Martial World Chapter 1376-1377
Chapter 1376 - Black Dragon
Facing this ancient life form that was rushing towards him, Lin Ming didn't hesitate at all to open up the grandmist space!
Mo Eversnow was also ready to face this adversary. She stepped forwards, combining her Primal God Pure Lands with the grandmist space.
Chi chi chi!
As that creature broke into the dual domains, its entire body soared, actually ripping apart the dual domains of Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow. Its bone-thorned scythe hands seemed as if they were a weapon that surpassed all spirit artifacts, easily tearing through space.
"This is an ancient saint race powerhouse! Or perhaps even a contract beast of an ancient supreme elder saint!"
Mo Eversnow rapidly shouted. And at this time, Lin Ming had already summoned the phantom of the Heretical God Tree. The power of thunder and fire wildly poured into the Phoenix Blood Spear - Heavenly Dao Judgment!
A spear thrust out, crushing the void.
This ancient life form crashed into Lin Ming's spear light!
Rumble rumble rumble!
A terrifying storm of energy swept through the Eternal Demon Abyss. As this energy reverberated outwards, it caused countless glowing walls of patterns to shine in the air. As this storm crashed into these patterns, it wasn't able to shake the great array at all.
In this frenzied explosion, Mo Eversnow also slashed out with her sword of light. Her attack was even more terrifying than Lin Ming's. As her sword slashed out, a harsh whistling sound cut through the air.
A brilliant divine light seemed to swallow everything. It was like a round sun had risen within the Eternal Demon Abyss, puncturing through 10,000 miles of the gloomy haze.
Underneath the onslaught of such a formidable attack, the creature emitted an angry roar as it was sent flying backwards by the joint attack of Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow.
With a loud bang, the ancient life form crashed into the barrier of the array formation, causing the shimmering walls to shake.
Its entire body was covered in blood and yet it still managed to crawl.
Lin Ming swept out with his divine sense and grimaced. In truth, the wounds of this creature weren't heavy at all. It wasn't leaking too much blood, and the injuries were only to the exterior body. The skeleton and tendons of the creature were intact.
Although his joint attack with Mo Eversnow was only 70-80% of their full strength, they had still directly struck the ancient life form. Even so, they still hadn't been able to kill it?
Just what sort of terrifying defensive power was this?
Mo Eversnow said, "This is going to be troublesome. This ancient life form was likely a Holy Lord level powerhouse in the past, but because it was sealed away for 100,000 years, its sanity has fallen into depravity and all that is left over are its attack instincts."
This ancient creature in front of them wouldn't be able to use Laws or techniques, and its eyes were also filled with chaos, without the least bit of wisdom shining in them. Its offensive capabilities were the most barbaric and brutal methods possible, just forcefully hurtling against others and chopping at them. After being sealed for 100,000 years, this creature had been weakened to the extreme. Even so, it was nearly impossible for Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow to kill it.
At this time, two more loud roars echoed out. These roars contained a fierce killing intent, causing Lin Ming's scalp to crawl. He turned to see more ancient life forms crawling out from behind the cocoons.
These two life forms were more similar to humans in appearance. However, their bodies were completely withered, looking as if they were in the last fading years of their life. But, the auras they emitted were still dreadful!
And behind these two life forms, there was also a red-haired man.
This red-haired man wore broken down armor. Two purple flames burned in his eyes and his disheveled hair was stringy and sparse.
However, his aura was vast and deep, as if he were a spiritual god.
Facing the aura of this red-haired man, Lin Ming felt as if his own flesh and blood would split apart. He didn't need anything to know that this person was once a great figure of the past! He might have even been a World King level character!
A World King, even if they were sealed away for 100,000 years and were weakened to a fraction of their original power, still wasn't someone that Lin Ming could deal with!
Moreover, this World Kind clearly had a glimpse of intelligence behind his fiery eyes. This person still retained his sanity, unlike those other ancient life forms that had nothing left but their instincts.
