Against the Gods Chapter 870-873
Chapter 870 – Star God Blood
"Haah…" Yun Che collapsed on top of the roof as he stared at the sky and softly muttered, "I've already lost my Little Fairy… How can I be expected to simply watch if I'm to lose you as well?"
"But, just what can I do…"
"An'er, we are going to visit your great grandfather. Be good, okay."
Number Seven Under Heaven's voice, which was as gentle as the wind, rang out from somewhere not far below him. She was hugging a baby that was swaddled in cloth and there was a gentle smile on her face. Her steps were light and relaxed as she teased her son every now and then, the ever-present Xiao Yun walking beside her.
The arrival of Yongan caused the relationship between the already tightly-bonded couple to become even more happy and warm. Even the shadow cast by the impending calamity which would destroy the entire city did nothing to dampen their happiness.
"Brother Yun, who do you think An'er will resemble more when he grows up?"
"Of course he'll look more like you. If he looks more like you, he'll definitely be even more handsome."
"Heehee… An'er, did you hear that, you need to look at your mother more every single day. If you do that, you'll grow to become a handsome man in the future. Also, when you grow up, you need to be dutifully filial towards your great grandfather and your Uncle Yun Che. If not for Uncle Yun Che, your mother and father would not ever be able to see you again."
"Speaking of Big Brother, I haven't seen him around these past few days. I also don't know where he is right now…" Xiao Yun said as he gave a light sigh, "I just have this feeling that he hasn't been his usual self lately."
Yun Che, "…"
"I also felt the same way," Number Seven Under Heaven said in a dim voice. "In the past, whenever I saw Big Brother Yun, I always felt that he radiated a very powerful aura, an aura which gave people an incredible sense of security. But ever since he returned from Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley, every time I see him, I always feel that he… is being weighed down by many heavy worries."
"I can roughly guess the reason behind that," Xiao Yun said worriedly. "Big Brother Yun used all of his strength to save our son but his own child… should be five years right now but he has never even seen his child before and he doesn't even know whether that child is dead or alive…"
"This has always been the thing that caused his heart to ache the most. So in this current situation where he has saved our child but is unable to find his own, even if it's Big Brother, he is definitely being tormented by pain and self-recrimination that he is unable to let go of. I'm awkward, not good with words, and I also don't know how to comfort and encourage him… I can only hope that Big Brother can walk out from under this dark cloud that is hanging over his head sooner rather later."
"If it's Big Brother Yun we're talking about, then it definitely won't be a problem," Number Seven Under Heaven said in a voice that was brimming with confidence.
As he silently watched the couple walk into the distance, Yun Che silently sighed under his breath: So it turns out that I have already caused many people to worry about me. It looks like I really need to properly adjust my emotions and mental state.
He also did not know how Yuanba was doing right now. Xuanyuan Wentian only viewed a few people as potential threats and Xia Yuanba was one of them. Given Xuanyuan Wentian's clearly distorted temperament, the Xia Yuanba who was still in the Profound Sky Continent would definitely be struck by his devilish claws… Right now, Yun Che could only hope that he could somehow escape that calamity.
Yun Che closed his eyes as his consciousness sank into the world of the Sky Poison Pearl.
The dark green world was a sea of calm, so the sounds that Hong'er made in her sleep were exceptionally clear.
"Hong'er, it's time to wake up!" Yun Che said as he arrived at the foot of the bed and smacked Hong'er's small bottom. This jade bed was originally where Jasmine rested but ever since Hong'er arrived, it had been completely taken over by her.
After all, she basically did nothing else but sleep and eat. Even when she was summoned out, she was normally sound asleep inside the sword and even if he battled for an entire hour, there was no guarantee that she would actually wake up.
"Uuuu…" Hong'er had been woken up by that gentle smack on her butt. She opened her eyes and said in a sleepy and silly voice, "Master, I was just having a very tasty dream, where did you suddenly wake me up."
Very… tasty… dream!?
"…Hong'er, did your Big Sister Jasmine leave you anything to pass to me? She would have passed it to you just as she was just about to leave," Yun Che asked as he carried her small body.
"Hmm?" Hong'er blinked her sleep-crusted eyes as her small hand tugged at her vermillion hair. But all of the sudden, she said with an aggrieved pout on her face, "I don't know. I'm very hungry right now, so I can't think of anything."
"~！@#￥%…" Yun Che extended a hand and grabbed two sparkling and translucent long swords which released the aura of the Emperor Profound Realm, "There you go, eat up."
"Waaa! Thanks Master!!"
Hong'er's sleepiness had faded away completely as her eyes started to sparkle. She grabbed both Emperor Profound Swords and opened her mouth wide. Following an explosive cracking sound, a bite-shaped gap appeared on the sword which was even tougher and more durable than profound steel.
Even though he had long ago gotten accustomed to the "terror" that was Hong'er's teeth every time he saw her in action, it still sent chills down his spine.
As Hong'er ravenously wolfed down her meal, those two Emperor Profound swords had been devoured completely in the blink of an eye, not even a fragment remained. She patted her tiny, unchanged tummy in contentment before she suddenly squealed excitedly, "I remember now! Big Sister Jasmine wanted me to give Master this!"
Hong'er raised her tiny hand and a dot of glittering white light shone in it.
Yun Che's lips faintly moved before he extended a hand and gently took hold of that white light.
Immediately, Jasmine's voice rang out from that bright light as it resounded in the depths of his heart.
"Yun Che, on the day that I reconstituted my body, I borrowed three drops of blood essence from you. As a recompense, I promised that I would give you one drop of Star God Blood in return. Right now, I am fulfilling that promise and giving that drop of Star God Blood to you."
"The power of the Star Gods can only be refined by using an extremely special method. Given your current ability, you won't be able to refine any divine power from it but it will grant you many times the lifespan that you lost when you gave away those three drops of blood essence."
"If I am no longer able to remain at your side, then this drop of Star God Blood will be my final gift to you."
Yun Che dazedly stared at the white light in his hand… Star God Blood, that was the blood essence that came from Jasmine…
While his consciousness was still hazy, the Star God Blood that was encircled by white light suddenly flew up from the palm of his hand and directly shot towards the space between his eyebrows. After that, it forcefully entered his head and melted into his body.
