The Demon's Gate

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    Chapter 157: Leylan Grievin.



    Yao Jun's consciousness was hazy as he slowly woke up, his eyelids heavy and his body weak. He struggled to open his eyes, spending an unknown amount of time just to force his eyes to open. When he finally managed to open his eyes, the world he saw was blurry, as if he was looking at it through a veil. He vaguely remembered landing in something wet after passing through the spatial rift, but as his eyes started to slowly clear up, he saw that there was currently a light brown wooden ceiling above him.



    He felt a soft sensation below him, so he guessed that he was currently lying in a bed. Yao Jun did his best to turn his head to the side and inspect the room around him, just barely managing to lay his head on the side. After turning his head, he could see that he was currently in a small room, only a few meters in size.



    The floor and walls were made out of the same light brown wood as the ceiling, and there was barely any furniture in the room, only the bed he was laying on, a single chair next to his bed, and a single small square closet standing against the wall next to his bed. There was a locked green door on the wall, but no windows as far as he could see. Yao Jun tried to stand up from the bed, but the moment he tried to move, he felt a terrible pain wrack his entire body.



    Unable to stand up, he could only continue to lay in the bed and focus on recovering. While he focused on recovering as fast as possible, he also noticed something strange in his vision. Wherever he looked, there were strange silver lines in the air. The silver lines were moving about in the air in a wavy manner, but they would simply pass through anything they touched.



    Yao Jun also took a look at the current condition of his body, and could not help but feel like grimacing when he saw the state he was in. His organs were displaced and bruised, several of his bones broken, but the worst was that his veins were scarred and distorted. With his veins distorted, it would be hard for him to move his Qi as he wished.



    After Yao Jun spent some time focusing on his recovery, he suddenly heard the door to the room open. Yao Jun immediately turned his gaze towards the door and raised his vigilance. He had no idea where he was or who had brought him here, even worse was that he was seriously wounded. If someone were to try and kill him now, he would have to rely on Little Gray and the others and try to flee.



    Two men, one young and one old, stepped into the room, both having appearances that Yao Jun had never seen before. They were very tall, both easily over two meters tall, their skin was somewhat pale, and their head was rather thin, their features elongated in a strange fashion.



    The young man had short green hair and was clad in a long and coarse yellow robe that scrapped the floor as he walked, while the old man had shoulder length brown hair and was clad in a smaller and more tight-fitting green robe. Upon noticing that Yao Jun had awoken, the old man narrowed his eyes, taking on a vigilant stance. But the young man simply ignored the old man, a smile appearing on his face as he spoke out in a voice that had a rather high pitch.



    “You've awoken? Your body truly is sturdy, not only did you survive getting attacked by the Ash Flyers, but it only took you a single week to wake up.”



    The young man walked forward and sat down on the chair next to the bed, looking at Yao Jun with a curious smile. The old man stood behind the young man, looking at Yao Jun with narrowed and vigilant eyes. Seeing Yao Jun not say anything, the young man slapped his own forehead, speaking out with a light laughter.



    “Right, you must be a bit confused right now. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Leylan Grievin, this is my martial uncle, Seshio Samut. Would you mind telling me why you were trying to charge through Ash Lake with only a cultivation at the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth? Had we not coincidentally found you, you would likely have been eaten already.”



    Yao Jun did not immediately respond, rapidly digesting the information as his thoughts moved. He had never seen or heard about people who looked like this Leylan in front of him, their names were also very strange and unfamiliar. Yao Jun had also never heard about anything known as Ash Lake or Ash Flyers, despite reading quite a large amount of books on the Guanyu continent.



    Yao Jun had also noticed that his cultivation had indeed risen to the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth, something he guessed had something to do with the orb of blood given to him by the titanic bird. But right now, Yao Jun did not care about any of that, because he had noticed something about this Leylan and Seshio.



    He had noticed that this Leylan, who looked like a youth in his twenties, had already reached the middle stage of the 8th Xiantian Heaven. And the Seshio that stood behind him, Yao Jun could not feel an ounce of energy from him, but he noticed that the silver lines that moved through the air seemed to avoid moving close to this old man. An unknown place, unknown names, and unknown people with unfathomable strength. Keeping these thoughts in mind, Yao Jun spoke out in a hoarse voice.



    “Yao Jun. I never planned on charging through this Ash Lake, I was tossed there after being forced into a spatial rift.”



    Yao Jun had quickly discarded the thought of lying to them. With the strength of the two of them, it was hard to know if they had any way to discern if he was lying. And since escaping was most likely practically impossible, he realized that he might not have any choice but to do whatever these people told him to. After hearing Yao Jun's hoarse voice, Leylan could not help but raise an eyebrow and speak out in a slightly surprised voice.



    “You managed to survive being forced into a spatial rift? Must have been a small tunnel. So you have no idea where you are right now? Do you know where you were when you were forced into the spatial rift?”



    To survive traveling through a spatial rift, it could only mean that a person had a high cultivation level, a terrifyingly strong body, great achievements in the laws of space, or that they only had to stay in the spatial rift for a short moment. And while Leylan could see that Yao Jun had a rather strong body, it was not strong enough to survive through a long spatial rift. Because of this, he guessed that Yao Jun had only been inside the spatial rift for a few seconds at the longest.



    “Grand Quan continent.”



    Yao Jun once again did not bother lying, stating the continent he had been one when he was forced into the spatial rift. Based on the information he had gotten so far, Yao Jun already had some ideas about where he might currently be, but he could not yet be certain. Leylan slightly furrowed his brows after hearing Yao Jun's response, turning to look at Seshio behind him.



    “Grand Quan continent? Maybe it is from one of the surrounding planets? Have you ever heard about it, martial uncle?”



    Hearing Leylan's words, Yao Jun's heart sank slightly as he realized that his idea had been correct. He was no longer on his own planet, the spatial rift throwing him through the seal placed around their planet and sending him to an unknown planet. With him now on an unknown planet, how long would it take him to return to Guo Luo?



    The man who had been introduced as Seshio sank into thought for a short moment, but in the end he could only lower his head and let out a sigh, speaking in a humble and apologetic voice to Leylan.



    “Forgive me for my incompetence, Young Master, but I have never heard about this Grand Quan continent.”



    Leylan once more furrowed his brows after hearing the words of Seshio. He waved his hand slightly, indicating that Seshio didn't need to worry about it.



    “If you have never heard about it, then it cannot be located on any of the closer planets.”



    Leylan turned back to Yao Jun, the smile on his face growing brighter as he looked at Yao Jun. Yao Jun felt slightly uncomfortable being looked at like that, but he could feel that this Leylan did not have any ill intentions, only large amounts of curiosity. Leylan stood up from the chair and headed towards the door, waving his hand at Yao Jun as he spoke.



    “You must be quite hungry, let me call over a maid to deliver some food and medicine. We can talk more once you have managed to eat and recover a little more.”



    Not long after Leylan and Seshio left, the door to Yao Jun's room was opened once more. The person who entered the room was a girl who was a bit shorter than Leylan, but still over two meters tall. Her skin was also pale, her features elongated. She was clad in a black maid uniform made out of coarse cloth and carried a tray in her arms. Atop the tray was a bowl of soup that released a sweet fragrance, as well as three light green pills. The girl placed the tray on the closet next to Yao Jun's bed and gave him a slight bow. Strangely enough, her voice was deeper than both Leylan's and Seshio's.



    “Greetings, I am Felicia Gilderbar. Young Master Leylan told me to deliver some medicine and food to you. I will be waiting outside the room, should you require anything, you need only call out.”



    Yao Jun slightly nodded his head at Felicia, but on the inside he was completely shocked. The girl looked about his age, but already had a cultivation at the early stage of the 5th Houtian Sky. So young and such a cultivation, yet she was only a maid?



    After the maid left, Yao Jun looked at the tray next to the bed. The soup was a light red in color, pieces of what seemed to be vegetables floating in it. The three pills released a light medicinal fragrance that carried a slight resemblance to some of the herbs that Yao Jun had inside his own God Gate. Yao Jun struggled to sit up as much as possible, and then picked up one of the pills. He closely inspected it for a few minutes, and after making sure that he could not detect any poison, he put the pill in his mouth and swallowed it. Right now, the thing he had to focus on was to recover his strength and then find a way to return to his own planet.
     
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    Chapter 158: Beneath the frog in the well.



    The pill rapidly melted after entering Yao Jun's mouth, filling his entire body with a pure and refreshing energy. The energy rapidly moved towards his broken bones and bruised organs, covering the wounds and slowly healing them. Yao Jun could not help but be shocked at how efficient the pills were. They smelled similar to some of the herbs he had, but they were far more efficient at healing. Just looking at how much this one pill had healed his wounds, he calculated that he did not even need all three pills to fully restore his wounds.



    Yao Jun was able to rapidly absorb the healing energy of the pill, only requiring three hours to use all the energy in the first pill. He grabbed the second pill and spent a few minutes inspecting it, before popping it into his mouth and absorbing the healing energy. After almost three hours, when he was just about to finish absorbing the second pill and heal the remainder of his wounds, he heard the door to his room open, the voice of Leylan sounding out.



    “Yo! You should be halfway through absorbing the first one, so I figured I should come and check...”



    His voice was energetic at first, but it started trailing off towards the end. He had just spotted that two of the pills were missing from the tray, meaning that Yao Jun had already eaten two. Yao Jun had his eyes closed, focusing on absorbing the last of the energy in the second pill, so he did not notice that a trace of worry and surprise flashed past Leylan's eyes, even Seshio who was silently following behind Leylan had a slight trace of astonishment in his eyes.



    He had eaten two pills within six hours? Without his body exploding from an overload of energy? Leylan was well aware about how much energy there was in one such Returning Breath Pill. Even he would need at least half a day to fully absorb one such pill. Taking two within six hours would only lead to his veins being overloaded with energy and exploding. Yet this Yao Jun in front of him had done just that? Or had he hidden away a pill? Leylan was unable to figure it out, so he put the thought to the back of his mind, sitting down on the chair next to the bed.



    “Seems like your body is sturdier than I first thought. Your wounds should be almost fully healed now?”



    Yao Jun quickly finished absorbing the rest of the energy in the second pill, almost fully healing his wounds. Only then did he open his eyes and turn towards Leylan. He gave a slight nod of his head, then giving Leylan a short bow as he thanked him.



    “Yes, these pills are truly efficient. Thank you for providing them.”



    Without the pills, it would take Yao Jun much longer to heal all his wounds. Especially the wounds to his veins, healing them would take not just a lot of time, but also a lot of herbs and energy. Leylan let out a slight laugh and shrugged his shoulders.



    “No need to thank me, I have so many of these pills that I have no idea what to do with them.”



    Returning Breath Pills could be considered somewhat precious, but someone like Leylan would have quite a few such pills, easily enough to take out three and hand them to someone else. After Leylan shrugged his shoulders, Yao Jun narrowed his eyes slightly as he locked eyes with Leylan, asking a question he had been wondering about since he first met Leylan earlier.



    “Why did you save me? Even giving me such pills?”



    Yao Jun could not understand why Leylan would save him. Yao Jun's strength was weak, and his interspatial ring had been shattered inside the spatial rift, leaving him with nothing. Saving him would gain Leylan nothing. After hearing Yao Jun's question, Leylan broke out into a loud laughter, heavily patting Yao Jun on the shoulder.



    “Hahaha! Why I saved you? Isn't that obvious? It's because I saw that you were in need of aid! I haven't become so depraved that I would simply ignore someone in need of help.”



    To someone like Leylan, saving someone wounded was easy. Others might be a bit hesitant because they would have to use medicine to heal the wounded person, but Leylan did not care about any of that, he had plenty of medicine after all. He also liked to make friends, and saving others was a great way to make friends.



    Yao Jun's eyes were slightly narrowed and serious, looking deeply into Leylan's eyes for any signs of falsehood. But he quickly discovered that Leylan's eyes were completely clear and innocent, pure and simple. There was a chance that he was simply good at lying, but Yao Jun chose to believe him for now, to believe in those pure eyes.



    “I see. Forgive me for doubting you. Thank you for saving me, Senior Leylan.”



    Leylan had a cultivation that had already reached the 8th Xiantian Heaven, so it was only right that Yao Jun called him Senior. After hearing how Yao Jun referred to him, the corners of Leylan's mouth couldn't help but twitch slightly. He grabbed Yao Jun and pulled him up from the bed, looking at him with serious eyes.



    “Stop thanking me, and don't you ever call me that again. I am only 82, so how could I possibly stand being called Senior? Just call me Big Brother Leylan. Come, let me show you around a little.”



    Leylan had said it so simply, but Yao Jun was completely shocked. This person who looked like a very tall youth was already 82? And he could not stand to be called Senior? Then how old would he have to be to be called Senior? But little did Yao Jun know, that was only the start of the surprises.



    Leylan dragged Yao Jun out of the room, bringing him into a wooden hallway. But unlike the hallways that Yao Jun was used to, this hallway seemed like it was made out of branches that had been twisted around each other, he could even see leaves sticking out in several places. The walls of the hallway were filled with openings that allowed one to see the surrounding scenery, showing a massive courtyard that went on even further than Yao Jun was able to see.



    As Leylan started walking down the hallway and introducing some of the places to him, most of Yao Jun's focus was still on that massive courtyard. Even after the two of them had walked for almost three hours, the courtyard still went on, without end in sight. The courtyard was filled with ponds of various sizes, tall and twisted trees that Yao Jun had never seen before, even mountains that reached high into the sky.



    There was also a shocking number of people in the courtyard, far more than Yao Jun would be able to count. Most of the people were very tall, the smallest one being two meters tall, and the tallest one over five meters tall. They all had elongated features and pale skin, and they were all clad in a coarse brown robe, the same robe that Yao Jun was currently wearing.



    Seeing so many people that shared the same features as Leylan, Yao Jun had already started guessing that they were probably a different race from humans. Seeing Yao Jun continuously looking at the courtyard and the large amount of people training in the courtyard, Leylan could not help but speak out in a smug voice.



    “Surprised? This is one of the outer training grounds of my World Tree clan, most of the disciples of our clan train here, only the truly elite have the right to train in the core of the clan.”



    There were even more elite disciples hidden away? Just the people Yao Jun could see here were all above the 7th Xiantian Heaven, and yet there were even more elite people hidden away? Just as Yao Jun was about to ask about the World Tree clan, a robust voice sounded out from further down the hallway.



    “Little Leylan, good evening. Is this the youth that you fished out of the lake? He seems to have healed nicely.”



    Yao Jun turned to check out the person who spoke, spotting a man who was a little over three meters tall. He had the same elongated features as Leylan, but his skin was a darker shade than Leylan's. He had golden hair that hung down to a little past his shoulders, his body rugged and robust, but Yao Jun could spot a few signs of hidden tiredness on the face of the man. He had a stern expression and light green eyes that were currently looking Yao Jun up and down with a somewhat curious light. Just by being looked at by this man, Yao Jun felt like there was an entire mountain pressing down on his shoulders. After seeing this man, a bright smile appeared on Leylan's face as he pat Yao Jun on the shoulder.



    “Good evening Big Brother Gilberd. His body is quite sturdy, so he managed to heal extraordinarily fast.”



    The robust man, Gilberd, gave a short nod at Leylan's words. He then stopped looking Yao Jun up and down, pointing at Leylan and speaking a few words before taking his leave, passing by Yao Jun and Leylan.



    “So it seems. Pleased to meet you, I am the elder brother of that brat there. If he starts to pester or nag you, you should just ignore him.”



    It was only after Gilberd left that Yao Jun felt the pressure vanish from his shoulders, allowing him to let out a slight breath. He had not even been awake for a day, but the things he had seen had shocked him greatly. Leylan pointed at the now distant back of Gilberd as he spoke out and introduced him.



    “That was my eldest brother, Gilberd Grievin. He is a very pleasant and relaxed person most of the time, but he can be truly fierce during battle. He once had the luck of entering the tomb of the ancient Howling Earth Godking, finding not only a 361 Points Clearing pill, but even acquiring the legacy of that Godking. Because of that, he has a truly profound understanding of the laws of earth and wind, even getting an understanding of the laws of gravity.”



    Hearing the introduction, Yao Jun could not help but be confused. In that short introduction, Leylan had used so many words that Yao Jun did not understand what meant, causing him to slightly tilt his head as he questioned.



    “361 Points Clearing Pill? Godking? Laws of earth and wind?”



    Seeing Yao Jun so confused, Leylan could not help but furrow his brows slightly. Why was Yao Jun asking questions about such common things, this was information that was known by everyone, especially information about the Godkings.



    “You don't know about them? Did your master or clan never tell you about them?”



    The moment one started cultivation, the person in charge of teaching you would explain this information to you. Had they forgotten to do so for this Yao Jun. In response to Leylan's question, Yao Jun gave a short shake of his head.



    “I don't have a master or clan.”



    Yao Jun had always been training alone, forget about the Yao clan, even his father had not taught him much about cultivation. After all, when he was a child, everyone thought that he had a useless power. Hearing Yao Jun's statement, Seshio and Leylan could not help but be surprised once again, Leylan patting Yao Jun on the shoulder.



    “You cultivated all on your own, without knowing about the realms of cultivation or even about the laws? Yet you still managed to reach the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth? Truly admirable.”



    Cultivating without a master or a clan? One would not even know how to cultivate at that point, so how would they even start? But this Yao Jun had managed to reach the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth, Leylan could only imagine how much effort that would take. Since that was the case, Leylan opened his mouth and decided to give a good explanation while they continued to walk.



    “Allow me to explain it in depth then. The 361 Points Clearing Pill is a pill that does just that, it clears up all 361 acupuncture points in the body, allowing the Qi to flow much faster and increasing the rate at which one can absorb Qi. It is a truly rare pill, not just because there are only a handful of people able to create it, but also because of how rare the materials are.”



    Creating a 361 Points Clearing Pill required materials that could only be found in some of the most dangerous places in the universe, and even some that were almost extinct already. Of course, that also meant that it's effect was truly outstanding.



    “The laws are what we use to cultivate, engraving our Qi with the unique understanding we create of the laws. As we deepen our understanding of the laws, our cultivation will naturally rise, only a select few treasured herbs or pills able to forcefully rise our cultivation. Using Big Brother Gilberd as an example, he has engraved his Qi with his understanding of the laws of earth, wind, and gravity. This means that he can use his Qi to control the laws of earth, wind, and gravity, producing wondrous effects and controlling the corresponding element in the surroundings. He has already reached a point where there are rumors that say he is unbeatable as long as he has his feet planted firmly on the ground.”



    The laws were the basics of everything. Only by having an understanding of the fire laws would one be able to create fire in their surroundings, only by having an understanding of the laws of life or medicine would one be able to heal or create pills. At least, that was what Leylan had been taught all his life.



    “As for Godkings, they are the peak of this universe, reigning supreme above all others. The cultivation realms are as follows, the 3 Mortal Earths, the 3 Houtian Skies, the 3 Xiantian Heavens, the Immortal Rebirth, the Earthly Deity stage, the Heavenly Deity stage, and finally the Godking stage. Godkings hold truly unparalleled might, a mere wave of their hand enough to extinguish countless planets. Whatever you do, never offend a Godking. Then again, meeting a Godking is not something that is so easily done.”



    After Leylan finished his explanation, Yao Jun felt like letting out a bitter laugh. When he battled Yuan Shen and Qiao Xian Yi, he had felt rather proud that he had been able to fight someone at the peak of the 6th Houtian Sky. Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang had already told him that the 9th Xiantian Heaven was not the peak of cultivation, but when he fought Qiao Xian Yi and forced her into the spatial rift, he had felt certain that it would not take him long to reach the peak of cultivation. Yet now he found out that he had barely even begun cultivation. He could not even be considered a frog in a well, he was below even that. Seeing Yao Jun let out a low laugh, Leylan's eyebrows furrowed slightly, speaking out in a slightly worried voice as he turned around and dragged Yao Jun back to his room.



    “Was that maybe a bit too much information in such a short period of time? Let's cut the tour short for today and get you back to the room so that you can digest the information.”





    Shortly after Gilberd passed Leylan and Yao Jun, his eyes flashed with a severe light. The shadows of the hallway stretched out, forming a tall and shadowy human shape that started to follow Gilberd. Gilberd did not even turn to look at the shadow as he spoke out his order.



    “That youth that Little Leylan brought with him, find as much information about him as you can. I want to know everything about him.”



    The shadow was slightly surprised at the order of Gilberd. Was there a need to care this much about someone who was only at the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth? There was also the fact that the Young Master seemed somewhat fond of this person that he had picked up.



    “Is that really necessary?”



    The shadow could not help but question, the voice that came from the shadow a strange mixture of feminine and masculine. Gilberd's eyes narrowed slightly as he remembered the youth he had just met.



    “Little Leylan puts far too much faith into his laws of destiny, bringing a stranger into the clan. What if he is a spy for the Primordial Sea clan? Or a spy for the Final Fire clan? And besides, it's not like I am going to do anything to him, I am merely going to find out who he is. If it turns out that he is not a spy, then that is wonderful. But if he is a spy, I will kill him without hesitation, the clan can not afford to have a spy in our midst right now, especially someone as strange as him.”



    Their World Tree clan was powerful, but they also had several enemies that were on par with them. If one of their spies managed to form a good relationship with Leylan, it could end up disastrous for the clan, especially if they did not manage to root him out early on. Hearing how Gilberd described Yao Jun, the shadow could not help but be slightly interested.



    “Strange? What is strange about him?”



    The shadow had been following Gilberd for several hundred years, so it knew that Gilberd had seen a large amount of things, even entering the tomb of an ancient Godking. For Gilberd to describe someone as strange, that person must be truly strange. Gilberd could not help but furrow his brows as he started to explain.



    “It's his laws. I can clearly feel that he is at the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth, but I am unable to feel what laws he is cultivating. At times his Qi feels fiery like flame, at other times it is as cold as ice, while at other times it is like a black pit. His Qi felt like it was ever-changing. That is one of the reasons I want to know who he is. You tell me, what clan has such a profound technique to hide one's laws, that even I can not tell what laws he is cultivating?”



    The laws ingrained themselves into a person's Qi, making it easy to figure out what laws they were cultivating. It was exactly Gilberd's understanding of the laws of earth that caused Yao Jun to feel such a pressure earlier. But Yao Jun's Qi had been far too chaotic and erratic, constantly changing it's properties and mark. Gilberd had never encountered such a strange phenomena, so he quickly grew curious and vigilant.
     
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    Chapter 159: Evolution, new names.



    Leylan brought Yao Jun back to the room, only giving a quick greeting to some of the people that passed by them. Once they had returned to the room, even though Yao Jun had not touched the soup from earlier, Leylan still had the maid, Felicia, bring over some more food that he could eat. After making sure that some food, which looked like a roast leg of meat, arrived, Leylan and Seshio left the room. Once the both of them left, Yao Jun sat down on the bed with crossed legs, a faint laugh escaping his slightly curled lips.



    “Really, so much for that pride. The world truly is large.”



    At first Yao Jun had been somewhat overwhelmed to learn that he was still only at the bottom of the cultivation ladder, but he was not someone who indulged in feelings like that. So what if he was currently at the bottom of the cultivation ladder? Back on his own planet he had started below the bottom, not even having properly awakened his power at first. But he had trained ceaselessly, grasped the chance to awaken his power, and then fought his way up the ladder through bloody combat and grueling training. He had battled his way up the ladder once, he could do it again. He would have to do it again, if he wanted to find a way to return to Guo Luo.



