dark circles and the stern expression on his face, he conveyed a feeling of tiredness and worry.

    "Right, your wife... At the thought of all that money, I forgot for a moment that your wife is pregnant. I understand that you have to work to support the family, but wouldn't it be better if you all stayed in some city, Old Jian?!" The first merchant who acted as the wagon's driver asked.

    The man named Qin Jian looked at his colleague with a dejected expression and answered as he sighed.

    "And where Shang? We are itinerant merchants, and we must constantly move to do business. Furthermore, we have no close relatives, and I don't trust leaving her alone in a place where I don't know anyone. I prefer to keep her with me; at least I know she is safe."

    Shang noticed the mood of his friend and promptly tried to cheer Qin Jian saying, "All right, all right... Well, luckily, your wife has spirit power and has had no problems so far. I can't imagine what we would have done if she had given birth outdoors. I'm still young; I don't want to have to deal with brats for a while longer." He concluded this last sentence with a loud laugh before returning to focus on the path, hoping to have brighten up his partner.

    Meanwhile, a young woman with brown skin and long brown hair was sitting with the goods in the carriage driven by the two men. Her light eyes that contrasted with her skin were looking at her big belly that contained the little life form still not born who was living inside her.

    'We almost there now, my little one. Soon we will be in the city where you can be born. Then we're going to live with Dad. Hold on just a little bit.' She said while stroking kindly her belly. The child in her belly then produced a little sound as if he was listening and wanted to respond to his mother.

    The woman's name was Farah, the wife of the merchant Qin Jian.

    In the past, she was a slave who was bought by Qin Jian to help him in his work as a merchant since she could read and knew arithmetic. Later, she was released by Qin Jian, but she decided to stay with him, and they ended up falling in love and got married.

    Despite her delicate state, she decided to follow her husband on a journey not to be separated from him at this critical moment and allowing him to complete his business as they needed money for their incoming son.

    They were a young couple waiting for their first child and eager to start a quiet life together and settle down somewhere. Unfortunately, fate isn't always benevolent and often leads to misfortunes that change a person's life and sometimes the whole world for good or for bad.

    *

    As the sun was setting, while the convoy began to get ready for the night, twenty men dressed in black clothes were watching the merchants in the distance, glancing at the wagons like hungry wolves waiting for their prey.

    "Boss, what do you say? It seems feasible. It will soon become dark, and it is perfect for a surprise attack. Let us do it." Asked one of the men in black to his team leader who was next to him.

    "I also think the same. We've been quite unlucky lately, but this looks like a succulent convoy. With this, we will be without economic problems for a while, although I hope the goods inside are of good quality to have a better profit. Get in position first, and then wait for my signal. Remember, don't f*ck this task. Kill them all immediately without wasting time playing f*cking stupid games." The chief said in an authoritative voice while watching the merchants. Those had finally finished their operations for the night and were preparing to dine.

    An hour later, when the sun had already set completely to make room for the evening, the bandit chief gestured with his hand to his closest man to move.

    The latter communicated the gesture to the rest of the group that had scattered around. Shortly afterward, a rain of arrows rained down on the place where the merchants had gathered.

    Then, the sound of twenty or so bows shooting arrows reverberated in the air, interrupting the calm that dwelt in that place.

    This sound alerted the merchants who realized too late the danger, and they were forced to endure the rain of arrows directly without time to find a place where shelter themselves.

    "Arrows!? ENEMY ATTACK!!"

    "Sh*t, Bandits?!"

    As they pulled out their weapons, a slight aura arose from the merchant's bodies while they tried to endure the arrows. However, not everyone was so fast, and a couple of men fell to the ground spraying blood on the cold ground.

    After the barrage of arrows, the bandits arrived with their swords raised, starting a fight against the merchants.

    Although they were people devoted to business, the merchants had all been trained to defend themselves and began to fight back. However, with the numerical disparity and more exceptional skill of the bandits with the sword, they soon began to fall one by one on the ground where their comrades laid lifeless.

    Among them, Qin Jian was fighting with three people at the same time, demonstrating great skill with the sword, while his wife was behind him with her hands outstretched on her belly to protect their child.

    "Farah, listen to me carefully. I will open a gap, and I want you to ride a horse and get out of here."

    "No, how can you ask me this!? How can I abandon you here!?"