Yun Che's consciousness instantly left the world of the Sky Poison Pearl. During the same instant, a bizarre sensation that felt both warm and cold at the same time swiftly spread from the space between his brows to the rest of his body. He hurriedly sat up straight, focusing his mind as he began to absorb the Star God Blood.
After the brief period of discomfort had passed, the Star God Blood had gradually completely merged with his body. His five senses had begun to grow sharper as his entire body swelled with surging vitality. He could faintly sense that his body had grown stronger in a way but apart from this, his profound strength had barely changed.
Just as Jasmine's voice had said, it had greatly increased Yun Che's lifespan but it barely had any effect on his profound strength,
After the Star God Blood had completely merged with his body, Yun Che opened his eyes. A profound warmth was now swelling within both his heart and his body. He raised his head, looking into the distance as he softly muttered to himself, "Jasmine, did you truly leave behind this drop of Star God Blood just for the sake of paying me back…"
As he spoke, the corners of his mouth faintly curled up into a small smile.
Azure Cloud Continent, Supwake Country's Rivereast Region, below Grandwake Mountain.
A large bamboo forest extended from the foot of Grandwake Mountain to the distant northern gate of the Grandwake Clan. The bamboo forest was lush and dense and if someone viewed it from a distance, a dense emerald green expanse would fill his vision.
Normally, an extremely refreshing cool breeze would gently blow among the swaying bamboo leaves in this place, relaxing and gladdening the hearts of the people who came here. It was as if even their spirits were being gently cleansed.
But today, the breeze that blew in this bamboo forest carried the acrid odor of fresh blood
Following a vicious flash of a knife's edge, blood spurted onto the arrow and a tall and mighty figure heavily tumbled to the ground. A mountain of corpses lay littered around the area where he fell.
Su Hengshan rushed forward and grabbed the man's body, blood tears filling his widened eyes. The last among those that had stayed loyal to him had fallen. The ground underneath his feet and the surrounding bamboo leaves had all been dyed red with fresh blood as bodies filled his vision. Furthermore, these corpses belonged to the people who had used their lives to protect him, the people who had upheld the final dignity of the Grandwake Clan…
Right now, other than himself, all of them had fallen.
"Clan Master… Hurry up… and leave…" The tall man mumbled in agony before he closed his eyes and completely expired, the last bit of life leaving his body.
"Old Seven!!!!" Su Hengshan gave howl that tore at one's heart, his entire body shaking fiercely due to pain and resentment.
"Hehehe, my beloved father, you have truly disappointed me."
A formidable array of people had completely surrounded Su Hengshan. Some of them wore the attire of the Grandwake Clan while others were all dressed in black—it was astonishingly the attire of Black Wood Stronghold. Moreover, the one who stood at the very forefront of this contingent was Su Hengshan's only son—Su Haoran.
"You were the one who promised as that as long as we allowed Ling'er to run far away, you would behave yourself and hand over the treasure key to us quietly. But in the end, you reneged on your word and obstinately struggled against us, heedless of the consequences, causing so many people to die in vain… Tsk tsk, in any case, you are a senior from the same clan, so this is truly intolerable."
As the one who controlled the current proceedings, Su Haoran wore a bland and arrogant smile on his face. Yet there was also a trace of unwillingness on his face.
Third Elder Su Hengyue and Grand Elder Su Wangji were both present along with the Black Wood Stronghold's Heimu Qingya. They all wore cold smiles on their faces yet they were standing… behind Su Haoran.
Arrayed behind them were people from Black Wood Cliff and… a whole eighty percent of the disciples from the Grandwake Clan!
Only a pitiful twenty percent of the Grandwake Clan's disciples had chosen to follow Su Hengshan… and right now, all of them lay dead on the ground.
"You… You beast!!!" Su Hengshan shouted as he turned around and pointed a trembling finger at Su Haoran. His bloodshot eyes were filled with boundless grief and sorrow.
"All these years, I… have remained constantly vigilant against Su Hengyue and Black Wood Stronghold… But I never would have thought… it would be a beast like you… Cough, cough cough…" Su Hengshan's body swayed as he coughed out a large mouthful of fresh blood.
"Heh heh," Su Hengyue said with a cold laugh. "Haoran is someone who is far stronger than a stubborn and conservative piece of trash such as yourself. After hopping on board the giant ship that is the Seven Star Divine Palace, our Grandwake Clan will instantly become ascendant, rising into the sky like a blazing sun and no one in the Country of Supwake will dare to bully us. Furthermore, if Haoran is accepted as a disciple of the Seven Star Divine Palace, tsk, it won't merely be so simple as bringing glory to our ancestors."
"Heh heh heh." Heimu Qingya shot Su Hengshan a look that was filled with mingled joy and pity. After that, he bowed his head to Su Haoran before speaking, "Young Sect Master, when you enter the Seven Star Divine Palace in the future, I hope that you will generously support us."
"Hahahaha," Su Haoran gave a loud and arrogant laugh. He was thoroughly pleased with himself, "That's natural. If not for the Black Wood Hold Master, how would this young master even have the chance to obtain the favor of the Seven Star Divine Palace."
"Su Hengshan," Su Haoran said, directly addressing Su Hengshan by his name. "All of the stubborn and ignorant people have already died, so to save yourself from even more pain, it would be better for you to cooperate with us as soon as possible and obediently hand over the treasure key. After all, the act of torturing my own father is something that will cause me to die young."
"You evil creature, you bunch of animals… Even if I die, all of you can forget about ever obtaining the treasure key!!" Su Hengshan fiercely spat. He tightly gripped the blood-drenched sword in his hand as a startling malevolent aura radiated from every pore of his body, "There will come a day… where all of you will suffer retribution!!"
"Retribution?" Su Haoran said as his eyes narrowed. After that, he began to laugh wildly, "Hahahahaha, could it be that this retribution that you are referring to is that man Yun Che? Tsk tsk, ah, it is truly woeful that you have yet to wake up to reality despite six years of dreaming. Now that I mention it, I had even specifically asked the people of Seven Star Divine Palace about Yun Che and Xia Qingyue but in the end, no one at that level even knew those two names. That is also to say that even the names that they gave you all those years ago were fake but to think you're actually still dreaming that he will truly come back and marry Ling'er… Aiyah, it has truly been hard on my pitiful sister who has been stupidly waiting for six years now."
"The Divine Palace Envoy has arrived."
