The Demon's Gate

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    Chapter 137: Facing the horde.



    “Now then, show your worth as a king or die as a peasant.”



    The woman clapped her hand as she spoke. When the sound of her clap rang out, a horde of insect type Demonic beasts started entering the inside of the mountain through the holes that let the sunlight in. There were mostly spider type Demonic beasts, but there were also Demonic beasts of other types, some armored, some flying, some fast, some slow.



    “To the forest! It is the most easily defend-able position!”



    Wei Zhong Jun let out a loud shout and led the others to the nearest of the various small forests. In this forest, Wei Yating would be able to utilize her powers to their greatest effect, meaning that everyone would be able to fight with all their power.



    “Hanying, Yating. You two help me defend at the front. Huo and Yanyou, take up positions behind us and strike whenever an opening presents itself. Jun, stay in the back and keep an eye on our blind-spots. You are free to attack whenever you feel there is an opening.”



    Wei Zhong Jun quickly spat out orders, the others taking up their positions. They positioned themselves in a way that there were trees all around them, making it harder for the Demonic beasts to surround them or attack them from the sides.



    While standing in the back, Yao Jun let his vision sweep over the inside of the hollow mountain, especially the lake at the deepest part of the mountain. The moment his eyes had fallen on that lake, he could feel his Demon God's Gate resonate.



    It was not as strong as the resonating he felt that tried to drag him towards an unknown place within this hidden realm, but it was definitely resonating. Within that lake, there was something that his Demon God's Gate desired. And that meant that Yao Jun would definitely get his hands on it.



    His eyes landed on the woman sitting in the air and looking at them with an amused gaze, no, looking at him with an amused gaze. At first he thought that she might be the same as the dragon he had seen earlier, but upon looking closely, he noticed that was not the case. She was strong, but not as strong as that dragon. If Yao Jun's guess was correct, she was about as strong as Wei Zhong Jun.



    “Conserve as much Qi as possible while fighting! But if you do end up needing to refill your Qi, take these. We need to thin out their numbers to create an opportunity to attack that woman.”



    Wei Zhong Jun took out several bottles filled with pea sized pills, handing one bottle to each person. These pills were created using several herbs that restored Qi, so swallowing one would allow a person to quickly restore their Qi and continue fighting.



    “Here they come! Stand steady!”



    As Wei Zhong Jun let out the shout, the horde of Demonic beasts came upon them. There was a large number as well as a large variety of Demonic beasts, but they simply came running at them like they were frenzied. Even the Demonic beasts that would usually fight using ranged attacks ran at them in a frenzy.



    Lin Hanying, Sito Yanyou, and Jing Huo all called out their Soul Beasts to reinforce the defenses. Sito Yanyou's was in the shape of a small fox with three legs and four tails. Lin Hanying's was in the shape of a large silver gorilla that was over three meters tall. Jing Huo's was in the shape of a humanoid goat that stood on two legs, three orbs of fire floating behind it.



    While the three of them used their Demonic beasts to reinforce the defenses on the ground, Wei Yating used her control over wood to reinforce the defenses above them. She caused the trees to twist and weave together, forming a large net above them, sharp branches sticking out of the net and impaling everything that came close.



    Yating and the others had reinforced their defenses and were fighting ferociously, taking down Demonic beast after Demonic beast. But even the four of them put together were not as effective as Wei Zhong Jun, who stood ahead of everyone else as the first line of defense.



    The Demonic beasts that rushed at them were strong, but none of them were as strong as the woman who was watching them with an amused smile. And because of that, Wei Zhong Jun was like a tiger amidst a flock of sheep. While his fists crushed two, another five around him would die because their own blood turned against them.



    Blood splashed every, providing more and more means of attack for Wei Zhong Jun and Wei Yating. But it was clear the controlling the blood, especially blood that was still within the Demonic beasts, required a massive amount of Qi. Wei Zhong Jun was constantly swallowing pills to restore his Qi.



    Of course, Yao Jun was not just standing back and watching while all this went down. Whenever a flying Demonic beast came in from above and slipped past the sharp branches, Yao Jun would use his control over wind to attack it. If the Demonic beast was weak, he would kill it and snatch its Demon Crystal, swallowing it to absorb its energy. But if it was too strong, he would focus his attacks on its wings or eyes, causing it to crash into the ground and let the others deal with it.



    As they fought, his eyes never left the woman who was watching them. She was the leader, as well as the strongest Demonic beast here. Taking his eyes away from her would be foolish. And because he was watching her so closely, he was the only one who noticed it.



    Whenever they managed to kill a large amount of Demonic beasts, the woman would slightly raise her arm, causing more Demonic beasts to swarm into the mountain. If it was just that, he could still accept it. But he also saw her release a green light that turned into spider type Demonic beasts that joined the horde. If it was like that, didn't that mean that they would end up fighting an endless battle?



    “Their numbers aren't diminishing! We need to finish off that woman or else we will just keep fighting until we are exhausted!”



    Despite not seeing the woman summon more Demonic beasts, after several minutes of fighting, Wei Zhong Jun still noticed that the number of Demonic beasts attacking them did not shrink over time, it even seemed to grow.



    “I will lead the charge. Hanying, Yating, and Huo, form a spearhead formation with me. Place your Soul Beasts in the back, Jun and Yanyou stay in the middle. We will have to risk it!”



    Wei Zhong Jun took the lead of the spearhead formation, pushing out of the forest. Lin Hanying, Wei Yating, and Jing Huo stood at his side and helped him push. Sito Yanyou had a higher cultivation than him, but Jing Huo was more suite to combat like this. The three Soul Beasts defended the back and Yao Jun and Sito Yanyou stood in the middle, attacking whenever they saw the chance.



