Against the Gods Chapter 874-875
Chapter 874 – Extreme Fury
Yun Che had a very clear impression of the Grandwake Clan's dungeon. Back then, when Su Ling'er led him around to observe the Grandwake Clan, she had once mentioned that the dungeon was at the extreme east and it was also a place that she had never approached.
Yun Che concealed his presence but he was still incomparably quick as he speedily moved to the most inner portion of the Grandwake Clan. In just a few moments, he had already flashed past not even three meters in front of a Grandwake Clan disciple. However, the other party did not have any reaction at all. He basically did not even catch a glimpse of a shadow flashing past at all.
Based on the location in his memories, the entrance to the prison of the Grandwake Clan should soon appear before Yun Che's eyes. The turbid air that was suffusing toward him was the best proof.
In front of the dungeon, six people kept guard. Among them, four wore the uniform of the Grandwake Clan, evidently the disciples of the Grandwake Clan. However, the other two people were dressed in black and on the front of their chests, they were marked with a faint yellow constellation intersected vertically and horizontally by seven stars.
Yun Che's brows fiercely furrowed… This seven-star mark was the proof of being a disciple of Seven Stars Divine Palace! In the Azure Cloud Continent, not a single person dared to impersonate one!
Seven Stars Divine Palace was one of the biggest sects in the Azure Cloud Continent. Along with Heaven Thwarting Sect and Soaring Celestial Sword Sect, they were the three great overlords of Azure Cloud Continent. The three powers could be said to be the pillars of the continent and their positions in Azure Cloud Continent, were not any less than the Four Great Sacred Grounds of the Profound Sky Continent!
Just what was going on? Seven Stars Divine Palace and the Grandwake Clan were clearly existences from two completely different planes, how did the small Grandwake Clan offend Seven Stars Divine Palace?
Just what in the world happened!?
Ling'er… Where's Ling'er… What happened to her!?
Four Grandwake Clan disciples were earnestly guarding the entrance of the dungeon. Every single one of them was standing straight and upright and the weapons in their hands were gripped firmly. They did not even dare to glance at the two Seven Stars Divine Palace disciples in front of them. Their cautious and fearful looks were as if they were shivering ants facing a devil god.
The two Divine Palace disciples crookedly sat on the ground, their faces filled with irritation. The corners of their eyes would occasionally glance at the four Grandwake Clan disciples behind them, filled with looks of extreme disdain. The one on the right leisurely said, "I really wonder what Hall Chief is thinking. He's actually staying in a place like this in the middle of nowhere for so many days. In a small place like this where even I can poke everyone to death with a single finger, how can there be any decent treasure?"
The other Divine Palace disciple scanned his surroundings with narrowed eyes and suddenly said with a suppressed voice, "I heard from rumors that Hall Chief bringing us out this time… was actually the Palace Chief's intention."
"Wh… What? That… That can't be, right? This place… How can there possibly be anything that someone with a status like the Palace Chief be interested in?"
"Now that isn't something I know about and it's something impossible for us little figures to know about either. We just have to earnestly listen and obey orders and it's best if we don't inquire about it too much."
While hearing these two terrifying experts, who donned the seven stars and had profound strength at the Emperor Profound Realm, actually referring to themselves as "little figures", the four Grandwake Clan disciples gulped down their saliva one after another. They looked even more terrified than before.
"But, from what I've heard from the Hall Chief, he seemed to have already ascertained that the item is in Su Ling'er's hands. As long as that Su Ling'er is found, the mission this time will be completed. However, half a month has already passed and that little brat has yet to be found."
"It is reported that her profound strength is merely at the Spirit Profound Realm. She can't even fly, so where can she escape to? She is probably hiding in the deep mountains or in old forests that very few people go to. Hmph, the entire Country of Supwake is currently sealed by us and the Supwake Imperial Family. All of the sects are undergoing the search according to our orders as well, so even an ant shouldn't even think of flying out of our grasp. I guess that at most in another three days, we can capture her and bring her back here."
Yun Che clearly heard Su Ling'er's name from these two Divine Palace disciples' conversation!
She was actually being hunted by Seven Stars Divine Palace!
From their conversation, Su Ling'er had yet to be found. This was a huge relief.
However, she, who was just a sixteen-year-old girl with profound strength at the Spirit Profound Realm, was actually being hunted by the powerful Seven Stars Divine Palace and was also being pursued all around the country by all of the sects of the Country of Supwake and the Supwake Imperial Family. Furthermore, they had even unhesitatingly sealed the entire Country of Supwake in order to capture her… Not to mention, this had continued for around half a month!!