    Yao Jun closed his eyes and took several deep breaths, transferring most of his consciousness into the part of his soul that he always kept inside his God Gate. He could enter the God Gate with his physical body, but he did not feel safe doing it in an unknown place like this. The way he saw it, the more about himself that he could keep hidden, especially about his power, the better. He firmly believed that even in this wider universe, a God Gate was still an unmatched power.



    Yao Jun's consciousness merged with his soul and the scenery inside the Demon God's Gate became apparent to him. It had been a while since he had last been able to enter his God Gate, and upon seeing the changes, he could not help but be shocked. He was certain that before entering the hidden realm, the inside of his God Gate had only been around 50 kilometers in size at best. But now the inside had increased to over 100 kilometers in size, Yao Jun just barely able to see the edges if he strained his vision.



    The fact that Yao Jun was able to just barely see the edge of the world was also a surprise to him, as he had only been able to see for a little over 50 kilometers in the past. It only took a slight amount of thought to realize why his vision had suddenly improved so much. His improved vision was something he had gotten from Little Gray, so now that Little Gray had been strengthened by the orb of blood, so too would Yao Jun strengthen.



    With the absorption of two new Demonic beasts, the scenery within the Demon God's Gate had also changed somewhat. To the far north stood a tall mountain, bright red streams of lava flowing down the side and scorching the land around the mountain. To the far south now stood a frozen expanse, the sky covered in black clouds that released a constant supply of fresh snow. The mountain range and forest that had appeared after absorbing Little Thunder and Little Gray had also grown slightly larger. Looking at the increasingly large and diverse Demon God's Gate, a slight smile appeared on Yao Jun's lips. Slowly he was building his own world.



    Since his soul was part of his body, he was also able to clearly feel that the amount of Qi inside the God Gate had increased once more. The density of Qi in the air inside the God Gate was now a little bit greater than it was in the hallway where he had just walked with Leylan. As to whether or not the Qi in the air was more abundant in the core regions of the World Tree clan, Yao Jun had no way of knowing.



    With a quick move of his mind, he arrived at the large clearing in front of the ancient tree that was the center of the God Gate. The tree had grown slightly larger, but it was such minuscule growth that Yao Jun was only able to notice it because he was the owner of the God Gate.



    Yao Jun stood in silence in the clearing, patiently waiting. After waiting for a short while, the sound of flapping wings and dashing feet rang out through the clearing. The sounds quickly settled down, a short silence reigning in the clearing before several voices called out.



    “My lord.”



    Yao Jun turned away from the tree, his gaze landing on his Demonic beasts. When his eyes landed on them, he could not help but raise an eyebrow in surprise. He temporarily ignored the changes to Little Gray, his gaze landing on Little Thunder and Ba-Shei as a surprised voice escaped from his lips.



    “The two of you can take human shape already?”



    When he had turned around, instead of finding Ba-Shei and Little Thunder, he had found two men who seemed to be around 30 years old. One was tall and muscular, standing at around two meters, his hair was a deep purple in color and his eyes pitch black. He was clad in a purple robe decorated with the image of a roaring tiger.



    The other man was a bit shorter, standing at around 1.70. He had long black hair that looked silky and smooth, his eyes were deep amber in color. There was a line going from the middle of his lower lip and down to his throat, almost looking like a scar. He was clad in a tight-fitting robe that was pitch black in color and seemed to be made out of a type of leather, something that looked like scales covering the robe. Even without his connection to them, Yao Jun would still be able to tell who was Little Thunder and who was Ba-Shei. Hearing Yao Jun's question, Little Thunder gave a slight nod of his head.



    “Yes. As the two of us are merely lower ranked Demonic beasts, we only needed to reach the 3rd Mortal Earth to be able to take human shape. I reckon that the others will have to reach at least the 6th Houtian Sky or the 7th Xiantian Heaven to take human shape.”



    Yao Jun slightly nodded his head, his eyes landing on Little Gray. After absorbing the orb of blood, Little Gray had shrunk in size, now only about two meters long. His gray feathers had turned almost completely silver in color, only a slight tint of gray remaining. His eyes had also turned silver in color, a change that was reflected in Yao Jun's own eyes, which had also turned silver in color. Looking at Little Gray and feeling the power he was radiating, Yao Jun opened his mouth and spoke out the theory he had.



    “Little Gray, you should have already evolved into an Illusory Roc, correct? And the power of the Illusory Roc should be space, not illusions, correct?”



    Yao Jun knew about the legends of the Illusory Roc, that it's feathers were as gray as the void itself, that it could traverse the void as it wished, its illusions capable of fooling even the gods. But after seeing the titanic bird inside the hidden realm, and seeing that it's blood could let Little Gray evolve like that, he had already started to come up with a few guesses about the truth. Little Gray gave a nod of its head, affirming Yao Jun's guess.



    “It is as you guessed. Thanks to the blood, I have managed to evolve into an Illusory Roc, and the true power of the Illusory Roc is indeed space, illusions and mental energy are merely a secondary path used by the descendants.”



    Yao Jun had always found it somewhat odd that a Demonic beast known as the Illusory Roc was famous for being able to traverse the void. And now the truth had come to light, the reason it was famous for being able to traverse the void was because that was its main power, control over space. With the confirmation from Little Gray, Yao Jun also managed to guess what the silver lines he was seeing were. Yao Jun's eyes moved between Little Thunder and Little Gray, a thought appearing in his mind as he opened his mouth.



    “One has become able to take human shape, and the other has become a Demonic beast on the level of a Divine beast. Calling the two of you Little Gray and Little Thunder hardly seems fitting anymore, let me give you a proper name. Little Thunder, you will be Lei Wang. Little Gray, you will be Yin Lingzhu. Are these names fine?”



    One was the thunder king, and the other was the silver lord. They were names Yao Jun had come up with on the spot, but he felt that they fit them perfectly. Both Little Thunder and Little Gray responded with a happy nod of their head, no one like to be called little after all. After they nodded, Yao Jun spoke up once more.



    “You probably already understand the situation, but we have landed on a strange planet that is most likely located far from our own. I have no idea how we are going to return, nor when we are going to be able to return. It is likely that we will only be able to truly rely on each other in the future, so I hope you will continue to follow me.”



    Yao Jun was the Demon God, but if his Demonic beasts did not want to follow him, there was no way he could force them to follow. He had also never looked at them as mere servants, but rather as comrades that would fight by his side. Little Thunder and the others had serious expressions as they nodded their heads and spoke out in a unified voice.



    “Of course, my lord!”



    Except for Sirius and Zhuyin, Yao Jun had bested each and every one of them in combat. And after besting them, he had given them the chance to grow far stronger than they would have been able to on their own, even allowing them to slowly evolve. They had all chosen to wholeheartedly follow him. Yao Jun gave a satisfied smile of his face, and then pulled his consciousness out of the God Gate.



    Hr opened his eyes and swept the room, slowly thinking about what he would do in the future, an idea slowly appearing in his mind. He could not simply leave, he would have to gather some information first. Leylan seemed happy to chat, so he could probably ask him for information. At the same time, he also had to increase his strength and grow familiar with the control over space that Little Gray's evolution had given him.



    When it came to increasing his strength quickly, he already had an idea how to do it, carving a new channel for the Crumbling The Nine Heaven's technique. Before Yao Jun could continue to ponder over more options, the sound of the door to his room opening cut his thoughts short. A slight smile appeared on his lips as he looked at Leylan, who had entered the room. He had to be patient and take everything one step at a time. Gathering information would be the first step.
     
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    Chapter 160: Weapon ranks, Old Shade.



    Leylan sat down on the chair next to the bed, an excited expression on his face. He swipe the ring on his right hand, taking out a jug filled with cold fruit wine. He placed the wine on top of the small closet next to the bed, taking out two transparent glasses from his interspatial ring. He filled both glasses with some of the wine, which was a light pink in color, with a smell so sweet that it was sickly. After handing one of the glasses to Yao Jun, he spoke up with an excited voice.



    “Brother Yao, could you tell me about the world that you came from? Anything is fine.”



    Yao Jun sniffed the wine for a short moment before taking a sip, not only was it overly sweet, it was so spicy that it stung as it went down his throat. He put the cup of wine back on top of the closet and then shrugged his shoulder.



    “About the world that I came from? It is much smaller than this one, so I doubt there is anything interesting about it.”



    On Yao Jun's planet, the rulers were people at the 9th Xiantian Heaven, with maybe a few rare ones having reached a higher cultivation. Compared to this planet, his was nothing to talk about. Despite Yao Jun saying so, Leylan still looked excited and continued to press on.



    “Ah, I don't mind. My father has forbidden me from leaving this planet, so I don't know too much about the world outside this planet. All I know is what I have read in the books we have here or what my Eldest Brother or Elder Sister have told me. But I am terribly curious about the world outside this planet, so even if your world is weaker, anything you can tell me about it is fine.”



    Seeing Leylan this excited, Yao Jun thought it over for a bit. After giving it a bit of thought, he decided that there was no harm in telling Leylan a bit about the planet where he came from, of course, he would get something in return.



    “Alright, but then you have to tell me what you know about this planet, the closest planets, and where to find and buy information.”



    Yao Jun needed as much information as possible, but as there were things that even Leylan did not know about, such as the location of Yao Jun's planet, he would have to find a place where he could buy information. Seeing Yao Jun agree, Leylan rapidly nodded his head and started talking.



    “Of course, that's only fair. The quickest one to answer of those is where to find and buy information, Heaven's Secrets Company. They have locations on most large planets and they specialize in buying and selling anything you can think of. Only the rarest of information or items are not found there. Of course, the rarer the thing you want, the more it will cost.”



    Yao Jun nodded his head in understanding, but Leylan was not sure whether or not he understood exactly how large the Heaven's Secrets Company was. After telling Yao Jun a bit more about the Heaven's Secrets Company, Leylan proceeded to tell Yao Jun about the planet they were on, which was simply called World Tree, as well as what he knew about the closest planets, all of which were under the control of his World Tree clan.



    After Leylan finished talking, Yao Jun started talking about what he knew about his own planet. He mostly just told Leylan about the various legends and stories he had read about, as well as briefly talking about how the planet was divided into four continents. After they had spent a few hours talking, they made plans for the day after and Leylan took his leave.



    After Leylan left, Yao Jun closed his eyes and immersed himself in cultivation. His wounds were already healed, so now he put more focus onto getting accustomed to his increased power. He thought about testing out his newfound space powers, but decided against it, as he did not know if anyone was watching him.



    Yao Jun did not know how many hours passed while he was cultivating, but he was abruptly brought out of his cultivation when his door was flung open and the loud voice of Leylan rang out.



    “Good morning, Brother Yao! Let's get you something to eat and drink, and then we can continue the tour from yesterday.”



    Following Leylan was the ever-silent Seshio as well as the maid, Felicia. Felicia removed the food she had brought Yao Jun yesterday, placing two bowls of light red soup, as well as a mug filled with the same spiced fruit wine as yesterday on the top of the closet.



    The corners of Yao Jun's mouth twitched slightly upon smelling the sweet scent of the wine, but he still forced himself to drink at least one cup. He could melt some of the ice in his God Gate and drink that, but it would look suspicious, so he refrained from doing so. The soup tasted like a slightly sweet tomato soup, causing Yao Jun to wonder if the people of this planet were fond of sweet things.



    After they ate and drank, Leylan grabbed Yao Jun and started walking down the same hallway that they had walked yesterday. The two exchanged information about their respective planets, with Seshio following close behind them and keeping a close eye on them. After they had spent a few hours walking, Yao Jun could no longer hold himself back.



    “I am wondering, Brother Leylan, why does everyone keep looking at me with such...strange gazes.”



    Whenever they walked past someone, that person would politely greet Leylan and Seshio, but whenever they looked at him their faces would contort slightly, their eyes showing either curiosity, confusion, or bare faced disgust. Leylan let out an awkward laugh, rubbing the back of his head as he spoke.



    “Ah, please don't be offended, Brother Yao. The people we meet here are all part of the outer circle of my World Tree clan, which means that they are a bit too weak to leave the clan as they wish. Because of that, they rarely get the chance to see a human, or anyone from a different race for that matter. So to those more accustomed to the beauty standard of our race, you look rather...strange.”



    Leylan picked his words carefully, but Yao Jun could still pick up on what he meant. Even the shortest person of Leylan's race was a little over two meters tall, and everyone had somewhat pale skin and elongated features. So Yao Jun, who was only around 1.80, had skin that was more tanned and scarred, and more compact features, looked very strange to them. If he had to say it in a more direct term, he probably looked rather ugly to them.



    Yao Jun gave a short nod of his head, no longer bothering with the subject. Whether or not the others here found him pleasing to the eye was of no concern to him. His eyes swept the large courtyard, studying some of the people who were training. In the far distance, he could see what seemed to be a square stage surrounded by people. There were currently several groups of people standing on the stage and engaging in combat.



    “Are they having a competition over there?”



    Yao Jun pointed into the distance as he spoke, so Leylan followed his finger. It was only after he channeled his Qi into his eyes that he was able to see what Yao Jun was pointing at. When he responded, he could not help but be rather surprised, because he had not felt Yao Jun use any Qi to strengthen his vision.



    “You could see that all the way from here? But yeah, there is currently a competition going on amongst some of the newer members of the clan. The winner of the competition gets a mid-grade Earth rank weapon, so they are getting really into it.”



    Leylan wore an uninterested expression, even shrugging his shoulder, as he explained, but his words once again caused Yao Jun to be confused. He took his eyes away from the stage, raising an eyebrow at Leylan.



    “mid-grade Earth weapon?”



    Yao Jun had never heard about weapons having either a grade or a rank, but he had already gotten somewhat accustomed to getting surprised ever since arriving here. Leylan seemed to have realized something, as he slapped himself on the forehead and started rapidly explaining.



    “Ah, sorry, I forgot that you haven't had anyone to teach you this before. Just like cultivators are divided into realms, so too are weapons and armor. The realms are Earth, Heaven, Immortal, Deity, and Divine. Each of these realms are then divided into low, mid, high, and peak grades. What decides the rank and grade is how much Qi the item can hold, what sort of arrays it is engraved with, as well as how sturdy the item is. If my memory is correct, the price this time around is a spear with an array that lets it charge up a little wind with every swing, unleashing it whenever the wielder wants.”



    Leylan explained it in a way that made it seem casual, but Yao Jun could not help but be inwardly shocked. There were that many different grades of weapons? And how could Leylan talk about this mid-grade Earth weapon with such an uninterested expression? With that array, they could store up wind and unleash it at a critical moment, easily giving them an edge in the battle. If something like that belonged to the lowest rank, then what would a weapon of the highest rank do? With these thoughts in mind, a slight chuckle escaped Yao Jun's lips as he turned his eyes back to the stage.



    “Truly fascinating.”



    Yao Jun continued to watch the battles taking place on the stage for a little while, but his eyebrows started to slowly furrow as he continued to watch. The more he watched, the more confused he got, until finally, he could not take it any longer and turned towards Leylan.



    “So what is up with the way they are fighting. Why is it so...Beautified and wasteful?”



    The people battling on the stage did not seem like they were engaging in combat, more like they were trying to show off for someone. Their movements were wide and full of flourish, but because of that, they were full of openings and each movement took far too long to execute. Leylan wore an awkward smile, shaking his head slightly as he let out a sigh and started to explain.



    “...You can see them that clearly. Haaah, you can't blame them for fighting like that. My World Tree clan has been without any rivals or enemies for countless years already, we have barely had a need for anyone proficient in fighting. To us, battles have always been more about showing off our style and grandeur for points or to find a wife or husband. But with the resurgence of the Primordial Sea clan and the Final Fire clan, we have been forced to change our fighting style, but it takes time. My Elder Sister is the one in charge of training those that join to the army and defend the clan, she should come back to pick up more recruits in about a month. If I have the chance, I will introduce her to you. Do you wish to get a closer look at the competition?”



    Yao Jun found himself somewhat curious about the elder sister of Leylan. How would one go about training people who fought like that into becoming people worthy of an army? Hearing Leylan's proposition of getting closer, Yao Jun rapidly shook his head.



    “No need, I don't like the way they are fighting.”



    Yao Jun had been fighting and training since he was 5, especially after he reached the Guanyu continent, he had been fighting almost every day. To him, fighting was how he stayed alive and grew stronger to protect that which he held dear. He found it uncomfortable to watch these people, who treated battling like a dance that needed to be showed off. Leylan let out a loud laughter, placing his arm around Yao Jun's neck as they started walking back to the room.



    “Ha, neither do I! In that case, let us return to the peace of your room and continue chatting about the outside world. Really, you have only been here for a day, but I am already having more fun than I have had for several years. Our meeting must truly have been destiny.”







    Yao Jun and Leylan continued to spend the days together, a week quickly passing without anyone noticing. While Yao Jun and Leylan were slowly moving around the outer parts of the World Tree clan, exchanging information, there was someone with a slight headache when faced with Yao Jun.



    Gilberd sat in his office, a large room where the walls, floor, and roof were made out of branches that had been coiled around each other. Gilberd was the one who had decorated the office, so it was very simply decorated. A single desk with two chairs, a table and two couches where he could relax, a tall bookshelf filled with books, and a large painting containing the eight people that were part of Gilberd's family. While Gilberd was silently reading some papers, the shadow in front of the desk started lengthening, turning into a kneeling human figure.



    “My lord. I have completed the task you have given me, to find information about that youth.”



    Gilberd put down the papers he was holding, glancing at the shadowy figure. He did not immediately respond, grabbing a small mug standing on the desk and pouring himself a cup of wine. Only after he had drank the alcohol did he start talking.



    “You were quite fast this time. Does that mean you have brought good news, or bad news?”



    Gilberd had expected that it would take at least half a month to get all the information about Yao Jun, but now the shadowy figure, Gilberd's oldest and most trusted aide, Old Shade, had returned after only a single week. Old Shade was silent for a short while, but then shook his head.



    “Worse than bad news I fear, there is nothing. Not even the Heaven's Secrets Company has any information about him, it is like he simply appeared out of thin air.”



    Old Shade was completely baffled as he delivered the report. This was the first time he had ever met anyone who he had been unable to find any information on. Even his final resort, Heaven's Secrets Company, which prided itself in being able to sell anything, had been unable to find anything on Yao Jun. Gilberd could not help but furrow his eyebrows after hearing the report. Not having any information was the worst possible outcome.



    “Nothing? Since not even the Heaven's Secrets Company has no information on him, it can either mean that he is from a truly unknown or inconsequential place, or that all information about him has been thoroughly hidden. Did his blood give any results?”



    Gilberd hoped that the reason the Heaven's Secrets Company did not have any information on Yao Jun was because he came from a tiny planet, as that made it very unlikely that he was a spy. Old Shade gave a quick nod of his head after hearing Gilberd's question, producing a paper from thin air and handing it to Gilberd.



    “Yes. He is mostly human, but his blood is mixed with several different types of blood. The different types seem to belong to Demonic beasts, but we have not been able to figure out exactly what kind of Demonic beasts.”



    For someone with the strength of Old Shade, it was easy to take some blood from Yao Jun without letting him notice anything. After he had seen the result of Yao Jun's blood test, he had once again been baffled. Even with their extensive archive of Demonic beast blood, they were unable to find a match for the Demonic beast blood that was within Yao Jun's body?



    But how could he know that the Demonic beast blood within Yao Jun's body was given to him by absorbing Demonic beasts with his God Gate. Ba-Shei and Little Thunder were both from incredibly normal and weak Demonic beast races, so it was not strange for a clan as large as the World Tree clan to not care about storing their blood away in their archives. But Sirius and the others were all true Divine beasts that were rare and hard to find, acquiring their blood was incredibly hard, which was why the World Tree clan did not have any of their blood in their archives. Hearing what Old Shade said, Gilberd's face quickly turned cold as he started muttering to himself.



    “Mixed with several different Demonic beasts? Could he be a Chimera Warrior from the Merged Heaven clan? He lacks the typical simple-mindedness and absent-mindedness of a Chimera Warrior, but maybe he is a high ranking one? Have you been able to figure out what laws he uses?”



    Chimera Warriors were beings created by mixing the flesh and blood of several different races, they were little more than puppets, most not even having their own free will after they were created. If this Yao Jun was truly a high ranking Chimera Warrior, it could mean that the Merged Heaven clan is trying to infiltrate the World Tree clan. Old Shade shook his head slightly, Yao Jun had not showed any of his skills in this one week, so Old Shade had been unable to learn anything about him. After a short moment of silence, he spoke out in a low voice.



    “Should I kill him and dispose of the body?”



    The way Old Shade saw it, the simplest measure they could take was to simply kill Yao Jun and get rid of the body. At that point, it would not matter whether he was a spy or not. But contrary to what he expected, Gilberd shook his head.



    “No. If you were to do that, Little Leylan would be furious with us, and that is something I would like to avoid. We also don't know if he is truly a spy or enemy, so we have to be a bit careful in how we handle him. Antagonizing him needlessly is not good.”



    Gilberd had a high status in the clan, but it was still Leylan who was the Young Master, the future patriarch. And even ignoring that, Gilberd loved his little brother and did not want to make him sad by killing Yao Jun. Old Shade could not help but ask out in a slightly confused voice after hearing how Gilberd ended his sentence.



    “Not good? Can't we just kill him?”



    Why would it be not good to needlessly antagonize a young boy who was only at the middle stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth? Had he been the heir to a large clan, there might be trouble, but if he was the heir to a large clan, he would not have come to them. Gilberd slowly shook his head as he responded.



    “And what if we fail to do that? What if it turns out that he has some secret technique that lets him escape from us? At that point we will have made another enemy. He might not be too scary now, but what if we give him a few hundred or a few thousand years?”



    They had no information about Yao Jun, they did not even know what laws he cultivated. The odds of Yao Jun having such a secret technique was low, but it was still not worth risking. The World Tree clan did not need more enemies now, it needed more allies. Gilberd sat in silence for a little while, his finger tapping the desk as he thought. An idea suddenly struck him, so he stood up from the desk and spoke to Old Shade, heading towards the exit of the room.



    “You can take your leave. Little Diana will return in a few weeks, I will check whether or not he is a spy during that time.”
     
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    Chapter 161: Plan to leave the planet.



    Yao Jun's room did not have any windows, but there was an array in the ceiling that drew in the sunlight from the outside world and used it to light up the room. Because of that, the first rays of the sun were also transmitted into Yao Jun's room while he was cultivating. It was also right after the sun rose that the door to his room was thrown open, the loud voice of Leylan bringing Yao Jun out of his cultivation state.



    “Good morning, Brother Yao! I come bearing a bountiful harvest of food and drinks!”



    Yao Jun opened his eyes and turned his head towards Leylan. Leylan had taken out several trays of small fruit and what seemed to be small pieces of bread, as well as several small mugs filled with various types of wine. Seeing Yao Jun glance at the trays in his hands, Leylan quickly spoke up, a slightly awkward smile on his face.



    “All the food I have brought is small things that we can eat while walking. I figured that we could check out the eastern part of the outer circle. Since that is where the armory and the medical area is located, most of the outer disciples train in the various courtyards located in the eastern part. But it takes a few hours to walk there, so I figured we should eat while walking.”



    Yao Jun gave a slight nod of his head and stood up, stretching his body. Leylan then handed him a bit of fruit and a slice of bread, and the two headed out, Seshio silently following behind them while Felicia entered the room to start cleaning. By now, Yao Jun had already stayed with them for a little over two weeks, so he had already gotten used to the silent Seshio and the diligent Felicia.



