A faint smile appeared on Zang Xin's face, and purple light flashed through his eyes, destroying the bursts of intent in an instant. The pressure was immediately alleviated, and he continued to lead everyone on a descent toward the valley.
All of the surrounding plants parted to reveal a patch of bare ground that was just large enough for the nine of them to stand on.
After landing in the valley, everyone was stunned by the sight of all of the plants around them. This was a world filled with all types of vibrant colors, and all of the plants here seemed to have been significantly enlarged.
Xie Xie suddenly exclaimed, "Is that a Delicate Inferno Apricot Flower? My God! How could it be so big? How is that even possible? I've read that this type of flower only grows two inches per 10,000 years! This one has to be... My God, it has to be close to 200,000 years old!"
As soon as they landed in the valley, the bursts of powerful intent swept toward them yet again, and there was an even larger number of them this time. It was as if all of the exotic plants around them had sprung to life. What was even more peculiar was that six of them slowly manifested human forms that appeared right before them.
Their leader was a tall and handsome man wearing a long purple robe that was of a very antiquated style. For some reason, Tang Wulin was struck by a sense of familiarity at the sight of him.
Behind him was an exquisitely beautiful woman in red, but she wore an unfriendly look on her face. She was none other than the humanoid manifestation of the Delicate Inferno Apricot Flower that Xie Xie had just pointed to. Those two were joined by four more people, and all of them made their way toward Tang Wulin's group.
It was quite clear from their aura fluctuation that they didn't welcome Tang Wulin and his friends.
These were six plants that were capable of manifesting humanoid forms! Everyone was well aware of what this entailed. Plant system soul beasts that were capable of adopting human forms could only be Great Beasts!
Who would've thought that there would be six Great Beasts within the Tang Sect's secret realm? This was downright incredible!
A faint smile appeared on Zang Xin's face, and he stepped forward as he said, "Long time no see, everyone; have you all been well?"
The purple-robed man replied in an indifferent manner, "We'd be doing much better without your intrusion. Amorous Douluo, why have you brought so many people to this place?"
Zang Xin replied, "I've naturally brought them here because I need your help."
A dark expression appeared on the purple-robed man's face. "I recall that in our agreement with the Tang Sect, it was stipulated that only one person would be allowed to enter the Ice Fire Yin Yang Well per century, and that they wouldn't be allowed to take more than two plants from here. Also, your sect promised to help us protect this place and prevent it from being destroyed by you humans."
"That's right." Zang Xin nodded in response.
The purple-robed man interrogated in a cold voice, "So why have you brought eight people to this place? Are you trying to expose our existence?"
Zang Xin sighed, "I wouldn't be doing this unless I absolutely had to, Brother Luo. Truth be told, our Tang Sect is facing a crisis of life and death. I recall that all of you made an agreement with Spirit Ice Douluo Huo Yuhao that you'd all do everything in your power to help our Tang Sect in its hour of need."
A surprised look appeared on the purple-robed man's face. "How could the mighty Tang Sect be facing such a dire crisis?"
A hint of sorrow flashed through Zang Xin's eyes. "The Titled Douluo headquarters was bombed by Evil Soul Master of the Holy Spirit Cult using a 12th-grade Godslayer soul missile. The headquarters was completely destroyed, and nine Titled Douluos perished during the attack, along with over 1,200 Soul Masters of other levels. At the same time, we're being oppressed from all sides and have been forced to close down all of our branches, and that's not all. "I'm sure all of you are aware of the existence of Shrek Academy. Shrek City, which was the city that Shrek Academy was situated in, was the number one city on the entire continent. The city has also been dealt a fatal blow during the attack. The entire city was destroyed, and over 10,000,000 people perished, including over 20 Titled Douluos from Shrek Academy. These children are the only survivors of the inner court, and we've truly been forced into a dire situation.