In this half a month, every breath must have been an unimaginable terror and nightmare for Su Ling'er…
Extremely thick anger, killing intent and hatred wildly grew and surged within Yun Che's chest. He instantly broke out of the seal of his Hidden Flowing Lightning and flew into the sky. From his tightly clenched hands, a seemingly ear-trembling bone-grinding noise had even rung out.
"Who is it!?"
The two Divine Palace disciples were instantly startled into action. However, the moment they spoke out, before they could even stand up, a pair of crimson red eyes that looked as though they were dyed in blood had already appeared before them.
Fiery light exploded. The two Divine Palace disciples had instantly turned into ash and they did not even have the time to let out screams. Furthermore, even right to their deaths, they did not clearly see just who sent them to the pits of hell.
The four Grandwake Clan disciples who were guarding the entrance of the dungeon were all standing blankly, their expressions dumbfounded. Their eyeballs were protruding out, as though their horrified souls had already scattered into the air. They wanted to scream out loud but their throats felt as if they were being stuffed by something so they could only let out dry groaning noises under their intense fear.
"As members of the Grandwake Clan, you people actually harmed the family of your own Clan Master and become dogs… Do you people still have the face to live!?"
Yun Che's body trembled. Under his extreme anger, his Phoenix flames and Golden Crow flames were both at the brink of losing control as they violently burnt around his body. With a wave of his palm, the four Grandwake Clan disciples instantly sank into the sea of flames, turning to ash.
At the same time, the dungeon gate which was constructed with profound metals directly melted as well. Whilst carrying a terrifying heat wave and surging fury, Yun Che charged into the dungeon.
The loud sounds and irregular aura had undoubtedly and immediately startled the entire Grandwake Clan… Especially the people from Seven Stars Divine Palace. In an instant, a roar sounded in all directions within the Grandwake Clan and seemingly everyone had charged straight towards the direction of the dungeon.
"Who is it!? Who dares to break into the dungeon… Ah!!!"
There were three waves of guards in the dark dungeon. The moment they realized an anomaly, they had already been heartlessly smashed into pieces by Yun Che. Fresh blood and tattered corpses rained down on the rancid smelling dungeon floor.
The alarm bells were already sounding loudly outside but Yun Che did not care in the least. All the obstructions and doors within the dungeon were brutally smashed apart by him. Rather than saying he was moving hastily through the dungeon, it would be more accurate to say that the entire dungeon was being brutally chiselled through.
Very quickly, Yun Che charged into the extreme depths of the dungeon without pause. This was the darkest place in the entire dungeon. There were no lights and one could not see his fingers of his stretched hand due to how pitch-black it was. However, Yun Che could clearly sense an extremely frail aura.
Yun Che swung out his palm and a ball of scarlet red flames lighted up at the side of the wall. The flames instantly brightened the entire dungeon.
At the end of the dungeon was a jet black wall forged by profound metals and a person was being tightly pinned to the wall with several dozen chains. His robe was ragged and his entire body was drenched in blood. His aura was weak, seemingly on his last breath. Evidently, he had endured immense torture. A large half of his face was covered by his dishevelled hair, while the remaining half of his face was blurred with streaks of dried bloodstains.
However, Yun Che was still able to recognize on first glance that this person was actually the Clan Master of the Grandwake Clan, father of Su Ling'er—Su Hengshan!!
A violent emotion charged right into Yun Che's head, however, it was then immediately fiercely suppressed. Yun Che took in a heavy breath and hurriedly charged forward. "Clan Master Su!"
Bang bang bang bang…
Several masses of flames shot out from Yun Che's hand, burning and breaking all of the chains on Su Hengshan's body.
The shattered chains rattled as they felt onto the ground. Su Hengshan's body shook and then limply fell towards the ground, however, he was then immediately caught and held tightly by Yun Che.
Su Hengshan was not unconscious. He slowly raised his head, his blurry vision passed through his dishevelled hair and looked at the youth who had suddenly appeared before his eyes. "You… are…"
His voice was dry and coarse but after just speaking those two words, he suddenly paused. Even his pair of initially dimly lit eyes had instantly widened, emitting out a trembling glow…
They had not met for more than six years. Yun Che had grown about half a foot and even his expression and demeanor were greatly different than before. However, his appearance did not undergo an overly obvious transformation. Adding that while Su Ling'er had been obsessed with him in these few years, looking forward to see him every single day, Su Hengshan was concerned about Su Ling'er so it was natural that he would not forget Yun Che's appearance.
"You… are… you are Yun Che!?"
"It's me!" Yun Che strongly nodded, his eyes grew slightly warm.