    "Listen to me! There is no time. Don't mind me. Think of our son. You have to look after him, do you understand? Please, do as I told you and don't argue."

    As he said this, a tear fell from Qin Jian's eyes. He was sad at the thought of dying and being separated from his family. But he knew that in this situation, it was the only way to give a hope of salvation for his wife and son.

    While Farah also burst into tears, Qin Jian made a large movement with his sword, momentarily pushing away the three bandits and ran towards the nearest horse, and with a sword blow, he cut the ropes that bound the horse to the wagon.

    "RIDE NOW!" He said as he positioned himself in front of the horse to prevent the bandits from obstructing the maneuver.

    Farah, covered in tears, still executed her husband's order, striving to remain clear-headed to protect their child. With enormous effort, she managed to get on the horse and started riding away from that nightmare.

    While urging the horse to accelerate as much it could, she turned around to look at the man she loved, only to witness him being pierced on several sides by the other bandits who had already killed almost all the remaining merchants.

    "Jian, NOOO!!! AHH!!!" Farah screamed as she sobbed heavily and began to breathe with difficulty due to the painful and heartbreaking experience. But she had only time to distance herself a bit from that place when a spear flew through the air and stuck in her shoulder, making her fall from the running horse.

    Because of her agitated state and the sudden blow, she was taken aback, but she managed to wrap her lap with a light aura to protect her son while she fell from the horse.

    Slumped to the ground, almost totally without strength, the woman slowly opened her eyes to see a man with an unpleasant appearance approaching her.

    "Let's see what we have here."

    With a kick on her shoulder, the bandit leader turned her around so he could see her face.

    "A beautiful woman, no doubt about it. But we don't have time to waste with you. I also doubt you could be sold as a slave with that belly of yours. If you hadn't been pregnant, I could have thought of it. Forget it; I will settle for the load."

    Meanwhile, one of his men reached him to inform him of the situation. "Boss, we killed everybody. Unfortunately, little Fei was killed, some of them weren't so bad. But the load inside is nice; you should see what stuff. We'll be rich for a while."

    The chief, content with the loot, replied. "Don't care about Fei; he was just garbage. Better this way, one less with whom share the spoil. Load the goods all on one wagon if you can, and stack the bodies in the remaining empty wagons. Then we will set fire to everything, and we will leave."

    After saying that, he signaled his man to go while he returned to focus on the woman motionless on the ground.

    "Well, fortunately, the load is pretty full. My men are now loading the goods. All that is left is to set fire to everything and eliminate any traces that can lead to us. To thank you for the precious gift, I will eliminate you immediately without making you feel pain." While he was saying this, he drew his sword and leaned towards the woman.

    Farah, who had regained a bit of strength, cried inside herself.

    'Why is this happening? Why? Jian, where are you? Help our son. Please. No matter who. at least my baby...'

    These were her thoughts while the cold metallic blade penetrated her throat, ending her life.

    Meanwhile, near the wagons where the other bandits were arranging the goods, a black shape suddenly appeared with strange features. Silently, it approached one of the men, and with a quick movement, it cut him in two halves that fell to the ground. Then it headed for the nearest bandit.

    Soon, the other bandits realized that something was wrong, but they were only able to make a short scream before they were all killed in the same way. The scream alarmed the leader who had just killed the woman and was about to return to his men.

    Shortly after that, the black shadow emerged from the darkness where the wagons were. The bandit's leader, thanks to the light of the moon that illuminated the thing that had killed his men, could see its real appearance.

    It was a giant spider measuring 1 meter in size; its eight purple-red eyes were watching the bandit as it gave off a strong murderous aura.

    The bandit leader petrified by fear could only murmur: "Spirit Beast..." before the spider with incredible speed appeared before him and with a single stroke of its leg cut the bandit in two alongside his sword.

    Once the man was settled, the spider turned to the woman. Its purple eyes looked at those already lifeless of the woman, and then they descended towards her belly.

    It seemed to be aware that, although there was a corpse in front of it, there was something alive inside. With quick movements, it approached the woman, and two of its legs landed on the woman's belly.

    Even though it had cut the various bandits before with those same legs in half, when its legs touched the belly, they didn't penetrate the stomach. Instead, they remained suspended a few millimeters from the skin while a slight aura covered the tips of its legs.