    “Zhong Jun, Hanying, duck!”



    While the group was working on pushing towards the woman, Yao Jun suddenly let out a loud shout. Wei Zhong Jun and Lin Hanying did not know why he shouted out, but they decided that now was not the time to question him. They quickly lowered their bodies, just in time to feel something pass over their heads, a few hairs falling down.



    “She can create and control strings!”



    Just as Wei Zhong Jun and Lin Hanying felt a slight shudder go down their spine and were wondering what had happened, Yao Jun's words answered their questions. He had just barely managed to notice a thin string move towards them at high speed, aiming for Wei Zhong Jun and Lin Hanying.



    The group continued to try and move closer to the woman, but the closer they got, the denser the horde of Demonic beasts became. If they continued like this, they would be too exhausted to even attack properly when they reached the woman.



    “Change of plans! We are moving towards the exit! At this rate, we won't even be able to attack if we were to reach her.”



    Wei Zhong Jun had also noticed that they would only die if they continued like this, so he quickly ordered a change of plans. The exit was further away than the woman, so odds were good that some of them might die, but it was better than all of them dying here.



    “Zhong Jun. Would you be confident that you can take her out in one or two attacks?”



    Yao Jun narrowed his eyes as he spoke. Moving towards the exit would probably lead to at least half of them dying, and then there would be no chance of acquiring whatever was in that lake. So Yao Jun decided to try something risky instead.



    “... If I can catch her unaware, I am confident.”



    Wei Zhong Jun was not quite sure why Yao Jun asked that, but he still answered after a slight moment of hesitation. If he managed to catch her by surprise and unleash all his power, defeating her in two attacks would not be impossible.



    “Good. If you can get me within 100 meters of her, then I will give you that chance.”



    Yao Jun nodded his head as he spoke. 100 meters was the range in which he could control his elements. If they could get him and Wei Zhong Jun to within 100 meters of her, there were things he could do.



    “Then let's go. Everyone focus on pushing as hard as possible!”



    Wei Zhong Jun narrowed his eyes at Yao Jun's words, but he still nodded his head and shouted out the order. He did not know how Yao Jun would do it, but he was willing to risk it.
     
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    Chapter 138: Crimson Empress Zhuyin.



    With the agreement being made, Wei Zhong Jun stepped back from the front and focused on storing up his Qi preparing his strongest attack in an attempt to defeat the enemy in a single hit. Wei Yating, Lin Hanying, and Jing Huo exerted all their strength to fill the hole that had been created when Wei Zhong Jun stepped back.



    The group slowly pushed forward, Wei Yating even used as much of her bloodline as she could, controlling the scattered blood to create floating shields and weapons. The woman sitting in the air looked slightly confused at why Wei Zhong Jun stepped back, but she didn't take any actions against them.



    “Yating, spread as much blood as you can onto as many Demonic beasts as you can. If you can make it so that there is blood on their orifices, that will be even better.”



    While the group was pushing forward, Yao Jun whispered to Wei Yating. Wei Yating was slightly confused, but seeing Wei Zhong Jun nod at her, she still followed Yao Jun's orders. The weapons she had created using the Demonic beasts' blood started exploding when they came into contact with enemies, as if they had become too weak to support themselves.



    Jing Huo's fire was a bit of a nuisance, as it would evaporate some of the blood whenever they came in contact. But since his axe did a good job of cleaving enemies and splattering out more blood, Yao Jun did not say anything. Lin Hanying's brute-force way of fighting was also very useful, shattering the hard exoskeleton on some of the Demonic beasts.



    “About 150 meters... Should be doable. Wei Jun. The last 50 meters will be crossed in an instant, prepare to follow me.”



    Yao Jun measured the distance between them and the woman sitting in the air. His eyes narrowed and he turned to Wei Zhong Jun, letting him know that they would move into action now. Wei Zhong Jun nodded his head and prepared himself, his entire body tensing up.



    A black sword appeared in Yao Jun's hand, slightly surprising Wei Zhong Jun. He had never seen Yao Jun use a weapon before. Did this mean that he was actually a swordsman? And what kind of sword was that? Pitch black in color, with not a single decoration, it was the epitome of simplicity. But just by looking at it, Wei Zhong Jun knew that this was a tyrant's sword, the sword of a ruler.



    With the sword in hand, Yao Jun activated the first channel of Crumbling The Nine Heavens, his aura skyrocketing and reaching the late stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth. The others were shocked at how he suddenly managed to raise his power by so much, but now was not the time to question it. Yao Jun took a step forward, and arcs of purple lightning appeared in the area, ravaging the Demonic beasts.



    He would normally have trouble piercing the thick carapaces of most of the Demonic beasts, but by using the scattered blood as a conductor, he could send the lightning into their bodies through their orifices. The purple lightning killed some, but many more were left alive. But it managed to stop them from moving for a second, and that was all Yao Jun needed.



    He dashed forward, the shocked Wei Zhong Jun quickly catching on. He wanted to know why Yao Jun could control lightning as well, but he figured that now was not the time to ask. He also figured that he would probably not get an answer even if he did ask, Yao Jun had probably hidden it for a reason after all.



    50 meters were crossed in less than a second, putting Yao Jun and Wei Zhong Jun into the 100 meter range. And as they arrived within 100 meters, the eyes of the woman watching them glittered with interest and curiosity. She wanted to see what they were planning on doing.



    And she quickly got her answer. The shadows in a 100 meter range suddenly grew and extended, shrouding the entire area in darkness. The Demonic beasts that were still stunned because of the lightning were thrown around when the shadows extended, clearing out the area.