In that instant, Lin Ming suddenly felt that he was facing a danger beyond description!
He shuffled closer to Mo Eversnow, keeping full vigilance around himself. Lin Ming tightly gripped the Phoenix Blood Spear, his palms wet with sweat. Mo Eversnow's complexion was dignified, her heart tightening.
It was impossible for them to defeat this existence in front of them. The only method possible was to use the array formation that Empyrean Primordius had left behind in the past. Empyrean Primordius should have left behind some methods to deal with these ancient life forms in the array formation, otherwise these ancient life forms would have left long ago instead of hovering around this area.
But, even if this sort of method was possible, wanting to find it and also activate it within several breaths of time was harder than ascending to heaven.
In this life or death moment, although Lin Ming's palms were wet with sweat, his mind was as calm as water. He used his divine sense to rapidly sweep over the surrounding dao patterns, trying to see if there was anything he could use.
Mo Eversnow was also doing the same.
That red-haired man easily saw through Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow's idea. He smiled - a cruel smile that crossed his face to reveal a pair of sharp canines.
The red-haired man actually spoke!
He spoke in the language of the Divine Realm, but his words were choppy and very stiff. Lin Ming felt his heart chill. He expected this red-haired man to have intelligence remaining, but he didn't think it would be so high. It seemed that this 100,000 year confinement didn't influence his mind at all.
How could he win against such an enemy?
As Lin Ming was lost on what to do, a sudden change occurred!
Not too far from Lin Ming, the iron chain that was as thick as a divine tree suddenly started trembling!
Bang bang bang!
The iron rings emitted a horrifying sound. These iron rings, if any single one of them were taken out and thrown down from high in the air, could easily smash apart a mountain!
With hundreds of thousands and millions of iron rings smashing together, it was like 10,000 thunderbolts suddenly being cast to the ground, the sound piercing straight into the ears!
Lin Ming was shocked. He looked at the massive chain. This chain was cast from divine iron and the weight of every link was simply unimaginable. Even so, hundreds of thousands of miles of this chain was shaken so wildly… just what sort of great strength was this?
Rumble rumble rumble!
Iron chains struck the stone wall, bringing massive chunks of stone falling down. The entire 100 million mile plus long wall of the Eternal Demon Abyss began to shake!
Such a horrifying power and might could truly be described as earth-shaking.
As the red-haired man heard this sound, the color of fear flooded his eyes. He looked deeply at Lin Ming before silently withdrawing back into the darkness.
The three other ancient life forms that came out with him also retreated.
They had left like that? Lin Ming's mind stirred. This was…
Ang – !
At this time, a horrifying noise hurtled up from the depths of the Eternal Demon Abyss, setting off a terrifying storm of air that smashed into the rock walls, sweeping outwards for tens of thousands of miles. Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow were both caught up in this air current formed from the sound and were sent flying away!
All of this infernal energy, all of that dim haze, were completely flushed cleanly away by the horrifying sound.
This terrifying sound seemed to come from the endless ancient flow of time, piercing through reality!
A dragon's roar?
Lin Ming supported himself with his Phoenix Blood Spear and slowly stood up. He looked as deep into the Eternal Demon Abyss as he could. Even so, all he could see was an endless darkness without a hint of light, as if it were a tunnel leading to another universe.
Lin Ming already had a faint speculation about what was happening. An existence that could make these ancient kings tremble in fear and even shake the trillion jin iron chains, perhaps the only possibility was the mysterious Black Dragon that was sealed away in the Eternal Demon Abyss.
And that dragon's roar a moment ago had confirmed Lin Ming's guess.
In the Eternal Demon Abyss, there was a living Black Dragon that once had a vital relationship with Empyrean Primordius in the past!
Perhaps it was the guardian God Beast of the Eternal Demon Abyss.