At this moment, a low and deep shout rang out from behind. Those short six words caused the expressions of every single person present to dramatically change. At the same time, a figure appeared like a ghost at Su Haoran's side. His face was cold and stern and dressed in black clothes. A mark that looked like seven stars intertwining was embroidered on his breast.
Upon seeing this person, everyone felt as if a true god had descended from the heavens as they panickedly knelt down and said, "We greet the Divine Palace Envoy."
"Hn." A noise limply came from the Divine Palace Envoy's nose and that counted as his acknowledgement.
"Divine Palace Envoy, Haoran was not aware that you would abruptly honor us with your presence. Excuse me for not going out to meet you, I beg for your forgiveness." Facing this black-clothed man, Su Haoran's previous brash insolence had completely disappeared. What replaced it was an expression filled with fear and unease.
"Hmph," the Divine Palace Envoy gave a cold snort as his gaze swept across Su Hengshan, "He is that Su Hengshan?"
"Yes, yes, yes. As expected, the Divine Palace Envoy truly has keen-sighted eyes," Su Haoran said as he swiftly attempted to curry favor with the Divine Palace Envoy.
"Heh, you are even able to so vicious towards your real father, you are truly someone who can achieve great things in life." The Divine Palace Envoy gave a lukewarm chuckle and no one was able to tell whether it was mockery or praise.
"I tha.. I thank the Divine Palace Envoy for his praise. To be able to serve the Divine Palace is the greatest fortune that Haoran will ever encounter in his life," Su Haoran said in a careful tone. Behind him, Su Hengyue, Mu Qingya and the rest of them had all deeply bowed their heads, they did not even dare to breathe too loudly.
"And the item?" The Divine Palace Envoy asked coldly.
"Eh…" Su Haoran started to panic on the inside as he spoke while his forehead was matted in cold sweat, "We have search the entire Grandwake Clan but we were not able to find it. The only person who would know the whereabouts of the treasure key… is him."
"Hmph!" The Divine Palace Envoy's eyes went cold, "You have already captured the person in front of you. Yet you were unable to force him to surrender that object despite your numbers. All of you are truly a bunch of trash."
Su Haoran fiercely gulped before he hurriedly spoke, "He… he had originally promised to give us the treasure key as long as we allowed his daughter to escape. But we never expected him to suddenly go back on his word. However, I want to assure the Divine Palace Envoy of one thing. Now that he has fallen into our hands, forcing the treasure key out of him will only be a matter of time."
"His daughter?" The Divine Palace Envoy said with narrowed eyes, "Since he cares so much about his daughter, then go and capture his daughter and see whether he will still continue to be so stubborn at that time."
Su Haoran's eyes gleamed and immediately echoed what he had heard, "The Divine Palace Envoy is truly wise! Haoran will immediately dispatch people to capture Su Ling'er…"
When the heavily wounded Su Hengshan heard those words, he immediately howled in fury like a despairing and enrage wolf, "You bunch of wretched animals… If you dare to harm Ling'er… I won't let you off even after I die!!"
"Wait a minute!!" The Divine Palace Envoy said as his head suddenly jerked upwards. His gaze abruptly turned cold and dangerous as he said, "That treasure key… It is extremely likely that it is in his daughter's possession!!"
"Ah!" The Divine Palace Envoy's words caused everyone to be startled. Su Hengshan's expression also fiercely changed upon hearing that… and that change in expression had been clearly seen by the Divine Palace Envoy. His face turned dark as he growled in a deep and low voice, "Did you really let that Ling'er escape? Wasn't anyone sent to secretly keep an eye on her?"
"This… this…" Su Haoran was completely flustered as he struggled to stammer out an explanation, "Su Ling'er is only… is only a witless young girl… I truly did not think that Su Hengshan would entrust such an important thing… I… I will immediately dispatch people to…"
"Hmph, there is no need for that! All of you are truly a bunch of worthless trash!!" The Divine Palace Envoy spat as he turned around and spoke to the empty bamboo forest, "Mobilize all of our people and coerce all of the sects in the Country of Supwake along with the Supwake Imperial Family to seal the entire Country of Supwake. I want Su Ling'er to brought before me, even if you have to dig up the ground to accomplish that task!"
"If she is alive, I want to meet her! If she is dead, I want to see her corpse!"
"Yes." a low and deep reply rang out from the depths of the empty bamboo forest.
The Star God Blood is pretty useless right now, but it will be very useful later on… it will be useful indeed, hohoho.
Chapter 871 – Resolute (1)
One whole month had passed since Xuanyuan Wentian had invaded Demon Imperial City but the gloomy and tense atmosphere which shrouded Demon Imperial City had yet to fade away. During this period, many experts from all parts of the Illusory Demon Realm had surged into the capital. At the same time, most of the citizens and sects had quietly fled the city… But the Little Demon Empress gave an order to not interfere with or obstruct anyone who chose to run away.
During the wee hours of the morning, Yun Che was returning to the Yun Family household from the Demon Imperial Palace. Just as he reached the gates of his house, he met Yun Qinghong, who was just about to return home as well.
“Father, were you preparing the Great City Barrier Formation together with Grandfather and the rest?”
Both father and son had stopped in the air above the family gates.
Yun Qinghong nodded his head, “The Great City Barrier Formation left behind by the first Demon Emperor is incredibly profound. When we hurriedly activated it the last time, it was even able to hold back Xuanyuan Wentian for a large amount of time. So before Xuanyuan Wentian returns, we are putting in all our effort to ensure that the Great City Barrier Formation will be able to perform to its fullest… As for the rest, that is up to the will of heaven.”
“…Father, forgive me for being direct. But if it’s merely a protection barrier which won’t allow Xuanyuan Wentian to enter Demon Imperial City, even if it can hold him off for more than a year, what’s the point of it all?” Yun Che said as he shook his head, “It will only result in us delaying our deaths for a while more. Furthermore, Xuanyuan Wentian can very well just ignore Demon Imperial City for the moment while he goes to ravage other parts of the Illusory Demon Realm.”
“Ah, how could I not be aware of this?” Yun Qinghong said with a long sigh. “But it’s not just the Little Demon Empress who isn’t his opponent, even the Golden Crow Divine God won’t be able to match him. So other than this, what else can we do? Struggling until our last breath is still a better option than helplessly waiting for death to come.”
“Father, if we have the option to flee the Illusory Demon Realm and guarantee that Xuanyuan Wentian won’t be able to find us… Would you and Mother be amenable to that?” Yun Che asked solemnly.
