The Godless One

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    Chapter 161: Training together.



    Huang Ying was standing on the wide open plain, the slightly yellow grass gently swaying because of the wind, the sky above him was the same brilliant azure as his robes, not a cloud in sight. There were no Demonic beasts in the area around him, a pleasant silence reigning in the area.



    But Huang Ying's eyes contained a sharp glint, constantly darting around the area. A blue light flashed around him, faster than his eyes were capable of following it. The blue light was constantly moving, not slowing down for a single second as it worked on closing in on him and finding an opening.



    Huang Ying slightly relaxed his stiffened shoulders, and the blue light immediately struck, arriving behind his left side. The blue light stopped with a loud rumbling sound, Fang Shan appearing behind Huang Ying, her entire body coated in arcs of azure lightning.



    She struck out with both of her daggers, aiming for the space between Huang Ying's ribs. The daggers hit his body and sank into his flesh, but before they could dig too deep into his flesh, Huang Ying tightened his muscles and prevented the daggers from moving any further, at the same time also preventing Fang Shan from pulling them out.



    With the daggers stuck in his back, Huang Ying twisted his body and struck out with his fist. There was not an ounce of mercy in the fist, and before Fang Shan had the chance to move to dodge, the fist connected with her abdomen. Huang Ying hit her with such force that her entire body was raised up from the ground.



    As Fang Shan felt something rise up her throat, the sweet taste of blood filled her mouth. She swallowed down whatever was in her throat and moved into action, she let go of her two daggers and grabbed onto Huang Ying's head, discharging as much lightning into him as she could, before utilizing the remainder of her strength to pull back.



    “Stop. I can't go any longer.”



    After Fang Shan landed, a thin stream of blood leaked out from the corners of her mouth as she raised her hands and called out. She was already completely drained of energy, so there was no way for her to continue fighting at this point.



    “Your speed is excellent, but you are still not capable of turning all that speed into attacking power. As long as it is like that, it will be hard for you to create serious wounds on your opponents. It has gotten slightly better, but there is still much room for improvement.”



    Huang Ying pulled out the two daggers from his back and cleaned away the blood on them before he handed them back to Fang Shan. At the same time he also delivered his thoughts about the battle.



    The two of them battling like this had been Li Jun's idea, saying that Huang Ying could use his battle experience to help Fang Shan find her weak-points. Her main weakness was that she could not turn her speed into power, so while she could flee and attack as she wished, it was hard for her to inflict proper wounds.



    “I know, but I still can't turn all the momentum into attack power, it always dissipates just as I try to use it to attack. Was there anything good?”



    Fang Shan stored away the dagger and responded with a sigh. Over these last few days of battling each other, she kept trying to transfer all the momentum from her movement into her daggers, but most of the momentum would dissipate before it reached her daggers.



    “That last attack was good. Because of your bloodline, you will heal much faster than your enemy, so it is fine to take a hit in exchange for landing a good attack on your enemy.”



    Huang Ying nodded his head and responded. With the lightning invading his head, even he had a hard time focusing and was forced to spend a bit of time to readjust himself. The two of them had the destruction bloodline, they would heal far faster than normal people. They could afford to trade attacks and injuries.



    “But you must not let your guard down. Simply relaxing my shoulders was enough to lure you into attacking me. You need to learn the difference between an actual opening, and an intentional opening.”



    But Huang Ying did not forget to scold her once more, using his knuckles to gently hit her forehead. He had only relaxed his shoulders to bait Fang Shan into attacking him. Attacking when you saw an opening was fine, but you also needed to know when someone created an opening on purpose to bait you in.



    “I know I know. But I gotta say, you really don't pull your punches. One of these days, I am certain that one of your attacks will end up breaking a few bones.”



    Fang Shan slightly rubbed her forehead as she puffed out her cheeks and pouted slightly. The only way Huang Ying held back when the two of them were fighting was that he would not use his spear, Longinus, or his destruction element in most of the battles. Everything else was sent at Fang Shan with full force.



    “Breaking a few of your bones now is better than having to bury your body in the future. As we are now, we are still far too weak. If we continue like we are now, we might die without even knowing how we were killed.”



    Huang Ying shrugged his shoulders as he spoke, looking at Fang Shan with a gentle gaze. He of course did not like hitting her with everything he had, but it was far better than having to bury her because they had been too weak. To avoid having to do that, he was willing to do almost anything.



    “You are certain that it lives there?”



    Fang Shan flashed a bright smile, before turning towards a mountain in the distance as she spoke. The mountain was the same one she had decided to climb when they first entered the wide plain, but now she wanted to climb it for two reasons.



    “According to the memories of the Demonic beasts, it should indeed live there. Only a few more days and we should reach it.”



    Huang Ying responded with a nod of his head. According to the memories of the Demonic beasts living in the area, that mountain was the home of a powerful Demonic beast with strength that was almost at the late stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm.



    They were going to climb the mountain for two reasons. One reason was to use its height to survey the surrounding area, and the other was to kill the Demonic beast that called the mountain its home, using its flesh to strengthen Fang Shan.



    “I can't wait. I wonder what it tastes like?”



    Fang Shan let out a short laugh and licked her lips. Stronger Demonic beasts would often taste better than weaker Demonic beasts. A Demonic beast that was almost at the late stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm must surely taste delicious.



    “Who knows? Like chicken maybe? As long as it can help you reach the Yin-Yang Formation realm, I don't care if it tastes like ass.”



    Huang Ying shrugged his shoulders, only slightly interested. The Demonic beast living on the mountain had some blood of a Vermilion Bird, so they were planning on using its flesh, blood, and Demon Crystal, as well as the remaining virgin Yang sealed within Fang Shan, to help her break through and enter the Yin-Yang Formation realm.



    “Easy for you to say, I am the one who has to eat it.”



    Fang Shan's mouth slightly twisted as she spoke. She knew that she had to eat it to have a good chance at immediately breaking through to the Yin-Yang Formation realm, but as expected, if it tasted like ass, she might have a hard time swallowing it.



    “Alright. Let's take a break for about an hour. After that, it is time to hunt some more Demonic beasts, and after that it is more combat practice with me.”



    Huang Ying only responded with a small laugh, pulling out some Demonic beast meat from his interspatial ring and preparing to roast it. Every minute mattered to them, so the days were packed with combat between Fang Shan and Demonic beasts, as well as between Fang Shan and Huang Ying.



    “No mercy at all. Fighting a strong freak like you can really dampen a person's confidence.”



    Fang Shan shook her head with a small laugh, sitting down next to Huang Ying. It was only when she first fought him that she learned how terrifying it was to face him. When he looked at you with his serious gaze, it was like you had been locked on by an ancient beast. But she also had to admit that she quite like his serious expression, when he looked completely battle ready, it was slightly arousing even.



    “I only have this strength because my destruction and devouring elements are so special. If I did not have them, I would probably be weaker than even people my own age, considering how short the time I have spent cultivating is.”



    Huang Ying started a small fire and started roasting the meat as he spoke. He was completely aware that his strength came from the destruction and devouring element. Had he not had those, but instead a normal element, he might even be weaker than most others his age. After all, he had only cultivated for a bit over a year in total.



    “If's don't matter. You have the destruction and devouring elements, so they are part of your strength. No point in spouting if's and whatnot's to try and make me feel better. I am not so weak that I would be discouraged just because of someone being stronger than me.”



    Fang Shan used her knuckles to hit Huang Ying on the head as she spoke. So what if he would be weaker if he did not have the destruction and devouring element. He had them, they were his, no one could change that fact.



    “Besides, the one who is so freakishly strong is all mine after all, so why should I be discouraged? If anything else, it only serves as motivation for me to become just as freakishly strong.”



    Fang Shan put her arms around Huang Ying's neck and pulled him into a kiss after she spoke. No one would mind if the person they loved was freakishly strong. The way Fang Shan saw it, the stronger the better. Of course, she would not let Huang Ying stand in front of her and protect her at all times. If she let him do that, she would have failed as his partner. She would become just as freakishly strong, and stand next to him.
     
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    Chapter 162: At the foot of the mountain.



    When Huang Ying and Fang Shan arrived at the bottom of the mountain, the enemies they were facing were already Demonic beasts with strength equal to cultivators at the Yin-Yang Formation stage.



    Thanks to that, the battles that Fang Shan was facing were steadily becoming much tougher. There were times where she was only capable of winning after sustaining several injuries. Of course, an environment like this also allowed her strength to rapidly increase, with her battle experience increasing as well as plenty of Demonic beast meat.



    At the foot of the mountain, Huang Ying called for a break. Before they started ascending the mountain, he wanted Fang Shan to perfect her technique of transferring momentum. She had gotten better at it, but there were still times where she could not do it properly, or times where it was too weak.



    Fang Shan held her daggers, her body slightly bent forward, like a wolf ready to pounce. They had spent a few days at the foot of the mountain, with Huang Ying increasing the intensity of their sparring. Thanks to their strong healing capabilities, even if he accidentally broke a few of her bones, there would be no problem.



    “Be careful now, i'll show you what I came up with.”



