The Ziling Sect had returned to the right track, but it wouldn't be easy for them to regain their previous strength. In the past, Di Batian was able to speedily suppress all backlashes after taking over the sect with his own strength. After about 10 years of accumulation, the sect had finally reached a considerable level of strength.
Xiang Shaoyun had only been back for a month. Furthermore, a few of his helpers were actually his own people. Thus, he needed to grow his own strength and nurture more trusted aides.
Without strength, how could he hope to recruit more experts? Thus, strength was the foundation for everything. Xiang Shaoyun selected a mountain not far from the sect, made some preparations in the mountain, and entered seclusion. His chosen spot had a decent environment that would benefit his cultivation.
"Money, I'll be refining the starfall lightning. You can attach yourself to me since it will help you enter the Demon Sovereign Realm," said Xiang Shaoyun.
Money had obtained the celestial horn, but his refinement of the horn was extremely slow since the horn was too high of a grade. They might share the same origin, but it still wasn't easy to absorb. Therefore, it would be better for Money to first become a Demon Sovereign. Then, it would be much easier for him to refine the horn.
"Sure," answered Money in excitement as he attached himself to Xiang Shaoyun's body.
In recent days, Xiang Shaoyun had not let Money enter his astral cosmos sea. This had helped Money adapt to the outside world and rely on himself in terms of breakthroughs. After all, the astral cosmos sea was not flawless despite the numerous benefits of staying within it, and it no longer helped Money as much as in the past.
With Money attached to Xiang Shaoyun's arms, Xiang Shaoyun looked like someone with an impressive arm tattoo.
Xiang Shaoyun adjusted his condition, slowly tossing all thoughts out of his mind as he entered a state of meditation. He meditated on all his recent experiences.
He found that his energy circulation had become much smoother and about twice faster than before. The discovery confused him somewhat, but he was still pleased with it. He concluded that after settling a matter that had been gnawing at his mind and losing his virginity, he had further matured and his mental state had grown more formidable.
Whatever the reason, this was a great improvement that was worth being happy about. First, he spread his lightning energy throughout his body. He released his soul foundation, causing a thick yet simple nine-colored energy to emanate from it. On the soul foundation, mysterious and abstruse soul marks could be seen.
After entering his optimal state, he took out the starfall lightning, which his past life had sealed. The seal could only be removed with his bloodline power and innate lightning power.
Unsealing it was what Xiang Shaoyun was about to do. He dripped a drop of his blood essence on the seal and channeled his innate lightning energy into the starfall lightning, tearing the seal apart.
A terrifying lightning dragon soared into the air and pounced toward Xiang Shaoyun. The dragon was purple, its body thick and tough. It carried an incomparably dreadful lightning power and was lifelike enough for anyone to instinctively feel fear by looking at it.
Xiang Shaoyun was instantly swallowed before he could react. He felt himself being cooked alive, and his wails started reverberating in the air. The lightning dragon destroyed his clothes and torched his skin black.
Money, attached to his body, trembled and presented a somewhat comical sight of a coiling tattoo.
Fortunately, Xiang Shaoyun's soul foundation was sufficiently tough. Otherwise, the lightning dragon would have instantly destroyed Xiang Shaoyun. His flesh might be tough, but starfall lightning was too powerful. If he couldn't withstand the lightning power, how could he hope to refine it?
"Starfall lightning, stand still! I'm your master!" Xiang Shaoyun roared.
His blood boiled, and his innate lightning power stirred as he tried to resonate with the starfall lightning and tell the lightning that they were meant to be one. Unfortunately, the starfall lightning's consciousness seemed to have grown hazy after years of being sealed. Moreover, Xiang Shaoyun was ultimately a different person now. It wouldn't be easy for him to awaken the starfall lightning's consciousness.
He felt like he was on the verge of being cooked alive. Skin, meridians, bones—every inch of his body was filled with extreme pain. Even after circulating the Heaven Conquering Overlord Manual, he failed to pull the berserk energy toward his lightning star and lightning bone.
If this continued, it would only be a matter of time before he was reduced into a pile of mincemeat. His brain raced for a solution. He recalled the Limit Stimulation Technique, the only technique that could help him in this situation.
The second stage of the technique surfaced in his mind as he prepared to use the starfall lightning power to break through to the next stage. The Limit Stimulation Technique's second stage involved training one's skin and gaining a skin of steel immune to the elements and all weapons.
A foundation had been built during the first stage of its cultivation. Thus, using the Limit Stimulation Technique again was much easier than before. With the starfall lightning power helping to temper his body, his flesh was greatly enhanced.
However, the starfall lightning was too powerful. It would be too much of a waste to use this power to only temper his skin. In any case, he wouldn't be able to exhaust the power by only tempering his skin with it.
Thus, he started cultivating the third and fourth stages simultaneously. The third stage was the meridians like river stage. During this stage, one would further expand one's meridians, allowing the meridians to contain a greater amount of energy, increasing one's combat strength.
The fourth stage was the organs like the sun stage. One's inner organs would turn into a machine supplying an endless amount of life force, and it would push one's vitality to the highest level.
Cultivating three stages at the same time, Xiang Shaoyun managed to split the starfall lightning energy into three portions. The berserk energy assaulted his nerves, making him feel like he was floating in the air.
If it wasn't for his fortitude, which was far beyond an ordinary person's, Xiang Shaoyun would have already mentally collapsed. The so-called Limit Stimulation Technique was a technique that pushed one's limits during cultivation. Only by doing so would one be able to achieve an effect similar to rebirth.
His skin was destroyed, his meridians were torn apart, and his inner organs burst apart. He was on the verge of death. His voice turned hoarse from all the wailing, and at one point, he even lost his voice. His mind was on the verge of collapse, a condition similar to when the flux goldthorn energy had tormented him. No, to be precise, this pain was far worse.
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