Huang Ying awoke, he felt a throbbing pain in his head. His mouth was
dry and his eyelids were heavy, his mouth was filled with the taste
of dried blood. He didn't open his eyes immediately, pretending to
still be knocked out, silently straining his ears to listen to his
Jun, where are we?”
Ying knew that even though he was knocked out, there was no way for
them to know about Li Jun. Thanks to that, Huang Ying had a small
advantage. While they thought that he would have no idea about the
situation, or even his location at the moment. As long as he had Li
Jun, he would be able to get a grasp of the situation and the
Phoenix Academy, in a small prison two floors below the main
Jun's voice rang out in his mind. Li Jun had already been waiting for
Huang Ying to wake up for several hours already. As long as he woke
up, they would be able to start planning their escape.
happened after I was knocked out?”
Ying wasn't too surprised that he was brought to the Empyrean Phoenix
Academy, he had already identified their headmaster, Deng Rong, as
one of his attackers. Since he already knew where he was, the next
step was finding out what had happened. Only by having enough
information would he be able to figure out his next step.
put you in a barrel and placed you on a small carriage filled with
barrels. After that they brought the entire carriage back to Empyrean
Phoenix and brought you down here.”
Jun spoke while stifling a small laughter, watching Huang Ying get
stuffed in that barrel was something he found immensly funny.
see, did they take anything?”
Ying decided that it was best to simply ignore Li Jun's stifled laugh
and move on to the next topic. At the moment, all he could properly
feel was the throbbing pain in his head, so he was uncertain if
anything had been removed from his body. If he lost everything that
was in his interspatial rings, it would become a lot harder to travel
around after escaping.
took the interspatial ring on your left hand, but I made sure to hide
the one on your right hand, so while they took most of the herbs and
pills you had stored up before leaving Green Willows, you still have
the different weapons and more valuable items that you took from the
people of Yellow Winds Town.”
Jun could have covered both of Huang Ying's interspatial rings with
his perception, making them seem like completely normal rings. But he
also knew that if he did that, Huang Ying's captors would find it
suspicious that he didn't have any interspatial rins. At that point,
they might even end up taking all the rings, just to be safe. So he
decided to sacrifice the herbs and pills, allowing Huang Ying to keep
the assorted weapons and slightly more valuable items.
at least we didn't end up empty handed. Did they mention anything
about why I was captured or what their plans are?”
Ying did not for one second believe that Empyrean Phoenix would be
willing to put it's reputation at risk for something so small as
losing a small tournament like the Academy Battle. Deng Rong also
mentioned that it was orders from above, so there was obviously
something else that was driving them to do this.
only mention about why you were captured was that it was orders from
above. The order seems to have come from very high up, they passed a
few students while they were bringing you down here, but they seemed
to simply ignore you. Seems like someone really high up in the
hierarchy can't stand you. As for what their plans are, they didn't
Jun had put all his focus on the captors and the surroundings after
Huang Ying was captured, he refused to let even the smallest detail
slip. The way he saw it, if Huang Ying ended up dying in their
captivity, he would regain his freedom. But since they went through
all the trouble of catching him alive, they obviously had other plans
it was like that, the odds of Huang Ying escaping were higher than
the odds of him dying. At that point, it would be better for Li Jun
to help Huang Ying escape, slowly making Huang Ying friendly towards
him again. Li Jun knew that even though Huang Ying was acting
friendly with him, he still had his guard up, at best only believing
half of what Li Jun was saying.
see, seems like we are knee deep in shit huh? How much time has
even Li Jun would say that someone high up was out for him, Huang
Ying had no choice but to admit that he was close to being fucked, a
single wrong step could easily be the end of him. Knowing how much
time had passed since he was knocked out was just to help him get his
thoughts back on track.
were captured a little over one day ago, you've been out for around
30 hours or so. They have come to check on you twice in that time.
The only guard outside seems to just be a normal student who recently
joined, not even at the 6th heaven yet.”
