Chapter 97: Spirit Treasure Vortex (1)

“Kill!” In that moment the Red Spider Lily bloomed at the Four Great Joint Pools, the illumination of brilliant qi rays should’ve left everyone unable to open their eyes, yet neither Xu Yangyi nor God Ming shuttered their gazes. On the contrary, they now happened to both erupt with heaven-shaking bellows, rushing towards the volcanic lake in concert!

Everyone recognized that at most… they only had half an hour! If the demon core wasn’t seized by then, this opportunity wouldn’t be any of theirs! Once one approached, the hand couldn’t be otherwise stayed!

“Open the tenth coffin!” God Ming screamed at the top of his lungs. At this moment, in front of a real treasure, his style of a cultured, refined gentleman was nowhere to be seen!

This time, none of the old men stopped him. Following his order, one of the old men’s eyes erupted with faint green light. Next, he began to echo with a mechanical cracking noise from head to toe. From his center… his entire body began to neatly separate, revealing countless elaborate gears within… and a fine bronze coffin. 

Countless hairs dug into the small holes on the coffin. These holes were so densely grouped together that it resembled a thimble. Following a rumbling explosion, the coffin responded and splintered apart. It was a boy around ten years old who was wearing an exceptionally spacious red changpao. His hair was disheveled, and a blue talisman was stuck on his pale forehead. Chained in silver shackles, he shrieked quietly and rushed towards Xu Yangyi like a marionette, together with God Ming!

The puppet’s skin was snow-white, but its eyes were completely black. Its mouth seemed to lack a lower jaw, open wide to a terrifying degree! The inside was packed with rows of sharp teeth! Soundless cries bubbled from its throat, stirring the qi and blood to instability and the mind to chaos!

“Severing Dragon Typhoon!” In kind, Xu Yangyi snarled furiously. Time was at hand, a struggle for every second on the clock! He was unable to tolerate the slightest reservation! His silhouette was like a shooting star overtaking the moon, charging straight to the lake! Both of his hands assumed a clawed stance, and his veins bulged. In the air, they dragged out ten several-meter-long white scars, like a spiraling hawk, and forcibly lacerated the night sky!!

A single strike! All that was sought was one strike! In the duo’s hearts, they both understood very well. The moment of contact was bound to be an alternation of killing moves. The simple beseechment of one strike would determine victory and defeat!

“Hissss…” At this time, the black-eyed boy’s throat suddenly expanded and his veins swelled. In the next second, three serpentine tongues darted out from his mouth and traveled across tens of meters! Not before long, the tongues surprisingly weaved a net in the sky, dexterously unimaginable! They firmly obstructed Xu Yangyi’s path of advance!

“Chrip!” The tongue net was spread thickly with countless inch-long mouths along the tongues. Already, they were all opening! Ghastly white teeth was revealed inside these mouths, and a menacing screech was heard at the same time! Those who stepped forward would die!

Xu Yangyi’s gaze was like lightning. Presently, each judgement was of critical importance, however, courage was even more of the essence! 

Those who obstruct me shall be slain without mercy!

He didn’t slow down at all, and he furthermore didn’t stop like an ordinary person because something had suddenly appeared in front of him. Even now, the net seemed completely worthless against him! On the contrary, his speed became even faster! Like a shooting star cutting across the sky, his charge was aimed at the tremendous net!

“Rapid Shadows!” In an instant, his hands balled into fists! A white qi halo erupted in his hands with a rumble, and two qi blades surged forth! The large tongue net practically served no obstacle. It had now become strips of ground meat, falling down in the air!

Yet God Ming didn’t even bat an eye! He hastened towards Daomaster Jadewave’s corpse with all of his strength. In addition to the talisman stuck to his leg, he was even faster than before!

Likewise, Xu Yangyi didn’t spare a glance. Whoever grasped the origin crystal first would be the one standing at the very end!

Amidst his peak speed, he seemed to feel time turn sluggish, and the strong odor of blood wafted through the air. This sensation was from the wounds he’d gained from the small, fine piranha-like mouths that tore into his body as he crashed his way through the great net!

With his distance from God Ming already drawn back by a small segment, Xu Yangyi inhaled deeply, absent of hesitation. In the next second, his hand formed a blaze that was no less than several meters in size!

“Ten Cardinals Red Lotus!” 

In his body, qi soared like a tide. He was simply apathetic as his fists attacked with full strength, in the wake of his charge! Yet he wasn’t advancing… he was retreating!

“Wind Brandishes Traces!” He snarled in fury, and his speed quickened by three or four times in an instant! In the sky. Like a human-shaped missile, he borrowed the recoil of the Ten Cardinals Red Lotus and the sudden acceleration of the added Wind Brandishes Traces! He was wreathed in a long flame tail, roughly a single fold faster than God Ming, and rushed in front of Jadewave’s corpse!

“Bar his path!!!” God Ming only saw an inconceivable shadow suddenly overtake him. Almost without a thought, he let out a furious roar that shook the surrounding area. 

The three old men had long since rushed towards the corpse, but their speeds were far from comparing to Xu Yangyi and God Ming. Under the swoosh of countless strings collapsing, God Ming’s long hair that filled the sky forcefully threw something. Surprisingly, he had tossed over the black-eyed boy!

Woooosh… With the sound of fluttering paper, the talisman on the red-gowned, black-eyed boy’s forehead promptly transformed into fiery stars, igniting in a flash, unprovoked by the wind.

“Hiiissssss!!!” In the air, the boy screeched in a heart-shaking manner! As he flew over, his entire body grew larger as if he was filled with air! Followed by a hissing noise that rained down on the ear, all of his clothes burst apart into tatters, and his body warped! His shoulder muscles ceaselessly morphed, but just as he was about to fall he’d already become a colossal monster, one that was a full three meters tall. Growing the heads of a tiger, bear, and pig, along with the tail of a snake, he was covered from tail to snout in black fur!