    After her words sounded out, Fang Shan's body turned into a blue blur that moved in circles around Huang Ying. The blue blur moved towards Huang Ying's back faster than his eyes could catch, two daggers aiming for his shoulders.



    But before the daggers could make contact with Huang Ying's shoulders, his body turned sideways and a fist came smashing towards Fang Shan. Fang Shan slightly twisted her arms, instantaneously storing away the daggers and placing her hands on Huang Ying's arms. She pushed off with her arms and pushed the fist aside, using the counter force to move away from Huang Ying, bringing out her daggers again.



    Fang Shan was not the only one who was growing stronger as they sparred, Huang Ying was also growing stronger and doing his best to nullify his weaknesses. Huang Ying had excellent strength, defense, and piercing power, and thanks to his strong healing, he did not even need to put much thought into defense.



    But he was not without weaknesses. His strength and piercing power were all based on condensing his Qi to the max, increasing its power. This meant that if he was facing a group of people that were around his level of strength, he would only be able to focus on one at a time.



    Thanks to forging Longinus, he was able to mostly offset this weakness, using the spear to send out attacks that were still condensed, but had a wider range. But he still had one more weakness, his speed. His element was devouring and destruction. Even though he could use the lightning element, he did not have the speed that other lightning users were famous for. He was even slower than some people who didn't have the lightning element.



    Fang Shan for example could move so fast that Huang Ying's eyes and perception were completely unable to catch her. Were it not for the fact that she used to be bad at transferring her momentum, there would be no way for him to catch her form and counterattack.



    Fang Shan was the one who taught Huang Ying how to offset his lack of speed when he faced someone faster than him. Every living thing had faint amounts of electricity running through their body. By spreading trace amounts of lightning into his surroundings, Huang Ying was able to cause it to resonate with the electricity inside living beings around him. He could not see them, but since he was connected to the lightning he spread around, he would be aware of their position and movements.



    Having put some distance between her and Huang Ying, Fang Shan sped up once more as she approached Huang Ying. Of course, she would not simply repeat the same moves again. Every technique had a weakness, even the technique she had taught Huang Ying to locate her.



    As she moved, faint amounts of lightning pulsed out from her body, surrounding Huang Ying and filling the area around him. With her lightning resonating with the lightning Huang Ying used to locate her, it was like there were people all around Huang Ying, all mimicking Fang Shan's moves.



    “Clever.”



    Huang Ying couldn't help but comment. He of course knew about this weakness of the technique Fang Shan had taught him, but there was nothing he could do about it. With what seemed like multiple Fang Shan's attacking him, Huang Ying simply had to choose one that seemed most likely to be the real one, and attack it.



    The one he attacked was the one that came at him from the left. Fang Shan had a bad habit of repeatedly attacking people from their blind spot, and it just so happened that Huang Ying's left side ended up being his blind spot at that moment. Because of that knowledge, Huang Ying found it most likely that Fang Shan would attack his left side.



    “So close.”



    Huang Ying's fist swung to the left, but it only ended up hitting air. A sweet voice accompanied by a slight chuckle rang out from in front of him. Right afterwards, a burning sensation came from his abdomen, lightning coursing through his body.



    Huang Ying looked at Fang Shan, who was standing in front of him with a smile that screamed 'praise me'. After that, he looked down at his stomach, which now had a finger sized hole that went straight through to the other side.



    “You read me, huh? Well done, it was an excellent attack.”



    It seemed that Fang Shan had also been aware of her habit of repeatedly attacking from blind spots. Or had she simply been pretending from the start, trying to lure Huang Ying into a false sense of security? It did not matter. What mattered was that she had managed to avoid him, and then inflict a wound on him without losing any of her momentum.



    “You say so, but you didn't even wince or blink.”



    Fang Shan looked at the hole her attack had caused in Huang Ying's stomach as she spoke. The wound was slightly wriggling, slowly closing up. She didn't expect too much of a reaction from him, but not even blinking as his stomach was pierced, that she had never expected.



    “I have already gotten used to pain, so it'll take more than this to get a reaction out of me. So how did you manage to transfer the momentum gained from movement into the attack? It was too fast, so I couldn't see it properly.”



    Huang Ying shrugged his shoulders as he responded. As a child, he spent six years in prison, occasionally facing some torture. Then there was the pain that came when he awakened his Baku blood and devouring element, pain he could not forget even now. And then finally when he was captured by Empyrean Phoenix Academy and was tortured extensively for half a year. Pain had long since become an old friend of Huang Ying.



    “It's rotation. I do faint twists of my entire body, guiding all the momentum towards my arms or whichever body part I use to attack. I then twist that body part a bit more, causing all the power to escape in the form of a rotational attack. It has high penetrative power and strength, but it is only suited in one on one fights.”



    Fang Shan had come up with the idea while she was fighting Huang Ying and saw how he kept rapidly condensing his Qi whenever he attacked. She also noticed that he slightly twisted his arms whenever he attacked, giving his attacks even more penetrating power.



    Using that as the basis, Fang Shan experimented with a few different ways of utilizing it, finally coming up with what she currently used. By continuously utilizing slight twists, she was able to transfer almost 100% of the momentum gained from her rapid movement. And since she twisted her body so much while attacking, the Qi used in the attack ended up coming out in the shape of a small tornado, with all the power gathering at the tip and giving it great penetrative power.



    “It's a good technique. We should be able to ascend the mountain now.”



    Huang Ying placed his hand on the head of Fang Shan and gave it a few rubs. It might be a bit strange for him to rub the head of someone older than him, but both of them enjoyed the sensation, so they didn't care.



    Fang Shan had finished her technique, covering up one of her greatest weakness. Now it was time for them to ascend the mountain and hunt down the Demonic beast that made the mountain its home, allowing Fang Shan to break through to the Yin-Yang Formation realm.



    Huang Ying had just recently broken through to the late stage of the Xiantian realm, and breaking through to the Yin-Yang Formation realm required a tremendous amount of energy, even for normal people. For him to break through to the Yin-Yang Formation realm, he would require both time and an absolutely massive amount of energy.
     
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    Chapter 163: Lord of the mountain.



    The mountain was steep and barren, with only a few tufts of grass growing here and there. Besides the insects that were flying around, there were no other living beings that made their home on the mountain. This was the respect they had for the owner of the mountain, the king of this plain.



    The atmosphere on the mountain was solemn and dignified, Huang Ying and Fang Shan moving up the mountain at a slow pace. Fang Shan was the only one who was going to be battling, Huang Ying would only watch and make sure that she did not die.



    “Tell me again, what am I facing?”



    As they kept climbing, Fang Shan went over the various plans she had made, preparing for any situation. She once more asked Huang Ying to tell her what she was facing, one last time making sure that she had heard everything.



    “A Mountain Drake. It has faint traces of dragon blood in it's veins, making it stronger than normal Demonic beasts. It can control earth and stone, so this mountain is the perfect battleground for it. Your lightning however, will have to penetrate its defense before it can show any effect.”



    Huang Ying listed the information he had obtained from devouring the memories of the Demonic beasts that Fang Shan had killed. As long as it had not been too long since it had died, he could still use his devouring element to obtain it's memories.



    The two of them reached a large cave opening, almost 20 meters in height and 10 meters in width, at the halfway point up the mountain. This was where the Mountain Drake lived. From within the cave, a strong feeling of oppression that would cause people to feel instinctual fear leaked out.



    “Are you afraid?”



    Huang Ying glanced at Fang Shan as he asked. This oppressive feeling was something only strong cultivators or Demonic beasts could send out. Facing this oppressive feeling, one would feel like one was prey being stared at by a predator.



    “A little.”



    Fang Shan did not deny it, she was indeed slightly afraid. After all, the Demonic beast she was going to face had strength that was approaching the late stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm. She was confident she would not die, but the slight fear was still there.



    “Good. Fear is important. But don't let yourself be controlled by it, for fear can be the mind killer. Let it pass over you and through you. When the fear is gone, only you will remain.”



    The words Huang Ying spoke were words that his parents had once told him while he was still a baby, just before they abandoned him in Azure Springs Town. He was not fond of how his parents had abandoned him, but he had firmly memorized the words.



    “Leave this place.”



    A gravely voice rang out from within the cave, ringing within Huang Ying and Fang Shan's ears. The Mountain Drake was almost at the late stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm, so speaking the human language was no problem for it.



    “No. I need your Demon Crystal and flesh.”



    Fang Shan pulled out her two daggers and responded, arcs of blue and black lightning dancing around her. She would kill this Mountain Drake and use its flesh, blood, and Demon Crystal to reach the Yin-Yang Formation realm. She would then train a bit more and see if she could kill Xie Gang.



    “Then it is death.”



    The gravely voice rang out again and the sound of heavy footsteps could be heard coming from within the cave as the Mountain Drake came within view. The Mountain Drake was a little over five meters tall, and almost 10 meters long. Its body was rather bulky, its head almost completely round, yet despite its bulky body, two large wings were folded on its back.



    Its body was covered in earthen brown scales, each one the size of Huang Ying's hand. It had four thick legs, each one thicker than a log. A long and thick tail spread out from behind it, and a single long horn stuck out from its forehead. The Mountain Drake had several scars and was missing an eye, so it was clear that it had fought several battles to attain its position.