Jun was actually rather surprised by how long Huang Ying had been
knocked out for. One had to know that Huang Ying had the blood of not
just Baku, but also the White Tiger. He had also strengthened his
body several times through his devouring of Demonic beasts, his body
was already as strong as a Demonic beast.
like they think i'm useless without my Qi. Did you make sure to
memorize the escape path?”
Ying didn't place the guard in his eyes, he could easily defeat
cultivators at the 8th heaven using just his bodily strength, so a
cultivator at the 6th heaven was like an ant to him. The most
important thing now was to make sure that he knew exactly where the
shortest escape path was located.
though Deng Rong had put a seal on his Qi crystal, preventing him
from extracting any Qi from it, he could still circulate Qi through
the crystal. Spending a bit of time circulating his Devouring Qi
around the Qi crystal, letting it come in contact with the seal,
would allow him to get rid of the seal, so he wasn't too worried.
course, I have also marked anyone that could threaten you. I also
prevented them from placing any tracing marks on you, to them, it
looks like you can't be located through perception. It's a bit risky
since they were able to lock onto you with their perceptions while
you were in town, but it's the only choice we have right now.”
Li Jun spoke, he connected Huang Ying with his own perception,
allowing Huang Ying to see where all the marked people were located,
while also sharing the information about the escape path with him.
Huang Ying didn't mind that Li Jun made the choice to sacrifice the
herbs and pills in favor of keeping the weapons and slightly more
herbs and pills were of no use to him right now, and since he could
not use any Qi, the weapons would be more helpful to him right now.
Of course if he had it his way, he would escape without ever needing
to fight anyone.
I'll pretend to be unconscious for a while longer, after they have
checked up on me once more, that's when i'll try to get out.”
out the the surroundings and the locations where the marked people
were, Huang Ying was confident that he would be able to escape as
long as he made sure to avoid the marked targets.
51: Frost Depths.
Ying awoke to the sensation of water hitting the top of his head.
He had the taste of blood in his mouth and his eyes felt like they
had been glued together. He could feel that he
was standing straight up, but he couldn't feel his arms or legs.
The surrounding was pervaded by a debilitating chill that seemed to
seep into the bones themselves.
a short struggle, Huang Ying finally managed to pry open his eyes.
His surroundings were lit up by a dim light blue light that seemed to
be emitted from the ground itself.
was trapped in a massive room, so massive that he could not even see
the ceiling or the walls. The ground was covered
in a layer of ice, small spikes of ice sticking out, a result of
water from the ceiling falling down and freezing.
Ying couldn't see anything around him, there was only an endless
expanse of ice. Huang Ying had the bloodline of
the White Tiger so he obviously would not fear the ice in here.
Deng Rong and the vice-headmaster would obviously know that he did
not fear any type of ice or cold, so Huang Ying deduced that the
reason he had been locked in here was because they had no other
prison that would be sure to hold him.
Ying turned his eyes away from the expanse of ice and focused on his
own body instead. There was still a seal placed
on his dantian, preventing him from absorbing or discharging any Qi.
The seal had been expanded, coiling around inside his body,
preventing him from moving even a finger.
body was strapped to a large X-shaped metal construct that was made
out of a strange type of azure metal. His arms
and legs were strapped to the metal using a type of pale white
leather. The leather looked smooth on the
outside, but the inside was filled with countless small spikes that
stabbed into Huang Ying's body, continually injecting a numbing agent
into his body.
Jun, where is this?”
Ying had to once more rely on Li Jun to find out more about his
situation. Huang Ying didn't like relying too
much on others, as it would quickly make him dependent on them.
But in this situation, he had no choice but to admit that he indeed
needed the help of others, lest he be trapped here.
is a place they called the Frost Depths.
It is located directly beneath the academy itself.
The walls are made out of a special type of material that prevents
any perception from passing through.
So no one can see inside from the outside, nor outside from inside.”
Jun recounted the road Deng Rong had taken to bring Huang Ying down
here, helping Huang Ying memorize an escape path should the
opportunity arrive. The walls were made out of a
special metal that was called Isolation Steel.