    Yao Jun was slightly anxious to leave the clan and find a Heaven's Secrets Company branch where he could buy information, but he had already talked with Leylan about allowing him to leave with the recruits that would be following Leylan's elder sister out of the clan, so all he could do for the moment was wait for her to return.



    While they were walking and chatting, Yao Jun saw that the courtyard was even fuller than usual, everyone training harder than usual. Their preferred form of training was mock battles, but Yao Jun rarely watched their battles, as the way they fought irked him. Seeing so many more people than usual train, he could not help but let out a slight comment.



    “There seem to be more people training now, they are also training quite a bit harder than they did when I first arrived here.”



    Leylan stopped talking, his gaze sweeping over the courtyard and the people currently training. He could not help but shake his head slightly, letting out a chuckle as he explained.



    “That is because Elder Sister will return in about two weeks, but she might surprise us and show up earlier. They all want to leave a good impression on her in hopes that they will be recruited into the army.”



    Yao Jun could not help but raise an eyebrow. He already knew that these were the lowest members of the World Tree clan, they were not even people who held the blood of the World Tree clan. To have all of them train so hard just to be able to join the army, Yao Jun had to admit that the World Tree clan had some loyal disciples.



    “They are quite eager to join the army and fight for your clan, admirable.”



    Yao Jun expected Leylan to look a little proud, but Leylan ended up shaking his head with a wry smile, explaining the situation to Yao Jun with a somewhat bitter voice.



    “I wish. No, what most of them want is a chance to get closer to Elder Sister. Elder Sister is not only beautiful, but she is also strong and has a high status within the clan. If they manage to court her, they will be ascending to the heavens with a single step.”



    Yao Jun once more raised an eyebrow, a slightly unbelieving gaze sent towards the people training. Joining the army simply to court a woman, a woman they most likely did not even love? Yao Jun could not see it as anything but foolish. Leylan suddenly stopped in his steps, looking as if he had remembered something as he spoke to Yao Jun in an excited and hurried voice.



    “I must warn you, Brother Yao. My Elder Sister has very high standards, so if you try to court her, you must do your best. If you manage to court her, we will truly become brothers!”



    Leylan had an excited voice, but Yao Jun looked at him with a dumbfounded expression. Why would he be trying to court Leylan's elder sister? With Guo Luo waiting for him, what need was there for any other women?



    “Court her, why would I do that? I have a wife waiting for me on my own planet.”



    This was the first time Yao Jun had ever mentioned that he had a wife, or at least someone that he considered to be his wife, to Leylan. When they chatted and exchanged information, Yao Jun generally avoided giving too many personal details, especially about Guo Luo. Leylan looked at Yao Jun with a shocked expression as he spoke out.



    “You aren't going to court her? I thought that was the reason you asked me to help you join the recruits that were going to follow my Elder Sister when she returned. Was I wrong?”



    The way Leylan acted, it seemed like he truly believed that Yao Jun had wanted to join the army just because he wanted to court his elder sister. He quickly shook his head, wrapping his arm around Yao Jun's shoulder as he let out a laugh.



    “Well never mind that, there is no problem with you already having a wife. My father already has 11 wives, and he is still finding new ones. As long as you manage to impress my Elder Sister enough, I am certain that she won't mind you having one or two extra wives.”



    Yao Jun knew that there were quite a few cultivators that had several wives. Most cultivators lived for quite a few years, often far beyond normal human lifespans, but it was rare for them to have wives that lived as long as them. So having several wives was nothing strange for them. But Yao Jun only needed Guo Luo.



    “Like I said, I already have a wife, I am not looking for any more. I simply want to follow the other recruits because it will be easier to find information about how I can return to my own planet.”



    Leylan once again could not help but look shocked. He quickly started talking, as if he was trying to defend his elder sister and convince Yao Jun about how great his elder sister was.



    “Really? My Elder Sister is a true beauty you know? And if you marry her, not only will the two of us be true brothers, you will probably join her in controlling the clan's army. And furthermore...”



    Before Leylan managed to finish his words, he noticed that the air around Yao Jun had turned somewhat cold. Seshio tensed up, ready to act if Yao Jun were to attempt anything, but Yao Jun simply spoke out in an annoyed voice.



    “Leylan. I have no interest in other women. Don't bring this up again.”



    Yao Jun had already told Leylan twice that he already had a wife, but Leylan still kept on pressing, causing Yao Jun to be somewhat annoyed. Having someone try to convince him to marry someone other than Guo Luo truly annoyed him. Leylan let out a light laughter, waving his hand to Seshio, and then spoke out in a relaxed voice, as if he was truly not bothered by Yao Jun's attitude.



    “Right, right. Sorry about that, I got a bit too excited at the thought of having you as a brother, please forgive me. But rest assured, Brother Yao, I will do my best to convince my Eldest Brother and Elder Sister, allowing you to follow the other recruits. Would you like me to prepare a few items that you can bring along with you?”



    Yao Jun fell silent for a short moment after hearing Leylan's question, fondling his chin as he gave it some thought. An image appeared in his mind, so he turned towards Leylan and spoke up.



    “I would like it if you could prepare everything necessary for painting a few pictures.”



    Hearing such a normal request from Yao Jun, Leylan could not help but raise an eyebrow in surprise. Bringing painting supplies to the battlefield, would that not just take up space in the interspatial ring?



    “You paint, Brother Yao?”



    Leylan had never heard Yao Jun mention that he painted, he also did not think that Yao Jun looked like a person who enjoyed painting. From what he knew, Yao Jun was constantly training when the two of them were not together. He seemed more like a person who only trained, not someone who had a hobby like painting. Yao Jun slightly shook his head, a gentle look in his eyes.



    “No, but my wife enjoys painting, so I figured I would see what it is like.”



    Yao Jun did not paint, nor did he know how to paint. But Guo Luo loved painting, and he had looked at her paint several times, silently entranced by her focused look. It was unknown when he would meet her again, and the only thing he had to remind him of her was the cottage they had built inside his God Gate. If he managed to teach himself painting, he figured he could draw a picture of her that he could carry with him. Leylan let out a slight laugh, removing his arm from around Yao Jun's shoulder and giving him a few pats on the shoulder.



    “I see. Don't worry, I will make sure that you receive everything that you could possibly need for painting.”



    The two continued to walk and chat, Leylan occasionally greeting some of the people that passed by them. After they had walked for a few hours, a youth who was slightly over three meters stopped in front of them, dipping into a deep bow as he greeted Leylan in a highly respectful voice.



    “Greetings, Young Master.”



    The youth was clearly from the same race as Leylan, had green eyes, a sharp chin, and light brown hair that was tied into a thick bun at the back of his head. His body was surprisingly muscly, but he had the lowest cultivation Yao Jun had seen here so far, only at the late stage of the 4th Houtian Sky. Yao Jun had no way of knowing how old this youth really was, so he was uncertain if his cultivation was considered high or low for his age. After the youth greeted him, Leylan pat Yao Jun on the shoulder and introduced the youth to Yao Jun.



    “Junior Brother Kirkis. Brother Yao, this is Zeleon Kirkis, he is one of the Junior Brother's who has already been chosen to follow Elder Sister once she returns. The cultivation of the two of you is not too far apart, so you might end up in the same unit.”



    Yao Jun knew that the army of the World Tree clan was divided into several divisions, each division only containing people who had a somewhat similar cultivation level. With a similar cultivation level, it would be easier for the people to work together and operate arrays.



    After introducing Zeleon, Leylan's eyebrows furrowed slightly. He swiped his interspatial ring and took out a white crystal that was releasing a faint golden light. Leylan looked at the crystal for a short while, before putting it away and sending an apologetic smile towards Yao Jun.



    “Sorry, but I must leave for a bit, my Eldest Brother is calling for me. Junior Brother Kirkis, continue showing Brother Yao around.”



    Leylan left immediately after speaking out, his body blurring as it grew transparent. After only a short second, he had completely vanished, not leaving a trace of himself. Seshio had also vanished, leaving only Yao Jun and Zeleon standing in the hallway, which had become strangely devoid of other people. Zeleon turned towards Yao Jun and furrowed his eyebrows, his voice slightly cold as he spoke.



    “So you are the one that the Young Master has taken a liking to? You, a stranger from a different race, will be joining the army as well?”



    Yao Jun could tell that this Zeleon was somewhat hostile towards him, most likely because he was a stranger, but Yao Jun could not be bothered with him, so he merely gave a short response.



    “That was my intention for the moment.”



    Yao Jun was only joining the army so that he could leave this planet in an attempt to find information about his own planet. If he did not manage to find a branch of the Heaven's Secrets Company on the planet they traveled to, he would leave the army and travel to a different planet. Zeleon furrowed his eyebrows further, seemingly displeased with Yao Jun's attitude. He took a step forward, towering over Yao Jun as he spoke.



    “I don't care what your reason for joining the army is, but you best not even think about trying to court General Diana. She will be my woman.”



    Yao Jun did not immediately understand who Zeleon was talking about, but he quickly understood it. Leylan said that the people training were doing it to try and court his elder sister, so this General Diana was probably his elder sister. Yao Jun did not flinch when facing the towering Zeleon, nonchalantly shrugging his shoulders.



    “So her name is Diana. Don't worry, I don't have the slightest interest in that woman.”



    Leylan had always referred to her as Elder Sister, so this was actually the first time he had ever heard what her name was. Yao Jun did not share too much personal information when they chatted, nor did he ask Leylan too many personal questions, they mostly only chatted about their respective planets, with Leylan talking a great deal about his own clan. Zeleon narrowed his eyes when he saw Yao Jun shrug, his voice turning even colder as he spoke.



    “She is not Diana, she is General Diana. You will not disrespect her by referring to her with her name, you are not worthy of that.”



    Yao Jun could not help but raise an eyebrow when he saw how angry Zeleon got at him for using Diana's name. But he really did not feel like arguing with Zeleon over something so silly, so he merely shrugged his shoulders and stepped forward, pushing past Zeleon.



    “Whatever you say.”



    before Yao Jun could walk away from Zeleon, he felt Zeleon's hand land on his shoulder, forcefully stopping him and turning him around. Zeleon had a steely gaze, glaring at Yao Jun as he almost spat out the words.



    “Stop! You must apologize for disrespecting the General, get down on your knees!”



    Even Yao Jun's patience had a limit, and he was starting to slowly approach it. He furrowed his eyebrows, looking at Zeleon with a displeased gaze as he spoke out in a slightly chilly voice.



    “Why would I do that? In the first place, I didn't even disrespect her.”



    Wanting him to get on his knees and apologize just for referring to someone by their name? Yao Jun had long ago been taught by his father that a man must not easily kneel, a teaching he had firmly engraved in his heart. Seeing Yao Jun refuse to follow his orders, Zeleon turned completely cold.



    “You refuse to acknowledge your wrongdoings? In the army, people like you are heavily punished. Allow me to show you how we punish people like you.”



    Right after he spoke, Zeleon took half a step backwards, put one knee on the ground, tucked his right fist close to his chest, and punched out with his right fist, a satisfied and proud smile on his face. Zeleon looked proud, but Yao Jun looked at the oncoming fist with a disinterested expression.



    Zeleon had spent so much time on preparing the punch that Yao Jun was confident he could get out at least two punches of his own before Zeleon managed to finish his. The punch was also traveling very slowly, at least to his eyes, as if Zeleon was trying to show off the might and grace of his fist.



    Since Zeleon had decided to attack, Yao Jun did not feel the need to hold back. His eyes narrowed as he entered a combat ready state, not even the slightest change in the surroundings able to escape his notice. Just as Yao Jun started raising his arm to retaliate, he noticed something not far away from him.



    Thanks to Ba-Shei giving him control over darkness, he could feel that there was someone that had fused with a nearby shadow, keeping a close eye on every action Yao Jun was doing. The person was clearly far stronger than him, Yao Jun only able to notice them thanks to his ability to control darkness.



    Seeing how closely the shadow was paying attention to even the slightest fluctuation in Yao Jun's aura, he managed to somewhat guess what the shadow was thinking, a slight mutter escaping his lips as he glanced at the shadow.



    “So that is what's going on...”



    Yao Jun lowered his slightly raised arm, allowing the punch to land on his face and slightly split his lips. He could only come up with two possible reasons as to why the shadow was keeping such a close eye on his aura, one was that the shadow was trying to keep an eye on Yao Jun, preventing him from harming others, the other was that the shadow was keeping an eye on him to figure out what laws he was cultivating.



    Since that was the case, Yao Jun decided that his best course of action was to simply do nothing. After all, if they found out that he did not cultivate any laws, how would he go about explaining that? Seeing his punch hit, the proud smile on Zeleon's face only grew wider, sending out another slow and fanciful punch.



    Punch after punch hit Yao Jun's face, but he did not flinch or move in the slightest. While traveling through the spatial rift, his body had been continuously destroyed and then slowly healed by the orb of blood. Not only traveling through the spatial rift, Yao Jun had continuously strengthened his body thanks to the way he fought, as well as through absorbing Demonic beasts. The strength of his body was already something that this Zeleon could not imagine. So while his punches managed to split Yao Jun's lips and cause his nose to bleed, they were unable to damage him.



    After Zeleon had hit Yao Jun several times, the blood from Yao Jun's split lip had become smeared all over his own face. Zeleon was caught up in the euphoria he felt from delivering what he considered perfect punches, so he was just about to send out another punch when a cold voice rang out, bringing him back to his senses.



    “Are you done yet? I still have more touring to do.”



    Yao Jun's eyes were cold as he looked at Zeleon. Zeleon wanted to say something, but he quickly noticed that Yao Jun had not even moved half a step back after receiving so many punches. His eyes darted around the place, lingering on the shadow Yao Jun had spotted earlier. Only after seemingly receiving a signal from that shadow did Zeleon quickly dash away, leaving Yao Jun alone with a bloody face.



    While Zeleon was hitting Yao Jun, Leylan was on his way to the office of Gilberd. He quickly reached the outside of Gilberd's office, a small one room house that was made out of coiled branches and was located at the very core area of the World Tree clan. He did not even knock on the door, simply entering it and announcing his presence.



    “You called for me, Big Brother Gilberd?”



    Gilberd was sitting at the desk, drinking a cup of warm tea. When Leylan entered the office, Gilberd glanced over at him, speaking out in a matter-of-fact voice that left no room for discussion.



    “I plan on sending that boy, Yao Jun, to follow Little Diana and the new recruits. I simply called you over to inform you of that ahead of time.”



    Hearing Gilberd's words, Leylan's expression rapidly distorted. He stormed over to the desk, slamming both hands onto the table and shouting out in a loud and disbelieving voice.



    “What?! You plan on sending him to the battlefield, to a place where he could die?!”



    Leylan shouted out in a loud voice, but even if someone were to be right outside the office, no one would be able to hear his words, as the entire place was covered in various arrays. Leylan's voice was loud, but Gilberd seemed to barely notice it as he continued to talk in a calm voice, sipping his tea.



    “I plan on giving him a mid grade Earth rank armor and weapon, as well as one Fleeting Cloud talisman and one Striking Thunder talisman. All those mixed together with the fact that the battlefield they are heading to is the Scorched Valley, there is almost no chance of him dying. Little Diana will also keep an eye out for him, just in case things truly go wrong. And besides, according to Old Shade, you have promised Yao Jun that you will convince me to let him follow Little Diana.”



    Leylan's expression did not improve, even after he heard Gilberd say that he was planning on giving Yao Jun such valuable items. His eyes narrowed as he glared at Gilberd, once more shouting out.



    “That is just something I said to appease him, I would never send him to the battlefield! We need to keep him inside the clan, have him foster good feelings for the clan, maybe marry someone from the clan, and then have him fight for us sometime in the future! Why are you sending him to the battlefield!?”



    Leylan had never planned on talking with Gilberd or Diana about letting Yao Jun follow the recruits, he had simply planned on saying that they had refused, using the reason that it was too dangerous for someone with such a low cultivation. Gilberd put down the cup of tea, calmly narrating his thoughts to Leylan.



    “He is a complete stranger. We know nothing of his laws, we are unable to figure out what type of bloodlines he has in his body, and we know nothing about his motives. We need to find out whether or not he might be a spy. Sending him to the battlefield and forcing him to fight our enemies, his possible masters, will allow us to see if he is a spy or not. If he hesitates or refuses to kill the enemies, he is most likely a spy and we will detonate the arrays in the armor and weapon, killing him. If he does not hesitate and willingly fights for us, while he might still be a spy, we can at least trust him a little, testing his allegiance further. At that point, the weapon and armor will have been well spent.”



    Yao Jun had continued to give Gilberd a headache, so he decided on the easiest approach he had available, sending Yao Jun to the battlefield. During the heat of battle, it would be far easier to see where his allegiance actually was. Hearing Gilberd's calm reasoning, Leylan took several deep breaths and then started talking, his voice calm and his eyes narrowed.



    “When I used my laws of destiny to check how our clan would do, I saw that a great disaster was coming for us. At that point, it was you who told me to use the secret technique to try and find something that could change the destiny of our clan. I used the secret technique, lowering my cultivation by two great realms, and I found something to change our destiny. We need Yao Jun, he is the answer we are looking for.”



    Leylan specialized in the laws of destiny and had previously had a high cultivation, but to find something that could change the destiny of a clan as great as the World Tree clan? That was something he could only do after paying a great price. Gilberd looked at Leylan with serious eyes, shaking his head and letting out a sigh.



    “But he is a stranger, someone we cannot trust. And you must not forget, what you found by using that secret technique was something that could greatly change the destiny of our World Tree clan. You did not find something that would save us, but something that could alter our destiny. What if he alters our destiny for the worse, what if trusting him ends in the eradication of our entire clan, of everything we have fought to preserve for countless years? We cannot simply trust strangers and allow them to change things as they wish, especially in times like these.”



    Even if Yao Jun was someone that Leylan had discovered through the use of that secret technique, Gilberd was still not willing to risk the lives of everyone in the World Tree clan and bet everything on him. Leylan leaned in closer, his voice slowly growing louder as he spoke, his last sentence coming out as a shout.



    “Our clan has gone unchallenged and unchanged for countless years, had it not been for the sudden reemergence of the Final Fire clan and Primordial Sea clan two years ago, we would still be unchallenged and unchanged. Can't you see that we are stagnating!? Stagnant waters breed only death and rot, now is exactly the time to trust others and try to change things!”



    Just as the two brothers were looking at each other, one agitated and one calm, the shadows next to the desk started to wriggle and grow, turning into a human shape that kneeled on the ground.



    “My lords, forgive me for interrupting.”



    Gilberd looked at the human shape, Old Shade, his brows furrowing in confusion. He could not quite explain why, but he felt an uneasy feeling as he questioned.



    “Old Shade. You were supposed to keep an eye on that Yao Jun and see if you could figure out what laws he is using, why have you come here?”



    Old Shade lowered his head, speaking in a voice that was filled with shame.



    “I was discovered. Everything was going as planned, but the boy noticed me before anything could happen. I am uncertain if he figured out what I was planning, he might simply believe that I was only there to make sure he was not wounded. Forgive me for my failure.”



    Leylan and Gilberd could not help but start slightly when they heard Old Shade's words, their mouths opening slightly as they found themselves at a loss. Finally, it was Gilberd that broke the silence.



    “He...noticed you?”



    Old Shade was Gilberd's oldest and most trusted aide, an expert at espionage and assassination. If he so wished, he could become one with the shadows, entering a dimension consisting solely of darkness. And he had been noticed by a little boy who was only at the 3rd Mortal Earth? Leylan's expression distorted slightly as he turned around and headed for the door.



    “I will return to him soon and try to explain it, let's hope this didn't sow the seeds of distrust in him.”



    When Leylan reached the door, the voice of Gilberd rang out from behind him, containing unquestionable authority.



    “Little Leylan. He will be joining Little Diana once she returns, father has already agreed to my plan. Tell him that we will bring him a weapon and armor within the coming days.”



    Leylan stopped for a short second, but then let out a slight sound in acknowledgement and left the office. He closed the door behind him and rapidly headed towards Yao Jun, easily able to tell his location thanks to the special clothing they had given him. When he reached an area close to Yao Jun, he took a few deep breaths to calm himself, then put a wide smile on his face and walked the rest of the distance, speaking out in a loud and cheerful voice when he spotted Yao Jun.



    “Brother Yao! I have good news, my Eldest Brother agreed to let you follow Elder Sister and the other recruits. I also made him promise to hand over a mid-grade Earth rank weapon and armor for you, as well as two life saving talismans. As long as you have those, nothing can happen to you.”



    He quickly arrived in front of Yao Jun, his face twisting slightly when he saw the traces of blood on Yao Jun's face and robe. Yao Jun had cleaned away most of it, but there were still clearly noticeable traces. Leylan took out some cloth and water from his interspatial ring, handing it to Yao Jun as he spoke out in an apologetic voice, even giving a slight bow.



    “I also heard that you had a run in with Old Shade, he is one of the people working for Eldest Brother. Eldest Brother doesn't fully trust you, so he made Old Shade and Junior Brother Kirkis test you. I will have them both punished, but I hope that you can forgive them, at least this one time, on account of my face. Should it happen again, you don't have to care about my face, just slap them around as you please.”



    Leylan did not bother lying, as that would only make things worse if Yao Jun ever managed to learn the truth. Yao Jun wiped his face, cleaning away the remaining traces of blood. He then let out a slight smile and spoke in a calm voice, his thoughts impossible to read.



    “No need to bother with all that, not like I suffered any wounds anyway.”
     
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    Chapter 162: Soar as dragons, sink as carps.



    After Yao Jun's encounter with Zeleon, both he and Leylan continued on with their days, acting as if the entire day where Yao Jun had encountered Zeleon and spotted Old Shade had never happened. While Yao Jun was quietly cultivating in his room, the loud voice of Leylan brought him out of his cultivation state, an occurrence that had already become common to him.



    “Brother Yao! Your weapon and armor are finished! You should have seen the look on the faces of our smiths when we told them about the size of the weapon and armor they had to forge, priceless.”



    Leylan had a bright smile on his face as he walked towards the bed where Yao Jun was sitting. He removed a yellow ring from his finger, tossing it to Yao Jun as he started to explain with a slightly embarrassed smile.



    “You can just keep the interspatial ring, I should have given you one earlier, but I ended up forgetting. Other than the weapon and armor, I have also placed ten Returning Breath Pills, you should immediately take on if you get injured. There is also a Fleeting Cloud talisman and a Striking Thunder talisman, both of which you must keep safe and not use unless your life is threatened.”



    Yao Jun accepted the ring, giving it a short inspection before putting it on. With his God Gate, he had no real need for an interspatial ring, but as he wanted to keep his God Gate hidden, having an interspatial ring was necessary. He sunk his mind into the interspatial ring, quickly checking the contents.



    With a slight move of his mind, he took out two strange talismans from the interspatial ring. The first talisman was made out of light blue jade and was a little smaller than his palm, the image of a lonely cloud engraved onto the talisman. The other talisman was made out of a type of murky yellow crystal and shaped like a small lightning bolt, this talisman was a little larger than Yao Jun's palm. Seeing Yao Jun take out the two talismans, Leylan quickly started to explain their function.



    “The Fleeting Cloud talisman, once shattered and infused with Qi, will teleport you through space in the direction of your choosing. But you must remember, it will always teleport you 200 kilometers so you must keep an eye on your surroundings. The Striking Thunder talisman is an attack type talisman. Shattering it will unleash the energy stored within it, decimating everything in front of you. This talisman holds enough energy to produce an attack on the same level as a cultivator at the early stage of the 8th Xiantian Heaven, always keep it at hand.”