    When the Mountain Drake came into view, the earth behind Huang Ying and Fang Shan rose up, forming a large wall that closed off the cave, locking the three of them in. Neither Huang Ying nor Fang Shan moved to stop this, as Fang Shan would rather fight the Mountain Drake inside the cave, where its mobility was limited, than in the open sky.



    Fang Shan immediately activated her bloodline, deep blue scales covering her body, two leathery wings sprouting from her back, as well as two backwards pointing horns sprouting from her head. Huang Ying was slightly curious why these horns had not appeared the other times she activated her bloodline, but now was not the time to ask.



    Fang Shan was the one to make the first move, turning into a blur as she moved towards the Mountain Drake. The Mountain Drake had the advantage in strength and defense, so Fang Shan had to take full advantage of her greater speed and flexibility.



    With Fang Shan moving forwards, Huang Ying narrowed his eyes and kept close watch. It was his job to make sure that she did not die, so he could not afford to look away for even a second. After all, with Fang Shan's speed and the strength of the Mountain Drake, a mere second was all it took for things to go wrong.



    The Mountain Drake let out a disdainful snort, the earth within the cave rising up to form thick spikes that shot towards Fang Shan from all directions. But with Fang Shan's speed, there was no way for any of these things to hit her. Rather than hinder her, they only served as footholds she could use.



    Within the blink of an eye she had reached the side of the Mountain Drake and struck out with her daggers. Since the Mountain Drake was almost as long as the cave was wide, it require a bit of work for it to turn its body within the cave, it first had to coil up its body. Fang Shan was going to take full advantage of this during the fight.



    Her daggers hit the side of the Mountain Drake, and with a slight twist of her wrists, all the momentum she gained from her movement was transferred into the daggers. Black lightning crackled forth and shot out from the tip of her daggers, digging into the scales of the Mountain Drake.



    Two small wounds were opened in its side, but before Fang Shan managed to dig the daggers deeper into its body, the earth beneath her feet started twisting and distorting, forcing her to move away. Shortly after she moved away, thick spears of stone rose up from where she had just stood and shot after her.



    Fang Shan dodged the spears but just as the spears passed by her side, a small rod of earth extended out from the cave wall and pushed one of the spears to the side, causing the handle to crash into Fang Shan's waist.



    The handle of the spear was solid stone, and its speed and force had been increased thanks to the last second push it got. When it hit Fang Shan's waist, a few of her scales immediately shattered, the hit stopping her movement and pushing her to the side.



    “I will not stand idly by as you try to kill me.”



    The Mountain Drake looked at Fang Shan as it spoke. It originally thought that the battle would be easy, since it had managed to trap the two enemies in the cave. But it did not expect one of them to posses such a fearsome bloodline, as well as such great speed.



    It considered removing the wall that blocked the entrance to the cave, taking the fight to the outside where it could move more easily. But whenever it looked to the cave entrance and wanted to move, that boy stood there, his eyes catching every detail of the battle. Just the girl was this troublesome, yet the boy released an even more dangerous feeling.



    Fang Shan did not mind the wound on her waist, it would heal if she gave it just a bit of time. She charged towards the Mountain Drake again, dodging the spears and spikes that grew out of the cave ground and walls. The Mountain Drake caused the ground beneath her to rise up and form walls, trying to trap her in a prison, but Fang Shan stabbed out with her daggers and shattered the walls.



    She moved beneath the Mountain Drake this time, checking to see if its defense was slightly weaker there. As she moved beneath the Mountain Drake, it immediately started moving forwards and backwards, the ground of the cave forming a large amount of spears. Its abdomen was its blind-spot, so it could only do it like this if it hoped to hit her.



    But rather than be discouraged, the sudden increase in attacks only assured Fang Shan that the abdomen of the Mountain Drake was its weak-point. She put her feet onto some of the rising spears, letting them pierce her feet and push her body upwards. Such a self destructive fighting style could only be utilized by people like her or Huang Ying, who had healed rapidly.



    With the speed that the spears gave her added onto her own, Fang Shan shot upwards, raising both her daggers high and putting as much Qi as she could into them. With her Qi filling up the daggers, they even grew slightly longer, until they almost resembled two swords.



    Her two daggers sank into the abdomen of the Mountain Drake, and Fang Shan quickly spun her body, carving out a piece of its abdomen. When she carved out the flesh from its abdomen, she did not stop her charge, her entire body vanishing into the abdomen of the Mountain Drake.



    Huang Ying could not see what she was doing inside the abdomen of the Mountain Drake, but judging from the blood pouring out of its mouth, and its despairing and nearly lifeless eyes, he could easily assume that the fight was over. This was how fights between powerful existences often played out, only a few moves to decide the victor. Of course, the fact that the Mountain Drake could not move freely, nor deal with Fang Shan's speed and flexibility, was also a factor that made the fight end this quickly.



    When Fang Shan cut her way out of the Mountain Drake, she held an fist sized and earthen colored Demon Crystal in her hands. Her body was covered in the blood of the Mountain Drake, the scales on her waist were shattered, and both her feet had large holes in them. But she still held a bright and victorious smile. She had won.



    Fang Shan quickly stored away the body of the Mountain Drake in a separate interspatial ring. After she had finished recuperating and healed her wounds, then she could start her breakthrough to the Yin-Yang Formation realm.



    “Good work. It was an excellent...”



    Huang Ying stepped forward and took out a piece of cloth he had just prepared. He started wiping away the blood on Fang Shan's body and was just about to congratulate her, when Li Jun's hurried voice suddenly rang out within his and Fang Shan's head.



    “Huang Ying! There is a forest not far from here, to the east. Inside that forest is a small cave. Head to that cave at your highest speed, at your full speed it should only take you around one hour to reach it! I just detected traces of that girlie, Shi Na, inside that cave. She is heavily wounded. And she doesn't seem to be alone.”



    Li Jun's voice was not just rushed, it was also very grave. It was so grave that Huang Ying did not dare doubt his words. Nor did he dare try to make a joke about how they never managed to catch a break, there was always something going on. Since Li Jun said to move at his full speed, Huang Ying immediately activated his bloodline, pulled out Longinus, and dashed out of the cave.



    The wall that was blocking off the cave was immediately smashed when Huang Ying hit it. His left hand held onto Fang Shan, allowing her to focus on healing her feet, while his right hand held onto Longinus, slaying any Demonic beast that got too close. While Huang Ying was dashing at his full speed, Li Jun was strangely quiet. Perhaps he had seen the full picture of what was inside the cave?





    Since Li Jun told him to move at his full speed, it was clear that Shi Na was more than just heavily wounded, it was likely that she was fatally wounded. He did not have too much of a relationship with Shi Na, but he greatly appreciated her straightforward and honest nature. She would make for a good friend.



    Just like Li Jun said, it only took Huang Ying an hour to reach the cave within the forest. The forest was dense, with only enough space between the trees for one person to walk there at a time. The trees were in full bloom, so there was a sweet fragrance spreading through the forest.



    The cave that Li Ju led them to was clearly one that had been opened in a hurry. It was located at the bottom of a small hill, and it was just large enough for Huang Ying to stand in. The edges of the cave were burnt, so it had clearly been opened by using fire to create an explosion.



    “Who is there?!”



    The moment they set foot into the cave, a panicky voice rang out. Huang Ying spotted the owner of that panicky voice immediately. Shi Na was sitting at the end of the cave, her robe completely tattered and torn. Her left arm was completely gone, only the burnt shoulder remained.



    There was also a part of her abdomen that had been gouged out. The wound was closed by using fire to sear it, so she was not in danger of bleeding out just yet. But none of that registered in Huang Ying's mind. The only thing that registered in Huang Ying's mind was the thing that Shi Na was grasping tightly with her remaining right arm. That single head that she was holding with all her might.
     
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    Chapter 164: Towering rage.



    Huang Ying was completely blank. For the second time in his life, his mind had gone completely blank. The only other time he had been this blank was when he first awakened his Baku blood. Ever since then, even when he was mad, he had at least managed to keep his calm and think things through clearly.



    “Huang Ying? Why are you here? You need to escape from here, a powerful Demonic beast is chasing me. If it finds you here, it will kill you too.”



    Huang Ying had activated his bloodline, but Shi Na was still able to recognize his facial features. Huang Ying stepped towards her, his gait slightly unsteady. When he got in front of her, he dropped to his knees and grabbed the head that Shi Na was holding.



    “No! It is my fault that she died, I need to at least bury her head properly!”



    Shi Na let out a low shout, but she did not have enough energy to take the head back. Her skin had already turned pale, and blood covered a large part of her face. Where her right eye should be, only a hole that went through the head remained. Mutilated and ruined, but Huang Ying could still clearly recognize her, the person he regarded as his older sister, Chen Chun.



    “Who?”



    Huang Ying placed his forehead against Chen Chun's, closing his eyes and speaking in a dreadfully low voice. When he closed his eyes, it was like he had ben transferred back to the time before Chen Chun joined the Golden Dawn Academy. Those were some of his happiest memories. Even when the rest of the town despised him, she played with him and cared for him.



