Xiantian Endgame World, above a mountain peak…
An extremely handsome young man dressed in a red robe looked far into the distance towards the south. That handsome face was laced with a sinister expression as his eyes glinted coldly.
A black-robed man got down on one knee before the red-robed young man and said respectfully, “Ninth Young Master, this time, the outsiders are extremely cruel; they have burned and killed everything in their wake. Some residents at the center of the entrance wanted to block the outsiders, but all of them were massacred. Not long ago, the Carefree Valley was also plundered and burned to the ground; their cruelty has no bounds! Wherever they go, they kill, rob, and burn!”
A cold light radiated from the red-robed Ninth Young Master’s eyes as he said, “These outsiders are getting more and more unscrupulous. Humph, if they don’t want to deal with these outsiders, then I will do something about it. In any case, I will leave the Tianyuan Island soon, even if they want to hold me responsible, they can’t catch me!”
“Does Ninth Young Master want to take action?” the black-robed man asked as his eyes lit up with excitement.
“There were more than a thousand people residing in the Carefree Valley, and the outsiders actually slaughtered them. Humph, if so, then force all of them to the Carefree Valley, we will also kill, rob, and burn them to the ground. However, this time it will be their turn to despair!” said the Ninth Young Master coldly.
“Since Ninth Young Master is going to take action, all of them are going to die for certain!” the black-robed man shouted excitedly.
“Notify the Demon Piper Team that there are outsiders north of my position, tell them to flush those outsiders into Carefree Valley!” the Ninth Young Master said in a cold tone.
“Yes, My Lord!” the black-robed man obeyed.
Xiantian Endgame World, inside a forest…
After having been treated, Song Qingshu was much better. Although he was still a bit weak, at the very least, the discomfort in his body had completely disappeared.
Next to him were a few Song Jia Sect disciples, all of them completely crippled. As for the rest, they all had returned to dust in the previous explosion.
Song Qingshu felt sad from the bottom of his heart as he looked at the few crippled Song Jia Sect disciples remaining. He was regretting ever hunting down Gu Hai, but hated Gu Hai even more.
“Thank you very much, Throne Master Meng Tai, for saving us!” Song Qingshu said gratefully.
There was a group of people before Song Qingshu, who were none other than the curly-bearded fellow who was the Earth Throne Master of Ascendant Hall, as well as a bunch of Ascendant Hall disciples.
“Forget it, Song Qingshu; in the future, you probably are going to be serving Ascendant Hall with us. I just couldn’t bear when I saw you encountering this tragedy, that’s all. Who would have thought that the newly appointed Water Throne Master would actually be so vicious that he did not even spare his own subordinates!” the curly-bearded Meng Tai stated with a frown.
Song Qingshu said, with changing emotions in his eyes, “Yeah, I didn’t do anything to him, yet he actually set a trap to harm me. Under his command, even if I luckily survived today, he will certainly find ways to kill me!”
“Song Qingshu, what are you going to do next?” asked Meng Tai.
“Kill Gu Hai, until Gu Hai is alive, I will not be at peace!” Song Qingshu said hatefully.
A slight smile appeared on Meng Tai’s lips as he said, “Water Throne Master has indeed gone over the top!”
PEEP PEEP PEEP PEEP!
Suddenly, a melodious flute sounded in the forest far away.
“En?” Meng Tai knit his brows.
The subordinates of Meng Tai were rather tacit as one among them suddenly rushed toward the direction of the flute to scout.
“It’s bad, demon tide! Throne Master, leave quickly!” the man who went to scout suddenly shouted from far away, scared.
A thunderous explosion accompanied by a loud blood-curdling scream rang out before the man suddenly flew over like a bullet.
Immediately after, a giant monster landed not so far away, trampling over that man.
“Demon Wolf?” Song Qingshu’s expression changed for the worse…
As he caught sight of a nearly one zhang tall, hideous giant wolf trampling his underling. The giant wolf’s eyes were glowing red as it looked at the group of people savagely.
“Throne Master, save me!” the trapped disciple begged in fear.