    Then, those tips cut the belly following a vertical line along the stomach by cutting just a few centimeters of skin without going over. Its actions were different from a beast with a terrifying appearance that would have scared anyone.

    After a couple of minutes of cutting, the creature stopped. Increasing the aura on the tips of its legs, it began to open the two halves, now divided, of skin, while two other legs slipped inside the woman's body with a layer of aura, thicker than before.

    With that inside, it began to pull something out of the woman's stomach, and soon a newborn baby could be seen while he was covered in blood and amniotic fluid. His umbilical cord kept him joined to his mother while he was held between the beast's legs, appearing unharmed though.

    With a gentle movement, the spider moved the baby in front of it and began to beat his small back softly. The slight aura shifted to the child's body, and, slowly, the liquid inside the little one came out, causing him to cry as a consequence while he woke up.

    At this noise, the spider did a slight tremor, but then it recomposed itself. It then cut the umbilical cord and tore off a part of the mother's clothes with which it wrapped the newborn baby.

    At this point, the spider first looked at the child who had stopped crying when he was wrapped in his mother's piece of cloth. Then, after looking at the woman already lifeless on the ground, the spider turned itself towards the forest and quickly entered it.

    On its back, illuminated by the moonlight, two eggs could be seen covered with silvery silks and fastened tightly. One was pitch black with golden patterns while the other had a dark purple color with silver pattern, the same purple color as the spider that was carrying them.

    That day, unbeknownst to anyone, it had occurred an event that no one would have thought possible. And that event was the beginning of the changes that would affect the entire world.

  • edited October 2019
    I'm not sure when you will see this comment, if at all. Would you be posting any future chapters if there are any on this forum or did you move to a different website? If the latter, which site would you recommend to read this original novel at?

    I would love to read more of it.
  • Chapter 2 - Decision

    How much time had passed?

    A decade, a century, a millennium? Or more? Or was it just a day?

    Regardless of how long it went by, I found myself in a forest full of different color's trees.

    I had arrived here by teleportation. Exhausted both physically and mentally, and without any reason to stay alive, I prepared myself for my last sleep.

    With the last remnants of my strength, I used my spiderweb and wrapped it around myself to form a cocoon. Then I closed my eyes, hoping I would never have to open them again.

    But unfortunately, my wish wasn't fulfilled. I didn't know how much I had slept, but, in the end, my sleep ended, and I went out reluctantly from my cocoon. The sight that appeared before me was this forest.

    Although I was unaware of how much time had passed, inside, I knew that all my companions had died, including the one I loved.

    It was he who teleported me away from that place that was about to be destroyed, although I preferred that he hadn't.

    But, as always, his decision proved to be correct.

    Not long after my awakening, with surprise, I discovered that two eggs inside me, which I had forgotten at the time of my sleep, had been fertilized, and inside them were developing two life forms.

    The legacy of my love with the one who had changed my life.

    To that discovery, I trembled first with wonder and then with joy. When all was lost, I had found a reason to live and something to remind me that everything we had done hadn't been in vain.

    The fruits of our love.

    At that point, I expelled the two eggs outside and wrapped them in a silk sack to protect them. So I put them on my back, where I fixed them using other silk.

    Because the priorities had changed, I decided to explore this place and see if it was a safe place for my two eggs while carrying them on my back.

    It didn't take long for me to explore the area, and I discovered that there weren’t any dangerous creatures. So as long as my children stayed with me, there would be nothing to fear. However, two things still disturbed my mind, the same things that had always concerned my mind and those of my species: the human race and the demon race.

    They represented the greatest danger and not knowing if the area I was in had strong humans or demons tormented me. I, therefore, decided to extend my research area to the outer parts of the forest, where I would be more likely to meet them.

    *

    It was during my exploration in the outer parts that I heard the voices of some men in the distance.

    As I approached as quickly as possible, without making any noise thanks to my eight legs that could run smoothly on any terrain, I discovered a group of humans riding some wagons.

    From their appearance, they seemed to be merchants, although I was uncertain. Not knowing what to do, I decided to follow them from the forest without being seen. I wanted to find out the strength level of the humans in this area, but attacking without information, especially with my two eggs, was risky.