    Yao Jun vanished into the shadows, appearing at the left side of the woman. He moved his right hand and put all his might into it, wind, lightning, and darkness coiling around the sword as he struck her with his strongest attack, One Sword To Free The Heart.



    “Shame, I was expecting a bit more. There is no worth in you.”



    The sword hit the woman, but she only sighed and shook her head with disappointment. Yao Jun's strongest attack hit her shoulder, but it only left behind a small cut, only a few drops of blood sliding down her skin. She could not help but be disappointed. Did he really think he could harm her like that?



    The woman raised her left arm and pierced it towards Yao Jun, intending to kill him. But then she suddenly noticed the smirk on Yao Jun's face, a slight chill going down her spine. But by then it was already too late. From the shadow that the woman cast onto the string she was sitting on, Wei Zhong Jun's figure appeared.



    Wei Zhong Jun was bursting his power, crimson blood coiling around his right arm and forming a sharp lance. Activating both of his powers, his control over blood and his instantaneous power boost, Wei Zhong Jun struck out with his strongest attack. He was so close to the woman that she did not even have the chance to dodge.



    “So that was your plan. A risky move to guarantee a hit huh? Quite well done, if not reckless. Very well, I will acknowledge you. Then to this reckless king, I will grant the fire that my mistress so despises, to turn all your enemies to ash.”



    The woman glanced at Yao Jun when she realized that she had been had, a chuckle escaping her lips as a seductive smile appeared on her face. She changed her strike so that it was no longer a spear-hand, but a normal fist. The fist struck Yao Jun's body and flung him away into the distance, preventing him from seeing the result of Wei Zhong Jun's attack.



    Despite the pain wracking his entire body after getting hit, Yao Jun realized that his body was not injured. His bones were still fine, and his flesh had not been cut. It seemed like the intention behind the hit was only to send him flying away. Yao Jun was flung away at such speed that he reached the lake at the deepest part of the hollow mountain in less than two seconds, crashing into it and creating small waves.



    When he crashed into the lake, he got to see why the middle of the lake was frozen. In the depths of the ice, laid a single creature. Deep crimson scales, two leathery wings, a thick tail, four limbs ending in sharp claws, and a maw filled with teeth that seemed like they could tear apart everything. It looked like a miniature version of the dragon Yao Jun had encountered in the burning wasteland, only three meters long.



    “Are you the one who will take me away from here? My lord? Papa said that someday, someone would surely take me away and let me fly freely.”



    When Yao Jun looked at the dragon trapped in the ice, it opened its eyes and looked at Yao Jun with its golden eyes. A slightly childish and feminine voice rang out in his mind.



    “I'm sorry. But it is currently impossible for me to bring you away, my power seems to be somewhat sealed.”



    Yao Jun placed his hand on the ice as he spoke, using mental energy to send his words into the head of the young dragon. He could guess that this dragon was probably the reward that the woman had spoken about, the fire she would give him. But he could not grasp it, for his Demon God's Gate had been somewhat sealed ever since he entered this hidden realm.



    “So you really are the one who can do it! Please help Papa be free too once you have the chance, I know that he misses the open sky.”



    Despite Yao Jun saying that it was currently impossible for him, the voice of the dragon became cheerful after hearing his response. Yao Jun could feel his eyebrows twitch somewhat after hearing her reply. If his guess was correct and the dragon he saw earlier really was the father of this girl, how was he supposed to help him?



    Yao Jun was just about to say something, when the ice suddenly started cracking, red light shining through the cracks. More and more cracks started appearing, the dragon sealed in the ice slowly getting enough space to move. When the ice had cracked enough to move its body slightly, it stretched its body so that its nose came into contact with Yao Jun's palm.



    And when the two made contact, Yao Jun felt like the blood within his body turned into liquid fire. The water around him started boiling from the heat that his body suddenly released, a deep red light surrounding him and the young dragon, connecting them.



    When the light completely surrounded the both of them, it was like the restrictive power that prevented him from opening his Demon God's Gate was loosened, the dragon slipping in through the opening. And with the dragon vanishing and entering his Demon God's Gate, the burning feeling he felt in his body was soothed, the pain vanishing as his cultivation rose slightly, reaching the middle stage of the 2nd Mortal Earth. Not only his cultivation rose, even his bodily strength rose, his bones creaking and cracking as they grew tougher and stronger.



    Despite the pain vanishing, Yao Jun still stood completely still, completely dumbstruck by the turn of events. He had tried to absorb other Demonic beasts earlier, both ones that he had killed and ones that he used mental energy to put under his control. But neither were able to enter his Demon God's Gate, the restrictive energy preventing them.



    So why was it that this dragon could enter? Was it because it was a mythical beast, like Sirius was? He also noticed that the resonating he had felt in his Demon God's Gate when he entered the hollow mountain had stopped, now only resonating with whatever it had been resonating with since he entered the hidden realm. The more time Yao Jun spent in this hidden realm, the more interested in it he became, the more he wanted to know what his Demon God's Gate was resonating with.



    “Right, I should probably give her a name. Zhuyin sounds good, Crimson Empress Zhuyin.”



    Yao Jun left the lake and muttered to himself. The area was completely silent, so he was uncertain if Wei Zhong Jun and the others were still fighting. But that did not matter to him any longer, he had gotten what he came here for. And Wei Zhong Jun and the others had seen too much of his power, so they would certainly be wary of him now, wondering why he kept it hidden.



    Yao Jun glanced around the area and found a small opening in the mountain, just large enough for him to crawl through. He could not help but wonder if it had been placed there by the woman who had flung him here, since they had not spotted that opening before they entered the hollow mountain.



