After Yang Qi assimilated the god's arm to a certain extent, it loosened the seals on Jade-in-Stone until he was able to break free and try to possess Yang Qi.
Jade-in-Stone’s physical husk had long since faded away, leaving behind only his deathless devil will. Now he needed a new physical form, and Yang Qi was the perfect target. After all, even taking into consideration all of the immortal worlds, where could he possibly find a Fateless One to possess?
“Heaven is helping me!” Jade-in-Stone laughed. “Heaven is really helping me! I thought I was going to be stuck for so long that even my deathless devil will would fade away. Who could have ever guessed that a domineering person like this would deliver his physical husk up to me! As long as I focus on my cultivation for ten thousand years or so, I’ll recover all of my energy arts, and probably even reach a higher level of enlightenment. Next will be the Deathless Throne, after which I’ll take control of the legion of gods and become a god above the gods!”
He was a boundless heaven-devil, a third division Incarnated God who knew about matters like the God Legion Seal and Fateless Ones. Obviously, if he successfully possessed Yang Qi, he would be one of the most powerful entities in existence.
“Heaven crumbles, earth collapses; heaven releases killing intent; the stars realign; dragons overturn continents, people release killing intent; death collapses, heaven crumbles; devils release killing intent; universes sink into ruin!”
His deathless devil will became hundreds of thousands of black suns which rose high, ready to destroy the cosmos and rip apart reality. In the blink of an eye, the devil will shot into Yang Qi and connected to the energy which Jade-in-Stone had given him earlier.
The black suns all developed vicious-looking, devilish faces that viciously burrowed into Yang Qi’s meridians. Then a shadowy figure loomed over Yang Qi, obviously preparing to enter his body and possess him.
“Give your physical husk to me!” Jade-in-Stone said through a vicious smile. Before, he had looked like a transcendent being, but now he pulsed with wretch energy, like an evil god who had come to put an end to all living beings. Of course, Yang Qi had been waiting for this to happen.
“Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart!” Without any hesitation, he opened the passage to the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart and shoved the devil will inside. “Now I’ll devour this god’s arm, and the tomb as well!”
King Heaven-Devourer’s talismans shot out into the open and rushed toward the arm and the tomb.
Meanwhile, Jade-in-Stone’s devil will popped out into the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart. At first, he had no idea where he was. He only knew that his possession art had failed.
“What is this place? Where am I? The space-time here is so sturdy! I can’t get out! Don’t tell me this is a god item of some sort. That doesn’t make sense. An ordinary god item wouldn’t be able to trap me! But I can tell that I'm trapped!”
All of a sudden, an enormous soul appeared, accompanied by a cold voice. “Prepare to be crushed by King Immortal-Slayer’s soul!”
“King Immortal-Slayer’s soul?! My god! What is that thing doing here? King Immortal-Slayer?! He devastated countless worlds and even struck fear into the heart of the legion of gods!”
Jade-in-Stone was an incredibly powerful fiend-devil, but even he was struck with terror by the aura of King Immortal-Slayer. Not even the heaven-devil suzerain of the Unrestrained Heaven would have been able to fight King Immortal-Slayer.
According to the stories, King Immortal-Slayer had reached the Paramount God level, which was just below the level of the Sovereign Lord. He and his seventy-one brethren resisted the rulership of the Sovereign Lord, but in the end, they were defeated by him. Afterward, they vanished into the river of time, becoming nothing but ashes in the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart.
“Wait. No, it’s just a slip of divine will! That can’t suppress me! This is the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart, isn’t it! So, you have the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart! Wait, hold on. How could you possibly use King Immortal-Slayer's legacy medallions and the God Legion Seal!”
After realizing that he was in the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart, Jade-in-Stone was actually delighted. Although King Immortal-Slayer’s soul was formidable, it was just a shell, and Jade-in-Stone quickly destroyed it. However, even as it faded away, an enormous hand shot forward and grabbed him. Then the jade tomb popped into being around him, complete with countless paper talismans and the buddhas.
“I refuse to accept this!” he howled begrudgingly.
