Having subjugated a royal executor, the clone found that the glow of the executors was added to his halo, which was platinum in color and imparted a sense of solemnity and incorruptibility.
In terms of strength, it was definitely on the same level as the light from the Wretch God Apostle.
Of course, the Wretch God Apostle was currently cultivating the True-Devil Unspoiled-by-Myriad-Kalpas-and-Tribulations Body, and getting stronger and stronger as a result. By the time he reached the level of fifty tribulations, he would definitely surpass Yuan Dongqing.
“Of course, sir,” Yuan Dongqing said, kowtowing the entire time. “Your humble servant knows exactly where the treasure storehouse is. However, it’s always kept under guard. They even have a huge network of complicated spell formations set up to guard it, so you have to be very careful. That said, Milord, let me provide you with the exact location and layout.”
With that, he summoned the projection of a map, which showed the layout of the entire palace and its beautiful surroundings. It was nestled in a host of immortal worlds, arranged in a complicated spell formation that was kept under strict watch by countless guards.
Yang Qi looked at it carefully and committed everything to memory. He was actually quite surprised at how organized and well-guarded the executors’ headquarters was. In fact, it seemed like it wouldn’t be very easy to sneak inside. They just paid too close attention to everything. His only shot would be to cause so much chaos that everyone was completely distracted.
“Also, Milord,” Yuan Dongqing said, “there’s a portal in the very depths of the storehouse, which has long since been impossible to open. It’s called the Gate to the Gods. It used to be located at the very end of the Ancient Road to the Gods and was the entrance to the god world. After the Great Necropolis came, the executors took the portal into the Great Necropolis and have been keeping guard over it ever since.
“Oh? The Gate to the Gods?” After some thought, Yang Qi couldn’t shake the feeling that it was all very strange. “Does that mean there’s nothing guarding the end of the Ancient Road to the Gods? In other words, if you can get onto the road, nothing will stop you from entering the god world?”
“There are still some people on the Ancient Road to the Gods who haven't come into the Great Necropolis,” Yuan Dongqing replied. “And when the Great Necropolis came crashing through the Gate to the Gods, there were a few old-timers who went right into the god world. That said, there’s no way they’re still alive; the god world is in tumult right now. Besides, we Executors of the Ancient Road left some of our powerful experts back on the road to stand guard. They won’t let anyone just barge into the god world. After all, our task is to keep order on the road and prevent any fiend-devils from entering the god world.
“Milord, the Ancient Road to the Gods is blocked by the Great Necropolis now. Without moving it, or finding a way out of it, it’s impossible to walk that road now. Sir, if you want to get to the road, it's going to be very difficult. On the upside, the immortal dao civilization is experiencing tremendous changes. Thanks to the immortal worlds, godhood, and other items from the god world that have been ejected, it's much easier to practice cultivation. Perhaps the best thing would be to start stockpiling power and making preparations to enter the god world.”
“I see. Alright, you wait here. I'm going to subjugate some more prisoners. Once I have enough, I’ll make my move. The executors have dominated the Ancient Road to the Gods for so long, they’ll definitely never see this coming. They’re really going to suffer.”
“Milord, you absolutely, positively must not incite a rebellion. You have no idea what the headquarters is capable of. I suggest you simply sneak away. The emperor is very nearly awake, and you won’t stand a chance against him if he makes a move. He’s virtually a god! You’d be killed in one move!”
“Hmm?” Upon hearing that, Yang Qi suddenly frowned. Yuan Dongqing was a completely loyal servant, so there was no way he was trying to fool him. If this emperor he mentioned was that strong, then he definitely needed to be on guard and not do anything rash.
“In that case, we should make sure to keep a low profile,” Sectlord Will Manifestation said, a very serious look on his face. “The emperor is a heaven-shaking, earth-shattering entity. However, he spends most of his time dormant. If he awakens, you definitely have to plan things out very well.”
Yang Qi nodded. “I see. Very well, let’s continue subjugating all the experts in the prison.”