    With an excited and almost ferocious smile on his face, Yao Jun made his way towards the opening. Since he had been able to absorb the dragon into his Demon God's Gate, did that mean that there were other special Demonic beasts in this realm that he could absorb?
     
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    Chapter 139: Carving the second channel.



    “Wait. I shouldn't leave just yet.”



    As Yao Jun made his way towards the opening, he suddenly stopped walking, muttering to himself. Looking at the strength of the Demonic beasts that he had seen so far, he realized that he was still far too weak. He had to take any chance he could get to increase his strength.



    “Since this area is rather peaceful, I should take this chance.”



    Yao Jun turned around and returned to the side of the small lake. He made three rounds around the area around the lake, making sure that there were no Demonic beasts hiding away. After making sure that there were no Demonic beasts in the area, he sat down next to the lake and crossed his legs.



    He calmed his breathing, only leaving half of his consciousness to keep guard on any movement in the surrounding area. With his breathing calming down, the Qi in the surrounding area was slowly pulled toward him. He had it enter his body and circulate through his body, filling up every inch of his body.



    Absorbing Zhuyin had once again greatly improved the strength and toughness of his body. After all, the dragon was a Demonic beast famous for its strong body. Since his body had strengthened and he needed more strength, Yao Jun decided to continue with the next step in the Crumbling The Nine Heavens technique, carving the second channel.



    Yao Jun lost track of time as he continued his rhythmical breathing and filled every inch of his body with Qi. Once there was no longer any room for Qi within his body, it was time to extract Qi from his God Gate and use it to carve a new channel where it could reside.



    Yao Jun was not certain if he could still interact with the ancient tree located at the center of his Demon God's Gate, but he was pleasently surprised when he saw a stream of black Qi get pulled out from his Demon God's Gate. Since he had only put half his consciousness outside his body, and only to keep an eye on enemy movement, he did not notice orbs of black Qi appear in the air around him, sinking into his body and joining up with the black Qi from his own gate.



    The first channel was carved in his left arm, so Yao Jun decided to carve the second channel in his right arm. The black Qi he had gathered up left his body and hovered above his right hand. Yao Jun had a solemn expression as he lowered the black Qi, causing it to dig into his right hand causing blood to gush out.



    Yao Jun had already experienced this pain once before, and he personally felt that he had already grown accustomed to pain, but he still had to grit his teeth to not let out a scream as he carved the new channel. The stream of black Qi carved its way up his right arm and into his chest, entering his Demon God's Gate after what felt like an eternity.



    When the channel was finally completed, Yao Jun let out a deep breath. He took out some medicine from his interspatial ring and used it to heal the wound on his right hand. He calmed his breathing and started absorbing the surrounding Qi again, filling up the new channel.



    While he was filling up the new channel, he also sank his mind into it so that he could learn the new technique that was stored within it. He once more saw the past memories of Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang, seeing how he came up with the technique.



    This time he saw a scene where Heng Jiang lost a dear friend he had made while traveling, the friend taking his last breaths within Heng Jiang's arms. To drown out his sorrow, Heng Jiang started furiously training, barely resting or eating as he slowly devised a new technique.



    The technique he came up with in the end was the complete opposite of the first technique, One Sword To Free The Heart. It was a sideways slash that utilized the person's sword intent and Qi to send a strike directly towards the opponent's soul. If they were unprepared, that single strike would be enough to kill them. Heng Jiang simply gave it the name, One Slash To Free The Soul.



    When the channel had been completely filled up with Qi so dense that it almost became a liquid, Yao Jun finally opened his eyes again. The area around him was dark, so it seemed like it was currently night. As for how many days he spent doing this, he did not know.



    Yao Jun noticed that his body was rather sweaty and dirty, so he stripped down and jumped into the small lake next to him. The water was icy cold, but even that felt pleasant to Yao Jun right now. He quickly cleaned himself and then jumped out of the lake.



    Deep crimson flames sprouted from his body and dried off the remaining water. When Yao Jun absorbed a new Demonic beast, he learned how it used its element, so he already knew how to control his new fire element. He could even control it to create shapes, or change how hot the fire was.



    Yao Jun put on a new pair of pants, keeping his upper body bare for the moment. He quickly grabbed something to eat from his interspatial ring and then started making his way towards the opening that would take him out of the mountain.



    He had acquired a new Demonic beast, he had carved a new channel for the Crumbling The Nine Heavens technique, so it was time to continue on. His Demon God's Gate was still resonating with something at the depths of this hidden realm, and he also had to look for Demonic beasts that he could absorb into his Demon God's Gate.



    When Yao Jun crawled out from the opening and left the mountain, a cold breeze hit his face. The air was slightly colder than it was when Yao Jun first entered the hidden realm, so he could not help but wonder if this place maybe had the same season cycle as the outside world.



    “Now then, over there is it?”



    Yao Jun followed the resonating feeling from his Demon God's Gate, turning his head towards the side. When he looked at the direction where the Demon God's Gate told him to go, he could not help but tilt his head slightly in confusion. The resonating was still coming from the depths of the hidden realm, but why had it moved slightly to the side?



    If he followed the previous directions by the resonating feeling, he would have to pass through this massive forest and venture into unknown territory. But following this new direction would take him through the frozen wasteland he had seen before he entered the forest.



    Was the thing that his Demon God's Gate resonating with something living, like when it resonated with the dragon that was frozen in the lake? Or was his Demon God's Gate trying to lead him through a path where he would encounter the least danger? Yao Jun could not figure out an answer to these questions, but since the resonating was telling him to go to the frozen wasteland, that would be where he would go.
     
