Chapter 1302: Mutation

Ye Wenhan and Ji Yuanquan, two God domain experts, approached bit by bit.

However, before coming too close, Ye Wenhan came to a stop.

He adjusted his breathing nervously and didn’t activate his dharma idol. Instead, he gave Ji Yuanquan a meaningful glance.

Upon meeting his eyes, Ji Yuanquan realized what he meant, and thus carefully spread mysterious spatial ripples into their surroundings to mobilize spatial power.

“Don’t tell me you’re going to aid an enemy to humanity!”

Ye Wenhan’s pupils shrunk as numerous thin spiritual swords flew out from the depths of his eyes like lightning bolts. Thousands of them hovered around him like a large shoal of fish, forming a profound sword formation.

You Qimiao, Duan Hongwen, Song Chequan, and Shangguan Zhi were all God domain experts.

You Qimiao’s cultivation base was the highest, the middle God domain, which was even higher than that of Ye Wenhan and Ji Yuanquan.

However, even he fell silent at this moment.

Face grim, he stared at Jiang Yuanchi’s dark gray shadow domain. Failing to get a response from Jiang Yuanchi, he started to have doubts and hesitate.

He jerked his head towards Shangguan Zhi. “Shangguan Zhi...?” 

Shangguan Zhi shook his head repeatedly. “Don’t look at me. I don’t know what’s going on either.” 

“What on earth do you know, Brother Ye?” You Qimiao asked with a heavy tone. “Are you certain that he’s been enslaved by Gupi?”

“Do you hear those strange sounds?” Ye Wenhan exclaimed. “They’re sounds made by Gupi. Only if it has broken free from Jiang Yuanchi’s shadow magics and escaped his control can it make sounds like that!” 

GULP! GULP! GULP! GULP!

Strange sounds continued to come from the depths of the multicolored miasma that pervaded Jiang Yuanchi’s dark gray shadow domain.

You Qimiao’s expression flickered.

WHOOSH!

All of a sudden, toxic miasma that was ten times more concentrated than what had invaded the Nine Star Heavens burst forth from the source of the sounds. Like clusters of colorful smoke, it spread in every direction.

“Watch out!” Ji Yuanquan’s expression flickered drastically as numerous spatial lines blossomed with dazzling light in the dark void.

The void seemed to be gashed by a sharp knife, revealing a glowing spatial rift with wondrous lights dashing inside.

WHOOSH!

A cluster of green and purple miasma that seemed to be sticky and in a liquid state suddenly floated to You Qimiao’s location.

You Qimiao released the Yin Yang Chaos Mirror and activated his dharma idol at the first possible moment, and rapidly enveloped himself in a shield of flowing fire and water auras.

The sticky miasma that was filled with acidic toxins entered the shield of flowing auras without effort.

FIZZ! FIZZ!

The flowing auras released by the Yin Yang Chaos Mirror, which looked like yin yang fish, were instantly melted away.

The huge Yin Yang Chaos Mirror that was emanating bright light over You Qimiao’s dharma idol suddenly grew dim.

“Jiang Yuanchi! What the hell are you doing?!” You Qimiao exclaimed.

WHOOSH! WHOOSH!

More and more miasma that was ten times stronger than what had invaded the Nine Star Heavens flew towards Ji Yuanquan, Ye Wenhan, Duan Hongwen, and everyone else in clusters.

SHEW!

At the same time, a green tentacle that looked like entwined rattan quietly reached out from the dark gray shadow domain, which was now filled with rolling miasma.

The thorny tentacle was thick and long like a dragon, and had slime dripping from it. With lightning speed, it slammed towards You Qimiao’s dharma idol.

A wall of mixed two-colored auras established by the Yin Yang Chaos Mirror to protect You Qimiao’s dharma idol exploded with a loud boom.

Not even slowed down, the odd-looking tentacle whipped You Qimiao’s dharma idol with great force.

You Qimiao’s dharma idol, which was close to ten thousand meters tall, was knocked flying dozens of kilometers by the impact.

You Qimiao cried in pain as smoke rose from the parts where his dharma idol was whipped.

Despite all this, he was the one with the highest cultivation base among those who were now close to Jiang Yuanchi’s domain!

Song Chequan and Duan Hongwen, who were at the early God domain, also suffered from attacks.

Their dharma idols simply scattered as they were slammed by two other tentacles.

“Let’s get out of here!” Ji Yuanquan cried aloud as he moved the spatial rift he had created to Ye Wenhan’s location so he could leave through it.

Ye Wenhan vanished into the void in the blink of an eye.

In the next moment, Ji Yuanquan and Ye Wenhan arrived in the place where He Lianxiong, Hou Chulan, and the other juniors were gathered.