Yun Qinghong gave him a deep look before speaking, “Would the Little Demon Empress be willing to flee the Illusory Demon Realm together with you?”
“…” Yun Che was at a loss for words.
“Given my understanding of the Little Demon Empress, she definitely would not do so and I share the same sentiments as well.”
While he said this, a faint smile appeared on Yun Qinghong’s face and it was not the least bit forced or discontent, “In this world, there are many things that are far more important than one’s own life. That goes for me and the Little Demon Empress as well. If you forcefully take her away, this would be far worse than death for her… Your mother and I feel the same way.”
“We have all personally witnessed the terror of Xuanyuan Wentian and now we are still working hard to resist him and think of a plan to deal with him. But we have never once thought of fleeing.”
“But Che’er, it’s not the same for you!” Yun Qinghong said as his eyes grew stern, “You have to go. We are not choosing to stay because we are stupid or stubborn but it is because we have something that we need to protect. But in your case, if you choose not to leave, it will not only be an irrational decision, it will also be a very stupid one… I believe that the Little Demon Empress has already spoken to you about this and you should be very clear about it as well.”
“…” Yun Che remained silent for a very long time.
“Tomorrow, we will be holding holding a feast to celebrate Yongan’s first month,” Yun Qinghong said with a faint smile. “As his grandfather, it’s only natural that I arrange everything personally. So for the next two days, let’s set aside these important matters for now. Che’er, come over and help us out later.”
“Alright…” Yun Che said rather despondently.
Yun Qinghong left but Yun Che stayed standing in that spot for a very long time. Gradually, his eyes started to grow colder and colder and he quietly clenched both his hands.
“It looks like… I need to kill Xuanyuan Wentian… no matter what!!”
Yun Che sucked in a long breath as a blurry decision formed in his heart. He looked at the Yun Family household and just as he was about to land in the courtyard, he suddenly felt his entire body shake fiercely as a dark and sinister aura suddenly exploded within his profound veins. This caused an indescribable pain to instantly spread throughout his entire body…
Could… Could it be…
Xiao Lingxi strode out from the courtyard. Once she saw Yun Che, who was hovering in the air above her, her beautiful eyes twinkled as she crowed in delight, “Little Che, you’re back!”
“What about Sister Cang Yue and Xue’er? How come they didn’t come back with you?” Xiao Lingxi said as she scampered towards Yun Che. As she spoke, her nose turned up slightly as an adorable pout formed on her lips, displaying the jealousy in her heart.
But after she had finished speaking, she realized that Yun Che had not responded to her at all. Xiao Lingxi let out a soft cry but just as she was about to ask a question, she saw Yun Che suddenly tumble from the sky and hit the ground fiercely. He remained curled up on the ground, his entire body shivering as his face contorted in incredible agony.
“Li-Little Che!” Color drained from Xiao Lingxi’s pretty face as she threw aside the thing she was holding in her hand and panickedly ran over to Yun Che, “Little Che… You… what happened to you?”
As the voice of Xiao Lingxi grew ever closer, Yun Che’s remaining clarity allowed him to stretch out a quivering hand. After that, a soft and gentle profound energy pushed Xiao Lingxi far away as he croaked out in pain, “Do not… come over here… Ah!!”
Black energy that he was unable to suppress streamed out of Yun Che’s body before slowly rising into the air, causing Yun Che to experience even more pain.
“Little Che… Little Che!!” Xiao Lingxi had been scared completely witless and she shouted in a teary voice, “Somebody come quick… Somebody come quick… Come and save Little Che!!”
The entire Yun Family was instantly alerted to this commotion as the nearby Xiao Yun rushed over like a blustering gale. After he took one look at Yun Che’s state, his expression immediately and violently changed, “Big Brother, what’s happening to you!?!”
“Don’t touch him!”
Just as Xiao Yun was about to approach Yun Che, Yun Qinghong’s stern shout rang out from behind him, causing Xiao Yun to immediately freeze in place.
Yun Qinghong and Mu Yurou had rushed over and many of the Yun Family elders and most of the Yun Family disciples hurried along behind them after they had heard the news. They took one look at Yun Che’s condition and the black energy that was gushing out of his body, all of them being shocked in place.
With a single glance, Yun Qinghong could tell that Yun Che’s current condition was exactly the same as one month ago. After Yun Che had returned from Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley, he had not yet explained to him the reason behind this and Yun Qinghong had not pursued the matter either, he even believed that Yun Che had completely recovered from it. But he had never thought that Yun Che would suddenly find himself in the exact same situation again.
“Che’er… What’s wrong with Che’er?” Mu Yurou’s face had gone completely pale. If not for the fact that Yun Qinghong was holding her arm tightly, she would already have thrown caution to the wind and rushed to his side.
“No one is allowed to touch him… Yun’er, immediately go and inform the Little Demon Empress of the present situation!!” Yun Qinghong’s expression was rigid as he forced himself to speak calmly.
Just as his voice had finished, an energy explosion that sounded like thunder suddenly rang out in the air above them. The Little Demon Empress and Feng Xue’er had brought along Cang Yue as they approached at an alarming speed… They had taken their time at first but then they suddenly sensed a terrifying devilish energy—Furthermore, this devilish energy did not originate from Xuanyuan Wentian. Instead, it was exactly the same as the devilish energy Yun Che had released a month ago so they had hurried over at the greatest speed while shock and fear shook their hearts.
“Big Brother Yun!” Feng Xue’er was seized by panic as she rushed towards Yun Che side, supporting his body, which was entwined by black energy, off the ground.
The Little Demon Empress set Cang Yue down and spoke in a serious tone, “Yun Che, quickly focus your thoughts and summon out the Primordial Profound Ark… We will immediately head to the Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley!”
No one would be able to understand the kind of terrifying circumstance that Yun Che found himself in right now. Just having devil energy invade one’s body was already incredibly terrifying but this devil energy was erupting from within Yun Che’s body. If it was someone else, they would not even have the opportunity to struggle in agony, they would have lost their lives in practically one instant.
“…” Yun Che could barely make out any intelligible words but with his strong will, he managed to successfully summon forth the Primordial Profound Ark while correctly setting the coordinates to travel to the entrance of the Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley.
After it had instantly jumped through space, the Little Demon Empress picked up Yun Che and carried him into Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley once more.
