The Demon's Gate
Chapter 84: A deeper fusion.
He noticed Guo Luo jolting awake not long after the sun started rising, she quickly checked on his body before she sighed in relief. Guo Luo took his body and moved it to the entrance of the cave, before she herself left the cave and sat down, using the fresh morning air to clear her head.
After only half an hour, Yao Jun heard a loud screech resound over the forest. His face turned gloomy when he saw five massive crow's flying towards the, the sect reinforcements had arrived.
He saw Guo Luo do her best to crawl over to his body, but the five crows were simply too fast. By the time she reached the cave, the crows were already above her. Guo Luo struggled to her feet, standing in front of the cave, guarding Yao Jun's body, once more causing Yao Jun to wonder what he did to deserve someone that cared for him this much.
11 people jumped down from the crows, landing not far from Guo Luo. The man who seemed to be the leader waved his hand, prompting another male to walk towards Guo Luo and Yao Jun.
Seeing this man, Yao Jun was both anxious and angry. He was anxious because he was worried about Guo Luo, he knew that she was far too weak right now, even someone who hadn't even reached the 1st Mortal Earth would be able to easily beat her.
He was angry at both himself and the 11 people. He was angry because he was so weak, so weak that he could not even protect a single person, despite his struggles to grow stronger. And he was angry at the 11 people for trying to harm Guo Luo.
When the male hit Guo Luo, causing blood to be smeared on her face, his anger turned into pure and unbridled rage. Her body was covered in small and large wounds, covered in blood and dirt. She was in a truly pitiful state, a state she had only ended up in because of him.
Yao Jun swore right there that if anything happened to Guo Luo, he would not rest until he had found the sect these 11 people came from and turned the place into a sea of blood, he would not even spare the cats and dogs.
When the rage filled his entire body, there was a reaction from his Demon God's Gate. The obstruction that had prevented his soul from further fusing with the Demon God's Gate simply vanished. As the obstruction vanished, Yao Jun's soul also vanished from where it stood, entering the Demon God's Gate.
His soul appeared at the crown of the ancient tree, his feet sinking into the branches. After his legs sank down to their knees, they stopped sinking. Once he stopped sinking, the leaves on the black tree started fluttering, moving around even though there was no wind.
Small globs of pitch black energy came out of the fluttering leaves, looking like the blood of a demon god. The globs of black energy split into five different parts, each one going their own way. One part entered his own body, one entered Little Thunder, one entered Sirius, one entered Ba-Shei, and the last one flew out from the gate and entered Little Gray's body.
When the black energy entered his body, Yao Jun felt his entire body fill up with energy. The black energy coursed throughout his entire body, filling every nook and cranny. After it filled his entire body, the five parts that the black energy had turned into seemed to resonate with each other, connecting with each other.
Yao Jun felt his mind split into five different parts, one staying within his own body, while the other four each entered one of his Demonic beasts. When his mind entered his Demonic beasts, he could suddenly see and feel everything that they did.
He could feel the cold air and wind as Little Gray was soaring through the sky, the hunger of Ba-Shei. He could also control them much more easily, no longer needing to send them an order. Just thinking about it would cause them to perform the action he was thinking about.
Images quickly started filling up his entire mind, images of places and scenes he had never seen quickly appearing in his mind. He heard the voice that he first heard when he reached the 1st Mortal Earth sound out once more, telling him that these were the memories of his Demonic beasts.
He first saw Little Thunder's memories. Watched it's parents get killed by humans while it hid in a cave not far away. Watched it survive by eating the animals in the surrounding. Watched it face a youth clad in an emerald green robe, watched it die at the hands of that youth and be reborn as his first Demonic beast.
The next one up was Little Gray. He watched it spend it's childhood with it's parents, all the way until it learned to fly. Once it learned to fly, it left the nest and soared away, looking for a place where it could make it's own home. It found a nice tree in a massive forest, but it was forced to leave the tree after a fight.
After it left the tree, it found a place where it could recuperate from it's wounds. After spending some time recuperating, it spotted a group of youths traveling through it's territory. Using it's mental energy, it lured them closer to it's home and lulled them into a false sense of security. It manged to kill all the youths but one, eventually dying at the hands of that last youth, who had managed to summon a Lightning Tiger to fight it.
Sirius's memories were the next ones he saw. The birth of a Sky Wolf heralded the death of another. These words were not just a saying, but the truth. For a Sky Wolf to be born, it needs one of it's parents to send all their energy into it while it is in the womb. This kills the parent, but ensures that the child is born.
After being born, Sirius immediately left it's last living parent. Sky Wolves were solitary creatures who only rarely got together to mate, the rest of their lives were often spent alone. Not long after it left, it came across a person.
The person had a pleasant smell about him and filled Sirius with a sense of awe, like he was seeing a powerful demon. The person asked Sirius if he would be willing to follow him. Sirius considered for a short while before agreeing.
Sky Wolves needed a large amount of energy to grow, energy they would get through killing and eating cultivators or Demonic beasts. Even though Sky Wolves were solitary creatures, Sirius reasoned that it would be easier to find stronger prey if it followed this man.
The man died only a few years later, and Sirius was taken away by one of the man's friends, placed inside a tower. Sirius did not mind staying inside this tower, as there was a large forest here where he could hunt as many Demonic beasts as he wanted.
One day, the person who placed him inside the tower brought Sirius to meet someone. Sirius was brought before two people. One of them seemed rather uninteresting, but the other person immediately caught Sirius's attention.
The person was still very weak, but he had the same scent as the person it had met not long after being born. And the thing that surprised it was that the scent was even stronger of this person. The sense of awe Sirius felt when he saw this person was also much stronger, like he was facing a demon king. The youth placed his hand on Sirius, and Sirius once more entered into the same garden he had entered when he agreed to follow the last person who had this scent.
The last memories Yao Jun saw were Ba-Shei's. Ba-Shei started out as a normal serpent, not a Demonic beast. It slithered out from the corpse of it's mother, and found itself in a pitch black pit. There was no way for Ba-Shei to escape this pit, so he was forced to live inside the pit, inside the darkness.
There was no source of fresh food in the pit, but plenty of corpses. Ba-Shei sustained itself by eating the rotting corpses, even the corpse of his own mother. As it lived there, it kept trying to find a way to leave the pit, to find out what laid outside this pit.
As it kept living in the pit, the energy that lurked in the darkness started seeping into it's body, slowly changing it. Before Ba-Shei realized it, it's body had completely changed. It's once normal lower jaw had split into two, a spike started growing on it's nose, as well as several spikes at the side of it's head.
Another thing it discovered was that it could not control the darkness around it, shaping it into whatever it wished. It could even vanish into the darkness, appearing in a completely empty space that was filled with nothing but darkness.
Using this newfound power, it moved through the darkness, escaping the pit. It ended up arriving in a forest, where it then made it's home, eating anything that came too close to it's territory. It quickly learned about how delicious fresh meat was, especially the meat of strong people or Demonic beasts. This prompted him to grow stronger, allowing him to eat even tastier people.
It continued like this until one day, when a youth appeared outside of it's cave and taunted it. The youth was weaker than him, but he would still make for a nice snack. But it failed, the youth brought it into a strange forest, where it was eventually wounded too heavily.
It awaited it's death, but the youth stepped forward and spoke to it, tempting it with lofty promises. It promised him an entire world to feast on. It had no choice either way, so it accepted his words, allowing him to absorb it. And it was reborn, given a name, Ba-Shei, Serpent Emperor of Darkness.
After all the memories finished flooding his mind, the pieces of his mind that had left his body returned to Yao Jun, fusing back into him. But he knew that his connection with his Demonic beasts had changed completely, they were now parts of his body that he could control at will.
Once his mind returned to his body, he also felt his body brimming with energy, the pitch black energy had soaked into every inch of his body. He stopped controlling his soul, allowing it to return to his body.
When his soul returned to his body, he felt himself regain control over his body. He could no longer see everything that happened in a 15 meter area around him, but he could move his body again, see and hear with his own eyes and ears.
Yao Jun did not waste any time after regaining control over his body. He was filled with rage, and he needed something to release the rage on. His body sank into the darkness of the cave, entering a completely black space.
The space was 50 meters in every direction, exactly the range at which Yao Jun could control the darkness around him, and was completely empty. From within this empty space, Yao Jun could still see everything that happened outside, but only those who could control darkness could see into this space.
He moved his body, leaving the empty space and appearing behind Guo Luo's staggering body. He placed his hand on her shoulder and turned her body around. Ignoring the gazes of the 11 people, he planted a kiss on her lips.
The kiss was an unspoken pledge from him to her, that he would never let her go through anything like that again, that he would never let anyone hurt her ever again. The kiss only lasted for a short moment and was wet with the taste of blood, but it also carried with it a gentle warmth, the same warmth that Yao Jun felt when Guo Luo was wiping the sweat off his face.
After he finished the kiss, Guo Luo leaned her head against his body, and he placed his arms around her shoulder, holding her close. He turned his eyes to the 11 people, his eyes losing all traces of gentleness that they had when he looked at Guo Luo. A cold voice rang out from his lips as Ba-Shei manifested from the darkness of the cave behind him.
“Since you have already hurt her, there is no need for any of you to leave here.”
Chapter 85: Visage of a demon god.
“Sit down here, i'll finish up here quickly and then we can take care of your wounds.”
Yao Jun gently helped Guo Luo sit down as he spoke, leaning her back against the entrance of the cave. Guo Luo did not reject, as she barely had the strength to even stand. After Yao Jun helped Guo Luo sit down, he turned to face the 11 people again.
After he turned to face the 11 people, Ba-Shei raised it's body, coiling it's entire body around Yao Jun, resting it's head on his right shoulder. A grayish-azure light flashed out from his chest, manifesting as Sirius on his left side.
“As I have already said, there is no need for any of you to leave here today.”
Yao Jun's voice was so cold that it sent a shiver up the spines of the 11 people. They could tell that the youth in front of them was only at the late stage of the 1st Mortal Earth, weaker than their Senior Brother, but they still felt an inexplicable fear when they faced him.
After he finished his words, a black light flashed on Yao Jun's body and his armor appeared. But his armor looked different from before. The armor had turned almost completely black.
The once purple gauntlets had turned pitch black in color, only a few stripes of purple left as decoration. The once grayish-azure boots had also turned pitch black, only the claws remaining grayish-azure like they used to be. The only part on the back plate that stayed gray was the engraving of wings, while only the amber eyes from the serpent carving on his chest plate remained, everything else had turned pitch black.
“I do not think that murderers like you have any...”
The elegant youth clad in leather armor started speaking out after Yao Jun's armor appeared, his eyes narrowing. But before he managed to finish his sentence, he felt a stabbing pain in his body. His legs lost all strength as he fell down into a kneeling position.
He looked down and turned pale when he saw the cause of the pain. His arms and legs had turned into pincushions. Several finger thick tendrils of darkness had shot out from his own shadow and pierced through his arms and legs, even his abdomen was pierced through.
With a turn of his head, he could see that he was not the only one who suffered this fate, even his Junior Sisters and Brothers had been forced to their knees. He was not only shocked to discover that he had not even felt anything before he was pierced, but also terrified when he noticed his knees sink into the ground. To be more correct, his knees were sinking into the darkness beneath him.
Just as he was focused on his sinking knees, he heard a low thump coming from the front. He felt a terrible unease as he raised his head. He saw Yao Jun slowly walk over, a black sword had somehow appeared in his right hand as he was walking towards them.
But Yao Jun did not walk towards the elegant youth, nor did he walk over to the youth that had hit Guo Luo. He walked over to the other people who had arrived with the elegant youth.
He stopped next to one of the people, a female youth with a pretty face and a fiery hot body. He looked at her with cold eyes as he raised his right arm, resting the black sword against her neck. After keeping the sword there for a short moment, he made a quick chop, separating her head from her body.
The head fell to the ground and sank into the darkness, vanishing from sight. The girls body also sank into the ground after her head vanished, disappearing into the darkness. These people would make for good food for Ba-Shei.
After he beheaded the girl, he slowly walked over to the next person and repeated the process. He continued to do so for the others, slowly walking towards them and resting his sword on their neck, before beheading them. In the end, only the elegant youth and the person who had punched Guo Luo remained.
They did not think that they would be spared, they knew why they were the last to be killed. One had given the order to capture the girl, while the other had hurt her. The only reason they were still alive was because this youth wanted to fill them with fear.
And he completely succeeded. The sound of his feet hitting the ground filled them with fear whenever they heard it. Nobody wanted to die, especially like this, without being able to do a single thing.
The youth wore pitch black armor and held a pitch black sword dripping with blood in his hand. With a demonic serpent coiled around his body and a wolf walking at his side, he looked like the visage of a demon god. The sun had just barely risen, so there was only a faint light that covered the area. It would be the last thing these two people ever saw, but it was also the most hauntingly beautiful scene they would ever see.
After he beheaded the two of them, the black armor and sword disappeared in a flash of black light. Yao Jun returned Ba-Shei and Sirius into the Demon God's Gate and walked over to Guo Luo.
He did not say anything, he only bent forward and picked up Guo Luo into a princess carry. After he picked her up, he walked away from the spot where they had just been, walking until he found a small stream. While he was carrying her, Guo Luo did not say anything either, she simply put her hands around his neck and nuzzled her face against his chest, enjoying the warmth.
Yao Jun gently put down Guo Luo next to the stream and quickly prepared a small campfire. He took out a small pot from his interspatial ring and filled it with water, he then placed it on the fire. Once the water was boiling, he took out several medicinal herbs from his Demon God's Gate and threw them into the pot.
He boiled them until they had completely mixed with the water, turning into a thick paste with a deep green color and a refreshing smell. While he waited for the paste to cool down, he took out a piece of cloth from his interspatial ring and dipped it into the stream.
Once the cloth was soaked with clean water, he gently removed Guo Luo's robe. She wore underwear, so she was not naked, but she still felt rather embarrassed, a charming blush spreading on her face.
“This might hurt, but please bear it.”
He spoke softly, placing his hand on her right shoulder. Guo Luo grit her teeth, and Yao Jun pulled out the remains of the arrow from her shoulder. He threw away the remains and used the wet cloth to gently clean her wound, making sure that there was no dirt or blood left.
After he cleaned the wound on her shoulder, he rinsed the piece of cloth in the stream. Once it was clean again, he used it to gently wash her face, removing all traces of blood and dirt. He worked slowly and carefully, like he was scared of inflicting even the slightest amount of pain.
After cleaning her face, he moved onto the wound on her hip. The wound had already started closing because of the multicolored energy that had surrounded it after she passed out, but there was still blood and dirt around the wound.
Once Yao Jun finished cleaning all her wounds, the medicinal paste had cooled down enough. He grabbed the paste and applied it to any wound he could find, even the small scrapes that the branches had inflicted on her body were covered with medicinal paste.
After he finished applying the paste, he took out some bandages from his interspatial ring and applied them to the wounds, completely covering the medicinal paste. Once her wounds were bandaged, he made her take out a yellow qipao from her interspatial ring and helped her get dressed.
They did not leave after he helped her dress. Yao Jun sat down and allowed Guo Luo to nuzzle close to his body. After they sat there and watched the stream in silence for a few minutes, he gently held onto her chin and placed another kiss on her lips.
“I promise, I will never leave you.”
Chapter 86: Double awakening.
“Where will we go next?”
Yao Jun was sitting with his back against a tree, just watching the girl in his arms. Guo Luo had her entire body leaned against Yao Jun, the back of her head leaning on his shoulders as they just sat there, Yao Jun's arms around her waist.
Guo Luo was the one who spoke up, breaking the pleasant silence that the had been enjoying for a while. Yao Jun did not respond immediately, pondering in silence for a short while first.
“It would probably be best to return to Wan Yi, or to look for Yun Yantian. What do you think?”
Returning to Wan Yi would allow them to find more information about other Demonic beasts and maybe a way to return to his own continent. Finding Yun Yantian was something Yao Jun wanted to do because he was feeling rather uneasy about how Yun Yantian had just vanished after leaving the Yun clan.
“We should try to find Yun Yantian. If it was like Yang Yuhuan said, he has already been gone for a while.”
Guo Luo thought for a while before she responded. Finding more Demonic beasts to increase Yao Jun's strength was a good idea, but she could also tell that he was worried about Yun Yantian. In that case, it would be better to look for Yun Yantian. They could also kill all the good Demonic beasts they encountered while they were searching for him.
“Then let's do that.”
Yao Jun nodded his head, but he did not stand up to leave just yet. Little Gray was still on it's way back, so they could not use him to fly away, they would have to wait there for him to come back.
After waiting for around half an hour, a loud screech resounded over the forest. After hearing the screech, Yao Jun and Guo Luo stood up and headed over to the small cave.
The Giant Crows had fled right after Yao Jun awoke, and since Yao Jun had absorbed the 11 bodies into the empty space that he could access after acquiring power over darkness, there were no signs of the 11 people that had died here.
Little Gray landed outside the cave just as Yao Jun and Guo Luo arrived. When it saw him appear, Little Gray walked over to Yao Jun and rubbed it's head against him, showing how happy it was that he was fine.
“It's good that you are back Little Gray.”
Yao Jun rubbed the head of Little Gray as he spoke. There was a range limitation on him returning his Demonic beasts to the gate. Since Little Gray had flown so far away to hide, there was no way for him to return it to the gate before it returned and came close enough.
Yao Jun helped Guo Luo onto the back of Little Gray before he himself sat down on it's back and returned to hugging Guo Luo from behind. He was worried that it would be too hard for her to keep her body steady because of the wound on her hip.
After Yao Jun sat down, Little Gray immediately flapped it's wings and took off, soaring into the air. After it gained some height, it turned it's body and started flying towards the Liang continent. Since Yun Yantian had just left the Yun clan before he stopped contacting people, checking the Liang continent was the best option.
Yao Jun and Guo Luo were happily chatting and taking in the sights around them as they were flying. This only continued for a little over two hours before the both of them felt their God Gates tremble, a voice ringing out in their heads.
“The god of swords walks this earth once more, to cleave apart all evil.”
The ancient voice belonging to the Demon God's Gate rang out in Yao Jun's head, informing him of the birth of someone holding a God Gate, just like it did when Guo Luo's Illusion God's Gate awakened.
After hearing the voice, Yao Jun wasn't sure if he should be more worried, or less worried. He knew that Yun Yantian was the holder of the Sword God's Gate, they already learned that from the Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang. But since his God Gate awakened, there was a good chance that he had just finished a large fight, or was still fighting one.
“The god of ghosts walks this earth once more, to lead all spirits to salvation.”
Before Yao Jun even finished his thoughts, the ancient voice rang out once more. This time it made Yao Jun's heart sink. Two God Gates awakening at the same time, Yao Jun refused to believe that it was a coincidence, something must have happened.
Yao Jun and Guo Luo both closed their eyes, focusing on their God Gates. After spending almost a minute in silence, the both of them turned towards the Yang continent at the same time.
The God Gates attracted each other. Especially in their moments of awakening, they could sense this attraction much more clearly. Much like how when Guo Luo awakened her God Gate, it created a reaction Yao Jun's own God Gate. Using this reaction, the both of them traced where the awakening was taking place. The answer they got was that both awakenings were taking place in the Yang continent, they were even taking place very close to each other.
Little Gray immediately turned it's body, changing course from the Liang continent and heading to the Yang continent. Yao Jun was a bit worried, since the massive Demonic beast he met after leaving Zhenya valley had also headed towards Yang continent.
“You better be okay brother Yantian.”
Chapter 87: Guan's Edge City.
The city located at the very edge of Guanyu continent is named Guan's Edge City. It is a coastal city whose main purpose is transporting people to the two other continents, as well as serving as a dock for ships coming from the two other continents. There are several other coastal cities on the Guanyu continent, but Guan's Edge City is the largest one of them.
Yao Jun and Guo Luo spent six days of constant flying to reach this city. Once they reached the city, Yao Jun made Little Gray land at a safe location. He returned Little Gray to the gate, Guo Luo masked their faces with her illusions, and the both of them entered Guan's Edge City.
Yao Jun did this for two reasons. The first reason was to allow Little Gray to rest for some time, at least an entire day. Little Gray needed rest before they started the flight across the ocean, or he would not have enough strength to carry them all the way.
The second reason was to pick up provisions. They had picked up a lot of riches in Ash Barrens City, but very little food and water. Before they entered Zhenya Valley, they stocked up on some food and water, but not enough to make such a long trip as crossing the ocean.
With their faces masked in illusions, Yao Jun and Guo Luo could walk around the city at their own leisure, without having to worry about anything. Guo Luo no longer needed to wear bandages, as her wound had completely healed thanks to the multicolored light as well as the medicinal paste.
They bought a large amount of provisions and different herbs that could only be found around this area. Yao Jun took half and stored them inside his gate, while Guo Luo took the other half, making sure that she had some herbs on hand if anything were to happen to Yao Jun again.
“Let's go over there next!”
They could only wait for Little Gray to finish resting, and since they spent most of the time on Little Gray's back cultivating, Guo Luo did not want to waste this precious free time by cultivating in the inn.
The moment they had bought everything they needed, she grabbed Yao Jun's hand and started dragging him with her through the town. They had arrived during the evening of the previous day, so after they spent the night sleeping in the inn, they spent the morning buying all the provisions they needed. The plan was to head out the next morning.
Guo Luo did not only drag Yao Jun with her to spend some time together but also so that Yao Jun could relax and release some tension. These last six days, he had spent almost every waking second worried about Yun Yantian, so she wanted to help him relax.
Guo Luo dragged Yao Jun into a clothing store before she made him stand by the door and wait. After making sure that he was not following her, she walked over to a woman who looked like she worked there. She spent a short moment whispering with the woman and handing her a small pouch. After she handed the woman the pouch, the two of them walked deeper into the store.
“Come, come. Follow me.”
After she had been gone for around ten minutes, Guo Luo came skipping back, a brilliant smile on her face. She grabbed onto Yao Jun's hand and made him follow her deeper into the store. They quickly reached a room at the back of the store. The room was only a few meters in size, and contained only a large mirror, a table, and a chair.
The woman Guo Luo had talked to earlier entered the room after the two of them and placed a large wooden box on the table. After she placed the box on the table, she gave a short bow before bidding them farewell and leaving the room, closing the door behind her after she left, leaving behind only Yao Jun and Guo Luo.
Yao Jun started walking towards the box when he suddenly felt Guo Luo hold him back, preventing him from approaching the box.
“You just stand right there and do nothing.”
Guo Luo pointed at the spot in front of her as she spoke, her face slightly red. After making sure that Yao Jun was standing where she pointed, she grabbed hold of his brown robes and started slowly undressing him.
Yao Jun was just about to question what she was doing when Guo Luo gave him a slight glare, her face reddening the more she looked at him.
“You be quiet, you did this to me just a few days ago.”
Hearing her words, Yao Jun could only raise his arms in defeat. It was indeed true that he had stripped her down to her underwear after he woke up a few days ago, but that was only to clean her wounds and apply bandages.
After spending a short moment to take of Yao Jun's robe, leaving him in his underwear, Guo Luo stored away the brown robe. She spent a minute just staring at Yao Jun's body, examining every inch of it, tracing every single scar with her fingers.
She had seen him like this several times already, whenever he went to bed next to her, but she still felt a pang of pain in her heart when she saw the scars. His body was slightly skinny, with a myriad of scars covering his arms and upper body. The large scar in the shape of a dog swallowing the moon was especially glaring, it's poisonous green color made it stand out.
“You should just get rid of this.”
Guo Luo couldn't help but mutter as she traced the large scar. This scar was given to him by Guo Zhe using his poisonous power, a brand. Normal people might have trouble removing this scar, but it was no problem for the two of them. They had enough medicinal herbs to remove every scar on Yao Jun's body.
“You know that I can't. This scar serves as proof of my weakness. Only once I have killed Guo Zhe and Guo Jiahao can I remove this scar.”
Yao Jun shook his head as he spoke. He used this scar to remind himself of what would happen if he was weak. If he was weak, he did not even have the right to decide how his own body would look, he would just be at the mercy of others.