    After joining Golden Dawn Academy, she had started taking a distance from him. But he later learned that even that was done to protect him, to prevent the students in the academy who had a grudge with her from doing anything against him. She was a good sister who care for her family. And now she was dead. He planned on meeting with her and revealing who he was after they returned to the academy, but that would never happen now.



    “What?”



    Shi Na did not quite understand Huang Ying's question, so she could not help but ask. From what she knew, Chen Chun and Huang Ying should not have any relationship with each other. It was at this moment that Shi Na remembered that Chen Chun was supposed to have a little brother who came from the Green Willows continent, a little brother called Huang Ying.



    But she was still not sure if they were the same person. Chen Chun had described how Huang Ying looked before he awakened his Baku bloodline, and the last time she saw him, he was only six years old. Chen Chun also said that her little brother had no power, so Shi Na found it slightly hard to believe that they were the same Huang Ying.



    “WHO DID THIS?! WHO KILLED MY SISTER?!”



    Huang Ying's voice came out like a roar, the walls of the cave around them shaking. The rage storming around inside him even caused him to slightly lose control over his power, lightning and fire dancing around his body. He of course made sure that none of the fire or lightning hit the head of Chen Chun.



    “...Our teacher sent us out here to kill a snake type Demonic beast with the Golden Crow bloodline. We thought it might be a tough fight, but we never expected the Demonic beast to be at the middle stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm. I tried to carry her away and escape, but as the Demonic beast got closer, Chen Chun hopped off my back to stall the Demonic beast.”



    With Huang Ying's words confirming her thoughts, Shi Na slowly moved her body and got onto her knees. She pressed her forehead against the ground and started explaining what had happened.



    “Li Jun. Find it. Any Demonic beast with the Golden Crow bloodline that fits the description. Find them.”



    Huang Ying stored Chen Chun's head away in a separate interspatial ring and stood up. His voice thundered out within his own mind. He could not spread his perception out far enough, so he left it up to Li Jun to find the Demonic beast.



    “Heal her. She can be considered a friend, and my sister gave her life to protect her, so I will not allow her to die.”



    Li Jun found three Demonic beasts within a 200 kilometer area that fit the description, giving Huang Ying the information. Huang Ying took out several medicines and herbs from his interspatial ring, handing them to Fang Shan before he left the cave.



    “You can't go! It's too strong!”



    Shi Na tried to reach for Huang Ying with her remaining arm, begging him to stop. She had already caused the death of Chen Chun, she did not want to also be responsible for the death of Chen Chun's little brother.



    “It will be fine. A mere Demonic beast at that level of strength will not be able to do anything to him.”



    Fang Shan stopped Shi Na from getting up and chasing Huang Ying. She knew that his emotions were raging right now, he needed to vent them. And a Demonic beast who was only at the middle stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm could not threaten him. Even she could kill Demonic beasts like that now.



    The moment Huang Ying stepped out of the cave, he spread his wings and kicked off the ground with all his might. The ground beneath him cracked and shattered as his body flew up and turned into a black blur that vanished into the distance.



    Huang Ying quickly flew towards the first of the three Demonic beasts that Li Jun had discovered. The Demonic beast was resting on a volcanic island located at the center of a large lake, resting inside the volcano. The moment Huang Ying landed on the edge of the volcano, the Demonic beast let out a loud hissing sound and charged out of the lava.



    It looked like a five meter long snake, scales that shimmered a faint gold covering it's body. It made for quite a beautiful sight, with the glowing lava dripping off its body. But Huang Ying was not in the mood to appreciate it, all he wanted was to tear the snake apart as slowly as he could.



    The snake charged out of the lava and towards Huang Ying, but the moment it got close to him, it was like its body was forced to the ground. A horrendous pressure radiated out from Huang Ying, pushing down on every inch of the Demonic beast and preventing it from moving.



    If it was a human Huang Ying was facing, the pressure it felt would not be this strong. But now he was facing a Demonic beast, so the pressure from his bloodline, as well as the pressure of his Qi and elements were pressing down on it. Especially with Longinus in hand, the pressure he released only grew stronger. Like a monarch descending to the world, with spear in hand the world was forced to kneel.



    Huang Ying's devouring domain spread out from his body, Longinus dissolving into the domain. Since Longinus was created using large amounts of his blood, it could perfectly blend with his domains. Wherever the domain was, so too was Longinus.



    The devouring domain covered the golden snake, and Longinus appeared above it, striking down and shattering both its scales and skull. Huang Ying wanted to kill it slowly, just in case it was the one who killed Chen Chun. He also didn't really want to devour it, but he had to.



    Since it was their teacher who had given the order for Chen Chun and Shi Na to come here, that teacher also had to die to atone for Chen Chun's death. And if anyone else had taken part in sending Chen Chun and Shi Na here, that person would also die.



    But Huang Ying knew that their teacher was probably much stronger than him, probably around the same strength, if not stronger than, Zhouyun. Huang Ying needed more strength to kill them, so he could only swallow his anger and build up his strength. No matter how weak the Golden Crow bloodline in these Demonic beasts were, it was still the blood of the Golden Crow. Devouring it would allow Huang Ying to strengthen his own flame element.



    Huang Ying searched the memories of the Demonic beast, but found nothing about Chen Chun. He quickly devoured the rest of it and then left the area, heading towards the next one that Li Jun had found. This one was currently sleeping at the bottom of a lake.



    Huang Ying's feet touched the water, and as much lightning as he could currently conjure sank into the lake. Everything but the golden snake immediately died, their organs roasted. Huang Ying struck out with Longinus and finished off the Demonic beast.



    Huang Ying spread out his devouring domain and devoured everything within the lake. Upon seeing the memories of the Demonic beast, his eyes grew colder, a roar escaping from his lips. The Demonic beast that had been resting here was the one that had killed Chen Chun, but there was also another thing Huang Ying noticed in its memories.



    “It knew. It knew. IT FUCKING KNEW!”



    Before Chen Chun and Shi Na had arrived at its territory, a person covered in a violet robe had come and warned the Demonic beast about Chen Chun and Shi Na's arrival. The robe completely hid the appearance of the person, so Huang Ying could not see who it was, but he knew that no matter who that person was, he would kill them.



    Huang Ying left the lake and returned to the cave, undoing his bloodline activation as he stepped into the cave. Shi Na already looked much better, her wounds closing properly. As for healing her lost arm and the gouge in her waist, they had no medicine for that. The Eternal Flame Academy would have to do something about it.



    “It's okay. I am feeling a bit better after killing them.”



    Fang Shan came up to Huang Ying, grabbing his hand and looking at him with a worried expression. Huang Ying put on a strained smile and pat her on the head to calm her down. Huang Ying had managed to calm down slightly after killing the Demonic beast that killed Chen Chun, but his rage had only been buried deep within him, waiting for a chance to burst forth. Huang Ying stepped towards Shi Na and sat down in front of her.



    “I want to know everything about your teacher, and anyone you know who might wear a violet robe.”
     
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    Chapter 165: A second grand feast.



    “Teacher's name is Gong Hua. She is a very kind and elegant middle aged woman whose cultivation has already reached the middle stage of the Deity Heart realm. All the people of Eternal Flame Academy wear scarlet or crimson robes, I have never seen anyone wearing violet robes.”



    Shi Na quickly summarized everything she knew about their teacher. As for people with violet robes, she had never seen or interacted with anyone. She knew why Huang Ying wanted to know about their teacher, but she could not figure out why Huang Ying wanted to know about anyone wearing violet robes.



    “Do you know if your teacher frequently contacts others?”



    Huang Ying did not for one second believe that their teacher, Gong Hua, really was a kind person. If she was a kind person, she would not have sent Shi Na and Chen Chun here to die. Of course, Huang Ying had no proof that it was their teacher who set everything up, she was simply the most likely suspect.



    “I don't know. She will often leave the academy and go somewhere, but I don't know where she goes.”



    Shi Na shook her head as she responded. Gong Hua was their teacher, but they were not by her side at all times. Gong Hua would often leave the academy, leaving behind Shi Na and Chen Chun to train on their own. Where she went when she was alone, they had no way of knowing.



    “Shan'er, can I leave taking her to the academy up to you? I don't think she will be able to leave the Divine Wilderness on her own.”



    Huang Ying tapped his finger against the ground for a short moment before turning towards Fang Shan. He was not confident that Shi Na would be able to leave the Divine Wilderness alone, not while she only had one arm, and a hole in her abdomen.



    “Of course.”



    Fang Shan immediately nodded her head. She could guess what was going through Huang Ying's head, and she also knew that the thing he needed right now was time. Some time alone to clear his head, calm his emotions, and vent his rage. He was probably going to end up in a state he did not want Fang Shan to see.



    “Don't return her to the Eternal Flame Academy, bring her to the Eastern Wind Academy. I will talk with Xin Yang, he'll do something about it.”



    Huang Ying fondled his chin slightly as he spoke. Returning her to Eternal Flame Academy, where they could not keep an eye on her, was a bad idea. If they brought her to Eastern Wind Academy, they could easily keep an eye on her. And with Xin Yang, who even Zhouyun and Xiao Mei were wary of, Huang Ying was sure that she would be protected properly.



    “But I have to...”