"Ever since Spirit Ice Douluo Huo Yuhao ascended over 10,000 years ago, our Tang Sect has always kept its promise to protect the Ice Fire Yin Yang Well, and there was even a span of 1,000 years during which we asked for nothing in return. Now, the Tang Sect is truly facing a catastrophic crisis; if you do not lend us your assistance now, the Tang Sect may truly cease to exist in the near future. Without the protection of our sect, this place will eventually be discovered, and when that time comes, all of you will be at the mercy of the human race. All of you possess immense power, but you're not adept at combat. Besides, with how far human technology has progressed, your powers wouldn't pose any threat anyway.”
Zang Xin heaved another heavy sigh as his voice trailed off, and he appraised the purple-robed man with a hopeful look in his eyes.
The purple-robed man's brows were tightly furrowed as he turned toward his companions. The spiritual sense fluctuations in the area became quite violent, and it was quite clear that they were holding a discussion.
This was the first time Tang Wulin had been made aware of just how many Titled Douluo the Tang Sect and Shrek Academy had lost, and his heart felt as if it had been filled with lead.
Over 30 Titled Douluos had perished during the attack! Shrek Academy had been completely destroyed, and the Tang Sect was also in a dire state. Furthermore, there was pressure coming from all sides to further contribute to the fall of the Tang Sect; this was indeed the most difficult time that the Tang Sect had ever faced.
It was undoubtedly the case that this Ice Fire Yin Yang Well was one of the Tang Sect's trump cards. Only by borrowing on the power that the Tang Sect had accumulated over its long history would it have a chance of reversing this situation.
Moments later, the purple-robed man turned around to appraise Zang Xin with an intense gaze. "How would you like us to assist you, Amorous Douluo?"
Zang Xin replied in a grim voice, "I need at least one type of 100,000-year-old spirit item for each of these eight kids in order to enhance their powers and latent potential. Among the eight of them, this girl has received severe physical trauma to the brain, so what she requires is the Singular Velvet Sky Chrysanthemum. As for everyone else, the spirit items they receive will be based on their individual circumstances."
"Impossible," the purple-robed man refused virtually without any hesitation.
Even Tang Wulin was quite stunned by Zang Xin's proposal. Was he asking for these Great Beasts to allow themselves to be eaten by them? Of course they'd refuse!
The purple-robed man said in an enraged voice, "You're going too far, Amorous Douluo! You should be aware that even in the Ice Fire Yin Yang Well, it would take 10,000 years to nurture a 100,000-year-old spirit plant. After that Spirit Ice Douluo robbed us clean last time, it's taken us these past 10,000 years to finally recover somewhat. If we do as you say, then this place will return to the bleak state that it was in 10,000 years ago!"
Zang Xin said in a grave voice, "Brother Luo, do you think this place will be in a better state than that after the fall of the Tang Sect? I wouldn't be stating such a demand unless I absolutely have to, so please reconsider."
He took a step forward as he spoke, and a virtually substantial aura abruptly erupted from his body. The entire atmosphere seemed to have become heavier, and his terrifying aura struck everyone with a sense of asphyxiation.
Tang Wulin had heard from his teacher, Mu Ye, that this man was a Limit Douluo. Even if his powers were inferior to the late Atlas Douluo Yun Ming, they most likely weren't inferior by much. Furthermore, he hadn't even donned his suit of four-word battle armor yet.
Even in the face of six Great Beasts, Zang Xin was completely fearless, and it appeared as if he were preparing to take on all six of them on his own. Even though what he was doing was rather barbaric, it was still very badass.
The purple-robed man harrumphed coldly, "This is the Ice Fire Yin Yang Well, not your Tang Sect! Do you think we haven't made any preparations during all these past years?"
A layer of purple energy erupted from his body, and all of a sudden, a strange pleasant fragrance wafted through the air. All of Shrek’s Seven Monsters felt as if their bodies had grown lighter after inhaling this aroma, and they were all struck by an indescribable sense of comfort.
All of a sudden, the blue and red water within the Ice Fire Yin Yang Well erupted into the air like a pair of giant dragons from behind the six Great Beasts.
Two figures then gradually began to take shape.
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