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    Chapter 140: A test of strength.



    While Yao Jun was moving through the forest, heading towards the frozen wasteland in the distance, he gathered information about how much time had passed by using the insects that he had controlled with his mental energy. It took a few days for all of them to return to him, especially since he was currently on the move.



    One of the first insects that returned taught him that he had spent a little over 10 days inside the hollow mountain, meaning that carving the second channel went faster than carving the first one. Wei Zhong Jun had managed to escape from the hollow mountain, bringing with him Wei Yating and Lin Hanying. But Sito Yanyou and Jing Huo did not leave the mountain, so they were probably dead.



    Once all the insects returned, even those he had sent out to the different areas, he could not help but be disappointed. He had gotten reports about several dangerous Demonic beasts they had spotted, as well as several humans, but nothing about Guo Luo. Yao Jun gathered up all the information and then sent out the insects again, making them repeat what they did earlier. He placed more mental energy into them so they would be able to infect more insects, increasing the range at which he could gather information.



    After all the insects flew away, Yao Jun let out a loud sigh. He did not think that he was the type that got lonely so easily, but right now he was truly feeling lonely. He missed Guo Luo and the others. Yao Jun shook his head and threw the thought out of his mind. Now was not the time to worry about feeling lonely, now was the time to focus on getting stronger.



    Yao Jun continued moving through the forest, killing and eating any Demonic beasts that he came across that were weak enough for him to kill. He tried to weaken them enough and see if he could absorb them, but no matter what he tried, they could not enter his Demon God's Gate. It seemed like there was some sort of requirement for Demonic beasts from this hidden realm to enter his Demon God's Gate.



    As he started approaching the frozen wasteland, the air getting colder and the occasional snow falling from the sky, Yao Jun once more encountered other people. There were three people standing in front of him, blocking his path with weapons in hand.



    There were three people, all three clad in golden robes. The robes were tattered and torn, but Yao Jun could still see the insignia of the Peng clan embroidered on the chest, so they were clearly from the Peng clan. There were a few wounds on their bodies, but they did not seem to mind them.



    There were two men and one woman, with the two men obviously being twins. They had eyebrows that slanted sharply upwards, short black hair, somewhat murky brown eyes, and slim builds with long arms. The woman had long brown hair, clear blue eyes, soft features and smooth skin.



    “I do not believe that I have any enmity with you, so why do you block my path?”



    Yao Jun narrowed his eyes as he spoke to the three people, his sword already grasped tightly in his hands. The weakest among these three people was a person at the early stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth, while the strongest was at the late stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth.



    “Mistress Yi wishes for your death, so since we have been blessed with the great fortune to encounter you, we will bring your head to her and have her praise us.”



    The woman was the one with the highest cultivation, she was also the one who responded to Yao Jun, pulling out two daggers as she did so. The two men pulled out their weapons, one a halberd and the other a bow, and took up their positions. Yao Jun tried to figure out who this 'Mistress Yi' could be, but there were simply too many people with that name.



    He threw the distraction out of his mind and focused on the enemies ahead of him. They might be strong and felt that killing him would be easy, but Yao Jun only saw them as a chance to test his strength. He had yet to unleash his full strength and see how far it could take him.



    Yao Jun activated his armament, armor quickly covering his body, each piece of armor signifying one Demonic beast he had absorbed. The newest Demonic beast, Zhuyin, took the shape of a helmet in the form of a ferocious dragon's head. Now Yao Jun only needed two more Demonic beasts to complete his armor. He was actually looking forward to what would happen once the armor was complete.



    The man with the halberd and the woman with the dual daggers took up their stance in the front, with the man with the bow taking up stance a bit behind them. The man with the bow infused his Qi into his arrows and readied his shot, while the two others charged towards Yao Jun.



    The man with the halberd sent the halberd smashing down on Yao Jun, while the woman with the two daggers lowered her body and dashed towards him. Yao Jun moved to block, when he suddenly felt the gravity around him increase in strength, his feet sinking into the ground. Caught off-guard, three attacks arrived in front of his body.



    Yao Jun let out a low curse at himself. He had not activated his strengthening technique because he wanted to see how far he could go without it. But doing so without knowing the abilities of the enemies had been foolish. With the three attacks approaching him, he quickly activated both of the channels.



    Black Qi surged beneath his armor, only visible around his upper arms and thighs, and sank into his body. His cultivation rapidly soared, only stopping when it reached the late stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth. Had he only activated the first channel, he would only have reached the early stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth, which he felt would not be enough for this battle.



    Yao Jun forcefully resisted the increased gravity, twisting his body slightly. He raised his left arm and used it to block the descending halberd, used the sword in his right hand to block the two daggers, and let the arrow that flew towards him graze his left shoulder.



    When he blocked the halberd with his left arm, he felt a tremendous pressure push down on his left arm so it was clear that it was the halberd user who had increased the gravity around Yao Jun. The two daggers were blocked, but the woman simply let go of them and pushed both of her palms towards Yao Jun's abdomen.



    The skin on her palms split open as the bones in her hand turned into sharp spikes that aimed to stab into Yao Jun. Her power seemed to let her twist and control the bones inside her body. But it also looked like doing so hurt, as the woman furrowed her eyebrows and clenched her teeth.



    Crimson flames and violet lightning shot out from Yao Jun's body, the wind in the area getting violent as Yao Jun activated his own abilities. He tried to push away the halberd, but found himself unable to move his left arm, it was like he had suddenly lost control over it. Yao Jun slightly moved his eyes and saw that the man with the bow held his arm in the same position as Yao Jun. Could it be that he could control whatever he hit with his Qi?