Isolation Steel prevented any and all perception from passing
through, not even Li Jun was capable of penetrating it with his
perception. Any sect or academy would have a
place constructed from Isolation Steel, as it would allow them to
easier hide the things that they wanted to hide.
see, so things turned for the worse, always great news.
How long was I out this time.”
Ying spoke with a tone that dripped of sarcasm.
He had hoped that he would be able to just escape immediately after
leaving the first prison, he truly didn't expect them to have a
prison that was even more secure. Since the walls
were made out of Isolation Steel, he couldn't even use Li Jun's
perception to track Deng Rong and the vice-headmaster.
He was essentially blind, trying to come up with a proper escape plan
like that would be much harder than it was the first time.
under 12 hours, not for too long.”
Ying's mind started spinning, when he escaped the first time, it was
during the night, ff he was only out for just under twelve hours, it
was probably in the middle of the day now. This
meant that Deng Rong or the vice-headmaster would probably arrive
within the next few hours. Unless they had
already come by earlier of course.
few hours to try and come up with a plausible escape plan when he was
essentially blind? Far too difficult. The seal on
his body and dantian would take him at least an hour or two to
completely remove, and even if he did, there was no telling where
Deng Rong or the vice-headmaster were located.
They might even be waiting just outside. His best
option right now was to wait and bide for time, finding out what they
want while slowly restoring his power.
Ying started to slowly circulate his Devouring Qi inside his Qi
crystal, slowly nibbling away at the seal placed on his dantian.
All he could do now was weaken it. If he
completely removed it, they would probably know immediately, so he
would weaken it until it reached a point where he could break it
whenever he wanted.
Ying waited with a lowered head in silence for around two hours
before he heard the sound of someone approaching.
Raising his head, he saw that despite his footsteps sounding from faw
away, the vice-headmaster had already arrived in front of him.
was the first time Huang Ying properly saw the vice-headmaster, and
it was only now that he understood why the previous guard had said
that the vice-headmaster was scary.
vice-headmaster was clad in an old and patched gray robe that hung
loosely from his body. His body was so skinny
that it looked sickly, like someone had just draped skin over a
skeleton. His eyes were lifeless and dull,
sinking into his skull. He only had a few patches
of gray hair that dotted his head. His lips were
thin and pale, while his skin was almost as white as snow.
If it weren't for the fact that Huang Ying could see the light blue
energy fluctuations around him, he would believe that he was looking
at a corpse.
you are finally awake.
I was starting to get worried that I would have to wait even longer.
Ah, where are my manners, I never even introduced myself, my name is
Cui Xima, i'm the vice-headmaster here.”
vice-headmaster, Cui Xima. spoke with a dry and
raspy as his thin lips stretched into a polite smile.
He seemed to want to give a comforting smile, but when he smiled, it
only served to stretch the skin on his head even more.
since you are finally awake, that means that we can finally begin,
you have no idea how long I have been waiting to examine someone like
Cui Xima spoke, he waved his hand and made a small steel table appear
next to him. He covered the small table with a
cloth before taking out a large cylindrical container from his
interspatial ring. He waved his hand once more
and a ball of water appeared before him, falling into and filling up
the container. After the container was full of
water, Cui Xima started bringing out an assortment of tools from his
interspatial ring, tools he slowly and neatly lined up on the small
lined up an assortment of different knives and needles, each one
neatly polished and sharpened. After placing down
all the tools, he conjured two more balls of water in front of him.
He moved one to the side and kept it floating there, while he used
the other one to slowly wash his hands, carefully cleaning finger
washing his hands, he once more waved them, causing the clothing on
Huang Ying's upper body to disintegrate and vanish.
He made the floating ball of water separate into several smaller
balls, before beckoning one of them over to him.
He took the small ball of water and used it to gently clean Huang
Ying's left arm.
must say, your body looks exactly like I thought it would.
Smooth and supple skin draped over chiseled muscles.