"It's really… you?" Su Hengshan tremblingly stretched out his hand, not daring to believe his own eyes.
"It's really me…" Yun Che pressed his palm against Su Hengshan's chest, inserting the pure energy of heaven and earth into his body. "Clan Master Su, I'm Yun Che. I've returned!"
Under Yun Che's nature energy, Su Hengshan could feel a clear and cooling sensation spreading through his entire body. In just a short span of a few breaths, vitality was actually quickly being birthed from his initially weak and powerless body. His messed up senses quickly regained their clarity and even his withered profound energy was recovering at an astonishing speed.
"Yun Che… You…" Su Hengshan's excitement was now accompanied by shock and disbelief. For a moment, he felt as though he was living in a dream. However, as his spirits gradually regained clarity, he suddenly realized something and anxiously said. "No… Hurry and leave… Leave now!!"
A loud reverberation came from behind as the entrance of the dungeon was violently blasted apart by an immense strength.
Yun Che slowly turned around. The killing intent and anger he had been desperately holding in was rumbling in his chest, about to burst apart. He sensed twenty-six auras charging into the dungeon, while the other auras were surrounding the outside of the dungeon.
Among these twenty-six auras, there were three Overlords that belonged to Seven Stars Divine Palace… At the very front, there was even an level eight Overlord, who should be the one commanding all of the Divine Palace disciples here!
"This is bad… There's no time left!"
The quickly approaching auras and reverberations turned all of Su Hengshan's excitement into fear. He stood up in a struggling manner, wanting to stand in front of Yun Che. "Yun Che, being able to see you again right before my death and having you risk your life to save me has already cleared a large part of my regrets. At the very least… At the very least, Ling'er's six years of obsessive anticipation were not for nothing. However, the people at the other side are very terrifying… They are more terrifying than you imagine… If you have the opportunity later, please escape… You mustn't worry about me…"
Yun Che pushed out his palm, blocking Su Hengshan behind him and slowly shook his head.
If Su Hengshan could see Yun Che's eyes right now, he would definitely be shocked to the point of being speechless.
That was a pair of eyes belonging to a crazed fiend covered in blood.
The palm he used to press towards Su Hengshan's chest turned into a grab, as he rose into the air while carrying Su Hengshan along.
With a loud sound, the roof of the dungeon was immediately blasted apart and eye-piercing rays of light rained down. When Yun Che descended again, he was already standing outside the dungeon along with Su Hengshan, their feet already stepping on the ground of the eastern courtyard of Grandwake Clan.
Chapter 875 – Living Hell
Carrying Su Hengshan, the moment Yun Che landed on the ground, he was instantly surrounded by a large group of people.
Undoubtedly, the people who surrounded them were all disciples of the Grandwake Clan. When they saw Sun Hengshan covered in bloodstains and his dishevelled hair, though some had complicated and cramped expressions for a moment, there was not the least bit of hesitation in surrounding them. Rows of sparkling weapons were pointed straight at them.
"You still wish to run… Let me see where you're going to run off to!"
An overbearing voice resounded from the collapsed dungeon. Hearing this voice, the name "Su Haoran" flashed past Yun Che's mind.
Su Hengshan's only son, Su Ling'er's brother from a different mother… Someone who he had already been extremely disgusted with in the "dreamscape" six years ago.
The crowd split open and the twenty-six people Yun Che sensed earlier leisurely walked over.
Walking at the very front was a middle-aged man dressed entirely in black robe. His appearance was on the thin side with a slight hint of paleness and the most conspicuous part of his body, was the constellation of seven stars marked on the black robe on the front of his chest. The constellation was deep green, highlighting that he had a considerable status in Seven Stars Divine Palace. As he walked, his entire body emitted out a lofty aura of someone in a high position, as though he was the king overlooking everything in this piece of land, while the rest were merely ants.
The profound aura emitting from his body, was to the extent of the eighth level of the Tyrant Profound Realm.
Behind him were two middle-aged men who were similarly dressed in black robes and had light green constellations marked on the front of their chests. They were precisely the other two Overlords Yun Che sensed… But they were both early stage Overlords.
Further behind, were a few familiar faces.
Su Haoran, who shouted out earlier!!
Su Hengyue, who collaborated with Blackwood Stronghold and wanted to force Su Hengshan to hand over the key to the treasure!
Su Wangji—the Grand Elder with the highest seniority in the Grandwake Clan!!
Even Heimu Qingya, the Blackwood Stronghold Master who was scared off by Xia Qingyue back then, was in the formation as well!
Furthermore, from the way these people walked in, it seemed Su Haoran was taking the lead.