    Yao Jun narrowed his eyes and released his own attacks. The wind turned into sharp blades that sliced open the area, while the flames and lightning that sprouted from his body turned into large javelins that flew at the three people. The trees in the area caught on fire from the high heat, but now was not the time to worry about it.



    Thanks to the fire javelins, the woman was forced to pull back her hands and dodge away from Yao Jun. The man with the halberd was also forced to dodge the onslaught of attacks. Yao Jun grabbed this chance and decided to go for the kill. His left arm twisted and grabbed hold of Yao Jun's throat, trying to choke him, but Yao Jun simply ignored it.



    His eyes locked onto the man with the bow, the man Yao Jun considered the most dangerous. The man flinched from Yao Jun's gaze and was going to put up a defense to defend against whatever Yao Jun was planning, but there was nothing he could do. The man's shadow rose up from the ground and swallowed him whole. The man was shocked to find himself suddenly reappearing right in front of Yao Jun, but before he could utter a sound, a sword sealed his throat and stole his life.



    With every increase in his cultivation, Yao Jun's control over his elements increased. And right now he had the cultivation of someone at the late stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth, bringing someone through the shadows and to his front was no problem, even if that person had a cultivation at the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth.



    With the death of the bowman, Yao Jun regained control over his left arm. He quickly let go of his throat and took a few quick steps forward, his speed so fast he almost resembled a black blur. His left arm grabbed onto the head of the halberd, violet lightning dancing around him as he sent as much lightning as he could into it.



    The lightning traveled through the halberd and into the body of the man. Not only were the insides of the man fried by the high temperature, the lightning interacted with his brain and took over control of his body. The brain sent out electric signals to control the body, so with enough control from Yao Jun, he could do the same with his lightning, creating a strange form of mind control.



    The man used his own halberd to behead himself while his insides were getting roasted, leaving behind only the woman. Looking at Yao Jun, she could not help but tremble. They were the same cultivation level right now, but she was clear that his strength was leagues above her. The forest around him burned, lightning arced around him, the wind rage around him, and the shadows danced as he stepped forward. She had never seen a monster like this, and now she also realized why her mistress wanted him dead. If he were to grow up, he would become nothing but terrifying.



    “You helped me test my strength a bit, so thanks I guess.”



    Yao Jun's voice was nonchalant. He wanted to test his strength, and he had been pleasantly surprised when he saw the result. His strength had increased greatly from when he first entered the hidden realm. Yao Jun took another step forward, and the woman tried to take a step backwards to retreat. But the shadows beneath her turned into thick tendrils that coiled around her legs, causing her to fall backwards as she tried to retreat.



    She was scared and panicking, so there was no longer a way for her to think straight and put up a defense. As she fell backwards, the shadows beneath her turned into thick spikes. Once she fell on them, they started spinning and drilled into her body, reaping her life. Without putting up a defense with her Qi, her body was only a little tougher than normal peoples.



    Yao Jun undid his armament and picked up the interspatial rings of the three people. They were filled with various medicinal herbs and pills that could restore Qi and cure wounds. There were some herbs there that Yao Jun had never seen before, so he looked forward to getting to plant them in his Demon God's Gate.



    Yao Jun looked at the fire that was raging around him, a cramped smile appearing on his face. He could only hope that it did not spread throughout the entire forest, angering whatever terrifying Demonic beast that certainly lived within it. He turned towards the frozen wasteland that was not too far away and once more started heading towards it.
     
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    Chapter 141: Unexpected faces.



    The edge of the forest was in the shape of a steep incline, with the frozen wasteland located at the top of the incline and the forest at the bottom. The trees and vegetation at the edge of the forest had already withered and died because of the cold, so it was a very brown and dull area where nearly no life thrived.



    Yao Jun did not immediately enter the frozen wasteland once he reached the edge, he instead found a decently secluded spot and sat down in quiet meditation. He had three reasons to sit down, one was to get some rest, the second was to try out a few things he had in mind, and the third one was to gather up one last round of information from his insects.



    The insects would not be able to follow him into the frozen wasteland, as the cold would kill them immediately. So he sent them out as far as they could go, as fast as they could go, so that they could gather information in places they had not been yet. Once they returned with the information, then he would enter the frozen wasteland.



    But until they returned, he had things he wanted to try out. After meditating and resting for three hours, he opened his eyes and stood up. He had only rested for three hours, but for Yao Jun that was plenty. Ever since he was 5 he had been training, with only a few breaks. The longest break he had ever taken was when he spent five months traveling towards Golden Moon Town with Guo Luo. He had long since become able to act with barely any rest.



    Yao Jun gripped his sword tightly, his body standing completely straight. He started striking out with his sword, performing a variety of slashes and stabs. While doing so he was also moving around, dashing from place to place and performing dodges, as if he was fighting an invisible enemy. There were times where his sword would get covered in shadows and almost vanish, but it was only for a short moment.



    “It's not quite right, I can't seem to activate it fast enough.”



    Yao Jun felt that his fighting style was still a bit too simpleminded. He would attack with his sword, or use one of his elements to attack, that was it. But he had so many elements at his disposal, only using them so simplemindedly would be a waste. To fix that, Yao Jun was currently trying two different things.



    He continued to strike out with his sword, the shadows covering the sword growing more and more dense. Until finally, his sword completely vanished in the middle of an attack, slashing a tree located a few meters away from him. Another strike caused his sword to vanish into the shadows once more, striking a tree located behind him as the corners of his mouth raised into a smile.