It also served as a sign of his grudge. Only once he ended this grudge by killing Guo Zhe and Guo Jiahao, taking back the interspatial ring that his mother had given him, only then would he remove this scar.
Guo Luo continued tracing Yao Jun's scars for a short moment before she nodded her head. She walked over to the box that the woman had brought with her and opened it, revealing a deep green cloth.
She pulled out the deep green cloth, revealing it to be loose shirt and a pair of pants. She walked over to Yao Jun and helped him get dressed, giving his entire body a few look overs after she finished clothing him.
The clothes were colored a deep, emerald green, much like the robes Yao Jun used to wear. The shirt was decorated with several black threads that came together and formed the image of a black gate on Yao Jun's back.
After she made sure that the clothing fit Yao Jun, Guo Luo took off her own robes in a bashful fashion. She walked over to the box and took out another piece of clothing that was the same emerald green as Yao Jun's.
She put on the clothing, revealing it to be a tight-fitting qipao that accentuated her figure, better showing off her curves as well as her breasts. This qipao was decorated with several multicolored threads that came together and formed a multicolored gate on her back.
“Look, now we match. You said that your green robes were given to you by your parents, so I wanted you to have something that would help remind you of them until we manage to return to your continent.”
Guo Luo made a few spins in front of Yao Jun, showing off the clothing as she spoke. She knew that all the robes Yao Jun had been given by his parents were placed inside his interspatial ring, but since that had been taken bu Guo Jiahao, he could not wear any of them.
After they arrived at the city yesterday evening, while Yao Jun went looking for an inn, she ran off to find a tailor that could quickly make a few pieces of clothing for the two of them. This tailor was the one she found. Thanks to the inborn power of the tailor, she was able to rapidly finish the ordered clothing.
“You really are too good for me.”
Yao Jun felt a sweet feeling in his chest as he looked at the clothing the two of them wore. He missed his parents, and wearing the green robes had made him feel closer to his parents, so he felt bad when he was not able to wear them.
He walked over to Guo Luo and put his arm around her waist, pulling her into an embrace. He placed a soft kiss on her lips and the two of them continued to stand there for a few moments, just enjoying the sensation of the kiss.
After finishing the kiss, Yao Jun held Guo Luo's hand and the two of them left the clothing store. The two of them continued to wander around the city hand in hand, buying food from various street vendors while they walked. Sometimes Guo Luo would make Yao Jun follow her into various shops, while other times it was Yao Jun that made her follow him.
Guo Luo liked painting, something Yao Jun had only learned right before they entered Zhenya valley, so most of the stores she brought him into revolved around different types of painting. Yao Jun on the other hand would bring Guo Luo to look at various weapon shops.
The both of them had weapons of their own, but Yao Jun still liked looking at various weapon shops. When he looked at their swords, it reminded him of his time as a child, before he started living in Flying Fish Town. Training in the way of the sword with his father was one of his fondest memories.
After they spent a few hours just wandering around, with evening approaching, they were planning on finding a place where they could eat dinner when Yao Jun spotted something at the end of the street.
At the end of the street stood a male youth, looking at the wares of a street vendor. The thing that caught Yao Jun's attention were the male's robes. The robes were completely black, with a large boulder engraved on the back. The robes of the Yao clan.
Chapter 88: Yao Luying.
Guo Luo couldn't help but speak out when she saw Yao Jun freeze as he stared at something further down the street. Yao Jun did not respond to her, instead dragging her along as he moved towards the youth wearing the Yao clan robes.
Yao Jun stopped behind the youth and tapped him on the shoulder. If this youth really was from the Yao clan, there was a good chance that he knew of a way to return to the Grand Quan continent.
The youth turned around to face Yao Jun. The youth had a completely unremarkable face, slightly tanned and rough skin. A small nose, thin lips, and two black eyes. He had brown hair that hung down over his eyes, covering half of them.
“Are you from the Yao clan of the Grand Quan continent?”
Yao Jun had never seen anyone using the same insignia as the Yao clan, but that did not mean that it was impossible for there to be a clan that just so happened to have the same insignia. This meant that he first had to find out whether or not this person really was from the Yao clan.
“Yes, I come from Boulder Fortress City. Can I help you with anything?”
The youth was slightly surprised when he heard Yao Jun's question. There were not a lot of people on these small continents that knew about the Grand Quan continent. Mostly it was only the leaders of certain large clans that knew about the Grand Quan continent and how to get there.
“I am Yao Jun, I come from the Great Rock City branch of the Yao clan. I ended up stranded on this continent after getting caught up in a Natural Spatial Node. You wouldn't happen to know how to return to the Grand Quan continent?”
While Yao Jun spoke, he drew a few strange symbols in the air. These symbols were used by the Yao clan, proving that someone was from the Yao clan and which branch they belonged to. Yao Jun had also heard about Boulder Fortress City when he was a child.
While Great Rock City was where the biggest branch of the Yao clan in the Great Yan country was located, Boulder Fortress City was where the main headquarters of the Yao clan was located. It was one of the four largest cities on the Grand Quan continent.
“Ah, so it is a fellow brother! You must truly have bad luck to be sucked up by a Natural Spatial Node. I am Yao Luying.”
The youth, Yao Luying, put on a bright smile after he heard Yao Jun's words. It was very rare for him to meet others from the Yao clan when he was on vacation, it was especially rare for him to meet someone who didn't try to flatter him immediately.
“Brother Luying, would you happen to know how to return to the Grand Quan continent? I have been gone for far too long, my parents must be worried to death.”
Yao Jun sighed in relief as he spoke. He had finally found a glimmer of hope for returning home, he could return to his parents. He would still have to work hard with his training, lest he become too weak to protect them, but at least they would be near him. Once he was strong enough, he could then return to this continent to reclaim his interspatial ring.
“You are in luck brother Jun! My vacation is ending tomorrow, so I plan on returning to the Grand Quan continent using the Spatial Array of the Guan clan. You can join me then and we can return together!”
Yao Luying pat Yao Jun on the shoulder as he spoke with a bright smile, but Yao Jun's face sank as he heard his words. Yao Luying noticed Yao Jun's expression sinking. Yao Jun put on a wry smile as he started explaining.
“It seems like we can't return together brother Luying. One of my friends might have encountered an accident a few days ago, so I can't return until I have found him and made sure that he is fine. But I must thank you for telling me that the Guan clan has a Spatial Array. Once I have found my friend, I can use that to return.”
Yao Jun wanted to return to his parents, but he was too worried about Yun Yantian to leave without finding him. Because of this, it was impossible for Yao Jun to follow Yao Luying to return to the Grand Quan continent. But at least now he knew of a way to go back, through the Spatial Array of the Guan clan.
“I see, it seems you have your fair share of worries. But don't worry, since you are such an honorable brother, I will make sure to send word of you to your parents once I return. Tell me their names and which branch they reside in.”
Yao Luying sighed and shook his head upon hearing Yao Jun's words, but he found that he quite liked this youngster. He had been stranded on an unfamiliar continent for who knows how long, but he still chose not to return immediately once he was given the chance, all because he was worried about his friend. Such a person was exactly the type of people he wanted in his Yao clan.
“Thank you brother Luying. Their names are Yao He and Yao Xun, they live in the Golden Moon branch. If you could tell them that I am still alive and fine, I would be grateful.”
Yao Jun sighed in relief after hearing Yao Luying's words. If he could send word to his parents that the was still alive, then they could stop worrying so much.
“No problem brother Jun, I will make sure that they get your message. I must return now, otherwise my assistant will start scolding me for returning too late. Once you decide to return to the Grand Quan continent, you can give the Guan clan my name, they will then allow you to use the Spatial Array.”
Yao Luying beat his own chest as he spoke, before he turned around and started walking away. He had come to the Guanyu continent on a vacation, but his assistant still ended up finding him and forcing him to work.
Yao Jun could not help wonder about the identity of this Yao Luying as he was watching him walk away. He looked and spoke like a youth, but he talked about having an assistant and that using his name would make the Guan clan let him use their Spatial Array.
He quickly shook his head and threw away the thoughts. Just thinking about it would not let him find the answer, so he would just have to wait and see if he ever met him again, he could ask him then.
Yao Jun spoke to Guo Luo next to him, a bright smile on his face, as he dragged her towards the inn. Now that he had found a way that they could use to return to the Grand Quan continent, and even found a way to deliver a message to his parents, he was in an excellent mood.
The two of them returned to the inn and ate a nice dinner, before they walked a bit more around the city. Once night sank, they returned to the inn and went to bed, they would head out once the sun started rising.
Once the first rays of the sun started shining over the horizon, Yao Jun and Guo Luo were standing on a hill a good distance away from the city. Yao Jun brought out his gate and summoned Little Gray. He placed the gate on Little Gray's back, and brought Guo Luo with him as he entered.
With the gate on Little Gray's back, they could stay inside it while Little Gray was flying over the ocean. Yao Jun did not usually do this, as he enjoyed the view from Little Gray's back as he was flying.
But he two reasons for doing it like this for this trip. Since they were inside the gate instead of on his back, Little Gray could fly for longer without needing rest, as there was no weight on his back to encumber him.
The other reason was that Yao Jun was planning on using this time to start training in the technique that Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang had given him, giving him another trump card that he could use in battle. Once they entered the gate, Little Gray let loose a loud screech and flapped it's wings, shooting into the air and starting the journey over the ocean.
Chapter 89: First part of Crumbling The Nine Heavens.
“I will be spending most of this trip in deep cultivation. I should be able to notice if anything happens thanks to my connection with Little Gray, but there is no guarantee. So if anything happens and I don't notice it, you need to knock some sense into me.”
After they entered the gate, Yao Jun sat down next to the ancient tree at the center of the garden. Crumbling The Nine Heavens required him to create a new channel that connected him and his power, so he wanted to be as close to the center of his power as possible, so as to prevent any accidents from happening.
“Don't worry, I will make sure that nothing will disturb you.”
Guo Luo gave a strong nod and showed a determined face as she spoke. Yao Jun's mouth curved into a smile and he bent forward and gave Guo Luo a quick kiss before sitting down.
Little Thunder, Sirius, and Ba-Shei came over and sat down next to Yao Jun, guarding him. Little Thunder laid down behind Yao Jun, allowing Yao Jun to lean his backwards onto Little Thunder's side. Sirius laid down to his left like a watch dog while Ba-Shei curled up on his right. With Guo Luo sitting in front of him, he was being guarded at all sides.
Yao Jun leaned his body backwards onto Little Thunder and closed his eyes. Since they were already sitting inside his Demon God's Gate, all he would have to do to create the new channel was to focus his mind and endure the resulting pain.
With Yao Jun closing his eyes and starting to focus, Guo Luo took out a canvas, some paint, and a few brushes from her interspatial ring. She quickly set up the canvas and started painting. She wanted to immortalize this scene of Yao Jun relaxing, his Demonic beasts guarding at his side.
Yao Jun focused his mind on the Demon God's Gate, putting all his focus on the ancient tree. After he made sure that all his focus was on the tree, he started channeling his Qi using the principle that Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang had taught him.
All living beings circulated their Qi through their veins, it flowed side by side with their blood. After the Qi reached the desired position, they would pull the Qi out from their veins and out through their skin and into the surrounding world. The Qi would then use the power of that person, as well as that persons imagination, to interact with the surrounding Natural Qi to create the desired effect.
When one fully immersed in cultivation, time stopped mattering. Yao Jun had even heard of people who had reached such a high level of cultivation that they could close their eyes to cultivate and wake up many years later, feeling as if but a few minutes had passed. Because of this, Yao Jun was unaware of the passage of time as he was cultivating.
He channeled his Qi through his entire body, absorbing Natural Qi from the surroundings as he did so. Once he made sure that ever single one of his veins was filled to the brim, he started the next step in practicing the Crumbling The Nine Heavens Technique.
He extracted a stream of black Qi from the ancient tree and pulled it towards his body. Normally, this stream of Qi would enter his veins and circulate through his body. But since his veins were currently filled to the brim, there was no way for it to enter his veins.
This would usually lead to one of two scenarios. The first was one where the person was keeping an eye on how much he absorbed. Making sure that he did not absorb too much, the person would make the stream of Qi pass over his body instead of absorbing it.
The second scenario was where the person was careless and did not pay attention to how much Qi he absorbed. The stream of Qi would attempt to enter his vein, causing the vein to become bloated and exploding.
If the vein was not too important and treated quickly, it would at worst result in the person becoming crippled in that part of the body. But if the vein was important or he waited too long with treating it, it could very easily lead to his death.
Of course, Yao Jun would not try to absorb this stream of Qi with his veins. The purpose of this stream of Qi was to create a new channel that connected him with his Demon God Gate, a secondary vein that was filled with the purest of Qi, ready to explode forth at a moments notice.
In the later stages of training in this technique, it was even necessary to make one of these channels in his own soul. Yao Jun had considered trying to create a channel in his soul immediately, but after some deliberation, he dropped this idea. He had only just recently started being able to control his soul, so he was not willing to risk it.
The stream of Qi stopped at the back of Yao Jun's left palm, hovering above the skin. Yao Jun took a deep breath to prepare himself before he made the stream of Qi plunge into his hand.
Blood started pouring out from his hand as the Qi dug into his hand, slowly making it's way up his arm. Wherever the Qi went, Yao Jun felt his flesh rend and tear, carving a new path through his body for Qi to travel.
He grit his teeth and endured the pain. There was no such thing as a free lunch in this world, if he wanted to acquire strength, he would have to pay the price and suffer the pain.
As the stream of Qi started traveling further up his arm, another stream of Qi left Yao Jun's normal veins, covering his left hand. The Qi reached the hole that had been produced in his hand and started slowly healing it. Yao Jun made sure that only the outer part of the hand was healed, sealing up the wound but not the new channel.
The stream of Qi continued to carve a path through his body, slowly reaching his shoulder, before it started carving a path towards his chest. After what felt like an eternity, the stream of Qi reached his chest and ended up next to his heart, right next to a black gate that was located next to his heart.
The stream of Qi entered the gate, appearing right next to Yao Jun's body. After the Qi appeared next to him, it returned to the ancient tree, completing the process of creating a new channel that was connected to his Demon God's Gate,
After the connection had been established, Yao Jun couldn't help but release a sigh, his entire body drenched in sweat. He still felt pain in his body as he was not completely used to the new channel, but it was much better than the pain of having a new channel carved into his body.
Yao Jun absorbed more Qi from his surroundings and filled up the new channel. Once he had filled the channel with Qi, he sank his mind into the channel. Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang had said that every new channel he dug would contain one of Sword empyrean Heng Jiang's own sword techniques.
Once his mind sank into the channel, the token that Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang had given him start trembling. It moved through his body and entered the channel that Yao Jun had just created. A tranquil and familiar voice rang out in Yao Jun's head as his vision turned white.
“Little one, finally you have started training in my technique.”
Chapter 90: A blue pearl.
Yao Jun found himself in a completely white world after he opened his eyes again. Not far from him stood a familiar middle-aged man clad in a simple white robe. He had short brown hair and clear, green eyes. An ancient sword sheath was strapped to his back. He was the one who had just spoken to Yao Jun, Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang.
“Senior Heng Jiang.”
Yao Jun gave a quick bow upon seeing Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang. Seeing Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang caused Yao Jun to feel slightly guilty. Heng Jiang had dedicated his entire life to freeing their planet from it's prison.
When he gave Yao Jun the Crumbling The Nine Heavens Technique, he said that it embodied his life and hopes. It was clear that Heng Jiang wanted Yao Jun to take up his mantle and work towards freeing the planet. But Yao Jun had not chosen to do that, instead deciding to head down a path that created a peaceful place for those he loved. Freeing the planet was something he would only consider after he had managed to do that.
“No need for this formality, this is but the last remnant thought that I attached to the token I gave you before you left. Training in the Crumbling The Nine Heavens Technique can be very difficult, so to make it easier for you, I decided to let you witness how I created the different parts of the technique.”
Heng Jiang had a tranquil smile as he spoke. He had never been one that cared for formality, even while he was alive. With Yao Jun being the only person to inherit his technique, Heng Jiang had already decided back then to do everything in his power to aid him.
“But I must say that I am rather impressed, you had only just left my tower when you managed to find another person holding a God Gate, you even made her your little girlfriend.”
Heng Jiang couldn't help but chuckle as he spoke, slightly teasing Yao Jun. The tiny amount of remnant thought that he had left behind in the token allowed him to observe everything happening around it, letting him see everything that Yao Jun had done.
Heng Jiang waved his hands after he finished talking, and the white world around them started to change. Yao Jun suddenly found that the two of them were floating in the air. The air above them was completely filled with golden runes, preventing them from taking a step higher.
A good distance below them, Yao Jun could see a blue planet. The entire planet was covered in water, only four continents present on it. Three of the continents were placed near each other, forming a triangle. Looking closer, it looked like the three continents were once a single, large continent that had been torn apart. The last continent was massive in size, almost four times as large as any one of the three other continents.
“The most important part to mastering anything, is a person's state of mind. Look below you, do you see that beautiful, blue pearl? That is our planet, that is our home. When I was still alive, I would often come up here to just look at it.”
Heng Jiang turned away from Yao Jun and faced that blue planet in the distance, a wistful expression on his face. He reached out with his hand as he spoke. They were so far away from the blue planet that he could cover the entire planet with his hand when he stretched it out.
“When I stand here and reach out my arm, I can grasp the entire planet in a single hand. Everything I wish to protect and fight for placed safely within the palm of my hand.”
Heng Jiang had a faint smile on his face as he moved his hand, making it look like he was cradling the entire planet in the palm of his hand.
“You and I are different, but we are also the same. I fought to free all living beings on that planet, allowing them to experience a greater world beyong this single planet. You on the other hand seek to create a peaceful place for those you care about, no matter how much blood you must drench yourself with to make that happen.”
Heng Jiang turned to face Yao Jun, who had his head slightly lowered. Heng Jiang had seen everything going on around Yao Jun, something Yao Jun realized when he mentioned Guo Luo. This clearly also meant that he knew about Yao Jun's intentions.
“But we both want to protect them. I wanted to protect the living beings on this planet from being imprisoned, you want to protect those you care about from harm and sadness. We both simply want to protect, it is just that the scale of things we want to protect are different.”
Heng Jiang continued talking, not minding Yao Jun's lowered head. He wanted the planet to be freed, true, but he would never force this task on anyone. And he quite liked Yao Jun, he was fond of how decisive and straight forward he was. If he wanted to protect something, he would protect it. If he wanted to kill someone because they were evil, he would kill them.
“Reach out your hand, grasp that which you wish to protect safely within your palm, keep it safe for all eternity. If you manage to do that, it will mean that my inheritance has not fallen into the wrong hands.”
Heng Jiang had a faint smile as he spoke, grabbing Yao Jun's arm and making it reach out towards the planet. He was certain that as long as there were people on that planet that Yao Jun wanted to protect, he would protect the planet.
Yao Jun held out his arm, placing his hand beneath the planet in the distance, holding the entire thing in his palm. He did not know what Heng Jiang saw when he did this, but he knew what he saw.
He saw his parents sitting around a small table, a pot of steaming soup standing at the center of the table. He saw Guo Luo leaning up against his chest with her eyes closed, sleeping peacefully. He saw Yun Yantian standing next to him as they flew away from Great Xian City, shouting out loudly about his clear heart.
A friend, a family, and a lover. Three things held tightly in his palm, three things he wanted to protect with all his might. With these three things held tightly in his palm, the guilt he felt towards Heng Jiang faded away. All that remained was a strong determination to use Heng Jiang's technique to keep these three things safe for all eternity,
“It seems that you have managed to throw away that useless guilt, excellent. Then follow me, let me show you my first technique, One Sword To Free The Heart.”
Heng Jiang saw Yao Jun's eyes turn more and more determined as he cradled the blue pearl in the distance, a satisfied smile on his lips. The more he saw of Yao Jun, the more he realized that he had made the right choice in handing his inheritance to him.
Chapter 91: One Sword To Free The Heart.
Yao Jun didn't immediately respond to Heng Jiang, continuing to gaze at that blue pearl placed safely within the palm of his hand. The more he continued to gaze at it, the more enchanted by it he became.
The feeling of having everything he wanted to protect placed safely within his palm could only be described as intoxicating. Yao Jun could not help but long for the day he could make this reality, to hold them safely through everything.
“If you want to hold it safely within your palm like that, it requires you to work hard, otherwise it will always stay as naught but a dream.”
Heng Jiang's hand landed on Yao Jun's right shoulder, his voice sounding out from right next to him. Yao Jun shook his head and retracted his arm. He turned towards Heng Jiang with a burning gaze and gave him a deep bow.
“Thank you for showing me this, senior, I will make sure that it becomes reality.”
Yao Jun felt truly grateful to Heng Jiang. Not only had he given him a supreme technique like Crumbling The Nine Heavens, he had also showed him what it felt like to be able to protect everything he wanted to protect, further cementing Yao Jun's desire to become strong.
“As long as you have the heart to fight for the things you want to protect, I will be pleased. I wish I could be there when the whole world learns of the name, Yao Jun.”
Heng Jiang could not help but let out a sigh as he spoke. He truly wished that he could continue to stick around and see Yao Jun's future, but his time was already over. Even this remnant thought would only be able to remain for a short time.
Heng Jiang shook his head and put on his usual tranquil smile. He waved his hand and the world around the two of them changed once more. This time Yao Jun found that they had arrived in a small village located in a deep valley. Surrounded by mountains and a large forest, the village was almost completely isolated.
Heng Jiang did not say anything, just looking around at the village with a yearning gaze. They continued to stand there for a short moment, until a young boy, seemingly no older than ten, suddenly ran out from one of the small wooden houses that the village was made from. The boy was clad in a simple white robe, had clear green eyes and short brown eyes. A simple sword hung at his waist.
The boy opened his mouth, seemingly shouting something, but there was no sound that came out. After the boy shouted something, a young girl walked out from another one of the houses. The girl had clean white skin, long blonde hair and brown eyes.
The girl had a guilty look on her face as she walked over to the young boy. She stopped a short distance away from him and lowered her head, seemingly too afraid to face him. She opened her mouth and spoke a few words, and the young boy's face turned ashen.
She did not speak more after that, she simply turned around and ran back into the house she came out from, leaving behind the boy who simply stood there, pale as snow. The boy stretched out a trembling arm, as if he was trying to grasp something that was no longer there.
After standing still for several minutes, the boy turned and ran. He did not run into the house he had come from, he ran away from the village. Yao Jun and Heng Jiang automatically followed the young boy as he ran deeper into the forest, until he was so deep in the forest that he could not even see a trace of the village.
After running deep into the forest, the young boy stopped and turned his head towards the sky. He let loose what seemed to be a long scream, tears streaming down his face. After he stopped screaming, he pulled out the sword hanging at his waist and started swinging it around in various patterns.
“Her name was Jin Hanying. Even though we were but children, we were still in love with each other. We even planned on getting married one day. But because that years winter had been especially bad, her parents fell ill.”
While the young boy was swinging his sword, Heng Jiang spoke up, his voice still sounded tranquil, but Yao Jun could detect a faint pain hidden deep within.
“Our two houses were poor, so we could not afford the medicine to heal them. She had no other options, she could only give herself to the son of the village leader, becoming his concubine. She told me that she could not marry me because she no longer loved me, that the son of the village leader was very good to her.”
Heng Jiang let out a self deprecating chuckle as he shook his head. It was clear that this day had affected him tremendously.
“Even back then she had always been a terrible liar, but I still chose to believe her. To drown out the truth by repeating the lie to myself. The truth was that I was simply too weak to marry her. Had I been stronger, I would have had a higher standing in the village, I would have been able to afford the medicine. But I was weak, so I could do nothing but run. Run until I became strong enough to grasp everything in the palm of my hand.”
While Heng Jiang was talking, Yao Jun was almost completely immersed in the moves that the young boy was performing. As the young boy kept swinging his sword, it slowly started going from a slash to a stab.
