Chapter 11: Earthburst Golden Lotus (1)

Chapter 11: Earthburst Golden Lotus (1)

He leapt several meters high, yet just as he neared, both of his arms neatly unfolded like the shining wings of a white crane. Following, he suddenly pressed downwards, surprisingly ascending several more meters once again!

“Skraw!” The cawing of a crane cried out, resonating over the entire expanse!

Crack! In the next second, Xu Yangyi’s hand suddenly caught on to the serpent’s jet-black, shimmering scale. Soon after he grabbed it, a rain of fishy, repulsive blood sprayed out high into the air!

The seemingly steel-like scale had surprisingly been torn apart bare handed! Accompanied by the shredded scale, there was a shower of rancid blood, scattering down from altitudes up in the sky!

“Hiiiissssss!!” A long, heaven-shaking cry produced a formless sound wave that caused the sand on the ground to go flying! The blast was like the blowing of a small-scale sandstorm!

Already at this moment, the blue veins on both of Xu Yangyi’s hands were completely exposed, and his five fingers were like the five claws of a beast! As long as one was met with it, their flesh would be immediately torn asunder! He was like a miniature drilling machine, boring a path through the tremendous serpent’s body!

“Go up twenty meters, that’s where the weak point is.” Within his ear, Mao Ba’er’s voice continued to relay: “Its qi is changing there! That’s also where the serpent demon’s heart is!” [1]

Xu Yangyi turned a deaf ear; at this moment, he was like a tiger running along the serpent’s back, one claw, one leg, completely ripping up wounds upon wounds that weren’t of a minor severity. He followed these wounds, using his fastest speed to charge outside of these twenty meters!

Whoosh! Just at this time, a snow-white bone spur suddenly emerged out of the serpent’s back, bringing with it blood that colored the sky, skewering his arm! His opponent was also fighting with every ounce of its being!

Obviously, the remaining consciousness it possessed told it that this human undoubtedly held the strength to break through its defenses. Currently, its gargantuan body and the tremendous power brought with it wasn’t of the slightest use. The opponent was like a hornet, ruthlessly drilling great holes in its vitals!

Life or death would be decided in these twenty meters! Xu Yangyi wanted to rush forth and slay his foe; the serpent had to expel him out within these twenty meters of flesh no matter the consequence, as well!

Thump… Thump thump thump thump thump! The countless echoing of punctured flesh was accompanied by the furious roar of the tremendous serpent, resonating throughout the heavens and earth. In these twenty meters, an incalculable number of bone spurs, large and small, sprouted from the tremendous serpent’s punctured flesh, causing it to turn into a gigantic hedgehog! The twenty meters had become a path of blood-dyed bramble and thorn!

These were its bones that had pierced out in reverse. Life or death would be spelled in these twenty meters!

Crack! Xu Yangyi watched as the serpent’s back became covered in bony ridges and spurs in an instant. His opponent was also considerably decisive, even if it had lost its mind and granted that a major, unknown condition had occurred with its body. However… possibly because it was a demon that had lived properly to a grand old age in a complex world of human-demon coexistence, it was by no means a novice.

He forcefully twisted off the bone spur, not retreating, but instead advancing. His speed rose to another level once again! He was like a train racing along towards the serpent’s head!

The bone spurs were seemingly alive, becoming sharper and denser, cutting his body like blades as he took steps forward. With an ever-growing number of bone spurs entering his flesh, thighs, and arms, he obstructed his head with both of his hands, and murmured: “Solution Ninety…”

“Pretty boy! Are you insane!” Before Xu Yangyi’s voice had fell, a surprised voice could be heard from the transceiver: “The Hundred Solutions is the only divine ability that a student of Heavens Law that hasn’t graduated yet can learn! The lower the number, the greater the might! If I haven’t remembered incorrectly, Solution Ninety is already the limit of what a student that hasn’t graduated can learn! You’re going to use too much force! The burden on your body will be too great!”

“You’ll lose your life!”

Xu Yangyi turned a deaf ear towards the voice coming from the transceiver. At this moment, the veins of his entire body seemed to come alive! Twisting, they interweaved on his whole body into a strange design!

A qilin! [2]

A qilin birthed by the sacrifice of his flesh! It was simply like a tattoo!

In the second the design was formed, his entire body suddenly erupted in a burst of scarlet radiance like a roaming fireball, shattering the bony spurs and ridges up ahead with a bang!