    Since he could move his body and other people through the shadows, did that not also mean that he could move his attacks through the shadows? That was what he was practicing right now, activating his control over shadows fast enough to swallow his weapon mid attack and having it re-appear at a different location almost instantly.



    He had managed to have his attack be swallowed by the shadows, but he was not quite satisfied with how much time it took. Between the attack getting swallowed and re-appearing, about one second passed. In a life and death battle, that one second delay could end up being his demise. So he continued to train, striking out with his sword and moving around.



    While moving around, he also started stepping into the shadows and re-appearing at different locations. If he could manage to do this fast enough, and at the same time mix it with having his attack get swallowed by the shadows, his options in a fight would increase greatly.



    He continued training until he ran out of Qi and was forced to take a break and rest a little. Checking the sky he saw that the sun was starting to rise, so he knew that he had been at it for a little over half a day. He had managed to increase the speed at which he and his attack would re-appear, but it was not quite satisfactory just yet, enemies specialized in speed would still be able to dodge. Yao Jun was not like Yun Yantian and the others, he had no other special talents, he was wonderfully bland. Because of that, he wanted to at least perfect the one thing he could do, battle.



    After resting for a few hours and restoring his Qi, Yao Jun once more stood up and started training. He did not start training with the shadows again, as he was going to try a different thing. He still dashed around, still struck out with the sword in his right hand, but his left hand was tightly clenched, large amounts of Qi gathering in his hand.



    The amount of Qi within his left hand was steadily rising, the air around his fist slightly distorting, but Yao Jun still had a frown on his face. After one and a half minute of dodging around and sending out attacks, he stopped gathering Qi within his left hand.



    “One and a half minute if I want to do it during combat, it might even take more depending on how the battle is going. I need to increase the speed at which I gather, condense, and fuse them together. Otherwise it will be nothing but useless.”



    Yao Jun raised his left arm and opened his clenched fist. Silently floating above his left palm was a grape sized crimson orb. The orb looked completely harmless, but the air around it was violently distorting, showing that it was not as harmless as it looked.



    Yao Jun waved his hand, causing the orb to turn into a red blur that shot into the distance. When it reached a place that was around one kilometer away from Yao Jun, it exploded. The grape sized orb rapidly expanded, turning into a large dome of fire that was half a kilometer in size, turning everything within that area to ash.



    Just as the dome of fire reached its full size, a violent wind blew out from within the dome, wrapping up all the fire and turning into a violent tornado composed of fire, with blades of wind flying out from the tornado. The earth was scorched and molten, the blades of air becoming so hot that everything sliced by them were immediately incinerated. After half a minute, the tornado of flame died down, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.



    “The power certainly is satisfactory.”



    Yao Jun could not help but praise it. He had lightning for piercing power, wind for slicing power, darkness for surprise attacks, mental energy for control, and now he also had fire for area attacks. The attack he had just released was a fusion of his fire and wind power, with the wind stoking the fire, and the fire heating up the wind and increasing its power. The only problem was that it took time to create this attack, so he needed to train and cut down the time it took to create it.



    With those thoughts in mind, Yao Jun continued his training. He would train until he was out of Qi, rest, and then start training again. He continued the cycle for several days, waiting for the insects to return and deliver their reports. After training for five days, the insects finally returned and brought with them a report Yao Jun had never expected to hear.



    “Guo Jiahao. Guo Zhe. Why are the two of you here?”



    Yao Jun read through the memories of all the insects, taking in everything that they had seen. And he had seen someone he had never expected to see. The insects had spotted Guo Zhe and Guo Jiahao traveling together with a group of people from the Peng clan. They were currently traveling around a massive valley where strong winds whipped the rocks around, heading towards a vast plain filled with lakes.



    But Yao Jun was certain that he had been one of the last people to enter the hidden realm, and he had not seen either Guo Jiahao or Guo Zhe enter the hidden realm. So how did they show up here?



    “It doesn't matter. Since you are here, you cannot escape from me. I will take your heads and take back my ring.”



    Yao Jun's eyes were cold as he softly caressed the scar on his chest. The only reason he had not gotten rid of the scar yet was because he wanted it to serve as a reminder of how weak he had been and how much pain Guo Jiahao and Guo Zhe had inflicted on him. The day he killed Guo Zhe and Guo Jiahao would be the day he healed the scar.



    “All in due time.”



    Yao Jun took a few deep breaths to calm himself down. Even though he wanted to kill the two of them right now, they were too far away from him. They were also accompanied by people from the Peng clan, so Yao Jun needed more strength before he could attack and kill them. Yao Jun's eyes turned towards the frozen wasteland as he stood up and started walking towards it. First he would find out what was calling to his Demon God's Gate, then he would see if he could move to kill Guo Zhe and Guo Jiahao.
     
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    Chapter 142: Son of lightning.



    The frozen wasteland was completely different from the other environments Yao Jun had ever seen. A strong wind whipped up the loose snow on the ground, while the snow that was falling from the sky felt like tiny knives of ice as they touched his skin. To prevent himself from falling into the deep snow, Yao Jun had to constantly circulate his Qi through his feet to be able to walk properly.



    “I really don't want to meet whatever Demonic beast is responsible for creating a place like this.”



    Yao Jun could not help but silently mutter to himself as he walked. The cold wind and snow forced him to constantly produce a small amount of fire around him, and the snow was so white and pure that it almost blinded him whenever he looked at it. He had already walked through the frozen wasteland for 3 days, and since he constantly had to circulate his Qi, there was no way for him to get any sleep. Even to cultivators who had strong bodies, this environment could be considered inhospitable.



