Chapter 703: Flame Spirit Appearing

Xiang Shaoyun did not know whether to laugh or cry as he looked at all these people who were suddenly expressing interest in joining the Overlord Legion. His initial intention was to establish his might and deter others from creating more trouble for him.

Never had he imagined that they were actually so decisive and good at changing their position. Almost half the group immediately submitted to him while the others left gloomily.

"Sure, there is a chance for anyone wishing to join, but not now. You have to first prove your sincerity to join," said Xiang Shaoyun.

He was clear that not many of them would be sincere in joining. Most of them were only aiming for the cultivation spot the Overlord Legion currently occupied.

"That is not a problem. I, Wang Ziyu, shall stand guard here. Who dares to encroach upon this spot will need to step over me!" said Wang Ziyu as he patted his chest.

The others also quickly made their promises, offering to stand guard on his behalf. With Xiang Shaoyun's intelligence, he saw through them immediately. Since he had chased the Di Alliance away and had also subdued this group of people, nobody should come creating trouble for him anymore. These people were only feigning loyalty with no sincerity.

Xiang Shaoyun said, "If you wish to join the Overlord Legion, leave immediately. When you're back at the academy, go to 1 Dragon Villa, and look for our butler, Zhuge Zhantian. He will test all of you. Those passing the test can join. For now, leave." 

They were disappointed, but they were unwilling to leave just like that.

"Still not leaving?" Xiang Shaoyun frowned and roared.

When they saw that Xiang Shaoyun was going to get furious, they left gloomily. Right after they left, an earth-shaking explosion thundered from the top of the mountain. The volcanic crater started spraying a massive quantity of lava. Like dazzling fireworks, the lava shot into the sky before spreading everywhere with great destructiveness and heat.

It was a stunning view and a dangerous moment. Volcanic eruptions were very common here, but this was Xiang Shaoyun's first time seeing one. He could sense the intense heatwave sputtering down in his direction.

Any King would flee at its mere sight. Even Emperors would not have the confidence to face the dropping lava head on. Naturally, Xiang Shaoyun did not fear the lava. When he thought of his companions, he rushed to the peak of the mountain without any hesitation.

A red layer of flame shrouded his body and absorbed the flame energy from the lava, increasing his strength. The lava could not even touch him as his aura pushed it all away.

Before he reached the peak, he saw Deng Lingtian, Ling Lin, and the others flying down. Behind them was a group of fiery beings. They were none other than the flame spirits. A flame spirit was akin to a massive fiery shadow, and like a human, it also had four limbs. Its head only had a pair of eyes and a mouth, without a nose or ears. They looked rather odd.

They were formed of pure flame and were very different from an actual fleshy life form. They were capable of spitting flame endlessly, and when they brandished their limbs, they could send out an unending amount of flame to burn their surroundings.

There were at least several hundreds of them here chasing after Deng Lingtian and company, forcing them into retreat. One ought to admit that when these flame spirits worked together, their attacks were valiant. Ordinary Emperors would be helpless against them.

Defeating a flame spirit would grant one a strand of flame origin energy. Perhaps that energy wouldn't be completely pure, but it would still help any cultivator grow rapidly. The moment these flame spirits appeared in Xiang Shaoyun's sight, Yun Flame started transmitting an emotion of absolute delight. He knew this was Yun Flame's longing to devour these flame spirits.

"Since you want them, I will slaughter to my heart's content today," said Xiang Shaoyun with an excited look. With a roar, he shot forward like a gust of wind, charging straight toward the flame spirits.

At this time, Ling Lin was being attacked by about 30 flame spirits. He had decent combat prowess, but the flame spirits were too strong, and he couldn't hold on much longer. Suddenly, Xiang Shaoyun dropped down from the sky before clawing forward with two massive fiery palms.

Instantly, several flame spirits were torn apart. Xiang Shaoyun imagined that they would die from that, but they merely scattered before reforming into new flame spirits. Some of them would simply join into the bodies of other flame spirits, enhancing the strength of those spirits.

"Overlord, they are extremely difficult to deal with. You need to seize their origin crystal the moment you defeat one. Otherwise, they will keep on reforming or fusing with other flame spirits," said Ling Lin.

"Origin crystal?" Xiang Shaoyun muttered as he activated his gift of instincts. His senses penetrated the bodies of the spirits, detecting the origin crystals within.

Instead of their heads, the origin crystals were actually located within their chests. Each origin crystal was shaped like a spirit crystal and was the source of the flame origin energy. Xiang Shaoyun was slightly distracted scanning these flame spirits, and they took the chance to send several powerful flame attacks toward him.

The incoming attacks were comparable to the attacks of a third-stage Dragon Ascension Realm cultivator. Few could withstand such attacks. Within Xiang Shaoyun, Yun Flame pulsed, and a massive suction force erupted. Immediately, the incoming attacks reduced by half their size before striking Xiang Shaoyun.

His body was burned, putting him in intense pain. Fortunately, the pain was still within his acceptable limit. 

The flame spirits' attacks originated from their origin crystals. So long as I harvest their origin crystals, the flame spirits will automatically collapse, Xiang Shaoyun concluded inwardly.

He then clawed with his Seven Scorching Sun Claws and struck the flame spirit charging in front of the others.

Xiang Shaoyun thought he could easily dig out the origin crystal. However, he found that the crystal was connected with the energy coursing through the flame spirit's body. A massive counterforce assaulted him alongside an intensely hot energy.

The flame spirit was unwilling to have its origin crystal grabbed just like that. Thus, it hugged Xiang Shaoyun, seemingly trying to perish with him. It was a technique that many disciples had suffered from. Alas, it wasn't that useful against Xiang Shaoyun.

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