    Shi Na felt that she had to return to the Eternal Flame Academy, both to tell their teacher about the strength of the Demonic beast, and to let the academy know that Chen Chun had died. Huang Ying was clearly suspicious of their teacher, but Shi Na could not see their teacher as someone evil.



    “Quiet! The Demonic beast you were hunting already knew you were coming before you even arrived. Someone clad in a violet robe warned it. Someone is clearly trying to kill either you or Chen Chun, maybe even both of you. I refuse to let you return to Eternal Flame Academy, as you will simply die upon arriving there. If you insist on returning to Eternal Flame Academy, I will simply break all your limbs and drag you to Eastern Wind Academy.”



    Huang Ying interrupted Shi Na with a loud shout before she could finish her sentence. He had already lost a sister, he would not lose someone he considered a friend as well. Even if he had to completely crush her limbs to do so, he would drag her to Eastern Wind Academy.



    “What will you be doing?”



    Fang Shan stepped forward and helped Shi Na up. She was no longer in danger of dying from her injuries, but she was still very weak. As she picked up Shi Na, she also turned towards Huang Ying. Since he only said for Fang Shan to bring her back, it was clear that he had something else planned for himself.



    “Training. I will be back at the academy before the competition to enter the Immortal's Garden. When I return to the academy, do you know what I want to hear?”



    While Huang Ying spoke, a black light seemed to swim within his eyes. His devouring and destruction elements were yearning to be set loose, to swallow everything that caused their master pain.



    “That Xie Gang has been killed and a certain girl taken his spot on the Rising Dragon List, right? Don't worry, you'll get to hear some good news.”



    Fang Shan responded to Huang Ying's question as she left the cave, her words causing a ferocious smile to rise on Huang Ying's lips. He had to cut the training with Fang Shan short, but he was confident that she would not slack off while inside the academy.



    “Xin Yang. I need to ask for a favor.”



    After Fang Shan left the cave, Huang Ying took out the jade that the academy had given them, connecting with Xin Yang. Xin Yang had a high standing within the academy, maybe even within the Xin clan. Huang Ying needed his help to protect Shi Na.



    “A favor? You? That's rare. What do you need?”



    Xin Yang's slightly surprised voice sounded out. He did not see Huang Ying as the type of person who would ask for favors or owe people things. He saw him as the type of person that would try to accomplish everything on his own. So if he was asking for a favor, it was clearly rather serious.



    “Shan'er is coming to the academy with a girl, a student from Eternal Flame Academy. Someone is trying to kill her, and I need you to protect her.”



    Huang Ying gave a quick summary of what he wanted Xin Yang to do. If possible, he also wanted Xin Yang to see if he could learn anything about Shi Na's teacher, but he did not want to ask for more favors.



    “Hoh? Since it is you that is asking, i'll of course do my best. But mind if I ask why?”



    Xin Yang easily agreed, not even spending a second to think it over. But at the same time he was rather curious why Huang Ying wanted him to protect this girl. Did Huang Ying have other friends than him, Jing He, Fang Shan, and maybe Zhao Feng?



    “She can be considered a friend of mine. And my sister died to protect her, so I refuse to simply let her die.”



    Huang Ying gave a simple summary of the situation that had happened in the Divine Wilderness.



    “...I'll do everything I can to protect her. Do you know who is trying to kill her?”



    Xin Yang responded strongly after a short moment of silence. He had never heard about Huang Ying having a sister, but if the situation was like this, he could easily tell how serious the situation was to Huang Ying.



    “It might be their teacher, someone called Gong Hua. There is also someone who hid his face with a violet robe, but I don't know who that is.”



    Huang Ying spoke about their teacher, as well as the person that he had seen within the memories of the Demonic beast. These were the only two suspects he had.



    “Alright, I'll see what I can find. When will you be returning?”



    Xin Yang had a wide information network, so looking into Gong Hua would not be too much of a problem.



    “Right before the competition to find out who will enter the Immortal's Garden.”



    Huang Ying was planning on returning in time to participate in the competition. After all, there could easily be things within the Immortal's Garden that would be very useful to him.



    “Good. I'll look forward to your return, I can't wait to see the look on Zhouyun's face when you do.”



    Xin Yang responded with a light chuckle. He had long disliked Zhouyun, so any chance to see him angry would be treasured. Zhouyun had thought that Huang Ying was weak, even trying to make moves on Fang Shan. With Huang Ying revealing his strength and claiming Fang Shan, Xin Yang was certain that Zhouyun would be rather angry.



    “Xin Yang. Thank you.”



    Before Xin Yang cut the connection, Huang Ying said a low thanks. Xin Yang had no obligation to help him, nor did he have to use his connections to look into Gong Hua. But he still did it, not even thinking twice about it. For that, Huang Ying was thankful.



    “Li Jun. Every Demonic beast with a special bloodline or higher elemental purity than me, can you find them?”



    After Huang Ying put away the jade and stood up, he started talking with Li Jun. His eyes looked to the outside of the cave, the black light swimming within his eyes moving around like ferocious waves.



    “As long as they are within 200 kilometers, they cannot hide from me.”



    Li Jun's response was short and simple, everything within 200 kilometers was within his eyes.



    “Good. Every single one of them within 200 kilometers, I want their locations. It is time for another grand feast.”



    Huang Ying stepped out of the caves, the locations of several Demonic beasts appearing in his mind. The first grand feast was when he was beaten and Jing He forced to return to her clan. Now it was time to start the second grand feast.
     
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    Chapter 166: Five months.



    After Huang Ying stepped out of the cave, he once again activated his bloodline. He did not immediately start hunting Demonic beasts, but instead used his fastest speed to fly out of the Divine Wilderness. He spent three days flying, not taking a single break, reaching the ruined Azure Springs Town.



    After reaching the basin that Azure Springs Town had become, Huang Ying found a secluded spot at the corner of the basin and dug a small grave, placing the head of Chen Chun in the grave and closing it up. He had thought about devouring the head, so that he could always keep her at his side. But he decided against it when he thought about how Shi Na and Chen Chun's other friends would probably want to visit the grave at times.



    “Sorry, but this is all I can do for you now. But I swear to you. Every single person who had a hand in your death, I will have them suffer until their hearts and souls break. And then I will deny them the chance to reincarnate, granting them eternal death.”



    Huang Ying built a small grave marker out of ice, carving Chen Chun's name and his vow for revenge into it. This was the ice of the White Tiger and not just any White Tiger, but a White Tiger that held a trace of the primordial element of ice. This ice would never melt, nor be destroyed. Only another primordial element would be able to destroy it.



    To actually use the ice that held a faint trace of the primordial element of ice required a large amount of Qi, even more than it required to use his destruction element, since he had to filter out the normal ice. Because of this, Huang Ying had never used this type of ice before.



    Huang Ying sat in front of the grave marker in complete silence for an entire day, silently saying his final farewell. When he opened his eyes again, they were completely calm once more. No signs of rage or black light could be seen them, only a frightful calm.



    “Time to begin.”



    Huang Ying stood up and activated his bloodline, his body turning into a blur as he returned to the Divine Wilderness. He had about five months time before he had to return to the academy, and he was planning on increasing his strength as much as possible in those five months. Breaking through to the Yin-Yang Formation realm was almost impossible within such a short amount of time, so he planned on focusing on other aspects of his strength.







    With Huang Ying entering the Divine Wilderness and starting a nearly indiscriminate slaughter, a strange calm descended upon the Cloud's Reach continent. The Demonic beasts he was butchering were far from the strongest in the Divine Wilderness, but they were the ones who made the most trouble. The stronger Demonic beasts preferred to train quietly at the very center of the Divine Wilderness.



    With everyone below the Immortal Ascension realm quietly training and waiting for the opening of the Immortal's Garden, the tension of the continent slowly rose, with people already betting on who would gain the most from within the Immortal's Garden.



    But this tension and quiet could not last forever. A month after Huang Ying entered the Divine Wilderness, the Jing clan announced that the engagement between their young miss, Jing He, and the young master of the Xin clan, Xin Yang, had been broken. The piece of news that followed this announcement also cause a stir on the continent.



    During the next Dragon Meeting, whoever proved that they had the purest ice element would be given the hand of Jing He in marriage, becoming a part of the Jing clan. The Jing clan was one of the four great clans, so there were countless people dreaming about joining them. Because of these news, the next Dragon Meeting would surely be much grander than the previous ones.



    But the exciting news did not stop with just that announcement. Two months after the engagement was broken, the sky above Eastern Wind Academy was suddenly filled with deep red clouds. Three crimson bolts of lightning descended from the clouds and landed in the academy. Seeing this spectacle, people knew that someone powerful in the academy had just broken through to the Yin-Yang Formation realm.



    Only half a month after that, the Rising Dragon List was forced to release another change to their rankings. And it was not just a single change this time, but two changes at once. Rank 100, Gold Buddha Xia Zhu Kong, was beaten by the young master of the Xin clan, Xin Yang. Xin Yang became the new rank 100 and was granted the title Storm's Fury.



    But that was not the main change on the list, the main change was rank 98. rank 98, Ocean Wind Xie Gang, had been challenged to single combat and slain. He had not simply been defeated, but slain, his head separated and then trampled. The previously unknown girl who killed him became the new rank 98 and was given her title, Dread Lightning Fang Shan.