The last time around, even though Yun Che did not explain, they had all naturally assumed that his condition had been due to the sudden flaring up of the devil energy that had infiltrated Yun Che’s body after his fight with Xuanyuan Wentian. So they definitely had not thought of the fact that this devilish energy was actually coming from inside Yun Che’s body… This time however, the both of them were struck by a profound feeling that something was not right.
After they entered Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley again after one month, the both of them clearly sensed that the fire aura in this place had once again weakened by a great amount. The volcanos in the original Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley were initially in a state of constant and violent eruption and one could see roiling lava and seas of fire everywhere. But today, nearly half of those volcanoes had gone dormant and the lava and the seas of fire seemed far more sluggish than before.
But right now, none of them were in the correct frame of mind to bother about these continuing bizarre changes. They brought Yun Che towards the end of Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley at the fastest speed possible.
“The Empress of the Illusory Demon Realm Huan Caiyi… begs to see the Golden Crow Divine God!” The Little Demon Empress cried towards the scarlet sky
“I beg that the Golden Crow Divine God appear before us!”
The Little Demon Empress continued to cry out but the only thing that answered her was heavy silence. It was only after she had cried out more than ten times that the sky finally rang with the Golden Crow Divine Spirit’s voice.
“Huan Caiyi, why do you disturb this noble one’s rest yet again!”
“Golden Crow Divine Spirit!” Feng Xue’er said anxiously, “It’s Big Brother Yun… the same devil energy that appeared on his body the last time has reappeared yet again, so I beg that you save him!
The Little Demon Empress and Feng Xue’er clearly could sense the space around them suddenly tightening up.
The eyes of the Golden Crow finally opened up in the air above, the dazzling light that came from its eyes caused the scarlet sky to turn a dull gold. The golden light that radiated from its eyes quickly fell upon Yun Che’s body and after a brief period of silence, a long and drawn-out sigh rang through Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley.
“The both of you may leave. Within ten days, no one is allowed to take a step into this place.”
“Ten days?” The Little Demon Empress said with an alarmed expression on her face, “Golden Crow Divine God, just what is wrong with Yun Che…”
Before her voice had even finished falling, a golden light had already enshrouded her before kicking both her and Feng Xue’er out of the world of Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley.
A long cry filled the air as those scarlet-golden eyes abruptly grew wide and scarlet golden fire fell from the sky like a storm of meteors, engulfing Yun Che in a sea of golden flames.
The black energy was slowly suppressed by the violent Golden Crow flames. The pressure on Yun Che’s body lessened as he managed to sit up straight with much difficulty and focus his mind. He started to absorb and guide the Golden Crow Divine Spirit’s boundless power into his body and gradually the black color on his face began to recede and his complexion returned to normal. His breathing also began growing steady.
“It has just been a short month, so how did the devil origin orb break out of its seal so quickly and flare up again?” The Golden Crow Divine Spirit’s voice rang in Yun Che’s ears.
Yun Che, “…”
“Hmph, this noble one has already found the cause,” the Golden Crow Divine Spirit said gravely, “There is another heavy emotional issue that plagues your heart, causing you to block up your heart and be in a state of sorrow all this time, while also accelerating the growth of the devil origin orb’s power!”
“…Even sorrow will influence the devil origin orb?” Yun Che asked in a low voice.
“Sorrow is the same thing as rage, greed and resentment. All of them are negative emotions. Furthermore, strong negative emotions will agitate and accelerate the revival of the devil origin orb’s power. Hmph, this noble one had never thought that such a gigantic emotional knot could form in your heart given your experiences and temperament.”
“…” Yun Che could only smile bitterly in response.
“It looks like you have already seen the memory fragment that your master left for you.” When the Golden Crow Divine Spirit had scanned Yun Che’s memories three months ago, it had also read the memory fragment that Jasmine had left for him. So it knew about the message Jasmine left for Yun Che before Yun Che himself found out about it.
Yun Che was not surprised at all, he merely muttered in a soft voice, “The reason human beings are humans beings is because all of their emotions and desires are fully intact. My mind knows that I should not be wallowing in sorrow but I am simply unable to accept that I’ve lost my Little Fairy… and our child as well… I also don’t know how long I will need before I am able to truly accept everything.”
“Hmph, this is precisely the aspect of humanity that is most ridiculous and feeble! If it was someone else, this noble one could forcefully seal away this memory. But given your present soul strength, even this noble one is unable to forcefully interfere with your memories anymore. That’s fine… The devil origin orb in your body not only broke its seal but it also behaved even more violently than it did the last time. Given this noble one’s remaining power, I can just barely suppress it by force. But if I want to seal it again, not only will I need a lot of time, I will also need to rely on the Sea of Death.”
“For the next ten days, you will need to remain inside the Sea of Death at all times. You’re not allowed to leave it for even an instant.”
A golden light fell from the sky and picked Yun Che up before instantly depositing him into the boundless Sea of Death.
“Since it has come to this, we regrettably have no other choice… So let’s give it our best shot,” the Golden Crow Divine Spirit said with a low sigh as it infused the last of its divine power into the Sea of Death.
Chapter 872 – Resolute (2)
Ten days was only the time the Golden Crow Divine Spirit predicted.
However, the scariness of the current state of the devil origin orb far surpassed the Golden Crow Divine Spirit’s prediction.
Yun Che’s body has long surpassed that of any normal human. From head to toe, he was a true monster. His body actually perfectly combined the Evil God’s Profound Veins, the Phoenix’s blood, the Dragon God’s blood, the Golden Crow’s blood, the strength of the Rage God, as well as the Sirius’ power and there had not be any rejections—Needless to say, the Golden Crow Divine Spirit or even if the actual Golden Crow Divine Beast was present, it would not be able to comprehend the existence of this “monster”.
This was also the main reason why the Golden Crow Divine Spirit gifted everything to him without hesitation after reading his memories.
And within this “monster’s” body, the speed at which the devil origin orb grew was illogical as well. This was the second time the Golden Crow Divine Spirit used all its strength to help him seal the devil origin orb but its spirit was still continuously shocked.
Finally, after sixteen long days, the devil origin orb was once again sealed with difficulty within Yun Che’s body.
Within the Sea of Death, Yun Che opened his eyes and sensed that his body was no longer invaded by the devilish aura. He inhaled and flew out, escaping from the Sea of Death and landing on the scarlet grounds near the Sea of Death.