Mo Eversnow looked at Lin Ming. In the past, when Lin Ming had once entered the thousand mile forbidden zone by mistake, he had seen this Black Dragon. Its body was thousands of miles long and covered in brilliant red scales. Its horn was as tall as a mountain and its wings were like the starry night. After they were unfolded, those wings seemed to cover the vault of the heavens.
This was a true God Beast. Before that point, not even Mo Eversnow had seen one.
"Did the Black Dragon save us? That roar shouldn't be a coincidence." Mo Eversnow said. That roar was clearly a warning to these ancient life forms, otherwise they wouldn't have backed away.
If this were true, then in a sense, Lin Ming had obtained the approval of the Eternal Demon Abyss's guardian.
Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow looked at each other and then continued forwards.
And at this time, in the far off distance, there was the echoing sound of flapping clothes. Lin Ming looked up to see two skinny old men walking on the void, breaking through the wind.
Lin Ming was surprised and immediately grasped the Phoenix Blood Spear. But, he wasn't too worried. With the deterrence of the Black Dragon, these two that were walking towards him had to be from the human race.
Human race? Were these Empyrean Primordius' followers in the past?
Lin Ming immediately thought of this. Were the followers of Empyrean Primordius still alive in this world?
Chapter 1377 - The Gate of Space and Time
The two who arrived were old men wearing gray clothes. Their figures were withered and there didn't seem to be any life in their faces.
However, their auras were formidable like a surging sea, making one feel daunted.
Then, they should have been disciples of Empyrean Primordius in the past.
"Junior Lin Ming greets two honored seniors!"
Lin Ming politely bowed. In Lin Ming's opinion, the Eternal Demon Abyss was a land of death. Everyone here should have died in that great war 100,000 years ago; he never imagined there would still be some people living here.
In truth, thinking about it carefully, no matter how frigid that war was 100,000 years ago, there should have been some survivors. Even the saint race had some survivors, much less Empyrean Primordius' followers.
A World King powerhouse could live for millions of years. To survive for 100,000 years in the Eternal Demon Abyss was only a fraction of their lifespan.
These two old men gazed deeply at Lin Ming and also looked at Mo Eversnow. As they saw Mo Eversnow, their expressions were extremely strange.
This was naturally because Mo Eversnow was possessing the body of the goddess.
"Are two seniors disciples of Senior Primordius?" Lin Ming asked.
The two old men didn't reply. Instead, they only said, "Come with us."
Then, they began flying deep into the Eternal Demon Abyss.
Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow glanced at each other before following suit.
Along the way, the two old men didn't speak, nor did Lin Ming ask another question.
Slowly, Lin Ming could feel a great aura head towards him. The deeper he went, the more he felt that he was approaching an incomparably powerful existence.
Without a doubt, this powerful existence was the Black Dragon.
Lin Ming took a deep breath, his heart filled with awe.
In the past, this was the God Beast that had followed Empyrean Primordius. Just how magnificent was it?
The four people flew for around an hour. Lin Ming continued to hear the deep resonant dragon roar from the depths of the Eternal Demon Abyss, but now it was no longer just a roar. There was also a sound like a large bell being struck, its sound continuously echoing within the Eternal Demon Abyss as if it would last until the end of time.
The darkness gradually parted, and then, Lin Ming finally saw the Eternal Demon Abyss' Black Dragon.
In the current 10,000 to 20,000 mile diameter of the Eternal Demon Abyss, half of this distance was occupied by the massive Black Dragon that extended for thousands of miles. Thousands of miles seemed simple, but when one was truly standing in front of this Black Dragon, only then could one truly understand how huge it was.
It wasn't like a living being at all, but rather a celestial body!
It had to be known that an ordinary small planet only had a diameter of around 10,000 miles.
As Lin Ming flew towards this Black Dragon, he looked like a tiny speck of dust in front of it.
The Black Dragon seemed to be in a deep slumber. Its eyes were closed and it floated in the air. An incomparably horrifying aura was contained within its giant body. It was like all of existence, every living creature in this world, had to be respectful and cautious before this aura. This was the dignity of a God Beast. Once a God Beast's strength erupted, it could even shatter the eternal heavens and smash apart planets and moons.