Crack! Crack! Crack! In the air, the blood-dyed bone spurs rained down like a floral shower. Beneath moonlight, the flaming ball of fire swiftly charged exuberantly towards the top of the tremendous serpent's head. If anyone saw this scene, it was guaranteed they wouldn’t be able to shout!

“Hiss!” An incomparably sharp hiss cried out, life or death in a twinkling of instant. The realms of both sides weren’t high and their hidden aces weren’t many. The tremendous serpent’s giant eyes flashed, the shadow of death was swiftly approaching it. Followed by a furious roar, its entire body began to roll like a wheel!

Rumble rumble rumble… The ground surface slightly trembled like an earthquake of fair strength was being experienced!

However, after a mere three seconds, it stopped. The scales of the serpent’s whole body clanked as they trembled. 

It was a frightening trembling, a shuddering like the god of death was standing atop its head.

A hand, a human hand, a powerful hand, one that was smothered in blood, was already pressing down precisely on top of its Achilles heel. 

Beneath moonlight, Xu Yangyi was covered in bone spurs, having truly become a hedgehog. His chest slightly heaved up and down, and he was covered in fresh blood from head to toe, towering over the tremendous serpent’s vitals. 

The fishy taste of blood was strong… He licked his lips, letting a portion of the scorching liquid incense his placid arteries, letting the fishy taste flow down his throat.

Its blood… This was its flavor…This was his final resort as he lifted his hand ahead.

“Solution Ninety-One…”

“Severing Dragon Typhoon!”

Swish! Between heaven and earth, a streak of dull-blue light flashed, appearing like a flash of eminence at midnight and like that of a crack of thunder in the sky. At this moment, be it moonlight or starlight, both simultaneously lost color. Everyone’s sight was completely gathered on the flashing and waning of the scintillating rays above. [3]

An instant of magnificence. [4]

Only a momentary resplendence, illusory that it made people feel it wasn’t real.

Xu Yangyi half-squatted on the floor, his left hand faintly trembling. In that sudden space of time, the arteries of his left hand abruptly burst open, and an arrow of blood fiercely jetted out from his veins.

“Boom!” Behind him, a thundering sound echoed and dust scattered into the air. With a body thickness the size of the room and over a dozen meters in length, half of the tremendous serpent’s bisected body fell down behind him, accompanied by the heaven-rumbling explosion of dust.

His strength from hair to toe ebbed away like a tidal wave. Every single one of his bones were clamoring in an overload of pain. However, at this time, a sharp voice suddenly could be heard from the transceiver: “Pretty boy! Watch out!”

In the place where the tremendous serpent had been bisected, a dazzlingly brilliant red light spilled forth! The ray was like a sun rising amidst the darkness!

CRASH! All around, bursts of cracking and rumbling could be heard, and Xu Yangyi roared terribly!

It was the sound of the Big Dipper Heaventail Formation breaking apart! This streak of devilish red light had directly sundered apart the Big Dipper Heaventail Formation with a bang! Moreover, it was coming straight for him!

It was quite slender… At least in comparison to the corpse of the tremendous serpent. The ray was only approximately the thickness of an arm, and it was directly zoning in on Xu Yangyi’s heart! However… he was simply unable to move!

The ray of red light was such that it couldn’t be said to be red light. His gaze had only met it for a brief instant, but his entire bodily strength and qi had disappeared in a flash!

“Mao Ba’er!” 

He bellowed furiously, and a sharp voice could be heard immediately from the transceiver: “Understood!”

At the moment the Big Dipper Heaventail Formation had gradually shattered, the corpse of the tremendous serpent had vanished in a blink!

“Fuck me…” Xu Yangyi fiercely grinded his teeth; the hell you understand!

He wanted Mao Ba’er to think up of a solution, yet the first thing he did was stow away the spoils of war! He hadn’t even finished speaking his words, because at that moment, an even stranger scene occurred!

Swooosh… A gently swaying golden lotus slowly sprouted from the ground. It was sparkling and translucent; pure and limpid. Cloudy mists wound around it, making it appear as if it existed in another world, another dimension.

It was like a hidden orchid in an empty valley, splendid and beautiful, in full bloom beneath moonlight. In its wake, there was a second flower… then the third flower… and then fourth… until there were countless flowers!

Xu Yangyi was instantly surrounded by an immeasurable number of golden lotuses! He was like a saint walking among golden lotuses!