Just as he was about to give his thanks to the Golden Crow Divine Spirit, he was suddenly shocked.
The Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley that was usually constantly filled will the sounds of the raging sea of flames was now unusually quiet. At one glance, all the volcanoes within vision actually laid dormant. There was not one that was erupting. The lava was flowing slowly and the sea of flames that originally scorched the skies could now no longer be described as “a sea of flames”. The flames were dull and they burned slowly and weakly.
Turning back and looking towards the Sea of Death, the boundless flames rumbled but the colors had turned completely dark as though it was a fierce beast at the end of its life.
Yun Che lifted up his head and high up in the sky, the Golden Crow Divine Spirit’s golden eyes was staring at him. However, the divine pressure that originated from it was greatly inferior to before.
“Golden Crow Divine Spirit,” Yun Che was feeling complicated, “I thank you for saving me once again.”
“This noble one has mentioned before, there’s no need for such useless words,” The Golden Crow Divine Spirit coldly replied. “Whatever this noble one wants to do, no one can stop. Whatever this noble one does not want to do, no one can force either.”
“Since you’re fine now, hurry up and leave. This noble one already does not have much time left. If she still does not go into slumber, this world might collapse at any time. However, remember, you must let go of the knot in your heart quickly, otherwise, the devil origin orb in your body might break free at any time.”
“…” Yun Che still did not leave immediately. Instead, he calmly asked, “Golden Crow Divine Spirit, can you straightforwardly answer one of my questions?”
Golden Crow Divine Spirit, “?”
“How… long do I have left?” Yun Che’s tone and expression seemed exceptionally calm.
“…” The air suddenly became dense and the golden eye that was in the air remained silent for a long time before slowly replying, “To know your own death date is a thing that is more fearsome than death. Are you really sure you want to know?”
“I have to know.” Yun Che’s expression still remained calm.
“One month,” the Golden Crow Divine Spirit replied straightforwardly.
“…” Yun Che’s eyelids slowly closed and he exhaled one long breath, “One month… that’s not much different from what I predicted. The next time the devil origin orb’s energy overflows will be the day of my death.”
He laughed self-mockingly, “I never expected that I, Yun Che, would die in the end because of an inanimate object… Heh, there’s a part of me that can’t accept this.”
“This is the last time this noble one is able to help you. The devil origin orb within your body is constantly growing. The next time it goes out of control, even if this noble one were to have regained her full strength and was not in this current state, it would still be nearly impossible to reseal it. This noble one using up all her strength to seal it now would only allow it to remain for about a month.
“That’s why you had better leave this place quickly and think carefully what you want to do in this last month!”
Yun Che remained silent for some time before suddenly asking, “Golden Crow Divine Spirit, since you know that there’s a devil origin orb within me and I’m unable to be saved and destined to die, why are you still willing to use up a large amount of your last remaining strength to save me?”
“Because this noble one is willing, that is all!” the Golden Crow Divine Spirit coldly replied.
Yun Che, “…”
“When this noble one read your memories back then, I was shocked by your physique and experience. I knew for certain that your talent was oddly strong. Along with your exceptional talent, you’d be the perfect successor. That was why this noble one bestowed upon you everything and hoped that the flame of the Golden Crow left in this world would burn brightly within you.
“However, unexpectedly, you seemed have used up all your luck in the first half of your life. In just the span of two years, you encountered such calamity that even this noble one is unable to save you. On this plane, there is nothing that can save you either.
“However, you are, after all, the person that this noble one has chosen. Even if it was the wrong choice, it still has to be followed through to the end.”
This was the Golden Crow Divine Spirit’s explanation. Each word was uttered with deep arrogance and stubbornness..
“…I still have one question and this question is of utmost importance to me,” Yun Che continued to ask. His eyes slightly narrowed and his gaze became dull, “If i forcefully open the fifth realm of the Evil God, 【Hades】, is there any possibility of me killing Xuanyuan Wentian!?”
The Golden Crow Divine Spirit was stunned for a moment before she suddenly laughed heartily, “Hahahaha! Good question, this should be what you’re like!”
Yun Che also laughed, “Looks like you can probably give me a clear enough answer. After all, you inherited some of the Golden Crow’s memories and when the Golden Crow was alive, it had a close relationship with the Evil God. You should have a rough gauge of the Evil God’s strength.”
“No, this noble one actually does not know the Evil God’s strength much better than you,” the Golden Crow said in a low voice. “However, based on the strength you possessed when you forcefully activated 【Rumbling Heaven】 against the Moon Slaughter Devil Sovereign, if you were to open your 【Hades】, you might indeed be able to forcefully kill Xuanyuan Wentian!”
Yun Che, “!!!”
“However, it is only a possibility. However, if you were to forcefully open Hades, the consequences wouldn’t be possible death… but certain death! Even if it’s just for one or two moments!”
“When you battled the Moon Slaughter Devil Sovereign initially, although you managed to forcefully open the Rumbling Heaven to forcefully exterminate him, I hope that you have not forgotten the miserable state that you ended up in. Back then, if your master had not forcefully closed the Evil God’s realm for you, you would have died on the spot then. Now, your strength far exceeds the time when you battled the Moon Slaughter Devil Sovereign, your physique has also changed greatly. However, you can at most maintain the powers of Rumbling Heavens for one moment. If you were to forcefully open the Hades, the moment your strength was released, your body would also be smashed into smithereens with no chance of survival.”
“Alright!” Yun Che gradually nodded. Both his hands clenched tightly but his face did not reveal any disappointment, fear or unwillingness to resign. Instead, there was a slight smile that had a hint of ferocity, “Since you said it’s possible, then there’s definitely a possibility!”
“Judging from what you said, are you prepared to bet your life?”
“Heh, since I’m going to die, why shouldn’t I bet?!” Yun Che laughed lowly.
“Hahahaha,” the Golden Crow Divine Spirit laughed heartily once again. “As a person that is about to die, you aren’t thinking about how miserable your life is but instead how to die even more miserably! As expected, this noble one did not choose the wrong person and also did not save the wrong person. Your blazing integrity and resolve is worthy enough of the Golden Crow’s blood and Golden Crow’s soul in your body!