As Lin Ming flew to the Black Dragon's head that was hundreds of miles wide, he was shocked by what he saw.
He could see that the black dragon's spine, collar bones, wings, and four limbs were all locked down by thick chains. There were nine chains in total, and the chain that Lin Ming had climbed down on was one of these chains.
Not even hundreds of people holding hands could wrap around one of these chains. If one of these chain links were to fall down, it could easily smash apart mountains.
And, these nine iron chains were attached to titanic iron hooks. These iron hooks were hooked deep into the flesh of the Black Dragon, locked into its bones.
Because too much time had passed, these nine iron hooks had already fused together with the flesh and blood of the Black Dragon, becoming one with it. This was a ghastly sight.
This Black Dragon was actually caged here by these nine chains…
As Lin Ming thought of this, he let out a deep breath, an unspeakably heavy feeling weighing on his mind. Such a powerful existence had nine chains penetrated through its body, locking it here for 100,000 years…
"How could this be…?"
Lin Ming couldn't help but think.
Beside him, the thin gray-clothed old man said, "This is the handiwork of the saint race's Immortal Emperor… he locked down Dragon Sovereign with nine dragon trapping cables. After the war ended, because Honorable Master had burned away 80% of his blood vitality and had also suffered severe wounds, causing his boundary to fall, he was unable to unravel the dragon trapping cables. And, to break through dragon trapping cables with force would only cause the weakened Dragon Sovereign to die. But, to be trapped by the dragon trapping cables also means that Dragon Sovereign's strength would slowly fade away until he perished. Even if Dragon Sovereign's blood vitality is incomparably powerful, he would still only be able to last for 10,000 years here. Because of this, Honorable Master laid down a Yang Returning Grand Array, absorbing the power of the world, essence energy, and blood vitality from all around in order to make up for the strength that Dragon Sovereign lost because of the dragon trapping cables. With this, Dragon Sovereign would be able to continue surviving."
"Yang Returning Grand Array…" Lin Ming recalled the saint race powerhouses that were sealed within the crystals. So that was the Yang Returning Grand Array…
This great array was used to prolong the life of the Black Dragon!
The saint race had bound the Black Dragon with dragon trapping cables, and then Empyrean Primordius had used the people of the saint race to form the Yang Returning Grand Array in order to make up for the Black Dragon's losses.
This… was true endless hatred, a hatred that would never rest nor forgive.
As Lin Ming was thinking, he felt the space in front of him twist around. In front of him, a mass of fog appeared out of thin air, gradually solidifying into a tall and stately-looking middle-aged man.
This man was 30 feet tall. In front of him, Lin Ming and everyone else seemed like little children.
This man was pale white and his face was covered with black and red scales. His eyes shined like galaxies, profound and endless.
There was no powerful aura exuding from his body, but imperceptibly, the power of the void around this man twisted and shook as if it couldn't withstand being in his presence.
Lin Ming was instantly aware that this man in front of him was the incarnation of the Black Dragon.
"Junior Lin Ming greets Senior Dragon Sovereign."
Lin Ming respectfully bowed and Mo Eversnow also followed suit.
This middle-aged man glanced at Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow. In particular, Lin Ming. He looked at Lin Ming for a full ten breaths of time, peering through his inner world, spiritual sea, and probing his flesh and blood body.
"You can withstand the blood essence of Primordius' emperor heart, and you have even opened the complete Eight Inner Hidden Gates. Your inner true essence is also unbelievably stable. As a martial artist from the lower realms, for you to arrive at this step proves that your destiny is truly dreadful, covering the heavens and moon. You are an extremely rare gem."
The middle-aged man evaluated. He was most satisfied by Lin Ming's attainments in the body transformation technique, because Empyrean Primordius was also a dual body and energy cultivator.