“ROOOAR!!!” The chimeric tiger-bear-pig reared its head back and bellowed angrily, producing a physical sound wave! Xu Yangyi’s pupils needled; he could neither advance nor retreat! 

Boom! The qi and blood of his chest roiled, directly slamming into the boy’s wall-like sound wave. He rigidly gritted his teeth. “Dragon Biting! Rapid Shadows! Tiger Crane!”

“Break! Break! BREAK!!!” Xu Yangyi only sensed each and every one of his cells come to a boil! The time of life and death was drawing near. This showdown with a great enemy. This battle that sent his adrenaline rocketing. This fight, which could be counted by the second. All he felt was his heart expedite! 

Boom… A trace ripple emerged before him, and subsequently both of his hands whirled madly like electricity. The front of the invisible barrier immediately shook with over a hundred ripples!

Bang! A second. Barely a second! The sound of breaking glass sounded in front of him, and the roar of the three-headed demonbeast came to a sudden end! His reactions seemed to have never been so quick. Xu Yangyi made a quick calculation, and knew from God Ming’s despairing face that even like so… his enemy was too late!

The disparity was roughly half a second! He… would enter Jadewave’s body half a second earlier than God Ming! Without pause, right now, time was everything. Xu Yangyi watched the giant, mutilated wound become closer and closer, to the extent that he could even smell the towering, visceral stench! The bones inside and the internal organs were all visible!

“NOOOO!!!!” God Ming was driven mad, his hair like a tide. Followed by his blood-dripping screech, all of his hair pierced towards Xu Yangyi! It was a silver ocean! A sea of death!

Xu Yangyi didn’t hesitate for a moment, already charging towards the massive, labyrinth-like wound!

“NOOOOOO!!! BEGONE!!!” God Ming’s shriek reverberated throughout the entire dead volcanic lake. “I demand your death!!!” Soon, over twenty puppets flew over to Xu Yangyi’s side! The three-headed demonbeast was already less than ten meters away!

So long as it was an instant… All that was needed was simply a moment! But at this time, Xu Yangyi’s heart throbbed violently!

“Puh!” He sprayed out a mouthful of blood without the slightest warning! He stood frozen in shock. In a split second, his physical strength vanished. However, this mouthful of blood wasn’t from an injury. On the contrary… the blood inside him was inexplicably billowing.

He looked at his qi sea in astonishment. At such a crucial moment, that stone-like seed was actually cracking open at the seams! An indescribable sensation bubbled up in his mind, a kind of thirst… for qi, a longing for flesh!

In an instant, sudden enlightenment emerged in his mind. Standing here, he could clearly feel the erupting waves of shiver-inducing qi within the wound of the tremendous, several-hundred-meter-long greater demon. It was the fluctuations coming from the demon core. However, these fluctuations were unexpectedly drawn to the strange seed within his qi sea.

“The heavens aid me!” Originally, God Ming was grinding his teeth and urgently rushing ahead, but he suddenly saw Xu Yangyi who was standing still for about two to three seconds! The time was short, but it was already enough! His twenty-plus puppets charged behind Xu Yangyi!

“Kill!” In his state of ecstasy, over twenty swords stabbed at Xu Yangyi’s back, along with an explosive roar! As for Xu Yangyi himself, he seemed not to have regained his wits whatsoever! In this moment of grave mortality, his body suddenly trembled, and his mind cleared in a flash. Behind him, though, over twenty gales of wind pierced straight into his back, bringing with them a deathly scream!

“Damn!” Seriously, at such a pivotal juncture! He quickly charged forwards, but it was still too late. By the interweaved cries of iron and steel, over a dozen wounds, so deep that bones could be seen, appeared on his back!

“Fuck!” He rigidly clenched his teeth, and his forehead shortly became slick with cold sweat. He’d promptly escaped, so there were no mortal wounds, but blood torrented out and drenched his camouflage uniform in mere moments!

The sharp pain caused his back to ache with a scorching heat! As for the camouflage on the upper half of his body, it had also been torn to shreds under the criss-crossing of God Ming’s swords! His outfit had become rags hanging off his body. 

God Ming sighed deeply, his gaze becoming ice-cold. “This game… should end…”

“Puppet Transfers The Self.”

Just as these four words were said, a sudden fuzziness appeared in the space between one of the twenty-plus puppets and himself. Already, he’d exchanged positions with that puppet to stand at Xu Yangyi’s side.

But without anyone none the wiser, as blood now gushed out from Xu Yangyi, the blood within Jadewave’s body headed towards his wounds in a devilish manner, rising against the current and upwards! It was like a blood-sucking leech had caught the scent of its natural predator!

Xu Yangyi faintly panted; he’d lost too much blood, but he felt no dizziness. Still, there wasn’t enough time for him to consider why, as he calmly stared at the enemy before him. 

Likewise, God Ming didn’t even bat an eye at him. The matter seemed to return to the starting point once again. Both their hearts were burning brightly as if lit aflame. Xu Yangyi wordlessly swept an eye over his watch. The time… A whole two hours and ten minutes had passed.

With the passage of these ten minutes… there was at most ten more minutes until other cultivators were bound to hurry over! Late Foundation Establishment… and the Great Circle, even Core Formation cultivators! They wouldn’t permit any Qi Condensation cultivator to divide the soup of Daomaster Jadewave’s legacy! 

Xu Yangyi and God Ming already stood at the gateway of a demon core. How could they possibly be willing?! Once the core recognized a master, no one could take it! In daring to take the origin crystal, wasn’t this risking the taste of a demon core’s self-detonation?

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