Just looking at it makes me realize the explosive power hidden in
your body, no wonder that normal prison couldn't hold you.”
Xima spoke with a smile as he washed Huang Ying's arm, before
beckoning with his hand, causing a needle the length of a palm to fly
into his hands. Huang Ying had already realized
what Cui Xima wanted to do once he started bringing out the tools,
but he never thought that he would be so neat and methodical about
then, I heard that when you got cut during the Academy Battle, you
didn't make a sound.
Please keep that up, it is always so dreadful when they scream, it
gives me shivers and prevents me from sleeping.”
those words, he took the needle and slowly inserted it Huang Ying's
wrist, making it follow the veins as he inserted it deeper and
deeper. Huang Ying grit his teeth and stared
viciously at Cui Xima. He was no stranger to
pain, but he was more used to explosive pain that threatened to
instantly destroy him. This slow and relentless
pain that seeped into his body was a completely new experience.
Xima only kept the needle in Huang Ying's body for around a minute
before slowly pulling it out and holding it up against his face.
Another pair of pupils slowly appeared in his eyes as he studied the
blood on the needle. He stared at it in silence
for a little while before heaving a sigh and dropping the needle into
the container with water.
Deng Rong clearly said that you had an ice type bloodline, but why is
it that your blood is completely human?”
Xima tilted his head as he looked at Huang Ying with a questioning
gaze. What he didn't know was that the blood of
Baku devoured all bloodlines, including itself, before leaving Huang
Ying's body. This was a self defense mechanism
that it had to prevent itself from spreading.
Maybe it's in the bone marrow?”
Xima muttered to himself for a short while before an idea popped into
his head. He quickly used some water to wash
Huang Ying's chest, before washing his own hands once more, he seemed
to be a neat freak. He beckoned with his hand
once more, causing a small blade that looked like a scalpel to fly up
from the table and into his hands.
moved the blade to Huang Ying's chest and made an incision that
outlined one of his rib bones. After he finished
making the incision, he moved to clean the small blade.
Once he finished cleaning the small blade, he was shocked to see that
the cut was already healing at a speed visible to the naked eye.
Such strong regenerative powers.
You are just making me more and more interested in you.
I'm not allowed to kill you, he wanted to alive, but i'm sure he
won't mind if it's just a few scars.”
Xima gave an ecstatic smile as he grabbed the small blade and made
the same incision once more, only faster this time.
He didn't wash the knife this time, instead using it to peel away the
flesh that covered Huang Ying's right ribs. After
a slow and methodical peeling process, the skin and muscles on Huang
Ying's right ribs were completely stripped away, revealing his rib
this massive loss of flesh, Cui Xima could still see that the flesh
and muscles were slowly rebuilding themselves. He
was also shocked to see that there were small black and white
particles that were floating around in the blood that was flowing
from Huang Ying's wound. He hurriedly tried to
collect this blood, but he noticed that the moment the blood left his
body, the black and white particles completely disappeared.
the particles disappeared and Cui Xima had no way of locating them
once they left his body, he could only heave a dejected sigh and turn
back to focusing on Huang Ying's rib bones.
i'll find something in here.”
Xima muttered to himself as he reached out with his right hand and
grabbed onto one of Huang Ying's ribs. Huang
Ying's vision was already blurry, his head throbbing and ringing with
the sound of bells. The sensation of having his
chest slowly peeled away was one he would never forget in his life.
Seeing the actions of Cui Xima, he could only grit his teeth and
Xima tightened his grip and pulled his arm back, but the rib didn't
break off immediately like he expected, it only cracked slightly.
Seeing this, he once more gave a surprised exclamation, it seemed
like Huang Ying's bones were much tougher than the rest of his body.
He strengthened his grip and put more power into his arm before
pulling it back once more, this time breaking off the rib bone and
pulling it out.
Xima studied the bone for a little bit, especially the bone marrow,
before storing it away. He took out some medicine
from his interspatial ring and smeared it on Huang Ying's chest.