“Jiang Yuanchi has lost his mind!” He Lianxiong shouted furiously.

Ye Wenhan was extremely grim as he said, “No, he he hasn’t. He’s possessed by Gupi. At least at this moment, he is. He hasn’t said anything in a long time. I suspect that even his soul is now being controlled by Gupi. He’s not himself anymore. He’s Gupi.”

“So what should we do?" Huang Jinnan asked, seized with terror.

Ye Wenhan pondered in silence.

“Hmm?!” Nie Tian, who was commanding the Illusory Ancient Talisman to absorb the remaining miasma in the Second Heaven and prepared to enter the First Heaven, was dumbstruck by what was happening.

WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!

Chu Rui, Yan Zhan, Wei Lai, and the others flew to the Third Heaven one after another.

All of their gazes landed on the dark gray shadow domain, where strange tentacles flew out to lash at You Qimiao, Duan Hongwen, and Song Chequan.

A hint of gloating appeared on Wei Lai and Yan Zhan’s faces.

Chu Rui, however, wasn’t in the mood to gloat. Instead, he shouted towards Nie Tian, “It seems that Gupi has gained the upper hand in its battle against Jiang Yuanchi. Those tentacles suggest that it has broken his shadow seals. Jiang Yuanchi is losing!”

Upon hearing these words, Wei Lai and the others immediately stopped gloating.

With knitted brows, Chu Rui said in deep frustration, “This is disastrous. Not only our sect, but the entire human world may be plagued by this abomination. And all of our late God domain experts happen to be away at this perilous moment.

“If Jiang Yuanchi actually fails to contain it, and it’s released into our world, the consequences will be catastrophic.”

After hearing his explanation, Nie Tian also realized what a nightmare it would be if Gupi completely escaped Jiang Yuanchi’s control.

Chu Rui seemed to see a ray of hope as he stared at the Illusory Ancient Talisman that was emanating dazzling multicolored light like a glowing sphere. 

“That talisman,” he said. “If it can seal the toxic miasma the Gupi releases, is it possible for it to do a more thorough job?”

Nie Tian was taken aback. “Do you mean seal Gupi?”

“That’s right.” Immediately after saying these words, Chu Rui shook his head and said, “It’s my wishful thinking. That toxic miasma is only a condensation of its acidic toxins, not its true self. Back in the day, Jiang Yuanchi had mastered profound shadow incantations and was at the middle God domain when he was barely able to seal the Gupi. Now, he’s suffered a backlash and lost control of it.

“How can I expect you to seal it with nothing but a talisman?

“I guess I’m just too desperate.”

WHOOSH!

Nie Tian flew into the First of the Nine Star Heavens.

Controlled by his thoughts, the Illusory Ancient Talismans rapidly swept through the First Heaven and absorbed every last wisp of toxic miasma like a magnet.

At this moment, the Gupi didn’t seem to consider the Realm of Fragmentary Star as its primary target anymore.

You Qimiao, Duan Hongwen, and Song Chequan, all of whom were at the God domain, suffered from the Gupi’s attacks. Shangguan Zhi was the only one who had seen the potential problem and flown away in time, and thus avoided being hit.

Ji Yuanquan and Ye Wenhan, on the other hand, had evacuated the area through a spatial rift.

However, the ancient starships of the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect and the Shadow Society that were berthed in the vicinity weren’t so lucky.

BANG! BANG! BANG!

The strange tentacles flew out of Jiang Yuanchi’s shadow domain to whip and smash the ancient starships.

At the same time, multicolored toxic miasma spread over. The domains of numerous Void and Saint domain experts from the Shadow Society and the Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect melted away like heated snow.

As soon as their domains melted away, they were left exposed in the starry river, and soon died miserably.

The Remote Beginning Heavenly Sect and the Shadow Society suffered heavy casualties in a matter of seconds.

You Qimiao’s enormous dharma idol got back up in a place a few dozen kilometers away in the starry river.

With a swift move, he grabbed the Yin Yang Chaos Mirror. Eyes wide and reddened from fury, he shouted, “Jiang Yuanchi! You instigated us and the Jade Heaven Sect to join you in this operation against the Ancient Fragmentary Star Palace, but you...!”

“I told you, he’s not Jiang Yuanchi anymore!” Ye Wenhan stopped him before he could finish.

The flames of rage seemed to burn in You Qimiao’s eyes as he roared, “If he’s not Jiang Yuanchi, then he’s that abomination from the Fiends! That being the case, we shall work together to slay it! Jiang Yuanchi’s life is no longer a concern!”

“Slay it? It’s easier said than done!” Ye Wenhan said with a bitter expression.

“What other choice do we have?” You Qimiao bellowed.

 

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