“This moment helped me realize that without strength, you were not even free to love, even your heart was shackled by weakness. It was here I developed the first sword strike of Crumbling The Nine Heavens. One Sword To Free The Heart. The pain I felt that day was like a sword stabbing through my heart, so the technique became a stab that pierces all in it's path.”
When Heng Jiang finished his words, the young boy stabbed out with his sword once more. The sword slightly twisted as he stabbed forth, a burst of Qi shooting out from the sword and creating a small hole in a branch not far away from the boy.
Yao Jun could not only see the moves of the boy, he could even see how the young boy moved his Qi as he was practicing. He slowly came to understand how this technique worked. The technique gathered up his Qi and made it rotate rapidly, before it released all that rotating Qi through the tip of the sword, resulting in a stab with immense power.
“That was One Sword To Free The Heart, practice it well little one. I have shown you everything I can for now, so it is time for you to leave. The next time you open a new channel and come to learn the sword strike within, this remnant thought of mine will no longer exist, you will only be able to see my experience up until I made the technique. The rest you will have to figure out on your own.”
As Heng Jiang spoke, the forest in front of their eyes started vanishing. After the forest vanished, Yao Jun found that his mind had left the channel, returning to his body. After his mind left the channel, Heng Jiang's voice rang out inside his head one last time.
“Also, I can only do this up until the fifth channel. This is because I was never able to create techniques for the fifth, sixth, seventh, eight, and ninth channel. You will have to create your own techniques, sword strikes that belong to only you.”
(i have fixed the patreon so that patreons can read up to two chapters ahead. i have also created a discord for people who want to talk about the story or give advice.
Chapter 92: Yang continent.
Yao Jun opened his eyes and swept the surroundings with his eyes. He was sitting in the lotus position with his back straight, no longer leaning on Little Thunder, nor were Sirius and Ba-Shei laying next to him.
The surroundings were dark, so it was clearly night in the outside world. A short distance away from him, Guo Luo was leaning against Little Thunder, sleeping peacefully. Sirius and Ba-Shei were both laying down next to her, guarding at her side.
They noticed that Yao Jun had woken up, but he told them to stay quiet and not wake Guo Luo. He quietly stood up and left the gate, appearing on Little Gray's back. After appearing on Little Gray's back, he stretched his body, his joints crackling as he did so.
He checked the surroundings with his eyes, trying to figure out how long he had been cultivating. There was nothing but water to their left, right, as well as behind them. But he could see some land in the distance ahead of them, so it was clear that they were approaching the Yang continent.
The trip would take around one month of constant flying, so since he could see the Yang continent in the distance, it could only mean that he had been cultivating for about one month. He couldn't help but be slightly surprised when he noticed this, this was easily the longest time he had ever spent cultivating in one go, usually it would only be around one day at most.
“It's been hard on you.”
Yao Jun sat down on the back of Little Gray and gently pat him on the head. He could feel how tired Little Gray was, it was clear that flying for one month straight was very hard for it. Yao Jun did not continue talking, he just sat there and stroked Little Gray's head.
He continued to stroke Little Gray's head for a short while before he slightly turned his head, facing the direction of the Guanyu continent. He stretched out his arm and opened his hand, as if he was trying to grasp the Guanyu continent. But he could not see the Guanyu continent, so it looked like he was simply grasping at the water.
“It's not the same.”
Yao Jun shook his head and pulled back his arm. Trying to grasp the Guanyu continent did not produce the same intoxicating feeling he felt when he grasped the entirety of the planet. He of course knew why, none of the things he wanted to protect were placed on the Guanyu continent.
Yao Jun continued to sit on Little Gray's back, simply enjoying the fresh and cold air. Little Gray had slowed down it's flight speed as Yao Jun left the gate, so the wind could only be described as a refreshing breeze.
“You're finally awake.”
While Yao Jun was sitting there, Guo Luo left the gate and appeared at his side. She sent him a sweet smile before she sat down next to him and leaned her head on his shoulder. Yao Jun moved his arm, grabbing onto her hand and holding it tight. He could not grasp everything that he wanted to protect, but this was something that he could grasp and protect.
The two of them did not say anything, they simply leaned against each other under a starlit sky and enjoyed the cool breeze. As the sun started rising, the Yang continent had gotten close enough for them to clearly see a city located at the coast.
“You did good, you can rest now.”
Little Gray continued flying until it found a place that was well hidden from the city. It landed and allowed Yao Jun and Guo Luo to hop off. Yao Jun gave Little Gray a few more gentle pats on the head before he returned him into the gate.
Yao Jun held Guo Luo's hand and started heading towards the city they had just flown over. Yao Jun was planning on finding information about two things before they continued to head to where Yun Yantian and the person holding the Ghost God's Gate awakened.
The first thing he wanted to find information on was the massive Demonic beast that he had encountered on Guanyu continent. When it left, it headed in the direction of the Yang continent, so it was almost certainly somewhere on this continent now. The second thing he wanted to find information on was if there had been anything else large that had happened on this continent, especially in the area where they sensed Yun Yantian awaken.
They quickly approached the city, and the first thing they noticed was that the city was packed to the brim with people. Now that they weren't flying so high up, Yao Jun could notice that there were constantly boats leaving the city, heading towards the Guanyu and Liang continent.
“What is going on here, why are so many people leaving the continent?”
Yao Jun and Guo Luo walked over to a small booth that sold various types of dried and fresh food. There was only a middle-aged man with a bald head standing in the booth. He looked at Yao Jun with a slightly strange gaze, but he still answered the question.
“An utterly humongous Demonic beast has appeared on the continent. It settled down at the center of the continent, where the headquarter of the Yang clan is located. It simply settled there and killed almost everyone who was in the area at the time, so people are terrified that it will go on a rampage and kill more people. So they choose to leave the continent.”
The man spoke calmly, but Yao Jun could still detect a slight shiver in his voice. It was clear that everyone was terrified at the might and ferocity of this Demonic beast. Since not even the Yang clan could stop it, what hope did they have?
“Have there been any other large occurrences, like large battles?”
Since he had gotten an answer to one of the things he wanted to find more information about, he proceeded to ask the second question he had.
“None that are noteworthy. There are more bandits prowling the roads than normal, but that is only to be expected in times like this.”
The bald man fondled his chin in silence for a short while before he shook his head. With such a massive Demonic beast arriving at their continent, who would have time to start any large battles.
“I see, thank you for answering my questions.”
Yao Jun gave the bald man a faint smile before he and Guo Luo turned around and headed to the exit of the town. He could not help but wonder what had happened to Yun Yantian. The massive Demonic beast settled at the center of the continent, but the area where they sensed Yun Yantian awaken was to the east of this continent, a few days walk away from this town.
Chapter 93: Ruined village.
Yao Jun and Guo Luo left the city and returned to the spot where Little Gray had landed earlier. Yao Jun did not bring out Little Gray, but brought out Little Thunder instead. Yao Jun wanted Little Gray to get some rest, so he chose to have them ride Little Thunder instead.
Little Thunder was a little over three meters in length, so there was plenty of room for Yao Jun and Guo Luo on his back. If they were still on the Guanyu continent, Yao Jun would be very careful about riding Little Thunder, but there was no need to be too worried about it here on the Yang continent.
The continent was currently in chaos because of the massive Demonic beast, with most people trying to leave the continent as fast as possible. With Guo Luo using her illusions to cover up their features and making them look like they belonged to the Demon Race, the chance of someone stopping them was quite low. After all, the Demon Race was known for being able to summon Demonic beasts.
Yao Jun grabbed onto Little Thunder's horns, and Guo Luo wrapped her arms around his waist, snuggling up against him. Yao Jun ignored the soft sensation on his back and gate Little Thunder a soft pat on the head as he gave the order.
Little Thunder let out a loud roar and immediately moved towards the east at full speed. Despite the chance of them being stopped being quite low, Yao Jun did not choose to travel on the road. He made Little Thunder run through the forests and more unpopulated areas, ensuing that they would not encounter others.
Little Thunder moved so fast that the surroundings turned blurry, making it impossible for Yao Jun and Guo Luo to see what was around them. But Yao Jun was connected to Little Thunder through not just his mind, but even his soul now. So he just needed to let Little Thunder know where they had sensed Yun Yantian awaken, and Little Thunder would stop there automatically.
Normally it would take a few days of walking to get to the place where Yao Jun had sensed Yun Yantian awaken, but with Little Thunder running there at full speed, it only took them two days. The place where they ended up was a small village located in a forest.
The buildings in the village were made out of either wood and stone, each one round in shape and only consisting of one floor. The roofs were made out of wooden planks covered in dried grass and straw. The village looked like it would have surely been a charming place to spend a few days of rest.
But that was now all in the past, the village was now completely in ruins. Not a single house was still intact, the wooden houses were all burnt black, while all the stone houses had been completely crushed. The stench of blood and rot still hung in the air as there were corpses, both Human Race and Demon Race, littering the ground all around the village.
Yao Jun had been prepared that something might have happened, but he had never expected it to be something like this. He quickly hopped off Little Thunder's back and searched the bodies on the ground He only heaved a sigh of relief when he did not find Yun Yantian's body.
“What happened here?”
Guo Luo and Little Thunder came walking over after Yao Jun finished searching the bodies. Guo Luo couldn't help but cover her mouth as she asked, her eyes red and moist. There were corpses everywhere, young and old, men and women, no one had been spared it seemed.
“It was the Guo clan.”
Before Yao Jun could say anything, a soft voice rang out from one of the ruined buildings not far from them. Hearing this voice, while Guo Luo and Little Thunder tensed up, Yao Jun couldn't help but furrow his brows.
“Why are you here, Wan Yi?”
Yao Jun turned toward the ruined building as he spoke. As he spoke, Wan Yi came walking out from the ruined building. Wan Yi was no longer clad in the fur robes that she wore the previous times Yao Jun had met her, she wore a much simpler and plain black robe instead.
“Do you know what this village was?”
Wan Yi did not immediately answer Yao Jun, she instead walked closer as she spoke, sweeping the entire village with her eyes. As he looked at her, Yao Jun could detect a deep sadness within her eyes.
“This village was created by my mother, it was a village where the two races could live together in peace, much like Xieren City. But this village was for everyone, not like Xieren City, where only those with money or status can live. My mother dedicated her entire life to creating villages like this.”
Wan Yi did not wait for Yao Jun to answer before she continued talking. She walked over to one of the corpses and placed her hand on it's face, closing it's eyes. She closed her own eyes and muttered a small prayer.
“Someone told the Guo clan that Yun Yantian holds a God Gate, causing them to send out a large group of people to hunt him down. They found Yun Yantian in this village, and proceeded to attack. Yun Yantian teamed up with one of the people who lived in this village, and together they managed to flee. I do not know where they traveled after that.”
Wan Yi turned towards Yao Jun after she finished muttering the small prayer. When she spoke of the Guo clan, her eyes were practically blazing with flames. Her entire body exuded a dense killing intent.
“How do you know that? And why are you here? I don't imagine the Demon Race would send you to a dangerous place like this continent. And why are you telling me all this?”
Yao Jun furrowed his brows even more after hearing her words. He did not doubt her words, lying to him would gain her nothing. He could not help but worry after hearing her words. Someone had told the Guo clan that Yun Yantian had a God Gate. Who knew about it? Why had they told the Guo clan?
“I know what has happened here because my Soul Beast allows me to temporarily summon the souls of people who recently died. I asked one of the people from this village what happened. He said that one of the people from the Guo clan said that they would put Yun Yantian's God Gate to better use.”
As Wan Yi spoke, she raised her left hand. Black smoke rose up from her left hand, turning into a small black crow that flew around her hand. The feathers on the crows back were white and formed the shape of a skull. A wailing sound could be heard wherever the crow flew. Yao Jun had read about this Demonic beast before, it was called a Reaper Crow, it sustained itself by eating dead souls.
“As for why I am here, it is because I have been banished by the Demon Race. One of my recent actions broke the law of the Demon Race, so they banished me once they found out. And I am telling you all this because of two reasons.”
Wan Yi shrugged her shoulders as she spoke, pretending like she didn't care. She had sent her people to impersonate Yao Jun and kill several people, but her plan had backfired. One of her men turned out to be a spy for one of her rivals, who then promptly reported her actions to the elders. She was accused of treason and then banished from the Demon Race.
“One. You want to find Yun Yantian and keep him safe, I don't want him to fall into the hands of the Guo clan, so our goal is the same. Two. You have a grudge with the Guo clan because they tortured you, I have a grudge with them because they destroyed something my mother dedicated her entire life to. Once more, our goals align. I have nowhere else to go, let me travel with you."
Chapter 94: Gathering allies.
“While it is true that I want to find Yantian and keep him safe, the second point you made is not completely correct. I have a grudge with Guo Jiahao and Guo Zhe, not the entire Guo clan. Just like they have evil people, they also have good people.”
Yao Jun shook his head in response to Wan Yi's words. Her words made it sound like he wanted to kill everyone from the Guo clan, but that was not what he wanted.
Guo Zhe and Guo Jiahao were people he was going to kill, but the grudge between them did not extend to the rest of the Guo clan. Of course, if people from the Guo clan were going to try and hunt him down to kill him, or hurt those he cared about, they would die all the same.
“I have a question. What did you do to get banished by the Demon Race?”
Guo Luo spoke up from beside Yao Jun. She had heard Yao Jun talk about Wan Yi before so she knew that she had a high status in the Demon Race. For her to get banished by the Demon Race, she must have done more than just break a normal law.
“I killed many people. People from both the Demon Race and the Human Race. I found that they had committed heinous crimes, so I decided to kill them.”
Wan Yi had a grim expression as she spoke. While she spoke the truth, she left out half of it, not mentioning that she had made her people impersonate Yao Jun as they killed those people.
Wan Yi also had another reason for traveling with Yao Jun. She did indeed want to kill the people from the Guo clan who destroyed this village, but that was not the only reason.
She no longer had her position in the Demon Race. So the only way for her to create a peaceful world where the people from the Demon Race could live without constantly fighting a pointless battle was with her own strength. She would have to become strong, strong enough to make no one dare start any pointless battles against her people.
Of course, the odds of her managing this all alone were almost nonexistent. But if she found strong allies who were willing to assist her, it would be much easier. Yao Jun wanted to create a peaceful world for those he cared about, so their goals were almost the same, only on different scales.
Yao Jun didn't respond immediately, tapping his chin in silence as he considered Wan Yi's proposal. He did not care that she had killed people for committing crimes, he had done the same.
He also did not dislike her, in fact, he found her quite admirable. Yao Jun simply wanted to protect a few people, which could be considered a very selfish goal. But she wanted to protect the entire Demon Race.
“What do you think?”
Yao Jun turned his head towards Guo Luo as he asked. He did not mind having Wan Yi traveling with them, but he also had to see what Guo Luo was thinking. Guo Luo stood there in silence for a short moment, pondering, before she opened her mouth and gave her opinion.
“I don't see a reason why we shouldn't bring her along. Her power also seems very useful, so I am fine with having her travel with us.”
Guo Luo nodded her head as she spoke. Being able to summon the souls of the recently deceased would make it much easier to collect information in certain situations. If they had been able to do this after Yao Jun killed the people who chased them after they left Zhenya valley, they could have found out exactly who was chasing them.
“Thank you. I am Wan Yi.”
Hearing Guo Luo's words, Wan Yi's face lit up with a smile as she cupped her hands and introduced herself. She of course already knew who Guo Luo was, but proper introductions were still in order.
“I am Guo Luo.”
Guo Luo cupped her hands and returned the smile. She found it a slight pity that it would no longer be just her and Yao Jun, but she also knew that it would be easier for them if they had more allies. Guo Luo herself was still rather weak in a fight, so having Wan Yi to assist in fights could be a great help.
“Do you know any way we can track down Yun Yantian?”
After the two girls made their introductions, Yao Jun opened his mouth and spoke. If he had any items belonging to Yun Yantian, he could maybe have Little Thunder or Sirius try to track him down through his scent. But he had no such items, so he did not have any leads on how to find him.
“I can't track down Yun Yantian, but I might be able to track down the people chasing them.”
Wan Yi turned towards one group of corpses as she spoke. These corpses were all clad in the robes of the Guo clan, so they were clearly part of the group that were chasing after Yun Yantian. Wan Yi walked over to the group of corpses and raised her left hand.
Black smoke started seeping out of her skin and into the surroundings, quickly forming a large crow with the image of a skull on it's back. The crow was even bigger than Little Thunder, it's body five meters in length and two meters in width. The crow spread out it's wings and released a loud screech.
After it's screech sounded, black smoke started seeping out from the corpses on the ground, forming several humanoid silhouettes. Yao Jun knew that these were the souls belonging to the dead people from the Guo clan. After the silhouettes formed, the crow opened it's beak and directly swallowed all the silhouettes.
After it swallowed all the silhouettes, the crow turned into black smoke and returned into Wan Yi's body. Wan Yi closed her eyes in deep concentration, seemingly searching for something.
“Strange. There are far too many people from the Guo clan on this continent.”
Wan Yi opened her eyes after a few minutes of concentration and couldn't help but mutter to herself. Seeing Yao Jun and Guo Luo's confused expression, she quickly explained to them.
“When the Reaper Crow devours a soul, I can use it to track down anyone who has a similar soul. Since it devoured several souls from the Guo clan, I had it track down anyone who had a soul that matched any of them, basically allowing me to track down anyone belonging to the Guo clan.”
Everyone had their own soul, but people who belonged to the same clan would often have some similarities in their soul. It was by using these similarities that Wan Yi could track them down after having the Reaper Crow devour their souls.
“At my current level, I can only just barely search half the Yang continent. But even then, I found over 17000 people from the Guo clan, that is simply far too many, it seems like they are planning something big.”
The Guo clan was scared of the Yang clan attacking them, so there was no way they would have too many spies on the Yang continent. If a spy was discovered, the Yang clan could use it as an excuse to attack and eradicate the Guo clan.
“But don't worry, most of these people are very spread out, with a large amount of distance between each. I only found one group that contained more than four people. This group should be the one that is chasing Yun Yantian.”
Wan Yi brought out the Reaper Crows as she spoke, hopping onto it's back as she indicated for Yao Jun and Guo Luo to hop on after her. Yao Jun hopped onto the crow after a short moment of hesitation. Flying on this crow would indeed be faster than riding Little Thunder.
Chapter 95: We meet again.
The three of them flew on the back of the Reaper Crow, surveying the land beneath them. Wan Yi could use her connection with the Reaper Crow to locate the group that was most likely pursuing Yun Yantian, but Yao Jun still searched for Yun Yantian from the air with his own eyes.
While the group they were following were most likely the group pursuing Yun Yantian, they were only the group that were most likely to chase them. For all they knew, it could just be a coincidence that such a large group of Guo clan members were so close to the place where Yun Yantian awakened.
There was also a chance that Yun Yantian had gone into hiding somewhere, rather than keep fleeing from the Guo clan people. Because of this, Yao Jun had spent every moment they were flying, channeling his Qi into his eyes to keep watch on the surroundings.
While doing so, he also occasionally turned his eye toward the center of the continent. He could feel that they were approaching the massive Demonic beast, getting closer the longer they flew. Of course, if the Demonic beast did not release it's aura, there would be no way for Yao Jun to sense it. It was giving him a warning, letting him know not to get too close.
“They made a sharp turn, they have also increased their speed. It seems like they have spotted what they were looking for. If we let little Xie fly at full speed, we should reach them in around an hour.”
After flying for two days, Wan Yi had the Reaper Crow, Xie Bi'an, make a quick turn towards the left. Hearing her words, Yao Jun turned in the direction that Xie Bi'an was facing, but despite his strengthened vision he was unable to see anything. Since they had made a sharp turn, it seemed like they too were scared of entering the massive Demonic beasts territory.
“Good, let her go at full speed then.”
Yao Jun did not hesitate to bring out his gate and place it on the back of Xie Bi'an. The three of them entered the gate, allowing Xie Bi'an to fly at full speed. Her full speed was slower than Little Gray's max speed, but it would still be very unpleasant for their bodies to withstand such speed.
After entering the gate, Yao Jun sat down with his legs crossed and started regulating his breathing. If the group they were chasing were really pursuing Yun Yantian, there would definitely be a battle once they arrived. Because of this Yao Jun wanted to be in top condition when they arrived. Guo Luo and Wan Yi copied Yao Jun when they saw him sitting down, causing the inside of the gate to fall into a temporary silence.
“We have arrived.”
After a little over an hour of silence, Wan Yi opened her eyes and spoke out. She was connected to her Demonic beast much like Yao Jun was to his, so she could see through it's eyes, a trait everyone from the Demon Race shared.
Hearing her words, Yao Jun opened his eyes and stood up. The three of them left the gate, appearing on the back of Xie Bi'an, who had already slowed down. Yao Jun turned towards the direction Xie Bi'an was facing and channeled his Qi into his eyes.
The area around them was a large plain with only a few spread patches of trees and some lakes around, meaning that there were very few things obstructing his vision. In the distance, he could see a group of people clad in the robes of the Guo clan.
There were only nine people, with the strongest being at the middle stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth. The group was chasing two people, Yao Jun could recognize Yun Yantian, but not the other person. It did not require too much thought to realize that the second person was likely the person who awakened the Ghost God's Gate.
Both groups of people had varying degrees of injuries, so they had clearly clashed a few times already. Yao Jun did not know how Yun Yantian and the other person managed to evade the people from the Guo clan for an entire month, but seeing that he was still alive, Yao Jun heaved a sigh of relief.
“Can you bring us directly above them?”
Yao Jun narrowed his eyes when he saw Yun Yantian and the other person stop running. From their expressions, he could tell that they were completely exhausted. He could guess what they were thinking, since they could not run any longer, why not make one last stand.
He turned his head slightly and looked at Guo Luo, a slightly apologetic expression on his face. He planned on killing the nine people that were chasing Yun Yantian. With Wan Yi's Reaper Crow, there was no need to keep them alive for questioning, they could just question their souls. But these people were after all people belonging to the same clan as Guo Luo, so he still felt slightly apologetic towards her.
Guo Luo shook her head, a faint smile on her face. She took a step closer to him and grabbed his hand, leaning her head on his shoulder, indicating for him not to worry about it. She was part of the Guo clan true, but she did not consider the Guo clan her home. There were only two people in the Guo clan she cared about, her father and mother.
Wan Yi nodded her head and pat Xie Bi'an on the head. While Xie Bi'an was moving closer, Yao Jun got ready for battle. A black sword appeared in his right hand, and his armor started appearing on his body, leaving only his head, upper arms, and thighs exposed.
Wan Yi and Guo Luo did not feel anything when the armor appeared, but Xie Bi'an started faintly trembling. The holder of the Demon God's Gate was the ruler of all Demons, they would always feel stifled when faced with the might of the Demon God's Gate.
Xie Bi'an reached the air above the two groups, who were facing each other with a tense atmosphere, without either of the groups noticing. Before Wan Yi had the time to say anything, Yao Jun took a step forward, into empty air. He and Guo Luo both plummeted towards the earth, but their expressions were completely calm.
Wind started blowing around the two of them, slowing down the speed at which they were falling. Before anyone had time to react, the two of them landed in the midst of the group belonging to the Guo clan, raising a cloud of dust.
The cloud of dust quickly dispersed, revealing Yao Jun and Guo Luo. There were two bodies lying on the ground in front of Guo Luo, each body having a hole in it's throat. In her right hand, she held a nearly transparent sword that seemed to be made out of multicolored crystal, a few drops of blood still ran down the blade of the sword. There was a stream of multicolored energy moving out from the two bodies and into Guo Luo's body as she stood there.
“We meet again brother Yantian.”
Yao Jun sent a mellow smile towards Yun Yantian as he spoke. Tendrils of hardened darkness had extended from beneath his feet and stabbed through the remaining seven people. Even the person at the middle stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth had been pierced through the head.
Had the group of nine people not been exhausted because of the month long chase, they could probably have put up a fight. But now they were exhausted and wounded, becoming little more than lambs to the slaughter.