"When Primordius left behind his inheritance, I didn't expect that there would be a successor with the ability to inherit it. I never imagined that today I would meet you. Lin Ming, are you ready?"
"I am." Lin Ming respectfully replied. If the Black Dragon referred to Empyrean Primordius by his name alone, then it could be seen that the relationship between them was not that of subordinate and master, but like brothers, comrades who fought together.
Normally, an adult God Beast would have strength only slightly worse than an Empyrean. However, God Beasts were also divided into different ranks. There were some God Beasts that had a royal bloodline, and they were no worse than even outstanding top Empyreans. Lin Ming guessed that this Black Dragon before him was in that exact situation. This Black Dragon had clear differences from others dragons that Lin Ming had seen before. His body was far larger and he had a single horn and also a pair of giant wings.
"Then go." As Dragon Sovereign spoke, he slashed at the skies, opening a gate of space and time.
From within this gate of space and time, a faint ancient and boundless aura rushed out, making one fall to their knees in awe.
Lin Ming had many questions in his mind, but he didn't ask. He took a deep breath and stepped into this gate.
"You also go."
The incarnation said to Mo Eversnow.
Mo Eversnow nodded and followed close behind Lin Ming.
The two gray-clothed old man watched as Lin Ming and Mo Eversnow entered the portal, silent.
The Black Dragon heavily sighed, saying, "When Primordius left behind his inheritance, he chose to leave it in a world of the lower realms… I never imagined that there would ever be anyone capable of inheriting it. For a lower realms world… it is simply too difficult to produce anyone talented. I wonder just how long this youth will be able to persist within Primordius Palace."
"Maybe one year, maybe half a year. If he lasts less than three months then our efforts will have been wasted. Our thoughts are worthless, but what matters is that Honorable Master's emperor heart blood essence will be wasted."
As a gray-clothed man spoke, he still didn't have any expression on his face.
"Three months… I don't think it will be that short. Although I cannot be considered too familiar with humanity's cultivation system, I can still see that this boy's foundation is extremely solid. For him to have such powerful blood vitality and also be able to open the complete Eight Inner Hidden Gates is not because of the emperor heart blood essence but because of his own achievements. The fact that the emperor heart blood essence chose him is in itself proof of his amazing talent. No matter where he goes in the Divine Realm, he should still be a first class genius."
The Black Dragon was unable to estimate what Lin Ming's true combat strength was like. He could only speculate some clues through Lin Ming's foundation. To classify him as one of the top geniuses of the Divine Realm was already a very high appraisal.
Speaking of this, the Black Dragon shook his head, "What a pity… when Primordius left behind his inheritance in the past, the difficulty he set to inherit it was far too high. To fully inherit it is a nearly impossible feat. Primordius was too strict; what he sought was perfection, and even in a world of the lower realms the tests he left for his inheritance were simply too hard. If no one is able to inherit it, then what is the point?"
As the Black Dragon sighed with emotion, Lin Ming had already stepped into the gate of space and time.
When Lin Ming passed through the gate of space and time, he felt his steps suddenly sink, as if something immeasurably heavy was pressing down on his body.
He was placed within a grand hall that was thousands and thousands of feet wide. The hall was extremely spacious, filled with deathly silence.
At this time, Mo Eversnow also arrived right by Lin Ming.
"This hall is…"
Mo Eversnow felt that after entering this hall, there was an incredible suppression on her. This suppression was not psychological, but originated from the suppression of one's inner world and spiritual sea.
It was like there was some invisible force in this hall, suppressing the revolution of energy in the body, suppressing the flow of blood through the veins, and even suppressing one's thoughts and spiritual sea.
This pressure left one strangely uncomfortable.
"This is grandmist energy! True grandmist energy!"
Lin Ming suddenly said. This heavy pressure was formed from grandmist energy.
In this hall, there was an incomparably faint wisp of grandmist energy. This was not elementary grandmist energy, but true grandmist energy.