Title: After the Abyss dragon awakens / 深渊巨龙苏醒以后 Author: Sangwo / 桑沃 Year: 2021 Chapters: 144 (completed) Type: Novel Link to NU: n/a Tags: fanatsy and technology, dragons, magic, dragon slayer, gore *all titles and names are an MTL version, not an official TL Intro: Sangwo's works can shortly be described as bloody and beautiful. Their writing style is pretty, but their themes always revolve around some bloody themes and scenes. If it's something more light-hearted (despite everything tagged as drama) you can feel a fresh breeze of humor among the pungent smell of blood. What is also remarkable is that they don't follow the main stream and cliche plots. They might have written an infinite flow novel and a quick transigration, but when you read those you realize how non-mainstream it is and how different. I've read 3 of their works, Dragon being the 3rd. Previously 'After an infinitie flow player retres' and 'Born to rebel' were also bomb. Summary: After thousands of years an abyssal dragon, Shi An, felt bored and decided to sleep on a pile of his precious treasures. He put a magic spell on himself and fell asleep, because that's what dragons love to do. But when he woke up there was no treasure, he wasn't even in his cave and what he looked at weren't dangerous claws covered with inpenetrable scales, but soft and delicate beautiful hands. His treasure is gone! His mighty body is gone too!! And he has zero magic in his body! The dragon was enraged: THIEFS!!! Mu Heng comes from a prominent family of dragon slayers, he is called the strongest person on the mainland, humanity haven't heard of any fantasy species for thousands of years, since they slowly went instinct, but then everyone were disturbed by strong magic fluctuations and were unbelievable to realize that a dragon emerged. Mu Heng thought that the dragon's head would look good in the living room. Some time later when Mu Heng was thinking of a small dragon at home having fun in a pile of treasures he asked for tasks with most rewards, they better be precious, otherwise he'll be refused from the bed. Spoilers (or more like an introduction, this novel is better to be experienced by reading, trust me). Shi An is bound to a body of a boy with the same name as him, he has no idea how he got into this body, but he is deprived of his magic, he can't transform or produce even a spark of his magic. And his entire treasure was left in the cave. Shi An, original body, is supposed to be a magic-less scum scorned by others, he belongs to a newly emerged wealthy family, which doesn't really care about him. Shi An also has a half-brother, Shi Rui, a typical gree tea bitch, that was taken to the main house due to having more magic in his body than Shi An. First thing that Shi An the dragon now aimed to return: his magic, his treasure and his body. The only great thing that was helpful was that the mainland, that was sealed from the abyss (his place of origins) thousands of years ago still has cracks appearing from time to time that emit the poisonous gas that is so errosive for people, but fills Shi An with the long lost magic. The first case happened to be at the banquet of the Shi family. When a person burst with the bugs flowing out of its' deformed body everyone panicked, but only Shi An left to stand in hall full of darkness. He released his dangerous breath of an ancient beast, the one who is on top of hierarchy and the demon bug trembled and admitted his wrongdoings and later.. became the dragon's first follower. When ppl saw the boy they thought something was wrong, the Officer Mu from the Administraive Bureau came in person and saw the boy with soft black hair and harmless watery eyes asking if he could become his. Something inside shook a little. Since Shi An slepped for too long for him humanity was strange, the treasures, or more like shiny stuff he could accumulate were enough to stuff his pillow, but his body was too soft to sleep comfortably on it, the only chance is to slowly accumulate his magic back is to absorb what magic escapes from the cracks. The demon bug told him that first comes from the Ability Academy and he has to pass the test to enter the academy. Although some thought he cheated on ability cheker which blew up and he also got 0 scores on topics except for writing an ancient text as a special task released by academy, with such a thorny road he entered the academy under everyone's gaze full of questions. Shi An didn't care, his aim was to find the crack and his chance was the first on field task against monsters. He tried to conceal his breath and mingle with people cursing inside what a trouble it is to be human. Despite sets up from the ones who were against him Shi An came to the newly born abyssal crack tempted by the eye born in it and swallowed it, then something that no one expected happened, a huge body of a black dragon emerged on a wasteland and the long lost roar spread near and far. One of the witnesses was Mu Heng who went after the dragon, his blood that was still for so long was boiling again. But the dragon spit the eye out, which exploded and then staggeringly flew away. On the horizon Mu Heng could still see its' silhouette, but later found that there was a boy he knew with his white body lying quietly on the ground. Shi An became the aim of Administration research team to find out what he remembered about the dragon, they believed the dragon stole Shi An as Shi An was so beautiful. While Shi An was thinking that the only thing he never did in his life was accepting human sacrifices. This lacked class. But he still accepted the olive branch due to this shiny human that keeps appearing, he always felt that if you seal that shiny silver hair and those beautiful deep blue eyes in an amber it will become a perfect part of his collection. While Mu Heng was thinking how to chop the dragon's head who dared to steal the boy. Demon bug told him that there are species that