And these people were like a bunch of pugs walking behind the three Overlords of Seven Stars Divine Palace. Their bodies were slightly arched, taking up respectful postures, as though merely walking with them was like an extremely fearful matter.
When they saw Yun Che, they were stunned at the same time as well. Following after, Su Haoran was the first to recall him and exclaimed. "It's… It's you!!"
The black-robed man at the very front had been sizing up Yun Che with cold eyes the entire time. Hearing Su Haoran's shout, he lightly said. "It seems you recognize this person?"
"Ah… Yes." As the black-robed man suddenly questioned him, Su Haoran's waist hurriedly bent down a little more. "We met a few years ago but he's just a little figure and doesn't bear mentioning. He isn't worth being mentioned to Lord Divine Envoy."
"Little figure?" The black-robed man who was referred to as "Lord Divine Envoy" coldly snorted. "A young level six Overlord can actually be a little figure?"
When these words fell, no matter if they were people of the Grandwake Clan or Seven Stars Divine Palace, all of them were shocked on the spot. The people who had met Yun Che six years ago were even standing there blankly, while even Su Hengshan who was blocked behind Yun Che was greatly astonished.
Su Haoran's eyes widened and then, he stammered. "Sixth… sixth level Ov… Overlord!? Th-th-that's… That's impossible. Six years ago… He was only at the Spirit Profound Realm… How could he…"
"What? Could it be that this great one's sensing abilities are inferior to yours!?" The black-robed divine envoy's voice suddenly turned cold.
Su Haoran instantly trembled, as he said fearfully. "No no no, this little one has misspoken. Even if this little one had ten thousand more guts, I wouldn't dare to suspect Lord Divine Envoy. I beg Lord Divine Envoy for your forgiveness."
Watching his own son groveling like a pug, Su Hengshan's expression was indifferent, seemingly not a single hint of pain could be seen on his face… because he had long been numbed by the immense pain and grief.
"Young man, I sense that your age should not be over thirty, yet you already possess such cultivation," the black-robed divine envoy lightly said. "Even in our Seven Stars Divine Palace, a talent of this level is still of the highest caliber. You shouldn't be someone nameless but from your appearance, it's not likely that you hail from Heaven Thwarting Sect or Soaring Celestial Sword Sect either. What is your name? Which sect do you hail from? Who is your master?" His expression fiercely sank. "And who gave you the guts to provoke our Seven Stars Divine Palace!?"
A level six Overlord whose age had yet to reach thirty. Though the black-robed divine envoy was not afraid, he was unable to stay calm in his heart. That was why he did not immediately make a move and instead wanted to pull out his background. However, no matter what background he had, it was impossible for them to fear him… Because they were Seven Stars Divine Palace!
Even if this person was truly from Heaven Thwarting Sect or Soaring Celestial Sword Sect, at the very most, he could only stand at the same level as them.
Under the energy of heaven and earth that came from Yun Che, Su Hengshan had already recovered a great amount of his vitality. He struggled to step forward, strongly pushing Yun Che away and roared out. "Old thief, this young man has simply mistaken me for someone else. I don't know him at all! If you have the guts, then come and kill him right now!"
He fiercely turned his head towards Yun Che and with an even louder voice, roared out. "Look clearly, I'm Su Hengshan, not Ling Datong. This place is the Grandwake Clan, not the Second Profound Clan that you're looking for! The matters of my Grandwake Clan, the life and death of I, Su Hengshan, are not matters that you, an outrageous outsider, can meddle in! Why have you not left yet!? Scram!!"
Yun Che: "…"
He understood Su Hengshan's intentions. He was telling him that the people in front of them were not people he could possibly deal with. He wanted him to immediately leave and then look for Ling'er.
Looking at the situation in front of his eyes, the groveling Su Haoran and his men and those corpses dressed in the the Grandwake Clan's robes found in the bamboo forest… By putting together these details, Yun Che had already more or less understood what happened in the Grandwake Clan. He held back the impulse to massacre everyone here, took a step forward and spoke with an incomparably calm tone. "Have you people located any traces of the places Su Ling'er has been to? If you have, then speak now so I can let you people die a little more pleasantly."
Su Hengshan was instantly stunned, his stretched out palms had powerlessly drooped down. The eyes of the black-robed divine envoy fiercely narrowed and laughter resounded in the surroundings. The disciples of Seven Stars Divine Palace especially, were seemingly laughing in concert, the initial cautiousness they had when looking at Yun Che had turned into incomparable ridicule… and even pity.
"Heh." The black-robed divine envoy let out a light cold laugh and leisurely said, "It seems like though your talent is pretty good, your brain isn't that bright… Oh, I'm mistaken, it's pure idiocy."