    Huang Ying would contact Fang Shan every five days, so he knew about everything that was happening on the continent. Of course, he never stopped his training, constantly engaging in battle as he devoured more and more Demonic beasts.



    “It's time to go.”



    When only a week remained before the competition to see who would enter the Immortal's Garden, Huang Ying stopped his training. He took off his tattered robe and put on a fresh sky blue robe, leaving the Divine Wilderness. His eyes were still dreadfully calm, his white hair dancing in the wind as he flew at full speed. His cultivation had not grown, but he was confident that if he were to meet Xie Gang again, he could kill him within ten moves.



    The only change one could see after he left the Divine Wilderness was a large scar that went from his right eyebrow, all the way down to his left cheekbone, almost splitting his face in half. To create such a scar on him, who had such a powerful healing ability, the strength of that Demonic beast could be imagined.



    The time for the competition to enter the Immortal's Garden had arrived, and the entire continent was looking forward to spectating it and seeing the contestants powers. And with the continent in such an uproar, Huang Ying returned, only a select few realizing that this meant a bloodbath would likely follow.
     
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    Chapter 167: Returning to Eastern Wind Academy.



    “It'll be a bit harder for me to visit you in the near future, but I will do my best to make some time to come here.”



    Huang Ying poured some water on the icy grave-marker he had made for Chen Chun as he spoke. It had not gotten dirty over the last five months, but cleaning it helped Huang Ying calm down his heart. Now was not the time to be hasty and rash, he had to be calm.



    “You don't need to worry about me, I am doing fine. I didn't get the time during these five months, but in the future I will come back and tell you everything that has happened since we last saw each other.”



    Huang Ying clapped his hands together and gave the grave-marker a quick bow, before turning around and leaving. After leaving the grave, Huang Ying traveled to Yellow Winds Town and bought some food. By now, Huang Ying's appearance was known by everyone in the town, so a path was opened for him the moment he stepped into town.



    After stocking up on some food that wasn't Demonic beast meat without flavoring, Huang Ying left the town and traveled to Willow's Heart, the capital. His appearance was not as well known by the normal people there, but when he set foot in the imperial castle, there was no one that dared stand in his way.



    Huang Ying reached the Spatial Array and quickly arrived in Cloud's End. When he reached Cloud's End city, he brought out Little Flame, who quickly grew in size until it was big enough for him to sit on its back. When Little Flame was in its bird form and didn't use any of its abilities, it looked no different from a normal crow. So even if Huang Ying rode him all the way to Heaven's Crossroads City, no one would pay it any mind.



    Huang Ying quickly reached the city, dismounting outside the gates. Only certain special people were allowed to fly over the city, so he had to walk the rest of the way. Little Flame shrank in size and perched itself on his shoulder, looking like a small crow he had picked up along the way.



    “Yikes, quite the scar you got there. Now how do you ever intend to get married?”



    The first thing that greeted Huang Ying upon entering the academy again was a chuckle coming from Xin Yang, who brought along Fang Shan, Zhao Feng, and Shi Na. Shi Na lowered her head, not daring to look at Huang Ying.



    “Tch, at least I wasn't dumped and had my engagement cancelled.”



    Huang Ying responded with a chuckle of his own, planting a soft kiss on Fang Shan's lips right afterwards. Xin Yang shook his head with a wry smile at the comment, while Zhao Feng only raised his thumbs at Huang Ying.



    “Ah? Junior Brother Ying, it is great that you have safely returned. I was worried that Junior Sister Shan was going to be beside her with worry if you didn't return.”



    While Huang Ying and the others were walking on the road that would take them to the student lodgings, Zhouyun suddenly came around the corner. Upon seeing Huang Ying and Fang Shan, he let out a surprised exclamation and spoke to Huang Ying with a pleasant smile.



    “Thank you for worrying about me, Senior Brother Zhouyun. But my life is far too hardy to die on some simple missions like that.”



    Huang Ying wrapped his arm around Fang Shan's waist and pulled her closer as he spoke with a polite tone. It was very faint, but he noticed a slight twitch in Zhouyun's eyebrows.



    “It seems like you and Junior Sister Shan have become a couple, allow me to give you my congratulations. And here I thought you and Junior Sister Mei were a foregone conclusion, with how close you were.”



    Zhouyun still acted like nothing, even looking genuinely happy as he congratulated Huang Ying and then warned him. His warning was of course an attempt to sow discord between Huang Ying and Fang Shan.



    “I have no idea what you are talking about, Senior Brother Zhouyun. There was never anything between me and Senior Sister Mei, perhaps there was a problem with your eyes? It would not be good if anything were to happen because you had a problem with your eyes, perhaps you should get it checked out?”



    Huang Ying and Zhouyun both knew that the other person was their enemy. Zhouyun knew that Huang Ying had most likely killed Bai Jing, and then learned from Xie Gang that it was Zhouyun who had sent him. They were doomed to fight each other eventually. It was only that right now they still had to pretend to be on good terms, as they both knew that the other had a strong backing. If they were to kill the other one, they had to do it in a way that no one else could say anything against it.



    “...Perhaps. I thank you for worrying about my well being Junior Brother Ying. Now if you will excuse me, I have some business that I need to finish before the competition. I do wish you luck.”



    Zhouyun's eyebrows barely twitched after hearing Huang Ying's thinly veiled taunt. He greeted the others in the group and then bid them farewell, walking past them and vanishing down the road.



    “I don't know what he is planning on doing, but he will certainly do something to tamper with the competition. You need to be extra careful.”



    With Zhouyun vanishing down the road, the group continued heading towards the lodgings. Xin Yang warned Huang Ying in a low voice. Zhouyun had a lot of means at his disposal, even Xin Yang had to be wary around him.



    “How will the competition play out? Is it just a battle tournament?”



    Huang Ying nodded his head at Xin Yang's words and asked about the competition. He had yet to hear what the competition was, so he was rather curious how they decided who would be able to enter the Immortal's Garden.



    “No. It is a hunt to gather points. Everyone will be sent into a separate space that was created long ago by the previous leaders of the seven overlords. Inside there, defeating other people and killing Demonic beasts will give you points. Stronger Demonic beasts give more points, and upon defeating a person, you gain the points they have accumulated. There are also five bases. Capturing and defending these bases gives a large amount of points. At the end, the people who have more than a certain amount of points get to enter the Immortal's Garden.”



    Xin Yang quickly explained how the competition worked. He had already explained it to the others, so they only listened silently while walking at the side. The space had been opened long ago, so there were some Demonic beasts in there that were hard to find in the outside world. Of course, the fact that they were able to survive through so many competitions was proof of their strength.



    “Will only people who have passed through this competition get to enter the Immortal's Garden? And what about killing others during the competition? How can you fight with your all if you aren't attacking with the intent to kill?”



    Huang Ying fondled his chin slightly as he spoke. They had reached his cabin, so he opened the door and they all entered. He noticed that there was more furniture in his cabin than there was when he left, and looking at the smirk on Xin Yang's face, it was clear how they got there.



    “No, others who are part of the smaller clans and academies will also enter, but they have their own competition. Each of the seven overlords also have their own hidden trump cards that they will send in once the Immortal's Garden opens. As for killing others, there is no problem with that.”



    Xin Yang shook his head as he responded. There were certain people that the various clans and academies had specially trained, so they did not want to bring them out for the competition. They would just directly allow them to enter the Immortal's Garden when it opened.



    “The space where the competition takes place was created by old leaders, so the current leaders can't interfere with what is happening inside. It also only records the amount of points a person has, it is impossible to see what is going on inside it. That is another reason you have to be careful. You might have fought Xie Gang to a draw, and then gotten much stronger in these five months, but even people like Dai Hui will enter this competition. There are still many people who can kill you.”



    Xin Yang said it to warn Huang Ying, but when he saw the faint smile that Huang Ying's lips curled into, he knew that his warning did nothing.



    “Don't worry, I won't be rash. I know exactly what I need to do.”



    Huang Ying assured Xin Yang that he would not be rash. But he was quite looking forward to entering the competition. There would surely be people there who would try to kill him, and through them, he might learn more about who killed Chen Chun. Now all he had to do was wait for the competition to start in two days.
     
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    Chapter 168: Start of the competition.



    Two days later the entire city was boiling with excitement. They were not able to see what was going on inside the separate space, but they would be able to see the amount of points that the people inside had. There were already many people placing bets on who would get the highest amount of points at the end of the competition.



    During the days before the competition, the academy had been strangely silent. Even Xiao Mei had only come to visit Huang Ying once during the two days he had spent waiting for the start of the competition. She was a bit awkward when she saw that Fang Shan was preventing her from getting too close, but she eventually managed to pretend like she had not even noticed Fang Shan's actions.



    “It's time to head out, so get a move on.”



    While Huang Ying and Fang Shan were silently cultivating within Huang Ying's cabin, a loud knock was heard on their door, Xin Yang's voice ringing out. Huang Ying and Fang Shan opened their eyes and stood up, stretching their bodies as low popping sounds rang out from their joints.



    “Alright, just give us a moment.”