could seal he human in amber in a neighboring district. SInce Shi An didn't want to come alone he joined a team who wanted to explore a cave. When they arrived they were stopped by the undead specias and lost contact with Shi An, but most importantly they even got into trouble with mercenaries who appeared out of nowhere. It seems the cave they're searching, is not only a cave, but actually the dragon's cave. The mercenaries were disturbed by a strong neigh that sent chills down their spines, entire camp was trampled under the undead horse's feet, the chief's skull was squashed. Only a small team of people stood lost. When undead horse returned to Shi An and got its' missing bone that Shi An used as a torch back he released it to go back. But unfearful dragon actually tried to run away when he saw a silver-haired person. Mu Heng caught a small person covered like a ball in coats and said to sent him back. But Shi An who heard about caves and possible treasures sneaked out. Following the path he found that terrain and mountain look really familiar. He melted the stone and walked forth finding that it wasn't anyone else's cave, BUT HIS OWN. And more than that, his entire pile of immense treasures was stolen! THIEFS! Shi An's heart was hit. But next second he was attracted by somethign faint, coming further he found a body of a dragon, but it was actually hollow inside, only skin left which transformed and was absorbed by Shi An. Mu Heng who came could only see a boy standing in front of a huge body and then the rocks from above fell, what they found was unconscious boy among the stones later. What happened next was what Shi An never expected, he fell asleep for some time and woke up with beautiful silvery scales, it was his 4th molting periond that never happened to dragons before, but the demon bug who was immersed in the lord's cuteness was met with a questioning fiery flame colored eyes. Shi An did transform, but now he's small. Before anyone came Shi An tried to accumulate and transform magic he received, but what happened was that he did transfrm leaving a silver tail that was as tender. He asked the newly additional to the team of followers, the black smoke, to conceal his tail from others' views. But what weighed on black smoke's mind was that after molting for dragons... it's actually a mating period. Shi An who could actually transform most his energy next to Mu Heng tried to get closer, bringing two people to next level. Not knowing how tempting he acted. But Shi An never dropped his plans and was later shocked by the news that came out, some of the precious gems will be auctioned and Shi An was enraged that those were all HIS. Thanks to a competition in the same district as before he came along with all the burly power ability people, they had no idea it's not about power of Shi An, but just he scales became indestructible. His main aim became the auction, though he didn't know how to do it under the nose of Mu Heng. But hat happened next came as surprise, all the ability users traveled to a place who knows where only to find mercenaies. Shi An let everyone go and save students while he came to the previous cave finally not concealing himself finding the sacrificial circle drawn with blood but unfinished that supposed to summon the dragon and the dragon came by feet burning everyone at sight and finding the head of the district for questioning. Mu Heng who realized they've been had when they agreed to hold the aucton, but instead heard the news about the students and rushed out of the auction house wounded. Fighting mercenaries and seeing the burnt cave, blood sacrifice, but no boy around. Before falling into coma Mu Heng was held by soft hands. Both came to a cave on the way, because Mu Heng was wounded, but this moment Shi An broke into estrus. Although nothing happened much but Shi An who drank medicine by his followers (aka mascots) got some clraity and escaped coming to the auction house and getting part of his treasure back. People who knew that the dragon is back thought it'd be easy to kill the dragon for profit and also absorb dragon's treasure, but most of them were burned in the dragon flames without mercy. Mu Heng who knew that the boy was okay now has only one care, the boy and the translation of the ancient foliant from the Mu's legacy that held the information on dragons. But before they could achieve it the academy was abducted, the old dean was killed, the new crack was opened, the dragon went rampant and Mu heng who was dealing with the situation was surrounded by people in black robes and also some of people from the bureau who were about to attack him. That's my half-humorous way to describe what actually happened in the first part. For the rest I encourage you to read yourself. The MTL version is very easy to read, I omitted a ton of details, they're bloody, some are cute, some are humorous. The general continuation is about finding who was behind Shi An's soul transfer, for what reason, who are people in robes, how to get Shi An's magic back fully and some other conspiracies. It's very upbeat, pretty interesting and joyful read. Characters are very in line with their settings, for example Shi An isn't a human at all, so he acts unscrupulously like that too, Mu Heng thought is a powerhouse, but mostly is driven by his own conviction, to him nothing is more important than a person important to his heart. There are also side-characters that have constant appearance and let's not forget Shi An will eventually end up with three small followers, but they act like mascots, pretty funny actually, they add vivivdness and humor. The novel is written beautifully, it's really immersive. Although the outline is pretty simple, but honestly it's a really fun read (I still have no idea why it's tagged 'drama' on jjwxc, since there's not much of it, at least you can't see it from perspective of main characters). My personal rate is 5/5.