Su Haoran's face was filled with gloating and he arrogantly roared out. "Yun Che, never did I expect that after six years, you're actually seeking death the moment you return! Do you know who this great figure standing front of you is!? He's a dignified Divine Palace Envoy of Seven Stars Divine Palace! If you immediately kneel and kowtow now, you might still have a chance. Lord Divine Envoy is magnanimous, he might be able to grant you a full corpse."
Yun Che's eyes did not even bat Su Haoran a glance, as his eyes slowly narrowed. "I will say it again, tell me all of the information concerning Su Ling'er and I can let you people die a little more pleasantly!"
"Heh," the black-robed divine envoy let out a low laugh. "It seems like, you're intentionally seeking death!"
Yun Che did not move his body. With only his finger, he lightly tapped towards that Divine Palace disciple on the right of the black-robed divine envoy.
A slight explosive noise sounded and it was instantly accompanied by an extremely miserable scream. That Divine Palace disciple tumbled onto the ground, as his chest had exploded apart. Violent Golden Crow flames, with his chest as the starting point, spread towards his entire body.
Even a Monarch could barely endure the incinerating heat of the Golden Crow flames, let alone an early stage Overlord… Furthermore, this mass of Golden Crow flames was ignited from within his body! He desperately screamed, desperately rolled about and desperately used his profound energy to resist, however, how could Yun Che's Golden Crow flames be influenced by his strength!?
This terrifying scene which happened all of a sudden, had made everyone pale in shock and the complexion of the black-robed divine envoy had similarly changed as well. The Divine Palace disciple on his left hurriedly charged forward, wanting to extinguish the "profound flames" on his body. However, the moment his hands made contact with the flames, he suddenly screamed out, as both of his hands had already turned into thick white bones… Following after, the white bones were completely burnt away from the searing flames, while the devil-like flames slowly burnt along his arms, causing him to fall onto the ground amidst intense pain and fear. Like the first Divine Palace disciple, he desperately rolled and screamed out.
The burning of the Golden Crow flames was especially slow as they leisurely devoured their bodies. This process was accompanied by pain that was even crueler than the purgatory in their imaginations. The screams of the two Divine Palace disciples were shrilling like the cries of vile ghosts in hell. Their bodies madly rolled about and spasmed, their eyeballs looked as if they were about to protrude out of their eye sockets from pain and the blue veins on their foreheads were clearly fleshed out like earthworms!
"Kill me… Kill me… I beg you all… Kill me… AAAAHHH!!!"
The voices of despair that they desperately mustered out… were actually their wishes for death.
Following after the change in Yun Che's expression, the most violent flames in the world suddenly exploded and in an instant, the bodies of the two Divine Palace disciples, like shattered rags, broke into pieces, scattering countless fiery fragments. Before these fragments could even land on the ground, they had already been burnt into nothingness… Forget about tattered corpses, not a single wisp of smoke was left behind. The fiery sparks that splashed onto the ground instantly burnt up thousands of holes like bubbles.
Everyone was completely speechless. Every single one of them stared with widened eyes, their complexions were as pale as paper. The sudden inflation of astonishment and fear made their eyes look as if they were about to explode.
Su Haoran's face had already been drained of all colours, as he retreated in panic and tremblingly said. "Demonic… Demonic art… It's a demonic art!!"
The face of the black-robed divine envoy had already distorted completely, no longer carrying the slightest hint of calmness and loftiness. The paleness of his face highlighted the fast surging fear in his inner heart. He stepped backwards and suddenly roared out. "Everyone move… Kill him!!"
When his order fell, the crowd of frightened Divine Palace disciples trembled, as they charged towards Yun Che on conditioned reflex.
Yun Che's face was ice-cold and he did not even bat his surroundings an eye. The flaming light in his hand turned into blue light and it suddenly flashed.
In an instant, several dozen Trees of Frozen End rose, encasing all the charging Divine Palace disciples within. Countless ice branches that were bone-piercingly cold stretched out, ruthlessly piercing and stabbing through their bodies… However, under the cold air, before their blood could even flow out, they had already been frozen. Even the draining of their lives, had turned especially slow under this cold air.
In thea short span of a single instant, all the Divine Palace disciples had already been buried within the Trees of Frozen End. Every single one of their bodies was penetrated by several dozens of ice branches, like grasshoppers pierced through by poison. However, they did not have any flow of blood, they did not struggle and they could not even die immediately, only their mouths were letting out fearful and shrilling miserable cries.
When overlapping these screams of despair together, it was like a funeral for the dead that originated from the lowest depths of hell!