    I continued to follow them until evening, when the group stopped for the night, setting up a temporary camp. That allowed me to finally see all the humans in the group, including those in the wagons.

    Among them, I was particularly struck by a woman with brown skin. My eyes moved to her big belly. From the shapes of her body, she didn't seem to be fat, so she was likely to be pregnant, and it shouldn't be too long for her to give birth.

    By reflection, I turned to look at the two eggs on my back. Suddenly, I felt a certain sympathy for that human woman, but I immediately repressed it as soon as I noticed it. Part of me hated humans because of what they did, but I also knew that not all humans were guilty of that.

    Shortly after, I noticed the presence of other humans who were spreading themselves at various points. From the way they were positioned, it seemed they wanted to attack the group of merchants, so they were probably bandits.

    It didn't take long for my deduction to be accurate, and, as I had expected, the bandits attacked the convoy. From there, it arose a battle between the two groups, and this allowed me to evaluate their combative strength.

    Fortunately, they weren't a threat, and, despite possessing spirit power, they were the weakest humans I had ever met. Considering their non-dangerousness, I jumped forward behind them to fight them. It would be a great way to stretch out a little after a long time.

    In a short time, I killed all the bandits, including the leader nearby. It was then that I noticed the human woman I had seen before.

    I realized that she was now dead, but inside her, the little human creature was still alive. Driven by an unknown reason, I decided to free the human cub. Cutting the mother's belly, I took out the baby.

    He was a male, covered in blood and amniotic fluid. He had a body so small and fragile, and its weight was almost non-existent in my eyes. I realized he still had some liquid inside him. So, by sending a small portion of my spirit power, I pushed out the liquid inside him, and finally, he burst into tears and gave signs of life.

    At that point, I was overwhelmed by another feeling unknown to me. Although he was a human baby, the enemy of my race, along with the demons, I couldn't resolve myself to abandon him there. In the end, I chose to take it with me; I didn't know the reason for this choice, but at the time, I didn't care.

    With a human cub between my legs and my two eggs on my back, I moved towards the forest.

    *

    I reached a small lake at the eastern end of the forest. The moonlight made the bright water surface shine, giving it a silvery hue while around it reigned pleasant tranquility, interrupted from time to time by the noise caused by some small nocturnal animals in the surroundings.

    I approached the water source and plunged into it, rippling the flat liquid surface. The water near the shore wasn't profound, so I had no danger of sinking, although that wasn't a problem at all to me.

    Slowly, I removed the piece of robe that enveloped the child and soaked it with water. I wanted to use it to clean the baby, who was still dirty with amniotic fluid and blood residues. However, since the water was cold, I had to use this expedient. After all, it would have been too much for the child to be directly placed in the water.

    Although this method wasn't so ideal as he awoke crying from his sleep, I finally managed to finish the job without too much trouble. Then, I let out some silk to use it to dry him and then to wrap it up around him so that he wouldn't get cold.

    Once finished, I returned to my den in the middle of the forest while the human cub had calmed down once it was wrapped in his silk blanket.

    Arriving at the destination, I took a large number of fallen leaves and gathered them together, creating a small circle where I could put the child. Then, I untied the silk that bound my two eggs to my back and placed them on the ground next to the human.

    I didn't know the reason, but the sight of my two eggs together with that human cub didn't seem strange to me; in fact, it seemed like it was the most typical picture in the world.

    Fogged by this view, I began to weave a web around my position as I thought about what had happened.

    ‘Why did I save him? He is human, after all, and I had no connection whatsoever with his mother. Yet, the thought he would die like this - enveloped by the darkness inside his mother, without knowing the outside world terrified me. The problem now is: what do I do? Humans will soon find out what happened and investigate. I don't know if this area has strong martial artists, although I doubt it, given the level of those people before. But the child needs to be with his race... ’

    Absorbed in my thoughts, I was awakened by the sudden cry of the child behind me. He had woken up from his sleep and was slowly writhing in tears.

    With a start, I turned and ran to him. I immediately inspected his body to see if he was okay, but nothing was wrong. I, therefore, understood that he was probably hungry.

    I slowly took him with my legs and carried him towards me. Then, pressing against my abdomen, I let out a substance similar to milk, and, with my spirit power, I brought that substance near the child's mouth.