    Both talismans had strong effects, but it was the Striking Thunder Talisman that caused Yao Jun to be shocked. Such a small crystal contained enough energy to release such a strong attack? At the same time he could not help but lament that he had not had such a talisman when he faced Yuan Shen and Qiao Xian Yi back on his own planet. Had he had such a talisman then, he would not have been forced to fight like he did, forcing both of them into a spatial rift.



    Yao Jun gave a slight shake of his head, no point in thinking about such useless thoughts. He stored away the two talismans, taking out a white bracelet and a light green ring, looking at them with a curious gaze as Leylan started to explain their function.



    “That bracelet is your armor, and the ring is your sword. They are fairly easy to activate, you simply input your Qi into them like this, and they will automatically turn into their active states. The armor has two very simple arrays, one to increase its defense, and one to allow it to rapidly repair itself once you fill it with your Qi. As long as you wear that armor, no one below the 5th Houtian Sky will be able to wound you.”



    While he was talking, Leylan pulled Yao Jun down from the bed and put the white bracelet onto his wrist. Once Yao Jun input his Qi according to the instructions, a faint light was released from the bracelet, its form rapidly twisting and enlarging. After only a short few seconds, Yao Jun's entire body was covered in a pure white armor. There was a large spike growing out from his knees and elbows, the armor on his shoulders extended outwards, there were intricate leaf engravings all around the armor, and the helmet of the armor was delicately shaped into the form of a roaring lion, a large horn growing out from his forehead. Leylan could not see Yao Jun's eyebrows twitch, so he continued to explain.



    “This sword also has two very simple arrays placed in it. One is an array that lets it repair itself when damaged, and the second one is a more offensive array. When you insert your Qi and thought into the array, it will start gathering up the surrounding wind and use it to form an invisible blade of wind at the tip of the sword. The more Qi you put into the array, the longer the blade of wind is.”



    Once the sword was activated, the light green ring let out a faint glow and started to expand. The ring turned into a sword that was very similar to Yao Jun's own, a double edged sword whose blade was about 80 cm long. The entire sword was light green in color, the handle decorated with what seemed to be a crystal rose, and the blade itself engraved with the same leaf engravings that the armor was engraved with. After he finished explaining everything, Leylan looked at the armor clad Yao Jun with a smile that contained a mixture of pride and embarrassment.



    “They are pretty cool, aren't they?”



    Yao Jun removed the armor and the sword, turning them back into a bracelet and a ring. The corners of his mouth twitched slightly as he looked at the bracelet and ring, his voice halting slightly as he struggled to find the right words.



    “They are certainly...special.”



    If Yao Jun ignored how beautified and gaudy the armor and sword were, just looking at their effects, he would have to say that they were pretty decent. His own armor was about as good as this white armor, but it was far less gaudy. The sword he was rather interested in, as the extendable blade could end up being very useful during a battle.



    Leylan shook his head, clearly knowing exactly what Yao Jun was thinking about the look of the armor and weapon. Seshio stepped forward, whispering something into Leylan's ear that caused his expression to turn serious.



    “We can't really fault the smiths for falling into old habits, so I'll pretend that was a compliment. We have gotten word from Elder Sister, she will return in three days and then leave after two days. I must warn you now, my Elder Sister is a very direct and brash person, so try not to mince words or beat around the bush when you are around her.”



    Leylan did not stick around any longer after speaking, leaving the room with hasty steps and a slightly solemn expression. Yao Jun watched him leave, and then returned to sitting with crossed legs on the bed. He would not be able to test the sword properly without a battle, so he decided to quietly cultivate while he waited for Diana to arrive.



    On the morning of the third day, Leylan did not burst into the room like Yao Jun thought he would. He instead knocked on the door and waited for Yao Jun to come and open it. He gave a short greeting and took out some food from his interspatial ring, the two of them eating breakfast while chatting lightly. Once they finished breakfast, Leylan brought Yao Jun to meet Diana.



    Leylan brought Yao Jun into the large courtyard, the courtyard that they had walked around for this last month as Leylan showed Yao Jun around. The place Leylan brought Yao Jun was a rather secluded part of the courtyard, tall weeping willows surrounding a small lake, a single green pavilion located at the shore of the lake. There were currently a few people, Gilberd being one of them, sitting within the pavilion, calmly chatting.



    Leylan did not even need to point out who Diana was, Yao Jun could immediately point her out. There were several women within the pavilion, but one of them was clearly different from the others, having an aura very similar to the one Yao Jun had felt from Gilberd. She was a little over four meters tall and had a slim body that was clearly filled with muscles. She had short green hair and skin that was tanned dark.



    She had the same elongated features as others from Leylan's race, but she also had some features that Yao Jun had not seen in others of Leylan's race. Her ears were longer, ending in slightly pointed tips, and there were light green scales growing up her neck and slightly onto her cheeks. And while her right eye was a normal green color, the sclera of her left eye was completely black, the pupil a light amber color. With Yao Jun and Leylan approaching the pavilion, the conversation died down, Diana turning towards him and looking at him with an appraising gaze.



    “You are the one that Gil and Ley told me about, the one that I have to bring with me to join the Sprout Army?”



    Diana's voice was surprisingly soft and feminine, but her words seemed to resound within ones head, almost echoing. Yao Jun did not know much about the World Tree clan army, but he knew that the recruits this time around were heading to the Sprout Army, so he gave a short nod of his head.



    “That would be me, Yao Jun.”



    After Yao Jun acknowledged her words, Diana stood up from her seat and walked out of the pavilion, walking to an open spot a short distance away from Yao Jun. She should have just returned home after a long absence, but she was still clad in a tight-fitting armor that seemed to be made out of a murky brown metal. After she stopped walking, she spoke shortly, turning towards the pavilion.



    “Diana Grievin. I don't care what they have told you, there is no place for weaklings in my army. If you are too weak, bringing you will only be a burden on the rest of the army. Squad Captain Azemar.”



    After her voice sounded out, one of the people in the pavilion hurriedly walked out. The person who walked out was a man who was almost four meters in height, had long brown hair, and light blue eyes. He only had a cultivation at the late stage of the 4th Houtian Sky and was clad in the coarse robes of the World Tree clan, so Yao Jun guessed that he might be someone like Zeleon, one who had already been chosen to join the army ahead of time.



    Diana looked at the man, Azemar, for a short moment, before turning back towards Yao Jun. Her eyes were so calm that they bordered on indifference, her voice equally calm. She pointed to the man she had called out, and then took a few steps back to make room for the two.



    “Your Qi can run out, your weapons and armor can shatter, even your laws can be negated. During such a battle, the only thing you can safely rely on is your own body and your instincts. 2 minutes, show me that you can resist his attacks for that long without using any Qi or weapons. If you can do that, then I will agree to bringing you along. If you cannot, then you can stay here.”



    After Diana stepped back, Leylan seemed like he wanted to step forward and say something, his voice faltering slightly.



    “Elder Sister...this...”



    Diana merely glanced at Leylan for a short moment before ignoring him. Her eyes landed on Azemar, who had a slightly awkward look on his face as he looked at Yao Jun. Guessing what he was thinking, Diana spoke out once more, her voice serious.



    “Squad Captain Azemar, our clan does not lack healing pills, so I don't want to see you pulling any punches. If you try to hold back because of the difference in cultivation, you will have to suffer ten lashes for each attack you have held back on.”



    After hearing Diana's words, Azemar immediately straightened his back, a few drops of sweat appearing on his forehead. Just like Yao Jun guessed, he was someone who was already guaranteed to join the army. He had not yet participated in any battles, but he had already been warned about how terrifying the lashes that Diana could dish out were.



    “Yes, Ma'am!”



    Azemar took a single deep breath and then turned his gaze towards Yao Jun, his expression serious as he cupped his fists and gave a slight bow, politely introducing himself.



    “Squad Captain Berthol Azemar, pleased to meet you.”



    While Azemar was politely introducing himself, Yao Jun was wondering what the actual division of power in the World Tree clan was. Leylan was referred to as Young Master, so he should be the next leader of the clan, but neither Gilberd or Diana seemed to treat him with the standard respect. Diana even completely ignored him just now, but Leylan did nothing about it. Could the title of Young Master mean something different on this planet? Remembering where he was, Yao Jun quickly put away these thoughts, cupping his fists and returning the introduction.



    “Yao Jun.”



    After Yao Jun delivered his greeting, Azemar's eyes rapidly narrowed as he turned serious. His General had ordered him to not hold back, so how could he dare to do so? Without using any Qi, he dashed forward with grandiose steps, each step firmly digging into the earth. In only a short few moments, he arrived in front of Yao Jun and proceeded with his attack.



    He gave a heavy stomp with his left foot, his right leg going into a kneeling position with a loud thud. He tucked his left fist close to his waist, spinning his right arm in a full circle and bringing it down upon Yao Jun's head like a hammer. Looking at his attack, Yao Jun almost felt like letting out a sneer. He performed all the actions rather swiftly, but his attack still held the grandeur and gaudiness that Yao Jun had seen from the other World Tree clan disciples, filled with wasted movements.



    Yao Jun could also see a murky gray energy surround the fist that was heading. The energy was not a type of Qi or laws, but rather a type of intent that did not use up any Qi. Just like Yao Jun and Yun Yantian had their sword intent, Azemar had comprehended hammer intent, showing that he normally used a hammer to fight. Yao Jun glanced at Diana, but saw that she had no reaction, so using their intent was clearly allowed.



    Since Diana had said that he would be forbidden from joining them away from this planet if he was too weak, he clearly had to show some strength here, show that there was worth in bringing him along. With that thought in mind, he decided to use the swiftest course of action to show his might. Azemar was only at the late stage of the 4th Houtian Sky, he was no threat to Yao Jun, especially now that they were only using their bodily strength and intent to fight.



    Yao Jun raised his right arm, his sword intent quickly gathering around his hand. Yao Jun's sword intent was based on his Demon God's Gate, it contained the ferocity and wildness of a horde of Demonic beast. He clamped down on the wrist of Azemar, his fingers acting like teeth as they stabbed into Azemar's wrist.



    With Yao Jun clamping down on his wrist, there was no way for Azemar to pull back his arm. In one swift motion, Yao Jun raised his right leg and slammed his knee against Azemar's right elbow, a low shattering sound ringing out. After shattering Azemar's elbow, Yao Jun brought down his raised leg, taking half a step forward.



    His left hand shot out and grabbed onto Azemar's throat, his sword intent gathering around his fingers and causing them to stab into Azemar's throat. Yao Jun stopped before his fingers could stab too deep into Azemar's throat, turning his eyes towards Diana. Diana gave a short nod of her head, signalling someone from within the pavilion to come with a medicinal pill. A male youth ran over with a pill, so Yao Jun let go of Azemar's throat and wrist. Diana looked Yao Jun over once more, giving an appreciative nod.



    “Good, you are not like the complacent disciples of the clan, you know how to fight properly, there is a home for you in my army. The sword intent you just used, it had some of the charm of a Demonic beast's lunge, you should continue to polish that, you might be able to cultivate the law of demons if you do so.”



    Yao Jun felt like letting out a little laughter when he heard her words. He might be able to cultivate the law of demons? He was the holder of the Demon God's Gate, the likely pinnacle of those laws. But he could of course not say that, so he only gave her a deep nod. Diana nodded at him once more, then turning towards Leylan and Gilberd.



    “Gil, Ley, prepare the standard armor for the new recruits, about 9000 new ones, we will be heading out in two days time. The Final Fire clan will launch an attack soon, so the new recruits will get to test themselves almost immediately.”



    After giving what could only be called an order, Diana gave a few quick orders to the people she had brought along, and then retired for the day, returning to her own room. With Diana leaving, Leylan quickly brought Yao Jun away, seemingly not willing to be alone with Gilberd.



    The two returned to Yao Jun's room, Leylan telling Yao Jun to peacefully cultivate for these two days. Yao Jun had no problem with this, so he spent the time before departure peacefully cultivating, Leylan not visiting him once. Upon receiving the notification that they were going to leave, Yao Jun quickly made his way to the meeting point.



    The meeting point was the large courtyard outside his room, so he did not have to venture far. He had expected a great amount of people, but he was still shocked when he saw the number of people. A single rough count brought the number to over 10 000 people. 10 000 people, and those were just the new recruits! How large would the actual army be? While Yao Jun was feeling shocked, the voice of Diana rang out, easily reaching everyone of the new recruits.



    “We will only wait for another minute, anyone who is not here by then will be left behind.”



    Exactly one minute later, the earth beneath the new recruits lit up with long runes, a massive array forming beneath them. Yao Jun could feel space twist and distort, the silver lines that he had gotten used to seeing in his vision were dancing in tune with the twisting of space. A myriad of colors filled Yao Jun's vision for a few moments, until suddenly the twisting of space vanished, the colors dissipating. Yao Jun now found himself standing in a massive hall, the ceiling and walls located far away from them, the faint smell of scorched earth present in the air. Before anyone could say anything, the cold voice of Diana rang out again.



    “Little Sprouts, this is where you either soar as dragons or sink as carps, welcome to hell.”
     
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    Chapter 163: Striking a deal.



    Yao Jun turned his head towards the location where Diana's voice came from. She had been standing not too far from Yo Jun just recently, so he was slightly shocked to see that she was now standing a small distance away, rows of people standing respectfully behind her. The people standing behind her seemed to be divided based on their rank, their armor getting less gaudy the further behind Diana they stood.



    Half a step behind Diana stood two people, a man and a woman, who were clad in very simple robes that looked like they were made out of silk. The woman was from the same race as Diana and was a bit shorter than Diana, her robe a light purple in color. She had long blonde hair that was tied into a braid that went down to her hips, her orange eyes looked at the new recruits with an excited expression.



    The man was clad in a brown robe and was surprisingly from a different race than Diana, standing at a more normal height of around 1.90. But while his height was closer to the one Yao Jun was used to, he had several traits that showed he was from a different race. His skin was a light brown in color and his head was completely devoid of hair, finger-sized bony horns growing along the top of his head in two orderly rows. His eyes were a deep blue in color, but there was a third eye on his forehead, this one golden in color.



    Behind these two people stood a further 10 people, these ones clad in a full suit of armor that was pure white in color and resembled the one Yao Jun had been given by Leylan. The last row of people consisted of 100 people, and they stood half a step behind the row of 10 people. All 100 of the people in the last row were clad in armor that was bright green in color, leaves and vines engraved into the entirety of the armor. While Yao Jun was inspecting the people standing behind Diana, he could feel her gaze land on him.



    “Listen up! Everyone report to your chosen Squad Captain to receive your briefing and your positions, there is no telling when the next skirmish will be, so I want everyone combat ready tomorrow morning!”



    Diana's sharp eyes swept over not only the new recruits, but even the people standing behind her. Everyone who met her gaze unconsciously froze up, their backs trembling slightly. Facing her sharp gaze, the new recruits and the older soldiers gave a loud reply.



    “Yes!”



    The reply was rather loud, forcing Yao Jun to cover his ears, but Diana's face sank slightly upon hearing it. Her eyes narrowed as she swept everyone with her eyes again, an unsatisfied voice leaking out from between her lips as she cursed.



    “Am I going deaf? I couldn't hear a single fucking thing, do it again!”



    Her voice was slightly lower this time, but it held a trace of her Qi, causing it to resound like thunder in the ears of everyone. The soldiers quickly straightened their backs and let out a unified shout that shook the building.



    “YES MA'AM!”



    Diana seemed to be satisfied with this shout, as she gave a slight nod and relaxed her shoulders. While the new recruits were walking towards the people standing behind Diana, Diana's eyes landed on Yao Jun.



    “You, come with me.”



    There were quite a few curious gazes thrown at Yao Jun, but he paid them no heed as he stepped forward and started following Diana. Diana walked in silence, leading Yao Jun out of the large hall and out of the building. The world that revealed itself to Yao Jun after they left the building was a world covered in dry earth that was light red in color. He could not see a single tree, only tents of various sizes spread out into the distance. Not only the ground, even the sky was a light red color, the few clouds he could see were a dull gray.



    Diana brought Yao Jun to a large green tent located not far from the building they had just left, both of them entering. The inside of the tent was very simple, only containing a single bed and a large table filled with what seemed to be maps and reports. Diana brought a chair out from her interspatial ring, placing it next to the table and sitting down on it. Once she sat down, her eyes landed on Yao Jun.



    “I know that you have not joined this army because you want to fight to protect my World Tree clan, the current conflict probably means nothing to you. Despite knowing this, why do you think I brought you along?”



    Yao Jun was not quite certain what Diana was getting at with her question, so he simply gave a short and somewhat uncertain response.



    “Because Leylan asked?”



    Contrary to what Yao Jun expected, Diana responded with a slight shake of her head, speaking with an indifferent voice. Her position was special, so there was no need for her to follow the orders of the current Leylan.



    “Ley might be the Young Master, but he is not the patriarch yet, so I have no need to care too much about his word. He also cannot do anything to me, as there would be no one else to lead the army at that point. Even if I refused to bring you along, he could do nothing.”



    Yao Jun could not help but raise an eyebrow when he heard Diana's indifferent reply. As the Young Master of a large clan such as the World Tree clan, was there really nothing Leylan could do against Diana? Was there no one else to lead the army?



    “Nothing? Does the title of Young Master mean nothing?”



    Hearing Yao Jun's question and seeing his slightly surprised face, a light chuckle escaped Diana's lips. After she finished chuckling, she moved her eyes away from Yao Jun, as if she was trying to see something in the distance.



    “Do you know how Ley got the title of Young Master? He got it because the density of his World Tree bloodline was thicker than ours, that's it. He does not have Art's talent for cultivation, nor Gil's talent for politics, nor my talent for leading armies. He simply has the thickest bloodline.”



    Yao Jun did not know who this Art was, but be could guess that it was most likely another one of Leylan's family members. At the same time, Yao Jun could not help but be a little shocked. They chose their future patriarchs based on bloodline density, not on who was the most suited? How could a clan continue surviving if it acted like that? Diana stopped looking into the distance, her gaze falling on Yao Jun again as she spoke with a slight wave of her hand.



    “Don't mistake my words for defiance against the clan rules. With me and Gil to help him, Ley will surely become a great patriarch in the future. But even if we refuse to follow some of his orders, he won't mind too much. That is because all of us are working towards the same goal, the survival and prospering of the World Tree clan.”



    To Diana and the rest of her family, the World Tree clan was everything. For the World Tree clan, they could sacrifice everything. That was the reason she and Gilberd did not mind if the less suitable Leylan became patriarch, because no matter how unsuited he was to become patriarch, they knew that he was willing to sacrifice everything for the World Tree clan. If he was uncertain about something, he would come to them and lower his head to ask for advice, even if it hurt his pride as patriarch.



    Diana gave a slight shake of her head after she finished talking, her eyes growing sharp again. She swiped her interspatial ring, taking out a red palm sized token engraved with a small flame, tossing it to Yao jun as she spoke.



    “So no, Leylan is not the reason I agreed to bring you. The reason I agreed to bring you is because I felt that you could be useful. You want information on your own planet, correct? The closest branch of the Heaven's Secrets Company is four planets away, guarded by the Spark army of the Final Fire clan. Their Spark army is the same as our Sprout Army, an army consisting of people that have yet to break past the 9th Xiantian Heaven, the weakest army used to train the younger generation.”



    Yao Jun could only feel like shaking his head at the difference between what he knew and what was normal here. An army consisting of people who had yet to break past the 9th Xiantian Heaven, and they were just considered the weakest army, the younger generation. But at the same time, he got slightly excited upon finding out that there was a Heaven's Secrets Company branch located nearby.



    Yao Jun did not say anything, only looking at Diana with a calm gaze. Since she had mentioned that the branch was guarded by people from the Final Fire clan, the enemies of the World Tree clan, it was clear that it would not be easy for him to get to it. Diana took his silence as a sign to proceed, so she continued to talk.



    “Now you know where you can get your information, but how will you pay for the information, you have no money. Let me tell it to you straight, for each ranked head from the Spark Army you bring me, I will give you a certain amount of money. Either you prove to be useful and the money will be well spent, or you will prove to be useless and I won't have to spend any money. Do you accept?”



    Diana's eyes were calm as she looked at Yao Jun with a sharp gaze. Had it been anyone else, or any other time, she would not have made an offer like this. But Yao Jun had already proven that he could beat someone with a higher cultivation, and he had a lot of room to grow. Such a person was something that the Sprout army desperately needed, someone that could help raise their morale. This deal was a way for Diana to ensure that Yao Jun would not simply leave right after arriving here. Yao Jun spent a short moment in silence, thinking it over, before opening his mouth.



    “What is a ranked head?”



    Yao Jun had to admit that he was interested. It was just like Diana said, Yao Jun was completely broke, even if he managed to reach the branch, he would be unable to buy any information. He also felt that he needed to increase his strength, so this deal would allow him to manage both at once. A faint and almost unnoticeable smile appeared on the corners of Diana's lips as she started to explain.



    “The Sprout and Spark army that are fighting on the Scorched Valley planet each have about 100 000 soldiers at any time. At the very top stands the General, who is followed by two Legion Commanders, who each control half of the army. Each of the Legion Commanders have five Division Leaders, who each control 10 000 soldiers. And beneath the Division Leaders are the Squad Captains, each controlling 1000 people, all of these leaders are considered ranked heads. The higher the rank, the more money I will give you.”



    Yao Jun rolled his eyes for a short moment, thinking it over. He could easily guess that most Squad Captains were not like Azemar, someone he could easily beat. But he also felt confident that as long as he did not encounter someone at the 8th or 9th Xiantian Heaven, he would be able to easily escape with his life.



    If he managed to increase his strength a bit more, carving the third channel of his Crumbling The Nine Heaven's technique, he was confident he would not even need to fear people at the 8th and 9th Xiantian Heaven. With those thoughts in mind, Yao Jun decided to nod his head.



    “Good. I accept this deal.”



    The faint smile on Diana's lips grew a bit larger after hearing Yao Jun's reply. She gave a nod of her head, digging into the papers placed on the table next to her and handing a list of names to Yao Jun. The name Berthol Azemar was at the top, so he guessed this was a list of who was part of the squad he would be joining.



    “Very well. You beat Azemar so easily, but I cannot make a stranger like you a Squad Captain, so I will have you join the squad that Azemar is leading. Whenever you want to deliver a ranked head, you can just come to my tent.”



    Diana took out a crystal from her interspatial ring, filling it with a bit of Qi and speaking a few words into it. Shortly after, a soldier covered in gray armor entered the tent. Diana gave a quick order to the soldier, making him lead Yao Jun to the location of Azemar's squad. The last thing Yao Jun saw before leaving the tent was Diana looking at the papers on the table with a frown on her face.
     
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    Chapter 164: Army formation.



    Yao Jun silently followed the soldier in gray armor, walking past orderly rows of tents. The closer they were to Diana's tent, the more luxurious the tents were, many of them even more luxurious than Diana's, with most of them made out of what seemed to be a strange type of brown leather covered in runes. Glancing into the two closest tents, the tents belonging to the Legion Commanders, Yao Jun could see that they even contained small gardens and cubes of ice that kept what seemed to be wine cooled. They were far more luxurious and decadent than Diana's simple tent.



    While they were walking, Yao Jun was also keeping a vigilant eye on the surroundings, silently noting place where there were less tents and people, just in case he ended up needing to escape at a moments notice. Yao Jun also glanced at the earth beneath him, noticing that it was rather dry, dust being pushed aside by every step.