Yao Jun also took this chance to inspect the person standing next to Yun Yantian. The person was a male youth with tanned skin, his body was muscular, but not burly. The youth had shoulder long gray hair and deep black eyes. The youth was slightly taller than Yao Jun.
“Really, how is it that I always end up meeting you in situations like these.”
Yun Yantian's legs lost all their strength as he was forced to sit down. But seeing Yao Jun, his mouth spread into a wide grin as he commented. The first time he met Yao Jun was while he was under attack by bandits, he ran to Yao Jun for help. Now he was under attack once more, and Yao Jun came to his aid once more.
Chapter 96: Lin Ren.
Lin Ren was breathing heavily as he ran, Yun Yantian was running next to him, also breathing heavily. Yun Yantian was someone he had met while he was wandering the continent. They found that their personalities matched, so they decided to travel together.
Yun Yantian used swords to attack the opponents physical body, while he used attacks that corroded the opponents soul and mind. When they fought together, there was hardly anyone that could stand up against them.
They continued to travel together for some time, until one day they stumbled across a small village hidden within a forest. People from both the Human Race and Demon Race lived together in peace in that village. Many of the men who lived there carried old wounds of varying degrees.
After spending a few days at the village, they learned that the wounds were something they had sustained while they were fighting in a war. Once they tired of the constant fighting and killing, they encountered a woman from the Demon Race. She led them to this village and gave them a place they could live in peace, where they no longer had to fight and kill each other.
Not long after they were told this story, hell descended upon the village. A hell that the two of them had brought down on the village. A group of people clad in silver robes attacked the village, a dog swallowing the moon was embroidered on their chests.
Yun Yantian told Lin Ren that these people were from the Guo clan. From the rage in his voice, Lin Ren could guess that he had a heavy grudge with the Guo clan. One of the people from the Guo clan spoke to Yun Yantian, saying that they would put his God Gate to better use.
The group attacked the two of them, but they did not spare the villagers around them. The villagers were mostly wounded men and women, with a few children here and there, they had no way of defending themselves. Yun Yantian and Lin Ren fought hard, but there was nothing they could do.
Lin Ren and Yun Yantian had killed a few of the attackers, but they were still outnumbered. After only a short while of fighting, the people in the village were all dead. Seeing that not even the children were spared, both Yun Yantian and Lin Ren flared up in rage.
Lin Ren was especially furious. He was a simple wanderer, his parents had died while he was young, leaving him to fend for himself. A place like this village, that was so tranquil and welcoming, it felt like he had found something that resembled that warmth he had while his parents were still alive.
In his rage, he grabbed onto the head of one of the Guo clan people and furiously poured his Qi into him. While he was doing this, Yun Yantian threw caution to the wind and put all his focus into attacking.
Beautiful swords spawned into existence around him, moving like the wind as he flicked his fingers. And then, then there came a reaction. As one of Yun Yantian's swords dug into the chest of one of the attackers, a strange stream of energy left the body of the attacker, entering Yun Yantian's body.
Lin Ren had no time to wonder what this energy was, as he suddenly felt like his hands sunk into the head of the person from the Guo clan. He quickly turned his head and saw that his hands had indeed sunk into the head of his opponent.
But there was no blood, it was like his hands had turned transparent, they simply sank into the head of his opponent without resistance. Lin Ren pulled his hands back in shock, but was even more shocked when he saw a transparent silhouette follow his hands out from the head of his opponent.
The transparent silhouette resembled the man in front of him, and before he had time to say anything, the transparent silhouette entered his body. As the transparent silhouette entered his body, Yun Yantian had also finished absorbing the strange energy.
Qi suddenly started blasting out from Yun Yantian's body, bringing with it a whistling sound, like swords cutting the air. As the Qi blasted out from Yun Yantian's body, another blast of Qi was released from Lin Ren's body, bringing with it a wailing sound, like a mournful howl.
The Qi blasting forth from Yun Yantian's body gathered above his head, forming into a massive fortress cast entirely out of metal. the fortress was massive, but there was only a single soldier standing guard atop the walls.
The Qi blasting forth from Lin Ren's body also gathered above his head, but it did not form into a fortress, instead it formed a massive graveyard. The graveyard was massive, but there was currently only a single grave in the entire graveyard.
“I walk this earth once more, to shepherd all spirits to a peaceful rest.”
“The god of swords walks this earth once more, to cleave apart all evil.”
As the graveyard appeared, Lin Ren heard a hoarse and ghastly voice ring out in his head. What followed the voice was pieces of information, allowing Lin Ren to get a clear picture of the situation. The god of swords that the voice mentioned was Yun Yantian. While he was the one to shepherd all spirits to a peaceful rest, the god of ghosts.
Lin Ren moved his head slightly, matching his gaze with Yun Yantian. They both nodded their heads and sprung into action. Yun Yantian waved his hand, a massive sword appearing in the air above him. Lin Ren also waved his hand, causing the transparent silhouette, the soul of the man he had just killed, to appear in front of him.
The sword and the soul shot towards the group from the Guo clan, who were still shocked at the spectacle. The sword slammed into them, cleaving two of them in half before it crashed into the ground, raising a cloud of dust. The soul let out a grating screech as it entered the cloud of dust.
Yun Yantian and Lin Ren did not stay around to check up on the result, both of them turning around and running away as fast as they could. They had just grown more than just slightly stronger, but there was still no way for them to beat the entire group of people on their own, so they chose to flee.
They continued to run, only resting when they found places that seemed safe. But the people from the Guo clan were hot on their tails, never letting them rest for too long. They continued to run for over a month, with barely any rest. Had they been normal people, they would have collapsed dead already.
After running for over a month, the two of them were completely exhausted, their legs felt like they were nailed into the ground. The two of them matched eyes once more. They gave each other a resolute nod as they stopped running and turned around to face the chasing group of people. They were standing on a vast plain, there were worse places to die.
“If we die here, I can assure you that my friend Yao Jun will get revenge for us.”
Yun Yantian turned his head and gave a slight grin to Lin Ren as he spoke, still as carefree as ever. Lin Ren simply nodded his head in response. He had heard Yun Yantian mention this Yao Jun before, especially in this month that they were running.
He apparently held the Demon God's Gate, and had awakened it even earlier than them. Lin Ren was not as confident in this Yao Jun as Yun Yantian, but Yun Yantian assured him that if he ever met Yao Jun, he would understand.
The group from the Guo clan stopped not far from them, carefully eyeing them. After this one month of chasing, even they were completely exhausted. They slowly moved closer to them, bringing out their weapons as they did.
And just as Lin Ren was preparing to charge forward with Yun Yantian, something fell from the sky. A loud sound resounded as something crashed into the ground amidst the group of people from the Guo clan, raising a cloud of dust that covered the entire group.
While Lin Ren and Yun Yantian stood there in shock, the dust dispersed with the wind, revealing the scene within. Lin Ren considered himself a fearless and resolute person, he did not even flinch when he and Yun Yantian decided to make one last stand. But the scene before him, it sent chills down his spine.
Amidst the group of nine people, two new people had appeared. One of them was a beautiful girl with mesmerizing pink eyes and charming multicolored hair. She was clad in a tight fitting green qipao. A nearly transparent multicolored sword rested in her hand, drops of blood dripping from it. There were two bodies on the floor in front of her, each one with a hole in their throat.
The arm holding the sword was covered in a transparent crystal armor, wich formed the image of several snowflakes on her shoulder. She had clean skin and her lips curved slightly upwards, forming a soul stealing smile. Lin Ren felt that if he looked at ther for too long, his soul would be stolen from him.
She was holding hands with a male youth. The male youth was slightly shorter than Lin Ren, and his body was slightly thin and pale, looking exceedingly weak. He had long purple hair and ghostly gray eyes that seemed to stare straight into Lin Ren's soul.
Except for his head, upper arms, and thighs, the rest of his body was covered in pitch black armor. He even held a pitch black sword in his other hand. The sword looked incredibly simple, having none of the beauty that Yun Yantian's swords had. But the sword released a terrifying feeling, it had a tyranny that belonged solely to it.
The youth had a faint and mellow smile on his face, it was the kind of smile that calmed down anyone who looked at it, making them feel like everything was going to be fine. But there were long tendrils of darkness extending out from the shadow beneath him, each tendril piercing through a different person.
Even the person at the middle stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth had been pierced through like he was nothing. The contrast between the smile of the youth and his actions brought a shiver down Lin Ren's back. He knew who this was, Yun Yantian had talked about him several times, even given a description of how he looked. Yao Jun, the Demon God.
Chapter 97: I failed you.
“Wan Yi, i'll leave these guys to you.”
Yao Jun stored away his armor and weapon, before tilting his head upwards and shouting to Wan Yi, who was slowly descending. Seeing Wan Yi nod her head, Yao Jun stepped over the corpses and headed over to Yun Yantian.
He took out a piece of cloth from his interspatial ring and placed it on the ground, indicating for Guo Luo to sit down. After she sat down on the piece of cloth, he too sat down on the ground in front of Yun Yantian. Since they had been fleeing for over a month, they were probably too exhausted to keep standing, so he didn't bother trying to help Yun Yantian stand up.
“You can just sit down brother Ren. This is the friend I was talking about, Yao Jun. Brother Jun, this is a brother I made while traveling. His name is Lin Ren.”
Yun Yantian pointed at Yao Jun and Lin Ren, giving a simple introduction. Lin Ren cupped his hands in a short greeting before heavily sitting down next to Yun Yantian. After a month of fleeing, he was truly exhausted.
“He should be the one who holds the Ghost Gods Gate?”
Yao Jun turned his head towards Lin Ren and gave him a quick look over. His gray hair looked slightly unnatural, so Yao Jun assumed that it had become like that after he awakened his God Gate, much like how Yao Jun's body changed.
Lin Ren gave Yao Jun a nod before speaking. Ever since his Ghost God's Gate had awakened, they had been fleeing from the Guo clan. This meant that logically speaking, only the people chasing them should know that they had awakened.
But despite his surprise, he quickly understood. Yao Jun held a God Gate, so since Lin Ren himself had been notified when Yun Yantian awakened his God Gate, Yao Jun was most likely notified as well.
“We were notified the moment the two of you awakened.”
Just as Lin Ren expected, Yao Jun shrugged his shoulders as he answered. While they were talking, Wan Yi landed Xie Bi'an behind them and had it devour the souls of the corpses, seeing what information she could find.
“And this is?”
Yun Yantian turned his head towards Guo Luo, a wide smile on his face. He had seen how Yao Jun held her hand as they landed, they even walked over while holding hands, so their relationship was clear. He had to admit that Yao Jun worked fast, only one and a half month since they split up, but he has already snagged a beauty.
“I'm Guo Luo. It's a pleasure to meet you, Jun'er has told me a lot about you.”
Guo Luo sent a bright smile at Yun Yantian and Lin Ren as she introduced herself. Yun Yantian was not just a good friend to Yao Jun, he had even helped him in the past as he was trying to flee from Great Xian City.
Both Yun Yantian and Lin Ren's faces twitched slightly when they heard her name. They couldn't help but look at the corpses that were lying not far behind Guo Luo. They had been chased by the Guo clan for over a month, so how could they not feel some rage against the Guo clan?
“Indeed, I met her shortly after the two of us parted ways. If it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't be here. She also holds the Illusion God's Gate.”
Yao Jun nodded his head as he spoke, making it clear that Guo Luo was on his side. His words were not lies, had it not been for Guo Luo, there was no telling what would happen to him after he lost consciousness after leaving Zhenya valley.
“I see, then it seems like I have to give you my thanks.”
Yun Yantian's face suddenly sunk after hearing Yao Jun's words. He cupped his hands towards Guo Luo for a short moment before moving his body. He sat down on his knees in a formal position before slamming his forehead into the ground in front of Yao Jun.
“Brother Jun, I failed you! It is my fault that you were captured by the Guo clan and forced to endure torture. I tried to get my clan to help you, but they refused to send someone as they said it would cost too much to send a group large enough to save you.”
Yun Yantian's voice was completely sincere, he had even hit his forehead on the ground hard enough to draw blood. The moment he learned that Yao Jun had been captured by the Guo clan, he immediately sought out the patriarch and begged him to send someone to save Yao Jun.
“Hearing their reply, I could no longer stomach the atmosphere of the clan, so I left it. Never before had I noticed that they cared so little about people's lives, going as far as refusing to save someone because it would cost too much money. I know that you suffered tremendously, but I beg you to forgive me for my uselessness.”
Yun Yantian knew that a clan had to make sacrifices to continue it's existence, he just never expected one of those sacrifices to be someone he considered a brother. Yun Yantian was not willing to let someone he called a brother become one of the necessary sacrifices, no matter how selfish it was.
While Yun Yantian was kneeling with his forehead to the ground, waiting for Yao Jun's reply, a foot hit his shoulder with enough force to lift his upper body up from the ground and back into a sitting position. Yun Yantian hurriedly looked forward, only to see Yao Jun sitting down next to Guo Luo again, a wry smile on his face.
“Could you not be so formal about it? Everything worked out in the end after all. And besides, didn't you send Yang Yuhuan to come save me? Besides, how else would I end up meeting Luo'er?”
Yao Jun spoke with a wry smile and a small laugh. He never expected the Yun clan to come save him, but if he told Yun Yantian that, he would just continue to feel guilty. Yao Jun did not hate Yun Yantian for being unable to save him, he hated himself for being weak enough to get caught in the first place.
Yun Yantian looked at Yao Jun, his eyes red and moist. How could he not see that Yao Jun was saying this to make him feel less guilty? But he could also see that Yao Jun was thinner and paler than he was when they split up, so it was clear that he had suffered tremendously.
“I swear to you brother Jun, I will never let anything like that happen again.”
Yun Yantian gave a strong nod and swallowed the words he wanted to say, replying with a simple promise instead. Since Yao Jun did not want him to feel guilty, if he continued to act like that, it could only be called an insult to Yao Jun's good intentions.
“It's worse than I originally thought, the Guo clan is planning something much larger than just spying on the Yang clan.”
After Yun Yantian nodded his head, Wan Yi walked over and sat down on the other side of Yao Jun, a solemn expression on her face. Seeing her like this, everyone else immediately fell silent and listened seriously.
Chapter 98: Five idiots.
«The Guo clan are not just planning on spying on the remains of the Yang clan, they are planning on completely destroying them and taking all their resources for themselves. Once they have managed to finish the Yang clan, they will start moving against the Yun clan.»
Wan Yi had a solemn expression as she spoke. Not only was the Guo clan planning on taking down the Yang clan, they were even going to take down the Yun clan. If they managed to take down both clans and steal all their resources, they would easily become the largest clan of the three continents.
«Move against the Yun clan? The Yun clan and Guo clan are almost completely equal in power, just taking the resources from the Yang clan won't allow them to become strong enough to take down the Yun clan.»
Yun Yantian shook after hearing Wan Yi's words. Did the Guo clan really think that they could grow strong enough to crush the Yun clan just because they swallowed the remains of the Yang clan?
«They have gotten help. These people didn't know who, but the Guo clan has recently gotten aided by an unknown organization. Not only has this organization given them people they can use, they have given them information. According to what these people knew, they were to either kill or capture Yun Yantian and bring his body back to the Guo clan, where they would steal his God Gate.»
Wan Yi had scoured the memories of these nine people, forcing their souls to answer her questions. Not long after the massive Demonic beast left the Guanyu continent, the Guo clan was contacted by a mysterious organization, offering help. The Guo clan saw a chance to rise higher, so they accepted the aid.
«Stealing God Gates? Is that even possible?»
Lin Ren narrowed his eyes as he asked. He had only awakened his God Gate around a month ago, but even he realized how special these God Gates were.
He himself could suck out peoples souls, Yun Yantian could summon an infinite amount of swords, and Yao Jun could absorb Demonic beasts and use their powers. He didn't know what Guo Luo's God Gate could do, but he was certain that it was something amazing. And the four of them had probably just barely scratched the surface of what the God Gates could do.
«I don't know, but those were the orders they were given.»
Of these nine people, only one had gotten to the 2nd Mortal Earth, so they would obviously not know everything about the Guo clan's actions, only some of the more basic things. How could Wan Yi possibly learn everything about the Guo clan from them?
«So the Guo clan has so many people on the Yang continent to destroy the remaining people from the Yang clan? Did you learn about someone who might have more information?»
Yun Yantian sat in silence for a short while before narrowing his eyes and looking at Wan Yi. With more information, it would be easier to make the proper move.
«At the other side of the continent. They have taken over a small town there that they are using as their base of operations. If there is anyone on this continent who might know more about their plans, they will be located there.»
Using the Reaper Crow to search for people with similar souls as the people from the Guo clan only allowed Wan Yi to scan half the continent. But in the memories of the leader of this group, she had learned about where they had set up their base on this continent.
«Can you give me directions?»
Yun Yantian nodded his head and looked at Wan Yi with a hopeful gaze.
«You intend to head over there? They are planning on destroying the remains of the Yang clan, we won't find people who are conveniently at our cultivation level there, odds are we will find people who are much stronger than us.»
Yao Jun couldn't help but comment, slightly worried. Since they were planning on destroying the remains of the Yang clan, how could they send only people at the 2nd Mortal Earth? It would be more of a surprise if they didn't send people who were much stronger.
«I know, but i have no choice. I owe Yang Yuhuan a favor, and i am also worried about what the Guo clan is planning. I can no longer stand the atmosphere of the Yun clan, but that does not mean i want to see it destroyed. I am worried.»
Yun Yantian had a bitter smile on his face as he spoke. Yang Yuhuan was like a sister to him, he had to at least find out if she was dead or alive. He was also worried about what the Guo clan was planning against the Yun clan, so he had to go.
Silence descended on the group after Yun Yantian spoke. Yao Jun kept his eyes on Yun Yantian for a short moment before turning over to look at Guo Luo. Guo Luo tightly grasped his hand and gave him a dazzling smile, letting him know that she would follow him wherever.
«Haah. Guess i'll be making a detour before heading home then.»
Yao Jun spoke out with a slight sigh, shrugging his shoulders as his lips curled into a grin. Since Yun Yantian was this determined to head there no matter what, what sort of brother would he be if he did not join him?
«If you are planning on saying, ' you don't need to do that' i will seriously hit you. There is no way i am just going to leave you when you are planning on doing something this stupid and dangerous. I'd be drowning in worry if i did.»
Yun Yantian was just about to say something when Yao Jun cut him off, casting a sharp glare at him. Since Yao Jun had made up his mind and said that he was joining, that was how it was going to be. Hearing his response, Yun Yantian could only nod his head and engrave this act in his heart.
«Heading to the other side of the continent to screw with the Guo clan? Count me in.»
Lin Ren let out a chuckle and shrugged his shoulders. He was a wanderer without family, why would he worry about going anywhere dangerous? Besides, Yun Yantian was a friend, and Yao Jun had saved his life, so he wanted to help them. Screwing over the Guo clan was just a small bonus.
«What about you Wan Yi?»
Yao Jun tilted his head and looked at Wan Yi next to him. Yun Yantian was going to head over there for the Yun clan, Yao Jun and Lin Ren were going there to help Yun Yantian, but Wan Yi did not really have a reason to join them.
«Is there even a need to ask? Since all of you idiots are going, i can't really stay behind alone.»
Wan Yi shook her head as she spoke. She needed allies to build up a force strong enough to protect that which she wanted to protect. To find allies like Yao Jun and the others, who not only had excellent potential but were also trustworthy and could be considered good people? Difficult.
«Heh. Five idiots going on a nearly suicidal excursion. This can only end in success.»
Guo Luo covered her mouth and let out a small laugh after hearing Wan Yi's words, causing the others to also start laughing. Indeed, calling them five idiots was an excellent description.
Chapter 99: Introductions.
"You know the way right? Then we can all just wait inside my gate while flying on Little Xie's back."
Yao Jun stood up from the ground, pulling up Guo Luo alongside him. Since they had already decided to do it, there was no reason to waste any more time. It would take some time to fly across the entire continent, so they might as well spend the time inside his gate and allow Xie Bi'an to fly at full speed.
"Right, no reason to waste time."
Wan Yi nodded her head and stood up, bringing out Xie Bi'an. Unlike Little Gray, Xie Bi'an had only spent two days in constant flight, so it still had plenty of energy.
After Wan Yi brought out Xie Bi'an, Yao Jun placed his Demon God's Gate on her back and entered it, with the others following right after him. Upon entering the gate, Lin Ren could not help but stand there with his mouth agape.
He could enter his own gate as well, but the inside of his gate was a massive and dreary graveyard. Yun Yantian's looked like a massive fortress, so it also didn't look too comfortable to enter.
But this Demon God's Gate was a massive forest, there were even mountains in the distance. There was a small mountain a short distance away from them that was covered in a large amount of herbs, growing freely. The air in here was even filled with Qi.
Of course, if Lin Ren entered his Ghost God's Gate, he would cultivate faster than he would in here, but it was much more comfortable in this Demon God's Gate. While Lin Ren was marveling at the sight, he felt like something suddenly locked onto him.
He turned his head and saw that there was a wolf with azure eyes standing in the forest not far from him, staring at him. Not far from the wolf stood a large purple tiger, over three meters in length. It had curved horns at the side of it's head and was covered in black stripes.
Just as he was about to say something, he heard a slithering sound from beneath him. He quickly lowered his head and saw a large demonic serpent crawl out from his shadow. The serpent looked at him with a hungry gaze, as if it couldn't wait to eat him.
The serpent seemed to have received an order as it turned it's head to look at Yao Jun with an unsatisfied gaze. Despite looking unsatisfied, the demonic serpent sank back into Lin Ren's shadow and vanished.
"You'll have to forgive them, they always do this when someone new enters, making sure that they aren't enemies."
Yao Jun pat the slightly shocked Lin Ren on the shoulder as he spoke. Yao Jun knew that they were just doing it to make sure that no enemies entered the gate, but it was still rather awkward when they did it to friends.
They all headed to the area in front of the ancient tree and sat down. Little Thunder laid down behind Yao Jun and Guo Luo, acting as a cushion they could rest on. Little Gray and Sirius laid down next to Guo Luo, while Ba-Shei curled up next to Yao Jun, guarding the both of them.
"Is this what they call favoritism?"
Yun Yantian couldn't help but comment when he saw this. All the Demonic beasts gathered around Yao Jun and Guo Luo, making them as comfortable as possible. And what did they get? Nothing.
"Jealous? Since we are going to do this together, i figured we should learn more about each other and our powers."
Yao Jun responded with a cheeky grin, but he quickly turned serious. It would take at the very least a few days for them to cross the continent, so it would be good to take this chance to learn more about each other and what they were capable of.
"Good point, I can start. I am Yun Yantian, I come from the Liang continents Yun clan, but I left them about one and a half months ago. I am currently at the middle stage of the 1st Mortal Earth."
"My power currently allows me to summon an infinite amount of swords in a 10 meter circle around me. I can control the swords using my mind, the more swords i summon, the harder it is to control them. I can strengthen my swords through absorbing either a strong weapon, or the sword intent of other people."
Yun Yantian waved his hand while speaking, causing several swords to appear in the air around him. He continued to move his hand, causing the swords to move around in the air.
"I am Lin Ren, just a homeless wanderer without a clan. My power is based on the soul. Upon killing someone, I can either absorb their soul and summon it, or I can absorb it and use it to strengthen my other souls."
Lin Ren started talking when Yun Yantian stopped. He also waved his hand, causing a blurry white silhouette to appear in front of him. This silhouette was the soul of the person he killed as he awakened his God Gate, it was also the only soul he had at the moment.
"The souls I summon, or when I decide to use their power on my own, all target the opponent's soul and mind. It can disorient them, control them if they are weak enough, or just immediately kill them if they are weak enough."
Information about his power had flooded Lin Ren's mind when he first awakened it, so he knew the basics of how to use and control his power.