“This noble one is not going to stop you since you have already decided. You should hurry to return to the Profound Sky Continent then. You should know that the devilish blood within Xuanyuan Wentian’s body is awakening every day and his strength is also increasing by the day. The longer you day this, the greater the certainty of your death! If you really can exterminate Xuanyuan Wentian, the entire Illusory Demon Realm will be saved because of you and your death would be worth it!”
“I understand,” Yun Che muttered under his breath. “But, I still need some time… perhaps two or three days.”
“Hmph, is all this for your final farewell?” The Golden Crow Divine Spirit said without care.
“…Other than that, there’s one more thing.” Yun Che turned around, looked into the distance as his gaze gradually became hazy. Two hazy figures appeared in his heart and gradually became more and more clear. Also, gradually… they bonded together and became one figure…
“I want to return to Azure Cloud Continent to see Ling’er… I want to know whether what I witnessed and experienced six years ago was a dream or not,” Yun Che’s voice softened as though he was recalling his dream.
“Since you’re determined to die, what’s the point in meeting her?” The Golden Crow Divine Spirit coldly said. After reading Yun Che’s memories, she knew who “Ling’er” was and also knew what “dream” he referred to. However, as the spirit of a divine beast, it knew nothing of the love between humans.
“I’m okay with a look from afar.” Yun Che faintly smiled, “If that wasn’t a dream and it was really Ling’er, even if I were to die, I can die feeling a little more satisfied.”
“Then when are you preparing to go? The Azure Cloud Continent is millions of kilometers away rom the Illusory Demon Realm.”
“Right now!” Yun Che said without hesitation.
He did not prepare to say his farewells with the Little Demon Empress or his parents because this would undoubtedly increase their worries. Furthermore, he had absolutely no way of explaining everything.
If the Azure Cloud Continent’s Ling’er was actually a dream, he would completely give up hope as well. If that were really Ling’er… he would fulfill his wish before returning to spend his remaining time with them.
After that, he would use his life… to bring Xuanyuan Wentian with him to hell!!
Chapter 873 – Finally Returned to Azure Cloud
The Azure Cloud Continent was about five million kilometers away from the Profound Sky Continent. The distance between the Illusory Demon Realm and the Azure Cloud Continent was about that far as well. Jasmine had once told him that with the remaining power left in the Primordial Profound Ark, it could at most make one round trip to the Azure Cloud Continent.
However, given Yun Che’s current state, once was already enough.
After leaving Golden Crow Lightning Flame Valley, Yun Che did not return to Demon Imperial City but instead immediately activated the Primordial Profound Ark. Jasmine had already left behind the location of the Azure Cloud Continent in his memory.
The consequences of going to the Azure Cloud Continent were something he could not predict. However, if he did not go, it would remain a massive regret in his life.
The spatial transfer of millions of kilometers similarly only required one moment.
Leaving the Primordial Profound Ark, Yun Che’s emotions were suddenly in a turmoil… Because, the ground that he stepped on, was the already familiar yet exceptionally distant Azure Cloud Continent.
“Azure Cloud Continent…” He muttered under his breath. His master, his Ling’er, all that happened within this world. Countless memories and images flooded his mind like surging waves and rumbled violently. No one could understand his experiences of two lifetimes and similarly, no one could understand how he was feeling right now.
A gentle mountain breeze blew, calming Yun Che’s heart. He finally looked at his surroundings. In front of his eyes was a mountain that meandered upwards. It’s highest peaks were above the clouds and turning around, five hundred kilometers of scenery could be seen… He was obviously standing on the side of a tall mountain.
Yun Che quietly looked at his surroundings and quickly, a name flashed past his mind.
His heart was greatly shocked… The position that Jasmine had imprinted in his soul was not just the general location of the Azure Cloud Continent but it accurately pinpointed the location of the Grandwake Mountain that stood nearby!!
As for the Grandwake Clan Su Ling’er belonged to, it lay at the foot of this Grandwake Mountain!
His heart fluttered and he was unable to calm down. Yun Che was not in the mood to admire the scenery of Grandwake Mountain. He immediately descended and before long, he arrived at the foot of the mountain.
A huge jade green forest stretched at the foot of Granwake Mountain. Entering the forest, Yun Che slowed down his footsteps and walked ever more and more slowly. Six years ago, within the dreamlike world, this place was also a large forest. Then, Su Ling’er excitedly brought him to the forest while jumping and hopping… because, this was her favorite place.
This place, was also a forest.
If everything was real, the other end of the forest, would be the Grandwake Clan she resided in.
Yun Che’s footsteps became lighter as though he was afraid that his movement might disrupt the gentle breeze here. He especially desired to meet Su Ling’er but was also afraid that everything from start to end had been just a dream…
The forest was exceptionally quiet except for the sound of the wind blowing and the branches rustling. There was no other movement nor were there any figures of people or beasts. Rather than quiet, it would be more accurate to describe it as eerily lonely.
Yun Che continued moving and after walking for some time, he suddenly stopped.
In the midst of the dense forest, there was a small plot of empty land. In the middle of the empty land, there was a bamboo house that lay quietly there.
The bamboo house was small and simple and even looked rather old. All the bamboo was now yellowish in color.
Looking at the small bamboo house, Yun Che’s eyes blurred. He hurried forward and opened the unlatched bamboo door.
Inside the bamboo house, there was a small bed and table made of bamboo. Yun Che stretched out his trembling hand and gently pressed onto the bamboo bed. The bed was simple yet sturdy. Following his palm, coming into contact with it, it made a soft “squeaking” noise… there was not one speck of dust on the bed either.
Looking up, at the top of the bamboo house, there was a round hole. At night, the bright moonlight would shine through from above and illuminate the entire interior of the house.
For six whole years, other than the bamboo turning yellow, nothing about the bamboo house had changed… It was as though it was a baby that had been carefully loved and cared for in one’s arms. For six whole years, there was no damage at all.
“Ling’er… It’s Ling’er… It’s Ling’er… It’s Ling’er… It’s really Ling’er…”
Yun Che’s mind crashed. His vision became completely blurred, his emotions a complete mess, his soul trembling furiously. Every ounce of blood within him boiled with intensity… Although Jasmine had repeatedly told him with complete confidence that the “illusion” from six years ago was definitely not an illusion, he still bore a sense of disbelief… He dared not believe that there was a truth in this world that was so perfect that it was like a dream. He dared not hoped that he could still hug the Ling’er that he had already lost for eternity.