    When the gray armored soldier stopped walking, the tents around them were no longer lined up in rows, but rather formed into separate large circles. The tents here were also much smaller and made out of a light green type of cloth that seemingly only served to keep the wind and rain out. As Yao Jun was checking out the various circles of tents, the soldier that had brought him here spoke up for the first time.



    “The squad of Captain Azemar live in the tents over there.”



    The voice of the soldier was husky and dark, and he turned to leave immediately after he finished talking, leaving Yao Jun standing alone. The circle that the soldier pointed at stood a small distance away from Yao Jun and contained a little over 100 tents, so Yao Jun guessed that there was about 10 soldiers in each tent. There was a slightly larger tent placed at the center of the rest of the tents, most likely belonging to the Squad Captain.



    Yao Jun swept the surroundings with one last glance before he started walking towards the circle of tents. Jumbled voices and sounds of people moving rapidly started to reach his ears after he got a little closer to the tents, so he guessed that the squad was either greeting each other or currently training.



    Once he stepped into the circle, he could see that there was a large group of people gathered around the tent placed at the center, everyone clad in full armor. Yao Jun counted about 1000 people, with almost everyone clad in murky green armor covered in small thorns and engraved with leaves and vines. Since everyone was clad in murky green armor, Azemar, who was clad in bright green armor, stood out and was easy to spot.



    Azemar was standing a small distance in front of the large group of people, his arms crossed in front of his chest as he shouted orders at them. As the soldiers moved, Yao Jun could see that some of the engravings on their armors were lighting up, the Qi of the soldiers slowly gathering together. Some of the soldiers spotted Yao Jun as he moved closer, so they halted their training and looked at him with curious gazes.



    Azemar also turned around, his eyebrow twitching slightly as he spotted Yao Jun. He looked at the approaching Yao Jun with an expression that contained a mixture of pleading and awkwardness, since he was standing a bit ahead of everyone else, Yao Jun was the only one who could see his expression. Yao Jun could somewhat guess at what Azemar was thinking, so when he reached a spot not far from Azemar, he stopped walking and gave a slight bow.



    “You should be Captain Azemar, correct? I am Yao Jun, and I have been appointed to your squad, I will be in your care in the future.”



    Azemar let out a stealthy sigh of relief when he saw how Yao Jun introduced himself. No one in this squad knew about how easily Yao Jun had beaten him, and he would prefer they never learned of it. After all, he had to keep his dignity as squad captain or no one would be willing to follow his orders. Since Yao Jun had given him face, Azemar of course had to give Yao Jun some face as well.



    “Indeed, I am Berthol Azemar, but you can just call me Berthol. You should be unfamiliar with how things work in the army, so you can lodge with me in the captain's tent, I will fill you in on everything you need to learn.”



    The other soldiers looked at Yao Jun with a sliver of envy after hearing Azemar's words. To sleep in the captain's tent meant that one would have plenty of space, as the only other person in the tent was the captain. They on the other hand had to squeeze in 10 people in each tent, each having just enough space to sleep. Yao Jun gave a nod at Azemar's words, glancing at the soldiers behind him before giving another small nod.



    “I see that training has already begun, forgive me for being a bit late.”



    Yao Jun had only joined the army to gather information, he had no interest in showing off his power and taking over as the commander. The less anyone knew about his actual power, the easier it would be for him to surprise the enemy leaders and take their heads. Because of that, he was fine with pretending to be a normal soldier. Azemar took a step forward, letting out a light laugh and patting Yao Jun on the shoulder.



    “It was because of General Diana that you were late, so don't worry about it. Do you have your armor with you? If you do, you should put it on and read through this. Once you have memorized the information, jump in and see if you can get a feel for the formation. This is the formation we will use when the battles begin, so memorizing it is important.”



    Azemar swiped his interspatial ring, taking out a light green crystal that glowed with a weak light, handing it to Yao Jun. Yao Jun gave a small nod of his head and walked to the side, sitting down on the ground and sinking his mind into the crystal. The crystal worked much like the jade slips he used on his own planet, containing a large amount of information that one could read by inputting their Qi and a bit of their mind into the crystal.



    The information within the crystal was about the formation that the army used while battling. The arrays within the soldiers armors would merge together all the Qi of the people in the formation, allowing them to tap into each others Qi to increase their attack and defense.



    Yao Jun rapidly memorized the way to use the formation, standing up and putting on the armor that Leylan had given him. Since Leylan knew that Yao Jun was going to armor, he should have made it so that the armor can work with the formation of the army. He cringed slightly when he put on the armor, it's gaudiness putting him off, but he could only deal with it for now.



    He joined up with the soldiers who were currently training, finding a spot where he had some room to move. Once he activated the formation, he could indeed feel his Qi being dragged out of his body, merging together with the Qi of the others. But as he trained a little, working on moving around the Qi and producing a few fake attacks and putting up a defense, he could not help but furrow his eyebrows, a low mutter escaping from his lips.



    “It truly is a wonderful formation, but it seems like my Qi is not able to fully merge with the Qi of everyone else, lowering how much Qi I can use and how fast I can utilize it. Seems like going without the formation is better for me.”



    Yao Jun had noticed that no matter how much he activated the formation, his Qi would not fully merge with the Qi of the others, a part of it always flowing back and preventing him from using the formation to its fullest. But Yao Jun did not mind this too much, as he was planning on moving on his own anyway. After everyone had spent a few hours training, getting accustomed to the feeling of drawing upon everyone's Qi, Azemar let out a loud shout.



    “Alright everyone! That is enough training for now, can't have all of you end up too tired, otherwise we won't be able to train tomorrow. Yao Jun, let me show you where you will be sleeping.”



    The other soldiers dropped to the ground in sitting position, letting out a few heavy breaths. They were accustomed to leisure training in the clan, so experiencing training like this for the first time left them rather weak. Yao Jun gave Azemar a nod and followed him to the central tent.



    The inside of the tent was rather simple, containing a single bed, a mannequin where one could hang their armor, a table and three chairs, as well as a place to hang ones clothing. Azemar took of his armor, placing it on the mannequin, and then turned to Yao Jun, giving a slight bow.



    “Thank you.”



    Yao Jun sat down on one of the chairs, waving his hand towards Azemar. Since Diana had put him into Azemar's squad, he could guess that Azemar knew that Yao Jun was not here to join the army for the same reason as the other soldiers.



    “No need to thank me. I am here for my own purposes, not to screw up the chain of power.”



    Azemar raised his head after hearing Yao Jun's reply, giving a slight nod of his head. Just like Yao Jun guessed, Diana had already told Azemar a little about Yao Jun, even telling him to keep an eye on him and his performance. Azemar swiped his interspatial ring, taking out a bed that seemed like it was made for people of his race. He placed the bed at the other side of the tent and sat down on the other bed.



    “You can take that bed there, I will take that one. If there are things you require, you can tell me and I will bring it along to Division Leader Bathory. She will be able to acquire just about anything.”



    Yao Jun gave a nod of his head, sitting down on the bed. It was quite a bit harder than the one he had used while inside the World Tree clan, but as he was going to cultivate instead of sleeping, it mattered little to him. Yao Jun turned his head, looking at Azemar as he explained what he was going to do.



    “I will participate in the future training, but during actual battles, I might choose to move on my own. I was originally not part of the formation, so it will still be able to function at full power.”



    Explaining everything to Azemar ahead of time would allow him to be prepared for it once it happened during battle. Azemar's eyebrows furrowed slightly after hearing Yao Jun's words, but once he remembered how easily Yao Jun had beaten him, he could only let out a sigh and shake his head.



    “That... Okay. With your strength, you should be fine even without the formation.”
     
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    Chapter 165: Nine Supreme Laws.



    After Yao Jun explained his plans to Azemar, he sat down on the bed he had been given, taking out the painting supplies that he had requested from Leylan. He set up the canvas and prepared the paint he was going to use, slightly wetting the brush before he started to slowly paint, a concentrated look on his face. Seeing his actions, Azemar could not help but comment.



    “Painting? I didn't take you for a person who enjoyed painting.”



    Yao Jun did not look up from the canvas, his eyes focusing on the image in his mind as the brush slowly moved. Only after a short moment of silence did he give a short response to Azemar.



    “I'm not.”



    Azemar looked slightly confused at Yao Jun's response, but Yao Jun was not lying. The only experience he had with painting was watching Guo Luo paint, he himself did not really find painting too fun. Azemar slightly tilted his head, after hearing Yao Jun's response.



    “You're not? Then why are you painting right now?”



    He didn't like painting, yet he was painting right now? Yao Jun still did not raise his head from the canvas, intently staring at it, as if he was trying to sear the image in his mind into the canvas. But there was a gentle light in his eyes as he responded.



    “To make sure that I never forget exactly what it is I am fighting for.”



    Azemar gave a slight understanding nod of his head and then stopped asking questions, letting Yao Jun focus on his painting. The image he was trying to paint onto the canvas was a picture of Guo Luo and his parents, but he quickly found that while he had the image clear in his head, he was unable to paint it onto the canvas. Looking at the finished result, he could only put on a wry smile and shake his head, it didn't look anything like Guo Luo or his parents, more like an abomination.



    But Yao Jun was not discouraged because of a simple failure, patience and determination was something he had in spades. He stored away the failed painting and pulled out a fresh canvas, starting over from scratch, not even noticing the passage of time as he continued to try again and again.



    After he spent an unknown amount of time painting, he decided to take a short break and get some food and fresh air. He stored away the painting utensils and stepped out of the tent. He noticed that the sun had set, two small blue moons hanging high in the sky.



    The smell of roasted meat and fragrant soup reached his nose, so Yao Jun swept the surroundings with a slight glance. There were several fires set up inside the circle of tents, each fire surrounded by several soldiers who were eating or chatting. There was one fire surrounded by about five people that caught Yao Jun's eye, mainly because one of the men sitting at the fire was waving him over.



    Yao Jun did not see a reason to ignore them, so he started to head towards the group of people. The man who had waved Yao Jun over was the only man around the fire who was not from the same race as Leylan, he had a slightly short and stout build, his entire body bulging with muscles. He had short gray hear and thick sideburns, his eyes a deep brown in color, and his face carried a wide grin.



    The other people around the fire all had the characteristic features of Leylan's race, and there were three men and a woman. The woman had long green hair and bright blue eyes, her cherry red lips carrying a faint smile. Of the three men, one had short and spiky brown hair and dull green eyes, his body slightly thin. Another had long blue hair, brown eyes, and was rather muscular. The last man had short black hair, something Yao Jun had not seen often ever since arriving at the World Tree clan, his eyes were also black in color, his face carrying a somewhat disinterested expression as he focused on the bowl of soup in his hands. When Yao Jun reached them, the short and stout man looked him up and down, speaking in a voice that carried a strange and thick accent.



    “Yer the one that the General called over fer a meeting, Yasen Jipu, ain't it?”



    The people around the fire carried a curious expression as they looked at him, but Yao Jun could not sense any hostility from them. Before Yao Jun had the chance to correct the man, the slightly thin man with brown hair hit the short and stout man over the head, berating him in a loud voice before turning to Yao Jun.

    “You dumb-ass, it's Yao Jun. He just introduced himself two weeks ago, at least remember his name. Your gonna have to forgive this guy, he's been hit in the head a few too many times during battle. I am Hamlyn Veyron.”



    Only upon hearing the words of the man who introduced himself as Hamlyn did Yao Jun learn exactly how much time he had spent painting. He could not help but gawk slightly, he had guessed that maybe a few days had passed, but it was in fact two entire weeks? Of course, what Yao Jun didn't know was that the higher a person's cultivation became, the easier and more common it became for them to spend longer periods of time focused on one task.



    For someone at the 3rd Mortal Earth, spending an entire month quietly cultivating without noticing the passage of time was not uncommon or strange. Yao Jun quickly collected himself, turning towards the short man, who was currently rubbing his head after being hit.



    “It's no problem, it was only a short introduction after all. But yes, I am Yao Jun, nice to meet you.”



    Yao Jun sat down on the ground in front of the fire, the only woman sitting around the fire handing him a bowl of soup and introducing herself as Edelina Aliz. The short man stopped rubbing his head, introducing himself in a loud voice, even hitting his own chest.



    “Nice ta meet ya, ah am Reyner Aymiet, those two silent ones are Drogo Hab and Mjoll Ihohne. So Lil' Jun, what brought ya to this army? Were ya adopted by their clan?”



    Reyner used his thumb to point at Hamlyn as he spoke, indicating that he meant the World Tree clan. As he introduced the two others, he also pointed at them. Drogo was the man with black hair, while Mjoll was the man with long blue hair. Yao Jun let out a slight laugh and shook his head as he responded, telling a short version of the truth.



    “Nothing special like that. I got into an accident and they helped heal me, but the reason I joined the army was because I am completely broke.”



    Of course, Yao Jun avoided talking about where he came from or what type of accident he got into. Reyner gave several rapid nods of his head, his face carrying and understanding expression.



    “Broke, are ye? Aye, that's a right pickle to be in, especially when ya got to provide fer the family. You look a lil young, but have ya got anyone back home waiting fer ya?”



    Compared to the rest of the people sitting here, or even the rest of the army, Yao Jun was indeed quite young, only being around 17 years old. A gentle smile appeared on Yao Jun's face as he thought about Guo Luo and the others waiting for him.



    “I do, a wife and a few friends, as well as my parents. They are all waiting anxiously for me to get home again.”



    Upon hearing his reply and seeing his gentle smile, Hamlyn smacked his own forehead, shaking his head and speaking out in an exasperated voice. Drogo and Mjoll both copied him, patting Yao Jun as if they were feeling sympathy for him.



    “Oh boy, just look at him, he is completely smitten. So young, but a woman has already sunk her claws into him. He is already beyond saving.”



    Yao Jun's mouth curled into a slight smile, and Edelina let out a faint snicker when they heard how Hamlyn spoke as if his own son had been driven astray. Reyner let out a loud laugh, beating his thigh and spilling some soup.



    “Gahaha, yer just jealous that the two o' us got someone waiting fer us! Ya can just drag along the others when yer going out to whore around, us faithful men will sit here and be content!”



    Hamlyn's mouth twisted slightly when he heard how Reyner called his nightly actions. He stretched out his arm and hit Reyner on the back of the head, before crossing his arms in front of his chest and raising his nose, as if he was above Reyner.



    “Who is jealous of you, you old bastard. Don't make me hit you again. I'd say you are the one jealous about how many women we are getting!”



    Reyner did not seem to mind getting hit on the back of the head, and Yao Jun could tell that the group was just having a bit of fun with each other. Reyner let out another loud laugh, a smug yet gentle smile spreading on his face.



    “Gahaha, ya can say that all ye want, but ah know yer just jealous. How can yer one night stand even compare to the warmth that a good wife and a lovely lil' son can provide?”



    Reyner seemed to suddenly remember something, as he quickly dug into the pockets of the robe he was wearing beneath his armor. He pulled out a flat blue crystal, handing it to Yao Jun as he spoke with a wide grin.



    “Look at this one, Lil' Jun. Ain't he just the cutest lil' thing? Do ye have on of yer own?”



    There was an image engraved onto the crystal, showing a small child who looked no older than two years old. The child had round cheeks, blonde hair, and brown eyes, looking quite lovable. Yao Jun handed the crystal back and gave a slight shake of his head.



    “A child? I am a bit too young to have my own child, my life is also rather hectic, so I haven't thought about having one yet. But maybe once I return.”



    Where would Yao Jun even find the time to raise a child? Ever since he awakened his God Gate, he had done nothing but fighting and training so that he did not lose the next fight. Of course, he still wanted some children of his own, so depending on when he managed to return, as well as how strong he was at that point, he would have to take it up with Guo Luo. Reyner pat Yao Jun heavily on the shoulder, loudly speaking.



    “Good, good! Havin a lil' one like this at home waitin for ya along with yer wife will make every battle worth fighting. Ya can just think o' them, and your entire body will be filled with strength.”



    The group continued to chat and eat, the topics of their talk jumping all over the place. Sometimes they talked about Edelina's latest escapades with some of the soldiers, at other times they talked about Drogo's youth, or Mjoll's training. Once the light of dawn was starting to peek over the horizon, Hamlyn looked like he could no longer contain his curiosity, turning to Yao Jun.



    “If you don't mind me asking, but what laws are you cultivating? No matter how I look at you, I find myself unable to identify them.”



    After Hamlyn spoke, the others also turned towards Yao Jun. They had also sensed that they were unable to determine exactly what laws Yao Jun was practicing, so they were somewhat curious. Yao Jun let out a chuckle and spoke out a lie he had already thought of ahead of time.



    “You can consider me a lightning and fire cultivator, it's just that I am using a technique to hide my laws. It helps me ambush my enemies while we battle.”



    Finally hearing what laws Yao Jun cultivated, no one paid attention to the fact that he said that they could consider him a fire and lightning cultivator, not that he was a fire and lightning cultivator. Reyner put on a smug smile, raising his nose high.



    “Fire an' lightning? Those are good laws, strong and powerful in a battle. But they ain't able to hold a candle to the poison laws. With poison laws, ya can easily kill anyone as long as yer given enough time and got enough Qi.”



    What Reyner said was not quite true, as one would be able to completely ignore the poison laws of someone that was much weaker than you. Of course, if the gap in strength was not too large, then what he said was indeed true. Hamlyn let out a snort, his lips curling into a challenging smile.



    “You're only saying that because you cultivate the poison laws, and only because we are the only ones around. Try saying that your poison laws are the strongest when you are faced with the Supreme Law of Illusions, or the Supreme Law of Defense. Little Jun, just ignore this bumbling oaf, he just likes to boast to newcomers.”



    Reyner fell silent after hearing Hamlyn's words, but Yao Jun found himself getting rather interested in these Supreme Laws, quickly questioning.



    “I don't mind, but what are these Supreme Laws?”



    Guo Luo had the Illusion God's Gate, could it have some ties to this Supreme Law of Illusions? Hamlyn and the others looked quite shocked when they heard Yao Jun ask about the Supreme Laws. Hamlyn looked at Yao Jun with a somewhat strange gaze as he explained.



    “You've never heard about the Supreme Laws? They are a legend that is spread over the entire universe, children are told about them as bed time stories. How can you never have heard about them?”



    Yao Jun was rather surprised that the Supreme Laws were this common knowledge, but he merely gave a slight shrug of his shoulders, giving a short reply.



    “I was never really told any legends or stories growing up, it was mostly training.”



    What Yao Jun said was not a lie, even before he turned five and started training with his father, he had not been told many stories or legends. Reyner quickly stood up, hitting his own chest and speaking out in a loud voice.



    “Well then, why don't ya let me enlighten ya! The Supreme Laws are a title given to the nine strongest and oldest laws, the laws that have been around since the universe itself was created! The legends say that if all nine laws were to unite, there is nothing they cannot achieve, they can even create a new universe, or completely reset this one! Can ya imagine how strong those laws gotta be?”



    Reyner seemed quite used to telling this tale, so Yao Jun guessed that he might have told it to his son several times. Yao Jun's lips curled into a faint smile, his suspicion that the nine Supreme Laws were connected to the God Gates growing stronger. After all, the God Gates were also said to have been around since the creation of the universe. He slightly tilted his head, continuing to question.



    “The truly do sound amazing. Which nine laws are considered Supreme Laws?”



    Reyner looked a little taken aback when Yao Jun asked further. He sat down and started to raise his fingers one by one, each raised finger representing one of the nine Supreme Laws.



    “Which nine? Ah believe it was the Supreme Law of Illusion, the Supreme Law of Defense, the Supreme Law of Attack, the Supreme Law of Death, and then...”



    Before Reyner could finish counting the laws, Edelina hit him over the head and stopped him. She gave a shake of her head and turned to Yao Jun, quickly listing all nine of the Supreme Laws.



    “If you can't even remember them, don't talk so boastfully. The nine laws are the Supreme Law of Illusions, Attack, Defense, Souls, Destruction, Elements, Life, Demons, and the Supreme Law of God. But it has already been countless years since someone cultivating a Supreme Law has appeared, so how strong they actually are is unknown.”



    After hearing Edelina list all nine Supreme Laws, Yao Jun was almost completely certain that the nine Supreme Laws each represented a God Gate. He did not hear her mention the God Gates of Sword, Ghost, or Human, but he had a few guesses about that. He could guess that the Supreme Law of Souls was the Ghost God's Gate, and the Supreme Law of Life was likely the Human God's Gate, while the Supreme Law of Attack was probably the Sword God's Gate, their names were merely a bit different.



    Yao Jun did not have the chance to ask anything else before a loud bell rang out. The bell was so loud that Yao Jun felt the insides of his head shake slightly. It seemed that it was not only Yao Jun who felt this, as Hamlyn and the others also looked uncomfortable. The ringing continued for half a minute before it stopped, replaced by the sounds of thousands of people moving. Hamlyn and the others also stood up, their faces grave. Hamlyn saw that Yao Jun looked somewhat lost, so he quickly explained the meaning of the bell to him.



    “The bell is ringing, which means we are to prepare to head out. Little Jun, your cultivation is the lowest in this squad, so make sure you stay in the back, only there will we be able to protect you properly.”
     
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    Chapter 166: Start of the battle.



    The sounds of people moving and armor being put on rang out through the entire camp, not a single word spoken as the soldiers carried grave faces. Yao Jun also returned to his tent, but it was only to store away the painting utensils he had yet to clean away. His own weapons and armor were either worn on his body or stored inside his body, so he had nothing that he really needed to prepare.



    Once he left the tent and met up with the rest of the people that made up the squad, he had to admit that even he was somewhat affected by the mood of the soldiers. While Yao Jun had participated in his fair share of battles, this would be the first time he had ever taken part in a battle of such a large scale, two armies of 100,000 soldiers battling.



    Azemar stood at the front of the 1000 people that made up his squad, surveying them with a solemn gaze. His eyes momentarily stopped on Yao Jun, who was standing in the back with a calm expression, but his gaze swiftly moved away. Besides Yao Jun, who was still clad in a simple robe, the rest of the people in the squad were all clad in an armor that was deep brown in color, tiny barbs decorating the arms and legs, arranged in a pattern that made them look like thorns on a vine. Azemar was clad in the bright green armor of a Squad Captain, his back straight as he spoke in a loud voice.



    “Listen up! We are about to head to the Scorched Valley battleground to face the Spark army of the Final Fire clan! The fight will be hard and bloody, but I still hope that everyone of you will be able to make it back alive! Let's go out and show off our strength!”



    The people of the squad responded with a loud shout, similar shouts ringing out from the other camps, filling the air with loud noise. The squad started to move, meeting up with the other squads and forming and orderly formation of squads as they moved away from the tents. The soldiers continued to march for half an hour, reaching a wide open area that was located a fair distance away from the tents. Diana and her two Legion Commanders were already standing in the wide open area, each clad in a thin armor that looked like a simple robe. When Diana saw the approaching army, she cleared her throat and spoke out.



    “It is likely that the squads will end up separated as the battle starts, so it will be up to each squad to keep an eye on its soldiers and make sure that everyone makes it home safely. Do not underestimate the soldiers of the Final Fire clan, they are perfectly suited for battle! Move out and proceed with caution!”



    The sound of the soldiers loudly hitting their armor rang out, perfectly unified. The ground beneath the army lit up, golden runes covering the earth for as far as the eye could see. Yao Jun felt space around them twist and and distort, a myriad of colors filling his vision as the teleportation array beneath them activated.