"I am Wan Yi. I used to be a possible successor for the ruler of the Demon Race, but i was banished after killing several people. I have two Soul Beasts that i can summon and borrow power from."
The next one to speak was Wan Yi, her words slightly surprising Lin Ren and Yun Yantian. A possible successor for the ruler of the Demon Race? They couldn't help but wonder how she ended up traveling alongside Yao Jun.
"The first on is Xie Bi'an, which is the Reaper Crow we are riding on. It allows me to summon the souls of the recently deceased and force them to answer my questions, or to devour their souls and search for others who have a similar soul."
"The second one is Fan Wujiu. He allows me to greatly strengthen my defense through summoning his scales, as well as use his corrosive fire to attack."
While Wan Yi spoke, she raised her right hand, causing dark green flames to rise from her palm. A winged serpent with black scales flew out from the green flames and flew around Wan Yi's hand. The winged serpent had two leathery bat wings, and two eyes that were deep green. Despite having read a large amount of books, Yao Jun found that he did not know what sort of Demonic beast this winged serpent was.
"I am Guo Luo. I used to belong to the Guo clan, but I left them after meeting Yao Jun. My power is based on illusions, allowing me to summon lifelike illusions in the surrounding. They currently can't be used for attacks, but they are very good for hiding. I can strengthen my illusions through absorbing other peoples Mental Energy."
Guo Luo spoke up after Wan Yi, summoning forth several smaller illusions, even covering her body to change her appearance as she spoke. Seeing her illusions, the others couldn't help but be surprised.
The illusions could not be used to attack, but they were incredibly lifelike. The illusions did not release any Qi and if they tried to touch them, their hands would pass through them, which were the only signs that they were in fact illusions.
"I am Yao Jun, I come from the Grand Quan continent. My parents were adopted by the Yao clan, but I do not consider myself one of them. My power allows me to kill and absorb Demonic beasts."
Yao Jun was the last one to speak up. He did not mind talking about where he came from to these people. He trusted Yun Yantian, Guo Luo, and Wan Yi, they had all helped him before. And since Yun Yantian trusted Lin Ren, he was obviously someone trustworthy.
"I can either absorb them and summon them, allowing me to use their power. Or I can absorb them and use them to strengthen my other Demonic beasts, but not getting to use their power. I currently have four Demonic beasts, Little Thunder, Little Gray, Sirius, and Ba-Shei. The four of them give me access to lightning, illusions, wind, and darkness."
Yao Jun pointed at his Demonic beasts in order, introducing them by name and what power they gave him. The others had to admit that out of all of them, Yao Jun was the one with the most versatility.
Chapter 100: Nine gates.
At the bottom of the ocean that separated the Grand Quan continent from the three other continents, there stood a massive castle that spanned several kilometers. The castle was surrounded by a large amount of spires and towers, with every inch of the castle built out of blue stone that gave off a faint glow.
There was currently a man walking through the castle with hurried steps, heading towards the center of the castle. The man was completely covered in a black robe that obscured his features, but if one looked closely, one would see that he did not have a head, only a mass of black smoke.
He walked past several servants and soldiers, but they were not humans. The servants and soldiers all had a humanoid shape, but they were covered in deep blue scales, with six slits on their neck as well as webbing between their fingers.
The man continued walking until he reached a long hallway, a dark golden carpet covering the floor. The hallway was covered in torches that were lit with a blue flame that released no heat. There were no servants or soldiers standing in this hallway, making it eerily quiet. The man drew a deep breath before heading down the hallway and opening the grand door at the end of it.
The grand door led into a massive and empty hall, the roof so high above that it was almost hard to see. The walls were covered in engravings, but the engravings had long been covered in deep scratches that made it impossible to see what they were.
“Why are you in such a hurry Little Chao?”
At the very center of the hall stood a simple throne constructed out off black stones, seemingly carved out of a single large rock. An old man covered in white hair sat on the throne, his golden robe dirty and tattered, showing off an emancipated body that looked like someone had just covered a skeleton with skin. The voice had come from this old man.
The old man's body was covered in chains that were covered in glowing runes. The chains came out from the ground and pierced into the body of the old man. The chains then entwined around his body, before they returned to the floor, preventing the old man from moving any part of his body.
“Sir. One of my men just used his divination and found out that four of the God Gate holders have gathered together and started traveling together.”
The man kneeled down in front of the throne, not even daring to raise his head and look at the old man. He was afraid that the old man would punish him for not preventing the God Gate holders from gathering together.
“Of course they have. They always group up and travel together, growing alongside each other, slowly gaining power and growing as close as real family. That is how the cycle always goes.”
The old man responded with a chuckle, not bothered in the slightest, his words surprising the kneeling man. It was only four of the God Gates that had gathered together, it was nothing to worry about.
“There is no need to worry, Little Chao. I will not let the cycle repeat itself once more, I will break the cycle and finally allow it to end. They have gathered four of them, but the final five are already under my control.”
The old man could feel the worry of the kneeling man, so he let out another chuckle. The God Gate holders were only scary when all nine gathered together, only when all nine gathered together would the cycle be able to repeat itself.
The kneeling man finally raised his head, his voice fill with excitement and disbelief.
“Yes. They may have the Demon, Sword, Illusion, and Ghost God's Gates. But I have the Human, Element, Destruction, Shield, and All God's Gates. The nine will never meet up, and the cycle will end.”
The old man tried to nod his head as he spoke, but the chains digging into his neck and skull prevented him from moving, resulting in him only creating a rattling noise. He already had the five last God Gates under his control, so why would he worry about only four of them gathering together.
Even if the four remaining God Gates turned out to end up slightly troublesome, he would still not care. He had spent countless years luring all nine God Gates to this planet, to his prison. He would not allow anything to go wrong when he was so close to victory.
“That's wonderful news Sir!”
“Tell me, has that ocean dweller answered our calls?”
The old man did not continue the topic about the God Gates, instead asking about something else that was on his mind. If they could get that ocean dweller on their side, all the water on the planet would be on their side.
“Im afraid not sir. She said that the mountain god moving and leaving the Guanyu continent did not mean that she would move. She is content with having things stay as they are.”
The kneeling man lowered his head and responded in a low voice. She was simply too stubborn, refusing to help them move against the people holding the God Gates. With her on their side, they could slowly start gathering the other ones of her kind. They would no longer have to rely on humans to do their work.
“What a shame, I was hoping that she would foster the same hatred as the mountain dweller did.”
The old man spoke with a slight sigh, seemingly disappointed, but the white hair covering his entire bpdy made it impossible to read his expression.
“Do you have any other orders for me sir?”
“That Guo clan that you found, keep working with them. If we utilize them proficiently, we might be able to gather all nine gates.”
The old man responded after a short moment of silence. He was trapped here in this castle, chained to his throne, and the various sea dwellers and other races that worked for him in the castle were forbidden from leaving.
Once they tried to leave, the castle would activate and they would be turned to dust, with not even their souls being spared. Because of this, they were forced to utilize the various races and clans that lived on the surface.
The kneeling man gave a strong nod before standing up and leaving the massive hall, leaving behind the old man.
Chapter 101: They will speak, and you will listen.
The trip to the other side of the continent proceeded in complete silence. Everyone had sat down cross legged and focused on absorbing the surrounding Qi, taking every second to strengthen themselves. They were going to a place where they had no idea what they were facing, everyone wanted to be in peak condition.
Yao Jun sat at the foot of the ancient tree, tendrils of Qi digging into his body and slowly being absorbed by his gate. Yao Jun had found that the ancient aura that the tree released was very beneficial to his cultivation, so he sat as close to the tree as he could.
The others did not have this luxury, to them, the aura felt like boiling water coursing through their veins, so none of them dared to absorb the aura of the tree. Yao Jun's Demonic beasts were also sitting underneath the tree, silently absorbing the aura that the tree was releasing.
The Gate inside Yao Jun's chest now looked slightly different from the past. Where it was once engraved with the image of a tiger and an eagle, with nine spikes at the top of the gate. It was now engraved with the image of a tiger, an eagle, a wolf, and a serpent. It also only had nine spikes left at the top, one of them breaking off when Yao Jun reached the 1st Mortal Earth.
The eight spike at the top of the gate was currently shaking slightly, unable to stand steady at the top of the gate. The nine indents that were placed beneath the spikes were all glowing with violet light.
After absorbing Ba-Shei, Yao Jun had been pushed to the late stage of the 1st Mortal Earth. With his continuous cultivation while they were traveling, he had already reached the peak of the 1st Mortal Earth, only a tiny step away from the 2nd Mortal Earth.
Even after cultivating in silence for several days, Yao Jun found that he had made nearly no progress in surmounting that tiny step. He knew that they were very close to reaching their destination, so he grit his teeth and decided to try an idea he had.
Since he had made up his mind, what was the point in waiting any longer? With a nudge of his mind, the new channel he had dug in his arm was opened, fully activating the first stage of Crumbling The Nine Heavens.
The black Qi that was flowing within that channel was released into the rest of his body. But where he would usually let it fill his entire body, greatly strengthening him, he now directed all of it towards his chest.
The black Qi slammed into his gate like a tidal wave, bringing with it pain that made it feel like his chest was hit by a sledgehammer. Yao Jun grit his teeth and swallowed down the blood that was moving up his throat. He knew that they would have a better chance at staying alive if he managed to increase his strength, so he grit his teeth and refused to make a sound. It was better to suffer this pain now than suffer the pain of losing friends and loved ones.
The tidal wave of black Qi managed to loosen the eight spike even more, causing it to wobble unsteadily, but it did not cause it to fall. Yao Jun made the Qi return to the channel in his arm, before having it slam into the gate once more.
Yao Jun continued to slam the tidal wave of Qi into his gate for several hours, each time bringing with it a great amount of pain. His Demonic beasts knew what he was doing, so they stopped their own cultivation and curled up around him, making sure that nothing would disturb him.
After spending half a day of continuous slams, the eight spike finally came loose and fell down from the gate, embedding itself in his heart. When the spike embedded itself in his heart, Yao Jun braced himself to endure the same pain he felt when he reached the 1st Mortal Earth.
But the pain did not come. There was instead a soothing sensation as a stream of Qi coursed through his body, slowly healing the founds he had inflicted upon himself when he slammed the tidal wave of Qi against his gate.
After the stream of Qi finished repairing his injuries, it started traveling along his veins until it ended up in his head. The stream of Qi coated the inside of his head, especially the area where his ears were.
“You are their god, so you must bear the responsibility of that name.”
While the stream of Qi coated the inside of his head, an ancient and dreary voice rang out inside his head. Yao Jun recognized this as the voice he heard when he reached the 1st Mortal Earth, the voice of the Demon God's Gate.
“When they pray for salvation, it is you who will respond to their pleas and save them. When they pray for strength to protect their loved ones, it is you who will respond to their pleas and share your strength with them. When they pray for the vengeance, it is you who will respond to their pleas and descend, carving a bloody path through their enemies.”
“All demons are your people, and you are their Demon God. They will speak, and you will listen.”
After the voice vanished, the stream of Qi that coated his head dug into his ears and brain, bringing with it the same pain it did when he reached the 1st Mortal Earth.
The pain continued for what seemed like an eternity before it finally vanished, leaving Yao Jun covered in sweat. Yao Jun opened his eyes and let out a long breath, he did not think that he would ever get used to pain like that.
He brought out a piece of cloth and wiped the sweat away from his face. At the same time, he also took the chance to inspect his body, checking for any changes. He heaved a sigh of relief when he saw that his body did not have any changes like when he reached the 1st Mortal Earth, he still looked the same.
“Little lady, he has awoken.”
While Yao Jun was checking his body, he suddenly heard an unfamiliar voice not far from him. He quickly turned his head and prepared to pull out his sword, but when he turned his head, he only saw Wan Yi sitting not far from him, Fan Wujiu sitting on her shoulder.
“Fear not my lord, it was only I.”
While Yao Jun was checking for the owner of the voice, Fan Wujiu slightly bent it's body, giving Yao Jun a bow, the same voice ringing out again. Wan Yi also stood up after Fan Wujiu gave the bow, walking over to Yao Jun before she sat down.
“You...are the one talking?”
Yao Jun couldn't help but turn to Fan Wujiu as he asked. Before they started cultivating, he had met this Fan Wujiu, but he had not heard him speak back then.
“You can understand him?”
Wan Yi couldn't help but raise her eyebrow as she asked. Fan Wujiu had chatted with her while they were cultivating, but Yao Jun had never shown signs that he could understand what he was saying. At the same time, she also felt slightly wronged. Why was she referred to as Little lady, while he was referred to as My lord?
“Little lady, he is the one who holds the Demon God's Gate. It would be a disgrace if he could not understand the language of demons. It is only that he could not understand our words before.”
Fan Wujiu gave a very human like shake of his head. His voice was deep and powerful, giving one the feeling that it reverberated throughout ones entire body.
“Understand their language?”
Yao Jun seemed to have understood something as he turned to his own Demonic beasts. The voice of the Demon God's Gate had told him 'They will speak, and you will listen'. Did it mean that he could now understand the language of Demonic beasts.
“Greetings my lord.”
Seeing him turn to them, his four Demonic beasts slightly bent their heads and greeted him. Before this, he could understand their thoughts because they were connected, but that was only understanding their thoughts. Now he could understand their words.
“How long until we reach our destination?”
Hearing their words, Yao Jun's face cracked into a smile and he reached out with his hand, gently patting all of them on the head. While patting them, he turned to Wan Yi. He did not know how much time had passed while he was working on his breakthrough, so he did not know how much more time he had.
“We reached it two days ago, but because you were still in the middle of your breakthrough, we decided to wait.”
Wan Yi shrugged her shoulders as she spoke, causing Yao Jun to be slightly shocked. It had only felt like it had taken at most a few hours to break through to the 2nd Mortal Earth, but it seemed like he had spent much longer than that.
“I see, it seems like I kept you all waiting.”
Chapter 102: Infiltration.
“How long have we been flying?”
Yao Jun stood up and dusted himself off as he spoke, stretching his body and enjoying the sound of his joints popping after he finished. He knew that the trip would take a few days, but he did not know exactly how long.
“15 days of flying, and two days of hiding. We are currently hiding around 10 kilometers away from the town that they have captured.”
Wan Yi stood up alongside Yao Jun, returning Fan Wujiu into her body, as she responded. Yao Jun nodded his head at her words and left the gate, Wan Yi following right behind him. Yao Jun could tell that the others were not inside the gate, so they were most likely waiting outside.
After they left the gate, Yao Jun found that they were currently inside a dark forest, the trees so close to each other that their leaves and branches completely blotted out the sky. Through the small spaces between the trees, he could see a town standing in the distance, surrounded by a large wooden fence. The sun had set not long ago, so the entire town was shrouded by darkness, lit up only by what seemed to be a few torches.
Just as he thought, the others were all sitting on the ground not far from him, chatting with each other and telling stories about themselves. When they notice him leaving the gate, they all stood up and walked over. Guo Luo had a bright smile as she walked next to him an grabbed his hand, holding it tightly. Yao Jun put on a smile of his own and returned the gate into his body.
“Do we know anything about how their people are distributed around the town?”
After returning the gate into his body, he turned to the others and started talking business. Both Lin Ren and Guo Luo could easily spy on the things that happened within the town, so he assumed that they had spent the last two days finding out about the situation within the town.
“They have almost no guards patrolling around the town, it seems like they are trying to make the village look normal. They have the most people at the very center of the town, that should also be where their leader is.”
Lin Ren was the one who responded. He could summon forth the souls he had gathered and insert them into the village, seeing through their eyes to spy on the town. The souls were immaterial, so they could walk through walls without problem. He could even make them transparent and invisible, making it nearly impossible to spot them.
“Do we know anything about their strength?”
Entering the town without at least having an approximate on the enemies strength was foolish. Knowing the enemies strength would allow them to make plans more easily.
“The strongest person I have noticed so far seemed to have reached the 6th Houtian Sky, but I was unable to tell clearly. ”
Lin Ren could see and hear what his souls saw, but there was still a limit to how high the cultivation level he could sense was. He could just barely tell if someone was at the 6th Houtian Sky, but there was of course also a chance that he was wrong.
“We are in luck however. I managed to find out where they are keeping Yang Yuhuan as well as her brother. They plan on using her to force out the remnants of the Yang clan.”
“Force them out?”
Yao Jun couldn't help but be slightly bewildered at Lin Ren's words. Why would the Yang clan be forced out just because the Guo clan had Yang Yuhuan? It would be much better for them to stay hidden and accumulate their strength.
“You might not know, but face is incredibly important to large clans. The Yang clan is severely weakened right now, but they are still a large clan that even has a chance to return to it's peak if they are careful.”
Yun Yantian shook his head and answered Yao Jun. He used to be the future patriarch of the Yun clan, so he obviously knew more about how these large clans worked.
“If word comes out that they refused to save their future matriarch, allowing her to suffer at the hands of their enemies, their face would be completely ruined and they would risk losing the trust and loyalty of their own people as well as the common people.”
Once a clan lost the trust and loyalty of the common people as well as their own people, who would still dare do business with the clan or join them? With no one joining or doing business with them, the clan was doomed to crumble.
“How troublesome is it going to be to get them out?”
Hearing Yun Yantian's explanation, Yao Jun finally understood. Since they knew where to find them, and also how the strength of the enemy was split up, all that remained was to find out how to get them out of the town.
“That depends on you. Sister Luo told us a little about that serpent of yours, Ba-Shei. He can apparently jump into the shadows? If you can get him into the town and to the place where the two of them are being held, and then bring both of them into the shadows and then out of the town, it should not be too troublesome. Is that possible?”
After they spied on the town and learned about the situation within, they had all started discussing how to get Yang Yuhuan and her brother out of the town. While they were coming with ideas, Guo Luo remembered how Yao Jun had mentioned that he could use the powers granted to him by Ba-Shei to enter the darkness.
She had also seen him drag other people into the shadows, so she was certain that he could bring others into the shadows. If he could use Ba-Shei to drag Yang Yuhuan and her brother into the darkness, getting them out of the town would be easy.
“That is indeed possible.”
Yao Jun did not respond immediately, tapping his chin in silence for a short moment as he thought. He could indeed bring Yang Yuhuan and her brother into the darkness and then bring them out of the town. But what if Ba-Shei was discovered while it was inside the town?
The range of it's darkness manipulation was only 50 meters. This meant that it would have to leave the darkness for a short moment every 50 meters, and then jump into the nearest other darkness. He was certain that Ba-Shei would not be discovered while it was inside the darkness, as they had not been able to notice Lin Ren's souls as they were spying on the town.
He eventually made up his mind, he would just have to risk it. If things turned for the worse, he could just have Ba-Shei dodge into the darkness to avoid any attacks.
“Excellent. When do you want to start?”
Yun Yantian couldn't help but get excited. Yang Yuhuan was like a sister to him, she treated him more like family than his brothers ever had. He did not want her to be in the hands of the Guo clan for even a second longer.
“The longer we stay, the higher the risk of being discovered, so let's start immediately.”
Yao Jun stood up and started walking towards the town as he spoke. Since he had made up his mind, what point wast here in waiting any longer. And since the sun had set not long ago, the entire town was shrouded in darkness, this was the perfect time.
The group snuck up on the town, stopping a short distance away from the wooden fence. There were a few deep holes in the ground, as well as large mounds of earth, spread around the area where they stopped. There had clearly been a battle here at some point, which resulted in these holes and mounds.
If he was closer to Ba-Shei, it would be easier to control him properly, so Yao Jun chose to move closer to the town, rather than try to control him from the place where they had previously hidden.
“Guard my body.”
Yao Jun spoke in a low voice. He would put his consciousness into Ba-Shei's body, allowing him to completely control it. This would leave his own body vulnerable, as he would not be aware of his surroundings, so they would have to guard him.
A black light flashed from his chest and Ba-Shei appeared in front of him, an incomparably excited expression in it's eyes. Ba-Shei's voice was soft and slightly hoarse, the words dragging out slightly. Yao Jun placed his hand on Ba-Shei's head and gave it a gentle stroke, before he put his consciousness into it's body and had it dive into the darkness.
Chapter 103: Gnawing hunger.
When Ba-Shei vanished into the darkness, the other people around Yao Jun's body quickly prepared themselves, keeping a close eye on the surroundings. If someone got too close, they would either kill that person or grab Yao Jun's body and escape, depending on the opponents strength.
With Yao Jun's consciousness in Ba-Shei's body, he was controlling it's body to move as he wished. This of course, did not grant him perfect control over Ba-Shei's body, there were certain limitations that Yao Jun needed to be mindful of.
One limitation was that Ba-Shei's consciousness was also within the body. If Yao Jun were to control Ba-Shei's body and try to force it to do something it vehemently disagreed with, it could take back control of it's body and prevent Yao Jun from doing whatever it disagreed with.
Another limitation was the range. The closer he was to his own body as he controlled Ba-Shei's body, the more fluent his control would be. If he got too far away, he would only be able to order Ba-Shei what to do, but not control it's body to do that. This was because his soul was currently too weak, making his range limited.
They were hiding at the east side of the city, while Yang Yuhuan was imprisoned at the western side of the city. There was a distance of around six kilometers between them, which was too large for Yao Jun to perfectly control Ba-Shei's body, meaning that he could only order it to follow his bidding and hope that it agreed. Of course, as the holder of the Demon God's Gate, if Ba-Shei decided to go against his order, he had the power to punish Ba-Shei.
Ba-Shei dove into the darkness, leaving the darkness every fifty meters and then diving back down again, repeating the process as it traversed the town. It was night now, so there was darkness everywhere, but people often underestimated how much darkness there was in the world, even when the sun was shining strongly.
Every pebble on the ground, every blade of grass, every bug flying in the air or crawling on the ground. They all cast a shadow, a door for people and Demonic beasts who controlled the darkness element to dive into. Even if the sun was at it's brightest, Yao Jun had full confidence that he could traverse the entire town.
Of course, Yao Jun was still being extremely careful, constantly making sure that Ba-Shei was not leaking out any of it's aura, lest they be discovered. As they were traveling across the town, Yao Jun also kept a close eye on the surroundings.
There would be people from the Guo clan wandering around the streets from time to time, but none of the town's residents were out walking. Every shop was closed and all the residents were forbidden from leaving their homes, given the excuse that it was safer in their homes.
Yao Jun could not help but start thinking when he saw this. It was indeed safer and more peaceful inside their homes, but how was this any different from a prison? They were safe and at peace inside their homes, but they were forbidden from leaving, forbidden from doing what they wanted.
He couldn't help but think about what he himself wanted. Was this the sort of peaceful world he wanted to create for his loved ones? A world where they were safe and at peace, but trapped within a cage he had created? No, it was not.
He wanted a peaceful world where those he loved could live in safety and peace, but also be free to do as they wished. The more he thought about it, the more he realized that what he and Wan Yi wanted were not so different, only on different scales.
Yao Jun quickly shook his head and threw away the thoughts. He was in the middle of a mission, this was not the time to be getting distracted, especially while he was with Ba-Shei.
Yao Jun found that Ba-Shei would often stop moving when he stopped paying attention to it. It did not stop because it was uncertain of what to do, it stopped because it was staring at the Guo clan people walking by, a hungry light in it's eyes.
Yao Jun's consciousness was inside Ba-Shei, so he could obviously feel everything it did. Ba-Shei felt a gnawing hunger, a hunger that was ever present within it. Ba-Shei did not need to eat to stay alive, it could simply absorb the surrounding Qi to survive. But it still felt that hunger, a hunger that had never left it since the day it was born.
"Don't worry. Once this is over, I will find you some good food.”
Yao Jun forced Ba-Shei to ignore the hunger for now, promising it that he would provide good food for it once the mission was over. Ba-Shei of course listened to Yao Jun. As the holder of the Demon God's Gate, they followed his orders not out of fear of getting punished, but out of respect. That was also why they referred to him as lord.
The place where Yang Yuhuan and her brother was imprisoned was disguised as a completely normal house, standing in an unremarkable spot that was easily missed. The prison was through a secret door in the floor that lead to a prison area beneath the ground, something left behind by the previous ruler of this city.