“Not willing to accept it?” Yang Qi said, stepping into the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart. “You're about to die, Jade-in-Stone. I took you from Castle Heaven-Devil to the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart, the power of which can erase your soul. Let’s see how long you can hold out. It only took me a moment to figure out how to use this jade tomb; with it, and the power of the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart, there’s no way you’ll be able to escape. Your vital energy is going to be a big help to me.”
“You… you villain!” Jade-in-Stone shouted. “This is complete treachery! I can’t believe you had the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart all along. You tricked me! How could I have fallen for your crafty plots and machinations? Monarch Chart Inversion; Invincible Sun and Moon; Boundless Rivers and Mountains!”
He suddenly unleashed another barrage of devil will.
But then Yang Qi’s immortal-slaying clone descended, crushing the devil will with King Immortal-Slayer's legacy medallions and the power of the chart.
“DIE!” Jade-in-Stone screamed, sending out more streams of devil will. But a primal-chaos elder-snake appeared and devoured it ravenously. As of this moment, Jade-in-Stone realized that he had truly fallen into a deadly trap.
His opponent’s strength and energy arts were growing stronger by the moment, whereas he was weakening. If things kept going this way, there was no way he would survive.
Finally, he pulled his devil will back and settled down. “You can't fully control the Myriad Worlds Monarch Chart, boy,” he said. “All you can do is lock me up here. In ten thousand years, the chart will open again and I’ll be free. And then you’re dead!”
Yang Qi burst out laughing. “Ten thousand years? More like four or five years. At that point, I’ll be far stronger than you, and I’ll come back to destroy you, and all the other monsters imprisoned in Castle Heaven-Devil as well. I guess I should thank you in advance. For now, I’ll be heading back to the castle to assimilate all of the second division Tempered Gods there. When I come back stronger than ever, then what will you do?”
Yang Qi waved his hand, tightly locking down the entire area, and preventing Jade-in-Stone’s devil will from escaping. Only then did Yang Qi breathe a sigh of relief. Truth be told, he had been very nervous this entire time. Although Jade-in-Stone had no fleshly body, his devil will was strong enough to be virtually invincible.
Although Yang Qi had greatly benefited already, by reaching the immortal marquis level, it still wasn't enough to deal with Jade-in-Stone. Thankfully, he had prepared well, and pulled everything off smoothly.
With that, he returned to the second level of Castle Heaven-Devil, which was filled with sealed Tempered Gods.
It had taken a huge amount of effort to crush the bloodsea heaven-devil earlier, but now he was many times stronger and could easily vanquish such foes.
He waved his hand and boundless sagelight erupted out, smashing one of the altars. Bones poured out from the ruins of the altar, taking the shape of a bone throne, upon which sat a bleachbone heaven-devil.
Before it could do anything other than look at him, Yang Qi attacked. The sage child in his dantian region breathed and a boundless stream of divine light shot out, creating the projection of a city that crushed down onto the bleachbone heaven-devil. The bleachbone heaven-devil shattered and the primal-chaos elder-snake devoured its remains, which became an enormous sphere of power in Yang Qi’s God Legion Paradise. It was virtual godhood!
Yang Qi tore open another altar, and a Tempered God fiend-devil emerged. This one was the color of gold, making it look almost like a buddha. Sadly for it, Yang Qi attacked with utter ruthlessness, giving it no hope of escaping.
It became another sphere of power that was virtual godhood.
He destroyed altar after altar, absorbing all of the devils and taking any god items that they had.
These were god items that the devils had worked for countless years to create, and often turn into animadestiny magical treasures. Truth be told, they were of little use to Yang Qi, but could be of immense help to his subordinates.
Yang Qi lost track of time. He got more efficient as he went along, destroying altars left and right and absorbing gobs of godliness. And of course, his cultivation base grew stronger and stronger, until the slightest wave of his hand would turn Tempered God fiend-devils into dust.
‘Three hundred and eighty-one. Three hundred eighty-two…. Four hundred….’ Soon, he had an enormous sphere of virtual godhood in his God Legion Paradise, as large as a planet, shining with the most dazzling of light.
If he were to take it into the open, it would be enough to illuminate and empower hundreds upon hundreds of immortal worlds.
In fact, it was currently too much for him to assimilate, but he could use it to set up a grand spell formation to deal with Jade-in-Stone.Previous Chapter Next Chapter
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