The speed at which Huang Ying's flesh regrew suddenly doubled, even
the torn out rib bone started growing back. Cui
Xima washed his hands before storing away all his tools and the
then, I believe that should be enough for today.
You just rest well and recuperate, I will come back tomorrow to
examine you a bit more.”
Xima gave Huang Ying what appeared to be a comforting smile, before
turning around and leaving.
52: Blood Contract.
Ying continued to endure. Originally, Cui Xima
would only appear once every day. But as time
passed and he found out that Huang Ying's regeneration was even
stronger than he originally thought, he started showing up twice a
day, before finally showing up three times a day.
Xima would always start by inserting a needle into one of Huang
Ying's veins, attempting to see if he could determine Huang Ying's
bloodline. Once that failed, he would start
examining other parts of Huang Ying's body.
Slicing open a leg or an arm, plucking out some bones, checking the
tendons and organs. He even found that it wasn't
just Huang Ying's flesh and bones that could regrow, even some of
Huang Ying's organs could.
first found this out when he inserted a needle into Huang Ying's left
eye, extracting some liquid from it. After he
returned, he found that the eye had completely regenerated.
He was so ecstatic when he learned this, this discovery would open
even more possibilities for him.
this, he started checking which of Huang Ying's organs could
regenerate, and if there was a difference in how fast they
regenerated. After extensive testing, he found
that the more important the organ, the slower it would regenerate.
Huang Ying's lungs took almost twice the time it took his spleen to
was even one time where he accidentally made a mistake and inflicted
a wound that was a bit too heavy to Huang Ying's heart.
Had he not reacted quickly and used some very expensive medicine,
Huang Ying would have died. And if Huang Ying
died, their Empyrean Phoenix Academy would have to face the wrath of
the one who ordered them to catch him alive.
knew that the one who ordered them to catch him would come pick him
up some day, but he had never given them a set date.
Instead telling them to take care of him for a bit before he could
find the time to come pick him up. Cui Xima
obviously took this as a sign that they were free to 'examine' him to
their hearts content.
Ying had long gotten used to the pain, but the continuous onslaught
of pain still threatened to turn him completely mad.
The only reason he managed to hold on to his sanity was the fact that
he could converse with Li Jun. Li Jun kept Huang
Ying distracted, telling him stories about his life and cultivation
Ying had already been in Cui Xima's care for close to half a year
when a change finally happened in this hellish life.
do you want to escape from here...?”
voice resounded in his head. A dignified voice
that carried a tone of power and nobility, yet the voice was also
tired and carried a feebleness. The voice
resounded right after Cui Xima had just finished one of his sessions,
so Huang Ying almost thought that it was just a trick his mind was
playing on him. When the voice resounded once
more, Huang Ying was finally certain that he was indeed hearing a
Ying didn't immediately answer the voice, it was best to know exactly
who he was dealing with before he decided on anything.
For all he knew, this was just another trick that Cui Xima devised to
examine his mental strength.
finally there is someone here that can take me away.....”
voice spoke slowly, sounding relieved and at peace.
After a short while, Huang Ying heard the sound of movement coming
from his side. He couldn't move his body, but
tilting his head to the side was no problem.
Huang Ying was slightly shocked when he saw the owner of the voice.
his right side, slowly coming out from the darkness, was a large
bird. The bird had a wingspan of at least ten
meters. It's feathers were a dull scarlet color
that was contaminated by hints of grey. It's eyes
shone like two fires in the night, a row of golden feathers on it's
head looking like a majestic crown.
a second, Huang Ying thought he had encountered the Phoenix.
But once he looked a bit closer, he saw some differences between the
Phoenix and this bird. This bird was clearly only
a Vermilion Bird, a descendant of the Phoenix.
Seeing this Vermilion Bird, Huang Ying finally found out just where
the Empyrean Phoenix Academy managed to procure the Vermilion Bird
blood they implanted into their students.
want me to save you and take you away? What a joke.
I can't even save myself.”