    After a a short moment of traveling through space, the myriad of colors that filled his vision vanished, his feet landing on solid ground. The first thing that hit Yao Jun was the smell of smoke and scorched earth. He moved his head slightly, taking in the surrounding sight.



    They were standing in what seemed to be a titanic valley, as Yao Jun could see two massive walls in the distance, rising into the heavens. They looked more like mountains than they did walls, but Yao Jun could see that the walls stretched on for as far as he could see, vanishing into the horizon. The valley was so large that it could easily house three more armies that were just as large as the one Yao Jun was currently part of.



    When Yao Jun checked the area behind the army, he could see what seemed to be tents in the distance, so he guessed that they would be resting there between battles. Why they hadn't just rested there to begin with, he did not know, but he also felt that now was not the time to ask. He turned his vision towards the front, checking out the environment at the bottom of the valley.



    The earth beneath them was dry and cracked, scorched black in many places. Yao Jun did not know how long this valley had been here or how it had been created, but as he checked out the front, he could even spot a few lakes and what seemed to be massive forests, so he guessed that the valley had been here for many years already. In the far distance, he could also see what seemed to be a large group of people, but they were so far away that he was unable to see them clearly. While he was checking the area, Diana spoke out again, her voice easily reaching all the soldiers.



    “As you can see, there is a campsite behind us, that is where we will be resting while we are not battling. There are about two years until the next Dust Tide, so we will not head back to the other camp until then, so I hope you brought everything you need! Squads 1 to 15 will be the first ones to start battling, the rest of you can head to the campsite and set it up. Squads 1 to 15! The enemy is straight ahead, fight valiantly and return alive!”



    A loud shout rang out from the soldiers, the army splitting into two. One part consisted of the 15 squads that were to head out and battle, and the other part consisted of the soldiers that were moving towards the campsite. Looking at the 15 squads that were moving out to battle, his squad included, Yao Jun felt like putting on a bitter smile.



    Squads 1 to 15 were the weakest squads, the highest cultivation level being squad 15, which had a captain at the late stage of the 6th Houtian sky. Looking at how Diana was treating this battle, sending out the weakest squads first, he was once again reminded of the words she had told him when they struck their deal. This army was their weakest army, and army used solely for the purpose of training the younger generation. Yao Jun even guessed that neither the World Tree clan or the Final Fire clan truly cared about the results of the battles that would happen in this Scorched Valley battlefield.



    After the thought struck him, he simply shook his head and tossed the thought aside, following his squad. None of that mattered to him, all that mattered was that he managed to gather enough heads and earn enough money to buy the information that he needed. As for the battle between the World Tree clan and the Final Fire clan, that was not something he would have to worry or care about, he was far too weak to do that.



    As the 15 squads moved further away from the other part of the army, Yao Jun slowly became able to properly see the army of the Final Fire clan. At first he was only able to see their number, but he quickly became able to see their features as well, a curious expression appearing on his face.



    The people of the Final Fire clan had the same shape and height as normal humans, but their skin was pitch black, almost looking like coal. Their skin was covered in glowing red lines that looked like cracks, and they had four arms instead of two, an extra pair of arms extending from their waist.



    Yao Jun also noticed that the army of the World Tree clan was slightly larger than the Final Fire clan army. But what he found truly curious was the fact that the people from the Final Fire clan were not clad in any armor, but only normal clothing. Yao Jun slowly made his way forward, stopping when he reached Reyner and the others. In a low voice, he whispered to Reyner.



    “Why are the people from the Final Fire clan not clad in armor?”



    Reyner jumped slightly when he heard Yao Jun's whisper. He quickly turned towards Yao Jun and was about to say something, but when he saw that Yao Jun was not wearing any armor, he could not help but curse slightly.



    “Lil' Jun? Why are ya not wearing yer bloody armor! Are ya trying to get yerself killed?!”



    Yao Jun smiled faintly when he heard Reyner's question. He had already expected to hear a question like that, so he raised his arm and pointed at the white bracelet that hung on his wrist.



    “Don't worry, I have my armor right here.”



    Reyner's eyes bulged slightly when he saw the bracelet on Yao Jun's arm. He was rather experienced, so he could easily tell that the bracelet was a powerful type of armor, stronger than the one he himself was wearing. He gave a slight nod, letting out a slight sigh of relief.



    “It seems the General really favors ya, that's a mighty fine armor. If ye have that, then I can rest easy.”



    After he spoke, Reyner turned his gaze towards the distance, his eyes landing on the army of the Final Fire clan that was waiting for them in the distance. They had already gotten so close that even he was able to see them clearly. In a low voice, he started to explain what he had already learned about the Final Fire clan.



    “Alright, ya were wondering why they ain't wearin' any armor? That's easy, it's cause they ain't got the need for it. The people from the Final Fire clan are all born for combat, they are the complete opposite of the people from the World Tree clan. Ya see, people from the World Tree clan have powerful souls, but their bodies are a wee bit weaker than you'd normally want them to be. But the people from the Final Fire clan, they got bodies as tough as any Demonic beast, their entire body can be counted as a weapon. But in return, they got souls that are a wee bit weaker than most.”



    Yao Jun could not help but raise an eyebrow when he heard the explanation, as this was the first he had ever heard about the people from the World Tree clan having strong souls and weaker bodies. He was also a bit surprised to find out that the people from the Final Fire clan had bodies comparable to Demonic beasts, as it most often required a lot of training to get bodies that strong. To have it since birth? That was often a great blessing.



    “I see, that's good information.”



    Yao Jun had a slight smile on his face. While inside the hidden realm, he had learned a sword technique that targeted the soul, so he was rather curious to see how effective it was against the people from the Final Fire clan. Reyner did not notice Yao Jun's slight smile, simply nodding his head.



    “Aye. If ya know someone who specializes in the laws of the soul, or the law of death, ya better stay close to that person. Ya should get to the back o' the squad Lil' Jun, it's beginning.”



    Reyner glanced at the sky after he finished talking, causing Yao Jun to do the same. The sky above the Final Fire clan army was filled with orbs of fire, each one looking like a miniature sun. As the orbs of fire shot towards the World Tree clan army, filling the sky with fire, Yao Jun started to move to the back of the squad, the slight smile on his face growing a little wider.
     
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    Chapter 167: Strange crystal.



    Yao Jun quickly reached the back of his squad, standing in an inconspicuous spot. While he swept the soldiers in front of him with a quick glance, his eyes happened to meet with Azemar's. Azemar's eyes looked slightly worried, but Yao Jun did not know exactly what it was he was worried about. Yao Jun gave Azemar a slight nod, letting him know that he was about to move into action. Azemar returned the nod, turning his eyes away from Yao Jun and back onto the enemies ahead of them.



    Yao Jun also turned his gaze onto the enemies ahead of them, thinking about how he wanted to proceed. He decided that before he did anything else, he would test out his strength, checking what level it had reached. He took another step backwards, his own shadow rising up and swallowing him, his figure vanishing from sight.



    After he hid himself, he started to walk forwards. He first tried to walk next to some of the soldiers in his squad, but none of them were able to discover him while he hid himself within the shadows. After ascertaining that they were unable to discover him, Yao Jun glanced at the orbs of fire that were falling down upon the soldiers around him. Thanks to the formation that the soldiers formed, most of the fire was blocked by their combined effort, but when a bit of fire occasionally broke through the formation, loud screams would sound out, the smell of scorched flesh filling the air.



    Yao Jun placed his gaze upon an orb of fire that was heading straight for his location, raising his right hand and pointing at it from within the shadows. After he pointed at the orb of fire, he lowered his hand, the orb rapidly changing direction and slamming into the ground a good distance away from him. Seeing the result, a smile appeared on Yao Jun's face.



    Yao Jun had absorbed Zhuyin, a true Fire Dragon. Very few creatures were better at controlling flames than her, so since he could control her powers, he had also acquired the same control over fire. Of course, he did not let it get to his head. He knew that the moment he met someone that was stronger than him, his control over fire would mean nothing, they could simply use their great amount of Qi to wrest control back. Just as Yao Jun was going to move on and test something new, the voice of Ba-Shei rang out in his mind.



    “My lord, please allow me to leave the gate and participate in the battle.”



    Yao Jun furrowed his brows slightly upon hearing Ba-Shei's request. He was now able to take human form, but Ba-Shei was still a Demonic beast, what's more, he was a Demonic beast with a ravenous hunger. Yao Jun did not want to deny him this chance to rampage a little, but when he thought about where they currently were, he hesitated somewhat.



    “You want to participate? I know that the strongest person here is only at the 6th Houtian Sky, but that is still stronger than you. What if you get surrounded or caught?”



    In response to Yao Jun's worries, the confident voice of Ba-Shei once again rang out within his mind, teaching him something that Yao Jun had yet to learn about his God Gate.



    “There is no need to worry about that, My lord. I can simply hide in the shadows as I move, only striking when I am certain of victory. And even if I were to be caught, I can return to the God Gate with a mere thought.”



    Yao Jun thought about it in silence for a short moment, the sounds of battle continuously ringing out around him. In the end, he gave a slight nod of his head, giving Ba-Shei a few reminders.



    “Very well, at the smallest sign of danger, return to the gate. I don't care what you do with their bodies, but try not to eat their interspatial rings, we need all the resources we can get. And if you find someone who seems to be a leader, try to stay away from them, no point in risking your life.”



    After speaking, a blight flashed out from Yao Jun's chest, Ba-Shei appearing in front of him. Ba-Shei was carrying an excited expression, two long and thin daggers appearing in his hands as he kneeled in front of Yao Jun.



    “Thank you, My lord.”



    After he kneeled, Ba-Shei left the shadows, quietly dashing a short distance away from Yao Jun before he jumped back into the shadows. After Ba-Shei left, a few more voices rang out from within Yao Jun's God Gate.



    “My lord...”



    Yao Jun did not even let his other Demonic beasts finish their sentences, immediately rejecting their imminent request.



    “You guys can't. It is fine if it is Ba-Shei, as he can easily hide himself, but you guys are far too noticeable. People will start to wonder where you came from, and you might even get attacked from all sides. Even if you can return to the gate with just a thought, what will we do if people start questioning where several Divine beasts suddenly came from?”



    Besides Little Thunder and Ba-Shei, every other Demonic beast Yao Jun had was a Divine beast. Divine beasts were valuable all over the universe, so Yao Jun did not dare let others know that he had several. A dejected silence followed Yao Jun's immediate rejection, so he reassured them with a slight smile.



    “Don't worry. Your time will come, it just isn't now.”



    Yao Jun had never intended to keep Sirius and the others coped up within the God Gate, he had long planned on letting them out to rampage freely. He just had to find an opportunity for it. After he spoke, Yao Jun started to move again, heading towards someone from the Final Fire clan that had strayed somewhat from his squad.



    He continued to slowly move closer, checking whether or not the person, who seemed to have a female figure, was able to detect him. When he got so close that he could reach out and touch her, but she had yet to notice him, he decided that he had checked enough. He rubbed the ring on his finger, activating the sword that Leylan had given him. The ring turned into a light green sword, and Yao Jun slashed at the throat of the woman in front of him.



    He had to leave the shadows to attack her with the sword, so she noticed him the moment he stepped out of the shadows. But with how small the distance between them was, there was no chance for her to react in time. The sword hit her throat, a cracking sound ringing out as the sword dug into her throat, the black skin around her throat cracking and bleeding orange blood. As her head fell to the ground, Yao Jun quickly picked up her interspatial ring, stepping back into the shadows as he muttered to himself.



    “Their bodies really are tough, feels like I just hit a boulder.”



    Yao Jun clenched his fist slightly, the bodies of people from the Final Fire clan truly were as tough as Reyner had said. After killing the first one, Yao Jun placed his eyes on a small group of five Final Fire clan members that were located a small distance from him. He moved through the shadows, quickly reaching the rear of the small group.



    Once he reached their rear, he stepped out of the shadows and launched his attacks. His left hand was surrounded by a thin and icy mist, while the sword in his right hand was surrounded by blazing flames. The group did not even have the time to reach to his presence, before his attacks landed on their targets.



    The man who was hit by his left hand felt his chest freeze, his hard skin and tough organs freezing and shattering. The man who was hit by his blazing sword fared far better, his skin cracking under the force, but the fire did not harm him in the slightest. He was just about to let out a loud shout, but the words froze in his mouth when he felt a strange pull on his heart. His chest split apart, a small orange crystal flying out and landing in the hand of Yao Jun. The man looked at the crystal with horrified eyes, his face freezing in that expression as he died.



    After checking the efficiency of his attacks, Yao Jun pushed aside the fire that the remaining three people sent at him, quickly killing them by drawing out the crystal that they had in their chest, their hearts. Once all five were dead, he picked up their interspatial rings and returned to the shadows, an intrigued smile on his face as he looked at the four orange crystals he held.



    “Seems like they are quite weak to ice and people who control fire, I gotta make sure to keep that in mind. And this crystal, it is very similar to a Demon Crystal. Does the Final Fire clan have some relation to Demonic beasts? Let's save it for later and check it out.”



    The moment his ice came into contact with the skin of the person from the Final Fire clan, the hard skin had immediately frozen and shattered, rendering his tough defense void. But Yao Jun was far more interested in the crystals. When his sword hit the other person from the Final Fire clan, Yao Jun felt like there was a small orb of fire within the chest of that person. With a slight thought of his mind, he was able to control that orb of fire, pulling it out of that person's chest. He expected an orb of fire, not a crystal that seemed like it was filled with fiery energy.



    Yao Jun stored away the crystals and the interspatial rings, hiding them within his God Gate. He then swept the surroundings for enemies that had strayed a little away from the main battle ground, as killing them attracted the least attention. After a short while, he spotted a tall and rugged man carrying two long axes. He was a short distance away from the nearest other enemy, so Yao Jun slowly made his way closer, silently muttering to himself.



    “Now then, power of space, let me see how strong you are.”



    When Yao Jun felt that he got close enough, he put all his focus onto the man in front of him. He had never used the power of space before, but he had an inkling on how to do it. Yao Jun's vision was filled with silver lines that moved through the air like waves, he simply stretched out his hand and grabbed onto one such line. He moved the line towards the tall man, who had realized that someone was nearby, and once the line entered the chest of the tall man, he filled the line with his Qi and gave it a slight pull. Once he saw the result, Yao Jun could not help but exclaim.



    “Jeez. No wonder it is considered one of the strongest powers.”



    When he pulled the line out of the tall man's chest, his entire body suddenly stopped moving. A thin line appeared on his chest, orange blood slowly dripping forth. After a short moment, the man's chest split into two, the upper separating from his body and falling to the ground, the rest of his body quickly following. His face held a somewhat clueless expression, forever unable to understand what had killed him.



    Yao Jun picked up the interspatial ring of the man, storing it away and jumping back into the shadows. He wanted to pick up the crystal as well, but it had been sliced in half when Yao Jun killed the man. After entering the shadows again, Yao Jun turned his vision onto the main battle that was going on in the distance, a slight mutter ringing out from his lips as he started to move.



    “Alright, I should stop now, I need to collect some heads.”



    Yao Jun dared not relax his vigilance as he moved towards the main battle, heading directly towards the group of Final Fire clan people that were fighting against the squad he was part of. He activated his Crumbling The Nine Heaven's technique, pushing his strength to the peak and giving him greater control over the surrounding shadows.



    The people from the Final Fire clan were also using a formation to strengthen themselves, so once Yao Jun got close to them, he drastically decreased his speed. He kept a close eye on the surrounding Qi, only moving when he felt that it was perfectly safe to step forward, slowly making his way into the midst of the group of Final Fire clan people. After he spent nearly three hours slowly moving, he reached what seemed to be the center of the formation.



    At the center of the formation stood a woman, but she was clearly different from the rest of the Final Fire clan people around her. There was a crimson mark on her forehead, shaped like a ring of fire. She also had a higher cultivation than the others around her, reaching the middle stage of the 5th Houtian Sky. Yao Jun stretched out his right arm, his own sword appearing in his hands. His eyes locked onto the woman, a slight mutter ringing out from his mouth as he stepped out of the shadows.



    “This seems to be the core of the formation that they use, so you should be the captain. Sorry, but I am going to need your head.”



    Yao Jun started his attack before he even stepped out of the shadows, his sword already swinging when his body left the shadows. The silver lines that filled his vision gathered around the edge of his sword, a low screeching sound ringing out as space around his sword was pushed aside.



    The eyes of the woman narrowed, a large brown hammer appearing in her hands as she turned towards Yao Jun and raised the hammer to block. But the quality of the hammer was lower than Yao Jun's weapon, which had been made using his own blood and Qi from the Demon God's Gate. His attack was also enhanced by the slicing power of space, so his sword moved through the hammer like a hot knife through butter, reaching the woman's throat without resistance.



    Her hammer was unable to resist the attack, so how could her body? The sword easily sliced through her throat, separating her head from her body. In this battlefield, where the strongest person was only someone at the 6th Houtian Sky, there was no one that could truly stop Yao Jun. Yao Jun quickly reached out with his left arm and grabbed onto the head, storing it away and stepping back into the shadows as the formation that the Final Fire clan people had set up fell apart, its core gone.



    Without the support of their formation, the strength and defense of the soldiers within the group quickly fell, making it far easier for the soldiers of the World Tree clan to kill them. Most of the soldiers did not know why the enemy formation would suddenly collapse, but a few nearby captains happened to catch a quick glimpse of a youth with violet hair.
     
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    Chapter 168: A true test of strength.



    Yao Jun did not stop after taking the head of one captain. As he was uncertain exactly how much money he would need, he felt that the more he managed to acquire the better. So after taking the head of one captain, he slowly made his way towards the other people who seemed to be captains. He required a few hours to reach the position of the captain, but the battle seemed like it would drag on for quite a while, so he felt confident in taking his time.



    While Yao Jun was slowly moving between squads, he was also keeping in touch with Ba-Shei, who was moving around on his own. By closing his eyes and focusing on his connection with Ba-Shei, he could see everything that Ba-Shei could, so he always knew exactly where Ba-Shei was and what he was doing.



    After killing 4 captains and collecting their heads, Yao Jun noticed that the battle was quickly becoming more favorable for the World Tree clan army. Looking at how the Final Fire clan army was slowly pulling back, it did not require too much thought to guess that they were planning on retreating soon. After all, they only used these battles to train their younger generation, no need to keep them going until everyone was dead.



    That being the situation, Yao Jun set his eyes on a certain squad that was not far from him, starting to make his way towards the place where the captain was stationed. Since he would be unable to collect too many more heads during this battle, he decided to test exactly how much his strength had grown while he still had the chance.



    He sped up a little this time, quickly reaching the center of the formation. The captain of this squad was tall and thin, his charcoal like skin looking quite smooth, his crimson hair tied into a tight bun. The fire mark on his forehead a little larger than the other ones Yao Jun had seen so far, so it was clear that he had a bit more status than the other captains Yao Jun had killed.



    Yao Jun stood a bit further away from this captain, making sure that he was not spotted. The captain swept the surroundings, seemingly a bit suspicious, so Yao Jun dared not move closer. Yao Jun activated his Crumbling The Nine Heaven's technique, as well as activating the lightning technique that he had created. After activating both his strengthening techniques, he also donned his black armor and grasped his sword, instantly entering his strongest state.



    The captain in front of him had reached the early stage of the 6th Houtian Sky, so Yao Jun guessed that he would be about as strong, if not a bit stronger, than Yuan Shen had been when they last fought. Yao Jun's eyes narrowed as he looked at the man, a slight breath released from his mouth as he took a step forward, stepping out of the shadows.



    The moment he left the shadows, the sound of rumbling thunder rang out as he dashed forward, his body turning into a black blur. The captain immediately noticed him, two orange spears appearing in his arms as he turned to face Yao Jun. The man stabbed out with both spears, one high and one low, growling at Yao Jun in a low voice.



    “So you are why I have been feeling uneasy lately. I am Squad Captain Watkin, identify yourself!”



    Yao Jun did not stop his charge, despite the two spears coming at him. His eyes narrowed further, his foot stepping onto one of the silver lines that filled his vision. Once his foot stepped onto the silver line, he channeled a bit of Qi into the line, glancing at a silver line that was located behind the captain, Watkin. The moment his Qi entered the silver line, his body vanished, immediately reappearing atop the silver line he had glanced at.



    Watkin was shocked, but a slight smile spread on Yao Jun's face. This was the first time he had tried to move using the power of space, and it worked just as well as he had hoped. He slashed out with his sword, wind and lightning howling around the blade as the earth was sliced open and scorched. But Watkin had a large amount of combat experience, so he managed to tilt his body forward, his head almost touching the ground as he dodged the attack.



    He stabbed his two spears into the ground and grasped them tightly, lifting his lower body up from the ground and sending his heels smashing towards Yao Jun. Yao Jun reached out with his left arm, blocking one of the heels that was coming at him. Yao Jun pulled back his other arm and moved his sword to block the other heel, but Watkin seemed to have predicted his movements.



    Just as Yao Jun's sword moved into blocking position, Watkin's two right arms let go of the spear they were holding, his fingers digging into the ground. With his fingers dug into the ground, the muscles in his right arms bulged. The spear that his left arms were holding was pulled out of the ground, his upper body spinning around unnaturally as the spear came slashing towards Yao Jun's head.



    “Don't underestimate a Squad Captain!”



    Yao Jun's pupils contracted, his eyes hardening when he looked at that oncoming spear. His left hand was blocking one heel, and his sword was blocking the other heel, leaving him with no arms available to block. His Qi was currently being channeled into his hands to increase their strength, so dodging through space or the shadows would be a bit tough, as it would require him to move a large amount of Qi.



    But Yao Jun was after all not a newbie when it came to battles. He turned his head to face the oncoming attack, a small wall of ice appearing in the air in front of him. He could not move a large amount of Qi, but moving smaller amounts was still easy for him. Several smaller walls of ice appeared behind the first one, stacking together as they quickly formed a finger thick shield that blocked the path of the oncoming spear.



    The spear slammed into the shield of ice, a hissing sound ringing out as steam started to appear from the place where the spear and shield touched. While the shield was cracking and melting under the spear, Yao Jun blocked the heels that were coming at him, his hands feeling numb as his body was pushed back slightly. The last part of the shield of ice shattered, the spear continuing to slash at Yao Jun. But thanks to losing so much momentum, as well as the fact that Yao Jun was pushed slightly, the spear only ended up crashing into his shoulder.



    Yao Jun's body was flung to the side, the temperature around him quickly increasing as he noticed that the closest soldiers had grouped together and formed several large orbs of fire. The soldiers waved their hands, the orbs of fire shooting towards Yao Jun as the earth beneath the orbs was scorched black. Watkin also sent out another attack of his own, a new spear appearing within his hands. He tossed the spear towards Yao Jun, a whistling sound ringing out as the spear flew through the air.



    Wind howled around Yao Jun as he spun his body around. The orbs of fire hit him, but before they could do any damage to him, he put them under his control, coiling the fire around his body. His body spun around in the air, fire blazing around him as he straightened his body. His feet touched the ground as he stabilized himself, the earth cracking under the force. He stretched out his left arm, the fire blazing around him turning into a thick pillar that shot forwards.



    The spear that was flying towards him melted under the high heat, the pillar of flames continuing towards Watkin. Watkin's eyes narrowed as he looked at the pillar, his right arms picking up the orange spear he had let go off earlier. He crossed both his spears in front of him, crimson flames blazing around them as he took the pillar of fire head on.