“Earth… Earthburst Golden Lotus?!” Mao Ba’er yelled. If he had just screeched a moment ago, then his present yelling could be considered to have torn his heart out and cracked his lungs wide: “Pretty boy! Get out! Get out now! If these things hit you dead center, you’ll be fucking screwed!” [5]

The red light shone upon Xu Yangyi’s bitterly smiling face.

Get out?

At this moment, it was like he was being locked in place. Even if he wanted to move, he couldn’t.

Bang! In the next second, he felt as if his stomach had been met with a heavy fist! His surroundings turned dark in front of him, and he was simply unable to control himself from frantically spraying out a mouthful of blood. His whole body went flying four to five meters, struck flying like a tattered sack, landing heavily on the ground once again!

He didn’t regain consciousness until he saw the moon for a few seconds, and then he immediately hopped up. His first action was to touch his heart.

He set his hand there, only feeling solid muscle. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a trace of a scar!

“This is…” He lowered his head to take a look, and his gaze suddenly tensed. There was a fist-sized black lotus on his chest. It was unknown when, but it had already branded itself onto his chest.

“Are… Are you alright?” Mao Ba’er’s suspicious, uncertain voice rang out in his earpiece.

Xu Yangyi shut his eyes and sensed his entire body, shaking his head in confirmation. No one said anything. A legion of lingering suspicions laid within his and Mao Ba’er’s hearts.

That thing, that ray of light… was more frightening than any creature that a book had ever explained to them! A human’s first reaction upon running into danger was to escape, yet that streak of light had simply “rejected” his “intention” of evasion!

Speak of light and there will be light. This was more like a kind of “inherent” law of the world, like Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation. The earth had its own intrinsic gravitational pull, and this ray of light had its own intrinsic law that made people incapable of dodging it.

However, although he had been struck by it, Xu Yangyi was without the slightest of wounds! Not only was the black lotus on his chest not devilish, on the contrary, it revealed its own kind of mysterious charm, similar to that of an ornate tattoo.

Xu Yangyi didn’t lower his guard one bit. The lotus’s appearance was too strange and there wasn’t any reasoning to justify it.

Crunch… All of a sudden, a soft sound entered his ears. As if he had awakened from a dream, he immediately looked over.

As far as his vision stretched, he was momentarily stunned once again. Just now, the tilestone path and lawn were devoid of any living things, but now… it had become filled with lotuses!

Wilted lotuses, it was true, not false. They absolutely couldn’t have withered away moments ago, rather they were the kind that had already dried away in the wind. With a touch, they transformed into dried-up yellow catkins.

The sound was that of a person stepping on the ground covered in dried-up lotuses.

His vision flashed, and he recalled that not only had the streak of light branded a strange pattern on his chest a moment ago, but it had also… broken through the Big Dipper Heaventail Formation!

The corpse of the tremendous serpent had been swiftly collected by Mao Ba’er as a spoil of war; they didn’t see it, however…

What about the current desolation that filled their eyes like the gigantic craters on the moon surface? And as for the sudden advent of the field covered in withered lotuses?

The atmosphere was silent, a stillness like that of death.

Clunk… It wasn’t known whose rifle fell on the ground, since no one cared for it, but Xu Yangyi had seen it clearly. It was a second-year soldier with two yellow bars on his shoulder. Presently, the soldier was looking at the current scene incredulously and said in a daze: “My… god…”

Afterwards, there wasn’t another whisper.

It wasn’t that he wanted to say something, but rather the current scene was simply so shocking that no one had words for it.

[1] This doesn’t actually say weak point.The exact wording is 七寸, meaning seven inches. I was kinda confused at first, but this word is used to describe the weak points of snakes (the position of their hearts and where to hit) and later on, a more general term for just the weak point of any creature. I thought you guys would find it interesting. 

[2] Qilin - this is a chinese unicorn pretty much. Search Qilin for better representation.

[3] 昙花. Now I’m not actually sure about this translation. As it is, this word refers to a flower known as “The Queen of the Night” and “The Dutchman’s Pipe”. However, in Chinese, it is used to refer to a person who makes sudden unexpected gains in a momentary period of time, which is then often chalked up to luck.

[4] 刹那芳华 - an instant of youth more like it. Used often to refer to the fleeting beauty of women as they were young.

[5] Earthburst Golden Lotus is actually a real flower LOL. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensete_lasiocarpum I thought it was made up, but found out it was real…

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