“You fuck! Leave her alone and hit me instead!”
When Ba-Shei entered the darkness that existed within the prison, a loud shout rang out. There were several cells in this prison, but only two of them were occupied. In one cell, there was a tall and burly man with golden hair that had been cut short. He was clad in a ragged Yang clan robe. Yao Jun had met this man once before, in Zhenya valley, he was the brother of Yang Yuhuan.
He was currently shouting loudly at a person in the cell right across his. This cell contained two people, Yang Yuhuan, whose entire face was bruised and bloody, and a man who seemed to be around 50, clad in Guo clan robes, who was currently savagely beating Yang Yuhuan.
“You shut up! Because of your Yang clan, we have already had to lower our heads for several years! I will deal with you later. ”
The man stopped his punches and turned towards Yang Yuhuan's brother, shouting loudly. Yao Jun could even see the veins on the man's forehead sticking out, it was clear that he was full of rage.
“Really, such a pathetic clan. You can't even deliver a good punch.”
Yang Yuhuan let out a small laugh as she taunted the man. She had come to terms with the fact that she was going to do, so she was determined to anger the people from the Guo clan as much as she could before she died.
“Weren't you awfully hungry Little Ba? There is some good food right there. Just make sure it is quiet.”
While the man from the Guo clan returned to punching Yang Yuhuan in rage, Yao Jun's voice rang out in Ba-Shei's head like a soft whisper. Yao Jun could feel Ba-Shei's boundless excitement after his voice rang out. It quickly made it's way to the ceiling above the Guo clan man.
The man was not even at the 1st Mortal Earth, so it was clear that he was not a fighter from the Guo clan, so Yao Jun was not worried about Ba-Shei. Once Ba-Shei reached the ceiling above the man, it positioned it's body and dropped out from the darkness, plummeting towards the man.
The ceiling was only four meters away from the floor, so Ba-Shei reached the man almost immediately. The man heard something above him, so he raised his head to stare, coming face to face with Ba-Shei's split maw.
While Yang Yuhuan and her brother were watching in surprise, Ba-Shei closed it's maw down on the face of the man, it's teeth sinking into his head. But Ba-Shei did not kill him, the bite was only to silence the man.
When the man fell to the ground under Ba-Shei's weight, it coiled around his body and started slowly tightening it's grip, slowly crushing the man to death. Ba-Shei liked it when they squirmed and twitched right before death, it made him feel powerful.
While Ba-Shei was crushing the man, Yao Jun found himself very surprised. Since his consciousness was still in Ba-Shei's body, he could feel everything it felt. When the blood of the man dripped down onto Ba-Shei's tongue, Yao Jun did not taste the metallic taste he had expected.
Instead, the blood had a very sweet, almost fruity, taste to it. It was like he was drinking a fine wine, it was almost intoxicating. Yao Jun quickly regained his calm and cut off his sense of taste, lest he become addicted to it.
After the man stopped twitching and squirming, his bones pulverized by Ba-Shei's strong body, Ba-Shei opened it's maw and swallowed the man whole, leaving behind no trace of him. After it swallowed the man, it turned to a shocked Yang Yuhuan.
All it took was a quick move of Ba-Shei's mind, and Yang Yuhuan's body vanished into the darkness, entering the same black space that Yao Jun and Ba-Shei entered whenever they dove into the darkness. Before Yang Yuhuan's brother had the time to shout anything, Ba-Shei entered his cell and brought him into the darkness as well. Once the two were secured, Ba-Shei also vanished into the darkness, disappearing from the prison.
Chapter 104: Li Quan.
The moment Ba-Shei brought Yang Yuhuan and her brother into the darkness, Yao Jun returned his consciousness to his own body, opening his eyes. He was still in the same spot he was in when he moved his consciousness into Ba-Shei's body, the others still standing guard around him, so it was clear that nothing had happened.
“How did it go?”
Yun Yantian had noticed that Yao Jun had opened his eyes, so he spoke out with a quiet voice, attracting the attention of the other people.
“Yang Yuhuan seems to be slightly injured, but otherwise there was nothing. Little Ba is bringing them over now, prepare to return to the forest.”
Yao Jun spoke with a smile, calming down the obviously worried Yun Yantian. Hearing his words, the others breathed a quiet sigh of relief. Wan Yi brought out Xie Bi'An once more, keeping it ready for them to leave swiftly.
They had agreed earlier that if Yang Yuhuan or her brother were injured, they would use Xie Bi'An to quickly return to the forest, lest they be discovered as they tried to move their wounded bodies.
Xie Bi'An was slightly stronger than Little Gray, so it could alter it's size as it wished. If they placed Yao Jun's gate on the back of Xie Bi'An, and made it change it's shape until it was the size of a normal crow, they could escape without getting seen in the darkness.
After a few minutes of waiting, Ba-Shei popped out of the darkness in front of Yao Jun, bringing with it a wounded and ragged Yang Yuhuan, as well as her rugged brother. The two of them were still shocked and even slightly terrified, as they had just been abducted by a demonic serpent, but upon seeing Yao Jun and Yun Yantian, they heaved an obvious sigh of relief.
Ba-Shei slightly lowered it's head in front of Yao Jun, seemingly wait for Yao Jun to praise him.
“You did good Little Ba. I'll find you some good food once we manage to make it away from here.”
Yao Jun stretched out his hand with a small, patting Ba-Shei on the head as well as scratching him under his jaw, like he would pet a dog. Seeing Yao Jun pet a demonic serpent like this, the others couldn't help but find it slightly funny.
While Yao Jun was petting Ba-Shei, Guo Luo let out a low gasp, quickly attracting the attention of everyone else, putting them on high alert. Just as Yao Jun was about to ask what she had spotted, Guo Luo pulled out a large yellow robe from her interspatial robe and sped over to Yang Yuhuan.
As everyone turned to look, they noticed that Yang Yuhuan's clothing were ragged and torn from her continuous beatings. They did not reveal anything essential, but her thighs, waist, as well as abdomen were in clear view. If they were slightly more torn, her breasts would be in full view.
Guo Luo quickly covered Yang Yuhuan's body with the yellow robe, covering the torn parts. She slightly turned her head and slightly glared at the men in the group. Yao Jun and the others could do nothing but put on awkward smiles as they turned their heads away from them.
“Let's move out before anyone notices that they are missing.”
Yao Jun quickly returned to business, bringing everyone into his gate and placing it on the back of the now crow sized Xie Bi'An, who took off and flew towards the forest where they were earlier.
Yang Yuhuan and her brother were slightly taken aback upon suddenly finding themselves in a completely different environment, but they quickly chose to simply accept it. A demonic serpent had just dragged them out from their cells and into a completely empty space, before bringing them out from the city. At this point it would be hard to find something they could not accept.
“Thank you for saving me and my sister. I am Yang Long, you have my eternal gratitude.”
Yang Yuhuan's brother quickly got down on his knees and knocked his forehead onto the ground, thanking Yao Jun and the others, while also introducing himself.
“I am Yao Jun. There is no need to worry about it. You are friends of Yantian, so we would of course save you. ”
Yao Jun helped Yang Long sit up properly before waving his hand and introducing himself. The others around him also introduced themselves in order after Yao Jun. Guo Luo pulled out some water and cloth from her interspatial ring, walking over to Yang Yuhuan and washing away the blood. Her body was beaten and bruised, but with a few medicinal herbs and some days of rest, she would be back in peak condition.
Xie Bi'An brought them back to the forest where they had been earlier, and they all left the gate. They now had to figure out what their future moves would be. Since the city had someone who seemed to be at the 6th Houtian Sky, entering the city to try and learn of the Guo clan plans was out of the question.
They had all just left the gate and sat down when Yao Jun suddenly turned his head towards the town, his eyes quickly narrowing as he peered past the trees.
“Yuhuan. Do you recognize someone from the Guo clan who has grayish hair that goes down to his shoulders, eyebrows that go down to his nose, a long beard with several beads braided into it, as well as a cultivation level at the late stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth?”
While everyone was wondering why Yao Jun suddenly turned his head, he spoke to Yang Yuhuan, still keeping his eyes on the town in the distance. After pondering in silence for a short moment, Yang Yuhuan and Yang Long's face twisted.
“Li Quan. He is not someone from the Guo clan, but he works for them. I met him a few times while I was learning how to lead the Yang clan. He is a greedy and ambitious person who is always looking for a chance to rise in rank.”
Yang Yuhuan spoke out, disgust obvious in her voice. She turned her head towards the town, but she could not see past the darkness and the trees.
“His power can be considered both bad and good at the same time. It is bad because it is useless in combat, offering no improvement to his strength. But it can be considered good because it allows him to place a mark on people, letting him track those people whenever he wants. Since his power is weak, he has focused mostly on strengthening his body.”
She could guess that Li Quan was coming towards them, so she quickly explained Li Quan's powers as well as his weakness.
“Brother Long, can you still fight?”
After a short moment of silence, Yao Jun turned to face Yang Long, a solemn expression on his face.
Yang Long could guess what Yao Jun was going to do, so he stood up and gave a strong nod of his head. His sister was the one who had been beaten up while they were in prison, they had not yet done anything to him.
“Sister Yi, notify us the moment someone from the Guo clan leaves the town and starts coming our way. At the same time, use Fan Wujiu's flames to attack whenever you find an opening. Brother Ren, keep attacking his mind, try to disorient and daze him as much as possible.”
Yao Jun gave a short nod of his head, standing up and bringing out his sword. When he brought out his sword, his armor also started appearing, Sirius and Ba-Shei quickly hopping out from the gate and hiding nearby.
“Luo'er, use your illusions to distract him whenever you have a chance, at the same time, protect Yuhuan. Yantian. You, me, and Long will be the main attackers. We cannot let him get past us.”
Yao Jun quickly spat out directions to the others, giving everyone but the wounded Yang Yuhuan a task.
They all knew that now was not the time for jokes, so they all responded as one and took up their positions, Yao Jun, Yang Long, and Yun Yantian standing with their weapons at the front. Yao Jun used his pitch black long sword, Yun Yantian used a light green longsword, while Yang Long used a massive two handed sword that was even longer than Yao Jun was tall.
“You are going to fight him? Now? We should first escape and heal up, then we can all fight together.”
Yang Yuhuan couldn't help but call out when she saw everyone taking their positions, slightly worried. None of them had gone past the middle stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth, yet they were going to fight someone at the late stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth?
“You said it yourself, he can track those he has marked wherever they go, so he can find you wherever we bring you. Right now he is alone, but what if he decides to bring the others from the Guo clan if we flee now? He is a threat. Since he is a threat, I will have his head.”
Yao Jun's voice was completely determined. If they let this man live, he would become a large threat in the future, able to find them wherever they brought Yang Yuhuan. Since Yang Yuhuan was like a sister to Yun Yantian, it was obvious that they could not just abandon her. That left killing Li Quan as the only option.
Chapter 105: I refuse to be a dog.
“We cannot let warn the other people inside the town about what is going on here. This fight will need to be finished as fast as possible. Right after he arrives, I will create an opportunity for all of us to attack him. Brother Ren. your souls can hide in the ground, so hide it in the ground over there until the time is right.”
Yao Jun kept a close eye on the approaching Li Quan as he spoke. Thanks to his improved vision, he could clearly see every move that Li Quan made. From Li Quan's facial expression, Yao Jun was able to guess that he wasn't able to hear them.
“Sister Yi, you and Brother Ren hide in the shadows at the side. Brother Yantian, you can hide over there. I will have Ba-Shei keep you hidden inside the darkness, bringing you out right before we attack.”
They would have to finish this as fast as possible, not giving Li Quan a single chance at escape. If he noticed how many people there were here, Yao Jun was afraid that he would flee and alert the others, rather than do it on his own.
Wan Yi, Lin Ren, and Yun Yantian each gave a quick nod, heading to their respective sides and getting dragged down into the darkness by Ba-Shei. Yao Jun could bring them out of the darkness in less than a second, so he was confident in bringing them out in time to ambush Li Quan.
With the three of them disappearing, only Yao Jun, Guo Luo, and the Yang siblings that remained. Guo Luo was crouched next to Yang Yuhuan, ready to use her illusions at any moment. Yao Jun and Yang Long stood side by side, with their weapons in hand, silently waiting.
“There you are!”
As Li Quan got closer, he finally spotted them. He slightly hesitated when he saw that there were two other people with the Yang siblings, but he relaxed upon sensing their cultivation level. Yang Yuhuan was injured, so she could not fight. There was one kid there at the 2nd Mortal Earth, but the two others had yet to reach the 2nd Mortal Earth, they were no threat.
“I don't know how you managed to escape from the prison, but as long as I am around, you will never be able to escape.”
Li Quan stepped closer towards Yao Jun and the others. Each of his steps was slow and careful, his eyes sweeping over the surroundings as he walked. He did not fear the four of them, but he did not know if they had more people hiding nearby. It was night, and the trees blocked out the light of the stars, so his vision within the forest was severely limited.
Li Quan was very satisfied when he saw how the four people tensed up with every step he took closer, he enjoyed this sensation of power very much. After a few more steps, he was within 30 meters of the group of four people, but he still proceeded very slowly and carefully.
Just as he took another step, he heard a faint swooshing sound coming from his side. He did not even stop to think, immediately bending his body forwards, his lips curling into a sneer. The swooshing sound passed over his crouched body, turning into a breeze that hit a tree to his right. When the breeze hit the tree, it passed right through the tree, leaving behind a faint line. Li Quan did not even need to push the tree to know that the breeze had cut straight through it.
“Half a meter to his right, next to that broken branch!”
Li Quan did not want to wait and see who was lying in ambush, immediately stepping backwards to flee. He wanted to catch the Yang siblings on his own so that he could get rewarded, but he was not willing to risk his life. Just as Li Quan raised his leg to step backward, Yang Long shouted out and dashed towards Li Quan.
Yao Jun immediately reacted upon hearing Yang Long's shout. The darkness that covered the ground half a meter to Li Quan's right changed slightly, turning viscous. Li Quan's raised foot landed right next to the branch, exactly where Yang Long had said, sinking into the viscous darkness and tripping him.
Just as he tripped over, Yun Yantian shot out from the darkness right next to him. Lin Ren and Wan Yi both also shout out from the darkness, but they were a few meters away from Li Quan.
The soul that Lin Ren had hidden inside the ground floated upwards, appearing beneath Li Quan and sinking into his chest. Li Quan also reacted quickly, the moment his foot sank into the darkness, he took out a small jade from his interspatial ring, filling it with Qi as well as a few words.
He was just about to crush the jade when a dark green flame fell onto the small jade. When the fire touched the jade, the jade immediately began sizzling and melting, scorching Li Quan's hand. Li Quan shook his hand, throwing away the melting jade.
Yun Yantian who had appeared next to Li Quan, swung down with his sword, aiming to separate Li Quan's head from his body. When Yun Yantian swung his sword, a strange energy left the sword and entered the air around him. With the energy entering the air, nearly invisible swords that moved like the wind appeared, falling down upon Li Quan.
Li Quan twisted his body, dodging Yun Yantian's sword, but failed to dodge the invisible swords, which fell upon his body and carved several bloody streaks into him. Li Quan twisted his body once more, slipping out of his shoes and escaping the viscous darkness.
After he slipped out of the darkness, he roared out and swung his fist at Yun Yantian, hoping to crush his head. As he threw the punch, he suddenly felt a terrible pain assault his head, even blinding him for a short second.
When his vision returned, he saw the body of Yun Yantian move to the right, so he swiftly altered the path of his fist to match Yun Yantian's movement. His fist collided with the head of Yun Yantian, but the only result was that the Yun Yantian he hit suddenly dissipated, vanishing into thin air.
He was shocked to see Yun Yantian's body vanish, but even more shocked when he noticed that Yun Yantian still stood in the same position he had been in when Li Quan threw the punch. Li Quan quickly realized what had happened, illusions.
Right as he realized this, Yang Long and Yao Jun reached him. Yang Long raised his sword with both hands and brought it crashing down, it's great weight causing it to descend even faster. Seeing the sword descend towards his head, Li Quan could see his own death approaching.
Li Quan furiously channeled his Qi, bursting open several blood vessels and even sacrificing some blood to increase his strength for a short second. Using this burst of strength, he stomped the ground and shot to the side at high speed, dodging the descending sword, which hit the ground with a loud crash. It took time to describe, but only a few short seconds had passed since the attack began.
That single stomp caused Li Quan's body to shoot almost 40 meters to the side, building up a short distance between him and Yao Jun's group. Just as he was about to let out a sigh of relief and start moving back to the town, he was once more assaulted by that terrible pain in the head.
Just as the pain in his head appeared, he heard a swooshing sound approach him once more. He hurriedly bent his body forwards, interrupting his movement but dodging the slight breeze that once more blew over his head. Just as he bent his body and dodged the wind, he felt a stinging pain in his foot.
Looking down, he saw the head of a Demonic serpent extend out from the darkness, it's three pronged jaw biting down on his foot. The serpent's eyes gleamed with a hunger that sent a shiver down Li Quan's back.
He quickly sent out a punch, but not towards the serpent, towards his own leg. His punch hit right above the area where the serpent bit him, completely breaking off his foot. Once his foot separated from his leg, the serpent vanished into the darkness, taking his foot with it.
Li Quan ignored the pain in his head and from his wounds, using his remaining foot to shoot forwards once more. He did not care that he lost his foot or was riddled with injuries, he simply wanted to leave this forest and return to the town, to call for help.
After only moving forwards for a few meters, the darkness in front of him suddenly materialized, a youth with violet hair and mostly covered in armor walking out of it. Li Quan quickly scanned the surroundings, and was overjoyed when he realized that his youth was all alone.
If he could just kill this youth, there would no longer be anything standing between him and the town, he would be able to escape safely. With this thought in mind, Li Quan sent out a punch with the hand that had not been burned by the melting jade, putting all his strength behind the attack.
Yao Jun did not dodge Li Quan's punch, moving forwards to welcome it. As he took the first step towards Li Quan, his mind touched upon that channel he had carved into his left arm, it's stored energy bursting forward and filling his entire body.
With the energy of the channel filling his body, his aura quickly rose. His aura instantly surpassed the early and middle stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth, only stopping when it reached the peak of the 2nd Mortal Earth. Li Quan was shocked at Yao Jun's sudden increase in strength, but he still did not stop his attack.
Yao Jun raised his right and left arms. His left arm he used to defend against Li Quan's attack, and his right arm held his sword, stabbing out with it. As he stabbed out with his sword, he channeled all his Qi into it and gave it a slight twist.
The attack he was using now was the attack he learned upon carving the first channel into his arm, One Sword To Free The Heart. Li Quan's fist hit Yao Jun's left arm, and Yao Jun's sword hit Li Quan's chest.
Yao Jun heard a sickening crunch as Li Quan's punch hit his arm, a burning pain quickly engulfing his left arm. But his sword hit it's mark. The tip of his sword hit Li Quan's chest, and all the Qi he had channeled into it was unleashed, turning into a small pitch black vortex that pierced through Li Quan's body and shot into the forest, piercing through all the trees in it's path.
As the black vortex pierced through his chest, Li Quan's body stopped moving. He slightly lowered his head and looked at his chest, a disbelieving and unwilling look in his eyes.
He could not believe that he had died at the hands of a few children, and he was unwilling because he had died even though he was stronger than them. Had it not been for the fact that they had ambushed him, he could have used his superior strength and speed to take them down one by one.
“I was weak...and died...but this...is a dog eat dog...world...you will die...an even worse death.”
Blood ran down the sides of Li Quan's mouth, his strength and consciousness quickly fading, but he still managed to stammer out a few words, his finger weakly pointing at the now crouching Yao Jun.
“This is a dog eat dog world? I refuse to be a dog, I will be a man.”
Yao Jun stood up, his lips curling up into a sneer upon hearing Li Quan's words. His left arm hung down limply at his side, but his right arm could still be used. He stepped towards Li Quan, speaking with a confident and determined tone. Once he finished his words, he raised his sword and slashed down at Li Quan's neck, beheading him.
Chapter 106: Titan's Gate.
After slicing off Li Quan's head, Yao Jun let his body sink into the darkness and vanish. Since he had promised Ba-Shei that he would give him something good to eat, he could obviously not just throw away such a high quality meal like Li Quan.
After the body of Li Quan vanished, Yao Jun couldn't help but heave a heavy sigh of relief. The battle had only lasted a few short seconds, not even ten seconds had passed, but they had thrown everything they had at Li Quan in these few seconds.
Li Quan had strengthened his body considerably, but thankfully, no one in Yao Jun's group was normal. Yun Yantian and Lin Ren, despite only having recently awakened their God Gates, could still use their Qi to harm him, all thanks to the fact that their powers were God Gates.
Wan Yi's fire had corrosive effects, so even if Li Quan's body was stronger, it would still be affected by the fire's corrosive properties, it would only take more time. Guo Luo only used her illusions once in the fight, but she matched the timing of her illusion with Lin Ren's attack, allowing Yun Yantian to easily avoid Li Quan's attack.
Thanks to Ba-Shei giving Yao Jun control over the darkness element, Yao Jun was able to both trip up and slow down Li Quan, eventually grasping the chance to arrive in front of him and kill him.
Yang Long's attack did not hit Li Quan, but it forced him to weaken himself to flee. Yang Long was also the one who told Yao Jun where to use his darkness element to trip up Li Quan, something that caused quite some surprise to Yao Jun. It had been like Yang Long knew where Li Quan would step before Li Quan even stepped there.
An incredibly short battle, only a few seconds long, but it had been the most tense battle Yao Jun had ever taken part in. He wasn't this tense even when he first fought Little Thunder, when he was still just a normal person. before he had even awakened his power.
Yao Jun shook his head and stopped thinking about it, walking towards Guo Luo and the others. The fight was over, Li Quan was dead and they had won, there was no longer a need to spend any energy thinking over it. Now it was time to think about what they would do in the future.
“Are you okay?”
As Yao Jun walked over, Guo Luo rushed up to him and inspected his left arm. Yao Jun had stored away his armor and sword, so one could clearly see that his left arm was almost completely blue in color.
“Arm's fucked. It should be able to heal up fully in around half a year, but until then I can't use it.”
Yao Jun shook his head as he spoke. That last attack made by Li Quan contained his full strength. Even if Yao Jun had used the first level of Crumbling The Nine Heavens, the attack still shattered the bone inside his left arm, several blood vessels bursting. Even his armor had cracked slightly after taking that hit head on.
“We should leave here before doing anything else. There is no telling if anyone in the town noticed something.”
Seeing that Guo Luo was about to speak up again, Yao Jun pat her head with his right arm and spoke out. It had only been a few seconds, but there was no telling if anyone had noticed. The faster they got away from this place the better.
The others did not reject this idea, so Yao Jun brought out Little Gray and placed his gate on the back of Little Gray, bringing everyone into the gate and letting Little Gray take off. Xie Bi'An was indeed stronger than Little Gray, but Little Gray was faster than Xie Bi'An, so he was more suited to fleeing.
After entering the gate, everyone sat down and couldn't help but let out sighs of relief. They had entered a city where someone at the 6th Houtian Sky lived, they had managed to snatch away Yang Yuhuan and her brother, and then escape safely, possibly without even being noticed.
Guo Luo quickly ran over to the small mountain where Yao Jun had planted all the different medicinal herbs. She picked out a few with the strongest and most suitable properties for Yao Jun's wounds, she then came back and started boiling some water to create a medicinal paste for his arm.
“Thank you. Thank you all for saving us.”
Yang Yuhuan was the one to break the short silence, getting down on her knees and hitting her forehead against the ground, giving everyone a kowtow. She had resigned herself to her death, but in her darkest hour, she was pulled away and saved.
“No need to thank us. Brother Yantian calls you sister, so you are the same to us.”
Lin Ren waved his arms in front of his face nonchalantly. He was someone without a home, so he treasured family above all else. Since Yun Yantian considered Yang Yuhuan a sister, so too would he.