“Evil beast! Stop!” Meng Tai’s eyes went wide as he took out a double-edged saber and slashed across, before a Saber Qi directly thrust across the distance.
The demon wolf roared as he fired a ball of light from its mouth, directly clashing with the Saber Qi.
The Saber Qi and the ball of light mutually exploded with a deafening sound; apparently, the Saber Qi was launched from too far away.
However, in that instant, the group of Ascendant Hall disciples had already charged. Holding their respective sabers and swords, they wanted to kill the demon wolf and save their friend trapped underneath the wolf’s claws.
“Evil beast, get the hell out!” Everyone raised their blades to strike.
Just in that instant, huge silhouettes suddenly charged out of the forest one after another; all of them resembled the giant wolf.
BANG BANG BANG!
Everyone who had attacked was suddenly struck flying.
“What?” Song Qingshu’s countenance turned ugly.
BAM BAM BAM!
The number of demon wolves was still increasing. In the blink of an eye, the demon wolves already numbered thirty and was still increasing.
The demon wolf that rushed out first opened its jaws suddenly bit the guy underneath its claws.
That person was bitten into half and subsequently swallowed by the demon wolf.
PEEP PEEP PEEP!
Along with the melodious flute, the number of demon wolves was still growing. In the wink of an eye, already fifty wolves had arrived.
A dozen or so subordinates surrounded Meng Tai. With the increasing number of these demon wolves, even Meng Tai had to weigh pros and cons if he fought.
“Let’s leave quickly!” said, Meng Tai, as his expression flickered.
“Martial Uncle, save me, please save me!” the Song Jia Sect crippled disciples who were lying on the ground cried out, scared.
Looking at the pack of wolves, a chill gripped Song Qingshu’s heart. He turned around and simply didn’t care about his martial nephews. He fled far away even quicker than anyone. In order to save their lives, humans can tap into their hidden potential. The same was true for Song Qingshu; at this moment, his previous injuries were seemingly inconsequential, now there was only one thought in his mind: escape!
The group immediately escaped to the distance.
“ROAR!” The pack of wolves chased after them.
“Martial Uncle, save me, please save me, AHHHH!” The crippled disciples of Song Jia Sect burst into cries of despair.
However, no one could save them, and they were torn to pieces by the attacking wolves.
The pack of wolves chased after those who had fled.
Meanwhile, at the rear of the pack of wolves were two giant wolves, and black-robed men stood upon each of them. One of them was blowing the flute, commanding the pack of wolves.
“Ninth Young Master has ordered us to surround them, not kill them. We have to flush them into the Carefree Valley, let them enjoy the feel of an endless despair and then torture them to death!” stated the other black-robed man.
“I know, I let the wolf pack eat those few people to appease them so that they could chase after the others more quickly. I will slowly hunt those outsiders down!” the guy who was playing the flute answered.
(Ed. Note: That’s some breath control. Hands and lips occupied blowing a flute, and he can still talk!)
At the Carefree Valley…
Having been implored by Gu Hai to inform them about three ethereal souls and seven corporeal souls, Grandmaster Lian Sheng spoke without reservation, as he had a good impression of Gu Hai.
“Did this small snake used to live here before? Did you perhaps come here for the spirit pool?” Grandmaster Lian Sheng asked with a sudden smile.
“Yes, indeed it’s so!” Gu Hai admitted, nodding.
“All right, friends, you don’t need to give up. Let’s go to the spirit pool and immerse in it together. This pool is rather strange, seemingly it was laid out by Elder Guanqi in the past!” Grandmaster Lian Sheng said, still smiling.
“Ah? The spirit pool wasn’t natural?” Chen Tianshan exclaimed with surprise.
“Elder Guanqi had the ability to arrange it!” Grandmaster Lian Sheng explained a bit.
“Oh?” Chen Tianshan was rather stupefied.
“Grandmaster, please!” invited Gu Hai courteously, with a smile on his lips.
Grandmaster Lian Sheng nodded.
Everyone gradually stepped into the cave after Grandmaster Liang Sheng.