However, this forest and the small bamboo house that he built for Su Ling’er within the forest proved that whatever happened six years ago was not a dream but actually reality. It was a truth that he dared not even imagine in his dreams.
“Ling’er… Ling’er… Ling’er!!!”
The warm feeling that engulfed his entire body was not going to his head. Yun Che rushed out of the house, continuously calling Su Ling’er’s name and rushed like a madman in the direction of the Grandwake Clan in his memory.
Countless green bamboos were knocked down by him but he could not be bothered about it and continuously sped up.
Just when he was about to leap into the sky, a blowing wind from in front brought an abnormal pungent smell along.
This was a smell Yun Che was exceptionally familiar with… this was obviously the smell of a rotting corpse!!
As though a pail of cold water had just been poured onto him, Yun Che’s senses seemed to swiftly recover from his vigorous agitation to a clear mind. This was clearly very close to Grandwake Clan… why was there such a strong smell of a rotting corpse?
Yun Che sped up as he moved forward, the smell in the air becoming stronger and stronger. Gradually, the forest in front was no longer intact and there was a large amount of damage. The ground and the body of the bamboo were all filled with stains of blood that had already dried up long ago.
“…” Yun Che eyebrows sunk and a corpse also appeared in his sight then.
Within a forest like this, the speed at which a corpse decayed would not be too quick. Judging from the condition of the rotting corpse in front, it had already been dead for half a month. However, what caused Yun Che’s heart to grip tightly was the bloodstained clothes that the corpse wore…
That was obviously the clothing of someone from the Grandwake Clan!
Furthermore, there was not just that corpse. As Yun Che continued forward, the front part of the forest had been completely destroyed. Dried up stains of blood covered the entire floor and broken bamboos. The further forward he proceeded, the more corpses there were. In the end, all the corpses were stacked up together and the scene was startling. The pungent smell of rotting corpses completely covered the fresh air coming from the bamboo forest.
Along the way, he saw close to a thousand corpses altogether. The time which they died was fairly close to one another and judging from their clothes, they all belonged to the Grandwake Clan!
Yun Che’s expression became worse and worse, his previous agitation and mad joy was replaced by a bone piercing coldness… Let alone thousands of corpses, even if ten thousand or a hundred thousand laid in front of Yun Che, his expression would not change. However, this was near the Grandwake Clan and for half a month, no one bothered with the corpses of these members of Grandwake Clan!
This undoubtedly proved that something terrible had happened to the Grandwake Clan!!
An icy cold aura spread from Yun Che’s spine to the top of his head. His fists clenched tightly, his scalp numb and he rushed forward towards the Grandwake Clan like lightning.
Just what had happened to the Grandwake Clan?
Ling’er… you must be fine… I pray for your safety!!!
Yun Che activated the Extreme Mirage Lightning at full strength and very quickly, the Grandwake Clan from six years ago appeared before his eyes.
Staring at the southern door of the Grandwake Clan from afar, although Yun Che was extremely worried, he did not immediately barge in. Instead, he stopped, hid his aura with the hidden flowing lightning before he proceeded silently towards the Grandwake Clan.
Within the Grandwake Clan, several figures were moving about. It did not seem like they were in any peril nor was there any extremely cautious aura. Everything looked as though it was normal. Sneaking into the Grandwake Clan, Yun Che soon realized that there were several unusually strong auras among them.
Thirty two Thrones, two level two Overlords, and even one level eight Overlord!!
Yun Che’s gaze instantly became cold.
The Grandwake Clan and Blackwood Stronghold reigned within the region of the Country of Supwake and the Grandwake Clan was slightly stronger than the Blackwood Stronghold. Here, the Sky Profound Realm was already a pinnacle existence. If a Throne were to appear, he was sufficient to reign over the entire Rivereast. Even the two hegemons of the Grandwake Clan and Blackwood Stronghold were not at the level of Thrones either.
However, right now, there were thirty two Thrones and three Overlords who suddenly appeared with the Grandwake Clan!
And their profound auras were obviously not those of the members of the Grandwake Clan.
Yun Che gritted his teeth slightly, his heart was expanding with unease. He could only constantly pray for Su Ling’er’s safety in his heart and that nothing had happened to her… Otherwise, he would not be able to predict what kind of crazy things he would do!!!
Inhaling deeply, Yun Che hurriedly sneaked into the Grandwake Clan and directly went to the positions of those Overlords. Then, as he passed by two disciples of Grandwake Clan, he heard their conversation.
“…Back then, if the clan master wasn’t kind enough to adopt me, I would have lost my life already. I wouldn’t even need to compare with what I have now… However, I’ve betrayed the clan master… Sigh, sometimes, when I think about it, I’m really inhumane.”
“Your choice was not wrong. You have already seen that those who were stubborn and maintained their loyalty are all dead. After all, they were the Seven Star Divine Hall. Only idiots would be foolish enough to go against them.”
Seven Star Divine Hall!?
This name caused Yun Che’s eyes to shrink slightly.
“Sigh, why must clan master be so stubborn. Follow Young Clan Master’s plan and leech off Seven Star Divine Hall. This is something other sects could never even dream about…”
“I heard that even though the clan master has already been trapped for so long, he still refuses to say anything. No one knows why he’s persevering this hard. He would give up a rare opportunity and seek death. No idea if we should call him righteous or stubborn…”
The conversation between the two suddenly stopped and two ice cold palms suddenly appeared out of nowhere and gripped their throats firmly.
The eyes of the two Grandwake Clan disciples expanded and their faces revealed shock. It was as though they had just seen a ghost.
“The clan master you all are referring to, is he Su Hengshan?
The two of them nodded in fear, unable to utter any sound.
“Tell me, where is he being kept?” Yun Che’s voice was bone chillingly ice cold. However, once he found out that Su Hengshan had not died, he felt slightly more relieved.
The hand that gripped the guy on the right gradually loosened, allowing him to utter in a difficult voice, “He’s in… the cell… the inner most one…”
“Then what about Su Ling’er?” As Yun Che asked this question, his chest expanded greatly once again.
The two of their eyes widened and drifted away as they both shook their heads.
“Heh…” Yun Che laughed unusually creepily, “Remember, in your next lives, don’t be ungrateful beasts!”
With a soft crack, the bones in both throats were instantly and mercilessly destroyed by the enraged Yun Che.