    Slowly, I let the liquid flow drop by drop into him, and soon, he became full and fell asleep again.

    ‘Fortunately, he calmed down; otherwise, I wouldn't have known what to do. For now, I'd say it's time to go to sleep. Then, I'll come back to where the bandit attack happened to see if there is someone who noticed that slaughter so that I could leave this baby to them.’

    Thus, the spider with a human baby and two eggs by its side fell asleep inside the thick spiderweb.

    The following morning, the spider cautiously returned to the site of the massacre and laid in wait for the arrival of other humans.

    It was around noon that she saw a large group of people. These had different types of iron armors and were equipped with various weapons. From their appearance, they seemed to be more mercenaries than soldiers of some army, given the diversity of their equipment.

    They soon noticed the brutal scene in front of them. Since they were people who made their living making war, the view of this massacre didn't scare them, but the conditions in which some corpses were, worried them.

    "Boss, we examined the corpses. This is certainly an attack by bandits on a group of merchants. But something must have attacked the bandits since we found a wagon full of goods. The bodies of the merchants show normal sword wounds and arrows. The problems are those of the bandits: they were done in half entirely with a single blow. Besides, there is the corpse of a woman with a half-opened stomach and an umbilical cord sticking out." The soldier reported to the head of his venture company.

    The boss, hearing this, frowned and dismounted, approaching the woman nearby the bandit's leader.

    ‘These wounds... can it be the work of some spirit beast? So why did it kill the bandits and then leave the corpses? Furthermore, this is certainly a cesarean section; there is no way that a spirit beast has the intelligence to do it unless it is a high-grade spirit beast?!’

    At this thought, the mercenary leader shuddered at the terror of such an eventuality. He remembered very well the stories he heard as a child about the ancient era and the war of the massacre, especially the infernal beasts known as divine beasts.

    ‘No, no ... it can't be. The divine beasts have been extinct for millennia. Surely it has to be a human, and one high leveled too. Otherwise, he wouldn't have left the load. But why did he leave the corpses like that, especially that of the woman?’

    Unable to find a reason, the mercenary chief stood up and told his men. "Take some horses and tie them to the wagons. Pile the corpses of the bandits in one wagon and those of the merchants and the woman in another. We will take both of us with the cargo of goods."

    Upon hearing the order of their leader, the mercenaries set to work without complaining.

    Meanwhile, inside the forest, a dark figure was watching them from afar with his eight eyes.

    ‘It's a group of mercenaries. Judging by their actions, they don't seem to be bad people. If I left the child with them, I'm sure they would take him to the nearby city. Yet at the same time, I don't want to part with him.’ The spider thought to herself as she watched the actions of the mercenaries.

    She remained like that all the time and, even when the mercenaries had finished their task and were leaving, the spider remained motionless as she found herself unwilling to act.

    Finally, watching the mercenaries disappear on the horizon, she turned around to return to the forest where she had her den.

    'What have I done? What have I done? Why didn't I leave the child there with those mercenaries? Why is it so difficult to part with him?’ Throughout the journey towards her den, the spider had repeated these questions inside her head like a chant.

    Her rational side was telling her to leave the human cub among his kind while another side was telling her, for some obscure reason, not to let that child go. Finally, after hours of reflection, she made her decision.

    'I have decided. It is useless to think about it so much. I'll keep him with me and raise him as my son. I don't know the reason for this choice, but my instinct tells me not to let him go. If this is the case, I will become your mother. But to bring you up in this kind of environment, I need you to get stronger. I hope you won't hate me for this selfish choice in the future. In return, I will give you all the love I am capable of, in the same way, your mother would have done.’

    With this, the spider extracted the same milk-like liquid from her abdomen. At the same time, with one of her legs, she injured her body and blew out a tiny drop of blood from which she took only a tiny fraction. Then she joined that small part to her milk-like liquid, which took on a crimson color and gave it to the child to drink.

    ‘This will make you stronger, but it will mark your future. It will probably bring you a lot of problems, but I'll raise you to make you strong enough to solve them. However, as long as I'm alive, you won't have to worry about getting hurt anyway. So, for now, you will grow up healthy and happy, then, when the time comes, I will teach you more about the world and myself.’

    With this choice, the child's future was marked towards the tortuous path of cultivation. If this was a blessing or a curse, only time could reveal it.

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