    While Watkin was taking the pillar head on, Yao Jun was getting surrounded by other soldiers. Yao Jun merely gave them a glance, a silver light shining around his blade as he slashed out. A screeching sound rang out, a silver line appearing in the air and passing through the soldiers around him. They did not even have the time to say anything before their upper bodies were separated from their lower bodies. The soldiers around him were all below the 5th Houtian Sky, with Yao Jun in his strongest state, they were of no threat to him.



    He used wind to pick up their interspatial rings and the crystals from within their chests, his eyes landing on Watkin. Watkin was still blocking the pillar of fire, but it was clear that the pillar would not be able to penetrate his defense before he managed to completely block it. Yao Jun glanced at the surroundings, seeing that more and more soldiers were gathering. The people from the World Tree clan had also realized that something was going on, so they had intensified their attacks on the squad.



    Yao Jun realized that he would not be able to drag this fight out much longer, so he decided to cut it short. He stepped onto a silver line, his body vanishing and reappearing on Watkin's left side. His sword shimmered with silver light as he slashed out, aiming for Watkin's throat. Watkin felt a threat to his life from the sword attack, so he stopped bothering with the pillar of flame, turning his body towards Yao Jun as he raised his spears to block the attack.



    Yao Jun's sword clashed against Watkin's spears, a loud sound ringing out. The pillar of flame crashed into Watkin's side, a burnt smell slowly spreading as an expression of pain appeared on Watkin's face. While he blocked Yao Jun's sword, Watkin also sent out a kick, his right foot smashing into Yao Jun's abdomen and sending him flying backwards, the taste of blood appearing in his mouth. But his lips curled into a slight smile.



    “We'll cut it short here, but I'll be taking this as a souvenir for now. Next time, I'll take your head.”



    Watkin was a bit confused at Yao Jun's words, but a hot pain coming from one of his right arms quickly let him know what Yao Jun had meant. The shadows beneath him had risen up, forming a blade cut off one of his fingers, the finger that carried his interspatial ring. The interspatial ring sank into the shadows, vanishing from sight. Watkin turned his eyes back towards where Yao Jun had been, but he had already vanished into the shadows, so Watkin was unable to do anything but let out a loud roar.
     
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    Chapter 169: Picking up the rewards.



    While Watkin was cursing into empty air, Yao Jun was making his way through the shadows, rapidly moving away from Watkin, a smile appearing on his face. His abdomen hurt, and his hands were numb, but he felt like letting out a loud laugh. Watkin was about the same strength as Yuan Shen had been last time they had fought, back then Yao Jun had only been able to dodge around and flee, but now he was able to fight head on. While fighting Yuan Shen, most of his elements would be unavailable, but he was confident that he could still properly fight even if he only used his lightning, ice, and space elements.



    But Yao Jun did not let this confidence go to his head, nor did he grow complacent. After all, Watkin only had the strength that Yuan Shen had the last time they fought. Time had passed since then, so Yuan Shen had likely grown stronger already. After all, as the person holding the Element God's Gate, he only had to absorb the elements to grow stronger faster. Yao Jun on the other hand, had to find strong Demonic beasts if he wanted to grow stronger quickly.



    And Yuan Shen wasn't even alone. He also had Qiao Xian Yi, who was even stronger, and there was also clearly someone else behind them. To command two people who had God Gates, the one who commanded them was clearly much stronger than the two of them. Yao Jun had grown stronger, but he could not stay idle, he could clearly feel the pressure that was on him. While moving through the shadows, Yao Jun sent a quick message to Ba-Shei.



    “Ba-Shei, return to the gate for now. The battle should end rather soon.”



    Yao Jun had caused four of the enemy squads to lose their formation, and even Watkin's squad had been destabilized heavily because of their battle. Battling any longer would result in more deaths than the enemy was willing to suffer, at least that was what Yao Jun guessed. Ba-Shei gave a quick confirmation, returning to the gate with a single thought.



    Yao Jun quickly reached his own squad, jumping out of the shadows when he reached a place where no one could spot him, sneaking forward and joining up with his own squad unnoticed. Just like Yao Jun guessed, the battle only continued for another half hour before the people from the Final Fire clan called for a retreat, the two armies separating and returning to their own camps. Seeing how clean the retreat was, Yao Jun could not help but be surprised, neither army even thought about attacking the enemy as they were retreating.



    While retreating, Yao Jun was chatting with Reyner and the others, who were all happy that the others had survived through the first battle. They were a bit worried about Yao Jun, who had the lowest cultivation among them, but they were relieved when they saw that he had no wounds, leaving them marveling at the might of the armor he had been given. Facing their awe-struck gazes, Yao Jun merely gave a non-committal smile.



    Once they returned to the camp, which had been set up by the squads that had been left behind before the battle, they were assigned their quarters. Since they were the weakest squads, their quarters were located at the outskirts of the entire camp, allowing them to serve as vanguards in case there was a night attack. Upon returning to the camp, the soldiers in each squad moved to report to their Squad Captains, who would then report to the Division Leaders, who would then continue to report the results of the battle upwards.



    While they were doing that, Yao Jun quietly snuck away, casually moving through the camp. Yao Jun did not even need to ask which tent belonged to Diana, as there was a tent at the very center of the camp that was clearly more grandiose than the rest. Looking at the tent, and comparing it to the tent Diana used before they arrived here, it was clear that this tent was not set up by her, but was set up for her by someone else.



    Outside the tent stood two guards clad in ashen armor, each holding a long halberd. The two guards were a little over three meters tall, but the halberds were still longer than them, prompting Yao Jun to wonder how they even wielded weapons that long, even with their height. As he stepped closer, the two guards crossed their halberds, preventing him from moving further. Before they got the chance to question him Diana's voice rang out from within the tent.



    “You can let him in.”



    The two guards straightened out their halberds, no longer looking at Yao Jun. They no longer looked at him, but they still released a strong pressure that told him that they would not accept him attempting anything strange. Yao Jun walked past the guards and entered the tent, giving the insides a quick glance.



    Despite the grandiose appearance of the tent, the inside was decorated sparsely, much closer to how Diana preferred it. Glancing at one corner, Yao Jun could see that there were quite a few packed into a large box, so he guessed that she might have removed all the previous decorations and furniture, only keeping the bare minimum, which was a single bed, a large table and a few chairs.



    Diana was sitting behind the table, looking over several papers that were scattered across the table. But she was clearly in a better mood than she had been when Yao Jun last saw her, the furrow on her brow somewhat receded. She did not look up from the papers she was reading, pointing at the seat in front of her as she spoke up.



    “Take a seat. The reward for the four heads are in that interspatial ring there, you can keep whatever they had on their bodies when you killed them.”



    Yao Jun sat down in the seat that Diana had pointed at, picking up the yellow interspatial ring that was placed on the table. He played with the interspatial ring a little, turning his gaze towards Diana, a somewhat surprised expression on his face.



    “You already know that I killed them, huh.”



    The battle had ended just now, yet she had already learned about the captains he had killed, even preparing the reward already. Had she made someone spy on him? Or was her information network just that good. While Yao Jun was pondering over it, Diana raised her head slightly, glancing at him with a calm expression, as if the answer was self-evident.



    “I know the strength of everyone in my army, everyone but you that is. None of the people I sent out for the first battle have the strength to sneak into the enemy formation and kill the captain, and they certainly did not have the strength to fight against a Watkin surrounded by his own soldiers. So it can't be any of the soldiers I sent out to fight, leaving only you and your unknown strength. It doesn't require much thought.”



    She was the General of the entire army, it was her duty to know exactly how strong every single one of her soldiers were. She even knew the strength of the soldiers that had only joined recently, having been present at all the training and sparring they had done. Hearing her response, Yao Jun gave a slight nod of his head.



    “Fair enough. The heads are in here, I have no need for them, so you can use them to boost morale or something like that.”



    He took out the interspatial ring where he had stored the four heads, placing it on the table as he shrugged his shoulders. He did not know what she was going to do with the heads, or if she was even going to use them for anything, but he didn't really care. He sank his mind into the interspatial ring that he had been given, surprise appearing on his face when he saw the contents.



    “Hoh? You also use Spirit Stones as currency? These should be Spirit Grade, right?”



    Spirit Stones were not unfamiliar to Yao Jun, it was the same currency that was used by cultivators on his own planet. They were created when enough Qi gathered together and crystallized, forming crystals of varying sizes. They were divided into several different grades, based on how much Qi they contained, as well as how pure the Qi was. If he remembered correctly, they were divided into Mortal, Spirit, Earth, Heaven, and the fabled Primordial and Empyrean Grades. Diana gave a slight nod of her head, giving the interspatial ring she had been given a quick glance before putting it away.



    “Correct. Squad Captains are only worth Spirit Grade Stones. Division Leaders and above will give you Earth Grade Stones. Once you have gathered enough, I can also help you convert them to a higher grade.”



    Yao Jun put the interspatial ring away, pretending to put it into another interspatial ring, but in reality, he put it into his God Gate for safekeeping. He did not leave after storing away the interspatial ring, leaning back a bit in the chair as he questioned Diana.



    “When will the next battle take place?”



    Only by taking part in battle could Yao Jun earn more money and sharpen his skills, so he was quite eager to go back into battle and temper himself in the forge that was brutal combat. Diana rolled her eyes for a short moment as she thought, putting down the paper in her hand and picking up a different one. After glancing at the paper, she gave a blunt response



    “The next battle will take place in four days, but your squad won't be part of that one. The next battle for your squad should be in about a month. If you are not satisfied with that, you can tag along with the others when they battle, but I won't guarantee your life. If you die, you die.”



    Yao Jun did not immediately respond, sinking into a short silence as he thought it over. After thinking it over for a bit, he stood up from the chair and headed for the exit of the tent, giving an unclear answer.



    “We'll see. I'll come back once I have more heads.”



    Yao Jun was uncertain whether or not he would risk tagging along with the other squads as they went out to battle, they would face stronger enemies after all. He decided that he would first return to his quarters and check out the spoils he had acquired during the battle. If he was lucky, there might be something among there that would allow him to increase his strength.
     
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    Chapter 170: The marvelous spoils of battle.



    After leaving Diana's tent, Yao Jun proceeded to slowly make his way back towards the quarters that his squad had been assigned. He was not in a rush, strolling with his hands behind his back, his gait leisurely. He could tell that there were a few people looking at him, but he paid them no heed. As he got closer to the quarters, he suddenly heard a loud shout, the sound of someone running towards him shortly following.



    “There ya are!”



    Yao Jun turned towards the side, spotting the charging Reyner. Reyner quickly reached Yao Jun, his breathing a bit heavy and his face somewhat red from running around. He looked Yao Jun up and down for a few moments, before grabbing his arm and pulling him towards their quarters, his voice somewhat hushed.



    “Are ya crazy, Lil' Jun? Now that we're out here, the tension o' the people in the army has shot through tha roof. If tha women see a delicate little thing like ye, they are likely to just gobble ya up to release some o' that tension. And trust me, ya ain't ever gonna be able to explain that to yer wife. It's best if ya just stay hidden here in our quarters.”



    The two quickly made their way back to their quarters, Reyner vigilantly sweeping the surroundings. Yao Jun was a bit thin, but that was mostly because his body was streamlined, his muscles not bulging. Of course, to people from the World Tree clan, he did indeed look delicate. Hearing Reyner's words, Yao Jun suddenly understood why he had felt people looking at him as he made his way back to the quarters, a light chuckle escaping his lips.



    “Don't worry, I made sure I stayed hidden while I was wandering around.”



    Reyner turned his head towards Yao Jun, sending him a slight glare as he raised his arm, pointing directly at Yao Jun's face.



    “That's only what ya think, but how can ya know that there wasn't someone that saw ye? There are plenty o' folks in this army stronger than ya, after all.”



    Facing the glare and solid argument from Reyner, Yao Jun had no other option than to raise his arms in defeat, speaking out with a chuckle.



    “I get it, I get it, I won't wander around anymore, at least not alone.”



    When the two entered the quarters that had been assigned to their squad, there were already several small fires set up, the smell of roasted meat and vegetables spreading throughout the entire area. Reyner gave a nod upon seeing Yao Jun acting obediently. His face cracked into a smile when he smelled the food in the air, speaking as he rubbed his hands together.



    “That's better. Now let's go and get us some grub, we got some great meat cause of the good result of the battle. Would be a shame if we let everyone else gobble it up before we even got a taste.”



    Yao Jun gave a slight nod of his head, the two of them heading towards the others that were part of their usual group. When they were spotted by the others, the usually quiet Drogo picked up a piece of meat that looked like a roasted deer leg, waving it in the air as he spoke in an intentionally conceited voice.



    “Took you long enough to come back. Hadn't it been for our incredibly magnanimous souls, there wouldn't be any meat left.”



    Reyner's eyes were completely glued to the meat, his speed quickly increasing as he almost charged full speed at Drogo. He quickly grabbed onto the meat, letting out a loud laugh and waving at Yao Jun.



    “HAHAHA, ah knew I could trust ye. Lil' Jun, come, come, let us feast to our heart's content.”



    Yao Jun also joined the group, sitting down by the fire and eating some of the meat. The meat was a bit salty, but it had a gamey flavor that was rather enjoyable. The group continued to eat and chat, talking about the battle they had just been part of. The conversation abruptly stopped when Azemar came walking over, Reyner and the others quickly standing up and giving him a stiff salute.



    “Squad Captain!”



    Azemar responded with a short salute of his own before he lowered his shoulders and gave a slight wave of his hand, a weary smile on his face.



    “At ease, I am just taking a walk to clear my tired mind, no need for all this.”



    Reyner and the others sat down again after hearing Azemar's words, their stiff bodies loosening up somewhat. Azemar looked at the food for a short moment, before his eyes landed on the nonchalant Yao Jun. He looked deeply at Yao Jun for a short moment, before giving a slight nod of his head.



    “Thank you.”



    After he gave his thanks, he turned and walked away from the group, causing Yao Jun to guess that he had only walked over to say his thanks. Reyner and the others might not know, but Azemar was certain that it was Yao Jun who had caused several of the Final Fire clan formations to collapse. One of the formations that had collapsed was the one that Azemar's squad was facing, greatly easing the pressure they felt. After Azemar left, the others quickly turned towards Yao Jun with a curious gaze, Reyner unable to contain his curiosity any longer.



    “Oh? What did the Captain thank ye for?”



    It was rare for a Squad Captain to lower himself and thank one of his subordinates, so their curiosity was easily understood. Yao Jun had no intention of telling them about what he had done, so he only gave a casual shrug of his shoulders, coming up with a quick excuse.



    “Nothing really, I presented him with a painting before the battle, and I guess he liked it enough to thank me twice.”



    Reyner and the others nodded their heads, but it was clear that they did not truly believe in his flimsy excuse. But they understood that everyone had some secrets they did not want to share, so they had no intention of prodding deeper, returning to eating and chatting cheerfully. After a short while of eating, Yao Jun bid them farewell and retreated to the tent he was going to share with Azemar. He sat down on his bed, closing his eyes and connecting his mind with the part of his soul that was located inside his God Gate. Ba-Shei and the others were sitting beside him, cultivating underneath the ancient tree that was located at the center of the God Gate.



    “Ba-Shei, how are the spoils of the battle?”



    Upon hearing Yao Jun's voice, Ba-Shei and the others quickly halted their cultivation, opening their eyes and turning towards him. Ba-Shei had an embarrassed expression on his face, quickly kneeling in front of Yao Jun.



    “...My lord, please forgive me. I...I accidentally lost myself in the heat of battle, resulting in me swallowing almost everything. I only managed to safeguard three interspatial rings.”



    Ba-Shei pulled out three black interspatial rings from his robe, handing them to Yao Jun, but he seemed to be too ashamed to raise his head and look at Yao Jun. Yao Jun accepted the three interspatial rings, his eyes landing on Ba-Shei, giving a slight nod of his head.



    “Three, huh? That's more than I expected, you must have worked hard to keep yourself in check, good work.”



    Yao Jun had shared senses with Ba-Shei before, he knew of the gnawing hunger that plagued Ba-Shei. The fact that he had managed to hold himself back and safe three interspatial rings was already excellent. Ba-Shei quickly lowered his head further, a murmur escaping his lips.



    “I don't deserve it.”



    Yao Jun sank his mind into the interspatial rings, quickly scanning over everything that they contained. After he finished with those three, he also went through the contents of the interspatial rings that he himself acquired. Except for the interspatial ring he had taken from Watkin, the rest were rather lackluster, only containing a few weapons and some Mortal Grade Spirit Stones. After he went over all the items, he started picking out certain things he had found.



    “So these are all our spoils, huh. Zhuyin, you can take these. Little Thunder, these should be good for you. There isn't really anything that would be of great help to you guys, so you will have to be satisfied with some Spirit Stones.”



    He handed a few crystals and herbs to Zhuyin, and a few flowers and mushrooms to Little Thunder. The things he handed to Zhuyin were all resources that had the fire element, while Little Thunder got all the resources that had the thunder element. With these, the two of them would be able to increase the speed of their cultivation somewhat. Yao Jun was just about to hand out some Spirit Stones to Little Gray and the others, but they quickly shook their heads, Little Gray speaking out.



    “There is no need for you to give us Spirit Stones, My lord. The Qi present here is far more useful to us, especially the Qi coming from the central tree. It would be better if you keep the Spirit Stones and use them for yourself instead.”



    Yao Jun fell silent for a short moment. It was true that he did not want to give away too many Spirit Stones, as he had no idea how many he would need to buy the information he wanted. But it was also important to him that Little Gray and the others got to increase their strength. After a short moment, he could only nod his head, storing away all the Spirit Stones.



    “Alright, then I won't be courteous. It might be a while until our next battle, so we have a bit of time to focus on increasing our strength.”



    Yao Jun only spent a bit more time within the God Gate, before returning his consciousness to his body. Once he opened his eyes and made sure that no one was around, he took out one of the crystals he had dug out from a person from the Final Fire clan.



    “Now then, let's find out exactly what you guys are.”



    Yao Jun grasped the crystal, carefully connecting his Qi with the fiery energy within the crystal. Once his Qi made contact with it, the energy quickly flooded out of the crystal, entering Yao Jun's body and coursing through him. The energy felt like liquid fire, his skin turning bright red as beads of sweat appeared on his skin, before quickly evaporating due to the heat.



    Despite the painful heat moving through his body, Yao Jun's lips spread into a wide grin. He could feel that the fiery energy was not only slowly increasing his cultivation, it was also strengthening his body somewhat. The strengthening and increase of his cultivation was slow, but it was definitely there. Yao Jun looked at the crystal with a grin, his voice tinged with joy.



    “Aren't you quite the wonderful things?”



    The crystal he was using right now came from someone who had a cultivation of the 4th Houtian Sky, yet it was already this good, what if he got crystals from even stronger people? At the same time, he was also curious if people from the World Tree clan had somewhat similar crystals, but ones that strengthened the soul instead. Reyner had mentioned that the World Tree clan was known for having strong souls, while the Final Fire clan was known for having strong bodies.



    Yao Jun continued to quietly cultivate in the tent, continuously marveling at the wonderful use of the crystals. During the evenings, he would leave the tent and eat a hearty meal with Reyner and the others, chatting about whatever they could think of.



    Like this, four days quickly passed by, the time for the next battle arriving. While the squads that were set to fight in the battle marched out, Yao Jun stealthily made his way out of the quarters and followed the army. He stayed in the shadows, tailing the army from a distance. Once the battle was about to begin, Yao Jun moved a good distance away from the army, finding a safe spot from which he could observe most of the battle.



    The people fighting now all had cultivations that ranged from the 6th Houtian Sky to the 9th Xiantian Heaven, so he did not want to carelessly enter the fray. His gaze was calm as he observed the carnage, the earth trembling somewhat from the strength of the formations clashing. Yao Jun fondled his chin slightly as he observed the battle.



    “Tagging along for those battles seems a bit too risky for the current me.”



    He might be able to just barely be able to handle the weakest of the captains, but as he might end up facing people with cultivations in the 7th Xiantian Heaven or above, he found that it was too risky. After a short moment of pondering, his eyes narrowed slightly when he decided on what he had to do next.



    “Seems like it is about time for me to carve the third channel. I wonder, just how much will you increase my strength?”
     
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    Chapter 171: Yao Jun discovers the laws.



    Despite deciding on what he would do next, Yao Jun had no intention of leaving just yet. He focused his gaze on the battles taking place in the distance, enhancing his vision as much as he could. Most of the battles were fought using the formations, everyone pooling their Qi together to perform large attacks or to defend. But there were a few people who strayed from their squads, engaging some enemies in single combat, it was these people that Yao Jun focused on.



    With his vision enhanced to its current limit, Yao Jun was even able to see how the people fighting were moving their Qi, nothing able to hide from his sight. What he was trying to learn from them was not how they used their Qi, but rather how they used their laws, that way he could learn how he himself should use the laws. He had heard a lot about the might of the laws, but he had yet to properly see them used, so he had no idea how they actually worked.



    His vision kept sweeping over the few people he had picked out as targets, carefully studying every move they made. Every time one of them swung their weapons and caused various shapes of flame or wind to shoot forth, he made sure to make a mental note of what he had observed. But as he continued to observe them, the hours slowly passing, he could not help but furrow his eyebrows, a slight mutter escaping his lips.



    “It can't be that easy, right?”



    Yao Jun was still uncertain, so he continued to observe the few people. When one or two of the people he had chosen died, he would simply switch targets, observing someone else. This allowed him to see a larger variety of laws used in action, his thoughts slowly becoming clearer and clearer. Without someone like Yao Jun, someone who could break into the enemy formations and crush their core, it was clear that the battle would drag on much longer. So even after Yao Jun had observed various people for an entire day, the battle had not shown the slightest sign of stopping, only a single squad ending up somewhat wounded.



    But after an entire day of observing, Yao Jun felt quite certain that the conclusion he had come to was correct. He stopped observing the battle, quickly dashing further away from the battle. He stayed within the shadows as he dashed away from the battle, only occasionally jumping out when he had reached the end of his range.



    As he moved through the shadows, they continuously kept changing, his way of moving through them changing aswell. At times he would run through the shadows, the shadows acting like a flat surface, at other times, the shadows would act like water, Yao Jun swimming through them, while at other times they would act like thin air, Yao Jun flying through them as if he was a bird.



    Yao Jun ran as far as he could, only stopping when he reached a small lake that was so far away from the battle he was unable to see the two armies. The small lake was surrounded by a beach filled with deep red sand, the smell of sulfur coming from the murky water. Yao Jun jumped out of the shadows for a short moment, quickly jumping into the shadow cast by one of the kernels of sand, perfectly hiding himself.



    Once he felt safe in the shadows, he sat down and crossed his legs, his eyes turning serious as he raised his arms and held them in front of him. He focused his eyes on his right hand, enhancing his vision until he could see every little detail of what was happening on an above his hand. Once he felt certain that he would see everything, he tapped into his control over lightning, a violet arc crackling into existence as it danced around the fingers on his right hand.



    Yao Jun carefully studied the lightning, paying more attention to it than he ever had before. Only now did he notice that the arc of lightning acted somewhat different from a normal bolt of lightning, spiralling slightly as it moved around. Yao Jun moved the arc around his hand, having it form a few different shapes and performing a few small maneuvers.



    After he spent several minutes moving it around, he narrowed his eyes slightly, his thoughts moving as he tried sending a mental order to the arc. Shortly after receiving his order, the lightning stopped spiralling, acting like a normal bolt of lightning. But when it stopped spiralling, Yao Jun's eyes lit up with a bright light. Its speed had increased! The increase was a bit hard to notice, but the arc of lightning had clearly gotten faster!