    Huang Ying called out in a loud voice, before both he and Fang Shan entered the bathroom. They took a quick shower and then put on some fresh clothing. After getting dressed, they left the cabin. They had already stored everything they might need in their interspatial rings, so there was nothing they needed to bring.



    “Since it requires the power of the leaders of the seven overlords to send us into the separate space, we will be departing from the center of the city.”



    Outside the cabin stood Xin Yang, Zhao Feng, and Shi Na. Huang Ying did not know exactly what strings Xin Yang had pulled, but he had somehow managed to secure a spot for Shi Na to enter the competition as well. The reason he did so was because it was safer to bring her with them, rather than leave her in the academy with Zhouyun.



    Huang Ying and Fang Shan simply nodded their heads to Xin Yang's words. The group left the academy and started walking through the city to get to the center. Zhao Feng was so excited that he barely stopped talking as they walked. Shi Na still felt rather awkward around Huang Ying, so she mostly kept her head down and stayed silent.



    While they were walking, Xin Yang also took the chance to explain a little about some of the more famous places in the city. Restaurants where one could eat meat from rare Demonic beasts, places where one could rent cultivation rooms that were better than the ones in the academy, there were even places where one could pay to have a fight with strong Demonic beasts.



    The center of the city was a large circular opening, with not a single building present. Considering how packed the city was, it felt strange that there was a place like this in the city, with not a single building or vendor. The ground was paved with light blue stones that released a faint warmth. There were some places where the ground was paved with deep yellow stones instead of blue, the yellow stones forming a large array that covered the entire area.



    Huang Ying scanned the area with his eyes, from what he could see, he would not be surprised if he was told that the area had a diameter of almost ten kilometers. Yet this massive area, that was usually completely empty, was now filled with people of varying ages and sizes.



    There were a large amount of people, but they were clearly separated into seven different camps, one for each of the seven overlords. Xin Yang led the group to the place where the other students of Eastern Wind Academy were located, and they proceeded to wait for the time where they would be sent into the separate space.



    “Let us begin! Students gather at the middle and prepare for the start of the competition!”



    After waiting for a little more than an hour, a loud voice echoed over the area, resounding in everyone's ears. The students who were taking part in the competition stepped forward and gather at the very center of the area. From the backs of each group belonging to the seven overlords, an overwhelmingly strong Qi burst forth, surrounding the students. It was clear that the leaders of the seven overlords had started the process of sending them into the separate space.



    “Not only we, but the entire city will be keeping a close eye on the amount of points each of you manage to acquire! Do your best and gather up as many points as possible, those who have gathered enough points at the end will be allowed to enter the Immortal's Garden. Those who fail to gather enough points will return in shame!”



    Another loud shout was heard, putting more pressure on the students that were to take part in the competition. Of course, most people simply shrugged it off. Why would they care if they returned in shame? They were only trying to get stronger, there was nothing shameful in failing while walking along that path.



    The world around the students changed into a vast and empty white world. Xin Yang had already told Huang Ying about this place. This place was what stabilized the separate space, a bridge that connected the separate realm and the outside world. The true form of this white space was the formation carved into the ground of the city center.



    They would only be staying in this white world for a short duration, just long enough for the leaders of the seven overlords to gather up enough Qi to send them the rest of the way into the separate space. While everyone was waiting, Huang Ying swept the people in the area. There were some that he knew, but many more that he did not know. A quick and loose count showed him that there were over 2,000 people taking part in this competition. Quite a large number of people.



    “It seems like there are quite a few of you who have something against me? Or is it that someone has paid you to kill me?”



    While everyone was waiting, Huang Ying suddenly spoke out in a loud voice, catching the attention of everyone there. He had already noticed that there were a large amount of people here who had killing intent towards him. Most of the people with killing intent were people he did not even know, so he was rather curious why they wanted to kill him.



    “But it does not matter what the reason is, I have been rather angry lately, so this will be a good chance to vent some of my anger. For your own good, I truly hope that you manage to kill me. Because if you fail to do so, I will hunt you all down and kill you. I will devour your memories to find out why you are looking to kill me, and if I find that someone set you up to do this, then I will kill them too.”



    Huang Ying's lips curled into a ferocious smile as he spoke. Since they were looking at him with killing intent, they were his enemies, and that meant that he would hunt them down and kill them. And this competition was the perfect place to do so. The fact that he had the devouring element was already known, so he did not even need to hide the fact that he was going to devour them.



    The gazes of several of the people looking at Huang Ying narrowed sharply after hearing his words, but no one spoke up or took any actions. Huang Ying's eyes continued to sweep over the people that were present, making sure the firmly remembered every single one of them.



    The white world around them flashed brightly, blinding the people there as a falling sensation wrapped their bodies. When the falling sensation and the white light vanished, Huang Ying found himself standing inside a ruined house. The gray walls were covered in thick vines, with some parts of the wall broken and shattered. A few rays of warm sunlight shone into the house through the broken parts of the wall.



    Huang Ying sent out his perception as far as he could, learning that he had ended up in a ruined city that seemed quite large. There were no other people for a few kilometers around him, so they had probably been sent somewhere else. Huang Ying's lips once more curled into a ferocious smile as he stepped out of the house.



    “Well then, the hunt is on.”
     
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    Chapter 169: The first prey.



    Huang Ying left the ruined house and started walking through the ruined city. The houses in the ruined city came in all shapes and sizes, but they were all built out of the same type of gray stone. Nature had completely overtaken the city, with vines and grass covering all the houses.



    The plants that were growing around in the city were plants that Huang Ying had never seen before, with dark and subdued colors that attracted the eye. Huang Ying at first thought that the city had already been abandoned when it was brought into this separate space, but he could see clear signs that a great battle had taken place inside the city at some point.



    The center of the city had completely vanished, the only thing remaining being a hole so deep that Huang Ying could not see the bottom. Not only was it deep, but it was also several kilometers in diameter, the edges of the hole completely smooth, so it was clear that whoever created the hole had used a supremely powerful attack.



    While walking, Huang Ying had also checked out a few things. The first thing he checked was whether or not he could still talk with Li Jun, but there had been no response from Li Jun, so he was either hiding himself or cut off from Huang Ying.



    The second thing Huang Ying checked was the point system. After entering the separate space, Huang Ying found a small blue jade square hanging at his waist. Putting his Qi into the jade would allow Huang Ying to see how many points he had gathered. He originally thought he could use it to check how many points the other people in the competition had, but it didn't seem to have that function.



    Huang Ying was also very surprised at just how large this separate space seemed to be. He had walked for around half an hour, with his perception stretched to its very limit to keep an eye on the surrounding eight kilometers. Yet he had not spotted a single person, and only a few Demonic beasts none which were worth his time.



    “Really. Over 2,000 participants but I haven't seen a single one yet. How much power did it take to create this place I wonder?”



    Huang Ying could not help but mutter to himself while walking through the city. He had no idea how much strength it took to create a separate space, but he was certain that it required a tremendous amount. And to create a place as large as this? Li Jun might know, but he had no way of asking him that now.



    While walking, Huang Ying had also inspected the ruined buildings more closely. He at first thought that the gray stones were just normal rocks, but when he inspected them more closely, he found that they were a strange type of rock that had great resistance towards Qi. To break a fist sized rock, Huang Ying would have to put all his strength into his attack, even using Longinus. And yet the entire city was ruined, the buildings broken and shattered.



    He also found a few items that he had never seen or heard about before, strangely shaped weapons that were either completely round or square. They did not have any place where he could insert Spirit Stones, so they were probably operated by either directly inputting Qi or by using an unknown method.



    “Oh?”



    Huang Ying suddenly stopped walking and turned his head towards the right, a slight sound escaping from his lips. Someone had entered his perception range. The girl was only at the middle stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm, so she had not detected that she had entered Huang Ying's perception.



    “Found one.”



    Huang Ying's lips curled into a smile that could send chills down a person's back. The girl who had entered Huang Ying's perception was not just one of the people who had directed killing intent at Huang Ying, she was someone from Eternal Flame Academy. Huang Ying immediately dashed towards the right, heading towards the girl at full speed.



    When he got close, he did not immediately approach her or reveal himself. He concealed himself and stalked her for a bit, making sure that nothing unexpected or dangerous would happen. She was weaker than him, so her perception would not be able to notice him.



    The girl looked like she was about 16 or 17, but it was unlikely that she was truly that young, with a rather petite stature and black hair in a bowl cut. Looking at her cultivation that was slightly unsteady, it was clear that she had broken through not long ago, and most likely used some pills or herbs to do so. She was slowly moving through the city, keeping a close and vigilant eye on her surroundings.



    Huang Ying stalked her for a few minutes before he determined that there was nothing dangerous about her. He undid his concealment and stepped out of the shadows, stopping in front of her.



    “Do you know Shi Na or Chen Chun?”



    Huang Ying had a polite and pleasant smile on his face as he asked the girl, but she only felt a chill go down her smile when she saw him. She did not believe that he had just coincidentally found her, but she had not even once sensed his presence as he got closer. This fact told her a single thing, that Huang Ying was most likely stronger than her.



    “I have no idea who you are talking about. There is someone I have to meet over there, so I would like to keep moving.”