Ying spoke in a self deprecating tone. He wasn't
even able to get out, so how could he help the Vermilion Bird get
out? Huang Ying could indeed break the seal that was on his body,
quickly returning to his full power. He could
even escape from this icy prison, he knew exactly which path to take
to reach the exit. But so what? This prison was
located directly under the academy, the moment he left, he would be
beset by all the people from Empyrean Phoenix.
I am incapable of escaping on my own, just as you are incapable of
escaping on your own.
But together, we stand a much better chance.”
Vermilion Bird looked at Huang Ying with a burning gaze.
It had already been trapped in this icy prison for so long, it's life
was even reaching it's end. The only way it would
be able to go on living was if it underwent it's rebirth, turning
itself to ash and restarting it's life. But if it
did that in this icy prison, it's torment would only last longer.
Ying didn't know what made the Vermilion Bird so certain that they
stood a much better chance together. The way
Huang Ying saw it, the Vermilion Bird was almost at death's door, it
had next to no power left in it.
You have the blood of the White Tiger and a body stronger than any
normal human at your level.
You will be able to withstand the power of my blood, using it to grow
stronger, while I will use your White Tiger blood to replenish my
Like this, we will be able to escape together, neither Deng Rong nor
Cui Xima are faster than me.”
Ying had heard about a blood contract before. A
blood contract was the act of two different species sharing their
blood with one another, nourishing each other.
The blood contract would bind the two people together, never allowing
them to make a second contract with anyone else.
Unless one of the two people died.
blood contract would mix two bloodlines, polluting them.
Due to this, many high ranked Demonic beasts refused to sign a blood
contract with humans, as it would only weaken their bloodlines, their
greatest source of pride. That this Vermilion
Bird was willing to sign a blood contract with Huang Ying was not
just because it wanted to escape, his White Tiger bloodline would be
a massive boost to it, especially after it underwent it's rebirth.
Ying did not waste any time, he was desperate, and Cui Xima had just
left, so he had about eight hours before he would return.
Accepting the blood contract would enhance Huang Ying's strength,
probably pushing him directly towards the peak of the 9th heaven.
This meant that he would have to endure both the baptizing of the
Vermilion Bird blood, as well as the minor heavenly tribulation that
his Qi crystal would experience. But Huang Ying
had the bloodline of Baku, a minor heavenly tribulation would not be
able to escape from Baku's maw.
heavenly tribulation came in several tiers. The
lowest tier was a minor tribulation, consisting of only a single
lightning bolt. An intermediate tribulation
consisted of three bolts. After the intermediate
tribulation came the immortal tribulation, consisting of six bolts.
The last one was known as the empyrean tribulation, raining down nine
bolts of heavens wrath.
Vermilion Bird did not waste any time either, using one of it's wings
to poke a hole in it's chest and extracting a drop of blood from it's
heart. It brought the wing and blood towards
Huang Ying, stabbing it into his heart. After
mixing it's blood into his heart, it also extracted a drop of blood
from his heart.
Ying used a bit of his perception to force the blood of Baku to calm
down, not allowing it to start devouring the bloodlines after it left
his body. The Vermilion Bird then inserted this
blood into it's own heart, completing the blood contract.
What came next would be the baptizing of the blood.
Ying's body felt like he had been thrown into a fiery inferno, liquid
fire rushing through his veins. The Vermilion
Bird on the other hand felt like it's body had been completely
frozen, some thin patches of black ice even started spreading on it's
Vermilion Bird knew about Huang Ying having the White Tiger bloodline
since it was a Demonic beast that had already evolved before, turning
into a Desolate beast. It was very sensitive
towards higher level bloodlines, but it was completely unable to
sense the bloodline of Baku in Huang Ying.
Huang Ying felt the fire rushing through his veins and into his
dantian, a small black cloud crackling with lightning also appeared
above Huang Ying's Qi crystal, this was the minor tribulation cloud.