The cave was quite long. Soon, everyone arrived at the deepest recess of the cave, which was shaped like a hall. All around the walls, many luminous pearls were hung, illuminating the inner region brightly.
The cave was completely enclosed; there was only one exit.
There were three circular pools with some pebbles inside at the center. The water inside the pool was shining with a faint blue light.
Chen Tianshan touched the edge of a pool and immediately after, he beamed happily as he said, “This really is a spirit pool!”
“Benefactor, this pool would radiate blue light once a year and every time Valley Lord immersed in it, the blue light would disappear thereafter!” stated Little Rou.
“That’s because the Spirit Qi would have entered his body!” explained Chen Tianshan; he was rather impatient and could not wait to go in.
Grandmaster Lian Sheng slightly knit his brows as he took a look inside the pool.
“This blue light is the water-attribute Spirit Qi. Once a year, huh? Elder Guanqi’s every move is not without a purpose. Although he has fallen, this spring still has a deep purpose, certainly!” Grandmaster Lian Sheng said in a solemn tone.
“Throne Master Gu, why don’t you give it a try first?” proposed Grandmaster Lian Sheng to Gu Hai with a laugh.
Gu Hai nodded; he didn’t refuse at all. Placing Little Rou down, he entered one of the pools covered with blue light.
Slowly, he sat down in the lotus position, and silently circulated Qi using the True Dragon Xiantian Exercise.
Suddenly, Gu Hai felt a huge amount of Spirit Qi in the water drilling into his body through the pores on his body. Only the Heavens knew how many times faster this speed of absorption was than when he absorbed the Spirit Qi in the air. Billowing Spirit Qi rushed straight to his dantian.
“Wait, why is a purple glow emerging on Benefactor’s body surface!?” exclaimed Little Rou in surprise.
“Is this water-attribute Spirit Qi? Why is it purple?” Chen Tianshan asked; he was also astounded.
The purplish hue around Gu Hai entered his body, whereas the blue hue in the pool grew richer and richer.
“Well?” Grandmaster Lian Shen was also looking at Gu Hai in shock and surprise.
“Grandmaster, what is it?” asked Gu Hai, puzzled.
“Purple light? Is this spirit source?” Grandmaster Lian Sheng marveled.
“What is spirit source?” Everyone looked at Grandmaster Lian Sheng in confusion.
“The most primeval Spirit Qi is called spirit source. A part of spirit source mixed in Water Qi would transform into water-attribute Spirit Qi; the spirit source would be diluted by one-hundredth or one-thousandth times or even more. If it was mixed in with Earth Qi, it would transform into earth-attribute Spirit Qi. Whatever it was mixed in with, it would get diluted into that particular attributed Spirit Qi. However, how can you absorb spirit source? What exercise are you cultivating in?” explained and asked Grandmaster Lian Sheng at the same time, shocked.
Gu Hai was taken by surprise for a moment. Nevertheless, he didn’t hide and narrated the ups and downs of his cultivation.
Sudden realization dawned upon Grandmaster Lian Sheng. “External strength? No wonder, no wonder, no wonder you can only absorb one-hundredth of what others can. Even when you broke through into Xiantian Stage, you consumed so many spirit stones. So your body can only absorb Primeval Spirit Qi!? Because what you cultivated was external strength, the prime True Qi source squeezed out of your body was the purest spirit source; in the future, you will only be able to absorb spirit source!” He looked at Gu Hai, a look of envy flashing in his eyes.
“Grandmaster, is the constitution of This Lowly One good or bad?” asked Gu Hai, very interested in his answer.
“It is both good and bad; bad because it will be very difficult for you to cultivate; every step forward for you will be extremely difficult. The spirit source is diluted, it would be quite rare to find one part of spirit source in hundred parts of Spirit Qi, your cultivation is doomed to be extremely difficult. The good part is that your foundation will be firmer than anyone else’s. I now finally understand why he in the past abolished his cultivation, and cultivated all over again in external strength!” Grandmaster Lian Sheng explained, sighing with true emotion.