    Of course despite his lack of sleep, Yao Jun did not allow his vigilance to drop in the slightest, there was no telling what sort of Demonic beasts were lurking in this frozen wasteland. And since relying on his vision in a place like this was not a good idea, he was forced to rely on his other senses and instincts to notice any traces of Demonic beasts.



    The frozen wasteland was mostly flat, with a few deep gashes in the ground that went deeper down than Yao Jun was able to see, as well as a few snow covered mountains located in various places. Over the last three days of walking, Yao Jun had occasionally spotted traces of people wandering through the area, as well as traces of battle.



    One such trace of battle was a snowy mountain in the distance that had its top half completely shattered, with only a few sharp rocks left sticking up. The reason Yao Jun could tell that this shattered mountain had recently been the site of a battle was because there was still smoke coming from the shattered part of the mountain. There was even something that seemed like lava slowly dripping down the side of the mountain. The fact that it had yet to stiffen or freeze showed just how hot the lava was.



    If it was up to Yao Jun, he would try to walk in a circle around the shattered mountain. But right now he could not do that, because there was something on that shattered mountain that resonated with his Demon God's Gate, calling to him just like Zhuyin had. Because of that, Yao Jun had to head directly towards that shattered mountain.



    While Yao Jun continued walking, he suddenly felt an all-encompassing feeling of danger assault him. He did not even stop to think, his body vanishing into the shadow and re-appearing 100 meters away. Since there was snow flying around in the air, there were plenty of shadows for Yao Jun to take advantage of. The moment Yao Jun vanished into the shadows, the snow where he had been standing exploded.



    Not just snow, but also sharp shards of ice shot upwards at high speed. The snow and ice that shot upwards quickly changed direction, once more shooting towards Yao Jun. Not just the ice and snow that had been shot up from the explosion shot towards Yao Jun, all the snow that was in the area was starting to move towards Yao Jun.



    Yao Jun once more vanished into the shadows and appeared 100 meters away, but this time he had a gash on his left arm. Using the shadows to dodge would only work perfectly if the opponent was at a certain low level of strength. The fact that the Demonic beast was able to send its snow and ice into the shadows to attack Yao Jun told him one thing, that the Demonic beast was very powerful, most likely stronger than him, something that had started happening more and more to Yao Jun since he entered this hidden realm.



    Yao Jun opened the palm of his right hand, a ring of crimson fire spreading out from his body and melting all the snow around him. Using the ring of fire, Yao Jun created an area of flame around him, removing all the snow within 50 meters of him.



    With the snow no longer able to approach Yao Jun, the Demonic beast that had been in hiding was forced to reveal itself. From the place where the snow had first exploded, a large Demonic beast that resembled a gorilla appeared. The body of the Demonic beast was at least five meters tall, but it had still been able to hide perfectly within the snow. Its arms were as thick as a barrel, its body covered in snow white fur, and there were two large fangs sticking out from its lower jaw, almost reaching all the way up to its nose.



    “No fucking way.”



    The moment Yao Jun saw the Demonic beast, all thoughts of trying to battle it vanished from his mind. The Demonic beast was even stronger than Wei Zhong Jun, having already reached the 7th Xiantian Heaven. Trying to fight it would only lead to his death, so Yao Jun immediately made the choice to escape. Trying to use the shadows to flee was foolish, as the Demonic beast was capable of attacking into the shadows, so Yao Jun chose to flee using overwhelming speed.



    He activated both channels he had carved for Crumbling The Nine Heavens, and then took it one step further. He could increase his speed by coating his body with lightning, but there was one other way he could increase his speed even further, by letting the lightning course throughout every inch of his body, forcing his nerves and limbs to react and move faster than they should be able to.



    He had only come up with this technique recently, so he had not tested it properly because of the great pain it brought with it whenever he used it. But now was not the time to worry about something like that. Lightning crackled within his gray eyes and spread throughout his body, even coursing throughout his brain. Time seemed to slow down as all his senses were raised to the extreme because of his brain being forced to move at several times its normal speed.



    Arcs of purple lightning danced around his entire body, even lifting up his violet hair and causing it to dance in the wind. Arcs of lightning danced in his pupils, even being released from his mouth and nose whenever he let out a breath. Right now, he truly looked like someone born of lightning.



    Both his strengthening techniques were active so Yao Jun was currently at his strongest, his body filled with overwhelming strength and pain. Yao Jun ignored the pain and took a step forward, his body blurring as the sound of thunder rang out. Despite his dramatically increased speed, the Demonic beast was still able to react, throwing a punch towards Yao Jun. Following the punch of the Demonic beast, the snow that was falling from the sky also started to shoot towards Yao Jun.



    Yao Jun did not move to dodge the snow, allowing it to slash open his body and dye the snow red with his blood. The Demonic beast had far more strength than him, but it seemed like it was completely focused on raw power, it lacked speed. Yao Jun used his control over wind to create a temporary foothold beneath him and using it to jump upwards.



    His foot landed on the fist of the Demonic beast and Yao Jun used it's fist as another springboard. He put strength into his foot and continued to shoot forwards, moving past the eyes of the Demonic beast like a blur and vanishing into the distance behind it. He had considered trying to take the chance to send an attack towards one of its eyes, but he quickly gave up on the idea.



    A Demonic beast as strong as it, even its eyes would have great defensive strength. It was more likely that his attack would bounce off and delay him. Yao Jun chose to go with the safer option of simply fleeing as fast as he could. While he was fleeing from the Demonic beast, he also started feeling more confident about heading towards the shattered mountain. If he could flee from a Demonic beast at the 7th Xiantian Heaven, even if it was one focused on strength, he would most likely be able to flee from whatever was calling for him in case it ended up being too strong.
     

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