Only tribulation clouds that reached the intermediate level would
cause a phenomena to appear in the outside world, so Huang Ying
wasn't worried about Deng Rong or Cui Xima noticing it.
light blue lightning bolt struck the Qi crystal, but it only sank
into it, disappearing into the depths. A minor
tribulation simply did not have enough power to inconvenience Huang
Ying. The lightning bolt vanished and the cloud
dissipated, but the liquid fire was still coursing towards the Qi
crystal, sinking into it.
Ying turned his vision inwards, observing the Qi crystal.
After the fire rushed into it, the Qi crystal started condensing once
more, quickly shrinking in size. Huang Ying knew
that this was a sign that he was approaching the Xiantian Builder
stage. The 9th heaven was after the 8th heaven
and before the Xiantian Builder stage, but it only consisted of
having the cultivator condense his Qi Crystal, turning it into a tiny
the Qi crystal shrank, Huang Ying also noticed something changing
within it. Before this, the Qi crystal was a
swirl of black and white, signifying Huang Ying's Ice and Devouring
Qi. These were his main elements, the other
elements he had absorbed got put aside, unreachable to Huang Ying.
now, Huang Ying saw many smaller dots of scarlet and orange light
gathering together around the fire that had rushed into his Qi
crystal, congregating together. The many lights
sank into the fire, turning it a brilliant scarlet that slowly
started swirling around, standing side by side with the black and
white colors in his Qi crystal.
Ying had an idea what this meant, so he sent a bit of his perception
into his Qi crystal, extracting a small part of the scarlet Qi.
The minor tribulation had already completely destroyed the already
weakened seal, so there was no longer anything restricting him.
The scarlet Qi flowed through his body, bringing with it a hot
feeling as it rushed towards his hand. When it
reached his palm, it left his body and turned into a small scarlet
flame, burning brightly above his palm.
the flame, Huang Ying couldn't help but grin. He
had reached the peak of the 9th heaven and could even use Fire Qi
now. With the help of the Vermilion Bird he was
now much more confident in escaping. The seal in
his body was broken, so there was no doubt that Deng Rong or Cui Xima
would show up to check on him soon.
Ying tilted his head to look at the Vermilion Bird.
The patches of black ice had disappeared from it's body, the only
sign that anything had changed was a hint of black light shining in
it's eyes. The Vermilion Bird understood what
Huang Ying meant. It's body quickly shrank and
turned ethereal, before long it had shrunk so much that it was only
the size of Huang Ying's palm. It flapped it's
wings and flew at Huang Ying, quickly merging into his body.
was a benefit brought about from the blood contract, since Huang Ying
was the one who was given the blood first, he was considered the
master in the relationship, so he could absorb the Vermilion Bird,
allowing it to sleep within his blood. This way
he could call upon it whenever he required it's assistance.
Once he absorbed the Vermilion Bird he returned to waiting in
silence, waiting for Deng Rong or Cui Xima to arrive as a plan slowly
formed in his mind.
57: Inside The Ruins.
they traveled through the spatial array, the group found themselves
on a small island surrounded by a vast ocean. The island was
less than two kilometers across, completely barren, and seemed like
it was just a large rock that someone had thrown into the water.
group stood still and inspected their surroundings with grim
faces. The only person who had managed to leave the ruins with
his mind intact had thoroughly explained the path he took. But
as they inspected the area around them, they realized that the area
they were in had not been explained by the cultivator who managed to
could either mean that he had either forgotten or not bothered to
mention this specific area, or it could mean that whenever a group
entered the ruins, they would get transported to a random area of the
ruins. They quickly threw out the first possibility, the
cultivator who escaped had been pressured by every faction in the
surrounding area, not explaining everything would just be suicidal.
only left the second option, that where they would end up was random,
or at least followed a different pattern than it did when the
surviving cultivator explored it. Huang Ying suddenly felt the
urge to curse at whoever left behind these ruins.
concept that luck was a part of someones strength was a concept that
Huang Ying wholeheartedly believed in. After all, if he hadn't
been lucky enough to have the blood of Baku, there was no telling if
he would ever have been able to become anything great. But if
the path they took truly was random, wouldn't that also mean that
whenever they left one part of the ruin through a spatial array, that
they faced the risk of being sent back to a part that they had
believe that you should all have realized that the path we are going
to take is going to differ from the path we expected. I suggest
we take extra care, moving slower than we usually would and
thoroughly examining everything.”