    The girl took half a step backwards and bent her body slightly, a mace appearing in her hands as she spoke. Her entire body was tense, sweat gathering on her forehead. She knew that Huang Ying held the 99th rank on the Rising Dragon List, but according to the information she had gotten, he had gotten that rank due to luck. That was the only reason she had agreed to the deal about trying to kill him.



    “I wonder if that is true. I also wonder why someone as weak as you would be roped into attempting to kill me. Will I learn the reason once I see your memories I wonder?”



    Huang Ying only kept smiling as he responded. There was not a single person in the direction that the girl was heading, as that direction was where Huang Ying had come from. It was clear that she had only spoken those words to make Huang Ying think that she was not alone.



    “Like I said earlier, I am rather angry right now, so I will be venting that on you.”



    Before the girl had the chance to say anything, the polite smile on Huang Ying's face turned sinister and cold, his eyes turning emotionless. He took a step forward, the sound of thunder ringing out in the area. The girl took a step backwards and sent out a sideways strike with her mace, trying to force Huang Ying to change his attack.



    Huang Ying simply raised his left arm and grabbed onto the head of the mace, clamping down on it like a vise and completely preventing the girl from moving it. He raised his right leg and stomped down on the girls left knee, causing it to shatter and bend backwards. The girl let out a scream in pain, but Huang Ying used this chance to grab onto her lower jaw with his right arm.



    Realizing what he was about to do, the eyes of the girl were dyed in despair as she tried to plead with him. But Huang Ying did not pay attention to her silent pleading. Right now he was letting the rage that had gathered in his chest get free reign. His right hand tightened its grip and he pulled back his arm.



    With a sickening snapping sound, the lower jaw of the girl was shattered and separated from her head. Even her tongue had been torn out of her mouth along with the jaw. With the jaw in his hand, Huang Ying smashed his right arm forward, driving her own lower jaw into the face of the girl and shattering her skull.



    With her skull shattering, the girls screams stopped and her body fell backwards. Before he body could hit the ground, Huang Ying released his devouring Qi and devoured the body of the girl. He quickly skimmed through her memories, looking for any information that was useful.



    “Dai Hui, huh. On the list you go.”



    There was barely any information about Shi Na or Chen Chun, but he did find out who got the girl to join in on the attempts to kill him. It was the top ranker of the Rising Dragon List, Blooming Lotus Dai Hui. Huang Ying merely muttered her name with a disinterested expression. Since Dai Hui got this girl to attempt to kill him, Huang Ying would kill Dai Hui. Huang Ying picked up the interspatial ring of the girl and then continued moving. One had been killed, but the hunt was far from over.
     
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    Chapter 170: Learning of Zhouyun's powers.



    The place Huang Ying reached after leaving the ruined city was a forest so dense that there was only space for a single person between each tree, deep green vines coiling around the trees like snakes, the tree crowns twining together and blotting out all sunlight. Of course, the darkness in the forest was no problem for Huang Ying who was practically half Demonic beast.



    While walking, Huang Ying also made sure that he constantly paid attention to the Qi in the surroundings. Using the color of the Qi in the surroundings, Huang Ying could guess at what types of Demonic beasts or humans were in the surroundings. He had done this once before, when he was hunting the 6th grade Cloud Tiger, following it by tracking the ice Qi that it released as it moved.



    Of course, he also kept his perception stretched out at all times, but there existed many Demonic beasts and cultivators who specialized in camouflage, slipping through his detection. Huang Ying was moving towards such a Demonic beast at this time. He had spotted it because of the Qi it released, and he noticed that there was a human heading in the direction of the Demonic beast, so he was moving over there to spectate what was going to happen.



    Once he got closer, Huang Ying jumped up from the ground and started using the tree tops and branches to move around, making sure that he was well hidden by the leaves of the tree. Once he reached the place where the Demonic beast was hiding, Huang Ying stopped moving and hid his own presence, waiting silently.



    After a few minutes of waiting, the person Huang Ying had spotted with his perception entered his vision. Huang Ying knew the person who was walking over, it was one of the reasons why he decided to spectate what was going to happen. The person who entered Huang Ying's vision was a young boy with smooth skin and short black hair, looking no more than 11 years old.



    Had it been anyone else who looked this old, Huang Ying would have thought that they were using medicine to keep themselves young, but Huang Ying knew that this boy was truly no more than 11 years old. When Huang Ying first underwent the test to join the academy, this young boy had also been there. Back then he had been 10 and at the middle stage of the Xiantian realm.



    He had failed to join the academy at that time but still joined this competition as a student of Eastern Wind Academy, so Huang Ying guessed that the boy might have gotten special permission to join the academy during the five months that Huang Ying was training. And just by looking at the boy Huang Ying could understand why he had gotten that permission. Since Huang Ying had last seen him, he had grown from the middle stage of the Xiantian realm to the early stage of the Yin-Yang Formation realm. For an 11 year old boy to reach this level could only mean one of two things, he had supreme talent, or had a very powerful backer.



    The boy slowly made his way closer to where Huang Ying was hiding, vigilantly surveying the area with his eyes as he moved. The young boy could not notice it, but Huang Ying noticed that the deep green Qi that was present in the area was getting restless, a sign that the Demonic beast that was hiding there was getting ready to attack.



    The young boy took another few steps forward, and the hidden Demonic beast sprung into action. Some of the vines that were coiling around some of the trees suddenly uncoiled themselves and shot towards the young boy. The Demonic beast had the advantage of the surprise attack, but the young boy was after all someone at the Yin-Yang Formation realm.



    The moment the vines shot towards him, he jumped up and grabbed onto a branch, using it to pull himself higher up. He slightly opened his mouth, seemingly attempting to say something. There were no words that came out of his mouth, but Huang Ying could see a transparent, nearly invisible Qi come out from the boy's mouth. The invisible Qi hit the vines causing them to rupture and explode, sending deep green liquid splashing throughout the area.



    Huang Ying was rather interested in the Qi of the young boy, as it was of an element he had yet to experience for himself. The invisible Qi that came out from his mouth had vibrated slightly as it moved, and then started to vibrate violently when it touched the vines, which caused them to reverberate with the vibrating and explode. This method of attacking was the most common way of attacking for people who had the element of sound, a rather rare element.



    But Huang Ying did not stop hiding just because of his interest in the sound element. Even if the young boy managed to defeat the Demonic beast that was hiding here, which was in the shape of an underground root that controlled the surrounding vines, he would still die in the hands of Huang Ying. The young boy had shown killing intent towards Huang Ying earlier, so he was already placed on the list.



    The deep green liquid that splashed out from the ruptured vines seemed to be highly corrosive, as everything that was touched by it started melting. A few drops landed on the cheek of the young boy, who had neglected to dodge because he did not expect the liquid to be dangerous. He had a high cultivation level, but he was onl 11 after all, so once the drops landed on him and his cheek started melting, he let go of the branch and started letting out shrill screams in pain.



    More vines shot forward and started coiling around the legs of the young boy, slowly pulling him towards the spot where the root was hiding underground. It seemed like the vines could excreted the corrosive liquid at will, as the legs of the boy started slowly melting after the vines coiled around them, his screams growing higher in pitch as his upper body started thrashing around in panic.



    “I can't let you kill him.”



    While the boy was thrashing around and screaming, Huang Ying dropped down from his hiding spot and spoke out. When his feet touched the ground he sent his ice Qi into the ground and froze the root that was the core of the Demonic beast, causing the vines to slowly freeze.



    “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”



    The boy started rapidly thanking Huang Ying, thinking that Huang Ying had come to save him. It seemed like in his panic and pain, he had forgotten the proclamation that Huang Ying had made at the start of the competition. Huang Ying only looked at him with a cold and nearly emotionless gaze as he stepped towards him and placed his hand on the head of the young boy.



    As the young boy realized that something was wrong, Huang Ying put strength into the hand that was on the head of the boy, clenching it tightly and crushing his skull. The boy was only 11 years old, but since he had shown killing intent towards Huang Ying, there was no way Huang Ying would spare him. After crushing his skull, Huang Ying used his devouring Qi to search through the memories of the boy.



    “Really Zhouyun, there has to be a limited to your depravity. This is just disgusting to look at.”



    Huang Ying's mouth twisted after he finished going through the memories of the boy. He had managed to ascertain that Zhouyun seemed to swing both ways when it came to lovers, did not care for the age of his lovers, and that it was indeed Zhouyun who had gotten the boy to show killing intent towards Huang Ying. But he also managed to learn one other fact that he had not know before. Through the memories of the young boy, he had seen that Zhouyun seemed to be capable of either brainwashing or controlling others using his Qi.



    “Really Zhouyun, things would never have ended up like this if you just learned to keep your hands to yourself.”



    Huang Ying shook his head and left the area, continuing to look for other people. He could not help but feel like laughing at how he and Zhouyun had ended up as enemies. Zhouyun had seen Fang Shan and felt that she was beautiful enough to try and conquer her, but to do so he felt that he had to get rid of Huang Ying first. If he had just ignored Fang Shan, he and Huang Ying would never have become enemies. But now it was already too late for that, now it would only end up with either of them dead.
     

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