“Oh? Who?” Gu Hai asked inquisitively. There was still someone like him?
“The father of your Ascendant Hall’s Hall Lord!” A look of respect appeared on Grandmaster Lian Sheng’s face as he said that.
“Oh? Long Wanqing’s father?” Gu Hai’s expression flickered.
“Long Wanqing? What? The Ascendant Hall Lord isn’t her mother? It’s Long Wanqing’s grandfather who cultivated in external strength. However, why did Long Wangqing become Hall Lord?” Grandmaster Lian Sheng asked, shocked.
“It seems that Hall Lord’s mother has already passed away, we came here to look for Wei Shengren. I wonder if Grandmaster has heard of him?” asked Gu Hai right away.
“Oh?” Grandmaster Lian Sheng wrinkled his brow.
“I know this person, but I didn’t know he was also inside the Xiantian Endgame World. Where he is specifically, I don’t know. But this guy, alas, if you see him, you yourself will see how marvelous that guy is!” lamented Grandmaster Lian Sheng, shaking his head.
“En!” Gu Hai nodded.
Inside the pool, along with the spirit source absorbed by Gu Hai, an inexhaustible amount of Spirit Qi surged into the pool, a small entrance leading to an underground spring seemed to appear at the bottom of the pool. As Gu Hai absorbed the spirit source, he drew in more and more Spirit Qi, and the blue hue in the pool grew richer and richer.
“Throne Master Gu! I will take up a pool and after a while, my mind will sink deeply to the bottom of the pool, observing a bit. As long as I don’t wake up, please don’t bother me!” said Grandmaster Lian Sheng.
“Alright! Grandmaster, don’t worry!” Gu Hai nodded.
Grand Master Lian Sheng nodded as well. With a flip of his hand, the Khakkhara in his hand disappeared suddenly. Slowly, he entered a small pool, put his palms together, and sat down in lotus position; only his head remained outside the water. Afterward, he closed his eyes and remained completely still.
“Chen Tianshan, Gao Xianzhi, both of you take a pool. Little Rou, you enter the pool with me, it is better for you to heal your injuries with this Spirit Qi!” ordered Gu Hai.
“Yes, Throne Master!” Chen Tianshan was almost too impatient to wait.
“Wait!” Gu Hai shouted suddenly.
“Chen Tianshan, go out with Gao Xianzhi and hide the cave entrance!” instructed Gu Hai.
“That’s right, I almost forgot!” Chen Tianshan complied swiftly even as he suddenly broke into laughter.
The two went quickly to the cave entrance, where they erased all the footprints and buried the cave entrance with many charred and dry branches, preventing any outsider from noticing anything strange.
Apart from Grandmaster Lian Sheng who sat fully clothed inside the pool…
Gu Hai, Gao Xianzhi, Chen Tianshan, all removed their clothes; leaving only their pants on before they sat in the lotus position and immersed themselves in the pools.
It seemed Little Rou liked the water-attribute Spirit Qi a lot. At this moment, she was swimming beside Gu Hai, putting in all her effort to absorb this blue Spirit Qi.
In a moment, the cave turned completely quiet. Everyone was enjoying the baptism of the spirit pools.
Whereas outside the cave, the Carefree Valley had also entered a state of calm, but this peacefulness didn’t remain for very long.
About three hours later…
“AHHH, save me, demon beasts, demon beasts, save me, Senior Brother!”
“Run quickly, run, the demon beasts are chasing, there are so many demon beasts!”
“But why aren’t these demon beasts killing us? They seemed to be herding us here, why do they want to send us here!”
“Ah, finished, we are finished, it’s that mountain valley!?”
“They are coming for revenge, help, ahhh, they are coming for revenge!”
Inside the mountain valley, screams echoed again and again as countless demon beasts herded the outsiders who had entered the Xiantian Endgame World’s north side. Amidst all this fear, the beasts once again met up with the outsiders who had massacred this mountain valley’s inhabitants just recently.
A great fear invaded the cultivators’ hearts.