Cheng's solemn voice rang out as Huang Ying was cursing at whoever
implemented such a stupid system into these ruins. He Cheng
swept his gaze across the other people of the group, seeing that
there was no one disagreeing, he nodded his head in satisfaction. He
enjoyed the sensation of being a leader, it made him feel strong.
about we tell each other a little about ourselves? It'll help ease
the tension and also allow us to become more familiar with each
others capabilities. I'll start. My name is He Cheng, I
come from the He Clan in the central area and use Water Qi.”
Ying. Just a traveling cultivator with no background. I use
Fire Qi, but focus mostly on body strengthening.”
Yang. I come from the Eastern Wind Academy and use Wind Qi.”
Yating. I come from the First Dawn Academy and use Light Qi.”
group took turns explaining their capabilities. The He Clan,
Eastern Wind Academy, and First Dawn Academy were all second rate
powers in the central region of Clouds Reach.
weren't on the level of the Jing Clan, but they were able to stand
stably on their own piece of land. They were even given a few
spots for the Dragon Meeting. Empyrean Phoenix and Willows Hope
could not even hope to compare to any of these factions.
Ying was also rather surprised that Mo Yating had Light Element
Qi. Light Element Qi was a very rare type of Qi that could give
the cultivator unsurpassed speed. The Light Element also had
close ties to the Fire Element, moving at such speeds that the
friction with the air alone was enough to cause flames and heat to
Ying had devoured close to 1400 people at this point already, but he
had yet to devour a single person that had the Light Element. It's
rarity could easily bee seen from this. Of course, the Light
Element was not without weakness. It was nearly unusable in
places without light, no matter how hard you tried to command the
surrounding Natural Energy. It also lacked flexibility, being
more focused on straight line movements.
they finished introducing themselves, they started closely examining
every corner of the island and the waters around it. The island
seemed like it was just one large black rock. Besides it's
extraordinary toughness, Huang Ying found nothing unusual about the
rock, neither did the others in the group.
about 15 minutes, they all gathered together at one corner of the
island. This corner of the island had a small raft tied to
it. The raft was made out of a strange type of gray logs held
together by what seemed to be vines. The raft could just barely
fit six people, so even if all four of them got on the boat, there
would still be space to spare. There was no sail on the boat,
just two oars that they would have to use to row.
Jun, what do you think? Is it safe to use this raft?”
water around the raft was a murky green color, looking like a tainted
emerald. Huang Ying had never even heard about water like this,
but just looking at it gave Huang Ying a bad feeling, so he decided
to ask Li Jun, who had experienced far more than Huang Ying.
Ying waited for Li Jun's response for almost an entire minute before
he realized that something was wrong. He tried to communicated
with Li Jun several more times, but after not getting any response,
he turned his vision inwards, checking out his Spiritual Sea. Upon
entering his Spiritual Sea, Huang Ying was shocked, he could not find
any traces of Li Jun.
that something had either removed or blocked his connection with Li
Jun, Huang Ying's face mouth couldn't help but twitch. Li Jun's
soul was trapped inside his Spiritual Sea, Huang Ying had never even
heard Li Jun mention that it was possible to remove him without
building him a new body. To be strong enough to either remove or
block their connection? Huang Ying had no idea what sort of level
seems like this raft is our only way off this island. Since
there are four of us, we can take turns rowing, switching every four
hours. Be wary of the surroundings, not even my Water Qi can
interact with the water around the raft, so it might not even be
Huang Ying's mouth was twitching, He Cheng took the lead, directly
jumping onto the raft and grabbing one of the oars. Huang Ying
and the others swiftly followed, Mo Yating grabbing the other oar,
starting their long trek through the water.