“The Guo clan are planning to devour the remains of the Yang clan, they will then strengthen themselves and attempt to devour the Yun clan. For some unknown reason they are also hunting people who own God Gates. It is clear that their ambitions are sky high. What do you plan to do next?”
Wan Yi was the next one to speak out, letting her eyes roam across everyone who was sitting there. The Yang siblings belonged to the Yang clan, Yun Yantian had a God Gate and belonged to the Yun clan, while Yao Jun, Lin Ren, and Guo Luo all had God Gates. They were all on the Guo clan's list.
“There isn't really anything we can do alone, is there?”
After everyone spent some time pondering in silence, Yang Yuhuan and Yun Yantian both shook their heads with bitter smiles. Even if they were ten times as strong as they were now, they would still only be a single person.
“Maybe not alone, but what if it's all of us together?”
Just after they shook their heads, Guo Luo suddenly spoke out. Her voice was slightly hesitant at first, but it grew more determined as she spoke.
Hearing her words, everyone turned to face her, their eyes gleaming with curiosity. There was indeed nothing they could do alone, but what if they were together?
“We could form an organization. It might start out weak, but look at us, all of us could be considered to have monstrous potential, I refuse to believe that the organization will stay weak.”
Guo Luo nodded her head at them and spoke with great determination. She could no longer return to the Guo clan, it no longer had a place for her. Since the Guo clan did not have a place for her, she wanted to make one herself, a place where she could stay with Yao Jun and protect those things she wanted to protect.
“We could take in more people and build up the organization. If we grow strong enough to suppress everyone else, who would still dare to think about attacking us?”
If they were stronger than everyone else, who would dare attack them? Who would dare attack those that they wished to protect? Right now they were still weak, but as they grew in strength and took in more people, their organization would grow alongside them.
“An organization that suppresses everyone huh? You've got great ambitions little missus, I like it. Count me in.”
Yang Long was the first one to respond, letting out a loud laugh. If anyone else said that they wanted to create an organization that could suppress all others, he would laugh at them and call them foolish. But when Guo Luo spoke, he could not laugh at her.
Their group had four people who had powers called God Gates, just from their names one could realize that they had terrifying potential. He and his sister had their own strengths that had great room for growth. He did not know much about Wan Yi, but he was sure that she was not someone normal. If she was, would she be traveling with such a group of freaks?
“We would have to be careful in the beginning, not letting anyone know that we are the ones who started the organization, but it could work. Count me in.”
Yang Yuhuan slightly fondled her chin as she spoke. If they could keep themselves hidden while they were building the organization, odds of anyone getting suspicious and attacking them were low.
“Building an organization of our own and making it reach the peak of power sounds like fun, count me int.”
Lin Ren spoke with a shrug of his shoulders and a laugh, but he felt warm on the inside. He had no home or family, but now he had been given the chance to build both, how could he not feel warm on the inside?
“I can't return to the Yun clan, and being with all of you sounds much better, so why not. Count me in.”
Yun Yantian also shrugged his shoulders. The Guo clan would need to devour all of the Yang clan and then consolidate their forces before attacking the Yun clan. This would take several years, allowing them to maybe grow strong enough to help the Yun clan, maybe even strong enough to change the Yun clan for the better.
“Count me in. We can use the organization to find places that the Guo clan has not placed spies and build safe places there, allowing us to attract more people.”
Wan Yi spoke with a smile. Guo Luo's plans were exactly the same as her's. If they built an organization and had it grow strong enough, she could continue her mother's work while also working on completing the ambitions she had earlier, to build a safe world for the Demon Race, a world without an endless and needless war.
“Count me in. Let's build an organization that will reach the peak of power and go down in the annals of history.”
Everyone else had agreed, so there was no way Yao Jun would disagree now. These people were all his friends, so if he could build a powerful organization with them, protecting all that he wished to protect, what was there to complain about.
“So what should we call it?”
After a short moment of silence, everyone sharing a smile, Yang Long spoke out. Since they were going to build an organization that would go down in the annals of history, a good name was obviously important.
“What about just calling it God's Gate? Since four of us have God Gates?”
Wan Yi spoke up after a short moment of silence, pointing at Yao Jun and the others.
“That's a bit to obvious is it not? Since all of us are going to be titans of the cultivation world in the future, how about Titan's Gate?”
But Lin Ren shook his head in response to her words. If an organization called God's Gate suddenly popped up, while the Guo clan might not investigate it immediately, they would get suspicious sooner or later.
“Titan's Gate? Nice and lofty, it practically oozes arrogance. I love it.”
Yang Yuhuan's eyes lit up when she heard the name. A titan stood above everyone else, an arrogant ruler of the world She found the name to be perfect for them. She swept her eyes around the others, her lips curling into a smile when she saw them all nod their heads.
And like this, on the back of a flying eagle, Titan's Gate was born. They all had their own reasons for wanting to create Titan's Gate, but they were all tied together by the simple fact that they had things they wished to protect, things they were too weak to protect on their own.
Chapter 107: Returning to the Guanyu continent.
“Where are we headed right now?”
Wan Yi turned to Yao Jun as she asked. Since they were flying on Little Gray right now, it was obviously Yao Jun who had set their course.
“Back to the Guanyu continent, if we just fly in a straight line, it should take us around one and a half month to reach it. The Guo clan headquarter is located on the Liang continent, so we can't head there. And here on the Yang continent, there is also a large amount of Guo clan people. The Guanyu continent is the best place for us to head right now.”
While Yao Jun was answering, Guo Luo smeared in the medicinal paste on his left arm. The paste would seep into his skin and enter his body, settling around the wounded areas and slowly heal them. When he traveled to the Yang continent, he had Little Gray fly at full speed at all times. There was no need to rush like this on the return trip, so it would obviously take a bit longer to return.
The Guanyu continent had both the Guan clan as well as the Demon Race, the Guo clan would not risk offending either of these two parties just yet. This meant that heading to the Guanyu continent would give them more time to expand Titan's Gate.
“Guanyu continent? In that case, the best place for us to head is the Xian province.”
Wan Yi pondered in silence for a short while after hearing Yao Jun's answer. After a short moment of silence, she gave a small nod of her head and spoke out.
“The Xian province? Why is that the best place for us?”
Lin Ren couldn't help but ask. He had spent his entire life on the Yang continent, so he knew almost nothing about the other continents.
“The Xian province is the one furthest away from the Demon Race, so we won't have to worry about the city where we choose to build our headquarters getting attacked. The Xian province also houses the Great Xian city, one of the largest cities on the Xian continent. If the Guo clan wants to spy on the Guan clan, they will plant the spies in Great Xian city. This means that we can choose a smaller city to build our own headquarters.”
Wan Yi used to be a possible successor to the ruler of the Demon Race, amongst this group of seven people, she was the one who knew the most about the Guanyu continent.
“Since we are planning on creating an organization, we cannot overlook the fact that it will need a leader, someone to make the executive decisions.”
After figuring out where they were heading, Yang Yuhuan spoke out, sweeping everyone with her eyes. Any organization required a leader, someone that could give out the correct orders, someone that everyone trusted.
“Does it really need one? Can we not just vote on all decisions? Since there are seven of us, there will never be an even number of votes, so we can just go with the majority votes. If there is a need for it in the future, we can just choose a leader then.”
Wan Yi however, shook her head and shrugged her shoulders. As they were now, deciding on a single leader would be hard, so it was better to start out by having everyone vote on the decisions. In the future, once they had all grown a bit more, it would be easier to choose a leader.
“Of course, if there should come a time where we cannot all gather together to vote, or communicate to vote, someone will just have to make a decision on the spot.”
There would always be times where gathering or communicating would be hard. At those times, the people on site would just have to make a decision. None of the people in this group were idiots, so accidentally making a decision that ended up ruining everything was highly unlikely.
Everyone fell into a short silence after hearing Wan Yi's words, thinking in silence. After spending a few minutes thinking, everyone matched eyes and nodded their heads, indicating that they were fine with this arrangement.
“Once we reach the Xian province and have decided on a town where we can build the headquarter, I will have to leave you for a while.”
Yao Jun awkwardly scratched his head and spoke out after everyone had nodded their heads, causing everyone to look at him with some confusion.
“I am going to use the Guan clan's Spatial Array to return to the Grand Quan continent. I need to let my parents know that I am fine, it has already been a long time since I last managed to contact them.”
Yao Jun shrugged his shoulders as he saw their confusion. He had stopped being able to contact his parents not long after he met Yun Yantian, so they had not heard from him in over a month. Yao Jun did not know if the Yao Luying he met earlier managed to deliver his message to them, so he wanted to head over and see them in person.
“I am also joining him.”
Guo Luo quickly spoke up from next to Yao Jun. Since Yao Jun was returning to see his parents, she would obviously not let him go alone, especially now that his left arm was useless.
“Will you be gone long?”
Yun Yantian raised an eyebrow as he spoke. He did not know where the Grand Quan continent was or how large it was, but it was clear that it would not be a short trip. If it was, there was no way Yao Jun would not have returned earlier.
“It should be at least a few months, and that is if nothing unexpected happens.”
Yao Jun shook his head with a helpless expression. The Grand Quan continent was much larger than any of the three other continents, traversing it would take much longer. He had also seen very little of the Grand Quan continent, so he was hoping to take this chance to go sightseeing with Guo Luo.
“I see. Take these with you, we can stay in contact like this. These are simply called Message Jades and are different from normal Transmission Jades. They can send messages to any Message Jades that you have connected them with, and as long as you fill them with enough Qi, they can send an endless amount of messages. The Human and Demon Race are collaborating on creating them, so only the higher ups amongst the larger clans have access to them.”
After hearing his words, instead of Yun Yantian responding, it was Wan Yi who responded. She took out seven purple jade slips from her interspatial ring. She infused some Qi into each Jade Slip and held them together for a short moment. After doing this, she handed each person one jade slip and explained how to use them.
Hearing her explanation, the others couldn't help but let out exclamations. With these, they could stay in contact no matter how far away they were from each other. There was also no need to worry about constantly creating new ones after the old ones ran out of uses.
Chapter 108: Yang sibling's abilities.
After spending a few days resting and cultivating, everyone decided to introduce themselves once more. Yao Jun and the others had already explained their powers to each other before they rescued the Yang siblings, so now they only did it so that the Yang siblings could have a better understanding of their power.
“My name is Yang Long, I am the older brother of Yang Yuhuan. My power is much like Li Quan's, as it does not directly increase my strength. Because of this, I focus mostly on strengthening my body. My power comes in the form of a sixth sense as well as slight precognitive abilities, I call it the All Seeing Eye.”
Everyone sat in a circle next to the ancient tree, their legs crossed. Yang Long was the first one to introduce himself, slightly bowing his upper body before he spoke.
“The sixth sense part of it let's me feel when danger is about to befall either me or the area around me, it also let's me slightly sense the intentions as well as the balance of good and evil in others.”
Using this sixth sense, Yang Long had managed to survive many situations that could easily lead to his death. Knowing where danger would strike always allowed him to evade ahead of time, coming out safe in the end.
As for his power allowing him to sense the balance of good and evil in others, it only helped him sense whether or not the person he was facing was planning anything heinous against him.
“As for the precognitive part, it is much more straightforward. Twice per day, I can channel all my Qi into my eyes to see the future in a small area around me. Of course, this future is only the future that is most likely to happen, it can still be changed. It also only let's me see at most two seconds into the future. This is how I knew where Li Quan would put his foot.”
It was only after Yang Long reached his present cultivation level that he managed to use the precognitive part of his ability twice per day. Before he reached his current cultivation, he could at most use it once every two days.
“My name is Yang Yuhuan, I am the younger sister of Yang Long. My power is currently only a simple increase in my own bodily abilities, I call it the Golden Theater”
After Yang Long finished his introduction, it was obviously her time to introduce herself. The others did not find it strange that they had chosen to give their abilities a name. People who had a certain amount of power always had a name for their ability, it was this name people used when they referred to the person or their power.
Lin Ren for example would be called Ghost God Lin Ren if he ever grew strong enough to become famous. Following this line, The others would become Sword God Yun Yantian, Illusion God Guo Luo, Golden Theater Yang Yuhuan, All Seeing Yang Long, and Demon God Yao Jun.
It was a bit harder for people from the Demon Race to get titles like these, as their powers came from their Soul Beasts. In these cases, people mostly based the titles on either the race or the name of the Soul Beast.
The current ruler of the Demon Race for example was called Golden Crow Feng Huan, with his wife being known as Devouring Empress Gao Bi. Feng Huan's Soul beast was a Golden Crow, a Demonic beast on the same level as the Phoenix.
His wife's Soul Beast was a Demonic beast known as a Taotie, another Demonic beast on the same level as the Phoenix, but it could take any number of shapes. It was famous for it's voracious hunger, being able to devour almost anything.
Wan Yi's two soul beasts were named after a famous legend of two spirits that escorted dead souls to the underworld, so he would not be surprised if she ended up getting the title Shepherd of Souls or maybe even Reaper Queen.
“I call it the Golden Theater because whenever I fully use it, a blurry golden theater will envelop the area. This ability let's me designate an area around me as my theater, greatly increasing my strength, speed, and reactions within this area. As of now, I can only designate an area of about 10 meters as my theater.”
While Yang Yuhuan introduced her power, she also activated it, showcasing it to everyone. When she activated her power, a faint golden light covered the area around the group. After the golden light covered the area, something that looked like an ancient coliseum appeared around them.
The coliseum only appeared for a short moment before Yang Yuhuan waved her hand and caused the colosseum to dissipate. The others couldn't help but nod in approval after learning about the powers of the Yang siblings.
Yang Long's ability, while it could easily seem weak as it did not strengthen his body, it allowed him to become aware of many dangerous situations seconds before they happened. These few seconds could easily end up saving lives.
Yang Yuhuan's ability had a rather small range right now, only being able to cover an area of ten meters. But sometimes, one did not need more than ten meters of space during a fight. And what about it's later stages, what if it could grow to cover an area of several hundred meters?
After everyone introduced themselves, they did not split up and continue doing their own things, instead choosing to continue chatting. They covered all sorts of topics, talking about things they had experienced in their lives, habits and hobbies that they had, as well as things they liked and disliked.
While they were talking, Yao Jun and Wan Yi's Demonic beasts, with Little Gray being an exception, were huddling up against the ancient tree, greedily absorbing it's aura as well as the abundant Qi inside the gate.
Yao Jun did not know exactly why Wan Yi's Demonic beasts could absorb the aura from the ancient tree, but he could easily guess that it was because they were Demonic beasts. It did not matter if the Demonic beasts were someone else's Soul Beast, they were still Demonic beasts, meaning that he was their god.
Little Thunder was absorbing an especially large amount of the ancient tree's aura. It did this for a very simple reason, Yao Jun had broken through to the 2nd Mortal Earth, but it had not.
Ba-Shei was at the peak of the 1st Mortal Earth, with Sirius being at the same level. Little Gray was at the late stage of the 1st Mortal Earth, but Little Thunder was only at the middle stage of the 1st Mortal Earth, making it the weakest out of all of Yao Jun's Demonic beasts.
Just Yao Jun breaking through to a new level was not enough to make his Demonic beasts to break through, they would have to train on their own as well as get supplemented with energy by Yao Jun to break through. Little Thunder did not want Yao Jun to abandon it, so it spent most of it's time absorbing the aura from the tree, as well as absorbing the abundant Qi inside the gate, trying to raise it's power as fast as possible.
Just like this, one and a half month quickly passed, with the group spending the days chatting and sparring with each other, while they spent the nights cultivating in silence. It was dull and repetitive, but no one complained, they knew that only by repeatedly doing this could they grow in strength.
Chapter 109: To the Grand Quan continent.
“That is Violet Sky Town. Do you see that small green house standing at the southern part of town? That is the house I intend to purchase.”
Yao Jun and Wan Yi were sitting on the back of Little Gray, with Wan Yi pointing at a town in the distance. Others might have a hard time properly seeing the town from this distance, but thanks to the both of them having bird type Demonic beasts, Wan Yi and Yao Jun had much better vision than normal people.
The town Wan Yi pointed at had enough space and houses to house a few hundred thousand people, in a world where a normal city could have several millions of citizens, with the largest cities able to reach the billions of inhabitants, it could only be considered a medium sized town. It had two large roads that went in a straight line across the town, one from north to south, and one from east to west, leading to the four entrances of the town.
The houses in the town were built in the standard architecture of the human race, square wooden houses carved with images of various heroes and legends, with lanterns hanging at the edges of the roof. The houses in Violet Sky Town were all painted with vibrant colors, giving it a very striking and memorable appearance. The house Wan Yi pointed at was a small two story house that was situated at the southern part of town, close to the southern entrance of the town.
“Let's have the others get ready then.”
Yao Jun nodded his head and stood up, raising the gate up from Little Gray's back and into his hand. Wan Yi brought out Xie Bi'An and had her float next to Little Gray, ready for the others to ride on her back. Yao Jun moved the gate onto Xie Bi'An's back and had all the others exit the gate, with Xie Bi'An increasing her size to accommodate all the people.
“Violet Sky Town is not far away now, so this is where we will split up. Brother Ren, inside this ring are a large amount of herbs and materials for pills and medicine, I will leave them with you. Brother Yantian, this ring contains all the materials I have that can be used for forging. Brother Long, this ring contains all the material I have that can be used for arrays. Sister Yi, this is most of the money I have.”
After everyone but he and Guo Luo stood on the back of Xie Bi'An, Yao Jun returned the gate to the inside of his body. After storing away the gate, he pulled out four interspatial rings and tossed them to Lin Ren, Yun Yantian, Wan Yi, and Yang Long. These rings contained most of the riches he had acquired ever since he left the Grand Quan continent, he of course left enough for himself and Guo Luo.
During the one and a half month that they had been flying, they had spent a lot of time getting to know each other better, so as to better know who could do what for Titan's Gate. Yao Jun found that it was in fact he and Guo Luo who had the least talent when it came to doing multiple things.
Thanks to his wandering, Lin Ren had learned how to use herbs and other materials to concoct various herbs and medicines. Yun Yantian had always been fond of weapons, so while he was still part of the Yun clan, he had pestered his father to teach him how to forge weapons and armor.
While they were still in the Yang clan, Yang Yuhuan and Yang Long had both been taught how to draw up arrays. Wan Yi had been a possible successor for the leader of the Demon Race, so she knew a lot about finances and how to rule. Compared to them, Guo Luo had spent her entire life as a maid, and Yao Jun had spent his entire life training, knowing only how to fight.
“Alright. You can take your time visiting your parents, once you return, I'll show you one hell of a prospering business.”
Yun Yantian accepted the ring and spoke with a grin. They were going to create a business that sold various items and use it as a front, hiding the truth about Titan's Gate for as long as possible. Yao Jun gave the others a quick farewell before he made Little Gray turn around and fly in the opposite direction of Wan Yi and the others.
Yao Jun and Guo Luo both entered the gate once more, allowing Little Gray to fly at full speed. The place they were headed now was the Guan clan, which would take them around two days of flight if Little Gray flew at full speed.
“Once we reach the Guan clan, if it looks like things might go wrong, I will immediately pull you into the gate.”
Yao Jun would not completely trust Yao Luying just because he said that they could use the Guan clan's Spatial Array if they mentioned his name. After all, there was no telling if he had actually said the truth. But right now, Yao Jun knew of no other way to return home, so he had to take the risk.
After flying for two days, Yao Jun made Little Gray land on the ground at a covert location nearby the Guan clan headquarter. Some cultivators did indeed manage to tame Demonic beast and use them as pets, but Yao Jun had no way to explain how he managed to make Little Gray reside within his chest, so it was best for them to walk the rest of the way.
The Guan clan headquarter was not located inside a massive city, it was an utterly massive palace that housed all the important members of the Guan clan, as well as their families. The walls of the mansion were made out of a strange type of wood that radiated a pressuring feeling, the history of the Guan clan ancestors were carved into the walls. Every time something memorable happened in the Guan clan, they would carve a new image into the walls to pay their respect.
Guards continuously marched along the outside of the palace, preventing outsiders from entering. The guards wore silver robes engraved with the symbol of the Guan clan, a lone sword cleaving a mountain in half.
“Halt! State your name and purpose!”
As Yao Jun and Guo Luo neared the Guan clan palace, a guard shouted out to them and stopped them. The guard was clad in the silver robes of the Guan clan, with an ornate helmet covering his head.
“We come from the Yao clan and have come to borrow your Spatial Array. Yao Luying said that the Guan clan would let us use their Spatial Array.”
While Yao Jun spoke, he took out the small token that Yao Luying handed him back in Guan's Edge city. This token was the only item he had to prove that he was from the Yao clan, as all his other items were in the interspatial ring that Guo Jiahao had taken from him.
“Yao Luying? You must be Yao Ling and Yao Yaling! Please follow me, I will take you there immediately.”
The guard looked confused for a second when he heard Yao Luying's name. But it seemed like a light went off in his head when he saw the token, his voice quickly turning polite as he gave a short bow and brought Yao Jun and Guo Luo into the Guan clan palace.
“It seems like he made up a false status for us to make it easier to use their Spatial Array.”
While they were walking through the long corridors and through a few halls, Yao Jun and Guo Luo were whispering to each other. Since the guard called them Yao Ling and Yao Yaling, it seemed like Yao Luying had made up a false status for them.
“Halt. Where are you bringing these outsiders?”
After walking for a short while, they were stopped by another guard that was standing in front of a door.
“Reporting. They are the Yao Ling and Yao Yaling that we were told to be on the lookout for. I am taking them to the Spatial Array.”
The guard who brought them here quickly gave a bow and walked forward, hurriedly explaining the situation.
“I see, carry on.”
After hearing their name, the other guard hurriedly stepped aside and opened the door, his voice faltering slightly. After passing through the door and then passing through a few gardens as well as a few grand halls, they arrived in a small hall.
At the other end of the hall stood an elegant middle aged man with short hair brown and a small stubble, clad in a silver robe decorated with the insignia of the Guan clan. Behind the middle aged man was a single door, Yao Jun could feel the energy of a Spatial Array seep out from behind the door.
“So you are Yao Ling and Yao Yaling. I am Guan Ning, it is a pleasure to meet you. Patriarch Luying has already told us that you would be coming eventually, so we have already prepared the Spatial Array and kept it ready.”
The middle aged man gave Yao Jun and Guo Luo a deep bow, his face holding a polite smile as he spoke. His polite facade almost covered it, but Yao Jun had been able to see a sliver of fear in the eyes of Guan Ning as he bowed.
Yao Jun was slightly surprised when he heard how Guan Ning referred to Yao Luying. Yao Jun had assumed that Yao Luying had a high status within the Yao clan, but he had never expected him to have such an exalted status.
At the same time, he also quickly realized something. This Guan Ning obviously held a high status within the Guan clan, one could tell this by how the guard that brought them here did not even dare raise his head while Guan Ning stood there.
Guan Ning acting this polite with Yao Luying would be one thing, but since he was acting this polite to them, Yao Jun could only come to one conclusion. And that conclusion was that the Yao clan was much stronger than the Guan clan, to the point where the Guan clan did not even dare think of offending them.
After thinking over it a bit more, Yao Jun found that it made sense. The Guan clan was the strongest clan on the Guanyu continent, while the Yao clan was one of the four strongest clan on the Grand Quan continent. The Grand Quan continent was over three times the size of the Guanyu continent, so the quality of the clans would obviously not be on the same level.
“Here we are. Once you return to Patriarch Luying, do send him my greetings.”
Guan Ning did not waste any time, opening the door behind him and allowing Yao Jun and Guo Luo to enter it. Behind the door was a completely empty room, the only thing inside it was a massive array drawn into the ground, pulsating with the energy of space. Yao Jun recognized this as a spatial array as he had seen one in Golden Moon Town once, only that one was much smaller.
Guan Ning held a flattering smile and brought Yao Jun and Guo Luo to the center of the array. Once he made sure that they stood securely within the center of the array, he gave a short bow before leaving the array and starting it up. Space around Yao Jun and Guo Luo quickly turned viscous, a bright white light blinding their vision.