    He tried sending another mental order to the bolt of lightning, and it quickly slowed down, moving even slower than it had when it was spiralling. But as it slowed down, it became more compact and concentrated, the heat it was radiating growing stronger as its color grew a bit deeper. A smile spread on Yao Jun's face, quickly dismissing the lightning.



    Once the lightning vanished, a small flame flickered into existence above his right hand, blazing strongly as it released a crimson light. Yao Jun stared intently at the flame, slowly starting to notice that the flame was flickering strongly, as if it was bursting forth with all its energy at every single second. He tried sending a mental order to the flame, the flickering stopping as the flame started to shrink. But as the flame shrank, space around it started to distort slightly, its color turning somewhat blue as the heat it released grew frighteningly fast.



    The smile on Yao Jun's face had already turned into a grin as he dismissed the flame. The next thing to appear above his hand was a small orb of ice. The orb of ice was quite clear, but Yao Jun could see that there were a few impurities within it. An idea appeared within his mind, his body quickly jumping out from the shadows and appearing on the beach around the lake.



    He stared at the ball of ice, transmitting an order to it. The few impurities present within the ice started to slowly vanish, the orb turning as clear as polished glass. Once it was perfectly clear, Yao Jun clutched it tightly and threw it at the ground a short distance away. The orb crashed into the ground, a loud sound resounding as the earth cracked and shattered, a small hole appearing. Yao Jun beckoned with his hand, the orb shooting out from within the hole and returning to his hand.



    He checked the ice once, but it didn't even have a single scratch after shattering the earth. He sent another order to the orb, its color slowly turning a murky white as if it was filled with a fine smoke. Once the entire orb was white in color, he once again threw it at the ground not far from him, a short distance away from the hole he had made earlier.



    The moment the ice came into contact with the earth, it shattered with a light sound, as if it was made from the most fragile glass. But the moment it shattered, the earth around the orb instantly froze, a terrifying chill spreading as the frozen earth started to crack under its own weight. Yao Jun grinned like a small child that had received a new toy when he saw the frozen earth, a faint laughter unnoticeably escaping from his lips.



    He quickly jumped back into the shadow of a sand kernel, hiding away again. He crossed his legs and sat down again, his expression turning serious again as he started to organize his thoughts and his new knowledge. To make it easier for himself, he even coated his finger in ice, writing down his thoughts in the air.



    “Only the act of creating it requires Qi, changing it and controlling it not costing anything. Unless specially ordered, it will merely act on what I first imagined when I acquired it. Changing the properties will allow for a far wider range of options, so I better experiment as much as possible.”



    Yao Jun kept writing and erasing his thoughts, occasionally muttering to himself, while at other times chuckling to himself. He could not help his laughter, after all, how could he have imagined that the laws were that easy? He didn't even have to study them too much to understand them, he had already been using them from the start.



    At first he had thought that it required Qi to produce and control his lightning, but after closely examining it, he found that to be wrong. It only cost Qi to produce the lightning, controlling it cost him no Qi. But then how did he control the lightning, how did it move as he wished to? That was where the laws came into effect. His mind automatically connected with the lightning, telling it where he wanted it to go. Once the lightning got the information, the laws activated, the path Yao Jun had chosen for the lightning turning conductive, allowing the lightning to travel down the chosen path.



    But the laws were so much more than just an aid to control his powers, they could even help him change his powers. When Yao Jun summoned the lightning, it was spiralling slightly. That was because Yao Jun had always envisioned lightning to be a great piercing force, so it spiralled to support that belief, gaining a greater piercing power. But by doing so, it lost some speed and heat, other traits that were common in lightning. By using the laws to remove the spiralling, he could either increase the speed or increase the heat.



    It was the same with his fire and ice. He originally believed fire to be like an explosion, a massive amount of energy released in a split second, decimating everything around it. But by unleashing it like that, it lost a lot of its heat, relying more on the repulsive force of the explosion.



    As for his ice, he had seen how Zhuanxu used it to defend against his attacks, leading him to believe that it was perfectly suited for defense. But forcing it to focus on defense caused it to lose its terrifying chill, its strongest attack. By using the laws, he could freely change the properties of his elements, using whatever was most suitable for the current situation. Only now did he truly understand why the laws were supposed to be so powerful.



    Of course, what Yao Jun still failed to understand was that he could only do this because he had the Demon God's Gate, one of the nine supreme laws. If it was anyone else, it would require a large amount of Qi and studying to be able to freely change the properties of their element like that. After Yao Jun finished writing down his thoughts, he remembered something he had yet to try.



    He waved his arm, an orb of fire and an orb of ice appearing in the air in front of him. The orb of fire pulsated, almost like a beating heart, its color changing between crimson and blue. The orb of ice on the other hand continuously changed between crystal clear and murky white, Yao Jun continuously using the laws to change the two orbs.



    With both orbs in place, Yao Jun opened his hand, a black gate appearing beneath the two orbs. The gate had grown since Yao Jun last summoned it, reaching almost a meter in size. The moment the gate appeared, the two orbs floating above it started trembling, the changes within them slowing down drastically, even showing signs of becoming unstable.



    Yao Jun ignored the two orbs, focusing on the gate, paying attention to every little detail. He could not see anything, but he could feel that the gate was releasing an invisible energy that pressed down on everything around it as if it was trying to force everything to kneel towards it. Even with his limited experience, Yao Jun could tell that this invisible energy was the laws of the gate, the Supreme Law of Demons.



    Yao Jun closed his eyes, immersing himself in the invisible energy. He found that the energy was identical to the aura that the ancient tree at the center of his God Gate released, so he guessed that it was the tree releasing the laws, not the gate itself.



    Yao Jun continued to quietly immerse himself in the laws, trying his best to somewhat control them, or move them to his will. But it seemed like the Supreme Law of Demons was not quite willing to let itself be controlled that easily, Yao Jun only gaining control over a tiny sliver of the laws even after spending an entire day. After he gained control over that tiny sliver, it seemed like he had reached some type of limit, as he found himself unable to gain control over any more, no matter what he tried.



    But despite only gaining control over a tiny sliver, he was not discouraged. If he could not control more, that was only because he was currently too weak, once he got stronger, even the Supreme Law of Demons would be forced to listen to him. And gaining control over that tiny sliver gave him access to an ability he found quite interesting, the ability to open more entrances to the inside of the God Gate.



    Up to this point, Yao Jun and others would always have to enter the God Gate through the gate, and the same was true for leaving the God Gate, one had to pass through the gate. But now, after gaining control over a small amount of its laws, he could open several smaller entrances, currently up to three at once. These entrances could not only be used for entering but also leaving, meaning that he could open three entrances during battle and let Zhuyin and the others use them to ambush and surround his enemy.



    After he finished experimenting with the laws, Yao Jun took a quick trip back to the camp, greeting Reyner and the others. He did not want them to become too suspicious about his long absence, so he told them that he was close to a breakthrough, so he would seclude himself for a little bit. Reyner and the others quickly nodded their heads, pleasantly surprised that Yao Jun would grow stronger. After all, the stronger Yao Jun got, the less they had to focus on protecting him, or so they thought.



    He did not say anything else to them, delivering a short message to Diana that he would be gone for a little bit. After delivering the message, he left the camp and returned to the lake where he had experimented with the laws. He jumped into the shadows, sitting down and crossing his legs once more, his eyes serious. He had dallied enough, it was time to carve the third channel and increase his strength.
     
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    Chapter 172: Surging undercurrents.



    Yao Jun swiped his interspatial ring, taking out the remaining crystals he had gotten from the Final Fire clan people. At the same time, he also took out most of his Spirit Stones, placing them all in a circle around him. He felt somewhat pained at using up his Spirit Stones already, but he could only let out a sigh and consider it an investment for the future.



    With the Spirit Stones and crystals in place, he closed his eyes and took a deep breath, clearing his mind completely. Not only was he intending on carving the third channel, he also wanted to take the chance to increase his cultivation. Reaching the 4th Houtian Sky was somewhat unlikely, but there was no problem with reaching the late stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth.



    Yao Jun raised his right arm, the black gate appearing in front of him, floating above the Spirit Stones as it radiated a strong pressure. Yao Jun took several deep breaths, each breath extracting more and more Qi from the Spirit Stones and crystals. All the Qi gathered in front of Yao Jun, splitting into two separate orbs, one that flew towards the back of his neck, and one that gathered in front of his chest.



    Yao Jun also drew upon some of the pressure that the black gate was radiating, the laws mixing together with the Qi that was gathering in front of him. He did not know if mixing the laws of his God Gate with the Qi would bring about any benefit, but he did not see any harm in trying.



    Yao Jun's deep and steady breathing continued, more and more Qi gathering around him, the Spirit Stones around him starting to turn dull and crack. Once he had drained half the Spirit Stones and all the crystals, he felt that he had gathered enough Qi. The orb of Qi in front of his chest shot forward, sinking into his body and flooding his veins and flesh.



    His body quickly became saturated, unable to contain any more Qi, but he did not stop, forcing himself to absorb more Qi. While part of his mind focused on increasing his cultivation through force, the other part of his mind connected to the second orb of Qi, turning it into a sharp spiral that stabbed into his neck.



    His mind shook somewhat because of the pain, hot blood starting to pour down his back, but he simply grit his teeth and endured. The nine channels of Crumbling The Nine Heaven's did not have any requirements for where they could be placed, but there were certain places where they could be placed that would let them draw out more power. One of those places was the spine, it was also the place where Yao Jun decided to carve his third channel.



    The drill of Qi dug into his neck, piercing into his spine, digging all the way into the marrow. Once it reached the marrow, it started to slowly spread through his spine, digging deeper into it as a horrendous pain started to spread through Yao Jun's body. The spine was one of the most important parts of the body, so how could it not be painful to have something dig its way through the spine?



    Despite the pain, Yao Jun did not forget to keep a close eye on the Qi that was forcing its way through the rest of his body, breaking down any barrier that tried to block it. After an unknown amount of time, the Qi that had pierced into Yao Jun's spine managed to fill up his entire spine, slowly spreading out to the rest of the bones that were connected to the spine.



    The pain was mind-rending, but Yao Jun endured it with bloody eyes, the blood vessels in his eyes already having exploded from the pressure, his entire body trembling as his neck bled. He had to endure the pain and resist the urge to faint, only like that could he ensure that he got stronger, making it that much easier for him to return home.



    He felt the Qi within his body grow weaker and weaker as it broke through the barriers that were his cultivation, so he drew out the Qi remaining within the last of the Spirit Stones, continuing the assault on his own body. As he continued to assault his own body, two small tendrils of Qi slowly extended from his body, reaching towards the black gate that was floating in front of him.



    One of the tendrils was the Qi that was working on raising his cultivation, while the other tendril was the one that was carving the third channel, both needed to connect with the God Gate if they were to complete their tasks. Time slowly passed while Yao Jun was hiding within the shadows, days turning to weeks, his strength slowly rising.







    While Yao Jun was focusing on increasing his cultivation, there was also movement on a distant planet that looked like a blue pearl. Yao Jun would surely be able to recognize this planet, as he had seen it before when he first started to train in the Crumbling The Nine Heavens technique, it was his home.



    Two pieces of news quickly spread over the entire planet, shocking everyone. The first piece of news was that the Peng clan had formed an alliance with the Yao clan, ending their many years of hidden battles. And the second piece of news was that the Peng clan had formed an alliance with the Guo clan, wiping out the Yun clan in a cooperative effort.



    It did not take too much thought from others to realize that there were a few undercurrents surging. The Wei and Zhuang clans lowered their activity, focusing on increasing their defense, while the Demon race continued to quietly hide within the Cloud Wilderness, their actions unknown to anyone but their own spies.



    But even with all these undercurrents surging, there was someone that did not pay them any mind, continuing her solitary journey towards Golden Moon Town. It had already been over three months since Yao Jun was forced into a spatial rift, so Guo Luo had already managed to cover most of the remaining distance, even able to spot Golden Moon Town in the distance.



    Had Yao Jun been here to see here, his jaw would most certainly drop to the floor, his mind panicking as he would curse his own carelessness. Guo Luo was using illusions to cover up her own appearance, but there was one part that she was unable to completely hide, and that was her stomach, which was showing clear signs of pregnancy, bulging slightly. Guo Luo looked at the distant Golden Moon Town, a sweet smile appearing on her face.



    “I have almost reached them, Jun'er, soon I will be able to meet your parents.”
     
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    Chapter 173: Starborn clan, Merged Heaven clan.



    Yao Jun was completely unaware of what his carelessness had caused, completely immersed in his cultivation. After spending almost two months cultivating, he had already broken through to the late stage of the 3rd Mortal Earth, but he was forced to stop when he reached the very peak, only a small step away from the 4th Houtian Sky.



    With his cultivation having broken through, Yao Jun was free to put all his focus on carving the third channel. He had made rapid progress, his entire spine and all of his ribs becoming hollow because of the Qi that had dug through them, he was only missing the final step, fully connecting the new channel to his God Gate. One would expect his spine and ribs to become brittle after they became hollow, but because their marrow was now filled with Qi so dense it formed a liquid, they had gotten even stronger.



    But it had not been easy to hollow out his own bones. His entire body was drenched in sweat and blood, continuously trembling from the pain. After the first month, his back had split open, jagged pieces of his spine piercing through his skin. Crumbling The Nine Heavens was a very physically demanding technique, and even though Yao Jun's body was far stronger than other people at his cultivation level, he was only just barely strong enough to carve the third channel.



    While gritting his teeth and enduring the pain of his back splitting open, he could not help but feel admiration for Sword Empyrean Heng Jiang. To not only come up with a technique like this but even cultivate it, how strong must he have been back when he was in his prime?



    The tendril of Qi that connected Yao Jun's spine with his God Gate was slowly becoming thicker and thicker, an overwhelming sense of power starting to fill all of Yao Jun's body. Once the tendril of Qi became as thick as Yao Jun's spine, it suddenly let out a bright glow. Facing the bright glow, Yao Jun's mind turned white, images starting to flow into his mind. The images showed a youth standing atop a tall mountain, pointing his sword at the heavens as he let out a loud roar.



    While Yao Jun was immersed in the images, studying the third sword technique of Heng Jiang, his God Gate flew back into his body. The God Gate released a pitch black energy, covering all of Yao Jun's back and slowly healing his wounds, the jagged pieces of his spine sinking back into his body.



    After spending a few hours studying the new technique, Yao Jun opened his eyes again, his gaze calm and his thoughts impossible to read. He had managed to get an elementary understanding of the third sword technique, Two Swords to Attain enlightenment. While the first technique was a purely physical attack, and the second a purely spiritual attack, the third technique was a mixture of both, simultaneously attacking every part of the enemy.



    Yao Jun had yet to test it out, but he was certain that the might would be overwhelming, if he were to give a single complaint, it would be that Heng Jiang had made the names of his techniques needlessly long. Yao Jun took a deep breath and stretched his body, his movements causing the murky Spirit Stones around him to turn to dust when he touched them. He glanced at the dust, shaking his head slightly.



    “There goes all my money. About two months have passed, so I missed the previous battle, better make up for it during the next one.”



    Yao Jun was uncertain exactly how much time had passed, but he could feel that it should be around two months. He could clearly feel that the stronger he got, the more time he had to spend on normal breakthroughs, absorbing Demonic beasts was simply faster. He did not waste more time, quickly standing up and leaving the shadows, his body appearing at the shore of the murky lake.



    The moment Yao Jun left the shadows, he could tell that something was wrong. The lake still released the smell of sulfur, but there was an additional sweet scent in the air, somewhat stinging Yao Jun's lungs. Yao Jun's eyebrows furrowed somewhat, activating both his strengthening techniques straight away as he sent his perception out as far as he could.



    Yao Jun was very sensitive towards all the elements he had control over, so as he sent out his perception, he found a spot where space was behaving strangely, folding around itself as it formed an invisible cocoon. The moment he found the cocoon, he put all his focus on it, his perception piercing through it and laying the inside bare to him.



    Inside the cocoon were three people, one old woman, and two male youths. They looked human, but their skin was as white as snow, and their eyes were almost double the size of a normal human eye, two pupils moving around within each eye. The old woman was the one who had the highest cultivation among them, reaching the early stage of the 5th Houtian Sky.



    Yao Jun was able to easily kill someone at the middle stage of the 5th Houtian Sky even before his recent breakthrough, so none of the people within the cocoon were a threat. But Yao Jun was not so foolish that he would simply charge over to question them, after all, they might have treasures similar to the talismans that Leylan had given him.



    Yao Jun raised his arm, pointing it at the distant cocoon. The cocoon suddenly started cracking, even space around the cocoon starting to crack, a loud grinding sound resounding out. After only a short moment, the entire cocoon collapsed inwards, the cracks in space around it turning into small tears that released a strong suction force. Yao Jun had used the laws of space before, utilizing both teleportation and spatial slicing, but now he had tried out a different part of the space laws, spatial collapse.



    When the cocoon collapsed, the people within were forced into the open, their faces dyed in horror as they looked at the tears in space around them. But Yao Jun had no intention of killing them, so the tears in space around them quickly started to stitch themselves together, the area quickly returning to normal.



    While the two youths were looking around in both horror and amazement, the old woman spotted Yao Jun. She opened her mouth and was about to warn the two youths, but she never got the chance to release her voice. The moment she opened her mouth, the shadows within her mouth turned into a thick liquid that blocked her throat. The shadows that her strange leathery robes produced were the next to turn against her, her body feeling like it had sunk into a mire as the shadows turned into a liquid that threatened to drown her.



    Her entire body was forced against the ground, the shadows beneath her turning into a swamp that prevented her from even moving her fingers. The two youths next to her fared no better, forced against the ground by the shadows that their own clothes had cast. After their bodies were forced against the ground and into the shadows, Yao Jun hardened the space around them, creating another layer of security for him if they did end up having something up their sleeves.



    Yao Jun let out a slight breath, amazed at the versatility that the laws offered, he then started walking towards the three people, his perception continuously sweeping the surroundings and making sure that no one else could sneak up on him. As he approached the three people, the liquid shadow in the mouth of the old woman dissolved, allowing her to let out a somewhat subdued and weak voice.



    “Senior, please have mercy, we did not know that you were cultivating here! We beseech you, please give the Starborn clan some face and spare our lives!”



    The voice of the old woman was hoarse and grating on the ears, Yao Jun also couldn't help but feel like raising an eyebrow when he heard the title she gave him. Senior? He was probably quite a few years younger than her, probably even younger than the two youths at her side.



    But how could Yao Jun know that age mattered little to cultivators, strength was all that mattered. If you were weak, you would be called junior, if you were strong, you would be called senior. Yao Jun had heard a little about this Starborn clan from Leylan, it was a clan that was a little weaker than the World Tree clan, but not by much. Seeing that the woman was about to continue talking, Yao Jun cut her words short with a wave of his hand.



    “I don't care about your lives, I only want some information. I will ask the questions, and you will answer. Why are you here, hiding within folded space like that?”



    The people in front of him had not done anything against him, nor did he know about any evil deeds they might have committed, so he was not bloodthirsty enough to just kill them. While he spoke, a strand of mental energy traveled from his body and into the mind of the three people, squashing all thoughts of resistance and forcing them to answer his question. The old woman's eyes glazed over somewhat as she started talking, her voice monotone.



    “Thanks to the fact that we can control the laws of space and excel at hiding, the Starborn clan sent us here to keep an eye on how the war between the World Tree clan and the Final Fire clan developed.”



    Yao Jun could not help but look at the three people with a somewhat strange gaze. They had sent these three to work as scouts? Weren't they a bit too weak? But what Yao Jun didn't know was that the laws of space were incredibly rare, so few clans were willing to send out anyone who could use the laws of space, preferring to keep them hidden and train them. He was also rather curious as to why the Starborn clan cared about this war, especially the war that was going on here, as Yao Jun had been told that its only purpose was to train the younger generation.



    “Oh? And why does the Starborn clan care about that?”



    The old woman shook slightly after hearing Yao Jun's question, seemingly trying to drive out the mental energy he had drilled into her mind. Yao Jun increased the force behind the mental energy, digging it deeper into her mind. Against people that were at the same level of strength as him, his mental energy was not very useful, but it was perfect for interrogating people weaker than him. The woman's resistance ended shortly, her eyes almost turning completely white as she spoke out.



    “The Final Fire clan has made several strange moves lately, even buying several young Chimera Beasts from the Merged Heaven clan and using them in the recent battles that they have fought with the various armies of the World Tree clan. The Starborn clan is worried about what the Final Fire clan might be planning, so they sent us to keep an eye on things.”



    Merged Heaven clan, another clan that Leylan had told him about. It was a clan that specialized in fusing and merging various species together, even merging parts of other species into themselves to increase their strength. Yao Jun was not too interested in whatever the Final Fire clan might be planning, something like that was too far above him. But he was rather interested in whatever this Chimera Beast was, as Leylan had not mentioned anything about them.



    “What is a Chimera Beast, and what sort of Chimera Beast did the Final Fire clan bring here?”



    Since it came from the Merged Heaven clan, and just by listening to the name, Yao Jun guessed that a Chimera Beast was something similar to a Demonic beast. But that was after all only a guess, so getting confirmation was for the best. The old woman continued to talk, giving a very short explanation.



    “A Chimera Beast is a special type of Demonic beast that is created by the Merged Heaven clan, it is an amalgamation of several different Demonic beasts. The Chimera Beast that the Final Fire clan brought here is of the Spider Hive type.”



    Yao Jun could not help but roll his eyes after hearing the words of the old woman, the answer she had given him was the same as giving him no actual answer. It seemed like he would have to be a bit more specific with his choice of words.



    “Give me more information about this Spider Hive type Chimera Beast.”



    Yao Jun did not know too much about spider type Demonic beasts, the only ones he knew about being the one living within the sacred land of the Demon race, and the one living in the hidden realm, within the hollow mountain where he had gotten Zhuyin. If the Spider Hive beast was made out of Demonic beasts like that, he could only shudder at the might it would be able to produce.



    “The Spider Hive type Chimera Beast is a fusion of countless spider type Demonic beasts, their poisons mixing together. It is called a Spider Hive because while the Demonic beast is controlled by a single mind, it can split into countless smaller entities that can all act on their own.”



    After hearing the old woman's explanation, Yao Jun's eyes started to gleam slightly. Just from what she said, even he could tell that this Spider Hive beast was truly suited for war. His mind started to quickly move. Since the Spider Hive beast was a type of Demonic beast, did that not mean he could absorb it with his God Gate? When the thought struck him, his lips curled into an ominous smile.



    “Spider Hive... I want you.”



    Yao Jun was only missing a single Demonic beast to complete his armor, he was truly curious to see what would happen once he finished it. At the same time, the Spider Hive beast seemed like a Demonic beast that would suit him, it was strong and even of an element that he did not have yet. Of course, beating it so that he would be able to absorb it might prove to be quite the challenge.



    Yao Jun glanced at the three people in front of him, his mind moving slightly. His mental energy surged out, drilling into their minds and ravaging their memories. He did not touch any of their other memories, he simply wiped away everything that contained him, making it so that they were completely unable to remember his existence. Once he had done that, he waved his hand, space around the three people distorting and sending them away into the distance.



    Once the three people from the Starborn clan were gone, he turned around and started making his way back to the camp. He had been gone for two months, so he was rather curious when the next battle would start. The quicker he could see the Spider Hive beast and learn of its strength, the better.
     
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