“Heaven Penitentiary has several hundred Terrifying experts,” the clone said, “but I can see now that I'm not going to be able to subjugate them all. I wouldn't be able to withstand that much faith. It would kill me. I'd say my limit is going to be a dozen or so, after which the sectlord and peaklords will have to take some of them.”
“Agreed,” the sectlord said. “Given my psyche and will, I can probably command five. More than that, and the faith and karma would be too much for me to handle.”
“My limit is going to be three,” Peaklord Memory said, and Peaklord Celestial echoed similar sentiments.
“I'm not inclined to take any,” Yang Qi said. “That responsibility would make it hard to achieve any more cultivation base progress. It’s already difficult enough as it is to deal with the combination of the Strength of the Hell-Crushing Godmammoth and the Unspoiled Body, plus the task of dealing with tribulation energy. I really need that Mahātmā Jade to get me past this bottleneck. Even just one piece of the whole would help.”
“You could always just get rid of the technique,” the clone said, frowning. “I’ve always gotten the sense that it's too heaven-defying, and too dangerous. Besides, even the devil that created it never cultivated it to completion.”
“I haven’t reached that point yet,” Yang Qi said. “It’s going to be a big challenge, but it’ll be worth it if I succeed. I need to free myself from the shackles of the God Legion Seal. It seems to me that is the only way to deal with whatever future tribulations will be coming my way.”
“No one has ever simultaneously cultivated those two techniques,” the sectlord said. “If you succeed, you’ll be the first. You have the God Legion Seal, the sheepskin scroll, King Immortal-Slayer's legacy medallions, and the Cruiser of Civilization. And once we return to the sect, I’ll make you the junior sectlord. Then you can clean house in the Will Manifestation Heaven Sect and get rid of the bad seeds. Let’s see who will dare to defy you then.”
“That sounds good,” Yang Qi replied. “The Will Manifestation Heaven Sect is a superpower sect, but I’m going to make it even stronger. For now, let’s just focus on subjugating as many experts as we can. Let's identify the strongest ones and ignore the weaker ones.”
Subjugating an expert the way they were doing would involve accepting their karma, and that would be a huge load. Obviously, there had to be some downside to acquiring servants that way, otherwise it would be too easy to be literally invincible.
With that, the group continued prowling through the prison, pouncing on the strongest experts and enslaving them. Considering how much power they had built up so far, nobody could possibly stand in their way.
Within two hours, the clone picked up the maximum number of servants. The sectlord got his five, and the two peaklords each got three. All of them now had halos of blessing floating behind their heads, and a host of puppets to command.
Laughing heartily in the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart, Sectlord Will Manifestation said, “Who would ever have guessed that our sect would become so strong. The Immortal House of Supreme Preeminence, the Martial Tyrant Cadre, the Green Emperor Myriad Aeons Sect, the Midfield Atheneum... we’re going to crush them all. At the next gathering of the superpower sects, we’ll cause quite a stir.”
With that, they remained in the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart for a time, consolidating their power and pushing their energy arts as high as possible.
As for Yang Qi, he returned to the Wretch God Apostle’s cell and worked on his own cultivation. While Yang Qi passed energy arts to the Wretch God Apostle, he received some in return. However, none were arts that he felt like developing, although he was able to learn quite a bit from them.
His True-Devil Unspoiled-by-Myriad-Kalpas-and-Tribulations Body was at the level of twenty-four tribulations, which was enough for now. Thanks to the imperial-heaven pre-beginning systems in his heart, and the Civilization Founding Grand Magic, he was really making progress in completing his own version of the psychic scaling systems.
Eventually, the Wretch God Apostle reached the level of fifty tribulations.
At that point, his body was vastly stronger than before, and he could use Wretch God Ultimate's Obsidian Flame to create exquisite and deadly versions of his Wretch Spirit Needle.
Slowly but surely, he was becoming Yang Qi’s superpowered thug.Previous Chapter Next Chapter