After their vision turned completely white, Yao Jun felt the token that Yao Luying had given them release faint heat that seeped into the space around them. Once the bright white light vanished, the token cracked and turned to dust in Yao Jun's hands. Yao Jun gave the surroundings a quick glance, but they did not arrive in the Yao clan as he had expected.
The place they had arrived was an empty plain covered in snow. There was a square jade plate engraved with an array beneath their feet, as well as two jade slips. Yao Jun did not know exactly where this was, but he could feel it in his chest, he had come home.
Chapter 110: Southern Tundra.
“Where is this?”
Guo Luo curiously inspected the snowy landscape around them, taking in the sight. After not seeing any towns or signs of human settlements nearby, she couldn't help but ask Yao Jun.
“I don't know. I expected the Spatial Array to lead us directly to the Yao clan, but it seems like that Yao Luying used that jade token he gave us to tamper with the Spatial Array.”
Yao Jun shook his head as he answered. It was clear that they were not in the Yao clan headquarter right now, the only explanation that he felt made sense was that the heat that the jade token released as the Spatial Array activated had tampered with it.
Yao Jun bent down and picked up the two jade slips with his right arm, sinking his mind into one of them to read it's contents. The first jade slip contained a map of the entire Grand Quan continent, as well as information about the varying forces located on the continent.
Their current location, Golden Moon Town, as well as several important or dangerous places were clearly marked on the map, it even included a short description about each of these locations.
Seeing this map, Yao Jun was rather surprised. A map like this would not be easy to acquire, so it was likely placed here by Yao Luying. The second jade slip contained a message for Yao Jun. Once he sank his mind into the jade slip, the familiar voice of Yao Luying rang out in his mind.
“Since you are hearing this recording, it means that you have returned to the Grand Quan continent using the Spatial Array of the Guan clan. Congratulations on coming home Little Jun, I have already delivered your message to your parents. Because of your connection to the Demon Race, it is impossible for me to let you return to the headquarter of the Yao clan.”
“The leaders of the different branches should not know about your involvement with the Demon Race, but the people at the headquarter do. If you were to return here, they would probably try to capture you and use you as a bargaining chip. To prevent this, I tampered with the Guan clan Spatial Array, making it send you to this location if you were to carry the jade token I gave you.”
“The map I have provided shows the best path for you to return to Golden Moon, as well as let you know which places is best for you to avoid. You can bring away the jade plate inscribed with the array, if you ever manage to build another jade plate that has the same array, you can use one jade plate to travel to the other.”
“Lastly, you must never come to the headquarter of the Yao clan. Even with my status, protecting you will be impossible. If possible, try to avoid the largest branches as well. Also, avoid the other three clans as well, they will also know about your involvement with the Demon Race,”
Yao Luying's voice rang out inside Yao Jun's mind, quickly speaking several sentences. Hearing the words, Yao Jun couldn't help but be confused. Involvement with the Demon Race? But he had never worked with the Demon Race.
After thinking about it for a bit, he came to the conclusion that it was because of his meeting with Wan Yi in Xieren City. If the Yao clan was strong enough to force the Guan clan to be humble, they would obviously be strong enough to place spies on the Guanyu continent.
“This place is called the Southern Tundra, it is a long distance away from Golden Moon Town, our goal for this trip.”
While speaking, Yao Jun pointed towards the north. The map had contained information about the entire continent, so it obviously also talked about where they were now. This Southern Tundra was the southernmost part of the Grand Quan continent.
Using the map, Yao Jun had also learned that the Grand Quan continent was actually divided between five forces. The northern part of the continent belonged to the Wei clan, the Eastern part to the Peng clan, the western part to the Zhuang clan, and the southern part to the Yao clan.
The center part of the continent was a massive wilderness, the Cloud Wilderness. This wilderness was the headquarter of the Demon Race on the Grand Quan continent. Thanks to it's natural defenses, the Demon Race managed to not only resist the four clans, but also retaliate.
“A long distance? How long will it take us to reach it?”
While Guo Luo was asking him, Yao Jun stored away the jade plate as well as the two jade slips. If he could make Wan Yi and the others copy the array on the jade plate, they could create a Spatial Array between the Grand Quan continent and the Guanyu continent. They would need a lot of Spirit Stones to fuel it, but it would make traveling between the two places much easier.
“If we were to fly on Little Gray's back at full speed without rest, it should take us about half a year to reach it. But there is no need to rush. Yao Luying delivered my message, so they already know that I am alive.”
Knowing that his message had been delivered, Yao Jun immediately felt much more at ease. His face lit up with a smile as he grabbed Guo Luo's hand and brought out Little Gray. The two of them hopped onto his back and Little Gray took off, heading towards the north.
Yao Jun and Guo Luo both sat down on the back of Little Gray, leaning against each other as they sat there in silence and looked at the surroundings. Snow was slowly falling from the sky, adding onto the white expanse around them. The wind was cold, but they didn't mind, they just sat there and enjoyed the warmth that the other was giving them.
Since Yao Jun knew that his parents had received his message, he was in no rush to return home just yet. Ever since he and Guo Luo started traveling together, they had rushed everywhere, always getting into fights. They had only gotten to rest a rare few times. Even when they were traveling from place to place, most of the time was spent in silent cultivation.
Now that they had the chance to relax and unwind, he wanted to let Guo Luo rest and enjoy herself. Because of this, Yao Jun planned to stop at several towns and cities, slowly wandering through them with Guo Luo. He still had a lot of money in his interspatial ring, as he had only given Wan Yi most of his money.
Chapter 111: Snow's Heart Town.
While the Southern Tundra was incredibly vast, Yao Luying had placed the jade plate close to the edge of the Southern Tundra, allowing Yao Jun and Guo Luo to leave the tundra after only three days of flight. There were no proper human settlements in the Southern Tundra, only spread tribes of nomads, so Yao Jun did not see a point in staying within the Southern Tundra.
“There is another one!”
A few days after they left the Southern Tundra and were flying towards a town that had been marked on the map, Guo Luo pointed at a spot in the sky as she called out. After she called out, Yao Jun quickly turned his body towards where she pointed.
He gathered lightning in his hand, forming it into a spear of lightning, and threw it out. The spear flew through the air, the booming sound of thunder roaring out as it flew. After only a short moment, the spear hit a bird that was flying in the distance, the lightning invading it's body and roasting it's heart.
As the bird fell down from the air, Little Gray swooped over and picked up the bird, handing it to Yao Jun. This bird was a weak Demonic beast, it had not even reached the 1st Mortal Earth.
While they were flying, they would occasionally spot Demonic beasts like this one. Whenever they did, Yao Jun or Little Gray would rush over and kill it. After killing it, Yao Jun would then absorb it into his gate, slightly strengthening his own Demonic beasts. The increase in strength was tiny, but it would surely accumulate with time.
This bird was already the 7th Demonic beast they had found and killed in the few days after leaving the Southern Tundra. Most of the time, it was Guo Luo who called out whenever she spotted a Demonic beast, letting Yao Jun know where it was.
Of course, more often than not, Yao Jun had spotted the Demonic beast before Guo Luo. He would of course not let her know this, as he enjoyed the sight of her smiling whenever she spotted a Demonic beast and got to warn Yao Jun about it.
“Good work Luo'er. If we manage to get a few more, Little Gray and Ba-Shei might be able to break through.”
Yao Jun finished absorbing the Demonic beast and sat down next to Guo Luo again, grabbing her hand and speaking with a smile. Ba-Shei had been at the peak of the 1st Mortal Earth, while Little Gray was the one receiving the most benefit from all these bird type Demonic beasts.
“Is that the town we are heading to?”
While Guo Luo was smiling and feeling happy at receiving praise, she suddenly spotted a small town on the horizon that was growing larger as they got closer. She quickly pointed towards the village as she asked Yao Jun.
“Indeed. That is Snow's Heart Town.”
Yao Jun turned his head and inspected the town in the distance. Snow's Heart was the town closest to the Southern Tundra, so Yao Jun had chosen it to be their first stopping point.
Yao Jun had Little Gray head closer to the ground and slightly increase his speed. A few hours, the two of them walked into Snow's Heart Town. The buildings inside Snow's Heart Town were not constructed out of wood, but rather out of blocks of hardened snow that trapped the heat within the house.
When the blocks of hardened snow were created, one could mix in a large variety of materials that would give the block of snow a different color. Because of this, the houses in Snow's Heart were all very colorful, a stark contrast to the pure white snow that fell from the sky and covered the ground.
The first thing Yao Jun and Guo Luo did after entering the town was find a small inn and renting a room where they could stay for a few days. After renting a room, Guo Luo grabbed Yao Jun and dragged him into town, finding the closest clothing shop.
Towns like these would often have their own style of clothing, so Guo Luo was very interested in seeing the style of Snow's Heart Town clothing. After entering a clothing store, a person who worked for the store started bringing Guo Luo around, showing off all the different styles of clothing that they had.
While Guo Luo was touring the clothing store, Yao Jun himself was wandering around the store on his own. He wasn't too interested in clothing, but since Guo Luo enjoyed it, he would of course not say anything against it.
They proceeded to spend almost three hours inside the clothing store, with Guo Luo looking at nearly every single piece of clothing they had for sale. She ended up not buying anything, but seeing her bright smile upon leaving the store, Yao Jun did not mind it.
“Wait a second.”
Right after they left the store and Guo Luo was about to ask him where he wanted to go next, Yao Jun opened his mouth first. Guo Luo stopped and looked at him as he swiped his interspatial ring, pulling out a light yellow piece of cloth.
“I figured this would look good on you.”
Yao Jun used his right arm and wrapped the piece of cloth around Guo Luo's neck as he spoke, revealing the piece of cloth to be a light yellow scarf made out of a silk like material. It was soft and cool to the touch, but as it wrapped around her neck, a comfortable warmth spread around Guo Luo's body.
After Yao Jun finished wrapping the scarf around Guo Luo's neck, he couldn't help but give a small nod. The light yellow scarf mixed well with her green qipao, pink eyes, and multicolored hair, it could be called a perfect fit.
Guo Luo inspected herself quickly, her face beaming up with a radiant smile. She stepped forward and gave Yao Jun a deep kiss, before leaning against his chest, her entire face bright red.
“Let's keep going.”
Yao Jun's own face also cracked into a smile as he spoke, locking hands with Guo Luo and continuing their tour around the town. It was already rather late by the time they arrived, so they chose to only find a small restaurant and eat some food before returning to the inn and resting for the night.
The next morning, the two of them continued their tour of the town. Instead of eating breakfast at the inn, the two of them chose to wander around town and simply buy food from some of the small stands that were located at various places inside the town.
There were very little vegetables in the area because of the snow, so most of the food that was sold consisted of meat from various animals that could be found in the area.
“What is the Raging Snow Sect?”
Yao Jun and Guo Luo found a stand that sold a type of candy that apparently could only be found in cities controlled by the Raging Snow Sect. The candy was made from some type of hardened snow that had been infused with various different flavors and colors. It was eaten much like one would eat a lollipop. After leaving the stand, Guo Luo couldn't help but ask Yao Jun about the Raging Snow Sect.
“Raging Snow Sect is a small sect that popped up a few years ago and controls the few towns and cities closest to the Southern Tundra. The strongest person in the sect is someone who is between the 2nd and 3rd Mortal Earth.”
Raging Snow Sect had been mentioned in the jade slip that Yao Luying had left for him, so Yao Jun simply needed to go through his memories to find the information from the jade slip.
“They have mainly become as strong as they are now because they were lucky and managed to tame a Snow Elemental and have it guard their headquarters.”
A Snow Elemental was the same type of Demonic beast as a Plant Type Demonic beast, only that it was made of snow. Wherever a large amount of Qi gathered in a single location, there was always a chance that one of the things within that location would gain sentience and become a Demonic beast.
If it was made of snow, it would be called a Snow Elemental. Of course, it was not only snow and plants that could do this, nearly all things could gain sentience. Water, earth, rocks, even the wind itself could gain sentience if enough Qi was gathered. Yao Jun hypothesized that the massive Demonic beast he had awakened after leaving Zhenya valley was such a Demonic beast.
“They control the towns around here? Won't that anger the Yao clan?”
Guo Luo couldn't help but ask, slightly confused. Would the Yao clan not destroy any other organizations that tried to rule anything within their lands?
“The Yao clan controls a truly massive area, how would they care about a small area like this? As long as the Raging Snow Sect pays the Yao clan every year and doesn't go against their bottom line, the Yao clan will not bother doing anything.”
Yao Jun chuckled as he explained. Destroying the Raging Snow Sect would not let the Yao clan gain anything. But if they allowed the Raging Snow Sect to stay around and rule, they could force them to pay a certain amount of resources every year.
“See those men? They are part of the Raging Snow Sect.”
As they were walking, Yao Jun pointed at a few men who were patrolling the streets, making sure that no one was causing any trouble. The people were clad in white robes with the insignia of the Raging Snow Sect embroidered on their chest. The insignia of the Raging Snow Sect was a single snowflake hovering above a mountain, acting as a moon.
The men from the Raging Snow Sect noticed Yao Jun pointing at them, so they slightly nodded their head, sending a polite greeting to them. Yao Jun and Guo Luo both returned the greeting, but neither of the two groups stopped to chat with each other.
The two groups passed by each other and continued on their way. But once the men from the Raging Snow Sect turned a corner and left the sight of Yao Jun and Guo Luo, they took out a jade slip and spoke a few words into it, before filling it with Qi and crushing it.
Chapter 112: Winter Wind Town.
Yao Jun and Guo Luo continued to wander around Snow's Heart Town for a few days, tasting the food from all the different stands as well as eating at several of the restaurants available in the town.
After spending several days in Snow's Heart Town, Yao Jun and Guo Luo left the town and found a secluded spot where they could bring out Little Gray again. There was no need to rush with returning to his parents, but that did not meant that he would forget about it.
He would only spend several days in the towns and cities they visited, after that, it would be time to be on the move again. The city they were heading to now was a city called Winter Wind Town, of the five towns under the control of the Raging Snow Sect, this was the one closest to it's headquarter, Raging Snow City.
Winter Wind Town was located almost a week of flight away from Snow's Heart Town, so while they were flying, they once more started checking if they could spot any Demonic beasts that they could hunt on the way.
Winter Wind Town was not constructed in the same way as Snow's Heart Town. It was built in the more typical Human Race style, with houses made out of carved wood and decorated with red lanterns.
Thanks to the brown wooden houses and the red lanterns, the entire town had a very comfortable and warm atmosphere. Yao Jun and Guo Luo quickly found an inn and rented a room, before they once more started wandering around the town while holding hands.
“Look at that! Let's try that one!”
While they were walking through the town, Guo Luo spotted a stand where a person had started a small fire and was currently roasting a whole leg over the fire. While the leg was roasting, he was also boiling a pot of soup on the fire. In most towns they had been in and eaten, all the food had been prepared earlier and was only being heated up quickly before being served, so this way of doing it was something Guo Luo had never seen before.
“Haha. Good choice lil lady! Bring yer boyfriend over here and i'll give ya some good food!”
The man who was roasting the meat, a chubby middle aged man clad in a loose brown robe and with long black hair, seemed to have heard Guo Luo, as he let out a loud laughter and beckoned for Yao Jun and Guo Luo to come over.
Guo Luo pulled Yao Jun over to the middle aged man with a bright smile on her face. The middle aged man brought out two bowls and two spoons, scooping some of the soup into the bowls.
He used a knife to slice a few small slices of meat off from the roasting leg and put those into the bowls of soup. He topped off everything with a thick slice of bread, before handing the food to Yao Jun and Guo Luo.
The soup was fragrant and mellow, while the meat was spiced and savory. Mixed with the soft bread it made for a delicious meal that truly warmed the body in the cold weather. Of course, since Yao Jun could still not use his broken left arm, Guo Luo helped feed him.
“Two of ya newly arrived in town?”
While they were eating, the middle aged man looked them up and down for a short moment before he asked. He had a thick accent that Yao Jun had never heard before, but he still managed to understand what he was saying.
“I thought as much. I pride myself on knowing most folk in the town, but I ain't ever seen folk like ya in town. Ya come here to celebrate the birthday of the Raging Snow Monarch?”
Seeing the two of them nod their head, the mouth of the man curved up into a smile as he continued making small talk.
“Raging Snow Monarch?”
Yao Jun couldn't help but raise an eyebrow when he heard the middle aged man. He could guess that the Raging Snow Monarch had something to do with the Raging Snow Sect, but there was no mention of him in the jade slip Yao Jun had.
“Never heard of 'im? He is the leader of the Raging Snow Sect, Cui Bao. He'll be celebrating his 100th birthday in a few days, invited nearly every important person from the towns he controls.”
Seeing their expression, the man hurriedly explained. There was nearly no one within the five towns controlled by the Raging Snow Sect who did not know who Cui Bao was.
“We are just a wandering couple, we only came here to enjoy the atmosphere and relax.”
Yao Jun responded with a slight chuckle when he saw the way the man was looking at them. It was clear that them not knowing about about the Raging Snow Monarch was extremely strange to the man.
“Then ya came to the right place! I used to be a wanderer meself, but I became tired of all the fighting and settled down here. Thanks to the Raging Snow Sect, ain't been a Demonic beast attack or any large disturbances for several years! The two of ya will be sure to enjoy yerself here!”
The man broke out into a loud laughter after hearing Yao Jun's explanation. When he noticed that the two of them had finished the food and paid him, he took back the two bowls. Yao Jun and Guo Luo bid the man farewell and proceeded to continue their wandering.
As they continued walking around town, spending several hours just looking at the various things the town had to offer, the sun started slowly setting. Seeing the sun slowly setting, they decided to turn around and return to the inn for the night.
As they were returning to the inn, they once more spotted a group of people from the Raging Snow Sect patrolling the streets. The people spotted them, nodding their heads in a polite greeting, before continuing on with their business.
The path that the people from the Raging Snow Sect took just so happened to pass by at the side of Yao Jun, right next to Guo Luo. The groups quickly reached each other, and were just about to pass each other when Yao Jun suddenly sense a strong sense of unease well up.
He didn't stop to think, immediately moving into action. He pulled Guo Luo closer to him, while also stepping to the side, away from the people from the Raging Snow Sect. As he pulled Guo Luo towards him, he saw one of the people from the Raging Snow Sect pull out a purple knife and stab at Guo Luo.
The stab was originally aimed at her back, at the position where her heart would be, but since Yao Jun pulled her away, the knife ended up sinking into her right shoulder. Even though the stab missed her heart, Yao Jun did not feel any better.
He could see a purple stream of energy invading Guo Luo's body from the wound, quickly spreading throughout her body. He noticed Guo Luo's body quickly losing strength, almost unable to stand after only a short moment. She even lost consciousness almost immediately.
Chapter 113: Cui Dong.
Seeing Guo Luo's body lose strength, Yao Jun almost felt his vision blacken completely. Despite his rage, he still kept his calm and reacted quickly. He quickly brought Guo Luo into his gate and ordered Little Thunder to move her body over to the part of the mountain where he planted all the medicinal herbs that could counteract poison.
Of course, Yao Jun himself did not enter the gate. He turned his head and stared death at the group of people from the Raging Snow Sect. With a wave of his hand, a wild wind suddenly appeared and whipped up the surrounding snow.
The wind hit the group of people straight on, five of them dying immediately, sliced to pieces. The last two that were still alive had only managed to survive because Yao Jun had allowed them to. The wind didn't slice them into pieces, but it chopped off their arms and legs, making it impossible for them to move.
While the surrounding people were fleeing in horror, Yao Jun made the five corpses sink into the shadows. He brought out Little Gray in the middle of the town and hopped onto his back, bringing the two surviving people with him.
Little Gray immediately took off at full speed, quickly turning into just a small spot that was barely visible from the town. After Little Gray flew away from the city, Yao Jun entered his gate and brought the two men with him.
“What did you do to her?! Where is the antidote?! Speak!”
The moment they entered the gate, Yao Jun grabbed the man who had stabbed Guo Luo and shouted out, his Mental Energy digging into the man's brain, turning him into little more than a puppet.
Acquiring the antidote was one of the reasons Yao Jun had not yet killed these two people. While she was inside his gate, Yao Jun could keep a constant watch on Guo Luo, no matter where he himself was. Because of this, he could see that the poison in her body was still spreading. Surrounding her with the medicinal herbs had slowed down the speed of the spreading, but it had not stopped the spreading.
“I stabbed her with a knife coated in poison that was created by Young Master Cui Dong. The only one who can make an antidote is Young Master Cui Dong.”
The voice of the man was completely monotone as he spoke. He didn't even pay attention to all the blood he was losing.
“Why did you attack us?”
Yao Jun firmly memorized the name Cui Dong. Since he was the one who made the poison, and the only one with the antidote, he was most likely also the one who sent them.
“We recently received word that the two of you had been spotted in Snow's Heart Town, so the sect sent out orders that we are to try and assassinate you upon spotting you.”
“Why would the Raging Snow Sect want us dead? Do you work for one of the four clans?”
Yao Jun furrowed his eyebrows as he questioned, but he quickly realized that it was highly unlikely. The four clans would not want him dead immediately. They thought that he was working for the Demon Race, so it was more likely that they would use him as a hostage.
“We are a branch of the Guo clan that were sent to the Grand Quan continent to slowly build up an organization that they could utilize against the four clans.”
“Guo clan! Where will I find that Cui Dong?”
Hearing the man's words, Yao Jun's expression twisted into one of hatred. Once more it was the Guo clan that was harming those close to him. He couldn't help but slightly worry as he asked. If Cui Dong was on the Liang continent, it would be almost impossible for Yao Jun to return fast enough to acquire the antidote.
“Young Mater Cui Dong is always at the side of Sect Master Cui Bao in Raging Snow City.”
“'How strong are Cui Dong and Cui Bao?”
Yao Jun let out a slight sigh of relief after hearing the man's response. With Little Gray flying at full speed, reaching Raging Snow City would only take a few days. The next step now was to find out exactly how strong they were.
“Sect Master Cui Bao is at the late stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth, his power consists of controlling snow and ice, but it has a drawback in that it will slowly freeze his body whenever he uses it. The Guo clan could not send someone stronger here, as it would arouse the suspicion of the Yao clan.”
“Young Master Cui Dong is at the early stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth, his power allows him to create poisons as well as antidotes, but if he creates too much poison, his own body will be invaded by it.”
“Good. You are useless to me now.”
Yao Jun nodded his head after hearing the man's description. Cui Bao and Cui dong's powers could be considered rather strong, but since they had strong drawbacks, they could only be called low level powers.
After Yao Jun nodded his head, Ba-Shei slithered out from the shadows and swallowed the body of the man whole. Yao Jun did not bother watching this, turning around to the last man he had left alive, who was now pale as paper.
Yao Jun repeated the process once more, digging into the last man's mind with his Mental Energy and forcing him to answer the same questions as the previous man. After making sure that both men had given the same response, he tossed the last man to Ba-Shei, who happily swallowed him whole.
After taking care of the two men, Yao Jun walked over to where Little Gray had placed Guo Luo. There was still purple energy coursing beneath her skin, but it was spreading much slower now.
“I'm sorry Luo'er, it was my fault. I should have made sure that we still kept up our disguises before entering any towns and cities.”
Yao Jun sat down next to Guo Luo and raised her head onto his lap, gently stroking her hair with one hand. After stroking her hair for a short moment, he started pulling up various medicinal herbs. Ever since they arrived on the Grand Quan continent, Yao Jun was no longer worried about anyone recognizing them, so he had not made sure that they kept using Guo Luo's illusions to disguise themselves.
“It's only going to be a few days. In a few days we will reach Raging Snow City, and then I can force Cui Dong to create the antidote.”
All the herbs Yao Jun plucked were herbs that were used to counteract various poisons and symptoms. Guo Luo could obviously not chew them on her own, so he put them in his mouth and chewed them to paste, before giving them to Guo Luo mouth to mouth.